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Kevin Garnett makes his Celtics prediction for Game 7 vs. Raptors – ClutchPoints

Kevin Garnett has weighed in on the much-awaited Game 7 matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors.

Naturally, the former Celtic made the obvious pick:

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Garnett didn’t provide any explanation for his prediction, but he didn’t need any. He’s forever bonded to the city he gave a championship to in 2008, much like Paul Pierce, who also picked the Celtics on Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “The Jump.”

Loyalty lies deep with former Celtics, and The Big Ticket is no different here.

The Celtics came up short in a double-overtime Game 6 that might just have been the game of the season. Boston traded buckets with Toronto, shot after shot from the fourth quarter on, which made for spectacular drama.

Yet the majority of Celtics and Raptors starters played over 50 minutes in this barn burner of a game, and they will likely be suffering from tired legs with only the one day of rest between games.

If the Celtics are to make Garnett’s prediction come true, they will have to get their bench involved, as the starters are likely to be on weak legs from Wednesday’s outing. The Raptors’ bench could prove tough to match, considering Boston doesn’t have weapons like Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell.

The latter proved a catalyst late, scoring 15 points in the overtime periods, including a final barreling bucket that put the game out of reach.

Boston will also have to prepare to face the feared box-and-one strategy that has proven to be Nick Nurse’s ace in the hole for two consecutive postseasons. Kemba Walker saw it a lot in Game 6, but the defensive strategy could be deployed on any Celtic with the hot hand.

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Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR playoff opener at Darlington – Fox News

There was no doubt which of his two Darlington Raceway victories this year Kevin Harvick enjoyed more.

“The first thing I want to say is, ‘Welcome back fans! This is a hell of a lot more fun with you guys up there,’” he told the crowd Saturday night.

Harvick had a large smile as he waved to the 8,000 or so fans — the May 17 event here was run without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic — and even gave the checkered flag to a young fan wearing one of his shirts.

Harvick had reason to be happy, taking the Southern 500 when leaders Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. bumped as Truex tried to make a pass and both brushed the wall.

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Harvick was there to take advantage — and begin NASCAR’s playoff the best way possible.

Harvick, the 2014 series champion, was widely considered a favorite to be racing for a title this season. His eighth win this year put him into the second round.

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“It was way better” getting out of the car and hearing a fan reaction, Harvick said. “It felt really good to have fans cheering.”

Especially after what they witnessed down the stretch at the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

Elliott and Truex had the most speed throughout — Truex won the first two stages — and were once again dueling for lead. Once they touched and hit the wall, things opened up for Harvick, who suddenly found himself out front.

Elliott dropped off the pace and Harvick passed him for second. Truex — who led a race-high 196 laps — had to pit for repairs on his damaged car, giving Harvick a clear path to the finish.

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“The leaders got tangled up there and the next thing you know we were racing for the win,” Harvick said. “This is one of the most prestigious races in our sport and obviously everybody in our sport knows the history that Darlington has for our sport, so anytime you can win here is pretty special.”

Harvick’s May victory at Darlington came in NASCAR’s return after a 10-week pause at the start of the pandemic. When he won that race without spectators, he pointed into the television camera and told the fans how much they were missed.

It was difficult to imagine the win going to anyone other than Truex or Elliott, who combined to lead 310 of 367 laps.

But as Truex tried to complete a pass for first, he clipped Elliott’s front side and both slid up into the wall.

“Just not enough room there for both of us,” Truex said about the botched pass for the lead. “I thought I had enough of a run to clear him. I think it was close, obviously. I thought I had enough momentum and distance on him that he was going to let me in there.”

Harvick had to hold off a hard-charging Austin Dillon, a driver few predict will advance very far into the playoffs, to seal the victory in his Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Dillon, in a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, was second. Joey Logano in a Ford for Team Penske was third.

Erik Jones, the defending Southern 500 winner who is being replaced at Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season, finished fourth in a Toyota. Jones was the only non-playoff driver in the top 10.

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Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman were fifth and sixth, followed by reigning series champion Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and SHR teammates Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer.

Elliott wound up 20th while Truex was a lap down in 22nd.

Elliott was disappointed with the result after leading 114 laps and being in position for the win.

Truex “was close, but he wasn’t all the way clear,” Elliott said. “Obviously, I hate it.”

Elliott said he needed a little more pace there to extend the lead instead of “playing defense” to prevent Truex’s approach. “But regardless, I thought we were in a good spot,” he said.

PLAYOFF PUSH

Almiorola is now squarely on the bubble ranked 12th among the 16 drivers after the first playoff race. Four drivers will be eliminated at the end of the first three-race round. Bowyer is 13th in playoff standings with Cole Custer, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Blaney also on the outside with two races left in the opening round.

BLANEY PENALTY

Blaney’s title chances took a hit just hours before the first playoff race began. His Team Penske Ford was found with improper ballast during inspection and NASCAR docked the team 10 points and sent him to the back of the field from his seventh-place starting spot. Blaney’s crew chief, Todd Gordon, was also suspended for the race. Team Penske said the weight is usually there before the engine is installed and was mistakenly not removed Things didn’t get much better for Blaney during the race as he fell two laps down after a flat tire at the start of stage two. He ended 24th.

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Rays’ Kevin Cash issues apparent threat after Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman buzzes batter – Fox News

The New York Yankees were able to close the door on the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night finishing a 5-3 victory with Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning.

Chapman’s appearance in the final frame, however, came with some fireworks.

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The flamethrower threw a 99 mph fireball toward the head of Rays batter Michael Brosseau during their matchup. After Brosseau struck out, he walked back to the dugout and had some choice words for the Yankees players. He prompted both benches to be cleared, though no fight broke out.

Rays manager Kevin Cash issued an apparent threat to the Yankees after the game.

“Somebody’s got to be accountable,” Cash said. “And the last thing I’ll say on this is I got a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph. Period.”

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The heat was turned up between the American League East rivals. Masahiro Tanaka hit Joey Wendle with a fastball in the first inning. Both Cash and Wendle believed it was intentional.

“As far as if there was actual intent behind Chapman’s delivery, I’m not really sure, but pretty frustrating honestly,” Brosseau said. “It’s not what you want to see coming in off the bench, especially when we pretty much let everything go after Joey took the message for us and did it like a man, kind of just took it and carried on with the day. But if there was any intent behind it and they want to send another message, I guess they made their point.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone and infielder D.J. LeMahieu both were taken aback by Cash’s remarks.

“That’s a pretty scary comment,” Boone said. “I don’t think that’s right at all. But I’m not going to get into it right now.”

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LeMahieu added: “The comments from their manager, those made the rounds pretty quickly in our clubhouse. Obviously that’s a pretty serious threat. It sounds like they’re going to try and throw at us tomorrow. We’ll be ready.”

The Yankees are 2-7 against the Rays this year and trail in the AL East by 3.5 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Resigns Amid Trump Administration’s Growing Pressure On App – NPR

Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer in 2015. On Wednesday, Mayer announced he was resigning suddenly from TikTok as the app’s chief executive amid growing pressure in Washington for the app to sell off its U.S. assets.

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Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer in 2015. On Wednesday, Mayer announced he was resigning suddenly from TikTok as the app’s chief executive amid growing pressure in Washington for the app to sell off its U.S. assets.

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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer is stepping down three months after taking the job at the hugely popular short-form video app.

Mayer’s surprise resignation comes as the Trump administration escalates its campaign to force TikTok to cut ties with its Chinese ownership.

In a message sent on Wednesday to staff at TikTok, Mayer said as the political environment has “sharply changed,” he has reflected on what kind of corporate restructuring may be coming for the company, concluding that it was best for him to depart.

“I want to be clear that this decision has nothing to do with the company, what I see for our future, or the belief I have in what we are building,” Mayer wrote in his message, which TikTok shared with NPR.

“I understand that the role that I signed up for — including running TikTok globally — will look very different as a result of the US Administration’s action to push for a sell off of the US business,” Mayer said.

Executive Vanessa Pappas will serve as the interim head for TikTok’s global operations.

In May, Mayer left as a top executive at Disney to take on the chief executive role at TikTok. His hiring was among a number of moves the company made to convince Washington that TikTok’s U.S. operations were walled off from its parent company, ByteDance, which is based in Beijing.

At the time, Pappas told NPR that Mayer “brings the right level of global expertise to guide our expansion efforts.”

Now, it will be Pappas who heads TikTok as it navigates political and legal turmoil that poses an existential threat to the app that has been downloaded more than 100 million times by Americans.

President Trump has signed two executive orders aimed at TikTok.

One, signed on Aug. 6, outlaws business transactions between U.S. citizens and ByteDance, a move that the Trump administration says arose out of concern for national security. The order would effectively ban TikTok in the U.S and takes effect 45 days after it’s signed, barring court intervention.

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the order. The suit challenges the constitutionality of Trump’s order, claiming Trump’s action exceeded his authority and deprived the company of due process.

Beijing has sharply criticized the U.S. for blocking transactions with ByteDance, a decision it has repeatedly characterized as discriminatory.

“China supports relevant companies in taking up legal weapons to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests, and will continue to take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies,” Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesperson, said earlier this week.

But Beijing has shied away from offering ByteDance the kind of full-throated defense it mounted after the Trump administration sanctioned another Chinese company last year — telecom giant Huawei, which China sees as integral to its technological ambitions.

In a second executive order Trump signed on Aug. 14, TikTok was ordered to sell off all of its U.S. assets to an American-based company within 90 days.

TikTok has 1,500 U.S.-based employees with plans of hiring an additional 10,000 over the next three years.

In his letter, Mayer said a resolution of the company’s status will be announced “very soon,” saying the future of the company is “incredibly bright.”

He said any structural changes underway for TikTok should not significantly affect TikTok employees or users.

While the Trump administration has targeted TikTok because of its ties to China, the company has long maintained that its American app is run independently and that U.S. users’ data is stored outside of China, in Virginia, with backup storage in Singapore.

A class-action lawsuit filed against TikTok has alleged that the app steals data from U.S. minors, including their facial characteristics, and quietly sends the information to servers “under the control of third parties who cooperate with the Chinese government.”

But there is no solid proof that TikTok has ever shared data on Americans with the Chinese Communist Party.

The app does collect data on users, including location, video viewing history and phone contacts. The amount of data harvested is not out of step with what is collected by apps owned by major American technology companies, such as Google, Apple and Facebook, yet TikTok’s parent company being based in China has set off alarms in the White House and among some Democrats in Washington.

In a statement, TikTok said: “We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin’s role would be going forward, and fully respect his decision. We thank him for his time at the company and wish him well.”

NPR’s Emily Feng contributed reporting from Beijing.

Editor’s note: TikTok helps fund NPR-produced videos from Planet Money that appear on the social media platform.

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