The Latest: Russell Wilson, Ciara donating 1 million meals

first_imgThe Latest: Russell Wilson, Ciara donating 1 million meals Associated Press March 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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“Anthony Joshua: Joshua, Klitschko Set to Unify Boxing Heavyweight Division

first_img   Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will contest the biggest fight in British boxing history when the pair collide for the IBF and vacant WBA world heavyweight titles in front of a record crowd at Wembley Stadium tonight.  Anthony Joshua will attempt to unify the IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles when he faces Wladimir Klitschko in the biggest fight in British boxing history at Wembley Stadium tonight.The Londoner can become just the third Briton to hold multiple crowns in boxing’s blue ribbon division, after Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury, should he beat the Ukrainian legend who is looking to become a world champion for a third time.Only six fighters have previously won world titles on three separate occasions – a list which includes Muhammed Ali, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir’s older brother Vitali – and the 41-year-old Klitschko faces arguably the toughest test of his career if he is to rise to the summit of the sport once again.‘Dr Steelhammer’ is 519 days removed from his last competitive bout, a fight he plodded through and lost to Fury in Dusseldorf. The result arguably hinges on how quickly Klitschko can shrug off any ring-rust and recapture the sharpness which saw him dominate boxing for over a decade.The manner of Klitschko’s defeat to Fury in November 2015 was particularly ignominious given how he was out-boxed by the Briton. Yet aside from his reputation, he possessed a body of work which surely give him the edge should the fight enter the so-called championship rounds. The clash at the home of the England football teams will be the 69th of Klitschko’s career, during which he knocked-out 53 opponents – a number greater than the amount of rounds Joshua has faced in his short career.Despite the obvious chasm in experience, what Joshua might concede in know-how he more than makes up for in superstar quality and punching power. All 18 of his contests have failed to go the distance and though the caliber of opponent ratchets up several notches this weekend he has sent a daunting message to Klitschko and the rest of the division.In the wake of the war of words between David Haye and Tony Bellew and the unedifying build-up to Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora’s clash last year, a refreshing characteristic of the public exchanges between the fighters has been the respect Joshua and Klitschko have for one another. Though their boxing styles might appear to be different, there are few differences between the pair. Both, for example, are former Olympic gold medallists.Much has been made of the brief sparring sessions the pair engaged in prior to Klischko facing Kubrat Pulev in November 2014 and while it gave the veteran an insight into what to expect from Joshua he must be wary that the IBF champion is an altogether different animal just under three years on. Wins in 2016, while Klitschko was let down by Fury, came against Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina; challenges which were dismissed without alarm.Though Breazeale held out until round seven last summer, only Whyte has taken Joshua into deep waters and though a predictable knock-out followed the Watford-born fighter was noticeably shaken. Joshua may have the physique that suggests he has trained for 12 hard rounds at elite level, but conducting them in a competitive environment not least against someone knows how to slug at the top level – is an altogether different proposition.On a day when history will be made records will also be smashed, Joshua vs Klitschko is expected to break box office sales and help generate a total revenue of £50m – the most of any fight in Britain. In excess of 140 countries will take in one of the few fights to be held in the United Kingdom with genuine global appeal. Meanwhile, Wembley will play host to the biggest post-war British boxing crowd ever, and equalling the 90,000 who watched Len Harvey and Jock McAvoy at White City Stadium in 1939. What they say:Anthony Joshua: “Even though this is such a great event, I always try to strip it down to what it really is and just focus that it’s just me and this man coming to blows and the best man will win. I’m not only prepared physically but mentally as well for any battle. April 29 is just another stepping stone towards greatness.“Any fight is the right fight. I’ve never shied away from any fight, any opponent. I started boxing in 2008; in 2009, ’10, ’11 I was in the World Championships, and in 2012 I was representing Great Britain competing to be the best in the world in the Olympics. It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just enjoy what I do and I just embrace every opportunity. I don’t underestimate any opponent. Through my mistakes I have learned and made myself right.” Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m the challenger again. I feel young, hungry, humble and totally obsessed with my goal to raise my hands again. I’m so obsessed with winning. I realized that life is a circle, and I see myself in AJ. I do believe I know how he thinks, how he goes, and how the actual fight is going to be.“The belts are very important. I’ve been attached to these belts for a very long. I had those belts in my past fight, and I’m fighting for these belts in this fight. The only difference is in my last fight they went to the opposite corner. So my goal and obsession is for those belts to land in my corner, in my hands.“Obsession is love in extreme shape. I’m in love with my goal. Defeat? I’ve been there, I’ve done that. I got up, shook it off and came back stronger. Just a little help (for Joshua) – there’s nothing scary about it.” RecordsJoshua: 18 fights, 18 wins (18 knockouts)Klitschko: 68 fights, 64 wins (53 knockouts)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Senior keeping nose to grindstone

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoThere is no doubt that the No. 4 Wisconsin men’s hockey team is a hard-working team. But given a choice of picking the player who is hardest on himself and perhaps the hardest working, Ryan MacMurchy may be the choice.He brought an energy and work ethic with him to Wisconsin three years ago and has only built on it since then.”That’s my personality, I’m hard on myself,” the senior winger said. “I’m a perfectionist, and that’s what drives me to do better.”After being recruited by former UW head coach Jeff Sauer, joining the Badgers in their transition year and Mike Eaves’ debut season could have been a struggle.Instead, MacMurchy’s drive to succeed fit the new head coach’s system — every player started on the same level and had to work their way into the lineup — worked perfectly for the then-freshman MacMurchy.”It was great because everything was fresh,” MacMurchy said. “[I] just came in and worked every day and got a ton of ice-time that year.”That work ethic that put him in the lineup as a rookie hasn’t changed and neither has his drive to succeed. And that’s why he’s not happy right now.MacMurchy finished among the top three in scoring for the Badgers in his first three seasons at UW and came into his senior season as the team’s current career leader with 36 goals, 49 assists and 85 points.He had built on his point total every year — after scoring 24 his freshman season, he increased his productivity to 33 points a year ago. In his final season donning the cardinal and white, he expected a similar increase, so sitting fifth on the team with 18 points in 27 games this year just doesn’t cut it for him.”It’s pretty average, kind of inconsistent,” MacMurchy said of his senior season thus far. “I haven’t put up the kind of production I wanted to. I feel like I should’ve been able to be more productive this year, but it just hasn’t worked out that way.”Despite the disappointment in his point production, the Regina, Saskatchewan native says that he has been able to develop his game more this year.”I’m making better decisions and less turnovers,” MacMurchy said. “I’m not a very flashy player, but I make good decisions and I move the puck well, and I’m smarter than I used to be and more experienced. You’ve just got to keep working on trying to get those pucks to go in.”But MacMurchy’s teammates know that it’s not all about goal-scoring and offense. The attitude he brings with him to the ice every day, in practices and in games, is inspiration enough for them.”I like to look at him as the same type of player as me,” freshman winger Jack Skille said. “He’s a work horse down low, and he tries his hardest out there always, and he’s always competing, and he’s got a really great competitive attitude. That’s something you need from your teammates, and he definitely leads by example.””He’s a great teammate and a great guy with incredible work ethic,” junior Andrew Joudrey said. “It rubs off on you. It shows how good of a guy he is.”Joudrey, one of UW’s assistant captains, should know — he’s known MacMurchy since the two reunited at Wisconsin.When Joudrey showed up to play for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, he didn’t know anybody. He was quickly paired up on a line with the elder MacMurchy who took him under his wing.”I was kind of a fish out of water,” Joudrey said. “He was great. He brought me along everywhere and showed me the ropes of the whole process.”That friendship was rekindled and has only grown since Joudrey joined the Badger lineup two years ago. The two are friends on and off the ice and roommates when the team goes on the road.”We had a great relationship and had a lot of success,” MacMurchy said of their time together with the Hounds. “He’s one of my best friends on the team and we know each other really well.”MacMurchy takes pride in leading by example and maintaining his energy and work ethic, but in the end, his lack of numbers on the offensive end still bugs him.Then again, he also knows that there is still work to be done this season. He has fulfilled one dream of playing at a major Division I university already, but another goal, winning a national championship, is still in the works.He is focused on leading his team through the WCHA and NCAA playoffs in hopes of reaching that goal.”I’m working as hard as I can,” MacMurchy said. “I want to bring up that part of my game and help contribute as well. I’m really big on improving, and I’ve kind of been in a little stalemate.”I’m really focused on trying to be more of a go-to guy and more of a goal-scorer in the second half.”Up just two points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the Badgers will be looking to their veteran players, including MacMurchy, to lead them to achieve their lofty goals.The senior winger may be able to jump-start his offense this weekend when UW takes on Ohio State at Lambeau Field. Growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada, he is no stranger to cold weather and playing outside.MacMurchy described a peewee game that he played in when the temperature was 40 degrees below zero on a small-town rink.”I remember our whole team was wearing gloves underneath and between intermission. We all took our skates off and passed the blow dryer around trying to warm our feet up,” he said. “That’s one of my bad experiences with cold weather, but that’s extreme.”Although he’s had bad experiences with cold-weather games, MacMurchy shares the excitement of his teammates heading into the Frozen Tundra Classic this weekend.”It’s going to bring back childhood memories playing outdoors again,” MacMurchy said. “It should be a fun game.”last_img read more

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Fair, Ennis named to Wooden Award midseason watch list

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis are among the 25 players that have been named to the John R. Wooden Award’s midseason watch list.Syracuse is one of just four teams with two players on the watch list, joining Arizona, Michigan State and Duke.Fair, who was the Orange’s only player on the 50-man preseason watch list, leads SU with 16.8 points per game and ranks second with 5.8 rebounds.Ennis wasn’t one of the nine freshmen on the preseason watch list, but is now one of five rookies on the midseason list. He leads Syracuse with 5.5 assists per game and is averaging 11.9 points.Four forwards — the Blue Devils’ Jabari Parker, the Wildcats’ Aaron Gordon, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky’s Julius Randle — are the other four freshmen on the watch list.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Atlantic Coast Conference has a total of five candidates — the most of any conference. Forward Rodney Hood is Duke’s other selection and North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren rounds out the ACC’s list.The midseason watch list is made up of the 25 players who are considered the frontrunners for the award, but aren’t the only players eligible. The official ballot will be made up of about 20 players, many of who may not be featured on the midseason watch list. Comments Published on January 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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Free Minds hosts mental health panel

first_imgIn honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, USC Free Minds United presented an evening devoted entirely to understanding students’ mental health challenges on Tuesday.“Mental Health: A Dialogue” included guest speakers from different fields, such as the Engemann Student Health Center Counseling office, the USC Department of Public Safety, the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center and the Keck Hospital of USC.The co-presidents of the organization, students Danny Lee and Patra Childress, spoke about the purpose of the event and how they selected the panelists for the event.“[The event hopes to address] mental health in university life and the general culture at USC and how it promotes mental wellness,” Lee said.Free Minds was established as a student organization in the spring of 2012. The group works to raise awareness about mental illness in the USC community through film.“We started out as a small group but now we’re trying to become non-profit and open up chapters in different colleges,” Lee said.According to Lee, the biggest misconceptions of mental health on the USC campus is the fact that people do not want to seek help.“People want to seek help but they just don’t want to say it to their peers,” he said.Panelists discussed different aspects of mental health and illnesses at USC, including how the USC community promotes wellness and how symptoms can be better identified.Dr. Lynette Merriman, the assistant provost for support and advocacy, said there is no one way to approach problems about students.“Student to student, they’re going to have unique challenges, unique limitations,” she said.Emily Sandoval, the assistant director for the East Area in the Office of Residential Education, mentioned the different types of support the organization provides for students.“Our level of response to make sure students are supported is [having] RAs on duty every night, graduate students on duty every night and there is a professional staff member on call,” Sandoval said.Officer Sabrina Brown from the USC Dept. of Public Safety explained the role of the DPS in mental health situations.“A lot of times with the DPS, it depends on basically how the information comes to us. It can be very different. What happens is when we do respond, because we’re in uniform, students think they are going to jail, and that’s not the case,” Brown said.Some students were pleased to see the school make a point to address mental health issues.“I thought this was a very well-spoken panel. There are a lot of people [who are] very knowledgeable about the field here so it was definitely providing very clear answers [regarding] where to go for help,” said Krysti Teng, a senior majoring in psychology. “I definitely think it’s an issue that needs to be brought to the attention within the L.A. region and the nation.”Others believed having such an open event might help those struggling with mental illness cope.“I think seeing the different people who deal with these problems on campus should be very comforting for students who didn’t know otherwise,” said Mary Stepanyan, a senior majoring in human development and aging.last_img read more

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Competition honors Lewis Carroll

first_imgA step into the underground level of Doheny Memorial Library transports visitors to a version of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland in an art gallery that pays homage to the author’s writing and spirit. The underground level of Doheny Memorial Library is home to an art gallery about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. Tyson Gaskill | Daily TrojanIn 2000, USC alumnus George Cassady and his wife Linda Cassady donated 110 books related to the life and works of Lewis Carroll to USC libraries, the author best-known for his works Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The Cassadys wanted students to be aware of the donated items and be able to use and study the collection. “We wanted to ensure that students knew about and used the collection … that it would be a collection that is alive and world-class … so we needed to grow that collection,” Linda Cassady said. To expand upon the existing collection, the Cassadys collaborated with USC Libraries to launch the annual Wonderland Awards in 2005. According to USC Libraries, the awards competition “encourages new scholarship and creative work related to [Carroll].”Tyson Gaskill, the executive director of communications and events for USC Libraries, emphasized that the competition serves to spur interest in Carroll’s contributions to modern literature and pop culture. “I can’t even imagine how many results you would get from just typing in ‘down the rabbit hole’ — that phrase alone just seems to pop up everyday, everywhere you go,” Gaskill said. Gaskill said that though Carroll is mainly known for his contributions to fiction, he was also a polymath who exhibited his talents in diverse fields. On top of teaching mathematics at Oxford University, Carroll produced logical games, word puzzles and portrait photography.Thus, the competition was also established as a multidisciplinary incentive for students to set fields they would not otherwise explore. “People’s imagination[s] [are] really broad,” Linda Cassady said. “They have had an opportunity to do what they would not normally do. A mathematician does art, a molecular biologist does puzzle games … Students also get to appreciate the work that other people do at the gallery.”According to Linda Cassady, throughout the past 14 years, submissions have become increasingly radical and technological in nature. “The change has been that some of the pieces have gotten much more electronic,” Linda Cassady said. “So we have more incredibly detailed animation. We also have more teamwork, because when you are doing an animation, you need a writer, artist, programmer, etc.”For example, last year’s first prize winners were USC students majoring in interactive media: Yiwen Dai, Kelsey Rice and Jung-Ho Sohn. The team wanted to introduce a distinctive project that utilized interactive media to the collection, which led them to experiment with augmented reality. Instead of a technological demonstration, the group wanted to create an interactive game piece based on coming of age as the main theme. “We wanted the piece to be technology that people can experience,” Dai said. “The core mechanic of this experience is that we are trying to create a simulation of growing up and reflecting on previous experiences.”Linda Cassady said the artistic statement is crucial to convey the participant’s creative process and inspiration taken from Carroll’s collection. A well-crafted artistic statement bolsters the project’s complexity and helps the judges understand the entrants’ unique interpretations, she said. “[The Artistic statements] helps us understand what the person submitting the piece is moved by,” Linda Cassady said. “Sometimes it is quite ingenious … sometimes it is part of the discovery … The piece becomes much more complex and Carrollian as we see the hidden meaning in that work.”According to Gaskill, the Wonderland competition has continued to expand, as submissions have increased in both volume and quality.“Students are seeing what’s happened before and they are saying, ‘That is a really good idea. Now how about I take it to the next level?’” Gaskill said. “So they are being influenced by past competition submissions and taking them to new directions.”last_img read more

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Trojans use 5-run second inning to beat Long Beach State

first_imgThe No. 22 USC baseball team capitalized off of a 5-run second inning to defeat Long Beach State 7-4 Tuesday night in the teams’ one game meeting at Blair Field to improve to 5-3. The USC rally, highlighted by a two-run Adalberto Carrillo home run, scoring A.J. Ramirez, was a response to a quick 3-run first inning by the 49ers. Freshman pitcher CJ Stubbs was roughed up in his second collegiate outing for the Trojans, pitching only three innings and allowing 4 runs on three hits. After hitting Long Beach State’s Brock Lundquist with a pitch in the first inning, advancing base runners to second and third, first baseman Dillon Paulson committed an error that allowed Duran to score. Then, Long Beach outfielder Tristan Mercadel doubled down the right field line, scoring two more, while advancing to third base. Long Beach infielder Zack Domingues scored an unearned run off a Jarren Duran ground out to USC shortstop Regggie Southall in the bottom of the second, following a fruitful 5-run top of the inning for the Trojans. The Trojans added runs in the fifth and ninth innings to further extend the lead. In the fifth inning, David Oppenheim reached base on an error by Duran, scoring Carrillo, unearned. In the ninth, Lars Nootbaar scored as a result of a wild pitch from Long Beach Junior Kyle Brown. The win was given to USC pitcher Mason Perryman, who went three innings, allowing three runs and no runs.The Trojans, who recently received their first series win of the season against Wake Forest last weekend, will hope to ride their momentum heading into the Dodgers Stadium Classic Friday.last_img read more

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Tipp denied win over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park thriller

first_imgPremier Manager Michael Ryan says despite the loss, the team are walking away with a stronger squad after incorporating lots of new blood in yesterdays panel. He spoke to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson about his decision to keep players like Paudie Maher on the sidelines: Photo © Tipp FM Tipperary’s hopes of a win against Kilkenny in the National Hurling League were denied in a thrilling finale in Nowlan Park on Sunday.Brian Cody’s side won a cracking Division 1A contest by 2-22 to 2-21, with the loss meaning that Tipp must beat Cork next Sunday to reach the quarter-finals.Kilkenny’s Richie Leahy sealed the winning point for the Cats in the last minute of extra time.last_img

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Smart Nigerians Seeking Easy Stay in Putin’s Country

first_imgDespite the fact that all African teams fell in the first round hurdles, some of the fans that came here for the tournament are still very much around. Some smart ones exploited the relaxed atmosphere to cross borders into some of the countries around Russia. Several others with no intentions to go back home have been making moves to hook Russian babes with the prospects of getting papers to stay.A Nigerian who has been resident in Moscow told THISDAY that Russia is not like any other European city where asylum is easy. “For you to get papers here, it takes more than getting hooked to a Russian girl here.Asylum is even more difficult as it is very rare for the authorities to grant someone coming from Africa. It may take years and even then, only the President has the power to grant that.” Given the scenario painted by this Nigerian who schooled here and has been living in the Russian capital city for more than 20 years, it remains to be seen how these our brothers will survive here.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NWPL Down to the Wire as Top Teams Battle for Super…

first_imgThe Match-day 6 of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NPFL) which is the last games of the regular season for all the 16 clubs in the Premier League will today end in a photo finish.In Group A, both Rivers Angels on 10 points and Delta Queens on 8 points, are faced with the opportunity of booking a place in the Super 4.Delta Queens will host table toppers Rivers Angels at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. A win for Delta Queens will take them to 11 points and a place in Super 4. While a win for Rivers Angels will give them 13 unassailable points and a clear lead to play in the Super 4. A draw for the two teams may not be a comfortable option, especially as FC Robo of Lagos who are also on 8 points with Delta Queens may snatch the single slot of Group A, if they end up beating Osun Babes by 2-0 at the Osogbo Township Stadium. Osun Babes may also have to play for their lives, as a loss to FC Robo will take them on relegation to the lower division.In Group B, Adamawa Queens are topping the standing on 11points, while Edo Queens are second on 10 points.It’s a dicey situation in Group B as Adamawa and Edo will be engaged in fierce battles respectively in Lagos against Dream Stars at the Agege Stadium and Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.Adamawa will battle Dream Stars in Lagos for an outright win, which would take them to 14 points and a place in Super 4. Anything short of three points on away ground would be a precarious one for them.It would be a tough task, as a loss or scoreless draw for Dream Stars would confirm their return to the lower division, which they just left a season ago.At the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Edo Queens must beat the recently motivated Heartland Queens to earn three solid points.A draw for Edo Queens would end their ambition of playing in the Super 4 and confirm Adamawa Queens for their first ever appearance in the Super 4. Edo Queens will be going to Owerri with all their arsenal’s as they badly need a win and pray for Adamawa Queens to lose in Lagos. A loss would take Dream Stars to relegation.In Group C, table toppers Bayelsa Queens on 10 points, will host former champions, Nasarawa Amazon on 4 points at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.A win for Bayelsa is important to wade off the threat of Sunshine Queens of Akure who are on 7 points. The Amazons are far away from the Super 4 challenge, but a loss for them in Bayelsa and a win or draw for Kaduna Queens, will take the Christopher Danjuma Girls to relegation, as Kaduna will come to 7 points or 5 points, higher than their current 4 points. A loss for Kaduna Queens means relegation.In Group D, Lokoja and Abia will be on fire, as table toppers Ibom Angels on 9 points must defeat home team Abia Angels on their home ground to book a place in the Super 4. Though Abia Angels coached by former Super Falcons goalkeeper, Ann Agumanu Chiejine, don’t have any fears as they are on safety mode with 7 points, with newly promoted Invincible Angels, are on 4 points deep in relegation waters.For Ibom Angels to go to Super 4, they must beat Abia Angels in Abia. A draw game will be dangerous, if Confluence Queens in second place with 8 points eventually beat Invincible Angels in Lokoja.If Confluence Queens beat Invincible Angels, they will get 11 points to go to Super 4.This is the first time all the last games in the Nigeria Women Premier League are equal to cup final going by the importance and value of the results for teams that want to pick the tickets to the Super 4 or those who want to remain in the Premier League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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