Man accused of killing Colorado mom to appear in court

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the Colorado man accused of killing his fiancé and the mother of his baby, is due to appear in a Teller County courtroom Tuesday morning at a preliminary hearing. Kelsey Berreth, 29, vanished on Thanksgiving 2018 near her Woodland Park, Colorado, home. Her body has still not been found. Frazee, 32, was arrested in December and charged with Berreth’s murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder. He has not entered a plea. Police said they believe Berreth was killed in her home and that Frazee was the last person to see her. Krystal Lee, a former Idaho nurse, admitted in court this month to moving Berreth’s phone. Three days after Berreth vanished, investigators said the signal from the young mother’s phone was detected in Idaho. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with physical evidence. Lee’s exact relationship to Frazee is not clear. Meanwhile, a judge has granted temporary custody of Frazee and Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter to Berreth’s parents, Cheryl and Darrell Berreth. Cheryl and Darrell Berreth also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Frazee. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Woodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the Colorado man accused of killing his fiancé and the mother of his baby, is due to appear in a Teller County courtroom Tuesday morning at a preliminary hearing. Kelsey Berreth, 29, vanished on Thanksgiving 2018 near her Woodland Park, Colorado, home. Her body has still not been found. Frazee, 32, was arrested in December and charged with Berreth’s murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder. He has not entered a plea. Police said they believe Berreth was killed in her home and that Frazee was the last person to see her. Krystal Lee, a former Idaho nurse, admitted in court this month to moving Berreth’s phone. Three days after Berreth vanished, investigators said the signal from the young mother’s phone was detected in Idaho. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with physical evidence. Lee’s exact relationship to Frazee is not clear. Meanwhile, a judge has granted temporary custody of Frazee and Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter to Berreth’s parents, Cheryl and Darrell Berreth. Cheryl and Darrell Berreth also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Frazee. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Carragher slams Suarez behaviour

first_img “It’s also how he’s coming across as a person to the Liverpool public and the country in general. “Of course Arsenal want to get the player, but sometimes you’ve got to remember how people are seeing the situation and how people are looking at you.” Liverpool have so far rejected two offers from Arsenal for the 26-year-old, the second a bid of £40,000,001 which they thought would trigger a sale clause. The Merseysiders have always maintained the £40million figure was only a point at which they had to open negotiations and not necessarily sell and Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor, having been called in to mediate, told the Press Association he also understood that to be the case. Carragher said the club were right to stand firm on the issue, especially if it meant keeping last season’s 30-goal leading scorer out of the clutches of one of their main rivals. “Liverpool Football Club have got to protect themselves as well,” the recently-retired centre-back told Sky Sports News. “Arsenal are a big rival for a top-four place and maybe if he wanted to go somewhere else it wouldn’t be such a big issue and maybe Liverpool would sanction a deal. “Nobody wants unhappy players at the training ground or on the pitch playing. It affects other people. “But it’s very difficult for Liverpool, like the Wayne Rooney situation with Manchester United and Chelsea. “They’re direct rivals and that’s the big deal. That’s the problem.” Suarez still hopes to come to a “friendly” resolution despite Rodgers saying the 26-year-old has showed “total disrespect” to the club. “My aim is to reach an agreement with the club in a friendly manner and I hope the clause we agreed a year ago is fulfilled. Up to now, it hasn’t been,” Suarez, who was left at home for last night’s friendly against Valerenga in Norway because of injury and is unlikely to feature against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday, told Spanish newspaper Marca. “It’s not that I want to or am desperate to leave, but I like things to be clear and a year ago I made my position to the club clear.” Captain Steven Gerrard has spoken to Suarez about wanting him to stay at Anfield but the striker said the words of the long-time Liverpool man were outweighed by the lure of the Champions League. “Gerrard has a lot of history with Liverpool and his words are very important but everyone should understand that I need to play the Champions League to keep growing as a footballer,” he added. “Now I have the chance, I want to take it. A Champions League team (Arsenal) is making a big effort to get me and one always wants to be where they feel comfortable. “We (Suarez and his agents) had an offer from a Champions League team, we considered the situation and decided that, as a new coach (Rodgers) was coming, and the club was making a big effort to get into Europe, we should renew my contract with a new clause: if we didn’t get into the Champions League I could leave if there was an offer of over £40 million.” Manager Brendan Rodgers is making the player train on his own after the Uruguay international accused him of reneging on a deal he claims was struck last summer which would to allow him to leave should the club not qualify for the Champions League and receive a suitable offer. The Reds boss has taken the unusual step of taking a hard line with his star player, with the full backing of owner John Henry who has arrived on Merseyside after watching Wednesday’s friendly in Norway. Press Association Henry has previously kept his distance to the issue, having been in communication with Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre from America, but now has the chance to see for himself just how toxic the situation has become. Carragher believes it is time his former team-mate started to realise how badly his behaviour in angling for a transfer reflects on him and the club. “Sort yourself. You can’t have that and can’t accept that,” he offered as words of advice to the troublesome South American. “There’s ways and means of going about it. Players get transferred all the time and you can’t always have what you want. “He can’t carry on the way he’s been carrying on. Brendan Rodgers has come out and said that nobody is bigger than the club and that’s exactly right. “If Suarez is a distraction for everyone then he needs to be taken out of the group. “There will be agents and probably people at Arsenal talking to him but he’s a grown man. “He’s not a kid, he’s got a family and he needs to make his own decisions and what’s right for him. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has told wantaway striker Luis Suarez to sort himself out as relations between the player and the club deteriorate.last_img read more

KCCA FC celebrate historic place, Zamalek shocked

first_imgKCCA fans celebrate their victory on Saturday. PHOTOS KCCA MEDIAHistoric CAF Champions League group spots for four clubsJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | KCCA of Uganda, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, Township Rollers of Botswana and Horoya of Guinea became the first clubs from their countries to reach the CAF Champions League group stage Saturday. A dramatic weekend ended with the shock exit of Egypt’s Zamalek.Muzamiru Shaban scored two minutes into the second half to give KCCA a 1-0 home victory over Saint George of Ethiopia in a last-32 second leg and overall success by the same score.Swallows also triumphed 1-0 on their ground, over Zanaco of Zambia, to advance 3-1 on aggregate with Wonder Nhleko scoring the lone second-leg goal.Both KCCA and Swallows reached the group phase of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup last season for the first time and have continued to improve.Rollers were held 0-0 at home by Young Africans of Tanzania, but qualified 2-1 on aggregate having won by that scoreline in east Africa last week.Botswana clubs have been perennial strugglers in both CAF club competitions, making the progress of Rollers all the more remarkable.Horoya exceeded expectations by winning 2-0 away to Generation Foot of Senegal in a west African showdown having battled to succeed by a single goal at home.A Daouda Camara penalty midway through the first half put Horoya ahead and a late goal assured the Conakry club of a place in the group draw next Wednesday.Another three clubs, Gor Mahia of Kenya, Port of Togo and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, hope Sunday to become the first clubs from their nations to reach the mini-league stage.Defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco were comfortable overall winners despite a 2-0 away loss to Williamsville of the Ivory Coast.Goals late in each half from Romuald Kouassi and Kouame Diallo gave the Ivorians victory, but they faced a hopeless task after being trounced 7-2 in Morocco.Record eight-time title-holders and 2017 runners-up Al Ahly of Egypt triumphed 3-1 away to Mounana of Gabon after taking a four-goal advantage to central Africa.Mido Gaber, Moroccan Walid Azaro and Walid Soliman netted for the Cairo “Red Devils”, who clinched a 40th Egyptian title this week with six matches to spare.TP Mazembe, the second most successful club in all CAF competitions behind Ahly, scraped through after a shock 3-0 hiding by Songo in Mozambique.Leading 4-0 after the first leg, the multi-national outfit based in Lubumbashi fell behind in the first minute when Helder Pelembe scored.An Issama Mpeko own-goal doubled the lead of newcomers Songo, who scored again through South African Rotshidzwa Muleka in stoppage time.Primeiro Agosto reached the group stage for the first time since 1997 by edging Wits of South Africa 3-2 in a Johannesburg penalty shootout after both clubs won 1-0 at home.Geraldo, who scored the first-leg winner, converted the decisive spot-kick, calmly stroking the ball into the net after Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet screamed at him.Standing ovation for KCCA on Saturday.Ethiopians stun mighty Zamalek in CAF Cup Nine-time CAF title winners Zamalek of Egypt were shock casualties Sunday in the Confederation Cup round of 32, falling to an Ethiopian club they had derided.African debutants Welayta Dicha lost the return match in Egypt 2-1 to leave the teams deadlocked at 3-3 on aggregate in the African equivalent of the Europa League.But Ayman Hefny and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz failed to convert the fourth and fifth spot-kicks in the shootout while the visitors scored four in a row to win 4-3 on penalties.“I am sure we will score a big victory in Egypt,” boasted recently hired Zamalek coch Ehab Galal after losing the first leg 2-1 in Ethiopia on what he called a “ploughed field”.He was dismissive of CAF debutants Welayta after the first match, saying: “Our opponents are not a big team.”Losing to Dicha marks one of the darkest days for Zamalek, a club who have been African champions five times and won the CAF Super Cup thrice and the African Cup Winners Cup once.Although the equal third most successful club in CAF competitions, the Cairo “White Knights” have not won an African competition since lifting the 2003 Super Cup.In recent years they have had a huge turnover of coaches, with former English Premier League manager Alex McLeish among the victims.Goals just before and after half-time from Ahmed Madbouli gave Zamalek a two-goal second-leg lead and nudged them ahead on aggregate.But Abdulsemed Ali Usman scored for Dicha on 52 minutes to level the overall score and, with no further goals, the tie went to a shootout.Zamalek were the second big name from north Africa to be dumped this weekend after Club Africain of Tunisia lost 4-1 on aggregate to Renaissance Berkane of Morocco Saturday.Club Africain have been African champions and reached the Confederation Cup semi-finals last year before surprisingly losing to SuperSport United of South Africa.Tunisian clubs have won the Confederation Cup five times — more than any other country — but will not have any representative in the play-offs draw this Wednesday.Last hope Ben Guerdene beat CARA of Congo Brazzaville 3-1 at home, but were eliminated having lost the first leg 3-0 in central Africa last week.Patrick Loualoua and Khaled Yahia put the Tunisians two goals ahead with 33 minutes to play, but Racine Louamba pulled one back to leave the hosts needing to score at least three more.They managed one through Chibeb Zoghlami, but CARA advanced and will be joined in the draw by compatriots La Mancha, who qualified Friday.Cape Town City of South Africa lost 2-1 at home against Costa do Sol of Mozambique to make a shock departure on away goals having won the first leg.Qualifiers for CAF Champions League groups draw in Cairo Wednesday:Difaa el Jadida, Wydad Casablanca (both MAR), Entente Setif, Mouloudia Alger (both ALG), Esperance, Etoile Sahel (both TUN), Al Ahly (EGY), Horoya (GUI), Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA), Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA), Mbabane Swallows (SWZ), Port (TOG), Primeiro Agosto (ANG), Township Rollers (BOT), TP Mazembe (COD), Zesco Utd (ZAM)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FIFA put plans for lucrative new Club World Cup, Nations League on hold

first_imgHis other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing. UEFA recently launched its own European Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others.The 48-year-old FIFA president nevertheless insisted that “no sovereign fund is involved”.The source added: “UEFA are against these new competitions, because the Club World Cup would trim their share of the market from the Champions League, and by creating a global Nations League, FIFA would want to take over the commercialisation of the rights for all Nations Leagues.”Infantino suggested that it would be better for FIFA to organise a tournament that redistributes money around the game than for top European clubs to regularly travel abroad to take part in money-spinning friendly matches.“Everyone is happy to go around the world and try to cash in as much as possible. The only organisation in the world of football which is doing solidarity and development all over the world is FIFA,” he said.“There is certainly space for these games, interesting club games, without adding to the international match calendar.”Infantino also used the Council meeting to confirm that FIFA is opposed to La Liga’s plans to stage a match between Barcelona and Girona in the United States in January.In addition, FIFA endorsed a package of proposals to reform the transfer system, including reintroducing licences for player agents and limiting the number of players that can be loaned out by clubs.South American federation CONMEBOL’s request to move the Copa America from odd to even years and be held every four years from 2020 was granted, as was the Confederation of African Football’s request to stage the 2023 Cup of Nations in June and July, as is already planned for next year.Share on: WhatsApp Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino has delayed any decision over his plans for a lucrative new Club World Cup and global Nations League amid widespread opposition, instead setting up a taskforce to further look into the proposals.Speaking at a press conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali, where the FIFA Council has been meeting, Infantino said the taskforce will present “concrete proposals” at a meeting in Miami next March.The plans have been harshly criticised by opponents who say the international calendar is already overcrowded and have accused the FIFA president of using the projects to help win votes for re-election in June next year.A source told AFP that Infantino stepped back from adopting the new competitions on Friday when UEFA delegates threatened to walk out of the meeting.That is after the World Leagues Forum, a grouping of professional leagues, sent a letter to Infantino demanding that no final decision be taken in Kigali and lamenting the lack of any consultation. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has also been critical of the plans.“I am happy to have contributed to peace in the world today if some were seeing it so dramatic,” Infantino remarked.“Everyone agrees the Club World Cup needs to be revamped, everyone in the world.“There are some who have different interests. We were not going to decide today how to revamp them, there are different options on the table.“FIFA’s duty is to organise competitions, so I don’t understand why we cannot talk about them.”– ‘No sovereign fund involved’ –Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup by boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European. Currently the competition, which elicits little interest outside of Latin America, is played every year in December.last_img read more

Natasha and Georgia win Champion of Champions titles

first_img In the girls’ championship, Staroscik shot two-over 74 and won by a stroke from Caley McGinty of Knowle, Gloucestershire. Third place went to Maria Toledo Bailey of Walmley, Warwickshire.  Caption: Natasha Slater (left) and Georgia Staroscik (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). She started her round very smoothly and, playing from the 10th was one under par after nine. Her inward half included the challenge of a double bogey on the fourth, where her ball plugged in a bunker, but she held on solidly in the tough weather conditions. “Everything was soaking wet and it was difficult putting across the greens; it was really tough to know how hard to hit it,” she said. She had, in her own words, an interesting round. She started on the 10th and was two-under at the turn, helped by three birdies and one dropped shot. On her second nine she didn’t have a par, but her five birdies, three bogeys and a double, brought her safely home.  Click here for full scores  Tags: competitions, County Champion of Champion, Cumbria, Girls “It was my last comp of the season and I wanted to get a good result so it was nice to win. It’s one of the biggest events I’ve ever won so it’s really good – and really good for the county.”  Staroscik, 16, arrived at Woodhall Spa with few expectations. “I wanted to do the best I could and may be get my handicap cut,” said. “It’s quite surreal to win, it’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won.”center_img Slater wasn’t surprised. The 17-year-old from Ulverston Golf Club had looked at the weather forecast and said: “I thought it might be good to start well.” She did exactly that, shooting two-under 70 to win by three shots.  Cumbria’s Natasha Slater and Bedfordshire’s Georgia Staroscik are the toast of their counties after winning national titles in a weather-hit championship at Woodhall Spa.  They respectively became the women and girls’ English County Champion of Champions on a day when torrential rain flooded the greens on the Bracken course and the tournaments were reduced to 18 holes.  Her closest rivals for the women’s title, on one-over par 73, were defending champion Catherine Roberts of Pleasington, Lancashire; Megan Garland of The Oaks, Yorkshire; and Gemma Allman of Stanmore, Middlesex.  She wasn’t phased by the weather. “I don’t mind, it makes it a bit interesting – and it’s just like being at home!” This is Staroscik’s best golfing year to date and the Leighton Buzzard member now plays off four. Next year she aims to get down to two and to play in the English girls’ championship. “England events are great,” she said. 16 Sep 2017 Natasha and Georgia win Champion of Champions titles last_img read more

Olympia Community Rallies to Support Service Workers with a Virtual Tip…

first_imgFacebook135Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Virtual Tip JarThe amount of support in our community has been something truly remarkable to see. Watching community members reach out to those in need is humanizing and brings meaning to this period of time. Many of us have wondered how we can be of service to those who have served us so diligently in the past. There are many who have truly been of service to us for years: those who have lovingly prepared meals, packed grocery bags, poured drinks, created hopeful art, made the perfect lattes and offered a helping hand to us in millions of other ways as well.Virtual tip jars are something you may have seen pop up online recently. They are fast becoming ways to donate to individuals who can’t work or are in need. These tend to be the same individuals we would already be tipping generously for their service if we could just sit in their establishment. Tip jars become a necessary branch to get those individuals through this time when we can’t be there in person to tip, though many of us still want to. Some of these sites are national and some of us may feel overwhelmed if there are too many places to extend our support. Olympia Virtual Tip Jar is trying to condense the needs of many into one place and connect it with the hope of many others to keep supporting. This is a hyperlocal Olympia based tip jar service with the goal of reaching as many individuals who find themselves in need including those in the service community and small business owners. Right now, we are collecting information to create a database full of local businesses, artists, servers, baristas and “non-essential” workers who need support. This Olympia based database will be able to continue even as workers return to their workplace, because, to paraphrase Governor Jay Inslee: The effects of this will be long lasting even after we are able to be together again. Right now you can add your information, such as your Paypal, Venmo or Gofundme, to the database if you are a displaced Olympia worker here. Please share this link with any and all all service industry folks, artists, gig workers, small business owners and any workers that were impacted by the recent pandemic who deserve a little support – encouraging them to add their info to the list. Tips have already been flowing to deserving community members and we are already feeling the love!As for those of you looking for a away to support… click here to tip, donate and support those who have served others for so long. Just pick a name from the list and send them the tip you would normally provide during your regular night out via the link to the payment method provided! Thank you for continuing to show love and support! We love you Olympia! Join and stay tuned to our  Tip Jar Facebook group for more information and upcoming virtual fundraisers.last_img read more

Arraignment scheduled for cold case murder

first_imgPASADENA – Arraignment is scheduled today for a man accused of raping and killing a Pasadena woman in 1987, a crime that police say was solved using DNA evidence. Robert Tillman, 56, was taken into custody earlier this month after “cold case” detectives reopened the investigation. On May 6, 1987, the body of 72-year-old Mary Drew, was found dead in a board-and-care home where she lived in the 1100 block of N. Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena, Dewar said. Police said Tillman was considered a suspect at the time, but detectives had insufficient evidence to file charges against him. Tillman was eventually released and the case lay dormant for 19 years. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sasol selects BEE shareholders

first_img3 September 2008Information booklets, containing statements of allocation, will today be posted to almost 300 000 new shareholders who applied to participate in the Sasol Inzalo black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction.Both the cash and funded invitations were extremely sought-after with the cash offer being oversubscribed by 13% and the funded being more than 300% oversubscribed.“Sasol Inzalo’s mandate is to deliver a transaction that will help make broad-based black economic empowerment a tangible and practical reality in the lives of South Africans who may previously not have considered this type of an investment,” said Sasol CEO Pat Davies.“We are very proud that Sasol has met these objectives and is today able to initiate its dialogue with our thousands of new shareholders. I warmly welcome them, from 8 September 2008, when they join the Sasol family.”‘Bottom up’ approachTo achieve a broad-based shareholding of Sasol BEE ordinary shares and Sasol Inzalo ordinary shares, applications were accepted using a “bottom up” approach to prioritise the acceptance of applications for small numbers of shares, over those for larger numbers of shares.In the funded invitation, applicants could apply for a minimum of 25 Sasol Inzalo ordinary shares for an amount of R457.50. Applications for subscription amounts between R457.50 and R915 (i.e. 50 Sasol Inzalo ordinary shares) were accepted in full.Applications for 50 shares and more were allocated on a pro-rata basis. In the funded invitation, applicants received the number of shares applied for up to 50 shares and then, on average, 11.3% of the balance of the shares applied for.In the cash invitation, applicants could apply for a minimum of 10 Sasol BEE ordinary shares for an amount of R3 660. Applications for subscription amounts between R3 660 and R18 300 (i.e. 50 Sasol BEE ordinary shares) were accepted in full.Applications for 50 shares and more were allocated on a pro-rata basis. In the cash invitation, applicants received the number of shares applied for up to 50 shares and then, on average, 76.7% of the balance of the shares applied for.Broad-based empowermentThe top three provincial allocations were to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal at 45%, 19% and 15% respectively, while the largest age group represented in the transaction was the 31-40 years group at 26%, followed by the 41-50 year-olds at 23%.Younger applicants, in the 22-30 age category, as well as the 0-21 category were level at 16%.Female individuals received 43.6% of the allocation with female groups taking 3.9%, while male individuals received 43% of the allocation with male groups taking 9.5%.As a further testimony to the broad-based attraction of the invitations, 95% of the applications received were for 200 shares, or less.“We are very pleased with the outcome of the allocation as we met our broad based targets and still recognised the investment interest from applicants seeking larger numbers of shares,” said Sasol executive director Nolitha Fakude.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Saed Kolasinac signs for Arsenal F.C. on a free transfer

first_imgArsenal F.C. have signed Schalke 04’s Bosnia left back Saed Kolasinac on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.Kolasinac will start pre-season training with Arsenal in July “subject to the completion of all regulatory processes”, the north London club announced on their website ( confirmed in a statement that the 23-year-old had signed a deal at The Emirates which runs until 2022.Kolasinac will be competing with two senior left backs, Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, for a first-team spot.He represented Germany at youth level before deciding in 2013 to play for Bosnia, his parents’ homeland, and has collected 17 caps.??´ #WelcomeKolasinac Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 6, 2017last_img read more

Steph Curry Finally Looks Like Steph Curry Again

OAKLAND, Calif. — Many comparisons in the coming days can and will be made between this year’s NBA Finals and last year’s series. As in 2016, the Cavaliers got pasted in their first two games on the road. And similar to last time, the Cavs will try to find some footing in Cleveland in hopes of bringing the series back to Oakland for at least a fifth game.But aside from the painfully obvious observation — that Kevin Durant is an absolute monster who makes a comeback far more difficult than the one Cleveland pulled off a year ago — the Cavs have another problem: After a relatively poor showing in last season’s finals, Stephen Curry appears to have returned to form.The 29-year-old logged the first triple-double of his postseason career, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds on Sunday. His game was far from perfect, as he had eight turnovers to go with those gaudy numbers. But as reckless as he was at times, it was hard not to notice how fast and healthy he looked compared to last year’s Finals, where he didn’t have the burst to both dazzle past defenders and finish over them at the rim.In the 2015 Finals, Curry was dangerous when he controlled the ball inside the arc for seven dribbles or more, hitting 55 percent of those shots. But that number fell to 35 percent last year on the biggest stage, as he faltered late in the deciding Game 7, unable to get around Tristan Thompson, Richard Jefferson and Kevin Love — all respectable players, but guys that a great scorer like Curry should be able to put in the blender in 1-on-1 scenarios.That has not been a problem in this series, which is part of the best postseason of his career. He’s not only getting a step on bigger defenders, he’s also knocking down 50 percent of those looks inside the arc once he does.1Yes, if you look closely, you’ll see that Curry almost certainly double-dribbled on the jaw-dropping move he pulled on LeBron James on Sunday. Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There have been other great indications for Curry. Even with all those turnovers, he’s creating a ton of looks for his teammates — 13.5 potential assists per game in this series, up from 8.4 last year.2He also posted 13.5 potential assists per game in the 2015 Finals. A potential assist is a pass that leads to a shot attempt. He’s been the fastest offensive player on the court3Among those playing 10 minutes or more per game. by far. And, so far, he’s been getting considerably more accurate with his shot as he gets deeper into each game, much the way he did in 2015.4He’s made just 33 percent of his shots and 27 percent of his 3-point attempts in first halves of the Finals this year, but he is hitting 61 percent of his shots and 64 percent of his 3s in second halves. Last year, his shooting percentages were basically flat from one half to the next, while in 2015, they got stronger as the games wore on.Following the game, Cleveland star LeBron James was asked whether the Cavs were still trying to feel out the new-look Warriors. “They’re a different team. You guys asked me, ‘What was the difference?’ And I told you. They’re a different team.”James was referring to the addition of Durant. But with Curry playing this well too, even James might not be able to do enough to allow Cleveland to turn things around.Durant is defense-proofWhen the Warriors signed Durant, much was made about how much more space he would have to work with on offense now that he was surrounded by shooters. Game 1 showed how deadly that works out to be in practice. But the other thing Durant adds is the ability to Go Get A Bucket, to take and make tough shots when the defense tightens up in critical moments of the game. That came out in Game 2.Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and five blocks Sunday night, and he played as well defensively as he has all season. That’s an outstanding line all on its own, but he was also 10-for-15 on contested looks in Game 2, bringing him to 17-for-29 for the series. The Cavs tightened up their defense considerably from Game 1, but with Durant hitting everything he threw up regardless of coverage, it hardly mattered. And strange as it sounds in a game decided by 19 points, the Warriors needed Durant to carry them with those tough shots.“Tonight was a game based on talent,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game when asked about Golden State’s 13 first-half turnovers. “We had a lot of guys play great individually.”Durant was right in the the middle of it, especially early in the game, when he was hitting contested step-backs and keying fast breaks with his defense. And he pretty much put the game away in the fourth quarter when he blocked a Kevin Love post-up on one end and hit a twisting, falling fadeaway over two defenders to put the Warriors up 18 with seven minutes to play. It was an incredible 1-2 sequence that only a few players in the league are capable of putting together. But creating offense out of nothing is Durant’s specialty, especially on contested attempts like that.Coming into the season, our colleague Ben Morris mapped out how Durant adds as much value to the average 2-point shot as Curry does to a 3-pointer. But in Oklahoma City, Durant had generally been getting bad looks and turning them into good ones. In Golden State, he’s finally been getting good shots, but he has shown that he still has the chops to turn bad ones good.That’s a skill the Warriors don’t necessarily have. Even with Curry playing like his old MVP self, he was just 4-for-11 on contested looks in Game 1 and 2-for-7 Sunday night. But that has hardly mattered. With Durant on the roster, this is no longer the team that couldn’t find a way to score in the final 4:39 of the fourth quarter of Game 7 last year. It’s a team that can go get a bucket whenever it needs one.LeBron may be tiredIt never quite seemed like LeBron and the Cavs were about to run away with the game, but for a while at least, things looked like they were going to work. Cleveland was running and gunning, and the offense was working in all the ways it hadn’t in Game 1. James was 8-for-12 for 18 points and 10 assists in the first half, mostly on drives that produced good shots around the rim or open looks for teammates. Throw out a few what-were-they-thinking fouls on Curry in the first quarter, which gave him eight of his 10 free throw attempts in that period, and they might have taken a lead into halftime. But even when they wound up down three at the break, it seemed like we had a game on our hands. Then the Cavs ran out of gas.The first half was played at a pace factor of 119, meaning the full game would have seen 119 possessions if play had kept going at that speed. That’s staggeringly high, and while the game did slow down after halftime, the final pace rating was still 106.4, making it the second-fastest game Cleveland played all season. (The fourth-fastest was a January matchup against the Warriors that Golden State won by 35.) The pace proved to be too much.After his strong opening half, James shot just six times in the second half and just once in the fourth quarter. He was also much less involved overall, letting other players initiate the offense instead of hammering on the drive-and-kick game that had kept Cleveland in it early.But James isn’t simply carrying the offense — he’s also guarding Durant for long stretches, and that hasn’t worked out so well. When James is guarding him this series, Durant is 10-for-17 for 23 points with just one turnover. On the whole, when James is the primary defender, the Warriors are shooting 63 percent against him and scoring 21.5 points per game.James hasn’t been a disaster on defense — the highlight-reel moment where he gets spin-cycled by Curry seems likely to have been a reaction to a double dribble — but he’s also clearly no longer the man-eater he was at his height, when he both carried the offense and was one of the most fearsome perimeter defenders in the league.The Cavs are rich in top-tier role players, but they don’t have a true defensive stopper on the perimeter; Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have both looked overmatched in the series, which makes James’s job even more demanding than usual. He might just need a breather. So while it was nice to see the Cavs offense operating at a high level again, Cleveland may want to consider slowing things down. read more