Sporting News’ college basketball All-Decade team for the 2010s

first_imgIt can be like comparing apples to seashells.Although there was no formula, we were able to choose a team filled with players whose excellence will linger in the college game for years to come — and who will remain legends forever to the programs fortunate now to call them alumni.Center: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (2011-12) Why he’s here: It took a while for Davis to find his niche as a college player. He produced four single-figure scoring games in his first 11 appearances. When it was time to select our mid-season All-America team, we did not include him on the first team — but told everyone to expect he would be Player of the Year in the end. Not only did he manage that, he became Most Outstanding Player at the 2012 Final Four and led the Wildcats to the NCAA championship. Davis continued to evolve as an offensive player even up through that weekend in New Orleans, improving his jumpshot and adding a jump-hook that wasn’t part of his arsenal at the start of the year. His NCAA Tournament was the best any player delivered in the ‘10s.By the numbers: Davis blocked 29 shots in the 2012 tournament, the second-best total ever.Power forward: Zion Williamson, Duke (2018-19)Why he’s here: Williamson introduced himself to the college basketball world with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting in a 118-84 destruction of Kentucky, and it was clear we’d never seen anything quite like him. He became a phenomenon during his one season with the Blue Devils, to the point it no longer was necessary to use his last name. Williamson shot 68 percent from the field and averaged 22.8 points and 8.9 rebounds, but those numbers do not convey his influence on Duke’s performances. Opponents struggled with how to defend him, and the only game in which he did not register at least 11 points was one in which he was injured after a single minute. All that was missing from his resume was a Final Four appearance, denied by a one-point Elite Eight loss to Michigan State.By the numbers: After returning from a notorious knee injury last March — an injury that led many analysts to declared that he should stop playing college basketball to protect his NBA Draft status — Williamson showed his commitment by playing 258 of a possible 280 minutes in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. Small forward: Doug McDermott, Creighton (2010-14)Why he’s here: As a high school teammate of Harrison Barnes in Ames, Iowa, McDermott was not widely recruited by major programs and signed a letter of intent to play at Northern Iowa. After McDermott’s father was hired at Creighton, however, UNI agreed to release him. He wound up tearing up the Missouri Valley Conference for three years, averaging 14.9 points as a freshman and following that with seasons of 22.9 points per game and 23.2. Those skeptics who contended McDermott’s production was a product of mostly playing mid-major competition in the Valley were proved wrong when Creighton moved to the Big East in advance of his senior season and Doug responded with his best season: 26.7 points per game and 96 made 3-pointers.By the numbers: McDermott’s career total of 3,150 points ranks No. 6 on the NCAA all-time list. He is one of only 10 players to top 3,000 career points and one of three with 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.Point guard: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2010-14)Why he’s here: Napier was not the most spectacular guard to appear in college basketball this decade, but what a winner he was. Napier was an essential contributor to UConn’s surprising run to the 2011 NCAA championship, never starting but appearing 28 minutes per game in the final three games, and all but carried the Huskies to the title in 2014. He was a consensus All-American in 2014, when he produced 18 points and 4.9 assists. When Kentucky’s heralded Julius Randle struggled to 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting in the 2014 title game, Napier coolly scored 20 and hit 4-of-9 from 3-point range. He never was as spectacular as teammate Kemba Walker was in 2010-11, but Napier’s presence wound up having double the impact — at least in terms of rings.By the numbers: After becoming a starter as a sophomore, Napier never averaged fewer than 35 minutes.Point guard: Jalen Brunson, Villanova (2015-18)Why he’s here: Brunson’s junior season in 2017-18 definitely was the most dominant season of any player at his position this decade, and one would have to reach back at least to Jameer Nelson’s 2013-14 season to find a comparable performance. The difference, of course, being that Nelson’s heart was broken in the Elite Eight and Brunson got to stand on the podium and celebrate a second championship in three years. Brunson averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists, but those numbers were diminished by the Wildcats’ abundance of offensive options and capable passers. Everything started with him, but it wasn’t necessary for Brunson to finish it all. When Villanova inverted its offense, he was dominant in the low post. When he remained on the perimeter, he hit .408 on threes. College basketball is perhaps the most curious sport in which to select an All-Decade team because a large percentage of the best and most influential players only stuck around for 1/10th of it.We were left to judge whether the impact of one sensational, game-changing player for a single season superseded the performance of excellent — but perhaps not dominant — athletes who contributed for three or four full seasons. By the numbers: In 2017-18, Brunson shot 59.9 percent from the field on 2-pointers, converting 184-of-307. He stands just 6-3.Coach: John Calipari, Kentucky (2009-2019)Why he’s here: Calipari arrived at Kentucky with the foundation of an excellent recruiting class in place; he’d been working on landing John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry and others while he was at Memphis. All but Henry chose to follow him to UK. They became the first of his 30-win UK teams, but it wasn’t until Anthony Davis arrived two years later that Calipari claimed his first NCAA championship. He insists it was never a plan to rely on elite one-and-done prospects, and many critics insisted he should try a different approach, but it’s hard when even the guys who are not top-of-the-charts prospects blossom and enter the draft, as well. (Goodbye, Tyler Herro!) Calipari kept Kentucky not only relevant, but essential through all that. The Wildcats reached the Elite Eight in 2010, 2017 and 2019, the Final Four in 2010, 2014 and 2015 and the top of the mountain in 2012.By the numbers: 41.2 percent of Calipari’s 757 career victories to date have occurred at Kentucky.last_img read more

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OFC appoints leading NZ solicitor as Olympic row rumbles on

first_imgChen is one of New Zealand’s top constitutional and administrative law experts, and managing partner of Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists.The OFC appears to be standing by the disqualification of New Zealand, whose team were thrown out of the competition following a protest made by semi-final opponents Vanuatu over the eligibility of South African-born Deklan Wynne was upheld at a disciplinary hearing on Sunday (July 12).Vanuatu went on to play Fiji in the final later that same day, losing 4-3 on penalties at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.New Zealand Football (NZF) insisted they were not aware of the OFC hearing, claiming they had been told the matter would be referred to FIFA.The national governing body confirmed on Monday (July 13) it plans to formally lodge an appeal over the OFC’s Disciplinary Committee’s ruling, with the deadline to do so being July 27. According to NZF chief executive Andy Martin, the appeal will be on two fronts, putting forward a case that the Pacific Games Council (PGC) was running the tournament, not the OFC, and that all players were cleared to play with the PGC before the competition.But with the OFC unlikely to uphold an appeal against its own decision-making processes, it could mean that the matter ends up before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.New Zealand captain Louis Fenton described his side’s disqualification as “a huge disappointment” and has taken a stab at NZF claiming the players “feel let down by the people who didn’t do the right thing in terms of checking out players’ eligibility”.The All Whites’ disqualification came after they’d topped Pool B with three wins out of three, and overcome Vanuatu in the penultimate round thanks to second-half goals from Monty Patterson and Bill Tuiloma.”That is the most disappointing thing,” Fenton told the Dominion Post.”We were the best team there and if we had played half right we would’ve qualified for the Olympics.”Everyone in the team wanted to go.”It is a massive thing.”It is not as big as a World Cup, but it is the second biggest tournament in football and to have that snatched from you and out of your control is pretty hard.”Wynne, the player at the centre of the controversy, has already represented New Zealand at under-20 and senior level after becoming a naturalised Kiwi.The left-back, 20, who was not born in the country and does not have a New Zealand parent or grandparent, would have to have lived in the country for five years from the age of 18 to be eligible, but is not old enough to have done so.Fiji Football Association President Rajesh Patel is confident that his country’s qualification for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will stand.”They [New Zealand Football] have all the rights to go through it [the appeal process] but as far we know we are qualified…and we are there – we are going to Rio,” he told Radio New Zealand.”Oceania Football knows that we have qualified and we are through.”Every country has to follow the rules and if you don’t follow the rules it’s very clear that FIFA will take action on it.”If a country protests against you and it’s found to be right, you will be disqualified and they [the OFC] must have found the evidence and the onus is on New Zealand to show the player is eligible to play for New Zealand.”….PACNEWSlast_img read more

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Nandlall law books matter to continue at Magistrates’ Courts

first_imgActing Chief Justice Roxanne George on Monday overruled a Fixed Date Application (FDA) filed on behalf of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who challenged Magistrate Fabayo Azore’s decision to call on him to lead a defence in the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) law books matter. This signals that Magistrate Azore will be allowed to continue hearing the matter for which Nandlall is accused of taking 14 Commonwealth law books worth $2.3 million.Last year the Georgetown Magistrate had overruled the defence’s no-case submission. Nandlall through his lawyers filed a motion in the High Court, which had petitioned the court the quash the November 23, 2018 ruling by Magistrate Fabayo Azore and for the charge of “Larceny by a Bailee contrary to Section 165 of the Criminal Law Offences Act, Chapter 8:01” to be thrown out.On Monday, Justice George, SC, gave her decision and stressed that to intervene in the case before Azore would be to usurp the power of the Magistrate, adding that while the High Court does have jurisdiction to hear the case, the matter is evidential in nature and would be up to the Magistrate to rule on the said evidence.Nandlall’s Attorney, Devindra Kissoon had argued that the Magistrate should have given reasons for her decision but according to Justice George, while the Magistrate should give reasons when a prima facie case is made out, this is not usually done. Rather, reasons are given at the end of the trial. While observing that there is no actual charge of “Larceny by a Bailee”, contrary to the Criminal Law Offences Act in Guyana or in England, the judge outlined that this would be covered under the charge of simple larceny. The ruling went on to point out that Magistrate Azore was not required to file an affidavit in answer.Following the ruling, Nandlall told reporters that his attorney only addressed jurisdiction and he did not expect the judge to rule on the overall matter. “I am surprised by the ruling, the judge had asked us to persuade her whether or not she has jurisdiction and that is all that we set out to do and she ruled that she had jurisdiction to review the Magistrate’s ruling. That is all we asked her to address and the judge decided the entire case,” he noted.The former Attorney General said that his side did not get the opportunity to address Justice George on the evidence, noting that they were hoping to address her after ruling the on the court’s jurisdiction in an open court setting. Nandlall observed that he will be challenging the court’s decision.When he had filed his writ last year, Nandlall was asking the court to declare that the charge for the offence of “Larceny by a Bailee contrary to Section 165 of the Criminal Law Offences Act, Chapter 8:01”, is an unknown offence, therefore, it is in violation of Articles 40, 144 (4) and 149 (d) of the Constitution.The former Attorney General was, on April 27, 2017, released on self-bail after he was charged for fraudulently acquiring and converting Commonwealth law books to his own use and benefits; property of the State. It was three days prior, on April 24, 2017, that he was called in to SOCU headquarters for questioning in relation to the Commonwealth Law Books.Nandlall had explained to the media that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth Law Books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the Law reports. Insisting that nothing was abnormal about the practice, the former AG had argued that it was done by other Government Ministries such as Finance and Health.He had expressed awareness that for decades prior, the Government had paid for professional and technical publications, journals, periodicals and magazines. This, he said, had been done for Ministers as well as professional and technical personnel.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar. Nandlall has maintained that the accusation laid against him by SOCU was instigated by current Attorney General Basil Williams because he had criticised Williams’s performance.last_img read more

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JOAN PUTS THE FOOT DOWN THANKS TO PINEHILL’S 50TH!

first_imgMrs. Joan Murray Gortahork receiving her prize in the Pinehill Business Park 50th year Celebration Draw of a Renault Clio from Luke Boal. Also included in the picture is Eamon, George and Jacque Blaney. The winning ticket outlet was Carpet Interiors which was represented by Liz Moore.JOAN PUTS THE FOOT DOWN THANKS TO PINEHILL’S 50TH! was last modified: August 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drawPinehill Business ParkRenault Cliolast_img read more

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Barcelona ready to sell seven stars, including a Tottenham Hotspur target

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TOP WORK Latest Transfer News Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST targets LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Defensive midfielder Arthur joins from Gremio, while Clement Lenglet arrives from Sevilla, which sees the club strengthen in key area.But it means Valverde must cull a selection of stars, and seven of the 14 players currently in pre-season training could all be culled, according Marca.Andre Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Marlon Santos, Munir, Douglas, Rafinha and Sergi Samper all appear to be surplus to requirements, while it’s thought some could move in the coming days as Barca look to sell before their pre-season tour of the United States.The news comes on the back of Philippe Coutinho applying to change his nationality to Portuguese as he seeks to help free up space in the Barcelona squad for another non-EU player. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Barcelona star Rafinha is one of seven players who could be sold this summer. moving on 1 REVEALED targets Barcelona are ready to sell seven stars in the near future as they look to thin out their bloated squad ahead of the new season.Manager Ernesto Valverde is keen to work with a small group of players and currently believes they have too many on their books, especially following two summer transfers coming into the club. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012

first_imgGEORGE NICHOLLSThe death has taken place at St Peter’s Hospital Surrey, England, of George Walter Nicholls, formerly of Burt. Remains will arrive at McClafferty Funeral Home tomorrow, Tuesday, at approximately 10.30pm to repose overnight. Funeral from there on Wednesday at 10.30am going to St Aengus’s Church, Burt for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards to the adjoining CemeteryANNIE CARR The death has taken place in Beech Hill Manor Nursing Home, Buncrana of Annie Carr, formerly of Gortahork and Falcarragh and former national schhol teacher in Cashel Na Gore. Removal from Beech Hill Manor Nursing Home tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1pm going to Christ the King Church, Gortahork to arrive at approximately 3pm to repose overnight. Viewing from 3pm to 5pm. Funeral mass on Wednesday at 11am with burial in the adjoining cemetery.ELIZABETH GALLAGHERThe death has taken place at the Beechill Manor Nursing Home, Lisfannon of Elizabeth Bessie Gallagher, late of Woodciarn, Malin Road, Moville. Removal from the nursing home today at 6pm going to her late residence. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed laterHESTER MCCLEAN The death occurred of Hester McClean nee Laird, 41 Millpark, Eglinton and formerly of Burnside, Raphoe. Remains reposing at Burnside. Funeral from there on Wednesday at 2pm for Service in Raphoe Presbyterian Church and afterwards to St Eunan’s Cathedral Graveyard for burial in the Family Plot. Family flowers only please.  Donations in lieu to Raphoe Presbyterian Church c/o Jack Beatty Funeral Director or any Family memberKATHLEEN GILLThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Kathleen Gill nee Quinn, Crislamore, Burnfoot and formerly of Elaghbeg, Burnfoot. Remains reposing at her Son Michael’s residence at Crislamore, Burnfoot. Funeral from there tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10.20am going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining CemeteryBRID DORA MCGINLEYThe sudden death has taken place at her home of Brid Dora McGinley, Postmistress, Annagry Post Office. Remains reposing at the Family home. Funeral from there tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10.30am going to St Mary’s Star of theSea Church, Annagry for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only if desired.  Donations in lieu to the Donegal Hospice c/o Stephen O’Donnell Funeral Directors, Crolly or any family member KATHLEEN MCHUGHThe death has taken place at Killybegs Community Hospital of Kathleen McHugh, Scadaman, Ardara and Main Street Ardara. Remains reposing at her late residence at Scadaman, Ardara. Removal from there today at 7pm going to the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara for 7.30pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass at 12 midday tomorrow, Tuesday, followed by interment in the adjoining Cemetery. Family flowers only please.  Donations if desired to Killybeg’s Community Hospital c/o any Family member or Derek McCabe Funeral Director, Ardara.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 was last modified: April 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2012APRIL 9DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAYlast_img read more

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DUNGLOE GAA CLUB SET TO CYCLE 100KM TO RAISE MONEY FOR OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH

first_imgFEATURES: All Ireland medal winner and All Star Tony Boyle will lead Dungloe GAA clubs cycle team this weekend as they take on the Letterkenny to Glencolmcille 100km Cycle challenge in aid of Ovarian Cancer Research. Tony has been getting expert one to one training in recent weeks from from local cycling guru Noel Breislin, rumour has it there’s a small wager between himself and fellow All Ireland medal winner Noel Hegarty as to who will cross the line in Carrick first.The clubs cycle team will have their fundraising quiz on Thursday 10th September in the Corner Bar at 9.30pm. They depart letterkenny on Saturday 12th at 7.45am heading for Carrick.Please support the lads in their efforts to raise funds for ovarian cancer research.The lads have put a big effort in , training in all conditions.All the lads have done in excess of 1000km over this past two months, taking in cycles to Gweedore, Cloughaneely, Termon, Ardara, Glenties and Glengesh. Dungloe cycle team: 1. Gerard Boyle 2. Adrian Alcorn 3. Brendan Mc Gee 4. Eamonn Mc Gee 5. Patrick Mc Gowan 6. Brendan Mc Cole 7. Shaun Boyle 8. Owen Bonner 9. Joe Boyle 10. Myles Sweeney 11. Daniel Walsh 12. HughieMc Ginley 13. John Ham 14. Shaun Sharkey 15. Raymond Pat Boyle 16. Tony Boyle Service vehicle: Conor ComackDUNGLOE GAA CLUB SET TO CYCLE 100KM TO RAISE MONEY FOR OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportslast_img read more

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Warehouse Bar + Kitchen to transform into Warehouse of Horrors

first_imgLooking for something spooktacular to attend over the Bank Holiday weekend?Warehouse Bar + Kitchen are transforming into the Warehouse of Horrors!They are hosting a night of tricks and treats on Sunday, October 29th, and everyone is welcome for a night of spooky celebrations. Are you up for it? Enter at your own risk.And above all – wear what you dare!Warehouse Bar + Kitchen to transform into Warehouse of Horrors was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fancy DressHalloweenletterkennyWarehouse Bar and Kitchenwarehouse of horrorsWhat’s on?last_img read more

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Liquid Therapy create fundraiser to help kids with autism

first_imgLiquid Therapy of Bundoran are planning an Errigal climb for autism fundraiser on the 27th of May.Liquid Therapy is a not-for-profit organisation that attempts to help children with special needs surf, play and have fun in the water.The company also intends to make children who may not be as successful in other sports the opportunity to find their own niche. Tom Losey is the founder of Liquid Therapy, his aim was to help give children a better opportunity in the water as well as allowing them to boost their confidence.“I could see that an opportunity was being missed, I was a swimming teacher and I could see that there was a space to start something like this to help others,” Losey said.“All round Liquid Therapy engages with kids and allows them to feel confident within themselves. There are both physical and social benefits for the kids.“And there’s a massive benefit for families too, it allows them to go to the beach with kids who are well used to the area and they know it won’t be difficult to keep an eye on them,” he added. Losey said that one of his proudest achievements to date with Liquid Therapy is the fact that it helps families going to the beach no longer having to feel like it’s a chore.“When we look at ourselves we all love the ability to go to the beach and enjoy ourselves.“Tennis, football, GAA, and many other sports usually put pressure on kids to score a goal or make a big impact. With Liquid Therapy we give children the chance to win at their own level,” he said.Losey went on to add that Liquid Therapy is specifically a non-profit organisation and that fundraisers like the one taking place in Errigal on May 27th make it all possible.Liquid Therapy create fundraiser to help kids with autism was last modified: May 15th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegalliquid therapysurfinglast_img read more

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Sand and Puzz lead the way as McKinleyville beats Eureka for first Big 5 win of the season

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Keeping track of who scored for McKinleyville was rather simple in the opening 16 minutes Wednesday night.It was either going to No. 3 or No. 13. That simple.The 1-2 punch of junior guard Mason Sand and sophomore guard Isaac Puzz combined to score 31 of the Panthers’ 33 first-half points, as the pair of sharp shooters led the way in the McKinleyville boys basketball team’s 59-38 win over Eureka.It’s the Panthers second consecutive win within a three-day span after falling to …last_img

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