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Serena Williams beats Sharapova for Australian Open title

Written By kom nampuldu on Sabtu, 31 Januari 2015 | 20.50

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory despite a hacking cough on Saturday night.

After celebrating prematurely on her third match point, letting her racket go before hearing a let call to what she thought was an ace, Williams had to quickly re-gather her composure.

"I thought, 'Wow this is it, I did it, only to hear let. I was like, 'OK Serena!'" she said. "I was very disappointed, because Maria was playing so well. I thought she's going to try to hit a winner now. She's goes for broke on match point."

Top-ranked Williams took a deep breath and fired another ace — her 15th of the set and 18th of the match — and this time the celebration was real.

She jumped around like a little child, bouncing up and down, before shaking hands with Sharapova at the net.

"I'm so honored to be here tonight and to hold this 19th trophy @ my favorite stadium," Williams said.

The 33-year-old Williams became the oldest winner of the Australian women's title in the Open era and moved into outright second place on the list of major winners in the Open era, behind only Steffi Graf's 22.

Still affected by a recent cold, Williams controlled the first set around a rain delay in the sixth game, when play was stopped for 13 minutes for the roof to be closed. Williams came back on court momentarily near the end of the break, but returned to the locker room.

"I had a really bad cough, I ended up throwing up, actually. I think that helped me when I got it out," Williams said. "I've just got a really bad cold, a really bad cough. Usually when that happens you stay in bed, you don't play matches every day."

She came back from the break and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points. She was broken while serving for the set but broke Sharapova for a third time to clinch it.

Williams won the first six points of the second set, too, and seemed on course for another lopsided victory before Sharapova started hitting out.

The five-time major winner had 18 of her 21 winners in the second set, cutting down her unforced errors and fending off four break points.

No. 2-ranked Sharapova saved two match points, including one in the 10th game when she bravely hit a forehand winner down the line — applauded by Williams — and she calmly held serve twice to stay in the match.

Sharapova forced a tiebreaker and then took the first point off Williams when she leaped into a service return down the line.

But Williams rallied again and relied on her serve to keep the points short, missing a second match point when Sharapova hit a winning service return. Williams didn't relent, though, and secured the title that lifted her above the career records of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who had 18 Grand Slam singles titles.

Williams had one of her most consistent matches in the tournament. As well as the aces, she won 37 of the 44 points when she got her first serve into play, was only broken once and hit 38 winners.

She was aggressive from the start, pumping her fist and screaming "C'mon" after big points. But she had to tone it down after going slightly too far in the seventh game of the second set when the chair umpire ruled a hindrance when she celebrated too early on a service winner and was docked a point.

When she eventually held that game with an ace, she held out her fist and didn't utter a sound.

"I know the rules now. I'm not one to argue unless I'm sure that I'm right … If anything I need to relax more," Williams said. "At that point, I was so uptight."

Williams now has won 16 in a row and is 17-2 in career matches against Sharapova, who hasn't won a head-to-head meeting since 2004.

Two of Williams' six Australian titles have come with straight-set wins in the final against Sharapova, the first in 2007. While the American has a 100 percent record at Melbourne Park, Sharapova dropped to 1-3 in Australian Open finals — her only victory coming in 2008.

"I haven't beaten her in a long time but I love every time I step on the court with her," said Sharapova, who had to save two match points in the second round. "I've had some of the best memories of my career on this court and also some of my toughest losses, but that's the life of a tennis player."


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Judge shutters Chelsea CrossFit location over noise complaints

A Manhattan judge ordered a CrossFit in Chelsea to shut down after finding that gym-goers were hoisting heavy free weights into the air and letting them smash to the floor at all hours despite complaints from upstairs neighbors.

"Residents of the condominium have a right to enjoy their apartments in relative peace," Justice Joan Kenney wrote in her ruling.

Residents of the luxury Steiner Building at 257 W. 17th St. sued the CrossFit facility, called Brick, in 2013, claiming the ground-floor gym created such a racket that the noise interfered with their sleep and work.

"On numerous occasions my family and I have been woken up by the noises and vibrations emanating" from Brick, says Catherine Havenmeyer, who lives in a third-floor unit. "My family and I hear these sounds starting at 6 a.m. most days and then sporadically throughout the day."

She says she wouldn't have bought into the condo — where a two-bedroom unit recently sold for $3.4 million — if she knew a gym was going to move into the space previously occupied by a supermarket.

Neighbors claimed the gym was deafening at all hours of the day.

Judge Kenney in her decision pointed to the "clean and jerk" maneuver in which fitness enthusiasts let barbells smash to the floor.

"Defendant has continued to hold CrossFit classes, despite being made aware of numerous complaints regarding the noise and vibrations emanating from the gym," she wrote.

The building's attorney, Jay Ginsberg, was satisfied. "We're pleased with the result," he said.

Brick is still open and will be appealing the ruling. The gym's attorney, Jeffrey Kaplan, referred to his written appeal that says the judge's decision will cause "immeasurable damages to intangibles such as brand reputation and goodwill."

Another Manhattan building enjoyed a similar court victory last year. Owners at a Tribeca loft condo where J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler has a $13.5 million apartment successfully sued to block a Crunch gym from opening in the commercial space at 140 Franklin St.

The loft's attorney, David Pfeffer, who has been representing Manhattan condos and co-ops for the past 20 years, says he has seen a rash of recent cases against gyms.

"People are spending millions for fairly small apartments and the sponsor promises high-end amenities — and then they want to bring in a low-end physical-fitness facility that's going to keep [residents] up all night," he said.


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The 17 best fashion and gossip moments from Sundance

Sundance brings out the celebrities and their chic winter gear. We were there to round up the looks — and the latest gossip.

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Aftering hitting the slopes, "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier hosted a candlelit party at a private Deer Valley mansion for his documentary, "52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World," about a whale whose voice's pitch is higher than his peers. Grenier talked to The Post about his new modeling gig for Buffalo Jeans: "I don't think that modeling has been thought of as a spiritual endeavor," and the craziest fan reaction he's had since they've commenced filming "Entourage: The Movie": "People are pretty much respectful and excited." Somehow, the star managed to loop every question back to his whale flick, including how he stays warm at Sundance, for which he responded, "Lots of love — and could you imagine if you didn't have any friends, like a lonely whale, how cold you might be?"

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Funnygirl Kristen Wiig's letter skirt is write on. The actress, who was in town for her film "Nasty Baby," layers her look with a classic camel coat.

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When stars want to escape the Sundance frenzy, there's only one place to go — up high into the mountains. Brad Pitt and a friend were spotted sipping Moscow mules at the luxury Deer Valley hotel Stein Eriksen Lodge. Also there was a ridiculously young-looking Sarah Silverman, who, when approached for an interview at 9 on a Saturday night, responded "F - - k no, I'm tired." She did manage to share her tip for staying warm at Sundance: "Coats." Noted.

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At the luxurious Montage hotel, a hodgepodge group of celebs dined at the hotel's restaurant, Burgers & Bourbon, including Gwyneth Paltrow and kids, Johnny Knoxville and Keanu Reeves, while the Stone Temple Pilots performed a concert steps away.

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Actress Hailee Steinfeld covers up her cold shoulders with a pop of periwinkle and gives a warm smile to the cameras.

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A Moschino-clad Frances Bean Cobain (far left) looks like a punk-rock princess with mom Courtney Love.

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We talked to "Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams, who just hours after she touched down in Park City, was already a bona fide Sundance style maven. "My coat game is really strong," says Williams. "Everything under that is just simple. I'm going with leggings, a drapey black tee, and then I have my '90s coat, my All Saints coat and my Canada [Goose]. And I'm just rotating." Williams, who was in town promoting her film "People, Places, Things," says she loves working with John Stewart, specifically for "his old man jokes."

"He's supersmart, and I'm always learning."

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Lena Dunham (right, with pal Brie Larson) might have let it slip that she was engaged, or even married, to rock star boyfriend Jack Antonoff at a Planned Parenthood party. During a speech, she casually referred to her bae's sister, Rachel Antonoff, as her "sister-in-law." Lena shrugged it off, posed for pics with fans afterwards, and even doled out her assistant's Gmail address so they could contact her.

After posing for one photo, Lena ran over to a pal and said: "Someone came up to me and was like, 'Make a black-power face.' And I did it. And I loved it! But I was like, this is definitely going to hurt me."

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Alec Baldwin may not be a fan of The Post, but he sure charmed the pants off the staffers at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, where he and his preggers wife, Hilaria, shacked up for a week with their baby, Carmen (all pictured above).

"He was on a first-name basis with everyone" says a source, who adds that Baldwin purchased some fresh poles, a hat and goggles before heading out to the slopes.

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It's Aussie stunner Margot Robbie fur the win in two-tone denim, violet kicks and a dreamy, creamy topper.

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Did Pharrell lose his hat? Erykah Badu and Common attend "A Celebration of Music in Film" at Sundance.

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Capes off to you, Brooklyn Decker! The actress has plaid love for tartan at a Grey Goose Blue Door cast party.

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Meryl Streep's actress daughter Mamie Gummer is getting into the moviemaking business and launching her own production company called Lampshade, with childhood friend New Yorker Emily Jerome. Mamie shacked up with Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner and Jerome in Park City last week to premiere Gummer and Sumner's Sundance film, "The End of the Tour." Lampshade will look to support independent productions.

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James Franco is snow stylish in this Fair Isle sweater at the premiere of his flick "I Am Michael."

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While the pricey cocktails at Stein Eriksen Lodge are up to snuff for even the most famous of celebs, the hulking Jason Mamoa, from "Game of Thrones," decided to take drinking matters into his own hands, rolling into the Deer Valley establishment with "cases of beer," according to a source.

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Jack Black looks doggone cool in a Husky tee. "The D Train" star was spotted serenading Sundancers from a balcony.

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Nicole Kidman doesn't do snow-wear chic. She just does chic. The elegant actress was spotted with a Céline tote and fitted polka-dot sweater.


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How one midseason meeting saved the Seahawks’ season

PHOENIX — Sometimes, even within the closest of families, what needs to be said is not and when it is time for talk there is only silence.

If that were the case with the Seahawks, they would not be at Super Bowl XLIX.

"It was very important for us to get things off our chest,'' receiver Doug Baldwin said.

If not for a perfectly timed, clear-the-air session called by coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks might not be a day away from attempting to do what no NFL team has been able to accomplish in a decade — win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Seahawks fell to 6-4 after a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Nov. 16 and it was not only the naysayers on the outside wondering if last season's champions would be able to make a successful run at another title.

Carroll did not like what he saw and, even more troubling, he did not like what he felt. His Seahawks in 2013 were cohesive and together — and that was not the vibe with this team. It was more than Jamaal Charles shredding the vaunted Seattle defense for 159 yards or Russell Wilson's offense turning the ball over on downs on the final three possessions. Something was not right, and Carroll knew it.

"I think Coach Carroll did a great job of sitting us down and having all the guys in the room,'' safety Earl Thomas said. "When you communicate with an open heart, solutions come.''

A few days after the loss, Carroll called in 10 of his core players. Those in the room say what went down was heated, emotional, at times difficult and often brutally honest. A few days later, the NFC West-leading Cardinals came to town and the Seahawks bludgeoned them in a 19-3 victory that reestablished the balance of power in the division. The Seahawks haven't lost since.

All the talk led to plenty of action.

"I think it was a huge impact,'' Baldwin said. "For us to be in a room together and openly and freely express our concerns about the team and not hold anything back. I thought that was crucial for our growth as a team. Guys in that room — we clash at times, but I think being able to get everything off the table, it brought us closer."

Pete Carroll and Richard ShermanPhoto: Getty Images

Baldwin was in the room. So were Thomas, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor from the "Legion of Boom" secondary. Wilson was in the room, as were Marshawn Lynch, linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end Michael Bennett. No one offered detailed specifics about what was said, but it is clear the discussion was spirited and Thomas was the one to add fuel to the fire, perhaps too much so.

"I caused more of the chaos than anything,'' Thomas conceded. "I communicate very well on the football field but not in life. I don't want to make this about me. I'm glad we got it fixed.''

Said Bennett: "I think sometimes you have to look in the mirror and face it. Sometimes you are ugly. You have to look in the mirror and say, 'Damn, I'm ugly.' Sometimes we looked in the mirror and was like, 'Man, we do have some stuff we can improve on,' even though everybody thinks that we don't. We came back and started to improve on things that we needed to improve on."

Wilson recalls he felt his team was "so close to being unbelievable again'' but "we had to talk about some stuff.''

Stuff?

"We took away any selfishness,'' Wilson said. "Now, we're not the type of team that's very selfish at all, but we had to take away any selfishness — worrying about stats, worrying about this or that. We had to focus on being selfless for one another, to play for each other. We kind of talked about the idea of 'Today I play for you,' and that idea.''

The idea for the meeting was hatched by Carroll and the results led to another Super Bowl ride.

"There's no question that the change took place the night we got together and the days to follow,'' Carroll said. "They took the thought, they took the messaging and delivered it to the club. I told them I will do our best to keep us on topic, but you guys are going to have to embed the thoughts that are going to give us a chance to adjust at this point and they did a remarkable job. It's the essence of playing with the team. That it's not about you, it's about the people around you and you give yourself to them. That's really what has taken place."


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NY Federal judge slams Wells Fargo for forged mortgage docs

Judge Robert Drain has a message for Wells Fargo: "Forged" foreclosure documents don't cut it in New York's federal courts.

In a stunning 30-page decision on January 28, Drain, a federal bankruptcy judge in New York's Southern District, blasted Wells Fargo, America's largest mortgage servicer, for false documents it used in trying to prove its right to foreclose on Westchester County resident Cynthia Carrsow Franklin's home.

Drain shredded Wells Fargo's arguments regarding two crucial documents needed to prove ownership of a loan: an indorsement (another term for endorsement) on a note and an assignment of mortgage.

These documents have to be created properly within a certain time frame, or they won't hold up in court.

The issue lies at the heart of the foreclosure crisis, and continues to haunt hardworking New Yorkers like Franklin, a speech pathologist for autistic children, to this day.

"… [T]he blank indorsement, upon which Wells Fargo is relying, was forged," wrote Drain in a stinging rebuke to the bank. "Nevertheless it does show a general willingness and practice on Wells Fargo's part to create documentary evidence, after-the-fact, when enforcing its claims, WHICH IS EXTRAORDINARY," wrote Judge Drain with emphasis.

Drain went on to say that "it is conceivable that all of Wells Fargo's newly created mortgage assignments and newly created indorsements were proper" but that the burden was on Wells to show that, and it didn't.

A Wells Fargo spokesman said, "Wells Fargo's processes ensure that all note endorsements are done legally and appropriately, and we strongly dispute the conclusions in this case," adding, "we are troubled by the additional comments about our general practices that are unsupported by the evidence."

The judge's ruling delves deeply into the work of Herman John Kennerty, who was deposed for this case by Franklin's attorney, Linda Tirelli.

Drain casts a harsh eye on Kennerty's statements about his work as a manager heading up a "default documents" department for Wells Fargo at the time of Franklin's foreclosure.

Kennerty admitted to signing between 50 and 150 original documents each day related to administration and enforcement of Wells' defaulted loans, according to the ruling.

Drain added: "Moreover, Mr. Kennerty's testimony does not stop at describing manufactured mortgage assignments. He also testified that his 'assignment team's' duties were not limited to processing assignments, including, when determined necessary, creating them; in addition, the 'assignment team' included people tasked with endorsing notes."

The Post first reported on Franklin's case in March 2014, when Tirelli alleged in court papers that Wells Fargo set up detailed internal procedures in a 150-page Wells Fargo Foreclosure Attorney Procedures Manual (created Nov. 9, 2011, and updated Feb 24, 2012) to fabricate foreclosure papers on demand. Wells Fargo denied the allegations.

Franklin told The Post, "I feel relieved … I'm hoping this case will help other people."

She added, "Reading this opinion … it feels very calculated. It wasn't like I was lost in the shuffle somehow. And you know, if someone writes me a check and they forget to sign it, I can't cash it. If in my job I turn in paperwork and I forgot to check something or to write in a code, it's kicked out. I don't get paid. That's how it works with everybody else."

Wells Fargo has about two weeks to file a notice of appeal. The megabank lost this round, but the judge also made it clear that Franklin's debt remains.

Drain's ruling followed another major loss for Wells Fargo in a residential foreclosure case last week — and another smackdown, this time from a Missouri state court judge. This in turn comes after Wells Fargo and three other big banks were hit with a $2.7 million penalty to settle allegations of unlawful foreclosures in Massachusetts.

On Jan. 26, Judge R. Brent Elliott of Missouri's 43rd Judicial Circuit awarded $2.9 million in punitive damages to a Missouri couple who spent years in limbo after Wells wrongfully foreclosed on their home. Wells sold it to Freddie Mac on Aug. 15, 2008, even after agreeing to a reinstatement of the loan following a disputed debt.

Elliott also blasted Wells Fargo for "outrageous and reprehensible" decisions and "deceptive and intentional conduct" that "displayed a complete and total disregard for the rights of David and Crystal Holm.

"Defendant Wells Fargo operated from a position of superiority provided by its enormous wealth," Brent wrote in a blistering nine-page decision. "Wells Fargo's decision took advantage of an obviously financially vulnerable family," the judge continued, noting that Wells Fargo showed no evidence of remorse for the harm caused.

"In fact, the Court recalls the lack of remorse and humanity illustrated by a Wells Fargo corporate representative who testified, 'I'm not here as a human being. I'm here as a representative of Wells Fargo,' " the judge wrote.

The couple and their 12-year-old daughter got their home back, along with a total of $3.25 million in damages.

"We have modified more than 1 million mortgage loans and have forgiven $8.4 billion in principal since the beginning of 2009. There's a lot more to this case than the decision reflects, and we have strong arguments to appeal the judgment and the unwarranted damages that were awarded," a Wells Fargo spokesman said of the Missouri case.


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Without active program, Hofstra still has some Super ties

It has been more than five years since Hofstra dropped its football program after 72 years of competition, stunning alumni, athletes, coaches and fans, yet Sunday, when the sport's game of the year kicks off, the Long Island school will be well represented.

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a hot head-coaching candidate, and Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, both credit part of their development to the time they spent at Hofstra. Quinn was an assistant coach from 1996-2000 while Arrington played from 2004-07 before going undrafted.

They are just part of the Hofstra fraternity in the NFL, joined by, among others, offensive lineman Willie Colon, Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, Redskins defensive lineman Stephen Bowen and former Jets star Wayne Chrebet.

"We're the last of a dying breed," Arrington said. "It's like you're in a select club. We reach out to each other all the time. It's cool, in a sense, to know that we're it, but, on the flip side, it's a sad feeling as well."

When Quinn heard the program was dropped, "I was so bummed," he said.

Quinn learned a lot in his time there, however. He was on a staff with former Buccaneers coach and Falcons defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, Broncos defensive backs coach Joe Woods and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood under head man Joe Gardi, who passed away in 2010.

"It was a fun group of guys and we had a terrific coach in Joe Gardi," Quinn said. "He knew how to evaluate players and coaches, too. He did a good job bringing us together. We had a blast together.

"It was a really important time for me."

Devale Ellis, who played briefly in the NFL after graduating from Hofstra in 2006, will have pride when he sees Arrington, his college teammate, on the field. Arrington is looking to follow in the footsteps of Colon and Colston, Hofstra players to win it all.

"It would be great to see Kyle get his ring," Ellis said. "I'm not surprised he made it, to be honest. His story is a lot like a lot of us who came through Hofstra. Dan Quinn, Greg Gigantino, Dave Brock were really good at finding talent underdeveloped and turning them into pros."

But Ellis also will have anger.

"Every time I go back there it makes me sick to stomach," he said. "There's something all of the guys say, 'They can't take what we were.' We were constantly in the nationally championship picture, constantly a top 25 team, and we always put out pros. They'll never be able to take that back."

Nevertheless, there are no plans to bring the program back. School president Stuart Rabinowitz said at the time the program was dropped because of costs and waning interest. Hofstra didn't make Rabinowitz or athletic director Jeff Hathaway available, but said in a statement Hofstra is "quite proud" of Arrington and Quinn.

Kamal Roy, a wide receivers coach who was recruiting in Florida at the time the sad news broke, isn't as angry as Ellis. Roy said he still feels tremendous pride about the school, particularly the football program, and will be tuned in Sunday night with a smile on his face.

"It will be a win-win," Roy said. "Dan Quinn will get a ring or Kyle will get a ring."

— Additional reporting by Paul Schwartz and Brian Costello


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Heroic Jarrett Jack plays all but 47 seconds in Nets’ defeat

Lionel Hollins worked Jarrett Jack to the bone Friday night, playing him all but 47 seconds in the Nets' 127-122 overtime loss to the Raptors at Barclays Center.

When asked about it after the game, however, Hollins made it clear he didn't think he had much of a choice.

"What are you gonna do?" he asked. "It is what it is."

Given how well Jack played — he finished with a career-high 35 points to go with eight rebounds and 13 assists and only two turnovers — it was hard to question Hollins deciding to stick with Jack as he continues to try and get by without Deron Williams, who missed his 11th straight game with fractured rib cartilage.

The Nets' third-string point guard, Darius Morris, replaced Jack for those 47 seconds in the second quarter and Toronto immediately scored five straight points, forcing Hollins to call timeout and put Jack in for the final 35:23 of the game.

"[Jack] was great … I thought about taking him out. I rested Joe [Johnson] for a minute, I rested Brook [Lopez] for a minute. I tried to piecemeal resting people, but I knew that I couldn't afford to rest him because he was making plays.

"I mean, the guy had 35 points and 13 assists and eight rebounds. He had an outstanding game. … It's just that it goes for naught."

When asked about fatigue after the game, however, Jack said he isn't about to make any excuses.

"I know it sounds funny, but when I look at these other guys in the locker room, I can't let fatigue be a factor," he said. "It wouldn't be fair to me, it wouldn't be fair to them, it wouldn't be fair to this hard-working coaching staff. Fatigue is the number one thing I never give into."

"That's never going to be an issue with me. I'm never going to give into it. I'm always going to be out there fighting tooth and nail, as long as I'm in that uniform."


Kevin Garnett played just 9:27, starting the first and third quarters before being subbed out and not returning in either half.

"It was just a coach's decision," Hollins said when asked about it after the game, before confirming that Garnett had no physical limitations keeping him from playing more.

As the season has progressed, Garnett's minutes and numbers have dropped. In January, he averaged 5.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game in 11 games, missing one for suspension and sitting out half of a back-to-back set three times.


The Nets finished the game going 20-for-26 from the free-throw line, but five of those misses came in the fourth quarter and overtime — four coming from Mason Plumlee, and one coming from Lopez that would have given the Nets a three-point lead with 22.1 seconds left in regulation. That allowed Toronto to go for two points in order to tie the game, which the Raptors successfully did.

"It cost us," said Plumlee, who had 12 points and nine rebounds but went 2-for-6 from the line and is now shooting 48.3 percent from there for the season. "Make your free throws, and it's a different game. You have to have those."


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How one midseason meeting saved the Seahawks’ season

PHOENIX — Sometimes, even within the closest of families, what needs to be said is not and when it is time for talk there is only silence.

If that were the case with the Seahawks, they would not be at Super Bowl XLIX.

"It was very important for us to get things off our chest,'' receiver Doug Baldwin said.

If not for a perfectly timed, clear-the-air session called by coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks might not be a day away from attempting to do what no NFL team has been able to accomplish in a decade — win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Seahawks fell to 6-4 after a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Nov. 16 and it was not only the naysayers on the outside wondering if last season's champions would be able to make a successful run at another title.

Carroll did not like what he saw and, even more troubling, he did not like what he felt. His Seahawks in 2013 were cohesive and together — and that was not the vibe with this team. It was more than Jamaal Charles shredding the vaunted Seattle defense for 159 yards or Russell Wilson's offense turning the ball over on downs on the final three possessions. Something was not right, and Carroll knew it.

"I think Coach Carroll did a great job of sitting us down and having all the guys in the room,'' safety Earl Thomas said. "When you communicate with an open heart, solutions come.''

A few days after the loss, Carroll called in 10 of his core players. Those in the room say what went down was heated, emotional, at times difficult and often brutally honest. A few days later, the NFC West-leading Cardinals came to town and the Seahawks bludgeoned them in a 19-3 victory that reestablished the balance of power in the division. The Seahawks haven't lost since.

All the talk led to plenty of action.

"I think it was a huge impact,'' Baldwin said. "For us to be in a room together and openly and freely express our concerns about the team and not hold anything back. I thought that was crucial for our growth as a team. Guys in that room — we clash at times, but I think being able to get everything off the table, it brought us closer."

Pete Carroll and Richard ShermanPhoto: Getty Images

Baldwin was in the room. So were Thomas, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor from the "Legion of Boom" secondary. Wilson was in the room, as were Marshawn Lynch, linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end Michael Bennett. No one offered detailed specifics about what was said, but it is clear the discussion was spirited and Thomas was the one to add fuel to the fire, perhaps too much so.

"I caused more of the chaos than anything,'' Thomas conceded. "I communicate very well on the football field but not in life. I don't want to make this about me. I'm glad we got it fixed.''

Said Bennett: "I think sometimes you have to look in the mirror and face it. Sometimes you are ugly. You have to look in the mirror and say, 'Damn, I'm ugly.' Sometimes we looked in the mirror and was like, 'Man, we do have some stuff we can improve on,' even though everybody thinks that we don't. We came back and started to improve on things that we needed to improve on."

Wilson recalls he felt his team was "so close to being unbelievable again'' but "we had to talk about some stuff.''

Stuff?

"We took away any selfishness,'' Wilson said. "Now, we're not the type of team that's very selfish at all, but we had to take away any selfishness — worrying about stats, worrying about this or that. We had to focus on being selfless for one another, to play for each other. We kind of talked about the idea of 'Today I play for you,' and that idea.''

The idea for the meeting was hatched by Carroll and the results led to another Super Bowl ride.

"There's no question that the change took place the night we got together and the days to follow,'' Carroll said. "They took the thought, they took the messaging and delivered it to the club. I told them I will do our best to keep us on topic, but you guys are going to have to embed the thoughts that are going to give us a chance to adjust at this point and they did a remarkable job. It's the essence of playing with the team. That it's not about you, it's about the people around you and you give yourself to them. That's really what has taken place."


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Judge shutters Chelsea CrossFit location over noise complaints

A Manhattan judge ordered a CrossFit in Chelsea to shut down after finding that gym-goers were hoisting heavy free weights into the air and letting them smash to the floor at all hours despite complaints from upstairs neighbors.

"Residents of the condominium have a right to enjoy their apartments in relative peace," Justice Joan Kenney wrote in her ruling.

Residents of the luxury Steiner Building at 257 W. 17th St. sued the CrossFit facility, called Brick, in 2013, claiming the ground-floor gym created such a racket that the noise interfered with their sleep and work.

"On numerous occasions my family and I have been woken up by the noises and vibrations emanating" from Brick, says Catherine Havenmeyer, who lives in a third-floor unit. "My family and I hear these sounds starting at 6 a.m. most days and then sporadically throughout the day."

She says she wouldn't have bought into the condo — where a two-bedroom unit recently sold for $3.4 million — if she knew a gym was going to move into the space previously occupied by a supermarket.

Neighbors claimed the gym was deafening at all hours of the day.

Judge Kenney in her decision pointed to the "clean and jerk" maneuver in which fitness enthusiasts let barbells smash to the floor.

"Defendant has continued to hold CrossFit classes, despite being made aware of numerous complaints regarding the noise and vibrations emanating from the gym," she wrote.

The building's attorney, Jay Ginsberg, was satisfied. "We're pleased with the result," he said.

Brick is still open and will be appealing the ruling. The gym's attorney, Jeffrey Kaplan, referred to his written appeal that says the judge's decision will cause "immeasurable damages to intangibles such as brand reputation and goodwill."

Another Manhattan building enjoyed a similar court victory last year. Owners at a Tribeca loft condo where J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler has a $13.5 million apartment successfully sued to block a Crunch gym from opening in the commercial space at 140 Franklin St.

The loft's attorney, David Pfeffer, who has been representing Manhattan condos and co-ops for the past 20 years, says he has seen a rash of recent cases against gyms.

"People are spending millions for fairly small apartments and the sponsor promises high-end amenities — and then they want to bring in a low-end physical-fitness facility that's going to keep [residents] up all night," he said.


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Serena Williams beats Sharapova for Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win on Saturday night.

Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, returned from a 13-minute rain interruption in the first set and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points. She was broken while serving for the set but broke Sharapova for a third time to clinch it.

The 33-year-old Williams, the oldest winner of the Australian women's title in the Open era, clinched the match on her third match point with an ace.

She is now second only to Steffi Graf (22) on the list of major winners in the Open era.


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Suge Knight charged with murder after fatally running over friend

Written By kom nampuldu on Jumat, 30 Januari 2015 | 20.50

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early Friday on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run.

Knight was arrested at about 3 a.m. and was being held on $2 million bail, said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's information office. She said he is being held at the West Hollywood sheriff's station.

Knight had turned himself into authorities early Friday. His attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the incident was being investigated as a homicide and that Knight was a person of interest.

Earlier Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, in a brief statement, said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his attorney and was being interviewed by homicide detectives.

Video provided by ONSCENE.TV showed Knight getting out of a private car at the sheriff's station and then leisurely walking into the building with companions and others who appeared to be law officers.

Officials say that a red pickup truck struck the men in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant. A 55-year-old man died at a hospital and a 51-year-old man was injured but Corina did not immediately know his condition.

"We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated," attorney James Blatt said earlier by telephone.

Late Thursday, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that the crash occurred around 3 p.m. PST in the parking lot of the restaurant in the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and then the driver took off.

"Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again," Corina said.

"The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act," he said.

The Sheriff's Department said in a statement that two people were in the parking lot when the red pick-up arrived and its driver became involved in an argument with them.

"The argument escalated and the driver backed up striking one of the victims. The driver then drove forward driving over both victims," the sheriff's statement said. "Various witnesses described the driver as being Marion Suge Knight."

The empty truck was found late Thursday night in a West Los Angeles parking lot, Corina said.

He said the rap mogul was seen driving a red pickup truck 20 minutes earlier in a different part of town where a video was being shot.

Witnesses also spoke of an argument.

"To see the argument happen, it's one thing," said 17-year-old Robert Smith, who was eating in the restaurant. "Seeing the car incident, that was shocking."

Blatt said it was an accident.

"He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals," the lawyer said. "He was in his car trying to escape."

Compton has been immortalized in hip-hop folklore, including on many of the records Knight released, as a gritty and violent urban environment, though crime has dipped significantly there since its 1990s peak.

Knight founded Death Row Records, one of rap's leading labels, in the 1990s, releasing labels by artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

He later declared bankruptcy and the company was auctioned off.

Knight has a long history of run-ins with the law ranging from assaults to driving violations.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge filed over an incident in which a celebrity photographer accused him of stealing her camera in Beverly Hills. Because of prior convictions, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He also serve timed for probation violations.

Last August, Knight was shot six times at a Los Angeles nightclub. No arrests have been made.

Los Angeles County Sheriffs close the scene of the fatal accident in Compton Thursday.Photo: AP


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What‘s New On Netflix: ‘Chef’, February Titles, And More

The weekend is here and you finally have some down time. If you're too lazy to head out to the theater (or even get up from your couch) we've curated a list of every movie and show recently added to Netflix streaming through Sunday. Don't forget to check out what's leaving the service after January 31st and be sure to peak ahead to see what's new on Netflix this February so you never miss an addition.

Jon Favreau Chef

WATCH FIRST: Chef (2014)

After a publicized social media meltdown, renowned chef Carl Casper (Jon Fravreau, who also writes and directs), takes to the open road to start a food truck business. In addition to the fun ensemble cast, including Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey, Jr., Chef has some pretty delectable-looking food porn throughout. [Stream on Netflix]

WATCH BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL: We Could Be King (2014)

Don't feel like watching all the pre-game hubbub on Super Bowl Sunday? Turn to the most riveting film about football you've seen since Remember the Titans. We Could Be King chronicles the unraveling of Philadelphia's public education system through the eyes of rival high school football players who are forced to join the same side when one school closes. Intense, riveting, heartbreaking, and inspiring: We Could Be King will get you in football mood in no time. [Stream it beginning February 1st]

FEBRUARY TITLES AVAILABLE SUNDAY:

M*A*S*H: Seasons One-Five (1972-1977): Netflix is saying goodbye to Robert Altman's M*A*S*H at the end of this month but is welcoming the Korean War series that was an American television staple for over a decade. Alan Alda, Wayne Rodgers, and the rest of the 4077th squad have finally made it to the digital age. [Stream it beginning February 1st]

Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2010)
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Dark Ride (2006)
Departures: Seasons One and Two (2008-2009)
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Gucci: The Dictator (2014)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Houseboat (1958)
Into the Blue 2: The Reef (2009)
Joe (2013)
King Arthur (2004)
Magic City: Seasons One and Two (2012-2013)
M*A*S*H: Seasons One-Five (1972-1977)
Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007)
NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)
Proof (2002)
Spartacus: The Complete Series (2010-2013)
We're No Angels (1955)
Zapped (2014)

Other titles recently added:

88 (2015)
App (2013)
A Word from Warm Heart: Season One (2013)
Beauty and the Beast: Season Two (2013)
Ben 10: Alien Force: Season Four (2009)
Coffee Prince: Season One (2007)
Days and Nights (2014)
Expedition to the End of the World (2013)
Gloria (2012)
God's Gift: Season One (2014)
Good Doctor: Season One (2013)
Guardian (2014)
The Hunters (2013)
K-POP Extreme Survival: Season One (2012)
Lily's Driftwood Bay: Season One (2014)
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)
Monster High: Freaky Fusion (2014)
The Paradise (2013)
Puppylove (2013)
Repentance (2013)
Stephen King's A Good Marriage (2014)
To Russia with Love (2014)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
VeggieTales in the House: Season One (plus 5 additional episodes)

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ISIS silent as deadline passes with no hostage swap

TOKYO — The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive.

"Government institutions are working around the clock on the case of pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh," Jordanian military spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement. "We will inform you of any developments in due time."

He urged Jordanians not to listen to rumors.

Japanese officials had no progress to report after a late night that ended with the Jordanian government saying it would only release an al Qaeda prisoner from death row if it got proof the airman was alive.

"There is nothing I can tell you," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters. He reiterated Japan's "strong trust" in the Jordanians to help save the Japanese hostage, freelance journalist Kenji Goto.

Suga said the government had been in close contact with Goto's wife, Rinko Jogo, who released a statement overnight pleading for her husband's life.

"I fear that this is the last chance for my husband, and we now have only a few hours left," Jogo said in a statement released through the Rory Peck Trust, a London-based organization for freelance journalists.

An audio message purportedly posted online by jihadis said the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, would be killed if Sajida al-Rishawi, the al Qaeda prisoner, was not delivered to the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday, Iraq time. It was not clear from the recording what would happen to Goto if the Iraqi woman was not returned by the deadline.

The authenticity of the recording could not be verified independently by the AP. But the possibility of a swap was raised Wednesday when Jordan said it was willing to trade al-Rishawi for the pilot.

After sundown in the Middle East, with no news on the fate of either the pilot or Goto, their families' agonizing wait dragged on.

Goto's wife said she had avoided public comment earlier to try to protect her daughters, an infant and a 2-year-old, from media attention.

Late Thursday, Goto's wife revealed that she had exchanged several emails with her husband's captors, and that in the past 20 hours she had received one appearing to be their final demand.

She urged the Japanese and Jordanian governments to finalize a swap that would free both hostages. "I beg the Jordanian and Japanese governments to understand that the fates of both men are in their hands," she said.

In the Jordanian capital, Amman, the pilot's brother Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh said his family had "no clue" about where the negotiations stood.

"We received no assurances from anyone that he is alive," he told The Associated Press. "We are waiting, just waiting."

The hostage-takers had provided no proof the pilot was still alive, Jordan's government spokesman, Mohammed al-Momani said Thursday.

Al-Rishawi, 44, faces death by hanging for her role in a suicide bombing, one of three simultaneous attacks on Amman hotels in November 2005 that killed 60 people. She survived because her belt of explosives didn't detonate. She initially confessed, but later recanted, saying she was an unwilling participant.

She is from the Iraqi city of Ramadi and has close family ties to the Iraqi branch of al Qaeda, a precursor of the Islamic State group. Three of her brothers were al Qaeda operatives killed in fighting in Iraq.

Jordan faces tough choices in the hostage drama.

Releasing al-Rishawi, implicated in the worst terror attack in Jordan, would be at odds with the government's tough stance on Islamic extremism.

However, King Abdullah II faces public pressure to bring home the pilot, who was captured in December after his Jordanian F-16 crashed near the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria. He is the first foreign military pilot to be captured since the U.S. and its allies began airstrikes against the Islamic State more than four months ago.

Jordan's participation in the U.S.-led airstrikes is unpopular in the kingdom, and the pilot is seen by some as the victim of a war they feel the country shouldn't be involved in.

Al-Kaseasbeh's relatives have expressed such views and accused the government of bungling efforts to win his freedom.

"They abandoned Muath, the son of the army!" chanted protesters gathered at a "diwan," or meeting place, in Amman for tribesmen from Karak, in southern Jordan.

The hostage drama began last week after the Islamic State group released a video showing Goto and another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa kneeling in orange jumpsuits beside a masked man who threatened to kill them in 72 hours unless Japan paid a $200 million ransom. That demand has since apparently shifted to one for the release of al-Rishawi.

The militants have reportedly killed Yukawa, 42, although that has not been confirmed.

The crisis prompted the Japanese Foreign Ministry to issue a warning Friday to journalists to avoid the border town in Turkey that could be a crossing point from Syria if a prisoner swap goes ahead.

It noted that Islamic State militants were likely aware of who was in the area. "We cannot dismiss the possibility of a kidnapping of Japanese journalists or of other risks to them," it said.

"Under such circumstances, reporting on Turkish-Syrian border, even on the Turkey side, and of course in Syria, is likely to lead to unanticipated risks and be very dangerous," the statement said, reiterating earlier warnings. "We strongly urge you to refrain from visiting or staying in the area for reporting, and to leave immediately."


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Suge Knight turns himself in after fatally running over friend

COMPTON, Calif. — Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself into authorities early Friday after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the incident was being investigated as a homicide and that Knight was a person of interest.

Los Angeles County Sheriffs close the scene of the fatal accident in Compton Thursday.Photo: AP

In a brief statement released early Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his attorney and was being interviewed by homicide detectives.

The rap mogul founded Death Row Records in the 1990s, releasing labels by artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.Photo: WireImage

No other information was released and there was no mention if Knight was being held.

Video provided by ONSCENE.TV showed Knight getting out of a private car at the sheriff's station and then leisurely walking into the building with companions and others who appeared to be law officers.

Officials say that a red pickup truck struck the men in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant. A 55-year-old man died at a hospital and a 51-year-old man was injured but Corina did not immediately know his condition.

"We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated," attorney James Blatt said earlier by telephone.

Late Thursday, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that the crash occurred around 3 p.m. PST in the parking lot of the restaurant in the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and then the driver took off.

"Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again," Corina said.

"The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act," he said.

The Sheriff's Department said in a statement that two people were in the parking lot when the red pick-up arrived and its driver became involved in an argument with them

"The argument escalated and the driver backed up striking one of the victims. The driver then drove forward driving over both victims," the sheriff's statement said. "Various witnesses described the driver as being Marion Suge Knight."

The empty truck was found late Thursday night in a West Los Angeles parking lot, Corina said.

He said the rap mogul was seen driving a red pickup truck 20 minutes earlier in a different part of town where a video was being shot.

Witnesses also spoke of an argument.

"To see the argument happen, it's one thing," said 17-year-old Robert Smith, who was eating in the restaurant. "Seeing the car incident, that was shocking."

Blatt said it was an accident.

"He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals," the lawyer said. "He was in his car trying to escape."

Compton has been immortalized in hip-hop folklore, including on many of the records Knight released, as a gritty and violent urban environment, though crime has dipped significantly there since its 1990s peak.

Knight founded Death Row Records, one of rap's leading labels, in the 1990s, releasing labels by artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.

He later declared bankruptcy and the company was auctioned off.

Knight has a long history of run-ins with the law ranging from assaults to driving violations.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge filed over an incident in which a celebrity photographer accused him of stealing her camera in Beverly Hills. Because of prior convictions, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He also serve timed for probation violations.

Last August, Knight was shot six times at a Los Angeles nightclub. No arrests have been made.


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Teen who broke into TV station with fake pistol ‘acted alone’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A 19-year-old student carrying a fake pistol who forced his way into the Dutch national broadcaster and demanded airtime has told detectives he was acting alone and had no links to any terror organization, police said Friday.

The police arrest the 19-year-old gunman.Photo: EPA

In a statement, police said the teenager also told them he had not placed explosives around the Netherlands and that no major cyber attack was imminent as he had claimed Thursday.

The entrance to the offices of Dutch television broadcasting organization NOS.Photo: EPA

"What brought the man to his actions is still being investigated," the police statement said.

Prosecutors and police have not identified the man who was seen pacing around a TV studio at the NOS broadcaster's headquarters in the city of Hilversum Thursday night holding what appeared to be a pistol with a silencer. However, Dutch media widely reported his name as Tarik Z., a student at the Delft Technical University.

The suspect was to appear before an investigating judge later Friday and prosecutors were to seek his continued detention so that a "personality investigation" could be carried out.

The recorded images broadcast later of the man dressed neatly in black suit and tie calmly speaking to a security guard in an otherwise deserted studio set the nation on edge, coming three weeks after the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 people dead.

NOS director Jan de Jong told his broadcaster's radio network that he would meet police and the local mayor in Hilversum to discuss whether security — already beefed up since the Charlie Hebdo attack — needs to be further strengthened.

Once police stormed into the studio, the man immediately dropped his fake gun and surrendered without a struggle.Photo: EPA

De Jong paid tribute to the security guard who led the teenager into an empty TV studio and kept speaking to him throughout the ordeal that forced the 8 p.m. news off the air for the first time in 60 years.

"I was amazed at how unbelievably calm he was," De Jong said.

When police stormed into the studio, guns drawn, the man immediately dropped his fake gun and surrendered without a struggle.

The NOS is one of many broadcasters to have their headquarters in Hilversum, 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Amsterdam. The area, known as the media park, has been tightly guarded since populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was gunned down in a parking lot there in 2002 by an animal rights activist.


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How Knicks’ Lou Amundson celebrated new contract in style

INDIANAPOLIS — Knicks new big man Lou Amundson isn't going anywhere this season. The Knicks are his 10th team and there won't be an 11th for now.

Amundson celebrated a new contract with a rare offensive outburst Thursday, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting — the lone bright spot in a miserable 103-82 blowout loss to the the Pacers.

How rare was Amundson's point total? Amundson had gone 102 straight games without a double-figure game. It was the longest active drought in the NBA.

After adding grit and energy to a dead club these past 20 days, the journeyman power forward, who once played for the Pacers, agreed to terms to stay with the Knicks the rest of the season as his second 10-day contract expired Thursday.

The Knicks obtained Amundson in a three-team trade 3 ¹/₂ weeks ago and the club was unsure it would keep him.

"I was under the impression it wasn't going to work out here and they were just going to cut me,'' Amundson said.

Derek Fisher is thrilled the Knicks didn't as he's helped juice the club, usually on the defensive end.

"Energy in general is contagious — whether it's basketball or life,'' said Amundson, who was the piece Cleveland gave the Knicks in the three-team deal that sent Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith packing. "I think it rubs off.''

The UNLV product has started the past six games and the Knicks are 4-2.

"Similar to comments I made about Cole Aldrich, Lou is comfortable being who he is, playing hard, playing tough, rebounding, defending, blocking shots,'' Fisher said. "And he's not trying to prove to anybody in the NBA he has a hook shot he's working on. He does what's best to help his teammates, taking charges. Those sacrifices, you have to have guys on your team that way. That's why I'm enjoying having Lou.''

After the Knicks waived him, the undrafted Amundson, 32, figured he'd be looking for his 11th NBA club. But team president Phil Jackson decided to re-sign him to a 10-day contract and then another. His performance has surprised everyone.

"It's great, especially the way my career has gone,'' Amundson said. "I'm really thankful they gave me that opportunity to come here and show my worth. I've had a lot of hard work in my career over the years and not get that opportunity.''


As expected, Lance Thomas will be signed for the rest of the season, too, when his second 10-day contract expires Saturday. Unlike Langston Galloway, he will not have any strings attacked for next season — either a non-guaranteed pact or partial guarantee. He will be a free agent July 1.


Amar'e Stoudemire missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle and Fisher sounded doubtful about his status for Sunday against the Lakers.


Cole Aldrich missed his first game with a hip injury suffered against the Thunder.


Carmelo Anthony played on the second night of a back-to-back with his sore knee, something he hadn't been doing regularly. The postponement Monday against Sacramento led him to break the pattern.

Fisher said he has been most impressed recently with Anthony's recent leadership.

"I think Carmelo is starting to find out more and more how capable he really is, not only statistically, but emotionally and psychologically how he can be a leader,'' Fisher said. "Guys are following him and he is setting a tone out there. He is doing a lot of things to force guys to get to his level. I am excited and proud of him considering how limited he is.''


The Knicks have lost five straight in Indianapolis.


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Long-time NY boxing promoter Cedric Kushner dies at 66

Long-time boxing promoter Cedric Kushner, whose eccentric manner and South African accent, made him a unique figure in New York boxing circles died Thursday morning after suffering a massive heart attack at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Kushner, 66, had been ill for quite some time, according to those close to him. Kushner served as the promoter to some of the top fighters in boxing including Sugar Shane Mosley, Peter Quillin and former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. His shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom consistently offered some of the best boxing in Manhattan.

"For a good 15 years he was the most powerful promoter in New York and one of the top two or three most powerful promoters in the whole world," said Lou DiBella, a former HBO executive and now head of DiBella Entertainment. "He was a character. He had this accent that made him sound like an educated guy when in reality he didn't get out of grammar school and once shined shoes and cleaned pools.

"He was a self-made man, who became a millionaire. The last few years weren't kind to him, but he had a great, great career and was an institution in New York boxing."

A former promoter of rock concerts, Kushner turned to boxing and was the first to make Hammerstien Ballroom a fight venue in 2000. This a long after he had started the "Heavyweight Explosion" television series in 1993, featuring a stable of prospects including Chris Byrd, Shannon Briggs, and Rahman who would all go on to win a portion of a heavyweight title.

Kushner also served as a promoter to other notable boxers including, Mosley, Jameel McCline, Corrie Sanders, Kirk Johnson and Michael Grant.

Long-time boxing scribe Tim Smith called Kushner "one of the great gentlemen of a sport that lacked gentlemen. He always had great ideas for shows even when he didn't have enough talented fighters to make the ideas work."

The biggest night of Kushner's career quickly turned into a nightmare. He matched Rahman against defending champion Lennox Lewis for the heavyweight title in April 2001. Rahman was a huge underdog, but claimed the title with a stunning fifth-round knockout in Kushner's native South Africa.

Kushner had planned to sign Rahman to an extension of their now-expired promotional contract after the bout. But Don King swooped in with a brief case filled with $500,000 in cash to get Rahman's signature for Don King Productions.

"He cost me millions of dollars. And I'm not happy to say that it cost him even more," Kushner said in a 2006 interview with Newsday.

Kushner sued King to no avail and later lost Mosley to a rival promoter once the welterweight achieved a measure of fame. "Cedric was a real sweet man," said former HBO president Ross Greenburg. "He didn't like to play dirty and guys like Don and others took advantage of it."

Kushner was recently named to the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. The inductions are scheduled to take place April 26. "It's a shame he died before he heard that applause," DiBella said.

Services are pending.


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Nets’ Hollins uses suicide reference for coaching analogy

Nets coach Lionel Hollins wanted to make a point about facing up to and fighting through adversity when he was asked if he ever changed his approach during a bad stretch. But he took his analogies to the extreme.

"Do you change your approach when life doesn't go the way you want it? There's some people that change their approach, they go kill themselves," Hollins said Thursday in East Rutherford.

The coach apparently realized immediately that suicidal references were way over the top and tried to explain his point.

"But we're trying to compete and play. I'm not trying to equate basketball with death — life and death. But still, there's adversity and you have to fight through it," Hollins said before giving another life-lesson analogy that went a tad too far.

"You could go lay down under a bridge and beg for money. You could do a lot of things other than keep fighting," Hollins said. "I mean, competition is about keep fighting. Playing sports, there's going to be bad moments and you keep fighting. When you're going through them, you're trying to do everything that you can to overcome. And I think we're working hard."

Hollins' points were that the Nets, who play host to the Raptors Friday in what will be their final chance to get a January home win, can't surrender to tough times.

Hollins saw fight in the Nets' latest loss, a 113-102 defeat in Atlanta Wednesday. But even playing hard and playing well could not mask what was the Nets' 11th loss in 13 games, a defeat that dropped them to 18-27. At home in January, they are 0-6 with the one game remaining (one game was postponed).

"I wasn't aware of it. I guess it felt like we won," Brook Lopez said of the January failings in Brooklyn. "The way we have been playing at home doesn't surprise me that much to be honest. That is what tomorrow is for."

Or it can be for a 0-7 home record in January.

In the 11 defeats in the last 13 games, the Nets have been outshot, 47 percent (422-of-898) to 42.3 percent (379-of-896). That's only part of the problem. Against Atlanta, the Nets did a lot well. But Atlanta did it better.

"We had a bit more energy, the ball was popping a bit more, moving around, we got good looks, we gave ourselves a chance," said Lopez.

"We played really well, played really hard. We just ran into a very good team who's playing really good basketball," said Deron Williams, who practiced Thursday for the first time in nearly a month because of fractured rib cartilage.

"Early on we played really well. We jumped on them … got a lot of deflections. We were really active. The ball was moving. Then it seems like a constant thing where we get stagnant and that's this year going back to even last year," Williams said. "We've got to find ways where we continuously move the ball and get guys open shots."

And that, the Nets say, is part of what they must continue doing consistently. That is how you fight through adversity.


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Five questions Goodell must answer in ‘State of the NFL’ address

PHOENIX — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will deliver his annual "State of the NFL" address on Friday. The event always draws plenty of attention, but after an NFL season filled with controversy, this one will be bigger than ever. Here are five questions Goodell needs to answer:

1. Will your relationship with Robert Kraft influence the investigation into the Patriots and Deflategate?

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said this week he thought the Patriots would avoid punishment because Kraft and Goodell are close. He brought up a photo taken of Goodell and Kraft at Kraft's home on the night before the AFC title game.

2. Speaking of Kraft, what is your reaction to his call for an apology if the Patriots are not found of any wrongdoing?

Kraft dropped a bombshell Monday night when he proclaimed the Pats' innocence and then called for the apology. Will Goodell agree to say he's sorry to Bill Belichick and Co.?

3. Do you regret the way you handled the Ray Rice investigation?

Deflategate is the controversy du jour, but nothing was a bigger issue for Goodell than the domestic violence incident involving the former Ravens running back. It will be interesting to hear if Goodell admits mistakes.

4. Does the rule requiring a wide receiver to make a "football move" for it to be a completion need to be changed?

This rule drew a lot of scrutiny after Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant appeared to make a huge catch against the Packers in their playoff game only to have it overturned. This decision is up to the competition committee, but what does Goodell think?

5. Has this been your most difficult year as commissioner?

The year has been field with controversy, and Goodell has come under fire. He rarely has taken as much heat as he did this year. How has it affected him?


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Carl Heastie made campaign payments to ex for work she didn’t do

The Bronx Democrat on the verge of becoming the next Assembly speaker paid his baby mama $2,500 from his campaign treasury — raising ethical concerns following disgraced Sheldon Silver's corruption bust, The Post has learned.

Assemblyman Carl Heast­ie's campaign made two payments of $1,250 in 2011 to aspiring model Alvita "Lan" Robertson, the mother of his 5-year-old daughter, to design a campaign Web site.

Robertson subcontracted the work to someone else — and still got paid.

"I was the designer who built the Web site," Jimmie Solomon told The Post. "Lan just orchestrated the project because she knows him [Heastie]."

Solomon typically charges $500 to $1,000 to build a site. Robertson merely provided some Web copy and kept the rest of the payment, he said.

The money came from private donations made to the Friends of Carl E. Heastie re-election campaign account.

Robertson and Heastie both confirmed their professional and personal relationship.

"It may have seemed strange that he was hiring me to do work [on the campaign Web site]. I never worked directly with the staff," Robertson, who was Heastie's romantic partner for 10 years, told The Post.

Heastie denied claims he steered Robertson campaign work to help satisfy his child-support obligations.

"Ms. Roberston was paid for professional Web-design services related to the campaign Web site," a Heastie spokesman said.


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The 6 exotic spots jetsetters will visit in 2015

Written By kom nampuldu on Kamis, 29 Januari 2015 | 20.49

❶ Seaside safari: Mozambique

Seaside safaris and sumptuous hotels — including &Beyond's Benguerra Island resort pictured above — are luring travelers to Mozambique and its archipelagos.Photo: Handout

The southern African country of Mozambique, and particularly its Indian Ocean archipelagos, is set to enjoy a rising profile in 2015, as more top-tier stays and safari offerings pop up. The islands' turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and coral reefs invite languid relaxation and plenty of watersport adventures, including windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and even seaborne safaris.

Sail with Anantara's Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa.Photo: Handout

October saw the arrival of the romantic, kid-free Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa on a private atoll in the 32-island Quirimbas Archipelago. Medjumbe hosts 12 thatch-roofed surfside villas, each with its own plunge pool, plus a gourmet restaurant and luxurious spa offerings.

In the country's Bazaruto Archipelago, meanwhile, &Beyond will open its family-friendly Benguerra Island resort in April, following a major renovation that will offer 10 casitas, two cabanas and a three-bedroom villa, all with arabesque design features, nestled in the island's waterside forest.

The travel-by-foot-focused company Country Walkers has three new 2015 itineraries in Mozambique, two in the islands and one that takes guests inland to the shores of Lake Malawi, along the country's border with Malawi and Tanzania. Singita — the company that all but invented the modern luxury African safari in the 1990s — has plans to build a coastal retreat in Mozambique in the next few years.

❷ Under the radar: Villas

Poolside at Casa Agriates, in Corsica.Photo: Handout

When it comes to villas, bling-y destinations like St-Tropez and Sardinia's Costa Smeralda are out, while quieter, low-key-but-no-less-chic spots are in.

Think: Italy's Tuscan Coast and the French island of Corsica, as well as undiscovered enclaves of Spain's Balearics and relatively hidden Greek outposts.

Pegasus Estate, on a quiet Greek island, embodies a trend toward low-bling, high-chic villas.Photo: Handout

Villa agent extraordinaire Cédric Reversade, of Unique Properties & Events, points to a few favorite new finds: In Capalbio, Tuscany, he recommends the six-bedroom, contemporary farmhouse-style Villa Lovelli, appointed with a long infinity pool and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

In an unexplored archipelago of Greece's Cyclades islands, Reversade picks the charming, 100-year-old Pegasus Estate.

And in Corsica, he suggests the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Casa Agriates, whose large pool and nearly 40 acres of landscaped gardens and groves give way to expanses of mountains and sea, and include a private beach road.

Eight art-filled bedrooms await, along with a gourmet kitchen and walls of sliding glass doors that open to a patio, making for easy indoor-outdoor living.

❸ City of love: Paris

The Peninsula Paris, which debuted in August, is part of a wave of super-haute hotels opening in the City of Lights.Photo: The Peninsula Hotels

After the recent attacks in Paris, citizens from around the world are flocking to the city to stand in solidarity with their French brothers and sisters.

The tourism industry also remains unbowed, with several super-swank hotel openings slated for the coming months, following on the haute heels of The Peninsula Paris's August debut.

First up: The 40-room La Réserve Paris landed in January just off the Champs-Elysées in a historic mansion once owned by couturier Pierre Cardin. Designed in aristocratic 19th-century style by master decorator Jacques Garcia and boasting a 52-foot indoor pool, it puts particular emphasis on spa and wellness, just like its sought-after sister properties in Geneva and St-Tropez.

An "Eiffel Tower" luggage tag, $24 from flight001.com, is tres chic!Photo: Handout

Next to arrive, in March, will be Maison Souquet. The romantic 20-room stay in a former Belle Époque "pleasure house" in the Pigalle neighborhood lets the prolific Garcia — also the designer here — show off his Orientalist, bordello-chic best. There's a subterranean pool and hammam, too.

Finally, in the fall, the Ritz Paris is meant to emerge from a multiyear redo helmed by French decorator Thierry W. Despont, marking the comeback of one of the grandest of the city's grande dame palace hotels.

An "Eiffel Tower" luggage tag, $24 from flight001.com, is tres chic!

❹ Island life: Puerto Rico

Outside the St. Regis Bahia Beach's Plantation House.Photo: Handout

The American aristocracy is making a comeback in Puerto Rico. First, the Ritz-Carlton debuted its Dorado Beach resort at Laurance S. Rockefeller's former retreat there, and now the waterfront Condado Vanderbilt has opened just outside Old San Juan, in a Spanish Revival hotel built by Frederick William Vanderbilt in 1919.

Sail away to faraway seas with this "Anchor" passport case, $11 from jonathanadler.com.Photo: Handout

Last month, most of its 427 marble-floored, light-filled rooms — many with balconies and ocean vistas — debuted in the original building and a new 12-story tower, joining two sea-view pools, a 10,000-square-foot spa and two restaurants by a chef who earned a Michelin star working at New York's Blue Hill.

Two more pools, beach cabanas and the rest of the rooms will launch soon.

Meanwhile, at Dorado Beach, a new al fresco poolside eatery arrived in November, and at the 4-year-old St. Regis Bahia Beach, a new spa director is shaking things up, expanding a "Spa Without Walls" program, which scatters treatments around the resort's nearly 500 acres.

Curving concrete and lively social spaces draw a hip, gypset crowd to El Blok hotel on Vieques island, Puerto Rico.Photo: Dianne Pulliza

On the island of Vieques, just off Puerto Rico's east coast, the sustainably minded hip hotel El Blok opened in August.

Its curving concrete structure, cut with screenlike latticework to filter the Caribbean sun, holds 22 simply decorated rooms, a restaurant from celebrated San Juan chef José Enrique and plenty of socializing space for its gypset guests.

❺ Snow patrol: Vail

Gifted students of Vail's ski school.Photo: Dan Davis, Vail Resorts

Vail's reputation as a more ski-serious alternative to fancy-pants Aspen gets confirmed this season, as the resort hosts the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in early February and the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in March.

Vail beckons with new nighttime snow adventures; the mountain will also host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships this February.Photo: Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts

But Vail is also upping the luxury ante, with a redo of RockResort's historic, chalet-style 165-room Lodge at Vail, which debuted late last year, around the same time the 84-room Sebastian Vail unveiled its own renovation, which saw 16 one-bedroom suites join a recently added mountain-view pool and a roaring fire pit.

This season, the Sebastian has also launched "night owl" fitness offerings that let guests go snow-tubing, -shoeing and –biking under the stars.

If that's not your cup of après-ski, head to Décimo instead.

The mountaintop nightclub opened last season and is going strong in 2015.

As for downhill sports, the mountain has received top-flight upgrades in preparation for the upcoming championships — not least the high-speed, heated, Wi-Fi-enabled Gondola One ski lift and coaching sessions offering pro peeks at the new racing venues.

❻ Cruise control: River sails

The new, 21-suite Sanctuary Ananda carries adventurous cruisers on Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River.Photo: Photo Courtesy Sanctuary Resorts

River cruising is steaming ahead for 2015. Particularly popular are super-small boats sailing to hard-to-reach destinations — in surprising comfort and style. The end of last year gave us the maiden voyages of the 40-passenger Aqua Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia and the 21-suite Sanctuary Ananda on Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River.

Smithsonian Journeys will take you through South East Asia.Photo: Amanda Mack

Avalon's 36-passenger Avalon Siem Reap and Avalon Myanmar will also begin plying those corners of the world in 2015.

Haimark, for its part, just launched the 56-guest Ganges Voyager, which APT will use for journeys through West Bengal, India.

Fall will bring a pair of additional Haimark ships: the 22-suite Amazon Discovery in the Peruvian rain forest and the 12-suite Mekong Princess.

Smithsonian Journeys will charter the latter for an October adventure through Cambodia and Vietnam.

TOP PHOTO: Lounging on the sundeck at Sanctuary Ananda, courtesy of the resort.


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McDonald’s All-American dream comes true for this NJ star

When Isaiah Briscoe signed with Kentucky, he joined elite Garden State company, prep stars such as Michael-Kidd Gilchrist and Karl-Anthony Towns who chose to continue their careers in the Bluegrass State.

They have even more in common now.

Briscoe, the five-star New Jersey point guard, was selected as one of the top 24 high school prospects in the country Wednesday night and will play in the McDonald's All-American game April 1 at the United Center in Chicago. He's following in the footsteps of Kidd-Gilchrist, a forward with the Hornets, and Towns, a Kentucky freshman expected to be taken high in this June's NBA draft.

"I'm honored to be a McDonald's All-American," Briscoe said. "It's something I've always wanted. It was a goal for me and I'm proud to have made it."

The 6-foot-3 Briscoe, the top-ranked point guard in the country, joins a long list of elite New Jersey prep stars to play in the prestigious showcase, including Kidd-Gilchrist, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Anderson and Towns.

"Since junior high school, he set his eyes on the McDonald's game," Briscoe's father, George, said. "He used to ask me, 'How do you get to the McDonald's game?'

"We always watched the game. It's a big platform. Everybody wants it. It can propel you."

The McDonald's honor is the latest in a long line of goals reached by the Kentucky signee from Union, N.J., and Roselle Catholic High School.

It's right up there with winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions, as he hopes to do this March, and Peach Jam, the premier AAU event to which he led the New Jersey Playaz Club last July. It also is as significant as being selected to represent his country and winning a gold medal in the FIBA Americans U18 Championship.

Basketball, ironically, wasn't Briscoe's sport of choice years ago. He was a football player, so big and strong he had to play in unlimited leagues. He played at running back and on both lines.

"He would've been a big-time player," his dad said.

But basketball was his calling. Before enrolling in high school, he gave up football, and trimmed down considerably. Over the last year, he has remade his body, which resulted in marked improvement on the court, a higher ranking, and now the McDonald's invite.

"As he got better in basketball and started committing himself, I felt it was wise we go to a basketball school," George Briscoe said.

Wise, indeed. This honor was just the latest reason it was such a smart decision.


Cheick Diallo, a senior forward from Our Savior New American in Centereach, L.I., and shooting guard Malachi Richardson, a Syracuse signee from Trenton (N.J.) Catholic, were the other locals selected.

Unlike Briscoe and Richardson, the Mali-born Diallo — a consensus top-10 prospect — is uncommitted. He is considering St. John's, along with Kentucky, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Iowa State. The coveted 6-foot-9 senior was in attendance as a visitor of St. John's for its 77-68 loss Sunday at the Garden to Duke.


Duke and LSU have the most players represented in the game with two apiece. … Villanova signee Jalen Brunson, the son of former Knicks guard Rick Brunson, also received an invite. … Nine of the 24 players in the game are uncommitted. … For the fourth time in five years, New York City failed to produce a player in the game. …. Brooklyn forward Brianna Fraser, who has signed with Maryland, was selected for the girls game, the first player in South Shore history to receive the honor.


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Investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

The co-pilot of AirAsia Flight 8501 was flying the doomed jetliner as the captain monitored the flight in the moments before it crashed on Dec. 28, killing al 162 people aboard, Indonesia's lead investigator said Thursday.

"The second-in-command, popularly known as the co-pilot, who usually sits to the right of the cockpit, at the time, he was flying the plane," said National Transport Safety Committee investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno, referring to the French first officer, Remi Plesel, Reuters reported.

The Airbus A320 went down mysteriously in the Java Sea less than halfway through a two-hour flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

Thought few details have been released, Siswosuwarno said info from the flight data recorder – the so-called black box – yielded a "pretty clear picture" of the final moments of the ill-fated flight.

Investigators have said the plane climbed suddenly from its cruising altitude before stalling – or losing lift – before plunging into the water.

Officials used a model of the Airbus to show how it veered left and climbed to more than 37,000 feet before quickly losing altitude.

Captain Iriyanto, 53, took over the controls from the less experienced co-pilot as the plane initially climbed, officials said.

The stall warning – repeating the words "Stall! Stall!" – sounded in the cockpit in the frantic moments before the plunge. The plane was still in a stall when the black box recordings ended right before hitting the water, Siswosuwarno said.

Meteorological officials have said that seasonal tropical storms likely contributed to the crash – drawing speculation that there were similarities to the crash of Air France Flight 447 over the Atlantic in 2009.

The Air France pilots put the aircraft into a stall after icing on the plane caused them to lose airspeed readings. Investigators were still looking into the possibility that ice also affected the AirAsia jet's airspeed indicators.

The head of the National Transport Safety Committee last week said there were "no similarities" between the AirAsia and Air France incidents.

Sources have told Reuters that icing on the airspeed indicators does not seem to have been an issue with AirAsia flight.

Investigators said the AirAsia plane was in sound condition and that its crew members were properly certified before it took off on the fateful flight.

"The plane was flying before the incident within the limits of its weight and balance envelope," Siswosuwarno said. "While the flight crew had valid licenses and medical certificates."

NTSC head Tatang Kurniadi said the preliminary report on the accident was submitted to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

He said the report, which has not been made public, contained no analysis and that the final version would take about six to seven months to complete.

A search and recovery operation has found 70 bodies in the Java Sea. Searchers had hoped to find more victims after finding the plane's fuselage, but bad weather and poor visibility hampered their efforts.


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Which 1983 Pop Culture Moments Will Make Their Way Into ‘The Americans’ Season Three?

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Last night's episode of The Americans laid a lot of groundwork for the arc of the show's third season, but those paying close attention were able to decipher the timeline of the season from one key event that took place: The death of Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union. After suffering from both a stroke and a heart attack in 1982, Brezhnev eventually passed away on November 10, setting the stage for (brief) reign of Yuri Andropov.

More importantly, though, this means the show is headed squarely into 1983, a year that was chock full of momentous pop culture events. How exactly will The Americans deal with moments as riveting as the unveiling of Michael Jackson's moonwalk, Tom Cruise's infamous pantsless dance to Bob Seger, and Cabbage Patch Kids? Well, Decider was able to procure some advance production stills from the show* and, as you'll see, the results are typically breathtaking.

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Just take those old records off the shelf…

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Will there be a plotline that involves either Elizabeth or Philip getting an Xavier Roberts tattoo on their tush this season?

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"The kid is not my son…" Keep telling yourself that, Agent Beeman!

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I pity the fool that doesn't think Yuri Andropov is the bomb!

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It's the Endor of the world as we know it.

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