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Steven Gerrard dives on floor during Rangers dressing room celebrations

Steven Gerrard celebrated with the Rangers players as they edged closer to the league title (Instagram)Steven Gerrard was at the heart of the celebrations inside Rangers’ dressing room as his side closed in on the SPL title. A 3-0 victory over St Mirren at Ibrox means that Rangers will be crowned champions on Sunday if Celtic drop points against Dundee United. Thousands of jubilant Rangers supporters broke lockdown guidelines by flocking to Ibrox to celebrate their side’s first league title in 10 years. And the wild scenes outside Ibrox were replicated inside the stadium as Gerrard and his Rangers players celebrated after beating St Mirren. Videos have surfaced of Gerrard joining in the dancing and singing with his squad. The former Liverpool captain also slid across the d...

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Why I’ll stick with video game consoles over a gaming PC – Reader’s Feature

Better than a PC?A reader explains why they’re unlikely to get a gaming PC instead of a console, despite acknowledging its benefits. Just before I start, I couldn’t care less about stirring up people into a frenzy over which is better: console or PC. Whatever system people enjoy their games on is all good as far as I’m concerned. As a console gamer I fully accept that in 99% of cases games will run better on PC. However, sometimes it can grate having this rammed down your throats by PC users (though thankfully very infrequently on GameCentral). Here are my reasons why I’ll very likely never be the owner of a gaming PC. Exclusives Many of my favourite games of the last generation are PlayStation exclusives yet to arrive on PC, such as God Of War, Spider-Man, The Last Of Us, and Ast

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Weekend Hot Topic, part 2: PC gaming vs. consoles

If it’s not fast enough you can just get a new one (pic: Nvidia)Readers debate the pros and cons of PC gaming and how it compares to consoles, in terms of performance and value for money. The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was inspired by reader David and asked if you own a gaming PC and if so how much did you pay for it and how well does it run modern games? If you don’t own a gaming PC what would make you consider it and what has put you off so far? The majority of responses were from PC owners, most of who, as you’d expect, preferred them to consoles. Although there were also plenty of console owners who were put off by the vagaries of PC components and preferred the simplicity of consoles. Slightly temptedWhile I have a PC, and use it for some games, most of my gaming is don

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My favourite gaming moments from the last generation, Part 2 – Reader’s Feature

The Witcher 3 – a game of the generation (pic: CD Projekt)A reader continues their reminisces of the outgoing generation, including The Bloody Baron in The Witcher 3 and Batman: Arkham VR. Click here to read part 1 of the feature, including magic moments from Horizon Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption 2, and God Of War. Be warned though, that the following description do contain mild spoilers throughout. The Fulton – Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain I have never been a fan of stealth games, probably due to my own impatience, which is why Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain surprised me so much. On top of the moment-to-moment gameplay there lies a meta-game, the Mother Base. It is at the Mother Base where you can research new technology to support you on your missions, this is ach

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Where Was ‘Circle of Deception’ Lifetime Movie Filmed? Is Island Real?

The Lifetime movie Circle of Deception, which is based on Ann Rule’s true crime book Practice to Deceive, circles around the murder of Russel Douglas (Paul McGillion). He was found shot dead in his car the day after Christmas. Police question his estranged and soon-to-be ex-wife Brenna Douglas (Jill Morrison), and her best friend Peggy (Diane Neal), who said she would “do anything” to help Brenna. Circle of Deception takes place in a small town in the state of Washington, on the Puget Sound — Whidbey Island to be exact. And yes, it is a real island; about 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington. Whidbey (population about 70,000) is known for its beaches, hills and farmland. On the north side of the island is Deception Pass State Park, which “offers clifftop views, forest trails and fres...

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Cameron Krutwig leads No. 22 Loyola past Indiana State, into MVC title game

Loyola’s Cameron Krutwig dribbles as Indiana State’s Tre Williams defends Saturday in St. Louis. | Jeff Roberson/APKrutwig had 18 points and 11 rebounds, fellow senior Lucas Williamson had 14 points and the Ramblers beat the Sycamores 65-49. ST. LOUIS — Cameron Krutwig had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 22 Loyola beat Indiana State 65-49 on Saturday to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Krutwig also had four assists and blocked three shots. Fellow senior Lucas Williamson scored 14 points for the Ramblers (23-4), and Keith Clemons had 12. “The five starters have really kind of taken it upon ourselves to set the tone in games,” Krutwig said. “It’s not just offensively. It’s mostly on defense. When it comes down to it we were firing on all cylinders, making t...

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UCLA gymnastics team finds Cal too much to overcome

The UCLA gymnastics team found itself in a hole from where it couldn’t emerge. Trailing after two events, UCLA had to make up for lost ground and found the deficit too steep and Cal too strong in a 198.050-196.925 loss Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Bruins freshman Chae Campbell placed first in all-around competition, scoring 39.625 to beat Cal’s Nevaeh DeSouza’s 39.600. Led by Pauline Tratz, UCLA also scored a season high on the floor. The Bruins (5-2) were trailing 99.00-98.825 after uneven bars and vault. They had no top-three finishers on bars, as Margzetta Frazier tied for fourth place with a 9.950 mark. Emi Watterson of Cal (5-1) scored a perfect 10 in the event and teammates Maya Bordas and Andi Li each picked up 9.975 scores for a team score of 49.825. Campbell p...

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Biden says Americans will start receiving their $1,400 stimulus checks ‘this month’

Summary List PlacementPresident Joe Biden announced Saturday that Americans will start receiving their stimulus checks this month, after Senate Democrats passed his $1.9 trillion stimulus package. "This plan will get checks out the door, starting this month, to the American people who so desperately need the help, many of whom are lying in bed at night, staring at the ceiling, wondering, 'Will I lose my job, if I haven't already? Will I lose my insurance? Will I lose my home?'" Biden said. In his prepared remarks at the White House, Biden noted that he had promised when he took office in January that "help was on the way" and that the passage of the stimulus package was an effort to deliver on that promise. The package includes direct payments of $1,400 to individuals earning up to $80...

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Georgia public universities promise fall will be ‘normal’

Classrooms, dorms, cafeterias and stadiums are likely to be full again this fall at Georgia’s public universities. The University System of Georgia on Wednesday announced that it has asked all campuses to plan for normal operations during the fall 2021 semester. “This decision comes as wider availability of vaccines over the next few months is anticipated to control the spread of COVID-19,” the system said in a statement this week. “USG will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the state and consult with DPH in the coming months as to the appropriate practices to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.” Regents instructed the 26 schools, with more than 340,000 students to maintain some level of in-person classes last fall and to increase the number of in-person classes this spr

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Ayo Dosunmu’s return powers No. 4 Illinois over No. 7 Ohio State

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu goes up for a shot against Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. | Paul Vernon/APDosunmu returned after missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries to score 19 points, and the Illini beat the Buckeyes 73-68. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ayo Dosunmu returned after missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries to score 19 points, and No. 4 Illinois rallied to beat No. 7 Ohio State 73-68. Andre Curbelo also had 19 points as Illinois got its second straight road win over a top 10 team after routing No. 2 Michigan on Tuesday. The Illini have won 11 of 12 and enter next week’s Big Ten Tournament with a double-bye. E.J. Liddell led the Buckeyes with 19 points, and Duane Washington Jr. and Justice Sueing each had 15. Illinois l...

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Match of the Day and Sean Dyche mock Alexandre Lacazette for ‘screaming’ during Arsenal’s draw with Burnley

Alexandre Lacazette was left screaming in agony during Arsenal’s draw with Burnley (Getty)Match of the Day mocked Alexandre Lacazette for his reaction to a tackle during Arsenal’s draw with Burnley. The French striker was left screaming and writhing in agony following a robust challenge by Erik Pieters during the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on Saturday. During the show’s post-match analysis of Arsenal’s game, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker made light of Lacazette’s reaction to Pieters’ tackle alongside pundits Ian Wright and Dion Dublin. The segment showed multiple replays of Lacazette’s screaming alongside a ‘scream’o’meter’ to emphasise the loudness of the striker’s reaction. But when he brought the show to a close, Lineker signed off with, ‘so that’s it from us, we’re a...

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Chloé Zhao and Frances McDormand Remember ‘Nomadland’ Production Sound Mixer, Dead at 35

“Nomadland” production sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder has died by suicide at the age of 35, as confirmed by his father in a social media post shared by his aunt. Snyder previously served as a production sound mixer and a boom operator on “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao’s sophomore feature from 2017, “The Rider.” Snyder started out his career as a boom operator on the 2011 thriller “Occupant.” His father David Snyder said he discovered Snyder’s body in his Queens apartment on March 1. “Michael took his own life sometime in the last week, and it wasn’t discovered until I went to check on him Monday after he dropped out of contact for several days,” David Snyder wrote in the Facebook post (per Deadline). “He has suffered from Major Depression for many years. For most people, this is an illn

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Welcome to the Trevor Bauer Experience: pitching with one eye open

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There’s only one eye in ‘unconventional.’ In his second start of the spring, right-hander Trevor Bauer gave the Dodgers an early look at some of his free thinking. While struggling some with his command in the first inning, Bauer resorted to a unique fix. He closed one eye. “I was a little erratic,” said Bauer who went to a full count twice while giving up a single, a walk and a wild pitch – though unclear how many eyes were engaged at that point – to the first two batters of the game on his way to throwing 27 pitches in the first inning. “It generally takes me a little time to lock in at the start of the game early in spring just because I don’t have the number of innings under my belt that I do when the season starts where I can just hit the ground running from pitch on

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Dozens rally before ex-officer put on trial in Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people gathered in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion on Saturday to demand accountability for police officers, days before a former Minneapolis officer is scheduled to go on trial in the death of George Floyd. Many of the roughly 150 people who demonstrated in Minnesota were family members of others who died during police encounters. Similar protests were being organized in cities around the country in advance of the trial of Derek Chauvin. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while Floyd was held face-down on the ground in handcuffs, saying he couldn’t breathe. Body-camera video time stamps provided by prosecutors show Chauvin held his position for about nine minutes, even after Floyd s...

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The Wall contestant mistakes Solange Knowles for Nick Knowles’ brother leaving viewers in utter disbelief

The Wall players had never heard of Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles (Picture: REX/BBC)The Wall viewers were left in a state of utter astonishment as they watched a contestant on Danny Dyer’s game show hasten a guess that Solange Knowles – the younger sister of Beyoncé Knowles – is Nick Knowles’ brother. On the latest episode of the BBC One programme, twin brothers Jack and Thomas, from Yorkshire, took part to try and win money to help out their mum and fund their university education. In one part of the show, Thomas was placed in an isolation room, where he was tasked with answering questions without any knowledge of how Jack was doing in the studio with Danny. One of the questions asked was: ‘Which of these famous siblings are the eldest in their family?’, the options being Pipp

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