Iowa’s Caitlin Clark makes basketball history with second straight 30-point triple-double

Stat stuffing is a favorite hobby of Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark , who leads Division I women’s basketball in scoring at 26.2 PPG. But her history-making past two games were pretty ridiculous even for her.

On Thursday, the sophomore became the first player in Division I basketball history, men’s or women’s, to record back-to-back triple-doubles while scoring 30 or more points in both games. Clark also became the first player in Big Ten women’s hoops history to have back-to-back triple-doubles, and she did it on a night when Iowa got its largest margin of victory ever — 56 points — against a Big Ten foe.

Clark and the No. 25 Hawkeyes carved up Minnesota 105-49 in Minneapolis, Iowa’s third-largest victory margin ever. As one of the best point guards in women’s hoops history, Gophers coach and former WNBA star Lindsay Whalen, looked on, Clark went to town.

"Caitlin showed why she is one of the most special players in America," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

She had 35 points on 14-of-21 shooting, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Her rebounding total tied her career high and she scored or assisted on 60 of Iowa’s points.

Clark’s point total Thursday ties for the fourth most in Division I women’s history for a triple-double. LSU ‘s Cornelia Gayden had 43 points in her 1995 triple-double. Long Beach State ‘s Cindy Brown had 37 in 1987, as did Alabama ‘s Daisha Simmons in 2013. Rider ‘s Stella Johnson tied Clark with 35 points in 2018.

In Sunday’s 93-83 victory over Nebraska , Clark had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The 6-footer from West Des Moines, Iowa, now has five career triple-doubles, with four of them coming this season. Clark is the seventh player in Division I women’s history to have at least four triple-doubles in a season.

Clark has been struggling with her 3-point shooting this season (24.8 %), but that wasn’t the case in Thursday’s game, as she went 4-of-6 from long distance, and the Hawkeyes as a team were 9-of-17 (52.9%). They shot 58.8% overall from the field and had a 37-point third quarter.

"We have been telling this team, as soon as we find our 3-point shot, we will be dangerous," Bluder said. "We showed that tonight."

Along with leading the nation in scoring, Clark is also averaging 7.6 assists, second in the nation, and 8.5 rebounds. The Hawkeyes are now 11-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten. And the Iowa native Clark was feeling very good Thursday.

"I couldn’t imagine being anyplace else or playing for any other coach," Clark said. "I love her to death, and I hope we can bring her a lot more wins."

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Penny Hardaway takes aim at media, says depleted Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team playing hard despite losses

Following Memphis ‘ third straight loss, a 70-62 home defeat to SMU on Thursday night, coach Penny Hardaway sounded off during his postgame news conference, telling the assembled media to "stop asking me stupid f—ing questions."

Hardaway was asked by one reporter if he had lost faith he could get the job done at Memphis and whether he was embarrassed by the team’s performance.

"I think the one thing I can say to this media because this media gets kinda f—ed up sometimes when it comes to me. We don’t have our full roster. Y’all know we don’t have our full roster. Stop asking me stupid f—ing questions about if I feel like I can do something," Hardaway said in response.

"If I had my roster like they did, then I feel like I can do whatever I want to do. I’m coaching really hard, my boys are playing really hard, I’m not embarrassed about nothing. We have four freshmen starting, y’all need to act like it. Act like we got 17- and 18- and 19-year-olds out here trying to learn how to play against 22-, 23- and 24-year-old guys. Come on, man. Stop disrespecting me, bro. Like, don’t do that. I work too f—ing hard. I work way too hard for that. Y’all write all these bulls— articles about me and all I do is work. We got young kids on the floor. They got young kids on the floor."

Memphis, which opened the season ranked No. 12 in the AP poll, dropped to 9-8 overall and 3-4 in the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers have lost eight of their last 12 games since opening the season with five straight wins.

Entering the season, it looked as if Hardaway had built a roster that was ready to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers returned three starters from a team that won the NIT, added a couple of impact transfers and then went out and landed top-five recruits Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren in August.

But Bates has struggled, Duren has been inconsistent and the pieces have not fit as expected in the preseason. There have also been COVID issues and injuries in the last several weeks; DeAndre Williams missed his fourth straight game Thursday, while Landers Nolley was out for a second consecutive game.

Against SMU, Memphis started three freshmen, a sophomore transfer and returning junior Lester Quinones . The Mustangs started five seniors.

"It is what it is, man. I don’t like to get out of character. We’re hurt, man," Hardaway said. "Our roster is depleted right now of guys that can definitely make a difference and help the young guys get through this. Right now they’re having to learn on the fly. It’s hard."

Last season, Memphis started 6-5 before winning nine of its next 10 games to get into the NCAA tournament bubble picture (it eventually missed out, instead winning the NIT title). The Tigers still have 11 games left in the regular season, but they’re running out of time […]


Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic has ‘sore’ neck after hard fall, hopeful he’ll play Sunday

DALLAS — Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic said his neck was "pretty sore" due to a hard fall after a drive to the basket during Thursday’s 109-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns , but he was optimistic that he would not miss any time due to the injury.

Doncic landed on his back after absorbing contact from Suns center Bismack Biyombo on a drive to the basket with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter. During the ensuing timeout, Doncic was hunched over on the bench while grabbing the back of his neck. After consulting with the Mavs’ athletic training staff, Doncic applied a heat pack to his neck before checking back in with 7:25 remaining and playing the rest of the game.

"It’s my neck. It’s the spine," said Doncic, who had 28 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and eight turnovers in the loss. "When I fall down, I hit my back. It’s pretty sore right now."

Doncic said he would get "a lot of massages and steam room" over the next few days to prepare for Sunday’s home game against the Memphis Grizzlies .

Doncic played despite a neck strain during last season’s playoffs, but it affected his performance during Dallas’ Game 4 loss to the LA Clippers , when he had series lows of 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in a lopsided loss. As was the case with that injury, Doncic said the range of motion in his neck was limited, and that looking to either side was difficult.

"I think it’s a little worse because it’s the spine," Doncic said. "But it’ll be OK in a couple days."

The loss to the Suns, who have the NBA’s best record at 35-9, was only the Mavs’ second in the last 12 games.

The Suns outscored the Mavs 35-19 in the fourth quarter as Phoenix put the finishing touches on a 5-0 road trip. Doncic, who played 42 minutes in the previous night’s win over the Toronto Raptors , wasn’t as aggressive as usual in the fourth quarter, when he had four points on 2-of-3 shooting and no assists. Phoenix point guard Chris Paul dominated the frame, scoring 10 points and controlling the tempo while playing the whole quarter.

Phoenix is 15-3 in games defined as clutch – the score being within five points in the final five minutes – and has outscored opponents by 58 points in 62 minutes in those situations.

"We all trust each other," said Devin Booker , who led the Suns with 28 points. "We had a lot of learning curves last year, but having that time and that experience together, I know put us in a situation where we never hit the panic button. We never get flustered or out of whack. We just stick with what we do, and we perform well down the stretch."


BTS: Filipino actress and former Miss World Megan Young stans THESE two members

Bangtan Boys have fans all across the globe. And guess what, Filipino actress and former Miss World is a fan of BTS members, too. Megan Young is a BTS STAN, and she has not one but two biases. Yes, you read that right. Megan posted a couple of pictures on her gram with actor-boyfriend Mikael Daez. It Mikael has stuck a Super Tuna pose. She has posted a picture of fish-shaped ice cream and gave a Super Tuna reference. "Tuna Panga for the win but Super Tuna for kilig vibes a shoutout to my chika mates @_jaselizabeth and @tammycabais who have been so supportive that they even sent over some fish looking ice cream," Megan captioned the post. Check it out here: Also Read – Hey BTS Army, DESI looks of Taehyung, Jungkook and more will make you want to introduce them to your parents You would think Jin would be Megan’s bias. Well, you are not wrong. A fan had commented on her post asking her whether Jin is her bias. Megan replied to her saying, "I love them all really but Jin and Namjoon remind me of Fofo the most." It means she loves both Namjoon and Jin. Check out her comment here: Also Read – BTS: Did Jimin reward a polite and well-mannered ARMY fangirl with this special gesture? Also Read – Trending Hollywood News Today: BTS’ Jimin finds J-Hope’s lookalike, Britney Spears calls sister ‘selfish little brat’ and more

Aww, isn’t she sweet? Namjoon and Jin are really handsome and it’s quite difficult to pick one out of the two. While one is Mr Worldwide Handsome, the other is Mr Muscles and God of destruction. They are goofy, adorable and charming in their own way. This is not the first time beauty queens have expressed their liking for BTS. Before now, a Brazillian model named Gizele Oliveria had also expressed her liking for BTS. Gizele is a Jimin stan. Gizele is known for her work with Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Another social media influencer had opened up on her love for BTS. Named Amanda Diaz, her boyfriend had surprised her by giving her the tickets to BTS’ concert in LA’s SoFi Stadium. ARMYs had asked her about her bias and she had named Jimin too.

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What to Know About Julia Garner, the Award-Winning Actress from Ozark and Inventing Anna

Julia Garner is taking over Netflix, one show at a time.

Over the past five years, the 27-year-old actress has received critical acclaim for her role as Ruth Langmore on Netflix’s Ozark alongside Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.

Although the show is coming to an end with its fourth and final season — with part one premiering on Jan. 21 and part two premiering later this year — this certainly won’t be the last we’ll see of Garner on the streaming platform .

Based on the New York magazine article about Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be a wealthy German heiress under the name Anna Delvey, the series is sure to be one of Garner’s biggest roles yet.

Ahead of Garner’s upcoming projects, learn more facts about the talented star. She got into acting as a way to overcome her shyness

During an interview on BUILD Series , Garner revealed that she actually took acting classes to help her be more outgoing.

She later did student films at Columbia University, where she ended up making a connection with someone working in a casting office for Susan Shopmaker.

Shortly after, Shopmaker cast her in Martha Marcy May Marlene , which marked her first film role at age 17. Since then, she has gone on to appear in The Perks of Being a Wallflower , We Are What We Are , The Assistant , The Americans , and Dirty John . She’s an Emmy-winning actress

Garner has received critical acclaim for her various TV and film roles, including two Emmy Awards . In 2019, she received her first Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for Ozark . She ended up receiving the same award the following year , once again for her role as Ruth on Ozark . She’s married to Mark Foster

While Garner has become a big name in the acting world, her husband is a big name in the music industry. The actress is married to Foster the People lead singer Mark Foster. After meeting at Sundance Film Festival , the two hit it off and started dating. The couple eventually got engaged during a trip to Yellowstone in 2019 and tied the knot later that year . She did method acting for her Ozark role

Garner really went the extra mile when preparing for her role as Ruth on Ozark . As a Bronx native herself, the actress prepared a Missouri accent for her audition so she could sound more like the character.

After booking the part, Garner went full method actor by spending a whole month talking like her character. "I wanted to sound authentic, so a month before doing Ozark , I would only speak in the accent," she told IndieWire . "I would walk around everywhere [using the accent]. I’d order my food with the accent. You kind of get a sense of the character [that way]." Her style icons probably aren’t what you expect

In addition to becoming a big star in […]


Rachel Brosnahan: Photos Of The ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Actress

Actress Rachel Brosnahan , 31, has captivated the small screen as the bawdy and independent comedienne, Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, in the Amazon Prime hit show ‘The Marvelous Ms. Maisel.’ The role won the brunette beauty an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and she has also won an Emmy for a recurring role on ‘House of Cards.’

Rachel is the niece of the late fashion designer Kate Spade , and had her first major role in the 2009 horror film ‘The Unborn.’ She grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, where she was immersed in the Jewish community from a young age. Although she herself is not Jewish, she told The Chicago Tribune that early experience helped her embody Miriam, a proud Jewish woman, onscreen. Rachel is married to Broadway actor Jason Ralph, 34.

Season 4 of ‘The Marvelous Ms. Maisel’ will hit Amazon Prime on February 18th; before you binge, see the most stunning photo’s of the show’s beautiful star, here!

Pictured: Rachel looks stunning in flowing yellow pants and a black strapless top at the CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute in 2021.


Bitcoin falls below $40,000, ether, dogecoin, Solana, other crypto prices today also crash

Meanwhile, the global cryptocurrency market cap today plummeted over 5% to slip below the $2 trillion mark at $1.98 trillion, as per CoinGecko, dragged by the crash in crypto prices today.

On the other hand, Ether, the coin linked to ethereum blockchain and the second largest cryptocurrency, went below the $3,000 mark. It plunged more than 7% at $2,914, as per CoinDesk. The token surged about 400% last year, compared with a gain of 60% for Bitcoin, however, it is down over 18% in January.

Similarly, Dogecoin price also fell over 7% to $0.15 whereas Shiba Inu fell about 6% to $0.000026. Similarly, Binance Coin was lower at $423, down 9%. Other cryptos like Cardano plummeted over 11% whereas XRP, Polkadot, Tether, Litecoin Solana, Terra, Stellar were also trading with cuts in the range of 3-10% over the last 24 hours.

The crypto industry has faced several regulatory pushbacks in the recent days, as scepticism toward the rapid growth of the digital assets spreads across the globe.

Crypto exchanges are set to be a primary focus of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s crackdown on digital assets in 2022. Russia’s central bank may also work on proposing a ban on Bitcoin mining and crypto trading activity, as reported by Bloomberg.

Crypto funds witnessed fifth straight week of outflows, said the digital asset manager CoinShares’ report, as digital asset investment products saw net outflows of $73 million for the week ended 14 January.

(With inputs from agencies)


Fantasy Football Utilization Report: Latest player trends for 2022 NFL divisional round DFS and player props bets

Volume is king in fantasy football , and this report will help you understand which players are due more or less according to their roles. It is a great way to know who is overperforming and underperforming based on historical data tied to metrics we know drive volume.

For the NFL playoffs , I will provide an abbreviated version of the Utilization Report focusing on running backs, receivers and tight ends. Rather than detailing everything for each team, I will highlight significant trends and changes. Running backs: Which backs are handling early downs, short-yardage and passing downs

Tight ends: Who is running enough routes and meeting critical targets-per-route thresholds

Receivers: Which receivers run the most routes and operate broadly within the offense

Below are the key takeaways by position from the wild-card games . Click here for more PFF tools:

Data notes and acronyms: 1st/2nd = first and second downs

LDD = long down and distance (third and fourth down with three or more yards to go)

SDD = short down and distance (second, third and fourth down with two or fewer yards to go)

i5 = inside the five-yard line
2MIN = two-minute offense (hurry-up offense)

Close = score within three points

Lead = leading by four points or more

Trail = trailing by four points or more
Plays = penalties included for utilization splits and rates Pass Play = all dropbacks (i.e., attempts, sacks and scrambles) ADOT = average depth of target Air Yards = ADOT multiplied by targets TTT = average time to throw PA = play action PA Targets = percentage of player’s targets that came using play action Fantasy finishes = through Sunday night game YPRR = yards per route run TPRR = targets per route run EZ = end zone TOP = time of possession Pass vs. Run Splits = based on the percentage of time a team throws or passes Click here to view by position: Skip to main content Devin Singletary eclipsed the 75% snap threshold for the third consecutive game and registered 94 all-purpose yards on 19 touches. The Buffalo running back ranks fourth among his peers in missed tackles forced per attempt (0.24) this season and is one of the few every-down backs remaining in the playoff race.


The Popcorn Color Trend Is the New Stick of Butter (IYKYK)

Color trends are my favorite trends to adopt early for a number of reasons, one being that it doesn’t matter what the thermostat outside says. I’m all for starting to wear spring colors when the New Year starts. Also, color trends are some of the most accessible and longest-lasting trends. By that, I mean that you can usually find trendy colors at a variety of price points, and they’re probably going to stay in style for longer than some other types of trends.

I’m not the only fashion-obsessed person who starts wearing new color trends very early, as my Instagram feed has been flooded with people in popcorn hues. Popcorn is the latest food-adjacent color craze, following the Stick of Butter phase when everyone was wearing cream-colored looks head-to-toe. While popcorn (aka pale yellow) gives off a similarly relaxed vibe, it’s a little cheerier and decidedly spring-appropriate.

Scroll for the Instagram proof of the popcorn trend, and shop pieces that look almost good enough to eat (sorry, I had to).


The 12 Huge Design Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2022

So far, the start of 2022 has given us a heavy dose of deja vu. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on. Mask mandates have returned. “Joe Millionaire” is back on TV. (We did a double take, too.)

With everything seeming bleakly the same, it makes sense that you might want to make something in your life look different—even if the world outside continues to feel rote. That’s why we consulted with our stable of designers and tastemakers to get the scoop on the home trends they anticipate will be huge in 2022.

And trust us—this is the makeover you deserve. Here’s what to watch for: 1. Vintage and craft furniture

Photo by Sean Litchfield Photography Perhaps the only phrase we’ve heard more the past few months than “omicron” is “supply chain.” The shortage of ordinary household goods and building supplies has affected us all in one way or another. And if you’ve been looking to furnish your home or give your living room a makeover with a new sofa, you know what we’re talking about.

With supply chain issues and shipping waits stretching to months, many homeowners (and designers) are turning toward vintage items they can find locally.

“Unique pieces that can only be found in thrift stores and secondhand are sure to be a hit,” says Stephanie Hearn Purcell , owner and designer at Redesigned Classics .

Keep your finds as is for that trendy “grandmillennial” look , or refinish the pieces with a 2022 twist.

“We are seeing some remarkable items using leftover scraps of materials to create something completely new,” Purcell says.

“Did you inherit Granny’s old dresser or armoire? Then coat it with a glossy new paint color, fill the interior with a funky wall covering, add new hardware, and voila— c’est tres chic ,” says Ana Cummings , owner of ANA Interiors Ltd .

The vintage trend is also having a moment as consumers want to shy away from big-box stores and shop handmade—or even go the DIY route.

“From handmaking furniture to creating artwork, everybody knows somebody that is turning their passion for DIY into a real income,” says Justin Riordan , founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency . “Supporting your fellow artisan may be a great way to get an original piece with a great story behind it.” 2. Houseplants galore

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Speaking of vintage, in 2022 Riordan says we’ll be time-traveling to the days of disco with our houseplant obsession.
“I have not seen a drive for houseplants like this since the late 1970s and early 1980s,” he says. “Along with those plants will come crafty homemade pots, macramé plant hangers, and DIY reclaimed wooden plant stands.”Why the gusto for greenery? You can thank the pandemic for that.“With more and more people working from home, we as a society are looking for any way to connect with nature in our living and working spaces,” Riordan says. 3. No curtains (and extra windows where possible) Photo by Crisp Architects In order to keep all those […]