Sources: Spurs pull off massive deal with Raptors

After weeks of speculation, San Antonio trades Kawhi Leonard, sending him and Danny Green to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan.

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Sources: Kawhi to Toronto, DeRozan to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal to acquire All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard in a larger trade package that includes All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN. – TOP

Sources: Parker, Bulls in talks on offer sheet

Jabari Parker, who is a restricted free agent under the Bucks’ control, is making progress in offer-sheet talks with the Bulls, league sources told ESPN. – TOP

Sources: Isaiah Thomas to sign with Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas agreed to a one-year, $ 2 million deal with the Nuggets, sources said, as he joins his fourth team in a year. It’s high-reward, low-risk for Denver and a chance for Thomas to re-establish himself. – TOP

Sources: Bjelica, 76ers agree to one-year deal

Free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a one-year, $ 4.4 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

Sources: Amir Johnson staying with 76ers

Free agent Amir Johnson has decided to return to the 76ers after agreeing to a one-year contract, according to league sources. – NBA

Sources: Suns, Booker closing in on max deal

The Suns and guard Devin Booker and progressing toward finalizing a max contract extension worth $ 158 million over five years, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Sources: Stephenson, McGee join LeBron in L.A.

Free-agent swingman Lance Stephenson and center JaVale McGee have agreed to join up with LeBron James to try to pursue a championship with the Lakers, sources told ESPN. – NBA

Jordan eyes Mavs after opting out, sources say

DeAndre Jordan opted out of the $ 24.1 million player option in his Clippers contract, clearing the way for him to likely join the Mavericks when free agency begins, sources said. – TOP

Sources: Lakers, Spurs reopen talks on Kawhi

The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers envision a trade in which San Antonio would get something similar to what the Cavs received for Kyrie Irving or the Pacers acquired for Paul George. The Spurs value Leonard higher. – NBA

Sources: LeBron doesn’t want recruiting circus

LeBron James is not interested in elaborate recruiting pitches as he weighs his options, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Sources: NFL plans to suspend Winston 3 games

The Buccaneers quarterback faces discipline from the NFL stemming from an alleged incident with an Uber driver in March 2016. – NFL

Sources: Cavs want Love with or without LeBron

The Cavaliers have not made Kevin Love available for trades entering Thursday’s draft, and regardless of what decision LeBron James makes about his future, they have interest in keeping Love, sources said. – TOP

Sources: Lakers ask Ball, Kuzma to tone it down

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma have agreed to tone down their joking insults of each other on social media after the Lakers spoke to the players, sources tell ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk. – TOP

Sources: Wilcox flips on 49ers, plans Jets deal

Free-agent safety J.J. Wilcox was in the 49ers’ offices to sign Tuesday and then he “flipped,” one source told ESPN, and decided he wanted to play for Jets coach Todd Bowles. “He got stage fright,” another source told ESPN. – NFL

Sources: Falcons’ Ryan first to $30M annually

Quarterback Matt Ryan has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons, and sources tell ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the deal will make Ryan the first NFL player to earn $ 30 million per year. – NFL

Sources: Cowboys’ Witten retiring, joining MNF

Jason Witten is retiring after one of the most successful runs in Cowboys history to join Monday Night Football as an analyst, sources told ESPN. – NFL

Sources: Teams believe Browns pick Mayfield

NFL coaches and GMs believe quarterback Baker Mayfield will be selected by the Browns with the No. 1 pick in the draft, sources told ESPN. – NFL

Sources: KD to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Kevin Durant plans to decline his player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer in order to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, league sources told ESPN. – TOP

Gronk ‘pretty certain’ he’ll return, sources say

Despite Rob Gronkowski’s giving serious consideration to retirement because of physical and mental fatigue, sources say the Patriots tight end is “pretty certain” he’ll come back as long as quarterback Tom Brady remains with the team. – NFL

Sources: Smart has tendon injury in thumb

Celtics guard Marcus Smart has a tendon injury in his thumb, and the team is trying to determine if he will miss time. – NBA

Sources: Kawhi could return for Spurs on Thu.

Kawhi Leonard could be available for the San Antonio Spurs as early as Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN’s Lisa Salters. A leg injury has kept Leonard out of all but nine games so far this season. – NBA

Sources: CB Sherman to meet with 49ers

Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman, released Friday by the Seahawks, is scheduled to meet Saturday with 49ers officials, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – NFL

Sources: Sherman likely to be released Friday

Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman, coming off a ruptured right Achilles that ended his 2017 season in November, is likely to be released Friday by the Seahawks, a source confirmed to ESPN. – TOP

Sources: Pitt firing Stallings after 0-19 ACC run

Following an 8-24 season in which the Panthers did not win an ACC game, Pittsburgh is dismissing coach Kevin Stallings, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Sources: Finalists for Cousins down to 4 teams

The expected suitors for free agent Kirk Cousins, one of the league’s most productive quarterbacks over the past three years, are the Broncos, Cardinals, Vikings and Jets, sources tell ESPN. – NFL

Sources: U.S.-led 2026 WC bid in peril

Support for the U.S.-led bid to host the 2026 World Cup is divided, with some estimates of voting totals having Morocco ahead in the two-bid race. – TOP

Sources: NFL to seek millions from Jerry Jones

The NFL is expected to seek millions of dollars from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as reimbursement for legal fees related to RB Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and Jones’ threatened litigation over commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract, sources told ESPN. – NFL

Sources: Sean Miller talked payment on wiretap

FBI wiretaps intercepted multiple conversations between Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller and sports agent Christian Dawkins in which Miller discussed a $ 100,000 payment to ensure star freshman Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, sources told ESPN. – TOP

Sources: Lakers shifting free-agent focus to ’19

The Lakers aren’t abandoning a 2018 summer pursuit of free-agent stars, but rather recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler, sources told Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Sources: Lue’s job safe despite Cavs’ struggles

The Cavaliers suffered an embarrassing blowout loss to the Rockets on Saturday night, but league sources told ESPN that coach Tyronn Lue’s job is safe and the team is still pursuing trades ahead of Thursday’s deadline. – NBA

Sources: LeBron open to FA talks with Warriors

Provided they free up salary and offer a max deal, the Warriors could position themselves to secure an offseason meeting with LeBron James if, as expected, he declines his $ 35.6M player option and becomes an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN. – NBA

Sources: Stitched-up Brady ready for Jaguars

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a cut on his right hand while making a handoff to Rex Burkhead in practice Wednesday. Although it required stitches, Brady will play Sunday against the Jaguars. – TOP

Facebook to Rank News Sources by Quality to Battle Misinformation

Facebook plans to start ranking news sources in its feed based on user evaluations of credibility, a major step in its effort to fight false and sensationalist information that will also push the company further into a role it has long sought to avoid—content referee. WSJD


Sources: Rockets push into Clips’ locker room

Houston’s James Harden, Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into the LA Clippers’ locker room Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers after the Rockets’ loss, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. – NBA

Sources: Patricia expected to be Lions coach

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is likely to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – NFL

Sources: Raiders giving 10-year deal to Gruden

The Raiders will sign Jon Gruden, who coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001, to a 10-year deal that will likely approach $ 100 million, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. – TOP

Sources: Bears fire Fox after last-place finish

John Fox is out as the Bears’ coach after Chicago finished last in the NFC North for the third consecutive season. – TOP

Sources: Bengals’ Lewis planning exit after ’17

Marvin Lewis, the longest tenured head coach in Bengals history, is planning to leave the team after the season to explore other opportunities, league sources told ESPN. – NFL

Sources: Lakers asked LaVar to tone it down

LaVar Ball confirmed that he met with the Lakers’ front office recently to discuss his criticisms of head coach Luke Walton, saying of the meeting, “It’s about coming together and to get a solution to this problem.” – TOP

Sources: Amid protests, Vols won’t hire Schiano

After public outcry and campus protests — including government officials protesting on Twitter — Tennessee will no longer hire Greg Schiano as the Volunteers’ next football coach, sources tell ESPN’s Chris Low. – TOP

Sources: Alan Williams to remain with Suns (Yahoo Sports)

Alan Williams

The restricted free-agent center has agreed to a three-year, $ 17 million contract to re-sign with Phoenix.

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Sources: Knicks offered Joakim Noah in Kristaps Porzingis trade talks

Sources: Knicks offered Joakim Noah in Kristaps Porzingis trade talks – NBA

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Sources: Sanders agrees to deal with Cavs

The Cavs are hoping Larry Sanders, who’s been out of the NBA for two years, can be the role-playing big man they need.

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Sources: Knicks waiving Brandon Jennings (Yahoo Sports)

Brandon Jennings was the 10th pick in the 2009 draft. (AP)

The Knicks waived veteran guard Brandon Jennings, clearing the way to sign guard Chasson Randle, league sources told The Vertical.

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Many Ways for Artists to Find New Sources of Inspiration

The mythical view of artists has placed them in their studios or garrets, waiting for the Muse to inspire some great new idea or image. Were that the case, the wait could be a long one, leaving artists with little to do between brainstorms. In fact, most artists rely on good work habits to solve technical, aesthetic or intellectual problems. These include maintaining a regimen of drawing or painting for a certain amount of time every day as well as pursuing certain ideas to their completion in the hope that they might lead to other, new and interesting concepts. In the mostly hands-on profession of art, inspiration comes from doing.
In Search of the Muse
No artist is free from dry periods or mental blocks, when the old ideas seem to lead nowhere and new ones are hard to find. There are really two aspects to this problem: The first is the feeling of having run out of ideas, which tends to be a very temporary condition; the second is a general lack of enthusiasm about creating art itself and losing a sense of what makes art exciting, which can be far more troubling. For artists who have established a market for their work, fear of negative criticism or turning off past collectors may also enter their thinking. “When I’m at an impasse,” photographer Sandy Skoglund said, “I try to do whatever feels good. The internal satisfaction has to be the focus.” That may be more easily said than done, as some methods work, others don’t. Jackson Pollock, who was stung by criticism of his later work, largely gave up painting in the last few years of his life. Italian comic opera composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini’s mental block lasted for the better part of three decades, as he wrote almost nothing of any length or importance for the last half of his life.
Different artists have approached the problem in various ways. Pablo Picasso, for instance, periodically looked for rejuvenation in various media (ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, stage design) and subject matter (copying Old Masters, ancient Greek mythology). Painter Janet Fish “started doing watercolors as a way of loosening up my use of color. I had begun to find that subject matter had come to dominate my painting.” Ben Shahn, who by 1950 felt trapped in the socially conscious work he had done in the 1930s and ’40s, took a teaching position at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which proved stimulating to him. “Black Mountain was a very argumentative place. A lot of the abstract expressionists were there,” said Shahn’s widow, Bernarda Bryson Shahn. “It helped clarify his ideas, and his work also went in a variety of directions after that. He moved from just continuing on with the same subjects that had come out of the Depression–the poor, hungry and homeless people–to more universal themes.”
The search for a way out of a dry period may also lead to new ideas for artwork as well as energy for the task. Edward Hopper, who is best known for his paintings of urban life, lived most of the year in New York City but he frequently became restless there, unable to paint. His restlessness led him to travel around the country and to Mexico, subsequently yielding a sizable body of paintings devoted to people on trains and highways, at gas stations and hotels.
Some artists delve into art’s past for a source of ideas, although others feel a bit more detached or want to get away from the art of the past altogether. Photographer Mary Frey noted that she gets “solace and sustenence from looking at the work of artists of the past but, after all, I’m a contemporary artist and I need to find the work of contemporary artists. I think that my work has become part of a dialogue with contemporary art, and so it is more important to me to see what similar or not-so-similar things other artists are doing currently.” Noting that a mental block indicates “something that you are trying to avoid,” Janet Fish said that a dry period “can lead you to stop working entirely. As they say, when you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on the horse because, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to get back on the horse. You just have to keep painting. Going to museums can easily become another way to avoid working. It certainly is that way for me.”
For many artists, the act of creating a work of art is analogous to following a train of thought, developing and reworking ideas that may or may not come together to form a successful piece. A dry period may arise when artists have not pushed their ideas far enough or when a particular problem has already been solved–leaving artists only to repeat themselves. Janet Fish has found that her response to a problem in her work is to open herself to new ideas and experiences, and to keep working. “Sometimes, I work small when I’m not sure about what I’m doing,” she said. “Better a little bad painting than a big bad painting.” Fish noted that it is important to distinguish between a dry period, when problems in one’s work need to be confronted, and just having a bad day, when nothing seems to go quite right. A particularly rough dry period can lead an artist to “do anything to avoid dealing with the painting.” To her mind, the worst thing to do is “indulge in a dry period and let yourself quit working altogether. That way, you lock yourself into a mental block. If you get too polemical, or overly embroiled in a certain narrow idea, you can’t go anywhere.”

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Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910: Strategies and Sources

Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910: Strategies and Sources

The diverse literatures of Victorian and Edwardian Britain have provided a wealth of research materials for novice and expert researchers alike. Although the body of scholarship for the Edwardian Age is smaller than that of the Victorian, researchers should have no shortage of resources for learning more about the literatures of either time period. While many of the novels, plays, poetry, and prose from the Victorian and Edwardian Ages are still readily available in print, a vast amount of literature has long since fallen out of print. Recent efforts in digitization-the Victorian Women Writers Project; English Literary Periodicals, 1681-1914; Early British Periodicals, 1681-1921; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century U.K. Periodicals; Times Digital Archives; Victorian Popular Culture; and even Google Books-have helped to make many texts more widely accessible. Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages, 1830-1910 discusses traditional and new resources for researching this period of British literature and the ways in which those resources can be used in conjunction with one another. By helping readers navigate the resources and issues particular to these literatures, this book will serve as an essential guide to researching the literatures of the Victorian and Edwardian Ages.
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