Kevin Love says Cavaliers’ underdog label in NBA finals is ‘funny to me’

  • Cavaliers installed as underdogs despite winning last year’s championship
  • Golden State and Cleveland meeting for third straight year in NBA finals
  • Warriors to host Cavaliers on Thursday in Game 1 of best-of-seven series

Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone.

Let’s be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite underdogs.

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Labor has no choice. It should acccept the new Gonski model and argue for more funding | Greg Jericho

Unlike the US’s Congressional Budget Office, Australia’s Parliamentary Budget Office does not provide analysis on the real-world impacts of policy

This week, Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs was assaulted by Republican congressional candidate (now congressman) Greg Gianforte after Jacobs asked him about the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the Republican party’s healthcare plan. Such an event would not happen in Australia – not because we don’t have politicians who wouldn’t hit journalists (although one hopes that is the case) but because we don’t have an organisation that analyses policy as does the CBO.

One of the biggest issues for the Australian Labor party in responding to the May budget is that there is more talk about cuts to growth in spending than about actual cuts. The $22.3bn cut to education, which Labor has spent much of the time since the budget prosecuting, is a cut compared with what it was promising to spend.

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‘We want referendum’: intensive Uluru talks call for an end to the fighting

Joint statement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders sends out a message of unity and strength

With two gifts, the elders of Mutitjulu summarised six months of talks and prepared for the long political fight to come.

“That’s the weapon,” Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation chairman Sammy Wilson told professor Megan Davis, one of the leaders of the constitutional reform process, handing her a fighting stick, a smoothly shaped piece of wood. “You point this at the government: we want referendum.”

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White House photo caption omits husband of Luxembourg’s gay PM

Two mentions for Melania Trump in text accompanying shot taken at Brussels Nato summit while Gauthier Destenay omitted

The Trump White House on Saturday omitted Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel, from the caption to an official photograph of the spouses of Nato leaders, taken at this week’s summit in Brussels.

Related: Trump’s big trip began well – but in Europe his flaws were painfully exposed

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On-field violence, off-field deaths: we need a more realistic version of masculinity | Sean Wales

My friend died after a post-match brawl in a pub. And yet violence on the football field is still glorified and encouraged

On 16 April 2016, Patrick Cronin played his first game of senior football for the Lower Plenty Bears. It was also the first time he would run on to the football ground with his older brother Lucas by his side.

But within a matter of hours, Patrick was on life support in the Royal Melbourne hospital. Doctors declared him brain dead and his family had to make the call to turn off his life support. Patrick passed away on 18 April 2016, aged 19.

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Ending the legacy of the stolen generations – Australian politics live podcast

Richard Weston from the Healing Foundation joins Katharine Murphy to talk about a report into the legacy of the stolen generations and the social problems that still need to be solved. Supporting the Indigenous community will lead to benefits for the whole community, he says, but doing nothing will see the social cost continue to rise.

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