American -Liberian Joe Ragland (in red jersey) who obtained his Liberian citizenship in 2012 in in action for Lokomotive Kuban in the EuroCup (photo credit: Lokomotive Kuban) Liberia-born Joe Ragland of the United States on Wednesday led Lokomotive Kuban to their fifth unbeaten match in Group C of the ongoing EuroCup Basketball competition after defeating Partizan NIS Belgrade 93-83.Ragland led the Lokomotive by scoring 23 points and 5 assists after they won their fifth unbeaten match in the European basketball tournament. Before the match against Partizan, Lokomotive defeated Retabet Bilbao Basket 102-86 where Ragland scored 12 points and 4 assists.Wednesday’s match was the 27-year-old fifth’s appearance for Lokomotive in the EuroCup since joining the basketball club in July and his 21st appearance in the European tournament.The 23 points scored by Ragland on Wednesday means he has so far scored 93 points, 26 assists, and 6 steals for Lokomotive out of five games in the EuroCup.Prior to his move to Locomotive Kuban, Ragland played 16 games in the EuroCup for Italian side FoxTown Cantu and recorded 235 points, 83 assists and 15 steals.Lokomotiv Kuban is seated top of Group C after securing five wins out of five games. They will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run on November 15 when they take on Limoges CSP.The Russian club last won the EuroCup in 2013 after defeating Uxúe Bilbao of Spain 75-64.In the domestic league in Russia, Ragland also led the team in their second home match by scoring a game point of 16 and 3 assist after Lokomotive won Nizhny Novgorod 94-64. He has so far scored 46 points out of 4 games in the VTB United League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster This article contains spoilers for “Smile,” episode two of Doctor Who season 10.Past or future?For her first proper TARDIS adventure, Bill wants to know if the fate of the world is a “happy” one.The Earth colony they arrive at—despite its “pure, soaring optimism”—is, of course, anything but as happy as it seems.In a far-off future, when technology has outpaced humans, and people are living in small colonies on distant planets, artificially intelligent robots called Vardy fly in swarms, pollinating wheat fields and keeping everyone happy.The bird-like critters are controlled by impractical-looking androids (I really hope our robot overlords are more pragmatic). They “speak” emoji, expressing feelings via digital eyebrow arches and wide-eyed grins.Don’t be fooled by the Emojibots (via BBC)Don’t be fooled by the smiley faces and thumbs-up icons: The Emojibots handing out mood indicator badges, serving up blue cubes of Jell-o algae, and greeting everyone with a smile.And by “everyone,” I mean the Doctor and Bill—suspiciously the only two non-cyborg lifeforms in the entire city of Erehwon (“Nowhere” spelled backward).“Where are all the people?” the Doctor wonders.Dead; reduced to fertilizer for the planet.The Emojibots had one job: keep colonists happy. But what happens when someone can’t turn their frown upside down?Designed by humans to maintain bliss—ensuring there’s enough oxygen and water, etc.—the Vardy were not programmed to deal with grief. So when the first colonist died, and her friends and family reacted as normal humans would, the robots identified grief “as the enemy of happiness,” and everyone experiencing it as a problem. As a result, they did the most charitable thing they knew how: shut off the humans.Exterminate (via BBC)The “scary, handsome, genius from space” is only able to save the colony once he realizes he needs to save the Emojibots, too.Penned by Frank Cottrell-Boyce—beloved children’s author and writer of Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and the upcoming Goodbye Christopher Robin biopic—the episode expertly develops the Doctor and Bill’s relationship, which plays off the pair’s natural chemistry.I do wish the production team had more fun with the mood indicators, particularly Peter Capaldi’s, the expressive Doctor deserved more spirited emojis.The term, made popular by modern smartphones, dates back to the late 1990s; the word comes from the Japanese “e” (meaning “picture”) and “moji” (meaning “character” or “letter”).So, we’re carrying on with Doctor Who: 101, learning more about this madman with a box through the eyes of his curious companion—from the Doctor bragging about stealing the TARDIS to Bill uncovering the cause of his excessively high blood pressure (two hearts, two heartbeats, two algae cubes).Table for two (via BBC)“Smile” also shined a light on Nardole’s role in the Doctor’s life. During his brief appearance at the beginning of the episode, the maternal alien makes it clear he’s keeping a tight leash on the Time Lord, who has broken his oath to stay on Earth “unless it’s an emergency.”“A long time ago, a thing happened. As a result of the thing, I made a promise. As a result of the promise, I have to stay on Earth,” the Doctor vaguely explains to Bill.“Guarding a vault?” “Guarding a vault.”The latter, introduced in season 10 opener “The Pilot,” remains unexplained. Probably retiring showrunner Steven Moffat’s ultimate swan song, the dungeon is likely to make regular appearances throughout the season, culminating in a mind-blowing surprise during the two-part finale.Missed episode one of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “The Pilot,” as well as our review of Patrick Ness-helmed spin-off Class.