Bulls vs. Celtics – Game Recap – January 15, 2022


BOSTON — — Robert Williams hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left and the Boston Celtics scored the final eight points to edge the Chicago Bulls 114-112 on Saturday night.

Williams, who tied it at 112 with two foul shots with 31 seconds to go, finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Boston rallied after trailing 112-106 with 1:57 to play.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jaylen Brown scored 19 points and Dennis Schroder had 16 points and eight assists for Boston.

Nikola Vucevic had 27 points for Chicago and rookie Ayo Dosunmu scored a career-high 21 points and added 10 assists. DeMar DeRozan, who missed a shot at the buzzer that could have tied it for the Bulls, scored 23.

Chicago was coming off a 138-96 loss at home to Golden State on Friday night and lost for the fourth time in five games. The Bulls couldn’t hold off the Celtics down the stretch despite numerous mistakes by Boston, which led 54-49 at halftime and 84-83 after a tight third quarter.

The Celtics faltered down the stretch with several mistakes, including a bad pass by Tatum, a traveling call on Brown and an offensive foul committed by Tatum. But Chicago couldn’t quite close out the Celtics, who still had a chance after Brown hit from the corner to pull the Celtics within 112-110 with 1:06 left.

Malcolm Hill missed a shot for Chicago and Williams drew a foul at the other end, tying it with a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left to play.

DeRozan missed from the lane with 11 seconds left and Boston got the rebound. Williams drew foul on Vucevic and went to the line with 9.7 seconds left, sinking both to put the Celtics back up.

TIP-INS

Bulls: G Zach LaVine did not travel with the club after injuring his left knee early in Friday night’s game. An MRI on Saturday did not reveal any significant structural damage and LaVine will be reevaluated early next week, the Bulls said. Although there was no timetable for his return, the Bulls said LaVine was not expected to miss significant time. LaVine tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for Minnesota in February 2017. … The Bulls were also without G Lonzo Ball (left knee soreness). G Alex Caruso remained in COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Celtics: Tatum scored 13 in first quarter. … G Marcus Smart (health and safety protocols) missed his third straight game. … The Celtics improved to 1-1 against Chicago this season and snapped a three-game slide against the Bulls.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Memphis on Monday afternoon.

Celtics: Host New Orleans on Monday afternoon.

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Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Saturday, January 15)


Starmer says Johnson isn’t fit for office in wake of party revelations

Boris Johnson is not fit for office and “mired in deceit and deception,” according to Labour’s leader.

Sir Keir Starmer made a speech at the Fabian Society in London on Saturday morning. The focus of the speech is health, but he used it to criticise the embattled Prime Minister.

The opposition leader said Boris Johnson is “not fit for office”.

“We all need the security of knowing that the NHS is there for us when we need it. That will be what my contract will offer and I can’t stress how badly it is needed. Rather than concentrating on getting through the pandemic and bringing down waiting lists, this self indulgent Tory Party is having a fight about a leader who they should have known from the start is not fit for office.

“Boris Johnson is too preoccupied defending his rule breaking and as day follows night, when it comes to the National Health Service, you could never trust the Tories on the NHS. We are witnessing every day, the broken spectacle of a Prime Minister mired in deceit and deception and unable to lead. But whilst the Tories bicker and fight each other on WhatsApp, I want to look to the future because the NHS faces new challenges.”





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No. 15 Illini Travel to Rutgers, Host Iowa to Begin B1G Competition


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – No. 15-ranked Illini wrestling is set for a pair of weekend dual meets, opening up Big Ten competition at No. 17 Rutgers on Friday evening, followed by the team’s home opener with No. 2 Iowa at State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon. Friday night’s dual against the Scarlet Knights will begin at 6 p.m. CT and will be streamed on BTN+ ($), with Sunday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network.

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases on the University of Illinois campus and throughout the Central Illinois region, the University will institute a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative-test protocol for all university sponsored events open to the public with more than 200 people in attendance beginning January 1, 2022. All guests ages 12 and older entering State Farm Center, including media, staff and premium seating patrons, will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of the event in the arena.

PROBABLE STARTERS

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No. 9 Illinois

No. 2 Iowa

Wrestler

Record

Weight Class

Wrestler

Record

Justin Cardani

9-2

125 lbs.

Drake Ayala

11-3

Lucas Byrd

10-1

133 lbs.

Austin DeSanto -OR- Charles Matthews

11-0; 4-5

We Rachal

8-8

141 lbs.

Jaydin Eierman  -OR- Drew Bennett

11-0; 2-4

Christian Kanzler

8-5

149 lbs.

Max Murin -OR- Cobe Siebrecht 

4-1; 5-2

Joe Roberts

9-7

157 lbs.

Kaleb Young

7-5

Danny Braunagel

7-5

165 lbs.

Alex Marinelli

12-0

DJ Shannon

4-4

174 lbs.

  Michael Kemerer -OR- Brennan Swafford

2-0; 12-6

Zac Braunagel

6-2

184 lbs.

Abe Assad

7-2

Matt Wroblewski

4-2

197 lbs.

Jacob Warner

8-1

Luke Luffman

10-2

HWT

Tonny Cassioppi -OR- Aaron Costello

6-2; 11-2

NOTES

  • Justin Cardani (125) and Lucas Byrd (133) each earned first place finishes at the Matmen Open on December 29-30. Luke Luffman (285), Zac Braunagel (184), We Rachal (141), Danny Braunagel (165), and Christian Kanzler (149) each finished in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
  • The Illini finished in fourth place out of 21 teams, earning 105 team points at the Matmen Open.
  • The Illini won their first two duals of the season on December 11 taking down UT-Chattanooga and SIU-Edwardsville
  • First-year head coach Mike Poeta earned his first career win on December 11, a 19-12 win over UT-Chattanooga
  • Mike Bosco (285) won the Freshman/Sophomore division at the Lindenwood Open on Nov. 20, his first collegiate tournament.
  • Danny Pucino (141) and Joe Roberts (157) each took fourth place in the Open Division in their respective weight classes at the Lindenwood Open. Caden Ernd (174), Dylan Connell (184) and Joey Braunagel (197) each placed in the top six in the Freshman/Sophomore division.
  • Justin Cardani (125), Lucas Byrd (133), Christian Kanzler (149), and Luke Luffman (285) each took third place in their respective weight classes to begin the season at the MSU Open on Nov. 6.
  • Danny Braunagel (165) and Matt Wroblewski (197) both took fourth place at the MSU Open in their respective weight classes, while DJ Shannon (174) took sixth.
  • Freshmen Dylan Connell (184) and Joey Braunagel (197) both earned runner-up finishes in the freshman/sophomore division at the MSU Open, while Caden Ernd placed sixth.
  • The Illini are currently ranked No. 23 in the NWCA Coaches Poll.
  • Illinois returns 2021 All-Americans and fifth-place finishers Lucas Byrd (133 lbs) and Dylan Duncan (141 lbs).
  • 2021 NCAA qualifiers Lucas ByrdDylan DuncanDanny BraunagelZac Braunagel, and Luke Luffman are all returning for the Illini this season.
  • Nine starters return to the expected starting lineup for the 2021-22 season. The Illini welcome in eight newcomers this season, including two transfers in Anthony Federico (Fresno State) and Luke Rasmussen (North Dakota State).
  • Illinois is led by first year head coach Mike Poeta, who previously spent five years as assistant coach of the Fighting Illini before taking over the head coaching job in April 2021.
  • Ed Ruth enters his first year as an assistant coach with the Illini wrestling program. Ruth (Penn State ’14) was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time Big Ten champion at 184-pounds.
  • For all future home meets beginning in 2022, Illinois will compete at the State Farm Center after previously holding meets at Huff Hall.

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Tyson Notches 15 Points and Nine Boards in Loss to Virginia – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site


Senior Hunter Tyson nearly totals his second career double-double in a 75-65 loss to Virginia.

Final Stats

CLEMSON, S.C. — Hunter Tyson (Monroe, N.C./Piedmont) led Clemson University men’s basketball with 15 points and nine rebounds, but Clemson would fall to Virginia 75-65 on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (9-5, 1-2 ACC) led 37-36 after the opening stanza and would lead 57-56 with 8:08 remaining, but the Cavaliers (9-5, 3-1 ACC) would engineer an 11-2 run and eventually seal the 10-point victory.

David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio/First Love Christian Academy) and PJ Hall (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) each finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Nick Honor (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland) totaled 11.

Clemson finished with 17 assists on 23 made baskets and limited themselves to just nine turnovers but were outscored in the paint 34-22 and in bench points 15-4.

The Tigers return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 8 when they travel to NC State for a 12 p.m. tip on RSN.

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15 Best Travel Essentials to Protect Against COVID-19 in 2021


What should be in your travel safety kit

Mom and daughter sanitize airplane screen for safe travel



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Whether you’re vaccinated or not, driving or flying, remember the basics of COVID travel: Wear the best mask you can (ideally an N95-type mask), making sure it fits snuggly without gaps at the sides (layering two masks can help), and keep your distance from people outside your household as much as possible.

Then, pack a portable COVID-19 safety kit, whether flying or driving.

Proof of vaccination

Again, getting the COVID vaccine is the best thing you can do to stay safe and keep others safe while traveling during the pandemic. Many countries require proof of vaccination before entering their borders, and even if you’re traveling domestically, it’s a good idea to have proof with you just in case a public space or business upon arrival requires it.

If you want to travel with your physical vaccine card, we suggest putting it in a protective vinyl casing. But there are also a handful of apps, such as CommonPass and VeriFLY, that allow you to upload proof of vaccine and even connect PCR test results so you have proof of your low-risk all in one place.

Masks for adults

Masks are required on all airlines, regardless of your vaccination status or where you’re flying. They’re also recommended for any public place while driving, like public restrooms or service stations.

As coronavirus is an airborne virus, wearing a mask is still one of the key ways to reduce spreading or getting COVID, especially in an indoor, crowded place like an airport or airplane, Joyce Sanchez, MD, medical director of the Travel Health Clinic at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin tells Insider.

Wearing the right mask the right way helps to protect not only the people around you but the wearer too.

Nearly everyone can safely wear a mask, other than those who can’t put on or take off a mask themselves. This includes those with chronic lung and heart problems, Dr. Sanchez says. “Even if it feels harder to breathe while wearing a mask, it doesn’t actually affect how much oxygen your body gets,” she assures.

Why are masks so important? Think of the COVID virus like cigarette smoke spreading indoors — it flows throughout the space (beyond 6 feet from the person who exhaled it and around plexiglass barriers) and can hang in the air for hours, even after the person is no longer in the room.

Considering its spreadability, and given how contagious the Delta variant is, it’s more important than ever to wear a well-fitting mask to both prevent spreading the virus to others and inhaling it yourself.

N95-type masks are best now that they’re no longer in short supply like early in the pandemic, followed by KN95 masks (both technically called respirators rather than masks). Both seal the sides of the face and top of the nose to minimize any gaps where air can leak, and offer additional filtration of air as you breathe, Dr. Sanchez explains.

However, counterfeits are common, so check the CDC’s list of approved masks and suppliers. A quick way to tell is that real N95s have straps around the back of the head instead of ear loops and a TC number (e.g., 84A-XXX for U.S.-approved N95s).

After N95s and KN95s, a three-layer cloth mask is your next best option. The outside two layers should be a tightly-woven fabric like cotton or linen and the middle a filter fabric, either built-in or added-in by you (a folded paper towel works great).

It’s important that your mask fits snugly to trap the potentially-infected air particles rather than leaking through the edges of the mask and being directly inhaled, Abe Malkin, MD, MBA, the founder and medical director of Concierge MD LA, tells Insider. Make sure there are no gaps around the edges of your mask — a detail of equal importance regardless of if you’re vaccinated or not.

If your mask has gaps on the top or sides or if you only have a single-ply mask, it’s smart to double up with a disposable surgical-type mask underneath and a tighter cloth mask over top. And if your mask slips down under your nose as you talk, it’s a sure sign you need a better-fitting mask.

Skip the neck gaiters and bandanas — early reports that they’re worse than no mask at all were likely overblown, but researchers do know real masks are more effective. Plus, many airlines don’t allow them anyway.

Masks for kids

A well-fitting mask is the most important factor for anyone, so children should use masks made for kids, Dr. Malkin says, adding “adult masks are too big for them.”

If kids can help choose their own supplies, it increases the chance they’ll use them. Dr. Malkin advises opting for a mask with a character or designs your child likes to increase the chance that they’ll keep it on when you’re not looking.

Masks are generally required on planes for kids 5 and older, though sometimes it’s 2 or older (check your airline’s requirements before you go). And Dr. Aranoff advises all kids over 2 years old should wear one in indoor, public places unless they physically can’t. The CDC does not recommend masks for children under 2.

Kids need multiple masks just like adults, so stash a few extras in their backpacks and in the car, Jagdish Khubchandani, PhD, a professor of public health at New Mexico State University tells Insider.

At-home COVID-19 test

Most countries require you to have proof of a negative COVID test to enter. Taking one is a good idea even if you’re traveling domestically, especially if you’re unvaccinated, the CDC advises.

Even if your destination doesn’t require it and even if you’re vaccinated, it’s wise to get a COVID test both before you travel and after you arrive to minimize the chance of spreading the virus to vulnerable people. “If you are planning on visiting others, make sure to get tested to ensure everyone’s safety,” Dr. Malkin adds.

For international or domestic travel, the CDC recommends that people who aren’t vaccinated take a COVID test one to three days before you leave, keep your distance from others as much as possible while traveling, and once you return home, take another viral test and self-isolate for a full seven days. If you don’t get a viral test, you should isolate for 10 days. Either way, avoid being around high-risk folks for 14 days.

As for where to get a COVID test, many towns have free testing sites. But you can also snag an at-home rapid antigen test or, slightly less common, more accurate molecular tests (such as a PCR test). Just remember, the tests aren’t 100% foolproof.

Many at-home tests require you to mail in a nasal swab or spit tube to be processed in a lab. But newer tests (both antigen and molecular) available in some countries let you get your results online in as little as 45 minutes, with some antigen tests delivering results right in front of you, within 15 minutes. (Just be sure to follow the instructions closely and know that the tests can give a false negative.)

Most tests that are supervised by a health professional over video provide you with the certification you need for flights. Just make sure you know the precise time window to do your test and get the certification back before your flight.

When our team researched and tested the leading at-home COVID tests on the market throughout 2021, we found EmpowerDX Nasal to be the most accurate, covered by most insurance or the cheapest test available out of pocket and turns results around within two days of the lab receiving the sample. Dr. Sanchez also recommends the Abbott at-home antigen test kit, which offers six tests for $150.

Dr. Sanchez recommends each person bring at least two approved at-home test kits that meet the testing requirements when traveling internationally in case there’s a problem with one or you need to re-test. “You do not want to be stuck or delayed in returning home because you have not prepared for that required step,” she adds.

Hand soap, sanitizer, and wipes

Traveling exposes you to tons of germs — viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi — outside of COVID that can cause illnesses. It’s super important to clean your hands before and after you eat, in particular. The best way: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then dry them thoroughly with a paper or cloth towel (rather than an air blower).

But since that’s not always possible, the second-best option is to use hand sanitizer. Always pack one with at least 60% alcohol in your carry-on, and rub it all over your hands, even the nooks and crannies, until it evaporates.

Antibacterial hand wipes are less ideal since they sometimes contain harmful chemicals and may contribute to


antibiotic resistance

. But in a pinch, they’re definitely better than having unclean hands. Keep in mind that most wipes are formulated for objects and not for skin, Dr. Malkin points out. As with hand sanitizer, the formula needs to be at least 60% alcohol to kill viruses.

Disinfectant wipes

Keeping high-touch surfaces clean is important, but don’t obsess over disinfecting every surface you come into contact with, Dr. Sanchez told us — you’re not at all likely to acquire COVID by touching an infected surface. This is especially true when driving; there’s no need to wipe down your car handles or steering wheel, for example.

That being said, high-touch surfaces on planes — armrests, tray tables, in-flight entertainment screens — can transmit germs, so it’s wise to wipe down surfaces around your seat with a disinfectant wipe.

Be sure to clean your phone too — you might be surprised by how dirty it actually is. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to clean it and try to use it only with clean hands. (But be careful: Some cleaners can ruin your screen.)

Storage bags

When flying, carry-on storage is essential to make it easy to access hand sanitizer and other essential items. Ideally, your carry-on bag has multiple pockets so you can keep things like food and extra masks separate from dirty items. You can also use a small pouch to keep these essentials right on top (we like these durable, zippered pouches from Baboon to the Moon).

We also recommend having a few plastic bags available to store dirty masks, in addition to things like used disinfectant wipes or tissues until you can find a trash can. You’ll want one for your car and in your carry-on.

It’s also helpful to have a designated clean storage bag where you can put your mask when you take it off to eat away from dirty surfaces or other people’s breath, Dr. Sanchez advises. Avoid placing your mask on a table or your arm to minimize germ contamination.

What you should leave at home

Gloves

You don’t need to bring gloves with you traveling. First of all, COVID-19 is transmitted by breathing, not by touching things and then touching your face. Regardless, germs can live on the surface of a latex glove, the same as skin, Dr. Malkin says. Plus, “some people become too relaxed when they are wearing gloves. They do not realize they are at more risk for spreading [germs] because they are touching multiple personal items in between other things,” he adds.

Studies have suggested that people who wear gloves tend not to wash their hands as often or notice when gloves get dirty or damaged. It’s also easy to contaminate your hands when removing gloves. Plus, we don’t need any more COVID-19 waste than we already have.

Face shields

How important are face shields? “As we do not have data to support the use of face shields in protecting individuals from acquiring COVID-19 in the community setting, they should not be used as a substitute for a well-fitting mask,” Dr. Sanchez says.

She added that while she saw no downside to adding a face shield to your travel safety kit, “they are not an equivalent substitute for face masks.” They might provide protection if someone sneezes in your direction, for example, but they don’t protect others from any virus you may be carrying.



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Rockets vs. Cavaliers – Game Recap – December 15, 2021


CLEVELAND — — Darius Garland scored 21 points, Isaac Okoro added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight game, a 124-89 rout of the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Ricky Rubio had seven points and a season-high 12 assists, and Dean Wade scored 16 points for Cleveland, which led 84-39 midway through the third quarter and had 100 points entering the fourth.

It was the largest victory margin of the season for the Cavaliers and the Rockets’ most lopsided loss.

“To keep this streak going, that’s what we’re out to do,” said Okoro, who is averaging 19.0 points over the last four games. “We’ll keep on working and our shots will keep on falling.”

Cleveland’s last five-game winning streak occurred from March 28-April 5, 2018, with LeBron James on the roster. The Cavaliers have the fourth-best record in the East at 18-12.

“We’re putting in the work, so we have the confidence that the ball is going to go in every time,” Garland said. “Our mindset all season is to play all 48 minutes. We did that tonight.”

Houston coach Stephen Silas walked off the court late in the first quarter and was treated for dehydration. The son of longtime NBA coach Paul Silas motioned to assistant John Lucas to take over as he headed past the bench.

Silas, 48, received fluids from the Rockets’ medical staff and spent the remainder of the game in the locker room. He was able to travel back to Houston with the team.

“He’s OK, he’s better,” Lucas said. “We were slowly drifting when Coach left and we lost our composure for about five minutes after. They just had us at everything.”

Rookie Alperen Sengun had season highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Christopher scored 17 points and KJ Martin added 14 for Houston. The Rockets have lost three of their last four after winning seven in a row, dropping to 9-19.

Garland scored 17 points in the first half as the Cavaliers built a 69-38 lead, their largest at intermission since being up 34 on Nov. 25, 2016, against Dallas. All five games in their winning streak have been by double digits.

“We did the job we had to do,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We played well and we played up to our standards. That’s all we ask from our guys.”

The Cavaliers were without rookie Evan Mobley, who bruised his right hip Monday against Miami. The third overall pick is averaging 13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. Cleveland is 1-4 when he isn’t in uniform.

Center Christian Wood was a game-day scratch with left knee tendinitis, leaving Houston with 10 available players. Guard Eric Gordon sat out for the second time in three games with a tight groin.

Sengun dished out five assists and Jae’Sean Tate had 12 points and six rebounds. The Rockets were called for four technical fouls, two by D.J. Augustin, and shot 5 of 29 on 3-pointers.

“That team was bigger, taller and a lot hungrier than we were,” Lucas said.

TIP-INS

Rockets: G Jalen Green (left hamstring strain), F Danuel House Jr. (left ankle sprain) and G Kevin Porter Jr. (left thigh bruise) also were out. Silas said Green is the closest to returning, followed by House. Green has missed 10 games, while House has been sidelined for five. … Porter spent his rookie season with Cleveland, but was released in 2020 after a series of disciplinary issues, including an arrest in Eastern Ohio.

Cavaliers: Garland is one of three players averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 assists while shooting better than 46%. Lakers F LeBron James and Nuggets C Nikola Jokic are the others. … C Tacko Fall and G RJ Nembhard, both on two-way contracts, are on G League assignments with the Cleveland Charge. … Cleveland has a .356 all-time winning percentage against Houston, its second-worst behind San Antonio (.343).

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host New York on Thursday night.

Cavaliers: Visit NBA champion Milwaukee on Saturday night.

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15 Best Cyber Monday Sex Toy Deals (2021): Our Fave Vibrators, Lubes, and More


The holiday season can be super stressful, which is why investing in self-care is essential. With a lot of our favorite sex tech brands joining the Cyber Monday fray with deals, there’s no excuse not to treat yourself and your partner with a new sex toy, vibrator, lube, or all three. After all, masturbation is not only healthy but it’s also one of the best ways to care for yourself.

Our picks for the best Cyber Monday sex toy deals were researched and tested by our Gear team for our Best Sex Toys for Every Body guide.

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We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products marked (Sold Out) are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing. We’ll update this guide throughout Black Friday weekend.

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Sex Toy Deals

Dame Pom.

Photograph: Dame

This little vibrator is one of our all-time faves. It’s been a top pick in our Sex Tech Guide since day one, in part because it’s adorable, but mostly because it’s a powerful, comfy-to-use, good-for-all-genitals vibrator and is approachable both in its low price and its simple, straightforward design. We even wrote a whole review about it.

Suction toys are a game-changer for people with vulvas. The toys use pulses of air to simulate the sucking sensation of skillful oral sex, stimulating the small erogenous areas like the clitoris or glans of a neo or natal penis. It’s kind of amazing, and they’re usually pretty expensive so finding a good one under $100 can be tough. It’s best for gentle to moderate intensity suction, and it’s not quite as powerful as other suction toys in our experience, but it’s still a good pick.

Everyone should use lube. No matter your genitals, gender identity, sexuality, or kinks, if you’re spending time with genitals you should have lube on hand. It’ll make everything so much better. For real. Water-based lubes are your best bet for everyday use. They’re water-soluble, so they won’t stain your sheets or clothes, and they’re usually made of body-safe aloe. Great for solo or partnered use! This is one of our favorites.

Dame Arc G-Spot Vibe.

Photograph: Dame

Dame’s sex toys all sport a similar sleek and approachable design, and you can see that here in the Arc vibrator. Gently curved with a soft bulbous end, it’s designed to provide rumbly, diffuse stimulation to the G-spot (but with a careful partner you could use it for the P-spot as well). It might be a bit big for some people, so make sure you take a look at the dimensions and compare it to an internal toy you already have and use.

Crave’s Vesper necklace is an adorable little bullet vibrator disguised as a pendant. It’s gorgeous and well-made, but it doesn’t quite pass as just a pendant if you look too close. Definitely more discreet than any of the other toys on this list though, perfect for travel and surprisingly powerful given its size.  

Sex tech maker Maude is offering a blanket 20 percent off on all orders over $75 from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Maude makes a couple of our favorite toys that we’ve featured on our best sex tech roundup, but it also stocks a number of other goodies we’ve tested and highly recommend. The Shine water-based lube, for instance, is my personal favorite lube, and there are also a number of intimate but not overtly sexy items as well like bath salts, massage oil—even a fragrance-free hand sanitizer spray that works great for cleaning your toys.

One of the original suction toys, the Womanizer Premium has been around a while. The name is unfortunately very gendered, but if that doesn’t bother you, it’s a solid pick for powerful suction. If the name is a sticking point, I’d recommend the Dame Aer instead.

MysteryVibe Poco and Crescendo.

Photograph: MysteryVibe

The Poco is an adorable little vibrator with two powerful motors and a flexible body. It’s easy to bend into just the right position to hit your G-spot, or for external use in interesting positions. It’s small, discreet, and pairs with the MysteryVibe app so you can set up your own vibration patterns or give someone else control of it.

The Crescendo is the bigger sibling of the Poco. It features a similar but more flexible body and has a whopping six internal motors. Those motors can all be adjusted with the included app, giving you very granular control over your vibration intensity and rhythm. Mostly I ended up using the built-in vibration patterns because there are quite a few, and they’re all pretty good. Those motors give the Crescendo a very unique vibration profile too, it doesn’t just feel like it’s one powerful motor vibrating the whole toy but rather several smaller ones vibrating throughout the toy. This is one of our favorites and for good reason. It’s fully waterproof, so it’s a great pick for bath time.

The We-Vibe Touch is a modern take on the classic bullet vibrator. It’s soft, squishy, and has a contoured body that makes it easier to hold and maneuver. The tip is shaped to fit over just about any erogenous zone. It’s also waterproof and surprisingly quiet.

This one is another suction or air-pulse stimulator designed to simulate the sucking sensation of oral sex. The Melt is a small, discreet, and cute little toy. It’s contoured and fits well in your hand no matter the angle you’re using it from, and the open end is large enough to encircle the clitoris without touching it directly—a great choice if you or your partner are particularly sensitive. It also supports We-Vibe’s app, so you can control it remotely for some long-distance partner play.

Fun Factory Laya II

Photograph: Fun Factory

This is a vibrator designed specifically for those of you who like rumbly, diffuse stimulation while lying on top of a vibrator. The Laya II is contoured and designed for this orientation, so it won’t poke you anywhere sensitive the way a standard vibrator might if you lie on top of it. It’s also on our best-of list.

We haven’t tried it ourselves yet, but this looks like a fun little kit for couples. It’s a boxed set of sex toys that includes a vibrator specifically designed for the penis and another vibrator designed to go around the penis but also stimulate a clitoris or neo penis. It also includes a few spicy bedroom games, a massage candle, and a cute little hair scrunchie.

This little toy is fun to use all on its own or as an accompaniment to any harness or strap. It fits right in the O-ring, and it’s great for anyone who isn’t looking for size. Small and approachable, great for all kinds of internal play.

Pulsators are another relatively new kind of toy. Shaped like traditional vibrators, they actually pulsate back and forth to simulate thrusting. It’s a new experience for many, but if you’re a fan, it’s hard to go back to standard internal vibrators. This one has a flared head to mimic the shape of a penis and features medium-to-high intensity levels.


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18-mile backup on Interstate 15


PRIMM (KTNV) — Thanksgiving visitors are leaving Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has issued a travel alert warning Interstate 15 heading south is currently at an 18-mile backup.

This backup is normal for drivers heading between Nevada and California, however usually occurs on Sunday afternoons.

Traffic heading north into Las Vegas appears to be steady from RTC traffic cameras near Jean and Primm.

RTC reminds drivers to prepare for major delays.

TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEW OF I-15:





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