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Grab a Spot on Selby Gardens’ Boat Tour to Historic Spanish Point


I hadn’t been to Historic Spanish Point for years. I live in north Sarasota, two miles from downtown, so I have plenty of nearby outdoor spaces to enjoy, from The Ringling bayfront campus to Lido Beach. The 40-minute drive south to Spanish Point in road-rage traffic feels like a major expedition to a lazy sightseer like me.

That’s why, when I heard about Marie Selby Garden’s “Set Sail” boat tour to Historic Spanish Point, I drove the 10 easy minutes to Selby’s downtown campus and hopped aboard. Selby, if you remember, “adopted” financially struggling Historic Spanish Point in 2020. It made sense. Both institutions have compatible, gorgeous bayfront settings filled with native Florida plants and long histories. The boat tour is a win-win for Selby since it makes both campuses, situated 10 and a half miles apart, accessible on one day.

And c’mon. There’s not much that competes with being on the water on a sunny day to fulfill your need for nature, socializing and mansion-gawking. 

The tour meets at the entrance of Selby Gardens at 9:45 a.m. before heading to Selby’s dock on Hudson Bayou. Everyone is strongly advised to make a trip to the bathroom, since the boat ride takes an hour and 15 minutes. The boat, the Miss Clara, seats 36. These tours have been selling out, so you will be sitting shoulder to shoulder with other passengers. For that reason, I wouldn’t bring a lot of gear beyond a hat, a phone and maybe a bottle of water. Selby also provides a big thermos of lemon water and cups for the boat ride. The boat is open air, so pay attention to the weather report. The tour leaves rain or shine.

Selby’s Ross Johnston, the manager of visitor engagement, was our tour guide. And, boy, does he engage. Johnston, who was wearing what I would describe as a sexy sailor hat—one of those jaunty blue-and-white striped caps with a gold anchor insignia—received his B.A. in environmental science, an M.A. in education and possesses an outgoing personality that perfectly fits his edutainment approach. He never passed up a chance to tell a corny one-liner—example, “Holy, sea cow! Look over there!” when he saw a manatee. But making us groan brought the group together and got our attention.

“We’re touring three campuses,” Johnston announced at the beginning, referring to Selby, Historic Spanish Point and Sarasota Bay as the third “lawn.” Viewing Sarasota from the water is always a treat, but this time, even though I’ve lived in Sarasota for decades, I learned more about the life aquatic. Some factoids:

  • The invasive Australian pines on our spoil islands, which we’re trying to eliminate, emit a chemical that poisons the soil.
  • The Arctic tern, which has one of the largest migratory routes of any animal, has a stopover in Sarasota.
  • Unlike other marine mammals, 1,500-pound-plus manatees have no blubber, which is why they head to warm springs in the winter. They also have a never-ending supply of teeth, and eyes that close like a sphincter muscle. When they’re under water, they close their eyes and feel for food with their whiskers.
  • Oyster exteriors are really “boogers,” Johnston says. Oysters protect themselves with a layer of mucus, and their prized pearls are really scabs—a substance that covers a wound.
  • Sarasota Bay is 60 percent saltwater and 40 percent fresh. That mix creates an unusually rich environment for sea life. Johnston said people often exclaim about the crystal-clear turquoise water of the Caribbean over Sarasota’s murkier greenish water, but that green hue means our waters are abundant in phytoplankton or microalgae, the nutrient-rich plants required for all kinds of sea creatures.
  • Sarasota’s bottlenose dolphins, a few of which we spotted that day, have been studied for more than 50 years. They’re female-dominated clans and, unlike other dolphin “families” that are closed to new members, Sarasota dolphins welcome newcomers and let Sarasota-born dolphins move in and out of their family of origin with ease. They have a lifespan of 65 years, 10 more years than other dolphins. (An argument for inclusivity?) They’re also knowns as a “group” here, not a pod.

While nature was the theme, no one could escape the wall-to-wall, multimillion-dollar mansions lining the coast. Most are beautiful (and sometimes shocking in their size) with huge pools, gorgeous landscaping and, once in a while, an actual person. I’m sad when I see the mansion fortresses and think about what we’ve done to our environment, so this house-gawking gives me plenty of opportunity to be sanctimonious—and, if I’m being honest, jealous.

Finally, we disembarked at the dock at Spanish Point, a 30-acre campus that allows you to view history and natural Florida. You can walk through a preserved shell midden—fascinating!—to a restored 1901 pioneer home (the Guptill house) and charming Mary’s Chapel. Socialite Bertha Palmer eventually purchased the property and created lovely gardens where you can meander along the water (don’t miss the aqueduct) and breathe deeply. And don’t forget the new butterfly garden, one of the largest in Florida. It’s magical to walk through.

An added bonus on this trip was a chance to see Selby’s Seeing the Invisible augmented reality art exhibit. Spanish Point is one of only 12 participating gardens in six countries that have this computer-generated and interactive artwork accompanied by sound. You can view the work of 13 artists by pointing your phone at one of the numbered plaques scattered throughout the campus. Make sure to see it before it leaves in August 2022. Tips: Download the exhibit app before you arrive, since the internet at Spanish Point is iffy and the app is large, and make sure your battery is fully charged. Even though the tour gives you two hours to tour Spanish Point and have lunch, it wasn’t enough for me. I luckily ran into Johnston, which reminded me that the clock was ticking, and I had to rush back to the boat.

The tours run weekly on Saturdays. Admission is $125 person ($115 for Selby Gardens members) and includes a $20 lunch voucher at a café operated by Michael’s On East.  This is a day-long commitment, but you need that much time to view Sarasota by boat and explore Spanish Point. If you still have energy when you get off the boat at Selby, you can walk through the gardens here, too, and view the Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light exhibit. But I’d had enough beauty for one day. And lucky for me, since I’m a Selby Gardens member, I could come back another day without an admission fee.

Right now, tours are running through the end of June and spots are available. Tours will resume in the fall, but online reservations for those tours will not be ready until September. To purchase tickets, click here.



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My 10 Favorite Historic Sites Everyone Must See Near Beijing


Beijing is large enough with plenty of sights to keep you busy for a few days, but there are some superb historic spots outside of the city, a few hours’ drive away at most, that ought not to be missed when in Beijing, and are even worth adding a couple of days or more to your itinerary.

The most important is of course the Great Wall of China, for which I have included three separate entries on this list for reasons you will discover; and there are museums, tombs, and simply beautiful landscapes, all within easy reach by train, bus, or private car from the city. All are also available as part of organized tours with a guide, which is very useful in China, not least because of the language barrier many of us face.

I am adding rough distances and ways to get to each site, so you can plan ahead, but there are a few destinations that can be seen together on a full day out. Where that is possible, I will mention it. So, here is my list — happy planning!

The Great Wall of China. Badaling Section of the Great Wall, located in Beijing, China.
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1. Badaling Section Of The Great Wall

The Badaling section of the Great Wall is the most popular, with 70 percent of visitors coming to this section because it is probably one of the highest and widest, and as such is rather impressive. At 45 miles northwest of Beijing, it is within easy reach from the city center. You can get there by bullet train from Beijing North Railway Station/Qinghe Railway Station to Badaling Great Wall Railway Station. It takes a mere 30 minutes. Once there, you can either take a cable car up to the wall or walk, and then you can explore some relatively flat sections of the wall, though much of the ground is steep. You’ll find plenty of restaurants — even a KFC — by the entrance, plus shops and villages that cater to the influx of visitors, which can easily reach the cap of 65,000 per day, walking along the 4.7-mile-long section.

Pro Tip: If you are taking a tour to Badaling, most of the time, you will stop at the Ming Tombs along the way. The Ming Tombs is a site where 14 of 16 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D. to 1644 A.D.) are buried.

Great Wall of China in Summer (Mutianyu section near Beijing)
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2. Mutianyu Section Of The Great Wall

Also 45 miles from Beijing, to the north, lies the lesser-visited and more comfortable-to-walk Mutianyu section. Surrounded by beautiful mountains with a cable car to the main entry point and fewer restaurants and souvenir shops, this is a more authentic section with fewer crowds. There is no direct train, nor is there a direct bus, but it is a comfortable hour’s drive if you go with a private guide.

Pro Tip: There is a toboggan ride down once you are finished exploring — perfect for a bit of a thrill.

Great Wall of China at the jinshanling section,sunset landscape.
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3. Jinshanling Section Of The Great Wall

Some 87 miles northeast of Beijing, this is a little further away than the first two options — and even less crowded. It not only offers you a longer drive through the mountainous terrain, which is interesting to look at, but also another option, and a slightly different experience. This section hosts a marathon race each April and is great for serious hikers, with plenty of trails nearby.

Pro Tip: Sadly, it is not possible to walk between the sections I’ve recommended as the entire length of the wall is not in good condition, but there are stretches where you can hike across several sections with an experienced guide. 

4. Shilinxia Scenic Area

Shilinxia means Gorge of the Stone Forest, and this area is named after a deep gorge surrounded by sharp, rugged mountains, a landscape that is otherworldly and quite magical. To get the best view of the four-mile-long gorge some 50 miles outside of Beijing, go to Pinggu, where they built an amazing circular glass viewing platform that is not for the faint-hearted. You will have seen the pictures, I am sure. But, once you have convinced yourself that it is indeed made from strong glass, the views are worth the slightly panicky feeling. You can take a couple of connecting buses from Tiananmen Square or go on an escorted tour.

Pro Tip: This is also a region of good ski resorts, should you come during winter.

5. Longqingxia Gorge

This gorge, just as impressive as the Shilinxia Scenic Area, but 50 miles to the north of Beijing, does not have a viewing platform made from glass, but instead, in winter, an ice sculpture and lantern festival, which is stunning. But even in the summer, the landscape is breathtaking. To get there take the train from Beijing North Railway Station to Yanqing Railway Station, and from there, Bus No. 875 to the gorge, or take a guided tour, which will also usually involve an excursion to the Badaling Section of the Great Wall as well. 

Pro Tip: This is such a beautiful spot where you can easily spend a day. A must-do is going on a boat ride down the gorge, during which you can simply marvel at the scenery.

Roof of ornate pavilion in Fragrant Hills, China
Ornate pavilion in Fragrant Hills, China (Photo Credit: oksana.perkins / Shutterstock.com)

6. Fragrant Hills

Isn’t that a fabulous name? This forested area sprinkled with temples is at its best in fall when the coloring of the maple trees is awe-inspiring. The park is not on one level and ascent can be quite steep at times, but there is a cable car to the main peak, taking some of the sting out of it. From the peak, on a clear day, you will be able to spot Beijing’s skyscrapers on the horizon.

You can get there by subway line 10 to Bagou Station, transfer onto the Western Suburban Line to Xiangshan Station, and from there it is a 10-minute walk to the main ticket office. If you are lucky enough to visit in fall, then try and get there for sunrise, with the rising sun making the red leaves shine even more spectacularly. It’s an early start, but worth it.

Pro Tip: Only 5.5 miles from the Summer Palace, this is a perfect combination of nature and historic sights.

Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing, China.
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7. Summer Palace

A must-see in my mind, the Summer Palace is a stunning former residence and imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty, which preceded the Ming Dynasty of Forbidden City fame. With sprawling gardens, plenty of temples, and even a superb luxury hotel on the grounds, this is a perfect place to linger. I especially love the 2,360-foot-long canopied and ornately decorated Long Corridor walkway, where members of the Imperial court went for strolls, looking out across the large lake that was excavated to add to the scenic setting.

Pro Tip: There is a fabulous souvenir shop in the gardens, so allow some space in your baggage for a few trinkets.

Statue of Peking Man at Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site, Beijing, China.
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8. Peking Man Museum

When Peking Man’s tooth was found in the 1920s it caused a sensation, and this site is a must for all those interested in the history of mankind. There is a state-of-the-art museum exhibiting the most important finds and allowing you to place Peking Man (a hominid skeleton scientists estimate is some 400,000 years old) in our evolution. The actual site where Peking Man’s remains were found is about a 10-minute walk to the cave and requires an additional ticket purchase. The Zhoukoudian suburb is not easily reached by public transport as the subway does not extend quite that far, but there are plenty of private tours.

Pro Tip: The way there often takes in the pretty Marco Polo Bridge (also known as Lugou Bridge), the 11-arch granite bridge first mentioned in Marco Polo’s travel diary back in the 13th century. More recently the Marco Polo Bridge became known for the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which brought about the second China-Japan War in 1937. Please note that since the river was diverted, now you often only find grass under the bridge.

Western Zhaoling, Eastern Qing Tombs (Beihai, China) UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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9. Eastern Or Western Qing Tombs

These are two different complexes of imperial tombs of the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912), situated at opposing ends of Beijing. The Western Qing Tombs lie roughly 33 miles west, while the Eastern Qing Tombs lie 84 miles to the east. Which one to choose? Well, the Western Qing Tombs, which were opened in 1730, feature the most complete preserved ancient royal mausoleums in China and are “home” to 80 people, including several emperors. The Eastern Qing Tombs are some of the best-preserved and largest tomb complexes and include the fabulously named Dongdongling tomb of the Empress dowager Cixi. Both are part of the same UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Pro Tip: Both complexes are stunning and are set against equally impressive mountainous landscapes, so your decision is only a question of how much time you can spare. 

Tanzhe temple near Beijing, China.
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10. Tanzhe Temple

The Tanzhe Temple, or Temple of the Pool and Zhe Tree, is Beijing’s oldest, with a history of some 1,700 years. It is also one of Beijing’s largest temples. A beautiful Buddhist complex, it is perfect for photographers as you have not only colorful temples and worshippers but also monks and ginkgo trees waiting to be snapped. At 18 miles outside of Beijing’s center, you can easily get there on Subway line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station, then change to Bus 931 to Tanzhe Temple.

Pro Tip: The complex is famous for its tall cypress and pine trees, as well as the ginkgo trees, but should you come in mid-April, then the magnolia trees are in bloom. Not only does it get really picturesque but also a little busier than normal.

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Teen aviator Zara Rutherford lands historic flight in Seoul


Teen pilot Zara Rutherford landed in Seoul on Saturday, December 11 from Russia, the first Asia stop on her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo.

In August, the 19-year-old British-Belgian departed from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on her 51,000-km journey, which is to span five continents and 52 countries, including the United States, Russia and Colombia.

“It has been challenging,” Rutherford told reporters at Gimpo International Airport after arriving from Vladivostok in her bespoke Shark ultralight plane, the world’s fastest microlight.

“I was stuck in Alaska because of visa and weather issues for a month and I was stuck in Russia for a month because of visa and weather issues,” she said. “I was hoping to complete it by Christmas but I guess that’s not happening anymore, but it’s an adventure.”

Rutherford, who is to remain at in hotel before her planned departure for Taiwan on Monday, said she expects to complete her journey by mid-January.

With enhanced Covid-related travel restrictions, Rutherford said she has sometimes not been allowed to see local places in some countries.

“I’m seeing these places from the air and that is the most incredible thing,” she said. “Although I’m not always allowed to go and visit, walk around and check out museums and restaurants, I can always see them from the air and it’s pretty incredible.”

Aside from entering the record book, the teenager has expressed hope that her voyage will encourage girls and women to study and work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and spark girls’ interest in aviation.

Rutherford is seeking the title held by from Shaesta Wais, who became the youngest woman to fly solo round the world at age 30 in 2017. The youngest male record holder, Mason Andrews, was 18 years old when he made the journey in 2018.

The daughter of two pilots, Rutherford will start university next year, with the dream of becoming an astronaut.

Photo of Rutherford by NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/BELGA/AFP via Getty Images



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Travel news: Get engaged at an iconic landmark, find Canada's best restaurants, raise a glass at Toronto's historic hotel bar – GuelphMercury.com



Travel news: Get engaged at an iconic landmark, find Canada’s best restaurants, raise a glass at Toronto’s historic hotel bar  GuelphMercury.com



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By the Numbers: Historic rivals Knicks-Celtics tip-off NBA 75 in record-setting double-overtime thriller | NBA.com Australia


Two of the oldest NBA franchises put on a show at one of the greatest basketball arenas in the world with some extra basketball. That’s what dreams are made of. 

The season-opener for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, at Madison Square Garden, needed two extra periods of basketball to decide a winner. In the end, the Knicks came out on top as they outlasted the Celtics 138-134. 

The back-and-forth contest, with 11 lead changes and 10 ties, had the Garden buzzing and even had basketball greats like LeBron James and Sue Bird reacting on Twitter. 

While entertaining the crowd, the players and the game set and broke plenty of records. 

Epic game

It’s not often you see an overtime game on opening night, let alone double-overtime. In fact, this is the NBA’s first double-overtime opening-night game since 2006 when the Knicks and Grizzlies battled in triple-overtime

Towards the end of regulation, the Celtics came back from 11 down with 3:38 left to force overtime on the back of a Marcus Smart 3-pointer at the buzzer. 

In overtime, both teams were red-hot early on – scoring 21 of the 24 points from beyond the arc – but neither scored for the final 2:58 which forced double-overtime. 

The combined 272 points by both teams is the second-most in the first game of a season in NBA history. 

Jaylen Brown’s masterpiece

It was a rough season-opener for Jayson Tatum, who shot 7-of-30 from the field including 2-of-15 from beyond the arc. With the Celtics missing Al Horford due to health and safety protocols, someone had to step-up.

Jaylen Brown put his hand up and he went off in a performance for the record books. He erupted for 46 points, which is not only a career-high but also the most points scored by a Celtics player on opening night. 

He started the game with a bang, scoring 20 of his points tally in the first quarter on an incredible 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Late in the game, his clutch three from the logo was key to the C’s comeback. 

And what’s extraordinary about Brown’s performance, he did this just over 12 days after contracting COVID-19

“My breathing felt irregular, but fine for the most part,” Brown said postgame. “Toward the end, I could feel my heart beating through my chest … The adrenaline kind of took over.”

He played a total of 46 minutes and also recorded nine rebounds, six assists and three steals while knocking down eight 3-pointers. 

Evan Fournier and Julius Randle

The Knicks fell behind early, including their largest deficit of 12 in the first half. They didn’t fall behind by much due to Julius Randle’s heavy lifting.

The reigning Most Improved Player of the Year scored 22 of his team-high 35 in the first half. At the final buzzer, he nearly recorded a triple-double by also putting up nine assists and eight rebounds. 

“He gives you everything he has,” Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said postgame. “He had that monster year last year, got a new contract…And he’s hungrier now than he was last year, which I thought was impossible.”

Despite Randle’s performance, the Knicks probably wouldn’t have won this without Evan Fournier – their big offseason free agency signing. The Frenchman scored 32 points, the most by a player for the Knicks on debut, with 12 of those coming in the overtime periods. 

The duo led the Knicks’ balanced scoring of six double-digit scorers while the Celtics had seven.

What’s next? 

Both teams would need some time to recover from this one but neither have a lot on their hands. Both have just one day off before their next games. 

The Knicks travel to Orlando to face the Magic while the Celtics travel home to host the Raptors. 

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By the Numbers: Historic rivals Knicks-Celtics tip-off NBA 75 in record-setting double-overtime thriller | NBA.com India


Two of the oldest NBA franchises put on a show at one of the greatest basketball arenas in the world with some extra basketball. That’s what dreams are made of.

The season-opener for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, at Madison Square Garden, needed two extra periods of basketball to decide a winner. In the end, the Knicks came out on top as they outlasted the Celtics 138-134.

The back-and-forth contest, with 11 lead changes and 10 ties, had the Garden buzzing and even had basketball greats like LeBron James and Sue Bird reacting on Twitter.

While entertaining the crowd, the players and the game set and broke plenty of records.

Epic game

It’s not often you see an overtime game on opening night, let alone double-overtime. In fact, this is the NBA’s first double-overtime opening-night game since 2006 when the Knicks and Grizzlies battled in triple-overtime.

Towards the end of regulation, the Celtics came back from 11 down with 3:38 left to force overtime on the back of a Marcus Smart 3-pointer at the buzzer.

In overtime, both teams were red-hot early on – scoring 21 of the 24 points from beyond the arc – but neither scored for the final 2:58 which forced double-overtime.

The combined 272 points by both teams is the second-most in the first game of a season in NBA history.

Jaylen Brown’s masterpiece

It was a rough season-opener for Jayson Tatum, who shot 7-of-30 from the field including 2-of-15 from beyond the arc. With the Celtics missing Al Horford due to health and safety protocols, someone had to step-up.

Jaylen Brown put his hand up and he went off in a performance for the record books. He erupted for 46 points, which is not only a career-high but also the most points scored by a Celtics player on opening night.

He started the game with a bang, scoring 20 of his points tally in the first quarter on an incredible 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Late in the game, his clutch three from the logo was key to the C’s comeback.

And what’s extraordinary about Brown’s performance, he did this just over 12 days after contracting COVID-19.

“My breathing felt irregular, but fine for the most part,” Brown said postgame. “Toward the end, I could feel my heart beating through my chest … The adrenaline kind of took over.”

He played a total of 46 minutes and also recorded nine rebounds, six assists and three steals while knocking down eight 3-pointers.

Evan Fournier and Julius Randle

The Knicks fell behind early, including their largest deficit of 12 in the first half. They didn’t fall behind by much due to Julius Randle’s heavy lifting.

The reigning Most Improved Player of the Year scored 22 of his team-high 35 in the first half. At the final buzzer, he nearly recorded a triple-double by also putting up nine assists and eight rebounds.

“He gives you everything he has,” Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said postgame. “He had that monster year last year, got a new contract…And he’s hungrier now than he was last year, which I thought was impossible.”

Despite Randle’s performance, the Knicks probably wouldn’t have won this without Evan Fournier – their big offseason free agency signing. The Frenchman scored 32 points, the most by a player for the Knicks on debut, with 12 of those coming in the overtime periods.

The duo led the Knicks’ balanced scoring of six double-digit scorers while the Celtics had seven.

What’s next?

Both teams would need some time to recover from this one but neither have a lot on their hands. Both have just one day off before their next games.

The Knicks travel to Orlando to face the Magic while the Celtics travel home to host the Raptors.

The views on this page do not necessarily represent the views of the NBA or its clubs.



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By the Numbers: Historic rivals Knicks-Celtics tip-off NBA 75 in record-setting double-overtime thriller | NBA.com Canada


Two of the oldest NBA franchises put on a show at one of the greatest basketball arenas in the world with some extra basketball. That’s what dreams are made of.

The season-opener for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, at Madison Square Garden, needed two extra periods of basketball to decide a winner. In the end, the Knicks came out on top as they outlasted the Celtics 138-134.

The back-and-forth contest, with 11 lead changes and 10 ties, had the Garden buzzing and even had basketball greats like LeBron James and Sue Bird reacting on Twitter.

While entertaining the crowd, the players and the game set and broke plenty of records.

Epic game

It’s not often you see an overtime game on opening night, let alone double-overtime. In fact, this is the NBA’s first double-overtime opening-night game since 2006 when the Knicks and Grizzlies battled in triple-overtime.

Towards the end of regulation, the Celtics came back from 11 down with 3:38 left to force overtime on the back of a Marcus Smart 3-pointer at the buzzer.

In overtime, both teams were red-hot early on – scoring 21 of the 24 points from beyond the arc – but neither scored for the final 2:58 which forced double-overtime.

The combined 272 points by both teams is the second-most in the first game of a season in NBA history.

It was a rough season-opener for Jayson Tatum, who shot 7-of-30 from the field including 2-of-15 from beyond the arc. With the Celtics missing Al Horford due to health and safety protocols, someone had to step-up.

Jaylen Brown put his hand up and he went off in a performance for the record books. He erupted for 46 points, which is not only a career-high but also the most points scored by a Celtics player on opening night.

He started the game with a bang, scoring 20 of his points tally in the first quarter on an incredible 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Late in the game, his clutch three from the logo was key to the C’s comeback.

And what’s extraordinary about Brown’s performance, he did this just over 12 days after contracting COVID-19.

“My breathing felt irregular, but fine for the most part,” Brown said postgame. “Toward the end, I could feel my heart beating through my chest … The adrenaline kind of took over.”

He played a total of 46 minutes and also recorded nine rebounds, six assists and three steals while knocking down eight 3-pointers.

Evan Fournier and Julius Randle

The Knicks fell behind early, including their largest deficit of 12 in the first half. They didn’t fall behind by much due to Julius Randle’s heavy lifting.

The reigning Most Improved Player of the Year scored 22 of his team-high 35 in the first half. At the final buzzer, he nearly recorded a triple-double by also putting up nine assists and eight rebounds.

“He gives you everything he has,” Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said postgame. “He had that monster year last year, got a new contract…And he’s hungrier now than he was last year, which I thought was impossible.”

Despite Randle’s performance, the Knicks probably wouldn’t have won this without Evan Fournier – their big offseason free agency signing. The Frenchman scored 32 points, the most by a player for the Knicks on debut, with 12 of those coming in the overtime periods.

The duo led the Knicks’ balanced scoring of six double-digit scorers while the Celtics had seven.

What’s next?

Both teams would need some time to recover from this one but neither have a lot on their hands. Both have just one day off before their next games.

The Knicks travel to Orlando to face the Magic while the Celtics travel home to host the Raptors.

The views on this page do not necessarily represent the views of the NBA or its clubs.



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Breaking Travel News investigates: Ascott celebrates historic World Travel Awards wins | Focus


CapitaLand Investment’s wholly owned lodging business unit, the Ascott Limited (Ascott), has received the top honour of ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in Asia, Middle East and Oceania at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Ascott is the biggest winner, with a total of 17 accolades across the regions, the greatest number of awards among serviced apartment companies.

Ascott achieved these top recognitions in Asia and Middle East for the sixth straight year and in Oceania for the second consecutive year.

In addition to the regional tier awards, Ascott was also voted ‘Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’ in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.

Voted by tourism professionals and business and leisure travellers worldwide, winners of the annual World Travel Awards are globally recognised as hallmarks of industry excellence.

Following the national and regional successes, Ascott now moves forward to compete for the title of World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand.

The winner will be revealed at the World Travel Awards Grand Final in Moscow on November 26th, with voting open here.

Tan Bee Leng, Ascott managing director for brand and marketing, said: “To continue winning these top honours even during such extraordinary times is a strong validation of Ascott’s quality properties and world-class customer service.

“Amid the pandemic, it became ever more important for Ascott to step up the engagement with our guests and members of our loyalty programme Ascott Star Rewards.

“As we look forward to the travel industry’s recovery, Ascott will continue to transform our lodging offerings to enable our guests to live, work and play with greater flexibility.

“Ascott remains committed to deliver the highest hospitality standards and we stand ready to welcome guests at our properties across over 200 cities worldwide.”


Ascott Orchard Singapore

Ascott is the first hospitality company to partner with International SOS to offer free global telehealth, tele-counselling and travel security advisory to guests.

It launched its global online travel booking platform discoverasr.com with 14 brands onboard, and enhanced ASR as well as the Discover ASR mobile app to provide greater value to guests.

Launched in May, Ascott’s partnership with International SOS allows guests to have greater peace of mind and feel safe with on-demand quality care from medical and security experts.

The complimentary services are part of Ascott’s enhanced ‘Ascott Cares’ commitment to provide stringent hygiene and safety standards, wellness support and implement sustainable practices.


lyf Tenjin Fukuoka, Japan

Ascott launched discoverasr.com in July, unifying Ascott’s award-winning lodging brands on a single global online travel booking platform.

discoverasr.com provides guests with one-stop access to Ascott’s more than 400 serviced apartments, co-living spaces and hotels with a total of about 71,000 units in over 30 countries.

This includes more than 10,000 units across 62 properties under Tauzia Hotel Management, which are available for the first time on Ascott’s online booking platform.

In addition to the integration of Tauzia’s hotels onto discoverasr.com, the My Tauzia Privilege (MTP) loyalty programme will also be part of ASR.

Existing MTP members can sign up for an ASR membership to receive extra privileges and bonus points.

Their membership tier would also be matched accordingly within the ASR.


Citadines Gubei Shanghai, China

Despite Covid-19, ASR members continue to enjoy a slew of perks, from the ASR points purchase feature and promotions where members can purchase ASR points and be rewarded with bonus points; to the ASR Elite Status Match and CapitaStar-ASR Points Exchange programmes that allow ASR members to gain more perks or upgrade their membership tier.

With the launch of the Discover ASR mobile app in October 2020, ASR members can enjoy greater conveniences and flexibility.

The app has received over 203,000 downloads to date.

It provides ASR members with contactless services where they can search for deals, manage their membership, purchase and redeem ASR points, perform mobile check-in and check-out, and make contactless payment.


La Clef Champs-Elysees Paris, France

Discover ASR’s latest features include allowing guests to customise their stay by sharing their pre-arrival and in-stay requests; earn ASR points if they opt out of housekeeping service as part of Ascott’s Go Green initiative; and share feedback on their stay through a pulse survey in the mobile app.

Guests staying with Ascott can access the in-app social wall and private messaging features which allow them to interact with fellow guests or communicate privately with the serviced residence’s front desk. Guests will soon be able to purchase vouchers via the app for their next stay.


Citadines Connect Sydney Airport, Australia

More Information

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators.

Ascott’s portfolio spans over 200 cities across over 30 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA.

Ascott has more than 73,000 operating units and over 54,000 units under development, making a total of more than 127,000 units in 790 properties.

The company’s serviced apartment, co-living and hotel brands include Ascott the Residence, the Crest Collection, Somerset, Quest, Citadines, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Citadines Connect, Fox, Yello, Fox Lite and POP!.

Ascott’s loyalty programme, Ascott Star Rewards, offers exclusive benefits to its members when they book directly with Ascott for their stays at its participating properties.

Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Investment, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced apartment with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984.

Today, the company boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

For more information, visit the official website.





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