AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Mercedes-Benz E320, which outscored the E350 by a point, is the first of a new wave of “clean diesel” cars that CR tested. It achieved an impressive 29 mpg in overall fuel economy. The E350 is a delight to drive. It feels reassuringly solid and offers an inviting blend of luxury and practicality. It also provides excellent ride comfort and agile handling. For this mid-luxury group, CR also tested the freshened BMW 535i, now powered by a new six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine; the redesigned Volvo S80; and the Lexus GS 450h. Prices for this group range from $45,305 for the Volvo to $60,172 for the Lexus. CR tested two-wheel drive versions; each model is available with all-wheel drive. The 2008 freshening of the BMW 5 Series is a mixed blessing. CR really liked the new engine, interior craftsmanship and agile handling, but the car’s overcomplicated controls made it frustrating to live with. CR also performed a two-car face-off of ultra-luxury sedans. The new Lexus LS 460L, $76,572, achieved the highest score of any vehicle CR has recently tested, topping the $90,200 Mercedes-Benz S550. Of the eight models included in Consumer Reports’ recent tests, CR recommended the BMW 535i, Infiniti M35, Lexus GS 450h and Lexus LS 460L. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class had subpar reliability records, and the Volvo S80 was too new to provide sufficient reliability data. Blending comfort, technology Luxury cars are designed to cradle their occupants in comfort, surrounding them with rich materials and a host of convenience features. They typically have strong, refined engines to provide effortless acceleration. Many mid-luxury models also provide agile handling that adds a sporty dimension to their character. CR’s top-rated models illustrate the range of the luxury sedans’ driving characteristics. For example, both versions of the Infiniti M35 are well-rounded, nimble cars that successfully blend sportiness with comfort. They are as capable handling a twisty road as they are cruising the highways. But they aren’t as quiet as some other models. By contrast, the isolating quietness of the Lexus LS 460L insulates occupants from the cacophony of the outside world. While it provides a no-compromise environment of comfort and roominess, it’s not particularly agile or fun to drive. Innovative safety features Luxury cars are also often equipped with innovations and safety features well before they are integrated into less-expensive models. For example, the LS 460L came with the first eight-speed automatic transmission and an Advanced Parking Guidance System that can automatically park the car if conditions are right. The S550 features a night-vision system that helps a driver see people and animals that are beyond the reach of the headlights. Both systems are interesting, but they have their drawbacks. Several models offer adaptive cruise control that uses radar to keep a car at a set distance behind a vehicle in front, slowing down or speeding up as necessary. The Volvo S80 takes that one step further, using the radar to determine whether you are approaching a car too quickly. If you are, it will alert you to brake, or it will even slow the car itself. Go to the Consumer Reports Web site at www.consumerreports.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By the Editors of Consumer Reports The Infiniti M35 retains its spot as the class leader in Consumer Reports’ recent tests of mid-luxury sedans. But the other big news is that two versions of the freshened Mercedes-Benz E-Class were close behind, with the new diesel-powered E320 BlueTec edging out its gasoline-powered twin, the E350. CR also tested the rear-wheel-drive base M35 as an update to the previously tested all-wheel-drive M35X, its 2007 Top Pick for luxury cars. Not only did this version score nearly the same as the M35X, but it’s one of the least-expensive cars in the category. The M35 is a well-rounded car that blends comfort, luxury and agility. It provides nimble handling and tenacious tire grip.
The 29-year-old Curry has remained his unflappable, playful, perfectionist self, yelling “finish strong!” to himself the other day as tried for a 10th straight made 3 from the baseline. He missed, letting out a loud “ahhhh!”“I’m just playing aggressive, playing confident. Obviously shots are falling. I’m trying to do other things other than just scoring so I can help my team put us in the best situations to win,” Curry said. “That’s it, really. The moment is bright right now and you’ve kind of got to live up to it. This is what we live for as basketball players to be playing in these type of games that matter the most. We have four wins left, we have to do whatever we can to get them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Irving winning that matchup against the MVP rallied the Cavs, fueled a comeback from a 3-1 deficit as Cleveland captured its first major team sports title in 52 years.READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsNow, all the focus of this Finals is on LeBron and KD. And that might be just the opening Curry needs to shine brightest again on the big stage after the struggles last year, when he shot just 40 percent in the Finals and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26).Lately, Curry and Durant have engaged in intense shooting competitions to stay sharp and have a little fun at the same time as the Warriors wait once more. They’re the first team to begin a postseason 12-0, so it has made for plenty of rest and downtime — far different than a year ago when Golden State went seven games in the Western Conference finals to Durant’s former Oklahoma City Thunder.It has made a big difference for Curry, who missed six playoff games in 2016 because of ankle and knee injuries and was never 100 percent after that.ADVERTISEMENT A month later, Steph was stepping back again as the Warriors welcomed Kevin Durant to their star-studded roster. When the season began last fall, Curry unselfishly gave up some of his own scoring chances so Durant could seamlessly find his way, not making as many 3s — or half-court buzzer beaters for that matter — and lacking the same efficiency and flair.READ: Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCurry is fully healthy this postseason and ready to reclaim that championship that got away last June as the Finals begin with Thursday’s Game 1.“I thought it was kind of ridiculous to be honest,” Curry said of the critics. “Ignore is probably not the word. I heard it, reacted to it as almost like, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone type of situation. Because I know what I was doing on the floor and what my job is every night on this team, so I could go to sleep at night pretty proud of the way I was playing.” LATEST STORIES View comments Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Golden State Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, California — Sure, Stephen Curry heard the scrutiny. It was everywhere. Even the two-time reigning NBA MVP wasn’t immune.Curry’s forgettable NBA Finals last year ended with Kyrie Irving hitting the deciding 3-pointer in his face and Curry unable to shake Kevin Love as Cleveland took Game 7 to complete a masterful comeback and steal a championship on Golden State’s home court.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ READ: Scottie Pippen throws shade at Steph Curry“He’s pretty sharp,” said player development coach Bruce Fraser, who passes to Curry daily. “He’s been shooting it pretty well. I would rather have him like this than like he was going into the last Final. He’s competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he’s not happy about last year and he’s going to go after this one.”Curry wants to take back the championship that got away, and help KD and so many other veterans without a title earn their ring.He has scored 20 or more points in 10 straight playoff games and led the Warriors in scoring in eight of their 12 postseason contests. Twice he has dished out eight assists.READ: Cool Hand Lue: Cavs coach keeps NBA champs calm amid chaos“It’s just been such better progression for Steph this postseason,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I mean last year, right from Game 1 against Houston he was injured and fighting an uphill battle. I thought he was amazing under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago.”Curry made a point to do everything necessary for Durant to make a smooth transition incorporating into the offense, even if that meant his own numbers were down a year after his second MVP and another record 402 3-pointers as Golden State topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ wins record going 73-9.He took two fewer shots per game, his scoring average dropped from a league-leading 30.1 to 25.3 and his 46.8 percent shooting was his worst since 2012-13. But he still hit 324 3s for the second most in NBA history to his 402 a year ago and paced himself so he is peaking now.READ: Durant gets chance to follow Lebron’s path to title“That’s a part of maturing and getting older in this league is you’ve got to realize every year you’re a year older so you’ve got to tweak some things,” teammate David West said. “I thought he did a good job of that. 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London, Dec 19 (AFP) Britons are up in arms over new environmentally-friendly teabags that leave a bitter taste in the mouth as they split open, spilling their contents into teacups across the land.Yorkshire Tea, the country’s second biggest brand after PG Tips, launched the new biodegradable teabags in June and has now been forced to respond to a barrage of complaints.”Has anyone else noticed that Yorkshire Tea bags are quite burst-able at the moment?,” one disgruntled user, BBC radio 3 presenter Elizabeth Alker, said on Twitter.BT Sport football commentator Darren Fletcher wrote that the Yorkshire Tea bags were “shambolic”.”Things may never be the same again!” he said.The new bags, which no longer rely on plastic to stay sealed, are splitting when dunked in hot water.”Hi @YorkshireTea this is the 10th teabag to split from this box. I don’t like drinking the leaves,” wrote Bill Fyfe, posting a photo of his cup with floating leaves.The Daily Mail said Yorkshire Tea was “in a pot of bother”.The famous brand, which is planning to sell only biodegradable teabags from 2019, apologised to customers and said it was doing everything to resolve the problem.”We’re sorry about this!” the company said this week.”It’s early days so we’re really keen to hear feedback — and we promise we’ll make it up to you,” it said.Some 160 millions cups of tea are consumed every day in Britain and floating tea leaves are a major no-no. (AFP) AMSAMS