Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], May 9 (ANI): Punjab Food and Drug Administration has established the 'Remdesivir Injection Monitoring Centre' at the head office to stop black marketing of the anti-viral drug amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defending champion Steve Stricker made a long eagle putt on the final hole for 7-under 65 and the third-round lead Saturday in the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors. Stricker moved a stroke ahead of lex Cejka with the eagle that got him to 14-under 202 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Cejka, who made the field as the first alternate Monday, bogeyed the 17th in a 66.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday: SPAIN Real Madrid can lead the league with three rounds to go with a home win against Sevilla. The victory would leave the defending champion tied on points with Atlético Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane’s team has the tiebreaker advantage because of a better head-to-head record. Sevilla can keep its own title chance alive with a win as it sits seven points behind Atlético. Barcelona was in second place after drawing with Atlético 0-0 at the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. Barcelona stayed two points behind Diego Simeone's team. ENGLAND After losing to Chelsea on Saturday, Manchester City can win the Premier League if Manchester United loses at Aston Villa. United opens an unenviable run of three league matches across five days with a trip to Aston Villa. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tries to lock down second place, it then plays a home against Leicester on Tuesday and on Thursday against Liverpool in a match that was rescheduled from last weekend after being postponed due to crowd disorder. Solskjaer’s side remains unbeaten away in the league and faces a mid-table Villa side still without influential captain Jack Grealish. West Ham and Everton also meet as they chase European qualification. West Bromwich Albion is on the brink of being relegated as it faces ninth-placed Arsenal. Brighton is 10 points above the relegation zone heading into the trip to Wolverhampton. ITALY Juventus hosts AC Milan in a direct battle for a place in the Champions League. The sides are level on points along with third-placed Atalanta, which visits already relegated Parma. Napoli moved a point above the trio after beating Spezia 4-1 on Saturday. Milan coach Stefano Pioli has never beaten Juventus counterpart Andrea Pirlo, either as a player or coach, in 25 years. Pioli has also won only one of 22 matches against Juventus in his coaching career. At the other end of the table there is a direct fight to avoid relegation as Benevento hosts Cagliari, with just one point separating the sides. Fellow strugglers Torino and Genoa play Hellas Verona and Sassuolo respectively. Roma hosts bottom club Crotone. GERMANY After a coronavirus-enforced two-week break, Hertha Berlin’s busy schedule continues with a relegation battle at home against Arminia Bielefeld. Hertha’s demotion worries have eased since claiming four points from two games in the past week, but Bielefeld occupies the relegation-playoff spot and would gladly switch places with Hertha, which has a better goal difference. Hertha has played a game less and both teams are on the same points. Second-to-last Cologne is just a point behind Hertha and Bielefeld ahead of its game against visiting Freiburg. Also, Eintracht Frankfurt hopes to keep its Champions League qualification campaign on track with a derby win at home over Mainz, which is unbeaten in eight games. FRANCE Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain is under big pressure and needs to win at Europa League-chasing Rennes to stay one point behind leader Lille in a tense title race. But PSG must do so without 25-goal league top scorer Kylian Mbappe because of suspension and midfield schemer Marco Verratti, who has a knee injury. But Rennes is without the heart of its midfield as France internationals Eduardo Camavinga and Steven Nzonzi are out. Rennes is seventh and two points behind Marseille and Lens in fifth, the Europa League spot. If Marseille wins at Saint-Etienne earlier in the day, Rennes has to beat PSG or risk falling too far behind with only two rounds remaining after this one. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina drove in three runs in his return from the injured list, Paul Goldschmidt homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 Saturday. Goldschmidt also had three RBIs and Nolan Arenado hit another double against his former team. The Cardinals have won eight straight and 14 of their last 15 games against Colorado at Busch Stadium. Molina hadn't played since April 26 because of a strained tendon in his right foot. The All-Star catcher was leading the Cardinals in batting, homers and RBIs when he was hurt. Carlos Martínez (3-4) wound up winning his third straight start. He allowed five runs on six hits and five walks in five innings. Alex Reyes struck out the side in a scoreless ninth for his 10th save after narrowly escaping an eighth inning jam. Raimel Tapia hit an RBI double off Giovanny Gallegos in the eighth to cut the Rockies' deficit to 9-6. Reyes entered and walked Trevor Story before giving up a two-run single Charlie Blackmon, marking the first earned run allowed by the reliever in 15 2/3 innings this season. Blackmon advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw from Reyes before Garrett Hampson lined out to end the inning. Rockies starter Chi Chi González (1-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. He has allowed 13 runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last three starts. Goldschmidt hit his sixth homer, a two-run drive that broke a 5-all tie in the fifth and finished González. Arenado, who doubled and singled Friday night in his first game against the Rockies since they traded their longtime star in the season, doubled and scored on a double by Paul DeJong. Tyler O’Neill added a sacrifice fly to put St. Louis up 9-5. Dom Nuñez hit a three-run double in the Colorado fifth that tied it at 5. St. Louis scored three times in the first on run-scoring singles by Goldschmidt and DeJong and an RBI groundout by Molina. Molina hit a two-run single up the middle in the third to make it 5-1. TRAINER’S ROOM Rockies: 1B C.J. Cron (back tightness) remained out of the lineup for the second straight game after being scratched at the last minute Friday. Cardinals: Molina was activated and C Ali Sánchez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. “If there’s a guy that has a parallel pain tolerance as Yadier Molina, I’d like to see it,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Some of the things he’s able to take and the beatings he takes and just doesn’t flinch and moves forward. More than we even know I imagine.” UP NEXT The Rockies will start RHP Germán Márquez (1-3, 6.21 ERA) against Cardinals veteran RHP Adam Wainwright (1-3, 4.72 ERA) in the three-game series finale Sunday. Márquez has allowed 12 earned in 4 2/3 innings over his last two starts. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports David Solomon, The Associated Press
Boris Johnson has written to the First Minister following the election of a pro-independence majority in Holyrood.
Sadiq Khan was re-elected London Mayor on Saturday as had been widely expected, providing some joy to the opposition Labour Party which has suffered a series of disappointing results in other local elections. Khan, who became the first Muslim to head a major Western capital after his victory in 2016, saw off his main challenger, Shaun Bailey, the candidate from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party. He won by 55.2% to Bailey's 44.8% in a result which had been widely predicted, although his winning margin was smaller than his victory five years ago.
Gov. Larry Hogan granted posthumous pardons to 34 victims of lynching. His office said he was the first governor to do so.
Saskatchewan is moving closer to one of the markers to proceed with Step 1 of its latest pandemic reopening plan, with 69.6 per cent of people over 40 having received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday, the province said in its lastest update. According to the benchmarks in the three-step plan, which the province revealed earlier this week, the province can move forward with its first step three weeks after a minimum of 70 per cent of those 40 and older have been vaccinated. Vaccinations also must have opened to people 18 and up. On Saturday, the eligibility age for vaccination in the province dropped to 32 and up. Step 1 reopening is set to include bringing the Regina zone in line with public health restrictions in the rest of the province. Along with that, a host of other changes are set to come in to play, including these changes listed on the province's website: Restaurants and bars open, maximum of six at a table, two metres or structural barriers between tables, dance floors and buffets remain closed, VLTs may reopen. Places of worship allowed 30 per cent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is less, with physical distancing between households. Group fitness classes involving intense training, like aerobics and spin, can resume, with three metres between participants. Current restrictions remain in place for retail, personal care services, event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities. Current protocols remain in place for primary, secondary and post-secondary education and for child care. Limit of 10 people at private indoor and outdoor gatherings, including household gatherings. Limit of 30 people at public indoor gatherings. Limit of 150 people at public outdoor gatherings. Current province-wide masking mandate remains in place." Step 2 can start after 70 per cent of people 30 and up have received their first dose of a vaccine, and at least three weeks have passed since the beginning of Step 1. Step 3 can begin three weeks after 70 per cent of people 18 and up have received their first dose, and at least three weeks after Step 2 starts. (Government of Saskatchewan)
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PITTSBURGH — Jeff Carter scored and Maxime Lagace stopped 29 shots for his first career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Saturday. Lagace, making his first start in more than two years, got his seventh career win, and helped Pittsburgh clinch home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins were without Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith, their top two goaltenders, for the regular season finale. Carter scored his 17th goal as the Penguins finished the regular season with 13 wins and points in 14 of their last 16 games. Pittsburgh also finished 22-4-2 at home, one of the best marks in the league. Michael Houser, who grew up in northern Pittsburgh suburbs, made 22 saves for Buffalo. Houser made his fourth straight start for the Sabres, who used a NHL-high six goalies this season. Lagace played with the Vegas Golden Knights when he made his last start on Feb. 1, 2019, against Carolina. Lagace, who played in his 18th NHL game, joined Pittsburgh as a free agent in the off-season, and split the year on the team’s taxi squad and minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He served as the backup for five games with Pittsburgh, including the last two before Saturday’s start. Lagace stopped Drake Caggiula on a breakaway late in the second period and made a point-blank save on Victor Olofsson in the third, both with Pittsburgh preserving a one-goal lead. Carter scored the game’s only goal at 1:58 of the second period from Frederick Gaudreau. Carter had the first four-goal game of his career during an 8-4 win against the Sabres on Thursday. He has five of Pittsburgh’s last nine goals. The Sabres endured an 18-game winless streak midway through the regular-season, but they won eight of their final 21 games. Buffalo missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season, but the Sabres outshot Pittsburgh 11-3 in the first period and 24-9, as they only trailed by a goal through 40 minutes. PLAYOFF POSITIONING Pittsburgh will finish no worse than second place in the East Division, following Saturday’s win. But the Penguins seek their ninth division title in franchise history and first since the 2013-14 season. Pittsburgh can win the division championship if Washington fails to win its final two games in regulation. Pittsburgh clinched its 15th consecutive playoff berth last week, the longest active streak in major North American professional sports. INJURY UPDATE Evgeni Malkin was unable to finish Saturday’s game against Buffalo. Teddy Blueger centred the second line late in the third period and Jared McCann replaced Malkin on the top unit during a late power play. Malkin, who didn’t play the final 8:48 of regulation, recently returned to the lineup after missing 23 games with a lower-body injury. DeSmith is dealing with an upper-body injury, while Jarry is working through a lower-body injury. DeSmith missed his third game, while Jarry played in Thursday’s win against Buffalo. Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan expects both Jarry and DeSmith to be ready when the playoffs start. Penguins’ forward Brandon Tanev participated in his third full-contact practice on Friday, but he also missed the regular-season finale on Saturday. He missed his 18th consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Tanev has missed 24 of the last 26 games. Penguins’ D Mike Matheson missed his fourth straight game after he was struck in the face with a puck May 1 at Washington. CARTER NEARS 400 Carter is one goal from becoming the 101st player in NHL history and the second from the 2003 NHL Draft class to record 400 goals. Carter has nine goals and 11 points in 14 games since Pittsburgh acquired the veteran forward from Los Angeles before the trade deadline. Carter had eight goals in 40 games with the Kings this season. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Scifo, The Associated Press
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Sadiq Khan has been re-elected as Mayor of London, with Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey in second place. The Labour candidate won 1,205,034 votes compared to Mr Bailey’s 977,601. In his acceptance speech Mr Khan promised he was “proud to have won an overwhelming mandate” and thanked everyone who voted for him.
German recycling group Remondis said on Saturday it offered to take a minority stake of up to 40% in the "new Suez" that will hold water management firm Suez's French water assets and some international pieces after its takeover by bigger peer Veolia. On April 12 Veolia and Suez announced a 13 billion euro ($15.81 billion) merger under which - in part to ease antitrust problems - some of Suez's assets will be spun off into a new entity with around 7 billion euros in revenue. "Remondis wishes to be able to participate in the round table of the new Suez alongside French shareholders Meridiam and Caisse des Depots," the German group said in a statement late on Saturday.
Manchester United are expected to be without Dan James for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa, while there is positive news on Anthony Martial's progress. James missed the trip to Italy as United lost to Roma but won on aggregate to confirm their place in the Europa League Final against Villarreal. Martial was expected to miss the remainder of the season but there is now fresh hope that he could feature after being spotted in training.
The SNP has won an emphatic victory in the Holyrood elections, but did not gain an overall majority. Nicola Sturgeon’s party took 64 seats in Thursday’s vote – 62 in constituencies and one on the Highlands and Islands and another in the South Scotland regional list – one shy of a majority but well ahead of the Tories on 31 seats. With the failure to return 65 MSPs, the case for another independence referendum is weakened, but the Scottish Greens provide an overall pro-independence majority of 72 seats.
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LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool kept its faint top four hopes alive in the English Premier League after beating Southampton by an unconvincing 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's side stumbled over the line for only a second league win at home in 2021 thanks to Sadio Mane's first-half header and Thiago Alcantara's first goal for the club in the 90th minute. At this stage of the campaign, results rather than performances are the preference and considering Liverpool’s woeful home record this year, this was a welcome boost after conceding late equalizers in its previous two matches. But this performance did not bode well for its Champions League aspirations. “We are kind of (in the top-four race),” Klopp said. "It's not impossible but it's difficult. We will give it a try and see where we get to.” Chelsea's win at Manchester City put the Blues into third just before kickoff, setting Leicester as Liverpool's new primary target, nine points ahead. More injuries — to Ozan Kabak, Ben Davies, James Milner and Naby Keita — meant academy graduate Rhys Williams was drafted in for his first start in two months alongside Nat Phillips, returning at centre back after a two-match absence. It also meant Klopp was without his three first-choice central defenders plus the two he signed in January as cover. His lack of resources showed with Ben Woodburn, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Blackpool, in the squad for the first time in two years alongside 18-year-old centre back Billy Koumetio, making his debut on a Premier League bench. The game quickly settled into a familiar pattern at Anfield of chances created but not converted. Mane made no mistake from Mohamed Salah's 31st-minute cross — the first time this season the pair combined for a Premier League goal. The host's anxiety wasn't calmed until just after 90 minutes when Thiago scored from outside the edge of the penalty area. But the worrying is far from over for Southampton, which is not mathematically safe. A 13th defeat in 17 matches left it still looking over its shoulders. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Event is ‘calling on leaders to make sure vaccines are accessible for all so we can end the pandemic for everyone, everywhere’
Victory in capital came after challenger Shaun Bailey polled better than expected