IPL 2021 photos: David Miller, Chris Morris showcase resilience as RR have last laugh over DC
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Chris Morris (in picture) and David Miller showcased resilience as Rajasthan Royals (RR) eked out a thrilling three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals (DC) in Match seven of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Thursday. Sportzpics
Jaydev Unadkat struck very soon for RR after asking DC to bat first, removing Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane inside the powerplay overs to leave Delhi reeling at 36-3. Sportzpics
Rishabh Pant then came to DC's rescue with a 32-ball knock of 51, before he was run-out by Riyan Parag in the 13th over. Sportzpics
Cameos from Tom Curran (in picture, 321 runs off 16 balls) and Lalit Yadav (20 off 24) later ensured that DC would put up a respectable total of 147-8. Sportzpics
The Capitals got off to a dream start during the Royals' reply, with Chris Woakes getting rid of openers Manan Vohra and Jos Buttler. At one stage, RR too, were reeling at 42-5 in the 10th over. Sportzpics
BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Judge hit two more home runs against Baltimore, Gio Urshela had a go-ahead, pinch-hit shot and the New York Yankees overcame a spate of injuries to beat the Orioles 5-4 Friday night. Judge is now 10 for 19 with five home runs facing the Orioles this season. He has 13 career multihomer games, five of them against Baltimore. Urshela is still hampered by a left knee injury but was available off the bench in the seventh. After Miguel Andújar singled and Kyle Higashioka earned a walk, Urshela hit the second pinch-hit homer of his career off Travis Lakins (1-4) to erase a 4-2 deficit. The Yankees were missing several key players, including shortstop Gleyber Torres (COVID-19), center fielder Aaron Hicks (left wrist) and slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was a late scratch with left quad tightness. Yankees starter Corey Kluber (3-2) allowed four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings. He also posted his 1,500th career strikeout in the third. It was the second time in 17 days Kluber earned a win against Baltimore, which fell to 0-16 when trailing after eight innings. Jonathan Loáisiga picked up his second save. Judge gave the Yankees the lead on the first with a deep, solo homer off Orioles rookie Dean Kremer, who had lost his previous two starts to the Yankees this season. Austin Hays tied the game with a one-out home run in the bottom half. Judge gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the fourth with his second homer of the game. He has 22 home runs against Baltimore in 58 games, his most against any team. The Orioles took a 4-2 lead in the fifth on a pair of RBI doubles by Pedro Severino and Trey Mancini, sandwiched between a run-scoring single by Pat Valiaka off Kluber. YANKEES COVID-19 UPDATE The Yankees didn’t have any new positive tests for COVID-19 to add to their eight cases already, manager Aaron Boone said before the game. The team revealed earlier this week that Torres tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated and having previously had COVID-19. In addition to Torres, New York has three coaches and four traveling staffers that are breakthrough positives, meaning they tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. TRAINER’S ROOM Yankees: Hicks had an MRI that revealed a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. Boone said the team will initially try to treat the injury with medicine, and if that goes well, Hicks could be available this weekend. Hicks, however, could require surgery if the medicine is not effective. “I think it could go either way,” Boone said. Orioles: OF Anthony Santander (sprained left ankle) began an injury rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Bowie and went 1 for 4. UP NEXT Yankees: RHP Domingo German (2-2, 4.02 ERA) earned his second win of the season against the Orioles when he threw seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 victory April 28. Orioles: RHP Jorge Lopez (1-3, 5.63 ERA) had a no-decision in his previous start against the Yankees, allowing two runs over four innings in Baltimore’s 4-3 victory April 29. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Todd Karpovich, The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two years after a white supremacist in New Zealand livestreamed the slaughter of 51 Muslim worshippers on Facebook, French President Emmanuel Macron says the internet continues to be be used by terrorists as a weapon to propagate hate. Macron and other leaders from tech giants and governments around the world — including the U.S. for the first time — gathered virtually on Saturday to find better ways to stop extremist violence from spreading online, while also respecting freedom of expression. It was part of a global effort started by Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after deadly attacks in their countries were streamed or shared on social networks. The U.S. government and four other countries joined the effort, known as the Christchurch Call, for the first time this year. It involves some 50 nations plus tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, and is named for the New Zealand city where the slaughter at the two mosques took place. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a prerecorded video that authorities in his country alone had taken down more than 300,000 pieces of terrorist material from the internet over the past decade, which he described as a tsunami of hate. “Terrorist content is like a metastasizing tumor within the internet, or series of tumors," Johnson said. “If we fail to excise it, it will inevitably spread into homes and high streets the world over.” Since its launch, governments and tech companies have cooperated in some cases in identifying violent extremist content online. Ardern, however, said more tangible progress is needed to stop it from proliferating. The meeting was aimed at revitalizing coordination efforts, notably since President Joe Biden entered office, and getting more tech companies involved. Macron and Ardern welcomed the U.S. decision as a potential catalyst for stronger action. Macron said the internet had continued to be used as a tool in recent attacks in the U.S., Vienna, Germany and elsewhere. He said it cannot happen again, and that new European regulations against extremist content would help. Ardern said that two years after the Christchurch Call was launched, momentum was strong. But she acknowledged the challenge in essentially playing whac-a-mole with different countries, internet platforms and algorithms that can foster extremist content. “The existence of algorithms themselves is not necessarily the problem, it's whether or not they are being ethically used,” Ardern said. “And so that is probably the biggest focus for the Call community over the next year." She said part of the solution also came in better equipping a younger generation of internet users to have the skills to deal with radical content or disinformation when they encounter it online. Although the U.S. only officially joined the Christchurch Call this year, it had been consistently contributing to the effort, Ardern said. “Countering the use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists to radicalize and recruit is a significant priority for the United States,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. She also stressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression and “reasonable expectations of privacy.” Nick Perry, The Associated Press
Jonquel Jones had 26 points and eight rebounds, DeWanna Bonner added 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists and the Connecticut Sun beat Atlanta 78-67 on Friday night to spoil the Dream's inaugural game at the Gateway Center. Jones, playing in her first game for Connecticut in 582 days after opting out last season, scored all 16 of her first-half points in the first quarter to help the Sun build a 22-17 advantage. Connecticut led 43-33 at the break.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Tesla involved in a fatal crash on a Southern California freeway last week may have been operating on Autopilot before the wreck, according to the California Highway Patrol. The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, is also under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The probe is the 29th case involving a Tesla that the federal agency has probed. In the Fontana crash, a 35-year-old man was killed when his Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned semi on a freeway about 2:30 a.m. The driver's name has not yet been made public. Another man was seriously injured when the electric vehicle hit him as he was helping the semi’s driver out of the wreck. The CHP announced Thursday that its preliminary investigation had determined that the Tesla’s partially automated driving system called Autopilot “was engaged" prior to the crash. However on Friday, the agency walked back its previous declaration. “To clarify," a new CHP statement said, “There has not been a final determination made as to what driving mode the Tesla was in or if it was a contributing factor to the crash." At least three people have died in previous U.S. crashes involving Autopilot. The CHP initially said it was commenting on the Fontana crash because of the “high level of interest" about Tesla crashes and because it was “an opportunity to remind the public that driving is a complex task that requires a driver’s full attention.” The federal safety investigation comes just after the CHP arrested another man who authorities have said was in the back seat of a Tesla that was driving this week on Interstate 80 near Oakland with no one behind the wheel. CHP has not said if officials have determined whether the Tesla in the I-80 incident was operating on Autopilot, which can keep a car centered in its lane and a safe distance behind vehicles in front of it. But it’s likely that either Autopilot or “Full Self-Driving” were in operation for the driver to be in the back seat. Tesla is allowing a limited number of owners to test its self-driving system. Tesla, which has disbanded its public relations department, did not respond Friday to an email seeking comment. The company says in owner’s manuals and on its website that both Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving” are not fully autonomous and that drivers must pay attention and be ready to intervene at any time. Autopilot at times has had trouble dealing with stationary objects and traffic crossing in front of Teslas. In two Florida crashes, from 2016 and 2019, cars with Autopilot in use drove beneath crossing tractor-trailers, killing the men driving the Teslas. In a 2018 crash in Mountain View, California, an Apple engineer driving on Autopilot was killed when his Tesla struck a highway barrier. Tesla’s system, which uses cameras, radar and short-range sonar, also has trouble handling stopped emergency vehicles. Teslas have struck several firetrucks and police vehicles that were stopped on freeways with their flashing emergency lights on. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March sent a team to investigate after a Tesla on Autopilot ran into a Michigan State Police vehicle on Interstate 96 near Lansing. Neither the trooper nor the 22-year-old Tesla driver was injured, police said. After the Florida and California fatal crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that Tesla develop a stronger system to ensure drivers are paying attention, and that it limit use of Autopilot to highways where it can work effectively. Neither Tesla nor the safety agency took action. In a Feb. 1 letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt urged the department to enact regulations governing driver-assist systems such as Autopilot, as well as testing of autonomous vehicles. NHTSA has relied mainly on voluntary guidelines for the vehicles, taking a hands-off approach so it won’t hinder development of new safety technology. Sumwalt said that Tesla is using people who have bought the cars to test “Full Self-Driving” software on public roads with limited oversight or reporting requirements. “Because NHTSA has put in place no requirements, manufacturers can operate and test vehicles virtually anywhere, even if the location exceeds the AV (autonomous vehicle) control system’s limitations,” Sumwalt wrote. He added: “Although Tesla includes a disclaimer that ‘currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous,’ NHTSA’s hands-off approach to oversight of AV testing poses a potential risk to motorists and other road users." NHTSA, which has authority to regulate automated driving systems and seek recalls if necessary, seems to have developed a renewed interest in the systems since President Joe Biden took office. ___ Krisher reported from Detroit. Stefanie Dazio And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
With only nine days to go before the Season 19 finale, yet another scandal has rocked the American Idol world. Following this week’s disqualification of top five finalist Caleb Kennedy after a seemingly racist old social media post resurfaced, the arrest last month of top 24 contestant Cecil Ray for burglary with intent to commit assault, and outrage earlier in the season over the casting of Kellyanne Conway’s daughter Claudia, now another contestant — from last season — is in the news cycle for all the wrong reasons.
A natural gas explosion Friday afternoon in Baltimore County left several Baltimore Gas and Electric workers injured, one of them in serious condition. Crews were working on a steel gas main shortly before 4 p.m. in the 8300 block of Stevenson Road in Pikesville when an explosion sent flames shooting as high as 60 feet into the air until the gas was turned off the fire was extinguished around 7 p.m. Residents said when they saw the explosion, they went outside to find a worker fully engulfed in flames.
Alaska-bound cruise ships will again be docking in B.C waters once travel restrictions are lifted according the government of B.C. — but until then — U.S. cruise ships will be bypassing B.C. In an effort to save Alaska's summer cruise season, the U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday which, if also approved by the House of Representatives, allows Alaska-bound ships to travel directly between the State of Washington and Alaska. Before the pandemic and under the Passenger Vessel Services Act, Alaska-bound ships would have to spend a day in Vancouver or Victoria, bringing in significant tourism revenue to B.C.'s economy. The Alaska Tourism Recovery Act was introduced as a way to sidestep Canadian restrictions against cruise ship travel between the two states for the upcoming summer season. In a statement to CBC, the province says the legislation is clear that the changes would automatically be rescinded once Canadian ports are reopened to cruise ships. "This means that as soon as Canadian ports are ready to welcome cruise ships again, they will be required by U.S. law to stop here on their way to Alaska, even if the current bill becomes law," according to the ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. In February, Canada extended a ban on cruise ships until at least 2022, but those restrictions could be reversed if pandemic conditions improve enough to allow the resumption of cruising. "Our government has been relentless in our advocacy to the federal government to support and defend B.C.'s tourism industry and all the people, businesses and communities who depend on it," read the statement. Before the pandemic, the cruise ship industry contributed more than $2.5 billion to B.C.'s economy.(The Canadian Press) The province says Premier John Horgan has reached out to Alaska senators and will be meeting with them in the coming weeks to discuss the matter. In April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said passenger travel on cruise ships could resume by mid-July using a phased-in approach and passengers would be required to be fully vaccinated before boarding. Frustration with Canada The Alaska Tourism Recovery Act was introduced just weeks after U.S. politicians wrote a letter on behalf of Congress to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, expressing frustration with Canada's steps to limit foreign travel. "We were shocked by the decision announced by your government last week to extend the ban on cruise ships carrying over 100 passengers until Feb. 28, 2022," read the letter. "We are particularly concerned that this decision was made without any forewarning to or consultation with Alaska, your neighbour and partner." Before the pandemic, the cruise industry contributed an estimated $2.5 billion each year to British Columbia's economy. The bill must still pass in the U.S. House of Representatives and then be signed by President Joe Biden. Three cruise ships are seen docked in Victoria, B.C. in 2019.(Greater Vancouver Harbour Authority)
Jason Kenney has quelled a revolt on his party's backbenches, after two vocal critics were expelled from his United Conservative Party caucus. However, this may just be the start of a bigger battle for the Alberta premier.
Toronto completed day one of its new walk-in vaccination clinic focused on the Latin American community, which has a disproportionate number of cases due to social inequities and jobs that put workers at risk.
FLOTUS is taking style inspiration from some furry friends. Jill Biden was spotted carrying a one-of-a-kind accessory Thursday: a custom Valentino Rockstud purse featuring hand-painted portraits of the First Dogs, Major and Champ. The leather studded handbag was also adorned with a large white letter J. Getty Images Jill Biden was reportedly on her way to a vaccination center in Charleston, West Virginia. She also sported the handbag on a trip to Colorado Springs earlier this month. This isn’t the first time the Biden dogs have made headlines. Major found himself in some controversy following two biting incidents in March. But after a short training stint in the family’s home state of Delaware, he was back to being his cute portrait-ready self. In a “Today” interview last month, the first lady assured reporter Craig Melvin that Major is “a sweet, lovable dog.” Major is the first rescue dog to ever live in The White House. In fact, the Biden dogs are the first to live in the White House since the Obamas’ Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny. Valentino is responsible for another infamous FLOTUS fashion statement. Last August, the label created a custom gown for Melania Trump’s appearance at the Republican National Convention, where her husband accepted the nomination for president. However, the bright hue of the dress mimicked that of a green screen, rendering it an immediate target for internet trolling. If you’re looking to follow this first lady’s style lead, you can order the same purse for $2,200 on Valentino’s website or in select Valentino boutiques. All you need to do is pick a color and upload a few photos of your pet and illustrator Riccardo Cusimano will do the rest. Jill Biden may be commissioning another purse sooner than we think. As she told “Today,” a First Feline is currently “waiting in the wings” to join the Biden family. Read original story Jill Biden Customizes Valentino Bag With Portraits of Her Dogs At TheWrap
Extreme drought in parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba has made for a poor start to the growing season. Across the Prairies, unusually dry conditions will jeopardize crops, threaten the water supply and increase the risk of fires.
Johnson said the government would accelerate remaining second doses to the over 50s and those clinically vulnerable to just eight weeks after the first dose and would prioritise first doses for those eligible who had not yet come forward.Even so, the spread of the variant could disrupt Britain's progress out of lockdown, making it more difficult to move to the final stage of a staggered reopening of the economy in June, he said.Johnson had aimed to lift all restrictions on June 21, after allowing people in England from Monday to hug again, meet in small groups indoors and travel abroad.The United Kingdom has delivered one of the world's fastest inoculation campaigns, giving the first shot to almost 70% of the adult population and a second to 36%, helping to reduce infection rates and deaths.But the emergence of the B.1.617.2 variant in parts of northern England and London has prompted some scientists to call for the reopening to be delayed, and a rethink on the speed of the vaccine rollout.At the national level, infections are still low, and fell for a fifth consecutive week in England, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had a dream that she would hit a winning shot in her New York City debut. That dream became reality when Ionescu made a 3-pointer from the wing with less than a second remaining to give the New York Liberty a 90-87 victory over the Indiana Fever on Friday night in the WNBA's season opener. “I 100% had a vision of hitting a game-winner,” said Ionescu, who was wearing mentor Kobe Bryant's Lakers jersey in the postgame press conference. “We were tied walking into the huddle and I was smiling. It was too good to be true. ... I was ready for the moment.” The No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft scored 25 points in her first game in nearly 10 months after injuring her ankle three contests into her rookie season that was played in Florida because of the coronavirus pandemic. With the game on the line, she got the ball near the wing and hit the deep shot to give the Liberty the lead with 0.4 seconds left. Indiana couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer on the other end. Ionescu also had 11 assists and six rebounds in her Barclays Center debut. The former Oregon star scored the final eight points for New York, which trailed 86-82 with 39.7 seconds left. Ionescu hit a 3-pointer from the wing and then made two free throws with 21.8 seconds remaining to tie it at 87. “She has a pretty special way of rising to the moment. You get to see it every day in practice,” Liberty coach Walt Hopkins said. “Those big time situations is where she shines, it’s what she lives for. I’m pretty excited she’s on my team.” After a timeout, Indiana worked the clock down before Kelsey Mitchell was called for a traveling violation with 5.8 seconds left setting up Ionescu's winner with her family watching in the arena. She ran across the court with her arms waving to the crowd after the ball went through the net. Betnijah Laney scored 30 points to lead New York and rookie Michaela Onyenwere added 18. The Liberty were still missing Natasha Howard, who they acquired from Seattle in a trade in the offseason. She is finishing up her overseas season in Italy. New York was also missing Kiah Stokes and Rebecca Allen, who are playing overseas as well. The Liberty did have Laney, who they signed as a free agent in the offseason. The league’s Most Improved Player last year made her presence felt right away scoring 11 points in the first quarter and had 20 at the half when the game was tied at 47. “She was pretty fantastic, I was asked before the game, who was the surprise people should look out for and I said Betnijah," Hopkins said. 'She's a really special addition for us.” New York led by four heading into the fourth quarter, but Indiana used an 11-2 run midway through the final quarter to go up 86-82. Mitchell finished with 23 points and Teaira McCowan added 22 points and 16 rebounds for Indiana. The game tipped off the WNBA’s 25th season and was the Liberty’s second regular season game ever at their new home Barclays Center. They played a game against Seattle in the 2019 regular season at the arena. “Everyone has a little bit of jitters tonight. It's an exciting time, it's the 25th year. we've invested a lot in this process and our team and what we're trying to accomplish,” Fever coach Marianne Stanley said before the game. “Once the ball is tossed for the opening tip people will be able to settle in.” TIP-INS: New York re-signed forward Joyner Holmes on a hardship contract after cutting her Wednesday. She averaged 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds last year for the Liberty. The move was necessitated as New York was missing Leaonna Odom (Achilles Tendon); Jocelyn Willoughby (Achilles Tendon) as well as Howard, Stokes and Allen. COMMISSIONER'S CUP This game was part of the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup. Teams will play games within conference and the franchise with the best record in the East and West will face off on Aug. 12 in a title game. Players on the winning team of that championship game will each earn $30,000. UP NEXT: The teams will play again in Indianapolis on Sunday. Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press