James Harden (Brooklyn Nets) with an and one vs the Dallas Mavericks, 02/27/2021
James Harden (Brooklyn Nets) with an and one vs the Dallas Mavericks, 02/27/2021
Most CEOs on a call to discuss a new push against U.S. state voting restrictions said in a poll they will reassess donating to candidates who fail to support voting rights, while many will consider holding back investments in states that restrict voting access, according to people familiar with the matter. Some business executives are putting together a new statement calling for the protection of U.S. voting rights, the latest corporate backlash against moves by Republican politicians to change election rules in Georgia and other states, the sources said. About 100 chief executive officers, investors, lawyers and corporate directors participated in a private Zoom call on Saturday organized by Yale professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld to discuss a new response to Georgia's election law and voting restrictions contemplated by other states such as Texas and Arizona, according to the sources.
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BALTIMORE — J.D. Martinez came off the COVID-19 list and hit three home runs, powering the Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 Sunday for their sixth straight win. Martinez got a chance at a record-tying fourth homer in the ninth inning and struck out swinging. He is the last of 18 major leaguers to homer four times in a game, doing it in September 2017 for Arizona. The 33-year-old Martinez went 4 for 6 with four RBIs and four runs, one day after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list because of cold symptoms. Rafael Devers homered twice and Alex Verdugo added a three-run shot to finish the three-game sweep. Nick Pivetta (2-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Jorge López (0-2) allowed eight runs and seven hits over four innings. DODGERS 3, NATIONALS 0 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of five-hit ball to win an outstanding duel with Max Scherzer as the Dodgers finished a three-game sweep over Washington. Rookie Zach McKinstry homered and drove in all three runs for the defending World Series champion Dodgers, who are off to a major league-best start of 8-2 despite playing this series without injured former MVP outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Kershaw (2-1) struck out six with no walks. Scherzer (0-1) also went six innings and allowed one run on three hits. Kenley Jansen pitched a flawless ninth for his second save. DIAMONDBACKS 7, REDS 0 PHOENIX (AP) — Luke Weaver retired the first 17 batters he faced and Eduardo Escobar homered for the fourth straight game for Arizona. The 27-year-old Weaver (1-0) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a broken-bat single to Eugenio Suárez, whose groundball found a hole up the middle. Cincinnati went into the game batting .312 as a team, tops in the majors. Rookie Matt Peacock pitched the final two innings to complete the two-hitter. José De León (0-1) allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings. YANKEES 8, RAYS 4 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rougned Odor snapped a 10th-inning tie with his first hit as a Yankee, Gio Urshela homered and drove in three runs, and New York rallied to avoid a weekend sweep. Odor went 0 for 4 before singling in his first game since the Yankees acquired him from Texas. Urshela hit a two-run homer in the third inning and had four hits, including a two-out single in the 10th off Collin McHugh (0-1). Aroldis Chapman (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and Albert Abreu got three outs. INDIANS 5, TIGERS 2 CLEVELAND (AP) — Logan Allen (1-1) recovered from a bumpy first inning to get his first win with the Indians, allowing one run and two hits in five innings as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep. Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game with a left biceps strain. Emmanuel Clase, throwing over 100 mph on nearly every pitch, worked the ninth for his second save. Jake Bauers and César Hernández drove in early runs against José Ureña (0-2), who has given up nine walks in 7 2/3 innings this season. PIRATES 7, CUBS 1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — JT Brubaker (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings and had the first three RBIs. His two-run single down the right-field line capped a three-run second inning and gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds had the third four-hit game of his career. Trevor Williams (1-1) was hit hard in his return to Pittsburgh, where he spent the first five seasons of his career before being released in November. He was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. BREWERS 9, CARDINALS 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Avisaíl García homered for the second day in a row, this time off Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-1) in a four-run first, and Travis Shaw and Manny Piña also connected. Brett Anderson (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in five innings for Milwaukee, which has won four of five. Austin Dean had a two-run double for the Cardinals, who have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak. MARINERS 8, TWINS 6 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Seager hit his second homer of the game, a three-run drive in the ninth off Alex Colomé (0-1) as Seattle overcame a 6-0, sixth-inning deficit. Seager had four hits and Taylor Trammell also homered for Seattle, which won a road series for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 2019, at Arizona. Colomé blew a save for the second time in four chances. Drew Steckenrider (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Rafael Montero earned his second save in with a 1-2-3 ninth. Byron Buxton has eight hits in three games to increase his batting average to .500. His 1.231 slugging percentage is tops in the majors. ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Michael A. Taylor scored when Garrett Crochet (0-1) misplayed Andrew Benintendi’s bunt in the 10th for Chicago’s second error of the day and ninth in nine games this season. Greg Holland (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings, and Kyle Zimmer worked a perfect 10th for his first career save. Chicago had won 17 straight games when its opponent started a left-handed pitcher, one shy of the major league record set by Atlanta from 2004-05. PADRES 2, RANGERS 0 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trent Grisham homered in the fourth off Mike Foltynewicz (0-2),and Manny Machado in the ninth against Ian Kennedy as San Diego completed a three-game sweep. Craig Stammen (1-1) allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings to lead six relievers after starter Adrian Morejon left after two outs because of an elbow/forearm strain. Taylor Williams, Tim Hill, Austin Adams, Emilio Pagan and Mark Melancon followed Stammen as the Padres held Texas to five hits, three walks and two hit batters while striking out 10. Melancon is 5 for 5 in save chances. GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 0 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani and three relievers combined to scatter eight hits as San Francisco Giants swept Colorado. DeSclafani (1-0) struck out eight and gave up six hits in six innings. Brandon Belt homered for the first time this season and Alex Dickerson also connected for the Giants. Evan Longoria had two hits and two RBIs. Germán Márquez (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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Adam Scott vividly remembers the reception he received in Japan after winning the Masters eight years ago, so the Australian has an inkling of what Hideki Matsuyama has in store when he returns home wearing the champion's green jacket. Scott, a team-mate of Matsuyama's on four International teams for the Presidents Cup, was delighted to see the 29-year-old win the Masters at Augusta National on Sunday to become Japan's first male major champion.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all. Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket. Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele's late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th. Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I'm really happy.” So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. With a four-shot lead, he went for the green in two on the par-5 15th and it bounded hard off the back slope and into the pond on the 16th hole. Matsuyama did well to walk away with bogey, and with Schauffele making a fourth straight birdie, the lead was down to two shots with three to play. The next swing all but ended it. Schauffele's tee shot on the par-3 16th bounced of the hill and dribbled into the pond. His third shot from the drop area went into the gallery. He wound up with a triple-bogey 6. Never mind that Matsuyama bogeyed three of his last four holes. All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory. That's what he did, a final bogey for a one-shot victory over 24-year-old Masters rookie Will Zalatoris, who closed with a 70 and stayed on the practice range just in case of a playoff. Matsuyama finished at 10-under 278 for his 15th victory worldwide, and his sixth on the PGA Tour. He becomes the second man from an Asian country to win a major. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods. Canadian Corey Conners finished six strokes back of Matsuyama, tied for eighth with American Patrick Reed. The top-10 finish clinched his sport at next year's Masters. Conners also finished in the top 10 at last year's event. There were moments, though, the native of Listowel, Ont., seemed poised to challenge for the green jacket. Conners had a hole-in-one Saturday and sat in sixth after the third round. He climbed the leaderboard Sunday with a birdie on the second hole, but collapsed through the middle of the round with three bogeys and a double bogey before ending the day with a 2-over 74. Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished in a six-way tie for 40th spot. Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is poised for an extended period of strong growth and hiring, the chair of the Federal Reserve said in an interview broadcast Sunday, though the coronavirus still poses some risk. Chair Jerome Powell, speaking to CBS' “60 Minutes," also said that he doesn't expect to raise the Fed's benchmark interest rate, currently pegged at nearly zero, this year. And he downplayed the risk of higher inflation stemming from sharp increases in government spending and expanding budget deficits. “We feel like we’re at a place where the economy’s about to start growing much more quickly and job creation coming in much more quickly,” Powell said. “This growth that we’re expecting in the second half of this year is going to be very strong. And job creation, I would expect to be very strong.” In the wide-ranging interview, Powell said that the Fed is closely studying the development of a digital dollar, but hasn't yet made a decision on whether to proceed. Powell said last month that the central bank wouldn't issue a digital currency without approval from Congress. Powell noted that roughly a million jobs were added in March, when revisions to jobs data in January and February are included. The unemployment rate fell to 6% from 6.2%. “We would like to see a string of months like that,” he said. “That is certainly in the range of possibility.” Still, there are about 8.4 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic, and Powell acknowledged that he regularly sees a homeless encampment near the Fed's headquarters in Washington. “There’s a lot of suffering out there still," he said. "And I think it’s important that, just as a country, we stay and help those people. The economy that we’re going back to is going to be different from the one that we had.” Powell also said the primary risk to the economy remains the pandemic and a breakdown in precautions that Americans have largely taken for the past year. The risk ”is that we will reopen too quickly, people will too quickly return to their old practices, and we’ll see another spike in cases,” he said. “The economy should move ahead. But it can move ahead more quickly to the extent we keep the spread of COVID under control.” Separately, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked Sunday whether Powell's bullish comments about the economy meant that additional government support for the economy, such as President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, was no longer needed. “No,” Pelosi said. “In fact, if you listen very closely to what he said, we’re at a place where we will ‘begin to see.' ... And then he also cautions against a surge in the virus. If we’re going to grow the economy with confidence, we’ve got to crush the virus." Powell, on “60 Minutes,” also underscored that the recovery remains highly uneven in the U.S., with the unemployment rate among the lowest-paid one-quarter of Americans still roughly 20%, with the disparity falling especially heavily on African Americans and Hispanics. The Fed chair also reiterated the central bank’s threshold for raising its short-term rate: a fully healed labour market where nearly everyone who wants a job can find one, inflation at 2% and on track to remain “moderately above 2% for some time.” Achieving those goals and raising rates this year is “highly unlikely,” Powell said, though he otherwise refused to discuss the timing of a liftoff. Instead, he emphasized that a hike will only come when the employment and inflation conditions are met. With the Biden administration's infrastructure plan following the $1.9 trillion rescue package approved by Congress last month, worries about a potential pickup in inflation have grown among some economists. Powell, however, noted that there were large government deficits after the 2008-2009 financial crisis, “and inflation didn't really react to that.” Powell did say the budget deficit would eventually have to be reduced, but not until the economy has fully rebounded. “The time to do that is when the economy is strong and we’re fully recovered and people are working and taxes are rolling in,” he said. “The time to do that is not now.” The Fed chair also said his job is “the same” under Biden as it was under the previous president, Donald Trump. Trump, however, repeatedly criticized and attacked Powell on Twitter, while Biden rarely mentions Powell and said last week that he has not yet spoken to Powell in person. Powell's term as chair ends next year. “I’m reluctant to comment — even indirectly — on elected politicians,” Powell said. "That’s a practice I’ve kept to and I’ve never regretted it." Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press