Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) with a deep 3 vs the LA Clippers, 03/02/2021
Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) with a deep 3 vs the LA Clippers, 03/02/2021
CHICAGO — Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. left Sunday night's 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs after experiencing pain in his lower abdominal muscles. Acuña led off the fourth with a walk. Kyle Hendricks threw over a couple times while he was on first, and it looked as if Acuña did something to his midsection on a dive back to the bag. He was checked by a trainer while he was on second, but he stayed in. He got up slowly after diving home to score on Travis d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly, and then was replaced in the field in the bottom half. “He’s got an abdominal strain, and we’ll know more tomorrow,” manager Brian Snitker said. Snitker said he isn’t sure if Acuña is going to need a stint on the injured list. “It was so late here that they couldn’t get the test that they wanted, so they’ll get it tomorrow in New York and, like I said, we’ll know more then,” he said. Acuña is off to a terrific start this year, batting .419 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 16 games. The outfielder also has scored a major league-high 21 runs. “I think I really just felt sorry for him in general, you know, because of the start he's had to the season and the way he has kind of taken off,” outfielder Guillermo Heredia said through a translator. The reigning NL East champions have been hit hard by injuries during a rough start to the season. Pitchers Max Fried, Drew Smyly and Sean Newcomb and outfielders Cristian Pache and Ender Inciarte have been placed on the 10-day IL since Wednesday. “Obviously there's a team that it happens to every year and unfortunately that's us at the moment,” pitcher Bryse Wilson said. “Hopefully we can just bounce back and continue to fill the spots.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jay Cohen, The Associated Press
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The office of Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott made a similar announcement hours earlier. "Based on current supply, Ontario will begin offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 40 and over at pharmacy and primary care settings across the province effective Tuesday," spokeswoman Alexandra Hilkene said in an email. The statement came after Elliott's federal counterpart told a news conference that such a move was well within the provinces' jurisdiction. "NACI provides advice to provinces and territories," Health Minister Patty Hajdu said. "They can adjust their use for AstraZeneca as per their desire and the advice from their own public health authorities and medical expertise." She noted that Health Canada has licensed the AstraZeneca shot for use in people over the age of 18. "NACI continues to review the advice on AstraZeneca use and will have updated guidance in the very near future," Hajdu added. Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association, tweeted that there is "'surplus supply at risk of expiring." The head of the Ontario Pharmacists Association said most AstraZeneca doses in Ontario don't expire until the end of May, but that a timer starts ticking as soon as a vial — which contains 10 doses — is punctured. "Once a vial is punctured, it is only viable for up to 48 hours when stored in a fridge or six hours when not in the fridge," Justin Bates said. He said vaccine hesitancy around AstraZeneca has led to last-minute appointment cancellations, meaning some of those doses could go to waste — something pharmacists are working hard to avoid. Many Ontario physicians took to social media to express their frustration with the province's lack of action on the issue ahead of Sunday's announcement. "Pharmacies, listen up. DO NOT WASTE A SINGLE DOSE OF THE AZ VACCINE. Explain the risk and obtain informed consent to administer to people under age 55," Dr. Brian Goldman said in a tweet Sunday. Dr. Irfan Dhalla, vice-president of Unity Health Toronto, agreed. "It’s hard to imagine the provincial government coming after pharmacies or family doctors for using AZ in people (under) 55," he tweeted. Later, he praised Elliott's decision and urged the province to send more to COVID-19 hot spots. Steven Del Duca, who heads up the Liberal party in the province, took that call even further. "Doug Ford must release the AstraZeneca vaccine from pharmacy freezers and get it into the arms of anyone over 18 in a hot spot," he tweeted Sunday. "(Patty Hajdu) was clear: there is nothing stopping him from getting shots into arms." Those in Alberta had made similar calls. "It sounds like Alberta is having trouble using its AstraZeneca. Lower the minimum age; Gen X can help!" Lisa Young, a political science professor at the University of Calgary, tweeted earlier in the week. Some have been hesitant to get the AstraZeneca vaccine due to a rare blood clotting condition, which has thus far affected two Canadians — one in Quebec and one in Alberta. More than 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca have been administered in this country. The global frequency of the blood clot disorder, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT, has been estimated at about one case in 100,000 to 250,000 doses. The risk of developing blood clots due to COVID-19 is much higher, and experts say people should accept the first vaccine they're offered. Meanwhile, the federal government announced Sunday that it was mobilizing its own resources and co-ordinating with lesser-hit provinces to send health-care workers and other support to help Ontario as it battles record-breaking COVID-19 numbers. It wasn't immediately clear how the Ontario government would respond to Ottawa's offer. Hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units continued to reach record heights in the province, which reported 4,250 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Ontario announced a number of new restrictions to quell the skyrocketing numbers, but has faced pressure to roll back limits on outdoor activities, which critics have said will do little to stop the spread. Meanwhile, data released by Canada's chief public health officer indicated the average daily number of hospitalizations and deaths in the country jumped by more than 30 per cent between April 9 and 15 compared to the week before. The latest national figures showed an average of 3,428 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent seven-day reporting period, representing a 34 per cent increase over the week before. An average of 41 people died each day during the same stretch, which is 38 per cent higher than the previous week. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said cases, test positivity rates and intensive care admissions are all rising as Canada battles a wave of COVID-19 that is driven by more contagious virus variants. Quebec, meanwhile, reported more than 1,300 new infections in the past 24 hours. Nunavut counted three new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 22 active cases. Prince Edward Island recorded three new cases, while Nova Scotia logged seven and New Brunswick added 10. Farther west, Manitoba recorded 170 new cases of the virus and one added death, while Saskatchewan counted 289 new cases and one death. Alberta, which is currently dealing with the highest rate of COVID-19 per capita in Canada, reported 1,516 new cases of the virus and three more deaths. As of Sunday evening, Alberta's rate of active COVID-19 cases was 405.6 per 100,000, compared to 282.26 per 100,000 in Ontario. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. — With files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal and Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press
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VANCOUVER — For Travis Green and his Vancouver Canucks, the win they gritted out on Sunday meant more than two points in the standings. The Canucks suffered the NHL's worst COVID-19 outbreak when the P. 1 variant of the virus swept through the team late last month. Twenty-one players and four coaches tested positive for the virus, one other player was deemed a close contact, and another received a false positive result. Family members — including one player's pregnant wife — also fell ill. “This isn’t just your regular win during the regular season. It’s a special win," Green said after the Canucks edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. "We’ve gone through a lot here with our group over the last few weeks. It was a hard game. You’re playing a really good hockey team on the other side. I’m proud of our group and how we stuck with it and won tonight.” Sunday marked the Canucks' first game since March 24. The matchup was originally scheduled for Saturday but the NHL pushed Vancouver's return back two additional days after forward J.T. Miller spoke out last week, saying players felt unsafe because they hadn't had enough time to recover from the outbreak. Canucks captain Bo Horvat sealed the victory 1:19 into overtime, snapping a shot past Leafs goalie Jack Campbell. Horvat also had a goal and an assist in regulation. “He was phenomenal," Green said. "What are you going to say? Two goals and an assist. You want guys to step to the plate and when your captain’s right at the front of the line leading the way, there’s a reason why he’s wearing a C on his jersey.” The win was big not just for the players on the ice, but for their families and for the entire Canucks organization, Horvat said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our guys in that room, the way they manned up tonight and stuck with the process and willed their way to that win," he said. No Canucks players remained on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list Sunday. Nineteen were on the list at the height of the outbreak. But some of Vancouver’s regular starters remained out of the lineup, including netminder Thatcher Demko, defenceman Nate Schmidt, and forwards Tyler Motte and Jake Virtanen. The Canucks (17-18-3) looked shaky at times on Sunday and the Leafs took an early lead following a bobbled pass in the neutral zone. The puck ricocheted off the stick of Vancouver right-winger Brock Boeser and was quickly gobbled up by John Tavares for an odd-man rush the other way. Tavares dishes it to William Nylander, who ripped a shot past Canucks goalie Braden Holtby to open the scoring 3:45 into the first. The goal was Nylander's 14th of the season and the 100th of his NHL career. The 24-year-old right-winger returned to the lineup Sunday after missing five games due to COVID-19 protocols. "I think I had a little stretch before I went into quarantine where I could have scored that 100th goal so it's nice to get that one early," Nylander said. A solid performance from Holtby kept Vancouver in the game for much of the night. One of his biggest stops came midway through the second after Canucks defenceman Alex Edler was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a knee-on-knee hit that sent Toronto left-winger Zach Hyman to the dressing room. Holtby glided from post to post to make the diving glove stop on Alex Galchenyuk. The veteran goalie had 37 saves to secure his fifth win of the season. "I was proud of him tonight, the way he played," Green said. "To beat a team like Toronto with how long we’ve been out, you’re going to need a performance from your goalie. And he gave us an All-Star Holtby performance tonight.” The victory was due to a "gutsy effort" from the entire group, Holtby said. “I think it was one where we all just decided to go out there, you give it absolutely all you have, stick together and we believed we were going to have a chance to win," he said. "It was a fun one to be a part of." Toronto finally beat the netminder with 19 seconds left in the five-minute man advantage. Auston Matthews collected a pass from Nylander as he powered to the net and chipped it up over Holtby's shoulder, hitting the crossbar on the way in. It was the star centre's league-leading 33rd goal of the season. Nylander and Tavares each registered an assist on the play. The Canucks responded just 86 seconds later. Horvat streaked into the Leafs' zone and unleashed a blast from the right faceoff dot, slashing Toronto's lead to 2-1 with his 15th goal of the year. Rookie Nils Hoglander tied the game at 2-2 12:03 into the third, taking a crisp pass from defenceman Jalen Chatfield and popping it in past Campbell. Chatfield's assist on the play was his first NHL point. Campbell stopped 21-of-24 shots for Toronto on Sunday. The goalie said he feels as if he's been in a "bit of a slump" lately. "I thought we played a really strong game," he said. "They battled hard. They were obviously in a tough situation and played hard and I thought our guys showed up and played. I felt a little bit better tonight and I just would like to have had a couple more so we got the two points." The win was an important one for the Canucks in the standings. After more than three weeks without a game, Vancouver lingers at the bottom of the North Division, 10 points back of the Montreal Canadiens who hold the fourth and final playoff spot. "You would hope that it would give them some belief," Green said. "But I believe also that the group has the belief already. … Our group is a competitive group, they love winning and they’re resilient. And you would hope this win gives them some belief in what they can do.” The win also evens the season series at three games apiece with three games to go. Toronto remains atop the division, four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. The Leafs and Canucks will meet again in Vancouver on Tuesday. NOTES: Jimmy Vesey and Travis Boyd played their first games against Toronto since being waived by the Leafs last month. … Left-winger Tanner Pearson returned to Vancouver's lineup after suffering a leg injury on March 17. … Before puck drop, the Canucks celebrated head equipment manager Pat O'Neill who was overseeing his 3,000th game. The team played a video with congratulatory messages from his daughters and a number of former Canucks, including Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Pavel Bure. O'Neill is the fifth trainer in league history to achieve the milestone. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the record in the season series between the two teams.