Ryan Knaus explains why Golden State Warriors' Jordan Poole is worth keeping an eye on for managers as he steps into their sixth-man role.
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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):6:30 p.m.Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says two federal field hospitals will remain in Ontario until at least the end of June.He says he's extended the deployment of the mobile health units until June 30 as the province deals with a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.The military-style field hospitals are deployed at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and Hamilton Health Sciences.---6 p.m.Alberta's chief medical officer of health is reporting 1,486 new COVID-19 cases, as well as three additional deaths.Dr. Deena Hinshaw says in a series of tweets that there are 17,307 active cases in Alberta, with 445 people in hospital, including 94 in intensive care.She says the province has a test positivity rate of 9.2 per cent out of 16,353 tests.The province says 977 of the most recent cases involve virus variants of concern.---4 p.m.Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province has decided to keep playgrounds open after all. They were initially among a number of outdoor recreation facilities the government ordered closed as part of an effort to contain a massive spike in COVID-19 cases. But Ford partially walked the measure back this afternoon, saying on Twitter that the rules will be amended to keep playgrounds open. He says the enhanced restrictions were always intended to clamp down on large social gatherings where the virus can spread more easily. --- 3:50 p.m.Saskatchewan is reporting 249 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths.One of the deaths was a person in their 40s from the province's Central East zone, while the other was over 80 and from the North West zone.Nearly 10,500 new doses of vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan since the last report on Friday, raising the total number to 334,063 since immunizations began.---2:30 p.m.The Canadian Press has learned that the Ontario government is planning to backtrack on new police powers to enforce anti-pandemic measures.A source with knowledge of the discussions says a "scoping-down"clarification is currently being approved.The measures -- which give police the power to stop anyone at random and ask why they're not at home and where they live -- drew intense criticism after Premier Doug Ford unveiled them on Friday.Civil libertarians and politicians denounced them as overkill.Police forces across the province also said they would not be stopping drivers or others at random.---2:05 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19, including a staff member at a long-term care home.Five of the new infections are in the Eastern zone, two are in the Halifax region and one is in the Western zone.Four cases are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada, two are related to international travel and two are close contacts of previously reported cases.Officials say a close contact case in the Halifax region is a staff member at Glasgow Hall, a long-term care home in Dartmouth, which has prompted all residents to be isolated and cared for in their rooms while all residents and staff are tested.---2 p.m.Manitoba is reporting 183 new COVID-19 cases today and three additional deaths.According to the province's daily pandemic update, a man in his 60s in the Northern health region and two men in 80s in the Winnipeg region have died.One of the Winnipeg deaths was connected to an outbreak on a unit at the city's Health Sciences Centre.Manitoba has 128 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 32 in intensive care.Officials are reporting a test-positivity rate of 5.3 per cent provincially and 5.4 per cent in Winnipeg.---12:20 p.m.Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 today.They say eight of the new infections are contacts of previously reported cases, two are travel related and the other is under investigation.Seven of the new cases are in the Edmundston region, three are in the Saint John area and one is in the Moncton region.The number of active cases in New Brunswick is 150.---12:05 p.m.Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq says the territory recorded six new cases of COVID-19 today.The announcement brings the number of active infections to 19, all in Iqaluit.The premier says all patients are stable and isolating at home.---12:05 p.m.Alberta’s chief medical officer says the province has confirmed a rare blood clot case in a patient who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the patient, who is in his 60s and is recovering, marks the second Canadian case of the blood clot disorder known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT.More than 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered across Canada to date.Hinshaw says the second case does not change the province’s risk assessment, and that she continues to recommend the AstraZeneca vaccine for anyone 55 and older.---11 a.m.Quebec is reporting 1,537 new COVID-19 cases today and eight more deaths attributed to the virus, including five in the past 24 hours.Health officials say hospitalizations rose by 28, to 692, while the number of patients in intensive care increased by eight to 175. The province says it administered 70,908 vaccine doses on Friday.Quebec has reported a total of 335,608 COVID-19 infections and 10,793 deaths linked to the virus since the onset of the pandemic.---10:50 a.m.Ontario's daily COVID-19 case count is down from yesterday's single-day high, but the province has set a new record for virus-related hospitalizations. There are currently 2,065 COVID-19 patients in hospital, marking the first time that figure has passed the 2,000 mark. The province is reporting 4,362 new infections today, down from the record-high 4,812 logged a day earlier.A number of new public health measures have taken effect across the province today, all of which are meant to contain the surging case counts. They include new powers allowing police to randomly stop drivers and pedestrians to ensure compliance with the province's extended stay-at-home order, tighter capacity limits on essential retailers and public gatherings, and the closure of outdoor recreation spaces.---This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
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VANCOUVER — Running the Vancouver Canucks practice Saturday left Travis Green's voice hoarse. It was the first time the head coach had taken to the ice with his players since the team was ravaged by a COVID-19 outbreak caused by the aggressive P. 1 variant. Green was hit particularly hard by the virus, but said he's feeling stronger every day. He dealt with flu-like symptoms for four or five days. Just as Green started to feel better, the 50-year-old was hit by another wave of illness with worse symptoms for several days. "At that point, I was a little worried," Green said. "The physical part is hard, but also the mental part is hard when you're going through this as well." The gruff coach was back to his usual self for Saturday's skate, Canucks centre Brandon Sutter said. “It was good to have him back out there yelling at us," Sutter said. "It was nice, a little bit of normalcy again." The last three weeks have been anything but normal for the Canucks. Vancouver hasn't played a game since March 24, and 11 games were postponed as the team recovered from the outbreak. Green was among 25 people in the organization — 21 players and four coaching staff — who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 30. One additional player was considered a close contact, and general manager Jim Benning said another player had a false positive test. Vancouver defenceman Nate Schmidt and right-winger Jake Virtanen remained on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list Saturday. At the height of the outbreak, 19 Canucks were on the list. Several family members, including Sutter's pregnant wife and their two young children, also tested positive for the virus. Knowing so many of his players were sick was tough on Green. “When you coach a team and you care about your players so much, it's almost like your kids," he said. "You want to make them feel better and you can't." Vancouver was scheduled to host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, but the NHL delayed the Canucks' return after forward J.T. Miller said the team didn't have enough time to recover. The Canucks are at home Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two extra days of recovery and practice were "huge," Sutter said. The majority of the Canucks have been confined to beds and couches trying to get healthy again, he explained. "This was something different where we were kind of thrown back in," Sutter said. "A lot of guys obviously lost weight, we were just dealing with the whole illness of it. It was challenging." Getting medical clearance to return to the ice involved blood work and having their heart functions checked, as well as conversations with doctors. Several didn't pass their first attempt at medical clearance. All Canucks practices have been closed to media since the team reopened its facilities Monday. Those skating Saturday had energy and good pace, Sutter said. "I think everyone feels way more comfortable than they did 48 hours ago," the veteran said. "We’ve put ourselves in a position now to at least come back healthy and give ourselves a chance." The Leafs (28-12-4) will be a difficult post-COVID test for the Canucks. Toronto tops the all-Canadian North Division, while Vancouver (16-18-3) lingers near the bottom. Leafs marquee centre Auston Matthews leads the league in goals with 32. Sunday's game will be a challenge no matter the opponent, Sutter said. "The pace is going to be high no matter who you’re playing," he said. Some Canucks remain out of the lineup. Defenceman Olli Juolevi, forward Tyler Motte and goalie Thatcher Demko are all unavailable, Green said. Virtanen and Schmidt haven't skated because they're still in COVID-19 protocol. Star centre Elias Pettersson also remains on the injured-reserve list. The Canucks are scheduled to play 19 games over the next 32 days, so coaches must pay attention to the players' energy levels across the final stretch. "We’re going to have to give our guys rest and we’re going to have to monitor our guys," Green said. "The one thing about hockey players is they want to play. It’s easy for everyone to say ‘Just sit guys out.’ It’s going to be really monitoring them, talking to them, seeing how they feel and being honest with them." Vancouver has faced numerous challenges in this pandemic-condensed season, but the team isn't looking for moral victories to close out the year, the coach said. “We’re here to win," Green said. "This is the NHL, it’s a competitive league and rightfully so. This is not ‘Let’s go play 19 games and get them over with.’ "That’s not our mindset. We’re here strictly to win (Sunday) night and get ready for the next game after that.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Protesters who smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set fires during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, caused significant damage, and authorities urged downtown businesses to review security video to help police apprehend more rioters. Police said they have arrested four people so far after declaring a riot Friday night during demonstrations after police fatally shot a man while responding to reports of a person with a gun. “This destruction does not align with community values and has no legitimacy. It is harming our city, county and state,” Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said in a statement Saturday. “There are multiple criminal investigations underway to identify those responsible for last night’s criminality.” Police said they are aware of plans for more demonstrations Saturday night in Oregon's largest city. Officers late Friday dispersed the crowd so firefighting crews could douse fires before they spread in extreme fire hazard conditions. In a statement, police said the damage from the late-night violence “appears to be significant.” There aren't yet exact estimates of damages to buildings caused by the fires, but police say looters stole about $2,000 worth of products from a Nike store before on-site security personnel were able to stop the theft. The vandalism downtown came after the police shooting earlier Friday and was part of vigils and demonstrations already planned for the night in the name of people killed in police shootings nationwide. They include 13-year-old Adam Toledo of Chicago and Daunte Wright, a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb. Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told reporters a white man in his 30s had been shot and killed in Portland by police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene in Lents Park, which is in a leafy, residential neighbourhood of the city. Two officers fired a 40mm device that shoots non-lethal projectiles, and one officer — an eight-year veteran — fired a gun, police said in a statement. Police identified the officer who fired his gun as Zachary Delong. He is on paid administrative leave, authorities said. Davis said he did not know if the man who died had pointed a weapon at the officers and did not say how many shots were fired. A witness who spoke to reporters at the scene said the man, who had removed his shirt and was blocking an intersection, appeared to be having a mental health crisis, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The police investigation into the shooting was hampered by a crowd of “fairly aggressive people” who showed up at the park within two hours of the shooting. Those arrested could face charges ranging from assaulting a public safety officer to criminal mischief. There were no reports of injuries to police. As investigators worked the scene of the shooting and huddled over a covered body, nearly 100 yards (91 metres) away, a crowd of more than 150 people — many dressed in all black and some carrying helmets, goggles and gas masks — gathered behind crime scene tape, chanting and yelling at officers standing in front of them. The crowd later marched through the park, ripped down police tape and stood face to face with officers dressed in riot gear. Police left the park around 3:30 p.m., and the crowd eventually stood in a nearby intersection, blocking traffic and chanting. Police said they used pepper spray on protesters in order to keep them away. Portland has been the site of frequent protests, many involving violent clashes between officers and demonstrators, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Over the summer, there were demonstrations for more than 100 straight days. Earlier this week, a crowd set a fire outside the city's police union headquarters following recent fatal police shootings in Chicago and Minneapolis. ____ Cline is a corps member for The Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Sara Cline And Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — The State Department on Saturday ordered non-essential diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Chad to leave the African nation due to potential insurgent attacks on the capital. In addition to non-essential embassy staff, the department also ordered the families of American personnel stationed there to leave because armed groups appear to be moving on the capital of N’Djamena. “Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena,” the department said in a travel alert. “Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline.” The department has long warned Americans not to travel to Chad because of unrest and the presence of the jihadist Boko Haram group. It said any Americans there now who wanted to leave should do so. Landlocked Chad is home to nearly half a million refugees from neighbouring Sudan, Nigeria and Central African Republic. Another 330,000 Chadians are internally displaced, the majority in the volatile Lake Chad region where Boko Haram militants are active. The Associated Press
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Alberta reported 1,486 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and three more deaths from the illness. The number of active cases increased by 548 across the province, according to the latest update from Alberta Health, bringing the total to 17,307. Cases of COVID-19 virus variants increased by 977 to 9,417 the latest numbers show. Variants now make up 54.4 per cent of active cases in Alberta. Provincial labs completed 16,353 tests for COVID-19 on Friday, with a positivity rate around 9.2 per cent. Hospitalizations increased by 18 to 445 on Saturday, including 94 people who are being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units. Of the three reported deaths, two — a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 70s — were in the Calgary zone, and one man in his 90s died in the Edmonton zone. Since the outset of the pandemic, 2,037 people have died from COVID-19 in Alberta. Here is the breakdown of active cases by health zone: Calgary zone: 7,453 Edmonton zone: 4,388 Central zone: 1,629 South zone: 928 North zone: 2,285 Unknown: 76 As of Saturday, 1,121,901 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered.
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Stewart Cink maintained his five-stroke lead and set another scoring mark at the RBC Heritage with a 2-under 69 on Saturday, moving closer to his third victory at Harbour Town Golf Links. Cink, 47, cooled off from his pace in the first two rounds, when he shot a pair of 63s for his lowest career 36-hole score and shattered the event's halfway scoring mark shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. This time, Cink scrambled his way to 18-under 195, also a tournament mark for lowest 54-hole score.
France will order a strict 10-day quarantine for all travellers coming from Brazil starting April 24, the prime minister's office said on Saturday, in a bid to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant first found in the South American county. France decided this week to suspend all flights to and from Brazil. The measure will be extended until April 23, the prime minister's office said in the same statement.
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NEW YORK — Manuel Margot hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Tyler Glasnow overcame cramps and poor control to pitch five innings of one-run ball and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 6-3 Saturday and dropped New York to an AL-worst 5-9. New York lost its seventh straight series to the Rays is last this late in the season for the first time since 1991, per Elias Sports. Fans in the Bronx again booed the Bombers, but they were more restrained a day after some hurled baseballs and other items on the field late in an 8-2 loss to the Rays. Francisco Mejía hit a solo shot in the second off Jordan Montgomery (1-1), and Margot made it 3-1 with his homer off the left-hander in the fourth. Joey Wendle added a two-run shot against Jonathan Loaisiga in the seventh, and Mejía had an RBI double in the ninth. Glasnow (2-0) walked four but also struck out seven and limited New York to two hits as the Rays (7-8) won their second straight in the series. CUBS 13, BRAVES 4 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each homered twice on an afternoon when Atlanta returned Sean Kazmar Jr. to the major leagues for the first time in 13 years. Javier Báez and David Bote also homered for the Cubs. who stopped a three-game losing streak. Chicago entered hitting a major league-worst .166 and then took an 11-0 lead in the fifth. Atlanta selected the contract of Kazmar, a 36-year-old infielder, from its alternate training site before the game. He pinch hit in the fifth inning grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Kazmar had not played in the major leagues since Sept. 23, 2008, with the San Diego Padres. The gap between big league appearances was the greatest since that of right-hander Ralph Winegarner, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Winegarner played on June 23, 1936, for the Cleveland Indians and did not return to the majors until July 7, 1949, with the St. Louis Browns — a span of 13 years and 14 days. Trevor Williams (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Hector Ynoa (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits — including three homers — in four innings. NATIONALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Yan Gomes homered off Luke Weaver (1-1), drove in two runs and became the first major league catcher to throw out Tim Locastro on a steal attempt after 29 consecutive swipes to start his career, and Washington strung together consecutive wins for the first time this season. Locastro was thrown out making a dive into second base in the third inning and left the game with a dislocated left pinkie finger. Erick Fedde (1-1) tied his career high with nine strikeouts in five innings for Washington, which is 5-7. He gave up one run and five hits. ROYALS 5, BLUE JAYS 1 Steven Matz (3-0) held the Kansas City Royals without a hit into the sixth inning, and Jonathan Davis and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered off Mike Minor (1-1) in the seven-inning doubleheader opener. Matz allowed only a pair of walks before Nicky Lopez’s blooper to left with one out in the sixth. Matz gave up Andrew Benintendi’s two-out double later in the inning and wound up pitching six innings with five strikeouts. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The man accused of going on a shooting rampage at a Southern California business, killing four people, should not have been allowed to buy or own guns because of a California law that prohibits people from purchasing weapons for 10 years after being convicted of a crime. Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez was convicted of battery in 2015, which should have kept him from possessing or buying guns or ammo at stores that conduct background checks. While it's unclear how Gaxiola, 44, acquired the weapons used in the March 31 shooting, the tragedy raises concerns over California's ability to enforce strict gun control laws, the Sacramento Bee reported on Friday, Police say Gaxiola had targeted Unified Homes, the mobile home brokerage company in Orange, and had personal and business relationships with the victims. His estranged wife had worked in the business for more than 10 years as a broker assistant. The shooting occurred nearly six years after Gaxiola pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery, which should have put him on the list prohibiting him from owning firearms for the next 10 years. The list is used during the state's gun and ammunition background check process. Two weeks after the mass shooting, police learned Gaxiola was not on the “Prohibited Persons List,” though he might still have been blocked from buying a gun during a standard background check, Orange Police Lt. Jennifer Amat said. Detectives were still working on tracing the Glock semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, she said. It's rare that a background check misses a prohibited person, or that a dealer would decide to still sell to a banned customer, said Steve Lindley, a former California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms chief who now works as a program manager at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Even with all the stopgaps in a “very, very good system,” Lindley said, people still acquire guns illegally. “Unfortunately, where you have strict gun laws, there will always be a market for illegal firearms,” Lindley said. “Because people want to get them one way or another.” California in 2016 became the first and only state in the nation to establish the Armed and Prohibited Persons System for tracking firearm owners who fall into a prohibited category based on their criminal histories or their risk to themselves or others. The system is intended to prevent gun violence by blocking those deemed too risky to own a firearm from possessing a gun or buying one. Pulling records from several databases, the system is supposed to alert authorities when someone who once legally purchased a firearm is placed on the prohibited persons list. Agents with the Department of Justice, which manages the state’s background check system, will then track a prohibited person to confiscate their weapons and ammunition. The agency says it lacks the staff to clear a backlog in cases — a problem officials noted became more pronounced because of staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. Without knowing more about how Gaxiola got his handgun and ammunition, there are “missing pieces to the story that are critical,” to understanding whether he obtained it because of an institutional failure, said Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician at UC Davis Medical Center, where he is the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program. Gaxiola, 44, was charged with four murder counts and three attempted murder counts for firing at two officers who shot and wounded him when he fired at them with his handgun, and for critically wounding a woman. She was the mother of a 9-year-old boy who died in her arms. Gaxiola's arraignment has been repeatedly postponed because he remains hospitalized and unable to communicate with his court-appointed attorneys. Associated Press, The Associated Press
Felix Silla, who starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family” and a robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” has died. Silla’s representative, Bonnie Vent, said in an emailed statement Saturday that the actor died Friday after a battle with cancer. Vent said Silla was a humble and nice man who was full of stories.
It was 20 C in much of southwest Alberta on Saturday afternoon, but winter is not done with the region yet. Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for regions stretching from Hinton to Waterton at 3:30 p.m., saying that 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected to fall beginning early Sunday morning. The warnings reach east to Airdrie and Bragg Creek. The snowfall is expected to be heavy at times and will fall throughout the day before tapering off on Monday. The agency warned drivers to prepare for quickly changing or deteriorating travel conditions, and said the heavy snow could reduce visibility. Snow is also in the forecast for Calgary, with the temperature dipping to 0 C and flurries expected on Sunday afternoon. An up-to-date list of weather alerts is available on Environment Canada's website.
Boris Johnson should relinquish his right to decide when possible breaches of the ministerial code warrant investigation, according to the chair of the Committee for Standards in Public Life. In a letter to the prime minister, Lord Evans argued the power to launch a probe into the behaviour of members of the government should instead be held by the next independent adviser on ministerial interests. It comes as questions continue to mount over contacts serving ministers had with former prime minister David Cameron in relation to his lobbying on behalf of the now-bankrupt finance firm, Greensill Capital.
Police in Regina are asking for the public's help in finding a 13-year-old girl reported missing last weekend. Stellayna Fay Severight was last seen on the 5500 block of Rochedale Boulevard at roughly 3:15 p.m. CST on Saturday, April 10, police say. She was last seen wearing black sweatpants, a black hoodie, white runners and a pink hat. She is described as about five foot one and approximately 110 pounds, with a thin build and a medium complexion. She has brown eyes and short, wavy brown hair. Police say there is no evidence she has been harmed, but she is vulnerable due to her age and there is concern for her well-being. Anyone with information about the teen is asked to call the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.