Nick Nurse, Chris Boucher and Pascal Siakam praised the former Raptors center for his basketball IQ, attitude and leadership after a 110-101 loss to the Lakers.
Nick Nurse, Chris Boucher and Pascal Siakam praised the former Raptors center for his basketball IQ, attitude and leadership after a 110-101 loss to the Lakers.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet discusses how the business side of basketball has outweighed the joy of playing and whether the play-in tournament is important to him.
A video posted to Twitter Saturday afternoon showed the single-engine vintage plane make a "soft" landing in the shallow surf near Cocoa Beach
Andre Drummond (Los Angeles Lakers) with an alley oop vs the Utah Jazz, 04/17/2021
Bloomberg cited a screenshot of Keith Gill's portfolio showing that he exercised 500 GameStop call options expiring Friday, when the stock closed at $154.69. The screenshots were posted on Reddit by Gill, and his mother confirmed the posts to Bloomberg. His total investment in GameStop is now worth more than $30 million, giving him a profit of nearly $20 million, Bloomberg said.
Ronnie O'Sullivan started his World Championship defence with a 10-4 win over Mark Joyce on Saturday as fans were allowed back into sporting events in England for the first time this year. Six-time world champion O'Sullivan, 45, was playing on the first day of the tournament and despite a sloppy start he never looked threatened by Joyce as he entertained the reduced crowd. "It was really nice to have the crowd in because if there was no crowd I could have sunk even lower into my chair," O'Sullivan told the BBC.
Condensed Game: Matt Olson, Aramis Garcia and Mark Canha all went yard while Cole Irvin threw 6 shutout innings to lead the A's to a 7-0 win
CALGARY — Tracy Fleury capped an unbeaten preliminary round Saturday to secure a semifinal berth in the Humpty's Champions Cup Grand Slam curling event. Fleury edged Scotland's Eve Muirhead 7-6 in an extra end to top the women's Pool B with a 4-0. Fleury and her Winnipeg foursome locked in a berth in Sunday's semifinal. Canadians Kevin Koe and Brendan Bottcher at 3-1, and Brad Gushue at 3-0, also secured playoff berths Saturday. The Champions Cup is the first of two Grand Slams at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary featuring two dozen men's and women's domestic and international teams. The Princess Auto Players' Championship starts Tuesday. The combined prize purse of both bonspiels is $560,000. Koe defeated John Epping 7-4 to eliminate the latter from playoff contention at 1-3. Bottcher, who beat Koe to win last month's Canadian championship, scratched out a 3-2 victory in an extra end over Jason Gunnlaugson (0-4). Defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland (3-1) was also playoff-bound after a 5-3 victory over reigning Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden (0-4). Gushue scored two points in the seventh end and stole one in the eighth for a 6-5 win over Switzerland's Peter de Cruz, who earned a world championship bronze medal last Sunday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
Protests were held in Raleigh and Durham Friday night, calling for more police accountability.
Moments before Saturday's UFC Vegas 24 event went live, the fight card lost its co-main event. Lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose were expected to meet in the co-featured fight. Both fighters officially weighed in on Friday. UFC officials confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the lightweight bout was cancelled due to an undisclosed injury to Klose. The heavyweight bout between former champion Andrei Arlovski and Chase Sherman was elevated to the co-main event slot. The main card will still feature five bouts. The women's flyweight bout between Tracy Cortez and Justine Kish was moved from the preliminary fight card to the main card. In the main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker faces No. 8 ranked Kelvin Gastelum, who replaced the injured Paulo Costa. The two were slated to meet in UFC 234 main event in February 2019 but Whittaker was forced out of the fight the day of the event due to an abdominal hernia. During Friday's weigh-ins at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Stephens shoved Klose during the face-offs. The two had to be separated by security. UFC Vegas 24 face-offs video: Stephens nearly shoves Klose off stage
LOS ANGELES — Dennis Schröder hit the tying basket to force overtime and finished with 25 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Utah Jazz 127-115 on Saturday in a game between short-handed teams. Schröder got by Royce O’Neale for a layup with 3 seconds remaining to tie it at 110 and force overtime. The Lakers got outscored 28-16 in the fourth. Andre Drummond added 27 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 25 points for the Lakers, who blew a 14-point lead in the fourth before outscoring Utah 17-5 in the extra session. The NBA-leading Jazz were without injured starters Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell will be out at least a week with a sprained right ankle he sustained in a win over Indiana on Friday night. An MRI showed there was no structural damage. Jordan Clarkson led Utah with 27 points against his former team. Ersan Ilyasova added a season-high 20 points before fouling out in overtime and Joe Ingles had 20 points and a career-high-tying 14 assists. Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points as Utah’s two-game winning streak ended. Injured Lakers superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James watched in street clothes. But the Lakers had new addition Drummond and Markieff Morris back in the lineup, along with Kyle Kuzma and Schröder. All four had been dealing with various ailments. Clarkson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left in regulation. He had 10 points in the fourth, when the Jazz opened with a 15-4 run to get within one. The Lakers took the game’s first double-digit lead on a jumper by Morris late in the third, capping a 7-0 run and stretching their lead to 84-74. The Jazz was held to 20 points, their lowest quarter of the game. Los Angeles put on a dunking exhibition for the sparse number of fans in the stands. Drummond dribbled in from half-court and put down a one-handed jam to open the third, one of his three in the quarter. Alex Caruso and Montrezl Harrell had showy slams, too. Schröder tried to get in on the action, charging in but missing. He ended up sliding head-first out of bounds to end the period with the Lakers ahead 94-82. TIP-INS Jazz: Ilyasova made five of his career high-tying six 3-pointers in the first quarter, hitting three in a row to start the game. ... Gobert missed his first game of the season because of a right knee contusion. ... All-Star Conley also sat out for the first time with right knee soreness. Lakers: Neither team led by more than five points in the first half when there were 10 ties. ... Their two-game home losing skid ended. ... Caldwell-Pope passed Eddie Jones for fifth on the franchise's career 3-point list with his 490th. ... Kuzma overtook Rick Fox for seventh on the 3-point list. UP NEXT The Jazz remain in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Monday night. ___ More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Beth Harris, The Associated Press
Jorim Powell blocked an Idaho punt, setting up the game's only touchdown as Northern Arizona defeated the Vandals 19-9 in a season finale on Saturday. Powell's block led to an NAU touchdown two plays later when Keondre Wudtee found Coleman Owen with a pass from the 2 as the Lumberjacks (3-2, 3-2 Big Sky Conference) took a 10-9 lead 47 seconds before halftime.
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With every All-Star player sidelined, the Lakers held off the Utah Jazz 127-115 in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.
A's mash three homers in 7-0 win vs. Tigers
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NAPLES, Fla. — Fred Couples took 11 holes before making a birdie Saturday and then made birdie on his last two holes for a 3-under 69 and a share of the lead with Robert Karlsson in the Chubb Classic. Karlsson, the former Ryder Cup player from Sweden, hit his approach to 6 feet for eagle on the par-5 ninth hole at Tiburon Golf Club and nearly holed his approach on the 11th for a tap-in birdie. That carried him to a 66. They were at 12-under 132. One shot behind was the group of Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker (67), Berharnd Langer (68) and Alex Cejka, whose 65 was the low score of the second round on the Black course. Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., is 2 under, while Stephen Ames of Calgary is 6 over. Langer had a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th that would have tied him for the lead. Eight players were separated by four shots going into the final round of the PGA Tour Champions event. That group included Kevin Sutherland, the Charles Schwab Cup leader, who had a 66 and was at 8-under 136. “There's a lot of guys up around the lead, so you’re going to have to put a good number on the board," Stricker said. “The guys up around the lead, you're going to have to play a good round and maybe shoot 5, 6, 7 under and see what that does for you.” Couples didn't miss a fairway and converted plenty of wedges into birdies in his opening 63. This was not a repeat performance. He played the front nine with all pars. He made par on the 10th hole. Couples hit wedge into 4 feet on the 11th, and after a bogey on the next hole, hit a towering 8-iron on the par-3 13th that rolled inches from the cup. He made one of only three birdies on the par-4 17th, and closed out his round with a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Karlsson is making only his second PGA Tour Champions start of the year, having tied for 30th last month at the Cologuard Classic. He closed out last year with five top 10s in his final seven tournaments. “I’m just enjoying playing golf again,” Karlsson said. “It’s been a long time since November it feels like when we had sort of a good streak going. I just used the last six weeks trying to prepare for a long season ahead, and kind of just happy to get going.” ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
On Saturday, the L.A. County Department of Public Health released new data on Covid-19, reporting 29 new deaths and 527 new positive cases. While the Department’s data showed that hospitalizations continue to decrease, case numbers and deaths reported may reflect delays in weekend reporting. Data from Public Health brings L.A. County to a total of 23,626 deaths, […]
Our countdown of the top 100 prospects in the 2021 NFL draft continues with No. 17 — a massive, mauling right tackle who loves to bury people.
LONDON — Manchester City's quadruple dream has been extinguished by Chelsea. Even more concerning could be the injury to Kevin De Bruyne for the ongoing pursuit of a treble. Chelsea will be back at Wembley Stadium next month for the FA Cup final after a 1-0 victory over City was clinched by Hakim Ziyech on Saturday. Pep Guardiola will return even sooner next Sunday with City for the League Cup final but with doubts over whether De Bruyne will be fit to face Tottenham. “It doesn’t look quite good,” Guardiola said. “But we will see tomorrow.” The influential Belgian playmaker hobbled off with an apparent ankle injury just as City is entering a crunch period of the season. A 11-point Premier League lead makes collecting that trophy a near-certainty but there is also a first Champions League semifinal with City for Guardiola against Paris Saint-Germain in what remains the priority title for the club. “We started the game a little bit slow and struggled a bit in the first half," City midfielder Fernandinho said. While Guardiola has been in charge almost five years at City, Thomas Tuchel has only been at Chelsea three months. After picking up the pieces following the firing of Frank Lampard, the German now has a shot at a trophy in the FA Cup final against Leicester or Southampton next month. And like City, Chelsea remains in Champions League contention with Real Madrid awaiting in the last four. “All the ways are still open, everybody is excited by it," Ziyech said. "And we cannot wait to play these games.” The performance against City will offer Tuchel encouragement of silverware. While Timo Werner struggles for goals, assists are less of a problem. It was his 12th of his first season at Chelsea, setting up Ziyech for the close-range finish in the 55th minute in an unguarded net after American goalkeeper Zack Steffen was left stranded. “Their goal was indecision on my hands and I’ll learn from it,” Steffen said. “You have to keep going and I’m proud of how the boys fought and didn’t give up. The good thing is there is another game in three or four days so we can’t get too low on this one." There were no Chelsea fans to witness the goal in person. But they should be allowed back into Wembley for the May 15 final as coronavirus restrictions are eased. How to get safely back into venues will be assessed at Wembley on Sunday when up to 4,000 locals from the north London district are allowed in to see Leicester take on Southampton if they can produce a negative coronavirus test result. SHEFFIELD UNITED RELEGATED With six games remaining, the Premier League lost its first team on Saturday. Sheffield United experienced the joint-earliest relegation in the competition's history, alongside Ipswich, Derby and Huddersfield after losing 1-0 to Wolverhampton. Last season both Wolves and Sheffield United finished in the top half of the standings. Wolves have plummeted to 12th this campaign and Willian Jose’s goal confirmed the end of last-place United's two-season stay in the top division. “We are now starting from a better position, financially stronger and with much more experience in the squad," said Paul Heckingbottom, the interim manager since Chris Wilder's firing by the club's Saudi ownership last month. "Everyone will be committed to going straight back up. “It’s everyone’s careers at stake, personal pride. They have to take control of their own performances. The fight and spirit is there, we have just been short. There has been a lot of hurt in the dressing room for a long time." NEWCASTLE EYES SURVIVAL Newcastle moved nine points clear of the relegation zone with a 3-2 victory over West Ham. Newcastle led through Issa Diop’s own-goal and Craig Dawson was sent off for receiving a second booking in the buildup. Joelinton’s tap-in extended Newcastle's lead before halftime but it was wiped out by Diop's header in the 73rd and Jesse Lingard's penalty after Ciaran Clark handled. Newcastle recovered its lead through substitute Joe Willock's powerful header. “I’m not going to take anything for granted," Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said. “I’ve always said it’s the accumulation of points, and 35, in my opinion, is not enough, so you won’t get me jumping and hollering at the moment. We’ve still got six games to play." ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
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