Host William Lou recaps the Toronto Raptors' 108-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Host William Lou recaps the Toronto Raptors' 108-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
BERLIN — Munich police issued a missing person’s notice for Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga challengers on Saturday. Local law enforcement celebrated Bayern’s record-extending ninth consecutive title by joking on Twitter that they were looking for its missing rivals over the past nine years. Bayern’s latest title had an air of inevitability after Hansi Flick’s team began the season with an 8-0 demolition of Schalke. It celebrated clinching the league on Saturday with a 6-0 rout of Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It’s a huge task every year, and a lot of heart and soul goes into it. But, of course, we have a great team every year,” said Thomas Müller, who along with teammate David Alaba has won 10 league titles with Bayern. Bayern’s long-established domestic dominance was never in doubt all season, though its weakened squad compared to the season before, and the improvement of second-placed Leipzig in Julian Nagelsmann’s second year as coach gave neutrals some hope of a title race. It didn’t last long. Bayern defeated Leipzig 1-0 on April 3, stretching its lead to seven points with seven rounds remaining. Other challengers simply failed to materialize. Borussia Dortmund’s title bid fizzled out early on under coach Lucien Favre, who was fired in December and replaced with Edin Terzic. Gladbach fell into disarray in February when the club announced that coach Marco Rose was leaving to take over Dortmund next season. Bayer Leverkusen was unbeaten and leading the Bundesliga until the 13th round when Bayern took over with a late 2-1 win in Leverkusen. Robert Lewandowski scored the winner in injury time. It was to become a recurring theme; Bayern digging in and doing enough when it mattered most. Bayern has a 10-point lead over Leipzig with two rounds remaining. It has dropped points only nine times in 32 games so far. Its goal difference (plus-52) is almost twice as good as any of its rivals. Leipzig is next with plus-29. Flick complained last month that his squad wasn’t as strong as it was last season when he led Bayern to a trophy treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. Ultimately, the outgoing coach was proven right as his team went on to be knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by last year’s beaten finalist Paris Saint-Germain, and knocked out in the second round of the German Cup by second-division Holstein Kiel in January. Despite Flick’s misgivings, Bayern still had enough quality to trump its domestic rivals. Not even Lewandowski’s knee injury toward the end of the season dented the team’s campaign. Lewandowski recovered and raised his tally to 39 goals with a hat trick in Bayern’s rout of Gladbach – just one off Bayern great Gerd Müller’s all-time record from the 1971-72 season. The Poland star still has games against Freiburg and Augsburg to match or break Müller’s record, but that will do little to ease concern over Bayern’s dominance, which looks set to continue. Flick is leaving voluntarily after the season to be replaced by Nagelsmann, the coach of the team that pushed Bayern hardest this season. Bayern has won 30 of the 58 Bundesliga titles since the league was formed in 1963. Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert warned in 2017 that it would be a problem “if Bayern Munich wins the title 10 or 15 times in a row.” But it seems there’s no one to stop the Bavarian powerhouse. Police in Mönchengladbach responded to their Munich colleagues’ appeal by saying their search had failed to yield any results. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Ciarán Fahey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfaheyAP CiaráN Fahey, The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — Khris Davis was activated from the injured list Saturday by the Texas Rangers, marking the slugger's first time on their active roster for a game since being acquired in trade that sent longtime shortstop Elvis Andrus to Oakland. Davis, an outfielder and designated hitter, opened the season on the injured list because left quad strain suffered in a spring training game March 23. Texas got Davis, catcher Jonah Heim, and a minor league pitcher from the A’s just before spring training Feb. 6 when it sent Andrus to the West Coast. Heim was in the starting lineup for Saturday night's game against Seattle, but Davis was not. To make room on the active roster for Davis, outfielder Eli White was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. After making an opening day roster for the first time in his career, White was hitting .127 with no homers and four RBIs in 20 games this season. He had only one hit his last 30 at-bats over his last 12 games. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
The championship is the school’s 11th overall and ninth since 2011.
HALIFAX, United Kingdom — Nova Scotia's top doctor has launched a social media meme with his comments imploring residents to cease shopping for non-essential items, including Birkenstock sandals offered at sale prices. As the province hit record-high numbers of new COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, Dr. Robert Strang referenced a sale of the sandals at Costco, where they were being sold for just under $60. Strang said during a briefing that "it is not the time to go to Costco for sandals you heard were in stock. It's critical you limit your trips." Former premier Stephen McNeil, who during the province's first wave famously coined the phrase "Stay the Blazes home," later posted a tweet of his feet in old Birkenstocks, writing, "Listen to the Good Doctor: this is not the time." This set off other postings from Nova Scotians, including one woman wearing multi-coloured, plastic fish sandals as her personal reminder to stay home. Despite chilly, freezing rain outdoors, Strang posted his own tweet of his feet in old Birkenstocks, responding to the premier under the hashtag #thisisnotthetime. Not all social media users got on board. "People of Nova Scotia need to stop showing their feet...We get you have sandals already," wrote one Twitter user. "Whip dee doo da day!" This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2021. The Canadian Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli police beefed up forces in east Jerusalem and blocked busloads of Muslim pilgrims headed to the Al-Aqsa mosque for the holiest night of Ramadan, threatening to escalate already heightened religious tensions that have unleashed the worst unrest in the holy city in years. Police defended their actions as security moves, but these were seen as provocations by Muslims who accuse Israel of threatening their freedom of worship. Competing claims in east Jerusalem, home to the city's most sensitive Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites, lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have triggered major rounds of violence in the past. Police chief Koby Shabtai said he was deploying more police in Jerusalem following a night of heavy clashes on Friday between Palestinians and Israeli police. Israelis and Palestinians were bracing for more violence in the coming days. Saturday night is “Laylat al-Qadr” or the “Night of Destiny,” the most sacred in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Islamic authorities estimated 90,000 people were gathered for intense nighttime prayers at Al-Aqsa. “The right to demonstrate will be respected but public disturbances will be met with force and zero tolerance. I call on everyone to act responsibly and with restraint,” Shabtai said. Late Saturday, police clashed with Palestinian protesters outside the Old City's Damascus Gate after being pelted with water bottles. Police fired stun grenades and a water cannon as they moved through the area. Earlier, police reported clashes in the Old City, near Al-Aqsa, and in the nearby east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where dozens of Palestinians are fighting attempts by Israeli settlers to evict them from their homes. Police reported several arrests, and Palestinian medics said two protesters were hospitalized after being beaten by police. Police said one officer was wounded after being struck in the face with a rock. On Sunday evening, Jewish Israelis begin marking “Jerusalem Day,” a national holiday in which Israel celebrates its annexation of east Jerusalem and religious nationalists hold parades and other celebrations in the city. On Monday, an Israeli court is expected to issue a verdict on the planned evictions in Sheikh Jarrah. Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza — territories the Palestinians want for their future state — in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel annexed east Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally, and views the entire city as its capital. The Palestinians view east Jerusalem — which includes major holy sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims — as their capital, and its fate is one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict. Earlier Saturday, police stopped more than a dozen buses that were filled with Arab citizens on the main highway heading to Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers. Israel’s public broadcaster Kan said police stopped the buses for a security check. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, and travellers, upset that they were stopped without explanation on a hot day, exited the buses and blocked the highway in protest. Kan showed footage of the protesters praying, chanting slogans and marching along the highway toward Jerusalem. The road was reopened several hours later. Ibtasam Maraana, an Arab member of parliament, accused police of a “terrible attack” on freedom of religion. “Police: Remember that they are citizens, not enemies,” she wrote on Twitter. In Friday night's violence, Palestinian medics said more than 200 Palestinians were wounded in clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and elsewhere in Jerusalem. The violence drew condemnations from Israel's Arab allies and calls for calm from the United States and Europe and the United Nations, and prompted the Arab League to schedule an emergency meeting on Monday. Police said 18 officers were injured. Protests broke out at the beginning of Ramadan three weeks ago when Israel restricted gatherings at a popular meeting spot outside Jerusalem’s Old City. Israel removed the restrictions, briefly calming the situation, but protests have reignited in recent days over the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinians from their homes in east Jerusalem, which is claimed by both sides in their decades-old conflict. Other recent developments, including the cancellation of Palestinian elections, deadly violence in which a Palestinian teenager, two Palestinian gunmen and a young Israeli man were killed in separate incidents in the West Bank, and the election to Israel's parliament of a far-right Jewish nationalist party, also have contributed to the tense atmosphere. One right-wing lawmaker, Itamar Ben-Gvir, briefly set up an outdoor “office” in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood last week, infuriating local residents. The Al-Aqsa mosque compound is the third holiest site in Islam. It is also the holiest site for Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount because it was the location of the biblical temples. It has long been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was the epicenter of the 2000 Palestinian intifada, or uprising. In recent days, protests have grown over Israel's threatened eviction in Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem of dozens of Palestinians embroiled in a long legal battle with Israeli settlers trying to acquire property in the neighbourhood. The United States said it was “deeply concerned” about both the violence and the threatened evictions, and was in contact with leaders on both sides to try and de-escalate tensions. “It is critical to avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace,” the U.S. State Department said. “This includes evictions in East Jerusalem, settlement activity, home demolitions, and acts of terrorism.” The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, expressed “dismay and deep concern” over clashes in and around Al-Aqsa mosque, and said people should be able to worship without “fear or intimidation.” The European Union also urged calm and expressed concern about the potential evictions. Egypt and Jordan, which made peace with Israel decades ago, condemned its actions, as did the Gulf countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, two of the four Arab countries that signed U.S.-brokered normalization agreements with Israel last year. The UAE expressed “strong condemnation” of Israel's storming of Al-Aqsa. In a call to Palestine TV late Friday, President Mahmoud Abbas praised the “courageous stand” of the protesters and said Israel bore full responsibility for the violence. Abbas last week postponed planned parliamentary elections, citing Israeli restrictions in east Jerusalem for the delay. Israel's Foreign Ministry had earlier accused the Palestinians of seizing on the threatened evictions, which it described as a “real-estate dispute between private parties,” in order to incite violence. Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and opposes Israel's existence, has called for a new intifada. Protest groups affiliated with Hamas said they would resume demonstrations and the launching of incendiary balloons along the heavily-guarded Gaza frontier. Israeli media said the army sent additional troops to the area in response. Hamas has largely curtailed such actions over the past two years as part of an informal cease-fire that now appears to be fraying. In an interview with a Hamas-run TV station, the group's top leader Ismail Haniyeh warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to “play with fire” in Jerusalem. “Neither you, nor your army and police, can win this battle,” he said. ___ Akram reported from Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Josef Federman And Fares Akram, The Associated Press
The Pole scored another hat-trick while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0.
Authorities in a Virginia suburb of the nation's capital say they are seeking to arrest a man who reportedly left a restaurant without paying, used racial slurs when confronted by two Asian American workers and assaulted one of them. Arlington County Police said in a news release Saturday that officers were called to the unspecified restaurant earlier in the week for a report of an assault. Police said the arriving officers determined the suspect had left without paying his bill.
A cyberattack has forced the shutdown of a major gas pipeline in the U.S. that supplies 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. The cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to Linden, New Jersey, began 7 p.m. on Friday night, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency report reviewed by ABC News. "We proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems," the company said in a statement.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lucas Zelarayán scored in the first half and the Columbus Crew got its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday. Zelarayán’s curling 25-yard free kick in the 20th minute was the first goal of the season for the Crew (1-0-2), who had a pair of scoreless draws in their first two games. Columbus pressure led DC United (1-3-0) to score two own goals in the second half. Pedro Santos’ left-footed blast was blocked by D.C. goalkeeper Chris Seitz at teammate Frédéric Brillant, whose chest deflection went into the net for a Columbus goal in the 63rd minute. Former Crew forward Ola Kamara brought D.C. back within one with a left-footed shot in the 81st minute, but Columbus quickly got its lead back to two when Tony Alfaro’s own goal capped the scoring in the 83rd. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press