Robin Lehner's rant versus the NHL wasn't perfect, but he cast an important light on the shallow idea of competitive balance in the NHL's COVID-19 season.
Robin Lehner's rant versus the NHL wasn't perfect, but he cast an important light on the shallow idea of competitive balance in the NHL's COVID-19 season.
“Democrats are now the party that can’t tell the difference between Anthony Weiner and Al Franken,” said Bill Maher at the close of Real Time on Friday night. He went on to bemoan the increasing rigidity of the Left and the increasing, well, liberalism of the Right. “Once upon a time the Right were offended […]
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Ernest Angley, whose syndicated television broadcasts brought him fame, wealth and a good deal of scrutiny for his finances and personal practices, has died at age 99. His death was announced today on his Ernest Angley Ministries website. “Pastor, evangelist and author Rev. Ernest Angley has gone to Heaven to be with his Lord and […]
Coates, who heads the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games, said a huge amount of work had been done to ensure the safety of athletes and the Japanese public.
SANDY, Utah — Chris Wondolowski scored twice in a four-minute span and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight victory. San Jose (3-1-0) won for the first time at Rio Tinto Stadium since 2013, going 1-3-3. Salt Lake (2-1-0) was looking for its first three-game winning streak to begin a season since 2011. Wondolowski tied it in the 83rd minute by tapping in a rebound after David Ochoa got a hand on Carlos Fierro's shot. Fierro's cross in the 87th found the head of Wondolowski to win it. Wondolowski has 12 career goals against RSL — his most against any MLS opponent. Rubio Rubín opened the scoring in the 43rd by settling a glancing header with his chest and, with his back to the goal, sending a bicycle kick past the outstretched arm of goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski. Justin Meram had a shot from distance hit the crossbar in the 17th minute for RSL. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Only the Mets could have an argument over whether a rat or raccoon was behind the dugout.
Manitoba is among four provinces that aren’t keeping up with the economic damage being caused by the growing third wave of COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Thursday. With a rising number of regions currently under stringent public-health restrictions across the country, many provincial governments have extended or expanded their emergency relief programs for struggling storefronts and companies. However, Manitoba — along with Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador — is not one of them, while businesses in other provinces have access to a widely available grant program with no strings attached. "I have to give props to Manitoba for the Bridge Grant, which was a well-designed and relatively successful program," said Jonathan Alward, Prairies director for CFIB, about the $5,000-a-pop grant that has yet to be extended. "But we’re looking at very tight capacity limits right now and businesses are under tremendous pressure and debt... I think it’s time the government seriously look at expanding grants right now, or we can expect a lot more closures coming up." Hard-hit storefronts in Manitoba are facing over $180,000 in coronavirus-related debt, according to CFIB’s latest estimates. "And that’s just what they’ve incurred because of and during the pandemic," said Alward. To measure the reach of provincial programs, CFIB conducted four case studies of how a dine-in restaurant, a small retailer, a dry cleaner and a new gym would fare in each province. In most cases, grants helped cover less than one-tenth of new debt. In Manitoba, no such grant existed to cover any debt at all. Economic Development and Jobs Minister Ralph Eichler hinted at further assistance for businesses earlier this week, but was hesitant to answer questions about that directly. "If we need to do another program, we certainly will," Eichler told the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce at a virtual event this week. "It may not be the same program we have before." The Tories have designated $300 million under the 2021-22 provincial budget for extended support like the Bridge Grant. A provincial spokeswoman, however, would not say when or if those funds will be used. Instead, the Manitoba government spokeswoman touted the province for having the "most generous" programs in the country, and said they are in constant talks with the business community about "creating an environment for a sustained reopening of our economy." CFIB says talks are one thing, implementing urgent suggestions is another. The business advocates are calling for all provinces to ensure urgent aid packages with accessible applications are immediately available, so that funds can be released to those that need them as quickly as possible. "At the end of the day," Alward said, "you can’t tell people to operate in a certain way or not operate at all, and then expect not to support those that are impacted. "If this doesn’t change soon, we can expect massive fallouts." email@example.com Twitter: @temurdur Temur Durrani, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
Trent Forrest (Utah Jazz) with a buzzer beater vs the Denver Nuggets, 05/07/2021
The City of Morden has implemented water restrictions for residents and businesses, as the southern Manitoba municipality prepares to enter the summer months in severe drought conditions. "You can go take a walk out there and see the problem right at the beach. We now have three times the beach we’ve ever had before. It doesn’t take imagination to understand where this is going to put us, if we don’t do something," Morden Mayor Brandon Burley told the Free Press. Southern Manitoba is currently experiencing various levels of drought conditions, according to the Canadian Drought Monitor, with all of the area west of Morden and Winkler (inclusive) classified as extreme — currently the driest part of the country. For Morden, a city of nearly 9,000 some 100 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg, the conditions pose a significant risk to its main water supply. The municipality relies on a single source, a reservoir called Lake Minnewasta. "The seasonal flushing of the lake didn’t happen last year, and barely happened the year before. And as winter progressed, water was being used and there was no recharge from snow to speak of. And then nothing in terms of rain this spring was of any assistance. That’s usually the time when this lake recharges," Burley said Thursday. Lake Minnewasta is currently 6.1 feet below its full supply level. According to the city’s data, the last time water levels were this low was 1983. This leaves Morden with a bleak forecast of potentially not being able to treat and provide potable water to residents by the end of the summer, if precipitation levels remain consistent as seen over the past four years. "We’re still working on contingencies for this. We do have an existing supply line to the Pembina Valley Water Co-Op, but we don’t have near enough volume to satisfy the community. And so the city has really had no contingency whatsoever on water supply... As we’ve grown, our water supply hasn’t grown with us," Burley said. The restrictions are a mix of mandatory and voluntary lowering of water use. There is a ban on use in pools and/or landscaping purposes. Lowering water use in homes and businesses is voluntary, with some mandatory restrictions in place on alternating days. Overall, it is meant to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in water use. Drought is one of the biggest climate change-related risks associated with the Prairie region. Burley said the issue has been on the city’s radar and, in its strategic plan, addressing contingencies for water shortages was a slated priority for 2022. A shortage of resources had prevented action sooner. "Communities need to be looking at what their backup plans are. And this is something we had forecasted to do next year. But it looks like we’re gonna have to work on a contingency sooner than that," the mayor said. A government spokesperson with the Department of Agriculture said the province will be offering its support to Morden and other water users across southern Manitoba in the coming weeks and months. "We appreciate that the City of Morden is taking proactive measures to conserve water and make every drop count." On Wednesday, the provincial government announced $1 million will go towards the creation of a new water management strategy to address the issue in Manitoba. firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah Lawrynuik, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press
Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz) with a 3-pointer vs the Denver Nuggets, 05/07/2021
SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 48 points to rally the Utah Jazz past the Denver Nuggets 127-120 on Friday night. Bogdanovic went 16 of 23 from the field — making a career-high eight 3-pointers — to lead the NBA-leading Jazz to their fourth straight victory. He also had eight rebounds. Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Georges Niang chipped in 13 points – all in the second half. Michael Porter, Jr. scored 31 points for Denver. Nikola Jokic added 24 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds, Paul Millsap had 20 points and Austin Rivers 18. Utah did not trail over the final 11:22 of the fourth quarter after Niang hit back-to-back shots to give the Jazz a 103-99 lead. Denver scored just one basket over a six-minute stretch and couldn’t quite erase the resulting deficit. 76ERS 109, PELICANS 107 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds to the tune of “MVP! MVP!” chants and Philadelphia beat New Orleans to inch closer toward securing the top spot in the East. The 76ers won their season-high seventh straight game and have a three-game lead over Brooklyn and Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference. Embiid made two free throws with 1:39 left to bring the Sixers within one, then grabbed a defensive rebound on the other end to set up Tobias Harris’ 3 with 1:10 left that made it 109-107. Philadelphia forced two turnovers to seal the victory. Jaxson Hayes scored 19 points for the Pelicans, playing with Zion Williamson sidelined indefinitely by a fractured left finger. BUCKS 141, ROCKETS 133 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez had 24 points and Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 23 in the second half to help Milwaukee beat short-handed Houston for its fifth consecutive victory. The Bucks tied Brooklyn for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks also have the tiebreaker advantage over Brooklyn because they won two of their their three regular-season meetings. Jrue Holiday added 20 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. KJ Martin had 26 points and seven assists — both career highs — as well as seven rebounds for the Rockets before fouling out. MAVERICKS 110, CAVALIERS 90 DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 24 points in 23 minutes and Dallas kept the prime spot in a tight race to avoid the Western Conference play-in tournament with a breezy victory over Cleveland. Dallas guaranteed it would remain in fifth place in the West, a game ahead of either the Los Angeles Lakers or Portland with five games remaining. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who didn’t trail after going ahead 4-2 while the undermanned Cavaliers lost their ninth consecutive game, one short of their longest skid of the season. The teams play again Sunday in Cleveland. The already injury-riddled Cavaliers had to play without Kevin Love, who was sidelined after banging knees with Portland’s Enes Kanter two nights earlier in a 141-105 loss to the Trail Blazers. Collin Sexton scored 27 points for the Cavaliers. BULLS 121, CELTICS 99 CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine and Coby White each scored 25 points and Chicago overcame a big effort by Kemba Walker to beat Boston. With their playoff hopes fading and fans at the United Center for the first time this season, the Bulls led by 21 in the third quarter and put this one away after Boston got within eight in the fourth, scoring 12 straight. Chicago pulled within three games of Washington and 3 1/2 of Indiana for the final spots in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament with five to play. Walker scored 33 points for Boston. HEAT 121, TIMBERWOLVES 112 MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Herro returned after a six-game absence and scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler had 25 and Miami beat Minnesota to move back into the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference. Goran Dragic added 23 points for Miami. Herro, who had been out with right foot soreness, was 10 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range for Miami (36-31). The win, combined with a loss at Chicago by Boston, allowed the Heat to pass the Celtics in the standings. Miami opens a two-game series in Boston on Sunday, the teams battling to avoid having to be part of the play-in tournament that awaits the teams finishing between No. 7 and No. 10 in each conference. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota. HORNETS 122, MAGIC 112 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 28 points, LaMelo Ball added 27 points and Charlotte beat Orlando to inch closer to a spot in the play-in tournament. The Hornets needed a win and a loss by Chicago to Boston to clinch a berth, but the Bulls beat the Celtics. Charlotte can clinch a spot in the play-in tournament with a victory Sunday over New Orleans. Dwayne Bacon had a career-high 28 points for Orlando. The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel homered and tied a career high with four hits while driving in four runs to lead the Houston Astros to a 10-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Carlos Correa added a two-run homer and José Urquidy (3-2) pitched seven strong innings to help the Astros to their second consecutive victory after they lost their previous three games. Urquidy allowed four hits and two runs for his third straight win after opening the season by losing two decisions. Gurriel, who hit a two-run homer in the fifth, is having a great season and leads the Astros in hits (39) and RBIs (24). Bo Bichette put the Blue Jays up early with a solo homer to left field with one out in the first. Gurriel singled to start Houston’s second before Correa knocked a homer off the foul pole in left field to put the Astros up 2-1. The bases were loaded with two outs in the inning when Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling (0-2) walked Alex Bregman to make it 3-1. There was one out in the third when Danny Jansen connected off Urquidy on his second home run this season to cut the lead to 3-2. The Astros were up by 3-2 with one out in the fifth when Gurriel hit his two-run shot off Tim Mayza. Stripling allowed six hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings to remain winless in four starts with the Blue Jays this season. Gurriel, who also singled in the third, added an RBI single on a grounder in the seventh to push the lead to 6-2. Kyle Tucker’s RBI double later in the inning left Houston up 7-2. Gurriel drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in Houston's three-run eighth. Teoscar Hernández hit his third homer this season, a two-run shot that cut the lead to 10-4 in the ninth. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: Placed INF Joe Panik on the 10-day injured list with a strained left calf, retroactive to Thursday. 1B/DH Rowdy Tellez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take his spot on the roster. Astros: Ace Justin Verlander said he’s progressing well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in October, but it’s too soon to set a timetable for his return. ... LHP Framber Valdez, who fractured his left ring finger on March 2, threw live batting practice Friday for the first time since his injury. Manager Dusty Baker is pleased with his progress, but said it will still be several weeks before he’s ready to rejoin the team. UP NEXT Toronto left-hander Steven Matz (4-2, 4.78 ERA) opposes Cristian Javier (3-0, 1.75) when the series continues Saturday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press
UEFA said it "reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called 'Super League'.
Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets) with a dunk vs the Utah Jazz, 05/07/2021
Jack Flaherty twirls gem in 5-0 win vs. Rockies
Facundo Campazzo (Denver Nuggets) with an assist vs the Utah Jazz, 05/07/2021
Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz) with a 2-pointer vs the Denver Nuggets, 05/07/2021
Defending City champion Westchester opened its season with a 65-51 basketball victory over Venice on Friday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 48 points to rally the Utah Jazz past the Denver Nuggets 127-120 on Friday night. Bogdanovic went 16 of 23 from the field - making a career-high eight 3-pointers - to lead the NBA-leading Jazz to their fourth straight victory. Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and eight assists.
Austin Rivers (Denver Nuggets) with a deep 3 vs the Utah Jazz, 05/07/2021