Toronto Raptors forward Stanley Johnson opens up about ways he’s keeping busy outside of basketball.
Toronto Raptors forward Stanley Johnson opens up about ways he’s keeping busy outside of basketball.
INDIANAPOLIS — Paige Bueckers made the key passes, Aaliyah Edwards handled the boards. The scoring, both stellar freshmen did their share and more for No. 1 Connecticut. Bueckers set a school record with 14 assists and also had 20 points, Edwards, of Kingston, Ont., added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and UConn routed Butler 97-68 Saturday. Bueckers, who led the Huskies in scoring, assists, steals and 3-point percentage entering the game, helped them break away from a 29-all tie in the second quarter with her passing and shooting. Bueckers set a school mark for assists in a season by a freshman with 130 despite fewer games because of the coronavirus pandemic. She topped the previous school record of 13 assists in a game and had seven rebounds with just one turnover. “Well, I didn’t make many shots, so I had to do something,” said Bueckers, who went 8 for 21 from the field. “When my shots weren’t falling like they normally do, I looked to pass. That’s who I am, a pass-first player who tries to get everyone else involved." Bueckers noted she went 4 for 12 on 3-pointers and fortunately for her, “I think Aaliyah grabbed seven of those rebounds.” Edwards made all of her shots — nine field goals, six free throws — until missing her last try from in close with 1:25 left. “I’m impressed with how she competes,” Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said. "She gives us a presence we didn’t have last year. It makes winning games a little easier when you have someone work that hard on both ends. I’m not surprised with what she is doing.” Evina Westbrook added 16 points, Christyn Williams 15 and Oliva Nelson-Ododa 11 for UConn (20-1, 17-0 Big East). The Huskies shot 51.4 per cent overall and held a 49-25 edge in rebounds. Genesis Parker scored 18 points for Butler (2-16, 2-15), which lost to UConn by 68 points on Jan. 19. Okako Adika had 14 and Upe Atosu 13 for the Bulldogs. A layup by Edwards gave UConn the lead for good at 31-29. That started a 24-10 advantage for the rest of the second quarter that gave the Huskies a 53-39 halftime lead. The Bulldogs were able to stay close by hitting 10 of 21 3-pointers in the first half. BIG PICTURE Connecticut: The Huskies, who have already clinched the regular-season title, continue to fine tune for their first Big East Tournament since 2013. UConn, a conference member from 1982-2013, returned to the Big East this year. Butler: After beating visiting Xavier on Monday, UConn was too much for the Bulldogs. It was much better showing, however, than the 103-35 pounding the Bulldogs took Jan. 19 at UConn. “The last 100 minutes of basketball we’ve played much better, we’ve been more aggressive, we’ve been more active defensively,” Butler coach Kurt Godlevske said. “I thought we had a real opportunity in the first half to make it even more competitive.” PASSING SUCCESS Bueckers came in as the consensus top high school player in the country and has lived up to that billing. “Paige is a pass-first guard,” Auriemma said. “We’ve have had some freshmen with the ball in their hands that we’re pretty darn good, but maybe they didn’t have the minutes because we had so many good players." "If someone said she’s a senior, you say she plays like one. She handles the ball and sees the floor like senior. In a world that idolizes scoring and the 3-point shot, to have someone rather pass it to you and have you score, it’s old school.” UP NEXT UConn will take a 10-game winning streak into its final regular-season game Monday against visiting Marquette. Butler closes its regular season Monday at No. 24 DePaul. ___ More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Mark Ambrogi, The Associated Press
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Jamal Murray continued his hot scoring with 26 points and Nikola Jokic had his eighth triple-double of the season to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-96 on Saturday night. Murray, averaging 30.1 points in his previous seven games, made 9 of 15 field goals and Denver shot 55%. Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Barton scored 15 points. Darius Bazley had 22 points for the Thunder. Ty Jerome and Isaiah Roby added 15 each. Denver, loser of four of its past six games and six of seven on the road, controlled this one from the outset in beating the Thunder for the third time in three tries this season. Porter, who had an 18-10 double-double in a home loss to Washington on Thursday night, made all four of his 3-point shots and scored 14 points in the first quarter when the Nuggets led by as many as 23. The Thunder’s second unit, led by Jerome and Roby, helped cut it to 47-36 midway through the second quarter. But the Nuggets ended the half on an 18-7 run, including 3-pointers by Porter and Murray, and held the Thunder to one basket in the final 3:45. Jokic scored nine of his points in the third quarter when Denver pushed the lead beyond 30, which allowed Jokic, Murray and the other starters to take it easy the rest of the way. TIP-INS Nuggets: P.J. Dozier, who had missed 15 games with a right hamstring strain, scored nine points. … The Nuggets were again without Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green and Gary Harris, all nursing injuries. … This was the first of a four-game trip before the All-Star break. … Thunder: The Thunder were 11 of 47 from 3-point range. … The game ended a four-game homestand. The Thunder do not play at home again until March 11, following the All-Star break. UP NEXT Nuggets: At Chicago on Monday night. Thunder: At Dallas on Wednesday night. The Associated Press
Jarrett Culver (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a dunk vs the Washington Wizards, 02/27/2021
Myanmar protesters clash with police as junta fires outspoken UN envoySecurity forces fire stun grenades and fire shots as pro-democracy demonstrators defy crackdown Anti-coup protesters hold makeshift shields amid clashes with police in Yangon, Myanmar on Saturday. Photograph: Hkun Lat/Getty Images
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A 10-year-old girl and two men were injured Saturday afternoon in west Baltimore after a shootout between two groups of men, city police said. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said there was an argument around 3:21 p.m. between two groups of men in the 2200 block of North Fulton Street and that several of them began to fire at each other. Police said two men, a 45-year-old and a 23-year-old, and a 10-year-old girl were shot. The victims were all taken to hospitals by ambulance. Police said all three victims are in stable condition.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kris Letang got his second goal of the game 4:34 into overtime, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, which won for the sixth time in eight games. Jared McCann also scored and Tristan Jarry made 24 saves as the Penguins beat the Islanders for the fourth time in five meetings this season. Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist, and Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov, starting for the fifth straight game, stopped 27 shots. New York fell to 6-0-2 at Nassau Coliseum, remaining the NHL's only team without a regulation loss at home. The Islanders went 7-2-2 in February — with all the losses coming against the Penguins. The teams conclude their two-game weekend series back at the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday. Late in the extra period, Letang brought the puck up the ice and fired a shot through New York forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau's legs and into the top left corner. It was Letang's fourth of the season, all coming against the Islanders. McCann tied it at 3 just 18 seconds into the third. On a 2-on-1, McCann got a pass from Evgeni Malkin in the middle and beat Varlamov for his third. Barzal made it 2-0 at 1:34 of the second. He skated across the ice to the right side and fired a shot that deflected up off an extended John Marino's stick and past Jarry. With the Penguins on their third power play of the game, Varlamov fell back down after catching his skate on the ice as Crosby got a pass from Letang and fired a shot from the top of the left circle into the top right corner at 2:17. Letang tied it 26 seconds later, getting a pass from Kasperi Kapanen from behind the net and firing a slap shot past Varlamov. Bailey regained New York's lead, scoring from in front off a pass from Anthony Beauvillier with 5:09 left. It was Bailey's second goal of the season. Jarry and Varlamov each made eight saves in the first period, with Varlamov stopping four attempts on Pittsburgh’s two power plays. The Islanders got on the scoreboard on their only power play of the game late in the opening period. Oliver Wahlstrom sent a pass from the left circle to Nelson on the right doorstep, and Nelson deflected the puck up over Jarry for his sixth with 1:20 left. INJURIES Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck was a late scratch. He did not play after the first period against Boston on Thursday night due to an undisclosed injury. Michael Dal Colle was activated off IR and began the game on the third line with Pageau and Wahlstrom. Leo Komarov dropped to the fourth line in Clutterbuck's place. McCann was activated off IR after missing Pittsburgh's last seven games with a lower-body injury sustained against the Islanders on Feb. 6. STATS Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy had an assist on Nelson's first-period goal, giving him eight assists in his last nine nine games. Nelson has four goals in his last seven games. Lee has three assists and eight points over the last eight games. Crosby has 38 goals and 120 points in 72 career games against the Islanders for the highest scoring total of any active NHL player against one team. POWER PLAYS The Penguins went 1 for 5 and are 4 for 21 on the power play over their last seven games following a season-high seven-game drought without a goal with the man advantage (0 for 20). The Islanders are 8 for 23 on power play over last 12 games. MILESTONES Kapanen's assist on Letang's second-period goal gave him 100 points for his career. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Islanders forward Casey Cizikas celebrated his 30th birthday. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Russell Westbrook (Washington Wizards) with a dunk vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 02/27/2021
PHILADELPHIA — Collin Sexton scored 28 points, Darius Garland had 25 and the feisty Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime on Saturday night. The Cavaliers beat a Sixers team that built the best record in the Eastern Conference (22-12) on the strength of a 14-2 mark at home. Isaac Okoro scored the first three points of OT and had 15 when he fouled out. Joel Embiid had 42 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia. Ben Simmons scored 21 points. WIZARDS 128, TIMBERWOLVES 112 WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 34 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 as part of his NBA-leading 10th triple-double, and Washington used a 44-point third quarter to beat Minnesota. Westbrook added 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Wizards. They've won seven of eight to move back into playoff contention following a 6-17 start. Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 11 rebounds for NBA-worst Minnesota. The Timberwolves have lost seven in a row. The Associated Press
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Saturday for an outside review following a report of sexual misconduct allegations against him by a second former aide, compounding problems for one of America's most well-known Democratic politicians. Charlotte Bennett told the New York Times that Cuomo had asked her questions about her sex life, including whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men. Cuomo, in a statement, denied making sexual advances.
“Black human beings were sold on our soil. It was in our own backyard,” said Clinton Davis, a member of Black in the Maritimes. The organization has been working with the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick and has compiled bills of sale for Black people, and notices about Black slaves who had run away, escaping along the Petitcodiac or Saint John rivers, he said. In one notice a Black boy named Sippeo is recorded as being sold for 15 pounds on July 8, 1797. The archives also produced three documents related to the sale and purchase of slaves by a Charles Dixson in Westmorland County. “It’s one thing to know slavery existed here, but it's another thing to hold the evidence in your hands,” said Davis. Seeing the hand-written note for a bill of sale for slaves was unnerving, giving him shivers, he said. “Embarrassed about it or not, this needs to be known,” Davis said, adding it's a part of Canadian history that should be widely shared. “Descendants of these slaves might still be here. Black people deserve not to feel like outsiders. We were here,” said Davis. Meredith J. Batt, the archivist at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick who gathered the material for the group, said the archives have quite a collection of materials to support the history of Black people in New Brunswick. Some came as free Black loyalists, but many as servants or slaves, she said. The artifacts do not represent uncommon occurrences, she said. “Some people prefer to believe this didn’t happen here,” she said. Looking through the materials the group had been sent, “We felt the descriptions of runaway slaves were akin to what you might hear on a police radio,” said Davis, noting how slaves were described as “very Black” or other such characteristics. The materials demonstrate that New Brunswick has a history of systemic racism, said Davis, something he wants to see discussed and taught in schools along with these materials. Education Minister Dominic Cardy told the Times & Transcript he has had good meetings with groups such as Black Lives Matter Fredericton and Black Lives Matter Saint John who, along with other groups and individuals, recently called on the minister to include more Black history content in the school curriculum. He has encouraged these groups to share materials they think would be useful to be included and is encouraging schools to add materials that arise to what they are currently teaching before the revised curriculum is developed. When asked if there were elements in the current curriculum that directly address teaching that slavery existed in New Brunswick, Cardy said a lot of teachers have been doing this for decades, noting his own schooling in the Fredericton area included this. Groups like Black in the Maritimes want to see this happen holistically, not ad hoc. Cardy said many of the issues being raised would have a place in the new civics curriculum, but the timeline for when this will be completed is unclear as many resources are being tied up with keeping schools safe from COVID. When asked if the words "history of systemic racism" will be specifically included when the curriculum is next revised, he said, “Absolutely. "Looking at issues of how societies exhibit, exercise power over groups within their societies, or other groups outside of their countries or civilizations, those are all absolutely part of any conversation around civics in 2021,” he said. Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal
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Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards) with a dunk vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 02/27/2021
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Brooklyn Douthwright, a high-performance swimmer, just wants to be able to keep on training uninterrupted as the Olympic trials approach in May. Douthwright is going into the trials with a real shot at making the Olympic team, but she said her province isn’t giving her the guarantee her competitors are getting that she can keep on swimming. The 17-year old, from Riverview, is a nationally carded athlete, those who compete at a senior international level or are on track for senior international success, said her coach Ryan Allen. They are being paid to train and receive other resources and services which can include access to psychologists, kinesiologists and others, he said. Many provinces have made exceptions to allow carded athletes to keep training, even if a region enters a more restrictive health level and many facilities close to recreational athletics, such as children taking swimming lessons, said Brooklyn's mom, Shannon Douthwright. But New Brunswick rules have prevented high performance athletes here from continuing, she said. While the new rules announced at Friday's COVID-19 news conference brought some relief -- travel is now permitted between zones during orange phase restrictions -- the worry the region could return to red phase at any time between now and the Olympic trial leaves the anxiety hanging. “Without an exemption in place, there is always the threat and constant fear that something is going to interfere with her training plan,” said Shannon. Brooklyn Douthwright explained she needs to swim at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Saint John, because it is the only pool in the province identical that in which the Olympic trials will take place. But until Friday, while the Moncton zone has been in orange and red phases, she has not been able to travel to the port city, interrupting her training for the Olympic trials by weeks so far. Pools were open in the Moncton area during the orange phase and are “better than nothing” but they are not Olympic size, she said. “Competing in a short course pool is a completely different race. It’s a different strategy,” she said, noting she needs to be training in a pool that is the correct size to mentally prepare and feel confident. Access to training facilities even in more restrictive periods is not something her competitors across the country are facing. “Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec have specifically exempted high performance athletes,” said Allen, noting if you happen to live in B.C. or Ontario you have a better shot because you’ve been able to consistently train. Carded athletes also receive certain services, such as meeting with their kinesiologist, in Fredericton, so those who do not live in that zone have not had access to these key members of their team while travel between zones has been restricted, said Allen. “Really, all I’m asking for is the chance to have a consistent training plan, not having this constant interruption,” said Brooklyn. Shannon travelled with her daughter to Toronto to train uninterrupted for several weeks earlier in the pandemic. Knowing that for the period she was in Toronto there would be no interruptions to her training schedule because of the exemption made a huge difference, said Brooklyn. “I haven’t really had that here. We’re constantly waiting for the press conference to know if we are going back to red or orange.” Allen said New Brunswick athletes, like those he trains, are being forced to consider if they need to move just to have an equitable shot in competition. Shannon said she has received different answers when she tried calling every helpline or government office she thought could help, but Health Minister Dorothy Shepherd wrote saying she wouldn’t grant an exemption to allow Brooklyn to train while in red. When asked by the Times & Transcript if exemptions would be considered to allow carded athletes in New Brunswick to continue training in any future red phase, Dr. Jennifer Russell left the possibility open at Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing, but made no commitments. “We have been very vigilant and pretty strict about exemptions, but certainly, moving forward, we can take that back and have more discussions, but up until now we haven’t been giving exemptions,” she said. Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal