Many people can only dream of one day driving a luxury car. But for celebrities and the rich, owning a luxury car is an everyday reality.
Many people can only dream of one day driving a luxury car. But for celebrities and the rich, owning a luxury car is an everyday reality.
As bars, pubs and restaurants prepareo welcome customers back indoors, some will not be reopening at all.
As the broadcast networks are closing the book on a pandemic-impacted 2020-21 season, they are making their picks for next season, which includes the cancellation of a slew of series including ABC’s American Housewife and Mixed-ish, CBS’ The Unicorn and All Rise and Fox’s Prodigal Son. NBC is yet to make decisions on its bubble […]
Officials in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the city where Daunte Wright was fatally shot during a traffic stop last month, passed a resolution that aims to make significant policing changes. The Brooklyn Center City Council convened Saturday afternoon to address a proposal, called the Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler Community Safety & Violence Prevention Act, to create new divisions of unarmed civilian employees to handle non-moving traffic violations and respond to mental crises.
QUEBEC — Victoriaville jumped to an early lead and never looked back as the Tigres routed the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9-3 in the decisive Game 5 of their second-round playoff series on Saturday. The Tigres move on to face the Charlottetown Islanders in the third round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs, another best-of-five set. The Val-d'Or Foreurs take on the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the other Round 3 matchup. Victoriaville took a 4-0 lead in the first period on Saturday and never allowed the Armada back in the game. Shawn Element scored twice for the Tigres while Alex Beaucage scored and added three assists. Mikhail Abramov, Benjamin Tardif and Zachary Gravel each scored and had two helpers. Down 6-1 going into the third period, Nathan Lavoie scored at 0:37 and Luke Henman added his second of the game at 7:03 to get within three goals, before the Tigres added another three unanswered. Nikolas Hurtubise turned aside 26 shots in the win for Victoriaville, which went 2 for 5 on the power play. Charles-Edward Gravel conceded four goals on 18 shots for the Armada. Olivier Adam stopped 12-of-17 pucks in relief. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2021. The Canadian Press
At Brush Creek in Kansas City on Saturday, protesters tore down the Israeli flag from a post alongside Ward Parkway.
A coyote ran out of luck after crossing paths with a black cat in Port Moody, British Columbia, when the fearless feline chased it out of a vacant parking lot.Footage captured by the Port Moody Police shows the cat racing after a coyote.“The things our patrol officers see at 4 am,” wrote the police department on Twitter. “Cat 1, coyote 0.” Credit: Port Moody Police via Storyful
Thousands of Rangers fans took to the streets despite warnings against gathering due to the pandemic.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers amid the latest escalation in the Middle East: ___ UNITED NATIONS -- A U.N. spokesman says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply disturbed” by the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City housing offices of several international media organizations and residential apartments, and is “dismayed” by the increasing number of civilian casualties. “The secretary-general reminds all sides that any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Saturday. Earlier Saturday, an Israeli airstrike pulverized a high-rise building that housed The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media after warning that it was being targeted. Guterres singled out the death of 10 members of the same family including children as a result of an Israeli airstrike Friday in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Saturday. ___ LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of protesters shut down traffic as they took to the streets of Los Angeles, calling for an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip. The protesters waved flags and signs that said “free Palestine” and shouted “long live intifada,” or uprising. They marched from outside the federal building to the Israeli Consulate in the western part of the city on Saturday. Police shut down traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, a major thoroughfare, and urged motorists to avoid the area. Police from multiple agencies were monitoring the ongoing demonstration. Also on Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square and walked a short distance through the streets to the location of the Israeli Consulate for New England, blocking traffic. Footage on social media shows protesters then unfurled a banner in the colors of the Palestinian flag with the words “Free Palestine” while standing on top of the awning of the building where the consulate is located. Other smaller protests in support of Palestinians took place in Hartford and Pittsburgh, where footage shows one speaker at the protest called on lawmakers to put restrictions on how Israel can spend aid from the United States. ___ JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the ongoing campaign against Palestinian militants, now in its sixth day, will “continue as long as needed.” The prime minister spoke on Saturday from Israel’s defense ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv and issued a warning to leaders of Gaza's militant Hamas group after a series of airstrikes targeted high-level officials and commanders. Netanyahu says: “You cannot hide — not above ground, and not underground. Nobody is immune.” The Israeli leader added that there was “no more just or moral campaign” than Israel’s against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and thanked President Joe Biden and other world leaders for their support. Netanyahu's remarks came at the end of a day that saw Israeli airstrikes target and destroy a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. Everyone was safely evacuated from the building before the strike hit. ___ JERUSALEM — Israel’s Electric Company says that high voltage lines supplying the Gaza Strip with electricity were damaged by rocket fire by Palestinian militants. The company released a statement on Saturday saying five of the 10 lines have been damaged, in the latest escalation of fighting and that the company cannot fix them because there is no access to the area. Damage to the power lines came amid days of intense fighting between Palestinian militants and Israel in the Gaza Strip. Gaza's only other source of electricity — besides the power provided by Israel — is its single power plant, which has been working only partially due to fuel shortages. However, both sources are insufficient to cover Gazans' needs. Outages of at least eight hours have long been a daily occurrence in the strip and with the power plant not working at regular capacity, rolling blackouts have increased to 12-15 hours per day recently. With the latest hits on the power line, more outages are expected. ___ BEIRUT — A top Hamas leader says militant groups in the Gaza Strip will not retreat in the face of attacks by Israeli troops, warning that their fighters still haven’t used all their force at their disposal. Ismail Haniyeh spoke during a rally attended by hundreds in the gas-rich nation of Qatar on Saturday night. He said that “resistance is the shortest road to Jerusalem” and that Palestinians will not accept anything less than a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. He added that “the Zionist enemy struck Gaza, flattened towers and carried out massacres,” thinking that this will make militant groups retreat. He said that as the Israeli attacks escalate, “the resistance will increase (its force) to a higher level.” Haniyeh also said that despite the fact that Gaza has been under siege for nearly 15 years, militant groups will not retreat. ___ WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has expressed “strong support” for Israel’s strikes in Gaza in retaliation for Hamas missile attacks on its territory, but raised concerns about civilian casualties and the protection of journalists on a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The White House says Biden on Saturday also shared his “grave concern” about intercommunal violence within Israel and escalating tensions in the West Bank. Biden and Netanyahu also discussed Jerusalem, with Biden saying it should “be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds.” Biden also held his first call since taking office with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the violence, in which he called for Hamas, the PA’s rival, to stop firing rockets into Israel. The White House says Biden “expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve” and highlighted the resumption of U.S. aid to the Palestinians under his administration. ___ RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has spoken on the phone with President Joe Biden and urged the U.S. to intervene in the conflict and “put an end to Israeli attacks on Palestinians.” The official Palestinian news agency Wafa says Abbas on Saturday updated Biden on the escalations across the Palestinian territories and said he was working to halt “the Israeli aggression against our people and to reach a cease-fire.” The report says Abbas also told Biden that “security and stability will be achieved when the Israeli occupation ends,” adding that Palestinians are ready and willing to work toward peace with international mediators. Biden stressed the need to achieve calm and reduce violence in the Mideast, noting intensive American diplomatic efforts to that end. That's according to the Wafa statement. ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar’s foreign minister has met with a top Hamas official. That’s according to a statement by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday. It said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in the capital, Doha. The Foreign Ministry said Sheikh Mohammed “stressed the need for the international community to act urgently to stop the repeated brutal Israeli attacks against civilians in Gaza.” There was no mention of the Israeli strike that toppled a Gaza tower that was home to offices of both The Associated Press, Doha’s Al-Jazeera satellite news network and others. Meanwhile, Arab League chief said Saturday that Arab states’ ambassadors to the United Nations are trying to rally international support for Palestinians amid Israeli attacks on Gaza . Ahmed Aboul Gheit called upon the U.N. Security Council to “fulfill its responsibilities" in holding Israel accountable in a session scheduled on Sunday to discuss the violence. ___ CAIRO — An Egyptian intelligence official says efforts to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Gaza militant groups are ongoing and have gained a push with the arrival of a U.S. envoy to Tel Aviv. The official said Saturday that Egypt and other mediators hope that the U.S. will pressure Israel to end the fighting. The official said it's up the U.S. “to order Israel to stop such disastrous" actions ” and added that “the situation has started to get out of control in the occupied Palestinian territories.” referring to protests in West Bank, Jerusalem and other areas. He says the mediators do not expect a cease-fire before the U.N. Security Council meeting Sunday. The official says Egypt is now seeking an hours-long lull to evacuate severely wounded people from Gaza. He says Egypt is pushing for such a humanitarian pause overnight as ambulances are waiting on the Egyptian side of the border. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. U.S. diplomat Hady Amr, the deputy assistant secretary for Israeli and Palestinian affairs. is now in the region to try resolve the escalation. — Samy Magdy in Cairo; ___ BEIRUT — Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinians have protested along the Lebanon-Israel border, with some climbing a border wall and triggering Israeli fire that wounded one person. The protest on Saturday evening in the Lebanese border village of Adaisseh saw hundreds marching and waving Palestinian, Lebanese and yellow flags of the militant Hezbollah group. Some protesters climbed a high border wall where they placed Palestinian and Hezbollah flags. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported that Israeli troops fired warning shots near Adaisseh, wounding one person who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Lebanese and Palestinians from around Lebanon have been heading to the border to protest against Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip over the past days. On Friday, Israeli troops opened fire at protesters who crossed a border fence, killing a 21-year-old Hezbollah member. Earlier Saturday, an Israeli military spokesman warned Lebanese authorities not to allow protesters to breach the border. ___ VIENNA, Austria — An international network of journalists and media executives “vehemently” condemn the Israeli airstrike on a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press and broadcaster Al-Jazeera. Barbara Trionfi, the executive director of the International Press Institute, said after Saturday's airstrike that “the targeting of news organizations is completely unacceptable, even during an armed conflict." She added that “it represents a gross violation of human rights and internationally agreed norms.” Three heavy missiles struck and destroyed the 12-story building about an hour after the Israeli military telephoned the owner to warn a strike was imminent. AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building, which also contained residential apartments. AP Vice President and Editor at Large John Daniszewski, who chairs IPI’s North American Committee and is special envoy for journalist safety, said “there is no doubt that Israeli forces were aware that the media offices would be destroyed.” The Israeli military said the militant group Hamas was operating inside the building, but it provided no evidence to back up the claim. ___ TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian state TV channel says the head of the expeditionary force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has had a phone call with the head of the militant Hamas group. Al-Alam, the Arabic-language service of the Iranian state television, reported that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke by telephone with Quds Force commander Gen. Esmail Ghaani. Ghaani reportedly praised Hamas as offering a “unique and successful answer” to Israel. Hamas officials have praised Iran for providing it weapons and aid in its fighting against Israel, Tehran’s regional rival. The report comes amid a dramatic escalation in the confrontation between Israel and Hamas this week. An Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets, including Al-Jazeera and also Kuwait's state television. ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Saudi Arabia are calling for an immediate cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. That’s according to a statement on Saturday carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. It says that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan had spoken to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. It said the two both agreed that an immediate cease-fire was needed. Egypt has been trying to negotiate a stop to the fighting. The Saudi statement also said the two diplomats called on “the international community to confront the aggressive Israeli practices against the brotherly Palestinian people.” ___ JERUSALEM — President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken about the situation with Gaza. According to a statement from Netanyahu's office, the Israeli leader updated Biden on the developments and actions that Israel has taken and intends to take. It says Netanyahu also thanked Biden for the “unreserved support of the United States for our right to defend ourselves." It says Netanyahu emphasized in the conversation that Israel is doing everything to avoid harming the uninvolved. The statement added “the proof of this is that in the towers where there are terrorist targets attacked by the IDF, they are evacuated from the uninvolved." The Biden-Netanyahu call came just hours after an Israeli airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An American organization promoting literature and freedom of speech has called Israel's airstrike that destroyed a building in Gaza that was home to the offices of The Associated Press and other media “deeply disturbing.” PEN America said in a statement after Saturday's strike that the only reason the world knows about the ongoing fighting between Gaza’s Hamas rulers and Israel is due to the “tireless, indefatigable work of journalists, risking their lives to inform the world.” The organization demanded a detailed accounting of why Israel launched the strike. PEN America added that “the resulting destruction will hobble the ability of professional journalists to do their work documenting a fraught, complex conflict at a critical time.” ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Al-Jazeera has called the Israeli bombing that destroyed its office in Gaza a “clear act” to stop journalists from reporting on the conflict between it and Hamas. Al-Jazeera issued the statement Saturday night after an Israeli strike that destroyed the building that was also home to the Gaza offices of The Associated Press. The Doha-based broadcaster said in a statement: “Al-Jazeera calls on all media and human right institutions to join forces in denouncing these ruthless bombing and to hold the government of Israel accountable for deliberately targeting journalists and media institutions.” Mostefa Souag, acting director-general of Al-Jazeera Media Network, called the Israeli strike a “war crime.” “The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza,” Souag said. Al-Jazeera is a major broadcaster in the Mideast, funded by the Qatari government. It operates in both Israel and the Palestinian territories ___ ISTANBUL — The communications director to Turkey’s president tweeted that Israel’s targeting of The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera offices in the Gaza Strip were a blow on the freedom of press. The airstrike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. Fahrettin Altun said after the attack: “I curse these lowly attacks by Israel hitting press centers to cover up its massacres.” He also claimed that “Israel is continuing its massacres and war crimes.” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that Turkey stands with the Palestinians, who are still facing “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing.” AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building after the Israeli military telephoned a warning that the strike was imminent within an hour. Three heavy missiles struck the 12-story building, collapsing it in a giant cloud of dust. ___ WASHINGTON — The White House says Israel has a “paramount responsibility” to ensure the safety of journalists covering the spiraling conflict. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Saturday that the U.S. has “communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.” President Joe Biden has urged a de-escalation, but has publicly backed Israel’s right to self-defense from Hamas rockets fired from Gaza. The White House statement followed an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. AP’s president and CEO Gary Pruitt said the agency was “shocked and horrified” at the strike. AP staffers and other tenants safely evacuated the building after the military telephoned a warning that the strike was imminent within an hour. Three heavy missiles struck the 12-story building, collapsing it in a giant cloud of dust. ___ MADRID — Thousands have marched in Spain’s capital to protest the attacks by Israel’s military on the Gaza Strip. Many waved Palestinian flags as they marched toward Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square on Saturday. Protesters chanted “This is not war, this is genocide” in Spanish. Some held up homemade signs that read ““USA Terrorist State” and “Muslim Lives Matter.” The rallies in Madrid and elsewhere in the world are taking place against the backdrop of a most serious escalation in the Mideast. On Saturday, an Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children. ___ BAGHDAD — Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in cities across Iraq to stand in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. The demonstrators on Saturday waved Palestinian flags and banners across five provinces in rallies called for by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Al-Sadr called on followers to take to the streets and support Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which is under attack by the Israeli military. Protesters gathered in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and the southern provinces of Babylon, Dhi Qar, Diwanieh and Basra in a show of support. In Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square, demonstrators carried a Palestinian flag several feet long. Many also held up photos of al-Sadr. Al-Sadr is a firebrand cleric who wields significant power in the country. In the May 2018 elections his party won the most number of seats. ___ BEIRUT — Hundreds of people have participated in the funeral of a Hezbollah fighter who was shot dead along the Lebanon-Israel border during a rally denouncing Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The funeral of Mohammed Tahhan was held in his hometown of Adloun in southern Lebanon on Saturday afternoon. The 21-year-old man died of wounds sustained on Friday, shortly after he was struck during the protest at the border. On Saturday, scores of Palestinian and Lebanese youth gathered in the border area again to rally against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza. Lebanese troops detained several people who tried to reach the border wall. Earlier in the day, an Israeli military spokesman warned Lebanese authorities not to allow protesters to breach the border. A small group had breached the fence on Friday and crossed the border into Israel, triggering the shooting. The Israeli military said troops fired warning shots toward the group after they sabotaged the fence and crossed over briefly. ___ BERLIN — The United Nations’ human rights chief is urging all in what has developed into a battle between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers to lower tensions, and faulted actions by both sides. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement issued in Geneva on Saturday that “rather than seeking to calm tensions, inflammatory rhetoric from leaders on all sides appears to be seeking to excite tensions rather than to calm them.” Bachelet's statement was issued on Saturday, shortly before an Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. In the statement, Bachelet “warned that the firing of large numbers of indiscriminate rockets by Palestinian armed groups into Israel, including densely populated areas, in clear violation of international humanitarian law, amounts to war crimes.” There also are concerns that some attacks by the Israeli military in Gaza “have targeted civilian objects that, under international humanitarian law, do not meet the requirements to be considered as military objectives.” It added that “the failure to adhere to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in the conduct of military operations amounts to a serious violation of international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.” ___ BERLIN — Iran’s foreign minister has called off a planned visit to his Austrian counterpart in Vienna. The decision came after Austria’s chancellery and foreign ministry flew the Israeli flag as a signal of solidarity in Israel’s conflict with the militant Hamas group. Austrian daily Die Presse reported Saturday that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was due to meet Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg on Saturday morning. But he called off the trip over the Austrian leaders’ decision to fly the Israeli flag on Friday. The Austria Press Agency said Schallenberg’s spokeswoman, Claudia Tuertscher, confirmed the report. She said: “We regret this.” Vienna has been hosting negotiations in recent weeks aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal aimed at allaying concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China are still parties to that agreement. Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, tweeted on Friday that Austria “so far been a great host for negotiations” but it was “shocking & painful to see flag of the occupying regime, that brutally killed tens of innocent civilians, inc many children in just few days, over govt offices in Vienna.” ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia has called for foreign ministers of the world’s largest body of Muslim nations to hold a meeting Sunday. The gathering is to discuss Israeli acts of violence against Palestinians and the Israeli police’s use of force against protesters at Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The kingdom will host the virtual summit, gathering ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation “to discuss the Israeli aggression in the Palestinian territory,” particularly acts of violence in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the body said Saturday. The Saudi-headquartered OIC includes countries Iran, Turkey, Indonesia and a range of Muslim majority nations. The sanctity of Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, is a sensitive and emotive issue for Muslims around the world. The OIC was formed 51 years ago in response to a Jewish extremist arson attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. The hilltop on which the mosque stands is also sacred to Jews, who revere it as the Temple Mount because it was the site of the biblical temples. Some Jews and evangelical Christians support building a new Jewish temple on the site, an idea that Muslims find alarming because they fear it would lead to the mosque being partitioned or demolished. ___ RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians have begun gathering across the occupied West Bank to mark the anniversary of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation. Nakba Day, Arabic for “catastrophe,” comes amid widespread Jewish-Arab violence in Israel and heavy fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza. The main event Saturday was held in West Bank city of Ramallah, where the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority is headquartered. On Friday, Palestinians in the occupied West Bank held some of the largest protests in years and clashed with Israeli forces, who shot and killed 11 people, including a Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier at a military position. Some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 war. Today, they and their descendants number around 5.7 million and mostly reside in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The Associated Press
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BOSTON (AP) — Alex Verdugo hit a solo homer in his first at-bat on his 25th birthday, Xander Bogaerts also went deep with a game-breaking, three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox beat the stumbling Los Angeles Angels 9-0 on Saturday. Rafael Devers added a solo shot, Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run double and Franchy Cordero drove in two runs with two doubles for the Red Sox (25-16), who won their third straight and matched their season high by climbing nine games over .500. “We needed a game like that to be able to rest some players,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It was a great game today.” Angels star Shohei Ohtani had a rough day, getting cut down on a baserunning blunder after a single in his first at-bat, and striking out his next three. Martín Pérez (1-2) went six innings, holding the Angels to three singles, striking out five with four walks. Three relievers combined on the four-hitter. Los Angeles (16-22) has lost four in a row, falling to a season-worst six games under .500. “We’re going through a rough stretch right now. It’s a long season,” Angels star Mike Trout said. “We’ll turn it around. We’ll be alright.” Verdugo snapped an 0-for-14 stretch by sending a fastball from Dylan Bundy (0-5) over Boston’s bullpen. After crossing home plate, he pointed up to the front row of seats on the Green Monster, where about a half-dozen fans, with most wearing his jersey, were cheering wildly and holding birthday signs. “It was a very special moment for me,” Verdugo said. “I had family that was probably in the back behind home plate and I had my best friend and his family, I put them out on the Monster. They were right by the left-field foul pole holding signs. It was cool. “I hit the home run and, if I was pointing everywhere, that's why. I wanted to make sure I got my mom, my dad, my best friend and his family.” Bogaerts chased Bundy with his shot that left Fenway Park completely over the Monster seats, giving the Red Sox a 7-0 lead in the fifth. Bundy was tagged for seven runs in four innings, raising his ERA to 6.02. “Everything was kind of center-cut,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He was missing in the middle.” OUCH! Ohtani singled down the left-field line and headed toward second before noticing teammate Taylor Ward standing near the bag. Ohtani broke back but was easily tagged out in a rundown. “It's just like a car wreck,” Maddon said when asked who made the wrong read on the play. “You're always responsible when you hit somebody from behind.” He struck out swinging in his second at-bat after fouling a ball off his foot and walking around gingerly. I’LL TAKE THAT The Red Sox had scored just nine total runs while Pérez was in the game in his seven previous starts. They put up eight on Saturday. “I think today everything came together,” Pérez said. “The guys swung the bats good.” WHAT DO YOU THINK? Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino revealed sometimes he’ll ask a teammate on the field what they think he should throw in a big spot. He said it started with teammates Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu when they played together in Colorado. “I’ve been doing it a long time in my career,” he said before the game. “Sometimes you hear it from the great players, and it gives you confidence to throw the pitch with maybe a little more conviction.” In his first year with Boston, he has started taking advice from Bogaerts. On Friday, he used it — striking out Ohtani with a slider. TRAINER’S ROOM Angels: Hoping to improve the majors’ worst staff with a 5.21 ERA entering Saturday, they acquired RHP Hunter Strickland from the Rays for a player to be named or cash. Red Sox: RHP Garrett Whitlock was placed on the COVID-19 related injured list. Cora said was “under the weather” after receiving his second vaccine shot. ... INF/OF Kiké Hernández (right hamstring strain) was the DH Saturday and is scheduled to play the outfield Sunday in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester. UP NEXT Angels: LHP José Quintana (0-3, 9.00 ERA) looks to halt an 11-start winless stretch in Sunday’s series finale for his first victory since Sept. 5, 2019, when he was with the Cubs. Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.20) is set to start. He has a 58-inning homerless stretch, the MLB’s longest active streak. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ken Powtak, The Associated Press
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LONDON (AP) — Youri Tielemans was preparing for the FA Cup final on Saturday when he received a text message with a clear instruction: Aim for the top corner. When the ball landed at the Leicester midfielder's feet, 63 minutes into the 140th final, a powerful shot from 30 meters was aimed just where he had been advised. It was a sensational way to win the FA Cup for the first time in Leicester's 137-year history, 1-0 against Champions League finalist Chelsea. Even sweeter than the strike was Leicester being able to celebrate in front of its own fans as Wembley Stadium hosted England's biggest crowd — more than 20,000 who tested negative for the coronavirus — in 14 months. “Wow, what a finish," Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said. “I didn’t dare to celebrate because there’s always VAR.” Not that time. Instead, the video assistant review came to Leicester's rescue in the 89th minute to prevent Wes Morgan from a moment of heartache. The 37-year-old club captain had been on the pitch for only seven minutes when he accidentally deflected in former teammate Ben Chilwell’s cross. But one of those marginal offsides that so irritate players and fans was detected and the roars of Leicester fans were even louder than the moment Tielemans scored. After losing four finals — the first in 1949 at the old Wembley — Leicester's name is finally etched onto the cup of world football’s oldest competition. The team from central England is a champion again, five years after Morgan collected the Premier League trophy. Players — such as Chilwell and N'Golo Kante to Chelsea — have left since that improbable 5,000-1 title triumph but Morgan and matchday captain Schmeichel are still there to celebrate again, this time in a moment tinged with sadness. Inside the jerseys at Wembley were photos of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the club's Thai owner until he died in 2018 when his helicopter crashed in flames next to King Power Stadium. “He is always with us, Khun Vichai,” said Schmeichel before handing the FA Cup on the field to Vichai's son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who now runs the club. Also in tribute to Vichai was a banner covering seats in the closed third tier at Wembley, with his quote, “Our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” In a game of few chances, Thiago Silva's slack pass allowed Leicester to score. Ayoze Pérez intercepted the clearance and Luke Thomas passed across to the unmarked Tielemans to drive forward before striking past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. For once, Leicester wasn't relying on goals from Jamie Vardy, whose work across the pitch was still influential. Saves from Schmeichel as much as VAR helped to preserve the lead; he used one hand to push Chilwell's shot onto the post in the 78th and blocked Mason Mount's volley in the 87th. “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a child," Schmeichel said. “The performance today — the grit and determination — I’m so proud of everyone." It's far from season over for Leicester. There's another match against Chelsea to come on Tuesday which could clinch Champions League qualification for the second time ever. Sitting third, Leicester holds a two-point lead over Chelsea. “Today we enjoy, and tomorrow we dust ourselves down and can’t really think about this anymore,” Schmeichel said. “Chelsea are a top-class side and are going to want revenge.” The west London club has lost consecutive FA Cup finals, with Thomas Tuchel failing just as Frank Lampard did. But Tuchel can still win the biggest prize in club football against Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29 in Porto. “We are disappointed and not angry with our performance," Tuchel said. Chelsea was a key early stop in Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers' coaching career, with the youth team around 15 years ago. While Rodgers has won trophies in Scotland with Celtic, he fell short in English football with Watford, Swansea and Liverpool until Saturday. Now, for the first time since Harry Redknapp with Portsmouth in 2008, a British manager has picked up the FA Cup. “The success of this team and club is getting to positions like this and competing," Rodgers said. "The so-called bigger clubs are expected to win but our success is competing and if we can perform like today we can go and win. What a day for everyone involved with Leicester.” ACTIVISM Chelsea and Leicester took a knee before kickoff, which has been a feature of games in England since June as part of calls to eradicate racial injustice in society following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But there was some booing by fans against the anti-racism gesture that was largely drowned out by applause and cheers. In the post-match celebrations, Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana were wrapped in a Palestinian flag amid escalating violence between Israel and Hamas in and around Gaza. PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham might have to settle with qualifying for the Europa League rather than Champions League appear over after a 1-1 draw at Brighton in one of Saturday's three Premier League games. Saïd Benrahma rescued the point with his first goal for sixth-place West Ham in the 87th minute to cancel out Danny Welbeck’s chipped finish three minutes earlier. Leeds is on for a top-half finish in its first season back in the Premier League after 16 years. A 4-0 victory over Burnley was started by Mateusz Klich curling in the opener before halftime, followed in the second half by Jack Harrison and Rodrigo’s double. Fulham, one the three sides already relegated, lost at Southampton 3-1. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko added to an already deep collection of highlight reel-worthy saves on Saturday. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 31 shots, including a breakaway chance by Connor McDavid, as Vancouver downed the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. It was Demko's 15th win of the season. There's really no limit on Demko's potential, said Canucks coach Travis Green. “He’s just got to keep progressing. He showed us glimpses of it last year in the (playoff) bubble at the end with how good he can play and he’s had a good season again this year," Green said. "He’s a young guy, still young for goalies. I expect him to keep progressing and I think he’s got a chance to be one of the best goalies in the league.” Demko kept the score tied at 1-1 Saturday with a stellar stop midway through the second period. The Oilers were awarded their second power play of the game when Zack MacEwen hauled down Joakim Nygard. Alex Chiasson's snapshot from the bottom of the slot nearly restored Edmonton's lead, but the Canucks netminder swept it off the goal line with his right pad. “I got my eyes on it, kind of noticed he was in a good enough spot to raise it so I was just trying to elevate my leg, too, a little bit to help give me a chance to get a piece of it," Demko said of the save. "It was kind of sitting there on the goal line for a split second. Luckily we were able to live to see another day.” On the Oilers bench, coach Dave Tippett and his team took a good look at video of the play and decided they couldn't tell definitively if the puck had crossed the line. “When you look at it real close, it wasn’t in," Tippett said. The result snapped a two-game losing skid for the Canucks (22-28-3), who linger at the bottom of the North Division standings with three games left to play. Demko said his team gave themselves a chance by going into the third period tied 1-1. “I thought we were working hard and spent a lot more time in their zone compared to some other games," he said. "Sticking with it and finding a result is always rewarding.” Saturday's game was Edmonton's final tune-up before the playoffs. The Oilers (35-19-2) will turn their attention to Wednesday's first-round playoff series opener against the visiting Winnipeg Jets. “That game was a win if nobody got hurt and nobody got hurt so we’re taking a win," Tippett said. "Other than that, it was a game that had no meaning to it from our side so we got through it fine.” Vancouver broke the game open midway through the third period. Matthew Highmore put away his second goal of the day with 6:33 left to play. He sent a backhand shot towards the Edmonton net from the top of the slot and Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen fumbled with the puck before it dribbled over the goal line. The goal, Highmore's third of the season, sealed the score at 4-1. The Chicago Blackhawks dealt the 25-year-old forward to Vancouver at the trade deadline, and Green said he's brought speed to the Canucks lineup. "He’s a smart player, he’s a good penalty killer, a reliable guy that thinks two ways," the coach said. Highmore's added to the team both on and off the ice, said Canucks captain Bo Horvat. "He’s tenacious on pucks, he’s good in his own end and obviously you saw tonight that he can put the puck in the net when he wants to," Horvat said. "He’s been a great addition to our group, a good guy in the locker room and we’re happy to have him.” An odd-man rush saw Highmore blast a shot up and over Koskinen's glove 9:13 into the third period on Saturday. Just 16 seconds later, Travis Boyd snapped a shot past the Edmonton netminder from the middle of the slot to make it 3-1. McDavid had a prime chance to add to his NHL-leading 105 points in the third period when he picked up a Canucks turnover in the neutral zone and sped away for a breakaway. The Oilers captain attempted to put a wrist shot in from the top of the crease but Demko made a blocker save. Horvat also scored for Vancouver, burying a short-handed shot early in the second period, and J.T. Miller notched a pair of assists. Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season midway through the opening frame. Koskinen had 37 saves for Edmonton . The Canucks will host the Calgary Flames on Sunday, kicking off a three-game series that will close out the season for both sides. Notes: Edmonton was 0 for 3 on the power play and Vancouver went 0 for 2. ... The Oilers won the season series between the two sides 6-4. ... McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had an assist on Larsson's goal, extending their point streaks to eight games. McDavid has 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) over the stretch and Draisaitl has 17 points (7-10). ... Slater Koekkoek returned to the Oilers lineup after missing 20 games with a broken collarbone. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 15, 2021. The Canadian Press
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French police deployed tear gas and water cannons on pro-Palestine protesters defying a ban on the demonstrations in Paris on Saturday, May 15.According to the Paris Police Prefecture, 44 protesters were arrested by 7 pm on Saturday. One police officer was injured, they reported.Businesses in the city’s Barbes area were ordered to close at noon on Saturday as a precaution ahead of the protests, the Paris Police Prefecture said.The ministry of health in Gaza said 139 people had been killed and some 1,000 wounded inside the Palestinian enclave as of Saturday.On Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces said 2,300 rockets had been fired at the country since May 10. At least ten deaths inside Israel have been reported during that period.This footage shows clashes between police and protesters on Saturday. The first clip shows the launch of tear gas canisters on Boulevard Ornano. The second clip shows protesters igniting a fire in an attempt to block Boulevard Ney. The last clip shows protesters fleeing as police release tear gas on Boulevard Ney. Credit: Grégoire Mandy via Storyful
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