Dunk of the Night: Darius Bazley - April 16, 2021
Dunk of the Night: Darius Bazley - April 16, 2021
When the final whistle blew, Diego Simeone jogged up the tunnel at the Wanda Metropolitano, punching the air as he went, fully aware how important this result could prove.
NSW pushes plan to bring international students to Australia using purpose-built quarantineDominic Perrottet says some university students could return as early as August in proposal that would not take spaces from Australians coming homeAustralian universities brace for ‘ugly’ 2022 after budget cuts A student at the University of New South Wales. Under the state’s plan, returning international students would quarantine in purpose-built housing for 14 days. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Rhule feels good about the way the Panthers approach practices and is “disappointed” former quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t feel the same way while in Carolina. “I’m not going to delve into specifics about our process, some of that is specific to us,” the Panthers coach said Wednesday night during a video call with reporters. “But I feel really good about our preparation, and the amount of work our coaches put in and the amount of work our players put in. The amount of practice work, I think we push them in a really smart way.” Rhule’s comments came after Bridgewater openly criticized Panthers first-year offensive coordinator Joe Brady and the way the team practiced on the “All Things Covered” podcast. “I’ll just say this, for Joe Brady’s growth, that organization, they’ll have to practice different things in different ways,” Bridgewater said. “One of the things we didn’t do much of when I was there, we didn’t practice two-minute, really. We didn’t practice red zone.” Carolina was 28th in the league in red zone efficiency last year with Bridgewater throwing five interceptions inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The Panthers dealt Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos earlier this offseason after acquiring Sam Darnold from the New York Jets. “I guess the game is becoming about science and trying to keep guys healthy," Bridgewater went on to say. "You didn’t practice on Fridays there, but you walk through the red-zone stuff and then Saturday you come out and practice red zone. But you’d only get like 15 live reps. Guys’ reps would be limited.” The Panthers have a somewhat unusual schedule of using Fridays as light days followed by a heavy practice on Saturdays. Rhule complimented Bridgewater, calling him an “ultimate professional” and a “great dude.” ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Steve Reed, The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight stellar innings, Aaron Hicks had a sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday night amid a coronavirus outbreak that sidelined shortstop Gleyber Torres. Cole (5-1) scattered four hits and has five starts this season of at least 10 strikeouts and no walks to break Mike Mussina's single-season team record set in 2001. He struck out all three batters in his final inning, including Brett Phillips on a 98 mph fastball to end the inning. “He's so good and so much fun to watch,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “It was just a lot of fun to watch him operate tonight, and really dominate. He's an ace. He's a bulldog." Aroldis Chapman completed the four-hitter to get his ninth save as New York won consecutive games, including postseason, against the Rays for the first time since July 16-18, 2019. COVID-19 protocols impacted the Yankees for the second straight day. Torres was kept out of the starting lineup as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coach and support staff reached seven. Boone had no update on Torres’ status after the game. “Anytime we get to play right now it's like a nice release,” Cole said. “It's the only thing we have to focus on is playing. We've got to focus on winning the game, so we take our minds off everything that's happened over the past few days and get to take a break from it." Boone said there were a number of test results pending. Pitching coach Matt Blake joined third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as members of the coaching staff testing positive. Six of the seven are asymptomatic. All are fully vaccinated, which Boone said was blunting the effects of the virus. Cole has struck out 56 since his last walk on Apr. 12, tying Curt Schilling from May to June 2002 for the longest such streak in a season since at least 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “The guy is super,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He was probably, tonight, above and beyond. He had everything working the way he wanted." Cole had been 0-4 in eight previous regular-season starts against the Rays. However, he is 3-0 in four playoff outings. It was the Yankees' first 1-0 win since Masahiro Tanaka and Chapman combined on a four-hitter on Aug. 11, 2019 at Toronto. Cole has not given up a walk and gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts, which ties Fritz Peterson (1971) for the second-longest such stretch in Yankees history. Only David Wells’ six-game streak from Sept. 6, 2002 to Apr. 10, 2003 is longer. The right-hander, who has walked just three batters this year, has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 straight starts, the longest stretch by a Yankees starter excluding openers since Whitey Ford’s 12-game run in 1963. Jeffrey Springs replaced Ryan Thompson (2-2) with runners on second and third with one out in the seventh and gave up Hicks' sacrifice fly. Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier was ejected by plate umpire Bill Miller in the fifth for arguing after taking a called third strike. Aaron Judge had three of New York's six hits. Tampa Bay dropped to 7-12 at home this year. The Rays have scored one or fewer runs nine times overall. DOME BALL Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows had a strange double in the first inning when he hit a towering fly to right off Cole that struck an overhanging catwalk and landed back toward the infield. TRAINER’S ROOM Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery) had his first live batting practice delayed to Thursday due to back stiffness. ... Hicks (bruised right shin) started after missing one game. Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (right knee arthroscopic surgery) rejoined the team from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham as planned but is experiencing soreness. “I think this is just a minor thing and that there’s a chance he’s activated soon,” Cash said. “If it doesn’t go away then we’ll have to revisit.” ... Closer Diego Castillo (right groin tightness) could return on Friday. UP NEXT Yankees RHP Jameson Taillon (1-2) will go against Rays LHP Rich Hill (1-1) in the series finale Thursday night. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Mark Didtler, The Associated Press
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ORLANDO, Fla. — After a rocky start to the MLS season, Toronto FC showed signs Wednesday that it is back on track. Captain Michael Bradley scored a goal and helped set up the other as Toronto (1-2-1) defeated defending MLS champion Columbus SC 2-0 for its first league victory of the young campaign. The Crew were undermanned on the night, digging into their roster to fill holes. In his first start, newly signed designated player Yeferson Soteldo showed flashes of why TFC splashed a $US6-million transfer fee on him. And star striker Jozy Altidore, recovered from a bout of illness, scored off the bench. "This was a really complete team performance," a relieved Chris Armas said after notching his first league win as Toronto coach. "It was a big win, there's no two ways about it," added Bradley. Bradley gave Toronto the lead in the 13th minute and Altidore added an insurance goal in the 87th after Omar Gonzalez headed on a Bradley free kick to the burly striker, who nodded it home. The score could easily have been more lopsided, with Toronto hitting the crossbar twice. TFC also had a penalty appeal for handball turned down in the 82nd minute. Armas got a vastly improved performance from his team. TFC looked far more poised and less error-prone than in its previous league outings. "It's been a crazy start to the year," said Bradley, whose team started preseason in the Toronto winter, had to deal with a COVID outbreak and then set up shop in Florida ahead of some big Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League matches with a stomach bug going through the team during a trip to Mexico. "We don't want anybody's sympathy. They're not excuses," said Bradley. "But it's what we've had to deal with." "We have high standards and high expectations," he added. "And when you're not taking the points that you want, when you're not winning games, that eats at you." Bradley, enjoying more freedom to come forward under Armas, had a fine game with a rare goal and some deft playmaking. Soteldo, who saw 34 minutes off the bench in his debut on the weekend, made his first start for Toronto and looked dangerous in the first half. The Venezuelan international was substituted in the 64th minute after a quiet start to the second half, with newly signed Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence coming on to make his TFC debut. The five-foot-two 121-pound Soteldo, who took turns on the left and right wing as well as behind striker Ayo Akinola, delivered a probing free kick early on, and showed a good passing touch. Skillful on the ball, he promises to be a handful for MLS defenders. "You can see that in the final third (of the field) he can unbalance and he's dangerous, " said Armas. "He's a very intelligent player … Listen I think what he adds to the team is real quality — but also a real belief. You feel like your chances are better with guys like that." Soteldo almost opened his scoring account in the 26th minute when Nick DeLeon's shot hit the crossbar and dropped in front of the Venezuelan. His shot was headed towards an empty goal until a sliding Saad Abdul-Salaam got a foot to the ball, prompting Soteldo to look skywards in disbelief. Bradley scored early, converting his second shot attempt of a goalmouth scramble that saw the ball hit at least 10 bodies following a Soteldo corner. It was Bradley's 13th career goal in MLS and his first since Sept 7, 2019. It also marked just the second goal conceded by Columbus in four MLS games this season. Toronto, which came into the game having won just once (1-4-2) in all competitions in 2021, completed 86.2 percent of its passes compared to 65 percent on the weekend against the New York Red Bulls. And the team seemed to find a better balance on when to turn up the heat in terms of Armas' preferred pressing style off the ball. Armas made one change from the starting 11 beaten 2-0 Saturday at the New York Red Bulls with Soteldo replacing teenager Jayden Nelson. Altidore came on in the 62nd minute and hit the crossbar in the 75th after neatly making room for the shot. Forward Dom Dwyer, formally added to the TFC roster Tuesday, did not dress. It was a first loss of the season for Columbus (1-1-2), which was missing a slew of injured players. Arriving in the Florida heat the day of the game likely didn't help. "I'm not one to make excuses ," said coach Caleb Porter. "For me, we have to find a way to win, no matter what … And we didn't." Giving up two goals on set pieces did not sit well with Porter. "That's unacceptable," he said. The Crew arrived unbeaten in eight straight matches (6-0-2) counting last season’s playoffs. Columbus's last MLS loss was a 2-1 defeat at Orlando on Nov. 4, 2020. Porter made five changes to the team that dispatched D.C. United 3-1 on the weekend. Both clubs have had to balance MLS and CONCACAF Champions League play while dealing with a lengthy injury list. Reigning league MVP Alejandro Pozuelo (thigh) has yet to feature for Toronto this season but is said to be nearing a return. Midfielder Jonathan Osorio (thigh), another important part of the TFC puzzle, did not dress. Columbus was without Kevin Molino (hamstring), Aidan Morris (knee), Marlon Hairston (knee), Perry Kitchen (thigh) and Milton Valenzuela (thigh), Pedro Santos (knee) and former TFC defender Josh Williams (shoulder). Abdul-Salaam and Romanian midfielder Alex Matan made their first starts for the Crew. Columbus dressed just six substitutes, compared to nine for Toronto. Wednesday's game was Columbus’s fourth in 12 days. Toronto was playing its third game in nine days with a match at New York City FC to come Saturday. Toronto opened the MLS season with a 4-2 loss to CF Montreal before tying the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 and losing to the Red Bulls. That marked the first time TFC has begun the MLS season winless in its first three matches since 2012. Columbus played the Philadelphia Union and CF Montreal to scoreless draws before downing D.C. United. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021 The Canadian Press
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BANGKOK (AP) — A 51-year-old reporter for a now-banned online and broadcast news agency in Myanmar was sentenced Wednesday by a military court to three years in prison for his reporting, his employer said. Min Nyo, a correspondent for the Democratic Voice of Burma is apparently the country’s first journalist since the army’s February takeover to be convicted under a recently revised provision in the Penal Code that critics charge criminalizes free speech. It makes punishable by up to three years in prison any attempt to “hinder, disturb, damage the motivation, discipline, health and conduct” of soldiers and civil servants and cause their hatred, disobedience or disloyalty toward the military and the government. Three DVB journalists who fled Myanmar were arrested earlier this week in northern Thailand for illegal entry. Rights groups and journalists’ associations are urging Thai authorities not to send them back to Myanmar, where it is feared their safety would be at risk from the authorities. Myanmar's junta has tried to smother all independent news media, and on March 8 revoked DVB’s TV license and banned it from broadcasting on any platform. Like many other banned media outlets, it has continued operating. About 80 journalists have been arrested since the army seized power on Feb. 1, ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Roughly half are still detained and most of them are being held under the same charge for which Min Nyo was convicted, as are many activists opposed to the military regime. A statement issued by DVB said Min Nyo had been covering a March 3 anti-junta protest in the town of Pyay, 260 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of Yangon when he was arrested and severely beaten by police. It said he had been allowed to see a lawyer, but not his wife and two children. Min Nyo had previously served seven years in prison under a previous military government after his arrest in 1996 for alleged ties to a militant student opposition group. Min Nyo’s wife, Nyomee Moe, told The Associated Press that both then and now, he was unjustly imprisoned. “It is inhumane to be beaten and arrested. He never violated journalistic ethics. That is why I want to say that there is no justice in Myanmar, ” she said, adding that she is consulting with lawyers about appealing the verdict. Rights group Amnesty International said Min Nyo's case showed the ruthlessness of the junta and the risks faced by journalists exposing the junta's abuses. “Min Nyo’s conviction must be quashed, and he should be released immediately – along with all other journalists, activists and human rights defenders imprisoned and detained solely for their peaceful opposition to the military coup," Amnesty deputy regional director Emerlynne Gil said in a statement. The Associated Press
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OTTAWA — Josh Norris scored nine seconds into overtime as the Ottawa Senators concluded their pandemic-shortened season with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Parker Kelly scored in his NHL debut for Ottawa (23-28-5), while Connor Brown, with his league-leading fifth short-handed goal of 2021, and Nikita Zaitsev provided the rest of the offence. Filip Gustavsson stopped 30 shots, while Zaitsev added an assist for a two-point performance. Auston Matthews replied with his NHL-best 41st goal of the season for Toronto (35-13-7), while Jake Muzzin, with a goal and an assist, and John Tavares also scored. Frederik Andersen made 24 saves in his return to the lineup following an eight-week injury absence for the North Division's No. 1 seed. Toronto star Mitch Marner turned the puck over off the faceoff to start overtime to Brady Tkachuk, who in turn fed Norris to bag his 17th. The Leafs close out their regular-season schedule Friday in Winnipeg against the Jets before opening the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens next week — the first post-season meeting between the Original Six rivals since 1979. Andersen played in the NHL for the first time since March 19 because of an injury "around" one of his knees that cost him 23 games. The 31-year-old made two AHL appearances as part of a conditioning stint to get back up to speed. Ottawa dropped a 6-1 decision to the Flames in Calgary on Sunday, but improved to 10-3-1 over its last 14 contests to wrap up a promising run looking ahead to the 2021-22 campaign. The rebuilding Senators started the 56-game season a dismal 2-12-1 thanks in large part to some horrendous goaltending, but went 21-16-4 — good for third in the North over that span — after the crease situation improved and the organization handed its young core increased responsibility. Despite having a fairly quite night, Matthews tied the game for Toronto with 2:40 left in the third period when he buried his 41st of the campaign before Norris won it. The home side opened the scoring with 68 seconds left in Wednesday's first period when Zaitsev's shot from long range found its way through a screen and off Andersen's far post for the former Toronto blue-liner's fourth. The Leafs, who clinched first in the division on Saturday, got even at 6:01 of the second when Muzzin's one-timer chimed in off iron for his fourth, and just the visitors' fifth power-play goal since March 11. Marner hit the crossbar on a short-handed chance, but Brown — another former Leaf — was able to find the range later in the period with Ottawa killing a penalty when he scored his 21st with Andersen and Matthews scrambling to keep the puck from dribbling over the goal line at 9:07. Kelly then opened his NHL account at 12:12 when he banked a shot off Andersen moments after getting rocked along the boards. The undrafted free-agent forward, who played four seasons with the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders before signing with Ottawa in 2017, became the sixth Senators rookie to score his first NHL goal in 2021. The Leafs got back within one with 3:31 left in the second when Tavares took a pass from Nylander, who extended his point streak to eight games, and beat Gustavsson for his 19th of the campaign. Notes: Tavares played his 200th game for the Leafs. ... Toronto winger Nick Foligno returned to action after missing two games with an upper-body injury. ... Leafs forwards Zach Hyman and Riley Nash, who are both coming back from injury, didn't play against the Senators, but project to be ready for the start of the playoffs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021. The Canadian Press
What is the Moderna vaccine? And will it boost Australia’s Covid vaccination program?A deal for 25m doses of Moderna’s highly effective mRNA vaccine also brings Australia a step closer to manufacturing the technology onshore Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses Australia’s deal with Moderna is expected to provide 10m doses of its mRNA Covid vaccine by the end of the year and a further 15m in 2022 to tackle variants. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
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On The Masked Singer Wednesday night, the long-awaited reveal of fan favorites, The Russian Dolls, finally happened, when they unfortunately received the lowest amount of votes, even though they gave an awesome performance of Elton John's "I'm Still Standing." Even though the Russian Dolls aren't still standing in the competition anymore, viewers were so happy to finally see the group unmask, as fans had guessed the group to be '90s pop rock band Hanson pretty early in the competition. The first-ever band to be unmasked on the show, Hanson is best known for their smash hit "MMMbop." Following their reveal, Zac shared, "The thing about us, we would normally be out touring. But it was kind of this unique opportunity to do something very different and also, you know, play to a whole new audience." Taylor followed, saying, "The fact that you spent all these years performing, you're always seen as a certain thing. People think they know what you are, and to be able to just start with music and focus on singing, and say, 'Hey, you don't know what's behind this.'" Meanwhile, fans were pretty upset that Hanson was eliminated, because they thought the trio deserved to be in the finals, if not win the whole show.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Maximiliano Urruti scored on a breakaway in the 56th minute and the Houston Dynamo beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Wednesday night. Houston (2-1-2) has only lost three times in its last 17 home matches. Kansas City (2-2-1) had won five of its last eight matches against Houston. Urruti scored his second goal of the season. Derrick Jones stole it near midfield and dribbled down the field to find Urruti, who took one touch to get past the defense and send it by goalkeeper John Pulskamp. Houston goalkeeper Marko Maric made four saves to help the Dynamo hold Sporting KC scoreless for the first time since 2017. Houston coach Tab Ramos received a red card in the 88th minute for arguing a no-call. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press