Jarred Vanderbilt (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a 2-pointer vs the Milwaukee Bucks, 04/14/2021
Jarred Vanderbilt (Minnesota Timberwolves) with a 2-pointer vs the Milwaukee Bucks, 04/14/2021
A salvage team on Saturday began assessing damage caused by a fire inside the remains of an overturned cargo ship that is being dismantled along the Georgia coast. “The assessment is likely to take several days,” the multiagency command overseeing the demolition of the Golden Ray said in a statement. A giant crane being used to dismantle the ship was unhooked Saturday and shifted away from the site to allow for the damage assessments, officials said.
Stewart finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds.
Panaji (Goa) [India], May 16 (ANI): Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that government in Goa has activated its lifesaving machinery on beaches to tackle the situation in view of the Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) warning about cyclone Tauktae.
An indigenous community in Ecuador's Amazon region is blocking access to one of state oil company Petroecuador's main fields in a protest over compensation, prompting the company to request help from the armed forces to deliver supplies. In a statement on Saturday, Petroecuador said the protest has left it unable to send supplies needed to maintain operations at Block 12 in Orellana province, with production of some 28,500 barrels per day (bpd). The zone is also home to processing plants for crude oil from two other key areas, Block 31 and 43-ITT.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Dodgers are signing veteran first baseman Albert Pujols to a major league deal. The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal isn't expected to be finalized until Monday. The Los Angeles Times first reported the agreement. The 41-year-old Pujols left the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month after nearly 10 seasons with the Dodgers' Orange County rivals. The oldest player in the majors batted .198 this season with five homers and 12 RBIs for the Angels. Pujols was in the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels, who didn't win a playoff game during his tenure. The slugger is making $30 million this season, and the Dodgers will pay him only the pro-rated portion of the major league minimum salary for the rest of the season, roughly $420,000. The rest will be paid by the Angels. Pujols is fifth in major league history with 667 career homers and 13th with 3,253 hits, but he has been a low-impact contributor to the Angels for the past half-decade. The Angels said Pujols requested his departure from Anaheim because he didn't want to be a backup, instead intending to play every day for another team. Yet there's almost no chance of the three-time NL MVP Pujols playing every day for the defending World Series champion Dodgers, who have veteran Max Muncy as their everyday first baseman along with former NL MVP Cody Bellinger, who has been out with an injury since the first series of the season. Pujols is also moving back to the National League, where the 10-time All-Star can only help as a designated hitter in interleague road games. But Muncy can also play other positions in the infield, and the right-handed-hitting Pujols could perhaps assuage the Dodgers' relative struggles against left-handed pitching this season. They have .663 OPS against lefties this season, significantly lower than their mark against right-handers. Pujols will be the fourth former MVP on the Dodgers, joining Bellinger, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw. They also have three former Cy Young Award winners: Kershaw, Trevor Bauer and David Price. For all their talent, the Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries early in the season, and Pujols could fill some innings until they return to full strength. Although he remained a fairly steady power hitter, Pujols is batting .240 with minus-2 wins above replacement over the past half-decade. His career average even dipped under .300 last season for the first time in his two decades in the majors. Pujols has spent the past five to six years playing at a fraction of his fearsome prime with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2001-11, where he won two World Series championships. The Dodgers and Angels play 35 miles apart in the LA metropolitan area. While the Angels struggled through Pujols' nine full seasons with just one playoff berth, the powerhouse Dodgers are the defending champions and eight-time NL West champs. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Greg Beacham, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Doughty isn't the only player on the Los Angeles Kings roster who was disappointed about the team's disappointing run down the stretch. But as they go into a third straight offseason missing the playoffs, the defenseman laid down a challenge to the entire organization. "As a team, we need to be better and get better. That’s not just on the players,” he said. Doughty went a step further, saying he wouldn't be happy if the team decided to maintain the status quo and not make a big move before training camp started in September. Doughty is one of four players still on the roster from the team's Stanley Cup runs in 2012 and 2014. The Kings have won only one postseason series since their last title. Los Angeles goes into the offseason with a deep group of prospects and salary cap room, which is why some veterans have been vocal about taking the next step. “With all this cap room, we’ve got to bring guys in. That's it," Doughty said. “There’s no point waiting for these prospects to develop when you’ve got guys in their prime, that are hungry to win and sick of losing.” Los Angeles was within four points of a playoff spot in early April, but went 5-10-1 after the trade deadline, including five straight losses to end the season. That resulted in Los Angeles being tied for sixth in the West Division with 49 points. When asked why his team struggled, coach Todd McLellan said the team's confidence began to wane over the past month. “We believed for a while we could get there and then it went away,” he said. BETWEEN THE PIPES Jonathan Quick is likely to be exposed in the expansion draft after Cal Petersen played in 35 games and posted a 2.89 goals-against average. Petersen, who went 9-18-5 and saved 91.1% of the shots he faced, established more consistency as the season went along and showed that he's ready to take over as the top netminder. Quick has been plagued by injuries the past couple seasons. He posted two shutouts in February when the Kings went on a six-game winning streak, but durability concerns and a large contract are two reasons why he isn't expected to be protected for the expansion draft. KOPITAR'S MILESTONE Anze Kopitar became the fourth player in franchise history to reach 1,000 career points. The forward got off to a great start with 42 points in the first 41 games, but had just eight in the final 15. “We have to take this year and learn from it," he said. "There were some bright spots and there were some not-so-bright spots that we have to improve on and get better at and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” WHAT WENT WRONG The Kings fell behind early in many games, scoring the first goal in only 18 of their 56 games. The power play got off to a strong start the first half of the season before collapsing and ending up 20th with an 18.9% conversion rate. Los Angeles also struggled all season at even strength with its 107 goals being tied for third worst. “The power play was two different seasons. When it went dry it caused problems for us,” McLellan said. EYE ON THE FUTURE Center Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in last year's draft, was called up late in the season and played in six games. Fellow center Alex Turcotte, the ninth overall choice in the 2019 draft, is fourth in scoring at the team's AHL Ontario affiliate. Both could be attractive trade candidates if the Kings wanted to make a move for a top-line player like Buffalo's Jack Eichel. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joe Reedy, The Associated Press
In 2019, after 89 years, Miami Shores elected the first Black woman to sit on its Village Council. In fact, Crystal Wagar automatically became mayor because she was the top vote-getter. Two years, later, two more Black women — one who now is the new mayor — have joined her on the five-member council, along with a gay white man. This is a welcome evolution.
In African American history the phrase “Underground Railroad” is a metaphor that refers to a secret network of routes and safe houses that would help enslaved people escape to freedom. But in Barry Jenkins’ dazzlingly ambitious Amazon Prime Video serie, an adaptation of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, it is literal: there […]
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Gregg Popovich took Saturday off, for good reason. There was no way he was going to miss Tim Duncan’s enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Spurs played Saturday afternoon without their head coach, after Popovich made the decision to fly to Connecticut to see Duncan — with whom he won five NBA championships — officially go into the Hall alongside Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and six others. The bond between Popovich and Duncan started getting forged in 1997, when the Spurs were about to use the No. 1 pick in that year’s draft on the forward who was coming off a stellar career at Wake Forest. Popovich flew to the Virgin Islands, Duncan’s home, and wanted to learn everything about him. The chemistry was immediate, and it has lasted. “It started there, it started with him going out of his way to want to know who I was as a person, wanting to meet my friends, wanting to meet my father, sit down and speak with him,” Duncan said. “It started there. And he built that trust from early on, just trying to understand who I was — not just as a basketball player, but as a person and beyond.” Popovich said earlier this month that he still marvels at Duncan’s story, how a kid from the islands just happened to become one of the best players to touch a basketball. “I do, especially since he was a swimmer and wanted to be an Olympian, as far as that goes. So, it’s a pretty incredible story. Everybody knows the story, but it’s true. That’s something that we’re all very happy about. We still toast him when we have dinners; as we’ve said before, ‘Thank you, Timmy.’” Popovich had another compelling reason to attend. He quietly championed the Hall candidacy of Rudy Tomjanovich for years; Tomjanovich, the two-time champion coach of the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995, also finally will be enshrined as part of this Hall class. “I never really understood why he was continually overlooked,” Popovich said of Tomjanovich. “I mean, as much success as he had, year in and year out, and the championships he won were really hard-fought. He came from the lower end of the rankings in both situations to just gut it out. He was the coach of the Olympic teams and got a gold medal. He was a class act. His players loved him. He has the game in his blood. I always thought he was an obvious choice. So, for it to finally happen, is just a wonderful thing for him and his family and all of us who are his friends.” Popovich is not in the Hall of Fame, though it is widely assumed that his call is coming in the not-too-distant future. He is not a finalist for the 2021 class, which will be announced Sunday and enshrined in September. The enshrinement ceremony for this year was moved to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut largely because of the additional space it provides for a socially distanced event that adheres to protocols put in place for gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 enshrinement ceremony, scheduled for September, is tentatively scheduled to return to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts — with some parts of that weekend back at Mohegan Sun as well. The Spurs’ game Saturday didn’t mean much to San Antonio standings-wise; the Spurs will be the No. 10 seed and be on the road for a play-in tournament game at either Memphis or Golden State on Wednesday. For their opponent, the Phoenix Suns, it still meant something — which is part of the reason why Suns coach Monty Williams didn’t hop on a plane like Popovich did. Williams has never chartered a private jet. He almost did, just so he could be there with Duncan as well. “I’m really happy for Tim,” said Williams, a former Spurs assistant. “He’s meant so much, not just to the community of basketball, but meant so much to me. He’s one of my best friends. I’ve been able to live vicariously through him. Some of the highs of his career, I’ve been able to watch when he’s able to achieve something or had something cool going on.” The last time Popovich missed an entire Spurs game was March 3, 2020 — a matchup when Duncan, who spent last season as a San Antonio assistant, filled in against Charlotte. Duncan got the role that night because he was the assistant coach in charge of that game’s scouting report; for the same reasons, Mitch Johnson got to fill the head coach role Saturday against Phoenix. “We approach it the same way we always do — collaborate, work as a team, approach the game as a group in terms of what can help the guys and try to put them in positions to be successful,” Johnson said. Popovich is expected back in San Antonio for Sunday’s regular-season finale, also against Phoenix. The Suns won Saturday's game 140-103. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
Thursday’s win over Manchester United, coupled with Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal, has put a place in the top four in their own hands.
Manchester City have two Premier League games left before they face Chelsea in Porto on May 29 with European club football’s biggest prize at stake.
Champions League qualification would not spark spending spree, says Klopp
Mason was forced to retire from football at the age of 26 after fracturing his skull.
EXCLUSIVE: Anna Grace Barlow (The Goldbergs) is set as a series regular in The Big Leap, Fox’s ballet-themed dramedy series starring Scott Foley, Teri Polo and Piper Perabo, from Liz Heldens, Jason Winer, Sue Naegle, 20th Television and Fox Entertainment. Written by Heldens, inspired by a UK reality format, The Big Leap is an innovative […]
Anthony Davis said it 'would have been a dream' if he'd heard Kobe Bryant say one particular thing to him.
Juve moved back into the top four with victory.
The 26-year-old did not bowl during day three of his side’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent due to a sore elbow.
Ministers have come under fire over moving ahead with a major easing of restrictions on Monday as mixed messaging leads to long vaccine queues around the UK. An airport spokeswoman said: “Heathrow has been in discussion with ministers regarding the possibility of a dedicated arrivals facility for passengers from red listed countries, however no decision has been reached on this matter and there are no plans for Terminal 2 to be used as a designated red-list only terminal.”
BOSTON (AP) — Looking to bolster the majors’ worst pitching staff, the Los Angeles Angels acquired right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for a player to be named or cash. The 32-year-old Strickland has a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings with the Rays this season. The Angels (16-21) entered the day with a majors’ worst 5.21 ERA and have lost three straight, sitting a season-low five games under .500. Strickland owns a 16-16 record with a 3.14 ERA in his eight seasons in the big leagues. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press, The Associated Press
Rays use 5-run 4th, 6-run 8th to power past Mets