Yuta Watanabe (Toronto Raptors) with a dunk vs the Orlando Magic, 04/16/2021
Yuta Watanabe (Toronto Raptors) with a dunk vs the Orlando Magic, 04/16/2021
New Delhi [India], May 15 (ANI): Pointing out the Centre's delay in taking decision, former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday asked who will be accountable for the avoidable infections and loss of lives due to the central government's delay to invite other vaccine manufacturers to produce COVAXIN.
Denver Nuggets (47-24, third in the Western Conference) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (41-30, sixth in the Western Conference) Portland; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Portland hosts the Denver Nuggets after Damian Lillard scored 41 points in the Trail Blazers' 118-117 loss to the Suns. The Trail Blazers are 5-6 against the rest of their division. Portland is second in the Western Conference scoring 115.9 points while shooting 45.2% from the field. The Nuggets are 9-2 against opponents from the Northwest Division. Denver is eighth in the league scoring 49.8 points per game in the paint led by Nikola Jokic averaging 14.4. The teams meet for the third time this season. The Nuggets won 106-105 in the last meeting on April 21. Jokic led Denver with 25 points, and Lillard led Portland with 22 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Lillard is scoring 28.9 points per game and averaging 4.2 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 10.2 rebounds and 13.8 points per game over the last 10 games for Portland. Jokic leads the Nuggets averaging 8.4 assists while scoring 26.4 points per game. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 21 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 48.5% over the last 10 games for Denver. LAST 10 GAMES: Trail Blazers: 8-2, averaging 123.4 points, 45.6 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 6.2 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.3 points on 44.4% shooting. Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 112.1 points, 44.4 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.5 points on 46.3% shooting. INJURIES: Trail Blazers: Zach Collins: out for season (ankle), Nassir Little: day to day (back). Nuggets: Aaron Gordon: out (calf), PJ Dozier: out (adductor), Jamal Murray: out for season (knee), Facundo Campazzo: out (rest), Will Barton: out (hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Los Angeles Clippers (47-24, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-50, 14th in the Western Conference) Oklahoma City; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City will try to stop its nine-game slide when the Thunder take on Los Angeles. The Thunder are 11-30 against Western Conference opponents. Oklahoma City ranks eighth in the Western Conference with 47.3 points per game in the paint led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averaging 11.3. The Clippers are 27-14 against Western Conference opponents. Los Angeles is 25-8 against opponents with a losing record. The two teams matchup for the third time this season. The Clippers defeated the Thunder 108-100 in their last meeting on Jan. 24. Kawhi Leonard led LA with 34 points, and Gilgeous-Alexander paced Oklahoma City scoring 23 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Moses Brown leads the Thunder with 8.7 rebounds and averages 8.2 points. Darius Bazley is averaging 16 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 36.4% over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City. Leonard leads the Clippers averaging 24.8 points and is adding 6.5 rebounds. Paul George is averaging 18.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 35.8% over the last 10 games for Los Angeles. LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 1-9, averaging 101.9 points, 46.4 rebounds, 21 assists, 7.4 steals and three blocks per game while shooting 41.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.3 points on 50.1% shooting. Clippers: 5-5, averaging 108.3 points, 43.8 rebounds, 24.4 assists, seven steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.1 points on 45.4% shooting. INJURIES: Thunder: Josh Hall: out (health and safety protocols), Mike Muscala: out (ankle), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: out (foot), Luguentz Dort: out (knee). Clippers: Reggie Jackson: out (achilles), Amir Coffey: day to day (health and safety protocols). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Houston Rockets (17-54, 15th in the Western Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (40-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta comes into a matchup with Houston as winners of three consecutive games. The Hawks have gone 24-11 in home games. Atlanta ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference in team defense, giving up just 111.6 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting. The Rockets have gone 8-27 away from home. Houston has a 10-27 record against opponents over .500. The teams square off for the second time this season. The Hawks won 119-107 in the last meeting on March 16. Danilo Gallinari led Atlanta with 29 points, and Victor Oladipo led Houston with 34 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Bogdan Bogdanovic leads the Hawks with 3.3 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 16.4 points while shooting 43.8% from beyond the arc. Trae Young is averaging 21.9 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 40.5% over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Kelly Olynyk has shot 55.5% and is averaging 19.1 points for the Rockets. Khyri Thomas is averaging five assists and 16.4 points over the last 10 games for Houston. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 6-4, averaging 112.6 points, 46.6 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 6.6 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.3 points on 47.8% shooting. Rockets: 2-8, averaging 117.1 points, 43.4 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 126.4 points on 51.6% shooting. INJURIES: Hawks: Tony Snell: day to day (achilles), Cam Reddish: out (achilles). Rockets: Avery Bradley: out (personal), D.J. Wilson: out (health and safety protocols), Dante Exum: out (calf), Kevin Porter Jr.: out (ankle), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), John Wall: out for season (hamstring), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Christian Wood: out (ankle), Danuel House: out (ankle). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Memphis Grizzlies (38-33, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (38-33, eighth in the Western Conference) San Francisco; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Memphis will attempt to build upon its five-game win streak with a victory against Golden State. The Warriors have gone 24-17 against Western Conference teams. Golden State averages 43 rebounds per game and is 18-3 when outrebounding opponents. The Grizzlies are 19-22 in conference matchups. Memphis is fourth in the league with 46.6 rebounds per game led by Jonas Valanciunas averaging 12.5. The teams meet for the third time this season. The Grizzlies won 111-103 in the last matchup on March 20. Valanciunas led Memphis with 19 points, and Jordan Poole led Golden State with 26 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Poole ranks fourth on the Warriors scoring 11.9 points per game, and is averaging 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Kevon Looney is shooting 59.3% and averaging 4.9 points over the last 10 games for Golden State. De'Anthony Melton is averaging 9.2 points for the Grizzlies. Desmond Bane is averaging 9.8 points and four rebounds while shooting 42.9% over the last 10 games for Memphis. LAST 10 GAMES: Warriors: 7-3, averaging 117.6 points, 43.5 rebounds, 29.3 assists, 7.6 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111 points on 44.2% shooting. Grizzlies: 7-3, averaging 112.3 points, 49.2 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 7.2 steals and 7.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108 points on 43.9% shooting. INJURIES: Warriors: James Wiseman: out for season (knee), Andrew Wiggins: out (knee), Kelly Oubre Jr.: out (wrist), Stephen Curry: out (tailbone), Draymond Green: out (finger), Damion Lee: out (health and safety protocols), Klay Thompson: out for season (right achilles). Grizzlies: Sean McDermott: out (foot), Dillon Brooks: out (knee), Kyle Anderson: out (thumb), Brandon Clarke: out (thigh), Jonas Valanciunas: out (back), Jaren Jackson Jr.: out (injury management), Ja Morant: out (back), Grayson Allen: out (abdonminal). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Utah Jazz (51-20, first in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (31-40, 12th in the Western Conference) Sacramento; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Sacramento Kings face the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz. The Kings are 18-23 in conference matchups. Sacramento is last in the NBA recording only 41.4 rebounds per game led by Richaun Holmes averaging 8.3. The Jazz are 27-14 in conference games. Utah has a 30-7 record against opponents under .500. The teams play for the third time this season. The Jazz won the last meeting 154-105 on April 28. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points to help lead Utah to the victory. TOP PERFORMERS: Holmes is scoring 14.2 points per game and averaging 8.3 rebounds for the Kings. Buddy Hield is averaging 16 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists over the last 10 games for Sacramento. Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the Jazz. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers and scoring 22.6 points over the last 10 games for Utah. LAST 10 GAMES: Kings: 6-4, averaging 110.1 points, 41.3 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 9.6 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.1 points on 46.7% shooting. Jazz: 7-3, averaging 117 points, 47.6 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 6.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.4 points on 46.4% shooting. INJURIES: Kings: Harrison Barnes: out (adductor), Robert Woodard II: out (low back), Tyrese Haliburton: out for season (knee), Marvin Bagley III: out (groin), Hassan Whiteside: out (back), De'Aaron Fox: out (health protocols). Jazz: Donovan Mitchell: out (ankle). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Orlando Magic (21-50, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (48-23, first in the Eastern Conference) Philadelphia; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers face the Orlando Magic. Embiid ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 28.5 points per game. The 76ers are 30-11 in conference games. Philadelphia averages 14.5 turnovers per game and is 28-10 when it turns the ball over less than its opponents. The Magic are 13-28 against Eastern Conference opponents. Orlando is 10-29 against opponents with a winning record. The teams square off for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: Embiid is averaging 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds for the 76ers. Embiid is averaging 7.9 rebounds and 20.1 points per game over the last 10 games for Philadelphia. Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Magic. Mo Bamba is averaging eight rebounds and 9.2 points per game over the last 10 games for Orlando. LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 8-2, averaging 114.4 points, 44.2 rebounds, 25.5 assists, nine steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.4 points on 43.3% shooting. Magic: 3-7, averaging 101.1 points, 47.4 rebounds, 20.4 assists, six steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 41.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.3 points on 45.2% shooting. INJURIES: 76ers: Matisse Thybulle: out (hand). Magic: Otto Porter Jr.: out (foot), Markelle Fultz: out for season (knee), Michael Carter-Williams: out (ankle), Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee), Terrence Ross: out (back), Chuma Okeke: out (ankle), James Ennis III: out (calf). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
San Francisco Giants (23-15, first in the NL West) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-22, fifth in the NL Central) Pittsburgh; Saturday, 6:35 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Johnny Cueto (2-1, 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 20 strikeouts) Pirates: TBD FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Pirates +114, Giants -131; over/under is 7 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: San Francisco heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Kevin Gausman. Gausman pitched eight innings, giving up one run on five hits with 12 strikeouts against Pittsburgh. The Pirates are 7-10 in home games in 2020. Pittsburgh has slugged .341, last in the league. Colin Moran leads the team with a .468 slugging percentage, including 11 extra-base hits and four home runs. The Giants are 9-11 in road games. San Francisco has hit 49 home runs this season, sixth in the National League. Brandon Crawford leads the team with eight, averaging one every 12.2 at-bats. The Pirates won the last meeting 3-2. Luis Oviedo notched his first victory and Adam Frazier went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and an RBI for Pittsburgh. Caleb Baragar took his first loss for San Francisco. TOP PERFORMERS: Bryan Reynolds is third on the Pirates with three home runs and is slugging .465. Mike Yastrzemski leads the Giants with 15 extra base hits and eight RBIs. LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 4-6, .220 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored by 15 runs Giants: 6-4, .229 batting average, 3.86 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs INJURIES: Pirates: Jose Soriano: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (right shoulder), Austin Davis: (elbow), Kyle Crick: (undisclosed), Blake Cederlind: (elbow), Steven Brault: (lat strain), Phillip Evans: (left hamstring), Colin Moran: (left groin), Ke'Bryan Hayes: (wrist). Giants: Aaron Sanchez: (biceps), Dedniel Nunez: (elbow), Reyes Moronta: (right flexor), John Brebbia: (elbow), Tyler Beede: (elbow), Jose Alvarez: (right ankle), Alex Dickerson: (shoulder), Jaylin Davis: (left knee), Donovan Solano: (calf), Tommy La Stella: (hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
St. Louis Cardinals (23-15, first in the NL Central) vs. San Diego Padres (21-17, second in the NL West) San Diego; Saturday, 8:40 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (2-3, 3.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 42 strikeouts) Padres: Chris Paddack (1-3, 3.42 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 26 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -134, Cardinals +116; over/under is 7 runs BOTTOM LINE: San Diego and St. Louis will play on Saturday. The Padres are 9-10 in home games in 2020. San Diego has hit 36 home runs as a team this season. Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the team with nine, averaging one every 10.7 at-bats. The Cardinals have gone 11-7 away from home. St. Louis has hit 47 home runs this season, eleventh in the National League. Tyler O'Neill leads the club with seven, averaging one every 13 at-bats. TOP PERFORMERS: Jake Cronenworth is second on the Padres with 12 extra base hits and is batting .277. O'Neill leads the Cardinals with seven home runs and is batting .231. LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 5-5, .223 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs Cardinals: 7-3, .240 batting average, 2.90 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs INJURIES: Padres: Trey Wingenter: (elbow), Michel Baez: (right elbow), Jorge Mateo: (health and safety protocols), Fernando Tatis Jr.: (health and safety protocols), Wil Myers: (covid-19), Jorge Ona: (right elbow), Jurickson Profar: (health and safety protocols), Dan Altavilla: (elbow), Jose Castillo: (undisclosed), Taylor Williams: (knee), Mike Clevinger: (elbow), Javy Guerra: (right elbow), Keone Kela: (right forearm), Adrian Morejon: (left forearm), Drew Pomeranz: (lat), Matt Strahm: (knee), Eric Hosmer: (covid-19). Cardinals: Daniel Ponce de Leon: (soulder), Andrew Miller: (toe), Miles Mikolas: (right shoulder), Carlos Martinez: (ankle), Dakota Hudson: (right elbow), Jordan Hicks: (elbow), John Nogowski: (hand), Paul DeJong: (side). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Texas Rangers (18-22, fourth in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (22-17, second in the AL West) Houston; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Rangers: Dane Dunning (2-2, 3.78 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 39 strikeouts) Astros: Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 35 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -183, Rangers +157; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Texas enters the matchup as losers of their last four games. The Astros are 17-8 against the rest of their division. Houston's team on-base percentage of .326 is third in the MLB. Yuli Gurriel leads the lineup with an OBP of .417. The Rangers are 5-6 against the rest of their division. Texas has hit 49 home runs this season, sixth in the American League. Adolis Garcia leads them with 10, averaging one every 11.4 at-bats. The Astros won the last meeting 10-4. Zack Greinke earned his third victory and Martin Maldonado went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for Houston. Wes Benjamin registered his second loss for Texas. TOP PERFORMERS: Gurriel leads the Astros with 30 RBIs and is batting .333. Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the Rangers with 14 extra base hits and is slugging .459. LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .295 batting average, 3.66 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs Rangers: 5-5, .251 batting average, 3.87 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Framber Valdez: (finger), Jose Urquidy: (shoulder), Blake Taylor: (ankle), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Enoli Paredes: (right side), Jake Odorizzi: (right pronator muscle), Josh James: (hip), Pedro Baez: (right shoulder). Rangers: Jose Leclerc: (elbow), Jonathan Hernandez: (elbow), Kyle Cody: (right shoulder), Matt Bush: (elbow), Kohei Arihara: (finger), Brock Holt: (hamstring), Ronald Guzman: (knee), Sam Huff: (hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
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A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ COUNT ’EM! Major League Baseball is full of huge numbers — 4,256 hits by Pete Rose, 511 wins for Cy Young, 2,632 consecutive games played by Cal Ripken Jr. Real soon, the sport will reach a big, round number: 20,000 total players. There had been 19,989 players in MLB history going into the weekend, according to baseballreference.com, boosted by Seattle rookies Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert making their debuts Thursday night. The list that began in 1871 ranges from A to Z. First on the alphabetical chart is pitcher David Aardsma, who moved into the top spot ahead of Hank Aaron when he started out in 2004 for San Francisco. Aardsma’s last season was 2015 — that was the same year the player last on the list, pitcher Tony Zych, made his debut with the Mariners. Of all the nearly 20,000 players so far to get into at least one game, 266 have reached the Hall of Fame. Walter Alston played two innings in his only game in 1936 for the Cardinals, striking out in his lone at-bat and making an error at first base — and later reached Cooperstown as the longtime manager of the Dodgers. HEALTH STATUS Now the New York Yankees are dealing with a couple of significant injuries, in addition to their coronavirus issues. Center fielder Aaron Hicks had an MRI that revealed a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday the team will initially try to treat the injury with medicine, and if that goes well, Hicks could be available this weekend in Baltimore. But he could require surgery if the medicine is not effective. “I think it could go either way,” Boone said. New York slugger Giancarlo Stanton was scratched with left quad tightness less than an hour before the first pitch Friday night. His status for the rest of the Orioles series is uncertain. However, the Yankees didn’t have any new positive tests for COVID-19 to add to their eight cases already, Boone said. The team revealed earlier this week that shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated and having previously had COVID-19. ANDERSONS APLENTY It's an Anderson party in Milwaukee, where Braves right-hander Ian Anderson faces Brewers left-hander Brett Anderson. Ian Anderson (2-1, 3.46 ERA) is coming off a no-decision against Philadelphia, allowing three runs in six innings last weekend. Brett Anderson (2-2, 3.54 ERA) pitched three scoreless innings Sunday at Miami in his return from a strained right hamstring. Pittsburgh also is sending an Anderson to the mound, with Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.05 ERA) going against Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants. LOOKING FOR MORE White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón tries to extend his perfect start when he faces Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals. Rodón (5-0, 0.58 ERA) is the first White Sox pitcher to win his first five starts since Chris Sale began the 2016 season with nine in a row. Rodón was slated to go on Thursday, but he was pushed back because of back and hamstring tightness. He tossed six innings of five-hit ball during a 3-0 win at Kansas City on May 7. Minor (2-2, 5.75 ERA) is looking for his first win since April 23. OCTOBER REMATCH Adam Wainwright (2-3, 3.80 ERA) pitches for the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego in a rematch of last year’s first-round playoff won by the Padres. Wainwright is coming off 8 1/3 innings of three-hit ball Sunday in a 2-0 win over Colorado, but the 39-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two starts away from home this season. He allowed two runs and six hits in Game 2 of the first-round series at San Diego last year, getting a no-decision in the 11-9 loss. Chris Paddack (1-3, 4.78) takes the ball for a Padres team depleted this week by COVID-19 positives and contact tracing health and safety protocols. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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UK’s top universities fearful of extra student numbers if A-level grades are highWith teacher-assessed grades this summer expected to result in more top marks, universities are worried about space in halls and staffing University College London took 32% more UK undergraduates in 2020 than in 2019. Vice-chancellors say they will have to take all students who meet their offers, unless they can persuade them – or pay them – to defer. Photograph: Ian Macpherson London/Alamy Stock Photo
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has raised the COVID-19 alert level for the capital Taipei and the surrounding area of New Taipei city following its worst outbreak since the pandemic began. The level 3 alert announced Saturday requires people to wear a mask outdoors and limits indoor gatherings to five people and outdoor gatherings to 10 people. The alert remains in effect for two weeks. Health authorities said that 180 new locally spread cases had been confirmed through Friday, the majority in Taipei and New Taipei. The daily number of new cases had risen steadily from single digits early this week to 29 before the triple-digit jump announced Saturday. “The epidemic is gaining intensity,” Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, while noting that more cases are being identified as authorities hone in on hot zones. Movie theaters, museums, indoor swimming pools and amusement parks were among the places ordered closed under the level 3 alert, as were community colleges and senior citizen activity centers. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means — Cuba rolls out mass vaccines while awaiting study results — The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online — A video promoting tourism in Turkey amid the pandemic has caused an uproar on social media for showing tourism employees wearing masks that read “Enjoy, I’m vaccinated.” — Japan is further expanding a coronavirus state of emergency from six areas, including Tokyo, to nine as the government repeated its determination to hold the Olympics in just over two months. — Southern European countries are racing to reopen their tourism services despite delays in rolling out a planned EU-wide travel pass. ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: NEW DELHI — India’s two biggest cities have reported a drop in daily infections but the government is warning that the devastating surge is spreading in rural areas, where nearly two-thirds of India’s 1.4 billion people live. India reported 326,098 new confirmed cases and 3,890 deaths in the past 24 hours, though experts say both figures are an undercount. The Health Ministry had reported 343,144 cases on Friday and 362,727 on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday warned people to take extra precautions as the virus was spreading fast in rural areas. He said the government was mobilizing all resources, including the military. News reports say hapless villagers have been rushing the sick to nearby towns and cities for treatment because health care facilities are limited in the countryside. India’s capital has reported less than 10,000 new cases in a day for the first time in over a month. It recorded 8,506 cases in the past 24 hours. After a peak of 11,000 daily infections, Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, has been reporting less than 2,000. ___ SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases. Under revisions Friday to the state’s emergency public health order, masks are no longer required of fully vaccinated people in many public settings, though businesses and workplaces may still make face coverings a requirement for all. Public schools are still bound by universal mask requirements with allowances for meals, as the state gradually relaxes aggressive restrictions on public gatherings and some business operations. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that getting vaccinated is crucial to a safe future, with the statewide vaccination rate recently surpassing 50% for eligible residents 16 and over. “We are close and getting closer. But that all depends on New Mexicans continuing to protect themselves and their community by getting vaccinated,” she said in a statement. ___ JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska legislative leaders have voted to make mask-wearing optional at the state Capitol and then shed their own face coverings after the vote. The decision by the Legislative Council followed new guidelines the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The council is composed of House and Senate leaders. Under the new policy, masks are optional in legislative facilities, with some exceptions. For example, lawmakers can require masks in their respective offices. The policy also further eases testing rules. ___ BATON ROUGE, La. --Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has further eased the state’s mask requirements. Edwards largely dropped the state mask mandate on April 27, but there were exceptions. Friday’s order drops the requirement for entry into state office buildings for people who are fully vaccinated. Masking is still required by the state in educational facilities from early childhood classes to universities, and at state correctional facilities and health care facilities. New Orleans, which had a tougher mask mandate than the state’s, also did away with the mask mandate for fully vaccinated people Friday, with similar exceptions. ___ Word from federal health officials that vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks in most situations may be leading to confusion among travelers. Masks are still required under a Transportation Security Administration rule that will run into mid-September unless it is revoked before then. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates airlines, felt the need to remind passengers of the TSA rule. It issued a statement late Friday to “remind the traveling public that at this time if you travel, you are still required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.” ___ NEW YORK — Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Friday that it won’t require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear a mask in its U.S. stores, unless state or local laws say otherwise. Vaccinated shoppers can go maskless immediately, the company said. Vaccinated workers can stop wearing them on May 18. As an incentive, Walmart said it is offering workers $75 if they prove they’ve been vaccinated. Walmart said it won’t ask shoppers if they’ve been vaccinated. Workers, however, will need to tell the company if they’ve been vaccinated in order to go maskless. ___ JUNEAU, Alaska — The acting mayor of Anchorage says Alaska’s largest city is revoking its mask mandate, starting May 21. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson’s office says masks no longer will be required in indoor or outdoor settings but that people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear masks. The decision follows guidance released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday for people who are vaccinated. Quinn-Davidson’s office says applying a mask mandate only to those who are not vaccinated in Anchorage would have created enforcement challenges and issues for businesses. Meanwhile, in Juneau, city officials ease mask wearing rules for people who are fully vaccinated. ___ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ capital city is dropping its requirement to wear a mask to combat the coronavirus following loosened federal guidance and a new state law that will ban local mandates, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said Friday. Scott said the city’s mask mandate will end Saturday, though private entities, hospitals and churches can still enforce their own requirements on employees and patrons. People entering City of Little Rock indoor facilities will still be required to wear a mask, the mayor said. “We strongly encourage residents to continue wearing face coverings in public until we reach the desired vaccination rate in our city, as outlined by healthcare professionals,” Scott said in a statement. The decision comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings. Arkansas dropped its mask mandate in March, but the governor allowed local governments to enforce their own. A new state law, however, takes effect in July that will ban any state or local mandates. ___ ATLANTA — Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges do not currently plan to require students, faculty or staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the fall, according to guidance issued by the University System of Georgia. The 340,000-student university system in March asked all campuses “to plan for resuming normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester.” Thursday’s guidance says fully vaccinated people won’t have to socially distance or wear masks, while unvaccinated people “are strongly encouraged to continue” socially distancing and wearing a mask inside. The universities are supposed to make sure vaccinations are available, but schools won’t be “responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution.” The university system said it had made the decisions in concert with the state Department of Public Health and that they were subject to change. The Board of Regents insisted on at least some in-person instruction in the fall and spring semesters. Those moves came despite resistance from some employees. The Associated Press
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Taylor Knibb won the Yokohama Triathlon to book her place on the US team for the Tokyo Games in July, albeit on a different course than the one used Saturday.
Fulham will be hoping to put disappointment aside and finish the season on a bright note as they head to Southampton for their first Premier League match since their relegation was confirmed. Defeat to Burnley at Craven Cottage on Monday night confirmed Fulham’s fate as they joined Sheffield United and West Brom in dropping into the Championship next season.