Wild roll out of Detroit with 7-1 victory against Red Wings
DETROIT — The Wild have more than twice as many wins as the Red Wings do, and 35 points separate them in the standings.But those weren’t the only examples of the gap between these two teams.So was a 7-1 rout by the Wild Thursday at Little Caesars Arena, a business-like dismantling of the Red Wings that captured the urgency of the Wild’s playoff push instead of the ho-hum vibe of a last-place squad.This was one of the Wild’s most well-rounded efforts of the season, with 13 different players tallying at least a point in the team’s fourth victory over its last five games.At the head of the class ...
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Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced to 3 years for book fraud schemeBALTIMORE — Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades, was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for a fraud scheme involving a children’s book series.U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow described Pugh’s crimes as “astounding” and said she took advantage of a career spent doing good works to mislead organizations who purchased her “Healthy Holly” books.“I have yet, frankly, to hear any explanation that makes sense,” the judge said. “This was not a...
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FTC sues to block Philadelphia hospital merger
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said it will sue to block Thomas Jefferson University’s acquisition of Einstein Healthcare Network, a deal that has been pending since September 2018, alleging that the combination would reduce competition and raise prices in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties.“Jefferson and Einstein have a history of competing against each other to improve quality and service, including by upgrading medical facilities and investing in new technologies,” the FTC said in a statement. “The proposed merger would eliminate the robust competition between Jefferson and Eins...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida Panthers' playoff hopes take major hit with home loss to Toronto Maple Leafs
MIAMI — Sergei Bobrovsky could only withstand the Toronto Maple Leafs for so long. When the Florida Panthers’ offense vanished after the first period Thursday, Bobrovsky was the only one keeping them alive going to the third period of their biggest game of the season. The goaltender didn’t crack when he faced 13 shots in the second period and didn’t crack on either of the Maple Leafs’ first two looks in the third.He finally cracked the same way he often has throughout his first season with the Panthers. Bobrovsky stopped the first shot by Martin Marincin and a scramble broke out in front of th...
Sixers top Knicks as Tobias Harris scores 34 points
PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have played three straight games against teams that entered Thursday with 17 wins, and while now depleted by injury, they were still facing three of the bottom-feeders in the Eastern Conference.If the Sixers are going to hold the fort while All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are out, they will have to show a better killer instinct.On Thursday they had enough to put away one of those 17-win teams, earning a 115-106 win over the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center. Yet there was probably much more suspense than needed, especially since the Sixers owned a 20-poin...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Washington agency rejects Facebook settlement, refers campaign ad violation charge to AG's office
SEATTLE — Washington’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its own staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign finance law.Instead of accepting the rather modest settlement — a proposed $75,000 fine for the $550-billion company and no admission of guilt — the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) referred the matter to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson for further investigation.It’s the second time in a little more than a year that Ferguson’s office will look into Facebook for allegedl...
The Seattle Times
Zavier Simpson's career night can't save Michigan basketball in 81-74 loss to Wisconsin
Michigan basketball’s defense was the biggest factor behind the team’s recent turnaround.It was also the biggest reason why the Wolverines couldn’t defend their home court Thursday night.Michigan lost to Wisconsin, 81-74, in a high-scoring game that saw the Badgers put up 43 points by halftime. The loss ended Michigan’s five-game win streak.Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines (18-10, 9-8 Big Ten) in the loss.The Wolverines trailed for the entire game, and by double digits at multiple junctures. Still, they made a late run and cut Wisconsin’s lead to three with just...
Detroit Free Press
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith makes 'rhythm on canvas' art works by drumming with sticks, not brushes
SAN DIEGO — Drumming, at its best, can be an art form. Even so, Chad Smith still needed some persuasion before agreeing to create framed, gallery-ready “rhythm on canvas” art works with his drums and sticks, rather than with paint and brushes.“I did have to be convinced,” acknowledged Smith, who has been the drummer in Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988 and counts Ozzy Osbourne, Brandi Carlile and Wu-Tang Clan among his many other musical collaborators.To be convinced, Smith reached out in 2015 to several other drummers, specifically, Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward, Journey’s Steve Smith and the Grat...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Clemson football signee to pass on college and play pro soccer instead
A Clemson football signee’s college career is over before ever stepping foot on campus.Two-sport athlete Tanner Tessmann, who signed with the Tigers in December, will instead begin a pro soccer career.Tessmann has signed a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas, according to a report. A Clemson official confirmed to The State Thursday afternoon that Tessmann is passing on college and plans to pursue a pro soccer career.Tessmann impressed during a recruit football camp at Clemson to earn a scholarship offer.He had been slated to play football and soccer for the Tigers, despite not playing high schoo...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Yankees' Aaron Judge likely out for at least another week
TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Judge is doing well, but he is still not hitting on the field. That means the Yankees slugger is not likely to make his Grapefruit League debut until the end of next week. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday he isn’t sure if the outfielder will take the next step in the return from rehabbing a sore right shoulder.“I know he hit the cage today … I don’t know his exact schedule through the weekend, but he’s doing well,” Boone said.Still, Judge is now almost two weeks behind and the Yankees outfield could start the season with both Aaron Hicks (Tommy John rehab) and Gian...
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