Kiah Gillespie, a 3rd-round pick in 2020, won't play for the Sky this season for personal reasons
CHICAGO — The Chicago Sky waived guards Alexis Prince and Japreece Dean and announced forward Kiah Gillespie won’t play the 2020 season in advance of Tuesday’s WNBA roster deadline.The WNBA and its players union set the deadline for teams to get under the salary cap so players would begin to be paid June 1, the Associated Press reported. That means teams had to set their rosters before seeing players in training camp, which was set to open April 26 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Sky’s roster is now at 11 players.The Sky selected Dean and Gillespie in the third round ...
Michael Cunningham: Hawks 'want to come back' for NBA restart, but may not get chance
ATLANTA — The NBA is looking into resuming its season with games in late July at one site, Walt Disney World in Florida. Michele Roberts, executive director of the players’ association, told ESPN on Monday that her virtual calls with players indicated that they “really want to play” even if they must hole up at the Disney complex for weeks. The NBA was the first American sports league to shut down, following a positive COVID-19 test for Jazz center Rudy Gobert.It’s not clear yet what format the NBA will use to finish the season. But ESPN, the NBA partner co-owned by Disney, reports that it’s u...
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Tokyo shares open lower on U.S.-China worries
Tokyo stocks were lower in early Wednesday trading, as concerns about an escalation in U.S.-China tensions prompted investors to cash in profits after the previous day's sharp rise.In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average lost 107.94 points, or 0.51 percent, from Tuesday to 21,163.23. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 3.65 points, or 0.24 percent, at 1,531.08.Decliners were led by air transportation, real estate and land transportation issues.At 9 a.m., the U.S. dollar fetched 107.48-52 yen compared with 107.5...
Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time
San Francisco (AFP) - Twitter labelled two Donald Trump tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first for the social network which has long resisted calls to censure the US president over truth-defying posts.The move drew a furious response from Trump, who used the platform to accuse Twitter of "interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.""Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" he tweeted.The social media giant targeted two tweets the president posted on Tuesday in which he contended without evidence ...
Bartolo Colon doesn't want to retire until he passes one last pitching milestone
NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon isn’t ready to call it quits just yet.The beloved former Met has his sights set on as least one more season playing in the major leagues. Colon doesn’t want to retire until he pitches 46 more innings — the number of innings that it’ll take him to be the all-time Dominican leader in career innings pitched.Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal currently holds that record.“I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colon told the Associated Press on Monday. “I’m still hoping of reaching my goal of pitching 46 innings. I’ll sign with the first team who wants me.”“Big Sexy,” as ...
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District apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ question about slavery in S.C. students’ homeworkCOLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to “write a journal entry responding to the following prompt: choose to be a slave or a slave owner. Write a journal entry that describes your daily activities before the Civil War.”The worksheet was created as part of t...
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No masking it: Biden eyes stark contrast with Trump over virus
Washington (AFP) - Joe Biden squared off with Donald Trump on Tuesday over the wearing of masks one day after the White House challenger emerged from coronavirus-imposed lockdown donning one while the president attended two events bare-faced.By wearing a mask at a Memorial Day ceremony in Delaware -- and by changing his Twitter profile to a photograph of him donning the black covering -- Biden signalled he is putting the coronavirus front and center during the US presidential race in a nation increasingly divided over the pandemic.After the president mocked him for his protective mask, Biden h...
Stefan Bondy: Why Kevin Durant should return for the playoffs
NEW YORK — By the time the NBA season resumes, it will have been about four months since video surfaced of Kevin Durant driving past teammate Nic Claxton and elevating for a one-handed dunk.Four months.He was well enough back then to participate in a 3-on-3 scrimmage, and history tells us that the 13 months following his Achilles surgery is plenty of time for recovery. Both Nets GM Sean Marks and Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, have said recently that Durant’s rehab is on schedule with no setbacks.So it’s time to take off the bubble wrap for the Orlando bubble. After all, the Nets signed Durant ...
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Chase ends when suspect crashes into cop car, narrowly missing officer, cops say
A Mercer County man led police officers on a chase Monday that started with him trying to run over a Trenton detective, and ended with an officer in Pennsylvania nearly being struck by the suspect’s car, police said.Falls, Pennsylvania policesaid they were alerted at about 4:40 p.m. Monday that Trenton officers were pursuing a silver Honda with a temporary license plate that had just crossed the Calhoun Street bridge from the city into Bucks County. The vehicle’s driver had tried to run over a Trenton detective, Falls police said.The pursuit traveled along West Trenton Avenue in Morrisville an...
District apologizes for 'inappropriate' question about slavery in S.C. students' homework
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to “write a journal entry responding to the following prompt: choose to be a slave or a slave owner. Write a journal entry that describes your daily activities before the Civil War.”The worksheet was created as part of the district’s remote learning, which was brought on by the coronavirus.The question was i...
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