Turnovers haunt Magic in overtime loss to Pacers
Two late turnovers proved costly as the Orlando Magic missed a chance to win in regulation and wound up suffering a 120-118 overtime loss to the host Indiana Pacers on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Malcolm Brogdon sank a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in overtime to put Indiana on top. Evan Fournier had a chance at a game-winning 3, but the shot hit the front of the rim and caromed away. Fournier scored 26 points to lead the Magic (7-9), who went 1-4 on their five-game road trip. Nikola Vucevic recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando. Brogdon finished with 23 points while My...
Veterans, newcomers power USWNT to rout of Colombia
ORLANDO, Fla. — A mix of veteran and young U.S. women’s national team stars combined for a blowout 6-0 victory over Colombia on Friday, capping January camp with two friendly wins for the Americans. The match opened with a bang when 22-year-old Catarina Macario netted the first goal of her international career in the third minute. That goal was the payoff of years of work on and off the field for Macario. The Brazilian native became a U.S. citizen in the fall while formally applying to change her national team affiliation. The switch was approved last week, allowing Macario to debut on Monday ...
Braves mourn Aaron: ‘We lost a legend ... an unbelievably great person’
ATLANTA — Even the great Braves players who came after him knew they could never reach the greatness of Hank Aaron. “He played for the galactic All-Stars, you know,” Chipper Jones said Friday. “We’re just mere earthlings, and he’s on a different level.” Aaron’s death at age 86 “absolutely devastated” the Braves organization, as team chairman Terry McGuirk put it. Jones, himself a Hall of Famer, described Aaron as “a transcendent baseball player” and “a transcendent person in American history as well.” Another former Braves All-Star player, Brian Jordan, said he “almost dropped down to my knees...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michigan continues to roll through Big Ten, derailing Purdue, 70-53
Michigan did not play a clean basketball game Friday night. The Wolverines struggled to hold onto the ball, turning it over 14 times. They shot just 44.6% from the field. But U-M's defense held Purdue to its lowest-scoring game of the season in a 70-53 victory on Friday night, and the Wolverines left Mackey Arena with sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Michigan jumped out to an early 10-point lead in the first half and led by double digits for much of the game. Isaiah Livers led all scorers with 22 points and added 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Eli Brooks added 11 poin...
Detroit Free Press
Michael Cunningham: Hank Aaron: Hero to many, especially Black people
ATLANTA — I was an infant when Braves legend Hank Aaron hit home run No. 715. My impressions of what happened April 8, 1974 at Atlanta Stadium were formed by repeated viewings of the famous TV highlight. My thoughts about Aaron’s legacy are, believe or not, influenced by an argument among schoolmates when I was in sixth or seventh grade. The topic: best baseball player of all time. One of my white peers picked Babe Ruth because he was the Home Run King. I told him that Aaron hit more home runs than Ruth. The classmate responded that Aaron’s record was fraudulent because MLB counted homers that...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sam Mellinger: Remembering Henry Aaron, the home run king who was about so much more than home runs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The home runs hid Henry Aaron's greatness. That is an audacious, ridiculous, outrageous thing to say. It is also true. Aaron's legend will always be tied to the 755 home runs he hit, a number that baseball fans don't need to look up. That's more than any man before him, and even after Barry Bonds broke the record many still consider Aaron the real home run king. Much of that is a reference to baseball's uglier side, of course. But some of it comes from Aaron's beauty. "I guess you can call him the people's home run king," fellow Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson once sai...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: 'Hammerin' Hank' Aaron fought as strongly for civil rights as he did for an extra base
Jackie Robinson was a legend I read about in history books. Hank Aaron was a man I actually saw play. So when news of his death flashed across my smartphone screen Friday, I had an emotional reaction I hadn’t really expected. He wasn’t my favorite baseball player. He didn’t play on my favorite team. In fact, when he in the batter’s box staring down Tom Seaver, I rooted for the other guy. But I loved Hank Aaron. The same way I loved Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Colin Kaepernick and any righteous Black athlete who knows that freedom fighting is a thousand times more important than hi...
New York Daily News
Hyundai Sonata and Elantra N Line are fast, furious ‘n’ ‘ffordable
Good news, enthusiasts. The Performance Club has taken new members. Everyone raise their glass to the Hyundai N Line. Performance car trims are some of the most enjoyable fillies in the automotive stable. Born as regular autos, they are bred with steroids and big engines to believe they can do battle with sports cars. Thank the original 1984 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Honda Civic Si for this gift to autodom. Over the years the club has delighted in paradoxes like the wee Ford Fiesta ST attacking Ford Mustangs out of stoplights. Or Honda Civic Type Rs hounding Porsches through the twisties. They’r...
The Detroit News
I tried to start a pandemic pod for my 5-year-old. Here's how it went wrong
My 5-year-old started to resent her situation in late March, soon after the schools closed and after we barred play dates and trips to Chuck E. Cheese. As the pandemic enveloped Southern California and Cora realized she wouldn't see her friends for some time, her growing frustration manifested itself in misbehavior, picking fights and door slamming. I tried to be patient but failed more times than I'd care to admit. Whenever Cora heard "coronavirus" on the radio, she would shout for us to turn it off. "I hate the coronavirus!" she loudly declared. Cora became my shadow, following me around the...
Tribune News Service
Auto review: Nissan Rogue
In a culture where nonconformity is the only conformity, and vulgarity and coarseness are trendy, trendiness sells. So it’s no surprise that Nissan’s most popular product is the Nissan Rogue, at least if you consider its name. Yet there's nothing rogue about it. Its popularity stems from the market segment in which it competes: compact crossovers. Since its launch in 2007, annual sales climbed from 17,808 to more than 350,000 last year, although that’s down from more than 412,000 in 2018. But Nissan could easily beat those numbers with the newest iteration of the Rogue, as it endows its allege...
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