Draymond Green’s triple-double fuels Warriors past Hornets
SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors earned their first three-game win streak of the season in Friday’s 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center. With 11 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, Green earned a franchise-record 25th triple-double of his career and set the tone on a night when the Warriors assisted on 38 of their 48 made field goals. Green had eight assists in the first quarter alone, several going to Kelly Oubre Jr., who exploited Charlotte’s defense for cuts and dunks at the rim and finished with 27 points on 11-for-15 shoot...
The Mercury News
‘We were a step slow:’ Hawks lackluster in loss to Thunder
The Hawks (14-19) fell behind in the second quarter and could never make up ground in their 118-109 loss to the Thunder (14-19) in Oklahoma City Friday. Next up, the Hawks play in Miami Sunday and Tuesday. ——— Below are some takeaways from the loss: 1. Facing an Oklahoma City team that’s in rebuilding mode and was missing Al Horford, the Hawks trailed by eight at halftime after a rough second quarter and fell behind 16 in the third quarter as they struggled to get stops. Thanks to a layup by John Collins and 3-pointer by Trae Young, the Hawks were able to pull within six points at the 2:51 mar...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Comeback bid falls short for Pistons in 110-107 home loss to Kings
DETROIT — Dennis Smith Jr. tied the game at 71 midway through the third quarter, confidently stepping into a 3-pointer. It got downgraded to a 2-pointer not long after, however. His foot was on the line. Smith made up for it in style during the Detroit Pistons’ next offensive possession, dribbling across the 3-point line and launching when he had enough space. It gave the Pistons their first lead of the night, and helped to solidify Smith's best outing with the franchise. He finished with 17 points, doing most of his damage in the third quarter. It wasn't enough for the Pistons, however, who o...
Detroit Free Press
Bulls fall to Suns, 106-97, falling apart in 4th quarter and snapping 3-game winning streak
CHICAGO — Regardless of result, Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan has maintained the same demeanor after each game this season. He has been tasked with teaching his young team how to be successful, and while the Bulls have enjoyed highs they have not reached in recent years, growing pains are usually right around the corner. That was the case Friday night as turnovers and a dud of a fourth quarter doomed the Bulls’ chances of pulling off an upset against the Phoenix Suns, falling 106-97 to snap a three-game winning streak. The Bulls led by as many as 16 points in the game, but the Suns closed ...
Judge, attorneys in migrant family separation case buoyed by promise of Biden task force
SAN DIEGO — A new Biden administration task force that will focus on reunifying migrant families separated at the border under Trump-era policies is expected to resolve many of the lingering issues being litigated in a landmark San Diego-based case, attorneys said in a hearing Friday. Specifics are still short on the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families, which was created with an executive order Feb. 2. But Lee Gelernt, lead attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union representing parents, told a judge he is “hopeful.” The task force’s mission is to identify all childre...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Yosemite National Park announces end to online reservations needed to enter the park
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Yosemite National Park will not require day-use reservations to enter the popular park in March. “Starting March 1, reservations will not be required to enter Yosemite,” park officials recently announced. Day-use reservations – $2 via recreation.gov, in addition to normal park entrance fees – were again required in February, in part to manage and reduce crowds that come to the see the park’s “firefall” phenomenon in February. Yosemite first implemented a day-use reservation system last summer to reduce visitation and help stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s not yet known whe...
The Sacramento Bee
Yankees' Gary Sanchez gets early shot to catch ace Gerrit Cole
TAMPA, Fla. — Gary Sanchez and Gerrit Cole are going to get right back at trying to get on the same page this spring. After having to turn to backup catcher Kyle Higashioka to catch the Yankees ace last year, Aaron Boone plans to have Sanchez catch Cole in his first spring outing. Cole is expected to start on Monday when the Yankees host the Tigers. Sanchez is coming off a disaster of a year defensively and offensively. Not only did he lose the job of catching Cole, he was benched in September and had just eight at-bats in seven Yankees playoff games. Sanchez spent the winter working on his de...
New York Daily News
Kevin Durant’s hamstring injury will now keep him out through the All-Star break
NEW YORK — Two games has turned into more than two weeks. Nets star Kevin Durant’s “mild” left hamstring strain is more severe than originally expected, and Brooklyn, rightfully so, is playing it safe. A routine follow-up MRI determined Durant requires “an additional recovery period” that will keep him out through the March 5-10 NBA All-Star break. If this timeframe holds, Durant will miss nine regular-season games due to this injury, plus the March 7 All-Star Game. “The latest images provided a clearer picture of the hamstring and while we are confident that Durant will return at full strengt...
New York Daily News
Why winter weather is no match for rats in America's 'rattiest city'
CHICAGO – Chicagoans hoping that brutal cold and epic snowfall would wipe out the rat population in America’s “rattiest city” should know: Rats are much tougher than that. Pest control experts told the Tribune a few more rats than normal might die this winter, but this spring we’ll still have a full crop of rattus norvegicus. After all, rats can survive a decade of bombardment by atomic bombs on Pacific atolls. What chance does a few extra inches of snow have? “Rats can survive in tough environments. They’re tough. They’ll burrow underneath the snow as deep as they can and they can survive thi...
These twin-sister Philly physicians have their patients’ backs – and each other’s, too
PHILADELPHIA –Even for identical twins, Elana McDonald and Delana Wardlaw have a lot in common. Both Philadelphia physicians, the sisters graduated together from Central High School (class number 251), Temple University, and Penn State’s College of Medicine. They inherited their parents’ belief in the power of education. They also learned well their mother’s lessons about standing up for yourself, for what you believe in, and for the people you love. And if you ask which twin is the outgoing one and which is more demure, their answer doesn’t miss a beat: “There is no quiet one,” says McDonald,...
The Philadelphia Inquirer