Bulls defeat Celtics, 121-99, as fans are welcomed back to the United Center for 1st time during COVID-19 pandemic
CHICAGO — Just before tip-off of Friday night’s 121-99 win at the United Center, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine took the microphone in front of 3,399 fans at midcourt to deliver a brief address to the first home crowd in nearly 14 months. “We all know how really hard this year has been, so we appreciate you guys’ support,” LaVine said. “We’re so happy that you guys are back. We missed you guys. Let’s continue to get this year strong. Everybody stay social distanced, wear your mask and above all, go Bulls. Let’s finish this out y’all.” Lavine and Coby White led the Bulls with 25 points apiece....
Controversial US Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene find refuge at raucous joint rally in Florida
THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Two of the most controversial Republicans in the country were a big draw in The Villages Friday night, as hundreds gathered to see U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene join U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz for the kickoff of their “America First” tour. The two have joined to create “Put America First,” a joint fundraising committee, and Friday’s event in the country’s biggest senior community was the first of a series of scheduled rallies designed to appeal to former (and potentially future) Trump voters. Rallygoers at The Brownwood Hotel & Spa cheered and waved signs for both Gaetz and G...
Sixers squeak past undermanned Pelicans, 109-107
PHILADELPHIA — No surprise here ... well, maybe there was in the end. The 76ers faced a New Orleans Pelicans squad that was without five of their top eight players. Of course, they did. Facing undermanned teams has become the norm for the Sixers. They defeated the Pelicans, 109-107, in what was their seventh consecutive game against a team missing several key players. But this one was closer than expected. The Sixers blew a 17-point second-quarter lead and trailed by three points with 1 minute, 47 seconds left. Joel Embiid pulled them with one point, 107-106, on a pair of foul shots eight seco...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mickelson fades as trio of golfers take lead at Wells Fargo Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Phil Mickelson’s bid to win his first Wells Fargo Championship took a hit Friday afternoon. Mickelson, who began the day with a two-shot lead, fell behind on the leaderboard after a disastrous back nine that saw him go 4-over-par for the day. Mickelson carded three bogeys and a double bogey. It actually could have been worse. On No. 14, Mickelson hit a ball in the water off the tee. Fortunately, he was able to save par. It was a rough day for Mickelson, who carded a 64 on Day 1 to finish Thursday at 7-under. Still, Mickelson enters the third round only three shots out of the ...
The Charlotte Observer
Rory McIlroy has big day in second round of Wells Fargo tournament
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first day of the Wells Fargo Championship saw an old face emerge atop the leaderboard. The second day saw another familiar golfer surge up it. Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who started the day at 1 over par, shot a 5-under 66 to finish 4-under for the tournament Friday. As of early Friday afternoon, he was two shots behind leaders Matt Wallace, Gary Woodland and Patrick Rodgers. Phil Mickelson, who led by two strokes after the first round, shot a 75 on Friday, and is currently at 3 under. McIlroy hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since November 2019, when he took home th...
The Charlotte Observer
Younger patients causing Florida to have among the highest COVID hospital rates in country
MIAMI — As state and local officials drop mandates on COVID-19 restrictions, the virus continues to circulate throughout Florida, sending increasingly younger people to the hospital at rates that are among the highest in the country. Overall, the number of people being treated for COVID in Florida hospitals has ticked down over the last two weeks after a slight rise in the beginning of April. About 3,000 Floridians were hospitalized with COVID on Thursday, down about 10% from 3,345 patients on April 23. But Florida ranks third in the nation for confirmed recent COVID hospital admissions for ad...
Mothers see signs of economic hope after a year of stress
The perfect Mother's Day greeting for 2021 might be: "Thanks Mom for putting up with all the torture the economy has put you through." And you thought raising children was tough? Try bringing home even a few paychecks when the restaurant, hair salon or clothing store where you work closed or cut hours as part of a shutdown or social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or try juggling a job and adding a second unpaid one that requires overseeing a third-grader and a sixth-grader who are both stuck learning remotely via a laptop at the dining room table or back bedroom. All that's ...
Detroit Free Press
The Missouri House approves 'Rush Limbaugh Day' after saying no to 'Walter Cronkite Day'
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House on Thursday kept alive an effort to honor the late Rush Limbaugh, who was from Cape Girardeau and gained national fame as a syndicated conservative radio host. Legislation approved Thursday would designate each Jan. 12, Limbaugh's birthday, as "Rush Limbaugh Day" in Missouri. Limbaugh, 70, died in February after a battle with cancer. The vote immediately followed a Democratic-led effort to designate Jan. 13 as "Walter Cronkite Day," after the Missouri native and broadcast journalist who anchored the CBS Evening News. The effort failed. Cronkite, who was...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Kevin Durant goes cold as Nets drop fourth in a row with loss to Mavs
The Nets were already without James Harden (hamstring). But an APB needed to be put out on Kevin Durant, who couldn’t be found in the Nets’ 113-109 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday. It’s the Nets’ fourth loss in a row; not-so perfect timing for a team jockeying for playoff position. Durant shot just 7 of 21 from the field for 20 points, missing all four of his attempts from deep. His night consisted of mostly clean and comfortable looks that either fell short off front iron. Durant couldn’t heat up going to the rim, either. He missed back-to-back layups late in the fourth quarter, getting sto...
New York Daily News
Michael Avenatti not ‘as high profile as he once was,’ NYC federal judge writes
NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti is not “quite as high profile as he once was,” a Manhattan federal judge wrote Thursday, denying the disgraced lawyer’s bid to restrict press access to jury selection at his upcoming trial. Judge Jesse Furman wrote that there was no evidence that media coverage of jury selection during Avenatti’s earlier trial for attempting to extort Nike out of more than $20 million affected the guilty verdict. Judge Paul Gardephe presided over the Nike trial, which concluded in February 2020. Furman will oversee Avenatti’s trial for allegedly swindling the client who made him fam...
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