The Atlanta Braves will open the season with two rookie left-handers in their rotation while giving right-hander Kyle Wright more time to prepare for his first start. Wright was told he would start the season on the 15-day injured list. The only 20-game winner in the majors last season got a cortisone shot in January to address a shoulder issue. Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd will open the season in the rotation. Shuster is expected to start in the Braves’ third game at Washington on April 2. Dodd is expected to take the No. 5 spot in the rotation and start on April 4 at St. Louis.
A Florida surgeon has been charged with murder in the disappearance of a Tampa area attorney. Police in Largo said Sunday that they've arrested Dr. Tomasz Kosowski and charged him with first-degree murder in Tuesday's disappearance of attorney Steven Cozzi. Cozzi's body has not been found, but police said they have evidence Kosowski killed him at the lawyer's office. Cozzi worked for a firm that has been representing Kosowski's former employer and co-workers in a lawsuit he filed against them. Court and jail records do not indicate if Kosowski has hired an attorney.
Bianca Andreescu of Canada — the 2019 U.S. Open champion — beat 2020 Wimbledon winner Sofia Kenin of the United States 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Open. Andreescu advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open for the third time. She had seven aces to Kenin’s one and double-faulted only once as she won the third straight matchup between the one-time Grand Slam champions. On the men's side, American Tommy Paul beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-3, 7-5, helped by eight aces. Fokina had six double-faults.
The Charlotte Hornets overcame a 40-point outing from Luka Doncic to defeat Dallas for the second time in three days 110-104. It also is another costly blow to the Mavericks’ playoff hopes. Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and P.J. Washington added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets. The Mavericks entered the day tied with Oklahoma City for the 10th best record in the Western Conference but the Thunder hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. Doncic picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in the third quarter, meaning he will face a one-game suspension on Monday night unless the technical is rescinded by the league office.
Philadelphia residents are being told that they may want to drink only bottled water following a chemical spill into the Delaware River in neighboring Bucks County. Officials said Sunday that a leak late Friday evening at the Trinseo Altuglas chemical facility in Bristol Township spilled between 8,100 and 12,000 gallons of a non-toxic water-based latex finishing solution into the river. Officials said there had been no sign of contaminants in Philadelphia water and there is very low if any risk to health but officials wanted people to be aware so they could consider using bottled water to drink or cook with to further minimize any risk.
LeBron James has returned to the Los Angeles Lakers after a monthlong injury absence, but he was held out of the starting lineup. The Lakers declared James available for their game against the Chicago Bulls after a pregame workout. The NBA’s career scoring leader hasn’t played since Feb. 26, when he complained of right foot soreness after a win at Dallas. James missed 13 games, but the Lakers went 8-5 in his absence and even reached .500 for the first time this season. Los Angeles has won three straight heading into the finale of its five-game homestand against the Bulls.
Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy looked certain to meet in the final of the Dell Match Play. Sam Burns and Cameron Young had the final say. Young rallied from 2 down with three holes to play and beat McIlroy on the 19th hole to reach the championship match. Scheffler had to birdie the last hole to force overtime. The defending champion looked like a winner when he needed a 4-foot birdie putt for the win. But Scheffler missed it, and Burns beat him with a birdie on the 20th hole. So it's Young and Burns for the title.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season and now faces a one-game suspension. Unless the NBA office rescinds the technical, Doncic will be forced to sit out the team’s game Monday night against against the Indiana Pacers. Doncic had been chirping at officials for most of Sunday's game against the Charlotte Hornets and finally got slapped with a technical midway through the third quarter. Dallas entered the day tied with Oklahoma City for 10th in the Western Conference but still out of position for a play-in tournament spot because the Thunder hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Mavericks.
The arrest of actor Jonathan Majors has upended the Army’s newly launched advertising campaign that was aimed at reviving the service’s struggling recruiting numbers. Authorities say Majors was arrested Saturday in New York on charges of strangulation, assault and harassment. Majors was the narrator of two ads at the heart of a broader media campaign that kicked off at the start of the NCAA’s March Madness college basketball tournament. Army leaders were hopeful that the star's popularity would help them reach the youth audience. The Army says in a statement that while Majors “is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete.”
Dan Hurley got choked up when asked about his dad on the eve of UConn’s Sweet 16 game. Tears flowed again before the Huskies’ Elite Eight game, this time from thinking about what he considers his other family. Now Hurley will get to coach them at least one more game, next week in Houston. UConn has blitzed its way through the bracket so far, winning each of its four NCAA Tournament games by at least 15 points. The Huskies turned what was supposed to a dream Elite Eight game into a nightmare for Gonzaga to earn their first Final Four trip since winning the 2014 national title.
Union Pacific has become the second major freight railroad in the past week to back away from the industry's longstanding push to cut train crews down to one person as lawmakers and regulators increasingly focus on rail safety following last month's fiery derailment in Ohio. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Saturday that it had reached an agreement with the union that represents conductors to drop its proposal to take those workers out of the cabs of locomotives. Norfolk Southern made a similar announcement several days earlier. The Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train that forced the evacuation of roughly half the town of East Palestine, Ohio, is what sparked the renewed interest in rail safety.
Christophe Laporte has won the first one-day classic race of his career. The Frenchman and teammate Wout van Aert secured a 1-2 finish at Gent-Wevelgem for the Jumbo-Visma team on Sunday. In pouring rain the duo resisted the peloton’s chase in the 260.9-kilometer (162-mile) race through Belgium after a 50-kilometer breakaway they launched on a steep ascent. Van Aert and Laporte celebrated together on their way to the finish line with the 2021 winner happy to let Laporte take the win. Marlen Reusser of Switzerland won the women’s race ahead of Megan Jastrab of the United States and Dutch rider Maike van der Duin.
A Florence museum and the city's mayor are inviting parents and students from a Florida charter school to visit and see Michelangelo’s “David.” The invitation comes after the school principal was forced to resign following parental complaints that an image of the nude Renaissance masterpiece was shown to a sixth-grade art class.The Italian response has been incredulous and highlights how the U.S. culture wars are often perceived in Europe. Even amid a rise in right-wing sentiment and governance on the continent, the Renaissance and its masterpieces are generally above the fray.
Nick Bachem has pulled clear of the field with a faultless final-round 64 to win the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa by four shots for his first European tour title. The German carded eight birdies to go to 24 under par and leave his challengers behind at The Club at Steyn City. South Africans Hennie du Plessis and Zander Lombard tied for second on 20 under.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fires defense minister over calling for halt to judicial overhaul
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fires defense minister over calling for halt to judicial overhaul.
Harry Kane’s golden touch continued for England as he struck a record-extending 55th goal for his country in a 2-0 win against Ukraine. The Tottenham striker had already surpassed Wayne Rooney as the Three Lions’ outright leading scorer with his penalty in the 2-1 win against Italy in Naples this week. He got the chance to celebrate in front of his home fans at Wembley with another goal in England’s European Championship qualifier. Kane struck in the 37th minute when converting Bukayo Saka’s cross to the far post. Saka got on the scoresheet himself three minutes later. corner.
In drought-stricken Spain, around 250 villagers brought back the faded practice of a special Mass and procession to pray for rain. It's been years since they reached out to Our Lady of the Torrents, a local virgin associated with rainfall in L'Espunyola. Some farmers in this mountain village north of Barcelona say they can’t remember a time of such widespread drought. One farmer fears that if there's no rain in the next two weeks, the harvest might be ruined. Very low rainfall and high temperatures over the past three years have officially put Spain into long-term drought.
Authorities say a dozen people were injured in the collapse of a second-story floor inside an apartment complex near a western Pennsylvania over the weekend. State police told the Tribune-Review that seven people were taken to hospitals and five others were treated at the scene after the 11:50 p.m. Saturday collapse at Elm by Traverse Commons about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Trooper Cliff Greenfield said the victims had injuries ranging from serious to minor. He said it's unclear how many people were inside the three-story building and how many of the victims were students or their guests.
Cubans are voting in National Assembly elections with attention focused on voter turnout amid a deep economic and migratory crisis. With 470 candidates running for the legislature’s 470 seats, and no opposition challengers, the election’s outcome is a foregone conclusion. Voters essentially will do no more than endorse a slate of candidates vetted by Communist Party officials, critics say. What observers will be watching Sunday is whether a trend in declining voter participation continues. Participation in elections in Cuba is high but has been on the decline for a decade.
Adele has announced that she’s extending her Las Vegas residency with 34 more dates between June and November and also plans to release a concert film. Saturday night’s show was the last performance in the British singer's original “Weekends With Adele” series that covered 34 dates since last November on the Las Vegas Strip. Her representatives said Adele’s shows will resume at the Colosseum on June 16 and run through Nov. 4. The June performances will be recorded as a concert special.
It’s four wins out of five for Cambridge in one of England’s oldest sporting events after it powered to victory over Oxford in the men’s Boat Race. And it was a bold move by Cambridge cox Jasper Parish to find friendlier waters on the River Thames that proved the difference in the annual contest between the two universities which started in 1829. Cambridge now leads the rivalry 86-81. In the women’s Boat Race, Cambridge made it six straight wins after beating Oxford with another dominant performance in the 77th edition.
Florida Atlantic has defied expectation and description all season. The winningest team in Division I, but the lowest seed left in the NCAA Tournament, is heading to the Final Four with a squad that is greater than the sum of its interchangeable parts. To win four tournament games so far, each by single digits, has taken contributions from up and down FAU’s roster. The Owls have had three different leading scorers, three different leading rebounders and three different leaders in assists.
Four people have been confirmed dead and three others remain unaccounted for following an explosion Friday at a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania. West Reading's police chief said a fourth person was found dead under debris early Sunday at the R.M. Palmer Co. plant where the last erupted just before 5 p.m. Friday. Rescue crews are using heavy equipment to pull debris from the site. Borough Fire Chief Chad Moyer said Saturday night that the chance of finding survivors was “decreasing rapidly” but Mayor Samantha Kaag said called it “a hold out for hope" to get answers for people. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blast.
Primoz Roglic held off a challenge from Remco Evenepoel to win the Catalonia Volta in the Slovenian’s second victory since returning from surgery on his left shoulder. Roglic finished the week-long race six seconds ahead of Evenepoel, who narrowly won Sunday’s seventh stage. The Jumbo-Visma leader defended several attacks from Evenepoel through the hilly finish of the 135.8-kilometer (84-mile) stage which started and finished in Barcelona. Evenepoel went ahead at the end with Roglic crossing the finish line right behind the Belgian. Marc Soler was third. Roglic will likely face Evenepoel again at the Giro d’Italia starting in May.
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“John Wick: Chapter 4,” the fourth installment in the Keanu Reeves assassin series, debuted with a franchise-best $73.5 million at the box office. That is according to studio estimates Sunday. The Lionsgate film, starring Reeves as the reluctant-but-not-that-reluctant killer John Wick, exceeded both expectations and previous opening weekends in the R-rated franchise. Since first launching in 2014 with “John Wick,” the Chad Stahelski-directed series has steadily grown as a ticket-seller with each sequel. After its disappointing debut last weekend, the superhero sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” slumped to second place with $9.7 million in its second weekend. The Warner Bros. release dropped steeply, tumbling 68% from its launch.
FIFA has postponed the men’s Under-20 World Cup finals draw because of host nation Indonesia’s issues with Israel having qualified. The Indonesian soccer federation has confirmed the postponement Sunday just five days before the draw ceremony in Bali. The 24-nation draw for the May 20-June 11 tournament includes debutant Israel. Doubt was cast on the draw event last week. The governor of Bali called for a ban on Israel playing there because of Indonesia’s diplomatic support for the Palestinian cause. The six stadiums due to be used for the 52-game tournament include one in the Balinese city Gianyar.
Marc Márquez has injured his right hand after crashing out of the season-opening Portuguese Moto Grand Prix. Márquez hurt his hand when he went down hard Sunday after slamming into the back of Miquel Oliveira’s bike. Jorge Martín also wiped out in the crash. His Honda team said that the six-time MotoGP world champion has a “possible fracture to the first metacarpal of his right hand.” The race was won by defending champion Francesco Bagnaia.
Russian authorities say a drone caused an explosion that injured three people far from Ukraine border; no word on origin
Russian authorities say a drone caused an explosion that injured three people far from Ukraine border; no word on origin.
An Associated Press review of dozens of legal filings shows that President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is fighting just as vigorously as Donald Trump's did to uphold death row inmates' sentences, despite Biden's opposition to capital punishment. Lawyers for some of the over 40 death row inmates who had hoped that Attorney General Merrick Garland may be more open to their clients’ claims of racial bias and other errors say they’ve seen no meaningful change. Garland put a temporary pause on federal executions in 2021 and has reversed decisions by previous administrations to seek it in 27 cases. But the Justice Department continues to fight to uphold the sentences of death row inmates tried under previous presidents.
England player Phil Foden has been ruled out of the European Championship qualifier against Ukraine after having his appendix removed hours before kickoff. The Football Association said the Manchester City forward underwent surgery on Sunday morning. No estimate has been given on how long Foden is expected to be out while he recovers but he is likely to miss City’s Premier League game against Liverpool next Saturday and could be a doubt for his team’s Champions League quarterfinal first-leg match against Bayern Munich on April 11.
Horse racing’s efforts to clean up the sport and level the playing field are taking another step forward with the launch of a new anti-doping program. It’s an attempt to centralize the drug testing of racehorses and manage the results, while doling out uniform penalties to horses and trainers that will replace the current patchwork rules that vary from state to state. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act known as HISA begins its anti-doping program Monday. But there are ongoing legal issues that won't allow the anti-doping program to immediately start in every state.
GOP lawmakers in states with abortion bans already in place are pushing to make them more restrictive, while blue state officials are trying to expand abortion access. Nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a nationwide right to abortion, the long-term picture on what will be allowed in each state remains unsettled, even though voters have bristled at broad bans. In Tennessee, officials scaled back a bill on an exception after hearing from powerful anti-abortion groups. In Wyoming, they've adopted a second ban. Meanwhile, blue states including Minnesota and Hawaii have codified efforts to guarantee abortion access.
Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of a bill aimed at transgender health care has put Kentucky in the middle of a national fight. But the consequences are more immediate in Kentucky. Its election this year offers an early test on the state-by-state assault on gender-affirming care for minors. The veto issued Friday set off competing messages likely to be repeated until the November election. That's when Kentucky voters will decide whether to reelect the Democratic governor or hand over the governor’s office to a Republican. No one seems to know yet how much weight voters will put on the transgender issue.
There's a special chance this week to see five planets lined up in the night sky. Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars will gather near the moon in a planet parade. The best day to spot all five will be on Tuesday right after sunset. If you look out to the western horizon, you'll be able to see them stretching up toward the moon. You may need a pair of binoculars to catch Mercury and Uranus, which don't shine as bright as the other planets. But the five-planet array will be visible from anywhere on Earth, as long as you have clear skies.
On the one side are dozens of lawmakers on Capitol Hill issuing dire warnings about security breaches and possible Chinese surveillance. On the other are some 150 million TikTok users in the U.S. who just want to be able to keep making and watching short, fun videos offering makeup tutorials and cooking lessons. The disconnect illustrates the uphill battle lawmakers face in trying to convince the public that China could use TikTok as a weapon against the American people. But many users on the platform are more concerned about the possibility of the government taking away their favorite app.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government has no plan to bring the country out of crisis. The International Monetary Fund has delayed a $6 billion bailout over Pakistan’s failure to meet the terms of a 2019 deal. The government blames that failure on Khan. He addressed thousands of people early Sunday at a rally in the city of Lahore, setting out his 10-point plan for the economy. Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote last April and is campaigning for early polls. But the government rejects his demands, saying elections will be held as scheduled in October.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to use Medicaid money to pay for housing for some vulnerable people. Medicaid is the government health insurance program for people with disabilities or low incomes. Historically it has only been used to pay for medical expenses. That's changing as state and federal officials acknowledge the link between housing and health care. The federal government last year gave Arizona and Oregon permission to use Medicaid money to pay for up to six months of housing. Now California wants to join them. California has the nation's largest homeless population. It also has the largest Medicaid population, about 13 million people.
Ukraine’s top security official has denounced the Kremlin’s plans to station tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus. Russia said that it made the move in response to the West’s increasing military support for Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the plan in a television interview that aired on Saturday. He said that it was triggered by Britain’s decision this past week to provide Ukraine with armor-piercing rounds containing depleted uranium. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council secretary Oleksiy Danilov tweeted Sunday that Putin’s announcement was “a step towards internal destabilization” of Belarus. Danilov said that the Kremlin “took Belarus as a nuclear hostage.”
For exactly 50 years, Oregon’s farms and forests have been protected from urban sprawl by the nation’s first statewide law creating urban growth boundaries. But now, a bill being considered in Oregon’s Legislature could authorize the governor to unilaterally expand boundaries as part of the state's quest to lure chip companies and provide land for them to build their factories. The measure would also provide $200 million in grants to chipmakers. Farmers and conservationists are worried about the proposal and what it will mean for a state that cherishes its open spaces. State officials and lawmakers are eager to bring more semiconductor factories to Oregon.
Comments from two key Bayern Munich players have hinted at unease in the squad even before new coach Thomas Tuchel takes his first training session. Midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka both voiced concerns Saturday about the sudden firing of Julian Nagelsmann and his replacement with Tuchel. Kimmich says it is a sign of how the soccer business has “not much heart” and Goretzka says the decision came as a shock. Kimmich and Goretzka will still be with the national team when Tuchel takes charge of a reduced squad Monday for his first training session ahead of a key game against Borussia Dortmund.
An increased number of travelers in Germany have boarded trains and planes to avoid a major one-day strike Monday that aims to bring the country’s transportation system to a standstill. But even advance travel on Sunday was met with disruption in some places. Munich airport was already shut down Sunday because of the strike. Technical problems at Germain airline Lufthansa in Frankfurt led to flight delays and cancellations at the country’s biggest airport. A total of around 1,500 connections were affected and takeoffs and landings were only possible for emergency humanitarian flights.
A sea rescue group says Libya’s coast guard fired warning shots over a humanitarian vessel as it attempted to rescue a rubber boat carrying migrants off Libya’s coast. The coast guard went on to return some 80 Europe-bound migrants to Libyan soil. The incident Saturday in international waters was the latest reckless sea interception of migrants by the Libyan coast guard, which is trained and financed by the European Union to stem the influx of migrants to Europe. That's according to the SOS Mediterranee group, whose vessel was warned off by the coast guard. A spokesman for the coast guard didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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