Authorities say police officer and a federal agent were shot and wounded in Tennessee on while looking for a carjacked vehicle. Police said on Twitter that a Memphis Police Officer and an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were searching Friday for the car, which was involved in a crash when people got out of the vehicle and fired shots at them. Police said the officer and the agent were shot and taken to a hospital with wounds that were not considered critical. Police said that neither of the officers returned fire.
Defending champion Steve Stricker birdied the final hole Friday for a 3-under 69 to move into a four-way tie for the lead halfway through the Regions Tradition. Stricker joined Madison, Wisconsin, neighbor Jerry Kelly, Monday qualifier Alex Cejka and first-round leader Darren Clarke atop the leaderboard in the first of the PGA Tour Champions’ five majors. Cejka made the field as the first alternate when Jay Haas withdrew. He followed his opening 68 with a 69 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Kelly had a 70 and Clarke shot 71 to get to 7 under. Stricker had four birdies and a bogey. In 2019, he pulled away for a six-stroke win and his first senior major title. The event was canceled last year.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is out indefinitely with a fractured left finger. The Pelicans made the announcement Friday before they played the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans said a timetable for Williamson’s return would be determined upon further evaluation. He appeared to hurt the finger trying to grab a rebound Tuesday against Golden State. He averaged 27 points and 7.2 rebounds in 61 games.
TCU’s roster rebuild is up to seven Division I transfers. Six-foot-seven sophomore forward Emanuel Miller was the scoring and rebounding leader for Texas A&M last season. Freshman guard Cashius McNeilly was his teammate, though he didn't play a game for the Aggies. The two Canadians join an incoming class that also includes five other Division I transfers and a top junior college center. TCU is coming off a 12-14 season, the first losing record for head coach Jamie Dixon in his 18 seasons.
Zach Davies allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings, Rex Brothers got his first save in eight years and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, extending their winning streak to four. Joc Pederson had three hits and an RBI for the Cubs, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Javier Báez and David Bote had two hits each. Chicago got back to .500 at 16-16. Pittsburgh has lost seven of eight. The Pirates have six runs in their last five games.
Yosemite National Park is making it a little harder for rock climbers to tackle the biggest and toughest walls. The park said Friday it would require climbers to get permits if they spend the night while climbing the granite walls of El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic granite features. The long-rumored plan will inevitably cause some grumbling in a climbing culture that embraces freedom but could also help limit the number of people on classic routes that have become more crowded as the sport has grown in popularity. Yosemite says it will seek voluntary compliance but could fine climbers who break the rules.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians could be without Gold Glove catcher Roberto Pérez for months. Pérez had surgery to fix a fractured ring finger. He suffered the injury last month and played nearly three weeks with it before the discomfort became too much. Pérez hurt his finger when he got crosse…
Atlantic City’s top casino has dropped its lawsuit against a rival it accused of poaching key executives and attempting to steal valuable trade secrets. MGM Resorts International says it has dropped its litigation against Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort following a settlement agreed to by both parties. In a lawsuit filed last August, the Borgata, which is owned by MGM Resorts, accused its rival Ocean of poaching a half-dozen of its top marketing executives in an attempt to “cripple” it by using secret details about its best and most profitable customers. Ocean maintained it did nothing wrong.
The West Virginia fire chief who starred in an Oscar-nominated documentary about battling drug abuse has testified in a landmark trial against three large drug distributors. Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader testified Friday to the huge number of overdoses first responders handled over the past decade. She recounted how pill bottles were at the scenes of so many calls they responded to. Rader's testimony concluded the first week of the trial in which Huntington and Cabell County accuse drug distributors of fueling the U.S. opioid epidemic. Similar lawsuits have resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements, but this is the first time such allegations have wound up at federal trial.
Vancouver Canucks forward Zack MacEwen was suspended for one game without pay by the NHL on Friday for kneeing Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse. The incident came midway through the second period Thursday night in the Canucks’ 6-3 victory in Edmonton. The suspension will cost MacEwen $7,112.
Burak Yilmaz has scored an early penalty and added a superb long strike for French league leader Lille to win at Lens 3-0 to move four points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. PSG must beat Rennes away on Sunday to stay within one point of Lille. But even if defending champion PSG wins, Lille can seal a first title in 10 years by winning its last two games. Yilmaz took his total to 15 league goals since joining from Besiktas last summer and Canada forward Jonathan David grabbed his 12th with a sharp finish on the hour after Lens had a man sent off.
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An Army trainee has waived his first chance to appear in court on dozens of charges related to allegations he held a bus full of elementary school students and its driver hostage at gunpoint in South Carolina. A bond hearing had been scheduled Friday for Jovan Collazo, but court officials said he waived that appearance. Collazo was arrested Thursday on two dozen charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the trainee at Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army’s largest basic training facility, escaped the Columbia post, boarded a school bus and held the students and driver on board at gunpoint for six minutes before allowing them to get off, unharmed.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without their top two goaltenders for Saturday’s regular-season finale against Buffalo. Coach Mike Sullivan ruled Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith out with minor injuries on Friday. DeSmith is dealing with an upper-body injury while Jarry is working through a lower-body injury. DeSmith was injured in a loss to Philadelphia on Monday. Jarry played in an 8-4 victory over Buffalo on Thursday. Maxime Lagace is expected to make his first start in more than two years as the Penguins try to move closer to locking up home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
The United States has deported to Guatemala a former Guatemalan soldier suspected of helping carry out a massacre during the country’s civil war. On Friday, José Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales became the fourth former soldier deported by U.S. authorities since 2010. Soldiers of a special army unit known as “kaibiles” are accused of participating in the killing of more than 200 people in the village of Las Dos Erres in 1982. The slaughter went unpunished for years — even after Guatemalan authorities issued 17 arrest warrants. In 2009, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights demanded the country prosecute the perpetrators.
Newcastle has stunned Leicester 4-2 to inch closer to survival in the English Premier League and dealt a potentially damaging blow to the Foxes’ Champions League hopes. Callum Wilson struck twice to all but secure the Magpies’ Premier League status. They are one point from safety. Caglar Soyuncu’s error gifted Joe Willock the opener, then Paul Dummett’s first goal in more than five years doubled the visitors’ lead. Wilson’s second-half brace lifted the Magpies to 13th place. Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho scored late for Leicester. The Foxes remain third but have opened the door for Chelsea and West Ham in the race to finish in the top four.
Data from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is being misrepresented to raise doubts about the shots. Information from the reporting system sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration has long been used to monitor possible vaccine reactions. Over the years, anti-vaccine proponents have seized on the publicly available data to sow doubt about vaccines from falsehoods that they cause autism to even death. But the details provided by the report have not been verified. The AP looks at what the reporting system really tell us.
Real Sociedad has strengthened its hold on a Europa League spot after beating 10-man Elche 2-0 in the Spanish league. Aritz Elustondo put the hosts ahead in the 72nd minute and Mikel Oyarzabal sealed the victory in stoppage time to increase Sociedad’s advantage in fifth place. The Basque Country team has opened a four-point gap to sixth-placed Villarreal and has a five-point lead over seventh-placed Real Betis. Elche played a man down from the 11th minute when Raúl Guti was sent off with a straight red card.
The Philadelphia Phillies got a boost with Jean Segura coming off the 10-day injured list and Bryce Harper returning from a sore left wrist. Harper and Segura are starting in the NL East matchup against the Atlanta Braves. Segura is starting at second base in his return from a right quad strain. Harper missed four consecutive games with a sore left wrist. The Phillies are in first place after a four-game sweep of Milwaukee. Manager Joe Girardi says he hopes the healthy lineup adds to the team’s momentum. Girardi wouldn't say Harper has fully recovered from his injury.
Charges have been filed against a man accused of holding five employees hostage during a standoff at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, bank that lasted more than eight hours. The Star Tribune reports 35-year-old suspect, Ray R. McNeary, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, armed kidnapping and assault in Stearns County District Court. He is scheduled to appear in court later Friday to set his bail. Police say that no firearm was found on McNeary or at the scene. McNeary was arrested in the bank shortly after the fifth and final hostage left the building about 10 p.m.
Augsburg’s bid to ease its Bundesliga relegation worries with Markus Weinzierl back as coach has started bady after losing at Stuttgart 2-1. Saša Kalajdžić scored one and set up the other for Stuttgart to end its four-game losing run and leave Augsburg just three points above the relegation zone. Augsburg fired Heiko Herrlich as coach on April 26. Weinzierl was brought back for his first coaching job since he was fired by Stuttgart in 2019 after a 6-0 loss to Augsburg. Weinzierl previously led Augsburg through its most successful spell between 2012-16.
The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s actions, saying he believes it's genocide. In a video shot last month on a mobile phone and carried out of Ethiopia, the elderly patriarch speaks to the church’s scores of millions of followers and the international community. He says his previous attempts to speak out were blocked. He is ethnic Tigrayan. The video comes as the conflict marks six months. A church official confirms the video and the patriarch’s interest in making it public.
New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for about $1.3 million dollars in fees to a criminal justice consultant to help the Department of Corrections amid a criminal investigation into what the attorney general said was a “brutal attack” on inmates at the state’s only women’s prison. That's according to legislative budget documents that recently became available. The department announced in February that it had hired the Moss Group as a consultant to provide technical support, policy development and other advice at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The cost of the agreement wasn’t announced at that time, but legislative budget documents show the cost of the two-year deal will tally about $1.3 million.
Attorneys for a Utah man who pleaded guilty to murder in the beating death of his wife on an Alaska cruise say he had brain abnormalities that a defense expert deemed consistent with injuries caused by playing contact sports. Attorneys for Kenneth Manzanares say that, along with other factors, including an undiagnosed bipolar disorder, resulted in what they called an “aberrant episode of violence.” Manzanares’ attorneys say they plan to seek a 7 1/2 year prison sentence, while prosecutors say they will recommend a life sentence, calling the killing brutal and violent. Sentencing is set for next month.
Mathieu van der Poel and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot confirmed their status as the favorites in mountain biking at the Tokyo Olympics by winning the first World Cup race of the season Friday night in Germany. The two won 20-minute short track races and will be on the front row for Sunday’s cross country race, which should be an even better barometer of which riders are trending upward ahead of the Summer Games which start in July. Van der Poel edged Victor Koretzky of France and Swiss rider Nino Schurter. Ferrand-Prevot beat Linda Indergand of Switzerland and Britain's Annie Last.
A southern Indiana woman faces child neglect charges after investigators said her 4-year-old daughter nearly died from a lice infestation so severe doctors had to give her multiple blood transfusions. Twenty-six-year-old Shyanne Singh of Scottsburg was arrested Tuesday on three felony counts of neglect of a dependent. She remained jailed Friday. According to court records, Scottsburg police were contacted April 20 after Singh's 4-year-old daughter was brought to a hospital with a severe lice infestation so bad doctors declared her a “near fatality” because lice had fed off of her for so long. The girl was so ill she could not walk and she needed to have four blood transfusions.
Colombia’s government has expelled the No. 2 Cuban diplomat in the country for what it calls “activities incompatible” with his position. Cuba on Friday responded by accusing Colombia of trying to divert attention from a wave of protests. Cuban officials issued an official letter demanding more explanation and calling the removal of Omar Rafael García Lazo “an unfriendly act.” Colombian officials did not publicly detail reasons for the removal, but assured it puts a priority on relations with Cuba.
NASA's new administrator is big on tackling climate and diversifying the agency's workforce. But he hedged during an interview Friday about whether the U.S. can put astronauts on the moon by 2024. Former Sen. Bill Nelson told The Associated Press that measuring the climate is a top issue. He also wants to diversify the NASA workforce so it better reflects America. As for landing astronauts on the moon, Nelson says the goal remains 2024, a deadline set by the Trump administration. But he cautions space is hard and he needs more time to review the matter.
A former school teacher has sued the CEO of a major cryptocurrency company that wants to build a smart city in the Nevada desert. She's accusing Blockchains CEO Jeff Berns and his wife of creating a hostile workplace and sexually harassing her at their Lake Tahoe home where she worked as a nanny, tutor and assistant. Berns' lawyers in turn are asking a judge to sanction the 45-year-old woman and her attorney. They say her claims were concocted as part of an orchestrated plot to blackmail Berns while he was pushing a legislative proposal key to Blockchains’ plans to someday build a futuristic city east of Reno.
Deep social discontent that has festered throughout the coronavirus pandemic is driving thousands of Colombians into the streets to protest, and some of the demonstrations have turned deadly. Authorities say at least 25 civilians and one police officer have been killed, and human rights groups warn of increasing abuses by security forces. The demonstrations began April 28 after the government of President Ivan Duque formally introduced a tax reform that would have squeezed the middle class. The proposal was later withdrawn, but that failed to halt the rallies, which have only gotten bigger after reports of police violence, deaths and disappearances emerged.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans wanting a stricter voter identification provisions in Pennsylvania is emerging as an early flashpoint with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in what GOP lawmakers cast as a top-to-bottom update of state election law.
Authorities say they are trying to determine what prompted a young girl to open fire at a rural Idaho middle school, one of the few school shootings in which the suspect is female. The shooting happened around 9 a.m. Thursday, when police say the girl pulled a handgun out of her backpack and shot two other students and an adult custodian. All three victims were shot in the extremities, and none had life-threatening injuries. Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson says the investigation is likely to take “a considerable amount of time.” Girls and women commit just 2% of both mass shootings and school shootings in the U.S, according to data complied by the group The Violence Project.
The Indians could be without Gold Glove catcher Roberto Pérez for months. Pérez had surgery to fix a fractured ring finger. He suffered the injury last month and played nearly three weeks with it before the discomfort became too much. Pérez hurt his finger when the got crossed up by reliever James Karinchak and caught a pitch with his bare hand. The loss of Pérez is a significant blow to the AL Central-leading Indians. He's one of baseball's best defensive catchers and handles Cleveland's strong pitching staff. Austin Hedge will be Cleveland's primary catcher while Pérez is sidelined.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is doing well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and says he still has unbridled passion for the game at 38. However, the two-time Cy Young Award winner can’t deny that he’s loved the extra time at home with his supermodel wife Kate Upton and 2 1/2 -year-old daughter Genevieve over the past few months.
Robert Saleh wrapped up his first practice with the New York Jets by taking his usual spot behind the huddle and waiting for the head coach to address the team. Then it quickly dawned on him that the head coach is him. All joking aside, the longtime defensive coordinator is clearly the new man in charge. And he has already made quite an impression on the rookies who kicked off their three-day minicamp. The players cited Saleh's high energy and passion and it's something they thrive on. Saleh was hired by the Jets in January after a four-year stint as 49ers defensive coordinator.
Hundreds of baby turtles have been rescued from storm drains along the Jersey Shore. NJ Advance Media reports that volunteers have rescued 826 diamondback terrapin hatchlings from drains in Margate, Ventnor and Ocean City. According to a Stockton University Facebook post, the turtles were hiding from the cold temperatures over the winter and surviving off yolk sacks. The volunteers turned the animals over to Stockton University’s “Head Start” program, where staff care for and rehabilitate the creatures for about a year before placing them back in the wild. There are 1,108 terrapins receiving care from the program, which has reached capacity.
UNDATED (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the NFL’s directive tells The Associated Press a team can’t release a player simply because he is not vaccinated for COVID-19. Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane suggested hypothetically this week that he’d do so if it would provide m…
Sofia Kenin says she no longer will be coached by her father. The 2020 Australian Open champion has announced just weeks before the French Open that she is “putting together a new technical team.” She wrote about the switch on Instagram on Friday. Kenin said it was not an easy decision. The 22-year-old American is No. 4 in the WTA rankings. But she has had a rough 2021 so far, with seven wins and seven losses, including a second-round exit at the Australian Open. The French Open starts May 30. Kenin was the runner-up in Paris last year.
Adri Arnaus has shot 7-under 64 for the second consecutive day to take a one-shot lead into the third round of the Canary Islands Championship. The Spaniard had eight birdies and a bogey to reach 14 under for the tournament. Garrick Higgo of South Africa shot 8-under 63 to stay one behind. A group of four players is another shot back including first-round leader Francesco Laporta of Italy. He followed his 9-under 62 with a 68.
Presbyterian has hired Arkansas high school coach Kevin Kelley to lead its FCS program. Kelley has become well known for his unorthodox strategies including rarely punting and often going for an onside kick after his team scores. Kelley won nine state championships since 2003 at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kelley will take over a non-scholarship team that competes in the FCS Pioneer League. Kelley replaces Tommy Spangler, the Blue Hose's longtime coach who was 12-28 in his last four seasons.
Italian firefighters say a fire at a small laboratory in Italy that treats marijuana so it can be used medically has left one person dead, three injured and one missing. The blaze broke out Friday in a small building in the countryside outside Gubbio, a town in the Umbria region. State firefighters spokesperson Luca Cari said one man perished, and that one of the injured was severely burned. He said firefighters were searching into the night for a missing woman. An explosion apparently sparked the fire, but its cause wasn't immediately known.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian emergency service says 53 injured in Jerusalem clashes with Israeli police, including 23 hospitalized.
One day after he opened with a 64 at Quail Hollow, Phil Mickelson was 11 shots worse. He threw away shots at the end of his round in the Wells Fargo Championship. The good news for Lefty: He's still in the hunt. Mickelson says that excites him going into the weekend. His 75 left him three shots behind the early leaders. Rory McIlroy is back in the game, too. He shot 66 and was just two behind as he goes for a third victory at this event. McIlroy is playing the weekend for the first time in two months.
Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook's next triple-double will be the 181st of his career. That will tie the NBA record set by Oscar Robertson in the 1960s and 1970s. Westbrook has 34 triple-doubles this season alone and is averaging a triple-double for the fourth time. His is putting up 21.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game. Some of his stat lines have looked like typos, such as the recent game with 21 rebounds and 24 assists. Westbrook has teamed with Bradley Beal to lead the Wizards to 14 wins in their past 18 games heading into Saturday's contest at the Indiana Pacers.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken left thumb that could sideline him for a month. Votto was struck on the thumb with a pitch by Chicago’s Dallas Keuchel on Wednesday. Votto is not expected to need surgery, but the team expects him to be out at least three weeks and maybe more. The 37-year-old is batting .226 with five homers and 17 RBIs. He batted .286 and hit his 300th career home run on Reds’ recently completed homestand. The Reds also reinstated outfielder Shogo Akiyama from the 10-day injured list. He had been out with a hamstring injury.
Mexico City's government says that the public hospital network dedicated to fighting COVID-19 is experiencing its lowest rate occupancy of the pandemic and the city is slightly easing some restrictions. The announcement comes more than three months after COVID-19 infections peaked in the Mexican capital. City officials on Friday placed occupancy rate in hospitals dedicated to COVID-19 care at 16%, a welcome change from January, when a surge following the holiday season pushed some hospitals to their limits. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum listed a half dozen possible factors including greater discipline by citizens, expanded testing, a vaccination campaign, improved weather and the fact that many people have already been infected.
The Detroit Lions signed center Frank Ragnow to a $54 million, four-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2026 season for a total of $70 million and makes him the NFL's highest-paid player at the position. Ragnow will average $13.5 million per season, giving him $1 million more per year than the Los Angeles Chargers center Corey Linsley will make with the contract he signed in March. Detroit drafted Ragnow No. 20 overall in 2018. Ragnow has started all 45 games he’s appeared in over three seasons. He played one game last season with a fractured throat.
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