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    LeBron James will miss the remainder of the season rehabbing an ankle injury, putting his run at the scoring title at risk. The Los Angeles Lakers announced Friday that LeBron James will miss the remainder of the season after he suffered an ankle injury during a recent game against the New Orleans Pelicans. James will miss the final two games of the season before it concludes Sunday at Denver, preventing him from winning his second NBA scoring title. James has averaged 30.3 points per game this season, sitting just behind Joel Embiid who is averaging 30.4 points per game. Besides trailing behind Embiid, James faces eligibility problems as it is required for a player to play in 58 games to qualify for season leaderboards. James has only played in 56. Missing the final two games of the season would technically make James ineligible, however, if a player has played in less than 58 games, the player’s total points are divided by 58 to come up with a new number to represent their 58-game average.LeBron James won’t be able to win the...
    Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images As the April 18 deadline to file taxes nears, parents who were eligible for monthly child tax credit payments last year may also look forward to more generous lump sums when they complete their returns. The American Rescue Plan enacted by Congress temporarily made that credit more generous for 2021. Starting last July, millions of parents received monthly checks of $300 per child age 5 and younger, or $250 per month per child ages 6 through 17. Those parents stand to receive the second half of the child tax credit when they file their taxes this year, for a total of $3,600 for children ages 5 and under and $3,000 for those ages 6 through 17. More from Personal Finance:Why experts say Social Security's retirement age could move higherStates put unemployment insurance on chopping blockHow to plan your visit as Social Security offices reopen However, when asked in a recent poll whether they were aware they may receive at tax time a portion of the credit they hadn't received via monthly payments, 66% of parents...
    PHILADELPHIA — When Oakland A’s pitcher Zach Jackson arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, he made sure to enter the dugout and take a look at the field. Breaking into the major leagues for the first time, the right-hander needed to absorb the moment before the start of the season. “That was probably the most eye-opening moment,” Jackson said in the clubhouse prior to Oakland’s season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. “Makes you feel like, ‘Alright, I’m here. This is real.’” The reliever had expected to begin the year in Triple-A Las Vegas up until first-year manager Mark Kotsay broke the big news to him toward the end of spring training in Mesa, Arizona. Related Articles Oakland Athletics | The A’s say a new ballpark can stop their teardown culture. Should we believe them? Oakland Athletics | Oakland A’s set Opening Day lineup vs. Phillies Oakland Athletics | Oakland A’s finalize reshaped Opening Day roster after offseason exodus Oakland Athletics | Kurtenbach: Can Bay Area fans trust SF Giants or...
    PACIFICA (CBS SF) — It’s one of their favorite times of the year — Opening Day of the baseball season and there’s no denying where Pete and Pennie Strasser’s loyalties lie. They are Giants fans. “Normally, we would have gone to Spring Training, but we haven’t gone since the pandemic hit – and this year it was questionable as to whether there was going to be Spring Training at all,” Pennie told KPIX 5. READ MORE: Hopes Run High For Giants As Clock Counts Down To Opening Day's First PitchAs they talked, Pennie and Pete were sitting in the man cave of their Pacifica home. They were wearing Giants gear, the walls where covered with San Francisco memorabilia and a big screen television was on the wall to watch the games. Oh, and there is one other special feature. “The pride and joy of the man cave, we’ve got our own urinal, I used to have a Dodgers sticker on it but that got worn off so I’ll just leave it at that,” Pete said. When asked why there was...
    No doubt, plenty of hot dogs will be sold and eaten at Target Field today. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says Major League Baseball fans are expected to eat 19.1 million hot dogs and nearly 5 million sausages at games this season. According to Delish.com, the most uniquely Minnesotan topping for hot dogs is sweet relish. “Some from Minnesota might say that it can’t be Minnesota dog if it’s a dog at all—apparently it should be a brat. Frankly we don’t really care, as long as it is smothered in sweet relish,” the website wrote.
    THE 2022 hurricane season could prove to be the seventh above-normal season in a row if this forecast is correct. Dr Philip Klotzbach and his team at Colorado State University are predicting another 19 named storms this year. He expects there will be nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes. 4A Flashflood in NYC during Hurricane ElsaCredit: NYPD 4Dr Philip Klotzbach and his team predict 19 named storms this yearCredit: AP In total, there have been 70 named storms over the past three years. Klotzbach is a member of the CSU Tropical Weather and Climate Research team. In his findings, he details the main reason for this unprecedented streak of activity. Marginal La Nina, or cooler than normal Pacific waters near the equator, and warmer than average waters in the Atlantic Ocean are the major factors for the rise in storms, according to Klotzbach. His findings also suggest that there will be a well above normal chance of a hurricane hitting Florida and Georgia. More Weather StoriesSTORM'S EYE Moment tornado blasts through Mississippi as more severe weather to lash SouthTWISTER TERROR...
    Welcome back to another Chicago Cubs season at Wrigley Field. The roster has a lot of new faces (hello, Marcus Stroman and Seiya Suzuki), but a lot around the ballpark hasn’t changed, except maybe the size of the bag you can bring in. Here’s what to know if you’re going to a Cubs home game this season. Get the top Chicago sports stories in your inbox during the week Not yet a Chicago Tribune subscriber? Here’s how to become one. Planning your trip to the ballpark What’s the Cubs schedule? If you had the schedule marked down on a calendar when it was announced last August, you’re going to need a big eraser thanks to the MLB lockout. The Cubs now open the season Thursday at home versus the Milwaukee Brewers to kick off a four-game series before going on a six-game trip to Pittsburgh (April 12-13) and Denver (April 14-17). Here’s the full schedule — and here’s our guide to watch or stream all the games. What’s the ticket policy? Cubs tickets are...
    American forward Konrad de la Fuente is unlikely to play again this season for Marseille due to a knee injury. French media reports said the 20-year-old will undergo surgery and miss Marseille’s last eight French league games. “It’s a cartilage injury,” Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli was quoted as saying by French broadcaster RMC Sport. “He will have three or four weeks without playing after the surgery. It will be very difficult to see him again this season.” De la Fuente joined Marseille last summer from Barcelona and has struggled with playing time. He has 10 starts among 17 league appearaces with no goals and two assists. A Miami native, de la Fuente made his U.S. national team debut in November 2020 in an exhibition at Wales. He played for the Americans at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)After two consecutive years of exhausting the hurricane name list, forecasters are predicting 19 named storms this hurricane season, five more than normal.Of the 19 storms, nine are expected to become hurricanes, and four are expected to become major hurricanes -- Category 3 or higher -- with winds exceeding 111 miles per hour, according to hurricane experts at Colorado State University (CSU). CSU's Tropical Meteorology Project team released its annual Atlantic basin hurricane seasonal forecast today, marking the 39th year they have issued a preseason report.The report details another very active hurricane season -- which runs from June 1 to November 30 -- and includes an above-average forecast for all categories of storms.Déjà vuRead MoreThis year's forecast looks eerily similar to predictions for the last two years.Phil Klotzbach, research scientist in the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science and lead author of the report, compared the 2022 forecast to those of 2021 and 2020."For example, in both April 2020 and April 2021, we forecast eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. This year, we're forecasting nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes," Klotzbach...
    The Oakland A’s over the last few seasons were legitimate title contenders. Like clockwork, the organization’s objective shifted dramatically this year. Gone are Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea, Mark Canha, Bob Melvin and likely any sliver of expectation to contend for a division title. No restart is refreshing for A’s fans, who have endured 25 years of heartbreaking cycles in which the front office is forced by ownership to pawn off stars to keep payrolls low. The A’s are starting new this year, the big league team now a blend of new faces and holdovers from a disappointing 2021 season. Who will be the players to watch once the A’s season starts against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday afternoon? Let’s take a look at five of them. Related Articles Oakland Athletics | MLB predictions: Our staff picks divisional, playoff, World Series winners Oakland Athletics | Montas, still with the A’s (for now), blocks out trade talk to focus on Opening Day Oakland Athletics | MLB gives PitchCom devices green light — and...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Gary Payton II’s motto at the beginning of the season was that he just had to “go out there and literally perform.” Everything would fall into place, he believed, if he just stuck with what he knew. That’s proving to be true this season. Payton spent most of his first five seasons out of college playing in the G League. He earned his seat at the table last fall, snagging the final roster spot out of training camp and working his way into the rotation. In an increased role, Payton has proven to be a solid wing defender who has quick hands and can get over screens. Payton called this season a “miraculous learning experience.” He said he’s greatly benefitted from playing alongside seasoned veterans like Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. “Every mistake he makes, those guys let him know,” coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday after practice. “And the more playing time he’s gotten more experience… the more situations he sees, the more circumstances he recognizes, and so he’s gotten better and better as the years have...
    Getty Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets walks by head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers. I t has now been nearly eight weeks since the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers completed their blockbuster deal on February 10. The deal sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Sixers in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and future draft picks.  At the time of the trade, it was expected that the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year would be out for a brief time while conditioning before rounding out Brooklyn’s big three. However, his return timeline is looking less certain with news he is battling a herniated disc in his back. Simmons, who was once expected to make his Nets debut on March 18, continues to face lingering back issues that have persisted since February 2020. Head coach Steve Nash said in March 16 press conference that the star received an epidural injection in an attempt to ease the pain. Which had Shams Charania of The Athletic reporting on The Pat McAfee Show that the...
    Lonzo Ball will not return this season after setbacks in his recovery from knee surgery, the Chicago Bulls announced Wednesday. Ball underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee Jan. 28. Despite initially receiving a recovery prognosis of six to eight weeks, Ball has been sidelined further because of a deep bone bruise in the same knee incurred before the meniscus tear. Although the team’s medical staff said Ball recovered completely from the surgery, he continues to experience pain and discomfort when attempting to run or cut at full speed. Ball ceased running March 21 in an attempt to give his body a 10-day break to fully recover. But coach Billy Donovan said the guard experienced discomfort again when he attempted sprinting drills Tuesday, forcing another halt in his activities. The hope of bringing Ball back for a late-season boost often bolstered the Bulls throughout a skid after the All-Star break. Ball averaged 13 points, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals this season, but his biggest impact came from the intangibles — swarming opponents in perimeter defense and sparking...
    Predicted thunderstorms in New York and a potential snowfall in Minnesota are picking up where baseball's 99-day lockout left off by further delaying the start of the 2022 Major League season. Thursday's matinee between the Yankees and visiting Red Sox was supposed to be the first game of the season, but that and the Twins' opener against the visiting Seattle Mariners have both been pre-emptively postponed due to weather, leaving seven games on the schedule. All-day rain was forecast for Thursday in New York, while frigid Minnesota may be getting some snow. A shot of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, where the season was supposed to open Thursday A potential snow fall in Minneapolis has postponed Thursday's Twins-Mariners opener  Gerrit Cole of the Yankees and Nathan Eovaldi of the Red Sox had been the scheduled starting pitchers on Thursday. Both teams are expected to compete for an American League Eastern Division crown this year thanks to imposing hitters such as the Yankees' Aaron Judge and the Red Sox' Rafael Devers. Meeting in an opener for the first time...
    GONZALO HIGUAIN will retire at the end of the 2022 MLS season, his father Jorge has revealed. The Argentine, 34, has struggled to pull up any trees since quitting Juventus for Inter Miami in 2020. 2Gonzalo Higuain has scored two goals in five appearances this seasonCredit: Rex Phil Neville's side are winless in their first five games of the season, having failed to make the play-offs last term. Higuain's contract is set to expire in December, and his dad doesn't envisage him signing a new one. Appearing on Argentine channel TNT Sports, he said: "I don't see him going back to Argentina. He finishes this year. "At least what he told me, that he was retiring. He is retiring from the sport." Read More Chelsea StoriesBLUES NEWS Roman Abramovich 'begs Rush Hour director for money' EXCLUSIVETUCH OF CLASS Man Utd 'approach Tuchel but he's refusing to quit Chelsea despite turmoil' Jorge is keen for his son to remain involved in football, although he isn't sure in what capacity. He added: "I would love for him to continue to be...
    With the NFL draft only three weeks away, Brad Biggs takes a spin through the weekly Chicago Bears mailbag. I was struck by Matt Eberflus’ statement that he wanted to play the nickel defense 85% of the time. It seems to me if you are going to do that, you need to be reasonably confident that you can stop the run with the extra defensive back in the game. Do you think that this means we will see more big nickel, where the extra defensive back is a safety, than we have seen in the past? — Tom S., Chicago Eberflus talked about using the nickel defense for the vast majority of snaps when he was asked at the owners meetings about a strong-side linebacker for the base defense. “We play with a lot of nickel,” he said. “You play almost 85% nickel during the course of a season, so that’s a big piece. For the Sam position, we really want that guy to be able to swing into the inside backer spots at a Mike or Will spot, so...
    JUAN MATA will NOT retire or join Manchester United's coaching staff this summer, reports claim. The Spaniard's contract expires at the end of the season leading to suggestions Mata could hang up his boots. 2Juan Mata's contract expires at the end of the seasonCredit: EPA But according to Fabrizio Romano, the player has no interest in retirement and rules out becoming a coach with United. With a contract extension yet to be offered, Mata could end his eight year stint in Manchester by walking out on a free transfer. There has been interest from Spanish clubs and also in Italy, but that would almost certainly mean taking a huge hit on his near £170,000-a-week wages. Mata joined United from Chelsea in 2014 and won the FA Cup in 2016 as well as the EFL Cup and the Europa League a year later. READ MORE JUAN WORLD Man Utd's Mata in global appeal for donations to aid Ukrainians displaced by warFAMILY REASONS Juan Mata on why he wanted to stay at Man Utd and tells of family heartbreak The attacking midfielder has amassed a total...
    Lee Anderson, the stepfather of New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson, explains that he “expects him to play” before the Pelicans season is over.  As the NBA season draws to a close, the chatter concerning Zion’s return has become less relevant than it was at the beginning of the season. The Pels, which once battled with the Houston Rockets for the bottom spot in the Western Conference, currently have the edge over the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 9 spot, making their play-in hopes come alive. They did it without seeing Zion ever set foot on the court, but according to those within Zion’s camp, there is still hope that Williamson could return to the hardwood should the Pelicans extend their season. Zion’s stepfather Lee Anderson spoke on The Jordy Culotta Show about how he “expects” Zion to play this season. Here is Lee Anderson entering the public space on if he expects Zion to play https://t.co/YQ9vX7dutF — Shamit Dua (@FearTheBrown) April 5, 2022 “Do I expect him to play? That’s a tough question. Certainly, I expect him...
    SAN FRANCISCO — With the Warriors being undersized, especially without James Wiseman who was shut down last month due to persistent swelling in his knee, Nemanja Bjelica has played more minutes at center than ever before in his career. The change has come with its fair share of ups and downs for the 6-foot-10 Serbian, but Bjelica has been playing better over the last month and he’s feeling more confident, too. In his last 10 games, Bjelica is averaging 6.4 points while shooting 52.3% overall and 50% from 3-point range off the bench. He’s also recorded 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during that span. Bjelica exploded against his former team Sunday in the Warriors’ 109-90 beatdown of the tragic Sacramento Kings, who were eliminated from the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season. Bjelica scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both season highs, and went 3-for-6 from 3. “Every day I feel more comfortable, especially when [your] coach trusts you,” Bjelica said. “It’s a great feeling when you play well and especially if the team wins. You just...
    GLENN HODDLE says Chelsea would be mad to get rid of Thomas Tuchel if he ends this season without adding to his trophy haul. The Blues welcome Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash before the second leg at the Bernabeu next Tuesday. 3Tuchel has already won three trophies as Chelsea boss, including the Champions LeagueCredit: AFP 3Hoddle doesn't want to see Chelsea get rid of Tuchel too soonCredit: Getty Five days later, Chelsea can book an FA Cup final spot for the third successive year if they beat Crystal Palace in the semis at Wembley. But with them 14 points adrift in the title race, failure to progress in either competition would see Chelsea’s season practically over before mid-April. Yet Hoddle, Blues boss from 1993 to 1996, said: “Chelsea have one of the best managers in Europe. Why would you even contemplate letting him go? “They are third right now and will be in the Champions League next season. Read More SportBLUES NEWS US billionaire Ken Griffin flies...
    Lee Anderson (not pictured) on The Jordy Culotta Show While the New Orleans Pelicans haven’t said much regarding star forward Zion Williamson’s status, his family has been candid on the matter as his stepdad went on record Tuesday, expecting his son to return this season. In an interview with Louisiana-based The Jordy Culotta Show, Lee Anderson, Williamson’s stepfather, was asked if his son had any chance of playing this season, to which he gave an optimistic answer. “Do I expect him to play…certainly I do.” Lee Anderson on the probability is Zion returning for the #Pelicans this season. pic.twitter.com/KkyYAxPo5D — The Jordy Culotta Show (@CulottaShow) April 5, 2022 “I expect him to play. If you were to ask Zion, I’m sure he would probably say the same thing,” Anderson stated, explaining earlier that it’s tricky because of the Pelican’s medical staff being cautious with their star player. Williamson has been sidelined all season due to repeated complications with his foot recovery so it’s unlikely we see him in the final week of the regular season. But with the revamped...
    It’s time for a little comfort, and here is a sweet fix. Pound cakes are the pleasing plain-Janes of desserts: figurative no-nonsense confections that provide a welcome pick-me-up without wandering into sugary oblivion. In a world of bling and excess, these cakes are not to be underestimated. Their simplicity is their appeal, humbly playing it straight and ordinary, with no need to primp and accessorize. Related Articles Restaurants, Food and Drink | Cook This: Pickled kumquats with farro and fennel recipe Restaurants, Food and Drink | Cook This: Put a spotlight on puttanesca with this Italian sauce Restaurants, Food and Drink | A pasta dish with morels, asparagus and sweet peas celebrates spring Restaurants, Food and Drink | Cook This: Say goodbye to winter with a big bowl of umami Restaurants, Food and Drink | A baklava-inspired granola recipe lets you have dessert for breakfast (but it’s good for you!) A pound cake was traditionally constructed of a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour (hence its name),...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twins fans from the northwestern part of the metro area are reportedly going to have one fewer option to get to Twins games this season. The Star Tribune reports that the Northstar trains will not be running for games in 2022. According to the Strib report, Anoka County is withholding operational costs this year, which is preventing Metro Transit from running them. A statement Metro Transit sent to WCCO corroborates that report: “We would like to be able to provide more Northstar service to Twins games. Unfortunately, Anoka County, the largest county funding partner for Northstar, is withholding their share of Northstar operating funds. As such, we cannot take on additional costs to Northstar service at this time.” However, Anoka County disputes that claim. The county sent WCCO the following statement in response to the report: “Northstar is a commuter rail service under the control of Metro Transit –– Anoka County has no decision-making authority over this service and is just one of five funding sources for Northstar (Anoka, Hennepin, and Sherburne counties, rider fares and the State of Minnesota, via the...
    NETFLIX is keeping the nation entertained over the next week with more new releases coming out all the time. The streaming giant will be dropping different movies and TV shows on their site. 1 Bridgerton is back for a second series on NetflixCredit: Netflix What's new on Netflix? Latest releases for March 20 to March 26, 2022 March 25 Bridgerton - Season 2 Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India. When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions — a true love match is not high on his priority list — and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. But in doing so, Kate and Anthony's verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Coughlan) continues to navigate the ton whilst...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Angels Monday evening for a spring training matchup in the first game played at Dodger Stadium this year.Monday's Freeway Series match is the second of three games to be played before the start of the regular season.The Angels opened the series with a 5-1 victory Sunday at Angel Stadium, with Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon both hitting solo homers off Walker Buehler in the fifth inning and Taylor Ward hitting a solo homer off Buehler in the first.The series will conclude Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers will start the regular season on the road Friday against the Colorado Rockies and opening day at Dodger Stadium will be against the Cincinnati Reds April 14.L.A. lost key players during the offseason, including Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Max Scherzer. However, the team also made a big signing with the addition of All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman.The Angels will open the regular season Thursday by playing host to the defending American League champion Houston Astros at Angel Stadium.Angel fans this season are looking...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The days of simple hot dogs and Cracker Jacks at the ballpark are long gone. As has been the case in years past, food vendors at Coors Field will offer new and unique food for fans this season. Aramark Sports + Entertainment, which provides concessions to nine MLB stadiums, announced its new offerings Monday. The group is introducing a new “Dare to Pair” will introduce unique food combinations at ballparks. Fans can head to the Helton Burger Shack behind Section 153 to grab the Elvis Shake. The shake will mix Crème de banana, soft serve ice cream, peanut butter sauce, Cracker Jack, and candied bacon. (credit: Aramark) If a traditional burger or hot dog just won’t cut it for you, fans can try out the Denver Steak & Cheese Fries, which will feature chopped sirloin, fries, white queso sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, steak sauce, a blend of peppers and onions, and chopped scallions. You can find this at concession stands behind sections 134, 218, 243, and 330. (credit: Aramark) For a taste of southern cooking, fans...
    EDDIE HOWE revealed Kieran Trippier’s scan showed his foot injury is not healing as quickly as hoped. But the Newcastle boss still expects the England man to return this term. 1Kieran Trippier's injury is taking longer than expected to healCredit: Reuters Trippier, 31, broke his fifth metatarsal in his left foot in February’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa. The £12million January signing later revealed he may have even scored the winner that day with the injury. He had a scan on Friday and while the results show the problem is improving, his recovery will not be quite as quick as Toon were hoping. Speaking after the 5-1 defeat at Tottenham, Howe said: “His injury is healing. READ MORE FOOTBALLMAD MAX Tottenham and Newcastle stars in huge row with three players booked It’s not totally healed. That’s where it is.  “We’ll be able to start pushing him, not as quickly as we initially wanted to.  “But I still think he will play this season, but with no definite date. He’s making good progress.” Reflecting on the Spurs result, Howe is confident...
    EVERTON will let Brazilian midfielder Allan go in the summer at the end of a poor campaign. Allan, 31, has a year left on his deal but will not be a major part of the Toffees’ plans. 1Everton are ready to part ways with Allan this summerCredit: Getty Boss Frank Lampard will have a massive shake-up of his squad and midfield needs some attention. The Goodison club are also cost-cutting with staff being paid off, or asked to reapply for their jobs. Allan joined Everton in September 2020 for £22million from Napoli. Carlo Ancelotti worked with the Brazilian in Italy and handed him a three-year Goodison deal. READ MORE SUN STORIESBLUES NEWS Bayern's Kai Havertz REVENGE, Brentford SHOCK reaction - takeover latestSELLING CLUB Everton to sell Richarlison OR Calvert-Lewin this summer after financial woes Allan played 26 times in all competitions last season, and he has already reached that figure this term. However, the 10-time Brazil international has been far less influential. And that has coincided with Everton’s slide down the Premier League table. The Toffees are just three points...
    MARCUS RASHFORD thought he was through on goal in the 95th minute against Leicester this afternoon... until he was thwarted by his own team-mate Anthony Elanga. Despite the absences of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick opted to select NO ONE upfront - while leaving Rashford on the bench. 3Marcus Rashford looked to have darted through on goalCredit: Getty 3Anthony Elanga inadvertently took out RashfordCredit: EPA The German did turn to the 24-year-old in the 55th minute, bringing him on for Scott McTominay when the midfielder found himself at risk of getting sent off. James Maddison subsequently gave Leicester the lead, before Fred equalised just three minutes later. With their top four hopes on the line, the Red Devils desperately searched for a late winner - despite being largely outplayed by the Foxes. In the 95th minute it appeared the moment had finally come, when Rashford skipped by Daniel Amartey and Hamza Choudhury. READ MORE ON MAN UTDMan Utd news live Cristiano Ronaldo 'flu-like symptoms',, Ten Hag CONFIRMS talksFree bets! The best free bets and...
    In just over a week, it will be all about a forward-thinking approach, the NBA playoffs ultimately to define the Miami Heat’s season. And yet, as was the case a year ago, there have been defining moments along the way that (in)distinguish the road traveled and playoff seeding. Last season, a bad April 23 loss to an Atlanta Hawks team lacking sidelined Trae Young and Clint Capela left the Heat as the No. 6 seed in the East and a first-round 4-0 sweep victim at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. Win that game in Atlanta and the Heat would have been the No. 4 seed and hosted the happy-to-be-there New York Knicks in the first round, a team the Hawks eliminated in five games. So what might be lamented this time around after the April 10 close of the regular season? A season featuring mostly victories again has had its moments that created pause . . . moments that leave Erik Spoelstra’s team no option but to fight to the finish of the regular season. What shouldn’t be lost...
    GLEDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mookie Betts doesn’t have much left on his career checklist. Two World Series rings, an AL MVP, five Gold Gloves and a batting title. He’s even bowled several perfect games. Indeed, Betts hasn’t left many pins standing. But there is one. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping for an encore, a National League MVP to go along with his AL honor won with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. “I can’t imagine him not being in the MVP talk this season,’’ Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday before boarding a bus to a spring-training game against the Cleveland Guardians. Betts, who recorded a perfect game at the World Series of Bowling in 2017 and another in January, is coming off an All-Star season, his fifth. Yet it felt like a disappointment by his standards. He didn’t play in the All-Star Game because of pain in his back and left shoulder. An injury to his right hip bothered throughout most of the season. Roberts and Betts are confident that he is working his way back into his...
    NEWCASTLE UNITED are interested in signing Bologna's Scottish starlet Aaron Hickey, according to reports. Hickey, 19, is also being closely watched by AC Milan and other top European clubs. 1The 19-year-old has made 27 appearances for Bologna this seasonCredit: Kenny Ramsay The full-back was called up by Steve Clarke for Scotland’s friendly double-header, making his debut in the 1-1 draw with Poland. And now transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has announced the Toon interest in the Glasgow kid. He tweeted: "Newcastle are interested in signing Bologna fullback Aaron Hickey. "Potential fee £15-20m not an issue, he’s considered a top talent. READ MORE ON NEWCASTLEASH CLOUD Newcastle to strengthen FIVE positions but face window without Dan Ashworth "Other clubs monitoring closely." Hickey has made 27 total appearances for Bologna this season. The 19-year-old has played more minutes than any other teenager in Europe's top five leagues this season. He has netted four goals this term and has shown class throughout the past two campaigns in Italy. Most read in SportGO WITH THE FLO Florida lifestyle of Dustin Johnson & wife Paulina, including...
    Amid big roster changes for the Los Angeles Lakers this week, there’s some uplifting news: Anthony Davis is expected ti finally return to the court.  After experiencing another loss on March 29, the Lakers are in need of their biggest stars. On that front, NBA insider Chris Haynes was able to offer some updates on when several injured Lakers stars would be able to return. Fortunately, Anthony Davis is expected to return on April 1 as the Lakers host the New Orleans Pelicans in Los Angeles. My @NBAonTNT Report: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis targeting a return Friday, star LeBron James anticipated to miss Thursday in SLC and Kendrick Nunn expected to be shelved for remainder of season. pic.twitter.com/UuZSXPlWT9 — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 30, 2022 “If there are no setbacks, sources say the target return dates are either Friday at home against New Orleans or Sunday when Denver comes to visit,” Haynes said.Anthony Davis targeting a weekend return as Lakers slip in rankingsAdditionally, LeBron James remains out as he recovers from swelling in his ankle, and Kendrick...
    HARRY MAGUIRE faced BOOS from England fans before kick-off against Ivory Coast. The Manchester United captain's name was read out on the speaker as Gareth Southgate's starting 11 were introduced. But the centre-half was jeered and booed as supporters inside Wembley Stadium made their feelings known. Maguire, 29, has come under increasing pressure at United with the defender and club suffering poor form. They sit sixth in the Premier League - losing grip on the top four race. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in Premier LeagueVICTORY IN SIGHT? Putin 'drastically' WITHDRAWS troops from Kyiv in sign Ukraine is winningROM 'CHEM ATTACK' Abramovich ‘went blind and skin peeled off after eating poisoned choc''SHALLOW' CHAT Lady Gaga fans go crazy after she SNUBS Caitlyn Jenner in Oscars exchangeHE DID IT AGAIN Will Smith's former assault 'victim' slams actor's 'violent temper'
    Jada Pinkett Smith has finally broken her silence after her husband Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars over a alopecia joke the comedian made about her shaved head. 'This is a season for healing and I'm here for it,' the actress posted to Instagram Tuesday, two days after the incident that stunned millions of viewers. Pinkett Smith, 50, posted the words on a pink background, but did not share a caption. She has remained quiet since the dramatic events unfolded Sunday night.   Her post, which appears to address the incident, comes less than a day after her husband issued an apology for slapping Rock.    'Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,' he wrote.  'My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally. 'I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots failed to win a playoff game in 2019, which proved to be Tom Brady’s final season in New England. They failed to make the playoffs in 2020. And last year, they returned to the postseason, only to get handed a thoroughly embarrassing 47-17 loss in Buffalo against a division rival. None of this pleases team owner Robert Kraft. “I’d just say I’m a Patriot fan, big-time, first,” Kraft told reporters in West Palm Beach at the NFL’s annual meetings on Tuesday. “And more than anything, it bothers me that we haven’t been able to win a playoff game in the last three years.” But he also believes, despite an inactive start to free agency this season, that his team has the ability to contend for a championship as soon as this season. “I expect it to happen as soon as this year,” Kraft said when asked about the team getting back to true contention, per NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry. Kraft’s reasoning for that confidence comes from the Patriots have a...
    CHELSEA striker Timo Werner is reportedly ready to QUIT the club - but it will take a £33million bid to snare him. The 26-year-old has been in and out of the team this season following the £97.5m signing of Romelu Lukaku. 2Timo Werner could be set to leave Chelsea this summerCredit: Alamy Neither have really impressed so far for Thomas Tuchel's side this season. And according to German website Sport 1, Werner is ready to leave Stamford Bridge. The former RB Leipzig star has had discussions with his adviser Volker Struth on plans "to leave London". Werner has recently admitted that Germany's tactics suit him better than Tuchel's at Chelsea. Read More SportBLUES NEWS Roman Abramovich attends Ukraine peace talks in Turkey after suspected poisoning The goal-shy forward netted a rare effort against Israel at the weekend as Hansi Flick's side ran out 2-0 winners. Werner has surprisingly scored six goals in his last six caps - compared to none in his last eight Premier League outings for Chelsea. Asked about this quirk, the former RB Leipzig ace said: "There are differences...
    St. Louis Cardinals fans everywhere are buzzing now that Albert Pujols is back with the club for the 2022 campaign.  The band is getting back together. With the news that Albert Pujols has signed a new contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, it marks an amazing return for the slugger. Pujols is a fan favorite in St. Louis and people can’t wait to see him and Yadier Molina playing together again. Both these guys will be headed to Cooperstown down the road, but wouldn’t it be sweet if they entered the Hall of Fame together? That’s exactly what could happen if the two decide to call it a career at the end of the season.Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina should retire together after 2022The wide expectation is that this will be the final campaigns for both Pujols and Molina. Pujols is 42 years old and Molina is 39. While the thought of these two playing forever for St. Louis sounds nice, they’re not getting any younger and they’ve certainly lost many steps. Molina almost didn’t return to the team...
    Credit: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images You have to evolve as player in today’s NBA, and these three guy suddenly became great 3-point shooters this season. In any sport, as a player or a coach, it’s, to put it somewhat crudely, “evolve or die.” For an NBA player, that means being able to step out on the floor and shoot the ball in a game where traditional position roles and labels are fading (if not outright eliminated, in a practical sense). While there is still value in that part of the game, analytics say mid-range jumpers are not as valuable as closer shots and certainly 3-pointers (#math on the latter). A player who can’t be some level of threat away from the basket and positively impact spacing is almost a net negative offensively, no matter what else he can do. With work, it’s possible to become a functional shooter–if not a pretty good one. On that note, these three players suddenly became great 3-point shooters this NBA season.3 players who suddenly became excellent 3-point shooters this NBA season 3 Mo Bamba C...
    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — New Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham freely admits he’ll be playing with a big chip on his shoulder this season. The 34-year-old free agent got a big league job less than two weeks before opening day, signing Saturday as the Reds try to fill a spot where a pair of All-Stars recently departed. Right fielder Nick Castellanos signed this month with Philadelphia as a free agent, and left fielder Jesse Winker was traded to Seattle. “I am going to approach this season as a revenge tour. I’m playing to get my numbers, man. I’m being dead honest with you. There is nothing selfish about it. In the past I put up some really good seasons,” Pham said. “I’m playing to get some numbers. I don’t care about anything else. I’m looking out for me. At the end of the day baseball is going to move on without me. I have to get mine right now,” he said. The 34-year-old Pham is an eight-year veteran, spending the last two with the San Diego Padres. He hit .229...
    Crown Media Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” has returned for season 9 episode 4. In this episode, called “Straight from the Heart,” we get a lot of really adorable scenes featuring Lucas and Little Jack, while we also learn more about some of the struggles that other residents of Hope Valley are facing. For this episode, Chris McNally as Lucas really stole the show. Not only did he have a dramatic scene with that sneak attack, but his adorable moments with Little Jack and the romantic scenes with Elizabeth really shined. We could see many different sides to Lucas in this episode, and he shined in all of them. This story is a review and recap for “When Calls the Heart” season 9 episode 4, so there will be SPOILERS below. Lucas Stole the Show This Week Crown Media Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Lucas truly stole the show this week. A big theme for this episode was his volunteering to watch Little Jack for not...
    THREE Premier League big hitters are chasing 40-goal Rangers wonderkid Rory Wilson, according to reports. Liverpool, Manchester United and City are locked in a battle to sign the Scottish sensation. 1Wilson scored a brace in the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic's U17sCredit: NEWS GROUP According to the Daily Star, Wilson has turned down Rangers' approach with a professional contract and looks to follow the same path as Chelsea's Billy Gilmour and turn pro in England. Like Wilson, Gilmour spent many years in Rangers' academy, but he made a switch to England in 2017 - something the striker is yet to do. The 16-year-old goal scorer is regarded as one of Scotland's hottest prospects and both United and City watched him bag a brace for the international's U17s against the Czech Republic this week. Wilson's 40-goal heroics this season has also drawn interest from Newcastle and Leeds. Read more in footballMan Utd news live Bent names his United manager, Bruno Fernandes new contract EXCLUSIVE And a move to any Premier League outfit could only come at...
    The BACHELORETTE is set to begin filming this week and it's already "chaotic and unorganized." Season 19 will premiere on July 11th and will feature Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia as the show’s first joint leads - though it's reportedly off to a rough start. 5Gabby Windey is set to be one of the two stars of Season 19Credit: Instagram/@gabby.windey 5Rachel Reccia is her co-star, though it's already 'chaotic and unorganized'Credit: Instagram/Rachel Recchia Production for The Bachelorette starts tomorrow at the Bachelor Mansion in LA. That being said, a source has told The Sun that the very first double-trouble season is itself troubled. “It’s been chaos behind the scenes," the source told us. "Execs went with the two Bachelorette leads as an impulse decision because of how strong the reaction was to both women [on Season 26] and their friendship, but also because they needed to shake up the franchise after the past few years of turmoil." Read more Bachelor Nation storiesBrains Beauty Boss Find out which college The Bachelorette’s Michelle Young went toTHE NEW GUYS Everything to know about the Season 19 Bachelorette contestants "I...
    Getty Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics Nobody is surprised that Jayson Tatum has been the key driving force behind the Boston Celtics‘ mid-season resurgence. It’s long been postulated that Tatum holds the keys to any future success the Celtics will have, at least in the short-to-mid term. That’s the type of expectations placed on your shoulders when you’re a borderline top-10 talent in the NBA, with multiple years of development left before you reach your peak. Of course, one star on their own doesn’t equate to a contending team, but without said star, you don’t stand a chance. Luckily for Boston, they have two elite players in Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and if the fanbase had anything to say about it, the Celtics would look to add a third star during the off-season. "You are the face of this league, bro" Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness —@RealDealBeal23 to @Money23Green about @jaytatum0 pic.twitter.com/7Au8Y96qux — The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) March 24, 2022 Bradley Beal has long been a pipe-dream for...
    WEST HAM star Declan Rice has carried the ball further than any Premier League player this season. The midfielder has travelled 7,258 metres with the ball at his feet. 1Declan Rice has outperformed most of his rivals by some distance with only Aymeric Laporte coming close He has vastly outperformed every other player in the league except Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, who is narrowly behind on 6,911. Bernardo Silva is the next best midfielder on the list with 6,097, which highlights just how good Rice has been. And considering City have enjoyed an average of 68 per cent possession this term compared to West Ham's 47, it is easy to see why Rice is so highly rated. It is understandable the Citizens have five players in the top ten, therefore, though Jack Grealish's inclusion is somewhat of a surprise. Read More SunSportTOP DEC West Ham demand 'British record £150MILLION for Declan Rice' as Man Utd circleMan Utd news live Ten Hag 'comes through United interview with flying colours' The England winger has failed to make the desired impact since his...
    THE IRS is urging tax filers to avoid common errors this tax season, and experts have 11 easy steps to help you avoid delays. Two of the most common errors relate to the Recovery Rebate Credit and the Child Tax Credit, according to the IRS. 1Experts say these 11 steps can help you file a tax return without issue or delay Taxpayers should refer to Letter 6419 for advance Child Tax Credit payments and Letter 6475 for third Economic Impact Payment amounts they received. In addition, your online IRS account should also have this information. However, there are 11 easy steps you can take to ensure a smooth tax filing process 1. File Electronically The IRS is once again offering their free file program this year. READ MORE TAX STORIESNO KIDDING Deadline fast approaching for millions to get up to $3,600 tax credit per childRETURN TO SENDER IRS warning about tax returns being REJECTED – avoid this simple mistake While TurboTax is no longer participating, there are many other options available as long as certain criteria are met. The...
    CHELSEA'S loan army will earn a staggering £30MILLION in wages this season amid the club's financial woes. The club, as usual, shipped out a whole host of talent in the 2021-22 campaign from academy rising stars to experienced internationals. 3Danny Drinkwater is Chelsea's top earner out on loan this season on a reported £120,000 per weekCredit: Getty 3 In total, Chelsea currently have 24 players representing other clubs around England and across Europe. And according to BettingOdds.com, their cumulative salaries for the whole season total £30.17m. That works out as a hefty £603,507 per week for a club now unable to take in new money amid the sanctions relating to Roman Abramovich. However, it is unclear how much of that is offset by loaning clubs paying fees or covering part of the wages. READ MOREBLUES NEWS Nick Candy 'significantly increases' Chelsea takeover bid, new home shirt LEAKED Flop mega-money midfielders Danny Drinkwater (£6.2m) at Reading and AC Milan man Tiemoue Bakayoko (£5.7m) make up a huge chunk of the total. They are followed by the likes...
    CHELSEA defender Antonio Rudiger has remarkably clocked the fastest speed of any Premier League player this season. The 29-year-old German has been imperious for the European champions since Thomas Tuchel took over at the beginning of 2021. 2Rudiger has recorded the fastest speed in the Premier League so far this season 2Rudiger has recorded the fastest sprint of any Premier League player this seasonCredit: AFP And he even seems to have gotten quicker over the past year - proven by the 36.7km/h he recorded during Chelsea's game against Brighton. According to OptaJoe, Rudiger's lightning fast sprint means he has pipped Mohamed Salah to the quickest time recorded in the Prem so far this term. The Liverpool forward is second on the list with a speed of 36.6km/h. Wolves winger Adama Traore also clocked the same speed as Salah during the first half of the campaign before he returned to Barcelona on loan. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLBLUES NEWS Nick Candy 'significantly increases' Chelsea takeover bid, new home shirt LEAKED Liverpool's newest centre-back Ibrahima Konate is next on the list at 36.2km/h....
    According to a statistic, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes created a lot of his own pressure in 2021. The Kansas City Chiefs witnessed their AFC West rivals drastically improve this offseason, where it is expected to be a grueling battle for the championship. Despite this, the Chiefs still do have quarterback Patrick Mahome starting under center, and he can make some magical plays that can lead the team to victory. But is there really an area of concern for Mahomes entering the 2022 season? The stat provided by the Twitter user below, per Pro Football Focus, shows that Mahomes has created 24.0-percent of his own pressure throughout this past season. Mahomes self-created over 24% of all the pressure he faced in the 2021 #NFL season. That said: I think the upper-left quadrant is most worrisome. What are Baker, Lamar, and Wilson doing in the pocket?!@karnsies817 @mattderrick @FilmstudyRavens @ByNateUlrich @KCChiefsBlog pic.twitter.com/TBQIHc1E8y — Brad Congelio, Ph.D. ????⚾️????????‍???? (@BradCongelio) February 16, 2022 This Patrick Mahomes stat could be an area of concern The Chiefs did spend last offseason improving their offensive line,...