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Donovan Mitchell scores 33 points, Cavaliers clinch playoff spot with 129-120 win over Pacers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, Jarrett Allen had 29 points and 13 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched a playoff berth with a 129-120 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Indiana pulled to 120-118 with 2:04 remaining on Pascal Siakam’s drive, but Darius Garland answered with a 3-pointer over Siakam. The Cavaliers scored the final six points, capped by an Isaac Okoro three-point play that ended with him somersaulting. Tyrese Haliburton had 19 points and 12 assists, Siakam scored 19 points and Myles Turner had 17 points for the Pacers, who can still qualify for the playoffs with a win or a Philadelphia loss on Sunday. Indiana had won three straight. Garland and Caris LeVert each finished with 16 points, and Max Strus had seven points and nine assists. Allen made 13 of 14 shots for Cleveland, which earned its first back-to-back playoff appearances since making four straight NBA Finals from 2015-2018. The Cavaliers entered the night with the possibility of finishing as high as second and as low as seventh in the East. Indiana’s potential seeds ranged between third and eighth. The top six teams advance to the playoffs, while the seventh- and eighth-place clubs will be part of the play-in tournament. “It’s a level of parity there has never been in my 40 years in this league,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “The league has evolved into a true, hard-play league every night.” Aaron Nesmith scored nine points in the third and Haliburton had eight, pulling Indiana within 97-94 going into the fourth. Pacers forward Obi Toppin sprained his left ankle in the period and did not return. The Cavaliers built a 14-point lead in the second and were up 70-59 at halftime. Mitchell scored 18 points in 18 minutes and Allen had 16 points and nine rebounds. UP NEXT Pacers: Host Atlanta on Sunday. Cavaliers: Host Charlotte on Sunday. ___ AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA

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Ryan Feltner gets 1st win of season, Rockies use season-high 20 hits to beat Blue Jays 12-4

TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Feltner pitched five innings for his first win of the season and the Colorado Rockies had 20 hits in a 12-4 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Ryan McMahon had four of those hits for the Rockies, who won north of the border for the first time after nine consecutive defeats in Canada. The Rockies hadn’t reached 20 hits since 2022 and not since 2013 in a road game. Feltner (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits, walked two and struck out four. Making his third start of the season, struggling Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-2) allowed six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. His earned run average rose from 9.53 to 11.57. Gausman missed most of spring training because of a sore shoulder. He lasted 1 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to the Yankees, his shortest outing since May 2019. McMahon hit doubles in the third, sixth and ninth innings, and had a single in the fourth. He drove in two runs and also scored twice. Colorado’s Nolan Jones and Ezequiel Tovar both homered and Kris Bryant hit a two-run double. Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers reached base four times and came within a home run of the cycle. Rogers hit an RBI double in the second, walked in the fifth, singled in the seventh and tripled in the ninth. Catcher Elías Díaz had two hits and scored twice for Colorado. Díaz also drove in a run, extending his career-best streak of games with at least one RBI to six. Daulton Varsho and Isiah Kiner-Falefa both hit solo home runs, the first of the season for each, for the Blue Jays. The Rockies were swept in three-game series at Toronto in 2002, 2007 and 2013. The last time they had 20 hits was Aug. 9, 2022, at home vs. St. Louis. Their last 20-hit game on the road was June 5, 2013, at Cincinnati. TRAINER’S ROOM Rockies: RHP Daniel Bard needs surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow and will not pitch again this season, manager Bud Black said. … OF Charlie Blackmon was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game because of illness. UP NEXT RHP Dakota Hudson (0-2, 2.38 ERA) is set to start for Colorado on Saturday. RHP Bowden Francis (0-2, 12.96) is scheduled for Toronto. The Blue Jays brought RHP Yariel Rodriguez from Triple-A Buffalo to Toronto on Friday. He could be added to the roster before Saturday’s game. ___ AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb

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City rejects revenue stream concept for Bears, White Sox joint stadium funding plan: report

Illinois state leaders have told the Bears and White Sox they won’t support separate public funding plans for their respective stadium aspirations. In an attempt to meet everyone’s needs, the Bears and White Sox have been working to create a joint public funding plan that can satiate the necessities of both teams, the city and the state. But that’s no easy task, as proven by the city’s recent rejection of a part of the teams’ joint plan. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the city rejected a proposal from both teams to use the city’s amusement tax from ticket sales at their respective stadiums to help the debt of the ISFA (Illinois Sports Facilities Authority) bonds attached to both Guaranteed Rate Field and the 2003 Soldier Field renovations. “The ISFA’s current debt is backed by a 2% tax on hotel stays in Chicago that is meant to provide enough revenue to meet its annual debt payments,” Justin Laurence wrote for Crain’s. “When that revenue falls short, like it has the past three years, Chicago’s portion of taxes that the state doles out annually to municipalities is used to cover the difference. “To bring more tax revenue to the overall pie to be divided between the teams, an idea to set aside the portion of revenue from the city’s amusement tax on ticket sales at the stadiums was floated to the city but apparently rejected, according to sources familiar with the meeting.” The amusement tax, according to Crain’s, is a 9% tax on entertainment services including sporting events, theaters and concerts. The tax is projected to bring in around $262 million in 2024, according to the report. It’s unclear at this juncture where the teams plan to bring in more tax revenue to help support the ISFA bonds. Initially, the White Sox constructed a plan to generate taxes from a myriad of places, including sales tax revenue from the surrounding area of their hypothetical stadium. The 2% hotel tax was part of that plan, but they didn’t intend to raise the tax as part of their plan. The Bears, on the other hand, haven’t drawn up their public funding plan. They did, however, say they would need public funding for infrastructure i.e. sewers, roads, etc. to support that aspect of the stadium. The Bears said this during their town hall meeting with Arlington Heights in June 2023. Both teams will continue trying to find a solution to get both teams public funding. However, the clock is ticking, as a General Assembly in May could alter support from state legislators. That being said, the Bears have the upper hand in a scenario where the city/state chooses one plan. Remember, the Bears will undoubtedly have the opportunity to generate more revenue with an enclosed, year-round stadium with a larger-scaled operation. “I think it will make sense for them to work together because there is the danger that they ‘won’t get picked’ if they try to go in alone. Admittedly, that risk is lower for the Bears, but it is still there,” Economist/Davidson College professor Fred Smith said in a text conversation with NBC Sports Chicago in March.

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A beautiful weekend with summer-like temperatures is on tap, but how warm will it get?

The Chicago area will get a preview of summer this weekend as a dramatic warmup and plenty of sunshine arrive. Friday, however, began on a much cooler note. The region initially saw 40-degree temperatures, gusty winds and periods of showers throughout the morning and afternoon. By the evening hours, the rain started to fade as readings sat in the mid-50s. Temperatures will likely climb significantly on Saturday, making way for beautiful weather and sunny skies, according to NBC 5 Storm Team meteorologists. Clear skies will persist throughout the day as temperatures rise into the low 70s. While clear conditions will prevail, a few clouds may slide through in the nighttime hours before moving out early Sunday. After that, get ready for the warmest temperatures of the weekend. Readings will hover just below 80 degrees come Sunday. It will be very warm in the morning, but noticeably cooler as the day progresses. When the evening rolls around, a cold front will cause temperatures to fall for a brief period. Temperatures could tumble as much as 30 degrees, into the 40s, along the lakefront. Things won’t stay that cold for a while, thankfully. The work week will bring a return of 70-degree temperatures and some sunshine, meteorologists said. Monday will see a high of 71 degrees and the possibility of storms in the late evening. Areas along the Lake Michigan shoreline, meanwhile, can expect temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s, according to meteorologists. The main concern, however, won’t arrive until the next day. A warm front set to arrive early Tuesday could usher in showers and potentially severe thunderstorms. You’ll want to keep an umbrella handy as multiple waves of rain and storms are possible. The other chance for potentially severe weather will arrive on the opposite end of the same front, according to meterologists. That round of storms could move in starting in the nighttime hours through early Wednesday. Stick with the NBC 5 Storm Team – on-air, online and on the NBC Chicago News Streaming Channel – as we monitor the potential for severe weather.

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NBA star Dennis Rodman has an Olympian as a daughter

NBA legend Dennis Rodman isn’t the only athlete in his family. His soccer-playing daughter, Trinity Rodman, will be kicking it in Paris, France, this summer with the U.S. women’s national team. Trinity is a forward, which is a star-making spot on the USWNT. The position has made Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan global stars. She was only 18 when she was the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, which at the time was the record for the youngest NWSL player ever drafted. After joining the Washington Spirit soccer team in 2021, Trinity was named the NWSL Rookie of the Year. In 2022, she was nominated for the Ballon d’Or Féminin in 2022, recognizing the best players in women’s soccer around the world. In 2023, she became the youngest player in NWSL history to record 10 assists and 10 goals in a regular season career and the youngest player in Spirit history to make 50 appearances with the team. “She’s an all-out competitor,” former Spirit head coach Kris Ward told ESPN. “Her ability to withstand pressure and close contact with the opponent and her desire to help her team succeed — she’s a change-the-game player. There hasn’t been anyone like her before.” Though Trinity appears to be a bit more subdued than her flamboyant father, she still has that distinctive Rodman flair. Rodman, who was estranged for years from his own father, has spoken about wanting to be a better dad to his three children. “The only major, major demon I have right now is trying to convince myself that I am a good dad,” he told ESPN in 2019. “It’s very hard for me to try to break out of that cycle.” Keep reading to learn more about Dennis Rodman’s three children. Alexis Rodman Dennis Rodman and his first wife, Annie Bakes, were only married for 82 days, but the pair welcomed daughter Alexis Rodman into the world on September 28, 1988. Alexis married Robert Bunfill in 2014 and gave birth to a son named Vincent, making Dennis a grandfather. He expressed his joy on a post on X in 2017, writing, “Wow, congrats to my daughter Alexis and her husband for the birth of their 1st baby: Vincent! I can’t believe I’m a Grandfather!” Dennis “D.J.” Rodman Jr. Dennis was married briefly to second wife, model Carmen Electra, before having a son and a daughter with his third wife, Michelle Moyer. Dennis “D.J.” Rodman Jr. was born on April 25, 2001, and he has been following his dad to the basketball court. D.J. has been playing college basketball, first at Washington State University and then at the University of Southern California. According to his team website, D.J., a graduate student, is a 6-foot 6-inch, 225 pound forward “who is a tough defender and top-notch three-point shooter.” Like his famous father, D.J. has been repping some popular brands. Trinity Rodman Born on May 20, 2002, Trinity is close in age to D.J., and their bond seems to be a strong one. In this Instagram video, Trinity said, “One of my favorite things to do is watch my brother compete. Seeing him on the court is the best thing ever.” She went on to say about watching her brother play, “It’s an emotional roller coaster for me, but I think I’m definitely his biggest hype woman. I’m cheering. I’ll yell at the refs, even.” Her bond with her father doesn’t seem to be as close. When Dennis surprised his daughter by attending one of her games with the Washington Spirit, she wrote in an Instagram post, “My dad doesn’t play a big role in my life at all and most people don’t know that, we don’t see eye to eye on many things. I go months if not years without his presence or communication. Being in spotlights has been hard for us, him and me. We don’t have the best relationship, but at the end of the day he’s human I’m human… he’s my dad, and I’m his little girl and that will never change.” This story first appeared on TODAY.com. More from TODAY: Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 3 kids: Everything you need to know about Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir Husband of former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader who died after stillbirth speaks out on prenatal care concerns Mom defends letting her 2-year-old watch ‘Real Housewives’ reality TV show

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‘Never seen rats this bad:’ Portage Park residents demand further action to tackle infestation

A resurgence of rats has gotten out of control in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, multiple residents explained Friday as they called for city leaders to take further action. Diana Gazda, a resident of the Far Northwest Side community for seven decades, said she has never seen an infestation like it. “We never had a rat problem like this,” she stated. “I’ve been here 71 years in my house.” Gazda said she previously called the city for assistance, and as a result, crews performed rat baiting in late February. But still, rats remain an ongoing issue, and they still often visit alleys at night, residents said. Neighbors told NBC Chicago that while they travel through sometimes overflowing dumpsters, the rats also go elsewhere. “She told me ‘I have rats in the garage’ and there’s a rat hole in the yard next door,” Gazda stated. The longtime Portage Park resident said she has asked the city and local alderman’s office for crews to return and fix the problem. But outside of very visible dog waste signs, she said nothing has been done. Some residents have captured photos of the nocturnal visitors scurrying around. “I was surprised at the number of them, even down the alley, you can see them running back and forth,” another resident, Joe stated.” “Big Boy,” the neighborhood mouser has managed to catch a few small rodents. But the big rats remain, according to neighbors. “I’ve never seen rats this bad,” Gazda stated. “Never.” NBC Chicago examined the city of Chicago’s website and found rat complaints in the area that were made as recently as Friday. The Department of Streets and Sanitation released the following statement to NBC Chicago regarding the infestation: The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) is dedicated to keeping Chicago clean and healthy, and we continue to proactively address rodent abatement as a free service to residents. The DSS Bureau of Rodent Control followed up on two 311 requests to bait the alley last month on March 5th and 11th. Rodent Control will also conduct a door-to-door abatement next week, which includes contacting everyone on the block, inspecting yards, providing technical assistance, baiting, and surveying the alley for any damaged garbage carts. To prevent rodents on or near their premises, residents are encouraged to: keep garbage in tightly covered bins. seal up access into their homes and garages. immediately clean up pet excrement. remove pet and bird food from their yards. remove debris and heavy vegetation, including harvesting vegetable from gardens in a timely manner.

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New-look ‘Shogun’ changes narrative of Clavell’s samurai epic

TOKYO — Aika Miyake, the film editor of “Shogun,” the hit TV series airing on the Disney+ streaming platform, says she knew the production was a winner from the moment she started working on the footage. “I was so excited because I could tell right away that ‘Shogun’ was different from all the other samurai epics,” Miyake said in an interview from Los Angeles. As a Japanese woman working in Hollywood, Miyake is especially alert to the cultural and gender stereotyping that can occur in film projects, particularly in the depiction of Japanese women. “But I would describe ‘Shogun’ as feminine-forward,” she said. “The submissive, helpful and obedient Japanese girl is just not here. In her place is Lady Mariko, [who is] strong and smart and acts by her personal code of honor.”

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21-year-old suspect arrested after flashing wad of cash before alleged murder of man: HCSO

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A suspect accused of murdering a man while flashing a wad of cash before ambushing him in a north Harris County gas station is behind bars. The video above is from a previous report. Tyreq Sanders, 21, was charged with murder on Friday for the death of 30-year-old Gary Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say initial efforts to locate Sanders had been unsuccessful prior to his arrest. PREVIOUS STORY: Suspected shooter who danced while holding wad of cash before shooting a man has been identified Investigators said Houston was shot multiple times, possibly over a verbal disagreement on Dec. 20. “Those cowards shot my son in the back four times,” Alanka Houston, the victim’s mother, told ABC13 as she recalled the excruciating details. Sanders was booked in the Harris County Jail. No other suspects will face charges in this case.

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Delaware judge refuses to throw out special counsel gun charges against Hunter Biden

A federal judge in Delaware has refused to throw out a series of gun charges against Hunter Biden, despite the president’s son challenging the case and the authority of special counsel David Weiss to bring it. The decision on Friday means the series of three gun charges against Mr Biden, based on allegations he lied about his drug use during a 2018 gun purchase, will likely go to trial in June. Mr Biden has filed a number of challenges to the case, arguing he was still protected under an immunity agreement from a failed plea deal, as well as claiming that the prosecution was politically motivated. Judge Maryellen Noreika pushed back against these arguments in her Friday decision. “At best, [Hunter Biden] has generically alleged that individuals from the prior administration were or are targeting him (or his father) and therefore his prosecution here must be vindictive,” she wrote. “The problem with this argument is that the charging decision at issue was made during this administration — by Special Counsel Weiss — at a time when the head of the Executive Branch prosecuting Defendant is Defendant’s father.” The Independent has contacted Mr Biden’s attorney for comment. The federal judge also held that the failed plea deal didn’t cover the case at hand because a probation officer never signed onto it, what she called an “unambiguously” stated portion of the original agreement. Mr Biden’s defence team had argued last year that the president’s son was “selectively charged” and that the special counsel “buckled under political pressure” from GOP figures seeking political gain, including Donald Trump. In January, Mr Weiss’s office called the Biden legal strategy “stunningly weak and wholly unsupported by facts and law,” comparing it to “a fiction designed for a Hollywood script.” A decision is still pending on a challenge to the constitutionality of the gun charges. Earlier this month, a California judge blocked similar challenges to a nine-count tax case against Mr Biden. In both the tax and gun cases, Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty.

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