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Peralta pitches 5 innings as Brewers blank Cubs 4-0
Freddy Peralta pitched five sharp innings, Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to stop a three-game slide. Kris Bryant doubled in the fourth for Chicago’s only hit of the game. Shaw connected in the first against Adbert Alzolay (0-1), sending an opposite-field drive deep to left-center.
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Lowe homers twice, pads RBI record as Rangers beat Jays 7-4
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nate Lowe homered twice and padded his franchise record for RBIs to start the season with four more, leading the Texas Rangers to a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Lowe was the first Texas player to go deep in front of the home fans at Globe Life Field, lining a two-run shot into the Toronto bullpen in left-centre field for a 2-1 lead in the first inning. Ronald Guzman and Jonah Heim also went deep for the Rangers in their first four-homer game in their year-old ballpark. It was also the first six-homer game in the regular season, with Toronto’s Bo Bichette connecting twice. There were 18,585 fans a day after the Rangers welcomed 38,238 for their home opener, becoming the first major American pro sports team to fill a stadium since the coronavirus shutdown of sports more than a year ago. Texas opened the $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium last season, when fans weren’t allowed in during the regular season. Lowe’s third homer of the season was a two-run drive to centre in the third. His 14 RBIs through five games are the most in franchise history and the most in the majors since Chris Davis had 17 for Baltimore in the first five games of 2013. Dane Dunning (1-0) retired his last 10 batters in his Texas debut, allowing Bichette’s first-inning solo homer while striking out six in five innings. Toronto’s Tanner Roark allowed three homers — the other was by Guzman leading off the second. The right-hander has surrendered seven long balls in his past two starts against Texas, the club that drafted him in 2008. Roark (0-1) gave up five runs in three innings, dropping to 0-5 in his career against the Rangers. Bichette’s second solo shot came off Matt Bush to get Toronto within 6-4 in the eighth before Ian Kennedy pitched a perfect ninth for his first save with Texas. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: C Danny Jansen didn’t start but was available off the bench a day after taking a foul tip off the inside of his right knee in the series opener. Manager Charlie Montoyo said the hope is for Jansen to return as the starter Wednesday. Rangers: RHP Brett Martin (lower back tightness) is expected to pitch two innings Wednesday in an alternate-site game against the Astros at the Rangers’ Triple-A home in Round Rock. SPRINGER UPDATE Center fielder George Springer, who started the season on the injured list with a strained left oblique muscle, remains on schedule to make his Toronto debut Thursday in the Blue Jays’ home opener against the LA Angels in Dunedin, Florida. The former Houston star took live batting practice early Tuesday. “It’s a big step for me both physically and in my own mind,” said Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP who signed a $150 million, six-year contract in the off-season. “Obviously I have to see what happens, see how my body responds.” UP NEXT The series finale Wednesday is a matchup of opening-day starters in Toronto’s Hyun Jin Ryu and Kyle Gibson of the Rangers. Both got no-decisions. The lefty Ryu allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Gibson got just one out in the shortest opening-day start in Washington/Texas franchise history and the shortest in the majors in 39 years. The right-hander allowed five runs after taking the mound with a 5-0 lead. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press
Verint Announces Upsize and Pricing of Offering of Convertible Senior Notes
Verint® Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNT) today announced that it has agreed to sell $275 million aggregate principal amount of its 0.25% convertible senior notes due 2026 (or up to $315 million in aggregate principal amount if the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes in full) in a private placement to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. The aggregate principal amount of the offering was increased from the previously announced offering size of $250 million (or $287.5 million if the initial purchasers exercise their option to purchase additional notes in full).
Ontario imposing stay-at-home order, closing non-essential retail: sources
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet has approved a provincewide stay-at-home order and will close non-essential retail stores for all but curbside pickup, multiple sources told CBC News Tuesday night. The move comes in the wake of criticism that restrictions announced last week — what the government called “emergency brake” measures — are insufficient to slow the spread of Ontario’s third wave of COVID-19. Sources familiar with cabinet’s decision said the stay-at-home order would take effect at 12: 01 a.m. ET Thursday and last up to four weeks. The sources said only grocery stores and pharmacies would be permitted to stay open for customers to shop indoors. They said big box retail stores would be restricted to selling only grocery and pharmacy items for in-person shopping. Garden centres would also be permitted to stay open, according to the sources. Ford had hinted Tuesday afternoon that he would announce further restrictions on Wednesday. Ontario has reported on average more than 2,800 new cases of COVID-19 daily over the past week. There are 510 people with COVID-19 being treated in ICUs, which is the highest at any point in the pandemic. During the second wave, ICU admissions peaked at 420.
SIU investigating after OPP fatally shoot man, 43, northeast of Cobourg, Ont.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in after Ontario Provincial Police officers fatally shot a 43-year-old man northeast of Cobourg on Tuesday. In a news release, the SIU said the OPP were called to the area of County Road 25 and Tobacco Road in the Township of Cramahe, in Northumberland County, at about 10: 15 a.m. Police had received a report that a man was in a parked car and yelling at people. After officers arrived, the man approached the officers and was carrying a baseball ball, the SIU said in the release. It added that the man hit one of the cruisers. “The man then got into his vehicle and drove towards the officers,” the SIU said. The man got out of the vehicle again. Police fired what is called an Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) and a conducted energy weapon. “When those proved to be ineffective, two officers discharged their firearms at the man,” the SIU said. Paramedics at the scene tried to save the man’s life, but he died at the scene. The SIU has assigned three investigators and three forensic investigators to the case. Two officers are the subject of the investigation and 12 officers have been deemed witnesses. A post-mortem is scheduled for Wednesday in Kingston, Ont. The SIU is asking anyone with information to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. They’re also appealing to anyone who may have any video evidence to upload it through the SIU website.
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Seattle’s James Paxton leaves with injury in 2nd inning
SEATTLE — Left-hander James Paxton departed the first start of his second stint with Seattle after throwing just 24 pitches against the White Sox on Tuesday night. Paxton grimaced after throwing a 92 mph fastball to Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn with one out in the second inning. Mariners manager Scott Servais and a trainer immediately came to the mound while Paxton bent over with his hands on his knees. After some discussion, Paxton walked off and was replaced by Nick Margevicius. There was no immediate detail on Paxton’s injury, but he appeared to be bothered by his left hip area before his final pitch. Paxton, who spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees after playing his first six years for Seattle, returned to the Mariners in February on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. He had surgery in February 2020 to repair a herniated disk and remove a cyst from his back. He went 2-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five starts for New York last year before being shut down with a left forearm strain. Paxton can earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses for games started: $150,000 each for six to 10 and $750,000 more over starts 11-22. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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Tishaura Jones elected St. Louis’ first Black female mayor
St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones, who has been outspoken in her criticism of the criminal justice system’s “arrest and incarcerate” model, won election Tuesday and will take over as the first Black female mayor in a city beset by yet another wave of violent crime. Jones defeated Alderwoman Cara Spencer in the general election with 51.7% to Spencer’s 47.8%, based on unofficial results posted on the city’s website. She will be sworn in April 20. Spencer, in her concession, noted the historic achievement of her opponent. “This is something we should all celebrate,” Spencer said. “Our city broke a glass ceiling tonight, a ceiling that shouldn’t have been there.” Jones, 49, is a former state representative who has been treasurer since 2013. She will replace incumbent Mayor Lyda Krewson, who announced in November that she would not seek a second term. Krewson, 67, is the city’s first woman mayor. In her new job, Jones faces many challenges. The population that peaked at 856,796 in 1950 is now just above 300,000, and people are still leaving for the suburbs. Businesses, including downtown restaurants and shops, are still struggling to recover from COVID-19 shutdowns. But Jones and Spencer agreed that no crisis is as important as curbing violence, especially killings. Police statistic show that 262 people were killed in St. Louis last year — five fewer than the record of 267 set in 1993. But because the city’s population has declined sharply since 1993, the per capita homicide rate was much higher in 2020. Already, 2021 is shaping up to be even worse. The city has recorded 46 killings through Tuesday, about 10 ahead of last year’s dangerously high pace. Jones has pledged to bring in more social workers, mental health counsellors and substance abuse counsellors, rather than adding more uniformed officers. Spencer, in her sixth year as alderwoman, also had pledged to push for social reforms to fight crime. She favoured a “focused deterrence” model connecting those at risk of committing violence to self-help resources, but making it clear those who cross into crime will face the consequences. Krewson, whose husband was fatally shot in a 1995 carjacking, ran in 2017 on a pledge to battle crime, but the city saw a staggering increase in killings during the coronavirus pandemic. About 48% of St. Louis residents are white, 45% are Black. While both Jones and Spencer are Democrats, Jones in a recent debate questioned if another white mayor could adequately lead the city. “A white person doesn’t have to tell their white children how to act when they’re stopped by the police,” Jones said in the televised debate last week. “That’s a conversation that I have with my son every time my son leaves the house. A white person doesn’t have to worry about their children getting hit by a stray bullet when he’s outside. That’s something I worry about my son, and almost happened several times in our neighbourhood.” “While I appreciate the role of white allies in this movement of progress, I don’t believe that they have the lived experiences to lead a majority-minority city,” Jones said. Until this year, St. Louis hosted Democratic and Republican primary elections in March, with the winners competing in April. But St. Louis is so heavily Democratic that the general election became an afterthought. City voters in November approved a new nonpartisan format in which all candidates compete against each other in March, with the top two vote-getters advancing. Jones received the most votes in the primary, and Spencer edged out two other candidates for the other spot. Jim Salter, The Associated Press
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Blackhawks stop 2-game skid, beat Stars 4-2
CHICAGO — Kirby Dach, Dominik Kubilik and Alex DeBrincat scored, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Tuesday night. The Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period, but goaltender Kevin Lankinen stopped Dallas’ Roope Hintz in the slot with 93 seconds to play after goals by Andrew Cogliano and Radek Faksa closed the gap. The victory stopped Chicago’s two-game losing streak, and extended Dallas’ losing skid to two games, dropping them to sixth-place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks remain in fourth place. Chicago’s Dach opened the scoring in the first period, about 11 minutes after his pass to set up an apparent goal by Kane was ruled offside. Dach accepted a pass from Kane and flipped a 15-foot wrist shot over goaltender Jake Oettinger’s glove side at 12: 05. The Blackhawks made it 2-0 midway through the second period, Kubilik beating Oettinger from the left slot after collecting a cross-ice pass from Vinnie Hinostroza. The goal came about 40 seconds after Dallas’ Blake Comeau hit the post, the Stars’ best chance in the first 40 minutes. DeBrincat gave Chicago a 3-0 lead with a wrist shot from the slot with 54.5 seconds left in the second. He stole the clearing pass of Dallas defenceman Andrej Sekera in the left-wing corner and was unchallenged in skating into the slot to beat Oettinger over the right shoulder. Cogliano ended Lankinen’s shutout bid with a short-handed goal on a breakaway 1: 29 into the third period. It ended a stretch of nearly 120 minutes without a goal by the Stars. Faksa made it 3-2 with 6: 14 to play, collecting defenceman Esa Lindell’s 60-foot shot off the boards and banking it over a diving Lankinen. Kane added an empty-net goal for Chicago with seven seconds to play. Oettinger made 24 saves, Lankinen had 25. STEVENS SUBS FOR BOWNESS Dallas assistant coach John Stevens was in charge of the bench Tuesday night with head coach Rick Bowness still in Raleigh, North Carolina, awaiting NHL clearance after what the Stars termed a false positive for COVID-19 on Sunday morning. Bowness, 66, was pulled from the bench after the second period of Sunday’s loss to Carolina after what general manager Jim Nill called a “low grade” positive test. Bowness was vaccinated earlier this year. He spoke with the team on a teleconference on Tuesday morning, but Stevens and the other assistants handled bench strategy against the Blackhawks. The start of Dallas’ season was delayed after 17 players tested positive. DEJA VU FOR HINOSTROZA Forward Vinnie Hinostroza set up Dominik Kubalik’s second period goal in his return to Chicago. Hinostroza was reacquired from Florida on Friday for forward Brad Morrison. Hinostroza, who grew up in a Chicago suburb, is the 14th former Blackhawks reacquired by general manager Stan Bowman, and the 15th deal. Kris Versteeg was reacquired twice. UP NEXT The Stars and Blackhawks meet again Thursday night in Chicago. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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Stroman sharp in return, Mets beat Phillies 8-4 for 1st win
PHILADELPHIA — Marcus Stroman tossed six sharp innings in his first start since 2019, Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso each hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Tuesday night for their first win of the season. Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer for Philadelphia, which sought its first 5-0 start since 1915. After sitting out last year due to COVID-19 concerns, Stroman (1-0) didn’t miss a step. He allowed one run and three hits before giving way to a bullpen that wasted Jacob deGrom’s masterful performance a night earlier. Phillies starter Chase Anderson (0-1) permitted two runs and two hits over five innings in his first start with his new team. Vince Velasquez struck out the side in the sixth but walked four batters in the seventh. All four scored as the Mets extended their lead to 6-1. Brandon Nimmo drew the walk that forced in New York’s third run and chased Velasquez. Francisco Lindor hit a sacrifice fly off Brandon Kintzler to make it 4-1. Another run scored when Kevin Pillar stole home as Nimmo swiped second base and catcher J.T. Realmuto’s throw to second bounced off Gregorius’ glove. Michael Conforto’s RBI double tacked on another run. Pinch-hitter Rhys Hoskins followed Adam Haseley’s double with an RBI single off Miguel Castro in the seventh. Castro escaped further trouble by retiring Bryce Harper on a deep drive to centre with runners on second and third. Trevor May pitched out of a jam with runners on second and third in the eighth, striking out Brad Miller and Roman Quinn. Alonso connected off David Hale in the ninth, drawing “Let’s Go Mets!” chants from blue-and-orange-clad fans who made the trip to Philly. The Mets opened their season Monday after a three-game series at Washington was postponed because of a coronavirus breakout among the Nationals. YARD WORK The Mets have hit 221 home runs in Citizens Bank Park since Philadelphia’s hitter-friendly ballpark opened in 2004. That’s the highest total by an opponent, 29 more than Atlanta. TRAINER’S ROOM Mets: 3B J.D. Davis exited after a 91 mph fastball hit his left hand in the second inning. X-rays were negative. He’s day to day with a bruise. Phillies: LHP Jose Alvarado wasn’t available after pitching the previous two games. Alvarado earned the save Monday night when closer Hector Neris wasn’t available. UP NEXT RHP Aaron Nola (0-0, 2.70 ERA) makes his second start for the Phillies, and LHP David Peterson takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press
Apple TV+ Launches Non-Fiction Podcast ‘The Line’ To Complement Doc Series
AppleTV+ has launched a non-fiction podcast series about a controversial war crimes story ahead of the premiere of a doc series. The streamer is launching The Line, which tells the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who was charged with committing war crimes, before ultimately being acquitted on all but one count—for posing in […]
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