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URGENT - Tsunami Alert Canceled

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:25pm

(CNN) -- A tsunami threat warning for many nations in the Pacific that followed a magnitude-7.8 earthquake near the coast of Ecuador has been canceled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in its latest statement. The forecast for some coastal areas of Ecuador still calls for the possibility of tsunami waves.

Capitals 4, Flyers 1

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:18pm

WASHINGTON -- Braden Holtby made 41 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series.Jason Chimera scored a fluke goal from center ice and John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin scored power-play goals as Washington again dominated play on special teams.The Capitals killed off all three Philadelphia power plays and scored both times they had the man-advantage. The Flyers are scoreless in seven power-play chances thus far in the series.Play resumes Monday night in Philadelphia.Jakub Voracek pulled the Flyers to within 2-1 in the second period and Steve Mason finished with 19 saves.Marcus Johansson had his third and fourth assists for the Capitals.Holtby was again aided by teammates willing to sacrifice their bodies as the Capitals blocked 25 shots.The Flyers were without second-line center Sean Couturier (upper body injury), who is out for the series after a hard check from Ovechkin in Game 1.After putting 19 shots on Holtby in all of Game 1, the Flyers matched that total in the first period on Saturday night, though also with nothing to show for it.Holtby made several point-blank stops during a Flyers five-on-three advantage late in the period.Washington didn't get a shot on goal for the first six minutes and later Ovechkin missed an open net after a pass through the slot by Backstrom.However, the Capitals eventually picked up a power play chance and, with the Flyers' Nick Shultz playing without a stick, Carlson fired from the point through a screen and past Mason at 14:09.Ovechkin registered another bone-crushing hit. In Game 1, he put Couturier out of action with a clean hit along the boards and Saturday night sent Brayden Schenn over the boards and into the Flyers' bench with first-period check.Less than a minute after Mason went to a split to make a great pad save to rob Carlson early in the second period, the Flyers goalie gave up one from 100 feet that will haunt him for some time.Karl Alzner cleared the puck from deep in the Washington zone and Chimera deflected it near center ice. The puck slid toward Mason and, when he went to play it, Mason missed it and the puck went through his legs for a goal, leaving him staring up in disbelief.The Flyers rallied however, notching their first goal nearly 90 minutes into the series. Schenn and Voracek came in on the rush and the puck rolled lose. Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik couldn't control it and Voracek did, sliding it under Holtby's pad at 9:37.Washington regained the two-goal lead when Ovechkin scored his first goal of the series, one-timing a cross-ice feed from Backstrom past Mason from his power-play home in the left circle with 2:39 left in the period.NOTES: With second-line C Sean Couturier (upper body injury) out, RW Brayden Schenn slid over to center and RW Sam Gagner moved from the third line to the second. F Scott Laughton made his playoff debut, playing LW on the third line, where Matt Read moved over to RW. ... Flyers C Claude Giroux didn't participate in the morning skate. ... Philadelphia scratched C R.J. Umberger, C Jordan Weal, and D Evgeny Medvedev. ... LW Alex Ovechkin began the night three points shy of passing Dale Hunter (72) for first place on the Capitals' playoff points list. ... Washington scratches included D Mike Weber, RW Stanislav Galiev, C Michael Latta and D Taylor Chorney.

Hawks 102, Celtics 101

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:18pm

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks were melting down, their 19-point lead over the Boston Celtics long gone. Al Horford wasn't going down like that, though.Horford scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made multiple hustle plays down the stretch, allowing Atlanta to escape with a 102-101 win Saturday in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference playoffs series that is expected to be tight.After trailing by as many as 19 in the first, Boston's Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart sparked a second-half rally. It was the second straight improbable comeback for the Celtics, who stormed back from 26 down in a win over the Miami Heat in the final game of the regular season. Boston nearly did it again Saturday.Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points, and Bradley scored 18 points, before suffering a lower leg injury midway through the fourth quarter. He had to be helped off the floor and taken back to the locker room. Bradley did not return.Smart hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the second tying the game, 80-80 with 7:30 to play. Jae Crowder followed with a go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Celtics their first lead of the game with 6:50 to play.Jeff Teague made three of four free throws in the 15 seconds to secure the win for the Hawks.Horford came up huge for Atlanta, though. He had an assist to Kent Bazemore, while sitting on the floor and then hustled down an offensive rebound off his own miss that led to two free throws in the final minutes.Bazemore had a big game with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Teague finished with 20 points and 12 assists.After scoring 34 points in the first half and trailing by as many as 19, Boston scored 31 points in third quarter to get back into the game. The Celtics scored 34 in the entire first half. Atlanta led by seven, 72-65, entering the fourth quarter.Game 2 is Tuesday in Atlanta.Boston and Atlanta ended the regular season in opposite fashions. The Hawks lost Wednesday at Washington to a Wizards team without John Wall. On the same night, the Celtics came from 26 down to beat the Heat. They nearly did again Saturday.Boston opened the third quarter with an 11-3 run that forced an early Atlanta timeout. Thomas' second 3-pointer of the quarter trimmed the deficit to six, 62-56. Smart finished with 15 points.Neither team is expected to be able to challenge the Cavaliers in the next round, which makes the Hawks' loss to an undermanned Wizards squad all the more egregious. If the Hawks would have handled the Wizards, they would have earned the third seed and been on the opposite side of the bracket from Cleveland. That misstep in D.C. cost Atlanta a spot on the opposite of the bracket from LeBron James and company, which looks even better with Indiana knocking off No. 2-seed Toronto in Game of 1 of their series.But if the Hawks were deflated, they certainly didn't show it Game 1 opener of a series expected to be tight. They dominated the first half on both ends of the floor. Offensively, they were aggressive attacking the rim, outscoring Boston 26-8 in the paint.The Celtics shot 23.1 percent from the floor including 2 of 16 on 3-pointers. The Hawks 51-34 at halftime and appeared to be in command. They weren't, but thanks to Horford and Teague, they had enough to survive a Game 1 thriller. NOTES: Atlanta F Paul Millsap was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played April 4-10. He averaged 19.0 points and led the league in both rebounds (15.7) and blocks (4.33) during a three-game stretch. ... Atlanta G Tim Hardaway was considered a game-time decision for Game 1 after suffering a strained hamstring in Wednesday's loss to Washington. Hardaway, who emerged as a key contributor off the bench for Atlanta in the final months of the season, did dress out and participate in warmups. ... Boston PG Isaiah Thomas was one of three players (James Harden and Russell Westbrook) with at least 500 free throw attempts and 500 assists, per NBA.com. ... Boston and Atlanta finished with identical 48-34 records, along with the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. The Heat, the only division winner out of the four teams, were granted the No. 3 seed. The Hawks had the best combined record against the Celtics and Hornets and received the No. 4 seed. Boston is No. 5 and the Hornets No. 6. ... Atlanta won three of four against Boston this season, including a 118-107 come-from-behind win on April 9 in Atlanta.

Pirates 5, Brewers 0

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:18pm

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen hit his first home run of the season and Jon Niese combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 on Saturday night to end their four-game losing streak.McCutchen hit a solo shot off Taylor Jungmann in the fifth inning to increase the Pirates' lead to 4-0 after they scored three runs in the fourth.The drive to left field came in the star center fielder's 54th plate appearance. McCutchen was so happy to finally connect that he stopped in front of dugout after rounding the bases, broke into a big smile and raised his hands skyward. Niese (2-1) won his second straight start as he gave up all three hits while walking three and striking out three after the Pirates were tagged for 30 runs during their skid. Acquired from the New York Mets in an offseason trade, the left-hander also notched a win Monday at Detroit.Tony Watson and Mark Melancon pitched one scoreless inning each to finish the shutout. Melancon struck out the side.Jungmann (0-2) had his road woes continue as he allowed four runs and six hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk. The Brewers have lost Jungmann's last nine starts away from Milwaukee and he is 0-8 with 9.39 ERA in those games.The Pirates (6-6) got back to .500 after winning for just the second time in eight games since beginning the season 4-0. The Brewers (5-6) lost for the third time in four games.Last season, as a rookie, Jungmann went 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts against the Pirates.Josh Harrison had two hits and drove in two runs for the Pirates, including an RBI single in the eighth inning that closed the scoring. Francisco Cervelli also had two hits.Pirates leadoff hitter John Jaso extended his hitting streak to seven games with a third-inning single He has reached base in all 11 of his games this season.The Pirates broke a scoreless tie with a three-run fourth after leaving runners in scoring position in each of the previous two innings.Starling Marte led off with a double and scored on Gregory Polanco's ground out. Harrison hit an RBI triple and came home on Jordy Mercer's sacrifice fly.McCutchen raised the Pirates' advantage to 4-0 in the fifth inning with his solo blast to left.NOTES: Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (strained right hamstring) threw in the bullpen before the game and declared himself ready to start Tuesday night at San Diego, though manager Clint Hurdle said he was not quite ready to commit to that plan. Liriano was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against Detroit. ... Brewers CF Keon Broxton was out the lineup as the rookie is off to 0-for-16 start this season. INF/OF Ramon Flores started in center field. ... The Brewers will recall RHP Zach Davies from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Sunday against Pirates RHP Juan Nicasio (1-1, 5.50) in the finale of the three-game series. Davies is 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts for Colorado Springs this season.

Nationals 8, Phillies 1

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:03pm

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper said after Friday's game that he was having a lot of fun. The Washington outfielder has certainly been making Philadelphia a fun place to play for the Nationals.The Nationals trounced the Phillies 8-1 on Saturday and Harper was a big reason.After driving in a run in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, Harper clubbed a two-run homer -- his second home run in as many nights -- off Phillies starter Aaron Nola in the top of the fifth inning, extending Washington's lead to 7-0.Harper went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs, extending his dominance at Citizens Bank Park to 12 hits in his last 20 at-bats in five games in Philadelphia, with at least two hits and a home run in each.A seven-run lead was lenty for Washington starter Max Scherzer. The hard-throwing right-hander tossed seven innings of five-hit ball, striking out seven to go with one walk.Scherzer helped his own cause in the fourth inning. The Phillies elected to intentionally walk Danny Espinosa with two outs to get to Scherzer after a Wilson Ramos double stopped a streak of 10 straight Nationals retired by Nola. The move proved fatal. Scherzer clubbed a two-run double to the wall in right field to put Washington up 5-0.The Nationals got to Nola early and chased him after five innings. He allowed seven earned runs and seven hits in five innings while striking out six.Washington (9-1) extended its best start to a season in franchise history.Catcher Cameron Rupp got the Phillies on the board with one out in the bottom of the fifth, taking Scherzer deep to left field to make it 7-1. Scherzer had retired the previous 12 Phillies in order before Rupp registered the Phillies' second hit of the game.For the second straight night, the Nationals jumped all over Phillies starting pitching in the first inning.Nola issued a leadoff walk to Michael Taylor that was followed by an Anthony Rendon single to left field, moving Taylor to third. Harper drove Taylor in with a sacrifice fly.A single by Ryan Zimmerman drove in Rendon before a Daniel Murphy triple had the Nationals -- who led 5-0 after the first inning Friday -- ahead 3-0 before the Phillies came to the plate.With Scherzer, one of the league's best pitchers, on the mound, the Nationals were well on their way to their seventh straight win.NOTES: Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf (left shoulder) made his first start since April 6. Ruf was expected to platoon this season at first base with Ryan Howard but was slotted into left field as the Phillies search for more offense from their corner outfield positions. ... The 8-1 record the Nationals reached with a win Friday night at Citizens Bank Park marked the best start in franchise history, going back to the days of the Montreal Expos. ... The Nationals went with the same lineup on Saturday that pounded the Phillies 9-1 on Friday night. ... Phillies OF Odubel Herrera entered play Friday leading the league with 237 pitches seen through 11 games. His 5.27 pitches per plate appearance also led all hitters. ... The series closes Sunday with Gio Gonzalez taking the mound for the Nationals against Charlie Morton.

Bernie Sanders-inspired music festival to take place

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:35pm

New music festivals across the country will soon have floral headbands and flash tattoos alongside campaign buttons.

Bernie Sanders backers are set to gather on April 21 and 22 -- before the second weekend of the music and arts festival Cochella -- for what they're calling "Berniechella," a free event in Old Town Coachella, California, according to the event's Facebook page.

Artists set to perform include Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, DJ Shepard Fairey and the band Ozomatli, among others.

"It's a party of people who are in support of a particular candidate," event organizer Tizoc DeAztlan told The Desert Sun.

A variety of artists and musicians have endorsed the Democratic candidate and have performed in support of the Vermont senator's presidential bid.

On Wednesday, indie-rock group Vampire Weekend performed at a Sanders' rally in New York.

Supporters have also organized and sold tickets to various music events to raise money for Sanders' campaign.

Chicago saw a one-day music event titled "Bernie Fest" in August, and the music festival "Bernanza" is scheduled to take place in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 30 to July 2, according to the festival's website.

Preview: Pistons at Cavaliers

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:33pm

The Cleveland Cavaliers aim to return to the NBA Finals - and get there with fewer distractions - and they begin that journey with Sunday's home game against the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons. The top-seeded Cavaliers reached the finals last season's despite LeBron James' lack of confidence in coach David Blatt before losing to the Golden State Warriors.Blatt was fired midway through this season and there is less tension within the squad with Tyronn Lue serving as head coach. "We trust the system that he's put in, we trust the process that he's put in, and the game plan going into Sunday we trust," James told reporters. "So I think the fact that he's been a part of big playoff games as a player and as a coach benefits our team for sure." Cleveland is supposed to roll through the opening round despite the fact the Pistons won three of the four regular-season meetings and crave an epic series upset. "I don't want to fight Goliath's homeboy or little brother, I want to go and fight Goliath," Detroit point guard Reggie Jackson told reporters. "I think that's how this locker room feels."TV: 3 p.m. ET, ABCABOUT THE PISTONS (44-38): Detroit is part of the postseason for the first time since 2009 and the players want to do more than gain valuable playoff experience. "Guys always come through here and they're like, 'Oh, let's make it competitive.' No, we're trying to win the series," rookie forward Stanley Johnson told reporters. "We think, we know, we can win the series. We know we can beat them in seven games. So that's no shade on LeBron, or the Cavaliers, or Kyrie (Irving), because they have a great team. Fifty-seven wins this year, you know, that's an awesome organization, what they have going." All-Star center Andre Drummond led the NBA with 66 double-doubles and averaged 20.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games against Cleveland.ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (57-25): James was superb in the postseason last year with averages of 30.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists and figures to once again carry the squad. Power forward Kevin Love and Irving were battling injuries last postseason and Cleveland is hoping its "Big Three" can run the course healthy this time around. The Cavaliers are certainly concerned with defending Drummond as they announced that Tristan Thompson has been elevated to starting center over inconsistent Timofey Mozgov.BUZZER BEATERS 1. The Pistons were victorious in both visits to Cleveland this season.2. Detroit made a franchise-record 740 3-pointers, and went 19-6 when making 11 or more in a game.3. Cavaliers backup PG Mo Williams (knee) has been ruled out of the opener.PREDICTION: Cavaliers 106, Pistons 97

Japan earthquakes: Race to find survivors

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:22pm

Heavy rains were expected through Sunday after Japan's Kyushu region was struck by twin earthquakes, hampering the search for survivors and forcing nervous residents into crowded evacuation centers.

At least 32 people have died in the latest Kyushu earthquake, according to Kumamoto Prefecture's disaster management office. The magnitude-7.0 quake hit early Saturday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the search for survivors amid piles of rubble as a "race against the clock," noting that bad weather had conspired with the devastating quake, its aftershocks and the threat of landslides to make a dire situation worse.

In a Sunday morning press briefing, Abe said he received an offer of help from the U.S. military but it was not urgently needed yet. Japan has deployed 25,000 self-defense forces to the rescue effort, Suga said.

At least 23 people are buried inside buildings, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

"We're racing against the clock," Abe said. "(We) will provide more personnel if necessary."

Residents were already on edge after a 6.2. quake rattled the area two days earlier, killing nine people. The combined death toll has reached 41. The two earthquakes left 968 people injured, according to the disaster management office.

"This is the worst thing that could happen to us," said Shigeru Morita, an official in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture.

The latest and most powerful earthquake struck near the city of Kumamoto, toppling buildings and bridges, shredding sections of landmarks into piles of debris, and sending frightened residents fleeing from their homes and into the night.

Thursday's earthquake hit near Ueki city, just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) away.

"The first earthquake was very big," said Osamu Yoshizumi, the senior chief of international affairs in Kumamoto. "We thought it was the big one."

That initial earthquake was a "foreshock" to the latest one, according to USGS.

A bigger tremor would come overnight Friday.

"When the second earthquake came everything shook and I thought I might die," said Taiki Hishida, 38, who evacuated with his wife and two young children to a crowded shelter in Mashiki.

Samuel Borer, a U.S. citizen living in Kumamoto, said the latest quake struck at about 1:30 in the morning.

"It was just pitch black in the middle of the night and everything just started to go wild," he said.

Noel Vincent went through both earthquakes.

"This extremely intense shaking began," he told CNN International. "And whereas the first earthquake was more of an up-and-down type of shaking, this was a side-to-side shaking. I can't comment on what that is seismologically but I can tell you it was very intense and I feared for my life."

Television images and photos showed empty shelves at supermarkets and stores, leaving many evacuees to line up for food and water at shelters.

"There wasn't actually enough food for everyone, which was the only problem," said Borer, speaking at an elementary school being used as a shelter. "Most of the food went to the elderly and children first."

Kumamoto Prefecture continues to experience aftershocks, with about 165 so far.

"I feel every aftershock," said Yoshizumi, who was working from the city hall building in Kumamoto. "It's swaying here every hour."

Rescue efforts

CNN International's Matt Rivers, reporting from an evacuation shelter, said the aftershocks are creating great anxiety among rescuers and residents.

"You're seeing people assigned here from one of two sorts of tracks," he said. "On the one hand, people who had their homes destroyed so they have nowhere to go. (But) the reality is that most people inside this evacuation shelter here are afraid to go home. They're not sure that maybe there might be another aftershock."

The aftershocks also could hamper rescue efforts as emergency workers attempt to pull out people trapped in the rubble. TV Asahi showed crews crawling over a collapsed roof in an attempt to find an elderly couple. An 80-year-old man was rescued from the rubble, according to CNN affiliate TV Asahi.

The tremors appear to have caused extensive damage, overturning cars, splitting roads and triggering a landslide as shown by TV Asahi footage. Television images showed flattened houses, shards of broken glass and debris piled onto the streets and people huddled outside. Nearly 92,000 people have evacuated, according to the prefecture's disaster management office.

The Kumamoto government has opened more than 100 evacuation centers for residents and has started handing out food, water and blankets, Yoshizumi said.

Kumamoto Castle, a famous site in Japan built in the early 17th century, is badly damaged, he said.

Vincent told CNN he had an annual pass and would visit the castle each month. He described extensive damage to a retaining wall and a turret at the castle.

"I was just devastated to see the damage," he said. "It's just all surreal. I can't really quite process it. ... It's such a shame to see ... a treasure like that, a national treasure like that fall to pieces."

Hundreds treated

The Red Cross treated more than 1,000 people in the Kumamoto area Friday, but the organization said it anticipates the number will increase following Saturday's earthquake.

The most serious injuries were to people cut by glass or in collapsed houses, said Nobuaki Sato, director of the International Relief Division at the Japanese Red Cross.

"We don't know what is happening in the whole disaster area because it is a remote mountain area and some big bridges were down and many landslides were found, so we were working around the clock and are making assessments," Sato said. "But so far the road access is not easy to the remote areas."

Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 7,262 people have sought shelter since Friday in the Kumamoto Prefecture.

Abe called off a planned visit to Kumamoto on Saturday. His office told CNN the prime minister would instead spearhead efforts from Tokyo. The country's air force planned to send six planes and nine ships to Kumamoto to deliver food, blankets and all emergency necessities.

Japan received offers of support from other nations.

Japan's 'Ring of Fire'

The shallow depth of the latest quake and the dense population of where it struck could prove to be devastating, according to experts.

"No question, this is a large and very important earthquake," said Doug Given, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, "and it will do a lot of damage."

The four islands of Japan are on the edge of what's traditionally been known as the 'Ring of Fire'" -- a stretch along parts of the Pacific Ocean prone to volcano activity and earthquakes.

Victor Sardina, a geophysicist in Honolulu, Hawaii, told CNN the latest quake was about 30 times more powerful than the first one near Ueki. He predicted "severe, serious implications in terms of damage and human losses."

Japanese media reported a small-scale eruption of Mt. Aso on Saturday morning. It was unclear whether it was related to the earthquake, according to the Japan's meteorological agency.

Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha returns to NBA playoffs

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 8:03pm

Last season Sefolosha had so much promise for the Atlanta Hawks.

The city of Atlanta was buzzing. The Hawks were going to the NBA playoffs again, but this time it was different.

Fans in Atlanta usually expect an early-round exit, but in late March 2015, the Hawks had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, wrapping up one of their best seasons in franchise history. Realistically, the NBA Finals were within reach.

But that dream started to unravel April 8, 2015, in New York City, when the Hawks lost one of their key players for the season because of injuries. Those injuries, forward Thabo Sefolosha has said, were caused by police, for which he is now suing the city and several police officers.

"It was tough," Sefolosha said Saturday at Philips Arena in Atlanta, ahead of Game 1 of the fourth-seeded Hawks' first-round playoff series against the fifth-seeded Boston Celtics.

"It was one of the toughest times in my career, probably, especially after the year that we had. ...The whole city, the whole organization was super excited about those playoffs. To not be able to play because of that incident was heartbreaking."

"A black man wearing a hoodie"

In the early hours of April 8, 2015, Sefolosha, who is from Switzerland, and then-teammate, center Pero Antic, from Macedonia, were arrested near the scene of the stabbing of then-Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and two women outside a New York nightclub.

Police said Sefolosha and Antic were not involved in the stabbing incident, but they were charged with misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.

Shortly after the incident, TMZ Sports released video that shows a group of police officers arresting the 6-foot-7 Sefolosha and taking him to the ground. It also shows an officer within that group getting out a baton and extending it near him, but what may have caused the injury is not clear in the video. Sefolosha appears to be limping as officers lead him away.

Sefolosha, who suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage when he was arrested, said after the incident that police caused his injuries. He was forced to miss the rest of the 2015 regular season and the entire postseason.

In October, a New York jury found Sefolosha not guilty on three misdemeanor charges. The charges against Antic were dismissed in September.

On April 6, Sefolosha sued the city of New York and several police officers. Antic filed his own lawsuit a few days earlier.

According to Sefolosha's lawsuit, police targeted him because he was a "large black man wearing a hoodie." He also accuses five NYPD officers involved in his arrest of assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment.

The NYPD has refrained from commenting on the lawsuits filed by Sefolosha and Antic. Both players have requested jury trials.

Copeland, who underwent surgery on his abdomen and left elbow for stab wounds, played for the Milwaukee Bucks this season before he was waived in February. Antic now plays for Fenerbahçe in the Turkish Basketball Super League.

"We missed him a lot"

With Sefolosha sidelined, the Hawks felt a void. He was especially missed during the Eastern Conference finals, in which LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept Atlanta in four games. Sefolosha, known for his defensive prowess, likely would be been assigned to guard James.

"We missed him a lot," Hawks center-forward Al Horford said Saturday. "Thabo is a big part of our team. We felt that, last year, if he was healthy, we could have been a lot better as a group. Just his presence, his leadership, his defense, we missed him, so we're very happy to have him back this year. He's the type of player that can change a series with the energy and the way that he plays."

Sefolosha, who turns 32 on May 2, plays a vital role, particularly defensively. Coming off the bench, he has had a productive season, averaging 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season.

"He's kind of a little bit of a quarterback or a leader defensively," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game Saturday. "I think all of those things become even more valuable in the playoffs. You can put him on different type of guys, different matchups, so he's somebody that we value greatly and it's very important for him to be with us."

A year after the incident, Sefolosha says he needs a little bit of extra time on the training table to prepare for games, but he otherwise is healthy.

"It's still a process," Sefolosha said. "I've got to go through a few things before I can get on the court and play at this level, but I feel pretty good and I'm confident on my abilities and my body, so I feel good."

And a year after having to sit one out, Sefolosha is happy to be back in the postseason.

"I think a lot of times, we take it for granted," Sefolosha said. "Last year helped me a lot on that aspect. I'm excited about those games. Being where we are right now, it's a great chance, a great opportunity."

URGENT - Magnitude-7.4 Earthquake Hits Ecuador

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:41pm

(CNN) -- A magnitude-7.4 earthquake occurred Saturday evening on the coast of Ecuador, 173 kilometers WNW of the capital Quito, according to the United States Geological Survey. The event was recorded at a depth of 20 km.

Preview: Reds at Cardinals

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:33pm

The visiting Cincinnati Reds haven't been able to cool off the offense of the St. Louis Cardinals, but they will have a chance for a series victory in Sunday's rubber match of the three-game set between the National League Central Division rivals. The Reds snapped a four-game losing streak by erasing a four-run deficit in Saturday's 9-8 victory.While the Cardinals have been mashing everything in sight, Cincinnati put on a slugfest of its own with a franchise record-tying nine doubles Saturday. Reds shortstop Zack Cozart accounted for two of those doubles among three hits and is 5-for-8 in the series after missing the previous two games with a quadriceps injury. St. Louis lost for only the second time in the past eight games - a span in which it has rolled up 74 runs, including Friday's six-homer barrage. Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha, who won all four decisions against Cincinnati in 2015, opposes rookie Jon Moscot in the series finale.TV: 2:15 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Cincinnati), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Jon Moscot (2015: 1-1, 4.63 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (1-0, 3.48)An intercostal strain in spring training and a subsequent blister on his right thumb has delayed the season debut of Moscot, who was promoted to the majors in June 2015 before dislocating his left shoulder in his third career start. Moscot earned his first victory in his second career start, tossing six innings of two-run ball against Philadelphia before the shoulder injury ended his season. He allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start Monday.After he was knocked around for five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings of his season debut, which he escaped with a no-decision, Wacha bounced back with a stellar performance in his last turn. The former first-round draft pick surrendered only four hits while striking out seven over six scoreless innings to beat Milwaukee. Wacha has to be wary of Cozart (8-for-17), but he has been overpowering against Jay Bruce (0-for-21) and Billy Hamilton (1-for-20).WALK-OFFS1. Cardinals OF Stephen Piscotty homered and had four RBIs Saturday, giving him multiple hits in four of his last six games.2. Bruce belted his 211th homer home run to move past Ken Griffey Jr. for seventh place on Cincinnati's career list.3. Rookie Cardinals SS Aledmys Diaz is 4-for-10 in the series, hiking his batting average to .406.PREDICTION: Cardinals 7, Reds 3

Warriors 104, Rockets 78

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:33pm

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors built a big early lead and overcame an injury to star point guard Stephen Curry to thump the Houston Rockets 104-78 in the opener of the Western Conference first-round series on Saturday.Game 2 in the best-of-seven between the defending NBA champions and the eighth seed in the West is Monday night in Oakland.Curry, the league's leading scorer, had 24 points, including 16 in the first quarter, before twisting his right ankle in the second quarter of the Warriors' 40th win in 42 home dates this season.The league's reigning Most Valuable Player went to the locker room for examination just before halftime and returned to play the first 2:47 of the third quarter before Warriors coach Steve Kerr abruptly called a timeout and took his star out of the game.By that point, Golden State had built a commanding 65-39 lead.Shortly thereafter, Curry was sent back to the locker room and didn't return to the Warriors' bench until after the fourth quarter began.He never re-entered the game, and in fact left early to return to the locker room two minutes before the final horn.In a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals, the Warriors hounded Houston into 2-of-13 shooting from the field to begin the game and frustrated the Rockets to the point that point guard Patrick Beverley scuffled briefly with Curry just 5:29 into the game.Both players received technical fouls.The Warriors responded like champs, getting two 3-pointers from Curry in a 14-6 burst that broke the game open at 25-10 in the 10th minute.With Curry single-handedly outscoring the Rockets, the Warriors led 33-15 at quarter's end, having limited Houston to 6-of-20 shooting from the field.Holding Rockets star James Harden to four points on 2-for-9 shooting from the floor, the Warriors went on to build a 60-33 halftime advantage, but not before getting a scare from Curry.Attempting to deny Harden on a drive to the hoop, Curry turned his right ankle in the final two minutes of the half in what appeared to be a minor incident.He missed the final 1:07 of the half, having already burned the Rockets for 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.Curry got the green light to start the third quarter, but it was clear Kerr had a close eye on him. When the first 2:47 didn't go particularly well -- one rebound, one assist, one turnover -- Kerr pulled the plug, calling his star aside at a timeout to explain his thinking.Despite Curry's absence, the game was never in doubt over the final 21-plus minutes.The Rockets did trim a 29-point deficit to as little as 15 on a 3-pointer by Trevor Ariza with still 2:45 left in the third quarter.Harden finally caught fire during what was a 24-10 Rockets run, hitting three 3-pointers and 13 points in all. But the Warriors scored the next nine points, three on a 24-footer by Draymond Green, to re-establish control at 82-58 in the final seconds of the quarter.Green had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who beat the Rockets for the 13th time in their last 14 meetings, including a 4-1 victory in last year's Western finals.Green received the game's third technical foul in the fourth quarter for throwing down Rockets reserve big man Donatas Motiejunas.Klay Thompson, hitting two 3-pointers, added 16 points and backup Marreese Speights had 12 for the Warriors, who set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins to secure top seeding in the Western playoffs.The Warriors hit 10 of their 25 3-point attempts, outscoring the Rockets 30-18 from beyond the arc. Houston was just 6 of 22 on 3-pointers.Harden, who missed 12 of his 19 shots from the floor, led Houston with 17 points. Center Dwight Howard totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds.Backup center Clint Capela led all rebounders with 12 for the Rockets, who needed to win their last three regular-season games to gain the final playoff spot in the West.The Rockets shot just 35.7 percent from the field for the game.NOTES: Even after having won the 2015 title before enjoying a record 73-win regular season, Warriors coach Steve Kerr had a warning for his team on the eve of the playoffs. "There is a reason, when teams win a championship, that they go nuts, pour champagne on each other and act like fools," he preached. "Because it's hard." ... Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff's message to his team about the Warriors: "They have weaknesses." ... The series matches the top two scorers from the regular season -- Warriors PG Stephen Curry (30.1 points per game) and Rockets SG James Harden (29.0) -- for just the fifth time in the playoffs since 1976. ... A No. 8 seed has not upset a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs since 2012, but both first-round series were extended to seven games just two years ago. ... The big difference in the matchup in last year's Western Conference Finals: The Warriors outgunned the Rockets 174-126 on 3-pointers, a 48-point advantage in a series Golden State outscored Houston by just 41 total points. ... Both teams entered the series with their top 13 players healthy and in uniform.

Saturday PM Forecast: Weekend ends dry..storms next week

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:05pm

We're looking at a dry end to the weekend with clouds to the west and more sunshine to the east.

Rangers 4, Penguins 2

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:03pm

PITTSBURGH -- J.T. Miller set up three New York goals in slightly more than four minutes of the second period that unnerved the Pittsburgh Penguins and their backup goaltender and the Rangers tied up the first-round playoff series, winning 4-2 on Saturday.The Rangers looked nothing like the team that was dominated 5-2 in Game 1 -- and Pittsburgh's Jeff Zatkoff finally looked like a No. 3 goaltender, as Derick Brassard beat him for a goal and assisted on two others.With the steady Henrik Lundqvist back in net after missing the final two periods -- and four Penguins goals -- in Game 1 with an injured right eye, the Rangers scored four consecutive goals to seize back home-ice advantage from the rival they eliminated from the postseason the previous two seasons.Despite Phil Kessel's first two playoff goals since 2013, the Rangers also ended their four-game losing streak against the Penguins that dated to the regular season and now go back to Madison Square Garden with confidence intact for Game 3 on Tuesday night.Early on, it looked like a repeat of Game 1, as Pittsburgh outshot the Rangers 17-8 and led 1-0 on Kessel's first goal. Zatkoff also looked as steady and unshaken as he did while making 35 saves Wednesday as a surprise starter for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion).But that all changed in 18 seconds, as the Rangers swung the game, the lead -- and, they hope, the series -- their way, thanks largely to center Miller's playmaking and Brassard's two-way play.Brassard won a faceoff in the Penguins' end, allowing Miller to throw a perfectly placed pass to a wide-open Keith Yandle in the left circle for a wrist shot that knuckleballed over Zatkoff's right shoulder and under the crossbar at 12:38.The Penguins, who had won 15 of their previous 17, then sat back as Miller made a long-distance breakout pass to their own blue line to Brassard, who got a stride ahead of defenseman Olli Maatta for a wrist shot that eluded Zatkoff only 18 seconds after Yandle scored. The goal was reviewed to determine if Brassard was onside.All of a sudden, the Rangers were playing exactly like the team that had won seven of their previous eight in the postseason from Pittsburgh in 2014 and 2015.Lundqvist, looking sharp and not the least bit bothered by the eye injury that forced him out of Game 1, made 29 saves -- keeping the Rangers in the lead by stopping Bryan Rust out of the penalty box on a breakaway at 15:37 of the third.That allowed Mats Zuccarello to make it 3-1 at 16:52 with a nearly unstoppable shot into the corner of the net, after Miller faked a pass to the point only to hit Zuccarello in the right circle. Miller's three assists in a single playoff period tied a Rangers club record shared with four others, including Jaromir Jagr.Just 39 seconds into the third period, the Rangers appeared ready to turn it into a rout as Brassard set up Chris Kreider for the fourth New York goal in a span of eight shots. But the Penguins came back five minutes later to make it 4-2 on Kessel's second goal, on a power play with Evgeni Malkin assisting in his first game since getting injured March 11.But even Malkin's return wasn't enough as the Penguins failed -- for the 10th time in their last 11 opportunities -- to sweep the first two games of a playoff series that opened on home ice.NOTES: New York made a significant lineup change for Game 2, sitting down injured D Dan Girardi and dressing 6-foot-5, 220-pound Dylan McIlrath, who became the second Rangers rookie defenseman to make his playoffs debut in as many games. Brady Skjei played 17:08 in Game 1. McIlrath was paired with D Keith Yandle. ... The Penguins went 13-2 during C Evgeni Malkin's second extended injury absence of the season, which ended Saturday. ... Malkin was out for five weeks; the initial projection was 6-to-8 weeks. ... The last time G Henrik Lundqvist did not start a Rangers playoff game was April 24, 2006. Lundqvist was back in net after missing the final two periods of Game 1 with an injured right eye. ... Penguins RW Bryan Rust (undisclosed injury) played after being out since March 29. ... Rangers F Mats Zuccarello opened the game on a line with C Derek Stepan, or the same way they ended Game 1. Zuccarello normally plays on a line with C Derick Brassard. ... Game 3 will be Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden following another two-day break, but all subsequent games in the series will be every other day. ... New York scratched Giradi, D Ryan McDonagh, C Oscar Lindberg and G Magnus Hellberg. Pittsburgh held out D Justin Schultz, D Derrick Pouliot, RW Beau Bennett, C Oskar Sundqvist, G Matt Murray, F Tom Sestito and injured G Marc-Andre Fleury, who missed a second successive start.

Preview: Panthers at Islanders

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 7:03pm

Postseason hockey will be on display for the first time at Barclays Center as the New York Islanders look to get the upper hand in the first-round series on Sunday when they host the Florida Panthers in Game 3. The Islanders split a pair of encounters with Atlantic Division-champion Florida in Brooklyn this season en route to posting a 25-11-5 mark at their new home."We know what kind of environment our fans can create and we're counting on them and we want to feed off them," said New York captain John Tavares, who has scored a goal in six straight contests and has two tallies and two assists in the first two contests of this series. Tavares ended Roberto Luongo's shutout bid late in the third period of Friday's 3-1 setback, with the veteran goaltender recording 41 saves to snap a personal seven-game losing skid in the postseason. Reilly Smith continued his stellar series by joining Nick Bjugstad and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov with a goal and an assist in Game 2. "It seems like the puck is following me around a little bit," Smith told the Miami Herald of the five points he's record in the series, matching the sum total of his previous 12 playoff games.TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS2, FSN Florida, MSG-Plus (New York)ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Veteran Jaromir Jagr may have lost a tooth during Game 2, but he was unable to gain a goal as Florida's leading scorer has gone 33 consecutive postseason games without a tally. "Maybe it will bring me luck," Jagr told the Miami Herald of the lost tooth as he's looking for his first playoff goal since scoring in Game 2 of Philadelphia's first-round series against Pittsburgh in 2012. Linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau have yet to score in the series, but the former has a team high-tying 10 shots on goal while the latter has nine.ABOUT THE ISLANDERS: Defenseman Nick Leddy saw plenty of positives in his team despite the outcome of Friday's contest, his assist on Tavares' tally notwithstanding. "Our breakouts were good and we turned it on them (on Friday)," Leddy told Newsday. "We got pucks in deep, we worked their (defense). We're doing the things we did at the end of the regular season, playing how we need to play." Coach Jack Capuano had a harsher assessment of the game, going so far as to say that the team left Thomas Greiss "out to dry" on Florida's first two tallies.OVERTIME1. Florida C Vincent Trocheck (foot) skated on Saturday and could be in line to return for Game 4 on Wednesday, coach Gerard Gallant told reporters.2. The Islanders are 1-for-5 on the power play in the series while the Panthers have converted on just one of their four chances with the man advantage.3. Florida recalled Logan Shaw from Portland of the American Hockey League on Saturday and sent fellow F Rocco Grimaldi to the Pirates.PREDICTION: Islanders 4, Panthers 2

Jack Lew nears decision to keep Hamilton on front of $10 bill

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:57pm

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce this week that Alexander Hamilton's face will remain on the front of the $10 bill and a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill, a senior government source told CNN on Saturday.

Lew announced last summer that he was considering redesigning the $10 bill to include the portrait of a woman. The decision to make the historic change at the expense of Hamilton drew angry rebukes from fans of the former Treasury Secretary. The pro-Hamilton movement gained steam after the smash success of the hip-hop Broadway musical about his life this year.

Those pressures led Lew to determine that Hamilton should remain on the front of the bill. Instead, a mural-style depiction of the women's suffrage movement -- including images of leaders such as Susan B. Anthony -- will be featured on the back of the bill.

A Treasury spokesman declined to comment on the pending changes. But Lew hinted that a decision could come this week.

"When we started this conversation not quite a year ago, it wasn't clear to me that millions of Americans were going to weigh in with their ideas," he told CNBC. "We're not just talking about one bill. We're talking about the $5, the $10, and the $20. We're not just talking about one picture on one bill. We're talking about using the front and the back of the bill to tell an exciting set of stories."

Along those lines, Lew also plans to announce this week that Andrew Jackson -- a less beloved former president whose face graces the front of the $20 bill -- will be removed in favor of a female representing the struggle for racial equality, according to the government source.

That decision would place a female on one of the most widely circulated bills in the world. But the historic change placing a female on the front of the $20 note won't come for more than a decade, the source said, since the process for changing the design of that note is still in the early stages.

"The soonest that a new $20 note will be issued is 2030," the source said, citing a lengthy process convened by the Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence steering committee, which includes representatives from the U.S. Secret Service, the Treasury, and the Federal Reserve.

That process isn't likely to be sped up by the Federal Reserve, which issues the currency, given the work that goes into designing secure technology to thwart counterfeiters.

"The blue security ribbon on the $100 note took over 15 years to develop," the source said. "This level of technology is why our counterfeiting remains at less than .01% of currency in circulation. We should not expedite the issuance of any currency for political purposes."

Future Treasury Secretaries -- of which there will be several -- could reverse or alter the decision regarding the $20, making Lew's announcement far less of a clear-cut victory for the movement pushing to place a woman on American currency.

The $5 bill will retain Abraham Lincoln on the front, with plans to change the back to include a mural of prominent activities that have taken place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

The idea of including women in a mural on the back of a bill has been called into question.

"It will take a microscope to see who those individuals are, and we'll be left with another decade or more of woefully inadequate representation of women and their worth," wrote the group Women on 20s in an open letter to Lew, published by Time.

"Nobody looks at the back of the bill, and that's not likely to change," the group wrote. "A vignette without a woman's portrait on the front of the bill (even if she must share with Hamilton) will be seen as a token gesture and an affront to Americans of all ages who are expecting you to reveal your choice of a singular woman based on their input. As a friend of ours put it, relegating women to the back of the bill is akin to sending them to the back of the bus. The Rosa Parks analogies are inevitable."

Reds 9, Cardinals 8

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:48pm

ST. LOUIS -- Brandon Phillips' RBI double capped a four-run sixth inning and the Cincinnati Reds hung on for a 9-8 win Saturday over the St. Louis Cardinals, snapping a four-game losing streak.The Reds trailed 4-0 before they rallied to tie the game with two runs in the fourth and two in the fifth, then knocked out Adam Wainwright and took an 8-4 lead in the sixth.A homer run by Jay Bruce in the eighth allowed the Reds to withstand a two-run homer by Brandon Moss with two outs in the ninth that cut the lead to 9-8.It was the third rough outing in a row for Wainwright to start the season. He allowed 10 hits and seven of the Reds' runs, raising his ERA to 8.27. He had allowed eight runs in a combined 11 innings in starts against the Pirates and Braves, surrendering 12 hits and walking eight. He also could not protect a 4-1 lead in the game in Atlanta.Stephen Piscotty had staked Wainwright to the early lead with a three-run homer in the second, his second of the year and the fourth three-run homer hit by the Cardinals in the past two games.After a leadoff single by Moss, center fielder Scott Schebler misread a fly ball by Aledmys Diaz and it went off his glove for an error. Matt Carpenter's two-out single drove in Moss, and Piscotty followed by blasting Brandon Finnegan's 1-1 pitch over the center field wall.All four runs were unearned because of Schebler's error. Finnegan allowed only one hit after Piscotty's homer, a single by Diaz in the fourth, before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the sixth.The Reds cut the lead to 4-2 in the fourth. Joey Votto doubled to lead off the inning and after a walk to Brandon Phillips, a bloop single to left from Jay Bruce drove in Votto. Phillips later scored on an RBI groundout by Adam Duvall.Finnegan's second hit of the game, a double, sparked a two-run rally for the Reds in the fifth which tied the game. He scored on a double by Zack Cosart, who in turn scored on a two-out double by Phillips.The Reds had five hits in batting around in the sixth, including doubles by Devin Mesoraco, Eugenio Suarez and Phillips, their seventh double in a span of three innings.The rally gave the win to Finnegan, his second of the season.The Cardinals got one run back in the sixth on Piscotty's fourth RBI of the day and closed within 8-6 on an RBI single by Jedd Gyorko in the seventh.The Reds tied a team record with nine doubles in the game, matching their total from a May 19, 1999 game at Colorado.NOTES: C Devin Mesoraco was back in the Reds' lineup after missing three games because of stiffness in his leg. ... With six pinch-hit home runs in their first 10 games, the Cardinals have one more than the rest of the major-league teams combined. ... Friday night's 14-run output marked the fourth time in six games the Cardinals scored 10 or more runs. The only other time that happened in franchise history since 1935 was in 1970. ... Cardinals SS Ruben Tejada was 1-of-4 in the first two games of a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield. ... Michael Wacha will start the final game of the series for the Cardinals on Sunday against the Reds' John Moscot.

William and Kate take historic trip to India

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:40pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took on a six-day tour of India and Bhutan April 10-16. The couple is used the tour as an opportunity to raise money and awareness for vulnerable children.

Local taxpayers take advantage of extra time to file

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:36pm

If you haven't filed your taxes, you're in luck.

You can still file without an extension for the next two days. Saturday is a holiday observed in Washington D.C. - Emancipation Day. The capitol observed it Friday.

It pushed the tax deadline back to the next business day, which is Monday. Dozens of people around the Ozarks are rushing to beat the Monday deadline. Many people at tax preparation businesses we visited said the extra two days will really help them.

Tax preparer Janelle Grimm said many people she's helped didn't realize they had a couple of extra days to file their taxes."We are always busy on the 15th because you know the last minute people are running into file, but I think that the few extra days has helped people this year. Especially with everything that went on like the flooding.">

Grimm says Saturday wasn’t nearly as hectic, but she is expecting people to rush in again Monday.

Many tax services say filing an extension is free. It will give you extra time to get your paperwork done. But it does not extend the time you have to pay your taxes.

With an extension, you will owe interest on any amount not paid by April 18, plus any penalties.  

VIDEO: Local taxpayers take advantage of extra time to file

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 6:36pm

KSPR's Stephanie Garland reports.