Red Sox top Twins despite Berrios’ strong outing

By Dave Campbell
AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Monday night.
Porcello (5-6) allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. He threw eight scoreless innings to beat Oakland on April 30.
Berrios (8-3) struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks allowed. An RBI single by J.D. Martinez in the first was the only run he allowed. Xander Bogaerts gave the Red Sox insurance with an RBI double in the ninth, but Ryan Brasier didn’t need it. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his seventh save in 10 attempts, returning from a six-game absence for bereavement/family medical emergency leave.
The Red Sox (40-34), who opened defense of their World Series title by starting 9-15, moved a season-high six games above .500 by handing the highest-scoring team in the major leagues its second shutout of the year. The Twins (47-24) have their fifth two-game losing streak of the season. They’ve yet to lose three in a row.
Berrios made quick work of the Red Sox, after allowing three straight singles to start the game. Andrew Benitendi, who was scratched from the lineup the day before at Baltimore because of a sore left quadriceps muscle, tried to turn his drive off the right field wall into a double but was thrown out by Marwin Gonzalez. Martinez followed with his liner to left that gave the Red Sox the lead.
Berrios retired 19 straight batters until a two-out single by Bogaerts in the seventh, with four strikeouts in a row in one stretch. That included Jackie Bradley Jr. to finish the fifth, on a 77 mph curveball that froze the left-hander when it broke hard across the zone. Berrios also fanned reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts looking to end his night and match his season-high strikeout total.
Porcello was cruising, too. He gave up a double to Nelson Cruz in the first inning, and C.J. Cron just missed a home run with his double that bounced beneath the flower beds off the tall wall in right-center in the seventh, but the Twins didn’t really threaten until the eighth against Colten Brewer.

11 Minnesota nursing homes in need of greater oversight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials identified 11 Minnesota nursing homes as being in violation of health and safety regulations, prompting tighter oversight of their practices.
The Minnesota homes are among a list of 400 nursing homes nationwide that the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging determined are in need of closer scrutiny, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
The federal agency Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services named the facilities, noting patterns of health and safety violations and a need for tighter oversight. Undignified living conditions, holes in walls and a resident found wandering outside confused were the violations federal officials found.
“We believe it is the tip of the iceberg,” Kristine Sundberg, of Elder Voice Family Advocates, said. “Light is being shed on it. Consumers are becoming more aware they don’t have to put up with such subpar care.”
The 11 facilities represent 3% of the state’s 375 nursing homes that serve about 40,000 residents. Nine of the listed facilities have not previously been publicly identified by CMS as having problems that would trigger tighter federal scrutiny.
U.S. Sens. Patrick Toomey and Bob Casey lead the Senate committee. They’ve been critical of federal regulators for not releasing more information about troubled skilled nursing care facilities.
After CMS agreed to provide the broader federal list, they praised the decision but urged the agency to continue to provide information to consumers about facilities that are not meeting the standards.
Monarch Healthcare Management took over operation of one of the named facilities — the Emeralds in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood — after a 2018 inspection found numerous violations, including poor upkeep of the interiors of residents’ rooms, improper labeling and storage of medications and residents who were able to leave the facility unattended.
“We came in there knowing there were a lot of changes that needed to be made,” said Marc Halpert, chief operating officer of Monarch, adding that he’s working to improve several troubled facilities including one in St. Louis Park that is also on the federal list.
Other facilities on the federal list had similar problems, according to recent health inspections. They include violations of residents’ rights to live with dignity and protecting them from abuse.
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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Minnesota governor to hand over power during knee surgery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will temporarily transfer his powers and duties to Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan while he undergoes knee surgery Thursday.
Walz’s office says he will be under general anesthetic while doctors repair a torn meniscus in his left knee — a common injury among runners.
As required by state law, the governor sent letters Monday to House and Senate leaders declaring that the transfer of power to the lieutenant governor will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. It will end when he sends the leaders a written declaration that he’s able to resume his duties.
Walz has been a runner for years. He expects to be back in the office Monday and fully recovered in under six weeks. He’ll have the same procedure on his right knee sometime soon.

Small weekly newspaper praised for standing with immigrants

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A small weekly newspaper in western Minnesota is receiving praise for a column that took a tongue-in-cheek approach to stand up for diversity.
Last month, the Pelican Rapids Press posted high school graduation pictures on its Facebook page, including pictures of Somali students. After one Facebook commenter said the newspaper was displaying “Anti-Americanism,” managing editor Louis Hoglund used the pen to fight back.
In a June 12 column, Hoglund sarcastically declared his paper was “Anti-American .”
Hoglund invited the Facebook commenter to write a letter to the editor, and to attend a multicultural festival which he said “promises to be a shameless show of unpatriotic pageantry — a visual spectacle sure to reinforce what it means to be American.”
More than 100 people commented on Hoglund’s column. One person said it was a “fantastic response to hate.”

Minnesota man charged with killing 2 trumpeter swans

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man is charged with killing two federally protected trumpeter swans in Anoka County.
Twenty-five-year-old Conner Walsh of Lino Lakes faces several misdemeanors, including hunting protected birds, in connection with last fall’s killings on Rice Lake. He was charged by summons and has to appear in court on July 17.
His mother told the Star Tribune the family has no way to reach him.
The complaint says that a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer saw Walsh shoot and kill a trumpeter swan from a kayak, then drag the bird in the water. DNR officers approached and saw two dead trumpeter swans on the boat.
Walsh allegedly said he thought the swans were snow geese. But the DNR says trumpeter swans are up to five times larger, and hunters should know the difference.
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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Police: 4 shot, 2 arrested at Raptors rally in Toronto

By Rob Gillies and Ian Harrison
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Four people were shot and wounded at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, and two people were arrested, police said.
Droves of Raptors fans ran from the shooting in a stampede from the City Hall square, which was packed with tens of thousands of fans. A million or more fans earlier packed downtown Toronto for a parade for the Raptors, raising concerns about safety and overcrowding.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said four people suffered gunshot wounds but said none of the injuries were life-threatening. Others suffered minor injuries as they tried to get away from the shooting, said Saunders, who asked for witnesses and people who might have video to come forward and help investigators.
“We do have people arrested with firearms and that’s the start of the investigation,” Saunders said.
Asked if it was a targeted shooting or terrorism-related, police spokeswoman Allison Sparkes said the investigation was ongoing.
During a speech from one of the team owners, the host of the rally interrupted the proceedings to alert the crowd to an emergency and asked for calm. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and other players were among those on stage at the time.
“I want to make sure everyone stays calm,” said the host, sportscaster Matt Devlin. “This is serious. Everyone stay calm … There is an emergency being dealt with.”
Those on stage remained in place and speeches resumed shortly after.
Mike Mudidi said he was enjoying the celebrations when he heard screams behind him that someone had pulled out a gun. He said he froze as people started running in all directions.
“I just grabbed my buddies’ hands and ran,” he said.
Raptors fan Phil D’Souza said the violence left a bad taste in his mouth, and he questioned whether he would attend a similar event in the future.
“You couldn’t see the shooter but it was that kind of chaos where you’re just expecting to see somebody coming around the corner. It was that kind of vibe,” D’Souza said.
Another fan said the stampede was scary.
“When you see a bunch of people coming at you, you don’t know what to do, whether to run or not. You don’t want to get stampeded over,” Sam Sunday said.
Trudeau’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the shooting near the prime minister.
“We never comment on matters relating to the PM’s security,” Eleanore Catenaro said.
Tory, the mayor, thanked police for their quick response.
“It is disappointing and I’m sure a source of anger for more than just me that anyone would carry a gun and discharge it at what was otherwise a joyous celebration,” Tory said in a statement. “I hope those found responsible will be held to account to the full extent that the law permits. I want to commend and thank the millions of other people who happily and peacefully celebrated our beloved Toronto Raptors.”
Tory previously urged every city resident to come celebrate the Raptors’ first championship and declared Monday as “We The North Day,” after the franchise’s slogan.
“Toronto, more than a million of us flooded the streets today to celebrate our Raptors,” city councilman Joe Cressy tweeted. “People of all every age, every race, every religion — our City. As awful as the shooting was and terrifying for many in the crowd afterwards, don’t let it take away from our moment.”
Some 1.5 million fans withstood packed conditions to attend the parade. Nicolas Caramanna, 21, said the crowd started to get rowdy shortly after he arrived at 9 a.m.
“I’m really hot and tired, but I’m going to stick around,” he said. “When else am I going to get a chance to do this?”
Many others chose to miss school or work. Cypher Sabanal, 15, said his mom let him skip class to attend the celebration.
John Moreira called in sick to work so he could be part of Toronto’s first celebration of this magnitude since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.
“I told my boss I wanted to be at the parade and he said there wasn’t much he could do if I called in sick, so that’s exactly what I did,” the 31-year-old said.
As the parade inched forward — discernibly behind schedule — a number of Raptors could not help but marvel at the fan response.
“It’s been amazing,” Leonard said. “Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada for the support. We did it.”
Several fans were seen carrying signs imploring Leonard to re-sign with the Raptors. He will be a free agent this summer.
Kyle Lowry, the team’s longest-tenured player, hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy while his teammates smoked cigars.
“This is unbelievable,” he said.

Rangers acquire Trouba from Jets for Pionk, 1st round pick

By Stephen Whyno
AP Hockey Writer

The New York Rangers sped up their rebuilding effort Monday by acquiring offensive-minded defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets.
New York sent young defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the draft to Winnipeg for Trouba. The 25-year-old gives the rebuilding Rangers a legitimate top-pairing blue liner to help their climb back toward being playoff contenders.
“When we’re out there trying to improve the team, we’re looking for players that will fit into what we’re doing,” Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said on a conference call Monday night. “Does it accelerate it? We’ll see. But we’re certainly getting a really good player that we’ve coveted for a while. It fits with what we’re doing, and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Trouba is a restricted free agent who needs a new contract, which shouldn’t be a problem for the Rangers. Gorton and agent Kurt Overhardt spoke after the trade and agreed to talk later this week.
“I have an idea of what I think it will take,” Gorton said of signing Trouba. “We move forward with complete confidence that we can get a deal done.”
The Jets didn’t have that confidence or the desire to sign Trouba long term. So they listened to offers around the league and opted to take this one from the Rangers before the draft this weekend.
“We just felt it was best to open up the door to the possibility of trading him,” Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. “He’s someone we saw grow and develop. He’s played hard for our organization for a period of six years.”
Trouba has 179 points in 408 regular-season NHL games. Last season, the right-handed shooter had eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points and averaged just under 23 minutes a game.
He’ll probably play more than that for the Rangers.
“He’s a big defenseman, he’s 25 years old, he can play against the best players, he can provide offense,” Gorton said. “He’s going to come here and he’s going to play big minutes. He’s very versatile. We can envision him playing in all scenarios and being a big part of it.”
Trouba was a big part of the Jets making the playoffs three of the past five seasons but was never going to surpass Dustin Byfuglien on the depth chart. There’s no one in front of him on the right side on defense in New York.
Winnipeg still needs to get new contracts done for star wingers Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor and not a whole lot of salary-cap space to operate with. Cheveldayoff acknowledged, “there’s realities in hard cap world” the Jets must manage.
“We still got lots of moving parts or balls in the air, so to speak,” Cheveldayoff said. “There’s no question we have a challenging summer still ahead of us.”
The Rangers’ summer should be more about adding, given their heavy quantity of salary-cap space. They’ll spend more on Trouba than Pionk, who’s also a restricted free agent, but can continue to be active in trade talks and free agency.
“I hope there’s more things out there,” Gorton said. “There’s a lot of talk. There’s a lot of different names out there. There’s a lot of different ways to improve your team.”
Pionk, 23, had six goals and 20 assists last season with New York in his second NHL season. The Jets will be counting on Pionk to fill a void after trading Trouba and likely losing defenseman Tyler Myers in free agency.
“He’s a young player that we believe has upside that is going to continue to grow,” Cheveldayoff said. “He’s someone that we think, given the group of players that we have in our organization from our forward standpoint, that he’s going to complement very, very well.”
The 20th overall pick was originally the Jets’ pick they sent to the Rangers at the trade deadline for center Kevin Hayes. Winnipeg traded Hayes’ negotiating rights to Philadelphia for a fifth-round pick.

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

By Dave Campbell
AP Sports Writer

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men’s soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer.
Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup probably won’t move the needle much, the Americans surely would benefit, simply, from winning.
Their opening game against Guyana on Tuesday night at Allianz Field in St. Paul, the new home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United, will mark the first competitive match for the U.S. since the infamous defeat at Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10, 2017, that kept the team for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. It follows a stretch of 18 consecutive friendlies.
“There will be some nerves, but for us it’s just about continuing to make progress throughout this tournament,” Berhalter said last week after a training session at the National Sports Center in Blaine, a suburb of Minneapolis. “I think part of our profession is playing under pressure, playing in big events, and this is a great opportunity for us to learn.”
The 20-month gap between competitive games is the longest for the Americans since a 38-month span following a loss to Costa Rica on May 31, 1985, their final qualifier for the 1986 World Cup. Their next match that counted was a draw at Jamaica on July 24, 1988, their first qualifier for the 1990 World Cup.
The U.S. won the biennial Gold Cup in 2017, a sixth title in 14 editions of the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Mexico, the clear favorite, has won seven such crowns.
Before any mental energy can be spent on assessing the ability to compete with their border rival to the south, though, the Americans, who are ranked 30th in the world, must advance from the group stage. On the surface, Panama (75th), Trinidad and Tobago (92nd) and Guyana (177th) don’t appear to be daunting competition, but the way the U.S. team played this month in exhibition losses to Jamaica (1-0) and Venezuela (3-0) there will be no guarantees of automatic wins. The Americans are missing injured players DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Tyler Adams, all first-choice starters.
“If it doesn’t go well you can just feel that more pressure is going to build, more questions will be asked, more scrutiny will be on Berhalter and the federation, and the outside noise is only going to get louder,” said former U.S. midfielder Stu Holden, now a Fox analyst. “That’s why it’s really important that this team has a really good showing in this tournament.”
With the U.S. women leading their side of the world rankings and off to a dominant start this month in France at the Women’s World Cup , the men’s team won’t be able to avoid the comparison game. The Americans can’t mute the fan angst that has followed them for nearly two years, either, but they can at least take a meaningful step forward in the Berhalter era by displaying some potential within the pressing, possession-prioritized style he has rolled out .
“We want to progress. Of course that also means winning the games, but we want to develop our style,” midfielder Weston McKennie said. “Our goal is to make people see U.S. Soccer as something different as what they see now, probably.”
McKennie is one of the 20-year-old up-and-comers the program has staked itself to in the quest to not only return to the World Cup in 2022 but do some damage on the sport’s biggest stage. The other, of course, is Christian Pulisic , who is joining English Premier League power Chelsea from Germany’s Borussia Dortmund for a $73 million transfer fee. That is a record price for an American player.
Veterans of the national side like Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are still around, among just six holdovers from the roster that went to Trinidad. They are joined by Pulisic, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream, and forward Paul Arriola on what has become a youngster’s team. Getting this team in sync, socially and psychologically, might be just as important of a task for Berhalter as with the technical implementation of his system.
“In warmups, they have to give each other high-fives,” Berhalter said. “We do team events off the field, like going to movies together and going to restaurants together. I think that’s really important to build that team chemistry.”
Now more than ever.
“Everyone right now outside has their opinions about us, and the past couple of games, and that’s perfectly fine,” forward Paul Arriola said. “For us the message stays the game, and it’s staying together as a team. That’s how you’re going to win an international tournament.”

Cameras at Minnesota sentencings pull back curtain on courts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast.
Under rules that allowed the judge, prosecutors or defense attorneys to veto camera coverage during the trial phase, seeing a Minnesota trial on TV “would be as common as running into a unicorn in deer hunting season,” as media attorney Mark Anfinson put it.
But video coverage of high-profile sentencings — which don’t require approval from the parties involved — is giving a more frequent glimpse inside Minnesota courts. That’s cheered advocates of openness in the court system, even as they wish for easier access at the trial phase
“It’s a definite first step. It’s not the finish line,” said Anfinson, who has seen an increasing number of video requests from news organizations since the state court system launched a pilot project in 2015.
When former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced this month to 12½ years in prison for fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk Damond while answering her 911 call in 2017, viewers could see and hear Noor’s halting delivery as he apologized, hear the victim’s fiancé Don Damond mourn the future he and his bride-to-be would not share, and hear the judge tell Noor “Good people sometimes do bad things” as she rejected his plea for leniency.
Showing courtroom action goes beyond artists’ sketches and allows people to see and hear it for themselves, said Suki Dardarian, senior managing editor at Minnesota’s largest newspaper, the Star Tribune.
“You really do, as a member of the community, get to experience it yourself when you hear Justine Damond’s fiancé speak, when you heard Noor speak, when you hear the judge speak. You couldn’t help but feel the emotion each of those people felt,” Dardarian said.
She said to witness that through video — “without anyone being in the way” — is “pretty powerful.”
Noor’s sentencing coincided with cameras filming other high-profile cases recently in Hennepin County, including the man who threw a 5-year-old boy off a balcony at Mall of America and a teenager who crashed a stolen SUV into a pickup, killing three people.
Minnesota is more conservative than neighbors Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota in allowing cameras in courts. Defense attorneys who don’t want their clients on camera, victims’ advocates who worry about victims being traumatized again, judges and prosecutors have opposed expanding Minnesota’s rules, Anfinson said. (The Minnesota County Attorneys Association said it would implement the new rules but was “strongly opposed to any further expansion of audio and video coverage in criminal cases.”)
But Anfinson added: “There’s just no support at all that really can demonstrate empirically that these concerns are well grounded.”
Modern cameras are unobtrusive, and gone are the days of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial “where you had to run and call it in,” said University of Minnesota professor Jane Kirtley, who directs the Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law.
And while the sensational O.J. Simpson murder trial of 25 years ago is “the poster child of why cameras in the court are a bad thing” to many judges, Kirtley said, those trial’s excesses “had very little to do within the courtroom.”
Washington County’s lead prosecutor, Pete Orput, said he has no problem with the new sentencing rules and would like to see electronic coverage expanded as long as victims are protected. Doing so would help people understand what goes on in courts, he said.
“Why not publicize a trial? It doesn’t have to be a circus,” Orput said.
But Twin Cities defense attorney Marsh Halberg isn’t as positive about cameras in court, even though he thinks their use will only grow.
“What I don’t like is the 15-second sound bites at the 6 o’clock news that comes from it,” Halberg said. “It can paint things in a distorted way.”
Advocates for increased camera coverage point to Wisconsin and the kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Court hearings for Jake Patterson, who pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents, were covered by TV and still photographers and livestreamed without apparent problems.
Anfinson, the media lawyer, said such access can have “cathartic effects” for a community “when you see real justice being done.”
“Yes, it’s happening. We didn’t just hear about it, read about it. We saw justice being done in what was a terrible case,” Anfinson said.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson, a partner with Halberg in a Bloomington law firm, represented Levi Acre-Kendall, who was acquitted in a man’s April 2015 stabbing death in western Wisconsin. Nelson said cameras created no distraction at that trial.
“You kind of forget until the end of the day” that a camera was in the courtroom, Nelson said.
KSTP-TV assignment manager Daren Sukhram, who handles the St. Paul station’s requests for camera coverage, said cameras that go into court are “just showing what happens hundreds of times a month at regular court hearings around the state.”
He said electronic media should be treated no differently than other forms of communication.
“No reporter has been banned from court for bringing in pen and paper,” he said. “So why are we not allowed to bring a camera in there?”
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Father dies trying to rescue his toddler from Minnesota lake

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a father died while trying to save his 3-year-old child who fell from a bridge into a northwestern Minnesota lake.
The Becker County sheriff’s office says Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz jumped into Detroit Lake after his child fell from the bridge at Dead Shot Bay on Saturday evening.
The sheriff’s office says in a news release that the 32-year-old father struggled to keep his child above water. Bystanders were able to help bring the toddler to shore, but Schultz, of nearby Frazee, Minnesota, didn’t resurface.
The Becker County Diver Team and a fisherman found the father around 9 p.m. He died at a hospital in the city of Detroit Lakes, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of Fargo, North Dakota.
The child was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.