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Ex-Dertroit Piston Ben Wallace, ex-Michigan Wolverine Chris Webber get call for 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame

By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Jay Wright used to sell tickets to games in the long-defunct United States Football League. Ben Wallace was passed over by every NBA team, some of them twice. Yolanda Griffith got a job repossessing cars so she could take care of herself and her infant daughter while playing community college basketball.
For all of them, those days are long gone. Basketball’s highest honor has come their way.
Wright, Wallace and Griffith were part of a 16-person class that was announced Sunday as the 2021 inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Longtime standout NBA forwards Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce and Chris Webber were among those selected, along with former coaches Rick Adelman and Cotton Fitzsimmons and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.
The class even includes someone who has been a Hall of Famer for 46 years already — 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell, enshrined in 1975 as a player, has been selected again as a coach. Russell becomes the fifth Hall of Famer who will be inducted as both a player and a coach, joining John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn.
Of the now 140 players from the NBA and ABA that are enshrined in the Hall, none of them averaged fewer points than Wallace — who managed 5.7 per game for his career. He never had a 30-point game as a pro; his regular-season high was 23 points, his playoff high was 29 points.
He was a four-time defensive player of the year, making that end of the floor his specialty.
“To have that type of journey, to have it end the way it’s ending, it’s an awesome feeling,” Wallace said on the broadcast.

Former Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace acknowledges the crowd at midcourt during halftime of an NBA game against the Miami Heat on March 28, 2017, in Auburn Hills. (AP file photo)
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Harold Castro hit in 10th inning lifts Detroit Tigers to 9-8 win on Saturday over Chicago Cubs

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — A.J. Hinch’s first month as Detroit’s manager was rough. Now he has reason to hope the worst is behind him.
Harold Castro hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning off Craig Kimbrel to give the Tigers a 9-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Detroit rallied from deficits of 2-0, 4-3, 7-6 and 8-7 to win a back-and-forth game in which neither starting pitcher made it past the third. It was the fifth win in six games for the Tigers, who were 9-24 before this upswing.
“There’s no quit in this team, which I’ve appreciated. We have had a rough stretch,” Hinch said. “Our guys will stay in and compete. I applaud their effort, and quite honestly we expect it at this level.”
The final comeback by the Tigers on Saturday came when they scored twice off Kimbrel (0-2) in the 10th.
Nomar Mazara tied it with an RBI single that scored the automatic runner, and JaCoby Jones ran for Mazara and stole second. Then Castro — hitless in five previous at-bats Saturday with three strikeouts — slapped a two-out single to left. The throw home by Kris Bryant was a bit off line and Jones was easily safe.
“It was a tough day. … I’ve got be prepared, every at-bat,” Castro said. “I’ve got to be prepared for any situation in the game, and that’s what I did.”
Matt Duffy homered and drove in five runs for the Cubs. His RBI single off Michael Fulmer (3-2) gave the Cubs the lead in the top of the 10th.
The Cubs snapped a streak of seven straight one-run games when they beat Detroit 4-2 on Friday night. Then they played another close one Saturday.
Joc Pederson led off the game with a triple and eventually scored on Anthony Rizzo’s two-run double. Detroit answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Mazara hit an RBI double, Jonathan Schoop followed with a run-scoring single, and the Tigers went ahead 3-2 when Castro grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Detroit starter Jose Urena was hit around the right foot by Jason Heyward’s liner in the second. He made it through that inning but then gave up two runs in the third.
The Tigers re-took the lead an inning later after loading the bases with nobody out. Mills threw a wild pitch, enabling Detroit to tie it at 4. Miguel Cabrera brought home another run with a one-out grounder, and Schoop made it 6-4 with an RBI double.

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Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks locks down Detroit Tigers until 9th inning in 5-1 win Sunday

 

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Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning in Detroit on Sunday. (AP photo)

Tigers pull out stirring win in 10th inning Saturday. Page 6B

By DAVE HOGG
Associated Press
DETROIT — Kyle Hendricks took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday.
Hendricks (3-4) allowed eight hits and struck out a season-high eight in eight-plus innings without allowing a walk.
“When I threw my last bullpen a couple days ago, everything felt really sharp and I was able to put my pitches where I wanted them,” he said. “That gave me a lot of confidence coming into today.”
Hendricks left after Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera started the ninth with singles.
“Our bullpen has been grinding and we had to use them when we went extra innings yesterday,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “When you do that, you are counting on your top guy to give you some distance and that’s exactly what Kyle did for us today. He was great — he just floated a couple changeups in the ninth.”
Dan Winkler appeared to get Jonathan Schoop to hit into a game-ending double play with runners on the corners, but the call at first was overturned after a review, allowing Detroit to score its only run.
“Our guys get to play all nine innings, and I’m proud of the way they fight to the end,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “But we wanted to win this game and win the series, and we didn’t get that done.”
Ian Happ had three hits, including a homer, and was aggressive on the bases for the Cubs.
Matthew Boyd (2-4) gave up four earned runs in six innings. He is 0-3 in his last five starts.

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Bison capture 13th consecutive Summit League Outdoor Title, 27th overall

The North Dakota State women’s track and field team maintained its perfect conference meet record, winning its 13th consecutive Summit League outdoor team championship on Saturday. Combined with indoor, the Bison women have claimed 27-of-27 conference titles since joining The Summit League in 2008.
The NDSU women finished with 259.5 points, with South Dakota scoring 200 for second. The Bison added three individual event titles to their tally on Saturday. Jennie Baragar-Petrash took the 1500m title in a meet record and personal-best time of 4:16.23 – the second-best time in NDSU history.
Annika Rotvold claimed runner-up honors, giving the Bison a 1-2 finish. She clocked a career-best 4:17.90, which was also under the previous meet record and ranks her third in NDSU history. Jodi Lipp captured the conference triple jump crown, leaping a career-best 41-09.75. She now ranks fifth-best in NDSU outdoor history.
Junior Amanda Anderson won her second conference title in the discus, throwing 173-6 for the win. The Bison women finished 1-3-5 in the discus with Michaela Hawkins third and Maddy Nilles fifth. Meanwhile, Kendra Kelley became just the sixth Bison woman ever to go sub-24 in the 200 meter dash, running 23.95 for Summit League runner-up honors. She also placed sixth in the 100 meter final.
NDSU went 2-3-5 in the 5000 with Baragar-Petrash second, Rotvold third, and Kelby Anderson fifth. Peyton Frolek (2:10.34) and Katie Bye (2:12.42) finished 2-3 in the 800 finals.
The Bison women finished 3-4-8 in the 400-meter dash. Nell Graham clocked a personal-best 54.68 to place third and rank eighth-fastest in school history. Alyssa Lind took fourth in 55.63, and Grace Zimmerman was eighth.
Kelley, Zimmerman, Lind and Graham finished second in the 4x400m relay, clocking a season-best 3:42.22. Daejha Moss earned her third top-four finish of the meet, taking fourth place in the triple jump. She registered a personal-best mark of 39-09.75 (12.13) to rank 10th all-time at NDSU.
Ansley Schug placed fourth in the 400 meter hurdles and fifth in the 100 meter hurdles, posting a big personal-best 1:01.76 in the 400. She clocked a personal-best 13.76 in the 100 to rank third-fastest in NDSU history.
Freshman Bailee Dierks was sixth in the 400 meter hurdles, and freshman Salmata Korgho was eighth in the 100 meter hurdles. Senior Jocelyn Dinius, Lind, Korgho and Dierks teamed up to take fourth in the 4×100 relay.

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NDSU closes home slate with 10-4 win over SDSU

The North Dakota State baseball team set a school record for conference wins Sunday, as the Bison beat South Dakota State 10-4 in the final home game of the season at Newman Outdoor Field.
NDSU improved to 36-15 overall and 20-11 in the Summit League, the most league wins at any level in program history. The Jacks dropped to 12-28 overall and 7-17 in league play. The victory locked the Bison into the number two seed in the Summit League Tournament in two weeks. NDSU will close the regular season later this week at Eastern Kentucky. The three-game series starts Thursday night in Richmond, Ky.
Jack Simonsen led the Bison with two hits, while eight other Bison had a hit. Peter Brookshaw, Zach Solano and Calen Schwabe each scored twice, while Bennett Hostetler drove in a pair of runs. Jake Malec moved into a tie for sixth in school history with 53 runs scored on the season. With 13 walks in the game, the Bison set a new single-season school record with 227 free passes this season.
Cade Feeney picked up the win in two innings of work on the mound. He threw just 29 pitches without allowing a hit, while walking one and striking out two. Feeney improved to 5-1 in his rookie campaign. Zach Smith struck out three in four innings, while allowing four hits. Wyatt Nelson allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks, while striking out one in two innings. Gabe Pilla tossed the final inning, allowing a walk.

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Women charged with aggravated assault in Fargo stabbings

FARGO (AP) — A woman accused of stabbing three people in downtown Fargo is facing three felony counts.
Ashley Larson, 30, is charged in East Central District Court with three counts of aggravated assault. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 16.
Larson was arrested Thursday after a 4-hour standoff with police while she was barricaded inside a vehicle belonging to one of the victims. She was medically cleared at a hospital and taken to the Cass County Jail.
Larson’s public defender could not be reached for comment on Saturday. Larson has no permanent address, police said.
Authorities said Larson stabbed a man she knew at a Fargo residence and then went to the Mexican Village restaurant where she got into an SUV in the parking lot and stabbed two women.
Debra Schreiner was having lunch with a friend in the restaurant when the stabbings in the parking lot occurred. Schreiner said she ran outside and helped the mother and daughter get into the restaurant and tended to their injuries before paramedics arrived.
The three people stabbed were treated for injuries and released.

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Many Fargo residents happy to go mask-free under CDC advice

FARGO (AP) — Downtown Fargo was surprisingly busy over the weekend, due in part to an outdoor fundraiser and an indoor spring fling. Masks were in relative short supply in North Dakota’s largest city.
Andrew Kodet, 20, a North Dakota State University student, and his girlfriend, Kenzie Nylin, 21, a University of North Dakota student, said they will wear masks where required. Otherwise they will go without because of the new Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and because they’re fully vaccinated.
The CDC says people who have completed their regimen of shots should feel free to show their faces.
Nylin said it’s been a long wait to ditch the face coverings, but added one caveat since unlike Kodet she’s old enough to enter liquor establishments.
Not everyone is ditching their masks just yet. Down the street from the college couple, Akayla Rondorf, 23, of Moorhead, Minnesota was wearing a pink cloth mask while walking. She said she’s fully vaccinated and still plans to wear a mask indoors.

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China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal

BEIJING (AP) — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing COVID-19 cases from neighboring Nepal, state media reported.
The closure was confirmed in a notice Friday from China’s General Administration of Sport, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The move reflects the abundance of caution China has taken in dealing with the pandemic. While China has mostly curbed domestic transmission of the coronavirus, Nepal is experiencing a surge with record numbers of new infections and deaths.
China had issued permits to 38 people, all Chinese citizens, to climb the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) -high mountain this spring. Nepal has given permission to 408 people. Climbing was not allowed from either side last year because of the pandemic.
In Nepal, several climbers have reported testing positive for COVID-19 after they were brought down from the Everest base camp.
The month of May usually has the best weather for climbing Everest. Scores have reached the summit this week and more are expected to make attempts later this month once the weather improves. Two climbers have died on the Nepalese side, one Swiss and one American.
China earlier said it would set up a separation line at the peak and prohibit people on its side from coming into contact with anyone on the Nepalese side. It was unclear how that would be done.
An expert climbing guide, Lukas Furtenbach of Austria, said he was calling off his current Everest attempt with a team of over a dozen climbers from the Nepalese side because of virus fears.
“We ended our expedition today because of safety concerns with the given COVID outbreak,” Furtenbach said in a message from base camp. “We don’t want (to) send people or Sherpas up, they (could) get sick high up there and die.”
Before leaving for the mountain, he had warned that the virus could spread among the hundreds of other climbers, guides and helpers who are now camped on the base of Everest if all of them are not checked immediately and safety measures aren’t taken.

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US climate envoy Kerry meets with pope on climate crisis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, met privately with Pope Francis on Saturday, afterward calling the pope a “compelling moral authority on the subject of the climate crisis” who has been “ahead of the curve.”
The former U.S. Secretary of State told Vatican News that the pope’s embrace of climate issues “hopefully can push people to greater ambition to get the job done.”
Kerry is visiting European capitals to strengthen cooperation on climate change ahead of the next round of U.N. climate talks in Glasgow this November.
Kerry said United States, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China, must take a lead in cutting emissions and be joined by other big emitting countries.
“Everybody shares an obligation here. No one country can get this job done. If the United States was at zero emissions tomorrow, we’d still have crisis,” Kerry said.
The United States, which is responsible for 11% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, has set a target under Biden of reducing emissions over the next decade by 50% to 52%, Kerry said.
Another 20 developed countries are responsible for 73.75% of emissions, he added.
“We need other big emitting countries to step up and also offer some reductions. You can’t just keep going along with a coal-fired power plant or with more coal coming online and really be the part of the solution that we need,” Kerry said.

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Myanmar junta attacks western town that resisted coup

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Myanmar expressed concern about reports of fierce government attacks on a town in western Chin state, where the ruling junta declared martial law because of armed resistance to military rule.
The fighting began around 6 a.m. Saturday when government troops reinforced by helicopters began shelling the western part of the town of Mindat, destroying several homes, said a spokesman of the Chinland Defence Force. It is a locally formed militia group opposed to the February coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Helicopters also took part in the attack, according to the spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
“Mindat town is now under siege and is bracing for an all-out assault by the junta troops from air and by land,” said a statement by the Chin Human Rights Organization.
The shadow National Unity Government, set up by lawmakers who were blocked by the army from taking their seats in Parliament, warned that “within the next 48 hours, Mindat can potentially become a battleground and thousands of people are facing the danger of being displaced.” Many have already left the town of about 50,000 people, said a resident contacted by phone who was also fleeing.
The Mindat Township People’s Administration, another opposition grouping, claimed that 15 young men had been seized by government troops and used as human shields. It said at least five defenders of the town had been killed in clashes and at least 10 others wounded.
None of these details could be independently verified, but a Myanmar state television broadcast Saturday night reported that fighting was going on, and acknowledged the town’s defenders have been putting up stiff resistance against the army.
“The military’s use of weapons of war against civilians, including this week in Mindat, is a further demonstration of the depths the regime will sink to to hold onto power,” the British Embassy said on Twitter. “We call on the military to cease violence against civilians.”
The U.S. Embassy said it was “aware of increasing violence in Mindat, including reports of the military shooting civilians,” and urged that evidence of atrocities be sent to U.N. investigators.
Detailed tallies compiled by several different watchdog groups say government security forces have killed upwards of 750 protesters and bystanders as they have tried to suppress opposition to the military’s seizure of power. In April, security forces were accused of killing more than 80 people in one day to destroy street barricades that militants had set up as strongholds in the city of Bago.
In many or most cases, police and soldiers were trying to break up peaceful protests, though as they increased the use of lethal force, some protesters fought back in self-defense. In recent weeks there has been an upsurge in small bombings in many cities, mostly causing little damage and few casualties.
The junta says the death toll is less than 300, and the use of force was justified to quash what it calls riots.
Mindat’s resisters are only lightly armed, mostly with a traditional type of single-shot hunting rifle, but the territory around the town is mountainous and wooded, favoring defenders over attackers.
The report on state television MRTV listed past attacks on government forces and installations, most recently on Thursday, when it claimed a force of about 100 blocked security forces from entering the town, destroying one vehicle and leaving an unspecified number of security forces dead and missing.
In a later attack, it said, an even bigger force was said to have launched an attack from the city on security forces patrolling nearby, destroying six vehicles and causing an unspecified number of government casualties.
The opposition government earlier this month announced a plan to unify groups such as the Chinland Defense Force into a national “People’s Defense Force,” which would serve as a precursor to a “Federal Union Army” of democratic forces including ethnic minorities.
Khin Ma Ma Myo, deputy defense minister of the shadow government, said one of the duties of the People’s Defense Force is to protect the resistance movement from military attacks and violence instigated by the junta.