Breanna Stewart had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Jewell Loyd added 22 points and the Seattle Storm opened defense of their WNBA title with a 97-83 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday. The rematch of last year’s WNBA Finals in the Florida bubble was a celebration for the Storm complete with a ring ceremony and championship banner unveiling as Seattle tries to become the first team to repeat as WNBA champs since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002. Seattle trailed by as many as nine in the opening quarter, but outscored Las Vegas 45-31 in the middle two quarters to take control.
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A late Said Benrahma goal rescued a point for West Ham after Brighton looked to have dealt a huge blow to their European hopes. Both sides struggled to get going in a cagey first half, though the visitors managed to carve openings late on with both Pablo Fornals and Tomas Soucek seeing powerful drives denied as Brighton threw themselves in front of successive efforts. The Hammers looked to be more direct after the break but found a Brighton shirt blocking their way at almost every turn.
World leader Trayvon Bromell put up another blistering sub-10-second performance to win the Track Meet 100 metres in Irvine, California, on Saturday, an auspicious sign as he prepares for next month's U.S. Olympic trials. The 25-year-old Bromell outclassed the competition with a time of 9.92 to win by three-tenths of a second, just short of his season best of 9.88. "This week has been a real hard week for me for training," Bromell said in a televised interview.
Mustafa HassonaGAZA CITY—For Mohammed Alaloul and Mustafa Hassona, it had already been three long days covering potential war crimes when the two Gazan journalists fell victim to one themselves.On Thursday, the Anadolu Agency journalists were wading through the rubble of a decimated Northern Gaza neighborhood when an Israeli airstrike exploded nearby.They rushed to the scene to document any civilian casualties, only to conclude it was still too dangerous as the sound of Israeli missiles pierced the drone of jets overhead.“We are used to the sound of a rocket falling, but where is it falling? You never know,” Hassona told The Daily Beast.At the urging of emergency workers, Alaloul, Hassona, and their driver Mahmoud Alkhodary fled the scene, racing away in a car clearly marked “TV.”Then the Israeli missile hit.‘Shocked and Horrified’: Israeli Airstrike Destroys AP, Al Jazeera Offices on Live TV“Suddenly everything was white,” said Hassona, describing the moment of impact when their press vehicle was bombed by the Israeli military. “Then the car filled with smoke. For moments, the world was black. I couldn’t see anything but smoke. I could only hear my friend [Alaloul] in the backseat screaming ‘I’m injured, I’m injured!’”“We’d been speeding because it’s a dangerous place, and we were scared. So the car was still moving,” Hassona recalled. “Once it stopped, everyone opened their doors to run out. Then I heard Mohammed screaming ‘Help me!’ I looked behind and see him on the ground next to the car… blood coming out of his mouth… so I knew it was a serious injury.”The Israeli airstrike on the Anadolu Agency team was just one in a series of press freedom violations by Israeli forces in recent weeks. On Saturday, Israeli airstrikes leveled a 12-story tower that housed international media, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. Anadolu Agency's cameraman Mohammad Alaloul is stretchered into hospital. Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Combined, the attacks on media operations underscore the extent to which Israeli forces are deliberately targeting journalists on the ground, human rights activists say.“We are witnessing a rapid escalation of press freedom violations over the past week,” Ignacio Miguel Delgado, the Middle East and North Africa representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists, told The Daily Beast. “Israeli security forces have dispersed protests in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and at the Temple Mount complex violently and Palestinian and international journalists covering them have been on the receiving end of that violence. This fits what we have been documenting over the past years.”In Jerusalem, Israeli security forces injured at least 8 journalists covering demonstrations on May 7 and 10, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. By Wednesday night, Israeli airstrikes on two tower blocks inside the Gaza Strip had razed 21 media outlets, according to Reporters Without Borders.CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement that the Saturday bombing of a building “long known” by Israel to house international media outlets “raises the specter that the Israel Defense Forces is deliberately targeting media facilities in order to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza.” He demanded an explanation from the Israeli government and said “journalists have an obligation and duty to cover unfolding events in Gaza, and it would be illegal for the IDF to use military means to prevent journalists from doing their work.”Across Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Israeli forces and right-wing Israeli mobs have been responsible for all cases documented with international press freedom organizations in recent weeks. While the victims include international and Israeli press, the vast majority of violations have been against Palestinian reporters.“Palestinian journalists, who were already struggling to work in the conditions imposed by the Israeli authorities, are once again on the front line when tension erupts,” said Reporters Without Borders in a Thursday statement. “[They]... should on no account be treated as if they were parties to the conflict.”Gaza Residents ‘Run From Their Homes’ as Israel Pounds Tunnel Network After an IDF Ground Forces Bluff Violence against civilians in Israel and the Palestinian Territories has been escalating for weeks, culminating with the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza this week. So far, nine Israelis have been killed by rockets fired by Gazan militants. In Gaza, the death toll from Israeli airstrikes reached 145 by Saturday night, 64 of whom were women and children.Inside Gaza, Palestinian journalists race to cover the destruction, while Israel continues to ban any foreign press access into Gaza from Israel.On Tuesday, the Israeli Government Press Office said there would be “no passage for journalists through Erez Crossing until further notice” as Israel commenced its airstrikes in Gaza.Erez Crossing is the only entrypoint for journalists into the Gaza Strip from Israel. Israel’s indefinite suspension of press access through Erez prevents international news agencies’ access to a major military operation in Gaza for the first time since the 2008-2009 war.“With any story like this, the more cameras, the more people on the ground documenting, the better,” Amnesty International’s Sherine Tadros told The Daily Beast. “You can’t really cover all the airstrikes without a certain number of people on the ground, and the fact that Israel is limiting that number undermines the international community’s understanding of what’s happening on the ground.”Tadros was one of only two international journalists reporting inside the Gaza Strip during the 2008-2009 war for Al Jazeera with Ayman Mohyeldin (now MSNBC news anchor). Their unique access and powerful coverage was later turned into a documentary “The War Around Us”.The difference between covering that war and the 2014 war was “night and day,” said Tadros, referring to the press restrictions.“In 2008, Ayman and I were alone in reporting to an international audience and relied upon heavily by international human rights investigators. In 2014, every major international network was inside Gaza with their biggest anchors broadcasting 24/7 images of airstrikes and the civilian toll every day. The rhetoric and narrative around the conflict changed as a result of journalists getting that first-hand experience on the ground.“Fast forward to 2021, the Israeli government may, in its calculation, have decided it’s better to get a little bit of heat [for suspending press access] than deal with the world seeing the facts of the reality on the ground.”The ban on Erez crossing for international press, coupled with attacks on media buildings, means local Gazan journalists are “left alone, risking their lives to cover the ongoing airstrikes and military operations,” CPJ’s Ignacio Miguel Delgado told The Daily Beast.Inside Gaza on Thursday, emergency workers rushed Alaloul and Mustafa’s team to a nearby hospital. Mustafa, who has been injured three other times in the course of his award-winning, 14 year career, suffered minor injuries but was held overnight for supervision. Alaloul’s condition was critical, and he has since undergone two surgeries.“Seeing your friend in front of you, possibly about to lose his life…There’s nothing like this feeling,” Mustafa told The Daily Beast. “It’s very painful seeing someone you cannot help, and no matter how much you try to describe it or explain it to people, you can never do it justice.”Mustafa has covered all the major wars in Gaza (2008-2009, 2012, 2014) as well as the popular uprisings of 2018 in which two Gazan journalists were killed, including his close friend, the renowned Gazan journalist Yaser Murtaja. As a Gazan civilian, his home and place of work have been damaged by Israeli airstrikes, including the bombing of a building housing Anadolu Agency in 2019. 1232871209 Anadolu Agency's cameraman Mohammad al-Aloul is carried to hospital after being hit by an Israeli strike. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty “Israel is ferocious in war, Israel attacks civilians in the most powerful and violent ways, and honestly, everyone knows that Israel doesn’t care about international laws or courts or [the] international community. Israel does whatever they want. No one can stop them,” Hassona told The Daily Beast. “And on journalists, what happened to me before was also a crime. I’ve been injured four times... Not once was Israel held accountable for attacking journalists. I believe what we need is international protection.”Currently all images and reporting coming out of Gaza is coming from Gaza journalists. Journalists have described working grueling days and countless sleepless nights.“We aren’t just doing a job; it’s a duty. There’s a big difference. Journalism is more of a duty, and you have to cover everything,” Hassona told The Daily Beast. “You’re like the ambulance and civil defense. The ambulance’s role is to save the injured and your duty is to show people the injured. We show the truth.”By Saturday, Alaloul had returned home. He can’t feel his legs and faces months of recovery. Hassona was back out reporting from Gaza.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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West Ham saw their hopes of Champions League football fade as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday night. A minute after Craig Dawson headed a gilt-edged chance wide for West Ham late on, Danny Welbeck clipped a fine finish over Lukasz Fabianski. With the Hammers realistically needing to win their three remaining games to stand a chance of a Premier League top-four finish, the result leaves David Moyes’ side needing a miracle to beat Chelsea or Leicester City to Champions League qualification.
Rangers fans are set to be removed from Glasgow’s George Square as police confirmed they were enforcing public order legislation following hours of celebrations which broke social distancing rules. Thousands of fans took to the city’s streets on Saturday after the football team won its first Scottish Premiership trophy in a decade, despite warnings against gathering due to coronavirus restrictions. Scotland’s Ch Supt Mark Sutherland said that due to the “rising level of disorder taking place and the threat to public safety” Police Scotland would be forced to “make use of powers available to officers under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 to disperse those who have chosen to gather there”.
West Ham head down to Brighton today knowing they must win to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive. The Hammers currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, six points behind Chelsea in fourth - but also with a game in hand over Thomas Tuchel’s Blues. Chelsea’s surprise home defeat to Arsenal in midweek has blown the top four race back open, and Liverpool took advantage with a 4-2 win at Manchester United on Thursday to close the gap.
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(Bloomberg) -- Billionaire George Soros’s investment firm snapped up shares of ViacomCBS, Discovery and Baidu as they were being sold off in massive blocks during the collapse of Bill Hwang’s Archegos Capital Management.Soros Fund Management bought $194 million of ViacomCBS Inc., Baidu Inc. stock valued at $77 million, as well $46 million of Vipshop Holdings Ltd. and $34 million of Tencent Music Entertainment Group during the first quarter, according to a regulatory filing released Friday. A person familiar with the fund’s trading said the company didn’t hold the shares prior to Archegos’s implosion.Archegos, the family office of former hedge fund manager Hwang, fell apart during the last week of March after amassing large leveraged positions in a concentrated portfolio of U.S. and Chinese companies. At its peak, the family office had more than $20 billion of capital and total bets exceeding $100 billion.Hwang was wiped out in just days after investments including ViacomCBS and Discovery tumbled, triggering margin calls from global banks, who then sold the stocks in the big block trades. The fiasco is expected to cost the finance industry about $10 billion, has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and caused heads to roll at Credit Suisse Group AG, where the hit exceeds $5 billion.The 13F filing provides one of the first examples of how a hedge fund attempted to capitalize on the distressed remains of Archegos. It also offers an insight into Soros’s investment firm, which is run by Chief Investment Officer Dawn Fitzpatrick.She told Bloomberg in March that she was willing to jump on dislocations in the market, investing $4 billion during the pandemic-induced swoon a year ago, including buying residential mortgages on the cheap. Soros returned almost 30% in the 12 months through February and manages $27 billion across a range of strategies.“When there’s a dislocation, we’re prepared to not just double down but triple down when the facts and circumstances support that,” Fitzpatrick, 51, said in a “Front Row” interview on Bloomberg TV.Soros also increased its bet on Amazon.com Inc. and homebuilder DR Horton Inc., which is now its second-largest public equity position.The 13F, which money managers overseeing more than $100 million in U.S. equities must file quarterly, revealed that Soros held $4.5 billion of U.S. equities, down $77 million from the prior quarter.The biggest exit in the quarter was Palantir Technologies Inc. Soros sold 18.5 million shares valued at about $435 million. The firm originally revealed it owned a stake in the controversial data-mining company controlled by Peter Thiel in November, but rapidly issued a statement saying the original investment was made in 2012 and it regretted the decision.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Trevor Lawrence opened Jacksonville’s rookie minicamp on a pitch count. Lawrence is three months removed from labrum surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder. “The No. 1 issue is falling,” coach Urban Meyer said Saturday.
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Youri Tielemans has revealed that a pre-match text message inspired his FA Cup Final wonder goal as Leicester City beat Chelsea 1-0. Tielemans' thunderbolt strike sealed Leicester's first ever FA Cup triumph in a gritty Wembley win. The Belgium midfielder rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner from 25 yards, as Brendan Rodgers' Foxes put another genuine stamp on years of recent quality.
Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the short-handed Boston Celtics cruised to a 124-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Evan Fournier added 18 points and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Six Celtics scored in double-figures as Boston snapped its four-game losing streak.
Andy Murray pulls out of French Open to focus on Wimbledon