NFL DRAFT-THE LATEST
The Latest: Elway gives Denver’s new QB healthy tight end
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Elway traded for Joe Flacco earlier this offseason, and now he’s giving his new quarterback a healthy tight end in Noah Fant.
He’s now the second tight end taken in this draft and will be a welcome option as Flacco settles in with the Broncos.
Denver has Jake Butts, but he has played just three games in his first two seasons because of ACL injuries.
The Green Bay Packers are working hard to improve their defense. After taking defensive end Rashan Gary at No. 12, the Packers traded up to No. 21 from 30th overall to select speedy safety Darnell Savage Jr. of Maryland. The Packers obviously like the safety who ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the combine in February.
The Seahawks now will pick at No. 30 and also added a pair of fourth-round selections at Nos. 114 and 118 in the deal.
Baltimore traded down three spots with Philadelphia, and the Eagles used the 22nd pick on a big offensive tackle in Andre Dillard as a possible heir apparent for Jason Peters who’s now 37. The Ravens picked up selections No. 125 in the fourth round and No. 197 in the sixth round.
ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-THE LATEST
The Latest: Biden: Charlottesville was epiphany on 2020 run
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says the events in Charlottesville were an “epiphany” to him because he had never seen anything like it in his lifetime.
Video of Biden’s remarks on Thursday evening at a fundraiser in Philadelphia were obtained by The Associated Press from attendees. Biden announced earlier in the day that he was running for president and said President Donald Trump’s “moral equivalence” between white supremacists and counterprotesters was a major motivating factor.
The former vice president made frequent mention of Trump at the fundraiser, saying, “Every nation is held up by an invisible moral fabric, and it’s being shredded, and our kids are listening.”
He says he hopes in a few years people will realize that the Trump era was “an aberration in American history” ”because this is not who we are.”
The Latest: Measles quarantine orders at 2 LA universities
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarantine order has been issued for students and staff at two Los Angeles universities who may have been exposed to measles and either have not been vaccinated or can’t verify that they have immunity.
The University of California, Los Angeles, said that as of Wednesday there were 119 students and 8 faculty members under quarantine. The number of those quarantined at California State University, Los Angeles, is not immediately known.
UCLA says some people could remain in quarantines for up to 48 hours before they prove immunity. A few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days.
The orders come as a small outbreak of measles is occurring in Los Angeles County involving five confirmed cases linked to overseas travel.
Kim Jong Un visits war memorial following summit with Putin
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a war memorial near the headquarters of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet as he wrapped up his visit to the Russian Far East following a summit with President Vladimir Putin.
Kim arrived at the memorial in Vladivostok on Friday. He took off his fedora and bowed after laying flowers at the memorial as a Russian military band played North Korea’s national anthem.
Kim and Putin met on Thursday where the North says they held deep discussions to boost “strategic communication and tactical collaboration” over issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang’s state media did not report on any specific agreement on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and sanctions against the North.
SEVERE WEATHER-DEEP SOUTH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Central Texas storm confirmed as a tornado
RUSTON, La. (AP) — Damaging winds that destroyed a Central Texas warehouse have now been confirmed as a tornado.
The National Weather Service has classified the tornado that smashed the warehouse just outside Bryan, Texas, Wednesday afternoon as an EF2 twister with winds estimated at up to 120 mph (193 kph), a strong storm capable of doing significant damage. A National Weather Service survey team is in San Augustine in East Texas to determine if damaging winds there were a tornado.
The weather service says a supercell thunderstorm roared from San Augustine to the northeast, spawning the tornado that caused severe damage in Ruston, Louisiana, and killed two people.
Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A three-judge panel has ruled that Michigan’s congressional and legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election.
The decision issued Thursday also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled.
The judges say the maps drawn by Republicans in 2011 violate Democratic voters’ constitutional rights, including by diluting the weight of their votes. They are giving the GOP-led Legislature until Aug. 1 to submit new maps. The new maps would need the signature of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
NORTH KOREA-DETAINEE DEATH
Report: North Korea sought $2M from US for captured American
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea reportedly insisted the U.S. agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma.
The Washington Post reports that a U.S. envoy sent to North Korea to retrieve the 21-year-old student signed an agreement to pay the $2 million on instructions passed down from President Donald Trump.
The paper says the U.S. did not pay the money at least through 2017 and that it is unclear whether it paid it later.
A White House spokeswoman declined comment Thursday to The Associated Press, saying the administration does not discuss hostage negotiations.
Warmbier was convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster. He died shortly after arriving back in the U.S. in June 2017.
Amazon to bring 1-day delivery to Prime members
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-day delivery is going out of style.
Amazon, which hooked shoppers on getting just about anything delivered in two days, announced Thursday that it will soon promise one-day delivery for its Prime members on most items.
The company hopes that cutting delivery times in half will make its $119-a-year Prime membership more worthwhile, since every other online store offers free deliveries in two days. Amazon also can’t compete with Walmart and Target, where ordering online and picking up at a store is becoming more popular with shoppers.
Amazon didn’t say when the change to its Prime membership will happen, but says it has already been growing its selection of items eligible for one-day deliveries in the past month.
John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79
BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Greer’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. He was 79.
The Celtics said the Hall of Famer died Thursday in Jupiter, Florida. The cause of death wasn’t immediately available. The Boston Globe said he had Parkinson’s disease.
Gravel-voiced Johnny Most’s radio call of the 1965 steal — “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” — helped make the play one of the most enduring moments in NBA history.
“John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments,” the Celtics said in a statement. “He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.”
Nicknamed “Hondo” for his resemblance to John Wayne, Havlicek was drafted in the first round in 1962 out of Ohio State by a Celtics team stocked with stars Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Tom Sanders, Tom Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey.
Boston won NBA championships in his first six years with the team.
Then, as the veteran players gradually moved on, Havlicek became the team’s elder statesman and moved up to become a starter. The team won championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76 with Havlicek leading teams that included Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White.
Havlicek went on to win eight NBA championships and an NBA Finals MVP award, setting Celtics career records for points and games. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. At Ohio State, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1960 national championship.
As much as his deadly jump shot or his heroics in Boston’s triple-overtime NBA finals victory over Phoenix in 1976, Havlicek was known for his durability. He played at least 81 games in each of his 15 seasons with the Celtics and he didn’t just play: He was on the run constantly and was perpetually in motion.
In his NBA career he scored 26,395 points in 1,270 games. He seldom rested.
“The Boston Celtics are not a team, they are a way of life,” Red Auerbach once said. And no one personified the Celtic way more than Havlicek.
His No.17 was raised to the rafters in old Boston Garden and now resides in TD Garden, retired soon after he retired in 1978.
Born April 8, 1940, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, Havlicek became a standout athlete at Bridgeport High School in a small coal-mining town of 2,500 near Wheeling, West Virginia.
The 6-foot-5 Havlicek was also an outstanding football and baseball player in high school and was given a tryout by the Cleveland Browns after graduating from college.
As a sophomore at Ohio State, he scored 12.2 points a game as the Buckeyes won the national championship, beating California 75-55 in the final. His junior and senior years, Ohio State again won the Big Ten titles and made it to the NCAA title game but lost to Cincinnati each time. During Havlicek’s three years at Ohio State, the Buckeyes went 78-6, dominating most games unlike any team up to that time.
All five starters from Ohio State’s title team in 1960 — which included Jerry Lucas and future Celtic teammate Larry Siegfried — played in the NBA. Backup Bob Knight went to a Hall of Fame coaching career.
Havlicek remained in Boston after his retirement, managing investments. He later split time between New England and Florida. He occasionally returned to Ohio State for reunions of the championship team and Celtics events. His Ohio State number was retired during ceremonies in the 2004-2005 season.
Former AP Sports Writer Rusty Miller in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.
Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Heavy security is out on the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital after warnings of further attacks by the militant group blamed for the Easter bombing that killed at least 250 people.
At St. Anthony’s Church, one of those struck in the attacks Sunday, there were more soldiers than normal Friday. Shops nearby remained closed.
Gration Fernando crossed himself when he looked at the church after walking out of his shop there. Fernando says he, like other Sri Lankans, was worried about further attacks.
He says there’s “no security, no safety to go to church.” He also says “now children are scared to go to church” as well.
Authorities told Muslims to pray at home rather than attend communal Friday prayers that’s the most important of the week.
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