India registered 3,52,991 new cases on Monday as the COVID-19 tragedy continues to rage through the country. The total caseload stands at 1,73,13,163 and death toll is at 1,95,123. Many cities are witnessing horrific scenes as patients are finding it hard to get oxygen and beds in hospitals.
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SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record for points in the first half while rolling to a 146-125 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. San Antonio set a season high for points and a team best with 87 points in the first half, the second-most the club has scored in any half. The Spurs tied their mark for any half with 12 3-pointers in the first and finished 17 for 29 from long range. Dejounte Murray added 21 points, Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills each had 20 and Rudy Gay scored 19 for San Antonio. Mills and Gay combined to shoot 9 for 15 on 3s. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Khris Middleton added 23 points and Jrue Holiday had 20. Milwaukee had a five-game winning streak snapped and dropped a game behind idle Brooklyn for second place in the Eastern Conference. San Antonio’s magic number for clinching a berth in the play-in tournament dropped to two over 11th-place New Orleans. The Spurs can secure a second straight spot in the play-in tournament with any combination of wins and Pelicans losses that equals two. San Antonio had lost six of seven entering Monday but got off to historic start against Milwaukee. The Spurs had a season-high 45 points in the first quarter, which was also the fourth-largest total in franchise history, and followed it with the most points in team history during the first half. The Spurs shot 67% from the field and on 3-pointers in the first half. Murray had nine points in the opening five minutes on a series of drives and short jumpers, but it was the Spurs’ outside shooting that had the largest impact. The Spurs opened a 65-47 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half on Gay’s 3-pointer following a steal by Murray. San Antonio extended its lead to 23 points two minutes later on a 3 by Mills. BEHIND BROWN San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich expressed his best wishes to NBA referee Tony Brown, who will miss the rest of the regular season and post-season as he undergoes treatment after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last month. Brown has officiated 1,109 regular-season games and 35 playoff games in 19 seasons. “He’s a really class act,” Popovich said. “You feel for somebody and for their family when something like this occurs. We just wish him the best and hope the people (caring for him) figure something out.” TIP-INS Bucks: San Antonio honoured former Spurs guard Bryn Forbes with a video tribute prior to the game. Before signing with the Bucks last off-season, Forbes played four seasons for the Spurs after going undrafted in 2016 out of Michigan State. … Antetokounmpo had a career-high 15 assists in the Bucks’ 120-113 victory over the Spurs on March 20. … G Axel Toupane missed the game with a strained right oblique. Spurs: San Antonio’s highest-scoring first quarter and previous high for the first half both came against Denver. The Spurs scored 47 points in the opening quarter against the Nuggets in 1993 and they had 84 points in the first half against the Nuggets in 1984. San Antonio’s most prolific half also came against Denver, when the Spurs scored 91 points against the Nuggets in the second half in 1984. … The Spurs close the final week of the regular season with five games in seven days starting at home against Milwaukee and closing with a two-game set at home against Phoenix. UP NEXT Bucks: Host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Spurs: At the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and the Memphis Grizzlies secured a spot the post-season play-in tournament by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 115-110 on Monday night. Kyle Anderson had 14 points and four blocks, while Ja Morant had 12 points and 12 assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the short-handed Pelicans with 18 points, while Willy Hernangomez had 15 points and eight rebounds. James Johnson and Jaxson Hayes scored 13 points each. The Pelicans were without leading scorers Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Josh Hart, who averages 9.2 points and eight rebounds, and centre Steven Adams also sat. Add to that playing the second night of a back-to-back after a come-from-behind win against Charlotte, and things looked dire for the Pelicans. Williamson and Ingram alone average nearly 51 points per game. But New Orleans proved a tough out for Memphis. The Pelicans erased a halftime deficit by shooting 50% in the first six minutes of the third quarter. Memphis missed all but one of its first 10 shots in the frame. Morant, who struggled from the floor, scored eight straight points to bring Memphis within 88-86 entering the fourth. Memphis eventually built its lead to nine in the closing minutes. TIP-INS Pelicans: Adams is dealing with what amounts to turf toe, Williamson has a fractured left ring finger, Ingram is suffering from a left ankle sprain and Hart is recovering from left thumb surgery. ... Seven of New Orleans' previous 10 games were decided by five points are less, including the previous two by two points. Grizzlies: G Grayson Allen sat out his third game with left abdominal soreness. ... Had lost five straight to the Pelicans. ... Had 10 blocks in the first half, their most in a half since 10 against Utah in 2010. ... Memphis played its first game of a back-to-back, the team’s 10th of the season. After a day off comes another back-to-back against the Sacramento Kings. PRAYERS FOR OFFICIAL The NBA announced earlier Monday that official Tony Brown will miss the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins extended good wishes to Brown before the game. “I just want him to know from all of us that our heart and our wishes are with him,” Jenkins said, later adding: “Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Tony. Wishing you all the best, man.” UP NEXT Pelicans: At Dallas on Wednesday. Grizzlies: Host Dallas on Tuesday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Clay Bailey, The Associated Press
BALTIMORE — Cedric Mullins raced around the bases for a bizarre bloop triple, Trey Mancini hit a go-ahead solo homer and the Baltimore Orioles four-hit the Boston Red Sox for a 4-1 victory Monday night. The Orioles had dropped their first six games at Camden Yards this season against the Red Sox and avoided a four-game sweep. It was the first time the home team won in 10 games between the teams this season. “To salvage a series like this, it’s not exactly easy to do when you’re down 3-0 in a series,” Mancini said. “They’ve been playing great baseball over there. That’s a fantastic team they have. To win the fourth one and go into a two-game series tomorrow feels good and shows the resolve this team has.” Boston still has the best record (22-14) and the best road record (12-5) in baseball. Mullins' heads-up baserunning helped the O's add an insurance run in the eighth. He hit a high popup into shallow left field leading off, finding an open spot against Boston's shifted infield defence. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts raced over from near second base and deflected the ball twice before it fell. Mullins alertly sprinted all the way to third, diving under catcher Christian Vázquez's tag. “It was a fluke play,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “Everybody reacted the right way. … A good heads-up play by their guy.” Two batters later, Mancini’s sharp single against Boston’s drawn-in infield made it 3-1, and Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice fly later in the inning supplied the Orioles’ final run. Baltimore’s bullpen combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings, retiring all 10 batters it faced. Tanner Scott (2-2) struck out his only hitter to complete the sixth, Travis Lakins Sr. and Paul Fry both completed perfect innings, and César Valdez worked the ninth for his eighth save. “We pitched so well tonight,” manager Brandon Hyde said. Mancini put the Orioles ahead 2-1 with a blast to centre off reliever Matt Andriese (1-2) to lead off the sixth. Orioles starter Jorge López went a season-high 5 2/3 innings, scattering four hits while striking out five and maintaining control except for a brief sequence in the fourth after yielding J.D. Martinez’s one-out single. Over the course of three pitches, Martinez moved up a base on a hit batsman, a wild pitch and Rafael Devers’ sacrifice fly to tie it at 1. López gave up a leadoff double in the fifth, but with Scott warming, he retired the next three batters and then pitched into the sixth for the first time this season. “I’ve been battling the last couple games,” López said. “Getting out of that inning gives me a little more confidence to keep pushing." Ryan Mountcastle lined his third homer down the left-field line off Boston’s Martin Pérez, who otherwise navigated five innings with little difficulty. He allowed four hits and one run and struck out four. Mountcastle added a single, giving him consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season. He has five multi-hit games in his last 10 outings after recording two in his first 25 games in 2021. TRAINER’S ROOM Red Sox: RHP Ryan Brasier (left calf strain) threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen Saturday, but Cora said he is not close to joining a minor league team for a rehabilitation assignment. Orioles: Hyde said OF DJ Stewart (left hamstring strain) reported reduced soreness Monday. Stewart left in the sixth inning Sunday. ... Baltimore recalled LHP Keegan Akin from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned LHP Zac Lowther to Norfolk. Lowther is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA in two games with the Orioles. SEE YOU (MUCH) LATER After playing each other 10 times in less than six weeks, the AL East rivals won’t meet again until Aug. 13-15 in Boston. The Red Sox’s last trip to Camden Yards isn’t until Sept. 28-30, the final week of the season. MEANS HONORED Baltimore LHP John Means was named the American League’s player of the week after no-hitting Seattle on Wednesday. Means is the first Orioles pitcher to earn the honour since Arthur Rhodes in August 1994. UP NEXT Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.62 ERA), whose 52 consecutive homerless innings is the longest active streak in the majors, draws the start as Boston begins a three-game series at Fenway Park against Oakland. Orioles: Means (4-0, 1.37) makes his first since his no-hitter as Baltimore begins a two-game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Patrick Stevens, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Connor McDavid provided yet another highlight-reel goal Monday night with a game winner at Bell Centre. Fortunately for the Montreal Canadiens, it came in overtime. McDavid, sent in alone after a stretch pass from Leon Draisaitl, flipped the puck over Jake Allen's right shoulder at 2:42 of the extra session to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory. By making it out of regulation, the Canadiens earned the single point they were looking for to clinch a post-season berth in the North Division. "Tonight was an enormous game," said Montreal forward Paul Byron, who had a goal and an assist. "We knew what was at stake." McDavid, who also had an assist, now has a league-leading 102 points on the season. With two Montreal players caught deep in the offensive zone in overtime, Draisaitl found an in-flight McDavid on the opposite wing. "If it's kind of a quick turnover like that was and you've got a couple guys trapped, he's obviously thinking what I'm thinking," McDavid said. Dominik Kahun, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal had the other goals for the Oilers (34-18-2), who extended their road winning streak to six games. Byron's new linemates, Jake Evans and Artturi Lehkonen, tallied for the Canadiens (24-21-10), who are winless in their last four games. Edmonton has already locked up second place in the North Division. The Canadiens moved nine points ahead of the fifth-place Calgary Flames, who have three games in hand on Montreal. The Canadiens will close out their regular season Wednesday against the Oilers. Edmonton will wrap up its campaign Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. Evans opened the scoring in the first period with his first goal since Jan. 21, sniping a shot over Mikko Koskinen's left shoulder. Neal answered 20 seconds later at 9:52 by flipping in a loose puck by the side of the net. He beat Montreal goalie Jake Allen again seconds later but hit the post. Nugent-Hopkins gave Edmonton the lead at 13:29. Kailer Yamamoto had his stick lifted on a 3-on-2 break but the puck still found Nugent-Hopkins for his 15th goal of the season. Byron pulled Montreal even at 5:56 of the second period. He roofed a backhand after Lehkonen's pass slid through the goalmouth. Edmonton took a 3-2 lead when McDavid blew past Tomas Tatar before finding Kahun at the side of the net for the tap-in at 9:26. Lehkonen beat Koskinen early in the third period but the goal was waived off after a review determined the Canadiens were offside. The Montreal forward made no mistake at 13:04 when he wired it in from a tight angle. The game-tying goal was as big as a winner. "We had a tall task tonight," Byron said. "It was great to see everybody just pushing so hard in the third period to try to get (the equalizer). It was a great team effort." Byron returned to the lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury. Lehkonen and Evans had two assists piece on the new third line, which was also tasked with trying to shut down McDavid's line. "We were pretty confident that we were going to clinch the spot either this game or the next game," Lehkonen said. "But now that we've done it, we've just got to keep building on toward the end of the season." Edmonton outshot Montreal 35-28. Forward Brendan Gallagher (thumb) and goalie Carey Price (concussion) skated Monday morning but head coach Dominique Ducharme said neither player will play before the playoffs. Edmonton clinched its playoff spot on May 3. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. The Canadian Press