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Illinois primary preview: Two expensive and nasty primaries for governor conclude on Tuesday

Illinois voters go to the polls on Tuesday for their party primaries, and we have a lot in store. The main event will be the contest for governor, where Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to fend off a far-right challenge, and where three major Democrats

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The privilege of whining about white male privilege

You’d think we wouldn’t need to say this out loud in 2018, but obviously, we do: White men who are miffed that someone else besides them is in charge need to get over it. Because any slight that any of them has ever felt pales in comparison with what th
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The privilege of whining about white male privilege

You’d think we wouldn’t need to say this out loud in 2018, but obviously, we do: White men who are miffed that someone else besides them is in charge need to get over it. Because any slight that any of them has ever felt pales in comparison with what the rest of us have put up with for our entire lives. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has been getting a lot of deserved backlash for a tone-deaf column he posted with the headline, “Privilege is real. But being a white man shouldn’t disqualify me.” Cohen is a reliably conservative columnist at the Post. His readers know where his point of view is coming from. Apparently he’s still angry that he was passed over for a newsroom position 40 years ago and that he was told, “We needed a woman.” I said nothing, although I seethed. In short order, I was made a columnist, so I didn’t even get a chance to cry. But the instant rush of utter unfairness lingers. The woman chosen was qualified, but her qualification had nothing to do with her sex. I was told she was just a needed statistic. I guess he can’t process the idea that maybe the woman was chosen because she was a better fit for the job and he was being told words to make him feel better. That the publication needed a broader perspective than what he would be able to offer. That readers might want to see faces looking at them from a column photo that looked more like them, rather than exclusively pale males. Well, he got his column and he’s been writing it ever since, from the perch of one of the nation’s leading newspapers (and has been well-compensated for it, too). He’s hardly “disqualified.” So on behalf of the women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, and any other minorities who have been passed over time and time again for jobs for which they have been qualified, let me just say: Richard Cohen, shut the fuck up.

Democrats are the party of fiscal responsibility

After enacting a massive tax cut for the wealthy that will create record federal deficits, House Republicans last week once again attempted and failed to pass a balanced budget amendment. This latest example of hypocritical Republican grandstanding was exa
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Democrats are the party of fiscal responsibility

After enacting a massive tax cut for the wealthy that will create record federal deficits, House Republicans last week once again attempted and failed to pass a balanced budget amendment. This latest example of hypocritical Republican grandstanding was exactly as principled and purposeful as their thoughts and prayers after mass shootings. A balanced budget amendment would be terrible policy, but Republicans don't care about policy or the public good, anyway. Republicans do, however, love to posture—particularly in an election year. And they hope that the media will play along, which in the case of budgets often has been the case, with Democrats too often playing defense on an issue they should own. Particularly in an election year. But some in the media won't play the Republicans' game, and Democrats should seize the advantage: By now, nobody should be surprised when the Republican Party violates its claims of fiscal rectitude. Increasing the deficit — through big tax cuts, mostly for the rich — has been the defining feature of the party’s economic policy for decades. When Paul Ryan and other Republicans call themselves fiscal conservatives, they’re basically doing a version of the old Marx Brothers bit: “Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” Ever so slowly, conventional wisdom has started to recognize this reality. After Ryan’s retirement announcement last week, only a few headlines called him a deficit hawk. People are catching on to the con. Almost seven years ago, I wrote a piece with the title: The Republicans have no credibility on deficits It's not more true now than then. It's exactly as true. Republicans haven't ever been credible on deficits. But they have loved to pretend. As I wrote nearly seven years ago: When Republicans talk about deficits they are hypocrites and liars. The president and the Democratic leaders in Congress can't speak it that bluntly, but we can. And if we do, perhaps in time the president and the Democratic leaders in Congress will begin to speak it with the less emotionally charged words that the Republicans have no credibility on deficits. Any time a Democrat is on television and is asked about the politics of deficits, the response should begin with the simple message that the Republicans have no credibility on deficits. Any time a Democrat is debating a Republican on television, and the Republican mentions deficits, the response should begin with the simple message that the Republicans have no credibility on deficits. It's easy. It's factual. And with but a bit of message discipline, it could remake the nature of our political system. Ronald Reagan used the deficit as an issue when he ran against President Carter. As president, Reagan ran up the largest deficit in U.S. history. The Republicans of his era talked a lot about a Balanced Budget Amendment, while consistently voting to run up the largest deficit in U.S. history. Reagan's successor, the heir to the Bush dynasty, outdid his mentor by running up an even larger deficit. President Clinton raised taxes, eliminated the deficit and created a surplus, and just coincidentally oversaw an enormous economic expansion and near full employment. The next heir to the Bush dynasty cut taxes, eviscerated the Clinton surplus, and outdid both his father and Reagan by breaking their records for creating the largest deficits in U.S. history. He also all but broke the economy. This isn't complicated. This isn't difficult to explain. What is difficult to explain is why the Democrats don't do a better and more consistent job of explaining it. But Democrats have gotten better at it. In fact, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's floor speech in opposition to the latest Republican posturing was concise, factual, and scathing in its simplicity.

Four dead in Tennessee mass shooting; suspect remains at large

Four people are dead and others injured after a man opened fire in an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House in the early hours of the morning. Police said the suspected shooter opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike, which is
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Four dead in Tennessee mass shooting; suspect remains at large

Four people are dead and others injured after a man opened fire in an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House in the early hours of the morning. Police said the suspected shooter opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike, which is just south of Mt. View Road. The shooting left at least four dead and four injured. Police said they are drafting warrants for murder charges against Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton Illinois, in connection to the shooting. Authorities continue to search for Reinking. Reinking, who was naked except for a green bomber jacket, was armed with an assault rifle, which was wrestled away by a Waffle House patron when the gunman attempted to reload his weapon. That man, James Shaw Jr., is being credited as a hero. The gunman, who was known to the police due to prior «interactions», is still at large as of this writing. It is the second mass shooting in Antioch in the past year. Sunday's violence took place less than two miles the mass shooting at an Antioch church in September, where one person died and nine were injured after Emanuel Samson opened fire during Sunday morning services.

James Comey and the difficulty of maintaining credibility with conspiracy theorists

This week Steve Inskeep and Carrie Johnson at NPR interviewed former FBI director James Comey. For later airplay, NPR redacted much of what was interesting about the interview. Inskeep asked: “What would you say was your greatest concern when it became cl
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James Comey and the difficulty of maintaining credibility with conspiracy theorists

This week Steve Inskeep and Carrie Johnson at NPR interviewed former FBI director James Comey. For later airplay, NPR redacted much of what was interesting about the interview. Inskeep asked: “What would you say was your greatest concern when it became clear to you that the email case was going to at some point come down to a decision by you?” James Comey: My greatest concern towards the end of that email investigation — it lasted about a year — towards the end was how does the Department of Justice, which includes the FBI, credibly close this investigation without charges and maximize public confidence that it was done in a just way. If it ends without charges. Because by the spring, if it continued on the same course and speed it was on, it looked to me like it was going to end without charges. And the credibility of the institution is important even in ordinary times. But all the more so when you're investigating one of the two candidates for president of the United States. How are you able to maintain public confidence that you're not a partisan, it's not the Obama Justice Department trying to give a break to Hillary Clinton. Comey’s concern isn’t the truth. His concern is that his organization—and subsequently, he—remain credible. And to him, credibility means not appearing partisan. The idea that we should try to please both “sides” no matter how conspiratorial one side is can corrupt organizations and people from doing what’s right into doing what is “politically correct.”  From the interview, here’s more on how Comey’s view influenced his decisions and, more importantly, how propaganda networks like Fox News work to influence people into trying to be fair to conspiracy theorists.

'If you lie down with dogs, you get fleas': MP blasts Brit Home Secretary over 'Windrush Generation'

“Illegal immigration” is headline news in England and the Caribbean diaspora. A major outcry and scandal about deportations and the resident status of Afro-Caribbean/West Indian Brits has involved UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Home Office, Home Secre
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'If you lie down with dogs, you get fleas': MP blasts Brit Home Secretary over 'Windrush Generation'

“Illegal immigration” is headline news in England and the Caribbean diaspora. A major outcry and scandal about deportations and the resident status of Afro-Caribbean/West Indian Brits has involved UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Home Office, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Parliament, Caribbean heads of state and, most importantly, the victims: black British residents and their families, whose origins are from Caribbean British former colonies. They have been dubbed “The Windrush Generation.” Anti-immigrant rhetoric and overt racism in England mirrors similar right-wing movements in the rest of Europe and touted here in the U.S. by Donald Trump and his Republican bigot cabal. Labour Party MP David Lammy’s impassioned speech in Parliament has resounded far and wide. Here is a link to the text of Lammy’s speech. Read an excerpt below: Can I say to the Home Secretary that the relationship between this country and the West Indies and Caribbean is inextricable. The first British ships arrived in the Caribbean in 1623. And despite slavery, despite colonisation, 25,000 Caribbeans served in first world war and second world war alongside British troops. When my parents and their generation arrived in this country under the Nationality act of 1948, they arrived here as British citizens. It is inhumane and cruel for so many of that Windrush generation to have suffered so long in this condition, and for the secretary of state only to have made a statement today on this issue. Can she explain how many have been deported? She suggested earlier that she would ask the high commissioners. It is her department that has deported them. She should know the number. Can she tell the house how many have been detained as prisoners in their own country? Can she tell the house how many have been denied health under the National Health Service? How many have been denied pensions? How many have lost their job? This is a day of national shame, and it has come about because of a hostile environment policy that was begun under her Prime Minister. Let us call it like it is. If you lie down with dogs, you get fleas and that is what has happened with this far-right rhetoric in this country. Can she apologise properly? Can she explain how quickly this team will act to ensure that the thousands of British men and women, denied their rights in this country under her watch in the home office are satisfied.

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TCS bets on Business 4.0 to push digital revenue to over $5bn this year

TCS Chief Operating Officer N Ganapathy Subramaniam said Business 4.0 has worked for the company and that the strategy has the potential to drive large-scale transformation across sectors like retail, travel and hospitality, utilities etc.
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TCS bets on Business 4.0 to push digital revenue to over $5bn this year

TCS Chief Operating Officer N Ganapathy Subramaniam said Business 4.0 has worked for the company and that the strategy has the potential to drive large-scale transformation across sectors like retail, travel and hospitality, utilities etc.

IBC, RERA conflict apparent in some bankruptcy proceedings: Assocham

Regulation of the real estate sector remains an important driver for its growth. A well organised and regulated real estate sector is more likely to grow rapidly in the long run than an unorganised one.
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IBC, RERA conflict apparent in some bankruptcy proceedings: Assocham

Regulation of the real estate sector remains an important driver for its growth. A well organised and regulated real estate sector is more likely to grow rapidly in the long run than an unorganised one.

I-T dept warning to salaried taxpayers: Hoodwinking the taxman is difficult

If your case is picked up for random scrutiny, any of the tricks that you or your financial advisor may have used to avoid tax will be easily detected
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I-T dept warning to salaried taxpayers: Hoodwinking the taxman is difficult

If your case is picked up for random scrutiny, any of the tricks that you or your financial advisor may have used to avoid tax will be easily detected

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Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor The rise of experiential commerce Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Late last year, after Amazon announced it had acquired th
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Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor The rise of experiential commerce Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Late last year, after Amazon announced it had acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “Lord of the Rings” saga for $250 million, I wrote […]

Connecting our homeless neighbors with their loved ones

San Francisco’s housing crisis is painfully obvious with a homeless population of 7,499 people, according to a 2017 homeless census and survey. People lose their homes for a variety of reasons — job losses, wrongful evictions, excessive rent hike
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Connecting our homeless neighbors with their loved ones

San Francisco’s housing crisis is painfully obvious with a homeless population of 7,499 people, according to a 2017 homeless census and survey. People lose their homes for a variety of reasons — job losses, wrongful evictions, excessive rent hikes and so forth. What sometimes prevents people from finding a new home is a lack of available […]

Where have all the pilots gone?

You’d think everybody would want to fly. It’s been a universal human dream since the first cave person saw the first pterodactyl¹. You’d think better technology, greater demand, economic growth, and population growth would mean more and mor
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Where have all the pilots gone?

You’d think everybody would want to fly. It’s been a universal human dream since the first cave person saw the first pterodactyl¹. You’d think better technology, greater demand, economic growth, and population growth would mean more and more pilots. But the surprising, counterintuitive fact is that fewer and fewer people are flying, and now Earth […]

Original Content podcast: Netflix successfully reinvents ‘Lost in Space’

Lost in Space started out as a ’60s TV series, got rebooted in the 1990s as a feature film and has now been brought up-to-date by Netflix . On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we review the first season of the new show, which finds th
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Original Content podcast: Netflix successfully reinvents ‘Lost in Space’

Lost in Space started out as a ’60s TV series, got rebooted in the 1990s as a feature film and has now been brought up-to-date by Netflix . On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we review the first season of the new show, which finds the Robinson family once again sent into […]

Gillmor Gang: Carrier Pigeon

The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 20, 2018. G3: Privacy Fence — Mary Hodder, Maria Ogneva, Francine Hardaway, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live
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Gillmor Gang: Carrier Pigeon

The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 20, 2018. G3: Privacy Fence — Mary Hodder, Maria Ogneva, Francine Hardaway, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 20, 2018. @stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kteare, @DenisPombriant, @ekolsky Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor […]

This Woman's Kidney Fell into Her Pelvis Whenever She Stood Up: Here's Why

Generally, you can trust your organs to stay in one place, but that wasn't the case for a young woman in Michigan.
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This Woman's Kidney Fell into Her Pelvis Whenever She Stood Up: Here's Why

Generally, you can trust your organs to stay in one place, but that wasn't the case for a young woman in Michigan.

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The Latest: Iconic French abbey reopens after security alert

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) - The Latest on the evacuation of a French tourist site due to security concerns (all times local): 3:20 p.m. France's Mont-Saint-Michel abbey has reopened after several hours of searching by police failed to locate a visitor wh
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The Latest: Iconic French abbey reopens after security alert

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) - The Latest on the evacuation of a French tourist site due to security concerns (all times local): 3:20 p.m. France's Mont-Saint-Michel abbey has reopened after several hours of searching by police failed to locate a visitor who allegedly threatened French security services. A trickle of tourists ...

Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the jump was driven primarily by rising crude oil costs. The current gas pric
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Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the jump was driven primarily by rising crude oil costs. The current gas price is 37 cents above where it ...

Gabrielle Chanel: ‘A Beautiful Surprise’ from Chanel

Chanel is currently offering a beautiful surprise to all Chanel shoppers. The shoppers can enjoy a complimentary sample of Gabrielle Chanel fragrance with any chanel.com fragrance and beauty purchase. The offer is available in limited quantities and ends Apri
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Gabrielle Chanel: ‘A Beautiful Surprise’ from Chanel

Chanel is currently offering a beautiful surprise to all Chanel shoppers. The shoppers can enjoy a complimentary sample of Gabrielle Chanel fragrance with any chanel.com fragrance and beauty purchase. The offer is available in limited quantities and ends April 26, 2018.Shoppers can go for Coco Mademoiselle — an intense new facet of the personality emerges after wearing the perfume that gives a deep, powerful, and oh-so addictive fragrance that is hard to resist.The presence of deep concentration of Patchouli, which is also rich and luminous, makes Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum intense having a voluptuous dimension. The embrace of soft and warm Amber accord provides that much needed sensuality to the perfume. For the uninitiated, Amber accord is a blend of Vanilla from Madagascar and Tonka Bean.Unlike Chanel’s other original products which are generally known for fresh Oriental fragrances, Coco Mademoiselle is stronger and more intense. It is loved for its sensual character that leaves a deeper trail with contrasted freshness. The perfume comes in 1.7 or 3.4 ounce sizes.Remember perfuming is an art! The Eau de Parfum Intense is available in a spray bottle to enable effortless application on clothing or skin. All you women, if you are looking to feel sultry and feminine go for it! Your beautiful surprise awaits you! Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Chanel perfume http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Prada Installs “Cabins,” in Tokyo

Prada has come up with new pop-up installations in Tokyo, Japan. The pop-up installation is called “Cabins.”  The new pop-up installation, which was made available on April 18, 2018, will be available through April 24, 2018, at the department store b
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Prada Installs “Cabins,” in Tokyo

Prada has come up with new pop-up installations in Tokyo, Japan. The pop-up installation is called “Cabins.”  The new pop-up installation, which was made available on April 18, 2018, will be available through April 24, 2018, at the department store by the name of Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo.As per the brand’s website, “The concept shows an interpretation of a seaside resort, evoking the relaxed and leisurely atmosphere typical of summer vacations.”The installation includes a series of beach cabins carved out of raw wood. The beach cabins are present on a podium acting as the floating dock.“(The) Cabins are decorated with vertical stripe motifs inspired by Prada’s archive collections or with the brand’s iconic prints,” informs the website.Completing and complementing the space is the wicker armchairs from 1950s. The element that imparts ancient touch to the installation is made with blunt wooden trunks. The raw wood floor having the black-and-white checkerboard pattern juxtaposes the ancient armchair and gives a contemporary look.“The pop-up installation is presented both in The Stage space on the ground floor that is dedicated to leather goods and accessories, and in the space on the second floor dedicated to footwear,” adds the website. Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the installation http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Bass Pro founder plans lodge by Missouri sinkhole site

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The founder of a wilderness-themed retail giant is planning a new lodge adjacent to a well-known Missouri sinkhole. Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris announced his plans Tuesday to build a new Top of the Rock Lodge. The lodge would
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Bass Pro founder plans lodge by Missouri sinkhole site

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The founder of a wilderness-themed retail giant is planning a new lodge adjacent to a well-known Missouri sinkhole. Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris announced his plans Tuesday to build a new Top of the Rock Lodge. The lodge would be next to and overlooking the ...

Hepatitis vaccines urged for travelers to Kentucky, Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials are advising residents to get vaccinated for hepatitis A if their summer plans include visits to Kentucky or Michigan. The Department of Health says significant outbreaks of the liver-damaging hepatitis A virus hav
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Hepatitis vaccines urged for travelers to Kentucky, Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials are advising residents to get vaccinated for hepatitis A if their summer plans include visits to Kentucky or Michigan. The Department of Health says significant outbreaks of the liver-damaging hepatitis A virus have been reported in Kentucky and Michigan. The agency says Kentucky has ...

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Marc-Andre Fleury had winning in mind all along

LAS VEGAS (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury never believed the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were a team built just for the future, and that losing would be acceptable because it was the inaugural season.
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Marc-Andre Fleury had winning in mind all along

LAS VEGAS (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury never believed the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were a team built just for the future, and that losing would be acceptable because it was the inaugural season.

Levy holds off Quiros to win Trophee Hassan II

RABAT, Morocco (AP) Alexander Levy finished with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco by a shot from overnight leader Alvaro Quiros.
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Levy holds off Quiros to win Trophee Hassan II

RABAT, Morocco (AP) Alexander Levy finished with a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco by a shot from overnight leader Alvaro Quiros.

Nice beats Montpellier 1-0 to stay in Europa League hunt

PARIS (AP) With the club's strikers failing to score, midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou's goal earned fifth-place Nice a hard-fought 1-0 home win against Montpellier on Sunday.
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Nice beats Montpellier 1-0 to stay in Europa League hunt

PARIS (AP) With the club's strikers failing to score, midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou's goal earned fifth-place Nice a hard-fought 1-0 home win against Montpellier on Sunday.

Game 4s: Jazz look for 3-1 lead, Wolves aim to tie Rockets

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention. Ricky Rubio just had a triple-double , earning him some time in the headlines. Donovan Mitchell has been great in his first three playoff games, so the fascination with the rooki
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Game 4s: Jazz look for 3-1 lead, Wolves aim to tie Rockets

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention. Ricky Rubio just had a triple-double , earning him some time in the headlines. Donovan Mitchell has been great in his first three playoff games, so the fascination with the rookie star is only growing.

Wainwright put on DL by Cards because of inflamed elbow

ST. LOUIS (AP) Right-hander Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday by the St. Louis Cardinals because of right elbow inflammation.
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Wainwright put on DL by Cards because of inflamed elbow

ST. LOUIS (AP) Right-hander Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday by the St. Louis Cardinals because of right elbow inflammation.

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