AtoZ Picks: Back the team with their star returning in Phoenix Suns-Los Angeles Clippers Game 3

The series between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers shifts back to LA for game 3 on Thursday night. The Phoenix Suns hold a 2-0 series lead after winning game two in dramatic fashion. Kawhi Leonard will remain out for the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul is expected to be back for the Suns. Devin Booker and the Suns had an off night shooting the ball in game two, but with Paul being back that shouldn’t continue.

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Florida building collapse: At least 1 dead, nearly 100 unaccounted for. Here’s what we know about the search effort.

Nearly 100 people remain unaccounted for Friday morning, a day after a 12-story beachfront condominium building just north of Miami collapsed, killing at least one person.

A wing of the residential building in Surfside, Florida, came down with a roar around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. On video footage captured from nearby, the center of the building appeared to fall first, with a section nearest the ocean teetering and coming down seconds later as a huge dust cloud swallowed the neighborhood.

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‘Practical work’ summit for Biden, Putin: No punches or hugs

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin exchanged cordial words and plotted modest steps on arms control and diplomacy but emerged from their much-anticipated Swiss summit Wednesday largely where they started — with deep differences on human rights, cyberattacks, election interference and more.

The two leaders reached an important, but hardly relationship-changing agreement to return their chief diplomats to Moscow and Washington after they were called home as the relationship deteriorated in recent months.

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Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk, and he is expected to sign it into law.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered.

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Ned Beatty, titanic character actor of ‘Network,’ dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) — Ned Beatty, the Oscar-nominated character actor who in half a century of American movies, including “Deliverance,” “Network” and “Superman,” was a booming, indelible presence in even the smallest parts, has died. He was 83.

Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones.

After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast in 1972’s “Deliverance” as Bobby Trippe,

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Nets: Kyrie Irving ruled out of Game 4 vs Bucks due to ankle sprain

The Brooklyn Nets were looking to lean on the performances of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in order to take down Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of their playoff series, in order to pull ahead and take a 3-1 lead.

Without James Harden due to his hamstring troubles, the Nets have leaned on Irving to take over, and he’s done a solid job so far.

Unfortunately, the Nets will now have to try and pull out the W without two of their three stars in this game,

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James Harden’s adidas ‘Manila Heritage’ sneakers to drop on Independence Day

MANILA, Philippines — It will be a special Indepence Day for Filipino sneakerheads this Saturday as the adidas Harden Vol. 5 “Manila Heritage” colorway will be released that same day.

The fifth iteration of Brooklyn Nets star James Hardens’ signature shoe, which was first launched earlier this year, gets the Filipino hoops fan treatment through adidas’ partnership with Filipino toy designer and visual artist Juanito “Quiccs” Maiquez. Debuted by Harden in Game Five against the Boston Celtics in the first round of NBA playoffs,

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Star players delivered in Golden Knights’ comeback against Avalanche

When Vegas needed to rally, the guys who struggled to close last season have shown up.

It was a running gag for two games.

It started with Game 3. Then again in Game 5.

I promise the Golden Knights players don’t read my tweets (that I know of) but someone got the memo.

Because once Mikko Rantanen’s goal in overtime of Game 2 hit twine, the big-name players that define this 4-year-old organization did what they were paid to do.

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid to have MRI after exiting Game 4 with right knee soreness

Philadelphia 76ers’ star Joel Embiid suffered a right knee injury after a hard fall Monday night, which knocked him out of his team’s 122-114 Game 4 loss at the Washington Wizards.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers said Embiid would have an MRI on Tuesday and was uncertain if he would be able to play in Wednesday’s Game 5 in Philadelphia as the 76ers, up 3-1 in the series, try again to clinch.

Embiid crashed to the floor after he was met in the air at the rim by Wizards center Robin Lopez just over seven minutes into the game.

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Lil Loaded, Dallas Rapper Behind ‘6locc 6a6y,’ Dies at 20

Dallas rapper Lil Loaded has died at the age of 20.

Ashkan Mehryari, attorney for Lil Loaded (real name Dashawn Robertson), confirmed the rapper’s passing in an email to Billboard on Monday night (May 31). He said the death was a result of suicide.

Lil Loaded was known for the viral track “6locc 6a6y” that arrived in 2019, and just last week was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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