Cynthia M. Allen: Our acceptance of subtle antisemitism helps make attacks such as Colleyville possible
FORT WORTH, Texas — When I first heard about the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville last Saturday, I wasn’t immediately convinced it was a targeted act of hate. Houses of worship are notoriously vulnerable to acts of violence. Indeed, praying is itself a most vulnerable act. Unfortunately, we’ve seen faith communities targeted before; for various reasons, with alarming frequency, here and around the country. And ascribing motive to a perpetrator’s actions before more facts are known, while a familiar practice these days, can be dangerous and foolish and is often done sol...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Kraken finally find some offense, beat Panthers despite falling behind early
There are apparently some all-important distinctions to the not-so-appealing Kraken habit of falling behind in the opening five minutes of a game. When a puck went in early yet again on Sunday night off the skate of defenseman Carson Soucy, it marked the 13th time that’s happened to the Kraken this season. But a major difference this time, factoring into the Kraken’s eventual 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers at Climate Pledge Arena, was the home team had actually been controlling much of the play before the unfortunate mishap. And that mattered, as the Kraken didn’t need to shift gears to a h...
The Seattle Times
Pistons' fourth-quarter rally falls short to Nuggets, 117-111
DENVER — This time, it wasn’t the third quarter that did the Pistons in, as has happened so many times this season. The third quarter wasn’t good, as the Denver Nuggets used a 16-point advantage to pull ahead. Instead of folding, the Pistons had a bounce-back fourth quarter, and they erased the deficit, tying the game in the final two minutes. The Nuggets pulled away behind MVP Nikola Jokic, taking a 117-111 victory on Sunday night at Ball Arena. The Pistons finished their four-game road trip at 1-3, with encouraging comebacks in the last two games. They get a rematch with the Nuggets on Tuesd...
The Detroit News
Joel Embiid scores 38 and Sixers hang on to beat the Spurs on the road, 115-109
Joel Embiid finished with 38 points,12 rebounds and six assists. It was his 12th consecutive road game with 30 or more.SAN ANTONIO — Doc Rivers and the 76ers can’t feel sorry for themselves. They know the futility issues they’re experiencing is more of a league-wide thing than a Sixers thing. Perhaps, that’s the only thing keeping Rivers sane under the circumstances. His Sixers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 115-109, Sunday night at the AT&T Center. They did so in their second straight game without five of their top seven perimeter players. Ben Simmons has yet to play a game after requesting ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Can Kansas Jayhawks prevent a Texas Tech regular-season basketball sweep Monday?
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Texas Tech's men's basketball team, which defeated Kansas 75-67 on Jan. 8 in Lubbock, Texas, on Monday night will attempt to become just the third Big 12 Conference team to sweep a regular-season home-and-home series from the Jayhawks in the 19-year Bill Self era. Tipoff for the game between the No. 7-ranked Jayhawks (16-2, 5-1) and No. 18 Red Raiders (15-4, 5-2) is 8 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse (ESPN). The Red Raiders' quest to join the Texas Longhorns (last season) and Oklahoma State Cowboys (in 2017-18) as the only squads to take two from KU in the same regular-season campaign...
The Kansas City Star
RJ Barrett, Julius Randle blast Clippers; Knicks snap three-game losing streak
NEW YORK — RJ Barrett took the lead and Julius Randle followed. The Knicks’ top duo blasted the Clippers on Sunday afternoon, combining for 52 points in a 110-102 victory at the Garden. It snapped a three-game losing streak for the Knicks (23-24), who never trailed against Tyronn Lue’s squad. Barrett was an all-around force while grabbing 14 boards with six assists in 43 minutes. Randle, who had been struggling and feuding with the fans, was solid and drama-free with 24 points and nine boards in 40 minutes. The Clippers (23-25) were shorthanded without Kawhi Leonard, who underwent ACL surgery ...
New York Daily News
8-year-old girl fatally struck by stray bullet in Chicago identified
CHICAGO — One minute 8-year-old Melissa Ortega was walking with her mother through their Little Village community Saturday afternoon. The next, gunshots rang out, and mother and daughter broke into a sprint, trying to run to safety in a nearby bank. But it was too late. One of those bullets had already struck Melissa in the head as the pair walked in the 3900 block of West 26th Street at 2:45 p.m., according to Chicago police. She was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, where she was pronounced dead at 4:43 p.m. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified her Sunday morn...
New NYPD documents shed light on former Gov. Spitzer’s 2016 encounter with Russian woman in Plaza Hotel room
NEW YORK — Newly obtained investigative documents reveal former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer name-dropped a powerful friend named “Bill” to cops investigating a bloody encounter with a Russian woman in Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel in 2016. “Do you know who I am?” Spitzer asked NYPD cops who had just arrived at the hotel room. “Do I need to call Bill?” Spitzer added, apparently referring to then-Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton. The episode is at the center of a bitter dispute between Russian beauty Svetlana Travis and Spitzer. Travis claims the two had a sexual relationship beginning in 2...
New York Daily News
Mike Baxter is forever linked to Johan Santana’s no-hitter, but the legendary catch came with a hefty price
NEW YORK — Kids in Queens have dreamt about it for generations. Late-game situation. No-hitter intact. Friday night home game. Ball headed your way. Mike Baxter, a Queens Whitestone native and graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School, found himself in that situation on June 1, 2012. Johan Santana was eight outs away from completing the first (and to this day, only) no-hitter a Mets pitcher had ever thrown. On his 102nd pitch of the night, Santana threw a 3-1 fastball to Yadier Molina that caught a little too much plate. The Cardinals catcher sent a missile toward the left-field fence, giving ...
New York Daily News
Bucks rain 3-pointers on Kings to spoil Tyrese Haliburton’s home game
Tyrese Haliburton tried. The Kings guard was in his home state Saturday night, about 90 miles from Oshkosh North High School, where his jersey was retired in a ceremony Friday. With his parents at Saturday’s game with the Bucks, Haliburton tried to lead the Kings to a comeback win but Milwaukee players just kept hitting shots. The Bucks hit 50% of their 3-pointers Saturday as they took a 133-127 win over Sacramento. Everything else went right for Haliburton. He spoke at his high school jersey retirement. He got to watch Oshkosh North play a game Saturday before the Kings and Bucks played. And ...
The Sacramento Bee