House panel to hold hearing on alleged disinformation, extremism in media

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A House committee is set to hold a hearing regarding alleged disinformation in broadcast media. Members of the House Subcommittee on Communications Technology said Wednesday’s shearing is to examine “disinformation and extremism in the media.”

The hearing has been criticized as a partisan ploy as a memo outlining its intention cites articles which specifically accuse Fox News, Newsmax and OAN of spreading misinformation.

This comes after members of the panel sent a letter to several cable companies asking whether they will continue to carry conservative networks. Radical Democrats are trying to censor One America News as well as other top conservative outlets from TV airways.

One America’s Pearson Sharp has more on how Democrat lawmakers are trying to shut down the First Amendment and what you can do to help.

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Biden attorney general nominee dismissed 2014 case against U.S. Capitol bomber

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Democrats claim they are furious about the turmoil at the U.S. Capitol and are applauding the related indictments. In 2014, however, Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland agreed to quash an arrest warrant and dismiss an indictment of a violent leftist who bombed the Senate Chambers in the 1980’s.

One America’s Richard Pollock spoke with Paul Kamenar of The National Legal and Policy Center about this hypocrisy and has more from Washington.

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LeBron James: Give preservation ‘narrative’ a rest

FILE PHOTO: Feb 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

February 23, 2021

LeBron James hushed self-preservation narratives Monday night following the Lakers’ latest overtime loss in which the Los Angeles All-Star played more than 40 minutes for the fourth time in February.

James, 36, is averaging 38.2 minutes per game this month and played 43 minutes in Monday’s 127-124 OT loss to the Washington Wizards.

“I think this whole narrative of ‘LeBron needs more rest’ or I should take more rest or I should take time here, it’s become a lot bigger than what it actually is,” James said. “I’ve never talked about it. I don’t talk about it. I don’t believe in it. We all need more rest, s–. This is a fast turnaround from last season, and we all wish we could have more rest. But I’m here to work, I’m here to punch my clock in and be available to my teammates.”

Monday’s loss was L.A.’s third consecutive defeat, a season-long dive for the reigning NBA champions.

James has not missed a game this season, playing in all 32 as some other MVP-caliber performers are regularly given games off in the name of maintenance.

But the NBA offseason was just 71 days long for the Lakers and Miami Heat. Los Angeles is working without Anthony Davis as the All-Star center rests an Achilles injury for the next several weeks.

Head coach Frank Vogel said the Lakers are taking James’ availability on a “game-by-game basis” without signaling a day off might be coming.

James also shot down the idea that he’s pushing himself with Davis out.

“I’m going out and playing the game. I’m doing my job, and I’m trying to do it at a high level, but that’s been a narrative around the league,” James said. “I have never asked for time off or time throughout the season. And it’s growing to a point where it’s not even coming from me anymore. It’s just like, ‘OK, LeBron should take time off’ or ‘Why is his workload at this?’ I’ve been hearing it for five, six, seven years now, and I’m still going strong. So I don’t need a handout, I’m not looking for a handout; my job is to go out when I’m available, when I’m healthy to go out and play, and that’s what it’s all about.”

James is averaging 25.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game this season, his 18th year in the league.

(Field Level Media)

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White Sox SS Tim Anderson backs Tony La Russa

FILE PHOTO: Sep 27, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA;Chicago Cubs second baseman David Bote (13) slides safely into second base with Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) taking the throw during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

February 23, 2021

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is ready to play for manager Tony La Russa.

The flamboyant and energetic Anderson said when La Russa was hired that he was concerned he’d need to tone down the spice in his game, something he was not ready to change.

But after a face-to-face meeting in Arizona as the White Sox opened spring training, Anderson, 27, said he’s all-in on the 76-year-old manager.

“Just to see what page he’s on is definitely awesome,” Anderson said Monday, noting he arrived in Arizona ahead of schedule for the purpose of meeting with La Russa. “Just have conversations with him — very motivating. The drive to want to win, he has that. I’m behind him 110 percent. That’s the ultimate goal, is to win and to win a World Series here. I’m behind him.”

La Russa was last a manager in 2011 and has largely been in an administrative or advisory role since that season with the St. Louis Cardinals ended.

Anderson hit .322 in 2020 and won the American League batting title in 2019. After the meeting and a sitdown with media, Anderson said he’s more confident the White Sox “got the right man.”

(Field Level Media)

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Speed skating: Christie devastated as pandemic forces Britain out of worlds

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February 23, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Triple gold medallist Elise Christie said she was devastated after Britain announced on Tuesday it had withdrawn from next month’s short track speed skating world championships in the Netherlands due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

British Ice Skating said all UK residents were currently barred from entering the country and exemptions for elite athletes were not being granted.

Christie, Holly Hoyland and Niall Treacy had been due to represent Britain at the March 5-7 championships in Dordrecht.

Britain also withdrew from the European championships in Gdansk, Poland, in January.

“The World Championships was our light at the end of the tunnel,” said Christie, who won her golds at the 2017 world championships in Rotterdam.

“I was so excited, as were the rest of the team, to finally race. As this is one of my last years in the sport I’m devastated.

“I’m gutted for my two young team mates,” added the 30-year-old. “We can only look forward to the Olympic season now and what it can bring us. We will be there ready to fight.”

The next Winter Olympics are scheduled for Beijing in 2022.

Christie has skated at three previous Olympics, without medalling after the agony of repeatedly crashing out or being disqualified.

She has spoken out about mental health issues and her battle with depression and anxiety.

Treacy and Hoyland had been set to make their senior world championship debuts.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Johnson & Johnson ready to ship nearly 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in U.S.

FILE PHOTO: A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Johnson&Johnson logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

February 23, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson expects to be able to ship nearly 4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine upon authorization in the U.S., an executive said at a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The single-dose vaccine is being considered by an outside advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration later this week, and emergency use authorization could come shortly afterward.

Richard Nettles, Vice President of Medical Affairs at J&J unit Janssen Pharmaceutical, said the company expects to deliver 20 million doses of the vacine by the end of March.

(Reporting by Michael Erman)

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Basketball: Gasol confirms return to Barca 20 years on

FILE PHOTO: Jan 18, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) looks to pass the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson (67) and guard Jeff Teague (0) play defense in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

February 23, 2021

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish basketball great Pau Gasol has announced he is returning to boyhood club Barcelona after nearly two decades in the NBA, three days after denying reports he had signed for the Catalans.

“I’m very happy to announce I’m coming home and that I’ll soon join the ranks of Barca’s basketball team,” Gasol, a two-time NBA champion and six-time All Star player, wrote on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.

“I want to put my skills and experience at the disposal of the club at a key point in the season, while at the same time making progress in my physical condition and getting into the rhythm of the competition.”

Gasol, 40, has been out of action since 2019 due to a series of ankle injuries, last playing for the Milwaukee Bucks.

His return to Barca gives him the opportunity to get back to full fitness in time to represent Spain at this year’s rescheduled Olympics, having earned silver medals in 2008 and 2012 and bronze in 2016.

Widely regarded as the best Spanish player ever, Gasol began his career with Barcelona in 1998, leaving for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001.

He won back-to-back NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and later played for the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs before his brief spell at Milwaukee, where he played only three games due to injury.

His brother Marc, who also began his career with Barca, remains in the NBA, signing for champions Los Angeles Lakers last November.

Reports of Gasol’s return to Barca emerged in the Spanish media last weekend following a message on Twitter from the club’s presidential candidate Toni Freixa, but the player later took to social media to deny he had signed for the club.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Reports: Rockets to waive DeMarcus Cousins

FILE PHOTO: Feb 17, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Houston Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins (15) blocks the shot attempt of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

February 23, 2021

DeMarcus Cousins is soon to be a free agent as the Houston Rockets prepare to waive the center as early as Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Cousins is Houston’s leading rebounder (7.6 per game) and is averaging a career-low 9.6 points.

The Rockets intend to return to a “small ball” lineup with Christian Wood coming back from an ankle injury.

Houston would be responsible for only $1.66 million of Cousins’ salary, per reports.

CBS Sports reported the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in a reunion with Cousins after placing Quinn Cook on waivers.

Cousins, 30, once was an elite big man and averaged more than 20 points per game in five straight seasons while playing for the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. He was an All-Star in four of those campaigns.

But Cousins suffered a torn Achilles in January of 2018 during his one full season with the Pelicans and has never regained his form. He also sustained a torn quadriceps during the 2019 playoffs while toiling for the Golden State Warriors.

After signing with the Lakers in July 2019, Cousins tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the entire 2019-20 season.

Cousins has career averages of 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds since being Sacramento’s first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Wood has missed the last eight games and the Rockets have lost each one.

(Field Level Media)

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Mark Cuban: Mavs are not shopping Kristaps Porzingis

FILE PHOTO: Feb 10, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) and guard Cam Reddish (22) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

February 23, 2021

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shot down rumors that big man Kristaps Porzingis is on the trade block.

Responding to multiple reports that Dallas was feeling out possible trade partners, Cuban issued a flat denial to the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday.

“It’s not accurate,” he said. “We have not discussed him in a trade at all. Has not happened.”

Porzingis, 25, is averaging 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 17 games this season. He was inactive for Monday night’s 102-92 win against the Memphis Grizzlies due to back stiffness.

The Mavericks are 8-9 with Porzingis in the starting lineup and 6-6 without him.

Porzingis missed training camp following meniscus surgery in his right knee in October and has had to play his way into shape this season.

He made the All-Star team with the Knicks in 2017-18 and has career averages of 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in 260 games (259 starts) with New York (2015-18) and Dallas.

(Field Level Media)

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U.S. women’s team roster for Tokyo far from set – coach

FILE PHOTO: Vlatko Andonovski speaks during a news conference to announce his appointment as the new head coach of U.S. women’s national soccer team in New York, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

February 23, 2021

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – The roster for the Tokyo-bound U.S. women’s squad seeking to reclaim the Olympics gold medal that eluded them in 2016 is far from set in stone, national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski said on Tuesday.

Olympic rosters feature 18 players instead of the usual 23 that typically travel to a tournament and Andonovski said he had yet to lock in any player.

When asked how many of the roster spots for the Tokyo Olympics remain open, Andonovski told reporters during a video call: “Right now, 18, but we are getting closer.”

The World Cup champions need a win or draw against Argentina on Wednesday in Orlando to clinch the round-robin SheBelieves Cup tournament title for a fourth time.

Despite a number of players in pre-season mode given the National Women’s Soccer League’s regular season does not begin until May, Andonovski was impressed with his squad’s level of play in clean sheet victories over Canada and Brazil.

“They are always 100% focused, concentrated and needless to say their competitiveness, energy and hard work is always there. Enthusiasm has been great as well.” said Andonovski.

“I’ve been very proud how they transformed all of that into the games that we played.”

The U.S. team will be eager to wrap up the SheBelieves Cup in style before turning their attention to Tokyo given their quest for a fifth Olympics gold medal in 2016 ended in a shock quarter-final loss to Sweden.

While Andonovski, who was named head coach of the national team in October 2019, may be far from settling on an Olympics roster he is confident the right pieces are there.

Andonovski specifically credited the team’s ability to make in-game adjustments at the SheBelieves Cup where the top-ranked team extended their unbeaten streak to 36 games.

“We got exposed in different areas and the fact that we were able to adjust some things during games and some things in training just makes me happy,” said Andonovski. “So very proud of them and very happy for how things are going.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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