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Kyle Bradish's Lesson; style of Austin Hays; no Adleyrutschman yet

Bradish has what it takes to be a major. He reiterated that on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

MondayA good start against the Boston Red Sox on his debut, a slight toe-stub against the Minnesota Twins when he allowed four runs in four innings, and then a gem on May 10 in St. Louis where he got his first major league win and knocked out 11 batters in seven innings. That gave us a glimpse of what the 25-year-old can do. However, Monday was the test of early Tests for Bradish, who was ranked by Baseball America as the organization's ninth-best prospect this season. He faced the New York Yankees, owners of baseball's best record, and an intimidating lineup that included DJ LeMahieu, Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, and Anthony Rizzo (Aaron Judge had the night off), among others. "For a young starter it's, yeah, it's a very, very difficult test because these guys have people in their lineup who can do damage," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said ahead of Monday's game. “You have to be able to punch both right-handed and left-handed drivers. They also lead the bases better, they are more athletic. It is a challenge. And I don't care if you're a 10-year-old vet or a rookie, this is a big test to stack up against this lineup. Bradish survived a 30-pitch inning in the first without giving up a run and had a perfect six-pitch inning in the second. But he gave up a Stanton RBI double in third and a three-barreled homer from foul pole in right field to catch Jose Trevino in fourth. Bradish was pulled out with an out in the fifth - allowing for four runs on eight hits and three walks while hitting six. He threw some vanishing sliders to end at bats, but his overall control was spotty; only 48 of its 84 pitches were strikes. Bradish was charged for his second major league loss in the Yankees' 6-2 win. It just depends on being in the (strike) zone," he said. But if I'm pretty sporadic with shots, then the boys find holes or they shoot the ball up.” This Bradish has the makings of the majors. And you need to attack the batting zone when you're playing in the majors, especially when you're up against a lineup like the Yankees. Outfielder Austin Hays is making his way back from stabbing his left hand in St. Louis Thursday. The swelling in his hand has subsided, the stitches have subsided and he was able to do some punching exercises in the cage on Monday. When he's back, Hays will have a different look - but not a different style. At least initially, Hays, who hasn't used batting gloves since he was 10, will wear a protective glove over his left hand during bats. "I'm not going to put one on my top hand, though," Hays said. The outfielder said he will not change his tough loading style either, despite struggling with injuries over the years. On Thursday, Hays dove headfirst into first base and attempted to hit a grounder on Cardinals pitcher Genesis Cabrera, who stepped directly on Hays' left hand. At first he thought his little finger and maybe other bones in his hand were broken. "(First base) was empty, I thought I might slide around the pitcher," Hays said. "Hopefully that won't happen again in my entire career. My hand has never been kicked before and I've been playing this game for over 20 years. It's just one of those baseball games that you can't really explain.” Hyde, who said he usually keeps his players from going headlong into first base or home, said he understood what Hays was trying to do. And he won't tell Hays to rein in his instincts. For me it was a freak situation, like a lot of this stuff, honestly," Hyde said. "Austin plays hard so he knows how to play." There was much anticipation that Monday would be the day that top prospect Adleyrutschman would make his big league debut, although some in the media - Hint, hint - tried to warn you that this wasn't going to happen. When the lineups came out on Monday afternoon and Robinson Chirinos hit and took eighth, I thought my Twitter mentions would crash the internet. The advice here is to breathe. I firmly believe thatrutschman will be with the Orioles soon. I would invest a lot of money -- or at least a lot of money for a sportswriter -- thatrutschman will be an Oriole when the Orioles play Seattle on May 31. I explained it in more detail in a previous article, but basically the Orioles want him to play a few back-to-back games in the underclasses to make sure he's ready for four games in five days behind the plate, like most from the start to first division catchers. So far, he's only caught back-to-back games once as part of his progression from his right tricep injury sustained in March - Thursday afternoon and Friday night. The Orioles also want to make sure the constant throwing a catcher requires doesn't aggravate Slipman's injury again. Also, they want him to be a little more comfortable at Triple A — he's hit .194 with .649 OPS in nine games with the Norfolk Tides — so he's in a solid groove when he shows up. It all makes sense. Except for those desperate for an infusion of talent in the Orioles cast, sensibly doesn't want to. They want Sliding Man. We're not even at the three-year anniversary when he was drafted by the Orioles. It's about making sure thatrutschman is healthy and operational and isn't sent back to the minors. Transitioning to the majors as a catcher is more difficult than at any other position. And yet he almost certainly would have been the club's opening day starter this year had he not been injured. It will happen this month if Ruthieman stays healthy. It's coming soon. So breathe. It's easy to point a finger during the Orioles' four-game losing streak: They've netted just five runs in their last four games and hit 11 in their last three losses. The club's overall offense on Monday was Anthony Santander, who had two of the Orioles' three goals. He's the first Oriole to do that since Santander in August 2019. All of the Orioles' runs in their last four games have come from either Santander or Trey Mancini on solo homers. And that is a major concern of this association. Ryan Mountcastle is on the injured list with a forearm strain and Jorge Mateo (shoulder) and Hays (hand) are on the bench but unable to play. That's a bus ride to Dunedin, not a May lineup against the Yankees. Individually, each of these types can occasionally occupy a place. A few might be major league regulars. But all at once in one lineup? That's the hallmark of an organization unwilling to focus on the big leagues. The Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in Salisbury will hold their induction ceremony on May 22, and two players with Orioles ties are among the seven inducted this year. Delino DeShields, the 29-year-old fielder who spent seven years in the majors with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds and currently plays in the minors with the Atlanta Braves, hails from Easton, Md. and grew up primarily in Georgia. His father, also Delino, grew up in Seaford, Delaware and played 13 seasons with the majors, including 1999-2001 with the Orioles. The elder DeShields was inducted into Eastern Shore Hall in 2010. Also included this year is former Orioles relief worker Evan Phillips, who was born in Salisbury and spent the first 18 months of his life in Ocean Pines, Maryland before his family moved to North Carolina. Phillips, 27, who was part of the 2018 trade with the Braves for Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day, played for the Orioles in 2018, 2019 and 2020 but was released by Triple-A Norfolk last August. He eventually ended up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, competed in the 2021 NLCS and was a key member of the Dodgers' bullpen this year with improved control and his trademark wipeout slider. In his first 13 games this year, the right-hander hit 16 batsmen while walking two in 13 1/3 innings. Phillips was one of those guys who you thought if he ever got better at his nasty stuff, he could be a real force in a bullpen. Looks like Phillips took advantage of that this year. The Orioles, like the rest of the Majors, commemorate Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, the 81st anniversary of the Hall of Famer's death. MLB now makes it its mission every June 2nd to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a deadly neurodegenerative disease that ended Gehrig's life at the age of 37. Although each club's plans have not yet been officially announced, the Orioles are doing something very special. Former helper Jim Poole, who played 11 seasons in the majors, including with the Orioles from 1991 to 1994, was invited to Camden Yards with his family and will be honored on the field during the first pitch ceremonies. Poole, who clinched the last Oriole win in Memorial Stadium history in 1991, learned last June that he had ALS. It's a heartbreaking story and a stylish move by the Orioles to honor one of their own on an important day in sport.

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"They came out and got their way." Heat Celtics to third place and win Game 1

The Heat started the second half with a stunning 22-2 run that left Boston dazed and eventually led to a 118-107 win that put them in control of that series early on. (Author: Gardener)

Game 1Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) is fended off by Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) in the third quarter of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. He was also in street clothes and was sidelined in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a sprained foot. Striker Al Horford was unable to offer even that level of support having been back at the team hotel about four hours before kick-off after entering COVID-19 logs. So the Celtics, already drained from a grueling seven-game streak against the Bucks, had to find their way without two starters. For a half they acted as if they could still push forward. But then the third quarter began, and an eight-point half-time advantage was gone as quickly as if it had never been there. The Heat started the second half with a stunning 22-2 run that left Boston dazed and eventually led to a 118-107 win that put them in control of that series early on. "It was purely from a physical point of view," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. The Celtics started this streak by defeating Kevin Durant and the Nets. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, meanwhile, continued to rise and enter that series as a headliner. But Heat veteran Butler has been quietly putting together a dominant playoff run of his own, and there's nothing quiet about that anymore. The 32-year-old forward prevailed with the Celtics at both ends of the floor and compiled a stat line that didn't include holes: 41 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. "He's comfortable," said Celtics forward Jaylen Brown. “He's feeling very comfortable at the moment and we need to break his rhythm better. We have to accept the challenge.” For both Butler and the Celtics, the best way to sum up the night was a brief streak in the third quarter. After the Heat used a 16-2 run to convert an eight-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead, Udoka called a timeout and was furious. It was a chance for the Celtics to calm down and fight back. Instead, Butler drove into a fast lane and took an offer from Tatum before charging onto the pitch and scoring a goal. "They were the harder playing team during that time," Brown said. Everything just seemed to fall into place and we stood around and watched and that's not what we do. We need to be in there, in the mix, to be more physical, to match their physicality, to match their intensity, and we didn't. Those mistakes were certainly the low point of this third quarter for Tatum, but it didn't get much better either. He finished the game with 29 points, but in the second half came just eight, and his slips increasingly left their mark. "I'll be the first to say I take the blame for this," Tatum said. "I have to lead better. I have to play better, especially in these moments. Just looking forward to responding in the next game.” Game 2 will be played Thursday and Boston's available roster for that night remains unclear. Smart was ruled doubtful with a sprained ankle so the team are hoping two more days of rest will be enough, but there are no guarantees. But nobody will feel sorry for these Celtics. They just squeaked past a Bucks team that was missing All-Star forward Khris Middleton for the entire series, and the Heat are without six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. It calmed the crowd with a dominant first half, topping the Heat in three of the four quarters and even making a run after falling 20 down early in the fourth quarter, reducing the deficit to single digits before finally time was up . Boston knows it only needs to win a game in Miami to win that series, and there was enough reason to think three more tries should suffice if need be. "We have a lot of tough guys in our dressing room who won't budge," Brown said. "We were without two of them tonight but we have a strong team, a resilient team."

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Butler-led Heat goes 39-14 in third quarter to G1 win

Led by another standout performance from Jimmy Butler, the Heat beat the Celtics 39-14 in the third quarter on Tuesday night and took a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. (Author: Gardener)

third quarterMIAMI — The Boston Celtics exited their locker room at halftime Tuesday night and controlled Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. But then the third quarter happened. And after the Miami Heat demolished the Celtics, beating them 39-14 and using their physicality to send Boston into a death spiral of misses and unforced errors, the Heat were on course to a 118-107 win to win the opening game this best-of-seven affair. "More than anything, thinking about getting stops, getting into open ground, getting to the free-throw line, all those good things shows us what we're capable of," said Jimmy Butler, who led the way for Miami led with his most recent spectacular performance in the playoffs, which he finished with a game-high 41 points - including 17 in the crucial third quarter - nine rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes. So I expect we'll do that every quarter from now on — but one of the worst quarters Boston has had, period.” “[We] were overwhelmed and physically overwhelmed,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said of physicality and aggression on both sides , and they did." Here's a sampling of the disastrous stats unearthed in that quarter: * The Celtics shot 2-for-15 from the field in that quarter, their worst shooting quarter in the last four seasons, either regular season or playoffs.* After Boston won 15 to 28 on contested shots in the first half, the Celtics went just 1 to 12 in the third.* The 7 minutes and 7 seconds it took Boston to score their first basket of the third quarter, which was Boston's longest drought to start a quarter without a fi field goal all season.* The last time Boston went at least 7 minutes to score in a quarter was Game 3 of the half finals of the 2002 Eastern Conference against the Detroit Pistons. The bottom line of this game? * Jayson Tatum had six turnovers in the third quarter alone and Boston had eight as a team -- the same number as the other three quarters combined. The Heat also scored 12 of their 19 points from Boston Turnovers in that third. All of this was enough to add up to leave Miami 1-0 up in this series despite losing in the first, second and fourth quarters. "The boys were just really disappointed at half-time," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. But you see, this is a very good team to play against. The Heat had to have that kind of reversal after Boston controlled the first half with relative ease. After a seven-game slugfest with the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks — a streak Boston ended with vigor on their home court in Game 7 — the Celtics looked to carry that momentum into the first half of that game. The Celtics led 62-54 in the first half, led by Tatum by 21 points. In that first half, Tatum had 16 color points -- the most he's had in a half in his career -- as Boston colorized Miami 42-24. But just as Tatum's play was symbolic of Boston's strong first half, his appalling third quarter was symbolic of Boston's absolute collapse after the break. Tatum scored two points on 1-on-7 shooting in the second half, on top of those six disastrous turnovers in the third quarter. Miami hit three straight pick-6 turnovers that turned into layups or dunks that blew up the game as part of a 22-2 run to start the second half that finally gave the Heat the lead. "I think obviously I don't want to flip the frigging ball and s--- like this," Tatum said. “But I think things happen over the course of a game and they go into runs. "Over the course of the playoffs, we've done a great job reacting to runs after the timeout, things like that. I need to lead better. I have to play better, especially in these moments. Just looking forward to replying in the next game That was all he could do as he sat out with a right metatarsal sprain. Not only was Boston missing Smart, who was questionable to play all day, but he was missing excluding Al Horford, who made a surprise break into the NBA and health-related safety protocols surfaced a few hours before tippoff, and who likely won't return until at least Game 3. "We need to be more disciplined," said Jaylen Brown. That is not an excuse; we have to be better. "We controlled the game in the first half. We lost control in the third quarter. We just have to get better. I have to play better on both sides of the ball, be more disciplined.

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The Celtics' bubble will burst if this approach continues

The Celtics need to increase their toughness, stop yelling at the officials and stay focused through these types of attacks. (Author: Gardener)

But as the game progressed, as the heat was able to adjust and increase its intensity, the Celtics withered like a flower in South Florida's humidity. But as the game progressed, as the heat was able to adjust and increase its intensity, the Celtics withered like a flower in South Florida's humidity. The Celtics played picturesque basketball in the first half, splashing threes, diving on alley-oops and playing a smothering defense. The Celtics played picturesque basketball in the first half, splashing threes, diving on alley-oops and playing a smothering defense. MIAMI — No one wants to go back to 2020, and the Celtics vowed they didn't want to relive their last playoff matchup with the Miami Heat two years ago in the NBA bubble. MIAMI — No one wants to go back to 2020, and the Celtics vowed they didn't want to relive their last playoff matchup with the Miami Heat two years ago in the NBA bubble. Yet there they were on Tuesday, being taken by surprise and taken by surprise in the second half. Again, bubble-like, the Heat edged around the Celtics, used their vise-like defense to force multiple turnovers, and carried Boston in a scary third quarter en route to a 118-107 FTX win arena embarrassed. Just like in the bubble, where Boston raced to great leads only to be chased by the Heat with rousing thrusts, the Celtics failed to score in a crucial third quarter. Boston missed eight free throws and committed 16 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Celtics repeatedly fouled Jimmy Butler and sent the All-Star forward 18 times. "We lost control of the game in the second half," said forward Jaylen Brown. We don't. Boston has made countless mistakes. But that's an excuse. The Celtics have put themselves in a position to make a statement this series by overplaying the No. 1 seed in the first half. But that third quarter brought back nuances of the bubble as the Heat turned up their will and fortitude, leaving the Celtics in a helpless daze. Celtics coach Ime Udoka said he's been preparing his team for Miami's toughness over the past few days, but witnessing that level of intensity is obviously something else. Boston was 2-for-15 shooting in the third quarter with eight turnovers. The Celtics were disrupted from the opening of the third quarter. Jayson Tatum played every 12 minutes, attempting two shots and committing six turnovers. Brown missed all four of his shots. What was even more troubling was the Celtics losing their poise, allowing the Heat to simply snatch the ball out of their hands and then launch quick breaks. Butler, the primary source of the Celtics' blister meltdown, had 17 points, 9 on free throws, in addition to three steals during that period. He picked the Celtics apart and forced them into submission by reading passing lanes and simply bullying ballhandlers. "It turned around very quickly," said Udoka. "We lost our composure. We won three quarters, but obviously this one will stand out. We had a bad quarter that hurt us, purely physically.” Physicality propelled the Heat into the NBA Finals two years ago, and that hasn't changed, at least for the opening game. The Celtics need to increase their toughness, stop yelling at the officials and stay focused through these types of attacks because they're going to happen again. "Of course [we have to be tougher]," said Udoka. They would increase their physicality. “It was a bit disappointing that we were so unprepared. Obviously, the Celtics will lose toughness with Smart (foot) and Horford (health and safety protocols) out. But this game was also won. Butler scored 27 points in the second half and attempted 12 free throws, single-handedly taking control of the game on both sides. Discouragement and frustration set in, just as Butler and his boys had come to expect from the Celtics. The heat will propel you until you collapse. The question is whether the Celtics have enough wits, bravery and pride to fight back. "Al and Marcus, two of our veterans, can kind of calm us down sometimes," Udoka said. "We might miss that some, but it was a little bit of each. It wasn't Payton [Pritchard] and those guys, it was Jayson and some of those [veterans] making the same mistakes.” Tatum committed three turnovers in a row while in possession, two on just lazy, unfocused passes and another while driving and Max allowed Strus to snatch the ball out of his hands and then complete an uncontested dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Tatum had periods of dispassionate play and frustration that were a lot like the bubble. Butler was the better player in Game 1 and if this continues, the Celtics are indeed cooked. Gary Washburn is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Which contrasted with the Celtics' loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals

After an impressive first-half performance that saw Jayson Tatum score 21 points and the Celtics 62, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals took a dramatic turn in the third quarter. The Heat upped their efforts and played far more physically as they came out of halftime and took control... (Author: Gardener)

Game 1After an impressive first-half performance that saw Jayson Tatum score 21 points and the Celtics 62, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals took a dramatic turn in the third quarter. The Heat stepped up their efforts and played a lot more physical after halftime, taking control of the game and beating Boston 39-14 on the frame. Well, for an in-depth look at Miami, led by Jimmy Butler, who recorded a game-high 41 points while also leading his team in rebounds (9), assists (5), and steals (4) and also had three blocks that improved himself on his home court in the playoffs with a 118-107 win to 7-0. Grant Williams opened the scoring by burying a side step three from the right wing after Jayson Tatum attacked a switch and swung the ball to him. Tatum then went to the edge heavily, cutting between Gabe Vincent and Max Strus by two points to make it 5-0. After that, Robert Williams snagged a miss from Jaylen Brown and earned a trip to the line, where he took both free throws. However, Vincent made a nice play to prevent him from scoring in the transition phase. The Heat finally hit the board at the 9:14 mark when Bam Adebayo attacked Grant Williams from dribble and scored on a fadeaway jumper from the middle. Tucker followed with a jumper from 11 feet to make it 7-4. But at the other end, Brown Jab stepped forward in a three-pointer from left wing to put Boston 10-4 ahead. Robert Williams countered, hit a white miss and bet on the put back. The next time the Celtics hit the ground, White found Williams on the edge for two more points. Herro then found Jimmy Butler for a pull-up jumper and Adebayo for a layup, making it 18-13. Brown then made a nice pass to Williams for another bucket at the basket, giving him eight points at the 4:23 mark. Herro made another pair of nice plays just over a minute later, delivering a no-look pass over Brown's outstretched arm and feeding Butler for an easy two. That ended the game at 21 with 2:40 left, prompting Ime Udoka to call in the action. At the 2:13 mark, after a poor pass from Tatum, Caleb Martin threw down a thunderous one-handed tomahawk jam in transition to give Miami their first lead of the game, 23-21. With a minute left in the frame, Tatum drove into the paint and, thanks to a swimmer, picked up two points to put Boston back ahead 25-23. Herro then conceded from 14 feet to take the score to 28-25 where it stayed in the second quarter. Both teams shot at least 50 percent from the field in the early stages. The Celtics were 11/22, including 3/7 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Heat shot 54.5 percent despite going 1/5 (20 percent) on threes. But as evidenced by Boston's shooting percentages and his assists on 8/11 field goals, the Celtics did well against Miami's defense in the first quarter. Tatum started the second quarter goal and scored two points on the rim to put the Celtics 30-25 ahead. He and Pritchard then snagged back-to-back offensive rebounds, resulting in a dunk for Robert Williams. That made it 32-28 to play Boston with a 10:15 margin. At the 9:29 mark, Tatum blew in with ease before throwing a lob to Robert Williams, whose jam made it 34-30 in favor of the visitors. Then, after a Nesmith steal that made up for a missed pass, Brown cheered Strus out with a euro step to score two points on the edge and extended the lead to 36-30. At the 7:42 mark, Robert Williams hit a layup from Oladipo, Butler failed to convert on the put back, and Pritchard drilled a three at the other end, putting Boston 41-30 ahead, prompting Erik Spoelstra to to take a break. With just under 6:30 to go, Tucker injured his right foot in a non-contact situation while stepping in to help against a Brown drive. With 5:37 left, the Celtics' size continued to bother Miami as Oladipo failed to convert on a layup against Daniel Theis, leading to a layup by Pritchard at the other end of the floor. At the 4:31 mark, Tatum took a beautiful scoop shot, driving right to left and ending the glass. With 3:40 left, Tatum decided to retain possession rather than cede it to an open pritchard, and conceded what he believed to be a foul going to the shot. Despite the lack of whistle, he still picked up two points when the jumper went down, giving his team a 53-43 lead. At the 2:00 mark, Herro couldn't convert deep in the suit, but he grabbed his rebound and used the put back. But Tatum responded with a three-pointer to the side from the right wing, giving the Celtics a 58-48 advantage. With just over a minute to go, White's missed pass was jumped by Herro, who pocketed it for a layup to make it 58-52. With 32.3 seconds to go, after Tatum forcefully parried a Butler three-pointer from the right corner, White got a layup at the other end. Butler countered with a 20-foot vaulter to put Boston 62-54 at halftime. By the end of the first half, Tatum had a game-high 21 points paired with five assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block. Robert Williams had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks. And Pritchard contributed ten points and four boards from the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 59.1 percent from the field, despite cooling from across the arc to finish the half at 5/14 (35.7 percent). More importantly, her ball movement was excellent and her aggressive approach against a Heat team that didn't play with her typical physicality resulted in 17 assists with 26 field goals and 42 points in the paint. Boston also scored 15 points on fast break opportunities. As for the hosts, Miami scored 24 points in the paint, eight at the free-throw line, and eight of seven Celtics turnovers. Herro led them with 15 points off the bench and Butler registered 14. But Bam Adebayo was calm, scoring six points, grabbing three rebounds and not making much of a difference defensively. Don't be surprised if coach Spoelstra turns to Duncan Robinson in hopes his shooting picks up momentum in the second half. After his ankle was retaped, Tucker was back in the game to start the third quarter. The Heat emerged far more aggressively early in the second half, scoring the first five points and reducing their lead to 62-59. At 9:27 at halftime, Vincent shot a three from 25 feet. Two possessions later, a Butler put-back put Miami back in front, 64-63, prompting Coach Udoka to hit the pause button. At the 6:40 mark, Butler swept a vaulter from 17 feet and gave him 21 points. At this point, Miami was in the midst of a 14-point turnaround in the first 5:30 of the third frame. Things only got worse for Boston when a Tatum turnover led to a Strus layup to make it 6:16, 72-64 remaining. Butler was lucky not to be called to an illegal screen, preventing Grant Williams from challenging Strus. After a timeout from coach Udoka, back-to-back Miami steals turned into a couple of easy buckets for Butler, including a dunk that extended the home team's run to 22-2. With 4:53 left in the quarter, the Celtics got a needed basket when White drove into the paint, forcing help to come up and then lofted the ball to Robert Williams, who scored and tripped himself over the line earned where he made three-point game. That gave him 17 points and cut Boston's lead to 76-69. Tatum needed as much as the 4:35 mark to score his first points of the period, but his two free throws also extended the Celtics' run to 7-0. At the 2:59 mark, Grant Williams picked up his fourth foul, crashing into Tucker after a poor pass from Brown resulted in a turnover. That brought Nesmith into play for Williams. Tucker missed both subsequent free throws, but Dewayne Dedmon got the rebound and a layup to lead the Heat 82-74. With 1:44 left, Vincent hit a three from 25 feet, his second straight goal, and extended Miami's lead to 87-76. Theis and Dedmon then had back-to-back blocks to keep the result where Vincent left it. Nesmith had back-to-back rejections throughout the quarter, but after his second, Butler grabbed the loose ball and got the sophomore wing to bite a pump fake, sending him to the free-throw line. He made both foul shots, gave the Heat a 93-76 lead and entered the fourth quarter. It was her biggest lead up to that point. Free throws put Celtics back in the game, but it's not enough After 10:45 in the fourth quarter, Herro was fouled by Nesmith after impressive rotations from Miami that kept up with Boston's ball movement, culminating in Oladipo blocking a three from Nesmith, earning three free throws. Less than a minute later, Brown attempted to loft a pass to Robert Williams, but Adebayo expected him to shoot and backed into a box on Williams, who was airborne, resulting in a hard foul. Most importantly, Williams seemed okay and stayed in the game. He went 1/2 at the free throw line and made it 96-79. Pritchard then sank a three from the left corner to take Boston to 14. After the shot was fired, Strus pushed Grant Williams under the basket, which could only happen if Williams overdid the contact. Then Williams shoved Strus and both players were hit by a technical. Williams then canceled his fifth foul but stayed in the game. Brown then missed a pair of free throws, but the Celtics retained possession and he knocked down a baseline jumper from 16 feet. With 8:21 left, Grant Williams cut the paint and as the ball came his way, a violent collision between him and Adebayo resulted in both players landing on the pitch in pain. But they stayed in and Williams walked to the line where he took both shots. It also prompted coach Spoelstra to stop the game. Back in the ring, Butler ended Boston's run with a high arched baseline jumper over Tatum as the shot clock ran out. But Vincent continued to have a great night after that, finding Tucker for a three from the right corner. Brown matched at the other end, holding the Celtics within nine, 101-92. Strus was then left open beyond the arc and he countered Brown's three pointer and extended Miami's lead to 104-92 with a 6:34 left. With 6:02 remaining, Robert Williams fouled Adebayo while he was driving the baseline. Williams' calf cramped after that, and while he wanted to stay in, the Celtics aired on the side of caution. At the 5:00 mark, after two Brown free throws put it 105-94, the Heat continued their relentless approach of putting Pritchard into action against Butler. Again they succeeded as he hurled a jumper over the shorter Pritchard from inside the free-throw line. With 3:41 left, Theis Brown threw the ball and he drilled a three down the left wing, drawing Boston by ten, 109-99, causing coach Spoelstra to call a time-out. After the break, the Heat returned to the well and put Pritchard in a pick and roll action that involved Butler as a ballhander. He then attacked dribbling and swung the ball to Strus, who threw a three from 27 feet. As play resumed, Tatum delivered a pass from the right post to Brown for a three-pointer from the left corner to make it a ten-point game again. But Butler countered, turned, and sunk a mid-range fadeaway over Tatum, giving the Heat a 114-102 advantage at 2:30. With 1:28 remaining, Pritchard pulled up and connected with a 25-foot three in transition that put Boston within seven, 114-107. Unfortunately for the Celtics, they couldn't get any closer as Miami clinched a 118-107 win and outplayed the visitors 64-45 in the second half to go 7-0 on their home ground in the playoffs. Tatum finished the tournament with 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. But after being the best player on the floor in the first half, he went quiet in the second, scoring just eight points. Brown recorded 24 points and ten rebounds but shot 60 percent (6/10) from the free throw line. Robert Williams scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards. And Pritchard produced 18 off the bench, also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. As much as Boston likes to turn on screens, it's best for them to take a different approach, at least with Pritchard v Butler. Butler used that discrepancy to post a game-high 41 points, coupled with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks, and led his team in all but the last of those categories. Like Tatum in the first half, Butler was the best player in the second and it wasn't close. Herro contributed 18 from the bench and Vincent, who continues to climb in the absence of Kyle Lowry, scored 17 in the opening Heat Series win. After a positive finish in the third quarter, the Celtics were able to move the ball well again in the final frame, which helped them hit the free-throw line and edge Miami 31-25 in that period. While it couldn't make up for a disastrous third quarter, perhaps it will help them better manage the Heat's physicality and avoid a dramatic drop in Game 2. The second matchup of this Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and Heat takes place Thursday night at 8:30 a.m. ET. Inside The Celtics will contain content related to the game before, during and after the game. A more mature Celtics team ready for familiar Heat challenges in 2020 Eastern Conference Finals rematch Robert Williams available with unlimited minutes for Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals Celtics Grant Williams discusses his epic Game 7 performance: “Let it fly; They respect you more tonight than they did earlier in the series.

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Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH announced for Micro Four Thirds

Click here to view our Panasonic 9mm F1.7 ASPH Gallery Panasonic has announced the Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds. Despite the fast F1.7 aperture, the wide-angle lens is extremely compact and light.… (Author: Gardener)

Panasonic Leica DG SummiluxPanasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH for Micro Four Thirds announced: Hands-on with the compact wide-angle prime Click here to see our Panasonic 9mm F1.7 ASPH gallery Panasonic has introduced the Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens announced for Micro Four Thirds. Despite its fast F1.7 aperture, the wide-angle lens is extremely compact and light. We've picked up the lens alongside an Olympus E-M1 Mark III, but hope to be able to use the new lens on a Panasonic GH6 body soon to give the lens full review. However, we've had enough time with the lens to offer some general thoughts on its design and performance. Before we get to that, let's cover the key features and specifications of the lens. The first thing that strikes you about the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 is its size. It's not quite in "pancake lens" territory, but it comes close. It's also a lightweight lens, weighing just 130g. Despite its small size, the lens retains the same design and apparent build quality that we've come to expect from Panasonic's Leica lenses. The lens features a dust and splash resistant design. It feels good and the focus ring is quite wide considering how short the lens is. The rotation sensitivity and throw distance of the focus ring can also be adjusted on compatible Panasonic cameras. In addition, the lens was designed to suppress focus breathing, making it a good choice for video purposes. As we will see in the next section, the lens has good optical performance, but its best feature might be its compact and lightweight design. We'll do a full image quality analysis later in our full hands-on review, but first let's take a quick look at the optical design and quality of the lens. The lens has 12 elements arranged in 9 groups, including a pair of aspherical lenses, two ED lenses and a single UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index). The lens is very sharp even when wide open, but the lens has a potential optical flaw. However, there is a caveat as I am using the lens on an Olympus E-M1 Mark III camera which does not yet support the lens. Likewise, Adobe Camera Raw offers no support for the lens, apart from which built-in profile is applied from the raw files. I look forward to testing the lens on a new Panasonic body. The quick summary is that the lens is very sharp even when shooting wide open, but currently shows some aberrations. Despite this, the lens has earned good marks so far. If you want to see some sharpness test shots at different apertures with center focus and bottom right focus, go to our gallery. The lens can focus impressively close. The minimum focus distance is only 0.095 m (0.31 ft) so you can get really close with the Panasonic 9mm F1.7 lens. It's not technically a macro lens, but you can take nice close-up shots with it. If you get close to your subject and shoot wide open you can get pretty good bokeh and subject separation given the very short focal length of the lens. Bokeh isn't extremely smooth, but the sharp-to-blur transition is still impressive, especially for a wide-angle lens. The lens also works well when stopped down, making it a great choice for landscape photography. The Panasonic Leica DG 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens has a lot to offer. However, there are no compromises when it comes to image quality. The lens is very sharp even at F1.7 with good control over distortion and vignette. There's a bit of chromatic aberration, but I'm not sure future lens correction profiles will address that. The lens also delivers good bokeh thanks to its large maximum aperture and impressive close-up performance. It is an excellent addition to Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds line of lenses. The lens is almost as wide as Venus Optics' Laowa 7.5mm F2 manual focus lens, and much faster and more compact than Panasonic's Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 and 8-18mm F2.8-4 ASPH zoom lenses. Granted, the zoom lenses offer more versatility. If you want a wide-angle F1.7 lens, Panasonic also offers the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH lens, which is almost as wide as the new 9mm F1.7 lens. However, this lens retails for $1,500 (usually $1,800) and weighs 690g (1.52lbs). It's also 128mm (5.04 inches) long, so not a compact lens. It's also 128mm (5.04 inches) long, so not a compact lens. Both Panasonic and OM Digital Solutions offer 12mm prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds. Panasonic is F1.4 and OM is F2. The lenses cost $1,300 and $800 respectively, although the OM lens is currently on sale for $500. Granted, neither lens is as wide as the Panasonic 9mm F1.7, and the OM lens isn't as fast. Basically, Panasonic's new 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens is unique in its ability to deliver a wide-angle field of view, fast aperture and impressive autofocus capabilities. Also add that the lens is compact, lightweight and an even more compelling addition to the Micro Four Thirds system. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH- Lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6 , 1/30 s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30 s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30 s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30 s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. Olympus E-M1 Mark III with Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens at F5.6, 1/30s, ISO 200. The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 9mm F1.7 ASPH lens will be available in late July for $499.99.

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Guests can now see Lion Country Safari's newest baby zebra, which is already winning hearts

Check out Lion Country Safari's newest addition to their bark, a baby zebra! (Author: Gardener)

Lion Country Safari's2 Coastal Flood Statements in Effect for 5 Regions in Region2 Coastal Flood Statements in Effect for 5 Regions in RegionSign up for our newsletterMiami mayor welcomes fintech Zilch to buy Brickell, pay later Old victim, police say Potential jurors fear a Decision of life and death as the shooting trial continues in Parkland. Guests can now see Lion Country Safari's newest baby zebra, already taking hearts in the country on Friday. The foal and mother are currently spending a lot of time together, but visitors can view the baby zebra and mother from their cars on the Hwange section of the safari. According to the press release, Lion Country Safari is home to the largest herd of zebras in the United States with nearly 60 zebras under its care. The three types of zebra include Plains, Mountain, and Grevy's. 🦓 This male zebra foal was born on safari last week! You can see him and his mother in the Hwange section of the safari. "Lion Country Safari is Florida's largest drive-through safari, and is home to over 900 animals, including some of the world's best-known species, roaming in large herds through expansive natural habitats," reads the press release other animals, click here Alex Ciccarone is a digital journalist at WPLG.

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5 things to know before the stock market opens on Tuesday

US stock futures rallied Tuesday after Monday's choppy session on Wall Street after several weeks of losing streaks. (Author: Gardener)

Tuesday* Musk says the Twitter deal "can't move forward" until he has clarity on bots 2% or The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared poised to open nearly 350 points, or more than 1% higher. * That's despite a nearly 6% premarket decline in Dow component Walmart after mixed quarterly results on rising expenses. * Another story at Home Depot, which has weathered inflation. Dow shares rose 3.5% premarket after stronger quarterly results. * United Airlines rose 4% in premarket on Tuesday, the morning after raising its current-quarter revenue guidance, and is expecting its busiest summer since the start of the Covid pandemic. * In a choppy session Monday, after several weeks of losing streaks, the Dow rose slightly and the S&P 500 fell slightly. The 30-year Treasury yield rose to around 2.95% on Tuesday after the government's pre-bell release showed a slightly less-than-expected 0.9% month-on-month rise in retail sales in April. Year-on-year, retail sales grew 8.2%. Investors are hoping to learn from all the retail numbers how consumers are reacting to the unbridled price pressures -- and whether the Federal Reserve may need to raise interest rates to fight inflation. Walmart on Tuesday reported first-quarter results that fell far short of expectations. Revenue for the quarter beat estimates. That mixed picture carried over to Walmart's guidance, which raised sales guidance for this year but lowered earnings expectations. CFO Brett Biggs told CNBC that Walmart employees returning from Covid were leaving faster than expected, causing the company to become overstaffed. A Home Depot store in Livermore, California, U.S. on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Home Depot Inc. is expected to report earnings results on May 17th. Despite rising inflation, consumers were still willing to spend money on their homes and Depot doesn't anticipate a turnaround. The company on Tuesday reported better than expected earnings and sales for the first quarter. Home Depot raised its full-year outlook and now expects sales to grow about 3% and earnings per share to grow in the mid-single-digit percentage range. Q1 results mark first quarter with new CEO Ted Decker at the helm. Elon Musk said during an event at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, USA. Elon Musk said his $44 billion purchase of Twitter would not go ahead until he had more clarity on how many accounts are fake. Twitter, in a filing earlier this month, estimated that number was less than 5% in the first quarter. But Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, puts bots at around 20% and worries it could be higher. Twitter shares fell 1% in premarket on Tuesday. The stock erased all gains since Musk's investment in the social network was announced on April 4. Warren Buffett at the press conference during Berkshire Hathaway's annual stockholders meeting, April 30, 2022. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway saw some changes in the first quarter made to its stock portfolio, including taking a large stake in Citigroup, according to a regulatory filing. Berkshire also added Paramount Global. Citigroup and Paramount shares are up 5% and nearly 10%, respectively, premarket. It was previously announced that Berkshire added Chevron and increased its investment in Occidental Petroleum. Buffett told CNBC's Becky Quick earlier this month that he snagged $600 million in Apple stock after a three-day decline last quarter. Monthly meeting in May: Cramer says “bargains are being made through this panic” in the stock market More investors are looking for funds with Bitcoin, says Magnifi founder There, Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport, says supply chain disruptions. Jim Cramer says you should consider these five high-yield stocks to upgrade your portfolio. If the Fed keeps raising rates, it will result in a recession, says Avenue Capital's Marc Lasry is expanding Pfizer's Covid-19 booster eligibility to children ages 5 to 11. Brex CEO explains how fintech company is disrupting company finances Brex CEO explains how fintech company is disrupting company finances disruptive fintech company joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' after ranking second at 10th annual CNBC's Disruptor 50 list. We're seeing a turning point in the housing market, says Ivy Zelman. We see a turning point in the housing market, says Ivy Zelman Housing Market, when housing demand has peaked and more. — Join the CNBC Investing Club now to follow Jim Cramer's every stock move. Follow the broader market action like a pro on CNBC Pro.

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How the Sixers could land another star in 2022 NBA Free Agency

Even after acquiring James Harden in a blockbuster deal at NBA's trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers may not be done star-chasing. (Author: Gardener)

2022Even after acquiring James Harden in a blockbuster deal at NBA's trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers may not be done star-chasing. On Monday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst hinted that Team Sixers President Daryl Morey may have his eye on another star this offseason to place alongside Harden and two-time MVP runner-up Joel Embiid: A key factor in this is that they have Tobias Harris who would be valuable in a possible deal. And you would need a player who might come close to the end of his contract and say, "I'd like to play in Philadelphia." Is this something that could happen? But he may have been talking about Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. In March, former NBA player Andrew Bogut said he had "heard a pretty big rumor ... from some people who are pretty close to the situation" that Beal was "trying to come down to Philadelphia in the offseason to hook up with Harden and." Embiid" (h/t Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk). Beal is eligible to sign a five-year deal with the Wizards for a maximum of $247.7 million or a four-year contract for a maximum of $183.6 million with another team. Whether the Sixers are targeting Beal, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine or a player currently under contract for the 2022-23 season, they would have two options for landing another star this offseason. Both depend on Harden's willingness to turn down his $47.4 million player option for next season and take a lower salary for more guaranteed long-term money. The most recent salary cap forecast for 2022-23 is $122 million. The Sixers currently have 11 players under contract for next season for a combined total of nearly $96.1 million. In order to create enough cap to sign Beal directly for a Max deal, the Sixers couldn't have more than $79.3 million on their books. That means they'd have to pick up at least $16.8 million more in salary, and that's before Harden is factored in. They would therefore have to trade Tobias Harris, who is owed $37.6 million in 2022-23 and $39.3 million the following season. If the Sixers were able to trade Harris with no payback, they would have pledged $58.4 million for 10 players. That would leave them about $63.6 million in cap space to split between Harden and Beal. The Sixers could make even more room by dumping Furkan Korkmaz ($5 million), Matisse Thybulle ($4.4 million) or Georges Niang ($3.5 million), but they also won't offer the maximum contracts to Beal and Harden can way. It's not currently considered that a team will have enough cap space this offseason to absorb Harris' salary without sending back a smaller contract in return. It's also unclear how the Sixers could get a team to take on the two years and $76.8 million remaining on Harris' deal, and whether whoever they wanted to sign justifies the cost of firing him would. The Sixers are limited in what picks they can trade due to the Stepien rule, which prevents teams from making back-to-back drafts without a first-round pick. They already owe the Brooklyn Nets either a 2022 or 2023 first-rounder and a lightly protected 2027 first-rounder and a lightly protected 2025 first-rounder pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder, so they can't trade another first-rounder. All-rounder by night of this year's draft. Even if the Sixers kept rising star Tyrese Maxey out of a Harris trade, they'd probably be paper thin outside of their top 4. They would only have the $5.3 million exception for mid-level rooms and minimum veteran contracts to round out the rest of their list, which could make them too top-heavy to be one of the leading contenders for the title next year . Rather than create enough cap space to sign Beal or another star directly to a Max contract, the Sixers may prefer to pursue a sign-and-trade instead. That would allow them to stay above the salary cap and potentially retain access to both the mid-level non-taxpayer exemption ($10.3 million) and the semi-annual exemption ($4.1 million) to pass them off for their supporting actors. The Sixers could take back at most 125 percent of their salary spent in a sign-and-trade, plus $100,000. If they traded Harris alone, they could take back just over $47 million in salary, which would be more than enough to secure a maximum deal for Beal or any other star. However, teams receiving a player in a sign-and-trade will not be banned from crossing the luxury tax apron at any point this season. Next year's tax apron is expected to bring in just under $155.7 million, which will be the key figure for the Sixers' offseason plans. If Harden were to pick up his $47.4 million player option, the Sixers would have $106.8 million in salary on their books even if they forgo Green and dump Harris without signing contracts. They would have less than $48.9 million to play with before they hit the apron, so they couldn't give Beal his full max salary ($42.7 million) and have access to the full NTMLE. Instead, the Sixers should encourage Harden to turn down his player option and sign a longer-term contract with a lower starting salary in 2022/23. If his new contract started at $38 million, they would have just enough room to give Beal his full max, take advantage of both the NTMLE and semi-annual exemption, and round out their list with a minimum-contract player. The Nets could thwart that plan by delaying the Sixers' first-round pick from 2022 to 2023, but they have until June 1 to make that decision. That will either give the Sixers about three weeks to make the choice (in a Harris paycheck or elsewhere) or spend it on a draft-and-stash player they don't want on the roster next season. Additionally, it depends on how much less than $47.4 million Harden is willing to make next season and whether the Sixers can find a team willing to accept Harris' contract. Given the many obstacles they would have to overcome, the Sixers are unlikely to add another star this offseason. They might be better off keeping Harris (and whatever they'd have to give up to drop him) and then spending their NTMLE and semi-annual exemption to round out their list. But if Harden is willing to play ball by taking a lower salary next season, Morey and the Sixers could have one last ace up their sleeve at hand.

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I'm glad Britney Spears broke that pregnancy taboo publicly

Britney Spears announced she was pregnant and then announced a miscarriage. Miscarriages are more common after the age of 40. But pregnancies should not be hidden. (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsI winced when I saw Britney Spears announce that she was newly pregnant last month. As someone who went through four miscarriages before our daughter was born, I know how fragile a pregnancy is - and how many end in early miscarriages. Ten to 20 percent of known pregnancies result in miscarriage. And older women like Spears have an even higher risk of miscarriage: by age 35, the risk is 20 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic, and by age 40 (at Spears' age), it's 40 percent. When the pop icon happily shared the news with her 41.2 million Instagram followers in April, my immediate reaction was, "Oh, no." I was afraid she was going to miscarry and sadly she returned to Instagram on Saturday to announce to the public that she had lost her "miracle baby". For many women, pregnancy is a joyous time: the moment they get that first positive pregnancy test (or pee on five sticks), they want to wave it around and show everyone they know. But for someone like me — who waved her first positive pregnancy test around like a magic wand — you get nervous about pregnancy announcements after a loss, especially early on. That's why many women don't tell anyone except their partner and maybe a close friend or two or family. Many are waiting until the end of the first trimester to share the news, or even longer. In the Jewish community, where many of us are so superstitious that we don't throw baby showers until after the baby is born, the correct answer when someone is pregnant is not "mazel tov" or "congratulations," but "b'sha." 'a tova', meaning 'everything on time' or 'good luck'. There are good reasons to wait before announcing a pregnancy, since about 80 percent of all miscarriages occur in the first trimester. But there are also issues with hiding your pregnancy, so maybe it's time to let people share the news early. The message of keeping a new pregnancy a secret can seem like something shameful, not joyful. When you are pregnant, happy hormones actually flow through your body – that glow! It feels hard and wrong to keep such good news to yourself - and in these troubled times, we need all the good news we can get. Instead of a glow, many women experience a greener hue due to the nausea of ​​early pregnancy. About 70 percent of women experience morning sickness during the first trimester, with a small percentage of women, like Amy Schumer, experiencing extreme morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum throughout pregnancy. More than a belly bump, that can be hard to hide for a month or more, especially if you work in an office. The workplace is difficult enough to navigate during pregnancy, with some women needing extra flexibility for doctor appointments, exhaustion, heartburn, and nausea. But there is also pressure to hide a pregnancy because of discrimination. According to a recent survey, one in five mothers say they have “experienced pregnancy discrimination in the workplace”. About 23 percent have “considered leaving their job because of a lack of reasonable accommodation or fear of discrimination during pregnancy.” Of course, top executives and celebrities like Spears do not have to hide their pregnancies for fear of discrimination. If their body is the focus of their brand, they might actually want to showcase their baby bump (think: Beyoncé). For Spears, the early pregnancy announcement was about more than just showing off a cute little bump. No wonder she posted a video with the Ace of Base caption "All she wants is another baby" last month. So despite my miscarriage struggles, I can understand why Spears wanted to share pregnancy news — even though it seemed super early, which she confirmed in her miscarriage announcement: "Maybe we should have waited until we're further along to announce, but we were overly excited for the good one." message," they said on Saturday. I know how devastating a miscarriage can be. For me, it took an emotional and physical toll as the hormone rollercoaster ride left me feeling empty and lethargic. I hadn't told many people I was pregnant and felt embarrassed to tell them after the fact that I had miscarried. Women shouldn't have to feel this way. We shouldn't have to hide our early pregnancies or their endings. We need help to cope with pregnancy once it begins, and then when it doesn't work out, we need help to process our loss with downtime, rest and recovery. If we really want to remove the shame of miscarriage, we must remove the stigma of announcing an early pregnancy. And so I wish Britney Spears and Sam Asghari, who announced they will "keep trying to expand our beautiful family," have a baby bump very soon. And I won't flinch if you decide to announce it earlier next time.

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