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4 things to know about Danilo Gallinari, who is expected to join the Celtics

Here are four things you should know about Danilo Gallinari, who is expected to join the Celtics. Read more at Boston.com. (Author: Gardener)

Danilo GallinariDanilo Gallinari is expected to join the Celtics once he officially becomes a free agent. The Celtics are hoping to add some offensive firepower from the bench while Gallinari is hoping to be in contention for a championship. Here's what you should know about the 33-year-old, 6'10 forward from Italy, who is reportedly set to sign a two-year deal with Boston. Gallinari grew up in a small Italian town called Graffignana south of Milan, which had a population of about 2,000 during his childhood. "Everyone knows everyone," Gallinari told The Oklahoman of his hometown. He grew up on the same farm as his father, Vittorio. As noted by The Oklahoman's Maddie Lee, Vittorio was also a professional basketball player. He played with Mike D'Antoni and together they won four Italian Championships, a Korac Cup and the 1987 Euroleague Championships. Gallinari joined Armani Jeans Milano in 2005 and his career began around the age of 17. Gallinari gained attention in Europe and then the United States, and the New York Knicks selected him #6 overall in the 2008 NBA draft. He was a promising scorer as a sophomore, averaging 15.1 points per game while shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range. Gallinari played three seasons with the Knicks, six with the Denver Nuggets, two with the Los Angeles Clippers, one with the Oklahoma City Thunder and most recently two with the Atlanta Hawks. Outside of his rookie year, he's averaged double digits every season. His career averages are 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists, and he is a career 38.2 percent 3-point shooter. Many consider him a sub-par defender, but he's widely regarded as a polished and proven offensive player. Against the Celtics, he has 20-plus points ten times and 30-plus points twice. Boston are all higher than their career averages. Gallinari missed just two 3s and broke out for 38 points as the Hawks cruised. Gallinari has had a great NBA career and it seems his main motivation is to get a ring. He's only made the playoffs six times in 13 years and hadn't won a series until 2021, when the Hawks surprisingly advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Gallinari came off the bench in all 18 games and averaged 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game as the Hawks defeated the Knicks and Sixers before falling to eventual champion Bucks.

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Celtics' 2023 NBA title chances rise after Brogdon trade, Gallinari report

The Celtics' reported additions of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari were favorably viewed by oddsmakers who set the 2023 NBA title betting odds. (Author: Gardener)

NBAThe Boston Celtics won two championships last season, and oddsmakers are looking at the C's chances of making it back to the NBA Finals next season. Free agency kicked off on Wednesday, and we've already seen a spate of notable offers. However, the biggest transactions have taken place in the trade market, where the Boston Celtics reportedly acquired point guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Brogdon brings the Celtics extra scoring depth, excellent playmaking ability and quality outside shooting. Celtics Talk: What does Malcolm Brogdon's addition mean for Celtics, Marcus Smart? The Celtics are also likely to sign free-agent forward Danilo Gallinari after he reportedly clarified waivers later this month. Gallinari is another good outside shooter and should be able to pick up between 10 and 15 points per game as a substitute. The reported additions of Brogdon and Gallinari were viewed favorably by oddsmakers. The Celtics saw their 2023 title chances rise to +625 after Friday's moves. Here are the updated betting lines for the 2023 NBA Championship via PointsBet. It's no surprise that the Warriors are among the top three. They are the defending champions and have reportedly agreed to re-sign free agent center Kevon Looney. The Suns lost in the 2021 NBA Finals and had the league's best record last season. They are also reportedly Kevin Durant's preferred trading target. But the Celtics as they are currently set up are just as good if not better than those three teams. Barring significant injuries, the Celtics are poised to have another deep playoff run in 2023 and be in a strong position to win the franchise's first title since 2008.

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2 dead, 1 injured in gunfire Saturday morning near Derby, McConnell Air Force Base

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is responding to Saturday morning's shooting between McConnell AFB, Derby (Author: Gardener)

DerbyThe Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is telling Eyewitness News that two people are dead and another was hospitalized after a shooting on S. Rock Rd. between Derby and McConnell Air Force Base. The call came in around 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Sergeant Matthew Lynch of the SCSO Investigative Unit says when crews arrived they found a male victim on the west shoulder of S. He told officers there were other victims at a house on the 4300 block of S. In this house, SCSO says they found 2 other victims - a man and a woman, both dead. Sergeant According to Lynch, the units spent Saturday morning obtaining a search warrant for the home from prosecutors and deployed K-9 units and drone units to search nearby wooded areas and fields. Rock Rd. will remain closed indefinitely between 44th St. S and MacArthur Saturday while crews investigate. 10:29 a.m. - The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting on S. Rock Rd. between Derby and McConnell Air Force Base, north of 44th St :15 p.m. S. Rock Rd. is closed from MacArthur to 44th St. S.

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People with COVID-19 can infect cats and dogs and make them sick by cuddling them, a study says

VANCOUVER -- Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when they're infected with COVID-19 could be causing the animals to contract the virus, according to a Canadian study. (Author: Gardener)

VANCOUVERVANCOUVER -- Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when they're infected with COVID-19 could be causing the animals to contract the virus, according to a Canadian study. The study says that while it was already known that animals such as cats, dogs, ferrets and hamsters appear to be susceptible to COVID-19, transmission may be more common than previously thought. The research, published this month in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, included 69 cats and 49 dogs, including pets and animals from shelters and spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners were also asked to complete an online survey about how they interact with their animals. “These data indicate a relatively common human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and that certain human-animal contacts — for example, kissing the pet, pet sleeping on the bed — appear to increase the risk ", says the study. "We concluded that infections in dogs and cats reflect direct transmission from humans to animals, given the pandemic nature of this virus in humans and the limited contact of most pets with other animals." Dogs and cats living in shelters showed im Lower rates of COVID-19 infection compared to those living with humans, said study co-author Prof. "It was quite a substantial difference, as we expected," Weese said. Dorothee Bienzle, of the University of Guelph's pathobiology department, said the results suggest cats have a higher rate of COVID-19 infection than dogs. "It has to do with how well the virus attaches to the receptor in the cat's or dog's respiratory system," Bienzle said. The high prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in cats surprised researchers, she said. "We didn't expect so many," she said. Animals infected with COVID-19 show symptoms similar to people who contract the virus, she said. Weese said cats can transmit the infection to each other and to humans as well. A veterinarian in Thailand was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August 2021 after being sneezed on by an infected cat belonging to a patient who had tested positive for the virus, he said. Genetic analysis showed the virus was passed from cat owner to pet and to vet, Weese said. There is also evidence that mink infected by humans could spread the virus to other humans, he said. Human-to-animal transmission can be minimized by owners keeping their distance, wearing a mask and taking other precautions, just as they would to prevent infecting a person, he said. "Ideally, we want to prevent it from spreading as much as possible so that people can limit contact with animals if they are infected," he said.

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Wade admonishes US for 'disgusting' treatment of Brittney Griner as she faces trial in Russia

Griner has been jailed in Russia for 135 days and one day into her trial on drug charges, which carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. (Author: Gardener)

RussiaWade admonishes US over 'disgusting' treatment of Brittney Griner as she stands trial in Russia Wade admonishes US over 'disgusting' treatment of Brittney Griner as she stands trial in Russia Brittney Griner arrives at a hearing before the on Friday Khimki dish outside Moscow. Griner was arrested at Moscow Airport in February on charges of having vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. Brittney Griner should have been in Chicago on Saturday when her Mercury stared at the sky at Wintrust Arena. Instead, she has been jailed in Russia for 135 days and a day away from her trial on drug charges, which carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Griner was arrested on February 17, a week before Russia invaded Ukraine. On Friday, the first day of the trial, prosecutors accused Griner of carrying vape cartridges with traces of cannabis oil. Officials determined in May that Griner was wrongly imprisoned. Griner is a four-time Euroleague champion with Russia's UMMC Ekaterinburg, in addition to her two Olympic gold medals and a WNBA title. As the WNBA season continues, Griner's wife Cherelle, teammates and colleagues continue to press President Joe Biden to secure her release. "We have a woman who represents everything we are meant to stand for, who is in prison," said James Wade, Sky's general manager/trainer. It's gross.'' Wade, who was back on the court for the first time since entering health and safety protocols last Sunday, said it was like Griner had been abandoned. He specifically referenced the US Embassy in Moscow, which did not staff a phone line and prevented Griner and her wife from speaking on a scheduled call. Griner reportedly made 11 attempts over the course of several hours to connect using the number provided by the embassy. Griner is an honorary starter at next Sunday's WNBA All-Star Game at Wintrust Arena, but that's no consolation for her supporters. The Women's National Basketball Players Association petitioned the White House and State Department with 291,088 signatures and counting Saturday, but Wade wondered why it was even necessary. "[The White House] knows where [Griner] is," Wade said. Would we then have to sign a petition?” A line of fans behind the Mercury bench for Sky's 91-75 win on Saturday held signs with various repeats of the message 'Free BG'. At every Sky home game this season , fans have displayed signs and worn clothing in support of Griner. Allie Quigley led the Sky with 19 points and five rebounds. Candace Parker added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The bench scored 32 points as all 11 players scored. Sky's winning streak is five, two games before the All-Star break, Wednesday at the Lynx and Thursday at the Fever. Also on Saturday, All-Star Captains A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart called up their teams. Wilson selected Parker with the first overall pick and Courtney Vandersloot with the 12th pick. Stewart picked Kahleah Copper for ninth and Emma Meesseman for 17th. Aces Coach Becky Hammon will lead Team Wilson and Wade will lead Team Stewart. "I said to Stewie, 'Make sure we all have our players.'" Wade said, laughing. Norvell Meadows, All-City Guard in Orr and Prosser, fatally shot on the West Side. Chicago cop shot dead while answering call about domestic unrest in Little Italy. 4 dead, 17 others injured in Chicago shootings since Friday night In deadly attacks this weekend, a shooting in Chinatown on Friday night in Chinatown killed a woman and wounded a gunman among two others, Chicago Police Department said. Reliever Mark Leiter Jr. plays a big part in the Cubs' win over the Red Sox. Leiter came on with an out in the first inning and allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings in the Cubs' 3-1 win on Saturday. The Bulls have improved this offseason, but they're not alone in the East. The Bulls achieved most of their key goals in the offseason over the past month. The Eastern Conference is improving both in front of and behind the Bulls.

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Brittney Griner of the WNBA stands before a Russian court

MOSCOW (AP) - American basketball star Brittney Griner was put on trial on Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest for possession of cannabis oil, when she returned to play for a Russian team in a case that was raging amid tense trials Relations between Moscow and Russia has developed Washington. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerMOSCOW (AP) - American basketball star Brittney Griner was put on trial on Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest for possession of cannabis oil, when she returned to play for a Russian team in a case that was raging amid tense trials Relations between Moscow and Russia has developed Washington. The first session of the trial, adjourned until July 7, featured the widest public interaction between Griner and reporters since the Phoenix Mercury Center and the double U. Police said they were carrying vape canisters of cannabis oil when they were inside prison was arrested airport. If convicted of large-scale drug trafficking, she faces up to ten years in prison. The state news agency Tass quoted Griner in court as saying that she understood the allegations against her. At a later date,” according to Mediazona, an independent news site known for its extensive coverage of high-profile court cases. Two witnesses were questioned by prosecutors: an airport customs officer, who spoke in open court, and an unidentified witness in a closed session. according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti. The trial was then adjourned, it said, when two other witnesses failed to appear. Alexander Boykov, a lawyer for Griner, said outside the court that he did not want to comment "on the details of the case and the charges against him" because it was too early. Boykov also told RIA-Novosti that she does sports and goes for walks in the detention area. Russian website Business FM said Griner, who sometimes smiled at reporters, said she wishes she could exercise more and that she struggles because she doesn't understand Russian. Alongside Mercury of the WNBA, she played in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg. S. Embassy in Moscow, was in court and said she spoke to Griner, who is "doing as well as can be expected in these difficult circumstances." "The Russian Federation wrongly arrested Brittney Griner," Rood said. "The practice of unlawful detention is unacceptable wherever it occurs and poses a threat to the security of all who travel, work and live abroad." Bringing US citizens home safely.” At a closed-door preliminary hearing on Monday, Griner's detention was extended by an additional six months, to December 20. Her case comes at an extraordinary low point in Moscow-Washington relations. Griner was arrested less than a week before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, adding to already high tensions between the two countries. S. then imposed far-reaching sanctions on Moscow, and Russia condemned the United States for supplying arms to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday denied that politics played a role in Griner's arrest and prosecution. "The fact is that the famous athlete was arrested in possession of banned drugs containing narcotics," Peskov told reporters. "Given what I said, it can't be politically motivated," he added. Griner's supporters had held back in hopes of a quiet resolution until May, when the State Department ruled she was wrongly imprisoned and transferred oversight of her case to the President's special envoy for hostage affairs — effectively U. Griner's wife, Cherelle claimed President Joe Biden called for her release, calling her "a political pawn". Every time she is reminded that her teammate, her boyfriend, is unjustly imprisoned in another country," Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard said Monday. Griner's supporters have sponsored a prisoner swap like the one in April that brought home Navy veteran Trevor Reed in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy. Russian news media have repeatedly raised speculation that she could be swapped out for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the "Dealer of Death," who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to murder U. Russia has campaigned for Bout's release for years. But the wide discrepancy between Griner's case - which involves alleged possession of vape cartridges containing cannabis oil - and Bout's global trade in lethal weapons could make such a swap uncomfortable for the US. Others have suggested she could be traded alongside Paul Whelan, a former Navy and Security director who is serving a 16-year sentence on an espionage conviction that the U.

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Ahead of the WNBA star's trial in Russia, calls for Brittney Griner's release escalate

Friends and family members of Brittney Griner gathered for a vigil in New York City on Wednesday, demanding the WNBA star's release ahead of her trial in Russia. (Author: Gardener)

RussiaFriends and family members of Brittney Griner gathered for a vigil outside the Russian Consulate in New York City on Wednesday night, demanding the WNBA star's release ahead of her trial in Russia. "February 17th was the last time I spoke to my sister," Janell Roy, Griner's childhood friend, said at the vigil. Griner's detention in Russia has been repeatedly extended, most recently to December 20, which is the expected length of her trial. Brittney Griner of the United States gestures during a game against Australia in their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Women's Basketball Quarterfinals match in Saitama, Japan, August 4, 2021. The Phoenix Mercury player's trial is scheduled to begin on Friday and she is expected to be in remain detained throughout. The WNBA star, who attended a preliminary hearing in Khimki, a Moscow suburb on Monday, did not answer a question from an ABC News reporter as she exited the courtroom. Asked how Griner was feeling at the hearing, her attorney, Aleksandr Boikov, told ABC News on Monday, "She is as well as she could be." The S. government classified Griner's case on May 3 as " unlawfully detained," meaning the United States will work more aggressively to negotiate their release even if the lawsuit is against them, the State Department said. https://abcnews.go. com/Sports/wireStory/us-officials-griner-now-considered-wrongfully-detained-84467439 S. The government has determined that Brittney Griner is being wrongly imprisoned and being used as a political pawn," Griner's agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas wrote in a series of tweets on Monday: "Negotiations for her immediate release should remain a top priority regardless of the court case, and we expect [President Joe Biden] and [Vice President Kamala Harris] to do everything in their power right now to make a deal, um." Russian court extends WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters Tuesday that Griner was "wrongly detained" and called on the Russian government to release the US Release basketball star Family and friends hold vigil for Brittney Griner outside Russian Consulate in New York, June 29, 2022. S. was "actively" working to secure Griner's release, but added that the diplomatic efforts were "sensitive matters." "But I will tell you that it has the full attention of the President and every senior member of his national security and diplomatic team, and we are actively working to find a resolution to this case and will do so without pause until we do." get Brittney home safely," he said. "We're also trying to actively work to bring back all wrongly detained Americans and hostages being held abroad, whether it be in Iran or Afghanistan or Russia or Venezuela or China or anywhere else." Russia's invasion of Ukraine began a week after Griner's arrest. Some officials are concerned that Americans detained in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict. After U.'s release, calls for Griner's release escalated Bout was discussed, according to Russian media reports, but it's unclear if anything significant has happened on the issue they want Griner to stand trial. Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, told the AP that she had "zero confidence" in the US government after its handling of her wife's incarceration after the State Department messed up a planned anniversary call between the couple. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Tuesday that Brittney Griner's inability to reach her wife was an "unfortunate mistake," adding that another phone call was scheduled. It would have been the first time Brittney Griner had spoken to her wife since her incarceration more than three months ago. Basketball star Brittney Griner arrives handcuffed for a hearing at the Khimki Court outside Moscow June 27, 2022. "This was an unfortunate mistake and the State Department is working to correct this as soon as possible," said Jean-Pierre. added that another call was planned between the couple. Cherelle Griner previously told Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts in May that she would like to speak to President Joe Biden. She's a political pawn," she said. When asked about a possible meeting between Cherelle Griner and President Biden, Jean-Pierre said, "We have nothing to say about a possible phone call or meeting." ABC News' Tanya Stukalova and Molly Nagle contributed to this report.

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Former Celtics center Tacko Fall joins Danny Ainge Utah Jazz's summer league roster

However, it will not take place in the Celtics roster. Marc J. Spears from Per Andscape, former huge fan favorite (Author: Gardener)

CelticsThere was more than one Boston Celtics-inspired reunion in the 2021-22 NBA season, and there will be another in the 2022 offseason. Spears, former fan favorite Tacko Fall, will join Utah Jazz's Las Vegas Summer League. The Jazz are now managed by former Boston basketball operations president Danny Ainge, while their current CEO is the leader of the team that signed Fall as an undrafted free agent from the University of Central Florida in 2019. After that, the Jazz are thin in their frontcourt Ainge has done his thing, trade center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Fall has a good shot at playing himself into Utah's roster as a depth option in their frontcourt. Since leaving Boston, Fall signed a two-way deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 1.1 points and 2.1 points at the parent club and 23.3 points, 12.5 boards and 3.0 blocks per game at Canton Charge, Utah's G League subsidiary. "We have a chance to win the championship so I'm excited to be part of the family," said Malcolm Brogdon of Trade to Boston Celtics https://t.co/TtHiabaqDB - The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) 2 July 2022 Should Malcolm Brogdon or Marcus Smart start for the Boston Celtics next season? Are the Boston Celtics favorites to win the 2023 NBA title after Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari deal? Celtics Lab 127: Boston heads for team building with Gallinari deal, Brogdon trades Kory Waldron Boston's Jayson Tatum wants someone to sign his pal Harry Giles.

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"We have a chance to win the championship so I'm excited to join the family," said Malcolm Brogdon of the Boston Celtics move

The Virginia product has one goal in mind: Banner 18. (Author: Gardener)

Malcolm BrogdonThe Boston Celtics may have found the missing piece they need to win their long-coveted 18th banner in Indiana Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon. The Celtics managed to pry the Atlanta native away from the Pacers without giving up any core players with a 1-12-protected first-round draft pick in 2023 to sweeten the deal and will receive a floor general in exchange for the outside of the court is active in the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and in the fight for social justice. They'll pair him in their backcourt with NBPA Vice President Jaylen Brown and at least initially behind 2023 Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart to keep the team well-rested at both ends with a wider range of ball-moving options to choose from. That agreement is fine with Brogdon, who spoke to The Athletic's Jared Weiss after the deal was announced on Friday. "I want to win a championship, that's actually it," said Brogdon. I'm going to Boston and I'm not worried about it." "I had heard for the past few days that Boston was interested, but as a player you don't know everything that's going on... You just have to sit still, let your agent work, Make your team work and then the team that wants you to work too. The Pacers were really good at facilitating a deal and sending me to a place where I could win.” With Brodgon at his side, the team will add depth with a former Rookie of the Year who won in the 2018-19 season founded the legendary 50/40/90 club, greatly improved his chances of winning the title. "I'm excited, man," Brogdon said. "We have a chance to win the championship, so I'm looking forward to becoming part of the family."

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Celtics become title favorites in multiple sportsbooks after first off-season moves

Boston added Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari hoping to climb over the top. Read more at Boston.com. (Author: Gardener)

firstWhen the Celtics reportedly traded for Malcolm Brogdon and secured a signing of soon-to-be free agent Danilo Gallinari on Friday, they were hoping to get past the title hump. The Celtics became the favorites to win the 2023 NBA title in multiple sports betting on Friday. With the 2023 NBA title opening odds released following the Celtics' loss to the Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals, many had Sportsbook a jumble of teams at the top. However, none of them named the Celtics as favorites, with most citing either the Warriors or the Clippers as favorites to win overall in 2023. It's certainly reasonable to see why the Celtics could be considered favorites to win overall next season. However, the additions reported Friday cover the areas where Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and head coach Ime Udoka said they wanted the team to improve in the offseason. Brogdon will bring additional playmaking, likely off the bench, averaging 6.3 assists per game over the last three seasons. He's also a plus shooter, shooting 37.6 percent from deep throughout his career and joining the elusive 50/40/90 club in the 2018/19 season. Gallinari also brings the veteran shooting presence that Udoka said he wanted with the Celtics. He is a 38.2 percent 3-pointer in his career and shoots over 40 percent from deep in four of his 13 seasons. The other title contenders, grouped with the Celtics, have not made any significant additions so far this offseason. The Warriors have actually lost a couple of key players, with Gary Payton II joining the Trail Blazers and Otto Porter Jr. joining the Raptors, although they reportedly added Donte DiVincenzo. However, Kevin Durant's looming trade will certainly shake the title chances again. The Suns and Heat are reportedly two of Durant's top picks and if either team gets him they would likely either overtake the Celtics as favorites or come very close. A potential Kyrie Irving trade could also shake up title odds, depending on where it lands.

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