Boris Johnson's new cabinet is divided

Press conference on Wednesday morning: Boris Johnson's new cabinet will be split (Author: Gardener)

Boris Johnson'sUK morning press conference: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph Boris Johnson is due to launch a rallying cry to other world leaders today. The prime minister is attending a NATO summit where he will urge other member states to "dig deep" and raise defense spending targets above the current level of 2 percent of GDP. But his call threatens to be undermined by opposition from two senior cabinet ministers over his refusal to increase Britain's own budget from 2.3 per cent - and over concerns he plans to flout a manifesto commitment to restrict military spending to the to link inflation. Mr Johnson is defying public pressure from his defense secretary and the army chief to increase military spending amid a heated cabinet divided over future funding. We can reveal that Downing Street has intervened to soften calls for increased defense spending from Ben Wallace. Political editor Ben Riley-Smith reports how No 10 was said to have been "furious" when trying to get Mr Johnson to make an announcement. And Tom Rees explains how inflation means Britain's military spending is facing cuts. Boris Johnson speaks to the press on his flight to the NATO summit in Madrid - Stefan Rousseau/PA At the Madrid meeting, NATO leaders will agree to an international push into Eastern Europe to stave off the Russian threat. After Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that Vladimir Putin should not be allowed to win the war in Ukraine in order to harden his stance on Moscow, Europe editor James Crisp examines whether the rhetoric reflects reality. As time runs out to save the victims of the Russian missile attack on a Kremenchuk mall, Colin Freeman speaks to people who fear familiar faces will never be seen again. PS: When asked if his plan to negotiate with Putin was to ridicule him, Mr Johnson claimed that had he been a woman he would not have invaded Ukraine. Ghislaine Maxwell said meeting Jeffrey Epstein was the "greatest regret" of her life as a judge sentenced the disgraced British socialite to 20 years in prison for her role in a "horrible plot" to abuse underage girls. Approaching the podium of the New York courtroom with her feet shackled, Maxwell told victims who had gathered in the public gallery that she was "sorry" for the pain Epstein's sexual abuse had caused and hoped that their imprisonment would bring them "a measure of peace and finality." . Dame Deborah James, the podcast host and activist, has died of colon cancer at the age of 40. Dame Deborah, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, raised more than £6.75million for cancer research after announcing Life Care in early May. The Telegraph obituary of Dame Deborah tells how she worked to demystify colon cancer. In today's cartoon, Matt envisions how strikes could affect Wimbledon. Sign up for his newsletter for a weekly behind-the-scenes look at Matt's work. tax per mile | Electric cars will be fitted with tracking devices as part of a pay-per-mile tax plan proposed by the government's climate advisers. The climate change committee said the government must find ways to close the "substantial hole" in public finances from the loss of fuel taxes and other taxes as petrol and diesel cars are replaced. The Duchess of Sussex pledged to take her fight for equal rights to Washington DC as she condemned the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe v Wade precedent. She joined feminist activist Gloria Steinham in publicly criticizing the decision as endangering women and warning of a "blueprint for reversing rights". Abortion rights protest in Los Angeles yesterday - LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS Jeremy Wilson reports that he doubled down on his criticism of officials and fans after an angry on-pitch display in which the Australian called a linesman "a snitch". Follow today's promotion. Rishi Sunak is defying calls to scrap a proposed corporate tax hike in his autumn budget, despite pressure from Downing Street officials and Tory MPs. Boris Johnson is pushing for timely tax cuts to stimulate the economy and is reportedly backing a rollback of a proposed corporate tax hike, which is set to rise from 19% to 25% next year. Tory MPs have also argued that with economic growth locked at a zero line, such a sizeable tax hike would be ill-advised. Russ Mold has the three market signs that tell us we're headed for a recession. Budget and bucket list sound like unlikely bedfellows. But even if you don't like camping, you can see the wonders of the world without spending lavish sums of money. A little planning goes a long way. Chris Moss has discovered the cheapest ways to see the wonders of the world. To receive such briefings by email twice a day, sign up for the Front Page newsletter here. Try The Briefing for 2-minute audio updates—on podcasts, smart speakers, and WhatsApp. Sign up for the free Front Page newsletter: your essential guide to The Telegraph's agenda - delivered straight to your inbox, seven days a week.


5 Restricted Free Agents NHL teams should sign an offer sheet

The period begins on July 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET. While unrestricted free agents can sign with any team, a restricted free agent can... (Author: Gardener)

July 135 NHL teams with restricted free agents should sign an offer sheet5 NHL teams with restricted free agents should sign an offer sheet Free agent can only change club if traded, doesn't receive a qualifying offer (making him an unrestricted free agent) or signs a tender sheet from an opposing team. The player notifies their current team once they have signed an offer sheet and gives them seven days to adjust it. If the club fails, they are free to join their new team, while their former squad receive a predetermined number of draft picks as compensation. On May 18, the NHL released its 2022 annual supply hand average scale. General managers rarely use the supply hand tactic because they are often matched. Since the start of the salary cap era in 2005, only two players have been successfully signed. September. Nonetheless, it's possible that at least one of this summer's restricted free agents, like New York Rangers winger Kaapo Kakko, will sign one. Here's a look at Kakko and four other potential candidate teams who should sign to offer hands this offseason, including what a deal could cost. Did you agree with our list? The 22-year-old defenseman ranked third among New York Islanders' top scorers with 51 points in 80 games and led them in time per game (21:28) and shots blocked (154), which manager Lou Lamoriello could do to his advantage take advantage, forcing the young blueliner to accept a two- or three-year deal worth $2 to $3 million per season. That would leave Dobson little leverage unless he refuses to report to training camp or signs an offer sheet worth around $5 million a year. With $12 million in salary cap space and 18 players under contract, the islands can afford to keep up. However, there would not be much left to bolster an offense whose 2.79 goals per game average ranked 22nd in 2021-22. Rival general managers might be wary of signing Dobson on a bid sheet. Maybe one of them feels encouraged enough to take the risk. Pierre-Luc Dubois has only been with the Winnipeg Jets for over a season. However, the 24-year-old center already has an unrestricted free hand. Last Wednesday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman (h/t Josh Wegman of theScore) reported that Dubois updated management on his plans to test the market in 2024. Dubois becomes a limited free agent with arbitration rights on July 13. He signs a two-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets before they traded. His annual salary cap is $5 million, although he earned a base salary of $6.7 million in 2021-22. The Jets have time to convince him to stay considering his value to their roster. The 6'2", 205-pound Dubois is a versatile two-way forward who can play down the middle or down the wing and has solid offensive numbers. He had 28 goals and 60 points in 81 games in 2021-22. Friedman also reported on the Jets hoping his intention to test the UFA market in 2024 could open him up for a bid sheet this summer. It could cost around $8 million annually to sign him on a long-term deal. At $18 million With a US dollar salary cap but only 13 players under contract for 2022-23, Winnipeg may be reluctant to accept such an offer Kaapo Kakko, who was picked second overall by the New York Rangers in 2019, has been slow to break into the Scoring developed into his 2021-22 breakout season, injuries limited the 21-year-old winger to 18 points in 43 games with five points in 19. Kakko is ending his entry-level contract and missing an arbitration procedure rights. contract and has no right to arbitration. Rangers have $11.9 million in cap space, with forwards Ryan Strome and Andrew Copp slated as unrestricted free agents. General manager Chris Drury could use his influence to sign Kakko on a two-year bridge deal worth around $2.5 million a year in hopes of leaving enough capital room for Strome or Copp. However, some Rangers supporters are concerned that Kakko could sign an offer sheet. He wondered if this could make Kakko ready to accept offers from rival clubs. Earlier this month, Kakko seemed to downplay that idea. "I like playing here, so I don't think so," he told reporters. Still, a rival GM might explore that option to see what it would take to lure the young Finn away from Rangers. The Calgary Flames have two stars to sign, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, both of whom have enjoyed career-best performances and together could cost $18 million to re-sign, taking away a large chunk of the Flames' $26.9 million cap spot for 2022-23. That could make it difficult to re-sign Andrew Mangiapane. A versatile, hard-working forward who can skate on either wing Mangiapane, 26, is penning a two-year deal worth $2.4 million a season. As a limited free agent with arbitration rights, he is also one year away from full free agent eligibility. Flames' top scorer last season h He scored a career-best 35 goals along with 55 points, ranking fourth among the Flames' top scorers. Should Gaudreau and Tkachuk sign contract extensions, an opposing team could turn to Mangiapane with an offer sheet worth $5.5 million per season. That could prove too expensive for the Flames as it would leave little leeway left to fill the rest of their squad, including signing RFA defender Oliver Kylington on a new contract. A performance of 41 points in 53 games by Martin Necas during the truncated 2020-21 season raised expectations of a game-changing performance from the Carolina Hurricanes forward. Instead, he had 40 points in 78 games and just five assists in 14 playoff contests last season. According to News & Observer's, the 23-year-old forward is coming off an entry-level contract and has no arbitration rights. He hinted he would like to stay but Alexander speculated he could play elsewhere next season. Necas could become a commercial candidate if he and Hurricanes management don't reach a proper agreement. It could also tempt an opposing club looking for a promising young striker to submit him an offer sheet. Given Necas' lack of leverage, a supply sheet worth $4.5 million per season would be a more lucrative deal than what he could otherwise get with the Hurricanes. With $19.4 million in salary caps and free agents like Tony DeAngelo, Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter in need of re-signing or replacement, Carolina may not or may not want to keep up. Statistics on with salary information for Cap Friendly.


Fire damages historic Holly Hotel and other downtown buildings

Firefighters battle a blaze at the historic Holly Hotel and other downtown businesses. (Author: Gardener)

Holly HotelReal Estate Insider: West Village battle over two old homes — and what's replacing them — heats up with text message, Nicole Curtis


Harsh Goenka wants you to hold on to positive expectations. Read his Wednesday thoughts

Harsh Goenka shared an important message as part of his Wednesday Thought post on Twitter. In his tweet, he talked about the importance of holding on to positive thoughts. (Author: Gardener)

Harsh GoenkaHarsh Goenka never misses an opportunity to motivate his followers on Twitter. So on Wednesday, he shared an important message as part of his Wednesday Thought post, urging his followers to never give up hope. It's important to hold on to positive expectations, Harsh Goenka wrote in his tweet. “Clinging on Positive Expectations When the world says give up, HOPE whispers, try again. #wednesdaythought (sic),” read Harsh Goenka's tweet. When the world says give up, HOPE whispers, try again. Hope is fragile but tenacious, fleeting but persistent, even tenacious. It sticks: Hope stayed behind/in its impregnable home under the lip/jar. As the evils unleashed from Pandora's jar fly out into the world, hope remains (sic)," one user wrote. "Hope is the power to believe that anything is possible (sic)," wrote another user. "Fear never builds on the future but hope does (sic)," read another. Lovely Hope is fragile but tough, fleeting but tenacious, even adhesive. As the evils unleashed from the jar by Pandora fly into the world, hope remains. Hope is the power to believe that anything is possible - Swati Swagatika (@SwatiSwagatik20) July 28, 2021 Fear never builds the future but hope does - Abhishek Singhania... (@TradeNinvesting) July 28, 2021 Happy Wednesday sir - Tarana Hussain (@hussain_tarana) July 28, 2021 What do you think of Harsh Goenka's Wednesday thought post? His Wednesday Thought ALSO READ | Harsh Goenka lists the reasons people give thoughts above in Thursday's post. read read


Avalanche's Stanley Cup Final Takeaways

Takeaways from Colorado's 2022 Stanley Cup Final Series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Author: Gardener)

Avalanche'sTakeaways from Colorado's 2022 Stanley Cup Final Series vs. Tampa Bay Lightning The Colorado Avalanche won its third Stanley Cup Final in franchise history after dethroning the two-time defending champion in six games at the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Avalanche's methodical and valiant effort reflected that of an ultra-determined group, using and executing their game plan, believing in one another and trusting in the process, all en route to becoming champions and victoriously raising Lord Stanley. Here are a few takeaways from the Avalanche's Stanley Cup Finals: The Avalanche put on a full team effort in the Stanley Cup Finals, as 17 of 20 skaters scored at least one point in the six-game series and 13 of those 17 skaters had produce multipoint excursions. While the Finals was by far the closest scoring Colorado had in its four different series en route to the Cup, the team still found a way to untie the former Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophy winner in Tampa Bay's goaltender extraordinaire Andrei Vasilevskiy . The Avalanche averaged 3.33 goals per game and scored seven goals in Game 2. The team also averaged 35.2 shots per game throughout the series and had a 6-16 (37.5%) power play. Of the game-winning goals in the series, the Avalanche benefited from four different players coming through the clutch with game-winning goals as Nichushkin, Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri scored while Arturri Lehkonen sealed the Stanley Cup victory with the go-ahead goal the Finals, just as he had done to win the Western Conference Finals in Game 4 overtime against Edmonton. Makar, who went on to win the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP and 2022 Norris Trophy winner, advanced in the finals with seven points (3G, 4A), including a power play goal, ahead of Colorados Blueline approaching shorthanded goal in Game 2. Colorado dominated the special teams' battle for the Lightning as the group was 6-on-16 (37.5%) on the power play and 89.5% (17-on-19) on penalties and also scored a shorthanded goal by Makar. Rantanen led the team with five power-play points with as many assists, while Gabriel Landeskog had the most power-play conversions with two goals of the streak, both of which occurred in Colorado's 6-2 Game 3 loss. Tweet from @Avalanche: The @AltitudeSR call still gives us chills days later. a .908 SV%, a 2.45 GAA, made 138 saves on 152 shots, and scored one shutout. Pavel Francouz made his Stanley Cup Finals debut in Game 3 as a replacement for Kuemper. The Czech goalie recorded a SV% of 0.909, a GAA of 2.23 and made 10 saves from 11 shots. Two of the six games in the Stanley Cup Finals went to overtime, with Colorado winning both with Burakovsky's OT winner in Game 1 and Kadri's exploits in his return to the lineup with the OT winner in Game 4. It's no secret that players are physical victims come galore in the postseason, but the Avalanche went the distance with their dedication to achieving the ultimate goal as many players with ailments bravely suffered pain in the hope of gaining victory. Kadri and Cogliano both underwent surgery for hand injuries ahead of the Stanley Cup final. Cogliano missed Game 1 but returned to the lineup in Game 2 and played the remainder of the series. Kadri returned to the lineup in Game 4 and miraculously scored the overtime winner to give Colorado a 3-1 lead. He also has a total of 11 shots in the series. Nichushkin suffered a lower body injury in Game 5 and almost didn't play Game 6, but despite limping into the arena in Game 6, the Russia winger played almost 23 minutes in the cup win. Nichushkin finished the series with six points (4G, 2A). Tweet from @Avalanche: We'll stop posting about this one day. Today is not that day's belief in the process, belief in their systems, belief in their structure, belief in their dedication to the goal, and most importantly, the group's shared belief in one another. So it's no surprise that during Colorado's impressive run, the team equaled the NHL record - the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins - for most comeback wins with 10. Two of those comeback wins came against the resilient and experienced defending champion in Tampa Bay, where Colorado rose to the top despite falling first in Games 4 and 6.


Colorado Avalanche wins the Stanley Cup championship

The Colorado Avalanche defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup Championship at Amalie Arena. (Author: Gardener)

Colorado Avalanche-- The Colorado Avalanche dashed the Tampa Bay Lightning's hopes of winning their third straight Stanley Cup on Sunday. Colorado defeated Tampa Bay 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup Championship at Amalie Arena. The Lightning entered Game 6 without Brayden Point. Sunday's win for the Avalanche marks the third Stanley Cup win in franchise history and the first in more than two decades. It's the first title for this core group, led by MacKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar, and follows years of playoff disappointment. With a mix of speed, high-end talent, and the experience gleaned from those losses, Colorado broke through this time -- and earned every chunk of the championship by beating the team that had clinched the trophy for the past two years has hoisted. After an early turnover from Makar that led to Steven Stamkos' goal that put them in a hole and several more bumps and bruises, the Avalanche equalized when MacKinnon took down 2021 playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy with a near-perfect shot defeated Artturi Lehkonen and took the lead by another big goal at the close of trade. Much like the Lightning went all-in multiple times, trading high-draft picks and prospects to win the best shot at the cup, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic wasn't afraid to make an effort in March, to bring in Lehkonen, defenseman Josh Manson and a veteran forward Andrew Cogliano. They became the perfect complement to Colorado's core, which had shown a lot of playoff promise and had yet to produce a championship. Sakic, who managed Colorado's first two title-winning teams in 1996 and 2001, used a well-known recipe to get his team over the hill. Much like Pierre Lacroix, the architect of the Avalanche teams that have found so much success after the organization moved to Denver, Sakic placed great emphasis on skill, speed and versatility. That speed overwhelmed every opponent along the way, from a first win in Nashville, through a hard-fought six-game streak against St. Louis, to another win in Edmonton and then Tampa Bay, preventing elimination once but ending with two Siege fell short of becoming the NHL's first three-peat champion since the New York Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s. "They are a team that wants to become a dynasty," Makar said. "We're a team looking to inherit a legacy." That legacy eventually includes a championship, thanks in large part to his stable coach Jared Bednar, who in his sixth season has found a way to take his team from the start of training camp to the upcoming one to focus on the mission. That mentality helped the Avalanche get over the hump, and Bednar became the first coach to win the Stanley Cup, the American Hockey League's Calder Cup, and the ECHL's Kelly Cup. Bednar won the chess match with Jon Cooper, also a Stanley and Calder Cup champion who is considered one of the best tacticians in the NHL. But things started to pick up against the Lightning, who faced their fiercest competition since their winning streak began in 2020. Injuries that sidelined Brayden Point at top center and other key contributors proved too much against a stacked opponent who could endure just about anything. The depth allowed the Avalanche to overcome losing defender Samuel Girard with a fractured sternum and end the Blitz without overtime in Cup Final Game 1. Andre Burakovsky was sidelined through injury, while standout winger Valeri Nichushkin hobbled around with an injured right foot and Nazem played through a broken right thumb down the middle. The Avalanche defeated the Lightning before the attrition could take too great a toll and before the frightening possibility of Game 7 elimination loomed. Instead, they return to Denver to celebrate with the Stanley Cup. While Colorado's win at the end of the series isn't as emotional as it has been the past two years, when Commissioner Gary Bettman presented Stamkos with the trophy, it marks another close to an NHL season during a pandemic -- the first back to 82 games with a normal playoff format since 2019. The Avalanche and Lightning struggled with intermittent rough ice conditions playing through late June, which should not happen when the league returns to its regular schedule. If that happens, Colorado will get a chance to defend its crown and look to follow Tampa Bay in support of a perennial cup contender. A victory for the Lightning would have gone down in hockey history. Only seven teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit and forced Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Additionally, the last time the Stanley Cup Finals lasted seven games was in 2019 when the Saint Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins.


Serena Williams eliminated, Felix Auger-Aliassime upset with Maxime Cressy, Nadal survives

Wimbledon 2022 Day 2: Serena Williams eliminated, Felix Auger-Aliassime upset at Maxime Cressy, Nadal survives (Author: Gardener)

WilliamsBut when Round 1 comes to an end on Tuesday, it feels like a sprint. We've got another 64 games to go for Day 2 and we'll see some big names. Serena Williams is making her Grand Slam debut after a year's absence. French Open champion Iga Swiatek will look to extend her winning streak to 36 games. And 14-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will look to keep the momentum going after another Roland Garros triumph. Serena Williams lost her first Grand Slam match in over a year on Tuesday. Harmony Tan, ranked 115, defeated Williams in straight sets in the first round at Wimbledon. Williams, 40, showed signs of her former glory but made too many unforced errors against Tan. Williams pulled ahead of Tan in the opening set but couldn't hold on to her lead, losing the set 7-5. Tan and Williams traded points back and forth in the second set, but Williams won 6-1. She gave that away and allowed Tan to win the next four games. Williams fought back to make it 5-4 but failed to complete the comeback, losing the final set and match to Tan 7-6 (7). It is the third time in her career that Williams has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event. American Maxime Cressy upset No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, beating him 6(5)-7 6-4 7-6(9) 7-6(5) in over four hours. It was clear from the start that this match was going to be a long one as Cressy and Auger-Aliassime met shot after shot almost the entire time. Only one of the sets was decided without a tiebreak, and the match ended with a tiebreak in the fourth set. It's a disappointing defeat for Auger-Aliassime, who failed to reach his quarter-final finish at last year's Wimbledon. One to cheer for Cressy's excitement is Rafael Nadal, whose section really gets in the way of the bracket without Auger-Aliassime. Francisco Cerundolo had an opportunity to beat a legend in the first round of Wimbledon but eluded him as Rafael Nadal prevailed 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-4. Cerundolo fought hard in every set, coming back to tie Nadal 3-3 in the opener and splitting the first four games in set number two. He made it difficult for Nadal, who competed on Wimbledon grass for the first time since 2019. Cerundolo broke Nadal for the first time in the third set to equal the 2-2 and after equalizing again at 3-3, he won the next three games to win the set. Nadal was visibly frustrated with his game and Cerundolo continued to press. The mountain was higher for Cerundolo as Nadal took a 2-1 lead, but that doesn't mean it was any easier for Nadal to correct his serve and the other things that had gone wrong with his game. Just when it looked like Line Cerundolo was ready to retire, Nadal stopped him. When Nadal won and increased the score to 5-4, it felt like it was over. Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a back and forth fight against Alexander Ritschard to advance in Round 2. Ritschard really scared Tsitsipas in his first Grand Slam match, but the No. 4 seed managed to pull out a 7-6 (1). 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win when he had to. This was a curse-breaker for Tsitsipas, who was eliminated in the first round at the French Open last month, a tournament he almost won in 2021. It was a very good day for American men at Wimbledon. Eight of them, including top seed American Taylor Fritz, advance to the second round on Thursday. Fritz, the 11 seed, secured a straight set win over Lorenzo Musetti, and Marcos Giron, Mackenzie McDonald, Jack Sock and Jenson Brooksby also won in straight sets. Brandon Nakashima and Maxime Cressy won in four sets, and Steve Johnson advanced when his opponent had to retire through injury. Last month's French Open runner-up Coco Gauff managed to survive a serious challenge from Elena-Gabriela Ruse. Eleventh-placed Gauff defeated Ruse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Gauff caught up with Ruse after taking a 2-0 lead in the first set, but then Ruse started and won the next four games. The tide turned in the second set when Gauff got back on his feet and hit the ball with aplomb. Since Gauff and Ruse shared the first two sets, it was the third that mattered. Gauff finally managed to take a 6-5 lead and didn't concede a single point to Ruse in the last game. It was an extremely tough match but Gauff fought through and will play in Round 2 on Wednesday. Iga Swiatek has now extended her winning streak to 36 straight games after beating Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3. The first set was an absolute insertion, with Swiatek Fett dominating and preventing them from winning a single game. The second set wasn't that easy, though. Fett had a serious chance of taking the entire set from Swiatek. She forced a 3-1 lead and pushed Swiatek to the brink while fighting hard to take a three-game lead. Swiatek had to fend off five straight break points but managed to narrow their deficit to just one game. She won the next five games to keep Fett out of the way and advance into round two. In her post-match interview, Swiatek admitted she had only played on grass for 12 weeks in her career. But if you look at how Swiatek made the comeback in the second set, it's still going to be pretty tough. Italy's Matteo Berrettini, number 8 at Wimbledon, has withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19. He announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday, saying he had had mild symptoms for several days and had been isolated. However, he decided that "it was important to do another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament." Wimbledon 2021 runner-up Berrettini was widely expected to make it to the later rounds and make a serious run for the trophy. * Australia's Nick Kyrgios won a five-set thriller against Britain's Paul Jubb. * Simona Halep's quest to become a two-time Wimbledon champion continues in the second round after beating Karolina Muchova. This post will be updated throughout the day. Iga Swiatek overcame a serious challenge from Jana Fett to advance to the second round of Wimbledon.


Clean-up efforts continue after high winds in Monday's storms

A severe thunderstorm with high winds and torrential rain on Monday, June 20 capped a blisteringly hot day in Minnesota, causing widespread tree and property damage while power was lost to thousands in the Brainerd Lakes area. (Author: Gardener)

MondayBRAINERD -- A strong series of thunderstorms, compounded by winds up to 75 mph and up to 3 inches of rain, wreaked havoc in the Brainerd Lakes area on Monday, June 20. There have been numerous reports of downed or uprooted trees, damaged homes and other property, and power outages in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties. Hundreds of damaged trees across the region were reported to the National Weather Service in Duluth. Those in areas around Brainerd Lakes and Aitkin experienced the brunt of the multiple rounds of severe weather, the Weather Service reported, with significant damage from straight-line winds observed. Krystal Kossen, weather service meteorologist, said Tuesday the extreme heat meant conditions were conducive to volatility in the storm system. Cells were popping up everywhere and we had a good environment for some downbursts," Kossen said. Downbursts, according to the Weather Service, are strong winds that come down from a thunderstorm and spread quickly once they hit the ground. The damage caused by these winds can be similar to that caused by EF0 or EF1 tornadoes. Kossen said predicting the impact of Monday's stormy weather is challenging because of the conditions. But then we looked at the wind speeds below them and they were 60 to 70 knots - or 65 to 75 miles per hour," Kossen said. "...We weren't surprised, but the sheer volume of reports of downed trees and the like was quite significant." Vicki and Bill Randall, residents of Birch Drive in Baxter, thought they might be safe after the first wind and rain got through were blown around. “Suddenly the rain came back and the wind just came right away. I have a big picture window... and it really felt like something was coming through the window," Vicki Randall said. When it seemed safe again, they returned to the first floor, opened the front door, and saw a large oak tree felled by the wind. "I looked outside and all I can say is that some explicit words were said," Vicki Randall said. At the peak of the outages Monday night, more than 20,000 customers in the area were without power from three major area utility companies: Minnesota Power, Crow Wing Power and Brainerd Public Utilities. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Minnesota Power was reporting 42 active outages, affecting 358 customers statewide. The highest concentrations of affected customers were in the townships of Irondale and Oak Lawn, Lake Shore, Nisswa, Pine River, Sylvan Township and the Unorganized Territory in Crow Wing County. The company expected the majority of its customers to be recovered by midnight Tuesday. "We recognize the difficulty of not having power, particularly in an area that suffered damage during the Memorial Day storm and extreme heat," the press release said. "We appreciate the patience of our customers and the ability of our crews to work safely and as quickly as possible in these conditions to restore power to our customers." Crow Wing Power recorded in a short period between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m around 10,000 customer failures. On Tuesday, Crow Wing Power PR manager Char Kinzer said crews were making progress as sorties dropped to about 5,000 by Tuesday morning. However, Tuesday's winds downed some weak or partially damaged trees, keeping the number of outages relatively flat throughout the day while continuing to make progress. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Crow Wing Power's outage map showed 193 outages affecting 4,387 customers, with the highest concentrations of those affected in the Outing, Emily and Fifty Lakes areas. Kinzer said Crow Wing Power brought in contractors to help with the damage and between 60 and 70 people to repair power lines and restore power. The energy cooperative reminded them not to clear the debris from power lines themselves and instead to file a complaint. Brainerd Public Utilities Superintendent Scott Magnuson said a few dozen customers in Brainerd were left without power on Tuesday. Magnuson reported further damage to BPU services during the second wave of wind and rain. John Bowen, an emergency management coordinator for the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday afternoon an assessment of the damage is still ongoing, though he estimated damage to the county's infrastructure at about $170,000 -- enough to break the threshold to exceed for an emergency declaration in the county. Bowen said he hasn't yet collected all of the damage information from smaller towns and cities. Brainerd Deputy Police Chief John Davis said trees were down across the city, with concentrations of significant damage in north and northeast Brainerd. Brainerd Parks and Recreation Maintenance Foreman Troy Harris reported significant damage to the ball fields and backstops at Memorial Park, and trees fell on concession stands at both Memorial Park and Jaycees Park. The concession stand at Jaycees Park will require significant repairs, Harris said. "Trees have fallen in every park in the city, and the fallen trees are larger mature trees," Harris said. While the businesses and residents of Brainerd and Baxter have been significantly impacted, Bowen said the northeastern areas of the county have been hit just as hard. Crosslake Police Chief Erik Lee said more trees were damaged in this storm compared to the Memorial Day storm, with significant damage concentrated on the east side of Crosslake. Lee heard reports of trees on vehicles and homes near Greer Lake Campground, on Tamarack Road and around Lake O'Brien, and at least one home with a tree through the roof. Several boat docks were on land and in trees due to the wind, he said. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported sustained winds of 70 to 80 miles per hour and hail three-quarters of an inch. Most of the damage there was concentrated in the central, east, and south-central areas of the county. Aitkin County Sheriff Daniel Guida reported that a significant number of roads were blocked and power lines were down due to falling trees. Morrison County Emergency Management Coordinator Victoria MacKissock said three severe storm warnings had been issued in Morrison County during the storm. The county has no reports of major damage to county infrastructure, but trees on roads and power lines affected a significant portion of Morrison County. According to MacKissock, damage was concentrated in the western and southwestern areas of the county, with the Randall area being particularly badly affected and some damage to outbuildings in Parker Township. Brainerd Fire Brigade responded to multiple reports of storm damage as of 7:52 p.m. Monday with a report of a fire alarm at Simonson Lumber, 3855 Independence Drive in Baxter. The fire department investigated and found that the alarm was caused by a power outage. Several more fire alarms followed at businesses in the towns of Brainerd and Baxter. Multiple reports of downed power lines — some with sparks or flames — prompted department responses, including at the 800 block of Northeast Fourth Avenue, the 500 block of Bluff Avenue, at Burger King on Washington Street, at Highway 25 and at East 28th Street, K Street, and Northeast Seventh Avenue and the 1100 block of Northeast Eighth Avenue. At 8:01 p.m. Monday, crews responded to the 4100 block of the Cedar Scenic Road for a gas leak report to find a tree that had fallen three feet. At 11:48 p.m. the department went to the 1200 block of Southeast 12th Street for a report of a possible building fire. An investigation found that a power surge caused a small electrical fire. CHELSEY PERKINS, Community Editor, can be reached at 218-855-5874 or [email protected]


Avs contribute to Denver's title city skating

DENVER (AP) -- How's that for a hat-trick: The Mile High City is now home to the Stanley... (Author: Gardener)

DenverColorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon lifts the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson lifts the Stanley Cup after The team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche center, wins the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. FILE - Denver's Cole Guttman holds up the trophy after Denver defeated Minnesota State in the men's college hockey NCAA championship Frozen Four game April 9, 2022 in Boston. The Mile High City is now home to the Stanley Cup, NCAA and national high school champions. FILE - Denver players pose for a team photo after defeating Minnesota State in the NCAA men's Frozen Four championship NCAA collegiate hockey game April 9, 2022 in Boston. Denver NCAA college hockey head coach David Carle speaks to the media after landing at Denver International Airport in Denver April 10, 2022. The Mile High City is now home to the Stanley Cup, NCAA and national high school hockey champions. The Mile High City is now home to the Stanley Cup, NCAA and national high school hockey champions. A sign hangs near the entrance to alert fans that some merchandise is already sold out at the Team Store at Ball Arena in Denver on Monday, June 27, 2022 after the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley had defeated the NHL Cup finals hockey championship. People shop for merchandise at the team store at Ball Arena in Denver Monday, June 27, 2022 after the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to win the NHL hockey championship to win. Fans cheer as they exit the Ball Arena after the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to win the NHL Hockey Championship Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Denver. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, top, and defenseman Erik Johnson celebrate the team's 2-1 win in the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday, June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. Gloves and sticks are thrown The Colorado Avalanche celebrate winning the Stanley Cup against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. The Colorado Avalanche celebrate winning the Stanley Cup against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) holds the Stanley Cup after the Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals Sunday, May 26. June 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP) DENVER (AP) -- How's that for a hat-trick: The Mile High City is now home to the Stanley Cup, NCAA, and national high school hockey champions. There must be something in the (frozen) water around Denver, right? "More the height than the water," said University of Denver coach David Carle, whose program won its ninth national title in April. Detroit may be known as "Hockeytown," but Denver (elevation: 5,280 feet) has currently taken center stage. The Colorado Avalanche are the newest team from town, joining the party Sunday with a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 to end the Lightning's two-year reign. It secured Colorado's third Stanley Cup title since moving to the city from Quebec prior to the 1995–96 season. These days there were many celebrations for the region's hockey teams. Denver East High School got the puck rolling by capturing a national title in Texas three months ago, and the Pioneers followed suit by beating Minnesota State in Boston for the NCAA crown. This time with a parade through the streets of Denver on Thursday. "We're in another renaissance," said Denver East coach John Kopperud of the trickle-down effect of the Avalanche's success young ages want to play hockey — and it's a beautiful thing to see that." The Pioneers and Avalanche have joined forces in a rare feat: a champion NCAA Division I hockey team and a Stanley Cup-winning NHL team, came from the same city in the same season. Boston was the last time it did that -- 50 years ago 1972 (Boston University and the Bruins) 1998 same-state teams (University of Michigan and Detroit Red Wings) won titles "Without a doubt it's a historic achievement," said Carle, who 32-year-old coach of the Pioneers who retired from playing after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. "It's a really exciting time." If history is any indication, this run of the Avalanche will only further fuel interest from young players across the region. There were 16,513 registered players through USA Hockey in the Rocky Mountain region in 1994-95, a year before the Avalanche moved to Denver. Colorado lifted its first trophy in 1996, and the following year the total grew to 20,286 players, according to USA Hockey. After the Avalanche won the No. 2 Cup in 2001, the region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Idaho, Texas and Utah, had 34,393 registered players - more than doubling in six years. Last season, a record 3,077 players under the age of 8 played hockey in Colorado, with girls being the fastest growing segment, doubling to nearly 600 players in the past five years. During the Lightning's three-year run to the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa saw youth hockey grow 32% overall. Translation: The next #8 (Makar) or #29 (MacKinnon) might just take the ice. "So now you've got all these star players in Denver and it's going to really overdo things," said Kevin Erlenbach, USA Hockey's associate general manager for membership. There are 14 facilities in Metro Denver with 25 ice sheets. Nationwide there are 33 institutions and 49 leaves. "Municipalities and even private investors will not build ice rinks if they do not know that there is a demand and also a growing population," explained Erlenbach. I would imagine there are a lot of people out there that will be moving forward on some new sheets of ice." The Avalanche have been steadily working towards that title since 2016-17 when coach Jared Bednar took over and have had a dismal season at 48 points completed. They quickly turned things around, winning the Presidents' Trophy (best record) last year, only to be eliminated in the second round. They went 16-4 en route to the Cup, including sweeps from Nashville and Edmonton before dethroning Lightning. Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will defend Texas bestiality law if the Supreme Court looks to reexamine Lawrence v. Ken Paxton to exploit centuries-old Texas abortion laws in court. "People don't realize what a great sports city Denver is," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. The same goes for the Pioneers, who won their second national title in six years. Avalanche forward Logan O'Connor was part of Denver's 2017 championship roster. "Both groups have a special bond, a camaraderie that's hard to come by and I think it comes down to good people who are willing to make sacrifices for each other," O'Connor said after winning the trophy. Only once has Carle seen a repeat of his team's comeback win for the NCAA title. His focus is on next season as the Pioneers attempt to win back-to-back titles like the team did in 2004 and 2005. "You'll be invited at different times (celebrations) and we'll always enjoy it," Carle said. The same goes for Denver East, who defeated the Huntington Tigers of Northport, New York 4-2 to claim the Division II crown at the Chipotle-USA Hockey High School Championships in Plano, Texas. The title has garnered even more attention since the Pioneers and Avalanche followed Denver East's lead. "It's cool for Denver that all three teams win everything," said Kopperud, who is also a real estate agent.


According to the report, Russell Westbrook wants to sign a $47.1 million contract with Lakers

Just last week, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka framed Russell Westbrook's $47.1 million player option as something he had to wrestle with. "He hasn't made a final decision (to the Lakers) on this," Pelinka said. "And he's got more days to figure all this out with his family." In reality, it was never hard to see that Westbrook would make the choice and become one of the five... (Author: Gardener)

$47.1 millionThe Lakers' Russell Westbrook, who was featured against the Clippers on March 3, 2022 at Arena, has opted into the final year of his Supermax contract. Just last week, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka framed Russell Westbrook's $47.1 million player option as something he had to wrestle with. "He hasn't made a final decision (to the Lakers) on this," Pelinka said. In reality, it was never hard to see that Westbrook would go for it and become one of the five highest-paid NBA players this season. Seeing how much value the Lakers can derive from his salary will be a much more difficult task. ESPN was the first to report that Westbrook, 33, has signaled to the Lakers that he will opt into the final year of his Supermax contract, which he signed in 2017. But since the highlights of that MVP season, Westbrook's deal has morphed from a feel - good story in one of the NBA's small markets to an albatross handled by four teams in the past four years. Westbrook will make more money than teammate LeBron James ($44.5 million) next season, making it all the more difficult to trade elsewhere. The Lakers have privately explored opportunities to negotiate Westbrook, but have also begun to signal they are ready for another season with the fiery star, upset after last season. "And I want to show him a way to have a successful season." The Lakers were topped by 211 points while he was on the floor, and his net rating (down 4.0) was the lowest of the Lakers' three stars - he, James and Anthony Davis – last season. Since signing the contract, Westbrook has only been on one team (Houston in 2020) to win a single playoff series. The Lakers have had several months to prepare for the challenges Westbrook's contract will bring. Teams must pay at least 80% of his salary in every trade, meaning any deal the Lakers find will likely take back multiple players with inflated contracts, rather than just one. Multiple outlets have also reported that the Lakers have so far been unwilling to include draft picks to sweeten deals for someone else to take over the last year of Westbrook's deal. On his own, Westbrook accounts for about 32% of the Lakers' salary cap. With Westbrook, James, Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn on the payroll, the Lakers have only one mid-level taxpayer exception (approx . Even for some of the most negative forecasts, it was amazing that the Lakers' first year with Westbrook was a such a colossal disappointment was that they missed the playoffs altogether.Westbrook has taken a lot from the Heat: four times he was benched by the coaching staff in the fourth quarter or overtime, and he was booed by the home crowd in the second half of the season , as he struggled through shooting difficulties, he admitted to reporters in March, "It's gotten so bad my family doesn't even want to go to home games, to any game." headed) was fired, Westbrook slammed the door behind him while venting his frustration Westbrook said, "I just felt like I never got a fair one given a chance to be just who I needed to be to help this team.” The Lakers are retooling under first-time coach Darvin Ham, who was optimistic about Westbrook's potential adjustment to his system. When asked if he saw Westbrook as a key element in the Lakers' future, Ham firmly reiterated, "Don't confuse it: Russell is one of the best players our league has seen and there's a ton left in that tank." ."