Biden announces end to COVID-19 emergency declarations in May

Associated Press

President Joe Biden told Congress on Monday that the national emergency declarations for COVID-19 will end on May 11, more than three years after they were first announced by the Trump Administration.

In response to measures proposed by Republicans in Congress seeking to end the two emergency declarations immediately, the Biden administration said they plan to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency and national emergency until May, before winding them down. The date was announced in a policy statement issued by the Office of Management and Budget that expressed the administration’s opposition to the measures.

The administration said it wants to give hospitals and other health care providers at least 60 days notice before ending the public health emergency because of funding attached to the declaration. Ending the emergency could mean higher costs for COVID-19 vaccines and other health care related to the virus.

The administration also said ending the public health emergency would end the use of Title 42, which allows the administration to expel some migrants who cross the Southern border. Biden had previously tried to end the policy, but was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


Steph Curry scores 38 points to help Warriors hold on for third straight win

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Warriors avoided near disaster Monday night when the Thunder roared back in the second half.

Oklahoma cut the Warriors’ 21-point lead down to two twice in the fourth quarter, but Golden State held on 128-120 to win its third consecutive game.

Monday was a vintage Splash Bros showing, and the Warriors needed every contribution from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry recorded a double-double with 38 points and 12 assists and Thompson added 28 points.

The Warriors got off to a hot start. They moved the ball well, recording a season-high 15 assists in the opening quarter to take a 38-20 lead at the end of the first. They maintained their edge for the remainder of the first half and looked to be running away with it in the third, pulling ahead by as many as 21. But that’s when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder got rolling.

Oklahoma opened the fourth with a 13-6 run. Jalen Williams hit a step-back 3 to cut Golden State’s lead to two. The Thunder would trim the visitor’s lead to two once more but could not top the reigning champs.

Thunder fans started to head to the exits with the Warriors up seven with 41 seconds left.

Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half.

Golden State, who is eight games back from the first-place Nuggets, will make their second and final regular-season trip to the Twin Cities when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

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Source:: The Mercury News


Cowboys ‘Must Consider’ Cutting Former $3 Million Starter: Analyst

The Dallas Cowboys could consider moving on from one of their key pieces.

As proposed by Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox, the Cowboys “must consider” cutting three current players on their roster. Dallas isn’t exactly in an extremely flexible salary cap situation as they’ll be $7.4 million over the salary cap entering the offseason. As Knox mentions, Dallas should consider cutting defensive tackle Neville Gallimore.

Knox argues that while Gallimore was a solid contributor during the 2022 season — he appeared in 37 percent of defensive snaps this season — he’s an expendable piece that could save the Cowboys $2.7 million in 2023.

“The 26-year-old was a solid contributor in 2022, making one start and finishing with 33 tackles and a sack,” says Knox. “However, Gallimore played just 37 percent of the defensive snaps and should not be considered a long-term priority. Furthermore, Gallimore is slated to carry a $3 million cap hit in 2023. Of that, only $240,991 is in dead money. This means that the Cowboys could cut Gallimore outright and save just over $2.7 million in cap space.”

Neville Gallimore Previously Served as Cowboys Starter

Cutting Gallimore will only cost the Cowboys $240,991 in dead cap money.

The 26-year-old has been a key member of Dallas’ defensive line rotation since entering the league in 2020. He actually emerged as a starter during the 2020 season after injuries to Gerald McCoy and Trysten Hill, starting nine of his 14 appearances and playing in 44 percent of defensive snaps. He also appeared in 48 percent of the defensive snaps during the 2021 season.

With that being said, the Cowboys already have their starting defensive tackles in Johnathan Hankins and Osa Odighizuwa and they need money to re-sign key franchise players in Tony Pollard and Dalton Schultz. Dallas could simply use one of their draft picks to acquire Gallimore’s replacement at a cheaper cost.

As Knox stresses, Gallimore is simply not a “significant” piece of the Cowboys’ future.

“Again here, $2.7 million doesn’t represent an extreme saving,” says Knox. “However, that’s a sizeable chunk of cap space for a part-time player who has never played 50 percent of the snaps in a single season. Gallimore is on the younger side, but he’s entering the final year of his current deal and does not figure to be a significant piece of Dallas’ defensive future.”

Gallimore Graded as Cowboys’ Worst Player in 2022

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Nets handle business with 121-104 victory over star-less Lakers

The Nets blew one double-digit lead, only to build a second in their 121-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

The Nets led by as many as 19 points in the first half, only to surrender that lead in the second when the Lakers used their physicality and timely shot-making to take control. Los Angeles led by as many as seven before the Nets began chipping away at their lead. They ultimately took a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and never let up.

LeBron James [left foot soreness] and Anthony Davis [right foot stress injury] sat on Monday night, as did Kevin Durant [MCL], as well as Ben Simmons [left knee soreness] and T.J. Warren [left shin contusion].

Head coach Jacque Vaughn said he hopes both Warren and Simmons are available for Wednesday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics.

“Yeah, just hopefully they’re ready for Wednesday,” he said. “Both not going tonight so both showing signs of progress which is good. Hopeful for Wednesday.”

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 26 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, and Lakers guard Russell Westbrook posted 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds off the bench.

Without several of the team’s core rotation players, Vaughn leaned heavily on his bench.

Nets second-year big man Day’Ron Sharpe was a great matchup for the physicality shown by Lakers starting center Thomas Bryant. Bryant, a Rochester native, scored a team-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds.

Sharpe put up eight points and 14 rebounds in his 21 minutes on the floor. It’s the first time he outplayed starting center Nic Claxton all season. Claxton struggled and finished with six points and 12 rebounds.

Reserve point guard Patty Mills came off the bench and had his best game of the season with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and four-of-seven shooting from downtown. It was a season-high scoring night for the Australian guard who has fallen out of the rotation in favor Seth Curry, Cam Thomas and Edmond Sumner.

Vaughn said it would be important for the Nets to take advantage in transition. They scored 17 points in transition to the Lakers’ six.

“[Scoring in transition] has been good for us to find the paint and spray out the shooters. I think you’ve seen our ability to shoot the three ball,” he said pregame. “Can we continue to capitalize on that? Whether that’s early in the shot clock or because of the pace …read more

Source:: The Mercury News