Isaiah Stewart isn’t buying LeBron James calling hit to face an accident

Isaiah Stewart continues to believe LeBron James intentionally hit him in the face during last Sunday’s Lakers-Pistons game.

Upon his return from a two-game suspension stemming from the incident, Stewart said he wouldn’t address the situation again, but made clear he feels James was in the wrong.

“I watched the film,” Stewart told reporters on Friday. “Me personally, like I said, I didn’t feel like it was an accident. But this is my last time addressing it. My main focus right now is on my teammates and getting back to playing basketball. I’m not going to let that define who I am. I’m going to let what Detroit drafted me for define who I am.”

James was ejected for the incident after receiving a flagrant-2 foul, then suspended for one game. Stewart, who had four points and 12 rebound in his return against the Clipper on Friday, had to be held back from going after James following the incident, which the Lakers stars says was accidental.

Isaiah Stewart doesn’t believe LeBron James elbowing him was an accident.
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“There was a box-out on the free-throw line,” James told reporters. “His elbow got kind of high, it got me — if you look, if you watch the film — it got me off balance a little bit and his elbow lifted my arm, and I basically tried to swim move, swim down on him, on his arm. And when I swung down on his arm, he got off balance and the left side of his hand grazed my face.

“And I knew right away. So, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head. So I went over to apologize to him and obviously, you guys saw what happened after that. But definitely accidental.”

James said that his ejection was warranted but a suspension was not. Upon returning Friday night, James incurred a $15,000 fine for grabbing his crotch, which he said was in retaliation to two Pacers fans doing the same. James had two Indiana fans sitting courtside ejected during overtime.

“When obscene gestures and language come into it, can’t be tolerated,” James told reporters after win over the Pacers. “There’s a difference between cheering for your team and not wanting the other team to win, and things I would never say to a fan and they shouldn’t say to me.”

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Delta, United Not Revising South Africa Flights Amid Variant Concerns

WASHINGTON—Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said on Friday they do not plan any changes to their South Africa-U.S. routes after the White House said it plans to impose new travel curbs on southern Africa starting Monday amid concerns about a new COVID-19 variant. Delta and United are the only U.S. passenger carriers that have direct flights to southern Africa. Delta currently operates service between Johannesburg and Atlanta three times weekly and the U.S. airline said “there are no planned adjustments to service at this time.” The White House said it plans to bar entry to most non-U.S. citizens who have been in South Africa and seven other African countries within the last 14 days. Airlines for America, a trade group representing major U.S. passenger and cargo carriers, said Friday it remains “in communication with the U.S. government as specifics remain unknown at this time and there are many unanswered …

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81 Million Votes: Joe Biden Goes for a Walk in Deep Blue Nantucket and Nobody Cares #LetsGoBrandon

US President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill (C) and daughter Ashley attend a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Nantucket, Massachusetts, November 26, 2021 during Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

2021 was the most expensive Thanksgiving in history.
* Gas prices are up to $3.4 per gallon, up from $2.00 per gallon last year
* There are rolling blackouts in the Golden State
* A New COVID variant hit the scene in Africa
* But the border is wide open
* Illegals are being paid to enter US
* There are up to 14,000 Americans still stranded in Afghanistan – if they are still alive
* The Taliban is holding parades with their record haul of US military equipment

On Friday Joe Biden took a stroll in Nantucket’s main town.
Nobody cared.

Not even 20 people gathered to see the imposter president.

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Nobody cares.

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Melissa DeRosa takes veiled swipe at Hochul

Disgraced Gov. Cuomo’s one-time top aide took a none-too-subtle swipe at his successor Friday evening over her handling of the coronavirus.

“Time to shift with the times — ribbon cuttings and photo ops drinking beers in UES bars maskless won’t get this job done,” Melissa DeRosa, the former secretary to the governor said in a tweet that was later deleted.

The crack was a reference to Gov. Hochul’s recent maskless visit to a crowded Manhattan sports bar in October.

“Thanks to New Yorkers getting vaccinated, @BuffaloBills fans can cheer on our team and enjoy Labatt Blue together again! Keep it up, New York!,” Hochul said in a tweet sharing images of her with a beer in hand. She was joined on the excursion with Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin.

As a former lieutenant governor herself, Hochul would also have been no stranger to ribbon cuttings, and it’s not the first time the line has been used against her by political opponents.

Gov. Kathy Hochul
Gov. Kathy Hochul has given local governments more control over the pandemic response in their communities.
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DeRosa also suggested Team Cuomo had been right to centralize control around themselves in Albany to fight the pandemic and chided efforts which have been pushed by Hochul to offer local governments more control over their pandemic response.

“Have been back upstate for 3 days and have to say, the lack of mask wearing is deeply disturbing,” DeRosa said in another Friday tweet. “Food for thought Deferring mask mandates to local governments isn’t ’empowering’ it’s abdicating responsibility,” she added.

DeRosa told The Post on Saturday that she deleted one of the tweets so as not to “distract.”

“[I] communicated my feelings on that in a series of tweets, but thought better of one, which I realized might distract from the actual public health concern and so I deleted it,” DeRosa said.

Gov. Kathy Hochul cuts ribbon
“Time to shift with the times — ribbon cuttings and photo ops drinking beers in UES bars maskless won’t get this job done,” Melissa DeRosa tweeted.
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“Waking up to a post holiday emergency meeting of the WHO over a new rapidly mutating variant combined with the total lack of mask wearing in much of the state is triggering for any New Yorker who lived through March and April of 2020,” she added.

DeRosa’s tweets came as new fears over the Omicron variant risk undermining Hochul’s recent covid COVID IS ALL CAPS triumphalism. It remains unclear how effective current vaccines will be at preventing infection from the new strain.

During her years as Secretary, DeRosa had long been one of Cuomo’s closest and most ferocious defenders, but critics have long accused his administration of botching the state’s response to the crisis. The governor infamously downplayed nursing home COVID deaths at the same time he was writing a book touring his successful response to the pandemic.

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Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration centralized control around themselves in Albany to fight the pandemic.
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“They kept local departments sidelined. They kept regions separated from one another. They withheld data, details and decisions. They lied when they thought they could get away with it and denied local collaboration,” Marc Molinaro, the county executive of Dutchess County told The Post. Molinaro, a Republican ran against Cuomo in the 2018 governor’s race.

“All of this was as absurd and unproductive as it was dangerous and deadly,” Molinaro said.

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Saudi Arabia to ease coronavirus curbs for travellers from all countries

Saudi authorities lifted the travel ban on its citizens after fourteen months due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions
FILE PHOTO: Saudis keeping social distance wait for their turn to check-in their baggages at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

November 27, 2021

CAIRO (REUTERS) – Saudi Arabia will allow direct entry to travellers from all countries who have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine starting next Saturday, its interior ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry added the travellers would need to quarantine for three days.

(Reporting by Omar Fahmy and Moataz Abdelrahiem; Editing by Mark Potter)

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“It’s Coming” – New York Gov. Hochul Declares State of Emergency Due to Omicron Variant

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency due to the new “Omicron” Covid variant spreading in Africa.

The declaration goes into effect on December 3 and gives the Health Department the power to limit “non-essential” procedures (will likely be enforced through the lens of equity) at hospitals.

“We continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said.

NBC New York reported:

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency ahead of potential COVID-19 spikes this winter due to the already-circulating Delta and newly-identified Omicron variants of coronavirus.

The declaration, which goes into effect on Dec. 3, will allow the state to acquire pandemic-fighting supplies, increase hospital capacity and fight potential staffing shortages. It would also allow the state Health Department to limit non-essential and non-urgent procedures at hospitals.

The variant contains around 50 concerning mutations from the original SARS CoV-2 virus that appeared in China in 2019, including more than 10 to the spike protein that allows the virus to access human cells.

In her release Friday, Hochul again urged New Yorkers to get the jab, noting that just under 10 percent of adults in the state hadn’t gotten at least one shot.

“The vaccine remains one of our greatest weapons in fighting the pandemic, and I encourage every New Yorker to get vaccinated, and get the booster if you’re fully vaccinated,” she said.

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UK’s Johnson sets out more measures to fight new COVID variant

British PM Johnson hosts Polish PM Morawiecki on Downing Street in London
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (not pictured) during their meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, November 26, 2021. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS

November 27, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled on Saturday new measures to try to stop the spread of a new coronavirus variant called Omicron, saying all arrivals would have to take a test and it was time to step up booster jabs.

“We will require anyone who enters the UK to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and to self-isolate until they have a negative result,” Johnson told a news conference.

He said those who had come into contact with people testing positive for a suspected case of Omicron would have to self-isolate for 10 days and that the government would tighten up the rules on wearing face coverings.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by William Schomberg)

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Soccer-Haaland scores on return to send Dortmund into top spot

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Soccer Football – Bundesliga – VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund – Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany – November 27, 2021 Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland scores their third goal REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

November 27, 2021

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) -Borussia Dortmund top striker Erling Haaland scored on his comeback with a second-half volley as his team came from a goal down to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 on Saturday and go provisionally top of the Bundesliga.

The Norwegian striker scored in the 81st minute after coming on as a second-half substitute following his recovery from a hip flexor muscle injury that had sidelined him since mid-October.

With their sixth win in the last seven league matches, Dortmund moved up to 30 points, two ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich, who are in action later on Saturday against Arminia Bielefeld.

The Bundesliga’s top two teams face each other next weekend.

“A lot has happened in the past few days. But we played a good game and the result stands above everything else,” Dortmund’s Julian Brandt said.

Dortmund had crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 3-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon.

“We are extremely happy. Now we have a good full week to prepare for Bayern and we will go into that game with a lot of confidence.”

The Wolves took a second-minute lead through Wout Weghorst who headed in at the near post to complete a textbook break that had left the Dortmund backline exposed.

The Ruhr valley club levelled with an Emre Can penalty in the 35th after captain Marco Reus was brought down in the box by Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix.

Donyell Malen put them in front by rifling in from a Reus pass to score for the third consecutive game in all competitions.

There was more good news for the visitors, with Haaland making a second-half substitute appearance and looking as sharp as ever ahead of the big game against the Bavarians next week.

He needed only eight minutes on the pitch to bag his 10th league goal in seven appearances, volleying in from close range to become the youngest ever player to reach 50 Bundesliga goals at 21 years and 128 days.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Clare Fallon)

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Soccer-Jota double sets up Liverpool rout of Southampton

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Soccer Football – Premier League – Liverpool v Southampton – Anfield, Liverpool, Britain – November 27, 2021 Southampton’s Lyanco in action with Liverpool’s Diogo Jota REUTERS/Phil Noble

November 27, 2021

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Diogo Jota’s early double set Liverpool on their way to a crushing 4-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday to move up to second in the Premier League standings.

The Portuguese forward steered home Andrew Robertson’s cutback to open the scoring after 97 seconds, before another simple finish following fine work from Mohamed Salah put Liverpool two goals up and in command inside 32 minutes.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara added to his stunning goal against Porto in the Champions League in midweek with a third five minutes later and Virgil van Dijk helped himself to a fourth against his former club early in the second half.

Jota had a great chance to complete his hat-trick but could not connect from close range as Liverpool eased to a win that lifted them above champions Manchester City, who play West Ham United on Sunday, and one point behind leaders Chelsea.

Southampton had their moments but they could not cope defensively and the loss left them 14th in the standings.

(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Soccer-Gerrard’s Villa win again to end Palace’s unbeaten run

Premier League - Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Soccer Football – Premier League – Crystal Palace v Aston Villa – Selhurst Park, London, Britain – November 27, 2021 Aston Villa’s Ashley Young in action with Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise and Cheikhou Kouyate Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

November 27, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Aston Villa continued their resurgence under new manager Steven Gerrard when they claimed a second consecutive Premier League victory by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Villa moved up to 11th in the standings, level with 10th-placed Palace on 16 points. The defeat was Patrick Vieira’s first at home since being appointed Palace manager and their first since losing at Liverpool in September.

Villa took advantage of Palace’s vulnerability on set-pieces when Ashley Young’s corner in the 15th minute was delivered deep into the box, where Matt Targett controlled the ball and shot low through the crowd to score.

Palace did not have a shot on target until the 79th minute when Christian Benteke’s acrobatic effort with his back to goal was saved by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Villa doubled the lead late in the game when a flowing move down the left found John McGinn at the edge of the box and the midfielder curled his shot past the outstretched arms of Vicente Guaita.

Palace scored a consolation in stoppage-time when Cheikhou Kouyate’s cross to the near post found Marc Guehi, who poked the ball past Martinez, but Villa held on for the three points.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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