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Minnesota Twins sign Randy Dobnak to 5-year, $9.25M extension

The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Randy Dobnak to a five-year, $9.25M extension. The deal, pending a physical, includes three club option years with escalators that can bring the total amount up to $29.75M. 

The 26-year-old Dobnak first signed with the Twins in 2017. He reached the majors in 2019 after spending almost two years as a driver for Uber and Lyft on the side to make extra money.  The pitcher has appeared in 19 games for the Twins, including 15 starts. He is 8-5 with a 3.12 ERA, 1.267 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 75 innings. Dobnak is expected to start the 2021 campaign in the Twins’ bullpen. 

Sources: Twins’ Dobnak gets $9.25M extension

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Trevor Lawrence will not attend NFL Draft; opts to watch at Clemson

Trevor Lawrence won’t attend the 2021 NFL draft in Cleveland on April 29, and instead will watch the draft at Clemson with “a few family members and friends.”

The former Clemson quarterback is expected to be selected by the Jaguars with the No. 1 overall pick. He could be one of four quarterbacks selected in the first four picks, joining BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. Lawerence will be the first Clemson player selected with the No. 1 pick if he is the first player taken off the board in April. 

Lawrence tallied 90 passing touchdowns and just 17 interceptions in 40 career starts, adding an additional 18 scores on the ground.

Report: Trevor Lawrence Declines 2021 NFL Draft Invite; Will Watch at Clemson

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Several confirmed tornadoes touch down in Alabama bringing destruction and injury to area

A tornado tore through a housing subdivision in Alabama on Thursday, causing severe destruction. Thousands were left without power across the Deep South as strong winds and heavy downpours swept across the region. The National Weather Service issued multiple tornado warnings in Alabama and surrounding states where forecasters said strong twisters that could stay on the ground for miles. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued an emergency declaration for 46 counties as the severe weather approached, and officials opened shelters in and around Birmingham. 

Severe weather also hit parts of Mississippi on Thursday, a day after authorities reported a weather-related death in the southwestern part of the state. Parts of Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia were also at risk of strong tornadoes, and areas in the path of Thursday’s storms included Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee.

A flash-flood watch Thursday covered northern parts of Alabama and Georgia and portions of Tennessee and western North Carolina. Up to 4 inches of rain were predicted, with higher amounts possible in northern Alabama.

Multiple tornadoes strike Alabama, thousands without power

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President Biden holds first formal news conference, taking questions on border crisis and Covid pandemic

President Joe Biden held his first formal news conference Thursday afternoon and was dominated by questions regarding the border crisis. The White House attempted to keep the news conference focused on the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic with a string of vaccination logistical funding announcements in the hours before it began. The president began the conference by detailing a new vaccination target, after his initial goal of 100 million vaccines was reached last week.  However the President was questioned by reporters to detail actions he is taking to address a surge in undocumented migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and was not asked any direct questions about the pandemic.

Biden said his policies were not the cause of an increase in children arriving at the border, and instead blamed former President Donald Trump for neglecting Central America while in office and for implementing policies that led to overcrowding in facilities at the border. Biden said that the seasonal uptick in migration that occurs each spring before the deadly summer heat was also reason for the increase in migrant children arriving right now. The president said Thursday he would “commit to transparency” once his policies were in place, but did not provide a timeline for doing so.

Prior to Thursday’s event, Biden had gone longer without holding a formal news conference than any first-term president in decades, breaking with a longstanding tradition of taking questions from White House press corps at a dedicated event within the first month of office. Thirty reporters attended the news conference, a smaller number than normal due to distancing measures in place for the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden holds 1st formal news conference, faces questions on pandemic, migrant surge

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Orlando Magic trade forward Aaron Gordon to Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets have acquired forward Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic in exchange for veteran shooting guard Gary Harris, rookie R.J. Hampton and a first-round draft pick. Denver also is receiving forward Gary Clark as part of the trade package.

The 25-year-old Gordon averaged 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Magic this season. He was the fourth overall pick by Orlando in the 2014 draft. Gordon may be best remembered for his performances during NBA slam dunk contests. In 2020, he finished runner-up in a showdown with Derrick Jones Jr. Gordon missed the playoffs last season due to a strained left hamstring.

Report: Nuggets Acquire Aaron Gordon in Trade With Magic

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Texas Rangers DH Khris Davis to miss start of season due to quad injury

The Texas Rangers will be opening their 2021 MLB season without DH Khris Davis due to his left quadriceps injury. Rangers general manager Chris Young said Wednesday that Davis will miss three to four weeks due to the strain, which occurred Tuesday when Davis ran out a bunt single in a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward told reporters Wednesday: “We’ll see how it works out, and obviously we have a few more roster decisions to make. I don’t know for sure how we’re going to move on from here, but we still got some more decisions to make.”

The Oakland Athletics traded the 33-year-old Davis to the Rangers in February. Davis hit .200 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 30 games last season for the Athletics, and has hit at least 42 home runs in each season from 2016 through 2018. He hit an MLB-best 48 homers in 2018.

Rangers’ Khris Davis (quad) will miss start of season

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President Biden assigns Vice President Harris to lead the effort to ‘stem migration flow’ from border

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he was assigning Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his administration’s effort to stem migration from Central America, calling her “the most qualified person to do it.”  Biden said Harris would “lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle” — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — which he said, “are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks — stemming the migration to our southern border” as the United States deals with a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing its southern border.

Senior administration officials said Wednesday that Harris will work along two tracks — “stemming the flow of irregular migrants to the U.S.” in the near term, and in the longer term, establishing a “strategic partnership” with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries “based on respect and shared values, to enhance prosperity, combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law.”

Harris said Wednesday “there’s no question that this is a challenging situation” and that she planned to engage with foreign leaders, civil society and the private sector. Harris added: “I also look forward to working with members of Congress who I think share our perspective on the need to address root causes for the migration that we’ve been seeing.”

Biden tasks Harris with ‘stemming the migration’ on southern border

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Millions across Southern U.S. brace for new severe weather syste,

The areas of the southern United States from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky are bracing themselves for more potentially damaging and dangerous weather conditions into Thursday night.

A second and more powerful storm this week threatens to bring violent thunderstorms and flooding rain; the first storm of the week brought torrential rain and localized flooding from part of the upper Texas coast to Louisiana and part of Mississippi into Tuesday night.

Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys were hit with destructive severe weather and tornadoes last week, with 56 reports of tornadoes, 27 incidents of large hail and 79 episodes of damaging wind gusts.

Storm-battered South prepares for possible second tornado outbreak in a week

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Millions across Southern U.S. brace for new severe weather system

The areas of the southern United States from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky are bracing themselves for more potentially damaging and dangerous weather conditions into Thursday night.

A second and more powerful storm this week threatens to bring violent thunderstorms and flooding rain; the first storm of the week brought torrential rain and localized flooding from part of the upper Texas coast to Louisiana and part of Mississippi into Tuesday night.

Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys were hit with destructive severe weather and tornadoes last week, with 56 reports of tornadoes, 27 incidents of large hail and 79 episodes of damaging wind gusts.

Storm-battered South prepares for possible second tornado outbreak in a week

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Wide receiver T.Y Hilton returning to Indianapolis Colts in 1-year,

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is returning to the Indianapolis Colt after signing a deal for one year and $10 million, with $8 million guaranteed.  The 31-year-old Hilton confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday. 

Hilton was a third-round pick of the Colts in 2012. He has made four Pro Bowls throughout his career. However he struggled in 2020, totaling just 762 receiving yards on 56 catches.

WR Hilton returns to Colts on 1-year, $10M deal

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