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Paul Manafort may face new charges after reportedly lying to Russia investigators



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Former Trump task chairman Paul Manafort could come across included costs after lawyers in the special encourage’s Russia exam declared he existed to them along with harmed his allure agreement, area lawyers declared Friday.

One Of The Most approximately day development in Manafort’s circumstance includes a time of public job in special encourage Robert Mueller’s exam. Area lawyers got a guilty allure from UNITED STATE President Donald Trump’s very long time authorized fixer on Thursday along with appear lining up costs versus another Trump supporter.

The opportunity of new costs adds to the authorized threat of Manafort, the single political specialist that presently comes across years behind bars after being started guilty of financial fraud criminal tasks in Virginia along with pleading guilty to conspiracy concept issues in Washington.

UNITED STATE Location Court Amy Berman Jackson developed a tentative sentencing day of March 5 as area lawyers plan to expose complying with week what they assume are the lies Manafort notified since pleading guilty in September along with granting approve the exam.

mafort’s lawyers, that shoot down that Manafort existed, will absolutely have a possibility to respond along with a court is expected to pay attention to disputes before establishing whether he breached his allure deal.

Area lawyer Andrew Weissmann notified the court that area lawyers had actually not yet decided whether to send new costs versus Manafort for the intended lies, asserting, “That resolution has really not been made.”

Trump is handling continued worries relating to whether he might excuse Manafort. At the precise very same time, he is minimizing the significance of the guilty allure of his previous lawful agent, Michael Cohen, for existing to Congress.

None of the existing movings by Mueller has really definitively attended to the worry of whether Trump or his associates worked together with Russian disruption in the 2016 governmental task. Along with they do not straight fee the president of any type of sort of criminal transgression or program that the president experiences authorized threat.

Yet Trump has really regularly showed up in Mueller’s exam, with suggestions to him in Cohen’s allure on Thursday along with in a draft allure bargain got to typical writer along with conspiracy concept thinker Jerome Corsi along with exposed today.

Trump has really shared empathy for Manafort, Corsi along with his very long time confidant Roger Rock, educating The New york city city Article today that they were “exceptionally handle” for withstanding the Mueller exam. He declared a reason for Manafort, that has really turned down existing to investigatives, had actually not been “off the table.”

That opportunity of a reason has really drawn in argument, including from Mark Detector, the leading Democrat on the Senate understanding board that declared it would absolutely be a “complete abuse of power” along with could inspire legal task versus the president.

Manafort faces 5 years behind bars on each price in his allure agreement. He is similarly prepped to be penalized on 8 felony issues in a various circumstance in Virginia in February.

Trump has really spent existing weeks casting Mueller’s team as figured out on harming the lives of those in the president’s orbit. Furnished with details passed along by Manafort’s attorneys to the president’s authorized team, Trump has really linked area lawyers of dirty strategies along with pressing witnesses to exist.

Trump’s lawyers’ strategy with Manafort’s lawyers was unusual because it continued after he pled guilty to 2 felony costs along with approved approve the area lawyers. Trump’s authorized team similarly has really acquired help from Corsi. He notified The Associated Press that while touching Mueller’s team, he led his lawful agent to informally share details with Trump’s attorneys, including Jay Sekulow.

Sekulow similarly obtained the draft allure submits a variety of weeks back. The authorized team alerted the Justice Department nonetheless separately disliked a recommendation to Trump in the paper.

Corsi, that refuted the allure deal, has really declared he prepares for to be billed by Mueller with existing to investigatives as part of the probe’s evaluation of WikiLeaks along with whether he or Rock had development understanding of the group’s launch of numerous hacked emails drawn from Clinton task chairman John Podesta. Mueller along with UNITED STATE understanding companies have really declared Russia was the source of the item provided to WikiLeaks.

Both Corsi along with Rock have really turned down having any type of sort of phone call with WikiLeaks or having any type of sort of foreknowledge of its methods. Corsi similarly declines making wrong statements to investigatives.


Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics 109-103 for 2-1 series lead



Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

It was a night that was going to leave the Miami Heat at a loss, regardless of the outcome, with Jimmy Butler’s night done at halftime due to knee inflammation.

But that also is where the Heat held the line, riding the aggression of center Bam Adebayo to a harrowing 109-103 victory Saturday night over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

On the rare night when the Heat started whole, with point guard Kyle Lowry back from his hamstring strain and power forward back P.J. Tucker from a knee issue, the Heat soon had to find a way to finish in the absence of their scoring leader.

So Adebayo became their scoring leader, closing with 31 points and 10 rebounds, after scoring a combined 16 in the series’ first two games, including a key late jumper.

With Lowry providing stability in his return and Tucker aggression, the Heat rode a variety of complementary contributions on both ends, including a key late Max Strus 3-pointer, on the way to regaining homecourt advantage.

Strus added 16 points, with Lowry closing with 11 points and six assists, and Tucker 17 points and seven rebounds.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 40 points.

The series continues with Monday’s 8:30 p.m. Game 4 at TD Garden.

Five Degrees of Heat from Saturday’s game:

1. Closing time: The Heat led 39-18 at the end of the opening period, their scoring high for any quarter this postseason, pushing that lead to 26 in the second period, before taking a 62-47 lead into the intermission.

The Celtics closed within nine in the third, but the Heat advantage again was 15 going into the fourth quarter, at 87-72.

And then, suddenly, a 20-4 Celtics run trimmed the Heat lead to 93-92 with 2:40 to play.

But that’s when Strus stepped up a 3-pointer with 2:16 to play to put the Heat up 96-92, with Adebayo following with a 17-foot jumper with 1:21 to play.

Further doubt ended when Lowry snuck in to steal a Celtics inbounds pass and feed Strus for a layup that made it 103-94 with 42.5 seconds remaining, allowing the Heat to withstand a late Brown 3-pointer.

2. Always something: The rare night when the Heat started whole took a decided turn to the concerning when Butler was unable to make it out for the start of the second half due to recurring knee inflammation.

That had Victor Oladipo, who did not play in the first half, with the starters at the open of the third period.

Butler’s night ended with eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

Butler previously missed the Heat’s Game 5 closeout victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round due to inflammation in the right knee.

3. Message received: At the morning shootaround, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Adebayo, “We want him more involved.”

Message received.

Adebayo opened 5 of 6 from the field, scoring his 10th point 5:37 into the game.

Adebayo’s 12th point moved him past Tim Hardaway for 10th on the all-time Heat playoff list and he was up to 16 points at halftime. He had 23 points going into the fourth.

4. Lowry back: Lowry was back after missing eight of the previous 10 games due to a strained left hamstring, re-establishing his leadership with the first unit.

Mindful of the ailment, he went into the locker-room tunnel during his time out of the game.

Lowry, 36, previously had attempted to return from the hamstring in the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers after a four-game absence, only to miss four more games.

Spoelstra stressed that the setback against the 76ers was not a setback in terms of Lowry’s rehab.

“He didn’t reinjure,” Spoelstra said. “I think that was important, so he still was able to heal. If he did reinjure it, I think he would have been out a lot longer. It’s just he still felt it, so we erred on the side of caution and taking more time.”

With Lowry back but on a minutes watch, Gabe Vincent, who had started in his place, was first off the Heat bench, splitting the 24 first-half minutes evenly with Lowry.

5. Tucker, too: Also back was Tucker, who bruised his left knee in Thursday night’s Game 2 loss to the degree that there were initial thoughts of requiring an MRI.

Tucker left Thursday night’s loss at FTX Arena after first injuring the knee in the first half and the aggravating it in the third quarter.

He then had eight points and four rebounds in Saturday night’s first half.

Spoelstra paused when asked what it would take to keep Tucker, 37, out.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I think all of us, you’re kind of on eggshells with him. You can’t ask him how he’s doing. I can’t ask a trainer, because if he sees me talking to a trainer, he barks at me and yells at me if I’m talking to the trainers. I’m allowed to talk to the trainers, that is part of my job.

“But he is a throwback by every definition of that.”


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Winderman’s view: Bam Adebayo does it, with more needed, plus other Heat-Celtics thoughts



Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s record-breaking kick honored as NFL’s Best Moment of the Year

Observations and other notes of interest from Saturday night’s 109-103 NBA playoff victory over the Boston Celtics:

– Heat coach Erik Spoelstra rarely shows his hand before a game.

– Any hand. Any game.

– Saturday morning was different.

– With Bam Adebayo averaging a meager eight points two games into this series, on an average of five shots, he knew more had to be done.

– And that Adebayo had to be doing more.

– “We want him more involved,” Spoelstra said before noon at TD Garden. “And I have to do a better job of that, of making sure that he’s involved, engaged, giving us some triggers.”

– Spoelstra paused, as if to make clear he wasn’t talking about handing the keys to Adebayo.,

– “It might not necessarily be what everybody thinks it may be,” he said. “But he’s a very important part of our offense and how we function.”

– So they treated him as such.

– And Adebayo treated himself as such.

– “I think we’ll be able to get him in places where he can be assertive in how he was all season,” Spoelstra said.

– That mission was accomplished in the opening minutes, Adebayo up to a series-high 10 points with 6:23 remaining in the opening period.

– Now all that is needed is for Adebayo to do it again.

– Because with Jimmy Butler’s right knee again inflamed, there might not be any other choice.

– Even with Kyle Lowry back.

– Even with Victor Oladipo available.

– The twists keep coming.

– But at least the Heat on Saturday night untangled Adebayo.

– With Lowry (hamstring) and P.J. Tucker (knee) available, the Heat got back to their primary starting lineup, one rounded out by Butler, Adebayo and Max Strus.

– With their starts, Butler and Lowry both tied Terry Porter for 79th on the all-time NBA playoff list, moving them past Moses Malone and Dennis Rodman for 80th.

– With Spoelstra mindful of Lowry’s minutes, previous starting point guard Gabe Vincent was the first reserve off the Heat bench.

– Dewayne Dedmon followed, and then Tyler Herro and Caleb Martin together.

– Then, briefly, Duncan Robinson.

– And eventually Oladipo out of necessity.

– Butler’s first point moved him past Rick Barry for 79th on the all-time NBA playoff list.

– Butler’s third point moved him past Cliff Hagan for 78th on the all-time NBA playoff list.

– Adebayo’s 12th point moved him past Tim Hardaway for 10th on the all-time Heat playoff list.

– Lowry’s first 3-pointer moved him past JJ Redick for 27th on the all-time NBA playoff list and tied him with Rasheed Wallace for 26th.

– Lowry’s first steal moved him past Tony Allen, Jamaal Wilkes and Terry Porter for 62nd on the all-time NBA playoff list.

– Strus’ second 3-pointer moved him past Damon Jones for 20th on the all-time Heat playoff list.

– Spoelstra went in stressing that he knew if his ailing players could play they would.

– “We have a locker room full of these kinds of guys,” he said. “There’s been so much narrative in this league about load management, guys resting, guys sitting out for better or worse. We don’t have guys wired like that.”

– Celtics coach Ime Udoka went in seeking a solid start in order to inspire the home crowd.

– “I’d say in general, our starts at times weren’t the best in the Milwaukee series, even Brooklyn to some extent early,” Udoka said pregame. “To get the crowd into it, you want to have good starts.”

– He added, “I don’t think we focus on home or road as much as some other teams maybe. We’ve been really good on the road at times, as you saw in the Milwaukee series. And so for us it’s neither here nor there.”

– Udoka pregame also discussed the emotional approach of guard Marcus Smart toward his Celtics teammates.

– “I’ve always said guys have been receptive to constructive criticism and they have the freedom to discuss, debate and talk back if they have something to say,” he said. “So an open line of communication from all of us I think has been beneficial. Feelings don’t get hurt.”

– He added, “Guys that have been together for a while can get on each other and respond in the proper way. And so Marcus is a guy that plays with his emotions on his sleeve, says what comes to mind at times. I don’t think guys are sensitive to the delivery. It’s more so what’s being said.”

– Spoelstra also addressed Smart’s fire, “You have to respect Marcus as a competitor more than anything.”


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Wings use dominant third quarter to blow by Lynx



Wings use dominant third quarter to blow by Lynx

“Exactly right.”

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve didn’t hold back on what she thinks of her team’s 1-6 record to start the season after another loss on Saturday.

Minnesota fell to Dallas 94-78 when the Lynx turned a halftime lead into a 15-point deficit after the third quarter.

“There’s always a quarter,” Reeve said. “Until you find a defensive identity and you play with some toughness, you don’t get out-worked, this is going to be the result.”

It was a tale of two halves for the Lynx. The first quarter ended with Minnesota holding a five-point lead. Though the second quarter wasn’t as strong, the Lynx still went to halftime with a two-point lead.

The third quarter was where everything changed as Dallas’ offense took control.

“For us, we just need to get in the gym and we need to get better together at playing together, moving together and putting in the effort to get stops,” starting forward Jessica Shepard said.

Minnesota was outscored by 17 points in the third quarter alone. The Wings’ 36 points in that frame tied the most points against in any quarter this season for the Lynx. On May 10, the Lynx surrendered 36 points in the second quarter in a loss to Indiana.

The biggest trend leading to Dallas’ surge in the third quarter was a sudden turnaround in shooting percentage. For much of the first half, the Wings had a shooting percentage around 35 percent. As the fourth quarter expired, they had ballooned that percentage to just under 50 percent for the game — 46.6 percent.

They were able to take so many shots because of the Lynx faltered on the defensive glass.

While the Lynx got just four offensive rebounds, the Wings took control off their own shots and collected 15 offensive boards. Even on a night when Minnesota got 20 defensive rebounds on its own, Dallas nearly met that total in its favor on the offensive glass.

“We talked about that it would be more challenging to go get rebounds, but we certainly wanted to keep them off the glass,” Reeve said. “That was a priority, probably couldn’t tell.”

Things remained mostly even in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done in the third as Minnesota was thwarted by Dallas’ quick-paced attack and explosive offense.

On the other end, Minnesota didn’t capitalize on its own shots, missing points from much of the offense. All five starters had at least 12 points in the loss, but it still all came back to defensive cohesion.

“Honestly, it’s trust, and helping each other,” starting guard Moriah Jefferson said. “We have to make sure we’re in our schemes … that comes from trust, that comes from chemistry. We’re going to be better, I’m going to make sure of that.”

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