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International Snow Sculpture Championships makes triumphant return this week



International Snow Sculpture Championships makes triumphant return this week

The International Snow Sculpture Championships, one of Breckenridge’s most beloved annual events, is making its comeback after the pandemic put it on hold, as was the case with many other traditions.

This week, competitors from around the world can be found in the Tiger Dredge parking lot, next to the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, carving their own unique works of art out of massive blocks of Breckenridge snow — each block is 12 feet tall and weighs about 25 tons.

Nine teams are competing this year, with three from Wisconsin and one each from Germany, Ecuador, Mexico and New York. There are also two Colorado teams, one of which is from Breckenridge.

Sculpting started Monday, Jan. 24, and will continue all week through 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28. The awards ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. that day at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and proof of vaccination is required for indoor events at the center.


Russia’s claim of Mariupol’s capture fuels concern for POWs



Russia’s claim of Mariupol’s capture fuels concern for POWs


POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s claimed seizure of a Mariupol steel plant that became a symbol of Ukrainian tenacity gives Russian President Vladimir Putin a sorely needed victory in the war he began, capping a nearly three-month siege that left a city in ruins and more than 20,000 residents feared dead.

After the Russian Defense Ministry announced late Friday that its forces had removed the last Ukrainian fighters from the plant’s miles of underground tunnels, concern mounted for the Ukrainian defenders who now are prisoners in Russian hands.

Denis Pushilin, the head of an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, said Saturday that the Ukrainians considered heroes by their fellow citizens were sure to face a tribunal for their wartime actions.

“I believe that a tribunal is inevitable here. I believe that justice must be restored. There is a request for this from ordinary people, society, and, probably, the sane part of the world community,” Russian state news agency Tass quoted Pushilin as saying.

Russian officials and state media repeatedly have tried to characterize the fighters who holed up in the Azovstal steel plant as neo-Nazis. Among the plant’s more than 2,400 defenders were members of the Azov Regiment, a national guard unit with roots in the far right.

The Ukrainian government has not commented on Russia’s claim of capturing Azovstal, which for weeks remained Mariupol’s last holdout of Ukrainian resistance, and with it completing Moscow’s long-sought goal of controlling the city, home to a strategic seaport.

Ukraine’s military this week told the fighters holed up in the plant, hundreds of them wounded, that their mission was complete and they could come out. It described their extraction as an evacuation, not a mass surrender.

The end of the battle for Mariupol would help Putin offset some stinging setbacks, including the failure of Russian troops to take over Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, the sinking of the Russian Navy’s flagship in the Black Sea and the continued resistance that has stalled an offensive in eastern Ukraine.

The impact of Russia’s declared victory on the broader war in Ukraine remained unclear. Many Russian troops already had been redeployed from Mariupol to elsewhere in the conflict, which began with the Russian invasion of its neighbor on Feb. 24.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov reported Saturday that Russia had destroyed a Ukrainian special-operations base in Black Sea region of Odesa as well as significant cache of Western-supplied weapons in northern Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region. There was no confirmation from the Ukrainian side.

In its morning operational report, the Ukrainian military general staff reported heavy fighting in much of eastern Ukraine, including the areas of Sievierodonetsk, Bakhmut and Avdiivka.

Since failing to capture Kyiv, Russia focused its offensive in the country’s eastern industrial heartland. The Russia-backed separatists have controlled parts of the Donbas region since 2014, and Moscow wants to expand the territory under its control.

Taking Mariupol furthers Russia’s quest to essentially create a land bridge from Russia via much of the Donbas area bordering Russia to the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, expressed gratitude to his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, who signed off Saturday on a fresh, $40 billion infusion of aid for the war-ravaged nation. Half of the funding provides military assistance.

Zelenskyy, in remarks to the traumatized nation late Friday, demanded anew that Russia pay “in one way or another for everything it has destroyed in Ukraine. Every burned house. Every ruined school, ruined hospital. Each blown up house of culture and infrastructure facility. Every destroyed enterprise.”

“Of course, the Russian state will not even recognize that it is an aggressor,” he continued. “But its recognition is not required.”

Mariupol, which is part of the Donbas, was blockaded early in the war and became a frightening example to people elsewhere in the country of the hunger, terror and death they might face if the Russians surrounded their communities.

As the end drew near at the steel plant, wives of fighters who had held out told of what they feared would be their last contact with their husbands.

Olga Boiko, the wife of a marine, wiped away tears as she shared the words her husband wrote her on Thursday: “Hello. We surrender, I don’t know when I will get in touch with you and if I will at all. Love you. Kiss you. Bye.”

The seaside steelworks, occupying some 11 square kilometers (4 square miles), had been a battleground for weeks. Drawing Russian airstrikes, artillery and tank fire, the dwindling group of outgunned fighters held out with the help of air drops before their government ordered them to abandon the plant.

Zelenskyy revealed in an interview published Friday that Ukrainian helicopter pilots braved Russian anti-aircraft fire to ferry in medicine, food and water to the steel mill as well as to retrieve bodies and rescue wounded fighters.

A “very large” number of the pilots died on their daring missions, he said. “They are absolutely heroic people, who knew that it would be difficult, knew that to fly would be almost impossible,” Zelenskyy said.

Russia claimed that the Azov Regiment’s commander was taken away from the plant in an armored vehicle because of local residents’ alleged hatred for him, but no evidence of Ukrainian antipathy toward the nationalist regiment has emerged.

The Kremlin has seized on the regiment’s far-right origins in its drive to to cast the invasion as a battle against Nazi influence in Ukraine. Russian authorities have threatened to put some of the steel mill’s defenders on trial for alleged war crimes and put them on trial.

With Russia controlling the city, Ukrainian authorities are likely to face delays in documenting evidence of alleged Russian atrocities in Mariupol, including the bombings of a maternity hospital and a theater where hundreds of civilians had taken cover.

Satellite images in April showed what appeared to be mass graves just outside Mariupol, where local officials accused Russia of concealing the slaughter by burying up to 9,000 civilians.

Earlier this month, hundreds of civilians were evacuated from the plant during humanitarian cease-fires and spoke of the terror of ceaseless bombardment, the dank conditions underground and the fear that they wouldn’t make it out alive.

At one point in the siege, Pope Francis lamented that Mariupol had become a “city of martyrs.”

An estimated 100,000 of the 450,000 people who resided there before the war remain. Many, trapped by Russia’s siege, were left without food, water and electricity.

The chief executive of Metinvest, a multinational company which owns the Azovstal plant and another steel mill, Ilyich, in Mariupol, spoke of the city’s devastation in an interview published Saturday in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“The Russians are trying to clean it (the city) up to hide their crimes,” the newspaper quoted Metinvest CEO Yuriy Ryzhenkov as saying. ”The inhabitants are trying to make the city function, to make water supplies work again.”

“But the sewer system is damaged, there has been flooding, and infections are feared” from drinking the water, he said.

The Ilyich steelworks still has some intact infrastructure, but if the Russians try to get it running, Ukrainians will refuse to return to their jobs there, Ryzhenkov said.

“We will never work under Russian occupation,” Ryzhenkov said.


McQuillan reported from Lviv. Stashevskyi reported from Kyiv. Associated Press journalists Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Frances D’Emilio in Rome, and other AP staffers around the world contributed.


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Mike Lupica: How good are these Yankees? We’ll find out over the next month



Mike Lupica: How good are these Yankees? We’ll find out over the next month

Things are always more interesting around here when the Yankees look like the YANKEES again, which means looking like they have a chance to be great again. That hasn’t happened in a while, maybe not since the American League Championship Series of 2019, one the Astros won with that buzzer-beating walk-off homer from our old friend, Jose Altuve.

They’ve definitely looked great so far, as just about everything possible has broken exactly right for them. They’ve been carried by their pitching, both starting and relief, by Aaron Judge and their other starting forward, Giancarlo Stanton. Judge and Stanton, of course, are the only two guys with 50-home run seasons on their resumes playing for the Yankees at the same time since Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were those guys in the ‘60s.

They have also been remarkably healthy until Chad Green, one of the horses in Aaron Boone’s bullpen, came up with a sore forearm the other day in Baltimore. You add it all up, and there are plenty of reasons why, as we move up on Memorial Day weekend and one of the first important marking periods, they do not just have the best record, but have looked like the best team.

And if we feel the same way about them a month from now, then maybe we just might have a special Yankee team on our hands. We just don’t know that yet, as much as some of their fans seem to think wishing can make it so.

For now, we need to pump the brakes on the trip to the Canyon of Heroes, and an imaginary ride alongside the ‘98 Yankees. They are a long way from there. And from being that.

Of course, you can only play who you play in sports. But the Yankees, unquestionably, have benefitted from what has turned out to be a dream schedule, one that in hindsight looks as if they drew up themselves. Through Thursday’s games, the only team they have faced carrying a winning record into this weekend was the Blue Jays, against whom they are 6-3. Considering the fact that the Blue Jays were just about everybody’s darlings coming into the season, that matters. So does this: The 20-18 Jays really are the best team the Yankees have faced.

Against the rest of the schedule, the Yankees came into the weekend at 22-7. It was a record that compiled against teams a combined 33 games under .500. Seven of those wins were against the Orioles, who somehow roll back into Yankee Stadium this coming week like the Welcome Wagon.

So the Yankees are feasting on bad/mediocre teams again, something they didn’t do last season, something that cost them in the standings, and mightily, since one more win would have had them playing their wild card game against the Red Sox at the Stadium. So they are beating teams they’re supposed to beat, which is something division-winning teams need to do. It is another pleasant surprise in this very pleasant surprise of the Yankee season.

So far, so good. Which might very well turn into great for these Yankees. And turn into a great October.

Still: We are going to have a much clearer and much sharper sense of just how much game they really have, and how sustainable it is, in the season that starts Memorial Day Weekend against the Rays — much more of a rival for them the past couple of years than the Red Sox — and then extends for the next month.

In that month, they will play 10 games against the Rays. They will play five against the Astros, another blood rival for reasons that have now become too tiresome to revisit. Three other games against Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout and an Angels team that has been another pleasant surprise of the ‘22 season. Three against the Jays in Toronto.

“There was all that talk about the Blue Jays coming into the season,” a really smart Yankee fan I know, was saying on Friday. “And it was like everybody conveniently forgot that it’s our friends from St. Petersburg who have won back-to-back titles in the East, something my team hasn’t managed to do in a decade.”

None of this diminishes what really has been a ‘98-like start to this season and the excitement that has come with it for Yankee fans. Judge has become as big a star, in all ways, as there is in the sport, slugging like it’s his rookie season all over again, when he broke the all-time rookie home run record (until Pete Alonso broke it on him) and finished second to old friend Altuve in the MVP voting. Over the first quarter of this season, Judge has been second to nobody, not even Stanton, who’s been slugging in April and May the way he has in October for the Yankees.

For the past month, Gerrit Cole has been the kind of ace the Yankees paid him $324 million to be, the opposite of which he was in a Wild Card game when he couldn’t get out of the third inning at Fenway Park, the game feeling as if it were over by the time he got to the visitors’ clubhouse. Nestor Cortes, who brought his snappy 1.35 earned run average into the weekend, has maybe been the biggest surprise of this surprise season. Gleyber Torre has shown flashes of having it in him to be a baseball star again, even if his batting average through the Orioles series was .241.

And yet:

And yet Aaron Hicks and Joey Gallo, two darlings of the front office, still had batting averages below the Mendoza Line when the Yankees got back to Yankee Stadium on Friday night. DJ LeMahieu still does not look close to being the hitter he was in his first seasons with the Yankees, at least not yet.

All of that didn’t slow them down on the way to 28-10. Another reason is that the Yankees have been blessed with amazingly good health at a time when the Mets haven’t had Jacob deGrom at all and won’t have Max Scherzer for two months and lost a key setup man in Trevor May and their own surprise starter in Tylor Megill and just had Starling Marte miss the Cardinals series on bereavement leave. And somehow, with all that the Mets have lost a grand total of one series since Opening Day and came into the weekend with a bigger lead in the NL East than the Yankees had in the AL East.

Buck Showalter’s Mets have survived a gauntlet already. We’ll see how long that continues without deGrom and Scherzer. As we are about to see how the Yankees survive the gauntlet of their schedule between now and the last game of their Astros series near the end of June. If they do survive, and keep advancing, then it’s worth talking about them having a chance to make this a regular reason to remember. When they finally start playing good teams we’ll know if they’re as good as they’ve looked against the bad ones. We just don’t know that yet.


Who knew Elon Musk, Mr. Tweeter Dumb, was this much of a whiner?

Before the first quarter of Game 7 was over in Phoenix, Luka looked as if he were playing five guys at the Y.

Well, it turns out that the Polar Bear was no flash in the pan, am I right?

Even with all those 9th inning comebacks for the Mets this season, the biggest win of the season so far was the last game of the Cardinals series.

It was in the shadow of Scherzer’s oblique injury and the Mets badly needed a win, maybe for their collective psyche more than anything else.

Then Mr. Alonso walked it off.

What J.J. Redick ought to do is apologize for insulting 93-year-old Bob Cousy by saying that Cousy, one of the most creative players in NBA history and one of the gentlemen of sports history, was guarded by firemen and plumbers in his day.

I like Redick’s work on ESPN a lot.

But what he knows about the NBA of the ‘50s and ‘60s could fit inside a shot glass.

Seems as if Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher have a nice, healthy dialogue going.

From the first night he played Rafael Barba on “Law and Order: SVU” all the way through Thursday night’s season finale, Raul Esparza has given one of the consistently fine performances in recent network TV history.

Sidney Crosby is right: If a guy can’t play without a helmet, blow the damn whistle if it comes off.

Alan Shipnuck’s book on Phil Mickelson is a really fun read, if not about a particularly fun subject these days.

The All-England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon is one that should be reversed.

And won’t be.


Because they’re Wimbledon, dammit, that’s why.

Bill de Blasio says he’s running for Congress and my first reaction, nothing I could do to stop it, was this:

Who asked him?

After those three homers the other night, Trevor Story is liking old Fenway a lot better.

And old Fenway is liking him a lot better.

By the way, you know what the two most beautiful words in the English language are for the Red Sox these days?

Wild card.

Or should that be one word, I’m never entirely sure?

My pal Barry Stanton says that you gotta love Aaron Judge citing his irritation with load management for another big day at the plate.

We are about to find out over the next two weeks if Carlos Alcaraz, the most exciting kid to come into men’s tennis since Fed and Rafa and Djoker were kids, is ready to win his first major at Roland Garros.

Who’s doing Greg Norman’s PR lately, Judge Alito?


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Young Sheldon Season 6: When Will It Relase? Is It In 2022 Or 2023?



Young Sheldon Season 6: When Will It Relase? Is It In 2022 Or 2023?

Young Sheldon Season 6 is the supposed upcoming season of the Situation Comedy TV Series. The show is a spin-off of the popular Comedy TV Series Big Bag Theory. Young Sheldon follows the life of Sheldon, one of the leading characters in The Big Bang Theory.

The story follows the life of a boy whose IQ is off the charts while his EQ is almost non-existent. Now picture him in a High School setting. That was the story for the first few seasons. In the previous season, Sheldon was deemed too smart for Highschool and since he has already finished in curriculum.

He was allowed to graduate and attend college. With that came a whole set of other problems. The show makes it clear that just being book smart won’t help you in every life situation.

When To Expect The New Season?

The show started premiering on the 25th of September 2017. The show has aired over 100 episodes over 5 seasons. New episodes were aired weekly on Thursdays and had an episode duration of 30 minutes each. It was announced back in 2021 that the show had been renewed for 3 more seasons.

Meaning Season 6 is confirmed. The show has an excellent fan base and it would be accurate to assume the entire fandom of Big Bang Theory is by default fans of Young Sheldon also. Even though Sheldon is smart beyond his age his struggles with life are relatable.

His own family struggles to understand him. He has no one to have a meaningful conversation with. It is pretty evident early on that Sheldon is the smartest person in the room. In every room. Even at school, it is clear that he is much smarter than even his teachers. Rather than feeling lonely Sheldon feels superior to others is what makes the show funny.

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Where To Watch The Show

The shows international fans need not fret as several popular streaming services have this particular TV Show Even if you are not comfortable with the Default language there must be several voice-over & subtitle options available based on your geographical location.

We know that you can stream the show on Amazon Prime as well as from the official CBS Streaming Website. Further more, you can also watch it on Paramount+. The show has an IMDB rating of 7.5 /10 and a rotten tomatoes rating of 80%.

Is The Release Year 2022 Or 2023?

Young Sheldon Season 6 is scheduled to release in the Fall of 2022. To answer your question Yes, Young Sheldon Season 6 will return in 2022. Even though it is a Spin-off series you need not have to watch The Big Bang Theory understand Young Sheldon.

The show is perfect for someone who is looking to get a good laugh. The fact that Sheldon used to share a classroom with his oldest sibling Georgie and he graduated even before his older brother will not be funny. The new college dynamic is fun too. It’s a whole new section of the map for Sheldon on Conquer.

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