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Ish Smith scored 22 points off the bench, Langston Galloway added 15 points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and the Detroit Pistons moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference by downing the Miami Heat 119-96 on Saturday night. Blake Griffin had 20 points while Galloway and Luke Kennard each scored 17 for the Pistons (28-30), who are 1 1/2 games behind Brooklyn for the No. 6 spot. Reggie Jackson added 13 points and Andre Drummond had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit, which started the fourth quarter on a 25-8 run to turn a fairly close game into a rout. Galloway was the catalyst of all that, hitting four 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the final quarter. He had scored a total of 28 points in February before his dazzling fourth quarter spurt put the game away for the Pistons. Josh Richardson scored 22 for Miami, which is 0-5 at home and 5-12 overall since Jan. 12. Dion Waiters scored 17, Dwyane Wade added 15 and Hassan Whiteside had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat (26-32), who fell to 10th in the East. Miami got point guard Goran Dragic on the floor for the first time since Dec. 10, after a two-month rehab to recover from right knee surgery. The rest of the Heat injury news was bad. Miami was without Justise Winslow — who has been the starting point guard in Dragic's absence — because of a sore left knee, and James Johnson also missed the game while dealing with a sprained left shoulder. If that wasn't enough, the Heat then lost starting forward Rodney McGruder in the first half with a bruised right knee and said his status would be evaluated further on Sunday. Dragic came off the bench and finished with four points in 16 minutes. Duncan Robinson, who didn't play in the first half, started in McGruder's spot to open the third quarter. The Heat were up 29-18 late in the first quarter, after making 13 of their first 23 shots. It turned quickly from there in Detroit's direction. The Pistons outscored Miami 46-20 over the next 15 minutes, running out to a 64-49 lead while holding the Heat to 6-for-28 shooting over that span. Whiteside was 3 for 7 from the floor during that stretch, and his teammates were a combined 3 for 21. Miami got within five later in the third, and was within eight to open the fourth. But Galloway's 3-pointer with 10:22 left capped Detroit's 7-0 spurt to open the final quarter, and the Pistons lead was back to 15 at 91-76. Galloway added a four-point play about three minutes later, pushing Detroit's edge to 21. The Pistons would eventually lead by 26. TIP-INS Pistons: Detroit, which went 6-10 in January, is 6-2 so far in February. ... The Pistons are exactly 28-30 after 58 games for the third consecutive year. They were 29-29 at this point in 2015-16. ... University of Miami coach Jim Larranaga and assistant Chris Caputo were at the game to watch Pistons rookie Bruce Brown, who played for the Hurricanes. Heat: It was Miami's first home game in three weeks. Saturday started a run where the Heat play 10 times at home in a 12-game stretch. ... Miami was 7 for 28 from 3-point range, and its bench was outscored 66-35 by Detroit's reserves. ELLINGTON RETURNS Former Heat guard Wayne Ellington, traded earlier this month to Phoenix and then waived to sign with Detroit, returned to Miami as an opponent for the first time since the moves. Ellington spent a good part of his pregame warmup greeting former teammates, coaches and Heat officials. The reunions continue Monday when the Heat play host to Phoenix — the new home for Tyler Johnson, who was also in the Ellington trade. SECOND SWING Detroit outscored Miami 34-17 in the second quarter — the biggest margin for the Pistons in a second quarter all season. It was the fifth time that Miami has been outscored by at least 15 points in that period this season. UP NEXT Pistons: Host Indiana on Monday. Detroit lost to the Pacers 125-88 on Dec. 28. Heat: Host Phoenix on Monday. The Heat are 16-1 since 2009 against the Suns. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 3 Evening' game were: 4-7-9 (four, seven, nine)
The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 5 Evening' game were: 7-3-4-9-6 (seven, three, four, nine, six)
The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 2 Evening' game were: 7-7 (seven, seven)
The winning numbers in Saturday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 4 Evening' game were: 0-3-9-0 (zero, three, nine, zero)
Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Griffin 7-19 4-7 20, Drummond 4-6 4-4 12, Jackson 4-10 5-5 13, Ellington 2-6 0-0 6, Leuer 0-0 0-0 0, Maker 2-3 0-0 6, Pachulia 2-4 0-0 4, Galloway 6-7 1-1 17, Smith 8-9 5-6 22, Robinson III 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Kennard 6-11 2-3 17. Totals 42-80 21-26 119. Richardson 8-16 4-5 22, Olynyk 2-7 4-5 9, Whiteside 6-10 1-2 13, Waiters 7-14 1-2 17, McGruder 0-5 0-0 0, Terry 0-1 1-2 1, Robinson 1-2 1-2 4, Jones Jr. 1-4 2-2 4, Anderson 1-1 0-0 3, Adebayo 1-2 2-2 4, Dragic 2-6 0-0 4, Wade 6-14 3-5 15. Totals 35-82 19-27 96. 3-Point Goals_Detroit 14-33 (Galloway 4-5, Kennard 3-5, Maker 2-3, Ellington 2-5, Griffin 2-8, Smith 1-1, Thomas 0-2, Jackson 0-4), Miami 7-28 (Richardson 2-6, Waiters 2-6, Anderson 1-1, Robinson 1-2, Olynyk 1-5, Whiteside 0-1, Dragic 0-1, Wade 0-2, McGruder 0-2, Jones Jr. 0-2). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Detroit 41 (Drummond 14), Miami 33 (Whiteside 15). Assists_Detroit 21 (Smith 9), Miami 18 (Waiters 5). Total Fouls_Detroit 24, Miami 22. Technicals_Detroit coach Pistons (Defensive three second), Miami coach Heat (Defensive three second). A_19,600 (19,600).
The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Bystanders say a tornado has destroyed or heavily damaged some businesses in a commercial district in Columbus, Mississippi, toppling trees and blacking out power in the area. Lee Lawrence, who has been selling used cars for decades in the city, says four buildings on his car sales lot have been destroyed, trees have fallen across vehicles and the windows of many cars were shattered when the tornado roared through Saturday afternoon. Speaking by phone, Lawrence tells The Associated Press he will rebuild. 'It will be a start-over deal,' says Lawrence, who wasn't present when the tornado struck. 'I can't say it will come back better or stronger, but we'll come back.' A photographer for The AP says he also saw antique collector cars at Lawrence's lot crushed by debris and a nearby pet grooming business destroyed amid twisted piles of metal. A printing shop had a pipe spearing what's left of the building and a vacant commercial building also appeared heavily damaged. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries. Emergency officials have cordoned off the area. ____ 6 p.m. Authorities say a tornado has touched down in the city of Columbus, Mississippi. Meteorologist Anna Wolverton with the National Weather Service told The Associated Press that a tornado hit about 5 p.m. CST Saturday and was confirmed on radar. There were no immediate reports of any injuries. Wolverton says she received a report that an emergency operations center in Columbus was hit by the storm and that there were power outages. She says she doesn't know how long the tornado was on the ground, the path it took, or the storm's intensity. Speaking from the weather service office in Jackson, Mississippi, she added that a team of experts would be heading to Columbus on Sunday to determine the storm's size and strength. Columbus is a city of more than 23,000 people in east Mississippi. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said there were reports of large hail and an apparent brief tornado in Alcorn, Mississippi, as severe storms swept the region. __ 4 p.m. Homes, highways, parks and bridges throughout the South have been flooded or put out of commission as days of rains have drench a wide area amid severe storms crossing the region. Interstate 40 near the Tennessee line with North Carolina was closed by a rockslide, one of the dozens of roads and highways shut down throughout the South region, transportation officials said. Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi said on Twitter that a 'full scale detour' was in place, with traffic being diverted to Interstate 81 and Interstate 26. In Bruce, Mississippi, rivers broke flood stage and flash floods poured into homes and businesses. News outlets report that a local state of emergency was declared by officials in Grenada, Mississippi, after dozens of streets and homes flooded. A six-mile (nine-kilometer) stretch of the Natchez Trace Parkway was closed in Mississippi after water covered part of the road.
Zach Scott came off the bench to score 16 points to lift Florida Gulf Coast to a 78-56 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday night, the Eagles' seventh straight home victory. Dinero Mercurius had 14 points for Florida Gulf Coast (13-17, 8-7 Atlantic Sun Conference). Christian Carlyle added 12 points. Troy Baxter Jr. had 12 points for the home team. The Owls' 29.2 field goal percentage represented the worst mark by a Florida Gulf Coast opponent this season. Bryson Lockley had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Owls (5-24, 2-12), who have now lost four consecutive games. Danny Lewis added 13 points. Tyler Hooker had 11 points and six rebounds. The Eagles improve to 2-0 against the Owls for the season. Florida Gulf Coast defeated Kennesaw State 72-59 on Jan. 19. Florida Gulf Coast finishes out the regular season against Jacksonville on the road on Friday. Kennesaw State matches up against Liberty on the road on Tuesday. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Trae Young and Kent Bazemore each scored 23 points, Taurean Prince added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks extended the Phoenix Suns' franchise-worst losing streak to 17 games with a 120-112 victory Saturday night. John Collins finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which snapped a two-game skid to avoid a home loss against the NBA's worst team. Just two weeks ago at State Farm Arena, the Hawks allowed the New York Knicks, last in the Eastern Conference, to snap an 18-game slide. There were 13 lead changes and three ties in the first half, but the Suns were just 1 for 1 on free throws while Atlanta was 14 of 15. The Hawks led 63-59 at the break, but Phoenix got 17 points from Tyler Johnson in the third quarter to lead by one heading into the fourth. The Suns took their biggest lead at eight on a pair of free throws by DeAndre Ayton with 5:46 remaining. Omari Spellman answered with five points on Atlanta's next two possessions, and Phoenix went without a field goal for the final 4:16. Young stepped back and made a deep straightaway 3-pointer to force a 105-all tie. He hit a pair of free throws at the 2:56 mark to give Atlanta the lead for good. Johnson scored 29 points, and Devin Booker added 26 for the Suns. Ayton had 14 points and 12 rebounds. TIP-INS Suns: Haven't won since Jan. 12 against Denver and have just two victories in their last 26 games. ... They have allowed at least 111 points in each game of the losing streak. Hawks: Rookie starting G Kevin Huerter missed his second straight game with a left ankle sprain. Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said he will see how Huerter looks at Monday's shootaround before deciding if he's ready to return. UP NEXT Suns: Visit the Miami Heat on Monday. Hawks: Visit the Houston Rockets on Monday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Oubre Jr. 5-19 1-2 14, Jackson 3-6 0-0 6, Ayton 6-8 2-2 14, Johnson 10-16 5-6 29, Booker 8-23 8-8 26, Bridges 2-10 0-0 6, Bender 1-2 1-2 4, Holmes 2-2 0-0 4, Melton 2-3 0-0 4, Daniels 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 41-93 17-20 112. Prince 6-15 7-9 21, Collins 4-10 10-10 19, Dedmon 7-15 3-4 18, Young 5-14 11-12 23, Bazemore 9-19 0-0 23, Bembry 2-5 1-2 5, Spellman 4-6 0-1 9, Len 0-2 0-0 0, Adams 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 38-92 32-38 120. 3-Point Goals_Phoenix 13-37 (Johnson 4-6, Oubre Jr. 3-9, Booker 2-6, Bridges 2-8, Bender 1-2, Daniels 1-3, Melton 0-1, Jackson 0-2), Atlanta 12-33 (Bazemore 5-9, Prince 2-6, Young 2-6, Spellman 1-2, Collins 1-3, Dedmon 1-4, Len 0-1, Adams 0-1, Carter 0-1). Fouled Out_Oubre Jr.. Rebounds_Phoenix 41 (Ayton 12), Atlanta 50 (Collins 14). Assists_Phoenix 25 (Booker 8), Atlanta 22 (Young 8). Total Fouls_Phoenix 29, Atlanta 22. Technicals_Phoenix coach Suns (Defensive three second), Jackson, Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov. A_15,214 (18,118).
A woman, her grandson and another boy narrowly escaped from their car Saturday after floodwaters washed out a road, causing a sinkhole to open. >> Read more trending news  Dinah Hufstedler was able to roll down the windows and all three climbed out of the vehicle moments before the sinkhole swallowed it, the Jackson Sun reported. 'I'm just one of those people ... I'm always thinking, what would I do if a situation happened?' Hufstedler told the Sun. 'I'm an old woman, and those 'ifs' have never happened, until today.” No one was injured.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday was all about taking subtle digs at the more formal, glamorous Oscars ceremony, opting to elevate films and filmmakers overlooked by the Academy Awards this year. The winner of the Best Feature award was Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, a film that was left out of the Best Picture Oscar race. Jenkins was also named Best Director at the Spirit Awards but was notably left off the directing category at the Oscars. “I’m not going to lie, I didn’t want to win this damn award with everything going on in this world, it just feels strange to be up here,” Jenkins said. He then chose to reiterate Regina King’s speech from the Golden Globes in which she urged everyone in the room to work with a female filmmaker, to change the most recent statistics where only four percent of women were shown to have directed studio films. He also thanked the female cast and producers of If Beale Street Could Talk, saying, “All these women told me what had to be. I had to check my directorial ego and learn, I can’t make a movie about women without women’s voices at the forefront.” Beale Street producer Adele Romanski accepted the Best Feature award for the film and praised the other filmmakers in the room for their “really great work.” She also thanked the author of the book the film is based on, James Baldwin, “without whom none of us would be standing here.” Held the day before the Oscars ceremony, the Spirit Awards take place over a boozy luncheon in a tent on the Santa Monica beach, where nominees mingle casually through the course of the awards show. Aubrey Plaza hosted this year’s Spirit Awards, taking pointed digs at the Oscars throughout her opening sketch and monologue. “This year is a special year,” she said. “This show is getting back to its indie roots, this is not another year where the Oscars just ripped off our Best Feature nominations, and we would not want that now, would we?” she quipped on stage as the audience cheered. The Spirit Awards, voted on by the members of the Film Independent organization, honors the best achievements in independent film, those made for under $20 million and not made by a film studio. Previous years have seen Oscar frontrunners win the top categories at the Spirit Awards the day before the Academy Awards, but this year didn’t see a major overlap between the nominations for the two awards shows. Oscar contenders Glenn Close, Regina King, and Richard E. Grant did win the acting categories, taking a moment to praise the power of independent film. Close, who brought her dog Pip up on stage as she accepted Best Female Lead for The Wife, said, “I’m so honored to be here with all the women in this category.” “All of us has been in this awards season … but it’s really ever about the work, no matter what you’re wearing or which red carpet you walk on or what people say to you, it’s all extremely humbling and gratifying, the fact that we get together and tell these stories that make a difference in the world. I’m proud to be in this room and with these people,” she added. Earlier in the night, Close said on stage that it was her first time at the Spirit Awards and that she was surprised by its setting. “I really thought it was on the beach under a white flapping tent. I was really surprised to walk in here,” she said with a laugh, referring to the large tented room with waiters serving champagne and attendees dining on a tasty gourmet lunch. King, who won Best Supporting Female for If Beale Street Could Talk and is nominated in the same category at the Oscars, said she hadn’t done a film in almost 10 years before she did Beale Street, and she thanked Jenkins, calling him her hero. Grant, who won Best Supporting Male for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and is nominated in the same category at the Oscars, said, ‘This movie, more than anything, is an homage to that generation of men that were wiped out by that disease [AIDS].” The screenwriters of the film, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty — both nominated in the adapted screenplay category at the Oscars — won the Spirit Award and Holofcener brought the director Marielle Heller, who was notably excluded from the Oscars directing race, on stage as well to thank her. “It’s so wonderful that this movie about two cranky, untrustworthy, lonely, gay alcoholics got made. It proved that outlier character who you rather not spend time with, who aren’t likable, can still be entertaining and worthy of our love,” Holofcener said. She dedicated the win to the film’s lead subject, Lee Israel, saying, “I wish she could have lived to see the movie — she did not — and I wish she could have been here, even though she wouldn’t have been very nice to anyone.” Mexico’s Roma and Britain’s The Favourite, the two films that are the leading Oscar nominees with 10 nods each, were only eligible in the Best International Film category at the Spirit Awards. It was Roma that took home the prize. “I’m optimistic right now that it seems like we’re reaching a moment in which a where greater diversity is happening in cinema,” said filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. “I think this diversity is very soon going to make this category relevant.” Other big winners included Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age tale Eighth Grade for Best First Screenplay, and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You for Best First Feature. Neither landed Oscar nods. Check out the full list of Independent Spirit Award winners. Parks and Recreation‘s ‘Jerry’ takes one for the team in Fyre Festival spoof at Spirit Awards Aubrey Plaza sacrifices ‘not a virgin’ Finn Wolfhard in wild Indie Spirit Awards opening RuPaul’s Drag Race star Shangela death drops into the Spirit Awards with fierce musical number
If three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has his way, Major League Baseball's pitch clock will die in the South Florida humidity. 'I know as players that's something that MLB is trying to negotiate,' the Washington Nationals ace said Saturday night. 'I don't think there's negotiation here. As players, it just shouldn't be in the game. Having a pitch clock, if you have ball-strike implications, that's messing with the fabric of the game. There's no clock in baseball and there's no clock in baseball for a reason.' After pushing for an agreement with players last season, management decided on its own to experiment with 20-second pitch clocks during spring training this year, part of the sport's effort to speed the pace of play. Owners have the right to implement the clocks for the regular season but would prefer to reach an agreement with the union. Under the phase-in designed to allow teams to get used to the concept without fear of penalty, pitchers and batters who were taking too long in Saturday's games were merely warned to hurry up. When the policy, which has been used in some minor leagues since 2015, is phased in, a ball could be charged in certain situations to pitchers who do not begin their motion in time. Batters delaying the game might draw a strike. Washington played its Grapefruit League opener Saturday night against Houston. Scherzer came close to using the full 20 seconds on a couple of occasions with runners on base, but the clock didn't expire. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches features a pitch clock beneath the main outfield scoreboard and two at ground level behind home plate near each dugout. 'Now having to actually throw to it, I think it's more of a distraction than anything,' Scherzer said. 'I get that there are parts of the game that we can clean up and I think that there can be meaningful changes. I'm fundamentally against this.' A newly elected member of the Major League Baseball Players Association's executive committee, Scherzer felt his first outing dragging a bit, attributing the slow play to a high amount of foul balls. He referenced an article published a few days ago by FiveThirtyEight citing an increase in foul balls as being a major reason for longer games. 'I'm not going to put my name next to this clock,' he said. Scherzer allowed one run on Jake Marisnick's homer, one of three hits he gave up in two innings. He struck out three and walked one while throwing 25 of 44 pitches for strikes. The home run by Marisnick to straightaway center field led off the game and came on a 2-2 fastball. 'It's a fastball right down the middle, that's what it goes back to,' Scherzer said. 'I've got to get that fastball to the edge.' ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
A huge wooden troll will be reincarnated in a Colorado ski town, although it's unclear what it will look like or where it will sit. The Summit Daily reported Friday that Breckenridge officials have a deal with Danish artist Thomas Dambo to rebuild his troll this spring. It was erected beside a trail last summer for a festival, but it was so popular that nearby homeowners complained about all the foot traffic. It was taken down in November. The troll, named Isak Heartstone, was 15 feet (4.5 meters) high. Parts were discarded or recycled when it was removed, but some pieces were saved and will be used in the new version. Rebuilding is expected to take about a week sometime in May. More discussions are planned to choose a location. ___ Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/
Black Panther‘s ascension to Oscar-nominated status encapsulates why the proposed “Popular Film” category seemed silly. Forrest Gump was a six-time Oscar winner? with $677.9 million in the bank. Titanic became a $2.2 billion theatrical money-maker before garnering 11 Academy Awards. There are also releases like Gladiator ($460.6 million, five Oscars) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.1 billion, 11 Oscars) to think about. What did the Academy board mean when they called for a “Popular Film” category? What do pundits mean when they say something is “award worthy”? These questions linger in the conversation around Black Panther, which some critics feel only received its Oscar nominations (including one for Best Picture) due to its popularity. But why does one have to disqualify the other, especially when the work made such an impact culturally and financially?
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Zach Cooks had two steals, resulting in a layup and a 3-pointer, in the final minutes to help NJIT retake the lead and then hold off Jacksonville 77-73 on Saturday. The Dolphins were up 71-67 at the 2:59 mark after DeAnthony McCallum drove for a layup. NJIT's Shyquan Gibbs answered with a quick 3 to close to 71-70. Cooks stole the ball on Jacksonville's next possession and scored underneath for a 72-71 advantage. He swiped the ball on the following possession and drained a 3 for a 75-71 lead with 1:32 remaining. Cooks finished with 24 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for NJIT (20-9, 8-6 Atlantic Sun Conference) which has won two consecutive games after dropping four straight. Diandre Wilson added 20 points for the Highlanders. JD Notae had 25 points to go with eight rebounds for Jacksonville (12-17, 5-9). McCallum finished with 19 points.
It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett looked comfortable in a matching blue Adidas tracksuit and baseball hat to top it off. But look down at her feet and you might be a little surprised to see glittery silver high heels. Yes, the atmosphere is relaxed, but for the female presenters, show-day footwear — or at least something that's a similar height — is recommended to get the camera shot locked in. And perhaps it's not a bad thing to get in a little practice striding across that long stage to the microphone before millions of people are watching Sunday night. Stars turned out throughout Saturday to run through their categories to get a feel of what it will be like on show day. There's music, lights, nominee reels, an announcer and even an envelope with a winner, and a stand-in assigned to be said winner who walks up to the stage, from where that star will actually be sitting, and gives a full acceptance speech. 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Constance Wu seemed nervous to read off of the card inside the envelope. 'Do I say it?' Wu asked. A voice of god responded: 'For this rehearsal only.' And as if to make certain that she wasn't accidentally announcing the winner of her category, Wu said 'for this rehearsal only, the Oscar goes to ...' Most celebrity presenters are in and out in one take — Daniel Craig and Charlize Theron, Larson and her 'Captain Marvel' co-star Samuel L. Jackson and Basset and Bardem among them. But some want a second-go, like Dana Carvey, Mike Meyers and Serena Williams, all of whom are introducing various best picture contenders. Williams had a special guest with her on Saturday too: her daughter, Alexis Olympia, who held her mother's hand to waddle across the grand stage. For the actual rehearsal, the exceedingly well-behaved one-year-old was held in the wings while Williams read her lines from the teleprompter. And some had more fun with it than others, like Awkwafina (also in Adidas track pants) and John Mulaney. 'Um, we're going to go,' Mulaney said after his second run-through and Awkwafina waved to a friendly face in the crowd. James McAvoy was particularly animated, gesturing wildly and even teasing the winners walking up to the stage by putting the two Oscars up to his chest and saying, 'Come and get it boys.' Others had feedback. Pharrell Williams said he wished they'd go back to the white envelopes instead of the red ones. Elsewhere in the theater, Keegan Michael-Key could be spotted getting rigged up for a stunt. Even competing for attention with some of the biggest stars in showbiz, the stand-ins were sometimes the highlight of rehearsals, giving surprisingly wonderful (and well-researched) acceptance speeches for everything from best actor to best sound mixing. One woman was especially excited to accept a certain award from the 'dream team' of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph, who had the busy production staff in stiches running through their bit. They all bowed to her as she came up to accept the plastic Oscar statuette. Another man played Barry Jenkins and Chadwick Boseman at different points during the afternoon. But the stand-ins can be a tough crowd, too. When one started out his speech for best animated feature with, 'What an incredible surprise,' his fellow stand-ins ribbed him from the front row. 'I know,' he said, shaking his head. Show big wigs came in and out throughout the afternoon — film academy President John Bailey could be seen chatting with set designer David Korins (who also designed the look of 'Hamilton'). Director Kimberly Pierce sat in for portions as did academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Show director and producer Glenn Weiss and his co-producer Donna Gigliotti seemed to be getting their steps in for the day. The production crew will have one last dress rehearsal Saturday night, when the musical acts from Queen to Lady Gaga will come back to run through the numbers one more time before the cameras go live to the world for the 91st Oscars Sunday at 8 P.M. EST. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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  • A large cargo plane crashed Saturday in Texas, killing all three people on board, officials said.  Photos: Amazon cargo plane crashes into shallow bay Federal Aviation Administration officials said the twin-engine Boeing 767 plane crashed around 12:45 p.m. about 3 miles west of the Chambers County Airport, KHOU reported. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office said no one survived, WPLG reported.  Witnesses said they heard the plane’s engines surging and that the craft turned sharply before falling into a nosedive, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said. Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said:  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate the first responders who worked urgently to provide support.” Hawthorne told the Houston Chronicle late Saturday afternoon that police had found human remains at the site of the crash. Investigators have also recovered parts of the plane, he said. “There’s everything from cardboard boxes to women’s clothing and bed sheets,” Hawthorne said. The largest piece from the Boeing 767 that police have recovered is 50 feet long, Hawthorne told the newspaper. The sheriff said recovering pieces of the plane and its black box containing flight data records will be difficult in muddy marshland that extends to about 5 feet deep in the area. Air boats are needed to access the area. The plane, operated by Atlas Air, departed from Miami and was headed to George Bush International Airport. >> Read more trending news  Atlas Air operates 20 cargo planes for Amazon. The Amazon Prime Air branded aircraft was converted from a passenger to cargo plane in 2016, Airways Magazine reported. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memorandum for former President Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was submitted Friday and parts of it were made public Saturday. >> Read more trending news Mueller’s team filed its recommendation for Manafort’s punishment in one of his two criminal cases, but U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says it contains sensitive information that prosecutors want to keep secret.  UPDATE 3:30 p.m. EST, Feb. 23: Robert Mueller has recommended a U.S. District Court judge not be lenient when sentencing Paul Manafort, according to an 800-page sentencing memo made public Saturday. In the memo, Mueller alleges Manafort “repeatedly and brazenly violated the law” and shows a “hardened adherence to committing crimes,” the Washington Post reported. Mueller didn’t recommend a specific sentence for Manafort, but noted that federal guidelines call for a sentence of 17 to 22 years. However, under Manafort’s guilty plea, the statutory maximum he faces is 10 years, according to the Washington Post. The special counsel said they may ask Judge Amy Berman Jackson to order a sentence that runs consecutive to whatever sentence Manafort receives in Virginia federal court. 'Based on his relevant sentencing conduct, Manafort presents many aggravating sentencing factors and no warranted mitigating factors,” Mueller wrote. Manafort is set to be sentenced March 8 in Virginia, and will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on March 13. ORIGINAL REPORT: The midnight deadline for special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to make recommendations about the sentencing for Paul Manafort passed Friday night, but the report was not publicly released as of Saturday morning.  Manafort, President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, pleaded guilty to several charges last year.  Prosecutors may have sent the document to Judge Amy Berman Jackson under seal, with proposed redactions, CNN reported Saturday. It would then be up to Jackson to decide what happens next. Prosecutors were expected to file the sentencing memo in federal court in Washington, where Manafort pleaded guilty in September to charges including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice through witness tampering. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation  Manafort agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s team as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors; however, authorities later said Manafort lied to investigators. Prosecutors are not expected to recommend leniency for him. Manafort’s attorneys will have until midnight Monday to file their own sentencing memo. A judge is expected to hand down Manafort’s sentence March 13 at a 9:30 a.m. hearing before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. >> Judge rules Paul Manafort intentionally lied after agreeing to cooperate In a separate case that also stemmed from Mueller’s investigation, a jury in Virginia found Manafort guilty last summer of tax and bank fraud charges in a case related to work he and an associate did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine. Prosecutors last week recommended Manafort serve between 19.5 and 24.5 years in prison and be fined as much as $24 million for those crimes. Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced in that case during a 9 a.m. hearing March 8 before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, according to a court filing. >> Mueller recommends Paul Manafort be sentenced to 19.5-24.5 years in prison and $24M fine Last month, defense attorneys said Manafort has been kept in solitary confinement for his own safety. He’s had severe gout for several months of his incarceration, according to his attorneys, and it’s sometimes been severe enough to require him to use a wheelchair. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Prosecutors in Illinois have filed 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against R&B musician R. Kelly, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said Friday at a news conference. Foxx said the charges were related to incidents alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2010 with four separate victims. >> Read more trending news Update 2:30 p.m., EST Feb. 23: Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. has set R. Kelly’s bond at $1 million, according to media reports. The court will confiscate his passport, tweeted BuzzFeed reporter Sarah Conway. Lyke ordered Kelly and associates to not communicate with victims. Further, Kelly is not allowed to have any relations with anyone 18 years old or younger. Update 9:20 p.m. EST Feb. 22: R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. The 52-year-old singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, arrived at the precinct in a van about 8:15 p.m. Friday. If taken into custody, he is expected to be held overnight and appear Saturday in bond court. Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg said he maintains his innocence and looks forward to being acquitted at trial. Update 6:30 p.m. EST Feb. 22: R. Kelly’s attorney said the singer is “shell-shocked” by the aggravated sexual abuse indictment against him and plans to turn himself in to authorities Friday night. Steve Greenberg told The Associated Press that his client is “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” by the 10 counts Chicago prosecutors filed against him. Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 22: Authorities held a brief news conference Friday to announce the charges against Kelly. Foxx said the charges brought against Kelly involve four victims, three of which were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged sexual abuse. The alleged sexual abuse took place between 1998 and 2010, she said. The charges are class 2 felonies which carry maximum sentences of seven years per charge, Foxx said. She added that they were “also probationable.” “We anticipate that Mr. Kelly will appear in bond court tomorrow afternoon,” Foxx said. Update 2:50 p.m. EST Feb. 22: The Chicago Tribune reported that the charges against Kelly involve four victims, at least three of which are underage. The incidents were alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2010 with minors between the ages of 13 and 16, according to the Tribune. A judge on Friday approved of a no-bail arrest warrant for Kelly, the Sun-Times reported. Authorities are expected to provide more information on the case at a news conference Friday afternoon. Original report: Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, confirmed to The Associated Press that charges had been filed against the 52-year-old Grammy winner but declined to say the specific number. Media reports said there were 10 counts, all involving underage victims. >> New sex tape allegedly shows R. Kelly having sex with underage girl, according to reports The charges are felonies that carry maximum sentences of seven years each, if Kelly is convicted, WGN-TV reported. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has several times over the years been accused of sexual misconduct, allegations that he’s consistently denied. Jurors acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges at a 2008 trial. Those charges stemmed from a video prosecutors alleged showed of Kelly having sex with a girl as young as 13. >> Report: R. Kelly being investigated by Atlanta-area DA after docuseries abuse allegations The latest charges were filed nearly two weeks after a man gave authorities new footage that purportedly showed Kelly engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. The man's attorney, Michael Avenatti, told CNN last week that the man was a whistleblower. Avenatti said his client “worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions.” On Friday, Avenatti seemed to announce the charges against Kelly with a two word tweet: “It’s over.” >> Who is R. Kelly? 7 things to know  “After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R. Kelly has arrived,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. Avenatti said he will provide more information about the case at a press conference Friday afternoon. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is also expected to hold a news conference Friday. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a murder suspect-- and they need your help. If you see 19-year-old Trevon Wiley, you're urged to contact JSO right away at (904) 630-0500. We're told you should not approach Wiley, as he is considered to be armed and dangerous.  Police tell us he's wanted in connection to the February 16th murder of Ziykye Barnhill, also 19-years-old, on Matthew Street. Another person was shot during that incident, but survived.
  • It will likely make your drive through Jacksonville’s Southside a little smoother when it’s done— the Florida Department of Transportation is upgrading the traffic signals along Beach Boulevard from Parental Home Road to Cortez Road starting next week.  FDOT says among the upgrades are new mast-arms and signals along Beach Boulevard, at Parental Home Road, Foster Drive, Grove Park Boulevard, Barkley Road, Peach Drive, Forest Boulevard, Anniston Road, DeSalvo Road and Cortez Road.  Roadway lighting, sidewalk repairs, new highway signage and an additional right turn lane from Beach Boulevard eastbound to Parental Home Road are also included in the $3.8 million improvement project, according to FDOT.  FDOT says drivers can expect single lane closures periodically throughout the week between 8 pm and 6:30 am.  FDOT says pedestrian detours will be in place in case of any sidewalk closures, and JTA bus stops may be temporarily relocated during construction.  According to FDOT, Florida Safety Contractors, Inc. is expected to finish this project early next year. 

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