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Flyers’ Provorov cites religion for boycott on Pride night

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov cited his Russian Orthodox religion as the reason he did not participate in pregame warmups when the team wore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape. The 26-year-old Provorov did not skate with his teammates before Tuesday night’s game against Anaheim as the Flyers celebrated their annual Pride night in celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community. Provorov said his choice was to stay true to himself and his religion. He played nearly 23 minutes in Philadelphia’s 5-2 victory.

Pegula, whose family owns Bills, honors Hamlin in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis player Jessica Pegula has Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin on her mind at the Australian Open — and his No. 3 on her outfit. Pegula’s parents own the NFL’s Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. She is wearing a white screen-printed patch with Hamlin’s uniform number on her black skirt while she competes at the year’s first Grand Slam tournament. Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the field when he collapsed after making a tackle during a game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2. He spent more than a week in the hospital, part of that time in critical condition. Pegula reached the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Wednesday.

Renner says he’s home from hospital after snow plow accident

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Jeremy Renner says he is out of the hospital after being treated for serious injuries from a snow plow accident. In response to a Twitter post Monday about his TV series “Mayor of Kingstown,” Renner tweeted that other than the brain fog that remains, he is very excited to watch the next episode with his family at home. Authorities in Nevada say Renner suffered serious chest injuries when he was run over by his own snow plow while helping free a relative’s car on a road near Lake Tahoe on New Year’s Day. The 52-year-old Oscar nominee also plays Hawkeye in Marvel’s “Avengers” movies.

Madonna unveils 2023 North America and European tour dates

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna will “Take a Bow” with a new tour through North America and Europe starting this summer that will be a “Celebration” of the pop icon’s hits, which include 38 songs in the Billboard Hot 100. The 35-city “Madonna: The Celebration Tour” will kick off July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta and Boston, among others. That leg ends Oct. 7 in Las Vegas. Then the Material Girl has 11 dates in Europe, including London, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Milan and Stockholm, among others. The tour will wrap in Amsterdam on Dec. 1.

Greta Thunberg carried away by police at German mine protest

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa is reporting that Swedish climate activist Great Thunberg and several other protesters have been carried away by German police from the edge of an open coal pit mine. They were demonstrating against the ongoing destruction of a village to make way for the mine’s expansion. Hundreds of others resumed the anti-mine protests elsewhere a day after the last two activists holed up in a tunnel beneath the village of Luetzerath left the site. Dozens glued themselves to a main street in the city of Cologne and to a state government building in Duesseldorf on Tuesday. A group of about 120 activists occupied the coal car tracks to a power plant.

Polar bear kills woman, boy in remote Alaska village

WALES, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a polar bear has attacked and killed two people in a remote western Alaska village. KTUU cites troopers as saying they received the report of the attack at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wales, on the western tip of the Seward Peninsula. Troopers say initial reports indicate that a polar bear entered the community and chased multiple residents and then fatally attacked a woman and a boy. Troopers say the bear was shot and killed by a local resident during the attack. The names of the the two people killed were not released.

Fastest Corvette ever is all-wheel-drive gas-electric hybrid

DETROIT (AP) — The fastest Corvette ever made comes out later this year, and it’s not powered soley by a howling V8. The E-Ray is a gas-electric hybrid, the first all-wheel-drive version of the storied sports car with the front wheels running on an electric motor the traditional 6.2-liter V8 powering the back. Aimed at affluent buyers who want new technology in the top-line Chevrolet sports car, the $104,000 E-Ray jerks your head back as it goes from zero to 60 mph (97 kilometers per hour) in 2.5 seconds. General Motors says it can cover a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds. Yet engineers say the 655-horsepower system is civil enough for the daily commute.

Plastic as art? Entire grocery store created from discards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A grocery store featuring thousands of faux food products made from discarded plastic bags opens Tuesday in Michigan, an artist’s statement on the dangers of plastic waste. The Plastic Bag Store is a public art installation and film experience designed to encourage visitors to think more about the waste caused by single-use plastics. The store in Ann Arbor, Michigan, features shelves stocked with renderings of meat, eggs and cakes and other food items, all made from single-use plastics taken from streets and garbage dumps. Theater and film director Robin Frohardt says she got the idea for the project some years back while watching someone bag, double-bag and even triple-bag her groceries.

Husband of missing Massachusetts woman faces murder charge

COHASSET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man already facing a charge of misleading investigators searching for his missing wife who has not been heard from since Jan. 1 now faces a murder charge in her disappearance. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said Tuesday that Brian Walshe, who is being held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty to the misleading charge, will be arraigned on the more serious charge on Wednesday. Morrissey did not say what additional evidence led to the murder charge. A message was left with his attorney. Walshe’s wife, Ana Walshe, was last seen leaving their home in Cohasset south of Boston in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

North Dakota weighs ban of ‘sexually explicit’ library books

Amid a national wave of attempted book banning on LGBTQ subject matter, a North Dakota House panel heard arguments on a bill that would prohibit “sexually explicit” content – including depictions of sexual or gender identity – from public libraries, and would criminalize librarians who continue to display it. Supporters of the bill said the measure would preserve children’s innocence and reduce their exposure to pornography. Opponents said the bill would allow government censorship of material that is not actually obscene. The committee did not immediately vote on the bill, which will enter the House floor for another vote later.

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