Islanders fall to Penguins in crucial Game 3 as rally falls short

In all three games this series, the Islanders trailed the Penguins heading into the final 20 minutes. The deficit was two goals this time around, the largest the Islanders had faced. Despite two mediocre periods, the Islanders kept their heads in it and potted three goals in the final frame, tying the game up twice. But Penguins fourth-line winger Brandon Tanev had the last word for Pittsburgh, batting the puck out of mid-air with roughly 3 ½ minutes in regulation to hand the Islanders a 5-4 loss in Game 3 at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders and Penguins get into one of many third-period scuffles in the Isles’ 5-4 Game 3 loss.Getty Images Just over a minute after Anthony Beauvillier’s power

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‘TikTok Intifada’ presents challenges for combatting anti-semitism

In Israel last month, a video on the social-media platform TikTok encouraged users to film themselves assaulting Orthodox Jews. That video became a spark that ignited outrage across the country. A band of Jewish extremists, Lehava, organized a march in response. They clashed with Arab groups at Damascus Gate. In a situation that was already a tinderbox, things escalated from there.  Why did it happen? Why would any ordinary person get pleasure from assault? “There is a competition for likes and views,” a 15-year-old victim told an Israeli news organization. “A video of an Arab slapping an ultra-Orthodox man will get you both.”  A violent riot set off by teenage longing for likes. Welcome to the TikTokization of global politics. 

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Barry Meier’s book excerpt in the New York Times raises eyebrows

Barry Meier got a great plug on Sunday for his new book, “Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube and the Rise of the Private Spies,” when The New York Times’ business section took an excerpt from it to lead its front page.  An identifier at the bottom of the article calls Meier a “former reporter” for the Times, and indeed in 2017 he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times team for international reporting.  The paper, however, neglected to mention that Meier is also the spouse of Times business editor Ellen Pollock.  That raised eyebrows, since giving such prized placement in the biz section is sure to goose book sales.  “It’s inappropriate,” said Jon Friedman, a former media columnist at

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Phil Mickelson in PGA Championship contention with first-round 70

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Phil Mickelson was one of the stars of the show in Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Mickelson, as usual, entertained with his patented high-wire act on a treacherous golf course that often requires that. He finished with a 2-under 70 to stand three shots behind leader Corey Conners. But it was the way Mickelson got to 70 that was most compelling, hitting only six fairways and delivering some outlandish up-and-down saves with his world-class short game. Mickelson was 3-over through the first six holes and played the rest of his round in 5-under. Most amazing was the fact that he shot 38 on the front nine, which was the

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Rickie Fowler used Michael Jordan trash-talk matches to help revive career

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — It doesn’t seem like that long ago when life was pretty much perfect for Rickie Fowler. He had it all. He was in all the biggest tournaments, was a regular at every one of the majors, was a perennial member of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams and was one of the most popular and recognizable players in golf. Fowler not only ran with the cool crowd, he was the leader of the cool crowd. The only thing that eluded him — and still does — was a major championship victory. But, given how competitive he’d been in those and how close he’s come to winning one (11 top-10 finishes, including eight top-5s and three

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Teen digs homey backyard cave after fight with parents

A Spanish teen dug his own “young man cave” to blow off steam after getting into a fight with his parents. Andres Canto, 20, started digging the underground retreat in Alicante six years ago with a pickax, according to Zenger News. The bunker now features a living room and bedroom, along with a heating system, Wi-Fi, and a music system, photos show. After the parental spat, 14-year-old Canto began digging in the family garden after school, and eventually enlisted a friend with a pneumatic drill to blast the ten foot deep cave. The excavation was done by hand and with a homemade pully system, and Canto reportedly reinforced the cave’s roof and walls with concrete and columns. The total cost

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‘Sure’: McCarthy says he’d tell Jan. 6 commission about Trump phone call

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) signaled Thursday that he’d be willing to detail his phone conversation with then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to any outside commission investigating that day’s violence. “Sure,” McCarthy responded to a reporter during an event marking Cuban Independence Day at the Capitol. “Next question.” The House voted 252-175 Wednesday to pass legislation creating a 9/11-style commission to examine the riot, which led to the deaths of five people and interrupted the joint session of Congress that was counting the 2020 presidential election’s electoral votes. Thirty-five Republicans voted to approve the legislation in a rebuke of McCarthy and other House GOP leaders who opposed it. The most detailed account of the Trump-McCarthy

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Army trainee who hijacked bus full of kids has tried to escape jail twice

A former Army trainee who tried to escape boot camp by hijacking a school bus full of kids has tried to escape custody twice since his arrest, authorities said Thursday. Jovan Collazo, 23, who’s facing two dozen charges for holding a bus driver at gunpoint as 18 kids sat as passengers, tried to escape from a jail and hospital, WIS News reported. In his botched attempt at escaping jail, authorities said he decked a guard in the face and ended up with a broken ankle. But Collazo’s public defender said his client was cuffed the whole time. “The incident being referred to as an attempted escape by Mr. Collazo occurred while he was on suicide watch, completely naked, and handcuffed

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom dominates in Single-A rehab start

Jacob deGrom let loose Thursday, and to the eye the results were encouraging. In a minor league rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie in Jupiter, Fla., the Mets ace fired three hitless innings with eight strikeouts, with his fastball in the range of 99 mph to 102 mph, according to a scout in attendance. DeGrom’s slider sat at 92 mph to 94 mph, according to the scout. After being removed from the game following 41 pitches, deGrom threw an additional “inning” in the bullpen. The Mets will now decide a next step for deGrom, who was placed on the injured list May 10 with right-side tightness. The team originally hoped deGrom would return this weekend, but opted to send him

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John Davidson: Jeff Gorton and I left Rangers in ‘good shape’

John Davidson was not in Columbus to talk (much) about New York. But the once again president of the Blue Jackets did make it clear that he was not dismissed from his equivalent post with the Rangers as a result of a Jim Dolan temper tantrum arising from the Tom Wilson incident and its subsequent fallout. “I think when you go through something like that, you have a feeling something is about to happen,” Davidson, returning to the job he held for seven years before his brief two-year run on Broadway, said during a (re)introductory Zoom conference on Thursday. “I will say that Mr. Dolan and I had some conversations. “I want to be respectful as I can to the

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