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    The way Jaime Garcia was pitching, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker didn't think twice about letting him hit in a key spot in the seventh inning. Garcia made sure that move paid off. Garcia pitched 6 2/3 innings and drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. 'I was glad he left me in,' Garcia said. 'It worked out. Their pitcher was doing a great job. He was pitching great. I just got a good fastball in the middle of the plate and was able to do some damage.' Garcia (2-3) did just about everything to get the Braves off to a good start on their nine-game trip. He allowed four hits and two walks to earn his fourth straight win against the Giants and delivered in the biggest at-bat of the game in the seventh inning against Matt Cain (3-3). With a runner on second and two outs in the seventh, San Francisco opted to intentionally walk No. 8 hitter Dansby Swanson to face Garcia. The move backfired when Garcia grounded a single to left field to score Tyler Flowers from second. Brandon Belt's throw from left field hit Flowers and rolled away, allowing Swanson to score on the throwing error to make it 2-0. 'I was prepared to let him stay out there,' Snitker said. 'As long as he kept throwing up zeroes, let him keep pitching.' Garcia was then replaced with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom half and Jose Ramirez retired pinch-hitter Mike Morse on a comebacker on his first pitch to get out of the inning. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances, giving the Braves their first shutout of the season. Cain was sharp, allowing just one earned run in seven innings but it wasn't enough to prevent a fourth straight loss for San Francisco because of a big hit by the opposing pitcher. 'It's definitely tough when a pitcher does that,' Cain said. 'We're definitely working on what we do as a craft on the mound and as a hitter so, he did a good job.' Neither team scored in the first six innings. Cain escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the fourth by inducing Flowers to hit a double-play grounder and then retired Matt Kemp with a runner on third to end the sixth inning. The Giants got their first runner to third in the sixth when they loaded the bases. But Justin Ruggiano grounded out to end San Francisco's best threat in its fifth shutout loss of the year. 'Once again we're in this offensive struggle right now, six runs in four games,' manager Bruce Bochy said. 'I thought we'd come home and gets some rips in tonight but it didn't happen.' TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia (Achilles tendon strain) is expected to come off the DL next weekend in Cincinnati rather than earlier in the week in Anaheim. Giants: INF Aaron Hill (right forearm strain) was activated from a rehab assignment after being sidelined since April 24. LHP Steven Okert was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. HIDDEN BALL Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips tried to pull off a hidden ball trick in the sixth inning after an intentional walk to Buster Posey loaded the bases. Phillips walked back from a mound meeting with the ball and tagged Eduardo Nunez at second base . But it didn't matter because timeout had been called. HOME COOKING Despite the defeat, Cain had another strong start at home. He is 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA in five starts at AT&T Park. Cain is 0-2 with an 8.28 ERA in five road starts. BACK ON THE BIKE Giants ace LHP Madison Bumgarner (ribs, shoulder) is ready for the next step in his rehab after being sidelined since mid-April following a dirt bike accident in Colorado. 'Ride horses, dirt bike riding. We're getting back on them,' Bochy joked. 'He's feeling better.' Bochy said Bumgarner should be ready to start throwing off flat ground during this homestand in what he described as a 'big step' in the recovery. UP NEXT The Braves will face a lefty starter for just the fourth time all season when they take on Ty Blach (2-2) in the middle game of the series. Mike Foltynewicz (3-4) starts for Atlanta. ___ More AP baseball: apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • A security guard is being criticized on social media after ejecting a fan and taking a baseball from a child during an Atlanta Braves game in SunTrust Park on Wednesday night. After Braves player Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the right field line at the bottom of the eight inning, a fan reached over the outfield wall with his glove, snagged the ball and handed the ball to a child. Video appears to show a security guard jump over the wall and eject the fan from the stadium for interfering with live play. The security guard also told the boy that he couldn’t keep the ball he was holding, then took it from him. After Wednesday night’s game, Braves officials contacted the boy’s family and gave him a Freddie Freeman-signed ball, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The boy was also invited back to a game to celebrate his birthday in July. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Braves, 12-5 in extra innings. There was plenty of reaction on Twitter to the incident, from media and fans who watched it unfold on their televisions.
  • Taking your glove to a baseball game is a tradition as old as singing, 'Take Me out to the Ballgame.' But after an encounter at Wednesday night's Atlanta Braves-Pittsburgh Pirates game at SunTrust Park, one fan might rethink bringing the leather to the ballpark. It was the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Braves were leading 4-3. Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the right field line. It was close, but it was a fair ball. That's when a fan reached over the outfield wall with his glove and snagged the ball. The fan immediately turned around and handed the ball to a young kid who looked to be no older than 4 or 5 years old. At that moment, a security guard jumped over the fence and aggressively motioned to eject the fan from the stadium. Then he took the ball from the kid -- from a kid! The announcer on the television broadcast could be heard saying, 'Come on fella, do the right thing. Give that ball back to the kid.' If an umpire wants to call fan interference, that's fine. But taking the ball from a young fan. That's just not right. According to ESPN, the Braves gave the boy an autographed baseball and invited him to a game in June to celebrate his birthday. The Braves said the man was allowed to return to his seat. After the play, the Braves would go on to be outscored 9 to 1 and lose the game 12-5 in extra innings. ICYMI: A fan grabbed a fair ball and gave it to a kid ... and the kid had it taken away. https://t.co/dQHXMY95nU-- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 25, 2017
  • Ivan Nova was ticked off. He really wanted another complete game. Nova pitched into the ninth inning before tiring, local favorite Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Bartolo Colon for a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. After breezing through the first six innings, facing only three over the minimum, Nova (5-3) came up short in his bid to become the first pitcher in the big leagues this season with three complete games. He went to the ninth with a 9-2 lead, only to be lifted after giving up three hits. 'It's frustrating,' said Nova, who went 8 1/3 innings before Jhan Marinez got the final two outs. 'To go out in the ninth inning with that lead, I've got to finish it off. I didn't make the pitches I needed to make and it almost got away from us.' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle had no complaints. Nova retired 19 hitters on three pitches or fewer, and only went to three balls on one batter — Kurt Suzuki, who walked in the second. The only solace for the Braves: It was the first time in Nova's three career appearances against them that they've scored an earned run. 'He knows how to attack,' Hurdle said. 'There's an art to pitching. He's not throwing. He's pitching.' The Pirates split the four-game series at SunTrust Park after losing the first two contests. This one was easy after Pittsburgh put up five runs in the third inning, capped by Frazier's third homer this season. It was another big day for the rookie who grew up about an hour away near Athens, Georgia. The previous night, Frazier reached base safely in all six plate appearances, including a homer and four walks . 'That's pretty awesome,' he said, beaming. Colon (2-5) had another tough outing. One day after his 44th birthday, he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in a five-inning stint, raising his ERA to 6.96. An All-Star last season for the New York Mets, Colon has been charged with five or more runs in half of his 10 starts with the Braves. 'It's on me,' he said through a translator. 'When you get behind on the count, you have to throw it down the middle. That's what hurts you.' When asked if Colon would stay in the rotation, manager Brian Snitker said, 'As of right now, yes.' He added, 'I look at the guy's track record. I've got the feeling that a guy who has survived as long as he has will find a way to make the adjustments he needs to do to be successful.' Francisco Cervelli tied his career high with four hits, driving in a pair of runs. Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs. DEFENSIVE GEM Left fielder Josh Harrison made a diving grab in the third inning to deny Colon his first hit of the season. Harrison raced toward the line, stretched out for the catch and slid along the grass on his stomach. Rolling to his back, he held up his glove for the umpires to see before flipping the ball back to the infield while still on his back. Colon smiled on his way back to the dugout. He is hitless in 13 at-bats. McCUTCHEN SITS AGAIN Mired in a slump, Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen didn't start for the second game in a row. He had been gone hitless in 15 at-bats before a pinch-hit single in Wednesday's game. Manager Clint Hurdle decided to give McCutchen another day off, starting Frazier in center field. McCutchen is hitting just .203 with six homers and 20 RBIs. TRAINER'S ROOM Pirates OF Gregory Polanco, who was on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, was activated before the game but didn't play. OF Danny Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. FAMILIAR FACE Matt Wisler pitched two hitless innings in his return to the Atlanta bullpen. Wisler was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after Josh Collmenter was designated for assignment. Collmenter was dumped after giving up seven runs and three straight homers in the 10th inning of Wednesday's 12-5 loss. UP NEXT Pirates: RH Chad Kuhl (1-4, 5.85 ERA) will start the opener of a weekend series against the New York Mets. He is coming off one of his best showings of the season vs. Philadelphia, allowing one hit in five scoreless innings. Braves: LH Jaime Garcia (1-3, 4.07) makes his ninth start of the season when Atlanta begins a West Coast road trip at San Francisco on Friday night. He is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in eight career appearances against the Giants. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry . ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The Atlanta Braves designated right-hander Josh Collmenter for assignment after he surrendered three homers and seven runs in the 10th inning of a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 31-year-old Collmenter made 11 appearances for the Braves, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 17 innings. Right-hander Matt Wisler was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before Thursday's series finale against the Pirates. In what was likely Collmenter's final appearance with the Braves, he came on in extra innings with the game tied at 5. He surrendered consecutive homers to David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer in a 12-5 loss. Wisler struggled in his previous stint with the Braves this season. He had a 12.60 ERA in four relief appearances. ___ For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Gregory Polanco from the 10-day disabled list. The move was announced before Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves. Polanco was having a disappointing season, hitting .252 with one homer and nine RBIs, when he was sidelined with a strained left hamstring. Outfielder Danny Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. He went 1-for-12 during his stint with the Pirates.
  • ___ STAY CLASSY, CHICAGO With his Chicago Cubs hovering just over .500, manager Joe Maddon is borrowing inspiration from the Channel 4 news team: new suits! The Cubs will sport 'Anchorman' themed outfits when they leave Chicago for Los Angeles to begin a road trip that will also take them through San Diego, site of Will Ferrell's comedy about a local news station. There will be plenty of Ron Burgundys and Brian Fantanas on the flight, to be sure, but Maddon had one request: to dress infielder Tommy La Stella as weatherman Brick Tamland. 'They're like two interchangeable guys,' Maddon said. 'I see Brick, I see Tommy. I see Tommy, I see Brick. Put some glasses on Tommy, dress him up, some sideburns ... I got Brick.' PUJOLS' PURSUIT Albert Pujols is within striking distance of 600 home runs. He slugged the 597th of his career Wednesday, and he'll resume his quest to become the ninth member of the 600-homer club when the Angels complete a series at Tampa Bay. Los Angeles then travels for three games at Miami before returning to Anaheim for a seven-game homestand. SHAKING UP THE STANDINGS Two of the NL's biggest surprises open a four-game series when the Brewers host the Diamondbacks. Milwaukee leads the NL Central buoyed by one of the majors' top offenses, though it will be looking to snap a three-game skid behind right-hander Zach Davies (5-2, 5.44 ERA). Arizona, meanwhile, has won eight of nine games and is 10 games over .500 (29-19) for the first time since 2011. Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray (3-3, 3.91) pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning against San Diego last time out. PITCHING IN Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56) fought through a ripped callus on his pitching hand to finish a strong start last time out, and now he'll hope to avoid any lingering issues in an outing against San Diego. The New York Mets well-coifed righty has piled up 76 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings this season, easily the best rate of his career. The rebuilding Padres will call up right-hander Dinelson Lamet to start their series finale in place of injured Jered Weaver (left hip inflammation). It will be the major league debut for Lamet, who is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A El Paso. 'Looking forward to watching Lamet go show his big league stuff,' manager Andy Green said. 'I know we're excited about that.' BIG 44 FOR BARTOLO Bartolo Colon celebrated his 44th birthday Wednesday, but another big number is of greater concern heading into his start against Pittsburgh: his ERA. Colon has a 6.38 mark, easily the highest of his career. Only two of his nine outings this season have been quality starts, a sharp drop off from his solid 2016 season with the New York Mets. Even so, Braves manager Brian Snitker says Colon 'has helped his younger teammates a lot with how he goes about things.' ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Clint Hurdle was managing to get one run in the 10th inning. His Pittsburgh Pirates got it, then smacked three straight homers and added six more runs, leaving their manager struggling for an explanation. Gift Ngoepe doubled to drive in Andrew McCutchen for the go-ahead run before Pittsburgh hit three straight homers during a seven-run 10th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday night. 'Considering where we've been to this point of the season, it's nice to know that guys are still going up there battling,' said Josh Harrison, who had a two-run single in the big inning. 'We're not quitting until that last out. ... You give us a little breathing room and we're going to try to take advantage of it and that's what we did.' Pittsburgh's Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded, two-run single off Jose Ramirez in the ninth to tie it at 5. After Ngoepe's double, the Pirates put the game away with Harrison's two-run single, followed by homers from David Freese, Osuna and Jordy Mercer — all off Josh Collmenter (0-2). Freese's homer was a two-run shot. 'You can't figure it out, you can't draw it up,' Hurdle said. 'It's fun to watch.' Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer in the second. McCutchen snapped a 0-for-15 slump with a pinch-hit single to lead off the 10th. The last time the Pirates hit three straight homers was Sept. 13, 2013, against the Cubs. With two on and no outs in the ninth, Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte protected the lead with his leaping catch of Harrison's fly ball at the wall. Ramirez struck out Josh Bell before walking Freese, and then Ngoepe and Frazier scored on Osuna's single to left. 'We just couldn't get that last out in the ninth,' said Braves manager Brian Snitker. 'That last out in the ninth is tough to come by.' Felipe Rivero (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth. The Braves took the lead with four runs in the sixth and added a run in the eighth for a 5-3 lead. Jace Peterson hit a two-run double in the four-run sixth. Julio Teheran allowed no earned runs in six innings. He entered the game with a 10.50 ERA in five home starts, compared to a 0.71 ERA in four road starts. He gave up Frazier's homer, but the runs were unearned. TRAINER'S ROOM Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (strained left hamstring) ran the bases with no apparent problem before the game. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday. Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia (left Achilles tendinitis) will report to Triple-A Gwinnett for a rehab assignment this weekend. Snitker says the team wants Garcia to test the injury in three games 'to make sure he's good when we get him back.' FAN INTERFERENCE A fan was ejected after leaning over the wall down the right-field line to scoop up Rio Ruiz's double in the eighth. Ruiz scored on pinch hitter Danny Santana's ground-rule double that bounced over the left-field wall. Santana ended his 0-for-18 skid with the hit. BUSY NIGHT Frazier had two hits, including the homer , and a career-high four walks. He reached base six times, also a career high. BULLPEN BLUES The Braves rested overworked closer Jim Johnson and setup man Arodys Vizcaino, leaving Ramirez and Collmenter to pitch late with the game on the line. The two combined to give up nine runs and nine hits. Ramirez blew the chance for his first save. 'It is a little different to be honest,' Ramirez said. 'I was just trying to execute the pitches but they weren't going my way.' UP NEXT Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (4-3) has not allowed an earned run over 13 innings in two career starts against the Braves. His only decision against Atlanta came in a 5-4 win in the Pirates' home opener on April 7. Braves: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4) will start one day after celebrating his 44th birthday. Colon is 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA in nine career starts against Pittsburgh. Colon has struggled this season and will take a 6.38 ERA into the game. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • ___ STAY CLASSY, CHICAGO With his Chicago Cubs hovering just over .500, manager Joe Maddon is borrowing inspiration from the Channel 4 news team: new suits! The Cubs will sport 'Anchorman' themed outfits when they leave Chicago for Los Angeles to begin a road trip that will also take them through San Diego, site of Will Ferrell's comedy about a local news station. There will be plenty of Ron Burgundys and Brian Fantanas on the flight, to be sure, but Maddon had one request: to dress infielder Tommy La Stella as weatherman Brick Tamland. 'They're like two interchangeable guys,' Maddon said. 'I see Brick, I see Tommy. I see Tommy, I see Brick. Put some glasses on Tommy, dress him up, some sideburns ... I got Brick.' PUJOLS' PURSUIT Albert Pujols is within striking distance of 600 home runs. He slugged the 597th of his career Wednesday, and he'll resume his quest to become the ninth member of the 600-homer club when the Angels complete a series at Tampa Bay. Los Angeles then travels for three games at Miami before returning to Anaheim for a seven-game homestand. SHAKING UP THE STANDINGS Two of the NL's biggest surprises open a four-game series when the Brewers host the Diamondbacks. Milwaukee leads the NL Central buoyed by one of the majors' top offenses, though it will be looking to snap a three-game skid behind right-hander Zach Davies (5-2, 5.44 ERA). Arizona, meanwhile, has won eight of nine games and is 10 games over .500 (29-19) for the first time since 2011. Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray (3-3, 3.91) pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning against San Diego last time out. PITCHING IN Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56) fought through a ripped callus on his pitching hand to finish a strong start last time out, and now he'll hope to avoid any lingering issues in an outing against San Diego. The New York Mets well-coifed righty has piled up 76 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings this season, easily the best rate of his career. The rebuilding Padres will call up right-hander Dinelson Lamet to start their series finale in place of injured Jered Weaver (left hip inflammation). It will be the major league debut for Lamet, who is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A El Paso. 'Looking forward to watching Lamet go show his big league stuff,' manager Andy Green said. 'I know we're excited about that.' BIG 44 FOR BARTOLO Bartolo Colon celebrated his 44th birthday Wednesday, but another big number is of greater concern heading into his start against Pittsburgh: his ERA. Colon has a 6.38 mark, easily the highest of his career. Only two of his nine outings this season have been quality starts, a sharp drop off from his solid 2016 season with the New York Mets. Even so, Braves manager Brian Snitker says Colon 'has helped his younger teammates a lot with how he goes about things.' ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Several members of Willie Stargell's family are not happy with his widow's decision to sell his baseball memorabilia. Stargell's children and grandchildren say the two-time World Series champion has memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. They want to keep the memorabilia in the family, or at the very least, have it at the Hall of Fame and with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. However, Stargell's widow is selling the items online. 'We would go get stuff and put it on,' Willie Stargell Jr. told Channel 2's Tom Jones on Wednesday. Stargell Jr. said he and his siblings tried to get their father's widow, Margaret Weller-Stargell, not to sell the items, but she refused. 'We were blindsided by it,' Stargell's daughter, Dawn Moore Stargell, said. Stargell's will indicated that Margaret Weller-Stargell would have possession of them until she passed. 'Whenever she passed away, those items were to come back to the children,' Moore Stargell said. In a statement to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Weller-Stargell said the items will be in the hands of those that will appreciate the significance of them to the game of baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates. 'We want to make sure it's available to everyone,' Stargell's daughter, Precious Stargell Cushman, said. The children said they want to make it clear that the sale of the items is legal. The sale is expected to raise around $500,000. Weller-Stargell said a portion of the proceeds will go to the Willie Stargell Foundation, the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Pirates charities.

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  • Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported.  As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday. 'A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody,' May said. May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one. 'The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant.' The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack. In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported. Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.    
  • A Cobb County mother was jailed after her 5-year-old son said she beat him with a belt and a broom, hit him in the head and stomped on his stomach. Nakeisha Lashay Logan of Mableton faces first-degree child cruelty, battery and family violence charges in connection with an alleged May 17 attack. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile victim, said during a forensic interview that he tried to hide under the bed to avoid the “terrible” beating but Logan beat him with a broom and threw a box of toys at him, a magistrate court warrant states. RELATED: ‘I’m going to rape you’ man allegedly tells mother in front of kid Mom, friend jailed after child suffers broken bones, electrical burns Babysitter charged after 5-month-old breaks 4 bones After the box of toys hit the child in the shoulder, Logan grabbed his head and smashed it repeatedly on the floor, according to the warrant.  The warrant adds that Logan stomped on the child's stomach, making him feel nauseous.  The warrant doesn’t state who called police, but by the time an officer arrived the boy’s bleeding cheek had scabbed. His face was still red and swollen, Officer Sydney Tschappat wrote. Police took the boy to a nearby hospital and arrested Logan. She was being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. In other news:
  • Police say a metro Atlanta couple locked the woman's 86-year-old mother in her room and used furniture to block the door closed. Katie Son and her husband are both charged with cruelty to an elderly person. Officers say 86-year-old Bong Le managed to escape out a front window. She was found a couple of blocks away, wrapped in a blanket and sitting under a tree. Investigators say she smelled like urine and feces. Her daughter and son-in-law, who are now out on bond, told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that they were just trying to protect her from herself. 'Did you lock your mom up?' Thomas asked. 'No. No sir,' Son replied. Gwinnett police say they found tables, chairs and other items stacked high against the door of the downstairs bedroom in the home. 'It looked quite unusual,' Cpl. Michele Pihera said. But Son said it was all to keep her mother safe. She said when she and her husband went to work each day at a Hall County nail salon, her mother couldn't be trusted alone in the house. 'They told our officers that the reason they had stacked up the furniture was to prevent the mother from going into the kitchen to access the stove or access any kitchen utensils,' Pihera said. TRENDING STORIES: Police search for teens accused of setting off fireworks inside grocery store Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Deputies still have questions. 'It's very possible they were trying to prevent her from getting into the food or any kind of items to eat,' Pihera said. She says the state of the room was disturbing. 'They found human feces and what looked like human urine that looked like it had been smeared into the carpet or never even cleaned up,' she said. She said that, combined with the furniture, led to the arrests. 'You combine the lack of access to food and water and the living conditions and that's what led our detectives to take out warrants for their arrests,' Pihera said. Neighbors didn't want to talk about what happened, but said they recognized Le as the woman who didn't really have a memory and would get lost easily. She's now in the hospital. Her daughter and son-in-law have been ordered not to go near her.
  • Toni Rosenberg has spent the past week chatting non-stop with her half-sister, Florence Serino, 82. After all, they have decades worth of memories to catch up on. The two met for the first time May 16 at a crowded airport gate in Fort Lauderdale. Rosenberg, a Boca Raton resident who was given away as a newborn in a secretive “black market” adoption, tracked down Serino just last year. “We both have big mouths,” Serino, who lives in Irvine, California, said with a laugh. The two have spent the past week shopping, eating and sharing memories, stories and photos of two families that, despite living on opposite sides of the country, are inextricably connected. Rosenberg even learned that she had biological cousins living just miles from her in Boca Raton, she said. Serino introduced them. “It’s crazy to think I had family right there,” said Rosenberg, the only child of her adoptive parents. >> Read more trending news The sisters have spent hours looking at old family photos, including ones of the pair’s biological mother Ilene Gallagher, which Serino brought with her from California. “If you saw my mother walking down the street, you’d say immediately, ‘She must be related to Toni,’ ” Rosenberg said of her resemblance to Gallagher. The union has brought immeasurable joy to Rosenberg and her family and friends, Rosenberg said. But a sadness still lingers. Serino plans to fly back to California on Tuesday. “All this time has gone by and we could’ve shared children and grandchildren,” Rosenberg said. “We could’ve had more years ahead of us.” The sisters aren’t sure if they’ll meet again in person. A 2,200-mile flight is a financial and health strain on most, let alone on two elderly retirees. “It’s kind of hard to think far ahead,” Rosenberg said, adding that they’re strategically packing half-a-century’s worth of conversations into a two-week visit. “How much time does God give us?”Read more about the sister's journeys to meet one another here.
  • Webb Simpson shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colonial. At 9-under 201, Simpson was two strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey after both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner were three strokes off the lead. Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. He made a 6-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th before finishing with seven consecutive pars. It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54-hole leader to have more than a one-stroke advantage. Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 with a caddie switch after making the turn, and was at 4 under. Spieth's regular caddie, Michael Greller, left the course after 11 holes because of heat exhaustion on a steamy day with temperatures in the 90s and the heat index higher than that. Damon Goddard, the personal trainer for the player and the caddie, carried the bag the rest of the round — a stretch when Spieth had a bogey and two birdies. Lee and Kisner also were tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, whose shot 72 to fall five strokes back. After three birdies and three bogeys his first eight holes Saturday, Lee had a steady stream of pars until finishing with a 16-foot birdie for a round of 69. Casey, who shot 68, was alone in second for only a couple of minutes. He made a nearly 25-foot birdie putt that had just enough speed to fall into the cup at No. 18, while Lee was playing in the group behind him. Casey was 1 over for the day without a birdie until starting his back nine with three birdies in a four-hole stretch that included a bogey. Piercy was still within a stroke of the lead at 8 under after a par-saving 13-foot putt at the 12th hole after driving into the rough and hitting his approach in a greenside bunker there. Piercy then promptly hit his tee shot at the par-3 13th into the pond on way to a double-bogey. He followed with another bogey at 15 when he drove into the rough and then hit into a greenside bunker, and did the same at No. 18. Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner playing in the final group, started the round with birdies at the first two holes. He gave one of those back with a bogey at the par-3, 192-yard No. 8 after missing the green with his tee shot. Since losing a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at Phoenix, Simpson had missed four of nine cuts before this week. The four-time PGA Tour winner's best finish in that stretch was a tie for 11th at the RBC Heritage. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf
  • Mo Farah pounded his chest after crossing the finish line on a U.S. track for perhaps the final time. Farah won the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic at Oregon's Hayward Field on Saturday in 13 minutes, 0.70 seconds. The British distance specialist, who won Olympic gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Rio Games last year, plans to retire from track races after the World Championships in London this August. He's said that after that he'll likely focus on the marathon. American Ronnie Baker bested both countryman Justin Gatlin and Canadian Andre De Grasse to win the men's 100, while Tori Bowie prevailed over a strong field that included Allyson Felix and Jamaican Elaine Thompson to win the 200 on a brilliantly sunny but breezy day.