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UConn beat Miami in Final Four to play San Diego State for national title



UConn took a nine-point lead to start their Final Four game against Miami and never looked back as the Huskies defeated the Hurricanes 72–59.

The Huskies never lost the lead in the game and led by as much as 20 points. The Huskies shot 49.1% from the field and 34.6% from 3-point range, helping them return to national title play for the first time since 2014, when Kevin Ollie roamed the sidelines.


Connecticut defenseman Tristen Newton (2) rides into the basket over Miami defensemen during the second half of the NCAA Tournament Final Four basketball game on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vasquez)

UConn big man Adama Sanogo led the Huskies with 21 pints and 10 rebounds. In addition to leading in scoring, he had two blocks and an assist. Jordan Hawkins added 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting with four free throws.

No other Huskies were double digits.

Alex Karaban added eight points and nine rebounds. Tristen Newton had seven points, eight assists and five rebounds. Andre Jackson Jr. had six points and four assists.


Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo scores Miami defenseman Isaiah Wong in the second half of the NCAA Tournament Final Four basketball game on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Houston.

Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo scores Miami defenseman Isaiah Wong in the second half of the NCAA Tournament Final Four basketball game on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

UConn only held Miami 32.3% from the field.

Isaiah Wong led the Hurricanes with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting, while Jordan Miller, who played perfectly in the Elite Eight game against Texas, scored 11 points and 10 rebounds. He was 4 out of 10 from the field. Nigel Pak and Norchad Omier each have eight points. Omier scored seven rebounds.

Now the Huskies will return to the national title for the first time in nine years. In 2014, UConn won it all by defeating Kentucky 60-54.

This time, UConn will take on the upstart Cinderella in San Diego State. The Aztecs defeated Florida Atlantic in the Final Four and Creighton in the Elite Eight by one point in each game. Both games were reduced to throws with a buzzer.

Connecticut defenseman Jordan Hawkins, 24, celebrates defeating Miami in the second half of the Final Four basketball game at the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Houston.

Connecticut defenseman Jordan Hawkins, 24, celebrates defeating Miami in the second half of the Final Four basketball game at the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


The Huskies will be looking for their fifth title in program history.


Pope Francis leaves hospital, shares emotional moment with recently orphaned parents



ROME (AP) — Pope Francis was released on Saturday from a Rome hospital where he was treated for bronchitis and joked to reporters before leaving: “I’m still alive.”

Francis, 86, was admitted to the Gemelli Polyclinic on Wednesday after reportedly having trouble breathing following his weekly public audience. According to the Vatican, the pontiff was treated with antibiotics intravenously.

Before leaving, Francis had an emotional moment with a couple from Rome whose 5-year-old daughter died Friday night in the hospital.

Serena Subania, Angelica’s mother, sobbed, pressing her head against the chest of the priest, who put his hand on the woman’s head.

Francis seemed to want to linger with well-wishers. When the boy showed him his cast on his arm, dad made a gesture as if to ask: “Do you have a pen?”

The papal assistant gave Francis one, and the pope signed the cast.

Pope Francis consoles Serena Subania, who has lost her daughter Angelica.

The pontiff responded in a voice that was close to a whisper as reporters bombarded him with questions, indicating that he did indeed feel chest pain, a symptom that convinced his medical staff to take him to the hospital on Wednesday.

Francis sat in the front seat of the white Fiat 500 that had driven him away from the Gemelli Clinic. But instead of heading straight home, his motorcade sped right past the Vatican, according to an Associated Press photographer located outside the walled city-state.

Pope Francis has been discharged after suffering from bronchitis.
Pope Francis has been discharged after suffering from bronchitis.


The pope was apparently on his way to the Roman basilica, which is his favorite.

After being discharged from the same hospital in July 2021 after undergoing intestinal surgery, Francis stopped to offer thanksgiving prayers at the Basilica of Saint Mary the Great in Rome, home to an icon depicting the Virgin Mary.

On Friday, Vatican officials said Francis would be in St. Peter’s Square for Mass on Palm Sunday to mark the start of Holy Week, which culminates in Easter, on April 9.

Gregorio Borgia contributed reporting.

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Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, composer of the film score for The Last Emperor, has died at the age of 71.



Elaine Lis

TOKYO (Reuters) – Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Oscar-winning Japanese composer best known for scoring The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and other films, has died at the age of 71, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on Sunday.

Sakamoto was also known for his work with the pioneering electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), of which he co-founded.

Acquainted with the piano as a child, Sakamoto lived for music. As a high school student, he rode in Tokyo commuter cars so crowded that no one could move, amusing himself by counting all sorts of sounds the train made along the way.

Sakamoto, who named the classical musician Claude Debussy as his hero, studied ethnomusicology at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, with a particular interest in the traditional music of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, as well as Indian and African musical traditions.

“Asian music influenced Debussy a lot, and Debussy influenced me a lot. So music travels the world and comes full circle,” he told WNYC Public Radio in 2010.

Inspired by electronic music, he and fellow studio members Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi formed YMO in 1978. The band’s pioneering use of a vast array of electronic instruments has been a national and international success.

Sakamoto’s first soundtrack was for the 1983 film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, in which he also played a POW camp commandant alongside David Bowie. The score went on to win BAFTAs.

His most famous work was the 1987 film The Last Emperor, in which he also starred. The music received an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

Sakamoto, who was an anti-nuclear activist and environmentalist, took a break from work for about a year in 2014 to receive treatment for throat cancer. Although he recovered from it after many years of treatment, he announced on his website in January 2021 that he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer.

In December 2022, Sakamoto performed a farewell concert for his fans which was streamed online.

“My strength has really dropped, so a normal concert of about an hour to ninety minutes will be very difficult,” he said in an online post a few days before.

“As a result, I recorded her song after song and edited it together so that it could be presented as a normal concert, which I believe can be enjoyable in a normal way. Please enjoy.”

(Reporting by Elaine Lees; editing by Christopher Cushing, Edwina Gibbs, and Andrew Havens)

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News Rrap: Sessions Insists He Didn’t Lie About Russia’s Senate Contacts




The Post also reported today on another incident. He quoted the father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan as saying the president offered $25,000 from his personal account but never did so.

We will learn more about all this after the news report.

The death toll from the wildfires in Northern California has risen to 42 today. Sonoma County officials found the remains of the latest victim after searching hundreds of burned-out homes. Meanwhile, the fire brigades made new gains overnight thanks to cooler weather and lighter winds.

The two-time Olympian says she was sexually abused by a former doctor for the US women’s gymnastics team for years. McKayla Maroney is the most famous athlete involved in the scandal. In today’s statement, she said that Dr. Larry Nassar started hitting on her when she was only 13 years old. He is awaiting sentencing on charges of possession of child pornography, but denies any sexual harassment.

More questions about drug prices tonight. A new study found that the cost of injectable cancer drugs approved since 1996 has risen by an average of 25 percent over eight years. This is well above the rate of inflation. The study was conducted at Emory University and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

And on Wall Street, health insurers and IBM caused stocks to surge today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 160 points, more than half a percentage point, to close above 23,000 for the first time. The Nasdaq rose only a fraction and the S&P 500 rose two points.

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