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Russian troops told to not fight

RUSSIAN TROOPS are called upon not to fight by Ukraine’s president (Wikipedia).

Describing Russian troops now invading eastern Ukraine as soldiers “with little motivation and little combat experience,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday urged them not to fight.

He said that the Russian military leadership expects thousand of deaths among the troops and many thousands more wounded, according to the Associated Press.

The soldiers to whom he referred were those who have been assembled to replace those made casualties during the failed attempt to capture the capital city of Kyiv.

“Every Russian soldier can still save his life,” he said. “It’s better for you to survive in Russia than to perish on our land.”

Also in the news …


Naomi Judd, the mother in the country music act with daughter Wynonna, has died at the age of 76.

The cause of death was not revealed.

According to the Associated Press, the Country Music Academy will go ahead with its planned induction of the Grammy Award-winning Judds into its hall of fame.

Sports: Angels’ win streak ends; Dodgers fall

After winning six straight games, the Los Angeles Angels got a dose of how the other half lives on Sunday, losing 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox. The Halos got six hits but were unable to bunch them together to score runs.

The defeat put the Angels’ record at 14-8, but they still lead the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros (both 11-1) by 2.5 games as they both also lost. On Sunday, the Angels and White Sox will meet in a 11:10 a.m. game. Michael Lorenzen (2-1) will make the start for the Orange County team.

Back in California, the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-7) lost 5-1 to the Detroit Tigers. The loss dropped them into second place in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants (14-7). The Tigers (7-13) broke up a 1-1 game with four late runs.

Clayton Keyshaw pitched a strong start, working six innings and giving up just four hits and one run. He struck out seven batters and walked two.  That made him the all-time Dodger career strikeout leader. The solo LAD run came on a first inning home run by Mookie Betts, his third of the year.

On Sunday, the two teams will meet again in a 1:10 p.m. game, Walker Buehler (2-1) will make the start for the Blue Crew.

Weather: From warm to cool, then ….

After Saturday’s sun pushed the daytime high in the West Orange County area to 80 degrees, the return of some clouds on Sunday should drop the thermometer to 72 (58 overnight). Monday and Tuesday will be similar with clouds and a daytime high of 70 each day. However, the sun and the warmer temperatures should return on Wednesday with a high of 78 (58).

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