ABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong spring storm that pounded the San Francisco Bay area with hail on Thursday moves into the central U.S. Friday, bringing heavy rain to the flooded Missouri and Mississippi rivers and severe storms for the central and southern Plains.In addition, heavy wet snow will fall from Wyoming to Nebraska.The storm system will move east into the Ohio Valley and into parts of the Northeast this weekend with rain and even snow for western New York and Pennsylvania.The heaviest rain the next few days will be from Missouri to Illinois, where some areas could see up to 3 inches of rain.Snowfall will be light for the most part, but some areas in western Nebraska and into northern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and New York, could see a few inches of slushy spring snow.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
FILE – In this April 28, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat’s LeBron James smiles as he walks down the court during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)MIAMI (AP) – Savannah James will not have a say in scheduling for the Eastern Conference semifinals. In the interim, her husband seems to be letting her call plenty of shots.And if she decides that “Spider-Man 2” trumps watching more first-round NBA playoff games, LeBron James will be spending a night off at the movies.“It’s up to what she wants to do,” James said, smiling.Such are the perks of having idle time during the postseason. But those date nights better get squeezed in quickly, since the latest long break between playoff games for the Heat will finally be ending soon enough. Off since finishing off their first-round sweep of Charlotte on Monday, the Heat will open their next postseason series at home either Sunday or Tuesday against Toronto or Brooklyn.With no opponent to lock in on, the Heat practiced Friday focused on one team – the Heat.“We’re just working on what we do,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said Friday afternoon. “That’s the best thing we can do right now, work on our defense, spacing, offensive characteristics, working on our habits and everything and staying in shape. That’s what it’s about. We can’t worry about anybody because we don’t have an opponent right now. We’ll see what happens.”It’s not like the time off has been uneventful.There were some very significant events. James had some of the sharpest comments offered by any player after the NBA decided to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over racist comments. And all that happened while the organization mourned the death of Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay, a one-time Heat broadcaster who was revered within the team’s inner circle.There were also many ordinary-seeming items: Samsung Mobile released an app giving fans another way to track James’ doings, the four-time NBA MVP was getting plenty of treatment on a bad thigh bruise that he said was vastly improved by Friday, the latest collection of Wade-designed socks were unveiled, Mario Chalmers’ daughter had a birthday and Shane Battier fought off an illness.Battier returned to work Friday, which meant he missed a mandatory – and, word was, grueling – conditioning session the previous day.“I heard about that,” Battier said. “If nothing else, it was an opportune time to get sick, so I hear. A lot of teammates were using choice four-letter words to describe me and my absence. I assured them it was not planned. It was serendipitous from that standpoint.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra likened Friday’s practice to one more akin to training camp, with plenty of contact, mouthguards in and knee-pads up because of all that hitting. Bosh said he didn’t mind, even adding that practice went longer than planned because of how competitive things were getting.Clearly, an off day was no day off.“This probably made us all feel a little bit more normal, having a full-padded, braced, mouthguarded practice,” said Spoelstra, whose team dealt with two breaks of about a week during last year’s playoff run. “Guys got after it.”Spoelstra said there was no mention of things specific to planning for Toronto or Brooklyn during the practice – which James called a “Hunger Games” style session, with 10 minutes of warming up and then nothing but “straight contact” the rest of the way.Spoelstra said his staff had about 80 percent of the scouting work done for both potential second-round opponents. Plus, by now, the Heat are plenty familiar with both anyway, James said.So if his wife wants one more movie night before he goes back into playoff mode, that’s fine with the four-time MVP.“I’ve seen enough,” James said.
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks made it look easy, winning six straight games including a 5-1 decision over host Abbotsford Pilots in the final to capture the 2014 Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Championships Sunday in the Fraser Valley.The win comes a week after the Hawks won the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Nelson.Five different players scored for the Hawks which led 2-0 after 40 minutes.Fraser Stang, Riley Brandt, Taylor Stafford, Keanan Patershuk and Sam Swanson scored for the winners. Jarrett Martin replied for the Pilots.Brett Clark stopped 32 of 33 shots to register his fourth win of the tourney in goal.Beaver Valley dominated the tournament from the outset, outscoring the opposition 27-4 during the round robin.The Hawks were led in the tournament by Dallas Calvin, who topped all scorers with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in six games.Teammate Taylor Stafford finished the Keystone Cup with five goals and seven assists for 11 points.Beaver Valley, 63-15-1-3, finished the remarkable season with a KIJHL title, a Cyclone Taylor crown and a Keystone Cup championship.The only blemish on the season was the Hawks did not win the Murdoch Division regular season title, losing out to the Nelson Leafs by a point on the final day of the regular season.