Los Angeles Lakers release guard Tyler Ennis

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have released veteran guard Tyler Ennis.

The Lakers made the move Thursday night.

Ennis joined the Lakers in a trade in February 2017 and appeared in 76 games for the club, including 22 starts last season. The Canadian point guard averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 assists in 54 games last year.

Ennis also has played for Houston, Milwaukee and Phoenix in his four-year NBA career.

The Lakers had a team option on Ennis for next season at roughly $1.65 million, but they released him instead.

Los Angeles has spent the past year clearing salary cap space in hopes of signing two elite free agents to maximum contracts next month.

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Nearly 600 People Arrested Protesting Trump Immigration Policies

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Nearly 600 people were arrested at a protest organized by Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators began marching outside of the Justice Department and a Senate building Thursday to oppose migrant family separations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

Democratic lawmaker Pramila Jayapal said she was among those arrested “who took over the center of the Hart Senate Building protesting the inhumane and cruel zero-tolerance policy of Donald Trump and this administration.”

Protesters are calling for the abolition of ICE, which enforces the controversial zero-tolerance policy that has led to separation of over 2,000 children. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop separations, but the reunification process has proved to be complicated.

It also isn’t clear if families who are kept together will remain so or be separated after 20 days due to an existing court order.

Thursday’s protesters were joined by others around the country. More nationwide rallies are planned for Saturday, June 30, as part of a Families Belong Together event.

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Web.com Utah Championship will partner with Tony Finau Foundation in upcoming tournament

SALT LAKE CITY — Fresh off his fifth-place finish in the U.S. Open, Utah golfer Tony Finau was on hand at the State Capitol Rotunda Thursday to announce a partnership between the Web.com Utah Championship and the Tony Finau Foundation.

The tournament, which will be played the week of July 9-15 at Oakridge Country Club, will partner with the foundation to support aspiring professionals from Utah and will also contribute to the foundation as one of its charities along with the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“I love being from Utah and representing my home state. I’m extremely proud to be from Utah.”

“This tournament has done a lot for me,” said Finau, who received sponsors’ exemptions to the tournament when he was an up-and-coming professional. “To be able to partner with this golf tournament and now representing my foundation is extremely cool.”

Finau, who ranks 11th in the FedEx standings on the PGA Tour, said he takes great pride in representing the state while playing around the country.

“I love being from Utah and representing my home state,” said Finau. “I’m extremely proud to be from Utah.”

Utah Sports Commission President & CEO Jeff Robbins echoed Finau in talking about the partnership between the tournament and the foundation.

“This will help support the development of Utah’s next generation of PGA Tour golfers through a share of the proceeds from the Utah Championship,” Robbins said.

Robbins also noted that 14 30-second ads about Finau and the Foundation will run on the Golf Channel during the week of the tournament.

Besides the new partnership, the Utah Championship also announced four exemptions for the upcoming tournament headed by former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn, who recently turned professional.

Fishburn, who grew up in Ogden, won last year’s Utah Open as an amateur and just embarked on a professional career earlier this month, playing his first …read more

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ICE Investigators Want The Agency Split In Two

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Several special agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement want their organization split into two distinct agencies.

Nineteen investigators in the ICE branch Homeland Security Investigations wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking to be separated from the Enforcement and Removal Operations team, which carries out deportations.

ERO has been the face of ICE under the Trump administration. The HSI agents said their independence as investigators has been questioned and the two teams compete for resources.

The HSI focuses on national security issues like cybercrimes, child exploitation, money laundering, drug trafficking and human smuggling.

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