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US destroyer in collision off Singapore, rescue efforts launched

A rescue operation is under way after a US destroyer was damaged in a collision with a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the US Navy said, in the second accident involving an American warship in two months.

Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and near the Straits of Malacca in the early hours, it said a statement.

"Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," it said.

"The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated."

The navy added that the ship was sailing under its own power and heading to port.

US Senator John McCain tweeted that he and his wife "are keeping America's sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight -- appreciate the work of search & rescue crews".

The rescue operation involves tug boats, a helicopter and a police coast guard vessel, and US aircraft were also responding, the navy said.

The collision was reported at 5:24 am (2124 GMT Sunday) while the ship was heading for a routine port visit in Singapore, it said.

The ship involved in the collision was a Liberian-flagged tanker used for transporting oil and chemicals and weighing over 30,000 tonnes, according to industry website Marine Traffic.

It was the second collision in recent times involving a US warship.

On June 17, seven sailors died when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship in a busy channel not far from Yokosuka, a gateway to container ports in the Japanese capital Tokyo and nearby Yokohama.

The sailors, aged 19 to 37, were found by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore a huge gash in the side of the Fitzgerald.

Investigators are probing what caused the crash. Japanese investigators have interviewed the Filipino crew of the 222-metre (730-foot) cargo ship, while the US authorities are also probing the crash.

There have been around 30 ship collisions over the past decade in that area, including a 2013 incident in which six Japanese crew died, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

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Aussie Power wins Pocono IndyCar

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Stars pay tribute to late comedy icon Jerry Lewis

The death of comedy legend Jerry Lewis on Sunday prompted an outpouring of tributes from fellow comedians, actors and others in the entertainment world.

Here are reactions from some notable personalities:

- Comic film actor Jim Carrey -

"That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D" he wrote on Twitter.

- Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg -

"I realize I may be late with all this but all know is, losing Dick Gregory & Jerry Lewis is a gain 4 heaven, but a big loss for comedy," she tweeted. US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died one day prior to Lewis.

- Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel -

"Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian, and as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..." tweeted Kimmel. He added a link to a video of Lewis's performance of "You'll Never Walk Alone" at his annual telethon to raise money for muscular dystrophy.

- Actor Robert De Niro -

"Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend," the actor said in a statement. "Even at 91, he didn't miss a beat... Or a punchline. You'll be missed."

- Television and radio host Larry King -

"Jerry lived to make the world laugh, and laugh we did for decades. His talent was surpassed only by his humanitarianism. Rest well, pal."

Sweden’s Stenson captures Wyndham Championship

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Inter, Milan match Juventus with winning starts

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NBA probes charge Lakers improperly wooed George

The NBA has launched a probe of the Los Angeles Lakers after Indiana complained they improperly approached Pacers star Paul George while he was still under contract to the team.

"At the request of the Indiana Pacers, the NBA opened an investigation into alleged tampering by the Los Angeles Lakers," the league said in a statement from spokesman Mike Bass.

"The independent investigation is being conducted by the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

"The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing," the league said.

In June, George told the Pacers he planned to opt out of his contract in 2018, when he wanted to sign a free agent deal with the Lakers that would bring him back to his native California.

On June 30, the Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

ESPN reported that the league is investigating whether Magic Johnson, the former Lakers star who is now president of basketball operations for the club, had improper contact with George.

Johnson said on a television chat show in April that he would love to see George in a Lakers uniform.

The league's rules against tampering forbid teams from trying to influence players under contract to other teams, allowing them to try to lure players only when they become free agents on July 1 of the year their contracts expire.

George, 27, averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season for Indiana.

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