Odds & Ends: Christian Slater Set for Spamalot & More

first_img View Comments Midsummer Nights Dream | Trailer | Julie Taymor from Ealing Studios on Vimeo.Brian d’Arcy James & Christian Borle Get Their Tap OnThe cast of Something Rotten! will of course be performing on the Tony telecast THIS Sunday, however headliners Christian Borle and Brian Brian d’Arcy James stopped by The View on June 5 to talk about the show and provide a sneak peek of their tap dancing skills. Check the video out below (Borle’s guyliner just gets better with each appearance) and then the Tony nominated tuner at the St. James Theatre. Happy Tony weekend, see you on Sunday! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Christian Slater Set for SpamalotStage and screen star Christian Slater has boarded the cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, starring the previously reported Eric Idle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more. Slater, who was last seen on Broadway in 2005’s The Glass Menagerie, will play Sir Galahad in the tuner, the role originally played on the Great White Way by Christopher Sieber. California will be looking on the bright side of life on July 31, August 1 and August 2!Watch Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamTony winner Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to a movie theater near you from June 22! The adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic by The Lion King director, stars Tina Benko (The Avengers) as Titania, Max Casella (Blue Jasmine) as Nick Bottom, David Harewood (Homeland) as Oberon and Kathryn Hunter (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) as Puck, and was filmed in 2014 at the Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Check out the trailer below!last_img read more

Syria’s Other Chemical War – The Real Reason Behind a U.S. Strike

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The more deadly and confusing the situation in Syria becomes, the further away we travel from addressing the true reason the world’s superpowers have suddenly taken great interest in the safety and security of the Syrian people. Thus far, it has been estimated that more than 100,000 Syrians have lost their lives during this civil war and the refugee situation has become dire. Yet despite such heavy civilian losses, it wasn’t until the world learned of a chemical weapons attack outside of Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013 that this war presented an imminent policy decision for the United States and other stakeholder nations in the Middle East.The keen interest in Syria on the part of the U.S. that the mainstream media has largely overlooked has its roots in the unsuccessful occupation of Iraq. Chemical weapons might be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, but U.S. policy is being dictated by opportunities squandered over the past decade. Once again, all roads lead back to Baghdad.As far as the attack itself, the nonprofit organization Human Rights Watch released a report on September 10 concluding: “telltale evidence… suggests that Syrian government troops launched rockets carrying chemical warheads into the Damascus suburbs.” However, there have been conflicting reports from the region that indicate the weapons may have been of Saudi origin and deployed by rebel fighters.The fog of war combined with limited access for journalists in the region and the subsequent jockeying for diplomatic supremacy between the U.S. and Russia will likely leave this question unanswered for quite some time. At a minimum, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was forced to admit that his government is indeed in possession of chemical weaponry, though it maintains that none was used in this conflict. And because it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who stepped in with the winning diplomatic solution of the moment, the American news cycle now is focused on whether or not the United States just lost a major psychological and tactical battle to Russia.The chemical weapons debate and renewed tensions between Russia and the United States obscure the chemical war the United States truly cares about: the petrochemical war. Sarin gas might have been President Obama’s “red line” to intervene in the Syrian conflict, but natural gas is the underlying reason.Taking a step back from Damascus reveals a much wider and more complicated picture with several important players. The U.S. and Russia are now primary actors in the Syrian conflict, but so too are Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Western Europe and China.Consider this timing for a moment. Less than a month before the Assad regime purportedly employed the use of chemical weapons, it entered into a potentially lucrative contract with neighboring Iran and Iraq. OilPrice.com, an online trade publication for the energy industry, reported that a deal struck on July 25 between the three nations for “the construction of what would end up being the largest gas pipeline in the Middle East, running gas from Iran’s South Pars field to Europe, via Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea.”The economic importance of this potential transaction cannot be overstated for two reasons. The first is that oil and gas companies in the United States are preparing an intense push into the natural gas export market. And because Europe remains the largest trading partner of the United States and several European countries are aggressively converting to natural gas as the energy source of choice, any competition represents a significant loss of market share. A pipeline carrying oil and natural gas from both Iraq and Iran directly to the Mediterranean makes far more logistical sense than gas traveling across the Atlantic. The second reason is that the U.S.-based energy companies are no longer in the position to participate in any newfound profits in Iraq, as they ceded this advantage almost entirely to the Chinese.Stony Brook professor Michael Schwartz, who authored the book War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, gave a lecture at this year’s Left Forum at Pace University, where he argued, “China is reaping the benefits of the new Iraq oil boom.” During his talk he described the frustrations experienced by U.S. oil companies that attempted to cajole the Iraqi workforce into complying with U.S. demands. In the decade that followed the U.S. invasion into Iraq, the historically strong Iraqi unions essentially beat American oil giants into submission. Chinese oil companies were all too happy to take advantage of this opening by agreeing to incredibly unfavorable terms in order to access Iraq’s abundant supply of crude oil and natural gas. As Schwartz explained, the U.S. government can no longer “get Exxon to take one for the team.”In a 2003 article that appeared on CommonDreams.org, Schwartz highlighted “Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz’s pre-war prediction that the administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq would pay for itself.” But experts such as Schwartz knew then that the U.S. had greatly overestimated its ability to find a cooperative workforce and knew that the invasion would stoke ethnic and religious tensions in a way that we were unprepared for. Understanding the social, political and economic structure of Iraq, Schwartz concluded the article saying, “the Bush administration’s ‘capture of new and existing oil and gas fields’ is likely to end as a predictable fiasco.”Schwartz was prescient to say the least. Dr. Naser AL-Tamimi, A UK-based Middle East analyst, wrote an article for Alarabiya.net in March 2013 describing the partnership between China and Baghdad. In the article AL-Tamimi notes that, “Iraq is estimated to have the fifth largest proven oil reserves and the 12-largest proven gas reserves in the world,” and that “current trends suggest that China will soon overtake America to become Baghdad’s top trade partner.” This prediction proved true as well, as Chinese oil companies continued to sew up contracts in Iraq over the summer and its government made the critical move of forgiving 80 percent of Iraq’s outstanding debt owed to the Chinese.The U.S. might have fought the battles in Baghdad, but China won the war.One can’t help but be struck by how the U.S. military, after wasting billions of dollars to secure Iraq’s most precious commodity and killing tens of thousand of Iraqi civilians in the process, was ultimately done in by unions.With China ravenously gobbling up the remaining contracts for Iraqi oil and gas, America’s options in the region are closing off faster than anyone might have predicted. Russia and China clearly have the upper hand in the battle for fossil fuel hegemony in the next century, which brings our interest in the Syrian conflict more clearly into focus.U.S. allies in the Middle East, specifically Israel and Saudi Arabia, can ill-afford a lucrative alliance between their major oil producing neighbors. The Russians have a significant stake, both militarily and economically, in the Assad regime staying in power. And because the Chinese have significant entrée into the Middle East oil and gas market, it does as well.Now play the scenario out even further. If Russia and China are successful in negotiating on behalf of the Assad regime and the American and Saudi-backed rebels are ultimately defeated, an economic alliance will be forged between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Jordan, a barren nation dealing with much of the fallout from the Syrian refugee situation, will likely fall in line with this coalition. The United States and its corporate oil interests become the odd men out in this scenario.Traditionally, the U.S. has been able to rely on ethnic tensions between the Sunni and Shi’a populations in these countries to level the playing field, especially when stoked by U.S.-supported dictators. But since the U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein and Iran has since elected a reformist government, it has fewer options to wage proxy fights along ethnic lines. Ethnic and religious differences that might otherwise be an obstacle to an alliance between these nations would likewise become a unifying determinant in the face of military threats from the United States. It’s why the political calculus in Washington is so complicated and severe. And it’s also why an episode as dangerous and offensive as a chemical weapons attack is the only plausible case the United States could make for an intervention.Further complicating the U.S. position on chemical warfare is the stubborn fact that the U.S. supplied Iraq with chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War and did nothing when they were deployed against the Iranian people. Moreover, the U.S. was forced to admit that it used both white phosphorous and napalm against Iraqis during the Iraq War. While napalm is clearly outlawed, white phosphorous is not banned because it is used to illuminate the night sky during battle. However, it has the same effects as a chemical agent when used as a weapon. It was the latter use that the U.S. military admitted to—after initial denials—in operations called “shake and bake” whereby white phosphorous was used to flush Iraqi fighters out of buildings and trenches.These admissions are conveniently omitted from the U.S. narrative on chemical warfare, but are hardly lost on foreign nations. Therefore, President Obama’s chemical weapon “red line” is dubious at best, particularly when the use of it occurs in a civil war.All of the above factors continue to demonstrate U.S. foreign policy ignorance with respect to the Middle East. U.S. occupations have been an unmitigated and costly disaster that have ultimately inured to the economic benefit of rival nations such as China and Russia. An Arab allegiance in the form of a pipeline from Iran to the Mediterranean would have been almost unimaginable only a decade ago. But it was made possible by the U.S. occupation in Iraq and its failure to seize upon the unwholesome opportunity the war created.Ultimately, somewhere in the scorching desert sun of the Middle East, the world might be witnessing the rebirth of the Cold War.last_img read more

Different Approach for Pennsylvania: Governor Wolf’s Budget Cuts Costs, Protects Education and Seniors

first_img February 07, 2017 Budget News,  Press Release,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf outlined a different approach for Pennsylvania’s budget by tackling a $3 billion deficit without raising taxes on families, while protecting schools, seniors, and resources used to battle the opioid epidemic, in addition to creating new tools for manufacturing and small businesses.The governor’s budget eliminates the deficit by identifying cuts and savings initiatives in excess of $2 billion, imposing a severance tax, and closing corporate loopholes. Additionally, this budget bolsters education at all levels by increasing support by $209 million, expands efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, protects programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities, and makes new investments in job training.“I’m offering a budget proposal that represents a responsible solution to our deficit challenge – and a different approach from the way things have been done in Harrisburg for almost a generation. Let’s start here: In my proposed budget, there are no broad-based tax increases,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “At the same time, my budget protects the investments we’ve made in education, in senior services, in fighting the scourge of opioids, and in growing Pennsylvania’s economy.“This proposal also closes corporate loopholes that have helped big companies avoid paying their fair share. I have nothing against successful businesses. I used to run one. But Pennsylvania families are already paying too much to help fund our government. And when big corporations get special treatment, Pennsylvania families and small businesses wind up shouldering more of a burden than they can bear.”Finding Savings, Cutting Bureaucracy and Eliminating WasteSince his first months in office, Governor Wolf has focused on finding savings in state government, eliminating waste and bureaucracy in Harrisburg and shrinking the size of state government so that we can provide better services to Pennsylvanians and protect families and seniors. This budget takes on tax loopholes and corporate handouts, rather than asking middle class families for more of their hard-earned money.“By identifying specific programs that could be working more efficiently – and others that are no longer working at all – this budget proposes reforms that, altogether, will save taxpayers more than $2 billion,” Governor Wolf said.The governor’s $2 billion in cuts and savings rely on reforming government, eliminating waste and modernizing and improving state services for customers by getting rid of red tape and bureaucracy – not slashing important programs. This budget would also put the commonwealth back on a path of long-term fiscal stability by growing the rainy day fund from only $245,000 to nearly $500 million in five years.Investing in our Children’s FutureFair and increased education funding for all Pennsylvania schools continues to be one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities in the budget to ensure students are college and career ready.“Over the past two years, we’ve taken a different approach – instead of allowing schools to become the first casualty of our budget deficit, we’ve made them our first priority,” Wolf said.  “We’ve undone nearly two-thirds of those short-sighted cuts to our public school system and we’ve made a historic investment in education for the commonwealth.”The governor’s budget proposal includes a $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding, a $25 million increase in Special Education Funding, a $75 million increase in high-quality early childhood education, and $8.9 million increase for the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.Creating Jobs that Pay for the Middle-ClassThe governor’s budget includes $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant partnership and creates a new apprenticeship grant program funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to commitments for job creation under economic development programs.Additionally, this plan would generate $95 million in revenue annually by raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00 per hour, while tying it to inflation to maintain its purchasing power over time. Governor Wolf’s budget also creates a one-stop shop for small businesses in DCED to consolidate functions across departments and make it easier for businesses to start and grow.Investing in What Matters Most to PennsylvaniansFor many years, the commonwealth has faced grave budget challenges. The previous administration, when faced with these challenges, slashed funding for schools and our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians while employing shifty accounting maneuvers that only worsened our shortfall in the long run.By creating a new, unified Department of Health and Human Services by merging four separate agencies, Pennsylvania will be able to provide more streamlined services to older Pennsylvanians. This will result in less confusion and easier access as constituents and their families seek services and will bolster resources for seniors seeking prescription drug assistance and care in their own homes.Governor Wolf has taken a different approach in order to protect services that matter most to Pennsylvanians. The 2017-2018 budget continues to invest in battling the opioid epidemic by placing significant emphasis on expanding access to treatment and diverting those suffering from substance use disorder away from the criminal justice system and into supportive programs. This budget also provides $26.2 million to move individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism from the waiting list and protects the lottery fund and programs that seniors depend on.The transcript of the budget address as prepared is available here.Pennsylvanians can find out more about Governor Wolf’s budget at governor.pa.gov/budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Different Approach for Pennsylvania: Governor Wolf’s Budget Cuts Costs, Protects Education and Seniorslast_img read more

New York loses climate change lawsuit against oil majors

first_imgOffshore Energy Today Staff A United States district judge has dismissed a climate change lawsuit filed earlier this year by the City of New York against five oil majors Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, and Shell. The judge acknowledged the reality of climate change effects but said it was not something to be resolved in court.New York City skyline: Image Source: Pixabay under CC0 licenseThe City of New York sought the oil and gas quintet be held liable for the emissions that result from their worldwide production, marketing, and sale of fossil fuels, and the negative effects to the City.However, in its ruling dismissing the lawsuit, Judge John F. Keenan has said while the climate change is a fact of life, the serious problems caused by it are not for the judiciary to ameliorate, adding that the global warming and solutions must be addressed by the two other branches of government.What is more, Judge said City’s claims against the oil companies doing business internationally, is something to be resolved by international agreements, including—although the United States has expressed its intent to withdraw—the Paris Climate Accords.Judge Keenan said: “The Court recognizes that the City, and many other governmental entities around the United States and in other nations, will be forced to grapple with the harmful impacts of climate change in the coming decades. However, the immense and complicated problem of global warming requires a comprehensive solution that weighs the global benefits of fossil fuel use with the gravity of the impending harms.“To litigate such an action for injuries from foreign greenhouse gas emissions in federal court would severely infringe upon the foreign-policy decisions that are squarely within the purview of the political branches of the U.S. Government. Accordingly, the Court will exercise appropriate caution and decline to recognize such a cause of action.”Sea level risingIn its lawsuit, the plaintiff said the New York City was exceptionally vulnerable to sea-level rise due to its long coastline and its large floodplain that is home to more than 218,000 New Yorker. It said that five oil companies’ ongoing conduct continued to exacerbate global warming and cause recurring injuries to New York City.It sought damages for “for the past and permanent injuries inflicted,” as it said it had been forced to make climate resiliency investment on constructing levees and sea walls, elevating facilities and streets, and waterproofing and hardening infrastructure.“In addition, the City must promptly take more robust measures to make New York City more resilient and protect the public and City property from climate change, including enlarging existing storm and wastewater storage facilities and installing additional new facilities, as well as associated infrastructure and pumping facilities, to prevent flooding in low-lying areas that are vulnerable to rising seas or increasingly severe downpours,” the lawsuit read, among others.Read the full ruling here – PDF (New York vs Oil Companies Ruling)last_img read more

Drunken man shot dead

first_imgILOILO City – A man who wasapparently intoxicated was shot dead in Barangay Calmay, Janiuay, Iloilo. Police investigators said the incidenthappened around 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. Village watchmen Federico Marbebe wastagged suspect. Marbebe was detained in the lockup cellof the Janiuay police station. Charges will be filed against him./PNcenter_img Marbebe was pacifying Japlit when thelatter suddenly went berserk and attack the former using a bolo. This promptedMarbebe to shot Camacho using a 12-gauge shot gun. Camacho died on the spot. Resident Jessie Camacho died of agunshot wound on the stomach, police said. last_img read more

No ‘new normal’ for now | IATF: All areas in PH to stay under…

first_imgThe MGCQ was previously touted as the transition point to the “new normal” or the full easing of virus restrictions but it was removed from the community quarantine system for now, Roque said. MANILA – Philippines will largely remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) beyond June 30 after the country’s pandemic task force temporarily removed the “new normal” classification. Roque added that the IATF-EID will still use the case doubling time and critical care utilization rate of different areas in community quarantine classifications. Areas found to be at high-risk of coronavirus disease 2019 local transmission will be placed under community quarantine (ECQ) or modified ECQ. Those with moderate-risk of local transmission of the virus will be classified either as general community quarantine areas or MGCQ areas. People fall in line to buy goods at a public market in Mandaluyong. The government has temporarily removed the “new normal” in the community quarantine phases as the country remained largely under relaxed lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. ABS-CBN NEWS “The changes in the community quarantine system are only temporary and subject to change,” Roque said.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has recalibrated its community quarantine system in its Resolution no. 48. For MECQ and MGCQ areas, the IATF will consider the following indicators: social, economic, and security factors, clustering of cases, health system capacity and continuous increasing or decreasing new cases, case doubling time and critical care utilization rate./PN Instead of transitioning to the “new normal,” areas with low-risk of COVID-19 local transmission will remain under MGCQ. “Sa ngayon po wala munang new normal. Ibig sabihin lahat ng lugar po sa Pilipinas meron pa rin community quarantine,” Roque said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.last_img read more

Bengal’s Draft

first_imgThe Bengal’s got an “A” from the draft experts on their 2018 first 4 picks.  Their first pick was Billy Price, an Ohio State center.  He is expected to be an immediate starter.   Jesse Bates III, a safety from Wake Forest was their second choice.  Number 3 was Malik Jefferson, a linebacker from Texas.  They rounded out their first 4 picks with Sam Hubbard (Moeller grad) also of Ohio State who plays defensive end.You can see from these first 4 picks the Bengals are concentrating on big offensive and defensive players.  Even though the Bengals lost their backup quarterback, they did not waste an early draft pick choosing a quarterback.  It seems to me that the Bengals went after what they needed more than just picking the best athlete possible.  In past years, this line of drafting has not been overly successful.last_img read more

Cricket News Sunil Gavaskar calls selectors ‘Lame Ducks’, questions Virat Kohli’s undisputed position as captain

first_imgSunil Gavaskar termed Indian selectors as lame ducks.Indian team will leave for West Indies on Monday. India finished as semi-finalist in recently concluded World Cup 2019.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Indian cricketer turned commentator Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at the national selection committee for not questioning Virat Kohli’s undisputed position as captain despite the below par performance at the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019. The former skipper described the panel led by MSK Prasad as “lame ducks” in his column for Mid-day, Gavaskar said that by not following established procedure by reappointing Kohli as captain, the selectors have sent the message that he can retain the job for as long as he wishes to.”That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure,” wrote Gavaskar.“To the best of our knowledge his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment.“Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on the selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectations performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals.”He further continued his attack against the selection committee which consists of former players Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda besides Prasad, Gavaskar said that the lack of stature in the group was an impediment in their smooth functioning.None of the current selectors had long careers in India colours and in fact two – Paranjape and Khoda – didn’t play a single Test, featuring only in a few ODIs. Gavaskar, one of the greats of Indian cricket himself, believes players of stature will be able to avoid getting “bullied” by the team management into making decisions.“This is probably one of the last selections for this committee as a new one will get appointed soon,” he wrote. “Hopefully that will have players of stature who will not get bullied and be able to tell the team management that their job is to play with the team chosen by the selectors.”center_img highlightslast_img read more

The Latest: 3 players from PSG women’s teams test positive

first_imgThe Latest: 3 players from PSG women’s teams test positive Jason Day has asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. Officials have decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Two more players withdrew because of the coronavirus Friday — Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. There have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut event.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Paris Saint-Germain said on Saturday that three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. Associated Press June 27, 2020 PSG said in a statement that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday.Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.___last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMiguel Sanó hit a pair of round-trippers and Eddie Rosario provided the Twins’ third solo homer of the night in a 3-0 win over the Indians. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked six innings in his Minnesota home debut. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.Carlos Carrasco gave up the solo homers and three other hits over six innings for Cleveland.Also on Saturday’s big league schedule:— Gio Urshela’s (ur-SHEH’-luhz) grand slam put the Yankees ahead 5-0 in the second inning of a 5-2 win against the Red Sox. Aaron Judge put the Yanks ahead in the first by homering for the fourth straight game. Nick Nelson worked three hitless innings of relief to get his first major league victory. — Michael Hermosillo lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to complete the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Astros. Jason Castro’s RBI double tied the game in the bottom of the ninth after Josh Reddick and George Springer homered in the top half to erase the Angels’ 3-1 lead. Los Angeles hurler Griffin Canning had to settle for a no-decision after tossing one-run ball over six frames. — The White Sox have placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermin Mercedes from their taxi squad Anderson had two of the White Sox’s four hits on Friday before leaving in the seventh inning with a sore hip.— Angels Mike Trout center fielder and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child Saturday, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. The three-time AL MVP left the Angels on Thursday and was placed on the paternity list, which allows players to stay away from their teams for three days. Angels manager Joe Maddon said he believes Trout will return to the Angels shortly, but the team won’t rush him.MLB-SCHEDULETwins homer 3 times to beat IndiansUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are back to flashing the power that allowed them to slam a major league-record 307 home runs last year. Brees says he’ll stand for anthemUNDATED (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” but that he respects and supports those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.Brees said in a conference call that he has reconciled with teammates he upset in June by voicing his opposition to kneeling during the anthem. He apologized soon afterward and said he came to realize that the anthem protests were “never about the flag.”In other NFL news:— Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) has become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a five-year contract extension with the Chargers. The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million overall. The deal eclipses the five-year, $125-million extension that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett signed two weeks ago. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFSRookie Kubalik sets record as Hawks stun OilersUNDATED (AP) — The 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks have taken Game 1 of their Stanley Cup qualifying-round series on the strength of a record-setting performance by rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik (KOO’-bah-leek). — Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Clippers in a 126-103 pounding of the Pelicans. Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making 8 of 11. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 24 points to help the Clippers bounce back from a two-point loss to the Lakers on Thursday night in their first game of the restart. — T.J. Warren poured in a career-high 53 points and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) added 15 in the Pacers’ 127-121 victory over the 76ers. Warren was 20 of 29 from the field and 9 of 12 from 3-point range in his first game with at least 50 points. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 41 points and 21 rebounds for the Sixers, who couldn’t hang on after turning a 10-point deficit late in the first half into a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.— The Thunder whipped the Jazz, 110-94 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 18. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field and limited Utah to 39 percent from the floor.MLB-NEWSCardinals-Brewers postponed again August 2, 2020 TENNIS-KYRIOS-US OPENKyrgios won’t play US OpenSYDNEY (AP) — Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who have died from COVID-19.Kyrgios said in an Instagram post that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. But he cited health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam. Associated Press Meanwhile, the Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon. The Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation.At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.MLB says the Phillies are slated to resume play on Monday against the Yankees in New York, one day before the Marlins take on the Orioles in Baltimore.In other MLB news: — Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before the Oilers-Blackhawks game in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance.NBA-SCHEDULEHeat top Nuggets 125-105LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA restart continues near Orlando as teams jockey for playoff position.The Heat won their first game since mid-March as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) each scored 22 points to lead a 125-105 thrashing of the Nuggets. The game was tight until Miami went on a 22-5 run that put the Heat ahead, 87-72 late in the third quarter. The Blackhawks held off the Oilers, 6-4 in Edmonton as Kubalik provided two goals and three assists to become the first player to register five points in his postseason debut. He scored two power-play goals in the second period to put the Hawks ahead, 6-2. His first goal chased Mike Smith from the net.Captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added two goals and one assist for the Blackhawks, who made the postseason despite finishing last in the Central Division.Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for Edmonton. The Montreal Canadiens also provided a stunner in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Habs squandered a 2-0 lead in the second period before topping the Pens, 3-2 on Jeff Petry’s goal 13:57 into overtime. Nick Suzuki’s first career playoff goal put the Canadiens ahead by a pair, but the Penguins squared things on goals by Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust 2 1/2 minutes apart in the middle stanza. Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the U.S. military. All the coaches and players around him kneeled. Leonard wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that said “Equality.”Elsewhere in the NBA:— Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Raptors in a 107-92 drubbing of the Lakers. OG Anunoby scored 23 points in Toronto’s 11th consecutive victory over the Lakers. LeBron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis had just 14 points after scoring 34 in Thursday’s win against the Clippers. — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus. However, he cautions that there’s the chance that not every team might play all 60 games. Manfred says winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.— Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.— Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The two-time All-Star announced his decision on the same day Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz said he had opted out. Cain was 6 for 18 with two RBIs in his first five games this season.— Nationals reliever Will Harris has been put on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Orioles for a player to be named. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. — Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) and Ronald Acuna Jr. each homered as the Braves beat the Mets for the fourth straight time, 7-1. Ozuna and Acuna each had two hits and two RBIs for Atlanta, which has scored 18 runs in the first two games of the series. Touki Toussaint worked four shutout innings as the starter in a combined six-hitter.— Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high four hits in the White Sox’s 11-5 assault on the Royals. Rookie Luis Robert had four hits while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, leading Chicago’s 21-hit barrage. Leury (lay-UR’-ee) Garcia also pounded out four hits, Yoan Moncada added three and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) had a pair of hits while driving in two runs.— The Orioles pulled out a 5-4 win over the slumping Rays on pinch-hitter Pat Valaika’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th. Newcomer Brian Holaday scored the deciding run after making a sensational diving catch in the top of the 11th to start an inning-ending double play. Tampa Bay erased a 4-1 deficit before dropping their fourth straight.— The Reds and Tigers were rained out in Detroit, creating the first seven-inning doubleheader in big league history on Sunday. Major League Baseball announced earlier in the week that twinbill games would be reduced from the traditional nine innings.NFL-NEWS Carey Price was outstanding in making 39 saves.The game also featured two penalty shots, the first time that had happened in an NHL playoff game since 1923. Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary missed on his attempt late in regulation and Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin (DROO’-an) lost control of the puck on his try in OT.Elsewhere on the first day of the Stanley Cup qualifers:— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and defenseman Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) each had a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Rangers, 3-2. Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal. Martin Necas (NAY’-chas) gave the Canes a 3-1 lead by taking a one-time that glanced off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and got past Henrik Lundqvist with 9:09 remaining.— Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 27 saves and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) notched the game-winning goal in the second period of the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) put New York ahead to stay 12 minutes into the contest. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored 23 seconds into the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 26 shots while looking sharp for Florida. Update on the latest sports — Robbie Grossman doubled home Tony Kemp in the 10th inning to cap the Athletics’ comeback in a 3-2 triumph over the Mariners. Oakland tied it on Chad Pinder’s two-run homer in the seventh and ended a three-game skid. Seattle wasted a solid performance by Yusei Kikuchi, who scattered three hits over six shutout innings.— Homers by Edwin Rios, Matt Beaty, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor highlighted the Dodgers’ 11-2 dismantling of the Diamondbacks. Julio Urias (yoo-ree’-uhs) picked up the win, yielding two runs and five hits over six innings. Loser Luke Weaver was tagged for six runs in four innings.— Matt Kemp belted his first Rockies homer and Trevor Story added his fourth of the season in a 6-1 verdict over the Padres. Chris Owings had three hits and an RBI to back Kyle Freeland, who limited San Diego to two hits over six shutout innings. — Donovan Solano hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and finished with three RBIs in the Giants’ 7-3 win versus the Rangers. Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) walked four times, scored twice and drove in a run from the leadoff spot for San Francisco.— Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts and the Cubs used the long ball to nip the Pirates, 4-3. Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ hit home runs as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. The Cubs have homered in each of their first eight games for the first time since 1958. UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus has postponed the entire weekend series between the Cardinals and Brewers in Milwaukee.A person familiar with the situation says the decision comes after one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19.MLB issued a statement saying the Cardinals will play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, including a Wednesday doubleheader. The Cardinals and Tigers will serve as the home Club for two games each at Comerica Park. The Brewers will play this week’s home-and-home series vs. the Chicago White Sox as scheduled. Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday. GOLF-TOURNAMENTSTodd leads FedEx St. JudeUNDATED (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead through three rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.Todd started the third round of the WCG event with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198. He is looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall. Byeong Hun An of South Korea is second and Rickie Fowler is two strokes off the lead. — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there. Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.— Browns tight end David Njoku has pulled back his trade demand. Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, Njoku had his agent ask the Browns to deal him to another team.— Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury. — Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.— Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the Giants have worked out a two-year extension with third-year tackle Nick Gates. The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, who comes in after Aldrick Rosas after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason. In other golf news:— Troy Merritt made two late birdies to take a four-point lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event. Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course for a 14-point day. Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo are tied for second. — There’s a three-way tie for the lead through three rounds of the LPGA Drive One Championship. Danielle Kang bogeyed three straight holes on the back nine in a 1-over 73 that dropped her into a tie with Celine Boutier and Jodi Ewart Shadoff. They were at 5-under 139 in the LPGA Tour’s first event since the Women’s Australian Open on Feb. 16.— Brett Quigley had an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Ally Challenge. It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event in five months. Tommy Armour III, Carlos Franco and Jim Furyk share second.— Branden Grace has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Barracuda Championship. That means the South African is out of the tournament where he was in contention going into the weekend.last_img read more