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    Mariano Rivera hopes his latest pitch changes the lives of 2 billion people. The former Yankees closer believes a new professional baseball league serving India, Pakistan and the Middle East will revolutionize his sport and develop a fresh generation of players and fans. Rivera is the co-president of the new United International Baseball League (UIBL), which he says can provide young athletes with a path similar to the one he carved out as an amateur pitcher in Panama who became Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader. “Coming up from Panama, not having much, but just having an opportunity to play the game that I love, is what motivated me to do the same for those in Pakistan, India, the Middle East, who don’t have a lot,” Rivera told the Daily News. “We have to create the opportunity for them to become the next superstar. Doing that, it’s fascinating, because you don’t know what you’re going to face. … How many Mariano Riveras are you going to find there?” The UIBL was founded by investor Kanwal S. Sra, a New York...
    A man in California says he has been infected with COVID and monkeypox at the same time in the first known case in America. Mitcho Thompson, a cannabis salesman in Sebastopol, tested positive for the pandemic virus in late June after feeling 'wiped out'. Days later, red lesions erupted across his back, legs, arms and neck, which he said doctors diagnosed as monkeypox. Thompson was bedridden for weeks as trouble breathing and chills left him barely able to get up for water. Dr. Dean Winslow, an infectious diseases expert at Stanford University, said it was possible for someone to be infected by both viruses at once. He said Thompson had had 'incredibly bad luck'. It comes as America's monkeypox tally surges to 2,593 cases — the second highest tally in the world, right behind Spain, which has 3,125 cases. Mitcho Thompson, a cannabis salesman in Sebastopol, says he has been infected with COVID and monkeypox at the same time. He is pictured above at home He tested positive for COVID in late June after feeling under the weather. But a...
    MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images. The long-anticipated Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was released Friday morning, a 5-4 decision overturning the landmark cases of Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), which recognized and then reaffirmed the constitutional right to an abortion. In a separate concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that cases granting rights like contraception and same-sex marriage should be reconsidered under the same legal theory. The Mississippi law at issue in Dobbs banned virtually all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy, with narrow exceptions for medical emergencies and “severe fetal abnormality” but not for rape or incest. In the opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court addressed whether various provisions of the U.S. Constitution conferred an “implicit constitutional right” to an abortion. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito summarized the ruling at the beginning of the opinion. Specifically, the Court held the Fourteenth Amendment’s...
    Growing up in Texas, Brandon Young dreamed of pitching at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. So, when they were the first team to call with a contract offer after the Louisiana-Lafayette right-hander went unselected in the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball draft, Young reminded himself he had calls with other clubs scheduled that Sunday. As part of a process he equated to “a college recruitment in one day,” Young’s decision came down to three teams, with the Astros at times a front-runner. But reaching Minute Maid Park required reaching the majors, and no organization did a better job of convincing Young it could help him do that than the Orioles. “They made it seem like they wanted me,” Young said, “and made it seem like they knew what to do to help me improve.” Young is one of seven players still in the Orioles’ organization after signing as undrafted free agents following the 2020 draft, which was truncated from 40 rounds to five amid the coronavirus pandemic. That allowed players like Young, who likely would have been...
    Last year, the head of the House Republican Study Committee released a memo that foretold the GOP's entire midterm strategy. "Lean into the culture war," read the telling, if unsurprising, subject line from Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who chairs the GOP group. Today, amid a horrific war, an international reordering of geopolitics, and a pandemic that's still devastating the globe, Republicans across the country have trained nearly the entirety of their energy on fringe issues supported only by their most faithful and extreme GOP voters. The horror show of Republican attacks on fringe-y manufactured issues like critical race theory, transgender athletes, and COVID mitigation strategies just keeps coming. In poll after poll, none of those causes have broad appeal in mainstream America. In fact, many of the GOP’s obsessions hold no relevance whatsoever to the broader American public. Listen and subscribe to Daily Kos' The Brief podcast with Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld x Embedded Content When Utah's Republican Gov. Spencer Cox recently vetoed a GOP bill targeting transgender female athletes, he explained it was a bill in search of a...
    CHICAGO -- In Illinois, many can remember the "Golden Girls" from 1977; the first girl's state championship basketball team. That legendary team and their perfect season were made possibly by Title IX.Passed by Congress on June 23, 1972, Title IX is only 37 words long: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."The law was met by resistance, but also provided opportunity for girls to play the games they loved at levels they never imagined.Amy Eschleman, now Chicago's first lady, was just 10 years old when Title IX was passed, but it didn't take long for her to realize it was a game changer."In elementary school there was a boys team but not a girls team," she recalled.She was the only freshman on the 1977 Sterling High team, dubbed the "Golden Girls," who put together a perfect season on their way to becoming the first girls state champions in the state...
    TOMMY FURY has been warned he may NEVER again get the chance to fight Jake Paul - missing out on the payday of a lifetime. The former reality TV star was all set to put unbeaten records and reputations on the line against YouTube sensation Paul. 4Jake Paul was set to fight Tommy FuryCredit: Matt May/SHOWTIME 4Tommy Fury pulled out of fighting Jake Paul because of injury - and been told he may not get the opportunity againCredit: Getty But Fury, 22, was left devastated after pulling out of the December 18 grudge match with Paul, 24, having suffering a broken rib and chest infection. As well as the chance to earn bragging rights, a massive fight purse also went to waste for the 7-0 unbeaten Brit. And Paul's trainer BJ Flores - a former cruiserweight contender - said not even a career as world champion could have guaranteed the same money. Flores told SunSport: “I really don’t have any comment on Tommy except he missed out on a massive opportunity, whether he was sick,...
    A mother and daughter who both serve in the US Navy got the very rare privilege of serving on the same ship for four weeks this summer. Logistic Specialist Seaman Racquel McCray, 25, enlisted at age 18 to follow in the footsteps of her Navy parents — but while its not uncommon for generations of the same family to serve in the military, few get the opportunity to work side-by-side. Though Racquel is typically assigned to the USS George W. Bush, she got a temporary reassignment this summer to the USS Gerald R. Ford, where she got to work and learn alongside her mother, Master Chief Logistics Specialist Tanya McCray. A mother and daughter who both serve in the US Navy got the very rare privilege of serving on the same ship for four weeks this summer Logistic Specialist Seaman Racquel McCray, 25, enlisted at age 18 to follow in the footsteps of her Navy parents. Her mother, Master Chief Logistics Specialist Tanya McCray, has served for nearly 30 years and is assigned to the USS Gerald R. Ford Tanya has nearly 30 years...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- What's aiming to be an iconic landmark in the heart of Los Angeles is nearing its completion date and the construction not only features groundbreaking designs, but a groundbreaking workforce.The Ribbon of Light is the name of the ten arches that will make up the new Sixth Street Viaduct connecting downtown L.A.'s Arts District with Boyle Heights. To one group of women, that name represents more than a bridge between the two neighborhoods. It's also a bridge to a career and future they never imagined would be possible."That's what we're really excited about. For the women and girls who are interested in a career in STEM, it's a great way to show that they too can build projects that matter and shape the future of Los Angeles," said Yena Williams, Communications Director for Skanska.Kerry Gutierrez used to fix scooters for a living, but after learning about a carpenter's apprenticeship program called Boots, she now works as a pile driver on the iconic project."I just wanted to get inside the union and I wanted to be a...
    President Donald Trump issued 26 pardons Dec. 23, including one for former border patrol agent Gary Brugman. Brugman was convicted in 2002 of basic deprivation of rights after he was accused of knocking an illegal immigrant to the ground before “striking” another illegal immigrant with his hand, according to the Texas Tribune. Brugman was driving with his mother when he received a call from a White House representative that he was getting pardoned. “My mom thought somebody died,” he told the Daily Caller’s Brianna Lyman, noting that he broke down when he heard the news that he was receiving a pardon. (RELATED: President Trump Pardons Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner’s Dad In Second Pardon Spree) WATCH:
    Loading the player... Lashana Lynch is a force and the whole world will soon get to see just how powerful she is when she takes on the role of 007 in No Time to Die.  The 25th James Bond film marks the first time the lead will be played by a Black woman and Lynch doesn’t take the history-making moment lightly. Her character, Nomi, takes over as 007 while James Bond is exiled and she made certain she felt good about the portrayal.  Read More: 5 things you need to know about Lashana Lynch, our new ‘007’ BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Lashana Lynch attends the 2020 13th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for ESSENCE) “A character that is too slick, a cast-iron figure? That’s completely against what I stand for,” she recently told Harpers Bazaar. “I didn’t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent. I searched for at least...
              FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07), and U.S Senate Republican candidate Bill Hagerty urged their supporters to vote Tuesday and to also re-elect U.S. President Donald Trump. They did so Sunday at Franklin’s Liberty Hall inside The Factory, where State Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) hosted his annual Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans event. As The Tennessee Star reported last week, Johnson hosts this event as a fundraiser for his state senate campaign. Hagerty told the hundreds of attendees that Tuesday’s election is a choice between the freedoms we know and love versus the Democrats’ push to impose socialism on America. “Look at the policies they [Democrats] want to bring to bear. Nancy Pelosi wants to give $1,200 checks to illegal immigrants, defund law enforcement to the tune of $600 million and let criminals walk free. She also wants people here in Tennessee to pay off the debts of states like California and New York whose states are irresponsibly managed,” Hagerty said....
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