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    Getty Nate Diaz Mixed martial arts superstar Nate Diaz said he’s leaving the UFC and a boxing match with Jake Paul is “for sure one of the options” for a bout outside the promotion. Although the combat sports world has speculated that Diaz would pursue a fight with “The Problem Child,” the beloved athlete has stayed virtually quiet on the subject. However, when Diaz recently spoke with “iD Boxing” he shared his interest in boxing Paul. Paul (5-0) is scheduled to compete against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on October 23. The eight-round 187-pound professional boxing match will take place in Phoenix, Arizona. Diaz told the outlet that with the matchup, Paul is doing “big things” and that he’s “looking forward” to the clash. And after it’s all said and done, The Problem Child will apparently enter the Diaz sweepstakes. “(Jake Paul) is for sure one of the options,” Diaz said (h/t MMA Junkie). “He’s doing big stuff. He’s doing big things. He’s got a big fight ahead of him. If he wins that, I’m sure people...
    Shock and sadness continued to spread through several communities with the news that a career educator from North Jersey drowned off Long Beach Island over the 9/11 weekend. Michael Carlucci, a 57-year-old father of three who worked at Passaic Valley Regional High School, had been swimming with his wife, Jeanene, and others on Saturday when he apparently was caught in a rip current generated by Hurricane Earl shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. His body was found after a 45-minute search, according to rescuers who included a Coast Guard crew from the Barnegat Light station, TowBoat US, New Jersey State Police and local law enforcement. Carlucci, who grew up in Cliffside Park and lived in Verona, was the STEM supervisor at Passaic Valley Regional High School in Little Falls, PVRHS Supt. Bracken Healy said. “Mr. Carlucci was a teacher and coach for 26 years before joining the Passaic Valley administrative team in 2016," Healy wrote. "He was a passionate educator who truly enjoyed working with our students, staff and community. “We lost an...
    LOS ANGELES — The Giants may be out of the playoff hunt, but with a month of the season to go, manager Gabe Kapler is taking the opportunity to remind his players that the remaining games matter, nonetheless. “Every individual has something on the line and at stake,” Kapler said. “I think there’s a way to finish strong for us that will create a really good springboard for ‘23 and I think we’re all focused and taking that seriously.” As a team, the Giants’ goals in September should include fending off Arizona for third place in the NL West and finishing the season at or above .500. They would need to go 17-13 over their final 30 games, starting Monday night at Dodger Stadium, to reach 81 wins. For individual players, it might be money, playing time, personal accolades or some combination of the three. Joey Bart: Set to return Tuesday from a concussion, Bart will spend the final month of the season cementing the changes that have led to his turnaround at the plate. Since returning July 6 from...
    Getty Goran Dragic of Slovenia reacts New Chicago Bulls point guard Goran Dragic brings 14 years’ worth of NBA experience to the backcourt. It’s a group that already features a trio of solid defenders, a pure scorer, and a wild card rookie. But what it didn’t have was a veteran with the experience leading an offense – especially in the playoffs – as Dragic does. In addition to his decade-plus spent in the Association, Dragic has 60 games of playoff experience including 37 starts in a career that has taken him to five different teams, three in the postseason. His longest–standing commitment, however, has seen him climb to the top.Goran Dragic Legendary OverseasBefore he ever came to the U.S. to play professionally, Dragic began his pro career as a 17-year-old with the Slovenian minor league in 2003. He continues to play – and even thrive – with Slovenia alongside friend and Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic. He recently made headlines after suffering a minor injury during a friendly match against the Serbian National Team after convincing Bulls brass...
    FAMED football coach Gary Gaines sadly died at the age of 73 on Monday. The high school football great had a long battle with Alzheimer's before his passing. 2Gary Gaines died at the age of 73 after a battle with Alzheimer'sCredit: AP 2Gary Gaines was famous for being coach of Odessa PermianCredit: AP Gaines was most commonly known for his time with Odessa Permian, the team made famous in the Friday Night Lights book and movie. But his football career was more than just his time with the Texas team. Gaines coached for 30 years over four decades with nine different teams. He was also a quarterback with Angelo State from 1968 to 1970 before he turned coach. Read More Sport StoriesFAST LOVE Meet stunning Colombian sprinter who is married to an NFL QB and starred in TokyoHOME TRUTHS I'm married to an NFL player but crazy lifestyle is NOT like what you see on TV He started coaching in 1971 but his first head coaching job came in 1977 with Petersburg High School. Gaines then coached at Denver City,...
    Serra alum Tom Brady and former De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur are among the 100 players and 13 coaches inducted into the inaugural California High School Football Hall of Fame class. The Bay Area legends are just two of the many from the region announced by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation on Monday as inductees, and all 113 will be honored in November at the Rose Bowl. Brady, whose family name is on the San Mateo school’s football stadium, has gone on to win seven Super Bowls during his ongoing NFL career. Lynn Swann, another inductee, caught passes for Serra about two decades before Brady’s era and became one of the engines of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl dynasty in the 1970s. Ladouceur ended his unparalleled coaching career with a 399-25-3 record, which included a national record 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2004. Joining him is a contingent of his former Spartans players. Maurice Jones-Drew played for the legendary coach from 1999-2003, while Amani Toomer predated the record streak, graduating in 1992 as a Parade All-American. DJ Williams,...
    Michael Kopech made his case for another inning. The Chicago White Sox starter had not allowed a hit and struck out a career-high 11 through six stellar frames Friday against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. He did not get his wish. The Sox turned to Reynaldo López for the seventh. “I thought I had a pretty decent chance, but they didn’t want that to happen,” Kopech said. “I’m at a point in the season where I’ve thrown a lot more innings than I did last year, so they want to rest me and make sure I’m healthy here for the next one.” The team’s no-hit bid ended when Javier Báez led off the seventh with a single to right-center. The Sox didn’t get the no-no but they did get a victory. Andrew Vaughn broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh, and the bullpen kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for a 2-0 win. “That’s as far as he should have gone,” manager Tony La Russa said of Kopech. “But if you think I’m...
    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Kayla Thornton scored a career-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Teaira McCowan added 14 points and 14 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat Atlanta 81-68 Saturday night. Arike Ogunbowale added 21 points, eight assists and five steals for the Wings. Dallas (13-16) moved into a tie with the Phoenix Mercury for sixth in the WNBA standings with about two weeks left in the regular season. Atlanta (12-18), among six teams battling for the final three playoff spots, is ninth, a game behind the Los Angeles Sparks (12-16) for the eighth and final postseason berth and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Minnesota Lynx (11-19). The Wings avoided a season sweep against Atlanta, which won the first two games — a 66-59 road victory on May 7, and an 80-75 win at home on June 21. Tiffany Hayes left the game after an apparent ankle injury early in the second quarter and did not return for the depleted Dream. The 32-year-old guard, who missed the first 19 games of the season due to overseas...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12, Michael A. Taylor and Bobby Witt Jr. homered off Ryan Yarbrough in a three-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Saturday night. Singer, a 25-year-old right-hander in his third major league season, allowed two runs — one earned — three hits and two walks in six innings. With the score 3-3, Taylor hit his sixth home run this season and first since June 25. Witt hit a two-run drive off Yarbrough (0-5), who has given up seven home runs this season. Witt had three RBIs for the Royals, who stopped a four-game losing streak. Whit Merrifield hit a two-run double in a three-run third. Scott Barlow (4-2) allowed three hits in two scoreless innings. Tampa Bay’s Luis Patiño gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings. The Rays lost for the second time in eight games. The Rays rebounded from a 3-0 deficit when Luke Raley hit a run-scoring single in the sixth and Roman Quinn hit a...
    The Texas Rangers are reportedly “unlikely” to trade Martín Pérez at this year’s deadline. 31-year old lefty Martín Pérez of the Texas Rangers represented one of the Rangers’ biggest trade pieces at this year’s deadline and was a near-lock to be moved. While both Pérez and Rangers GM Chris Young have both expressed their interest in signing the southpaw to an extension, the news that the Rangers are now “unlikely” to trade Pérez is a head-scratcher. In what is the second go-round for Pérez in a Rangers uniform, he has never quite experienced success like he has this year. In 18 starts for the third place Rangers this year, Pérez is 7-2 with a sparkling 2.68 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 111 innings. He has also only allowed seven home runs so far this year, which is a huge improvement from years past.Rangers rumors: Martín Pérez trade is now “unlikely”Pérez certainly has looked like a whole new version of himself this year, making his first-career All-Star Game appearance along the way, but with the Rangers not near contention, it’s a little bit confusing as to why...
    WHETHER you're just starting out and setting up your own business, or you're already flying up the career ladder - there are always new things we can learn. It could be how to bag that promotion, or making your business idea flourish, constantly pushing yourself forward is essential to reach your goals. 6Even when we're at the top of our game, we never stop learningCredit: Getty 6Luxury fabric entrepreneur Sonal's biggest lesson has been to always try - life is too short for regrets From managing staff to approaching financial issues, here seven career-orientated women share the top business lessons they've learned. No regrets, be relentless - and say no Over the years certain key lessons inevitably stand out. For Karen Barrett, Founder and CEO of Unbiased.co.uk, her number one learning has been the importance of attitude. She says: "There’s always a way to get things done – be positive, tenacious, relentless, and focussed about what you want." More on Bossing ItBOSSING IT! Karren Brady's career advice on dealing with your boss as a working motherBOSS BABE I...
    TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos matched his career-high by striking out 13 over six innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four hits, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Tuesday night. Berríos (7-4) allowed three runs and six hits, improving to 5-0 in eight home starts. He struck out five in a row at one stretch, and fanned the final two batters he faced. He also struck out 13 in a seven-inning start against Minnesota, his former team, on June 4. READ MORE: Why Original Tony Luke's In South Philadelphia Is Changing Its NameTim Mayza worked the seventh, Yimi Garcia pitched the eighth, and Jordan Romano finished for his 19th save in 22 chances as Toronto opened a six-game homestand with a win after losing six of seven on a West Coast trip to Oakland and Seattle. Gurriel singled in the second, doubled and scored in the third, doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth, and singled in the eighth. Toronto is 20-14...
    TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos matched his career high by striking out 13 over six innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four hits, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Tuesday night. Berríos (7-4) allowed three runs and six hits, improving to 5-0 in eight home starts. He struck out five in a row at one stretch, and fanned the final two batters he faced. He also struck out 13 in a seven-inning start against Minnesota, his former team, on June 4. Tim Mayza worked the seventh, Yimi Garcia pitched the eighth, and Jordan Romano finished for his 19th save in 22 chances as Toronto opened a six-game homestand with a win after losing six of seven on a West Coast trip to Oakland and Seattle. Gurriel singled in the second, doubled and scored in the third, doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth, and singled in the eighth. Toronto is 20-14 in one-run games. Bryson Stott hit a solo home run for...
    FRISCO, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber III died of heat stroke, police said Monday.In a statement, police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said the Collin County medical examiner had ruled Barber's death an accident. A police spokesman provided no further elaboration on the circumstances of the 38-year-old's death, and the medical examiner's office did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.Police making a welfare check on June 1 found Barber dead at a Frisco apartment that he was believed to have been leasing.RELATED: Tony Sirico, 'The Sopranos' star, dies at 79The former Minnesota Golden Gopher was a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2005 and spent six seasons with the Cowboys. He had 24 combined touchdowns in 2006 and '07 despite starting just one game those two seasons. Barber rushed for 654 yards and a career-high 14 TDs in 2006.Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and production declined from there, and he had career...
    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III died of heat stroke, police said Monday. In a statement, police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said the Collin County medical examiner had ruled Barber’s death an accident. A police spokesman provided no further elaboration on the circumstances of the 38-year-old’s death, and the medical examiner’s office did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press. Police making a welfare check on June 1 found the 38-year-old Barber dead at a Frisco apartment that he was believed to have been leasing. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher was a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2005 and spent six seasons with the Cowboys. He had 24 combined touchdowns in 2006 and ’07 despite starting just one game those two seasons. Barber rushed for 654 yards and a career-high 14 TDs in 2006. Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and production declined from there, and he had career lows in carries, yards...
    The Chicago Cubs are still a week away from the All-Star break, yet two pitchers are already on the verge of reaching career-high workloads. Right-hander Keegan Thompson and left-hander Justin Steele are among the highlights of an otherwise dismal season for the Cubs. Through the first three-plus months, the consistent pitchers both feature an ERA+ over 100, which is league average. Left-hander Drew Smyly, who is coming off the injured list Sunday to try to prevent a four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium following Saturday’s 4-2 loss, is the only other Cubs starter above that mark. Thompson, 27, and Steele, 26, are already approaching uncharted territory with their workload. Steele, who has spent the entire season in the rotation, has thrown 76⅓ innings through 16 starts. He is less than five innings from surpassing his combined innings from 2021 between Triple-A Iowa and the majors. Now in his ninth season in the organization, Steele has recorded only one season with more innings than last year. He threw 98⅔ innings at High A in 2017 before Tommy John surgery ended his season....
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 31 points in the highest-scoring triple-double in WNBA history and tied Candace Parker’s league record of three triple-doubles in the New York Liberty’s 116-107 victory over Las Vegas on Wednesday night. Ionescu also had 13 rebounds and 10 assists. She hit a career-high seven 3-pointers in eight tries and was 10 of 13 from the field overall. The third-year pro has two triple-doubles this season. New York (9-12) set a franchise single-game scoring record and finished with a season-high 35 assists. Han Xu, a 6-foot-10 center in her second WNBA season, had a career-high 24 points — 14 in the fourth quarter — on 10-of-11 shooting and tied her career best with eight rebounds for New York. Natasha Howard added 18 points. A’ja Wilson had 29 points and nine rebounds for Las Vegas (15-7). Jackie Young scored 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The Aces have lost back-to-back games and five of their last seven. The Aces had already secured a berth into the 2022 Commissioner’s Cup game against the Chicago on...
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Eastern Michigan University’s Digital Divas program is gearing up to bring aviation to Metro Detroit high school girls next month. The free program — a partnership with STEM Flights — aims to introduce students to a day in the life of a woman in aviation. READ MORE: 3 People Arrested In Shooting Death Of Ypsilanti Township Man On Facebook LiveAccording to a press release, the students will meet women in the industry, take a plane ride with a pilot and tour an air traffic control tower and an airplane hangar. “Our goal for Digital Divas is to expose young girls to every type of STEM career that exists,” Bia Hamed, EMU director of K-12 STEM outreach and Digital Divas program director, said in a statement. “STEM Flights is another avenue to help interest our girls in aviation and the benefits of joining an ever-growing robust industry by using hands-on, real-life experience.” The program is scheduled for noon on Aug. 18 at Willow Run Airport. READ MORE: Carlos Santana 'Doing Well' After Collapsing Onstage At Pine...
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Eastern Michigan University’s Digital Divas program is gearing up to bring aviation to Metro Detroit high school girls next month. The free program — a partnership with STEM Flights — aims to introduce students to a day in the life of a woman in aviation. READ MORE: 3 People Arrested In Shooting Death Of Ypsilanti Township Man On Facebook LiveAccording to a press release, the students will meet women in the industry, take a plane ride with a pilot and tour an air traffic control tower and an airplane hangar. “Our goal for Digital Divas is to expose young girls to every type of STEM career that exists,” Bia Hamed, EMU director of K-12 STEM outreach and Digital Divas program director, said in a statement. “STEM Flights is another avenue to help interest our girls in aviation and the benefits of joining an ever-growing robust industry by using hands-on, real-life experience.” The program is scheduled for noon on Aug. 18 at Willow Run Airport. READ MORE: Carlos Santana 'Doing Well' After Collapsing Onstage At Pine...
    YPSILANTI, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Eastern Michigan University’s Digital Divas program is gearing up to bring aviation to Metro Detroit high school girls next month. The free program — a partnership with STEM Flights — aims to introduce students to a day in the life of a woman in aviation. READ MORE: 3 People Arrested In Shooting Death Of Ypsilanti Township Man On Facebook LiveAccording to a press release, the students will meet women in the industry, take a plane ride with a pilot and tour an air traffic control tower and an airplane hangar. “Our goal for Digital Divas is to expose young girls to every type of STEM career that exists,” Bia Hamed, EMU director of K-12 STEM outreach and Digital Divas program director, said in a statement. “STEM Flights is another avenue to help interest our girls in aviation and the benefits of joining an ever-growing robust industry by using hands-on, real-life experience.” The program is scheduled for noon on Aug. 18 at Willow Run Airport. READ MORE: Carlos Santana 'Doing Well' After Collapsing Onstage At Pine...
    ST, PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Aerial Powers scored a career-high 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 102-71 Sunday night. Moriah Jefferson and Rachel Banham added 13 points apiece and Sylvia Fowles scored eight points with 11 rebounds and two blocks for Minnesota (7-15). Powers scored the final six points in Minnesota’s 13-0 opening run and the Aces never led. Dearica Hamby and Riquna Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Las Vegas to 44-35 with about 3 minutes left in the first half but Fowles answered with a layup 18 seconds later and the Lynx led by double figures the rest of the way. Kelsey Plum led Las Vegas (15-6) with 12 points. Jackie Young and A’ja Wilson added 10 points apiece. Las Vegas, which went into the game averaging a league-leading 89.9 points per game, had its lowest scoring output of the season. Minnesota shot 50% (37 of 74) from the field, hit 12 3-pointers and outrebounded the Aces 53-25 — including 15-1 on the offensive glass —...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Cristian Javier pitched another gem, striking out a career-best 14 while allowing just one hit in seven innings to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The 25-year-old was brilliant in his first start since striking out 13 in seven innings of a combined no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday. Shohei Ohtani was the only Angels baserunner Javier permitted, hitting a homer with two outs in the first. Javier (6-3) sailed through the rest of his outing, retiring the next 19 batters before leaving to a standing ovation after seven innings. He got an assist from his defense when Chas McCormick made a leaping catch just in front of the wall in left field for the first out of the sixth to rob Andrew Velazquez of a hit. A pair of relievers completed the combined two-hitter, and Houston pitchers struck out a total of 16. Yuli Gurriel, Jake Meyers and McCormick all homered for the Astros as they jumped on Angels starter Michael Lorenzen (6-6) for...
    Get ready to meet the world's longest serving flight attendants, 86, who has worked as an airline employee for 65 years and has seen the industry go from using chalkboards to computers. Six and a half decades ago, Bette Nash, from Manassas, Virginia, landed a job as an Eastern Airlines flight attendant, and she has been pushing beverage carts and giving safety instructions ever since. Bette - who is now in the Guinness World Records book for her record-breaking long career - took her first flight as a teen and quickly fell in love with the 'spiffy appearances and gracious manners of the crew members,' she told AirlineStaffRates.com. Meet the world's longest serving flight attendants, 86, who has worked as an airline employee for 65 years and has seen the industry go from using chalkboards to computers Dream job: Six and a half decades ago, Bette Nash, from Manassas, Virginia, landed a job as an Eastern Airlines flight attendant, and she has been pushing beverage carts ever since Love at first sight: Bette took her first flight as a teen and...
    Keegan Thompson’s self-assessment, shortly after pitching the deepest into a start in his big-league career, took on a big-picture vibe. The right-hander threw a career-high 6⅓ innings in the Chicago Cubs’ 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, relying on early-innings efficiency. However, he wasn’t satisfied with how his outing ended. Manager David Ross went to the bullpen once Thompson surrendered back-to-back one-out singles in the seventh. Two batters later, Jonathan India connected for a three-run homer off reliever Rowan Wick to extend the Reds lead to 5-0. It began a stretch of three consecutive hits Wick allowed, ending his night after only one out. For Thompson, it was the second time in three starts he pitched into the seventh. He was on the verge of tallying his third straight quality start. He has 24 strikeouts and only three walks over 24⅓ innings in that stretch. Next up: figuring out how to close out the seventh. “I felt good tonight, but late I got maybe a little tired there,” Thompson said. “But I’ve got to...
    Dylan Cease made it to the Chicago White Sox dugout, where catcher Seby Zavala was waiting to deliver a huge hug. Cease gave the Sox a boost the team desperately needed, allowing one run while striking out a career-high 13 during seven tremendous innings in a 4-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field. “I want to be that guy that the team can rely on,” Cease said. “To go out and give seven like that is definitely a positive.” Cease (6-3) allowed four hits and walked one while reaching double digits in strikeouts for the 13th time in his career and fourth time this season. “He’s up there with the top echelon of starting pitchers,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Just look at the work he’s doing against the teams he’s doing it to. The quality of the pitches. Going through those lineups three times. “He’s special. It’s fun to watch him.” Gavin Sheets hit a two-run homer, Lenyn Sosa had his major-league hit with a double in the third and Andrew Vaughn and Zavala...
    Yoán Moncada raised his arms as he walked through the Chicago White Sox dugout. Teammates gathered around him and greeted him with high-fives and pats on the backs. Moncada had just circled the bases after hitting a three-run homer in the first inning Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. It was his first home run since May 14 against the New York Yankees. “It feels good to have that kind of support,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “They celebrated that homer like it was my first career homer. It was good.” Moncada set the tone Wednesday in a 13-0 Sox victory in front of 20,726 at Comerica Park. The third baseman had a career-high five hits, drove in five and scored twice. “A day like today is good for your mind, your confidence,” said Moncada, who’s average went from .141 to .181. “Sometimes when you’re in a bad stretch you can get a little down, but a day like today helps to reinforce that confidence and to feel good. It was definitely a good day to feel good.” Moncada went 5-for-6...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out a career-high 13 over eight dominant innings of two-hit ball, and the AL MVP also reached base three times in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. After giving up two singles to start the first, Ohtani (6-4) retired 16 straight Royals and 23 of the final 24 batters he faced. While matching the longest start of his major league career, he allowed just one baserunner over his final seven innings — on a walk that was quickly erased by a double play. With the backdrop of a rare Southern California lightning storm illuminating the sky far beyond center field at the Big A, Ohtani also had a single and two walks at the plate in his latest electrifying two-way performance. One night after Ohtani hit two three-run homers and drove in a career-high eight runs in an extra-inning loss, he set a new career mark for strikeouts by fanning Emmanuel Rivera on his 108th and final pitch. David MacKinnon got his first major league...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NaLyssa Smith scored a career-high 26 points — including a go-ahead three-point play in the closing seconds to help the Indiana Fever erase a 15-point second-half deficit and beat the Chicago Sky 89-87 on Sunday. Smith was fouled as she hit a turn-around jumper from the left block and made the free throw to give the Fever an 88-87 lead with 39 seconds left. Chicago missed two shots on the other end before Victoria Vivians was fouled with 7.8 seconds remaining. She made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Fever a two-point lead. After the Sky called a timeout, Courtney Vandersloot missed a short baseline jumper and the Fever held on. Kelsey Mitchell added 13 points and nine assists for Indiana (5-13). Emma Cannon, who went into game with 14 points this season — scored 11 points and Hull finished with a career-best 10 points. Smith, the No. 2 overall selection in April’s draft, was 11-of-17 shooting and had 11 rebounds. Kahleah Copper made 8 of 13 from the field, 4 of 6...
    Time to lead IT is grimly ironic that the man who made his career with the phrase “Take back ­control” is still doing so little of it. But first we will cut Boris Johnson some slack, unfashionable though that is. 2Boris Johnson must lead by example and 'Take back ­control' by tackling crises facing BritainCredit: Reuters It is not his fault that, in a global cost-of-living nightmare triggered by Covid, Putin-sympathising thugs running the rail unions aim to make matters worse. Next week’s strikes — crippling the network, damaging the economy and backed by Labour — are needless and nakedly political, the plan being a “summer of discontent” over Tory rule. Hard-up families and stressed commuters are the militants’ cannon fodder. Meanwhile Brussels is suing us over our bid to stop their hyper-zealous customs checks leaving British citizens in Northern Ireland facing empty shelves or even a return to bloody violence. Read More on BrexitTHE SUN SAYS Labour would not hesitate to begin reversing Brexit once in power They know their sacred “protocol” is dangerous. They don’t care. ...
    (CNN)"Halftime" could have just as easily been titled "The Importance of Being J-Lo," focusing on Jennifer Lopez's life and career, somewhat arbitrarily, through a particularly busy, high-profile stretch in 2019 and early 2020. Although the documentary fritters around the edges of being interesting, it's too much of a licensed product to deliver any grand insights.The Netflix presentation certainly celebrates Lopez as a multi-dimensional star, one who overcame second guessing and the customary media barriers to shine as a singer, dancer and actor. In the period documented, she's riding particularly high, receiving rave reviews for her work in the movie "Hustlers" while preparing to headline the Super Bowl halftime show, which is actually a rather strange anchor for this wide-ranging look at her."My whole life I've been battling and battling to be heard, to be seen, to be taken seriously," Lopez explains, calling the Super Bowl showcase "an incredible opportunity to show the world who I am."Yet a major part of "Halftime" hinges on the fact that the whole world knows Lopez, or at least feels as if they do, through...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Jeremy Lauzon to a four-year contract worth $8 million. The Predators announced the move Monday, keeping the defenseman they got in March at the trade deadline from Seattle. General manager David Poile said they’re excited to keep Lauzon. “Jeremy jumped right into our lineup with his physical style of play and fits the identity that we like to bring each night,” Poile said. “At just 25 years old, he’s helped us further reach our goal of getting younger, and he is thrilled about the opportunity to continue to improve and develop with our organization and in the city of Nashville.” Lauzon played 13 games with Nashville with a goal and a plus-3 rating, averaging 17 minutes, 6 seconds of ice time. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound defenseman had a career-high 224 hits this past season, seventh most among NHL defensemen, and blocked a career-high 63 shots. The native of Val’d’Or, Quebec, in Canada wanted to stay in Nashville after starting his career with Boston as the 52nd overall pick...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gerrit Cole gave up home runs to his first three batters and a career-high five in 2 1/3 innings but the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-7 Thursday night behind two home runs from Joey Gallo. Cole left trailing 7-3, and the Yankees tied the score in the sixth when Aaron Hicks hit his second home run of the season, a two-run drive Hicks homered after shortstop Carlos Correa and second baseman Jorge Polanco failed to communicate on Gleyber Torres’ popup and allowed the ball to fall for a single. READ MORE: Vikings Will Lean Hard Again On Peterson In Pass CoverageDJ LeMahieu hit the 100th home run of his career, and the Yankees got their 16th comeback win, tying Colorado and San Francisco for the major league lead. New York improved to 14-2-2 in series and became just the second team to win after allowing home runs to the opposition’s first three batters. The Yankees’ 41-16 record tops the major leagues. Five of Minnesota’s first 16 batters homered off Cole, who had...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa became the seventh trio of teammates to open a game with three straight home runs, starting a barrage of five long balls in 2 1/3 innings against New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on Thursday night. Arraez started the onslaught on a 2-2 changeup, hitting a tying drive 396 feet into the right-field seats for his second home run this season. READ MORE: Vikings Will Lean Hard Again On Peterson In Pass CoverageBuxton drove the next pitch, a hanging slider, 422 deep into the left-field upper deck for his 14th homer. Correa fouled off a pitch, then pulled a cutter 413 feet into the left-field lower deck for his fourth homer and a 3-1 lead. The previous trio to accomplish the feat was Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta off Jerad Eickoff at Philadelphia on June 10, 2019. After Joey Gallo tied the score with a two-run homer in the second against Dylan Bundy. Buxton gave the Twins a 6-3 lead in the bottom half with a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa became the seventh trio of teammates to open a game with three straight home runs, starting a barrage of five long balls in 2 1/3 innings against New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole on Thursday night. Arraez started the onslaught on a 2-2 changeup, hitting a tying drive 396 feet into the right-field seats for his second home run this season. Buxton drove the next pitch, a hanging slider, 422 deep into the left-field upper deck for his 14th homer. Correa fouled off a pitch, then pulled a cutter 413 feet into the left-field lower deck for his fourth homer and a 3-1 lead. The previous trio to accomplish the feat was Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta off Jerad Eickoff at Philadelphia on June 10, 2019. After Joey Gallo tied the score with a two-run homer in the second against Dylan Bundy. Buxton gave the Twins a 6-3 lead in the bottom half with a three-run homer on a cutter, a 370-foot drive...
    PARIS (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff rose to a career-best No. 13 in the WTA rankings on Monday after her runner-up finish to No. 1 Iga Swiatek at the French Open. Gauff, an 18-year-old from Florida, jumped 10 spots by getting to her first Grand Slam final before losing to Swiatek 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday. Gauff had never been past the quarterfinals at a major tournament. She made it to the finals of singles and doubles at Roland Garros. Her doubles partner, Jessica Pegula, moved into the singles top 10 for the first time, going from No. 11 to No. 8, thanks to her run to the quarterfinals. Like Gauff, the 28-year-old from New York lost to Swiatek, who has now won her past 35 matches in a row. Last year’s French Open champion in singles and doubles, Barbora Krejcikova, lost in the first round of singles this time — only the third woman in the professional era to exit in the first round at Roland Garros a year after earning the trophy — and dropped from No....
    TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos struck out a career-high 13 over seven innings against his former team and the Toronto Blue Jays backed him with three home runs, hammering the Minnesota Twins 12-3 Saturday. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alejandro Kirk and Bo Bichette homered as the streaking Blue Jays won for the ninth time in 10 games. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added three hits as Toronto set season highs in runs and hits (16). READ MORE: Flooded St. Louis Park Residents Left Frustrated After Second Water Main Break In Two WeeksJorge Polanco homered for the Twins, who have lost eight of 12 since a six-game winning streak. Berríos (4-2) allowed two runs and three hits, matching Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Milwaukee lefty Eric Lauer for the second-most strikeouts in a game this season. Miami’s Sandy Alcantara struck out 14 against Atlanta on May 28. “I just tried to be the José Berríos who I am, and I did it,” Berríos said. “I just tried to concentrate, be fresh, focus pitch by pitch, and I did it.” Five of Berríos first six...
    TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos struck out a career-high 13 over seven innings against his former team and the Toronto Blue Jays backed him with three home runs, hammering the Minnesota Twins 12-3 Saturday. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alejandro Kirk and Bo Bichette homered as the streaking Blue Jays won for the ninth time in 10 games. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added three hits as Toronto set season highs in runs and hits (16). Jorge Polanco homered for the Twins, who have lost eight of 12 since a six-game winning streak. Berríos (4-2) allowed two runs and three hits, matching Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Milwaukee lefty Eric Lauer for the second-most strikeouts in a game this season. Miami’s Sandy Alcantara struck out 14 against Atlanta on May 28. After taking no-decisions in his past two starts, Berríos won for the first time since May 17 against Seattle. Berríos spent parts of six seasons with the Twins before being traded to the Blue Jays last July. The two-time All-Star faced his old team twice last September, going 1-1. The Twins struck first...
    VIDEO16:3816:38Help Wanted: Tapping Into Untapped TalentEquity and Opportunity Forum Michael Martinez wanted to be an airline pilot. But as he got older, Martinez, now 18, decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a professional welder instead. In fact, the senior at Brazoswood High School in Clute, Texas, has already landed a job that will start immediately after graduation. "My dad always wanted me to be in the white-collar class," he said, but "he's proud of me."Michael Martinez on Career Signing Day, 2022.Source: Harold NicollIn Texas, where Martinez lives, there are a growing number of industrial job openings but fewer people to fill them. Part of the labor shortage is due to experienced workers aging out of the field, according to Chris Witte, a senior vice president and site leader for BASF, a chemical company in Freeport, Texas.  "We want to grow the talent pool and we want to give students opportunities," Witte said. "The goal is to show them that these are very good, high-paying jobs." More from Personal Finance: Post-pandemic, four years of college loses its appealThis is...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shakira Austin, the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s draft, scored 12 of her career-high 20 points in the second half as the Washington Mystics pulled away for a 84-68 win over the Dallas Wings on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-5 Austin made 9 of 11 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Elena Delle Donne added 14 points for Washington (4-1), Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 11 and Natasha Cloud and Kennedy Burke each had 10 points. The Wings (2-2) jumped to a 19-6 lead but then went scoreless for 4-plus minutes as Washington scored 13 consecutive points to tie it early in the second quarter and Austin made two free throws to give the Mystics their first lead with 3:34 left in the second quarter and followed with a layup 37 seconds later to make it 34-31. Marina Mabrey hit a 3-pointer for Dallas but Cloud answered with a 3 of her own to make it 37-34 at halftime and Washington led the rest of the way. Mabrey and Isabelle...
    by Tom Joyce   Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation to allow career and technical education districts to offer associate degrees. Ducey signed House Bill 2034, which hopes to increase students’ education levels. “Arizona’s career and technical education districts are equipping students with the skills to fill the jobs of tomorrow,” Ducey said in a press release. “These high schools are teaching the ‘shop’ classes of the 21st century – often integrating with industry partners and providing students with real-world experience in top industries. Now, students will have higher education at their fingertips, in familiar settings.” The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, said that the law would provide students with educational opportunities they otherwise would not receive. “Our career and technical education schools help Arizona students become workforce ready and get stellar degrees at the same time and place,” Udall said in the release. “This is a very exciting opportunity for students in pursuit of an associate degree. H.B. 2034 boosts our career and technical education districts so students can receive their associate degree and readily enter the...
    ARSENAL really, really need the points and West Ham will see this as a free-hit and hope no key players get injured. Logic therefore says Arsenal - but how often does a derby follow logic? 8Xhaka is proving to be key for Arsenal in the midfieldCredit: GETTY 8West Ham may be distracted by next week's Europa League semi-finalCredit: ALAMY Watch out for Arsenal trying to encourage West Ham to come out and play a bit. But also, don’t be surprised when West Ham try and keep the ball as often as possible too. Right now, you would be hard pressed to find a more impressive manager than David Moyes of West Ham. Take a minute to let that sink in, yes, that Moyes. READ MORE ON ARSENALGUNNERS NEWS Wolves want £100m for Neves, Haaland to Man City may help ArsenalMAR-K MY WORDS Wolfsburg ace Omar Marmoush dreams of playing in Premier League with Arsenal It’s unlikely that even the most optimistic West Ham fans saw this coming when the club appointed the Scotsman in December 2019 as the...
    CAMPBELL – Taka Sugimoto never sought the spotlight. Still doesn’t, in fact. When she returned a reporter’s call this week, she wondered what it was all about. It’s about her incredible run as a high school coach, the woman called “Sugi” was told. “Nobody has to know,” she said, sheepishly. Jimmy Carter occupied the White House when Sugimoto started coaching junior varsity softball at Leigh High School in 1977. Five months from her 90th birthday, the run will end Friday when Westmont High, where Sugimoto has logged nearly all of her coaching years, will play host to Andrew Hill in badminton. Sugimoto is mostly known for leading Westmont’s varsity badminton and junior varsity field hockey teams. But she also coached some softball and basketball. “The years just rolled by,” Sugimoto said. “I just kept on doing it because I was having so much fun.” In 1988, Sugimoto and her late daughter, Alison Takaki, were the subject of a Mercury News story when Alison recruited her mom to coach JV basketball at Blackford High after the previous coach unexpectedly stepped down....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Genesys Works Chicago is looking for Chicago-area high school teenagers to apply for free career training and high school seniors to apply for paid internships.If applicants are chosen, students will be able to get eight weeks of training in fields like IT, coding and finance over summer break as a part of the free career training.The high school senior students will be able to learn professional hard and soft skills, while earning up to $14,000 as part-time employees during their senior year.RELATED: Chicago, Cook County jobs event this week at Palmer HouseThe Genesys Works program is free to all participants.The deadline to apply for the Genesys Works program is Friday. Interested students can find the application online at genesysworks.org.
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Glenn Otto earned his first major league win, outpitching former high school classmate Adam Oller and leading the Texas Rangers over the Oakland Athletics 8-1 on Friday night. Otto (1-0), called up from Triple-A Round Rock before the game, pitched two-hit ball for five innings. The 26-year-old allowed one run while striking out five and walking one. Oller (0-2) was tagged for five runs and five hits in five innings. The 27-year-old made his third career start and was seeking his first big league win. The rookie right-handers both attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas, graduating a year apart from one another. Nathaniel Lowe homered to continue his fast start this season and Andy Ibañez also connected for Texas. A night after rallying from five runs down to beat the Mariners and end a five-game losing streak, the Rangers scored five times in the second inning. Texas relievers Matt Moore, John King and Garrett Richards combined for four scoreless innings to complete the two-hitter. Lowe extended his hitting streak to eight games, matching a...
    DeMar DeRozan is a man of his word. He proved that to Chicago Bulls fans Wednesday night, devouring the Milwaukee Bucks defense in the second half to cement a 114-110 win that evened the first-round playoff series at a game apiece. The Bulls star didn’t disguise his frustration after Game 1, promising he wouldn’t repeat his 6-of-25 shooting performance. DeRozan spent Tuesday night on the Fiserv Forum court, putting up shots to regain the rhythm lacking in the opening loss. In his trademark style, DeRozan delivered when it mattered. He went 6-for-9 in the third quarter to hold off a furious Bucks comeback, weaving and sidestepping through the midrange to match blows with Giannis Antetokounmpo. And after the Bucks carved the lead to three points with 56.4 seconds to play, DeRozan was there to counter — charging the rim to score the clinching basket with 18.2 seconds left. DeRozan finished with 41 points, his highest-scoring playoff performance to join a list of career highs recorded in his 13th NBA season. He led the Bulls to their first win of the...
    Getty DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 The Chicago Bulls‘ Wednesday started off normal enough. They went through a shootaround ahead of their Game 2 battle with the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. And DeMar DeRozan delivered another one of his patented analogies. “It’s kind of like when you first talk to a girl and you get past the part of telling somebody you like them. Now you know how to take the right approach from here.” Even DeRozan had to smile at that one, per NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, saying, “I don’t know if that’s a good analogy or not. I try”. It was perfect.Satisfaction GuaranteedMuch was made over DeRozan’s poor showing in the series opener. He finished with 18 points but shot 6-of-25 from the floor. Dismissive of the off-night, DeRozan “guaranteed” he wouldn’t shoot as poorly as he did the next time out. He wasn’t kidding. DeRozan dropped a playoff career-high 41 points including 10 points in the fourth quarter of a game that was within three points after...