Steve Hummer: Chase Elliott once more seeks key to a championship
ATLANTA — October has been another difficult month for the Georgia-themed sports experience.Needing one more win for the National League pennant, the Braves instead had to watch the Dodgers’ Justin Turner breathe all over the world championship trophy. Just so it can be said, now literally, that winning is contagious.In a battle of top-3 ranked teams, the Bulldogs lost again to Alabama, but can’t wait for the rematch. Welcome to college football’s version of Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran.And the Falcons fired a coach, throwing a deck chair off the Titanic for what that was worth.Chase Elliot...
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John Niyo: A.J. Hinch is taking a chance on Tigers, as well
DETROIT — Maybe they’re taking a chance. But so is he. And, yes, you can argue the Tigers are risking their reputation with this move. But have you looked at American League standings the last few years? A.J. Hinch is, too.Say what you want about the Tigers’ hiring of Hinch as their next manager, fresh off a yearlong suspension for his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. But now that the team has made it official, quickly announcing the deal Friday afternoon, understand this: The risk here is a shared one, between a down-on-its-luck franchise and a man in search of a second chan...
The Detroit News
F-16 Deployed Over Trump Arizona Rally After Another Aircraft Enters Restricted Air Space
An unidentified airplane flew into protected air space over a Donald Trump reelection campaign event in Arizona on Tuesday. An F-16 fighter jet scrambled to intercept the invading aircraft and deployed signal flares to warn it away from the event.As Arizonan rally goers gathered around Trump at his most recent campaign gathering, they looked up as an F-16 fighter jet flew overhead. As it deployed smoke flares, Trump praised its performance and hyped up the event as if it were in honor of him. Little did they know that the jet’s true purpose was purely defensive, having shot flares to stave off...
Dahleen Glanton: Can a squirrel predict the winner of the election? After one nutty campaign season, anything is possible
After Donald Trump’s surprising victory over Hillary Clinton four years ago, some people are wary of what the polls are saying about the 2020 election.Nearly every national poll shows Joe Biden with a hefty lead over Trump. But national presidential polls are equivalent to asking people all over the country to weigh in on who should be mayor of Chicago.Seventeen battleground states will determine who lands in the White House. It doesn’t matter who the majority of Americans want. The Electoral College decides, so a handful of voters in a few states could once again end up picking the winner.The...
Coronavirus crisis in the arts: What if concerts, theater and other live events don't come back in 2021?
SAN DIEGO — Theaters from San Diego to Broadway are closed until at least next fall. Festivals have been pushed back to 2021, including Wonderfront and KAABOO in San Diego and Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio, California. The San Diego Symphony and other orchestras across the nation have been largely silenced. Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed down all but one of its 40-plus worldwide productions.The deadly coronavirus pandemic has led to these and other previously unthinkable situations becoming grim realities — from mass quarantines, plummeting economies and co...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Texas Rangers will have two pitching coaches on 2021 coaching staff. Here's why.
The role of pitching coach has changed from what it once was, said Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, and the team’s 2021 coaching staff will show that the club is catching up with the times.Rather than enlist a pitching coach and a bullpen coach, the Rangers have hired Doug Mathis and Brendan Sagara to lump all the duties required to oversee a pitching staff and share in them.Mathis will be in the dugout during games and Sagara in the bullpen, manager Chris Woodward said, but that doesn’t represent a hierarchy. They will be positioned to best draw on their strengths, and both will be ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Nets hire Amar'e Stoudemire as assistant coach: source
NEW YORK — Amar’e Stoudemire is switching sides with another assist from an old friend.The former Knick has agreed to become an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets, a source confirmed to the Daily News, joining the staff of former teammate Steve Nash. Stoudemire, 37, who played professionally in Israel last season, will focus on player development with the Nets.He and Nash formed one of the NBA’s best tandems in the 2000s in Phoenix under coach Mike D’Antoni, who, according to ESPN’s Frank Isola, is also a candidate to work on the Nets staff. Stoudemire was more associated with the Knicks, having...
New York Daily News
Feds in Minnesota charge 60 in $335 million magazine scheme that defrauded seniors nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS — The 69-year-old retiree from Texas needed a moment to think about whether she felt comfortable accepting an offer to pay $500 that day to forgive her $1,100 debt to a magazine subscription company.Purporting to be an attorney from an international firm based in Chicago, the man on the other end of the line grew impatient and threatened legal action before the woman, identified in court documents as “Betty M.,” hung up the phone. In a subsequent voice mail, the man repeated his threat and told her she was being signed up for another three-year subscription.“So you’re going to rece...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump administration again touts COVID-19 antigen tests, despite concerns of false results
In the month since the Trump administration got a flood of favorable press for its plan to ship 150 million rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests to states, the tests have proved problematic.That didn’t stop the administration’s publicists from continuing to tout antigen tests on Tuesday, emailing a news release to media across the country about distributing the latest batch of tests.This time, the template press release was customized to name the state, mention the governor, and quantify the allotted number of tests. While the latest pitch didn’t generate the big headlines of September, the rele...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Cunningham: Falcons can't trade Ryan and Jones anytime soon, but that's not so bad
Falcons president and de-facto general manager Rich McKay has said more than once that he isn’t inclined to trade Matt Ryan or Julio Jones for draft picks before the Nov. 3 deadline. McKay and team owner Arthur Blank are framing that choice as allowing the next GM and coach to shape the roster. What they aren’t explicitly saying is McKay couldn’t make those trades even if wanted to because that would make the team’s bad 2021 salary-cap situation only worse.Former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff’s strategy of loading up on big-money extensions for key players would look good if those players produc...
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