Ira Winderman: It's looking like a read-and-react offseason for Miami Heat
This may require adjustment of thought in light of what just was completed, but an NBA team does not conduct its offseason in a bubble.So for as much as what the Miami Heat might want to do next after finishing within two victories of a championship in the NBA’s quarantine setting, decisions elsewhere will have just as much impact.—The salary cap: There has never been an NBA economy like this, because there has never been an economy like this.The working assumption is the salary cap will remain flat, again at $109 million for 2020-21, as it was during the just-completed season. But that hardly...
Chiefs' keys vs. Bills: Keep Mahomes clean after last week's loss; pressure Allen
The Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) and Buffalo Bills (4-1) will each be looking to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season in Week 5.And this showdown in Buffalo is a good one between two AFC postseason teams in 2019.The Chiefs enter the game ranked third in total offense (407.2 yards per game) in the NFL, while the Bills rank fifth (401.8). The Chiefs also rank fourth in passing (287.8 yards per game) and the Bills boast the league’s second-best aerial attack (308).Monday’s matchup is the 46th time the two teams will square off, and the Bills hold a 24-20-1 edge in the all-time serie...
The Kansas City Star
The reawakening: Pac-12 rebuilds staff, prepares for basketball broadcasts and keeps football options open for Dec. 19
With sports returning on the campuses, the recovery begins in San Francisco.The Pac-12 office is bringing back 54 of the 79 employees who were notified of furloughs in August, when it appeared there would be no sports competition until early 2021.The process is unfolding in stages across both the conference and networks divisions.“I realize furloughing so many teammates and operating without them these last several weeks has been difficult, and we are pleased to be able to welcome them back as we support our athletic departments and Pac-12 student-athletes in returning to play,” commissioner L...
The Mercury News
Post Malone wins 9 prizes at Billboard Music Awards
Post Malone was the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards, taking home nine prizes.The 25-year-old singer won the main Top Artist prize as well as Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, and Top Rap Artist, as the ceremony took place on Wednesday night (14.10.20) at Los Angeles' Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where there was no audience due to the coronavirus pandemic.Malone beat off competition from Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers and Khalid to be named Top Artist, and he was "floored" by the recognition.Host Kelly Clarkson pushed ...
Shamir used to be an 'accidental pop star.' Now, the Philly indie rocker has come into his own.
PHILADELPHIA — Shamir began his career with the kind of immediate success most pop music makers can only dream of.There was only one problem, says the Las Vegas-raised songwriter, who’s been a Philadelphian for five years: It wasn’t his dream.While still a teenager, the singer and multi-instrumentalist whose last name is Bailey — won acclaim for his 2014 EP, “Northtown,” named after the working-class Sin City neighborhood where he grew up, across the street from a pig farm.The next year, he blew up with “Ratchet,” an album of sly electro-pop recorded in Brooklyn. “On the Regular,” an irresisti...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Hyundai green-lights development of a 'walking car' with 4 dog-like legs
DETROIT — Rugged Jeeps and pickups can explore the great outdoors. But for those who want vehicles to travel further into unnavigable terrain, Hyundai is working on what it calls a “Transformer-class vehicle” right out of a science-fiction film.The Korean automaker has formed an Ultimate Mobility Vehicles Studio in Silicon Valley to develop its so-called “walking car,” It’s based on the Elevate concept vehicle that wowed visitors to the 2019 CES technology show in Las Vegas.Envisioned initially as a vehicle to assist first-responders to reach remote disaster zones, the walking car will also be...
The Detroit News
Mark Zeigler: It's time to stop using youth athletes as political pawns
SAN DIEGO — Here’s what it has come to for youth sports in Southern California:Soccer clubs are renting fields in Arizona to host league games later this month. The lucky ones got a “home” field in Yuma, 2 1/2 hours from San Diego on the state line. Some got Phoenix. Some got Tucson.The San Diego Surf and Del Mar-Carmel Valley Sharks practice three miles apart. There’s a chance in the coming weeks that they’ll drive 400 miles to play each other in a game.Most of the summer and fall AAU basketball tournaments usually held in Los Angeles and Las Vegas have been moved to St. George, Utah, just ac...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Celebrate the Seattle Storm's grit, integrity
In a year of tempests, the Seattle Storm’s decisive win against Las Vegas in Tuesday’s WNBA finals was a slice of brilliant blue sky.The victory was more than a dazzling display of teamwork, skill and athleticism; it was a triumph of perseverance, with the team overcoming injury and defying a global pandemic to take their fourth championship title and the second in the past three years.The Storm made the win all the more meaningful by dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, the Black medical worker who was fatally shot by police officers in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment and to raising ...
The Seattle Times
Bon Jovi digs deep with new '2020' album: 'As you see the world and its injustices, one would hope you grow'
Jon Bon Jovi and the band he has proudly led since 1983 achieved perhaps their biggest blaze of glory as 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the New Jersey-bred singer, songwriter and guitarist isn’t about to rest on his laurels, especially not when the nation is beset with constant social and political unrest, widespread economic woes and the life-changing COVID-19 pandemic, which has struck two of his band mates and his 18-year-old son, Jacob.That is why the Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning troubadour rolled up his sleeves, literally and figuratively, and set out to lend a ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Meet Loren Culp, the Republican candidate who wants to unseat Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
REPUBLIC, Wash. — On the dusty, unpaved road leading to Loren Culp’s house, a no trespassing sign calls out a warning to “all public officials or agents thereof.”Quoting the U.S. Constitution, the sign declares any officer or person who attempts to enter the property without a warrant “will be treated as any other intruder would” when attempting to “extort, injure, oppress, threaten, harass, intimidate …”In case that isn’t clear enough, visitors may consider the message in the road’s name, which Culp picked himself: Goa Way.The prickly pun fits with the platform of the small-town police chief ...
The Seattle Times