GM pushes back contract signing with Nikola as it likely renegotiates
DETROIT — General Motors has pushed back the closing date on its pending partnership with Nikola Corp., most likely to renegotiate the terms after Nikola’s stock price has plummeted.The Phoenix-based electric-truck company faces allegations of fraud, but GM has said it intends to complete the deal with the company.On Tuesday GM issued a statement that read: “Our transaction with Nikola has not closed. We are continuing our discussions with Nikola and will provide further updates when appropriate or required.”GM was tentatively due to close on a 10-year deal Wednesday. The deal would allow GM t...
Detroit Free Press
Real estate info site Zillow is hiring its first agents
After insisting for years that it had no plans to hire any agents, Seattle-based Zillow has reversed course and will open a residential real estate brokerage — though on a very limited basis.Agents in the new division, called Zillow Homes, have a narrow purview: acquiring and listing homes for the company’s home-flipping division, Zillow Offers. Zillow said Wednesday the service will launch in January in Atlanta, Phoenix and Tucson, and will expand to additional markets (though not Seattle) over the course of next year.Spurred by competition from venture capital-backed Opendoor, online listing...
The Seattle Times
Rangers' Benjamin solid in debut start, makes case for 2021 rotation
Pitching prospects who undergo Tommy John surgery can quickly be forgotten.Kyle Cody was the Texas Rangers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2017, but by spring training was dealing with elbow soreness and by June was undergoing Tommy John surgery.With one start to go in his first MLB season, Cody is at the top of the heap of internal candidates to fill a rotation spot for 2021.Wes Benjamin might have been forgotten before his career even started.He needed Tommy John surgery before the Rangers even drafted him. His first taste of professional baseball wasn’t the Arizona League or Northwest L...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
'I found a noose in my bed': Pa. prisoners allege hate acts by elite security teams
PHILADELPHIA — On July 28, after staff searched their dorm at State Correctional Institution Houtzdale, Aaron Tyson and his cellmates were left to sort through the disordered rubble of their property.Tyson spotted something unfamiliar peeking out of a pile on his bunk: The frayed end of a string made from a torn sheet. He pulled it free and held it up to show the others, asking them what it was.“That looks like a noose,” he said one told him.Tyson and two other men who witnessed his discovery say the noose was left by a Correctional Emergency Response Team — colloquially a CERT team, a black-c...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Meet Ross Chastain, 'just a watermelon farmer' driving NASCAR's No. 42 car next year
Chip Ganassi Racing made a long-awaited announcement Monday morning in which the team named Ross Chastain as the driver of its No. 42 Chevrolet for the 2021 season.The move wasn’t totally out of left field since Chastain’s had a relationship with the Ganassi organization since 2018, in which he earned the pole position, won a race and finished in second place in the three Xfinity events he ran for CGR that year.Still, the 27-year-old has just five wins in NASCAR’s lower level series and beat out other full-time Cup drivers for the coveted 42 seat, which was also offered to Bubba Wallace this y...
The Charlotte Observer
Marcus Hayes: Mike D'Antoni, Tyronn Lue, Billy Donovan are misfits for the Sixers coaching job, NBA experts agree
PHILADELPHIA — Ever since he fired Brett Brown, Elton Brand has been telling everyone who asks that it will take several weeks to hire Brown’s successor.I spent the past few days polling a handful of currently powerless NBA lifers about the coaching vacancy. The consensus: It’s a bad job, with a structureless organization. You would work in a brutally demanding town that, after seven years of Processing, itches for validation, but, after seven years of mismanagement, is years (and several catastrophic contracts) away from attainting real relevance.The main obstacle: the stagnation of Joel Embi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mariners' playoff hopes sinking with third consecutive defeat
The Seattle Mariners’ push for a postseason spot has slowed to almost a stop. And with the games remaining in the season dwindling — now just 16 games remaining — losing games to one of the worst teams in the National League isn’t ideal.What’s more frustrating is that the Mariners had plenty of reasons to feel like they should’ve beaten the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks, who came into the game with the second-worst record in the NL.The Mariners had basically one bad inning — the first — and hit a plethora of balls hard and few things to show for it in a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Dbacks, Frida...
The Seattle Times
Louie Alas moves on, thanks Phoenix for coaching tenure
Louie Alas remained a class act after his surprise sacking as head coach of the Phoenix Fuel Masters.Alas offered nothing but well-wishes and praise for his former team and the Phoenix management a day after he was fired.“Coaching the Phoenix Fuel Masters the past 3 years has been a great honor and privilege to me, and I thank the entire management, headed by Boss Dennis A. Uy for giving me all the support during my tenure,” Alas said in a statement Saturday.“I have great respect for all the players I have coached and I also want to thank all the coaches I have worked with who poured out their...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Oregon reels from fires that moved with tremendous speed
ESTACADA, Ore. — Kyle Nichols worried about floods, and maybe an earthquake, on his rural homestead in Clackamas County east of Portland, where he lives with his wife and twin 3-year-old daughters.But in this part of the state, where rains drench the forest and lowlands for much of the year, fire did not seem to be much of a threat.Then Monday evening, just as he crawled into bed, a neighbor drove by honking and yelling for everyone to evacuate.Nichols looked outside. Across a nearby field, he saw a wall of flames burning in timber — and headed his way. He scrambled to get his family in their ...
The Seattle Times
Phoenix fires Alas, appoints Topex interim coach
Phoenix fires Alas, appoints Topex interim coachOlmin Leyba(The Philippine Star) – September 12, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Phoenix Super LPG management yesterday gave coach Louie Alas the boot, preferring to move forward in the hoped-for PBA resumption with Topex Robinson at the helm.The Fuel Masters didn’t give a reason for “discontinuing” the tenure of Alas, the team’s coach since 2017.“With the possibility of a PBA restart, the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters have begun discussions on its future plans. After much deliberation, management has decided to discontinue Mr. Louie Alas’ s...