Source: Cubs cut 60 jobs in business department — and plan for potential limited seating at Wrigley Field next season
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs on Thursday laid off about 60 members of their business department because of declining revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a source told the Chicago Tribune.In addition, the team is bracing for limited seating capacity for games at Wrigley Field in 2021 in the event fans are allowed to attend games without a vaccine for the coronavirus, the source said. Should fans be allowed to return in limited capacity, the Cubs would prioritize season ticket holders for admission.The Cubs likely are to follow the model of other teams that have allowed fans to attend games should...
Dubon's 3-run blast keys win over Rockies, gives Giants control of NL wild card race
SAN FRANCISCO — When the San Francisco Giants opened the 2020 season, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler were determined to give a group of inexperienced and young outfielders an opportunity to prove they could contribute to winning clubs of the future.With a three-run, go-ahead home run in the bottom of the fifth that led the Giants to a 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, rookie center fielder Mauricio Dubon is playing a significant role on a team that’s not waiting around to contend for a playoff berth.The Giants’ second straight victory moved ...
The Mercury News
Captain Comics: Exclusive look at new Muhammad Ali graphic novel
He’s still the greatest.I’m talking about Muhammad Ali, of course, who was a heavyweight boxing champion, activist, poet, philanthropist, philosopher and, above all, a professor of “the Sweet Science.” He’s also the star of a new graphic novel from Titan Comics, due in February.I should note this isn’t the first time Ali has been the star of a graphic novel. He’s headlined several others already, including one in 1978 where he fought Superman. And won. Because of course he did.But what Titan has planned should put all those previous efforts in the shade. (Except maybe the Superman one, whose s...
Tribune News Service
Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...
The Charlotte Observer
Dwyane Wade: Pat Riley not going anywhere, and I'm not replacing him with Heat if he does
Dwyane Wade said Wednesday that he envisions Pat Riley continuing on with the work he has done as Miami Heat president no matter the result of these NBA playoffs, and that even if the job became vacant, it is not one he would pursue.Asked if championship success could bring the Riley era to a close after a quarter century of stewardship of the Heat, Wade said on 790-The Ticket that he sees the 75-year-old icon as game for more.“I don’t think so,” Wade said of Riley moving on after a potential fourth championship under his Heat watch this postseason. “I think we’re going to have to roll him out...
NFL conducting additional test of MetLife Stadium turf prior to Giants-Niners game
The NFL and NFL Players’ Association were conducting an additional test of MetLife Stadium’s FieldTurf surface on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s Giants-49ers game, sources confirmed.Every NFL field is tested within 72 hours of each game played on it by an independent field inspector, so the turf will be examined again later this week per standard operating procedure.But Wednesday’s survey was deemed necessary due diligence given the San Francisco 49ers’ concerns about playing a second straight game where several of their players were badly injured against the Jets last Sunday.Niners coach Kyle Sh...
New York Daily News
Mike Tyson will vote for first time in 2020 election
Mike Tyson is ready to punch his ballot.The boxer said he plans to vote for the first time in the 2020 presidential election.“This election will be my 1st time voting,” Tyson tweeted Tuesday. “I never thought I could because of my felony record. I’m proud to finally vote.”The former heavyweight champion also shared a link to help others register to vote.Tyson, 54, served three years in prison after being convicted of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct in 1992, according to CNN.While many states prohibit people convicted of felonies from voting, a law was passed in 2019 in Nevada, wh...
New York Daily News
Bob Brookover: Phillies will be underachievers only if they fail to make playoffs
PHILADELPHIA — The 2020 Phillies have been labeled underachievers by many and that’s not entirely unfair, considering they entered the season with great expectations and the third highest payroll in the National League, according to spotrac.com.They are in control of their own playoff destiny during the final week, but the best they’ll likely be able to achieve is the fifth seed in an eight-team National League field. If they qualify as the sixth to eighth seed, it will mean that they would not have been a postseason team last year or any other year in the history of baseball before this one.M...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
MLB Commissioner Manfred expects fans at World Series, NLCS at Globe Life Field
Fans will be able to attend the World Series and the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, according to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.Manfred told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that pending approval from Gov. Greg Abbott, fans will be in attendance. How many fans and ticket information have yet to be announced but details are expected soon. The Texas Rangers opened the 40,300-seat, retractable-roof stadium this season but have been unable to welcome fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas,” Manfred said. “One of ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tiger Woods opens golf course in Ozarks: 'I want to see a lot of birdies made here'
HOLLISTER, Mo. — Tiger Woods brought out some of the biggest stars in golf and honored the memory of a past champion Tuesday in the Ozarks.The occasion was the official opening of Payne’s Valley, the first public-access course in the U.S. designed by Tiger Woods’ TGR Design group.Woods and fellow American Justin Thomas played a match against Europeans Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in The Payne’s Valley Cup, and legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were on hand to help dedicate the course about 10 miles south of Branson.“I couldn’t be prouder of how it turned out,” Woods said before Tuesday’s m...
The Kansas City Star