U.S. Open notebook: Phil Mickelson heads home after missing the cut at Winged Foot, Bubba Watson still in the hunt
MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson was just as gracious missing the cut at Winged Foot as he was when he kissed away the 2006 championship.“I enjoyed the week and I enjoyed the challenge that this golf course provides,” he said after a much improved round of 73 that left him at 13-over. “I think it’s always one of the hardest tests that we play but one of the most fun challenges because of the character of the course all throughout, from shot-making to putting and short game.“I think it’s a terrific place to play golf and I’m appreciative of the opportunity to have been able compete here and I’...
New York Daily News
Bryce Harper homers, Zach Eflin goes distance as Phillies win 1st game of doubleheader against Blue Jays, 7-0
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies do not have Rhys Hoskins or J.T. Realmuto. They don’t have a reliable bullpen or even know who their starting pitcher will be for three of their next five games. But if they’re looking for someone to carry them to October, they do still have Bryce Harper. And he seems to be heating up.Harper homered Friday afternoon to power the Phillies to a 7-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. It was Harper’s third homer in two games, as he homered twice on Thursday night before the unreliable bullpen entered.Hoskins is on t...
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After Sturgis superspreader, Missouri hosts thousands at Lake of the Ozarks bike rallyThe rumbling can be heard from miles away. Thousands of motorcycles have converged around the Lake of the Ozarks, where local officials are bracing for more than 100,000 visitors for the 14th annual Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks.The event is one of the last and largest of the season in the lake area. Lake Ozark Mayor Gerry Murawski said in years past they’d see about 100,000 bikers spread over the entire lake area over five days of events, scenic rides and concerts.Hundreds of bikes were parked in the center tu...
Tribune News Service
Minneapolis to name stretch of Chicago Avenue for George Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS — A stretch of Chicago Avenue that includes the place where George Floyd cried out for his life will soon be named in his honor.While the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city of Minneapolis will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place.A sign to be installed at the intersection of 38th and Chicago will mark the commemorative designation.The City Council approved the naming Friday morning, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he will likely sign off on it as well.Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, who represents the area, th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Cardinals overcome four errors, fits of walks for 6-5 victory vs. Pirates in Game 1
PITTSBURGH — The two cornerstones of the Cardinals’ season have been pitching and defense. The Cardinals have boasted one of the top-five pitching staffs and rotations for much of the season despite a carousel of contributors, and their defense has ranked tops in the majors despite playing fewer games than any other team in those majors. The two legs of this three-legged stool have been able to support it even when the third leg, offense, comes up short.The Cardinals needed the lineup to carry them for at least a game.The Cardinals committed four errors, including a catcher’s interference with...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Officer's pepper-spraying of child at Seattle protest didn't violate policy, review finds
SEATTLE — These were among the first five completed investigations released by the Police Department’s civilian-run Office of Police Accountability, which has fielded more than 19,000 complaints in the months since widespread protests, mostly nonviolent, erupted in the aftermath of Floyd’s May 25 death.OPA Director Andrew Myerberg said he’s prepared to shoulder any fallout from his decision on the incident involving the child, a 7-year-old boy who was with his father protesting downtown on May 30. But he concluded that the evidence — including body-camera video from several officers and civili...
The Seattle Times
Andrew Freund Sr. pleads guilty to charges in son AJ's death, gets 30 years in prison
CHICAGO — The father of 5-year-old AJ Freund on Friday pleaded guilty to charges in connection to the Crystal Lake boy’s death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake., whose son’s body was found in a shallow grave in April 2019, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a child, involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a homicidal death.He was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated battery of a child, 14 years for involuntary manslaughter and five years for concealment of a homicide.Judge Robert Wilbrandt said the charges will be served consecutively, “for the...
Florida corrections department enters controversial immigration agreement with ICE
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections will begin carrying out certain federal immigration enforcement tasks in a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, becoming the latest agency to join a controversial program that immigrant advocates have decried as overreaching.FDC Secretary Mark Inch signed a memorandum with ICE last month that will train and deputize certain corrections officers, giving them the authority to investigate and detain inmates for their immigration status, and share that information with federal immigration authorities. Inch called the n...
Tropical storm names now will be Greek letters for first time since 2005
Tropical storms have blown through 2020’s predetermined A-W names and now must use Greek letters — a practice required only once before, during the record-breaking 2005 season that included Hurricane Katrina.Meteorologists gave the last English-alphabet name, Tropical Storm Wilfred, to the 21st storm of the 2020 season Friday, exhausting the list.They were then were forced to give the 22nd storm, brewing in the east Atlantic north of Lisbon, the more mundane moniker Subtropical Storm Alpha.The only other time naming spilled into the Greek alphabet was Oct. 23, 2005, when that year’s Tropical S...
New York Daily News
Niners tight end George Kittle ruled out Sunday with injured knee
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Meet us in West Virginia.How’s that for an odd phrase when it comes to a 49ers’ game plan, in the ever-odd year of 2020?That is the 49ers’ prescription for tight end George Kittle, who will miss only the fourth game of his career Sunday, when they play without their injured All-Pro against the New York Jets.The 49ers are leaving Kittle behind to undergo rehab on his left-knee sprain as they head back east for a 10-day trip. He is to join them next week at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, where they will bunker before their Week 3 game at the New York Giants.“If it ...
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