Judge is asked to untangle fight over Jeffrey Epstein's fortune
Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise N. Rogers declared in court filings Tuesday that she is at an impasse with the estate of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and asked that a Superior Court judge intervene and end the protection of the late sex offender’s associates.“We do not believe any further progress can be made without the court’s intervention,” Rogers wrote in a status update filed Tuesday that detailed what the attorney general felt is deliberate foot-dragging by the Epstein estate on creation of a victims compensation fund and making witnesses available to local investigators.Ro...
'I just want to play baseball': Eloy Jimenez weighs in on possible games in Arizona and his part in the city's 'We Are Not Playing' campaign
CHICAGO — White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez is one of the players featured in the city’s “We Are Not Playing” ad campaign, which stresses the importance of taking precautions to combat the spread of COVID-19.“It was pretty good to help the community to understand this is not a joke,” Jimenez said during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.Jimenez wrapped up his video, which was released Monday, in the same style he ends many of his television interviews, waving to the camera and saying, “Hi, Mom!”He’s doing his part to pitch in while baseball is on pause. How long the break will last remains...
Revered singer-songwriter John Prine dies at 73 of COVID-19 complications
CHICAGO — Talking about the singer-songwriter John Prine, Bob Dylan said, “Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs.”“Proustian existentialism?” Prine told the Chicago Tribune in a 2010 interview, shortly before returning to play at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where he took guitar lessons as a teenager from nearby Maywood. “I can’t even pronounce that.”That dichotomy between highest-level professional respect and the shoulder shrug of a blue-collar songwriting craftsman epitomized the career of Prine, wh...
Jim Souhan: Is MLB so desperate to squeeze in season that it would put lives at risk?
Major League Baseball reportedly is considering a plan to start the season in May with all 30 teams playing in the Phoenix area. Players would compete at local ballparks then be sequestered at hotels.This would require players to go without being with their families and friends for up to 4 1/2 months.This is a wonderful plan, and it can only get better as more details emerge.For example: Unicorns. A plan this solid must include unicorns.And what about magic? Could each player be coated with fairy dust to keep him healthy?And what about doubleheaders? Would baseball be played before or after th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Phil Miller: Safety concerns are paramount as MLB, players union discuss moving season to Arizona
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins were scheduled to play in Arizona for the first time since 2011 this July. Maybe they will after all.Only 12 Twins games have been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic thus far, but it’s clear the other 150 already are in serious jeopardy, which is why Major League Baseball and its players union are brainstorming some long-shot options for salvaging the 2020 season. Chief among them: Sequester all 30 teams in the Phoenix area, play as many games as possible in front of TV cameras but no fans, and avoid ditching an entire season while recouping at least a chunk of the s...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'If they call me, I'm coming:' Former Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton set to graduate med school — in New York
As a student at Tulane University, with one eye on professional baseball and the other trained in the distance on medical school, Mark Hamilton huddled with teammates to outlast one hurricane and was there, packing for evacuation, as Katrina roared toward New Orleans. Almost 15 years later, he sensed a familiar tone in class emails, in warnings, and in the stockpiling of supplies at the hospital, his school, and his New York City neighborhood.It was clear “the storm is brewing,” he said.This time, he’s ready to walk out into it.On Friday, nearly nine years after he last played for the Cardinal...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Royals' Mike Matheny 'excited' about prospect of possibly getting back on field soon
Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny spoke to reporters from his home in Lee’s Summit Tuesday, a sun-lit background and the faint sound of birds chirping accompanying the sight of Matheny in a blue T-shirt and baseball cap on the computer screen during a Zoom video call.He might as well have called the location his temporary managerial office. After all, the club’s new skipper has been forced to manage the club remotely with MLB in a holding pattern due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Matheny spoke optimistically about the prospect of playing baseball this season, and he admitted he wa...
The Kansas City Star
AMA president: 'The nation needs more from our leaders'
ATLANTA — The president of the American Medical Association, a Georgia doctor speaking to reporters across the nation from her home base in Atlanta on Tuesday, pleaded with citizens and leaders to listen to science amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to act accordingly.This year, the AMA, the nation’s premier advocacy group of doctors, is led by Dr. Patrice Harris, an Atlanta-area psychiatrist. Harris didn’t call any leaders or states out by name. But she had choice words for certain practices.For anyone thinking about Georgia beach parties this weekend, Harris raised “the direct link between a...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Warriors keeping options open with top-5 NBA draft pick: 'The best player is not obvious'
Sometimes Warriors head coach Steve Kerr laughs when he reads articles grading selections of past NBA drafts.“It’s a tough position to be in to have to write about these guys and grade teams when nobody really knows but, after the fact, it’s sort of hilarious,” Kerr said. “Pascal Siakam going 27th and people complaining about the Raptors not knowing what they were doing, because so-and-so was available. Are you nuts? If you did that re-draft, he’d be top-five.”The NBA draft lottery is scheduled for May 19, and the Warriors are poised to select no later than fifth. However, they know the best p...
The Mercury News
Tom Krasovic: MLB's Arizona plan further proof these are strange times indeed
Strange times beget strange scenarios.In the sports world, here’s an odd hypothetical that looms as extra strange:MLB games being played for weeks or months, in empty Arizona ballparks where all 30 teams would play.That’s a loose plan that MLB officials are discussing, reported The Athletic and ESPN in recent days.Weirder yet, ESPN says this glorified Cactus League could launch next month, a projection that comes even as the COVID-19 pandemic this week escalates to new levels in the United States.It’s hard to believe MLB could pull this off, especially so soon. These reports feel like a trial ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune