Broadway Balances America Goes Behind the Scenes with The King and I Tour

first_img View Comments This is precisely your cup of tea! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continued its third season on January 17 with a special look at the tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The King and I. Correspondent Amber Milt chats with the musical’s director Bartlett Sher and stars Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam), plus you’ll get a closer look at the show’s Tony-winning costumes. Click play! Laura Michelle Kellylast_img

GAFA, schmafa: Credit unions can do better

first_imgBy now, you’ve heard it a million times. Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (a.k.a., GAFA) are collectively setting the standard for the modern consumer experience. If your credit union can’t create an equally compelling user experience, so the story goes, members will leave en masse to find somebody who will. That somebody might be another financial institution, or it might be some crazy fintech startup.Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it?Well, I’m here to tell you, if the GAFA folks are really the ones setting the bar for the modern consumer experience, it’s a pretty low bar.I know what you’re thinking. How can he say that? I can find anything I want on Amazon and get it in two days with free shipping, thanks to my Prime account. And Google helps me win every single bar bet. And Facebook lets me see so many cat pictures, I just always have the warm fuzzies.I’m going to leave Apple alone this time because I’ve always been able to reach a live, intelligent human being at Apple when I need to. The others … the other are like the self-service checkout at Walmart.If you have a few basic items, sure, you’ll go hit the self-checkout line to save some time and avoid having to talk to anyone. But if you have a full cart, including a lot of produce that needs to be weighed, you’ll head to a full-service checkout line lickity split.At their best, GFA (the original GAFA, minus Apple) are actually worse than the self-service checkout line at Walmart. At least at Walmart, if your Duck Dynasty underwear won’t scan, you can call someone over to help you. At GFA, you’re on your own, baby.In the case of Facebook and Google, I’m not really saying they have crappy customer service. They probably have great customer service. The problem is, you’re not the customer; you’re the product. Access to you gets bundled up and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Trying to complain to Facebook or Google is like the chicken trying to complain to the farmer that the coop is too crowded. Good luck with that.I know it’s sacrilege, but I think Amazon is a pain in the butt. What other store sells the exact same item at six different prices, depending on which shelf you pull the item from? And what store has one of aisle of goods that you can take home today and another aisle of goods you can take home in two days or maybe longer? And at our store in Crazytown, some items are randomly surcharged, while others aren’t. Imho, Amazon offers anything but a consistent buyer experience.Don’t get me wrong. There’s plenty you can learn from GAFA about creating an exceptional digital experience. The thing is, there’s more to your members’ lives than their smartphone or PC. Unless and until artificial intelligence becomes exponentially more capable, live humans will continue to play an important role in the overall member experience.The GAFAnians are not likely to steal your member service ideas any time soon. They’re too smart for that. However, you can still steal their digital ideas. Combine CU-level member service with GAFA-level digital and you’ll create a total member experience that runs circles around all of your competitors. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

Ban on opioids won’t solve the problem

first_imgIt’s easy to be momentarily swayed by these soothing pronouncements when, in actuality, these are warning flags of imminent government overreach.Supporters of the Second Amendment recognize this flawed logic because — let’s be clear — the objective of the anti-gun lobby is to ban private ownership of firearms.Put forth as “common sense” (a phrase frequently employed by the condescending intelligentsia), these arguments would never be a reasoned solution to opioid abuse because it is readily apparent that the rights of many legitimate patients would be sacrificed to benefit the few.In both cases and under the justification of saving lives, it matters not what legitimate users want or need. The benefits of legitimate use must be ignored and the offending implement banned — whether it’s a drug or firearm.Tim ConnollySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The current opioid crisis has drawn significant media attention due to the sheer number of deaths from improper or illegal use.People simply want government to “do something.’ The ensuing political circus stifles rational debate and usually results in damaging overreaction.To wit, one solution is to ban the production, distribution, possession or use of any and all opioids. It’s “common sense” that overdose deaths would drop to nearly zero if opioids were banned.last_img read more

Govt urged to close Papuan ports, airports to prevent COVID-19 spread

first_imgRead also: More than 12,000 flights canceled in two months over virus fears, says Angkasa Pura IThe Papua provincial administration declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, ordering all civil servants to work from home for two weeks.Timotius, however, criticized the policy. “It won’t help us much if people from regions affected by COVID-19 keep coming to Papua.”He urged authorities to close all airports and sea ports, or the government would face more problems in the future as Papua was lacking medical staff and health facilities. The Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) called on provincial administrations to close off entry to Papua in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“We have agreed to ask the Papua governor to write to President Joko Widodo [Jokowi] to suspend air and sea travel to Papua for 14 days or even a month, in order to protect Papua residents and the indigenous community,” MRP chairman Timotius Murib told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura on Thursday.The assembly has sent a letter to authorities in Papua, including the governor, regional legislative council, police and the Cenderawasih Military Command (Kodam). “Who guarantees that Papuans will get adequate health services? If the government is not ready to provide that, it’s better to close access to Papua completely,” said Timotius.As of Thursday, Indonesian authorities had logged 309 cases of COVID-19. Of the total cases, 25 had died.In Papua alone, 322 people are under general monitoring while five others are under surveillance for COVID-19, Papua Health Agency secretary Silwanus Sumule said.“The five patients under surveillance show symptoms of fever and cough. We have sent their samples to Jakarta for laboratory testing and are waiting for the results,” said Silwanus.Read also: COVID-19: Jayawijaya cancels Baliem Valley Cultural Festival as health precautionOf the five patients, two are being treated in Merauke General Hospital, while the others are being treated in Biak Numfor General Hospital, Jayapura General Hospital and Dian Harapan General Hospital in Jayapura.In Pekanbaru, Riau, on the island of Sumatra, a 63-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently being treated in Arifin Achmad General Hospital.“The patient flew back from Malaysia two weeks ago. He was admitted into the hospital on March 13 and was confirmed positive for COVID-19 today,” Riau Health Agency head Mimi Yuliani Nazir said on Wednesday evening.She said the agency was waiting for laboratory results of nine other potential COVID-19 patients. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Alecta joins disgruntled institutions in rejecting VW approach for Scania

first_imgRamsay Brufer, Alecta’s shareholder representative, said the decision to reject the offer was based on the conclusions of internal analysis and the independent committee’s findings.“The offer does not fully reflect Scania’s long-term fundamental value,” Brufer said.“The decision has not been easy, but, in the longer term, this is what best serves the interests of our clients.”Alecta’s decisions matches that of Swedish buffer fund AP4 and fellow Swedish institutions AMF and Skandia.AP4, whose shareholding equates to around 0.65%, also said it was following the recommendations of the independent board, a stance echoed by AMF and Skandia.At the time, the buffer fund said it was willing to suffer short-term falls in Scania’s value under the belief Swedish citizens would benefit if the company remained independent and listed.The trio, alongside Swedbank Robur, have long clashed with VW over its ownership of Scania, its influence on the board and its 89% voting power, via preference shares, despite only owning 62.6% of the capital structure.VW first invested in Scania in 2000 and steadily increased its holdings, eventually looking to merge the firm with MAN to achieve cost efficiency.However, it was VW’s ownership of MAN which highlighted potential governance concerns at Scania, after the Swedish manufacturer unexpectedly pulled out of a lucrative contract only for it to be awarded to MAN. Alecta, the Swedish occupational pensions manager, has joined fellow institutional investors in Scania in rejecting VW’s proposed takeover of the automotive manufacturer.The manager, and the third largest shareholder in Scania, said it rejected the offer after its own internal analysis.VW, currently the largest shareholder in Scania, has been looking to takeover the Swedish outfit and merge it with rival German truck manufacturer MAN.However, its offer of SEK200 (€22.30) per share was met by dismay from fellow shareholders and Scania’s independent committee, which called for a full-blown rejection of VW’s valuation, as it failed to take into account long-term prospects.last_img read more

Veteran McGee scores IMCA Modified win at Lee County

first_imgBy Brian NealDONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 19) – Veteran Dean McGee picked up his first local Budweiser IMCA Modified feature win of the seson Friday at Lee County Speedway.Jardin Fuller used his front starting spot to grab the early lead over Levi Smith and Jerad Fuller. Action up front was slowed on lap seven when Bill Roberts Jr. and Jeff Waterman got together and spun to bring out the yellow. On the restart, Fuller got into the guardrail in turn three which allowed McGee to slip past for the top spot.While McGee started to pull away from the field, Roberts and Waterman were working their way back towards the front. By the time Roberts worked himself into the runner up spot, McGee had built a straight-away lead.Without a late race caution there was no catching McGee, as he went on to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Roberts was second and Dennis LaVeine was third.Jeremy Pundt scored his second local Donnellson Tire and Service IMCA Stock Car win at Donnell­son and Barry Taft was a first-time winner this season at Lee County in the Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compacts.The Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA Northern SportMod feature was cut short by rain and will be completed on season championship night Friday, Aug. 26.Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is adults $10, seniors $9 students ages 11-17 $5, and kids 10 and under free. Pit passes are $25, ages 7-13 are $15 and ages six and under are $10.last_img read more

Allen determined to come back better

first_imgJoe Allen hopes Liverpool fans will see the best of him next season after undergoing surgery on his troublesome shoulder. The 23-year-old Wales midfielder will miss the rest of this campaign having gone under the knife to correct the long-standing issue with his left shoulder, which had left him in discomfort while playing. Allen’s form tailed off as the season went on, but he hopes with a full pre-season behind him he can win the approval of the Reds’ faithful. He told the club website: “The fans have definitely not seen the best of me yet. It’s no secret that recent months haven’t gone great for me. I am confident and faithful that next season I can perform a lot better. Unfortunately this season’s a write-off in regards to the injury but the plan is, and I’ve got a bit of time, to make sure it’s right over the summer break in time for pre-season.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “It’s difficult to say [whether the injury affected my game] – I don’t want to use it as an excuse, that’s for sure. But I’d like to see how it is once it’s fixed and I’d like to think it’s going to help me massively. I’m excited and looking forward to being 100 per cent fit. These things can often play on your mind. Hopefully this will bring out the best in me.” Rodgers, meanwhile, will not make a decision on Andy Carroll’s Liverpool future until the end of the season. The striker, signed by Kenny Dalglish for £35 million in January 2011, has spent the season on loan at West Ham after Rodgers deemed him not to be part of his plans for the current campaign. Reports in the national media suggest Carroll will be sold by the Reds this summer, with Liverpool prepared to cut their losses if any club is willing to meet a £17million valuation. When asked about Carroll’s future, Rodgers told Fox Sports: “It’s nothing to discuss now. It’s something we’ll speak about at the end of the season. “We’ve monitored it (his form) very closely. We’ve had representatives from Liverpool at most of the games. “It’s obviously been a difficult season for Andy because his initial idea was he wanted to go out and play every week, but unfortunately for him he’s picked up some injuries since he’s been away. But he scored two very good goals at the weekend and he’ll be looking to finish the season on a high and achieve the objectives he wanted to before he went out.” last_img read more

Europe brings the house down

first_img Galway Plate scorer Road To Riches looked to have the beating of his 12-year-old rival when he set sail for home fully six fences out, but Henry de Bromhead’s stable stalwart steadily closed the gap in the hands of teenager Johnny Burke, who was riding him for the first time. Just behind at the final fence, Burke asked Sizing Europe (9-4) for a big leap and his mount responded to land running and cut down the evens favourite close to the line, scoring by a head. Press Association De Bromhead said: “It was just incredible. It’s like he’s taking the Mickey, leaving it until the very end. Four years on the trot now back here. He winged the last, but I still didn’t think he’d get up. It’s great that it’s happened. “We just felt he wasn’t ready to retire. Fair play to Alan and Ann (Potts, owners). It was brilliant of them to go with us. He’s rated 161 – they are hard to come across, these guys. He’s still loving it and you can see there he’s got the heart of a lion. “I’d say the Clonmel Oil is possible. I’ll speak to Alan and Ann and we’ll see. We said we’d just take one race at a time. I’d say if we were to go for anything we’d consider that. He seemed to love going round there a couple of years ago.” Burke added: “That was unbelievable. I thought four out Paul (Carberry) had slipped us a bit. “I coaxed him up the straight and he didn’t miss a beat. He winged the last three and battled from the back of the last. He’s a wonderful horse.” Carberry said of the Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches: “I was sure I had them all cooked and couldn’t have done any more. He got a bit tired and will come on for the run.” Meade added: “He got tired. He had a break after Galway and we let him off completely for the month of August. “We didn’t intend coming here and it was an afterthought. It only entered my mind halfway through last month and I thought it might come too soon. Fair play to the other horse, though. “He got a harder race there than he got in the Plate as he got tired. He’ll go north now (to Down Royal next month) if he’s OK, he pulled a front shoe.” center_img Evergreen veteran Sizing Europe brought the house down when getting up in the final strides to win the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park for the fourth year running.last_img read more

Sparta, Leopold Street, ‘Gold is Money’ live to fight another day

first_imgMBK All Stars, Mocha, North Ruimveldt extend formSPARTA Boss, Leopold Street and West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ responded with urgency after winning their respective encounters when play in the exciting inaugural Guinness Cage/Three Peat Promotions Indoor Championship continued on Tuesday night, at the National Gymnasium.However, they both have negative goal differences and will need to win their respective matchups tonight to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals set for Saturday, at the same venue.Sparta Boss will play Group A’ leaders North Ruimveldt in the final game of the night, while West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ take on second-placed Group ‘B’ team, Hustlers, who also have to register a victory to secure a last-eight berth.Another big team that will have to win this evening to advance is Back Circle, who could not reproduce their form and went down to Leopold Street who needed to prevail to be in a position to progress to the quarter-finals.Mocha, MBK All Stars, Albouystown ‘A’ and North Ruimveldt continued their good form by winning their games to remain unbeaten and will no doubt be aiming to stay on that course heading into the business end of the championship.Some of the teams to exit the championship are Albouystown ‘B’, Pike Street, Sophia, Tiger Bay, Champion Boys and Showstoppers.Over $800 000 in prize money and trophies will be up for grabs with the winners set to receive $400 000 and the championship trophy, while second-, third- and fourth- placed finishers will take home $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 along with trophies respectively.Meanwhile, the other sponsors on board are Star Party Rentals, Faye Joseph, Claude Geddes Recreational Sports Club, National Sports Commission, Windjammer International Hotel & Cuisine, Woodpecker Trophies & Sport, Y.K Investments & Pawn Shop, Henry Chase, Jai Signs, Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, John Fernandes Ltd and E-Networks Inc.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat wipe out top-seeded Bucks; Lakers winLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The top seed is out after just two rounds and 10 games of the NBA playoffs. September 9, 2020 All the scoring came in a 10-minute span of the second period, beginning with Paul Stastny’s (STAS’-neez) goal at the 4:53 mark. Stastny also set up William Karlsson’s power-play goal about 3 ½ minutes later. Tomas Nosek (toh-MAHS NOH’-shehk) capped the scoring for the Knights, who put 32 shots on Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn).Game 3 is Thursday.TENNIS-US OPENBrady wins quarterfinalNEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka set up a semifinal against 28th-seeded Jennifer Brady, who’s never been this far at a major tournament. Update on the latest sports The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Baylor became the third Big 12 team to postpone its scheduled season opener this week because of the coronavirus. The Bears were supposed to open at home Saturday against Louisiana Tech, but the visiting school announced that it would not be able to play because of a number of recent positive COVID-19 tests. TRACK-SEMENYA APPEALSemenya loses appealGENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her long legal battle against track and field’s rules to limit female runners’ naturally high testosterone levels. — Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR-ehv) is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the second time in as many majors this year. The fifth-seeded Zverev advanced to thefinal four by rallying past No. 27 Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3, overcoming 12 double-faults and 46 unforced errors. MLB RESULTSYanks fall againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees’ slump continues as they threaten to fall out of the American League playoff picture.Jonathan Davis belted a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season to spark the Blue Jays’ third straight win, 2-1 over New York. Shun Yamaguchi (shoon yah-mah-GOO’-chee) allowed one run in two innings of relief to earn the win. The Yankees have dropped five straight and 15 of 20 to fall to 21-21. They sit behind the Blue Jays and first-place Rays in the AL East.Elsewhere around the majors:— Juan Soto drove in a run in his return to the lineup and the Nationals used strong relief pitching to beat the Rays 5-3 and sweep the two-game series. Soto missed five games with left elbow soreness. — The Orioles homered four times as Ryan Mountcastle belted a two-run blast and Rio Ruiz added a three-run shot in an 11-2 dismantling of the Mets. The Orioles won their fourth straight and improved to 20-21, moving within a half-game of the slumping Yankees for the second wild-card spot. — The Twins and Cardinals split a doubleheader in St. Louis. Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó all homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-3 victory in the first game. Jose Berrios (beh-REE-ohs) picked up the win, striking out eight but allowing three runs and four hits over five innings. Next up for Miami is the winner of the East semifinal series between the Celtics and Raptors, which Boston leads, three games to two.The Los Angeles Lakers enjoy a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals after beating the Houston Rockets for the second straight day.LeBron James scored 36 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) sparked a fourth-quarter rally in the Lakers’ 112-102 win over the Rockets. Rondo scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that put the Lakers ahead for good. He finished with 21 points and nine assists to help James set an NBA record with his 162nd career playoff win, surpassing Derek Fisher.Anthony Davis had 26 points and Kyle Kuzma added 14. James Harden scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook had 30 for the Rockets. — The Cubs were 3-0 winners over the Reds as Alec Mills pitched six sharp innings and David Bote (BOH’-tee) drove in two runs. Milles permitted four hits with six strikeouts and three walks in his first win since Aug. 24. — Spencer Turnbull allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, and the Tigers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Brewers. Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered and drove in four runs for Detroit.MLB-NEWSMore pitching woes for BravesUNDATED (AP) — The Braves’ season-long rotation woes continue as Max Fried has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Fried had been the only current healthy member of the projected rotation before the season began. Osaka played far cleaner tennis than her opponent in a 6-3, 6-4 win over 93rd-ranked Shelby Rogers. Rogers finished with 27 unforced errors, Osaka with eight. The former No. 1-ranked played won the U.S. Open two years ago.Earlier, Brady defeated No. 23 seed Yulia Putintseva (poo-TIHN’-seh-vah), 6-3, 6-2.It’s been quite a surge for Brady, whose big serve and forehand have carried her to an 11-1 record since tennis returned from its pandemic hiatus.On the men’s side: The Heat are in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in six years following a 103-94 win over the Bucks.Playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) because of a sprained ankle, the Bucks raced out to a 28-15 lead but couldn’t sustain the momentum. Miami answered with a 30-9 spurt that put the Heat ahead, 45-37.Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) each scored 17 points for the Heat, who overcame 22 turnovers and clinched their seventh trip to the conference finals since 2005.The Bucks are just the sixth No. 1 seed to fail to advance to the conference finals since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984.Khris Middleton scored a game-high 23 points for the Bucks. — Former American League President Gene Budig has died. Budig brought an academic pedigree to the job and was the last one to hold the post, serving in the post from 1994 until 2000 when owners abolished league presidents. — All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 on Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number started with the Pittsburgh Pirates and is similar to MLB’s celebration of Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 each April 15. Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec, 31, 1972, following takeoff from Puerto Rico on a flight to bring relief supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake.NFL NEWSAP source: Broncos star Miller sustains serious ankle injuryUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos fear star linebacker Von Miller suffered a season-ending ankle injury toward the end of Tuesday’s practice. center_img The latest blow to the rotation could accelerate the team’s plans to have Cole Hamels rushed into action for his 2020 debut.In other baseball news:— The Padres have put first baseman Eric Hosmer on the 10-day injured list with a broken left index finger. Manager Jayce Tingler said the recovery time could be two to three weeks. — The Cubs have added well-traveled outfielder Billy Hamilton to their active roster and optioned slumping slugger José Martínez to their alternate training site. Hamilton was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Monday after going 1 for 22 in 17 games with New York.— The Milwaukee Brewers have released first baseman Justin Smoak, who had been designated for assignment last week. Smoak hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games for the Brewers. NBA NEWSBilly Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Billy Donovan won’t return after five seasons as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.Donovan took the Thunder to the playoffs every year. He was a finalist for Coach of the Year this season after his squad outperformed expectations and pushed the Rockets to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.Donovan went 243-157 with Oklahoma City. — Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) homered and the Rangers snapped a six-game slide with a 7-1 win over the Angels. Lance Lynn struck out six, walked two and limited Los Angeles to one run on four hits over seven innings to help Texas end the Angels’ five-game winning streak.— Alec Bohm (bohm) hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to rally the Phillies over the Red Sox 6-5 in Game 1 of a twinbill. Bohm drove in four runs with three hits, including his winner off Matt Barnes. — The Red Sox took Game 2 as Bobby Dalbec homered for his fourth straight game a two-run shot in the sixth inning of a 5-2 victory against the Phillies. — Sixto (SEES’-toh) Sánchez combined with four relievers on a four-hitter as the Marlins clobbered the Braves, 8-0. Jorge Alfaro, Garrett Cooper and Matt Joyce homered as Miami dumped Atlanta for the second straight day.— Wil Myers homered twice, including San Diego’s seventh grand slam of the season as the Padres blasted the Rockies, 14-6. Austin Nola hit a three-run shot to back Mike Clevinger, who struck out eight but was reached for four runs and five hits in five innings. — Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) hit 14 foul balls during a 19-pitch at-bat that ended with a flyout as the Cards scratched out a 6-4 win in the nightcap. The Redbirds scored five runs in third, including a pair of bases-loaded walks, a hit batter and a fielder’s choice.— Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on catcher Yasmani Grandal’s (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHLZ’) error in the bottom of the ninth as the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the White Sox. The error came after Grandal hit a two-run home run and Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) extended his hitting streak to 21 games for Chicago.— Khris Davis homered and hit an RBI double against previously unbeaten Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) as the Athletics dealt the Astros their sixth straight loss, 4-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. — The Astros ended their skid by getting a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly from Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win against Oakland. The split keeps Houston 4 1/2 games behind the AL-West-leading A’s.— Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Indians 8-6. Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth for the Royals. Associated Press — The Giants have waived cornerback DeAndre Baker, with the 22-year-old facing armed robbery charges relating to an incident in Florida in May. Baker has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since July 27. — The Jaguars have promoted quarterback Mike Glennon from the practice squad to the active roster and placed linebacker Quincy Williams on injured reserve. Glennon gives the Jaguars an experienced backup heading into the opener against Indianapolis on Sunday. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALLLegislative leaders urge Big Ten to reconsider fall seasonUNDATED (AP) — Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season. Miller appeared primed for a big season following an offseason in which he added several pounds of muscle and said he had rededicated himself to the sport. In other NFL news: — Running back Kareem Hunt has signed a two-year, $13.25 million extension with the Browns. Hunt served an eight-game NFL suspension last year after joining Cleveland as a free agent. — The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. The NFL Network reported that the extension is worth $54.5 million over two years, with $42.75 million guaranteed. The deal also has a no-trade clause and no-franchise tag clause. — Washington coach Ron Rivera missed his team’s first game week practice to start treatment for a form of skin cancer. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stepped in and ran practice as planned when Rivera was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. NHL-STANLEY CUPKnights draw evenEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights turned the tables on the Dallas Stars to even the NHL’s Western Conference final at a game apiece.Two days after a shutout loss in the opener, the Knights allowed just 24 shots and blanked the Stars, 3-0.Robin Lehner posted his second consecutive shutout and fourth of the postseason. Donovan was at the end of his contract. He and the team described his departure as a mutual decision.In other NBA news:— Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should be no surprise that he was also the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive team. The Bucks forward appeared on 97 of the first-team ballots out of 100 cast by a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Also on the first team: Lakers forward Anthony Davis, 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Celtics guard Marcus Smart. — The Clippers have received final approval from Inglewood’s city government to begin construction on their new arena next summer. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is building a privately financed 18,000-seat arena along with a practice facility and corporate offices for his NBA franchise. Ballmer intends to open his new arena in 2024, immediately following the expiration of his team’s lease at Staples Center.— NBA coaches or other team staffers could have guests in the bubble later this month. Team staffs would be limited to a total of 10 guests, all of whom would have to begin a self-quarantining period at home immediately. The would then travel to Central Florida next week to begin another week of even stricter lockdown. Switzerland’s supreme court says its judges dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling last year that upheld the rules drafted by track’s governing body affecting female runners with differences of sex development. The Swiss Federal Tribunal said CAS had the right to uphold the rules to guarantee fair competition for certain running disciplines in female athletics.,Update on the latest sportslast_img read more