“It’s the biggest fight in world boxing, barring none,” Fury said. “Wilder, Fury, the rematch. It’s the biggest fight we’re going to see in the next few years. I don’t see anybody else coming up who can be as big. You’ve got two undefeated heavyweight champions, the lineal champion and the WBC champion, fighting in their prime. It doesn’t get any bigger.”
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“I’ve had some (high school) football hits that were harder than that,” Newcomb told reporters on Sunday, according to a report by MLB.com. “I’ve had a few concussions. Right away, when it hit me in the head and I was down on the ground, I popped up, and I knew I was alright. I knew it wasn’t too, too bad.”
Braves manager Brian Snitker on Sunday said Newcomb was sore but all the test results on the pitcher were good.
“He made it through the night good and felt good coming in. They exercised him just to see. He’s going to need a couple days anyway after the start. But as of right now, he’s feeling really good. We’re fortunate we dodged a bullet there,” Snitker said, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The ball hit by Realmuto in the third inning at SunTrust Park on Saturday was clocked at 102 mph and caromed off Newcomb’s head and sailed into the netting behind the Phillies’ dugout on the third-base side. Realmuto covered his mouth with both hands as he ran to first base on what went as a ground-rule double.
Newcomb is expected to return to pitching out of the bullpen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow, yeah,” he said. “It’s never fun, especially with how much I felt like I’ve contributed to this team this year.”
The 24-year-old Frazier heads back to the minor leagues as Edwin Encarnacion, the one of the majors’ more prolific active home run hitters, gets added to the Yankees’ 25-man roster following the Saturday trade that brought him to the Bronx Bombers from Seattle.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday’s demotion was the product of needing to open a roster spot for Encarnacion, the American League’s home run leader with 21.
The timing of the move was particularly surprising to Frazier because of the remaining subtractions that will happen in the coming days with outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge wrapping up minor league rehab assignments for their injuries. Frazier intimated he figured he’d be sent down once that happened in the coming days, but not quite now.
“Not because of Encarnacion,” Frazier said, “but maybe because of Judge or Stanton.”
Stanton is expected to be activated Tuesday when the Yankees host division foe Tampa Bay in the second game of an important three-game series. Judge likely will play a few more games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before he becomes an option for the Yankees. Frazier, who was originally called up April 1 in the wake of Stanton’s first injury, has had a big impact on the Yankees’ offense.
Through 53 games, Frazier hit .283 with 22 extra-base hits. His 11 home runs are tied for fourth on the big league roster. He also has been one of the league’s best hitters with runners in scoring position, carrying a .375 batting average into such scenarios entering Sunday’s series finale at the Chicago White Sox.
“He’s played a big role on a winning team, and that doesn’t necessarily stop now, but this is where we’re at with the roster situation,” Boone said. “So obviously tough news to deliver, but hopefully he can make the most of it and continue to get better at his craft and know that he’s going to play a role for us again.”
“With a guy like Clint we want him playing all the time,” Boone added. “He’s got a chance to be a great player in this league, and he’s already shown that.”
Fellow outfielder Brett Gardner, a 35-year-old veteran and longtime Yankee who could get caught in the pending roster crunch as Stanton and Judge get healthy, had a message of encouragement for Frazier.
“Sometimes when decisions are made, you don’t always agree with them, but you’ve just got to keep your head down and keep moving forward,” Gardner said. “He’s a guy that has a ton of talent. He’s going to play this game for a long time.”
There has been a belief that with so many powerful position players now being added to the Yankees’ lineup, perhaps Frazier will become an important piece for New York to dangle in trade talks. He had been assured in past years that despite the previous rampant speculation about his role with the organization, he wasn’t on the trading block.
But now, with the Yankees in such desperate need of starting pitching, that might not be the case.
“I’ve been traded once, so who knows?” Frazier said. “I can’t control that, I just try to play as good as I can to put myself in a good position.”
As strong as his offense has been, Frazier’s defense has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. The attention was at its highest two weeks ago, when he committed three errors during a loss to the Boston Red Sox that was aired nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
Following that poor performance in the field, Frazier declined to speak to reporters in the postgame scrum in the clubhouse. He spoke later that night to ESPN, expressing remorse for the way he played in such an important game.
Frazier’s personality also has been on full display this season, as he’s spent the past two months capitalizing on his status as a member of the iconic New York franchise. Heightened in large part because of where he was playing and who he was playing for, Frazier’s profile rose throughout the spring as he was recognized for the way he took high-end sneakers and added cleats to the bottoms of them. He drawn praise from world-renowned sneaker designers and ire for the way he’s gone about playing in the nontraditional cleats.
Big Little Lies is back for its second season, and fans are already curious where they can watch new episodes.
The show is not available on Netflix. However, viewers can add HBO to a Hulu streaming plan for $14.99 a month to watch the show through Hulu. With this plan, you’ll be able to watch HBO live, and it can be streamed on iPhone, Android, Roku, Fire TV, and Fire Stick. To learn more about adding HBO to Hulu streaming, click here. (Note that new subscribers can get a one-week free trial)
While you can’t watch the show on Netflix, you can stream the first season through Amazon. You have the option of either buying the entire season or buying the show episode by episode. Each episode runs at $3.99, while the entirety of season 1 can be streamed for $24.99.
If you do, in fact, have a subscription to HBO Go or HBO Now, you can stream Big Little Lies whenever you want. Sign up for a one-month free trial of HBO Now here.
While we’re only one episode into the show, it’s clear that the addition of Meryl Streep will make for an unparalleled season. She is playing Perry’s mother, Mary Louise, in a character that Decider describes as, “… not cruel, it’s not violent, it’s not malicious—it’s simply unpredictable.”
Last week, fans saw the Monterey Five struggling to deal with their big little lie– that they know exactly what happened to Perry on the night he was murdered.
Celeste has an awkward interaction with her mother-in-law, played by Streep, who hears her talking about “rape” in her sleep. Bonnie, meanwhile, is struggling knowing that she is the one who pushed Perry down the stairs, which resulted in his death. She is still reeling from his death, and from the guilt she feels over it.
Streep’s Mary Louise, for one, seems determined to get to the bottom of it all, and seems to know that the Monterey Five are somehow involved in Perry’s passing.
In a recent Vanity Fair profile on Streep, she discussed how she was convicted to join the cast for the show’s second season. Vanity Fair quotes the legendary actress as saying, “My agent called me and said, ‘Nicole wanted to ask you something.’” Apparently, Streep was open to learning more about the role when she learned it was Big Little Lies, as she was a fan of the show. She adds, “Mary Louise is my actual legal name… So yeah, that’s how I got involved.”
Be sure to tune into a new episode of Big Little Lies airing tonight on HBO at 9pm.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif, — Dressing like the 43-year-old dad he is didn’t help Tiger Woods’ final-round Father’s Day performance at the 2019 U.S Open at Pebble Beach. Replete with long sleeves under a mock shirt under a V-neck vest, Woods fired a 69 to close out what has been a pretty disappointing week.
Much like the majority of his first return to Pebble Beach in seven years, Woods just wasn’t as sharp as he needed to be. Everything was just a little bit … off. Let’s dive into Woods’ final round in detail before looking at where he goes from here after a middling performance in the third major of 2019.
Front nine (2-over 37): This could have been worse, a lot worse. Woods started with four bogeys in his first six holes before finally hitting a couple of good approaches on the par-3 7th and par-4 8th. Those two shots led to straightforward birdies and a front nine that looked to be drifting toward 40 was saved from total disaster. Woods closed with a four on the 9th to stymie his slide down the leaderboard.
Back nine (4-under 32): This is where things turned around for Woods. Four birdies in the final six holes of the championship put him in a much better place on the leaderboard and sealed what would be his best 18-hole score of the week and best final round at the U.S. Open (69) in the last 10 years. Much like the first three days, the late flurry of birdies brought excitement but also thoughts of what could have been if not for the mistakes earlier in the round.
Shot of the day: Badly needing some juice, Woods drained this 42-foot birdie putt at 13 to kick-start the late scoring run.
Quote of the day: “I would have turned it around a little earlier than that [if I could have]. Again, got off to another crappy start and was able to fight it off. Turned back around and got it to under par for the week which is — normally it’s a good thing, but this week the guys are definitely taking to it.”
What’s next: Tiger likely won’t tee it up again until the Open Championship in four weeks. That will mark the end of his major championship season, one that has been the most successful he’s played in a decade. Still, there’s always concern about the body and likely always will be going forward. Woods looked stiff at times during this event and wore KT tape on his neck.
“When it’s cold like this everything is achy. It’s just part of the deal,” said Woods. “… The forces have to go somewhere. And if they’re not in the lower back, they’re in the neck, and if not, they’re in the mid-back and if not they go to the knee. You name it. Let me put it this way: I feel every shot I hit. I think that’s always going to be the place from here going forward.”
That’s not the primary reason for his struggles on the week, but it certainly wasn’t nothing, either. It’s been cold and damp all week, the kind of weather that gets in your bones and you can’t get it out. Tiger has been about the best of all time at shaking off all manner of peripheral distractions, weather and aches included, but this week at Pebble Beach was another in a long line of reminders that he won’t be able to do that forever.
At the place where he was the most immortal he’s ever been back in 2000, Tiger looked vulnerable, aging and weak at times in 2019. That’s what 19 years and four back surgeries does to you. Just like the rocks in the Pacific Ocean off the edge of the 18th fairway, worn down over time by the lapping of a billion waves, Woods is not quite what he used to be. And in this game, the chasm between “not quite” and “full throttle” can be 10 or 20 strokes wide like it was this week between Woods and the leaders.
So we may still get Tiger Woods vying for major championships. We just won’t get the version of the man who once took our breath away at this stunning place. Just like the evolution of an ocean and the land whose form it changes, this edition of Tiger might be less rock solid, but it also might be far more interesting.
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan’s deposed dictator, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was taken from a prison in the capital Khartoum to face corruption charges on Sunday in his first public appearance since he was ousted from power in April.
Appearing in a white robe and turban, as he did for much of his 30 years in power, Mr. al-Bashir was led through the gates of Kober prison, a notorious facility where he once sent his own enemies.
His appearance quelled months of speculation among many Sudanese who suspected that, contrary to assertions by the country’s military leaders, Mr. al-Bashir was being quietly detained in luxury or had even managed to flee the country.
Security officials escorted Mr. al-Bashir, 75, to a vehicle that took him to the chief prosecutor’s office, where he was formally charged with corruption and money laundering. He did not speak to reporters waiting outside the jail.
Last month, Mr. al-Bashir was charged separately with involvement in the killing of protesters during the street demonstrations that led to his ouster on April 11. He did not appear in public then.
His predicament is a sharp contrast with the fortunes of his former enforcer, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan, a militia leader groomed by Mr. al-Bashir who in recent weeks has emerged as one of the most powerful figures in Sudan.
General Hamdan faced global condemnation after June 3 when his paramilitary unit, the Rapid Support Forces, stormed through a protest site in central Khartoum, killing at least 118 people in a frenzy of shooting, rape and pillage, according to witnesses and doctors’ groups. General Hamdan’s troops now control Khartoum, causing many to view him as the country’s de facto leader, even if he is formally outranked by an older general.
But General Hamdan, known as Hemeti, appeared to be laying the groundwork for a political campaign this weekend when he addressed thousands of supporters at events in and around Khartoum, behaving in a political style that bore striking similarities to that of Mr. al-Bashir.
On Saturday, General Hamdan drove in a long, heavily armed convoy to Garrhi, nearly 40 miles north of Khartoum, where he addressed supporters in a dusty clearing near the Nile.
He claimed that Western leaders were part of an unspecified plot to undermine him.
As he arrived under a blazing sun, he stood on top of a military vehicle, waving a stick at the cheering crowd in a manner that was reminiscent of Mr. al-Bashir. In his speech, he was sharply critical of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which led the protests that forced Mr. al-Bashir’s ouster.
“Askariya! Askariya!” his supporters yelled during the speech, using the Arabic term for “army rule.”
Hundreds of soldiers surrounded General Hamdan as he spoke, positioned on buildings and trucks or sitting in pickups armed with heavy guns. After the rally, the vehicles sped off behind the general in a long trail of dust.
On Sunday, General Hamdan addressed a gathering of supporters in Khartoum.
The Transitional Military Council, which formally rules Sudan, wants to dampen a wave of withering global criticism as the extent of the violence on June 3, including numerous rapes and scores of bodies flung in the Nile, increasingly comes to light.
General Hamdan has been less apologetic. In an interview with The New York Times last week, he professed to disliking politics — “I hate politicians,” he said — but added that his ascent to power was necessary for stability. He showed few signs of intending to vacate power.
“The country needs the Rapid Support Forces more than the Rapid Support Forces need the country,” he said.
That growing prominence could put General Hamdan at odds with the regular army, stoking fears of further instability as Sudan maneuvers through the turbulent post-Bashir era.
Another test will be Mr. al-Bashir’s forthcoming corruption trial.
Officials raided his Khartoum homes in the days after his ouster, confiscating bundles of cash in dollars, euros and Sudanese currency. That money — millions of dollars — is now a central part of the case prosecutors are building against him. An additional 41 officials from his government also face corruption charges.
Mr. al-Bashir is not, however, in any immediate danger of answering to the charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that he faces at the International Criminal Court in The Hague over his role in the conflict in the western region of Darfur.
The international court issued an arrest warrant for Mr. al-Bashir a decade ago. But Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Military Transitional Council, who also served in Darfur, said Mr. al-Bashir would never be extradited to face those charges in a foreign court.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are moving forward for the time being without starting quarterback Zach Collaros.
Riders head coach Craig Dickenson said Sunday that Collaros has been placed on the six-game injured list after suffering an apparent concussion due to an illegal hit in Thursday’s 23-17 loss to the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“(Collaros) is fine and we’ve talked to him and all of that good stuff,” said Dickenson, who didn’t specify whether Collaros had a concussion.
“We’re just going to err on the side of caution and we’re going to give him six weeks. Whether we go the full six weeks or not, I can’t say. It’s a decision we made after talking with him and talking with the doctors. We’ll let his status sort itself out in the next few weeks.”
Collaros was knocked out of the Riders’ loss on the third offensive play of the CFL’s regular-season opener. The 30-year-old quarterback took a hit to the head by Hamilton linebacker Simoni Lawrence, who was teammates with Collaros through four seasons with the Tiger-Cats.
Collaros was sliding feet-first at the end of a seven-yard run when Lawrence slammed his left shoulder into the head of the defenceless quarterback. Collaros didn’t pass the CFL’s concussion protocol and was kept out of the remainder of the game.
Lawrence was assessed a 25-yard Grade 2 roughing-the-passer penalty, but remained in the game. He added salt to the Riders’ wounds with an interception late in the fourth quarter.
Lawrence may face further discipline for the hit. A hearing was reportedly conducted Saturday and the league is expected to reveal the outcome early in the week. Lawrence could face a suspension and/or a fine.
The Riders addressed Collaros’ absence by signing Bryan Bennett, who was with Green and White at its main training camp in 2017 before being released. He spent the 2018 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but was released after the team’s 2019 pre-season.
The Roughriders are to return to action Thursday in Ottawa. On Sunday, Dickenson wouldn’t commit to Cody Fajardo or rookie Isaac Harker as the starting quarterback for that game. Fajardo and Harker both saw action in Thursday’s game.
“We’re going to let Cody and Isaac split reps this week and we’re going to decide later in the week who will be our starter,” Dickenson said.
“And I think that it’s justifiable,” the freshman New York Democrat told ABC News.
“I think the evidence continues to come in, and I believe that with the President now saying that he is willing to break the law to win reelection … that transcends partisanship, it transcends party lines and this is now about the rule of law in the United States of America,” the congresswoman said.
When asked how real the progressive frustration is with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s opposition to impeachment, the congresswoman said, “I think it’s quite real.”
“I believe that there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are … holding this President to account,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“I think there is a growing sentiment even among many of these front-liners — as we call them, swing district Democrats — that think we should at least open an inquiry and look into the abundance of evidence,” she said.
“Ten counts of obstruction of justice, four with rock solid evidence, we have violations of the emoluments clause,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We need to at least open an inquiry so that we can look at what is going on.”
Pelosi has been steadfast in her opposition to impeaching the President, but an outspoken bloc of members want Democrats to take a tougher stance against Trump. CNN previously reported that House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, lobbied Pelosi to support an impeachment inquiry.
“Our decision on impeachment should be based in our constitutional responsibilities and duties and not in elections or polling,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“That being said, with the increase in polls,” the congresswoman said, “I think the American people are now recognizing in a much broader scale the depth and the severity of the misconduct coming out of the White House.”
The Coco Palm resort in the Maldives is offering a two-week internship this summer to work at that resort’s turtle rescue center.
Police arrested a woman who allegedly jabbed at a Florida sea turtle nest with a wooden stick.
Yaqun Lu, 41, faces a felony charge of molesting marine turtles or eggs after officers on Saturday saw her “stomping” around the nesting area. Yellow tape and sticks closed off the area from the public at Miami Beach, but Lu allegedly took one of the wooden sticks to disturb a nest.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission determined none of the eggs were damaged, local station WPLG reported.
Three protected species of sea turtles – the loggerhead, green and leatherback – nest at Miami Beach from April to early November, according to the city’s website.
Global warming connection: 99% of these sea turtles were born girls
The U.S. Endangered Species Act gives all sea turtle species found in the U.S. federal protection. Florida laws also make it illegal to harm sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings.
Lu is a Chinese citizen who listed a home address in Hudsonville, Michigan. The report says authorities notified the Chinese consulate in Houston about the arrest. Online records showed no attorney listed for her.
She is being held on a $5,000 bond, The Miami Herald reported.
Few sea turtle hatchlings survive to adulthood, according to the National Ocean Service, with estimates from one in 1,000 to one in 10,000.
Nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. happens in the Sunshine State, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine.
The 21-year-old Henderson led wire-to-wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under 70 in chilly conditions to hold off Lexi Thompson, Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh and Brittany Altomare by a stroke.
Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark.
“That’s really cool,” Henderson said. “Earlier this year to get my eighth win and to tie that record was a huge deal for me. To now to kind of breakthrough that is awesome. I’m just really excited for the rest of the summer and hopefully many more wins in the future.”
With caddie/sister Brittany and mother Darlene looking on, father Dave sprayed her with champagne to celebrate.
“It’s really special,” Henderson said. “I’m so happy that both my mom and my dad can be out here to watch my sister and I win this. It’s always special when they’re here, especially on Father’s Day.”
Also the Lotte Championship winner in April in Hawaii, Henderson matched the tournament record of 21 under that she set in 2017 (when the course played to a par of 71) and also was tied last year by So Yeon Ryu. Henderson opened with consecutive 64s, playing 30 holes Friday after rain delayed the start Thursday, and had a 69 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
“It’s a lot like the courses I grew up playing back home in Canada,” Henderson said. “I love it out here. Just trying to hit good shots and hopefully make a lot of birdies. Didn’t make as many as I wanted, but just enough.”
Her lead reduced to a stroke after a bogey on the par-4 16th, she three-putted the par-5 18th from 45 feet for the winning par.
“When I was walking up here I thought maybe I would have to birdie or eagle this hole to get the job done, but when I looked at the scoreboard I was sort of shocked that all I needed to do was three-putt and par,” Henderson said. “I’m really grateful about that because I was shaking pretty bad on those last couple putts.”
Thompson followed her course-record 62 in the third round with a 68, closing with an eagle for the second straight day. The 2015 winner at Blythefield, she was coming off a victory last week in New Jersey.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t hit it that great today, but I made some really good putts on my second nine,” Thompson said. “I had a little bit of a muscle spasm in my shoulder all day, but it is what it is, you can’t control that. So, overall great week.”
Hataoka shot 65, also making an eagle on the par-5 18th. Oh had a 66, and Altomare shot 68.
Jennifer Kupcho, four strokes behind Henderson entering the day, had a 76 to drop into a tie for 23rd at 11 under in her third professional start. The former Wake Forest star won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the third major championship of the year, is next week at Hazeltine in Minnesota.