US women’s soccer team readies for NYC ticker-tape parade

Sports News US women's soccer team readies for NYC ticker-tape parade

Alex Grimm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Charles Lindberg was awarded one after his solo transatlantic flight, and then-General Dwight Eisenhower was honored with one for his leadership of the Allied Forces.

Astronauts, world leaders, a pope and war veterans all have been honored with ticker-tape parades in New York City’s famed Canyon of Heroes.

Now, the Women’s National Team will be the center of the celebration on Wednesday, commemorating its World Cup win in France on Sunday.

The team’s been piling up historic titles, but this parade will also mark another first: In addition to being the second women’s team to win back-to-back World Cups, it’s the first women’s athletic team to be honored with back-to-back ticker-tape parades in the Canyon of Heroes.

After their 2015 World Cup triumph, the team became the first women’s team to be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade — also the last time a ticker-tape parade was held in New York.

“On and off the field, this team represents what’s best about New York City and our nation. The confidence, grit, and perseverance of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team serve as an inspiration to all who watch them,” New York City mayor and current presidential candidate Bill de Blasio said in announcing the parade.

The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a ceremony at City Hall an hour later.

The Canyon of Heroes is a man-made section of Broadway in lower Manhattan that spans a little over half a mile, from Bowling Green Park to City Hall Park. The city has hosted 206 parades in the past, starting with the first — celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty — in 1886.

The women will now join the ranks of sports teams that have been honored multiple times, including the New York Yankees, who have had nine such parades, and the New York Mets, who have had three. Five Olympic teams have had parades in the Canyon of Heroes. The Women’s National Team will now be tied with the New York Giants with two parades a piece.

“New York is incredibly proud to join the rest of the country in celebrating this exhilarating World Cup Victory,” New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray said in a release from the mayor’s office. “We applaud the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s athletic prowess, their advocacy in fighting for equal pay, and their use of their international platform to speak out against injustice.”

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Posted On 09 Jul 2019

Why former MLB commissioner Bud Selig dropped f-bombs in the White House

Sports News Why former MLB commissioner Bud Selig dropped f-bombs in the White House

Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bud Selig presided over Major League Baseball as commissioner for 22 years — a tenure that included a canceled World Series, the steroids era, its aftermath, a dramatic expansion of the league and of the economics of the game.

In all that time, Selig, who admits to frequently using expletives, said he only once dropped an F-bomb on a sitting vice president. He recounted getting into a heated discussion with then-Vice President Al Gore in his new book, For the Good of the Game, after he felt that Gore was taking the players’ union’s side during a tense meeting at the White House.

“I know I can on occasion drop a lot of F-bombs and do a lot of other things,” Selig told ABC Political Director Rick Klein on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, in a special edition recorded the week of the MLB All-Star Game. “It was pretty wild because you know it was the future of the game. We worked our way around it — went through a lot of torture though.”

The players’ strike that sparked that exchange resulted in the cancellation of the 1994 World Series and extended into the 1995 season. But there hasn’t been another work stoppage in baseball in the quarter century since, prompting Selig to view that as a step necessary to help fuel the game’s growth over the next generation.

“Sometimes you have to go through some agony to get to where you want to get,” he said. “Losing the ’94 World Series was absolutely heartbreaking. But the system was broken. The clubs wanted a [salary] cap. Every other sport had a cap. We have worked our way around it to this day without one, but I guess I think future historians will really view that as something you had to go through to get to where we wanted to go.”

Selig said that working with politicians, whom he frequently encountered as the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and later as commissioner, was a “mixed bag.”

He fondly recalled working with former President George W. Bush, once an owner of the Texas Rangers, in the aftermath of 9/11. All baseball games were canceled the week after the terrorist attacks, and during the World Series that followed, Bush threw out the first pitch at Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. Selig called this moment where political leadership came together as “one of the great moments to me in American history” and said he has “high regard” for the former president.

On the other hand, he did not mince words describing his working relationship with former Gov. Tommy Thompson, R-Wis., with whom he sparred with on funding for a publicly financed stadium for the Brewers.

When asked a hypothetical question about what Selig would change about baseball if he could, he responded saying “ways to speed the game up.”

“Games have taken longer. They play it differently today. Relief pitchers are used from the fifth and sixth inning on now,” Selig added.

The role of commissioner of baseball can be a lonely job, Selig said, but he added that he “was pretty close to a lot of owners” whether or not they agreed.

One individual Selig mentioned was the late George Steinbrenner, who owned the New York Yankees.

“We never agreed on much of anything. After all, he ran the Yankees, and I was running the Brewers then of course,” Selig said. “But yet, we were very close friends.”

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Posted On 09 Jul 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 7/8/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 7/8/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — No major games were played Monday.

Pete Alonso, NY Mets (23); defeated Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays (22)

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Posted On 09 Jul 2019

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is ‘dead’ but doesn’t formally withdraw it

WORLD NEWS Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is 'dead' but doesn't formally withdraw it

pawel.gaul/iStock(HONG KONG) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that a highly contentious extradition bill that sparked weeks of mass protests is “dead,” but she fell short of protesters’ demands to fully withdraw it.

Lam tried to reassure the public that lawmakers wouldn’t seek to bring the draft legislation back for a vote.

“There are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the Legislative Council,” Lam said at a press conference Tuesday. “So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead.”

The proposed amendment would allow any country, including mainland China, to request the extradition of an individual to their home country from Hong Kong for trial. Many who oppose the bill fear China could use it to pursue political dissidents.

Protest leaders on Tuesday continued their calls for the bill to be formally withdrawn from the legislative agenda and for an independent investigation into clashes between police and demonstrators.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said Lam’s reassurance that the “bill is dead” is just “another ridiculous lie.”

“The bill still exists in the ‘legislative programme’ until July next year,” Wong wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “The proper way for Mrs Lam to “kill” the bill is to invoke article 64 of the Rules and Procedures, to FORMALLY WITHDRAW the bill. However, she fully IGNORE this procedure in her speech.”

Millions of protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong over the past month amid growing anger over the proposed bill as well as general dissatisfaction with local politicians. The demonstrations have been largely peaceful but turned violent at times.

Last week, protesters smashed through thick glass panels to break into the Legislative Council building and swarmed a chamber, where they spray painted slogans on the walls and took down portraits of city leaders.

On June 12, police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse throngs of protesters blocking major streets. Dozens were injured.

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Posted On 09 Jul 2019

‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Hometown visits lead to a history-making rose ceremony

Entertainment News  'The Bachelorette' recap: Hometown visits lead to a history-making rose ceremony


ABC/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) — On Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette, Hannah visited the hometowns of the four remaining men and met their families. The results lead to a shocking end, and a Bachelorette first.

The first stop was Peter’s hometown of Westlake Village, California, where the 27-year old pilot took her on an aerial tour of the place where he grew up.

Afterward, Hannah was introduced to Peter’s dad and namesake, Peter, mom Barbara, and younger brother, Jack. After the pleasantries are exchanged and the group dines on Cuban food, preceded by a German prayer, the private conversations begin. Everyone seems to have the same questions for Hannah: at what stage is their relationship, given there’s three other guys still in the picture? Her best answer is that she and Peter are “on a track” to ending up as a couple. Peter, meanwhile, implies he’s in love with Hannah, but has yet to tell her.

After escorting Hannah to the limo waiting to take her away, Peter regrets missing another golden opportunity to tell Hannah he loves her. “When the time is right, it’ll happen,” says Peter, addressing the camera.  He just hopes it won’t be too late.

The next stop is Jupiter, Florida, for a rendezvous with Tyler C., who shows Hannah the best way to explore his hometown: by boat. For Tyler, it’s also a great excuse to slather Hannah with sunscreen, but she’s more interested in finding out if their “sexual attraction” to each other will lead to a proposal.

The homecoming is also an emotional one for Tyler, who will be seeing his father for the first time since he suffered a health scare that nearly took his life.

The conversations are all cordial, and one by one, his entire family reassures Hannah that Tyler is ready for a commitment.  Everyone seems genuinely happy for them, with no reservations about offering the couple their “love and support.” Afterward, Tyler tells Hannah he’s “falling in love” with her and is ready to “step up” for her.

From there, Hannah headed to Luke P.’s hometown of Gainesville, Georgia. It’s a chance for her to get a clearer picture of Luke, who is “like a jigsaw puzzle” to her. “I’ve got the corners down, but don’t have the middle figured out,” she explains.

For his part, Luke takes advantage of being able to spend time with Hannah on his own turf, among friends and without any trash talk from the other guys.

It starts with a trip to a Sunday school of which Luke’s a part. The group all have glowing opinions of the guy who has become the villain of The Bachelorette season 15, insisting he’s “the nicest dude,” “the real deal” and “a good friend.”

Luke’s family includes mom Elizabeth, dad and brother — both named Mike — his sister-in-law, coincidentally named Hannah, his grandma and great grandma.  They’re all  just as puzzled to hear Hannah describe the drama on the show. They assure her it’s not like the Luke they’ve known all these years.

Later, when they’re alone, Luke tells Hannah, “Without a doubt I can tell you that I do love you.” Addressing the camera, Hannah declares that she’s falling in love with him, too.

The final hometown stop is Nashville, Tennessee, where singer/songwriter Jed told Hannah that after getting a glimpse of her world, by joining the guys for a mock beauty pageant way back in the second episode, he would turn the tables on Hannah by bringing her into a recording studio to write a song.

Unfortunately, things went downhill from there.

Jed’s overprotective family couldn’t wrap their heads around the couple’s’s whirlwind romance. When Hannah asks Jed’s mother and sister if they think Jed is ready to commit to a serious relationship, she gets a flat “no” from both, raising some red flags about their future.

Back at the mansion, the first two roses go to Peter and Tyler, but Hannah can’t make up her mind who should get the final one. After leaving the room and discussing the situation with host Chris Harrison, she decides that, in a Bachelorette first, no one will be sent home.

The Bachelorette returns Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Posted On 09 Jul 2019