Miss Manners: I was horrified when the fruit pickers invaded my yard

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 06/24/2022 - 01:30

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We have about a dozen fruit trees at our home. We fertilize, prune and care for them ourselves. When the fruit is on the trees, we have invited a few specific people, usually from our church, to come pick some.

When I invited one church member to come and get some fruit, imagine my surprise when she arrived with a caravan of folks, none of whom I knew! The person I’d invited said, in a very loud voice in front of everyone, “Well, you can see I brought friends.”

One of the children in the group was climbing the trees, and I was horrified — especially since lawyers in our area like to heavily advertise the large settlements they win for clients.

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This group nearly stripped the trees. Obviously, I will never invite her again, but is there anything that I could have said to discourage this at the time?

GENTLE READER: As your church acquaintance was smugly aware of her rudeness, the only thing Miss Manners would have done is agreed with her: “Yes, we weren’t expecting such a large crowd and thorough picking of our fruit. It looks like we may not have enough left for the pie I was hoping to make for everyone later. The children would have particularly enjoyed it after their exhausting and dangerous climbs.”

DEAR MISS MANNERS: At the age of 85, I have a number of digestive problems, including acid reflux and lactose intolerance.

I am fortunate to have many friends at this age and stage of life, and while I enjoy getting together for dinner, I prefer to avoid eating at people’s homes. I know the host/hostess will go to a great deal of trouble to prepare food, and I am often unable to eat it.

Announcing my situation in advance can cause a problem for the hosts, who choose to allow it to dictate the menu. Not explaining my problem causes me great embarrassment when confronted with a plate of food I cannot eat.

How can I gracefully respond to these invitations without revealing my food issues and answering a barrage of questions? I don’t like making an issue of what I can and cannot eat.

Refusing the invitation without giving an honest reason seems to convey not wanting to get together. Responding that I am unavailable at the date/time suggested often is met with an offer to change the date/time. Suggesting that we meet in a restaurant instead seems rude, since I am controlling and changing their plans.

How would you handle these invitations in my position?

GENTLE READER: While Miss Manners does not usually condone hijacking invitations, yours is a good reason for an exception.

“You know what? It has been too long since I have had you and the tree-shaping club over for dinner. Why don’t we do it at my house this time?”

Yes, you are still usurping plans, but in a gracious way. And it is far more appetizing, as you say, than telling them the real reason behind the change.

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Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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Dear Abby: She’s a poor communicator, so I said horrible things to her

San Jose Mercury - Fri, 06/24/2022 - 01:00

DEAR ABBY: I have been in an on-and-off relationship with a woman for three years. We live about two hours apart.

Jeanne Phillips (Dear Abby)In the beginning, our relationship was wonderful. We would see each other on a regular basis and would text and video chat almost daily. We even talked about marriage.

But as time went on, she became more and more distant. She would either take forever to respond back to me or not respond at all. Her excuse was work. She was always working and always had something going on.

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I then found out she was dealing with a couple of personal things. When I explained to her that relationships are all about communication, she kind of disagreed.

At one point, I was so upset, angry and frustrated that I said some horrible things to her. I even used foul language because of her not communicating. Also, she didn’t even bother to take two minutes out of her time to wish me a happy birthday. I always remember her on her birthday.

She is making me out to be the bad guy. I’m so hurt and angry at her because of her refusal to communicate.

Abby, what else can I do? Am I really the bad person here?


DEAR UNCERTAIN: Although you refuse to recognize it, this woman has been communicating with you. Her behavior indicates that she is nowhere as interested in you as you are in her, which should have become apparent as she became more and more distant.

You are not a bad person, and neither is she. She’s just afraid to give you the bad news verbally.

In cases like this, there is nothing you can do besides tell her it’s apparent she isn’t as invested in the relationship as you are and make a graceful exit.

DEAR ABBY: My husband, who is 81 and in excellent health, has just suggested that when we feel we can no longer live independent lives (I am 72), we should move closer to his daughter in another state so she and her husband can help us.

Abby, I don’t like her husband, and I don’t want to be reliant on him, beholden to him or even socialize with him.

In the 15 years I have known him, we have never had a conversation. In the beginning, I tried, but he cannot relate to older women. Apparently, he didn’t have a good relationship with his mother. His only topics of conversation are his dogs, guns or sports. I have no interest in any of those things.

It breaks my heart that my husband and I may not be spending the last years of our lives together. I’m sure my husband would tell me to “get over” my dislike of his daughter’s husband.

Do I have to agree to be around someone I have nothing in common with? I don’t like the part of the country they live in, either.


DEAR NERVOUS: My late mother once told me that parents who count on their adult children “taking care of them” in their old age are often in for a rude awakening.

You and your husband are supposed to be equal partners in this marriage. If you dislike not only the man his daughter is married to but also the area of the country in which they live, no law says you are obligated to relocate.

I recommend you have that difficult discussion with your spouse soon, preferably in the office of a licensed marriage and family therapist.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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5 Takeaways From Thursday’s Jan. 6 Hearing

N.Y. Times - Fri, 06/24/2022 - 00:48
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack laid out in detail how President Donald J. Trump and his allies sought to install a loyalist atop the Justice Department.
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Fed Confronts a ‘New World’ of Inflation

N.Y. Times - Fri, 06/24/2022 - 00:00
Central banks had a longstanding playbook for how inflation worked. In the postpandemic era, all bets are off.
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Conservatives Lose 2 U.K. By-Elections, Adding to Pressure on Boris Johnson

N.Y. Times - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 23:31
The double defeat exposed the party’s vulnerabilities and was likely to revive talk of another no-confidence vote against the prime minister.
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Chicago White Sox can’t break through despite ‘good chances’ in a 4-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 22:38

The Chicago White Sox had a solid recent history on their side against the Baltimore Orioles, but they never had to face off against Adley Rutschman.

The Orioles rookie catcher had Sox starter Johnny Cueto’s number Thursday night, tagging him for a two-run homer in the fourth and an RBI double two innings later to send the Sox to a 4-0 loss at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Rutschman’s three RBIs were a career high — he had all of four in his first 26 games.

“He had a big night,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “See if we can make some adjustments, keep him quiet.”

Cueto threw 5 ⅓ innings, allowed seven hits — including a two-run homer to Rutschman — and struck out seven.

The Sox had won eight straight against the Orioles dating to May 1, 2019. But they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.

“I would say we should win the game when you get nine hits and a lot of hard outs — you should mark something, right?” La Russa said. “So we hit a lot of balls hard and couldn’t break through.

Added catcher Seby Zavala, who had two doubles: “We had three, four balls that were hit pretty good and thought we had a good chance to leave the yard or at least go off the wall. They were just dying out there.”

One bright spot for the Sox was Lenyn Sosa’s major-league debut, which made a lasting impression on the infielder: “Step on the field and see the crowd, the stadium, the fans. I’ve never played in a stadium like this.

“It was pretty amazing.”

The Orioles thought they had grabbed an early lead on Trey Mancini’s would-be RBI double in the third inning, but Cedric Mullins was tagged out sliding into home. The Orioles challenged, believing the left-field relay from A.J. Pollock to Tim Anderson to Zavala came too late, but the call was upheld.

In the fourth, Ryan Mountcastle doubled to center and advanced to third on Leury Garcia’s error. Rutschman made the Sox pay for that mistake with a two-run homer.

Gavin Sheets, playing his first game in the majors since June 9, gave the Sox hope for a response with a double in the bottom of the inning, but right fielder Austin Hays threw him out at home after Leury Garcia’s line-drive single.

Sheets followed Jake Burger’s sixth-inning double with a walk and chased Orioles starter Dean Kremer, but reliever Felix Bautista struck out Zavala.

Sheets worked a 3-0 count in the eighth, but the drama ended with a flyout to the center-field warning track.

“Good at bats. Very good,” La Russa said.

Injuries forced the Sox to shuffle the lineup for the series opener.

Anderson, who turned 29 on Thursday, led off with backup shortstop Danny Mendick out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Anderson went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

La Russa opted to replace right fielder Adam Engel, who went on the 10-day IL with a strained right hamstring, with Sheets and kept Andrew Vaughn at first base.

Luis Robert was dealing with a leg issue that arose during Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, so La Russa opted to sit him and inserted Leury Garcia in center.

“It’s baseball. It’s part of the game,” Cueto said of all the injuries. “I think you have to be like a horse — just keep moving forward.”

The Sox’s original plan for Sosa was for him to make his debut sometime during the four-game weekend homestand against the Orioles — just not Thursday. But Josh Harrison was shaken up after getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, and Sosa replaced him at second in the sixth. Sosa struck out in his first career at-bat, then walked in the ninth on a nine-pitch at bat.

“I thought his first at-bat was all right,” La Russa said. “I thought his second at-bat was one of the highlights of the night. We were competing at that point. He drew a walk, fouled off a couple of tough pitches. I thought that was very impressive.

“He has all the attributes of being a good hitter.”

Harrison suffered a bruised right triceps, and X-rays were negative. He’s day to day.

“He’s got a big ol’ knot in the back of his right throwing arm,” La Russa said. “It was a peculiar way to get hit.”


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Kurtenbach: The Warriors are the Bay’s top organization — their NBA Draft showed why

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 22:37

When Warriors general manager Bob Myers said earlier this week that money would not be an issue for his team during the 2022 NBA Draft, he wasn’t lying.

He proved it when the Warriors picked Patrick Baldwin Jr., a long, sweet-shooting wing out of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with the No. 28 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

This is just another pick — another draft — where the Warriors have backed up their big organizational talk with big bucks.

We live in the richest metropolitan area in the United States. This is one of the richest places in the world.

And yet the Giants don’t spend like a big-market team, the 49ers are obsessed with being salary-cap compliant and, on the subject of spending, the A’s are the biggest joke in all of professional sports and the Earthquakes — also owned by John Fisher — follow their lead.

(The Sharks play in a league with a ridiculously low salary cap, )

The Warriors have become the one team that truly represents the Bay, not only because of their on-court success, but their front-office attitude, too.

The Warriors are maximalist to the core. They spend big and make even more. Ownership never seems to be satisfied. Dynasty? No, they’re looking to be an empire.

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Some wing from UWM isn’t the player that will put the Warriors over the top anytime soon. We have no idea if he can even play in the NBA.

But the Warriors’ selection of Baldwin — and then their $2 million purchase of the No. 41 pick in the second round, used to select Toledo point guard Ryan Rollins — was a reminder that this ownership is not in it to make a big profit, they’re in it to win now and in the future.

Whatever that costs will be paid.

I don’t expect Baldwin to have much of a role with the Warriors this upcoming season, and that’s what’s most telling about this pick.

He’s a project. A worthy project, but a project nevertheless.

So we’ll see him — probably in the same way we saw Moses Moody last season, which is to say playing time will be sporadic.

In the meantime, the Dubs will play him his rookie salary — and then they’ll pay the rest of the NBA roughly six dollars on every dollar they pay Baldwin.

The Warriors’ luxury tax situation is so significant — there is a circumstance where the Dubs should have a payroll of more than $400 million this upcoming season, should key players be re-signed — that there was significant speculation around the league that Golden State would simply punt their first-round pick this season to save cash.

With Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman, the Warriors have enough young players, as is, right?

The alternative is that they could have used that late first-round pick on a win-now option — a player with a high floor but perhaps not much upside potential.

Instead, the Warriors will pay more than $10 million in total next year just for the right to start playing the long game with Baldwin, who could have been a top-10 (if not top-five) pick if he was in last year’s draft, but who saw his stock plummet after playing an injury-plagued season for his dad at Milwaukee.

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Baldwin has an incredible combination of size and a jumper that gives Klay Thompson’s a run for prettiest on the Dubs. If that translates in a serious way to the NBA level, that’s the kind of player that could perfectly round out this team’s young, up-and-coming future core. That’s a player who could be a star.

Of course, he’s the No. 28 pick and he certainly lacks NBA-level athleticism, making him a question on defense and as a shot-creator, too.

This is a big bet.

But it could pay off huge.

That’s the way we do things in the Bay.

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Former Poly star Justin Lewis reportedly agrees to two-way deal with Chicago Bulls

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 22:18

Former Poly and Marquette forward Justin Lewis has agreed to a two-way deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to The Athletic, after going unselected in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old Lewis joins a Bulls team that went 46-36 under coach Billy Donovan last season and returned to the playoffs for the first time in five years before losing to the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Chicago selected Arizona point guard Dalen Terry with the No. 18 overall pick on Thursday.

According to ESPN, two-way contracts in the 2022-23 season will be equal to one-half of the rookie minimum salary, or approximately $502,000 for the year. Two-way players compete in the NBA G League and can make up to 50 appearances for their team during the regular season, but are not eligible to play in the postseason.

Lewis is coming off a breakout sophomore season at Marquette in which he averaged 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while leading the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-7, 237-pound forward was named the Big East Most Improved Player and an All-Big East first-team selection.

Lewis, who started in all 32 games, posted a team-best five double-doubles while finishing third in the conference in scoring and seventh in field goal percentage (.440). He had four games in which he scored 25 or more points, including a 33-point effort in a victory over Seton Hall in January.

Lewis’ sophomore campaign was a step up from his freshman year, in which he only averaged 7.8 points in 21 games (one start). He only scored in double figures nine times, and he missed seven games because of an ankle injury.

In high school, Lewis was a four-star recruit and one of the top players in the Baltimore area, ranking as the third-best player in the state and the 17th-best power forward from the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

The Baltimore native played his freshman season at Calvert Hall before finishing his high school career at Poly, where he led the Engineers to two state titles while totaling 1,374 career points, the third-most in school history. Lewis was named The Baltimore Sun’s 2019-20 All-Metro co-Player of the Year after averaging 19.3 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, Duke guard Trevor Keels, a native of Clinton in Prince George’s County and a former standout at Paul VI in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, was picked No. 42 overall in the second round by the New York Knicks.


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Setting gridlock aside, Congress set to OK gun violence bill

Seattle Times - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 22:12

Congress is on the verge of approving a $13 billion bipartisan gun violence bill that seemed unimaginable a month ago.
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Jump on the Paolo bandwagon because the Magic are now going places | Commentary

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 22:06

I’m not only jumping on the Paolo Banchero bandwagon.

I’m driving the dad-gum thing!

Hop on, baby, and let’s roll.

The Orlando Magic are headed to the 2025 NBA Finals.

2026 at the latest!

On a franchise altering Thursday night, the Magic drafted 6-foot-10, 250-pound Duke manchild Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

I know, I know, I’m breaking my long-standing policy about not getting overly excited over the crapshoot known as the NBA Draft and not expecting too much from a 19-year-old kid who has only played one year of college basketball. And, no, I’m not going to write the mundane, obligatory sentence that sports columnists write after every draft in any sport: “We won’t know for a couple of years if Jeff Weltman, the Magic’s president of basketball operations, made the right pick.”

This is not a night to be realistic or rational; this is not a night to be cynical or skeptical; this is not a night to keep wallowing in the misery of having the losingest franchise in the NBA over the last 10 years.

No, no, no. This is a night to be elated and ecstatic and joyous and jubilant; a night to let your imagination run wild with the intoxicating possibilities.

Just like the thousands of Magic fans who were at the NBA Draft party at the Amway Center on Thursday night who erupted when Banchero’s name was announced and confetti fell from the ceiling.

“I’m thrilled that the fans are thrilled,” Weltman said. “And I think that they should be. Our team got a lot better tonight. Paolo has a tremendous future. I won’t get into prognosticating, but with work, dedication, focus and his ability, I think special things can happen.”

There will be time later to come back down to earth and remember the Magic had the second-worst record in the league this season and are still years away from contending for any championships, but this was a night when Magic fans could dare to dream again.

Can you believe it? Can you conceive it? After all the Mario Hezonjas, Elfrid Paytons and Aaron Gordons, the Magic finally drafted a player who fans believe with all their hearts is going to be a star just like the other No. 1 overall picks in franchise history.

Move over, Dwight.

Move over, Shaq.

Move over, Penny (via Chris Webber).

Make room for Paolo.

“I feel like the Magic have a lot of guys who are hungry and ready to win,” Paolo said after he was drafted. “I think we’re going to give the fans what they want. Orlando deserves to be back in playoff contention and competing for championships.”

Weltman said before the draft that he would never, ever put undue pressure on the Magic’s draft pick by labeling him a surefire superstar, face-of-the-franchise player before he’s ever played a minute in the NBA.

“Predicting stars,” Weltman said, “is a fool’s errand.”

Then call me a fool.

Call me an idiot.

Call me an NBA Draft illiterate, but just remember where you heard it first.

Paolo Banchero is going to be a superstar.

Paolo Banchero has to be a superstar.

He’s going to be amazing, incredible, magnificent. He’s going to be the second coming of Chris Webber or maybe Chris Bosh or maybe Jayson Tatum. Hey, if Banchero can pull off that purple, rhinestone-studded suit he wore on draft night, he can certainly pull off leading the Magic to a championship someday, right?

Listen to what current Arkansas and former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, who had to try to find a way to stop Banchero during the NCAA Tournament, had to say about him in an interview with The Athletic: “He was the one we just had no answer for. Our scouting report couldn’t take anything away from him. When they needed a basket, it went to him.”

Listen to what CBSSports.com wrote about him: “Banchero was the best freshman in college hoops last season, he led his team to the Final Four, he has an NBA-ready body, he has a litany of skills and is one of the best passing bigs in this year’s draft. There has never been a moment where his skills didn’t translate/project to being a wonderful combination of old-school mobile big and modern play-thru power forward. He is the most NBA-ready player in this draft.”

Weltman is correct when he says it’s not fair to heap franchise-altering pressure on a draft pick, but you know what else isn’t fair? Asking fans to endure a decade of misery, malaise and countless iterations of rebuilds without ever having a player on their team who truly excites them and ignites them.

It’s been more than 10 years since the greatest coach in Magic history (Stan Van Gundy) was coaching the greatest player in Magic history (Dwight Howard) to superstardom, and Magic fans have been bereft of a star ever since. Stan, who has pivoted to become one of television’s most astute NBA analysts, told me a few days ago that the Magic seem to be building an intriguing young roster — except for one key component.

“My question with the Magic, and this is not a fault because it’s hard to find those guys, but do they have a star they can build around? Do they have a player who can be a cornerstone guy, a guy you get the ball to in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. I’m not saying they don’t, but it would be hard to say definitively that they do.”

Memo to Stan and the rest of the NBA:

They do now.

His name is Paolo Banchero, and I’m driving his bandwagon.

Hop on, baby, and let’s go.

Next stop, NBA Finals, 2025!

Email me at mbianchi@orlandosentinel.com. Hit me up on Twitter @BianchiWrites and listen to my Open Mike radio show every weekday from 6 to 9:30 a.m. on FM 96.9, AM 740 and HD 101.1-2


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Adley Rutschman homers, catches shutout as outfield defense dazzles in Orioles’ 4-0 win over White Sox

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:59

Adley Rutschman has arrived.

Sure, the top prospect in baseball and the Orioles’ farm system reached the majors more than a month ago. But the player who inspired all that hype has been bubbling in recent days, coming to the surface in full force in Thursday night’s series opener against the Chicago White Sox. Rutschman homered and added an RBI double to supply Baltimore’s first three runs and caught the Orioles’ third shutout in six games in a 4-0 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He’s a type of talent that can change the dynamic of a clubhouse when he gets hot, which he will pretty soon,” starting pitcher Dean Kremer said. “He’s definitely a game-changer both behind the dish and at the plate.”

The performance was the greatest evidence yet that Rutschman’s bat is approaching the lofty expectations placed upon it when he first joined the Orioles (32-39). Over the past two weeks, Rutschman is batting .326/.370/.651, with 10 of his 14 hits going for extra bases. Baltimore is 16-15 since promoting him to the majors.

“I’m a very process-oriented person,” Rutschman said. “I’m just gonna continue to try and get better every day. It’s a learning process, and there’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs in baseball. You’re just trying to stay as consistent as you can.”

Added manager Brandon Hyde: “Any young player — he’s really talented — there’s always an adjustment period in the big leagues. He’s gonna have his ups and downs, but he’s got big-time tools and a ton of ability. You saw the power tonight. And he just caught a shutout. He’s a rookie. It’s his second one in a week, so he’s been great.”

He snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. With one out, Ryan Mountcastle — who entered play tied for the American League lead in extra-base hits for the month — doubled, taking third on an error in the outfield. That added base proved meaningless, with Rutschman driving a Johnny Cueto cutter a projected 402 feet to right field at 107 mph for his second major league home run.

Another Mountcastle knock in the sixth chased Cueto and put two on for Rutschman, who lashed Reynaldo Lopez’s third pitch down the first base line. It scored Austin Hays, who offensively couldn’t match the cycle he posted Wednesday but dazzled defensively once again.

Rutschman, too, was sharp with his glove, catching Kremer’s second straight shutout start and the scoreless innings Félix Bautista, Dillon Tate and Jorge López provided behind him. Having pitched six clean frames in his previous outing and 5 2/3 more Thursday, Kremer became only the third Oriole since 2019 with consecutive scoreless starts of at least five innings. Rutschman helped him navigate traffic on the bases throughout the night.

“With me, he likes to keep it pretty light,” Kremer said. “Like, we laugh and giggle, whatever, even in some of the most serious times.”

It marked Baltimore’s seventh shutout in its first 71 games, the club’s most in that span in 25 years. Rutschman has caught three of the past four.

“I think whether you have a good day at the plate or a bad day at the plate, there’s always things you can do to contribute to the team, whether you’re playing or not,” Rutschman said. “That’s the kind of the controllable aspect that I try to take into every day, and that stays consistent whether you’re in Double-A, Triple-A or the big leagues. I think that’s something that doesn’t really change that you thought might.”

Hays again … and again

If the word to not run on Hays’ arm in the outfield is spreading around the league, it seemingly hasn’t made its way to Chicago yet.

After throwing out a runner at third base while playing center field Wednesday, Hays kept a run off Kremer’s line with a perfect throw home a half-inning after Rutschman’s homer. He wasn’t done defensively, diving across the chalk of the right field line to grab Jake Burger’s fly in the eighth.

Hays’ six outfield assists are the second most in the majors, trailing only Cleveland outfielder Myles Straw’s eight. Baltimore’s 16 outfield assists are tied with the Texas Rangers for the most of any team.

“He’s got so much carry, and then the accuracy, you just don’t see that very often,” Hyde said. “Feels like he’s making a defensive play a night, and he made two tonight.”

Hays’ night was part of a collective defensive showcase from the Orioles’ outfield, with center fielder Cedric Mullins and left fielder Anthony Santander also ranging for several difficult catches to support Baltimore’s pitching staff. Mullins provided Baltimore’s final run with an RBI single in the ninth.

“They’re playing Gold Glove defense,” Hyde said. “They won us to game tonight defensively.”

Around the horn

>> Right-hander Austin Voth will make his second start for the Orioles on Friday to fill Baltimore’s open rotation spot. Rookie Kyle Bradish will start Saturday.

>> Orioles prospect Terrin Vavra homered to open Norfolk’s game but left after he was hit in the head with a pitch in his next plate appearance.

>> Right-hander Matt Harvey threw six scoreless innings for High-A Aberdeen in his 2022 debut. Harvey, on a minor league contract, is serving a suspension for violating the league’s drug policy through July 7 but is able to pitch at levels beneath Triple-A before that.

>> The Orioles traded minor league infielder Patrick Dorrian to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations.


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Magic choose Michigan’s Caleb Houstan in 2nd round of NBA draft

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:45

The Orlando Magic once again dipped into the University of Michigan pipeline, picking Caleb Houstan at No. 32 in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in his freshman year for the Wolverines.

“He does a lot of things that don’t show up in the box score,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday evening. “He’s just a very smart, sound player who quietly does winning things, that’s kind of his personality, too.”

Franz Wagner, who the Magic chose at No. 8 in last year’s draft, Moe Wagner and Ignas Brazdeikis were former Michigan players on Orlando’s 2021-22 roster. Brazdeikis was on a two-way contract.

The Magic originally had picks No. 1 and No. 32 before receiving No. 35 from Indiana via Milwaukee.

Orlando traded the No. 35 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers hours before the draft.

Houstan joins No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero in the 2022 Magic draft class.


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Heat go international, take Serbian forward Nikola Jovic at No. 27 in NBA draft

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:44

The Miami Heat took a rare international turn at Thursday night’s NBA draft with the selection of Serbian forward Nikola Jovic at No. 27.

The move to the 6-foot-11 outside-shooting big man came as somewhat of a surprise, with leading collegiate prospects such as Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell, Kentucky guard TyTy Washington and Tennessee guard Kennedy Chandler still on the board.

“We just think this kid’s a burgeoning talent that you couldn’t pass up at 27,” Heat President Pat Riley said shortly after selecting Jovic, who was born in England before moving to Serbia. “He’s played against some really good teams. He’s played against some really good players. He’s been coached very well.”

Jovic, 19, began his basketball career late, after first excelling in water polo.

“This is a very unique player,” Riley said. “He’s been playing with men for a long time, very competitive.”

While Jovic, who is listed at 227 pounds, still needs to fill out, he would arrive as an NBA-level 3-point shooter.

Riley said the selection was made with a developmental approach in mind.

“All of our scouts have been to Europe over the last couple of years and have seen him developing,” Riley said.

Jovic said he already has a familiarity with the Heat, at FTX Arena during the Heat’s playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“The atmosphere there was crazy,” he said. “The first impression was great.”

As was his impression of those who now are his teammates.

“They have a lot of veterans,” he said, “so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from them.”

Of his NBA-ready skills, he said, “for sure my shot and passing skills and my basketball IQ.”

He added, “I’ve improved on defense a lot.”

He appreciates, though, the need for growth.

“I need to be more physical,” he said. “With practice, with lifting, it will be coming.”

The Heat currently are somewhat limited at power forward, with P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Caleb Martin all impending free agents. That apparently factored into retaining the selection.

“I would rather get the player now,” Riley said. “We have a team [that] we don’t know in free agency what’s going to happen.”

According to the NBA’s draft guide: “Nikola Jovic is a talented young shot maker whose ability to score from all over the floor has stood out at times as he’s transitioned to the professional level full time with Mega Mozzart (Serbia).”

That analysis continued:

“Scoring in bunches some nights with promising footwork, touch, and instincts, Jovic was prolific in spurts offensively. . . . While he has room to get stronger, more comfortable using his frame against smaller defenders, and steadier with the ball to help him create higher percentage shots, his ability to score with touch from all over the floor and pass on the move at his size is certainly intriguing.

“Competing on the defensive end with more urgency as the year wore on, Jovic still has room to develop both on and off the ball. While he showed some instincts on the glass and chipping in as a rim protector in spurts, his consistency remains a work in progress.”

It is the first time the Heat exited the first round with an international prospect who did not have collegiate experience since Estonian forward Martin Muursepp was acquired with the No. 25 pick in 1996, in Riley’s first draft with the Heat.

“If the player can play, I don’t care where he comes from,” Riley said, noting his success with Vlade Divac back in his days with the Los Angeles Lakers. “I’ve got a long history of players from Serbia that I’ve been involved with.”

Of bypassing several notable collegiate prospects, Riley said many of those selections would have been “duplicates of what we had.”

The 2022-23 NBA salary-cap hit for next season for the No. 27 pick will be $2.2 million.


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A new leader in the Philippines, and a family’s old wounds

Seattle Times - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:36

Filipino Americans are expressing a range of emotions after voters in their homeland overwhelmingly elected the son of the nation’s former dictator as president.
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NBA Draft: Paolo Banchero Goes No. 1 to Orlando Magic

N.Y. Times - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:17
Banchero, a forward from Duke, helped his team reach the Final Four this past season. Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren went to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2.
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Large grass fire breaks out in east Alameda County

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:15

ALAMEDA COUNTY – A large grass fire was burning Thursday evening in east Alameda County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Tesla Fire ignited at 5:39 p.m. near Tesla and Corral Hollow roads, 11 miles southeast of Livermore. As of 8:36 p.m., the blaze covered 300 acres and was 10% contained.

“Firefighters will remain at scene through the night continuing to work towards full containment,” the Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit said in a statement.

Firefighters are responding to a vegetation fire in the vicinity of Tesla Rd and Corral Hollow Rd. #TeslaInc @AlamedaCoFire pic.twitter.com/xnLCKWk9Pm

— CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) June 24, 2022

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Warriors swing surprise trade in NBA Draft’s second round

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:12

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors entered Thursday’s draft with three picks to work with, but swung a trade to move up the board in the second round.

The Warriors acquired the 44th overall pick in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks and took Toledo’s Ryan Rollins, a 19-year-old guard. Golden State sent the Hawks their 51st pick, which turned into UConn guard Tyrese Martin, and $2 million.

“The gap behind Rollins and the next guy was pretty big, so that’s why we moved up,” general manager Bob Myers said. “Thankfully (majority owner) Joe (Lacob) chipped in a little bit to allow us to do that.”

Golden State is in the market for playmaking depth, and Rollins is a 6-foot-4 guard with an astounding 6-foot-10 wingspan. The Warriors liked Rollins’ shot creation ability — he shot 45% from the field and 32% from 3 in two years with the Rockets.

“We value that. He looks like he can dribble, pass, shoot,” Myers said. “He shot well from the free throw line…he shot 31% from 3, not great, but we think he can get a little stronger and extend out. He’s got a little bit of that (Jordan) Poole game. Watching him play one-on-one, he’s a tough cover.”

Rollins profiles as a combo guard and will turn 20 on July 3, right when the California Classic portion of Summer League begins. Rollins was named to the Mid-Major All-America Team in his sophomore year and First-Team All-MAC team four times.

Rollins is the first player drafted out of Toledo since 1998, when the Philadelphia 76ers took Casey Shaw with the 37th overall pick.

With the No. 55 pick, the Warriors took forward Gui Santos out of the Brazillian Basketball League. Santos could be a draft-and-stash prospect, meaning the Warriors could have him continue to play in Brazil as a development project. The Warriors did this with Justinian Jessup, their 51st overall pick in the 2020 draft who is playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Myers said the Warriors will use the next few days to decide if they will bring Santos to San Francisco or have him stay in Brazil.

Santos, 20, went undrafted in the 2021 NBA draft. He averaged 10 points on 45% shooting from the field and 32% from 3 on an average 3 3-pointer attempts per game with the Minas Storm.

Amid the madness, the Warriors also signed undrafted guard University of Memphis guard Lester Quinones to a two-way deal, according to reports. Quinones played with James Wiseman at Memphis.

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With the No. 28 overall pick, the Warriors selected Patrick Baldwin Jr., a freshman who played under his dad, Patrick Baldwin Sr., the head coach at Wisconisn-Milwaukee. Baldwin is expected to be added to the 15-man roster, and Myers indicated Rollins could join the roster, too.

The Warriors have nine free agents heading into the offseason, and therefore the possibility of having a handful of open roster spots. The Baldwin and Rollins picks show they’re leaning toward taking flyers on high-upside players in this draft.

Draymond Green is the Warriors’ most successful second-round pick since they selected Monta Ellis 40th overall in the 2005 draft. Green was selected 35th overall in the 2012 draft out of Michigan State, and can famously name every player drafted before him.

The four-time champion tweeted after the Los Angeles Lakers selected Michigan State’s Max Christie, also 35th overall: “Another 35th pick from Michigan State. History says he’s going to be an All-Star.”

Another 35th pick from Michigan State. History says he’s going to be an All-Star 🤷🏿‍♂️

— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) June 24, 2022

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Bay Area fires: Crews battle multiple blazes across region

San Jose Mercury - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:03

Firefighters had their hands full Thursday with multiple blazes burning across the Bay Area.

In a statement Thursday night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Santa Clara Unit said it was coordinating and dispatching engines, crews and aircraft to multiple fires throughout Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties.

Another blaze, the Timm Fire, was also burning in Solano County, according to Cal Fire.

The fires broke out amid hot and dry conditions. Temperatures topped 99 degrees in Livermore, 97 degrees in Concord, 93 degrees in Kentfield and 90 degrees in San Jose.

See below for the latest information on the Tesla, Scenic, Timm and Canyon fires.

Tesla Fire

The Tesla Fire was reported at 5:39 p.m. near Tesla and Corral Hollow roads, 11 miles southeast of Livermore.

As of 8:36 p.m., the blaze covered 300 acres and was 10% contained, according to the Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit. Tesla Road was closed between Cross Road and Interstate 580.

“Firefighters will remain at scene through the night continuing to work towards full containment,” the unit said in a statement.

Scenic Fire

Reported at 2:37 p.m. in the area of Scenic and Canyon Lake drives east of Crockett, the Scenic Fire prompted an evacuation warning for the entire town of Port Costa.

The blaze covered 140 acres and was 50% contained as of 9 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Around 3:30 p.m., the entire town of roughly 250 residents was told to be ready to leave if things took a turn for the worse. The Crockett Carquinez Fire Department lifted the warning two hours later, writing in a statement that crews were making “solid progress.”

The blaze was “stopped just short” of the town, the fire department said in another statement. Crews were expected to remain at the scene through the night and Friday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Timm Fire

The Timm Fire was reported at 2:15 p.m. in the area of Buena Vista Lane and Timm Road, north of Vacaville in Solano County.

As of 9:30 p.m., the fire covered 26 acres and was 80% contained, according to Cal Fire.

“Firefighters will be in the area for the next few hours working on containment and putting out hot spots,” the Cal Fire Lake-Sonoma-Napa Unit said in a statement.

Evacuation orders were first issued at 2:30 p.m. and later expanded to all residents north of Cantelow Road, south of Peaceful Glen Road, east of English Hills Road and west of Timm Road. By 6 p.m., all of the orders were downgraded to warnings.

Canyon Fire

The Canyon Fire was reported just after 1:45 p.m. on Kilkare Road north of Sunol.

As of 9 p.m., the fire covered 71 acres and was 10% contained, according to Cal Fire. At least one structure was burned.

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: An air tanker flies away after dropping water on a vegetation fire along the Pleasanton ridge near Sunol, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: An air tanker flies away after dropping water on a vegetation fire along the Pleasanton ridge near Sunol, Calif., on Thursday, June 23, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

The fire prompted mandatory evacuation orders for the Kilkare Road area in Sunol and the Golden Eagle Estates in Pleasanton. The orders were lifted just before 7:40 p.m.

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In Warsaw Park, Ukraine’s Teen Refugees Hang Out and Hang On

N.Y. Times - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:02
Some fled to Poland’s capital alone. All feel deeply uneasy about the future. For the young Ukrainians packing into Poland’s capital, a park offers a place where they can try to cope, together.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Law Limiting Guns in Public

N.Y. Times - Thu, 06/23/2022 - 20:58
The decision, based on a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment, will make it harder for states and localities to restrict guns outside the home.
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