Despite Ian’s punch, wedding day saved on wet Pawleys Island

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 16:52

By Meg Kinnard and Allen G. Breed | Associated Press

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Saturday turned out to be a sparklingly beautiful fall day in Pawleys Island, an idyllic wedding venue sandwiched between the Atlantic oceanfront and expansive marshland that typify South Carolina’s coastal beauty.

For two visiting families, the perfect wedding almost got derailed by Hurricane Ian’s landfall and aftermath.

Mary Lord and her family traveled to the island from Fort Worth, Texas, for the Saturday wedding of her son, Eric.

AJ McCullough’s family came from Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to see her daughter, Monroe, walk down the aisle as the bride.

The families had been staying in rental houses across the street from one another on the island, about 72 miles (116 kilometers) up South Carolina’s coast from Charleston.

Then the storm hit.

Ian was a Category 1 hurricane when it came ashore near Georgetown, about 13 miles (8 kilometers) from Pawleys. Hours of wind and rain battered the beach town, whipping surf reportedly as high as 25 feet (7.6 meters) that washed over the town’s iconic pier, strewing its pylons along the shoreline and pushing them up to beachfront properties. Feet of soggy sand piled up under the elevated homes, stranding and waterlogging some vehicles.

In the mad rush to get off the island to the Friday night rehearsal dinner — which went off without a hitch, relatively speaking, the nearby country club venue not even losing power during the storm — the participants left behind the attire and decor they’d need for Saturday’s wedding. Feeling more secure hunkering down further inland, Lord said the families settled into other rental properties, figuring they would deal with Saturday’s details after the storm passed.

“We got off, when the storm was coming, but some of the bridesmaids dresses, tuxedos, decorations, we left there, thinking we could get back on this morning,” Lord told The Associated Press on Saturday morning, standing on the northern causeway that connects Pawleys to the mainland. “But they said no, we cannot, not yet.”

As crews assessed safety on the island, Lord and McCullough were told to wait, with barricades shutting down access to the strip of homes.

“If anyone is on the island who wants to bring us our things, we’d sure appreciate it,” McCullough said with a smile.

For the next hour, Lord and McCullough methodically asked everyone they came across, on the inland side of one of the two causeway bridges, if they had a contact who could retrieve their wedding gear.

One man, Eddie Wilder, said he’d be happy to help out. As a property owner, he would be allowed across the causeway. So Lord and McCullough gave him the rental property access code and, via FaceTime, walked him through the place, encouraging him to “grab you a bottle or two” of celebratory beverages, including champagne they had stockpiled for the weekend.

Lord and McCullough were ecstatic to hear the gear was on its way.

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“We just had a wedding, so I understand,” said Renee Wilder, Eddie’s wife, hugging McCullough as she handed over bags of gowns and tuxes.

“Everybody has been very optimistic, and look at this beautiful day,” McCullough said, with a smile.

Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

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Ian leaves dozens dead as focus turns to rescue, recovery

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 16:33

By REBECCA SANTANA and MEG KINNARD

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of Florida residents left their flooded and splintered homes by boat and by air on Saturday as rescuers continued to search for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Ian, while authorities in South Carolina and North Carolina began taking stock of their losses.

The death toll from the storm, one of the strongest hurricanes by wind speed to ever hit the U.S., grew to nearly three dozen, with deaths reported from Cuba, Florida and North Carolina. The storm weakened Saturday as it rolled into the mid-Atlantic, but not before it washed out bridges and piers, hurdled massive boats into buildings onshore and sheared roofs off homes, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

At least 35 people were confirmed dead, including 28 people in Florida mostly from drowning but others from Ian’s tragic aftereffects. An elderly couple died after their oxygen machines shut off when they lost power, authorities said.

As of Saturday, more than 1,000 people had been rescued from flooded areas along Florida’s southwestern coast alone, Daniel Hokanson, a four-star general and head of the National Guard, told The Associated Press while airborne to Florida.

Chris Schnapp was at the Port Sanibel Marina in Fort Myers on Saturday, waiting to see whether her 83-year-old mother-in-law had been evacuated from Sanibel Island. A pontoon boat had just arrived with a load of passengers from the island — with suitcases and animals in tow — but Schnapp’s mother-in-law was not among them.

“She stayed on the island. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law own two businesses over there. They evacuated. She did not want to go,” Schnapp said. Now, she said, she wasn’t sure if her mother-in-law was still on the island or had been taken to a shelter somewhere.

On Pine Island, the largest barrier island off Florida’s Gulf Coast, houses were reduced to splinters and boats littered roadways as a volunteer group went door-to-door Saturday, asking residents if they wanted to be evacuated. Helen Koch blew her husband a kiss and mouthed the words “I love you” as she sat inside a rescue helicopter that was lifting her and seven of the couple’s 17 dogs to safety.

River flooding posed a major challenge at times to rescue and supply delivery efforts. The Myakka River washed over a stretch of Interstate 75, forcing a traffic-snarling highway closure for a while Saturday on the key corridor linking Tampa to the north with the hard-hit southwest Florida region that straddles Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. Later Saturday, state officials said, water levels had receded enough that I-75 could be fully reopened. However, they said monitors were out keeping close watch on constantly changing river levels.

While rising waters in Florida’s southwest rivers have crested or are near cresting, the levels aren’t expected to drop significantly for days, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Fleming in Tampa.

Elsewhere, South Carolina’s Pawleys Island — a beach community roughly 75 miles (115 kilometers) up the coast from Charleston — was among the places hardest hit. Power remained knocked out to at least half of the island Saturday.

Eddie Wilder, who has been coming to Pawleys Island for more than six decades, said Friday’s storm was “insane to watch.” He said waves as high as 25 feet (7.6 meters) washed away the local pier — an iconic landmark — near his home.

“We watched it hit the pier and saw the pier disappear,” said Wilder, whose house 30 feet (9 meters) above the ocean stayed dry inside. “We watched it crumble and and watched it float by with an American flag.”

The Pawleys pier was one of at least four along South Carolina’s coast destroyed by battering winds and rain. Parts of the pier, including barnacle-covered pylons, littered the beach. The intracoastal waterway was strewn with the remnants of several boat houses knocked off their pilings.

John Joseph, whose father built the family’s beige beach house in 1962, said Saturday he was elated to return from Georgetown — which took a direct hit. He found his Pawleys Island home entirely intact.

“Thank God these walls are still here, and we feel very blessed that this is the worst thing,” he said of the sand that swept under his home. “What happened in Florida — gosh, God bless us. If we’d had a Category 4, I wouldn’t be here.“

In North Carolina, the storm claimed four lives and mostly downed trees and power lines, leaving over 280,000 people statewide without power Saturday morning, officials said. Two of the deaths were from storm-related vehicle crashes while officials said a man also drowned when his truck plunged into a swamp, and another man was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in a garage.

In southwest Florida, authorities and volunteers were still assessing the damage as shocked residents tried to make sense of the disaster.

“I want to sit in the corner and cry. I don’t know what else to do,” Stevie Scuderi said, mud clinging to her purple sandles as she shuffled through her mostly destroyed apartment in Fort Myers.

On Saturday, a long line of people waited outside an auto parts store in Port Charlotte, where a sign read, “We have generators now.” Hundreds of cars were lined up outside a gas station, and some people walked, carrying gas cans to their nearby cars.

At Port Sanibel Marina in Fort Myers, charter boat captain Ryan Kane inspected damage to two boats Saturday. The storm surge pushed several boats and a dock onshore. He said the boat he owns was totaled so he couldn’t use it to help rescue people. Now, he said, it would be a long time before he’d be chartering fishing clients again.

“There’s a hole in the hull. It took water in the motors. It took water in everything,” he said, adding: “You know boats are supposed to be in the water, not in parking lots.”

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Kinnard reported from Pawleys Island, South Carolina; Associated Press contributors include Freida Frisaro in Miami; Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida; Gerald Herbert in Pine Island, Florida; Mike Pesoli in Lehigh Acres, Florida; and Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia.

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SF Giants eliminated from postseason contention with loss to D-backs

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 16:17

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Giants streaked toward the finish line, taking their postseason chances from seemingly impossible to only highly improbable, some considered it a good omen for 2023, while others regretted not playing at this level all season.

Mostly, though, they remained realistic.

Their odds were long, and their fate was out of their hands.

On Saturday, it was sealed.

The Giants lost to the D-backs, 8-4, officially eliminating them from postseason contention.

What seemed inevitable even two weeks ago, after four straight months of underwhelming play, took until the final weekend of the season to become official. The sun rose Saturday morning, marking the start of October, and the Giants were still alive, even if it was only in the most technical sense.

They remained alive for much of the morning and into the early afternoon.

Around the same time the Giants opened a 1-0 lead in the third inning — Thairo Estrada beat out a double play, driving home Joey Bart, who led off with a walk — the Phillies’ sixth loss in their past seven games went final, a 13-4 walloping in Washington, the NL’s worst team.

Maybe, possibly, they would live to see another day.

But their odds (which, according to FanGraphs, haven’t budged above 0.1% since Sept. 8) took a death blow in the top half of the next inning, when Arizona rallied for three runs against Jakob Junis and took a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

The Giants got solo home runs from J.D. Davis (in the sixth) and Mike Yastrzemski (in the eighth) but otherwise couldn’t muster the offense against Arizona rookie starter Drey Jameson to match the D-backs’ eight-run onslaught.

Of Jameson’s four major-league starts, two have come against the Giants, limiting them to two runs (both Saturday) over 11⅓ innings.

Christian Walker had already tripled and tied the score 1 when Corbin Carroll came to bat in the top of the third, with the bases empty and two outs. A possible one-run frame, however, turned into three when Carroll’s pop fly to left landed in front of a diving Jason Vosler. Cooper Hummel walked, and Sergio Alcantara, the No. 9 hitter, doubled them both home.

The D-backs blew the game open in the seventh against Jarlín García, who was reinstated from the paternity list before the game and took over for Junis with one on and no outs in the seventh.

Davis had pulled the Giants within one run, 3-2, in the sixth with a line-drive home run to dead center that had the velocity (107.9 mph), the trajectory (22 degrees) and the distance (436 feet) of a jetliner at cruising altitude.

But Junis served up a single to Jordan Luplow to lead off the seventh, and García allowed the next four batters to reach before he recorded an out. Once again, it was Alcantara with a fly ball to left that caused issues.

Joc Pederson was left laying face down in left-center after his pursuit fell short, while Alcantara chugged into second base for his second two-RBI double of the game and the final blow of a five-run rally.

Yastrzemski’s home run was his second in as many days and his fifth this month, one behind David Villar for the team lead. Like the Giants as a whole, Yastrzemski has ended a difficult season on a nice note. All five of his home runs this month have come in his past 11 games, while hitting .310 over that stretch.

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Overall this September, Yastrzemski is batting .260, his first month since May with an average above the Mendoza line.

For Davis, the home run was his eighth since joining the Giants, twice as many as he hit this season with the Mets, despite playing 21 fewer games with San Francisco. The ball had an expected batting average of 1.000, and Davis clearly knew it was gone off the bat. It took until about halfway up the first base line to change his gait from a walk to a trot.

However, like this Giants season, it proved to be too little and too late.

The Giants have three World Series trophies to show for the past two decades. They won 107 games and the NL West last season. But they are still searching for their first consecutive postseason berths since 2002 and 2003.

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Magic aim to start building Sports + Entertainment District by early 2023

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 16:09

For the Orlando Magic, the last month — and especially since training camp started last week — has been about breaking in the team’s new state-of-the-art 130,000-square-foot AdventHealth Training Center.

Although the Magic are getting settled in their new training facility, they’re still keeping their attention on a bigger project that’s been in the works for nearly a decade.

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins recently told the Orlando Sentinel that the organization is planning to start construction on the long-awaited $500-million-plus downtown Sports + Entertainment District by the end of March 2023.

He added that the project is expected to be a “two-year build process” and be completed “sometime in 2025″ but wasn’t sure when exactly it’d be done.

Pat Gallagher, director of the Sports + Entertainment District, told GrowthSpotter in early September that the team would be releasing more information about the project within the next few months.

“We’re still very much on track and certainly believe that we should be in the ground by the end of the first quarter next year, starting some construction,” Martins said. “Our development partner is working on finalizing all the financing as we speak. They hope to get through that this calendar year. Provided the market stays and doesn’t get much worse, hopefully, we’ll be able to get into the ground by the end of the first quarter [of 2023].”

The Sports + Entertainment District will be a mixed-use district on the 8.4 acres north of Amway Center and east of the team’s training facility, which also has an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic run by AdventHealth.

The project will include several amenities, including a hotel tower, restaurants, meeting and retail space, a parking garage and 420,000 square feet of office space.

The team’s business staff, which has been working out of leased 23,000-square-foot space in downtown’s CNL Building II next to City Hall after leaving their longtime offices in Maitland’s RDV Sportsplex last year, will move into the Sports + Entertainment District office space once completed.

The Magic are bringing on a yet-to-be-announced development partner for the Sports + Entertainment District.

“The pandemic actually caused us to have the need to change development partners, so we went through that process over the course of the last year,” Martins said. “They’re very excited about it and believe in the vision the development will come together and the pieces within it.

“It’s very much the same we’ve talked about: the hotel, office, music venue and sports and entertainment-related retail. The vision and plan very much remain the same. We’ve got a development partner that believes in that vision and that it can be very successful.”

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.

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Column: As Wrigley Field prepares to close its doors for the season, the Chicago Cubs look ahead to better days — again

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 16:00

After the end of the 2014 Chicago Cubs season, Theo Epstein spoke optimistically about the upcoming offseason.

It was time to get serious.

“Knowing the money will be there changes the lens in which you view every transaction,” said Epstein, then the president of baseball operations.

The Cubs had cleared about $41 million off the payroll after their third straight last-place finish in the National League Central, and Epstein and business operations president Crane Kenney were addressing a group of season ticket holders at the Oriental Theater.

The Cubs wound up spending smartly that offseason, bringing in starter Jon Lester on a six-year, $155 million deal that turned out to be arguably the best signing in team history. They turned the corner in the rebuild in 2015, making it to the National League Championship Series and winning the World Series one year later.

Once again the Cubs are voicing optimism and promising to spend money in the offseason, though this time it’s Jed Hoyer making the big decisions. Whether the Cubs are close to turning the corner in the rebuild that can’t be called a rebuild is a question that can’t be answered until we see what moves Hoyer makes and whether the current group can build on its strong finish in 2022.

Manager David Ross said before Saturday’s 2-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds that he was excited about the team’s growth and work ethic, though he cautioned they’re still a ways off from where they need to be.

“Those are good signs,” he said. “We’ll continue to grow. We’ve got a long way to go to get better, to competing for a World Series, but these guys are on a mission to do that.”

The Cubs extended their winning streak to six games and have taken 10 of their last 11. Seiya Suzuki’s solo home run in the seventh was the winning blast, and Adbert Alzolay and Wade Miley combined for five hitless innings of relief.

The Cubs end their home schedule Sunday at Wrigley Field, which likely will be the last chance for fans to say one final goodbye to catcher Willson Contreras, the only remaining active player from the 2016 champions.

The Cubs held a tribute during Saturday’s game for Jason Heyward, another member of the ‘16 champs who was told last month that he’ll be let go after the season. After a highlight package of Heyward aired on the video boards, the outfielder stepped out of the dugout to a standing ovation and flashed his World Series ring.

Most of the 2016 Cubs have had their farewells, and after this season the only one left will be pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Heyward said Thursday that when he signed in 2015, some former teammates told him: “It’s the goat, brother. You ain’t gonna beat the goat.”

But that team ended the Billy Goat curse, and now there are no more mythical obstacles preventing the Cubs from replicating that success. It’s all on Hoyer and Chairman Tom Ricketts.

This has not been a season to celebrate on the North Side despite the uplifting ending. The Cubs’ play at Wrigley has been particularly uninspiring with a 36-44 home record.

A few moments in 2022 will be remembered years from now, though for some in the left-field bleachers the season’s biggest highlight was watching Epstein posing for pictures while sprawled out in the basket, a final goodbye to Chicago before he packed up and moved his family out East.

The Cubs are 1-70 when trailing entering the ninth inning, a tragic number that needs no analysis. Their one comeback win came on Aug. 20 at Wrigley, when Nick Madrigal singled home the tying run in the ninth and Contreras had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Maybe Marquee Sports Network can play it on a loop all winter.

In truth, this was the kind of season most Cubs fans were accustomed to before Epstein signed Lester eight years ago, thus raising the hopes for a championship and sustained success. They got it right — except for the sustained part.

Hoyer and Ricketts have said the money will be there for future success, and for the sake of Cubs fans, let’s hope they spend it wisely.

And the Cubs aren’t done hyping the future. They brought some of their top prospects to Chicago this weekend to get acclimated to the organization, including Class-A outfielder Owen Caissie, acquired in the Yu Darvish deal with the San Diego Padres that signaled the beginning of the end of the winning era.

“My biggest takeaway is everyone seems happy here,” Caissie, 20, said. “Like when I’m walking down the street, everyone has a smile on their face. It’s pretty cool.”

Heyward basically said the same thing about Chicago on his way out.

“The sports city here, obviously I know it’s been tough on the winning side those last few years, “ he said. “But either way, Chicago doesn’t take that stuff for granted, and to me that’s been something that has been awesome to be a part of. Just taking walks, going around the city. As a professional, as someone who is a ballplayer in the city, people embrace that, they respect that and they respect their space.

“They want you to enjoy what they’re enjoying, and that is something that’s really cool and unique about the city.”

One more game at Wrigley, with Marcus Stroman taking the ball Sunday in his final start before the three-game, season-ending series in Cincinnati.

The ballpark will close for the winter, and the neighborhood bars and restaurants will try to find ways to make some money until opening day returns in April.

It’s going to be a long winter for Cubs fans, but they’ll keep on keeping on.

They know the drill.

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Doctor Who Examined Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa Is Dismissed

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:59
After Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained two head injuries in the last week, the players’ union removed a neurologist who was part of the process that allowed him to return to the field.
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San Jose: Woman found shot to death in car, suspect arrested in Fresno

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:41

SAN JOSE — A woman was found shot to death in a car in South San Jose on Friday evening, touching off a rapid investigation and manhunt that led to the arrest of a suspect in Fresno, police said.

San Jose police officers were called at 6:13 p.m. to respond to a report of an unresponsive woman in a vehicle in the 5000 block of Almaden Expressway, which sits north of Highway 85 and is flanked by large shopping plazas.

The responding officers saw that the woman had suffered at least one gunshot wound, and she was pronounced dead, according to San Jose police.

An ensuing investigation identified a suspect “within hours of the shooting,” police said, and detectives obtained an arrest warrant for a man whose identity has not been publicly released.

The man was tracked to Fresno, and he was arrested with the help of Fresno police and the Fresno County Gang Task Force, police said. He was expected to be transported back to San Jose and booked into the Santa Clara County jail.

Additional details were not released as of Saturday afternoon. Police wrote in a tweet that more information would be provided in an upcoming news release.

The Friday shooting marked the city’s 28th homicide of the year. The same number of homicides had been recorded in San Jose at the same point in 2021.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the SJPD homicide unit at 408-277-5283 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or at svcrimestoppers.org.

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Ukraine Forces Retake Lyman, a Strategic City, as Russians Retreat

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:40
Russia’s withdrawal from the city comes one day after Moscow illegally annexed the surrounding region.
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Two Sharks prospects going on European trip, two veterans stay home

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:24

SAN JOSE – The Sharks trimmed their roster down to 27 players Saturday prior to their flight to Europe, a group that didn’t include forward Alexander Barabanov and defenseman Markus Nutivaara.

Barabanov and Nutivaara are both dealing with injuries and were questionable to join the Sharks on the trip, which concludes with two regular season games next week against the Nashville Predators in the Czech Republic.

Among the Sharks that survived the deep round of roster cuts were rookie forwards Thomas Bordeleau and William Eklund. Danil Gushchin, who had a hat-trick Friday in San Jose’s 7-3 preseason win over the Golden Knights, is not on the trip. Gushchin had four goals and an assist in two NHL preseason games.

Barabanov and Nutivaara were day-to-day with their injuries for much of the past week, and Sharks coach David Quinn said the team would not know until Saturday whether either player will be traveling to Europe.

With both players out, Luke Kunin has taken Barabanov’s spot on the Sharks’ top line with Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl, and Scott Harrington played alongside Erik Karlsson on Friday in Las Vegas.  Nutivaara started camp as Karlsson’s defense partner.

Two other veteran forwards with injury questions made the Sharks trip.

Oskar Lindblom, who had been dealing with an upper-body injury for much of the last week, skated again Saturday after he was a full participant in Friday’s morning skate. Also, center Nico Sturm, who was hurt in Friday’s game in Las Vegas, flew to his home country of Germany.

The Sharks flew on Saturday afternoon and will play an exhibition game against Eisbären Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Tuesday. San Jose begins the regular season next Friday and Saturday against the Predators at O2 Arena in Prague.

The Sharks could take a maximum of 27 players overseas and Bordeleau and Eklund were considered the most likely players on entry-level contracts to make the trip.

Both players impressed at times last season when they got a taste of the NHL, and also received kudos from Quinn in recent days for the adjustments they’ve made in training camp.

Bordeleau had a goal and an assist in three preseason games and although Eklund did not have a point in three games, showed Quinn an ability to play away from the puck.

“I’ve liked him,” Quinn said Friday afternoon. “Works hard, plays at a good pace, a young player who’s learning about (what) he’s going to have to do to be a consistent National Hockey League player. He certainly shows the ability to play in this league and be a good player in this league, so I’ve liked what I’ve seen.”

Eklund, who was drafted seventh overall by the Sharks in 2021, played in nine NHL games at the start of last season before he was Djurgarden of the Swedish Hockey League. Eklund turns 20 on Oct. 12.

“One year can make a big difference, from 19 to 20, and 20 to 21 and 21 to 22, those are big years,” Quinn said. “He’s a little bit older, a little bit stronger and mature and that all matters.”

Please check back for updates to this story.

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Some Florida Residents Face Long Gas Lines After Hurricane Ian

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:24
At one station, in Port Charlotte, cars stretched for over a mile, while hundreds of others in need carried cans. And lawn chairs.
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Ravens sign CB Kevon Seymour off practice squad, elevate OT David Sharpe, OLB Brandon Copeland

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:19

The Ravens signed cornerback Kevon Seymour off their practice squad Saturday and elevated two other players ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Seymour, a dependable special teams contributor, played in nine games last year, making two starts. He’s yet to appear in a game this season. No Ravens cornerbacks were on Friday’s injury report, but the team has rotated its reserves early this season because of injuries and inconsistency.

Offensive tackle David Sharpe and outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (Gilman) are expected to play Sunday after practice squad promotions. Sharpe, who played in three games last season, helps the Ravens’ depth out wide, where Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and Patrick Mekari (ankle) are dealing with injuries. Stanley is questionable for Week 4, while Mekari is doubtful.

Copeland signed with the Ravens’ practice squad last week and had a sack late in the win against the New England Patriots. With Justin Houston (groin) doubtful for Sunday’s game and new signing Jason Pierre-Paul still ramping up, Copeland could be in line for significant action.

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Julius Randle embraces playing faster and without the ball

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:17

The Knicks have been slow under Tom Thibodeau. Very slow.

Their offense was dead-last in pace during the coach’s first campaign, then moved up just one spot to 29th last season.

With the first week of training camp in the books, the Knicks have been vague about specific goals with one exception: playing faster.’

“It’s just the way the game is going,” Julius Randle said. “There are so many more possessions, high-scoring games. So, it’s just the way the league is going and an adjustment that everybody has to make.”

Randle buying into a quicker pace is important toward that endeavor. The power forward spent much of the last two seasons operating with the ball while leading the team, by far, in isolations. So it was an encouraging sign that Randle said he dropped weight in the summer to get up and down the floor.

“I want to be able to adjust and play faster, play on and off the ball,” Randle said. “For me, being in shape is always number one, so I take pride in that and every year I try to go back and look at how and adjust how I can be better and play faster and quicker basketball. Be efficient.

On paper, the Knicks’ starting lineup isn’t constructed for a run-and-gun style. That’s more the vibe of the reserves with Obi Toppin, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes.

But Thibodeau asserted Saturday that Randle is adept in transition and playing off the ball. He witnessed it as an opposing coach when Randle was in New Orleans alongside Anthony Davis and Los Angeles alongside either D’Angelo Russell or Brandon Ingram.

“Having coached against him, one of the things I worried about was him running the floor,” Thibodeau said. “So if we can get him down the floor and catch small guys on him, catch the defense before it’s set — that’s a big advantage for us. Playing off the ball and catching it on the run and driving it through the elbow. Those are things that he’s done well in the past and I want him to get back to that.”

Of course, this will require an adjustment from Randle. It’s one thing to finish a lay-up in transition, it’s another to run around without the ball in the half-court. Egos tend to get involved when a player is asked to relinquish the control of the offense.

But that’s the reality as Randle enters his fourth season with the Knicks. He’ll finally have a reliable playmaker as the starting point guard in Jalen Brunson. RJ Barrett’s evolution calls for more opportunities.

Randle can succeed as the secondary option in motion.

“Because of the strength of the club, we can use him in different ways,” Thibodeau said. “He doesn’t always have to have the ball. He can play off the ball.”

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Hundreds of cars pack Nevada streets for illegal stunts

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:05

Police in northern Nevada say thousands of people in hundreds of cars took over parking lots and intersections Friday night, performing stunts and leading to crashes and arrests.
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Chicago White Sox 2022 review: What went right, what went wrong and what’s next after a season filled with disappointment

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 15:02

Eloy Jiménez walked down the stairs in the visitors dugout at Target Field on Wednesday as Luis Robert discussed the 2022 season and looked ahead to 2023 with reporters.

“Next year is the year,” Jiménez yelled. “Let’s go.”

All the Sox can do is look ahead following a 2022 season filled with disappointment. After making the playoffs in 2020 and ‘21, the Sox will be spending this postseason at home.

“It just seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. “When you thought it was kind of coming back, it just never went back. It just kept going wrong.

“But I guess to put it plain and simple, we just sucked. Anything else would be an excuse, and the last thing you want to make as a team, as an individual, is an excuse.”

Here’s a look at what went right, what didn’t and what’s next for the Sox.

What went right

Dylan Cease put it all together and put himself in the running for the American League Cy Young Award while headlining the rotation.

Cease entered what might be his final start of the season Saturday near the top of several pitching categories, including ranking second in the majors with a 2.06 ERA.

He came within one out of a no-hitter Sept. 3 against the Minnesota Twins. Earlier in the season, he had 14 consecutive start in which he allowed no more than one earned run, becoming the first starter (non-opener) since 1913 to accomplish the feat.

“(The consistency is) huge,” Cease told the Tribune on Thursday. “To be able to be fairly consistent throughout the year is very important.”

The Sox signed pitcher Johnny Cueto to a minor-league deal shortly after Lance Lynn suffered a right knee injury during a Cactus League game that sidelined him until June. Cueto helped stabilize the rotation after joining the big-league team in May.

Cueto and Michael Kopech shined in one of the more impressive days of the season when the Sox swept a doubleheader against the Yankees on May 22 in New York. Kopech — who moved back into the rotation after spending most of last year as a reliever — retired the first 17 batters in Game 2 with Rob Brantly breaking up the perfect game with a two-out double in the sixth.

Closer Liam Hendriks ranked among the league leaders in saves (38) and made his third All-Star team.

He was joined at the All-Star Game by shortstop Tim Anderson, who was voted a starter for the first time. Anderson was eighth in the AL in batting average at the time he suffered what turned out to be a season-ending sagittal band tear in his left middle finger in early August.

While the power numbers were down, first baseman José Abreu found ways to make an impact. He ranked second in the AL in hits (180) and fifth in batting average (.304) entering Saturday.

Jiménez has been among the best hitters in baseball since the All-Star break, slashing .330/.398/.572 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs.

The Sox played up to their potential in early September, winning 13 of their first 19 after Miguel Cairo stepped in as acting manager.

But …

What went wrong

The Sox lost the opener of a big series against the Cleveland Guardians 10-7 in 11 innings on Sept. 20 and never recovered.

That defeat started an eight-game losing streak. The Sox saw the Guardians pull away to win the AL Central. Six of those losses came at home, where the Sox are a puzzling 35-43.

The Sox entered Saturday one game under .500, with injuries being a major factor.

Core position players such as Anderson, Robert, Jiménez, Grandal and third baseman Yoán Moncada were among those to spend time on the IL. The rotation and bullpen also were hit with injuries.

“We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be,” Robert said through an interpreter Wednesday in Minneapolis. “Too many ups and downs, more downs than ups, and that affected the way that we played. When you have injuries, that’s something you cannot avoid. You can have your players playing, but if you have your players dealing with different injuries, you know the guys out there are not 100%. That’s going to affect your performance too.

“You can’t control that. I really believe that’s one of the main reasons why we underperformed this year.”

The Sox are wrapping up the season with Anderson and Robert on the IL while Moncada (.218/.282/.364) and Grandal (.200/.301/.269) struggled to find a rhythm offensively.

Beyond the injuries, the play on the field was surprisingly sloppy at times. The team’s 100 errors are the most in the AL. And baserunning miscues, whether it led to a triple play July 4 against the Twins or getting caught off third base following a walk July 27 at Colorado, squashed momentum.

It’s those fundamentals one would expect to be cleaned up under Tony La Russa, who returned as Sox manager after the 2020 season with the hopes of taking the team to the next level.

They made the playoffs again in 2021, but this season was filled with inconsistent play. And decisions such as intentionally walking Trea Turner with a 1-2 count in a June 9 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers gained national criticism.

Fans voiced their displeasure with the ups and downs, including chants of “Fire Tony” during an extra-inning loss to the Texas Rangers on June 11. The team’s inability to be a larger player at the trade deadline also left many scratching their heads.

Less than an hour before an Aug. 30 game against the Kansas City Royals, the Sox announced that La Russa would not manage that night at the direction of his doctors. The next day the Sox said La Russa was out indefinitely and would undergo further testing with doctors in Arizona.

On Sept. 24, the Sox announced La Russa would not return for the 2022 season at the direction of his doctors. Asked later that day if he had a sense if La Russa, 77, still wants to manage, Sox general manager Rick Hahn said, “Right now the focus is on his health.”

What’s next

Hahn said the team would address the managerial situation when “it’s appropriate to turn the page at the end of this year.”

That’s the most immediate question facing the Sox.

These could also be the last few games for Abreu with the Sox. He’s a free agent after the season.

Time will tell if the Sox look to add a left-handed bat, whether they search for a long-term solution at second base and the rotation plans with Cueto set for free agency.

Largely, the offseason will be about trying to find ways to get back on track after the squandered opportunities this season.

“It’s a frustrating year and we know what we need to work on and we know what we don’t want to fall into next year,” outfielder/first baseman Gavin Sheets told the Tribune on Tuesday in Minneapolis. “We know what went well and we know what didn’t work. For us next year, this season was a big learning curve. We don’t want to go back down this hole.

“We know the talent we have and we know what it takes because last year we did what it took and this year we didn’t. We take that and we run with it and I think we’ve got some good motivation going into next year.”

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OAKLAND — A 57-year-old woman was shot multiple times Saturday morning in her car in East Oakland and a suspect was later arrested, authorities said.

The woman’s condition was not immediately available. She was wounded at least twice, authorities said, and was undergoing surgery.

The shooting happened about 9:20 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Bancroft Avenue and Havenscourt Boulevard.

Police said the woman was alone in her car and was stopped for a stop light at the intersection when a man in another car shot her. The suspect drove off but witnesses were able to get a description and license plate of the vehicle.

Officers spotted the car a short time later in another part of East Oakland and after a vehicle pursuit the suspect, a 36-year-old man, pulled over and stopped on High Street near the entrance to westbound Interstate 580.

Police said a gun was recovered in the vehicle. Police are trying to determine if the shooting was a case of road rage or something else and if the two knew each other.

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49ers injury report vs. Rams: Doubtful to see chain Deebo Samuel once wore

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 13:55

SANTA CLARA — Deebo Samuel celebrated in gaudy style during the 49ers’ last home win over the Rams. Specifically, after his second touchdown of last October’s rout, remember him reaching the 49ers’ sideline and donning a fancy chain with a jewel-encrusted replica of a 49ers helmet?

The “game-changer chain” vanished quickly from the 49ers’ sideline rather than become a regular prize.

“I don’t know what happened to it. I guess we just stopped using it,” Samuel said ahead of this Monday night’s rematch between the 49ers (1-2) and Rams (2-1) at Levi’s Stadium.

Was the chain too college-like rah-rah, albeit a trophy against the Rams in last October’s 31-10, Monday Night Football rout? Was it so ostentatious that some players declined to wear it?

“I was not a big fan of the chain. Anything college-like is lame to me,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday. “Jason Verrett got it and he’s as cool as guy I know, so the players thought it was cool, and I didn’t tell them ‘no’ or anything.

“I was hoping we didn’t use it in the wrong way. We’re more professional than that,” Shanahan added. “At the time he did choose it, I can’t lie, it didn’t come off that bad. I like their decision-making on that.”

The chain had a short shelf-life, as the 49ers’ ensuing win streak stopped at three games.

“I don’t know if it’s gone. I hope it is. I trust them to handle it right and they haven’t let me down so far.”

Newsflash: The chain is not lost nor stolen. Verrett said it’s safely stored in the 49ers’ equipment room, ready for a potential encore — but not likely in Monday’s game.

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Reminded about the chain, Jimmy Garoppolo replied: “I forgot about that. I just throw the ball, man.”

Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 1, Verrett supplied the chain, which TMZ claimed last fall was worth “6 figures.” It reportedly weighed 6 1/2 pounds, was made of “real, pure silver dipped in electro-plated yellow gold” and decorated with “all-natural sapphires” during its 9-week build by Rafaello and Co. in New York.

“We’ll probably bring it back when he comes back,” Samuel said with a smile in regards to Verrett.

Verrett concurred that indeed could be the play, once he returns to action.

Verrett, because of last season’s knee injury in the opener, remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list and is eligible to debut next Sunday at Carolina, although the 49ers would have to open his three-week practice window first.

KINLAW ATOP INJURY REPORT

Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is questionable after his surgically repaired knee “flared up on him” and kept him from practicing Thursday and Friday. Kinlaw participated in Saturday’s walk-through, as did fellow defensive tackle Arik Armstead, who’s plantar fasciitis has him also questionable.

Offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill is cleared to make his season debut after a preseason hamstring injury. Wide receiver Danny Gray (hamstring) is doubtful.

Out, as expected, are left tackle Trent Williams, running back Ty Davis-Price, linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, tight end Tyler Kroft and safety Tarvarius Moore. Tight end Ross Dwelley (ribs) is questionable.

RUNNING BACK WATCH

Jeff Wilson Jr. has been the 49ers’ primary running back since Elijah Mitchell’s knee sprain in the season opener, but the 49ers sound ready to spell him with veteran options Tevin Coleman (practice squad) and Marlon Mack, as well as Jordan Mason, who ran for seven yards last game in his first and only carry his rookie season. Ty Davis-Price (ankle) will miss a second straight game.

The 49ers have until Monday afternoon to promote Coleman, who was signed a week ago and started 11 games in their 2019 run to the Super Bowl.

“I think Tev’s ready to roll, man,” run-game coordinator Chris Foerster said, without affirming Coleman’s official status for Monday. “…  Tev has that explosiveness to him that he can really hit it and go and really enjoy the way he can do that, so it’s good to have him back that way. He hit a play up the sideline the other day and you just saw the acceleration. It was nice to watch him accelerate up the side. He’s still got it.”

As for Mason, Foerster noted that the undrafted rookie remains a work in progress but “there’s nothing that says he’s not ready and he is been working hard and deserves the opportunities he’s getting.”

EXTRA POINTS

— The scout-team players of the week were tight end Troy Fumagalli and wide receiver Willie Snead IV.

— Shanahan called it “awesome” to have former running backs coach Bobby Turner rejoin the team this week. He had stated a desire to take a year sabbatical recovering from hip surgery. “It was weird not having him here,” Shanahan said. Anthony Lynn remains the 49ers’ current running backs coach.

 

 

 

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