Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander throws third no-hitter of career

Houston right-hander Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter, and first with the Astros, on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander tossed the third no-hitter on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander struck out 14 and threw 120 pitches at Toronto. The only runner he allowed was Cavan Biggio on a one-out walk in the first inning. Verlander had previously thrown two no-hitters in the majors, both while with the Detroit Tigers. He pitched a no-hitter at Toronto in 2011 and also accomplished the feat against Milwaukee in 2007. @JustinVerlander is the first pitcher ever to throw TWO no-hitters in the same road stadium (Rogers Centre). September 1, 2019 The Astros-Blue Jays game was …

Its Not Over: Trump Is Stalked by Investigations

With all the focus on how a largely symbolic impeachment might affect Donald Trumps re-election prospects, numerous investigations and lawsuits concerning the president and his associates seem to have dropped off the political radar. But they are still goingand could affect the result of the next election. Trump has done his best to stonewall many of these matters, particularly those before Congress, by litigating almost every demand for testimony and other evidence. That strategy of maximum resistance could backfire. Thats because the string could well run out on many of Trumps defenses in the coming months, and the investigationsand accompanying revelationscould accelerate immediately before Election Day 2020, making Trumps misconduct a renewed focus of public attention as voters prepare to …

Tiger Woods enjoyed watching Rafael Nadal’s win against Marin Cilic at the US Open

(CNN)Like fans have seen so many times, Tiger Woods was up on his feet and pumping his fist in celebration. In his on-court interview, Nadal was asked about Woods. “For me, it’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you of course,” Nadal said to the crowd. “But playing in front of Tiger for me is a very special thing. “I always said I never had big idols, but if I had to say one, one idol is him. I always tried to follow him every single shot that he hit during the whole year. “For me, it’s a big pleasure to have him here supporting. Means a lot. He’s a big legend of the sport, one of …

You Could Win Free Insomnia Cookies For 4 Years With This Sweepstakes

Courtesy of Insomnia Cookies The Enter Insomnia “Cookies For College” Sweepstakes Could Win You Treats For All 4 Years By Daffany Chan 5 hours ago With back to school season in full swing, there’s just so much going on. From buying all your new stationery to planning out your class schedule, it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic buzz that the beginning of the school year brings. That’s why you’ll want to take a break with Insomnia cookies this fall by checking out the Enter Insomnia “Cookies for College” Sweepstakes. By entering the giveaway, you’ll have the chance to win four years worth of cookies. You know what that means — you’ll never again have to worry about …

Serena Williams advances to US Open quarterfinals but injures her ankle

(CNN)When it comes to her health this year, Serena Williams just can’t catch a break. It came at 2-2 in the second set after Williams just hit a volley at the net. “I was like, instantly, no, this can’t happen,” Williams said after Sunday’s match. “I’m finally healthy.” And even though the 37-year-old ended up prevailing 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals — her 99th win at the US Open in her career — she worryingly needed a medical timeout. How thus will the ankle hold up as Williams continues her bid to collect a record-tying 24th grand slam title? “So far I’m good,” Williams said. “I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow.” In the short term, she’ll face …

Pumpkin Spies? CIA’s Cryptic PSL Message Sends Twitter Into A Tizzy

Pumpkin spice is back and even the Yes, that CIA.  Is this just an innocent celebration of seasonal coffees? Or is there a hidden message on those mugs? Some Twitter users played along. Some cracked jokes. And others used the tweet as a chance to serve some extra-hot spice right back at the agency:  REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.

‘Straight Pride’ parade in Boston draws counterprotesters

(CNN)A “Straight Pride” parade in downtown Boston attracted counterprotesters — and a heavy police presence — resulting in almost three dozen arrests. Floats and signs expressed pro-military and pro-Trump sentiments, such as “Support our troops” and “Build the wall and crime will fall.” A man in a jester’s hat carried a sign saying “Great to be straight” as he danced down the street. “I’m outraged by the idea that straight people need a pride parade,” said parade watcher Shoshanna Ehrlich, who came with her daughter. “We are not an oppressed majority by an stretch of the imagination. This is full of hate and offensive.” Monica Cannon-Grant of Black Lives Matter Cambridge helped organize one of the counterprotests and said her …

Ben Stokes inspires England to sensational third Test win over Australia

England completed one of the biggest comebacks in Ashes history to beat Australia in the third Test by one wicket with Ben Stokes scoring 135 not out to help level the series at 1-1 Headingley 1981 was a foregone conclusion compared with this. So, too, the Ashes: Ben Stokes on England’s sensational third Test win over Australia video One ball remained and Stokes decided to explore the legside this time. He slog-swept but missed. Lyons appeal was prolonged, suggesting an odd mix of desperation and confidence. Umpire Joel Wilsons finger failed to appear but the realisation that the Australians were unable to ask for a review did come to light. They had wasted their last review against Leach in the …

Alabama man who served 36 years of life sentence for $50 robbery to be freed

Alvin Kennard imprisoned without parole for first-degree robbery under three strikes law A man from Alabama who was sentenced to life without parole after robbing a bakery of $50.75 in his 20s is to be released after more than three decades in prison. Alvin Kennard, who was convicted of first-degree robbery, was 22 when he was first imprisoned in 1983. Now, 36 years on, the 58-year-old is finally to be freed after a judge ordered his release from Donaldson correctional facility in Bessemer. Kennard was given the disproportionately harsh sentence under Alabamas old Habitual Felony Offender Act, also known as the three strikes law. He had previously been sentenced to three years probation for three counts of second-degree burglary in …

4 Brands We’re Applauding For Not Retouching Their Ads | Betches

I absolutely stan brands that are proud to show their clothes, makeup, accessories, etc. on models who look like real people. Beyond just showing size diversity, I love a brand that chooses to not erase stuff like scars, freckles, cellulite and a bunch of other sh*t photo editors consider unsightly in a picture. Clap once if you’re more down to buy something if it’s shown on a model who looks like you…but, like, really pretty because they’re still models. Since major beauty and fashion brands don’t do this often enough, I want to commend a few who don’t retouch their models to the point where they are unrecognizable. Fenty View this post on Instagram This list is in no particular …

Not the Messiah: Trump insists ‘chosen one’ China trade war remark was a joke

President made initial claim about policies towards Beijing, leading many observers to question the presidents mental state Donald Trump has twice insisted he was just joking when he claimed to be the chosen one to take on China over trade. Speaking to reporters in Washington on Friday night, then in two tweets from the south of France on Saturday morning, the president said the comment was an instance of sarcasm and insisted it was a joke. When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said I am the chosen one at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a Messiah complex, …

Sri Lankan Government Initiates Investigation After “Ailing” Elephant Photo Goes Viral

Sri Lankan officials have ordered an investigation into the care of a 70-year-old “ailing” elephant used for a Buddhist celebration in Sri Lanka following the animal’s collapse. It comes after festival organizers were forced to pull the elephant from work earlier this week, according to Agence France-Presse, following international protests on social media and a petition that has already garnered more than 35,000 signatures. “I have been informed that the elephant collapsed yesterday. Considering what has transpired, I have ordered officials to initiate an inquiry and ascertain how and why an elephant in such poor health was used in the (pageant) and to take necessary action against those responsible,” tourism and wildlife minister John Amaratunga reportedly said in a statement. IFLScience …

‘It’s a start’: Can the Aurora Games create a new model for women’s sports?

Last weeks six-day celebration of womens sports in Albany was beset by problems, but founder Jerry Solomon is confident the concept is sound Last week, the Aurora Games took over the Times Union Center in upstate New York. Billed as an international multi-sport womens festival, the event brought together roughly 150 athletes, including Olympic champions and grand slam winners, to compete for Team Americas and Team World in tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating, beach volleyball and table tennis. The mission of the Games, founded by longtime sports executive Jerry Solomon, was to create a platform to celebrate and elevate women athletes. The Aurora Games will be held every two years and has already committed to return to Albany …

Ariana Grande ‘overwhelmed’ on Manchester return

The US singer began her 35-minute, nine-song set with No Tears Left To Cry, the first song she released after the bombing, and the night was at times emotional for both the singer and her fans. Arena fans return to cheer her on Mason Thomas, 20, from Manchester, was at Manchester Arena the night of the attack, and said the Pride show contained “so many tears, so much happiness”. He said: “I think she was crying at the start during No Tears Left To Cry, which obviously is heartbreaking. But she’s so strong. She was there for us. She was there for the LGBT community. She was there for Manchester. “I don’t know that there was one person who didn’t …

Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Photographs, Susan Sontag once famously wrote, “fiddle with the scale of the world.” They tell us only a distortion. They are incomplete, even as they strive to render the frame whole and exact. That does not make them false. Exactly the opposite. Photographs invite meaning, possibility. The best photos, thick with narrative, sweat. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand more pictures. One image gives way to another. What are photographs but gateways into parallel realms, memories resurrected, passageways into the familiar? What we see, we have already seen. John MacDougall’s portrait-style capture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson—taken during …

Andy Ngo seen laughing as Patriot Prayer members plan an attack in newly emerged video

A video has surfaced on Twitter that shows conservative journalist Andy Ngo laughing as members of the far-right group Patriot Prayer plan an attack on anti-fascist patrons at a Portland bar. The incident, which happened in May, is now at the center of a lawsuit. ANDY NGO UPDATE: Amazing new footage emerges from a lawsuit showing Andy Ngo laughing as Patriot Prayer members plan an attack on patrons of a local bar. pic.twitter.com/cLNeTZHxcs — Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) August 23, 2019 The antifa members were having a peaceful May Day celebration when Patriot Prayer members came to protest, according to the Portland Mercury. Several fights broke out, and now the bar is suing the Patriot Prayer members for allegedly causing the …