Houston’s Baker Back After Missing 5 Games With COVID-19

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker returned Thursday for the series finale against the Texas Rangers after a five-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19. Baker, 73, said he had never felt unwell and only had mild symptoms which he attributed to seasonal allergies before testing positive. … Read more

F1 2022, Mark Webber, Oscar Piastri, Daniel Ricciardo, Alpine, McLaren, Renault, driver market, silly season, contracts, analysis, news

Being around 16,000 kilometres away from the action has never been much of an impediment to Australians making an impact in Formula 1, but we’ve never dominated the news cycle quite like this. Through the chaos of the 2023 driver market, which set itself ablaze on Monday, Australians are the common thread, and at the … Read more

‘Stray’ Cat Video Game Brings Some Benefits to Real Cats

By THALIA BEATY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The virtual hero cat of new video game sensation “Stray” isn’t just meandering along rusty pipes, jumping over unidentified slimes and decoding clues in a seemingly abandoned. The bold orange tabby also helps real-world cats. Through online fundraising platforms, players play “Stray” while broadcasting live for … Read more

Brad Pitt reveals why he wore a skirt to Bullet Train premiere

Brad Pitt isn’t skirting around the truth. The Oscar winner, 58, has explained why he decided to rock a skirt at the German premiere of his new comedy-action film Bullet Train last month, reports the New York Post. The Fight Club star showed off his tattoos on the Berlin red carpet on July 19 where … Read more

Daley Protests LGBTQ+ Intolerance at Commonwealth Games

By COURTNEY WALSH, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley protested intolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. The British diver, married to Oscar-winning director Dustin Lance Black, played a key role as one of the last bearers of the Queen’s Baton Relay. … Read more

New book details late Andy Gibb’s struggle with fame and cocaine addiction before dying at 30

Andy Gibb, the pop singer who skyrocketed to fame as a teen idol, was hopeful to make a comeback before his life came to a sudden end at age 30. In 1987, the disco sensation, who once had six hit records in the late ‘70s, declared bankruptcy and was reporting an annual income of less … Read more

Hammer throwers continue US dominance at world championships

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Hammer throwers Brooke Andersen and Janee ‘Kassanavoid extended America’s home run on Sunday, winning world championship gold and bronze medals a day after America’s sweep in the men’s 100 meters. Andersen, a 26-year-old Californian, won the gold medal with a throw of 259 feet 1/2 inches (78.96 meters) that beat Canadian … Read more

‘Brazil, U.S. Live in an Era of Setbacks’

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Ney Matogrosso’s calm, rhythmic voice offstage makes it hard for anyone unfamiliar with his art to know that he’s been one of Brazil’s most rebellious and innovative artists for around 50 years. . Inspired by Japanese kabuki theatre, Matogrosso painted his face in the early 70s … Read more

Orioles Beat Cubs 7-1, Extend Winning Streak to 10 Games | Sports News

By MARK GONZALES, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Santander hit a two-run double to spark Baltimore’s first three-run inning, Spenser Watkins and four relievers scattered six hits and the Orioles extended their winning streak to 10 games with a victory of 7-1 over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. It’s the Orioles’ longest single-season … Read more

Scientific Games’ Lottery Playbook Succeeded, Then Spread | California News

By JON MELTZER, LAUREN MOWRY, VICTORIA IFATUSIN and MICHAEL PURDIE / Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism The growth of lottery business nationwide was inspired in large part by the lobbying innovations of a single multinational gambling company, Scientific Games Holdings LP. A 1986 memo from Scientific Games co-founder and then-president … Read more