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Company employs more than 100 blind workers
When Ted Rios turned 50 recently, his co-workers threw him a surprise party at a bar near their Borough Park office. “It was amazing! They told me how much they appreciate me and what I do,” says the sales manager at Alphapointe, a 106-year-old company that facilitates manufacturing, third-party product assembly, warehousing and product fulfillment...
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Wilmer Flores’ blast a reminder of his iconic Mets moment
The last time — the only other time — Wilmer Flores had clubbed a walk-off home run came on that unforgettable July 30 night two years ago against the Nationals in the wake of his tearful near-trade to the Brewers. This time, when he hit one into the first row of the lower left-field stands...
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Internal power struggle rattles Guggenheim Partners
A titanic war is brewing between the principals at Guggenheim Partners, with more than 10 senior execs defecting in the past year or so. The $240 billion money-managing firm has been divided into two camps: Those loyal to Mark Walter, the founder and CEO, and the money managers who report to Chief Investment Officer Scott...
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Yes, the gender pay gap rules are flawed. But they’re the best hope of making things better
Following the debacle over BBC salaries, it isn’t surprising that boardrooms across Britain are dreading the imminent requirement for transparencyIsn’t transparency on pay wonderful? You might struggle to find many BBC managers who would agree with the sentiment after the corporation’s tricky week for harmonious staff relations. The publication of the salaries of those earning more than £150,000 a year provoked anger, recrimination and reasonable accusations of gender bias.The BBC’s experience will also have sent shudders through many boardrooms in the corporate world. Unlike the BBC, none will have to give details of everyone earning more than £150,000; that requirement was an odd, and probably politically motivated, condition of the BBC’s charter renewal. But about 9,000 large employers will have to file data on their gender pay gap by April next year. The figures will be in the public domain on an official website, hence the worry that upsets and rows at the BBC will be repeated among millions of workers, albeit with less publicity. Continue reading...
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Frankly, banks – it’s time to give a damn about your image
Ten years on from the credit crisis, things still aren’t looking good at two of our biggest financial institutionsAnother week, another chance to take a kick at the banks, which are collectively showing very few signs of wanting to improve their image a decade after the financial crisis.We have results from Barclays, which is the first time the bank has had to face the City since the unveiling of a date for its criminal trial – of ex-chief John Varley and three former colleagues – on charges concerning the way the bank raised billions of pounds from Qatar in 2008. Anyway, block January 2019 out of your diary. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Games reviews roundup: Splatoon 2; Mighty Gunvolt Burst; Kirby’s Blowout Blast
Shooting and platform classics are reworked for the Nintendo Switch with excellent results, while the 3DS gets a high-speed nostalgia tripNintendo Switch, Nintendo, cert: 7★★★★ Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Female channel bosses have earned top billing
Amid the controversy and pay gaps exposed by the BBC’s salary disclosures, two highly skilled and talented women have risen to the top of the broadcasting industryHere, in the midst of current controversy, is some good news. The new leaders of both ITV and Channel 4 are both women (replacing men). More good news sees them not only succeeding on equal terms, but winning the same heady blend of salaries and add-ons. At which point, however, we encounter a few shades of grey.Carolyn McCall, flying in from an easyJet hangar in Luton, is reportedly on course to make £25.2m over the next five years at ITV, if all goes well (an edifice built on the foundations of £900,000 pa). Her predecessor, Adam Crozier, has earned £24.9m since 2012. Alex Mahon, replacing David Abraham atop C4, can expect to hit his £881,000 a year, perhaps edging closer to a million if the ad revenue rolls in (as it did at the end of Abraham’s reign). Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Sean Spicer’s gone but PR joke’s not over
Trump’s press secretary has bowed out but the president was really in charge of communication anywayHeadlines across the globe signal the exit of a White House press secretary, but it’s hard to understand why. Sean Spicer was left to play the buffoon by his commander-in-chief. He swiftly became a bad joke, one confirmed when yet another reshuffle plonked a banker without PR experience in place as his head of communications. Communication, it may be gently added, is not this US administration’s strongest suit.But does any of this really amount to much, apart from TV satirists doomed to search for another target? The plain fact about Donald Trump’s presidency from day one is that he is the only communicator who counts. His tweets, his ad libs, his body language send the messages that really matter; and there’s no sign of that changing. Sean Spicer only seemed important because journalists like to think that the ritual of press briefings make them important. Now that briefing operation is more disembodied than ever, an irrelevance just pottering on. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Sir Ray Tindle, local hero, we bid you a fond adieu
The nonagenarian champion of regional newspapers, who rescued dozens over the years, has announced that his son is taking overIt wasn’t so much a farewell, more a gentle bowing out last week as Sir Ray Tindle, 90, who bought his first local paper with £300 of his demob money and ended up owning 220, announced that his son would be taking over.There’ll be time enough to contemplate future difficulties, but for once let’s dwell in the past and Ray’s roseate presence, where local papers were more than failing cash machines. Here he is, announcing his retirement. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
A Mets’ silver lining is coming from an unlikely source
It isn’t easy to find a silver lining in a team that has disappointed as much as the Mets, even after an uplifting 6-5 win over the A’s on Saturday night. But if that silver lining does exist, it comes in the form of Jose Reyes. In the second inning of Saturday night’s contest, Reyes...
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Yankees may be a doorstep team — and that’s more than OK
Sometimes, the doorstep can be every bit as satisfying as the real thing. Maybe the Yankees will fool us. Maybe this infusion of relief pitching really will catapult them to bigger and better things, and maybe they can figure out a way to bypass the Astros and the Dodgers both, win what would have to...
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Masayoshi Son considering massive Uber stake
Moneybags Masayoshi Son is seriously considering throwing some of his billions into troubled rideshare company Uber, sources told On the Money. Son was recently in Sun Valley, Idaho, powwowing with the likes of Warren Buffett and John Malone, who together are tossing around the idea of investing alongside each other, according to the Wall Street...
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Twitch will stream the '80s arcade gaming show 'Starcade'
Starcade, the '80s TV show that had participants compete in arcade video games, will be back by the end of August. No, not as a reboot, which is in the works, but as a Twitch marathon. The video gaming platform has teamed up with Shout! Factory, the...
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Villa scores 14th MLS goal to lead NYCFC to win over Chicago
David Villa and Frederic Brillant scored minutes apart early in the second half as New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday to extend its home unbeaten streak to seven games        
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Clint Dempsey ties Landon Donovan’s mark in US win
ARLINGTON, Texas — Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica, 2-0, Saturday night and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game. Playing in his home state of Texas,...
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Freida Pinto teams up with WWF, Discovery to save tigers
Forget about YouTube’s cats-on-skateboards videos. How about tiger cubs on TV for big ratings? “Slumdog Millionaire” actress Freida Pinto is lending her name to a WWF/Discovery Communications effort to preserve wild tigers. She’ll be appearing across the company’s channels to promote Project CAT: Conserving Acres for Tigers, aimed at raising awareness to preserve the habitat...
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Lyft accelerates into self-driving cars
(Reuters) — Lyft Inc has formed a self-driving car division, company executives said, a bold investment for the second-largest U.S. ride-services firm as it jockeys for position in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle race. The executives said on Thursday the company would soon open a facility in Palo Alto, California, that would eventually be staffed […]
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Ten lawsuits accuse head surgeon of malpractice
The head of orthopedic surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital has his chart full: Four of his patients have died since 2008 and he’s racked up 10 malpractice suits during his career, records reviewed by The Post show. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, 60, was brought on to head the department in 2008, despite his less-than-stellar record, in an...
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Yankees fall in 10 innings as new-look bullpen falters
SEATTLE — Being down to their last strike in the ninth inning wasn’t enough for the Yankees on Saturday night against the Mariners at Safeco Field. After tying the score, the Yankees watched the Mariners cop a 6-5 victory in 10 innings on Nelson Cruz’s RBI single off Adam Warren, the Yankees’ fourth reliever. Because...
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The Generation Game to return to BBC with Mel and Sue
Family show once hosted by Bruce Forsyth and famous for conveyor belt of toasters and household electricals to be revivedTelevision presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will soon be back on BBC1 together again, urging on amateur competitors, but not in a baking contest. Instead it has been announced that the two former Great British Bake Off stars are to present a fresh version of gameshow The Generation Game, a family favourite that began in 1971 and was hosted for many years by Bruce Forsyth. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
I’m unsure about the fiancee my parents found me | Mariella Frostrup
Mariella Frostrup tells a Muslim man that if they are both willing to make it work they stand as much chance of success as those who marry for loveThe dilemma I am a 27-year-old man and a practising Muslim. I currently live in Germany. I am very liberal, and I respect the freedom and rights of women.I am engaged to a 24-year-old Pakistani-British girl, arranged by our families. I think you know how things are done in Pakistani families. We have been talking/texting for the last six months. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Don’t water plants on sunny days? Three horticultural myths exposed
Some sage old sayings are based on facts – others are not worth the botherWhile many age-old gardening practices are now supported by scientific evidence, some of the most common ones have consistently been shown to be either unnecessary or downright counterproductive when put to the test. So simply not bothering with the following three conventional pieces of gardening “wisdom” could save you time and effort, and will almost certainly give you the same or even better results. Old school horts, look away now…Not bothering with three conventional pieces of gardening 'wisdom' could save you time and effort Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
How to stand the test of time as an artist | Ryan Holiday
The most enduring works are made with heartfelt intent, says Ryan Holiday, not to mention a lot of hard workIn 1937, literary critic Cyril Connolly sat down to write a book around an unusual question: how does an author create something that lasts for 10 years? Connolly’s view was that the mark of literary greatness lay in standing the test of time. With the spectre of world war looming on the horizon, the idea of anything surviving in an uncertain future had a kind of poignancy and meaning to it.The book that Connolly wrote, Enemies of Promise, explored contemporary literature and the timeless challenges of making great art. While it never became a trendy cultural sensation, this unusual book ultimately endured through wars, political revolutions, fads, massive technological disruption and so much else. It lasted first for a decade – in 1948, 10 years after its release, Enemies of Promise was expanded and given its first reprinting. The book got the same treatment in 2008. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
The night I drove George Melly home from the Cricklewood Tavern
It’s the early 1970s, and a young jazz fan is called upon to rescue ‘Good Time George’ after a typically flamboyant pub performanceIn the early 1970s when I was in my 20s, I was sharing a flat in Hampstead, northwest London, with a like-minded group of jazz enthusiasts. I had just had my first and only novel published and was also pursuing a fledgling career in advertising photography.George immediately lit a huge cigar, which rendered visibility inside my old Volvo to almost zero Continue reading...
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Anthony Scaramucci loves Midtown steakhouse’s veal dish
Financier-turned-politico Anthony Scaramucci probably has one regret about spending more time in the Beltway now that he has been named President Trump’s White House communications director. His favorite meal is the veal parmigiana at his Midtown hangout, Hunt & Fish Club. “Anthony is one of our best customers, and we love it when he’s here,”...
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LaVar Ball Forfeits Big Ballers AAU Playoff Game After Receiving Technical Foul
LaVar Ball forfeit his Big Ballers' AAU playoff game at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim, California, on Saturday after he was assessed a technical foul. According to USA Today, the Big Ballers were winning 69-60 when Ball decided to pull his players off the floor following a disagreement with officials over a foul call.  Highlights of the abbreviated action can be viewed below: In a separate video, Overtime (Warning: NSFW language) chronicled Ball's reaction outside the gym, in which he can be heard saying, "I don't play that s--t." USA Today noted coaches from UCLA were in attendance to watch LaMelo Ball, a 5-star class of 2019 point guard who verbally committed to the Bruins two years ago.  LaVar's outburst comes less than two months after he lit into Big Ballers at halftime of a 52-point loss to the Compton Magic on the AAU circuit.   Recruit information courtesy of Scout.com. 
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U.S. to play for Gold Cup title after Dempsey sparks win
Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image. Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky. But most of all it is successful, with Saturday’s 2-0 win...
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Fresh Jerusalem clashes as Israeli official asks Arab nations for holy site security solution
Palestinian killed in unrest outside city as global concern mounts before UN security council meeting on MondayIsrael sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of Palestinians throwing stones in Jerusalem as international concern mounted over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years. The Palestinian health ministry said one Palestinian was killed during a separate clash outside the city, taking the death toll from the past two days to seven. It did not provide details of how he died. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Harper's 2 RBIs help Nats beat Diamondbacks 4-3
Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Tanner Roark struck out a season-high 11 and Sean Doolittle stranded the potential tying run to preserve the Washington Nationals' 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks        
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Cold spring leaves French grape harvest headed for historic low
Agriculture ministry says wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramaticallyKnocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit “a historic low”, according to the agriculture ministry.“At 37.6 million hectolitres the 2017 harvest is set to come in 17% lower than in 2016, and 16% below the average of the past five years,” the ministry’s statistics bureau Agreste said on Saturday. Continue reading...
US news | The Guardian
Driving too much is bad for your brain: study
Spending a lot of time driving may actually put your brain in reverse. A new British study found that spending more than two hours a day behind the wheel steadily lowers IQ, especially in middle-aged drivers, according to the Sunday Times of London. Driving is physically and mentally sedentary and can cause stress and fatigue,...
New York Post
MLB: Blister sends Aaron Sanchez to DL
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez has been put on the disabled list for the fourth time this season because of a blister problem. Sanchez was removed from his start against Boston on Wednesday because of a recurrence of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The issue has...
Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - Los Angeles Times
Ezra Miller went to all his 'Justice League' Comic-Con obligations dressed as anime character Edward Elric
Ezra Miller is currently the Flash for Warner Bros.' next big superhero production, "Justice League." So naturally, he was on hand at Comic-Con to rally the geek troops for their premiere in November. However, Ezra Miller isn't just any old celebrity putting in the basic due diligence at the comic...
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Dodgers snap two-game slide with 6-2 win over Braves
Yasmani Grandal is not a small man. He is not a swift man, either, which added to the intrigue as he lumbered toward home plate in the sixth inning of a 6-2 Dodgers victory over Atlanta. Grandal had led off the inning with a walk. He landed at third base after Joc Pederson hit into a double play....
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Angels swat Red Sox 7-3 to keep their wild-card hopes alive
At 3 p.m. Wednesday, JC Ramirez pulled on his baseball pants, laced up his cleats, buttoned his uniform, buckled his belt, and headed for the bullpen behind left field at Angel Stadium. This between-starts bullpen session, 75 hours before Ramirez took the mound Saturday against the Boston Red...
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Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox
Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking two-run home run, Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox        
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UFC on Fox 25: Weidman Sticks Mostly to What Works in Crucial Win over Gastelum
The blueprint is still good for Chris Weidman. Despite a three-fight skid that had the former middleweight champion looking down-and-out, Weidman proved his foundational skill set remains one of the best in MMA in a third-round submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday. The pair's back-and-forth main event at UFC on Fox 25 was a treat for fans at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum during the Octagon's first-ever trip to Long Island. It also provided Weidman, a New York native, the chance to get back in the win column on home soil. "I know Long Island ain't doubting me," Weidman crowed to the live crowd after the win. "I know you've got my back. But to all these other dudes around the world: Keep doubting me. I dare you." On a night that treated the rest of the UFC's New York contingent rather roughly, it appeared to lift the spirits of fans in the Empire State: Feel-good moments have been few and far between for Weidman since losing his title to Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 in December 2015. The man who seemed poised for greatness after back-to-back wins over Anderson Silva in 2013 slipped into an uncharacteristic competitive funk, conceding ugly stoppage losses to Yoel Romero and Gegard Mousasi in his previous two contests. Weidman also missed significant time due to neck surgery. All that adversity conspired to make this bout a must win for him against the surging Gastelum. The younger fighter should've rightly come in on his own three-fight win streak, but had his win over Vitor Belfort in March made a no-contest after the 25-year-old Gastelum tested positive for marijuana. Perhaps Weidman, 33, learned something during that recent losing streak, however. When he limits his mistakes and plays to his strengths, he remains among the best 185-pound fighters in the UFC. Not to chalk too much up to pure bad luck, but it's possible the stretch of defeats was never quite as bad as it looked on paper. The title loss to Rockhold came after Weidman tried an uncharacteristically risky wheel kick that allowed Rockhold to put him on his back in the fourth round. Eleven months later, he was acquitting himself well against Romero until the former Olympic wrestler blasted him with a highlight-reel flying knee to begin the third. The loss to Mousasi happened after a protracted referee stoppage, where instant replay had to be used to determine if a series of knees Mousasi landed were illegal. Nonetheless, it was likely no accident that Weidman kept close to his bread and butter in a fight he desperately needed to win this weekend. He succeeded in turning the Gastelum bout into a takedown clinic, grounding his smaller opponent with his trademark single leg, an ankle pick, a sweep and a double leg over the first three rounds. Weidman finished with seven takedowns, according to the official FightMetric statistics. He also officially out-landed Gastelum 36-26 in significant strikes and 75-28 in total strikes, though it often seemed Gastelum landed with more force.  Weidman threatened with a kimura attempt in the first before finally coaxing out a tap with an arm triangle in the third. It was the fourth submission win of Weidman's 17-fight career and his first since he got Tom Lawlor with a d'arce choke at UFC 139 in November 2011. It advanced his overall record to 14-3. The victory will no doubt bump Weidman up from the No. 5 spot in the UFC's official rankings. It won't make him the immediate consensus No. 1 contender, but with the futures of champion Michael Bisping and interim champ Robert Whittaker still undecided, he's suddenly back in a good spot. Given a choice between the two, Weidman made his preferred opponent clear. "To that British bum who is crying in his freaking house right now: I'm back, baby," Weidman said, needling Bisping after the win. "I'm back. Stop hiding from the real men. Let's go." The win came with its dicey moments, though. After controlling the fight's opening stages, Weidman got caught by a winging overhand left from Gastelum that dropped him to the canvas just before the end of the first round. He recovered and survived until the horn, but it recalled the pattern of Weidman's recent losses—where he seems to be going along fine until suddenly he isn't. Critics—who have dogged Weidman since his wins over Silva at UFCs 162 and 168—will no doubt point to that exchange as evidence that Weidman remains vulnerable and that this resurgence may be short-lived. They'll also likely note that many believe Gastelum is a natural welterweight, despite the fact he'd won his last four appearances at 185 pounds. The California native said he felt no pressure headed into this meeting and certainly fought like it throughout their nearly 14 minutes together. While Gastelum couldn't stop Weidman from taking him down, he never panicked and succeeded in quickly getting back to his feet more often than not. If anything, Gastelum appeared to be playing a waiting game. He seemed to content to make Weidman work for takedowns and top control, perhaps biding his time until the later rounds, when he hoped his larger opponent might begin to fade. Unfortunately, Gastelum didn't make it to the championship rounds. The two began the third by firing off aggressive flurries of punches, and Weidman appeared to sting Gastelum before taking him to the mat against the fence. After the fight hit the ground, Weidman worked to side mount and locked up the arm-triangle choke that forced the submission with a minute, 15 seconds left on the clock. The loss may derail most of Gastelum's momentum, but it could also give some added credibility to his desire to return to 170 pounds. After missing weight three times as a welterweight, he found success at 185 pounds but always expressed a desire to return to the lighter division. For Weidman, fortunes have clearly not been brighter for a number of years. The future of the middleweight title remains murky after a proposed bout between Bisping and Georges St-Pierre appeared to get pulled off the table in May. If the UFC rebooks that fight or if Bisping can't quickly take on Whittaker in a unification bout, it's not out of the question Weidman could fight for the interim title. If that bout came to pass, it would be another meeting with a slick, powerful striker for Weidman—and another fight where imposing his grappling-based game plan and limiting his mistakes on the feet would be the wisest path to victory.
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Breaking down the number crunch on Rangers’ defense
History tells us that a team can never have too many NHL-caliber defensemen … unless, that is, having too many creates an unsustainable roster crunch. That is the enviable/unenviable scenario confronting the Rangers, who have approximately 10 weeks to sort things out before the season opens. The top four should be set with Ryan McDonagh...
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Flava Flav owns a bronze statue of O.J. Simpson
The backyard statue of O.J., made famous in scenes from last year’s hit TV show “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is in the hands of an even more colorful cultural icon — Flava Flav. The Public Enemy rapper once offered to give the bronze back to the former gridiron great, but O.J. refused, saying, “They...
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Teen Groot will steal every 'Avengers: Infinity War' scene he's in, just watch
You thought Baby Groot was a stone-cold scene thief? Just wait. There's so much to unpack from a second viewing of the Avengers: Infinity War footage that first played at D23 last and came out for an encore at Comic-Con on Saturday night, but there was one thing I utterly missed the first time that fully stood out the second: Teen Groot. We first met the brooding, game-obsessed teenaged Groot in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, when Peter Quill was giving him a fatherly talking-to, and he wan't having any of it. Well, he's barely aged at all by the time we get to Infinity War — and so settled into the background that I didn't see him the first time around. Read more...More about Movies, Disney, Marvel, Comic Con, and Movie Trailers
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Seager, Utley and Taylor homer and Dodgers beat Braves 4-2
Chris Taylor drives in three and Corey Seager and Chase Utley hit home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2        
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Clint Dempsey, USA Advance to Gold Cup Final with 2-0 Win over Costa Rica
The United States men's national team punched its ticket to the 2017 Gold Cup Final Saturday night with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, that was anchored by a 72nd-minute breakthrough from Jozy Altidore and free-kick brilliance courtesy of Clint Dempsey. Altidore's goal, which was set up by a beautiful feed from Dempsey, was his first in his last 10 USMNT appearances. Fox Soccer relayed video of the game's opening tally: Dempsey provided the icing on the cake 10 minutes later when he curled in a low free kick past Patrick Pemberton to tie Landon Donovan's U.S. goal-scoring record with his 57th tally for the Stars and Stripes. After Los Ticos dismantled the United States 4-0 last November in a Hexagonal World Cup qualifier, the Red, White and Blue were determined to come out with some pep in their step and press forward. That much was clear in the first minute when Jordan Morris rattled a shot off the post that nearly gave the U.S. an immediate 1-0 lead, as Fox Soccer documented on Twitter: Another strong scoring opportunity presented itself in the 15th minute when Altidore passed up a chance near post and centered a pass inside the box to Kellyn Acosta, who couldn't quite corral the ball for a shot on goal. And while manager Bruce Arena's squad dominated more than 60 percent of the first-half possession, a lack of finishing power in the attacking third left the door open for Costa Rica. ESPN Stats & Info's Paul Carr relayed a graphic that illustrated some of USMNT's anemic tendencies over the first 45 minutes: The first 20 minutes of the second half were more of the same, but Dempsey's entrance as a substitute in the 66th minute provided the U.S. with a necessary energy boost. After Dempsey nearly set up Acosta for a blistering goal from outside the box, some tremendous build-up and a savvy look-ahead to Altidore allowed the U.S. to jump in front. The 34-year-old's free-kick stunner capped off what proved to be a fruitful final 25 minutes of regulation for USMNT, and that stretch should give Arena's squad loads of confidence entering the final. By virtue of the win, the U.S. will head to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, for Wednesday's championship tilt as it awaits the winner of Sunday's semifinal between Mexico and Jamaica.
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U.S. Advances Past Costa Rica, 2-0, Into Gold Cup Final
ARLINGTON, Texas — Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his own image.Eight months into his second term as coach, the dispirited team Arena inherited is now resilient, confident and more than a little bit cocky.But most of all it is successful, with...
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Clint Dempsey Ties Landon Donovan's Record for Most Goals in USA History
Clint Dempsey tied Landon Donovan's United States men's national team goal-scoring record Saturday night with a free kick in the 82nd minute that handed his side a 2-0 Gold Cup semifinal win over Costa Rica. The goal, which was captured by Fox Soccer on Twitter, was Dempsey's 57th in a United States uniform.  Dempsey entered Saturday's semifinal as a substitute in the 66th minute, and his arrival immediately woke up a side that lacked killer instinct in the attacking third.  In addition to the historic strike—which was his second career USMNT goal off the bench, per ESPN Stats & Info's Paul Carr—Dempsey set up his team's first goal with some crafty dribbling and a savvy pass ahead to Jozy Altidore, who broke a 0-0 deadlock in the 72nd minute.  Dempsey will try to make a similar impact Wednesday when the United States returns to the pitch seeking its second Gold Cup title in the last four years against the winner of Sunday's semifinal between Mexico and Jamaica. 
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Yellen links opioid crisis to low workforce participation
Fed chief Janet Yellen in congressional testimony recently suggested that the opioid epidemic hitting the Ohio Valley states and elsewhere could be contributing to the historically low workforce participation rates for men. While drug use and abuse is a public policy program, the Fed has now dipped its toe into the debate. “I do think...
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