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Serena Williams would be '700 in the world' on men's tour, says McEnroe – The Guardian


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Serena Williams would be '700 in the world' on men's tour, says McEnroe
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John McEnroe has reopened a timeworn debate by saying that Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men's tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil's Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000
Tennis world inflamed over John McEnroe's need to rate SerenaNew York Post
John McEnroe: Serena Williams Would Be 'Number 700 in World' in Men's TennisRollingStone.com
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The Latest: 3 CNN journalists resign over retracted story – ABC News


The Latest on a retracted CNN story about a supposed investigation in a Donald Trump associated and the head of a Russian investment fund (all times local):

8 p.m.

CNN says it has accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story was posted Thursday on CNN’s website. It was retracted the next night, and CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member named in the story.

CNN said the story didn’t meet its editorial standards. A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues, said Monday that story author Thomas Frank resigned. Also losing their jobs are Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor at the organization’s Washington bureau, and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.

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10:50 a.m.

CNN wasn’t saying Monday what led it to retract a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story posted Thursday on CNN’s website said Senate investigators are looking into the meeting between Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s transition team, and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

On Friday night, CNN removed the story, saying it did not meet the news organization’s standards. CNN apologized to Scaramucci.

It was unclear whether the story by reporter Thomas Frank appeared on any of CNN’s television networks.

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Trending: Runs, hits and revenue; Tim Tebow good for Mets' bottom line – TCPalm


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Tim Tebow signs autographs for fans following Instructional League workouts on Sept. 21, 2016 at the backfields of Tradition Field.
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So there’s this guy coming to town.

You might have heard of him. Good-looking character, the ladies really seem to like him. He plays a little baseball, though not phenomenally well.

What does he do phenomenally well? Generate revenue.

Tim Tebow — onetime standout University of Florida quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, formerly of the Denver Broncos and New York Jets and New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles — is back in town.

Tebow, who now makes a living as a minor league baseball player, was promoted from Low Class A Columbia (South Carolina) to the St. Lucie Mets. The Tebow Show begins in earnest Tuesday, as the Mets take on the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:30 p.m. Prior to that, Tebow will address the media in the home dugout around 3 p.m.

Tebow’s re-arrival in town (he spent a portion of spring training here) has set social media alight. Executives with the St. Lucie Mets are likely dancing in their office aisles.

Tebow is a huge draw, perhaps the biggest in minor league sports. Crowds at the Mets’ First Data Field in St. Lucie West have been moribund, averaging 1,722 per game this year through Sunday (the stadium seats 7,160).

That’s about to change.

In May, the magazine and online publication Baseball America tracked Tebow’s economic impact on the Columbia Fireflies, and found it to be huge. The “Tebow Effect” was easy to see in terms of home attendance: through early May the fireflies were averaging 5,103 fans per game, the second-highest in Class A and up 1,400 from the same stretch last year.

On the road, Baseball America reported, the Fireflies played in front of an average of 4,607 fans; when those same ballparks hosted teams without Tebow, they averaged 2,399 fans per game.

“If Tebow remains in the (South Atlantic League) all season, that would mean an additional $3.1 million in revenue over the course of 70 Columbia road games,” reported Baseball America. “That doesn’t even count the revenue he generates for Columbia.”

Columbia’s loss is now our gain.

Expect tickets to the Mets’ games to be harder to come by. Expect a media scramble dwarfing anything the Mets might have seen without Tebow. Expect social media to go ballistic. Expect, possibly, some trouble — during spring training an apparently delusional Colorado woman was arrested for trespassing at First Data Field after claiming she was in a relationship with Tebow.

Tebow’s arrival will be a boon for the Mets, who won’t merely sell more tickets but also more concessions and perhaps even more merchandise. And it will also be a boon for St. Lucie County taxpayers, as Tebow fans will remit sales tax with every purchase.

None of this is to suggest that Tebow will be as phenomenal on the field as he may be off of it. Indeed, his numbers at Columbia were hardly overwhelming — in 63 games he batted .222 with 14 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson admitted to Kristie Ackert at New York Daily News that those stats usually aren’t enough to promote a player: “We recognize this is not a usual circumstance, but we just felt, everything involved, it was about the right time for him to move to high-A ball,”  Alderson said.

The Mets, Ackert noted drily, “have insisted that signing Tebow had nothing to do with marketing.”

Sure, sure. But the Mets obviously realize having Tebow on the team, and on the field, boosts the bottom line.

Problem is, if the Mets are determined to keep promoting Tebow on the basis of either his play or his ability to sell tickets — he won’t be here long.

So enjoy the Tebow Mania while it lasts.

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Video shows teens pummeling woman at Long Island high school graduation – New York Daily News


A group of teens viciously beat a young woman at a Long Island High School graduation Sunday, according to witnesses and a shocking video posted on social media.

Cellphone video of the horrifying attack was taken at the graduation for the 2017 class of William Floyd High School in Brookhaven, L.I. by a student.

In the video, at least three people were seen repeatedly punching and kicking a young woman while she was prone on the ground, covering her face.

At one point, another young woman ran up and punched her.

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When the young woman finally got up, blood was streaming from her face, and her clothing was torn and ruined, the video revealed.

The young woman tried to get to the safety of an SUV as her attackers continued to come after her. Schools security personnel converged and broke up the brawl.

In a statement, school officials condemned the incident and said they would press charges.

“We are disappointed by the actions of those who instigated the incident on what was a joyous occasion for our students and their families,” the statement said.

“As a school and community, we won’t let the small number of spectators involved in inappropriate behavior overshadow the accomplishments of so many wonderful students and their families celebrating graduation day.”

Suffolk County police were investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.

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NASCAR playoff picture: Breaking down the championship chase heading into Daytona – CBSSports.com


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are getting closer with 16 of the 26 regular-season races in the books. When the circuit heads to Chicagoland Speedway in September, 16 drivers will be competing for a championship.

Here is a look at where things stand heading into this weekend’s fast-track race at Daytona International Speedway:

Locked in

Kyle Larson: The No. 42 driver clinched a spot in the playoffs in March when he won at Fontana. His win at Michigan was icing on the cake for the regular season points leader who had a lackluster 26th place finish at Sonoma after qualifying on the pole.

Martin Truex Jr.: If you’ve followed any of the races this season, you should be familiar with Truex Jr. by now. Not only does he have two wins under his belt, but the No. 78 also owns 11 mid-race stage victories. No other driver has more than four this season.

Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 secured its spot in the playoffs when it went to Victory Lane at Atlanta. Keselowski also took the checkered at Martinsville and has 10 top-10 finishes on his resume in 2017.

Jimmie Johnson: It’s no surprise that the seven-time NASCAR champion is a lock already. Johnson’s three wins at Texas, Bristol and Dover are more than any driver this season. The No. 48 also reeled in its first stage victory of the season Sunday at Sonoma.

Ryan Blaney:An exciting first-career win at Pocono locked the descendant of Dave and Lou Blaney into the playoffs this year as he currently sits 13th in the regular season standings.

Kurt Busch: A Daytona 500 victory can go a long way. The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 hasn’t been back to Victory Lane since, but has eight top-10 finishes this season and currently sits 14th in the regular-season points.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Like Busch, Stenhouse Jr. secured his spot at one of NASCAR’s biggest tracks in May when he took home the checkered flag at Talladega. The No. 17 will need to avoid avoid race-ending collisions like his one with girlfriend Danica Patrick at Sonoma in the playoffs.

Ryan Newman: A win at Phoenix early locked Newman into the NASCAR playoffs, as he currently sits behind Kurt Busch at 15th in the regular season standings.

Austin Dillon: You may recall Dillon taking the No. 3 car back to Victory Lane at his hometown track, Charlotte. Like Newman, Dillon hasn’t been all that impressive in stage racing, but either way, he will have a chance to compete for a championship.

Kevin Harvick: Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 finally clinched a playoff spot with a win at Sonoma on Sunday. Harvick also saw a bump up to third in the regular season points, passing Kyle Busch who has yet to win.

In (for now)

Kyle Busch: Believe it or not, the No. 18 has yet to make a trip to Victory Lane yet this season other than the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. Busch is sitting pretty at fourth in the points but hasn’t won a race this the 2016 Brickyard 400.

Chase Elliott: The No. 24 posted another top-10 finish at Sonoma this past weekend and has run well all season. At fifth in points, Elliott remains winless but has five top-5 finishes to show for it.

Jamie McMurray: Here is one of those drivers that hasn’t accumulated any playoff points or wins but has been solid all year. McMurray has been Mr. Consistent, adding another top-10 finish at Sonoma after qualifying on the pole.

Denny Hamlin: The 2016 Daytona 500 winner was the first rookie to qualify for the Chase back in 2006 and is no stranger to NASCAR’s playoffs, but without a win yet this season Hamlin finds himself closer and closer to missing out.

Joey Logano: Wait a minute, didn’t he win at Richmond? Well, yes, but it doesn’t count toward the playoffs because it was an “encumbered” victory. Logano could lock himself in this week at Daytona, where he won the 500 in 2015.

Clint Bowyer: A second-place finish at Sonoma was good enough to bring Bowyer back into the playoff picture, bumping Matt Kenseth. Bowyer will need to be better than his average 14.2 finish at Daytona this week if he wants to stay in the hunt.

Down, but not out (yet)

Matt Kenseth: A 20th place finish at Sonoma bumped Kenseth out of the playoff picture but the two-time Daytona 500 winner will have probably his best shot at clinching this weekend.

Erik Jones: The rookie has been impressive in his series debut as he currently sits 16th in the regular-season points, but like Kenseth, Jones will most likely need a win to lock himself in.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: While there are a variety of drivers ahead of Junior in points, you can never count out an Earnhardt, especially with Daytona on the horizon. Earnhardt has had an up-and-down season, but has gathered some momentum lately with a sixth place finish at Daytona heading into arguably his best track.

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16 breathtaking photos of Eid celebrations around the world – Business Insider


Indian Muslims offer prayers at a mosque in the premises of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Monday, June 26, 2017.Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.AP Photo / Pawan Sharma

From June 25 to 26, the world’s Muslim community celebrated Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the breaking of the Ramadan fast, where practising Muslims forgo food and drink from sunrise to sunset, for one month.

The timing of Eid can be difficult, as it’s based on the appearance of a new moon, which can vary from country to country or be masked by cloudy skies. 

Processions kick off with a special, early morning prayer and are then followed by feasts and festivities.

Islam is the second largest religion in the world by believers, which number around 1.8 billion. By 2070, it could overtake Christianity (currently about 2.2 billion believers) as the world’s largest religion.

Muslim populations are therefore prevalent in almost all corners of the globe and Eid celebrations are always a worldwide affair.

From Brooklyn to Beijing, here’s how the world’s Muslims celebrated Eid.

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New Delhi, India.

New Delhi, India.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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East Java, Indonesia.

East Java, Indonesia.

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Moscow, Russia.

Moscow, Russia.

REUTERS / Sergei Karpukhin


Mosul, Iraq.

Mosul, Iraq.

REUTERS / Alaa Al-Marjani


Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jakarta, Indonesia.

AP Photo / Achmad Ibrahim


Cairo, Egypt.

Cairo, Egypt.

REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh


Juba, South Sudan.

Juba, South Sudan.

REUTERS / Stringer


Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexico City, Mexico.

REUTERS / Henry Romero


California, U.S.A.

California, U.S.A.

REUTERS / Patrick T. Fallon


Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

REUTERS / Kholood Eid


Kathmandu, Nepal.

Kathmandu, Nepal.

REUTERS / Navesh Chitrakar


Beijing, China.

Beijing, China.

REUTERS / Thomas Peter


Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

REUTERS / Faisal Mahmood


Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul, Turkey.

AP Photo / Emrah Gurel


Agra, India.

Agra, India.

AP Photo / Pawan Sharma

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The Latest: UK government pledges more fire survivor funds – News & Observer


The Latest on Britain’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

Britain’s government says it is donating 1 million pounds ($1.27 million) to support survivors of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid says the figure recognizes that small charities and not-for-profit organizations are making big efforts following the fire that killed at leads 79.

The government is also giving 48,000 pounds ($61,000) to support an assistance venue, the Westway Center.

The funding is in addition to the 5 million pounds ($6.4 million) provided for the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund.

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5:05 p.m.

Cladding maker Arconic says it is discontinuing global sales of one type of composite paneling for high-rise buildings in the wake of the devastating fire that killed 79 people at Grenfell Tower.

Arconic says in a statement Monday that Reynobond PE would no longer be sold for use in high-rise buildings. The company said that it believes “this is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world and issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy regarding code compliance of cladding systems in the context of buildings’ overall designs.”

The tower’s cladding — panels widely used to insulate buildings and improve their appearance — may have been a factor in rapidly spreading the June 14 blaze.

Shares in Arconic fell as much as 11 percent and were down 4.4 percent at $24.41 in midday New York trading.

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3:55 p.m.

Hospitals and school buildings across Britain will have their exterior cladding tested for flammability as part of an urgent nationwide push to increase fire safety.

The announcement came from Downing Street on Monday, as calls for testing continue to spread across Britain following the June 14 Grenfell Tower fire. The fire, which left 79 dead or missing presumed dead, spread rapidly through the London tower block, which has been blamed by experts on its flammable outside cladding.

Since the fire, cladding on 60 high-rise buildings nationwide has been tested for fire safety — and all have failed. Four towers in London’s borough of Camden were evacuated this week after the discovery of numerous fire hazards.

Hospital and school testing will be led by the Department of Health and Department for Education.

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Astros' Dallas Keuchel trending toward post-All-Star break return … – Chron.com


SEATTLE — Considering the Astros‘ understandably conservative approach to Dallas Keuchel‘s rehab, it’s likely the ace lefthander won’t make his next start until after the All-Star break.

Keuchel, mired in his second 10-day disabled list stint because of a pinched nerve in his neck, has thrown up to a distance of 120 feet in his rehab but still has yet to progress to pitching off a mound. After Monday’s off day, the Astros play only 12 more games before the break.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Sunday wasn’t ready to completely rule out Keuchel until after the break but acknowledged “it’s trending that way” because of timing. Though Keuchel (9-0, 1.67 ERA) might not require a minor league rehab assignment, he would after throwing off a mound probably need to at least face hitters in a live batting practice session or simulated game before returning to game action.

“Dallas is doing well. He’s continuing to progress,” Hinch said on Sunday. “I think we’re going a little bit slower than maybe we even could or he could. (We’re) just being conservative. We’ve worked so hard to get him to continue to progress with no setbacks that we want to just keep methodically putting a few more challenges in front of him and making him feel a little bit better and a little bit better.”

Keuchel, who because of a lack of innings no longer qualifies as baseball’s ERA leader, last started June 2 and last pitched off a mound in his bullpen session a couple days before the June 7 start from which he was scratched. His extended absence significantly diminishes his odds of being selected to his second All-Star team.

With a huge cushion in the American League West – they came into Sunday leading by 12.5 games – the Astros can afford to play it ultra conservative with arguably the player they are relying on most for October.

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“I’m never comfortable enough to not want to play the best players but we would be making a huge error if we pushed him to the point of stressing him and potentially losing him for longer,” Hinch said. “We’ve worked so hard to get him back to where he is now. We’re going to stay very, very conservative and very diligent in getting him back to full strength.”

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University of Delaware cuts ties with professor after saying Otto Warmbier 'deserved' to die – New York Daily News


The University of Delaware is cutting ties with a part-time professor who provoked a controversial firestorm for saying North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier “deserved” to die.

The Newark school said it will not re-hire Katherine Dettwyler, the adjunct faculty member who blasted the 22-year-old student as “young, white, rich, clueless” in a since-deleted Facebook post Tuesday.

Dettwyler last taught at Delaware’s Department of Anthropology during the spring semester, according to a statement Sunday.

“On June 23, the University issued a statement about comments that Dettwyler recently posted online, at a time when she was not employed by the University, concerning student behavior and the Otto Warmbier incident. Those comments in no way reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware,” the statement read.

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University of Delaware (pictured) won’t bring back an adjunct professor for her controversial comments regarding Otto Warmbier.

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Former University of Virginia student Warmbier was accused of pilfering a propaganda sign from a Pyongyang hotel and was sentenced to 15-years of hard labor. Seventeen months later, he returned to U.S. soil and died after spending most of his imprisonment in a comatose state.

Dettwyler came under fire for ridiculing Warmbier in the wake of his death at a Cincinnati hospital.

“Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved,” read Dettwyler’s deleted post, according to the News Journal.

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The 22-year-old student, Otto Warmbier, returned to U.S. soil in a comatose state on June 13 and died days later.

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She pinned Warmbier’s death on his grieving parents.

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“His parents ultimately are to blame for his growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted,” she added. “Maybe in the US, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women. Not so much in North Korea. And of course, it’s Ottos’ parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives.”

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Sunday scorcher: Seattle hits 96 degrees, breaks heat record – KING5.com


Sunday was a scorcher in Seattle and other cities around Puget Sound!

Summer’s first weekend saw record-breaking temperatures in Seattle, which hit 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 88 degrees set in 2006.

Other cities in Western Washington also broke or tied their heat records: Olympia hit a whopping 98 degrees, breaking their record of 90 set in 2015.

Bellingham and Hoquiam tied their heat records of 83 and 82 degrees, respectively.

Further south, temperatures climbed to 92 in Tacoma and 97 in Puyallup. In the north sound, temperatures were milder in the 80s.

Relief is in sight, however, if the heat’s too much for you.

“It’s going to get cooler tomorrow and by the middle of the week, you’re going to feel much more comfortable,” said KING 5 Meteorologist Jim Guy. 

Air from the ocean will help cool us back into the 70s as we kick off the new work week.

It looks like temperatures will remain in the 70s through the week. We’re likely going to see some marine layer clouds in the morning, with some clearing in the afternoon each day. Temps will pop back up into the mid to upper 70s by Thursday and Friday.

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