Major League Baseball fans will be able to attend a game for the first time this season in Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The stadium will open its gates for a limited number of attendees at the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and World Series.
Game 1 of the NLCS is set for Oct. 12. MLB and the Texas Rangers are putting about 11,500 tickets on sale next Tuesday for each game in the two series, with all attendees required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The stadium will be the first-ever neutral site for a World Series, and no seats will be available within 20 feet (6 m) of where players are located at any time during the games.
An MLB spokesman said on Wednesday that there were no plans to permit fans at the American League Championship Series in San Diego.
Prosecutors announced on Wednesday that an arrest has been made of a man accused of shooting two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies ambush-style earlier this month in Compton, California.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey said 36-year-old Deonte Lee Murray, was expected to be arraigned on two counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Lacey announced the arrest and charges during a news conference with other law enforcement officials.
Law enforcement officials have been searching for a gunman in the Sept. 12 shooting, which left two Los Angeles Sheriff’s office deputies critically wounded, each with a gunshot to the head. Police believe the suspect acted alone. LASD Homicide Bureau Capt. Kent Wegener declined to reveal a motive for the shootings, but said Murray “obviously hates policemen and wants them dead.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it plans to re-structure the events going forward after backlash over the chaos and verbal sparring of Tuesday night’s debate.
The organization sets the procedures for presidential debates, and works with campaigns to determine the rules and topics of each of the general election debates. The organization said that after Tuesday night, the format for the second two debates would need further consideration. The organization said in a statement: “The Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors televised debates for the benefit of the American electorate. Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”
President Donald Trump frequently interrupted and spoke over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who at one point told the president to “shut up.”
Hunter Renfroe hit a grand slam and the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays won a postseason series for the first time in 12 years, overpowering the young Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Wednesday to finish a two-game sweep of their AL wild-card matchup.” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>Hunter Renfroe hit the first playoff grand slam in franchise history during a six-run second inning. Tyler Glasnow kept Tampa Bay ahead from there, allowing two runs — on a pair of homers by Danny Jansen — in six innings. Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena also drove in runs.
Helen Reddy, the Grammy-winning Australian singer who became a feminist icon thanks to her hit “I Am Woman,” has died. She was 78.
The message from Reddy’s daughter Traci and son Jordan read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”
Reddy’s ex-husband, Jeff Wald, also confirmed Reddy’s death in a message posted to Twitter. “I am v sad to announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two oldest Traci & Jordan,” he wrote. “Traci spent the morning with Helen and she passed soon after under the excellent care of the Motion & Television Home.#Helen Reddy.”
In the ’60s, Reddy, divorced with a young child, moved to New York City from Australia. She first reached the U.S. top 20 with her take on “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar. Her debut album, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” featured a song she’d co-written, “I Am Woman,” which reflected Reddy’s interest in the feminist movement and female empowerment. Re-released in 1972, it became a No. 1 hit and an anthem for the movement.
Reddy was the first Australian-born artist to have a U.S. No. 1 hit and the first to win a Grammy.
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish welcomed their second child together, a baby girl named Kaori Mai Hart, on Tuesday, September 29. Kevin and Eniko also share son Kenzo Kash, 2½, and Hart also has two children — a 15-year-old daughter, Heaven, and a 12-year-old son, Hendrix — from his previous marriage to Torrei Hart.
Eniko announced the news on Instagram: ″Thankful • grateful • blessed. a little bit of heaven sent down to earth.. welcome to the world baby girl.. we couldn’t love you more..”
Parrish announced she was expecting in March, saying at the time on Instagram: “In the midst of all of this we’re counting our blessings and couldn’t be more grateful!”
The Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff series.
Framber Valdez, who made 10 regular-season starts for the Astros, pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Zack Greinke for the victory. Valdez allowed his only two hits with one out in the ninth, but Willians Astudillo grounded into a double play to end the game.
Game 2 in the best-of-three wild-card matchup is Wednesday at Target Field. The Astros were waiting to announce their starter for Game 2. RHP José Berríos will take the mound for the Twins in Game 2.
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will campaign in three U.S. states today, after the two faced-off last night at the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, leading up to the November election.
Trump, 74, will spend the day in Minnesota with a fundraiser in the afternoon before a rally in Duluth. Biden, 77, and his wife, Jill, will embark on an all-day train tour through a half-dozen cities in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, areas that Trump won four years ago. Pennsylvania, which narrowly voted for Trump in 2016, is seen by many strategists as the most crucial of the six most competitive states that will likely decide the election outcome, which also include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Ohio, which Trump carried in his 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton, is among the Republican-leaning states that Biden hopes to put into play in November.
Tuesday’s debate, marred by interruptions, insults and anger, appeared unlikely to sway or significantly alter the campaign’s dynamics. During a segment on race relations, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump whether he would denounce white supremacists and call on them not to add to the violence that has occurred amid protests in some U.S. cities. Rather than denounce those groups, Trump pivoted to attack left-wing agitators known as antifa, drawing criticism from some social justice leaders. Trump also declined to say he would accept the election results, repeating his unfounded assertion that widespread voting by mail would lead to fraud.
On Tuesday, Disney announced that it is laying off about 28,000 employees in the United States due to a loss of business related to the coronavirus pandemic. The company announced the layoffs across its parks, experiences and products segments in a letter to employees.
Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Products, said 67% of those laid off will be part-time employees. D’Amaro wrote in the letter to employees that it was a “difficult decision” to make, adding, “As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude is not easy. For the last several months, our management team has worked tirelessly to avoid having to separate anyone from the company. We’ve cut expenses, suspended capital projects, furloughed our cast members while still paying benefits, and modified our operations to run as efficiently as possible, however, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity.” D’Amaro said he hopes laid off cast members and employees can return to the company once it rebounds from the pandemic.
The company’s theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong have reopened after shutdowns earlier this year, though the locations in Anaheim, Calif., remain closed.
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings both suspended team activities after a number of positive COVID-19 tests following their Sunday game in the third week of the NFL’s 2020 season. The Titans played at Minnesota on Sunday, and had three players and five team personnel test positive for the virus. The Vikings have not had a positive test but suspended activities as a precautionary measure.
The NFL said in a statement: “Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments. All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”
The Titans said in a statement: “Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus. Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow.”
A decision has not been made about Sunday’s game between the Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville.