MLB Division Series Results: Yankees Sweep ALDS; Nationals, Rays And Cardinals All Win

* The New York Yankees took a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night at Target Field in Minneapolis, to complete a three-game sweep in their AL Division Series, advancing them to the AL Championship Series. The Yankees will play the winner of the other AL Division Series — either the Houston Astros or Tampa Bay Rays — in Game 1 of the ALCS will be Saturday. 

* The Tampa Bay Rays took a 10-3 win over the Houston Astros on their AL Division Series game on Monday. The Astros lead the Series 2-1, with Game 4 of the best-of-five series scheduled for Tuesday at Tropicana Field. The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound against Rays opener Diego Castillo.

* The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings on Monday, forcing a Game 5 in their NLDS. Yadier Molina scored twice for the Cardinals, bringing them the 5-4 win against the Braves in extra innings. Game 5 will be Wednesday in Atlanta. St. Louis will send ace Jack Flaherty to the mound, and the Braves will start Mike Foltynewicz.

* The Washington Nationals topped the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday with a 6-1 win, forcing a Game 5 in their NLDS.  Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run home run lifted the Nationals to the win, and the series will head back to Los Angeles for Game 5 on Wednesday with the series tied 2-2.  Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nationals against the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler.

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President Trump Signs US-Japan Trade Deal

President Donald Trump signed a limited trade agreement on Monday with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office. U.S. farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which had been negotiated by the Obama administration. The other 11 Pacific Rim countries, including big farm producers such as New Zealand and Canada, went ahead without the United States and were enjoying preferential treatment in Japan.

However the new U.S.-Japan mini-deal does not resolve differences over trade in autos. Trump has said the two countries continue to work on a more comprehensive agreement. In addition, Trump has threatened to impose import taxes on foreign autos, claiming they pose a threat to U.S. national security. 

The limited trade pact also includes market-opening commitments on $40 billion worth of digital trade between the two countries.

LIVE: Trump signs US-Japan trade deal: ABC News Live


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President Trump Sends Warning To Turkey After Syria Invasion

On Monday, President Donald Trump warned Turkey against “going too far” in Syria, one day after giving Ankara a green light to invade its southern neighbor. The Pentagon pulled back about two dozen of its forces from Syria’s northern frontier, where they serve as a buffer between the Turkish military and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, after Trump’s surprise announcement late Sunday that US forces “will no longer be in the immediate area.”

However amid outcry from the region and strong opposition from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, Trump appeared to reverse himself, though without drawing any specific red lines that might protect Kurdish allies.

“If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!),” Trump tweeted.

Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy and obliterate’ Turkey’s economy


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Washington Redskins Fire Head Coach Jay Gruden

The Washington Redskins announced on Monday the firing of head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was informed of the decision early Monday morning by owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen.

“Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility. Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond,” the Redskins said in a statement. 

Gruden was the longest-tenured Redskins head coach in the 20 years Snyder has owned the franchise. In just over six seasons, Gruden went 35-49-1 and only made the playoffs once.  The Redskins are now 0-5 after losing Sunday to the New England Patriots, 33-7. 

Bill Callahan, the Redskins assistant head coach and offensive line coach, has been named interim head coach.

Winless Redskins fire Gruden after 6 seasons


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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer And Release Date Revealed

The second trailer for the series “Star Trek: Picard” on CBS All Access was revealed at New York Comic Con on Saturday. The trailer to the 10-episode series was released during a panel of cast members, including Patrick Stewart, who is returning to play the iconic Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart portrayed Picard on “Star Trek: Next Generation,” which aired for seven seasons from 1987 to 1994. The new show will follow the next chapter of Picard’s life, 20 years after the events of “The Next Generation.”

“Star Trek: Picard” will premiere on CBS All Access in the US and Canada on January 23, 2020. On January 24, the show will be available to stream on Amazon Prime in more than 200 countries and territories.

Take a look at the trailer for “Star Trek: Picard” at the link here.

New “Star Trek: Picard” trailer and release date revealed at Comic Con


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Cynthia Erivo Cast As Aretha Franklin In New TV Series

Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo has been cast as Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic Channel‘s next installment of its Emmy-winning “Genius” anthology series.

Erivo won a Tony for her lead role in Broadway’s “The Color Purple” musical and plays Harriet Tubman in the upcoming “Harriet” movie. The TV project and Erivo received the endorsement of Franklin’s estate.

“Genius: Aretha” will feature many of Franklin’s biggest recordings, including “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “Chain of Fools,” “Don’t Play That Song,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Baby I Love You.”

“Genius: Aretha” is set to air in spring 2020.

Cynthia Erivo Is Officially Portraying Aretha Franklin on TV


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NL Division Series Game 3: Braves Defeat Cardinals 3-1; Dodgers Rally Over Nationals With 10-4 Win

After trailing most of the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored eight unanswered runs to defeat the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

The Dodgers can advance to the NL Championship Series for the fourth straight year by closing the best-of-five series in Game 4 at Washington on Monday.

Meanwhile, at  Busch Stadium, the Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning and Adam Duvall belted a two-run single as their team rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday, taking a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

Game 4 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Braves need one more victory to reach the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.

‘The Dodgers showed up’: LA comes alive with relentless rally in Game 3 vs. Nationals


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Minnesota Vikings Stefon Diggs $200K For MIssed Practices

The Minnesota Vikings have fined Stefon Diggs more than $200,000 for unexcused absences from practices and meetings. Diggs missed Wednesday’s practice due to what the team termed non-jury reasons. Diggs said he was absent because he wasn’t feeling well. Diggs also missed all team meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters last Thursday, Diggs addressed reports that he was frustrated with the Vikings’ offense and wanted to be traded. “I feel there’s truth to all rumors no matter how you dress it up,” Diggs said. “I won’t be saying nothing on it. I won’t be speaking on it at all. But there is truth to all rumors, I guess.”

Diggs signed a five-year, $72 million extension with Minnesota last offseason, with a base salary of $8.9 million in 2019, and over $10 million each of the next four years. He has 13 receptions for 209 yards and one touchdown so far in 2019.

Sources: Diggs fined over $200K for absences


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Second Whistleblower Comes Forward With Direct Knowledge Of Ukraine Call

The legal team representing the whistleblower whose complaint sparked an impeachment inquiry against President Trump now says it is representing a second whistleblower described as an intelligence official with first-hand knowledge of the allegations against the president.

Lawyer Mark Zaid says that the new whistleblower has talked to the inspector general of the intelligence community, but has not filed a complaint, which Zaid says is not necessary in order for the individual’s account to be protected. News that another whistleblower connected to the explosive Ukraine complaint has stepped forward with a first-hand account of the allegations comes after days of the president and his backers attacked the credibility of the initial whistleblower by claiming the account is based on “hearsay.”

On Sunday, another member of the first whistleblower legal team, Andrew Bakaj, said that the team is now representing “multiple whistleblowers” in connection with the Aug. 12. complaint that set off a formal impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives.

Both Zaid and Bakaj are lawyers at Compass Rose Legal Group, a Washington firm specializing in national security issues.

2nd whistleblower comes forward after speaking with IG: Attorney


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4 People Dead, 5 Injured At Downtown Kansas City Bar

Update 10/7/19 6:35

Police arrested one suspect in a Kansas City area bar mass shooting and were hunting for a second gunman early on Monday a.m.  Early on Monday, police posted online that a suspect, Javier Alatorre, 23, had been taken into custody, but they released no other details about the arrest other than that police were assisted by other agencies including the FBI.  Alatorre was being held on $1 million bond, police said.

Police also announced that a second suspect, Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, was wanted and they were each charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

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Four people were killed and 5 wounded after a suspect entered a bar in Kansas City, Kansas, early Sunday and started shooting. Police responded to the incident overnight at Tequila KC on 10th Street and Central Avenue after receiving the first 911 call at about 1:27 a.m. Authorities believe that there might be two suspects who entered the bar and began shooting based on witness accounts. Police are also reviewing surveillance video from inside the bar. The four people who died were all Hispanic males, who ranged in age from mid-20s to late-50s.

Tequila KC is a private club, which meant that having a membership or being the guest of a member was required for entry. Police said they had no reason to believe the shooting was racially motivated and that it appeared to be an isolated incident, possibly related to a disturbance that occurred earlier in the bar.

9 shot, 4 killed in overnight shooting at Kansas City bar