Longoria, Morrison homer in 15th as Rays top Twins in 6-hour game

MINNEAPOLIS — Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison hit back-to-back homers in the 15th inning, Steven Souza Jr. drove in the tying run with a single with two outs in the ninth, and the Tampa Bay Rays outlasted the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday in a game that took nearly 6 1/2 hours. At 6 hours, 26 minutes, it was the longest game in the eight-season history of Target Field. The longest game in Twins history lasted 6:36, a 17-inning marathon at Cleveland in 1995. Minnesota resorted to using Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Hector Santiago (4-4), in the 15th. He allowed the decisive home runs on consecutive pitches to the first two batters… Read More

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Hiker finds body of Utah County teen

CEDAR VALLEY, Utah County — A woman hiking Sunday in the foothills above Cedar Valley found the body of a teenage boy who disappeared last December. A statement by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the body is believed to be that of Alexander Hashida, 15, who disappeared Dec. 22. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said evidence found at the scene of the rugged landscape is consistent with property associated with Hashida, and the cause of death appears to be self-inflicted, although he did not elaborate. At the time of the teen’s disappearance, search and rescue crews along with family members conducted extensive searches in the area south and east of… Read More

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Oakland: Gardens at Lake Merritt to host repair party after vandalism

OAKLAND — In the wake of senseless vandalism, dedicated volunteers say they are readying a warm welcome for all who can help to put a little polish back on one of Lake Merritt’s hidden treasures. Unknown attackers struck The Gardens at Lake Merritt on May 20, leaving tools strewn carelessly, water and electrical systems damaged, a buggy’s bumper bent in and several groups of plants in a brand-new succulent garden damaged. By one estimate, damage may run as high as $50,000. Within the last week, volunteers were able to repair some of the system damage, but others have planned a work party this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..… Read More

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Poile reflects on trades that shaped Stanley Cup Final-bound Predators

PITTSBURGH – It all started so innocently. David Poile saw P.K. Subban’s name appear in trade rumours, but had no idea if there was anything to them. He didn’t even bother checking in with counterpart Marc Bergevin. Maybe, just maybe, he might never have even got that far if “Montreal” and “Nashville” weren’t grouped together in the alphabetical list of NHL teams. “We sat beside each other at the general manager’s meetings in Buffalo at the entry draft and I just said, ‘Look, I never called you but I’m just reading all this stuff, are you trading this guy or not trading this guy?”‘ Poile said Sunday, on the eve… Read More

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Muslims thankful for support after rant, deadly attack

By GILLIAN FLACCUS PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Muslims in Portland, Oregon, thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women — one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant. “I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander … that we stand together here as one,” Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday. The two young women “could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them,” he said. A fundraising… Read More

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North Korea Launches a Missile Into the Sea of Japan

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Monday morning local time that landed within the waters of Japan’s economic zone, according to South Korean officials. It is the latest in a series of test that defy international laws and that have escalated tensions. The launch came from the country’s east coast, near the town of Wonsan, and was fired shortly before 7:30 a.m. It’s believed to be a scud-class ballistic missile that flew about 280 miles before it crashed into the ocean. North Korea has tested dozens of similar tests in the past year, as well as two nuclear tests. North Korea has a stockpile of ballistic missiles, originally developed… Read More

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Wild horses could be sold for slaughter, euthanized under Trump proposal

SALT LAKE CITY — Frustrated Utah ranchers and wildlife managers who say excess wild horses are running amok are optimistic over President Donald Trump’s budget plan that would allow the animals’ slaughter or euthanization, at the same time advocates say it would lead to the Western icon’s near extinction. Caught in the middle of the untenable situation is the Bureau of Land Management, which for years has been hamstrung by lack of financial resources and willing adopters to control the animals’ burgeoning populations. Trump wants to save $10 million in 2018 by erasing the budget language that prohibits the sale of wild horses for commercial slaughter in neighboring countries such… Read More

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Media day roundup: Emotions, experience, legacies and more

The big day is almost here. In less than 24 hours, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators will kick off the Stanley Cup Final with Game 1 in the steel city. As per tradition, players and coaches from both teams spoke to the media the day before Game 1. Storylines from the previous rounds came up, as did rivalries between players and comparisons between stars. Here’s a roundup of the best quotes from media day. Sidney Crosby On comparisons being made between him and team owner Mario Lemieux… “He’s done so much, you know, he’s won two Cups but he’s obviously done so much for the city and had such… Read More

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