Daily Archive : Monday July 25, 2016



    The Chicago Cubs have traded for New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, according to multiple reports. Chapman, 28, is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA, 20 saves and a WHIP of 0.89 in his first year with the Yankees after he spent parts of six season with the Cincinnati Reds.

    Reports: Chicago Cubs acquiring Chapman for four players

    The Chicago Cubs have acquired hard-throwing left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees in exchange for four minor-leaguers.


    Jordan gives $2 million; looks to build backs, police trust

    Michael Jordan trying to help ease tensions between African-Americans and law enforcement


    Buckeyes' Barrett, Iowa's King lead Big Ten preseason picks

    Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and Iowa cornerback Desmond King highlighted the preseason all-Big Ten selections


    Wild agree to 1-year contract with center Jordan Schroeder

    Minnesota Wild agree to 1-year contract with center Jordan Schroeder

    FILE - In this May 4, 2016, file photo, Marta Karolyi smiles inside the Karolyi Ranch where she and her husband, Bela Karolyi, train gymnasts, including members of the Women's National Team, in Houston. After 40 years helping some of the greatest gymnasts of all-time _ from Nadia Comaneci to Mary Lou Retton to Nastia Liukin _ soar to Olympic gold Martha Karolyi is ready to say goodbye. The U.S. women’s national team coordinator is retiring after the 2016 games to spend time with husband Bela and travel. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

    Karolyis' Texas ranch flips to USA Gymnastics after Rio

    USA Gymnastics agrees to buy Karolyis' Texas ranch, with Martha Karolyi retiring after Olympics


    Phil Loadholt retires from NFL after 7 seasons with Vikings

    Right tackle Phil Loadholt has decided to retire from the NFL, after seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings

    FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy (76) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Hardy was involved in a high-profile domestic violence case in 2014 that got him suspended four games last season (after initially being banned for 10 before having it reduced). (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

    Jaguars GM doing 'homework' by working out Greg Hardy

    Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell says he was doing his "homework" on Greg Hardy when he brought the polarizing defensive end in for a two-day workout and interview session last week

    FILE - In this July 27, 2012, file photo, Russia's Yulia Efimova prepares for a practice session at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Swimming governing body FINA has ruled seven Russian swimmers ineligible to compete at the Olympics, including three it says were linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities. Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers who FINA says were withdrawn by the Russian Swimming Federation because they previously served doping bans. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    The Latest: Dick Pound calls IOC decision a 'cop-out'

    The Latest: Dick Pound calls IOC decision a 'cop-out'


    Clemson, QB Watson headline ACC's preseason picks for 2016

    Clemson and quarterback Deshaun Watson are the preseason picks for Atlantic Coast Conference favorite and player of the year


    Green Bay Packers hit ground running for training camp

    The Green Bay Packers must move quickly as they start training camp, with their first preseason game is already less than two weeks away

    FILE - In this March 7, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks during his retirement announcement at the teams headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

    NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

    The NFL has cleared former Broncos QB Peyton Manning after a seven-month probe into allegations made in an Al-Jazeera America documentary

    FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Jordan Spieth tees off on the third hole during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Heading into the PGA Championship the last week of July, Spieth is having a very good year, and he needs to be reminded of that every now and then. He already has won two times, including in his home state of Texas. He was one bad swing away from winning the Masters again. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    Instead of making history, Spieth trying to ignore it

    Jordan Spieth walked with purpose down the long corridor toward his locker, not stopping to look at the photos and scorecards that cover more than a century of golf history at Baltusrol


    Mike North video: What’s the real story with Chris Sale and the White Sox?

    Chris Sale destroyed throwback uniforms because they were uncomfortable and Mike North wonders if his teammates knew of his plan.


    Ex-NFL, Texas A&M standout Mark Wheeler facing drug charges

    Former NFL and Texas A&M defensive lineman Mark Wheeler faces drug-related counts after being arrested in a campus parking lot.


    Manchester derby in Beijing called off after bad weather

    The International Champions Cup match between Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City has been canceled after recent extreme weather made the playing surface at Beijing's National Stadium unfit for play

    Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale sits in the dugout after he threw eight shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners, giving up one hit, in a baseball game, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Seattle. White Sox's David Robertson blew the save in the ninth inning, giving up a walk-off home run to Seattle Mariners' Adam Lind, and the Mariners beat the White Sox 4-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Rozner: White Sox' Sale might consider growing up

    It might just be time for Chris Sale to grow up.


    Big 12, SEC expand Women's Basketball Challenge to 10 games

    The Women's Basketball Challenge pitting teams from the Southeastern Conference against the Big 12 is expanding to 10 games this season

    FILE - In this July 27, 2012, file photo, Russia's Yulia Efimova prepares for a practice session at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Swimming governing body FINA has ruled seven Russian swimmers ineligible to compete at the Olympics, including three it says were linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities. Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers who FINA says were withdrawn by the Russian Swimming Federation because they previously served doping bans. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    7 Russian swimmers to miss Rio Olympics over doping

    World swimming's governing body FINA said Monday that seven Russian swimmers had been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities


    BC-OLY--Olympics Topical Guide,ADVISORY

    Editors: Topical Guides are provided by the AP Stylebook editors for timely events. Here is the most recent topical guide, covering the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The information detailed below has also been posted to the AP Stylebook website . Please reach out to assistant sports editor Oskar Garcia at ogarcia@ap.org or 215-446-6632 if you have any questions. AP Sports ___ 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO GAMES To help with spellings and usage in coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, The Associated Press compiled an editorial style guide of essential terms, spellings and definitions. Some terms are from the Olympics entries in the AP Stylebook: http://www.apstylebook.com. Others are common usage in AP sports stories. The terms include input from Steve Wilson, AP's Olympics beat writer for more than 24 years, as well as Brazil News Director Peter Prengaman, Rio correspondent Jenny Barchfield, AP sports writers Stephen Wade and Mauricio Savarese in Rio, and Oskar Garcia, assistant sports editor for the U.S. east region. ___ Facts and figures Rio de Janeiro is the first city in South America to host the Olympics. It was selected in a vote by the IOC in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. Dates: Aug. 5-21, 2016. (Olympic soccer tournament starts Aug. 3) Sports: There are 28 sports and 42 disciplines under the official program. Note that the International Olympic Committee defines sports by the international federations that govern them: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, open water swimming and water polo are considered disciplines that all fall under the sport of swimming. Note the distinctions if quantifying the number of Olympic sports in a story, but don't get tripped up by official definitions in other uses: It's OK to describe water polo and diving as different sports. Sports venues: 37 competition venues, including five soccer stadiums located outside of Rio de Janeiro. Medal events: 306 medal events. Two new sports: golf and rugby sevens. Athletes: around 10,500, plus 5,000 coaches and team officials. Countries: Athletes from 205 national Olympic committees expected, as well as a team of refugee athletes competing under the Olympic flag. Cost: The budget for building venues and infrastructure is made up of a mix of public and private money. This spending is 39.1 billion Brazilian reals. In dollar terms, this amounts to $10 billion to $12 billion, depending on the latest exchange rate. Separately, the local organizing committee's privately funded operating budget is 7.4 billion reals ($1.9 billion to $2.3 billion). This budget is met through television revenues, sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandising. Medals: Organizers have produced a total of 2,488 medals: 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze. Some competitions award two bronze medals. The medals weigh 500 grams (17.6 ounces). The name of the event in which the medal was won is engraved by laser along the outside edge of the medal. Mascots: The Olympic mascot is Vinicius, a bright-yellow, cat-like figure that also has elements of monkeys and birds. It represents the diverse animal life of Brazil. Tom is the Paralympic mascot, a mop-headed doll with leafy hair that represents the country's diversity of flora. Vinicius is named for the Brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes, and Tom is for Brazilian musician Tom Jobim. Medals tables: In the United States, national standings are compiled by the total number of medals per team: gold, silver and bronze. In the rest of the world, national standings are based on the number of gold medals per team.


    Hamburger SV signs Serbia winger Filip Kostic from Stuttgart

    Serbia left winger Filip Kostic has joined Bundesliga club Hamburger SV from relegated Stuttgart


    Sun Belt chief envisions stability despite Big 12 expansion

    Sun Belt Conference commissioner won't rule out Big 12 expansion plans affecting his league

    FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2013, file photo, Iowa defensive linemen Faith Ekakitie poses during the NCAA college football team's media day in Iowa City, Iowa. Faith Ekakitie says he was playing Pokemon Go in a public park when he was surrounded by police and searched at gunpoint after being mistaken for a suspected bank robber. Ekakitie writes on Facebook that he feared for his life during the incident in Iowa City Wednesday, July 19, 2016. He explains that a bank had been robbed nearby and that he matched the suspect’s description. He says he didn’t “dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me.”(AP Photo/Iowa City Press-Citizen, David Scrivner, File) NO SALES

    Iowa football player mistaken for robber, held at gunpoint

    A University of Iowa football player says he was playing "Pokemon Go" in a public park when he was mistaken for a suspected bank robber, surrounded by police and searched at gunpoint

    FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, former U.S. women's national soccer team member Brandi Chastain arrives to view the U.S. men's team practice in Stanford, Calif., for the World Cup soccer tournament. These days, she's coaching youth, high school and college soccer in California. Chastain is keeping an eye on the current women's national team–without retired star Abby Wambach–after helping the U.S. win two golds and a silver in the Olympics during her career. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    Brandi Chastain: On headers, concussions, soccer wages

    Brandi Chastain confident US women's soccer team can win gold medal again in Rio


    FIFA bans council member Niersbach in World Cup bids probe

    FIFA banned ruling-council member Wolfgang Niersbach from football for one year on Monday in the first sanction from the investigation into Germany's 2006 World Cup bid

    FILE In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 file photo Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus makes an attempt in the final of the Women's Shot Put during the World Athletics Championships, in Osaka, Japan. While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia's problems

    While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system

    FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 file photo, Sunderland's manager Sam Allardyce awaits the start of their English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Southampton at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. Sam Allardyce has been hired as England's national soccer team manager on a two-year contract, on Friday July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

    Allardyce will take time to decide if Rooney remains captain

    Although new England manager Sam Allardyce will take his time before deciding if Wayne Rooney continues as captain, he already has a clearer idea of how he wants the national to play

    In this Saturday, July 16, 2016 photo, Kazuki Yazawa, canoe slalom Olympian and Buddhist priest, prays at Zenkoji Daikanjin Temple in Nagano, Japan. When he's not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold. The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to bring home a medal. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

    Japanese Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold in Rio

    When he's not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold

    Kyle Busch kisses his wife Samantha as he holds their son Brexton after wining the Brickyard 400 NASCAR auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Rob Baker)

    Busch hoping to use big Brickyard weekend for momentum

    Kyle Busch used his first Brickyard 400 victory as a springboard to his first Sprint Cup title

    FILE- In this July 12, 2016, file photo, NBA basketball player Kevin Durant participates in a fans meeting event in Hong Kong. Even in a jersey with “USA” on the chest, Durant got some boos from the Clippers and Lakers fans at Staples Center for an exhibition blowout of China. Durant claimed he didn’t hear it, and the Americans’ top scorer knows he’ll get nothing but love Tuesday, July 26, when he plays at Oracle Arena for the first time since joining the Golden State Warriors. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

    Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA

    Even in a jersey with "USA" on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, shakes hands with catcher Austin Romine after the Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Can hard-throwing Cabrera challenge Chapman's throne?

    Aroldis Chapman may finally have some competition for the title of baseball's hardest-throwing pitcher

    FILE - Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, Miami head coach Mark Richt speaks during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. Richt is charged with helping the Miami program leap into the league’s upper echelon. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

    ACC gets new look with arrival of 4 new coaches for 2016

    Miami's Mark Richt, Syracuse's Dino Babers, Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente arrive as new coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference handling programs with different rebuilding needs


    Seahawks owner Allen announces extension for GM Schneider

    The Seattle Seahawks have extended the contract of general manager John Schneider


Life & Entertainment



    Life of Muslim philanthropist should not be hidden treasure

    “Make poverty the imprimatur of your life.” The renowned Urdu poet/philosopher Allama Iqbal wrote. “Never sell your soul for riches; make your name living in poverty,” he added. This advice in a little couplet elegantly sums up the way Abdul Sattar Edhi, the legendary Pakistani philanthropist, lived. Edhi passed away on July 8. He epitomized the sentiment in the couplet by living on two pairs of clothes, which he wore till they had holes in them that he then patched up. He was following the tradition set by the Prophet Muhammad. Edhi managed a Foundation worth millions but died penniless by choice.Edhi is well known and admired in South Asia and among Muslims worldwide as a fabled social worker, but is barely recognized outside these groups. Upon learning of his passing, one of my initial reactions was that the United States may remain unaware his life story. That would be a shame, as he is a role model not just for Muslims and South Asians but also for all of humanity. His life should not remain a hidden treasure.Edhi’s values were all-embracing. He made a point of demonstrating this early in his life. Born in undivided India, he moved with his village community to Karachi, Pakistan, at the time of partition in 1947. In Karachi, he worked as a commission agent in wholesale. He was initially involved with a free medical clinic that served his Memon community exclusively. The Memons are a Muslim group with origins mostly in Gujarat, India. They are a close-knit group that takes care of its own.The restricted nature of the clinic did not sit well with Edhi. He argued with his fellow Memons that limiting charity to a group diminishes it. He was shouted down and left the clinic.A turning point in his life was the flu epidemic in the city of Karachi in 1957, which affected hundreds of thousands of poor. He saw numerous flu victims lying down on sidewalks with no help. He decided to get benches so that they could at least get off the sidewalk, and he rented a small room to nurse for them. He literally begged passers-by for help and ordinary folks gave money.Gradually, the word spread. He was not an orator or a charismatic personality. It was his evident honesty and transparent sincerity that earned him the admiration and respect of millions, and money continued to pour in. Over his 60-year career, he was able to set up shelters for the homeless and programs of orphans all over Pakistan. He started a foundation and later a trust.The Edhi Foundation and Trust have not only rescued thousands of orphans and abandoned infants but also run numerous food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, and shelters for women and clinics for the mentally disabled.His philanthropy was not only inclusive but also singularly nonjudgmental. Hallmarks of his centers are the cradles, Jhoolas, placed outside the building; a startling sight when you are driving down the street. Anyone who could not care for their child could drop off their infant without questions asked. In a society where a child born out of wedlock is a stigma and where severe poverty may force a parent to give up an infant, this option is remarkable. It is akin to the Safe Haven laws in the United States that started in 1999. The Jhoola initiative started in 1952. That is a testimonial to his foresight and that of his wife Bilquis.He was influenced by both his parents but in particular his mother. Edhi recalled that his mother would give two coins when he left for school — one for lunch money and the other to give to a poor person. His mother died when he was 19 following a prolonged illness that needed daily care. This made him even more sensitive to the needs of the old and the sick.Edhi was stunningly fearless. He would jump in to retrieve the injured and dead in the middle of any conflict. Bullets would be flying around, mobs would be rampaging but he did not seem to care.


    Are we ready to give up on democracy?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: It’s unimaginable that the presidency of this country can go from the sublimity of inspiration of one man to the ludicrous absurdity of another in one day.


    Good reason to stand behind Longmeadow
    A Sleept Hollow letter to the editor: Contrary to the views expressed by another writer, Kane County Chairman Lauzen should be commended for his continued support of the Longmeadow Parkway and bridge.


    Pols try to thwart will of people on map
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Recently, I was pleased to help gather signatures on a petition to put the Independent Map Amendment on the Illinois ballot this fall. More than 560,000 registered voters signed the petition during the process.


    Illinois’ vaudeville act getting very old
    A west Chicago letter to the editor: Lou Lang, Illinois House assistant majority leader, was on Dick Kay’s radio show on WCPT the other day, painting himself as the picture of bipartisanship.


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