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Michael Conforto’s ‘unbelievable’ Mets season is over

WASHINGTON — Michael Conforto is getting the remainder of the season off.

A day after returning from a two-day break because of left hamstring discomfort, the outfielder was placed on the injured list Thursday. Luis Guillorme was recalled from the team’s alternate training site to take Conforto’s roster spot.

Conforto aggravated the hamstring, according to manager Luis Rojas, while trying to beat out an infield grounder in his final at-bat against the Rays on Wednesday.

Conforto finished the season with a .927 OPS in 54 games, helping anchor a largely productive Mets lineup. Conforto’s .412 on-base percentage was a career high.

“He had a great regular season, he was solid throughout,” Rojas said. “Offensively, his numbers were there, he was unbelievable...

Ask the Dow: Demands for justice continue in Louisville a day after decision not to charge police officers for the death of Breonna Taylor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In the wake of the decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Breonna Taylor, authorities and activists alike wrestled Thursday with the question of what comes next amid continued demands for justice in the Black woman’s death.

“The question obviously is: What do we do with this pain?” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a news conference. “There is no one answer, no easy answer to that question.”

Fischer pleaded for calm a day after peaceful protests in Louisville turned violent, and a gunman shot and wounded two police officers...

Breonna Taylor protesters in Louisville defy curfew, confront armed counter-protesters claiming to ‘defend the Constitution’

Steve Kiggins

Emma Austin

Lucas Aulbach

Ben Tobin
 
| USA TODAY

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Protesters took to the streets again on Thursday night, defying a citywide curfew for the second night and coming face-to-face with armed counter-protesters claiming to “defend the Constitution.” 

A day after a grand jury’s decision in the deadly police shooting of Breonna Taylor sparked a new wave of national protests for racial equality and police reform, Tamika Palmer made a brief appearance at her daughter’s memorial in Jefferson Square Park as hun...

Yankees’ playoff run could be short if things don’t change soon

BUFFALO — Moving day rapidly approaches, and the Yankees look like they have neither started packing nor notified their utilities nor hired the crew to transport their considerable belongings.

They really need to get their act together, no?

The Yankees departed the Queen City, finally, as losers once more, 4-1 to the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field, giving them five losses in seven games here at this temporary Major League Baseball site and, more relevant, four losses in their past five contests overall.

“It’ll be good to get back home and get out of Buffalo,” Brett Gardner said, echoing what British soldiers surely said when they evacuated Fort Niagara in 1796.

This latest funk has turned the Yankees from likely wild-card-round hosts to likely visitors, meaning they’ll close out their ...

Asia Markets: Asia stocks take inspiration from renewed hope for fresh round of pandemic relief in U.S.

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.

Despite signs of a global economic rebound in the third quarter, worries remain the upturn may be running out of steam.

House Democrats said they are paring back their proposal for a new stimulus package in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell have said the government’s top priority should be to provide affordable loans to small businesses and further support for millions of Americans still unemployed.

See:House Democrats prep new bill as gambit to get stimulus efforts unstuck

Paralyzing partisanship has prevented a Congressional rene...

Trump campaigns in Jacksonville, calls for Biden to release list of Supreme Court choices

David Bauerlein

Andrew Pantazi

Emily Bloch
 
| Florida Times-Union

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — President Donald Trump said during a campaign rally in Jacksonville on Thursday that he will announce a woman as his Supreme Court pick on Saturday and he challenged Democratic nominee Joe Biden to release his own list of potential Supreme Court candidates.

Trump said Biden doesn’t want to release a list because he is beholden to “the left.”

Biden has said the winner of the November election should fill the seat left vaca...

Yankees’ loss opens door for unfavorable playoff seeding scenario

So much for that 10-game winning streak turning the Yankees’ season around.

With Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Toronto in Buffalo, the Yankees have lost four of their past five as they head into their final series of the regular season against the Marlins in The Bronx.

After Wednesday’s wipeout that featured four errors, the offense couldn’t figure out left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and dropped five of their seven games at Sahlen Field.

The victory clinched a postseason berth for the Blue Jays — and cost the Yankees a chance to secure second place in the AL East. Instead, there’s still a chance they could finish as low as seventh in the AL seeding.

Shut down for most of the game, the Yankees scored a run in the eighth before Gary Sanchez, who was relegated to a part-time player prior to th...

The Margin: ‘Open letter to America’ signed by 489 national-security leaders calls Trump ‘not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office’

With the presidential election just 40 days away, it’s hardly surprising to see a number of prominent Americans putting chips on the table and voicing a preference for four more years of Donald Trump or a return to the White House of a former two-term vice president, Democrat Joe Biden.

Noteworthy Republicans bolting the Trump camp, naturally, have made headlines, as have endorsements of Biden by former high-ranking officials under Trump, including, of late, Miles Taylor, who served as chief of staff in the Homeland Security Department, and Olivia Troye, Vice President Mike Pence’s homeland-security adviser. Sen...

Pac-12 announces it will begin college football season on Nov. 6

Paul Myerberg
 
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The Pac-12 will join the Big Ten in attempting to play football this fall, the league announced Thursday, reversing a decision made in August to postpone until the winter or spring at the earliest due to the health concerns posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pac-12 play will begin on Nov...

David Peterson stymies Nationals to keep Mets’ playoff hopes alive

WASHINGTON — David Peterson’s season is concluding just as it has reached a zenith.

The rookie pitcher didn’t even possess a roster spot when summer camp began, but became an integral piece of the Mets’ rotation out of necessity. Now the Mets have to love the potential gem they have unearthed.

Thursday night Peterson kept the Mets’ scant playoff hopes alive with his strongest start of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Nationals.

The Mets (26-31) are still mathematically alive for second place in the NL East, which carries a postseason berth, and also breathing, albeit barely, in the wild-card race. Their deficit on the Giants and Phillies for the final wild-card spot is two games with three remaining. The Brewers also sit ahead of the Mets...