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Native Grill & Wings: Get 10 cents wings Sunday, up to 10 per person and just eat.

P. J. Whelihan: On Sunday you get “Endless Wings” for $ 15.99.

Pluckers Wing Bar: On Sunday you get 75% wings when ordered in 10 steps. Miller Lites is also $ 1 Sunday,

Popeyes: For a limited time you get $ 5 Boneless Wing Bash, containing six all-white meatless wings,

Rally’s: For a limited time, you get five legless wings for $ 3.

Taco Mac: The wings are 50 per cent of Sunday.

WingHouse Bar & Grill: Buy 1

0 Buffalo or Original Style Wings on Florida-based Chain Sunday and get free five wings.

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Following draft combine, what comes next for Orlando Magic with the No. 1 pick?

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Following draft combine, what comes next for Orlando Magic with the No. 1 pick?

Considering the Orlando Magic’s draft lottery history, nothing is easy during the scouting process that culminates with the NBA draft in New York.

But when taking into account what lies ahead for them, the easier part is behind the Magic.

Orlando landing the No. 1 pick in the June 23 draft gave the Magic full control of their destiny. Now they have the pressure — which they welcome — of making sure they choose the right player with that top pick.

“We have more work to do,” general manager John Hammond said on In The Zone with Brandon Kravitz. “Evaluation of watching these guys a little more thoroughly, a little more succinctly. Most importantly, a chance to actually spend time with them, get to know them, run them through a battery and find out everything we can.”

The Magic will start hosting workouts at their facility for prospects over the next few weeks before the draft, giving them a chance to make more in-depth evaluations than they did during the draft combine in Chicago — where many of the top prospects didn’t take part in scrimmages, on-court drills or measurements.

Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Auburn’s Jabari Smith are considered the top players in the draft.

Hammond reiterated that Orlando will choose the player the Magic believe will be the best in the long run, not just who fits next year’s team better.

“You hate to be too cliché and say, ‘We’re going to go with the best player on the board,’ but I really believe that when you get to this level of the draft, you live by that,” Hammond said. “We can’t sacrifice a lesser player just because we have this need. I don’t think any need can be that great.”

But would the Magic lean on the guys on their roster for those evaluations?

Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke), Chuma Okeke (Auburn) and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga) all went to college where one of the top prospects did, although none of them did at the same time as the players the Magic are considering.

“[Wendell] probably knows Paolo, somewhat, maybe from the Duke connection,” Hammond said. “I don’t know if Chuma has a real strong relationship with Jabari. The interesting one is Jalen Suggs and Chet are close. If we’re going to consult with one on one situation, that’d be it.”

The Magic also have the Nos. 32 and 35 picks in the second round.

They spoke with multiple players during last week’s combine that could be available when they’re on the board with one of those second-round picks.

Orlando will bring in prospects who that the Magic believe could be available in the range of those second-round selections for workouts to help determine what it should do with those picks.

“This is kind of like the dating process — you don’t know who that person is until you actually live with them,” Hammond said. “That’s when you make the full commitment. We’re going to have to get to know them the best we can.”

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.

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‘Historic’ changes possible at the Minnesota Legislature — if they can finish in time

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‘Historic’ changes possible at the Minnesota Legislature — if they can finish in time

Minnesota lawmakers could pass some historic legislation Sunday, including eliminating taxes on Social Security, easing the cost to schools for special education, and raising the pay of caregivers in the struggling long-term care industry.

But they have to act fast. Lawmakers have until midnight Sunday to agree on $4 billion worth of tax cuts and $4 billion in new spending.

They struck a deal on tax breaks Saturday, but sticking points remained on spending plans for key areas like crime and education. If they can’t get past those sticking points, it’s possible that the tax deal won’t become reality.

The money would be spent over the next three years and comes from the state’s record $9.25 billion budget surplus as well as future tax collections that are anticipated to exceed expectations.

Gov. Tim Walz, GOP Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller and DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced the grand bargain Monday. Members of bipartisan joint committees have spent the last week ironing out the details of the spending plans.

Final bills appeared to be coming together Saturday as both the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-led House held marathon floor sessions, committee meetings, and closed-door talks.

“It’s crunch time,” said Sen. Miller, R-Winona. “Time is short.”

EMERGING DEALS: TAXES, HEALTH, BONDING

Leaders of the conference committee working to cut taxes announced they had come to agreement Saturday.

The plan would eliminate state income taxes on Social Security, cut the lowest tax tier rate by a quarter of a percent and increase credits for renters and homeowners. The tax breaks would reduce revenue by about $1.45 billion next year and roughly $1.22 billion a year going forward.

Lawmakers continue to debate on how to spend $1 billion on health and human services programs.

Senate Republicans want to put most of the new money towards raises for caregivers and aid to the long-term industry, which faces dire financial struggles in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats want help for long-term care, but also want to increase aid to lower-income residents to help for things like childcare.

Finally, non-budget years are typically when lawmakers approve an infrastructure bill, and talks between the House and Senate are progressing. The $1.5 billion agreed upon for the so-called bonding bill will likely focus $1 billion on requests from state agencies and $400 million for community project requests. Rather than focus on eye-catching new construction, the list of projects being winnowed by lawmakers is focused on fixing and maintaining assets like roads, bridges, and state- and college-owned buildings.

“It may be the only bill that passes this year,” said Sen. Tom Bakk, I-Cook, who chairs the Senate’s capital investment committee. The bonding bill is the only part of the grand bargain not tied to the other parts.

STICKING POINTS: CRIME, SCHOOLS

Figuring out how to spend some $450 million in public safety has proven difficult. While there’s general agreement on increasing funding for the courts, the “order” side of the law & order equation has threatened an impasse.

While House Democrats have repeatedly said they want to hire and recruit more police officers, they’ve focused recent days of talks on another priority: a suite of spending that includes grants to local nonprofits to deploy “violence interrupters” and other forms of crime community-based crime prevention efforts that don’t involve badges and guns. They’re also pushing for money for more investigators to improve the rate of solving crime.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, have zeroed in on their top priority: more cops. In theory, both sides could get some of what they want, but by Saturday evening, they were struggling to not talk past each other.

Lawmakers are at odds on how to spend $1 billion more on education. There are differences on how much to put toward boosting funding to cover districts’ special education costs. Many special education services are mandated by federal regulations, but there is no accompanying stream of federal funds to pay for them — a longtime financial sore spot for school administrators.

Leaders of the education committee also remain divided on how much to spend on mental health services for students and how to improve young students’ literacy.

In both education and crime Saturday evening, key figures began making public pronouncements to the media and on the floor of the chambers — a telltale sign that talks are at risk of stalling.

Miller and Hortman had already begun to get their hands into some of the nitty gritty of the sticking points Saturday night, potentially with Walz involved as well.

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DJ LeMahieu’s grand slam leads Yankees to 7-5 over White Sox at the Stadium

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DJ LeMahieu’s grand slam leads Yankees to 7-5 over White Sox at the Stadium

DJ LeMahieu hit a grand slam and a milestone Saturday. The Yankees infielder hammered his second career grand slam in the second inning of the Bombers 7-5 win over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

It came on the day he reached 10 years of service time in the big leagues.

“It’s hard to wrap my mind around 10 years. If they would have told me that 10 years ago I would have been here now, I would have been pretty shocked,” LeMahieu said. “Ten years and have a good game and get a win, I can’t ask for much more.”

An average player’s career in the big leagues is just over three years.

The Yankees rebounded after a loss Thursday in Baltimore and a rainout on Friday. They have only lost back-to-back games once this season. They have won five of their last six and 10 of their last 12 games. They maintain the best record in baseball at 29-10.

The game was marred by allegations from White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson that Yankees designated hitter Josh Donaldson made a racist comment to him by calling him “Jackie,” in reference to Jackie Robinson. Anderson is Black. Donaldson denied any racist intent saying it referred to an interview Anderson did in 2019 calling himself ‘today’s Jackie Robinson.’ Donaldson said they had joked and laughed about it before.

MLB was investigating the issue Saturday night.

LeMahieu’s grand slam came in the second inning off White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel. His previous slam was Aug. 27, 2018. It was LeMahieu’s third home run of the season and the first grand slam by a Yankee this season. It marked his 49th homer in four seasons with the Yankees, matching the total he had in the eight seasons he played with the Rockies.

“It was a really good day [offensively],” LeMahieu said. “We just had  really good at-bats all day today and I just had one big swing.”

Anthony Rizzo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Donaldson each drove in a run.

Nestor Cortes gave up a season-high three runs — the most since he allowed three on Sept. 20, 2021 against the Rangers — on six hits. He gave them all up on Jose Abreu’s three-run shot to left field in the third inning. It was the fourth home run he has allowed this season.

Despite not having his best stuff, Cortes struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

“The first three innings I was scattered, couldn’t get a rhythm down,” Cortes said. “Because we’re going a little slower to start the game. For the fourth and fifth inning, we were a lot better.”

Clay Holmes got four outs for his fourth major league save. The right-handed sinkerballer struck out two in the scoreless 1.1 innings and extended his streak of 21.0 scoreless innings which is currently the longest in the majors. He has also made 19 scoreless appearances this season, also the most in the big leagues.

“He’s been special, probably as good a reliever as there’s been in the league. I would think to this point I can’t imagine anyone being any better,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously, there in a big spot. I wanted him to face the top of their order with all those righties coming up and to be as efficient as he was doing it against some great right-handed hitters. He’s off to a really special start. And it’s fun to watch him go out there and do his thing.”

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