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Mike Lupica: All Rise! Aaron Judge the big attraction again for the Bombers



Mike Lupica: All Rise! Aaron Judge the big attraction again for the Bombers

When Giancarlo Stanton hits one, and that doesn’t mean one of those cheapies to right, they stay hit. There was a time when Alex Rodriguez, in his prime, hit balls out of sight for the Yankees, though we’ll never know how many of those home runs were chemically aided. And we had Godzilla, Hideki Matsui, for a time, all the way through the homer he hit against the Phillies in Game 6 in ‘09, the last time the Yankees managed to win it all.

It’s different with Aaron Judge, who has gotten on the kind of tear we saw from him five years ago, when he hit 52 home runs in a season and set the rookie record until Pete Alonso came along on the other side of town to break it. In so many theatrical ways, No. 99 is the most exciting at-bat for the Yankees since Reggie, and one of the most exciting at-bats anywhere.

“They used to call me a hot dog,” Reggie told me one time. “But nobody goes to buy one when I step into the box.”

Judge is the Yankee everybody wants to watch, and not just Yankee fans. Derek Jeter was poise and excellence and grace and winning. And great precision, at the plate and in the field. And there was occasionally magic to Jeter’s game, the way there was with The Flip against the A’s back in 2001, and the night he hit that home run against the Diamondbacks and became Mr. November. There was even the night against the Red Sox when Jeter came sprinting over from shortstop and then did a face-plant into the third base stands to get his team an out.

Of course, there was that walk-off game-winning single on the last night Jeter ever had at either Yankee Stadium.

But ballparks didn’t come to a stop when Jeter stepped to the plate. They do for Aaron Judge. They did the other night when he hit that three-run, walk-off bomb to beat the Blue Jays in the bottom of the 9th. We are being reminded, over last season and this one and especially this one, why Judge matters to the Yankees and Yankee fans as much as he does.

Remember that old marketing campaign the Yankees had? At any moment a great moment? That’s Judge right now. Stanton has been just as hot as Judge over the past couple of weeks, no doubt. He and Judge are once again combining to be the best front line in baseball, Stanton at 6-6 and Judge at 6-7. But Stanton will never be embraced here the way Judge is, for as long as Judge is here. Nothing against Stanton. He has handled himself in New York about as well as you can, even in hard times for him, with the fans and when he was injured.

But Yankee fans look at Judge as one of their own, and always will. Maybe some of them are already wondering if Judge would already have his new, long-term contract extension if the Yankees weren’t paying crazy money to Stanton. No matter. It is Judge who is the most popular Yankee, by far. It is Judge who is the face of the franchise. It is Judge who placed a huge bet on himself, right before Opening Day, by turning down a $213 million, 7-year extension. Again: By the end of this season, if Judge stays healthy, that money might look like some sort of bargain price.

Stanton has done his part to carry the Yankees lately every bit as much as Judge has. In that 15-7 victory over the White Sox on Thursday night, Judge hit another homer and Stanton hit two. But when the Yankees were scoring seven in the 8th after two were out, maybe the most important moment was No. 99 not just beating out an infield hit to the shortstop side of second base, but plating two runs by the time the play was over.

When that game was over, here is what Judge said:

“It speaks volumes to the type of guys we have in this clubhouse. It doesn’t matter what the score is. It doesn’t matter if we’re down, it doesn’t matter if we’re up. We want to win.”

Now the Yankees are winning in a way they haven’t in years. They aren’t just making their own fans pay attention to them again. They aren’t just making the Rays and Jays, the two teams behind them in the American League East, pay attention. They are making all of baseball do that. They are the YANKEES again in April and May. All caps. So much of this has been built around Judge, as hot as Stanton has been going.

It is impossible to believe that Judge will be going anywhere if he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. But I thought the Yankees would lock him up to one of those $300 million contracts before they stopped negotiating right before Opening Day. They didn’t. The Yankees then announced to the whole wide world what they had offered Judge, as a way of letting you know how fair they were being, and what kind of effort they’d made. Except for this: There aren’t any medals for trying in situations like this.

I remember one time in the old days when the late George Young freely admitted that he’d paid his star running back, Joe Morris, far more than he’d intended when negotiations had begun between Morris and the organization. The Giants and Morris eventually reached an agreement in September of 1986. Then the Giants won their first Super Bowl around four months later.

“Your finances change,” Young told me one day on the telephone, “when you have a chance to win.”

That isn’t the case right now with Judge and the Yankees. He isn’t going anywhere for now, maybe forever. But if Judge didn’t go for the Yankees’ original offer, then it wasn’t enough, simple as that, even knowing how many games he missed because of injuries in 2018 and 2019 and 2020. Can I see him playing somewhere else next season? I can’t. I believe he is going to be a Yankee for life the way Jeter was, and Mo Rivera was. And Bernie and Posada. It will still be interesting, if he has a monster, MVP-type season, just how much more money than $213 million over seven it is going to cost Hal Steinbrenner.

And ask yourself this question: Do you think this narrative would still be open-ended if Steve Cohen owned the New York Yankees? Actually, there’s no need to ask the question, since everybody in town already knows the answer.

For now, Yankee fans are just enjoying the show. Enjoying having their team back. Before Judge came along, the big Yankee attraction for nearly a decade was farewell tours for Jeter and Mo. Now the big man is the big attraction again. Best Yankee at-bat since Reggie. You know the drill by now. All Rise.


You know who won the Nets-Sixers trade?

No one did.

Maybe the most delicious irony of all is that when it was all on the line for the Sixers, James Harden turned into Ben Simmons.

And was afraid to shoot the ball.

No kidding, there was a point the other night when the Sixers were being eliminated by the Heat when I started to think I was going to have more shot attempts in the second half than Harden did.

One of these days maybe the Knicks will have a young star like Luka.

There had to be some times, during a couple of those blowout losses to the Penguins, when Rangers fans must have been wondering where Henrik Lundqvist was when their team really needed him.

Kyrie Irving just isn’t going to shut up, is he?

It’s worth noting that Erik Spoelstra of the Heat is already a Hall of Fame coach.

Jeanie Buss says she’s consulting with her old boyfriend, Phil Jackson, on how to fix the Lakers, and all I keep thinking is what could possibly go wrong with that?

My friend Barry Stanton, upon learning what Tom Brady is going to make from Fox when he retires, points out how short a run Joe Montana had at NBC when Joe was still the GOAT.

Greg Norman, who wants his shameless flacking for this new Saudi league to somehow appear noble, said this the other day when addressing the Saudi government’s alleged and brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

“Look, we’ve all made mistakes, and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”

Nobody asked this meathead how he thinks that helps Khashoggi.

Norman isn’t a frontman for this new league because he thinks it’s good for golf.

He thinks it’s good for Norman.

Same as Phil Mickelson did.

The two of them deserve each other.

It is going to be big tennis fun at Roland Garros to see if the kid, Carlos Alcaraz, is ready to win the French Open at the tender age of 19.

And while we’re on the subject of tennis:

Man oh man, wouldn’t it be something to see Roger Federer have one more great day on Centre Court at Wimbledon?

The way Jeff McNeil is hitting now for the Mets?

That’s the way he always hit before last season.

Gleyber Torres seems to have gotten it into his head that he’s still supposed to be a baseball star.

John Henry’s Penguins have more firepower than Henry’s Red Sox right now.

“Bosch: Legacy” is everything I thought it was going to be.

And more.

Does Kevin Durant still think Charles Barkley is being mean to him?

I really was genuinely happy for Touchdown Tom, though, when I heard about the Fox deal.

Finally, the guy catches a break.




Charlotte Spencer: Who Is She Dating Right Now? Her Relationship Timeline Explored



Charlotte Spencer: Who Is She Dating Right Now? Her Relationship Timeline Explored

Charlotte Spencer is a famous British dancer, actress, and musician. Her most famous role was as the character in the paranormal scary television drama The Living and the Dead. She’s also appeared in movies including Les Miserables, Diagnosis, and Wild Bill.

The actress has been popular for a long time; if you want to learn more about her, you’ve come to the correct spot. We tried to include any information about her here, so be sure you read it all the way through.

About Charlotte Spencer’s background

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Charlotte Spencer was born in Harlow, Essex. Her parents are Karen and Peter. She has a smaller sister and a smaller brother. Spencer once told that she is from a working family; his father was in builder by profession, and his mother was a teacher. She began ballet at the age of three and has always desired to dance. Her parents enrolled her at an acting school in London, the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone when she was 11 years old. Charlotte received her schooling at the Sylvia Young Theater. According to reports, her family took a loan to make her career in the acting field.

When she is not performing as an actress, she resides with her family, helps at a charity business with her grandma, and sings in the singing group at her mom’s school. Chip, her dog, lives with her. Charlotte volunteers at the elementary school where her mom teaches.

When did she start her career in acting?

The 30-year-old performer made her debut as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins when she was 12 years old. She began her broadcast debut in 2009 when she portrayed Jaime in the tv show Five Days. She featured in numerous television show the previous year which include, Baghdad Central, The Living, and the Dead, Angeline Ballerina: The Next Steps, Sanditon, Line of Duty, Glue, Watership Down, and many more. Her appearance in movies includes Les Miserables, Above, Misbehavior, Wild Bill, and Diagnosis.

The Sanditon actress most recently played in Cinderella as Narissa. Camila Cabello, Minnie Driver, Idina Menzel, and Nicholas Galitzine feature in Kay Cannon’s 2021 love musical film themed on the fairytale narrative.

What is her Net Worth?

Charlotte started her commercial acting career roughly 20 years ago and has appeared in numerous productions, including theatrical, films, and television shows, earning a substantial amount of wealth.  Charlotte Spencer’s financial status is expected to be about $4 million in 2022. Her principal income sources are her performing, music, and dance occupations.

Who Is She Dating Right Now?

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When it relates to her private affairs, the performer keeps her mouth shut. She didn’t divulge something about her romance and dating background.

Many publications indicate that the actress is single and concentrates on her working life. However, her one Instagram story perplexes us on this issue. She might have been in a connection with an unknown guy.

However, many of her followers enjoyed her on-screen love with Jack Fox in Sanditon, in addition to her genuine relationship. Apart from that, Clara did not tell anything about her past connections or relationships.

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Official: Girl told 911 ‘send the police now’ as cops waited



Official: Girl told 911 ‘send the police now’ as cops waited


UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Students trapped inside a classroom with a gunman repeatedly called 911 during this week’s attack on a Texas elementary school, including one who pleaded, “Please send the police now,” as nearly 20 officers waited in the hallway for more than 45 minutes, authorities said Friday.

The commander at the scene in Uvalde — the school district’s police chief — believed that 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos was barricaded inside adjoining classrooms at Robb Elementary School and that children were no longer at risk, Steven McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a contentious news conference.

“It was the wrong decision,” he said.

Friday’s briefing came after authorities spent three days providing often conflicting and incomplete information about the 90 minutes that elapsed between the time Ramos entered the school and when U.S. Border Patrol agents unlocked the classroom door and killed him.

Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers, but his motive remains unclear, authorities said.

There was a barrage of gunfire shortly after Ramos entered the classroom where officers eventually killed him, but those shots were “sporadic” for much of the 48 minutes when officers waited in the hallway, McCraw said. He said investigators do not know if or how many children died during that time.

Throughout the attack, teachers and children repeatedly called 911 asking for help, including a girl who pleaded: “Please send the police now,” McCraw said.

Questions have mounted over the amount of time it took officers to enter the school to confront the gunman.

It was 11:28 a.m. Tuesday when Ramos’ Ford pickup slammed into a ditch behind the low-slung Texas school and the driver jumped out carrying an AR-15-style rifle.

Five minutes after that, authorities say, Ramos entered the school and found his way to the fourth-grade classroom where he killed the 21 victims.

But it wasn’t until 12:58 p.m. that law enforcement radio chatter said Ramos had been killed and the siege was over.

What happened in those 90 minutes, in a working-class neighborhood near the edge of the town of Uvalde, has fueled mounting public anger and scrutiny over law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s rampage.

“They say they rushed in,” said Javier Cazares, whose fourth-grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, and who raced to the school as the massacre unfolded. “We didn’t see that.”

According to the new timeline provided by McCraw, After crashing his truck, Ramos fired on two people coming out of a nearby funeral home, officials said.

Contrary to earlier statements by officials, a school district police officer was not inside the school when Ramos arrived. When that officer did respond, he unknowingly drove past Ramos, who was crouched behind a car parked outside and firing at the building, McCraw said.

At 11:33 p.m., Ramos entered the school through a rear door that had been propped open and fired more than 100 rounds into a pair of classrooms, McCraw said.

DPS spokesman Travis Considine said investigators haven’t determined why the door was propped open.

Two minutes later, three local police officers arrived and entered the building through the same door, followed soon after by four others, McCraw said. Within 15 minutes, as many as 19 officers from different agencies had assembled in the hallway, taking sporadic fire from Ramos, who was holed up in a classroom.

Ramos was still inside at 12:10 p.m. when the first U.S. Marshals Service deputies arrived. They had raced to the school from nearly 70 miles (113 kilometers) away in the border town of Del Rio, the agency said in a tweet Friday.

But the commander inside the building — the school district’s police chief, Pete Arredondo — decided the group should wait to confront the gunman, on the belief that the scene was no longer an active attack, McCraw said.

The crisis came to an end after a group of Border Patrol tactical officers entered the school at 12:45 p.m., said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine. They engaged in a shootout with the gunman, who was holed up in the fourth-grade classroom. Moments before 1 p.m., he was dead.

Arredondo couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday. No one answered the door at his home and he didn’t reply to a phone message left at the district’s police headquarters.

Ken Trump, president of the consulting firm National School Safety and Security Services, said the length of the timeline raised questions.

“Based on best practices, it’s very difficult to understand why there were any types of delays, particularly when you get into reports of 40 minutes and up of going in to neutralize that shooter,” he said.

The motive for the massacre — the nation’s deadliest school shooting since Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago — remained under investigation, with authorities saying Ramos had no known criminal or mental health history.

During the siege, frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the school, according to witnesses.

“Go in there! Go in there!” women shouted at the officers soon after the attack began, said Juan Carranza, 24, who watched the scene from outside a house across the street.

Carranza said the officers should have entered the school sooner: “There were more of them. There was just one of him.”

Cazares said that when he arrived, he saw two officers outside the school and about five others escorting students out of the building. But 15 or 20 minutes passed before the arrival of officers with shields, equipped to confront the gunman, he said.

As more parents flocked to the school, he and others pressed police to act, Cazares said. He heard about four gunshots before he and the others were ordered back to a parking lot.

“A lot of us were arguing with the police, ‘You all need to go in there. You all need to do your jobs.’ Their response was, ‘We can’t do our jobs because you guys are interfering,’” Cazares said.

Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, which works to make schools safer, cautioned that it’s hard to get a clear understanding of the facts soon after a shooting.

“The information we have a couple of weeks after an event is usually quite different than what we get in the first day or two. And even that is usually quite inaccurate,” Dorn said. For catastrophic events, “you’re usually eight to 12 months out before you really have a decent picture.”


This story was corrected to reflect that authorities say five minutes, not 12, elapsed between when Ramos’ truck crashed and when he entered the school.


Associated Press reporter Jake Bleiberg contributed from Dallas.

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Platform To Watch Better Call Saul



Platform To Watch Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul is a spin-off of the popular Crime Drama TV Series Breaking Bad. This show acts as both a prequel and sequel to the original show. Better Call Saul follows the life of James McGill AKA Saul Goodman.

This former con-man decided to turn his life around and leave his old ways. Even though he was done with his old life, his old life wasn’t done with him. James who is now an attorney soon got frustrated with how low he was getting paid less for more work.

In Breaking Bad James aka Saul is already an accomplished lawyer with his hands in everything from money laundering to guns for hire. The show also offers a peek into the life of Mike Ermentrout retired policeman struggling to provide for his son’s widow and granddaughter.

Even though Mike and James weren’t always on the best of terms, they settle their differences and starts helping each other out in times of need. Developing a unique acquaintanceship.

Where To Watch The Show?

 The shows international fans need not fret as several popular streaming services have this particular TV Show. Even if you are not comfortable with the Default language there must be several voice-over & subtitle options available based on your geographical location. You can stream the show on Netflix as well as on the AMC’s Official Website. Furthermore, you can also watch it on Paramount+. The show has an IMDB rating of 8.8/10 and a rotten tomatoes rating of 98%.

When To Expect In The New Episode?

The show started airing back in Early February 2015. The show is scheduled to have a total of 63 episodes over 6 seasons. And currently, the show is on its 6th season. New episodes are aired weekly on Mondays. It has a rating of TV-MA / Matured Audience and an episode duration of 46 Minutes. The show has finished airing the first part of Season 6. The second part is scheduled to start airing on the 11th of July 2022 and will have 6 new episodes. With that, the 6th season will conclude.

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About Breaking Bad

The story follows the life of Walter White. He used to have a boring life and was stuck on a dead-end job teaching Highschool Chemistry. His whole world was turned upside down when he collapsed one day. After testing it was found that he has 3rd stage bone cancer.

Now he feels deep remorse because he has nothing to leave his family with after his death. Walter joins forces with one of his old students and starts using his vast knowledge in Chemistry to make Crystal Meth. He has a few shortcomings at first but as time goes on, he makes a name for himself as the meth he makes is the best.

The Aftermath

He soon starts making more money than he knows what to do with. That is when James McGill / Saul Goodman comes in. He helps Walter set up a money-laundering operation with a Car Wash as a front. Walter who once used to cook meth in an RV soon grows into having a giant factory making several million dollars worth of drugs every day.

As they say, all good things come to an end and Walter’s Cancer ultimately returns. As the last stand, he leaves a substantial amount of money for his family and then saves his partner Jesse from a rival gang killing himself in the process.

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