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Marlins ace Alcantara joins Chisholm being named to All-Star team; Miami hands Mets first extra-inning loss of season

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Marlins Ace Alcantara Joins Chisholm Being Named To All-Star Team; Miami Hands Mets First Extra-Inning Loss Of Season

Sandy Alcantara on Sunday joined teammate Jazz Chisholm Jr., as Miami Marlins named to the 2022 National League All-Star team. The question now is whether Chisholm will make that start and whether Alcantara will be making the game’s first pitch.

Chisholm remains on the injured list with a back injury, and Alcantara, who has been the NL’s best pitcher among those with at least 100 innings pitched, may fall victim to hometown pressures for the mid-season exhibition being played at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

Alcantara is 9-3 with a 1.73 ERA in a whopping 130 1/3 innings pitched. The closest pitcher to that workload is Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola, a full 19 innings behind. The primary roadblock to an Alcantara start appears to be the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin, who is 11-0 with a 1.62 ERA, though in only 88 2/3 innings.

There also has been sentiment that Dodgers longtime ace and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw could be given the starting honors.

Kershaw also was named to the squad on Sunday despite numbers (6-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 63 2/3 innings) that are deeply inferior to Alcantara’s and Gonsolin’s.

Possibly in Alcantara’s corner is that the NL manager will be the Atlanta Braves’ Brian Snitker, who has seen Alcantara handle his team to the tune of a 1.74 ERA in 62 innings in nine career starts.

Both Alcantara and Gonsolin have one start left before the All-Star break. Gonsolin’s final start will be on Tuesday (through a scheduling quirk, the Dodgers don’t play next Sunday), while Alcantara’s will be Friday against the Phillies.

Meanwhile, a year after Shohei Ohtani became baseball’s first two-way All-Star, the Los Angeles Angels sensation did it again.

Ohtani was picked for the American League pitching staff on Sunday as a Major League Baseball selection, two days after he was elected by fans to start at designated hitter.

Pitchers Clay Holmes, Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes made the AL team from the Yankees along with catcher Jose Trevino, giving New York six All-Stars for the first time since 2011. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were elected to start.

Defending AL champion Houston has five All-Stars, with pitchers Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, outfielder Kyle Tucker and designated hitter Yordan Álvarez selected along with starting second baseman Jose Altuve. Álvarez went on the injured list Sunday because of right hand inflammation.

World Series champion Atlanta also has five. Pitcher Max Fried, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and DH William Contreras joined elected outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.

Contreras will be the NL’s DH in place of Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, who was elected to start but broke his left thumb on June 25.

Contreras joins Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras as the first brothers in the same All-Star Game since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. They will be just the fifth brothers to start in an All-Star Game after Mort and Walker Cooper in 1942 and ‘43, Dixie and Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom DiMaggio in 1949 and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.

The Dodgers have four All-Stars as Kershaw and Gonsolin joined starting outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner.

The New York Mets, St. Louis and Toronto also have four.

Seattle outfielder Julio Rodríguez was the lone rookie picked and at 21 is the youngest of this year’s All-Stars. There are 30 first-time All-Stars and Rodríguez, who debuted on April 8, is among 10 age 24 or younger.

Ohtani, the reigning AL MVP, is hitting .260 with 19 homers and 59 RBIs and is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 20 walks in 81 innings. He has won five consecutive starts and is coming off a Wednesday outing at Miami when he became the first player in major league history to strike out 10 batters, drive in two runs and steal a base.

In the AL’s 5-2 win last year at Colorado, Ohtani pitched a 1-2-3 first inning by retiring Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Muncy and Nolan Arenado, and grounded out twice.

Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is the senior All-Star with 12 selections and St. Louis DH Albert Pujols is second with 11, both picks of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred under a provision for career achievements in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is next with 10, followed by Kershaw and Verlander with nine apiece. Trout was picked for the ninth straight time.

AL pitchers elected to start by players included Cleveland’s Emmanuel Clase, Baltimore’s Jorge López, Toronto’s Alek Manoah, Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan along with Cole, Cortes, Holmes and Verlander.

NL pitchers picked by players joining Alcantara, Gonsolin, Kershaw and Fried were Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader, the Mets’ Edwin Díaz, St. Louis’ Ryan Helsley and San Diego’s Joe Musgrove.

AL position players chosen by colleagues were Minnesota infielder Luis Arraez, Cleveland second baseman Andrés Giménez and third baseman José Ramírez, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielders Byron Buxton of Minnesota and George Springer of Toronto along with Alvarez, Trevino and Tucker.

NL position players selected by players were Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and outfielder Starling Marte, St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielders Kyle Schwarber of Philadelphia and Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs along with d’Arnaud, Contreras and Swanson.

MLB called in seven AL players, with Ohtani, Rodríguez and Valdez joined by pitchers Paul Blackburn of Oakland, Gregory Soto of Detroit and Martín Pérez of Texas along with Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

MLB’s NL choices included Pittsburgh’s David Bednar, Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Arizona’s Joe Mantiply and Kershaw for the pitching staff along with Colorado first baseman C.J. Cron and Washington outfielder Juan Soto.

At least one player must be included from all 30 teams. Twenty-eight All-Stars were born outside the 50 states.

Marlins top Mets in 10, salvage split

Sandy Alcantara extended his shutout streak to 19 innings and pinch-runner Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error by catcher Tomás Nido in the 10th, sending the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 2-0 on Sunday.

Luke Williams added an RBI single for the Marlins, who salvaged a four-game split with the NL East leaders. Tanner Scott struck out Francisco Lindor with runners at the corners for his 12th save.

New York, which had been undefeated in extra innings in 2022, begins a three-game series at second-place Atlanta on Monday night.

Alcantara allowed six hits in seven innings and lowered his ERA to 1.73. He struck out four and walked one.

“It was probably one of his best performances, from the standpoint that he wasn’t clicking with all his stuff,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “But I think him and [catcher Jacob Stallings] did a nice job of using his stuff and getting through it.”

The right-hander has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last 12 starts, the longest stretch for a Marlins pitcher since 2004.

“When you believe in your stuff, you don’t have to worry,” Alcantara said. “You just go and compete no matter what happens.”

Jon Berti had three hits for the second straight game and got his major league-leading 27th stolen base for Miami.

Hamilton was inserted as the automatic runner in the 10th, replacing Garrett Cooper. With a 1-2 count on Jesús Aguilar, the speedy Hamilton took off and easily stole third. He scored when Nido’s throw sailed well over Eduardo Escobar’s head into left field.

Nido scored the winning run Saturday in the 10th inning on a throwing error by Miami reliever Tanner Scott.

Jesús Sánchez and Bryan De La Cruz singled off Tommy Hunter (0-1) before Williams’ single made it 2-0.

Richard Bleier (1-1) worked a hitless ninth for the win.

The Associated Press’ Charles O’Brien wrote the Marlins-Mets game story and Ronald Blum contributed to the All-Star selections story.




Biden starts summer vacation with his family in South Carolina – The Denver Post

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Biden Starts Summer Vacation With His Family In South Carolina - The Denver Post


KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived in South Carolina on Wednesday to begin what is expected to be at least a seven-day vacation with family members.

The first couple planned to be at Kiawah Island, known for its private beach and golf resort, until Tuesday, according to notices from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The White House did not respond to requests to provide details on Biden’s vacation schedule, activities or when he planned to return to Washington. The president will be staying with a friend on the island that the family has used on previous visits, according to a White House official.

Biden, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, left the White House in motorcade for Joint Base Andrews outside the capital, where Air Force One was on hand to take them to Joint Base Charleston. Biden was dropped off at a private home in a gated community next to a golf course on the island.

Biden was joined on Air Force One by his son, Hunter Biden, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau.

While Biden is in South Carolina, the House is poised to vote to approve a bill packed with Biden’s priorities, including the largest investment in history to fight climate change, some 369 billion dollars over the decade. The measure would cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 out-of-pocket for Medicare beneficiaries and help about 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House objected when Biden considered signing the bill, saying it was intended to help ensure the House approved the measure.

Biden’s 2021 vacation plans have been muddied by Washington’s legislative calendar, a rise in COVID-19 cases and the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

Summer vacation is a presidential tradition. George W. Bush often spent the month of August clearing brush in the 100-degree heat that scorched his central Texas ranch. Barack Obama worked on his golf game on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Donald Trump spent time at home on his private golf club in central New Jersey.

In the past, the White House has stressed that the president is never truly released from the responsibilities of his post – and that he will continue to consult his aides and follow his daily national security briefing, regardless of his location.

And sometimes presidents have had to make life-changing decisions while on vacation, including Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina that flooded New Orleans in 2005. Bill Clinton ordered airstrikes against terrorists in Al- Qaeda from Martha’s Vineyard in response to bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And Bush’s father, President George HW Bush, planned the US response to Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait from his family’s beachfront compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.


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St. Paul school board to seek new contract for ‘highly effective’ superintendent

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St. Paul School Board To Seek New Contract For ‘Highly Effective’ Superintendent

The St. Paul school board announced Wednesday that it will negotiate a third contract with Superintendent Joe Gothard.

Gothard, 50, was running the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district when the St. Paul board hired him in 2017 to succeed Valeria Silva.

In a performance review last month, the school board rated Gothard “highly effective” in four of six areas: strategic plan implementation, communications, community engagement and operations.

They rated him as “effective” in teaching and learning and in ethical and inclusive leadership.

“Overall, the Board finds the Superintendent to be highly effective in his role and acknowledges more growth is both necessary and possible,” the board said in a written summary of Gothard’s latest performance review.

The board identified three “key areas for growth”:

  • “Development of monitoring reports for student outcomes”;
  • “Evaluate impact of implementation of culturally relevant instruction on students”; and
  • “Explore and implement tools of community engagement that are culturally responsive.”

The seven-member board said it voted unanimously to pursue another contract with Gothard.

“I don’t see anyone at this time who should be there but you,” board member Jeanelle Foster said during Wednesday’s board meeting.

Gothard said he “definitely took note” of the areas for improvement.

“It’s a great honor to lead the students, staff and community,” he said. “It’s something I do not take for granted.”


Student enrollment was falling when Gothard took over, and it’s continued to drop during his tenure, even before the coronavirus pandemic. Five schools closed in June as part of a consolation plan that was less ambitious than Gothard recommended.

Meanwhile, Gothard has continued Silva’s high-priced campaign to renovate schools throughout the city, which recently was projected to raise the district’s total outstanding debt to $860 million by 2026 compared with $393 million a decade prior.

Before extended school closures related to the pandemic, the district had made modest progress in reading proficiency but its math scores continued to fall.

The district under Gothard has restored a middle school model that gives students more time for electives.

At the high school level, all schools are moving to the same block schedule this year while also making ethnic studies a graduation requirement and reducing the total number of credits needed to earn a diploma.

Conflict with the teachers union has continued under Gothard. In 2020, a teacher strike cost students four days of school. In both 2018 and 2022, negotiators reached deals on new teachers contracts the day before strikes were planned.

In response to the pandemic, the district has focused on learning loss at the elementary level.

A lack of bus drivers has been a major problem for the district since schools reopened last year, resulting in start-time changes with little notice and inconsistent service for many schools. Only three of 10 high schools are getting yellow bus service next year, with teens at the other schools getting Metro Transit passes.

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Wolves inquire about signing Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore but face European competition

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Wolves Inquire About Signing Metz Midfielder Boubacar Traore But Face European Competition

Wolves have inquired about the signing of Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore, according to talkSPORT.

Bruno Lage is keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park.


Traore made 28 appearances for Metz last season

The Midlands club missed out on signing Joao Palhinha to Premier League rivals Fulham earlier in the window.

Now Wolves have inquired about another midfielder in Traore, who is a long-term target for the club.

However, it is understood that Lage’s side will face competition from clubs on the continent.

The 20-year-old has made 28 appearances for Metz, who play in Ligue 2, and only made his debut in May 2021, but has already impressed in France.

So far this summer, Wolves have definitely signed Goncalo Guedes, Nathan Collins and Hwang Hee-Chan.

They began their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 loss to Leeds on the opening weekend.

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Column: Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds face a tough task to turn the Field of Dreams sequel into a hit

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Column: Chicago Cubs And Cincinnati Reds Face A Tough Task To Turn The Field Of Dreams Sequel Into A Hit

The inaugural Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees one year ago turned into an instant classic.

The TV presentation, the sight of “Field of Dreams” star Kevin Costner leading the players through the cornfield to the ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa, the sounds of crickets chirping and the game itself all lived up to the hype.

It’s probably unfair to judge Thursday’s Field of Dreams game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds against the success of last year’s, especially because both teams are well out of contention in the National League Central.

But every sequel inevitably gets compared with the original, and other than “The Godfather Part II” and perhaps a handful of others, it’s almost impossible to replicate something that worked to perfection.

The Cubs, naturally, are excited to be part of MLB’s biggest in-season event besides the All-Star Game, knowing they’re following in the footsteps of a classic.

“It’s a little part of history,” Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner said Wednesday after homering in a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. “Eight thousand people is going to be small, but I feel like everyone there is going to be excited to be there. Just awesome all around.”

Tim Anderson’s walk-off home run capped the Sox’s 9-8 win over the Yankees in the inaugural game, which most thought would be a one-time event until the Cubs-Reds matchup was announced shortly afterward.

“I watched it last year,” Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom said. “I saw how special it was. And then when I saw that we were part of it this year, I was just super excited.

“And then to see my name on the (MLB) poster, it was really cool for me. Just honored to be a part of that. … I know it’s going to be a long day but something I look forward to.”

Seiya Suzuki, who like many players hasn’t seen the 1989 film and was born after it was made, isn’t all that knowledgeable about its place in American movie lore. But he knows it’s a big deal to baseball and it puts the Cubs on a national stage again.

“I have never watched the movie before, but obviously it’s great (playing) in a really historical stadium,” Suzuki said through an interpreter. “I haven’t had the chance to be able to play in a countryside stadium as well, so I’ll get a different perspective. I’m very excited.”

The second Field of Dreams game apparently will be the last one until at least 2024, according to White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, part of the ownership of the Field of Dreams site. Thomas told the Des Moines Register that construction on the site caused MLB to take a pass next year.

“It’s a lot going on,” Thomas said. “They don’t want to come back if the stadium’s not prepared.”

The Cubs and Reds will fly in and out of Iowa on the same day, missing the fun of staying overnight in a roadside motel that advertises free HBO on the marquee. That would make for a more realistic Iowa experience. But remember the star of the show is the cornfield, and the visuals of playing in a ballpark surrounded by corn is the only thing that matters.

The 2021 game drew almost 6 million viewers for Fox, making it the highest-rated regular-season telecast since 1998. Now the network has the unenviable task of making everything seem new and interesting. Costner reportedly won’t be on hand to repeat his dramatic pregame walk, and holding a Field of Dreams game without Costner is like making “Casablanca” without Humphrey Bogart.

But who knows what Fox will have up its sleeve?

The network already has announced Cubs left fielder Ian Happ and Reds first baseman Joey Votto will be mic’d up for the game and able to talk to each other on the field.

A Twitter rumor Wednesday suggested the network was testing a hologram of the late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray for the telecast.

Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of the All-Star Game telecast, in which David Ortiz preened in the dugout during the action under the premise he was “interviewing” players. But Ortiz and Álex Rodriguez were featured in the promos for the Field of Dreams game, so we can probably expect the worst.

After watching eight of the 16 combined hits by the Sox and Yankees leave the yard and land in the corn last August, there’s no doubt Wisdom, Votto, Suzuki, Franmil Reyes and others will be swinging for the fences. Because the game is meaningless in the pennant race, they might as well go for broke and give Fox its corn fix.

The Field of Dreams game undoubtedly will be the last time anyone besides Cubs and Reds fans are interested in this matchup, at least until one or both are contenders again. From the looks of things, that could take a while.

Thursday’s game may not match up to the original, and Iowa may not be heaven.

But for one night, we can dream.


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Fat NYC rat gets stuck on Brooklyn sidewalk

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Fat Nyc Rat Gets Stuck On Brooklyn Sidewalk

He lost the rat race.

A round rodent got stuck in a Brooklyn sidewalk as it exited the subway, causing a pedestrian to accidentally step on the head and scream in horror, a witness said Wednesday.

“That rat couldn’t fit through the hole. RIP fatso”, Dylan Wells posted on Twitterwith a photo of the unfortunate creature.

Wells was on his way to work at Victor’s Mediterranean restaurant in Gowanus around 11 a.m. Wednesday when he spotted the roly-poly rat washed up on Third and Atlantic Avenues, he told the Post.

“I walked past it twice: the first time, I had a debate with a woman to find out if he was still alive. Obviously that was not the case,” he said.

When he returned around 4 p.m., the beady-eyed rodent was still there.

The round rat couldn’t make its way through the sidewalk.
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“The second time I was behind a woman wearing flip flops, on her phone, not paying attention and she stepped on her head and screamed,” he said.

Wells said the big rat was probably trying to climb through a crack or tunnel under the sidewalk near a construction site when it encountered its creator.

“I guess he was under the pavement and he couldn’t put his head in the hole and then his body got stuck and he died,” he said. “Maybe he was too big.”

He added: “I wonder if there are a lot of rats living under there now because it’s blocking [the hole].”

The city should get rid of the rat quickly so more people don’t “eek,” he said.

The sighting comes amid the Big Apple’s worst rodent infestation in more than a decade, and about a week after a group of residents sued the city for allegedly fueling the problem by allowing outdoor dining. outdoors in times of pandemic.

The city did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Brian Daboll returns to New England where it all started to face Bill Belichick, Joe Judge

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Brian Daboll Returns To New England Where It All Started To Face Bill Belichick, Joe Judge

In Brian Daboll’s first game as an NFL head coach Thursday night, he’ll be coaching against both his mentor, Bill Belichick, and his Giants predecessor, Joe Judge, a former New England Patriots colleague.

Daboll insists this somewhat emotional and awkward preseason homecoming is not front of mind.

“Obviously he [Belichick] is a mentor of mine, but I haven’t sat there and been like, ‘Oh, this is the first game,’” Daboll said Tuesday. “I know my wife and kids are gonna try to get out to it. But he’s coached what, 750 games? This is the first preseason game for me. I’m just trying to do right by my team. Not really worrying about me.”

Daboll sure knows his Patriots’ history: Belichick has coached 739 regular season games in the NFL in 47 seasons as a head coach and coordinator, 803 including playoffs.

Daboll should know it, too. He started his NFL journey here as a defensive assistant under Belichick in 2000, and was a part of five Patriots Super Bowl teams.

So he says his focus is much more on the details of the Giants’ road trip, fundamentals and playing a clean game than on coming back to Gillette Stadium.

Meanwhile, Daboll said he hadn’t even addressed Judge’s presence on the Patriots’ sideline Thursday with the Giants’ players, many of whom had fought for Judge the past two years in New Jersey.

Daboll said coaching against old friends and former players in this league is old hat.

“It’s just kind of the nature of the NFL,” Daboll said.

This is not just any other game, though.

Slot corner Darnay Holmes called it “just another game” but admitted he wouldn’t be a Giant without Judge, who drafted him in the 2020 fourth round out of UCLA.

“I’m excited to see him, because he’s the reason why I’m in this building,” Holmes said. “Salute to that guy, salute to [former GM Dave] Gettleman, salute to those who came before me. And at the end of the day it’s another opponent, another match. We’re just excited to see where we’re at as a team and coaches.”

Some players also have thrown some shade at Judge and the previous staff for coaching too hard.

Free safety Xavier McKinney, Judge’s 2020 second round pick out of Alabama, has made multiple references to “not being afraid to make a mistake or mess up” under Daboll and new D-coordinator Wink Martindale — an allusion perhaps to both Judge and former DC Pat Graham.

Center Jon Feliciano, who wasn’t even here last season, said in June that “you can just kind of tell people get a little scared when they mess up.”

Their implication clearly is that they believe Daboll is more constructive than destructive — though it’s odd hearing players on one of the NFL’s worst recent teams say that it’s a relief being able to mess up.

They will learn quickly that Daboll won’t tolerate mistakes either.

He also comes from the Belichick tree, from which Giants ownership has plucked two consecutive head coaches (after interviewing Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels in 2018).

Then there are the texts. Oh, the texts.

Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, of course, alleges in a lawsuit that Belichick accidentally texted Flores that he was the Giants “guy” two days prior to Flores’ in-person interview for the vacancy after Judge’s firing.

Belichick allegedly intended to text Daboll instead. Flores therefore referred to his Giants interview as a “sham.”

Giants co-owner John Mara said at the March owners’ meetings in Florida that no one from the Giants, including Mara, had spoken to Belchick about the hiring process.

“I haven’t spoken or communicated with Bill since we played them in the preseason last summer,” Mara said then. “And to my knowledge, nobody in our organization communicated with him.”

Belichick, known for being terse, said “can’t comment on it.”

Now Judge is an offensive assistant under Belichick trying to bounce with Mac Jones as his QB after getting the plug pulled abruptly on a long-term rebuilding plan in New York.

And Daboll, after building one of the league’s top offenses with QB Josh Allen in Buffalo, is a Giant trying to rehabilitate Daniel Jones and build a sustainable product with time that Judge was promised but ultimately not given by Mara and Steve Tisch.

It’s an intricate, complicated, messy web of connections. On Thursday, they’ll probably all be relieved just to play some football.

And Daboll and his family, just for a moment, should be able to appreciate how far he’s come.


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