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Aaron Judge strikes again, conquering Camden Yards’ left field wall to lead Yankees to 6-0 win over Orioles

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Aaron Judge Strikes Again, Conquering Camden Yards’ Left Field Wall To Lead Yankees To 6-0 Win Over Orioles

With a base open and two outs, perhaps avoiding the situation entirely would’ve been the best result. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had done his share of damage to that point this series.

Entering Sunday, Judge had eight homers in his previous 11 games against Baltimore, including two during Friday’s series opener. But Orioles manager Brandon Hyde allowed right-hander Dean Kremer to go after Judge in the third inning, and while Kremer had fooled Judge earlier with a curveball, his latest breaking ball didn’t get past the league’s home run leader.

Chants of “MVP” from Yankees fans at Camden Yards serenaded Judge as he made his way around the bases for the ninth time this season against the Orioles, and third time this series. The ball off his bat — a no-doubt two-run shot over the same wall he complained about in May — traveled an estimated 456 feet and put the Yankees on their way to a series-ending 6-0 victory.

Back in May, when Judge cranked two homers here but missed out on a third because of the new wall, which was moved back nearly 30 feet and raised more than five feet, the 30-year-old called the changes to Camden Yards “a travesty.”

“It looks like a create-a-park now,” he added at the time.

But as he did for much of the weekend, Judge rendered those changes moot by blasting the ball even out of that monstrosity’s reach. His two homers Friday found the visitor’s bullpen, long shots that likely would’ve cleared the left field wall but didn’t face that challenge.

All four of Judge’s homers at Camden Yards this year found the left-center bullpen areas before Sunday’s latest example. Judge has hit 35 homers against Baltimore (47-48) in his career, the most of any team he’s faced.

Through two innings, Kremer hadn’t allowed a baserunner. But DJ LeMahieu’s two-out double plated Jose Trevino and brought Judge to the plate, which spurred the preemptive “MVP” chants. Kremer struck out Judge in the first on four pitches, keeping the ball low in the zone before his low curveball induced a swing and miss. Kremer hung his curveball the second time he showed it to Judge, however, leading to the biggest knock against the right-hander.

Kremer still completed 5 1/3 innings, striking out six batters yet allowing four runs on five hits. Left-hander Keegan Akin, who replaced Kremer, gave up one run on five hits. Right-hander Rico Garcia also allowed one run to cross in the eighth.

And while the offense has frequently lifted Baltimore out of not-so-deep holes of late, it didn’t happen Sunday, leaving Baltimore with a series loss ahead of a four-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays — the kind of games that hold special significance as the Orioles slipped below .500 again and face the trade deadline in just over a week.

A do-it-all ability, with hopes for consistency

If shortstop Jorge Mateo could prolong the success of his past six games into a larger sample size, the possibilities are nearly endless. For one, there’s his defense and baserunning, both of which are among the best in the league. But to have a consistent bat along with those two?

“It’s a special skill set,” Hyde said, “there’s no doubt about it.”

Mateo has now recorded a hit in six straight games, raising his batting average from below .200 to .210 with eight hits in 24 at-bats. In that time, he’s notched two doubles and a triple, stolen a base and gone first-to-third on an errant pickoff attempt Saturday, the latter of which set up the go-ahead run against the Yankees.

Mateo said he’s staying back on the ball better, and it has shown. The outside breaking balls that might’ve given him trouble earlier in the year haven’t resulted in as many whiffs, leading to a reduction in his strikeout rate. While Mateo said he focuses on keeping the ball down — his speed is his biggest tool — he’s displayed some power and the ability to drive the ball in the air.

And Mateo can put himself into scoring position. His 23 steals are the second-most in the league.

“A single, that turns into a double every time he’s on first,” right-hander Jordan Lyles said, “because he’s going to steal second.”

There’s always a balance of understanding a small sample size to avoid getting carried away about the future. But maybe Mateo can prolong this run into something more.

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>> The Orioles announced right-hander Tyler Wells will pitch Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays with right-hander Jordan Lyles pitching Thursday, keeping the rotation on schedule. That plan likely rules out a promotion this week for left-hander DL Hall, the organization’s third-best prospect per Baseball America.

>> Hyde said outfielder Anthony Santander had a routine off day Sunday, with Rutschman slotting in at designated hitter and Trey Mancini taking over in right field.

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Economic uncertainty landscape of 2022 has left companies and their founders between a rock and a hard place.

Many CEOs cannot afford to simply exist within the status quo frameworks they enjoyed under a rosy 2021. At the same time, they also struggle to raise fresh capital – and those able to raise funds and expand leads are navigating the cultural complexities of descents.

The sad reality is that many companies instead have to downsize to create more leads. This downsizing (or RIF) is a more permanent version of a layoff where the budgetary changes to be made cannot be solved by a temporary change in the workforce.

A number of QED portfolio companies had to execute RIFs. Many who haven’t already are having intentional discussions about whether they should, especially at a time when they’re cutting back on marketing spend and cutting back on both research and development plans and pet projects.

As seasoned former operators, we have experienced these dynamics in the past. Frankly, we’re in a somewhat unenviable position to be able to help our founders navigate these choppy waters because we’ve been through it so many times before.

Our best practice advice to CEOs is to cut deep enough that they are confident there won’t be a second round in the next few months.

Earlier this summer, we began sharing a five-page document that outlined our advice with some of our portfolio company CEOs, based on our personal experience and observations. The document was not meant to live in isolation – rather, it was a foundation to build upon in collaboration with investors, board members and management teams. We’ve had lengthy discussions with most of our businesses about the whys, whens and hows of discounts.

We have divided the process into three parts: planning, execution and follow-up.

In some parts, the guidelines seem almost sterile – references to legal counsel, laws specific to local jurisdictions, closing access to emails and Slack channels. The inevitable reality is that while you should conduct RIFs in an organized manner based on sound business logic, there is still an overriding need to deliver the message with empathy and respect.

Not all companies that have executed RIFs have done so without error – even when actual reductions occur as planned, avoidable errors can have a lasting effect on employees who remain.

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The planning element of a FRR cannot be overstated.

This starts with building the team that drives the RIF and extends to risk assessments, scope, budget, planning and communications.

In a small company, this team may consist solely of senior managers. In a large company, representatives from different geographies, units, and levels may be needed. We work with our portfolio companies to answer a number of vital questions to clarify purpose, objectives and narrative.

  • What drives the need for a FRR?
  • Could this have been avoided? What other options are or were available? What other actions are or could be complementary? If the leadership made a mistake, take responsibility for the mistakes.

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Biden signs ‘burn pits’ help for vets, a personal win, too

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits.”

“We owe you,” Biden said. “You’re the backbone. You’re the steel. You’re the sinew. You’re the very fiber that makes this country what it is.”

The law, which Biden described as long overdue, caps a years-long battle to ensure treatment for chronic illnesses that veterans have blamed on burn pits, which were used to dispose of chemicals, tires, plastics, medical equipment and human waste on military bases. Estimates of affected troops run to 3 million or more.

“So many of you here today remind us that we have fought for this for so many years,” he said during an emotional White House ceremony that reflected the struggles of military families — and the president’s personal experience.

Biden was introduced by Danielle Robinson, the widow of Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, who died of cancer two years ago. The legislation is named for him.

She described her late husband as “a soldier as strong as an ox” but also “the ultimate cuddler” for his daughter Brielle, who stood to her mother’s side clutching a stuffed figurine wearing military camouflage.

“Ours is just one story,” Danielle Robinson said. “So many military families have had to fight this terrible emotional battle. So many veterans are still battling burn pit illnesses today.”

After the Robinsons took their seats for the president’s remarks, Biden addressed Brielle directly.

“I know you miss your daddy. But he’s with you all the time,” he said. “He’s inside you. He’s going to whisper in your ear when you have hard decisions to make.”

Then he pointed out that Brielle was sitting next to his grandson, the son of Beau Biden.

“His daddy lost to the same burn pits,” Biden said. “He knows what you’re going through.”

It was the most direct link the president has publicly drawn between Beau’s fatal brain cancer and burn pits. The president made addressing the problem one of his priorities during his State of the Union address in March.

“I was going to get this done, come hell or high water,” he said Wednesday.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said Biden was a driving force behind the legislation, which passed last week.

“He was continually pushing because whether Beau died of this or not, I think Joe thinks that it had some impact, and so he wanted this fixed,” Tester said. “And because he thinks it was the right thing to do. So different president, different set of priorities, this would have probably never happened.”

Burn pits were used in Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of chemicals, cans, tires, plastics, medical equipment and human waste. However, 70% of disability claims involving exposure to the pits were denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“For too long, too many veterans who got sick while fighting for our country had to fight for their care here at home,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said at Wednesday’s ceremony.

The legislation will direct officials to assume that certain respiratory illnesses and cancers were related to burn pit exposure, helping veterans get disability payments without having to prove the illness was the result of their service.

“Veterans who have been sickened to the point of being unable to work, unable to take care of their families, won’t have to spend that time fighting the government to get the healthcare they earned,” said Jeremy Butler, head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “This is monumental.”

Butler attended the ceremony, along with Le Roy and Rosie Torres, husband and wife advocates for veterans health care who started the organization Burn Pits 360. Le Roy developed constrictive bronchitis after serving in Iraq, making breathing difficult.

Although the provision involving burn pits has garnered the most attention, other health care services will be expanded as well.

Veterans who have served since the Sept. 11 attacks will have a decade to sign up for VA health care, double the current five years.

And there’s more help for veterans from the Vietnam War. The legislation adds hypertension to list of ailments that are presumed to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used by the U.S. military to clear vegetation.

In addition, veterans who served during the war in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Guam, American Samoa and Johnston Atoll will also be considered to have been exposed to the chemical.

The legislation is considered to be the largest expansion of veterans health care in more than three decades, but it became an unlikely political football shortly before it passed.

On the day that the Senate was expected to grant it final approval, Republicans unexpectedly blocked it. Veterans who had traveled to Washington for a moment of triumph were devastated.

“All the veterans were down there because they were expecting to celebrate,” Butler said. “And then they were absolutely stabbed in the back.”

Republicans said they were concerned about technical changes to how the legislation was funded. Democrats accused them of throwing a fit because they were unhappy about a separate deal to advance Biden’s domestic agenda on climate change, taxes and prescription drugs.

Instead of going home, some veterans began holding what they called a “fire watch” outside the Capitol, an impromptu vigil to keep public pressure on the Senate.

They stayed around the clock, despite the stifling summer heat and torrential thunderstorms. Jon Stewart, the comedian who has advocated for veterans, joined them as well. Biden wanted to go but couldn’t because he was isolating with a coronavirus infection, so he spoke to the demonstrators in a video call when VA Secretary Denis McDonough dropped off pizza.

Days after the demonstration began, the Senate held another vote, and the measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Veterans were in the gallery watching the vote take place.

“Every single person I was with was bawling. Just bawling,” said Matt Zeller, a former Army captain who was among the demonstrators. “I cried for a solid five minutes.”

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Associated Press writers Seung Min Kim and Josh Boak contributed to this report.

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In this video, I take a look at Bitcoin from a technical perspective after the surge of “risk” seen in trading today following the better than expected CPI report. What hurdles need to be overcome to maintain the bullish momentum? What level do we not want to see broken down if buyers want to maintain momentum?

I show these levels and explain why.

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Vikings Depth Chart: Mond, Mannion Listed As Co-Backup Quarterbacks

The Vikings released their first unofficial depth chart of the season on Tuesday, and there were no surprises among those listed as starters. But there remains some drama at backup quarterback.

Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion were listed as co-backups behind Kirk Cousins. The two have been splitting second-team reps during training camp, although Mond got the first opportunity with the second team in Monday’s night practice at TCO Stadium. The Vikings play their preseason opener on Sunday at Las Vegas.

Among starters, Jesse Davis was listed as the right guard, Camryn Bynum at safety and Cameron Dantzler at cornerback. But rookies Ed Ingram at guard, Lewis Cine at safety and Andrew Booth Jr. at cornerback still could pose challenges at those spots.

The Vikings list Austin Schlottman as the backup center behind Garrett Bradbury, and Chris Reed as the backup left guard behind Ezra Cleveland. Reed has been taking some second-team snaps and could push Bradbury at center.

The Vikings’ primary punt returner is listed as second-year wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who has never returned a punt in an NFL regular-season game. Rookie wide receiver Jalen Nailor is listed as the backup.

Here is the full unofficial depth chart:

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback — Starter, Kirk Cousins. Backup, Kellen Mond OR Sean Mannion
  • Running back — Starter, Dalvin Cook. Backups, Alexander Mattison, Kene Nwangwu, Ty Chandler, Bryant Koback.
  • Fullback — Starter, C.J. Ham. Backup, Jake Bargas.
  • Wide receiver — Starters, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Backups: K.J. Osborn and Ihmir Smith-Marsette; Bisi Johnson and Myron Mitchell; Trishton Jackson OR Jalen Nailor and Dan Chisena; Albert Wilson; Thomas Hennigan and Blake Proehl*.
  • Tight end — Starter, Irv Smith, Jr. Backups: Johnny Mundt, Ben Ellefson, Zach Davidson, Nick Muse and Shaun Beyer.
  • Tackle — Starters, Christian Darrisaw (left) and Brian O’Neill (right). Backups, Blake Brandel (left) and Olisaemeka Udoh (right); Vederian Lowe (left) and Timon Parris (right).
  • Interior offensive line — Starters, Ezra Cleveland (LG), Garrett Bradbury (C) and Jesse Davis (RG). Backups, Chris Reed (LG), Austin Schlottmann (C) and Ed Ingram (RG); Kyle Hinton (LG), Josh Sokol (C) and Wyatt Davis (RG).

DEFENSE

  • Defensive end — Starters, Dalvin Tomlinson and Armon Watts. Backups, Jonathan Bullard and James Lynch; Jaylen Twyman and Esezi Otomewo; Jullian Taylor.
  • Nose tackle — Starter, Harrison Phillips. Backups, T.J. Smith; T.Y. McGill, Jr.; Tyarise Stevenson.
  • Outside linebacker — Starters, Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith. Backups, Pat Jones II and D.J. Wonnum; Luiji Vilain and Janarius Robinson; Andre Mintze and Zach McCloud.
  • Inside linebacker — Starters, Eric Kendricks (middle) and Jordan Hicks (weakside). Backups, Troy Dye (middle) and Brian Asamoah II (weakside); Chazz Surratt (middle) and Blake Lynch (weakside); Ryan Connelly* (middle) and William Kwenkeu (weakside).
  • Cornerback — Starters, Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler, Sr. Backups, Chandon Sullivan and Andrew Booth, Jr.; Kris Boyd and Akayleb Evans; Parry Nickerson and Harrison Hand; Nate Hairston and Tye Smith.
  • Safety — Starters, Harrison Smith and Camryn Bynum. Backups, Lewis Cine and Josh Metellus; Myles Dorn and Mike Brown.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker — Greg Joseph
  • Punters/holders — Starter, Jordan Berry; backup, Ryan Wright.
  • Long snapper — Andrew DePaola
  • Kickoff returner — Starter, Kene Nwangwu; Backups, K.J. Osborn and Ty Chandler.
  • Punt returner — Starter, Ihmir Smith-Marsette; backup, Jalen Nailor.

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Comedian Raju Srivastava is currently under observation in hospital. (Case)

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Comedian Raju Srivastava suffered cardiac arrest while working out at a gym and was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi today. He is now out of danger, his friend and colleague Sunil Pal said.

Raju Srivastava, 58, was working out on a treadmill when he complained of chest pains and collapsed. His trainer took him to AIIMS where he underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) twice and was revived.

“Srivastava had to be resuscitated twice and was rushed to the cath lab for emergency angiography,” the PTI news agency reported, citing an unnamed source.

According to the ANI news agency, Mr Srivastava underwent angioplasty and is “responding to treatment”.

The comedian is currently under observation in the hospital.

The incident highlighted a string of deaths in recent years of middle-aged celebrities from heart disease.

“Nowadays there is a culture of over-training. Coaches recommend a constant increase in training. People should not do aggressive training. Exercise can lead to death,” said Dr. Balbir Singh, president of cardiac sciences at Max Healthcare, to NDTV.

Dr Raju Vyas, Director of Cardiac Sciences at Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, said: “On average, people are having heart attacks two decades earlier. We are seeing this trend over the last 10 years. People should obtain a medical certificate before starting to train.”

Sunil Pal, also a comedian, said Mr Srivastava was now out of danger.

“He’s fine now. He’s out of danger,” Mr Pal said in an Instagram video.

Mr. Srivastava, one of the country’s most successful comedians, is a popular name on television.

He has been active in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s, although he first gained recognition after appearing on the first season of the comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”.

He appeared in Hindi movies like “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, “Bombay to Goa” and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”. He was one of the contestants in the third season of “Bigg Boss”.

Mr. Srivastava is the current Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Board.

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Heat’s Victor Oladipo discusses his Revenge Tour, workouts with Russell Westbrook

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Victor Oladipo calls it his Revenge Tour, the Miami Heat guard regularly filling his social media with posts about his grueling offseason workout schedule, including recent sessions with Russell Westbrook in Los Angeles.

As he explained on Vince Carter’s VC Show podcast, it has been work with the singular goal of getting back to the All-Star level previously reached before a string of knee and quadriceps issues.

“That’s something that I came up with, just because I felt like the last couple of years have been really tough on me,” Oladipo said, “and I’ve obviously gone through a lot individually and my team, my family have gone through a lot with me collectively.”

Last year, that meant Oladipo playing on an NBA-minimum salary, spending more than half the schedule rehabbing before a late-season debut.

But, from there, there were breakout moments during the Heat’s playoff run within one victory of the NBA Finals, and then a two-year, $18 million free-agency contract to return.

Now, the focus is singular, the intent of his summer of sweat geared toward one reality.

“That I’m one of the best players in the world. Period,” the 30-year-old veteran said. “I think that my injury has kind of built a misconception of who I am as a player.”

Even with the salary upgrade, free-agency interest was tepid, leaving Oladipo with further fuel.

“Why can’t I come back from this injury and what I’ve been through and have an even greater career than I thought I could have prior to it? Why can’t I?” Oladipo said in a passionate moment during the interview with Carter. “And I don’t see no reason why I can’t.

“So I truly believe that I can, and that’s what I’m trying to prove to myself, first and foremost, is that I’m capable of great things even now, it’s never too late, no matter what anyone says or what the world may think or what people tell you.”

In many ways, Oladipo finds himself in a similar place as Westbrook, who, at 33, increasingly finds himself among those who doubt his ability to reclaim prior All-Star form.

Oladipo and Westbrook were teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016-17.

“Me and Russ go way back,” Oladipo said. “We played together when he won MVP. So he prepared me for the following year to have the year I had after I left OKC. And I felt like I prepared himself for his MVP season before he became MVP. And right now, we’re on the same wavelength.

“We’re not going to let each other fail.”

Amid his rehab work after he was acquired by the Heat from the Houston Rockets at the 2021 NBA trading deadline for Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley, Oladipo insisted a better version would emerge, even while limited to four regular-season appearances with the Heat in 2020-21 and eight this past season.

Now, for the first time since 2018, there has been the ability to challenge himself during an offseason.

“I’m itching just thinking about it. It’s so crazy. It’s like a rebirth,” the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA draft said. “And being in my 10th year, it feels like I’m in Year One all over again. But it’s like a Year One with a little bit of experience.

“I’m going to prepare myself for any and everything this summer. So whatever happens next year, it’s no shock to me.”

All while planning to arrive at training camp the final week of September as both a new man as well as his former All-Star self.

“I make sure people know that I’m coming for everybody,” he said of his Revenge Tour. “At the end of the day, it really don’t matter who it is. I just want to prove that I’m Victor Oladipo and I stand for who I am.”

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