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Ira Winderman: Now it gets real for Heat regarding Bam Adebayo in a Kevin Durant trade

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Ira Winderman: Now It Gets Real For Heat Regarding Bam Adebayo In A Kevin Durant Trade

This is how the NBA trade game is played, by sending signals without having to own up.

For the Miami Heat, the latest message could not have been broadcast any clearer, that it’s Bam Adebayo or bust when it comes to where the Brooklyn Nets’ trade line stands with Kevin Durant.

Monday was the latest example of how nothing has to be said for messages to resonate.

Think Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens wants to deal with the fallout if Jaylen Brown is not moved in a trade with the Nets? That could be even stickier than the impending Deandre Ayton reunion with the Phoenix Suns after his free-agency fiasco.

But there is little doubt that Nets general manager Sean Marks couldn’t be more delighted.

The bar is now set after the dueling and closely timed reports from ESPN and The Athletic regarding the Celtics’ willingness to include Brown in a package for Durant.

So there it is, said, without being said, by Marks: Put forward a recent All-Star, and then we’ll talk. Brown was an All-Star in 2021, Adebayo in 2020. Each has worn the designation once.

This is how it’s done, how NBA trade tables are set.

For all the talk of Danny Ainge wanting at least four, five, six or more first-round picks for Donovan Michell, has anyone actually heard him say those words, post them on social media, put them in writing?

And yet the Utah Jazz could not have made it clearer, that either come with draft picks in hand or don’t waste the effort.

Now it is the same with the Nets and Durant and Brown.

What the scoop by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Athletic’s Shams Charania did was amplify Marks’ desires to the rest of the NBA, that he has an offer of a young NBA All-Star in hand.

So do the Toronto Raptors now reconsider with Scottie Barnes, who has been thought to be off-limits? Or put Pascal Siakam (2020 All-Star) into play?

Do the New Orleans Pelicans cycle back with a package highlighted by Brandon Ingram (2020 All-Star), or, dare it be considered, Zion Williamson?

And, yes, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (2022 All-Star) looms as a fallback.

Until the revelation with the Celtics’ Brown, there was thought that Durant could be had for less than a dollar on the dollar, particularly considering he turns 34 at the start of training camp and missed the entire 2019-20 season due to injury, having won a single playoff series as a member of the Nets.

Now the reserve price of the auction has been set.

No, some sort of Tyler Herro-Duncan Robinson-picks proposal doesn’t get a deal done for the Heat. And, no Kyle Lowry, at 36, does not fit the definition of young All-Star, 11 years older than Brown.

Although hardly revelatory, yes, the Heat have had discussions regarding Adebayo in a Durant trade. That also is nothing more than the due diligence typical whenever a significant trade piece comes to market, just as it was when beloved franchise pieces Brian Grant and Caron Butler were put into play for Shaquille O’Neal in 2004 or when Eddie Jones was dealt a year later to complete a championship core.

But now it is different than when one specific highly influential member of the franchise recently ruled Adebayo off-limits. That was before the stakes formally were set. Now, that’s what it will take. Because now a party privy to the Nets’ machinations set the bar at Jaylen Brown . . . or better. (Although with Adebayo, there is the sticky situation of not being allowed to be on the Nets’ roster along with Ben Simmons, due to a salary-cap quirk.)

So with the Heat, you start here: Is a core of Durant, Lowry and Jimmy Butler a championship core, or at least better than last season’s core that got the Heat within one game of the NBA Finals?

But then you also go to how much of the future would be incinerated by moving Adebayo and Herro.

With Butler 32, Lowry 36 and Durant to turn 34, you likely would be looking at a two-year window, which coincides with the remaining time on Lowry’s contract.

Then, with Herro, Adebayo and draft picks dealt, there would be no future, instead likely the passing of the Pat Riley torch.

There remains a pathway to Durant . . . at the cost of future shock.

Otherwise, Monday’s revelation regarding Brown made it clear that there likely would be no net (Net) loss for the Heat by moving on to offseason Plan B.




Serena Williams vs Emma Raducanu – Western & Southern Open: Live score and updates

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Serena Williams Vs Emma Raducanu - Western &Amp; Southern Open: Live Score And Updates

Serena Williams collapses in Cincinnati after Britain’s Emma Raducanu lost 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour, leaving 23-time Grand Slam champion with just the US Open before retiring

Serena Williams knew defeat was a possibility against Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnatti Open. But even she wouldn’t have expected it to be as brutal as this.

The 19-year-old US Open champion swept retired Williams in just over an hour, winning 6-4 6-0 in a ruthless, composed display. It was one of the best performances she had since winning the US Open last year.

There were no goodbye words or tears on the court afterwards, unlike in Toronto last week when Williams lost to Belinda Bencic. She quickly gathered her things and left the field waving to the crowd who were still cheering her on as if she had won.

“I think we all have to honor Serena and her amazing career,” Raducanu said afterwards. “I am so grateful for the experience of having played her and for our careers to cross paths. It was an honor to share the court with her.

“The vibe tonight was amazing. Even when you were cheering for it, I was all for it!

“I was nervous from the first point to the last, she can come back from anything and I was glad I was able to keep my composure.”



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Did Tony La Russa hear a fan’s suggestion? The Chicago White Sox manager explains his 8th-inning pinch-running decision.

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Did Tony La Russa Hear A Fan’s Suggestion? The Chicago White Sox Manager Explains His 8Th-Inning Pinch-Running Decision.

A video of a fan calling for Tony La Russa to pinch-run Adam Engel for Eloy Jiménez from a few rows away — and the Chicago White Sox manager making the move in the eighth inning of Monday’s game — went viral, even appearing on MLB Network.

When asked about it before Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros, La Russa said it was the first he had heard about the fan, but he added with a smile: “Well, make his day. Tell him I heard him.”

Jiménez tied the game with a two-run double with two outs in the eighth. José Abreu was batting when La Russa took a couple of steps on the field to call time and have Engel run for Jiménez.

Engel made it to third when Abreu and Yasmani Grandal walked (Abreu intentionally). Engel and Abreu scored on a single by Yoán Moncada, and the Sox went on to win 4-2.

La Russa explained the process before Tuesday’s game.

“I spent a lot of time talking with (coaches) Jerry (Narron) and Miguel (Cairo),” La Russa said. “It was a really tough call. I can tell you why. We went back and forth with it. It’s the eighth inning, the score is tied. So if it’s tied again in the ninth, in the 10th, and Jiménez’s spot is coming up — he’s third place in the inning — do you want to take his bat out?

“His defense (in left field) has been good enough. I worried more about if it’s a close play (at the plate) and he’s going to try to run it, he might hurt himself. That was a difficult choice. Ninth inning, sure. Eighth inning, in a tie game, I said I’d rather not. I’d regret getting him hurt.

“And secondly, we’ll have real good defense out there (with Engel, who came in at center while AJ Pollock shifted to left) and if he gets up can do something too. That was the hesitation. It was a very tough call.”


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Polio circulating locally in New York area poses risk to unvaccinated, CDC says

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Polio Circulating Locally In New York Area Poses Risk To Unvaccinated, Cdc Says

Polio has been circulating locally in the New York metropolitan area for months after an individual introduced the virus from abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An unvaccinated young adult from Rockland County, a New York suburb, caught polio in June and was paralyzed. The individual had not traveled abroad during the period he was exposed to polio, and the strain he caught is linked to a weakened form of the virus used in the oral vaccine, according to an investigation by the CDC released Tuesday.

The United States stopped using the oral polio vaccine in 2000, meaning the chain of transmission is from someone who received the oral vaccine outside the country, according to the CDC. Genetic analysis linked the vaccine-derived strain circulating in the New York metropolitan area to sewage samples detected in Israel and the United Kingdom.

The agency said it has found three other people it suspects of having polio, but who have tested negative so far. They were classified as “persons under investigation”.

The oral polio vaccine uses a live virus strain that can still replicate, which means unvaccinated people can catch the virus from recently immunized individuals. The United States now uses a vaccine, given by injection, in which the virus is inactivated so that it cannot spread.

After infection was confirmed in the young adult, sewage monitoring found 21 sewage samples that tested positive for polio, 13 in Rockland County and eight in neighboring Orange County. Twenty of these samples, collected from May to July, are genetically linked to the strain captured by the young adult. The sewage samples were originally collected as part of New York State’s Covid monitoring system.

Polio has also been detected in sewage samples from New York City, state health officials confirmed Friday. The Rockland County adult’s case is only the second case of community transmission of polio in the United States since 1979.

The unvaccinated Rockland County resident who caught polio attended a large rally eight days before developing symptoms. It can take 7 to 21 days from initial exposure to the polio virus for a person to develop paralysis. The individual did not travel internationally during the exposure period, according to the CDC.

The Rockland County adult was hospitalized and then referred to a physical rehabilitation center.

Although related to the oral vaccine strain, the virus the individual caught had 10 changes in one region of the pathogen. This indicates that the virus may have been circulating for up to a year, although where transmission began is unknown, according to the CDC.

No additional cases of paralytic polio have been confirmed, although CDC officials have warned that detection of the virus in sewage samples collected over more than two months in Rockland and Orange indicates community transmission of the virus. which puts unvaccinated people at risk of paralysis. .

“Low immunization coverage in the patient’s county of residence indicates that the community is at risk for additional cases of paralytic polio,” CDC officials wrote in the report. “Even a single case of paralytic poliomyelitis represents a public health emergency in the United States.”

About one in 1,900 infections with the vaccine-derived strain results in paralysis in unvaccinated people.

Polio immunization coverage for children under two years of age in Rockland County has increased from 67% in 2020 to approximately 60% in 2022. In parts of the county, immunization coverage in this age group was as low as lower than 37%, according to the CDC.

The CDC said disruptions caused by the Covid pandemic have led to a drop in polio vaccine administration, leaving communities at risk of outbreaks.

No cases of wild poliovirus, the most common form, have appeared in the United States since 1979 after a successful vaccination campaign that began in the 1950s, according to the CDC. However, travelers have occasionally brought polio to the United States


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DJ LeMahieu sits out third straight game because of toe issue, leaving Yankees shorthanded again

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Dj Lemahieu Sits Out Third Straight Game Because Of Toe Issue, Leaving Yankees Shorthanded Again

The Yankees were short again Tuesday. They were without DJ LeMahieu for the third straight game as the infielder was seeking a second opinion on how to deal with the inflammation in his right big toe, which was causing him discomfort when he swung a bat.

The Bombers gamble that playing shorthanded will be better than losing players for the full 10 days on the injured list. That is amplified when the team is going through a stretch like this, having lost 10 of their last 12 games and being shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 2016.

Aaron Boone said they could make a roster move soon if LeMahieu isn’t ready.

“We’ll probably make that decision sometime tomorrow or the next day. It’s beneficial to take the next seven days or so (off) or we’re ready to go,” the Yankees manager said. “So I really don’t have to lean either way on it. Other than holding out some hope that he can be in there more.”

In the last 11 games, including Tuesday, the Yankees have played shorthanded eight times because of Anthony Rizzo’s back and LeMahieu’s toe. In that span the Bombers have gone 2-8.

LeMahieu had been dealing with the toe for a while. He had a cortisone shot at the All-Star break, but has felt the discomfort come back in the last week.

“He’s kind of waiting for a second opinion. Talking to him today, it does feel like the last couple of days being down has helped him,” Boone said. “So I’m hopeful for tomorrow. But we’ll see.”

Rizzo missed the series in St. Louis and the first two games in Seattle with lower-back tightness.


Giancarlo Stanton was on the field working out again before Tuesday’s game and the Yankees have been encouraged by how he has bounced back. The slugger said on Monday he needed a few more days of work followed by a good “bounce back” before he was ready to start a rehab assignment.

Boone said Tuesday that would be soon.

“I would expect in the next couple of days,” Boone said.

Stanton said he wants the “least amount,” of rehab games possible, so it is realistic to think that if everything continues to go smoothly he would be back in the Yankees lineup sometime next week.


Harrison Bader has spent two days working out in the pool and on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. The center-fielder, who the Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery for at the deadline, came to the Yankees in a walking boot that he has been in since getting a cortisone shot July 27 trying to eliminate the plantar fasciitis that has had him off the field since June 26.

“It’s definitely been a challenge. Walking in here in a boot, I’m sure everybody in here was like, ‘We just traded for this guy in a boot. Are we serious?’ But there’s always a bigger perspective involved and I think that I’m definitely here for a reason,” Bader said. “So I’m just focused on getting healthy so I can be effective for this team.”

Bader, a native of New York City who went to Riverdale’s Horace Mann High School,  said it’s been difficult coming to a new team without being able to play. He said having former Cardinal teammate Matt Carpenter here has helped.

“I wouldn’t say excruciating. Again, you’ve got to keep that perspective. At the end of the day I’m still healthy and surrounded by people that want to help me. I’m back in New York, surrounded by my family and people who love me. There are far worse things that could have happened, even just outside this game. From a professional standpoint, it is very difficult, but it’s nothing that I can’t overcome,” Bader said. “But there’s a process involved and I’ve learned a lot and I’ve educated myself a lot on how to take care of my feet specifically, which I don’t think I necessarily took for granted for but now you just learn something new. So I’m just looking forward to just applying all the information so I can make sure this never happens again because it has been very debilitating.

“But once you get healthy, it’s off to the races.”


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CORE Act goals need President Joe Biden, say Colorado Democrats

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Core Act Goals Need President Joe Biden, Say Colorado Democrats

As the conservation-focused CORE Act stalls in Congress — having been passed four times by the House of Representatives but stalled in an equally divided Senate — leading Colorado Democrats are now pushing President Joe Biden to sue the executive action.

Tuesday, the senses. Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper, Rep. Joe Neguse, and Gov. Jared Polis hosted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack near historic Camp Hale to plead for any action the president might take to achieve Colorado’s goals Outdoor Recreation. and Law on Economy.

Surrounded by nearly two dozen advocates and other onlookers, Vilsack said he would bring back a favorable report of “extraordinary collaboration and partnership” behind the initiative. But it would be premature to say exactly what those actions might be.

Colorado Democrats credited Bennet with convening the roundtable and literally bringing Vilsack to the table near Leadville. The CORE Act is essentially four separate pieces of legislation that, combined, would add various protections to more than 400,000 acres of public lands statewide, the attorneys say.

Neguse introduced the bill in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives four times in different ways. However, he was unable to pass through the equally divided Senate. In May, a Senate committee deadlocked on the proposal, a setback but nonetheless the furthest in the legislative process, according to Colorado Public Radio.

With time pressing on this Congress and the Democrats’ slim advantage in the Senate hanging in the air in November, supporters are hoping to use the Oval Office to win protections for state public lands, although that wouldn’t be as lasting than federal law.

“Our preference is obviously to pass the CORE Act. We will continue to fight for this,” Bennet said. But there are non-legislative options, like national monument designations and mining bans, he added.

“We’re just going to have to decide what will be appropriate, and we haven’t made those decisions yet,” he said.

The choice of Camp Hale for the roundtable was deliberate. The CORE Act would create a new National Historic Landscape designation for the area that prepared the legendary 10th Mountain Division to fight in the Alps during World War II.

Vilsack and others note that the dwindling number of World War II veterans in general, and veterans who passed through Camp Hale in particular, put particular stress on the project.

“This conversation needs to happen, in a sense, yesterday,” Vilsack said.

He didn’t have a specific timeline for telling President Joe Biden about the request, but said he would make sure his team moved forward “as quickly as possible.”

The bill itself did not win support from Colorado Republicans. U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, whose district includes much of the land that would be protected under the law, called it a “partisan land grab promoted by big-city Democrats who are unaffected by bureaucracy. use of the land they grow’. in the gorge of rural Colorado.

An energy company paid her husband nearly $1 million as a consultant over two years, according to congressional disclosures. She was also a fierce supporter throughout her tenure.

Democrats rejected that criticism on Tuesday and argued it had broad support.

“I expect there will always be criticism from people who don’t appreciate the importance of public lands in our state,” Bennett said, without naming anyone in particular.


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Twins’ MLB batting leader Luis Arraez not focused on batting title

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Twins’ Mlb Batting Leader Luis Arraez Not Focused On Batting Title

Luis Arraez woke up on Tuesday as baseball’s leading hitter, which he has been most of the season. After going 1 for 4 with a run scored in Monday’s 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, Arraez is hitting .332, a few hits better than St. Louis infielder Paul Goldschmidt (.328).

With the season winding down — the Twins have 47 games remaining after Tuesday’s rematch against the Royals — Arraez was asked how much he’s paying attention to the batting race.

“Not too much,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff on Instagram; there’s like a million (posts about it). But I just want to stay focused on what I can do for the team.”

The Twins (59-55) entered Tuesday’s game two games behind first-place Cleveland (62-54) in an American League Central race they had led for most of the season.

“I know I’m hitting .300, but if I hit .300 and my team loses, I don’t feel happy,” Arraez said. “I want to do something for my teammates and help win a game.”

Four players have won a combined 14 AL batting titles as a Twin: Tony Oliva (3), Rod Carew (7), Kirby Puckett (1) and Joe Mauer (3). The first three of those players are in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y. The highest batting average among them was Mauer’s .365 in 2009, when he won the AL MVP Award.

That was the Twins’ last batting title, though former Twins Michael Cuddyer (2013) and Justin Morneau (2014) won NL batting titles with the Colorado Rockies.

Because slumps and injuries happen during a season, batting races don’t tend to get a ton of attention until the waning days of September, when any at-bat can make a difference between winning the title or finishing second.

Will Arraez pay more attention then?

“A hundred percent if I win the batting title,” he said. “I mean, that’s big for me. That’s one of my goals. But right now, I pay attention to what I can do for my teammates.”


Arraez and Jose Miranda, two of the Twins’ best hitters this season, didn’t take batting practice on Tuesday, instead using their time before the game against the Royals taking grounders from bench coach Jayce Tingler.

Tingler, a former infield coordinator for the Texas Rangers’ academy in the Dominican, sent sharp grounders to Arraez at second base and perfect short-hoppers to Miranda at first. In its way, it was as impressive as the fielding.

Asked how long it took him learn how hit a short-hopper at will, Tingler joked, “I hit a lot of slow bouncers as a player.”

That’s not quite true. In four years as a minor-league player, Tingler, an all-Big 12 player at Missouri, amassed a .271 career average while advancing to Class AA. The real answer is practice.

“I worked three years at the academy; we did a lot of fielding and fungo work,” he said.


Twins RBI leader Jorge Polanco, who aggravated a knee while sliding home on Monday night, was out of the lineup on Tuesday.

Manager Rocco Baldelli said he didn’t have a full update on Polanco during his pregame media access but said he was confident it wouldn’t be a long-term absence.

“I haven’t heard one thing about what he’s dealing with that would lead to that,” Baldelli said. “I think we’re just in a spot right now where we’re going to treat him, take care of any swelling and soreness, ice and rest, and I think he’s going to be OK.”


Through Monday among players with at least 339 plate appearances:

  1. Luis Arraez, TWINS, .332
  2. Paul Goldschmidt, STL, .328
  3. Freddie Freeman, LAD, .321
  4. Jeff McNeil, NYM, .315
  5. Jose Iglesias, COL, .314
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