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There is a difference when it comes to the latest messaging from the Miami Heat.

Yes, they like their roster, don’t feel compelled to make another move this offseason, don’t feel stymied or squeezed by what is playing out with the Brooklyn Nets regarding Kevin Durant or perhaps even how the Danny Ainge Show regarding Donovan Mitchell is being produced by the Utah Jazz.

But liking your roster doesn’t mean you are done.

And that, especially at this time of year, with two months remaining before the start of training camp, is a significant delineation.

The Miami Dolphins? They can claim to be done, with their training camp opening. The timing there matters. Cohesion has a specific timetable.

But the way things stand for the Heat, there is only one definitive way to both say and show they are done, to both say and show they are content, to both say and show an abiding belief in the tired saw of, “We have enough.”

That will be if and when they sign off on a contract extension with Tyler Herro.

Because at that point, based on their limited supply of tradable assets, is when they would be sending the ultimate signal, one with ultimate transparency.

Once Herro is signed to an extension, he essentially becomes untradeable for the 2022-23 season, because his outgoing salary would count exponentially more than what the Heat, as a team operating above the salary cap, could take back in return.

Making a move for Durant or Mitchell or any other big-ticket trade target becomes far more complex if Herro is off the table.

This, in fact, is where the Heat stood during the truncated 2020 offseason, after advancing to the NBA Finals in the pandemic-delayed end to the previous season in the Disney bubble setting.

At the time, the possibility remained of the Heat potentially making a future play for Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose contract with the Bucks was coming to an end.

But that also was when the clock was ticking on the extension deadline for Bam Adebayo.

In a perfect world, the Heat would have waited on Adebayo, rather than closing a door on Antetokounmpo, as remote as that possibility might have been.

Instead, the Heat locked Adebayo into his extension, removed themselves from the salary-cap space race in the 2021 offseason, and moved forward with what was in place.

Signal sent. Statement made. Clarity offered.

Now, with the twists and turns with the Durant saga, one that could well be a never-ending Durant saga, there is a notion of teams being played by the Nets, of offseasons being held hostage.

For the Heat, that, at times, can require pushback, because they so often tend to be in the middle of it all.

Such is the bane of being a desirable destination, one overseen with Pat Riley’s Godfather-like respect, one that has the beautiful mind of Andy Elisburg to make even the highest math work.

For years, that is the part that has stung, the notion of falling short, even as it goes against the maxim that you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

So when the Heat twice courted Gordon Hayward and came up short, failure was attached. The same with the 2016 courtship of Durant when he opted for the Golden State Warriors. The same with all the other aggressive dreaming that came up short, including with Antetokounmpo.

Thus the latest messaging.

Adding Durant would be a grand slam. Adding Mitchell would be a homerun. Bolstering at power forward would be extra-bases success.

Even without such a move, the Heat still are considered top-four-talented in the Eastern Conference. It’s not as if Adebayo, Herro, Jimmy Butler have gone anywhere. It’s not as if Kyle Lowry has not taken stock of a different type of Heat messaging, in his case Riley’s bluntness when it comes to conditioning for older players.

So, no, the Heat are not being played by the Nets or the Jazz or any of this offseason’s NBA disruptors.

And, yes, they are making clear that they like what is in place.

But that should also not be taken as they are done.

When/if Herro is extended, they likely will be done.

For now, still open for business, albeit with an inventory they also are willing to put on display for 2022-23.

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Chicago Cubs notebook: Kyle Hendricks begins his rehab in Arizona, while Nick Madrigal settles into the leadoff spot

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Chicago Cubs Notebook: Kyle Hendricks Begins His Rehab In Arizona, While Nick Madrigal Settles Into The Leadoff Spot

Whether Kyle Hendricks will pitch again for the Chicago Cubs this season remains unknown.

Hendricks, sidelined since July 6 with a right shoulder strain, has taken a step toward a potential return. He’s on his way to Arizona to start his rehab, though there’s no timetable for how long his throwing progression and buildup will take.

The Cubs’ priority is making sure Hendricks is fully healthy entering the offseason. He’s a known commodity at this point in his career, so any game action would be to set him up for 2023 rather than an evaluation process, such as the Cubs might want for right-hander Adbert Alzolay.

Alzolay, who has missed the entire season because of a right shoulder strain, has been throwing live batting practice in Arizona and ideally will pitch some innings, even in the minor leagues, before the season ends.

A healthy, more consistent Hendricks would go a long way for the 2023 rotation. He and the Cubs want to avoid an offseason scenario that would require him to continue rehabbing his shoulder. Hendricks previously indicated he wants to get in a few starts before the season ends.

The Cubs won’t needlessly rush Hendricks back, especially with enough internal options, including at Triple A, to fill the rotation down the stretch.

Nick Madrigal making the most of healthy legs

A healthy Nick Madrigal is showing what he can bring to the Cubs lineup when he’s feeling his best.

Madrigal entered the Cubs’ series against the Washington Nationals hitting .391 (9-for-23) with four walks and a .500 on-base percentage in 29 plate appearances over eight games since returning from a left groin strain.

“Seeing that play out is rewarding for him and us,” manager David Ross said.

In his last three starts, including Monday’s 5-4 loss at Nationals Park, Madrigal’s production has come from being slotted into the leadoff spot. He doubled and scored in the seventh Monday and finished 1-for-5.

Part of Ross’ calculus in batting Madrigal there stems from wanting the second baseman to get as many at-bats as possible after losing time the last two years because of injuries.

“The leadoff position is probably a little more on-base driven,” Ross said, “but the way he’s swinging the bat, the at-bats he’s had, taking some walks since he’s come back, the all-field approach he’s had — he’s got real bat-to-ball skills, just thinking about how he goes about it. It can be really frustrating from a starting pitcher standpoint that some of these guys can spray it around a little bit.”

Madrigal’s approach as the leadoff hitter — being patient to give his teammates more looks at the opposing pitcher’s stuff or hunting for a pitch early in the count — depends on the pitcher.

“I’ve always tried to be an aggressive hitter,” Madrigal told the Tribune. “Being in a leadoff spot, really it’s just the first at-bat of the game is the only difference. But (my approach) really depends on the pitcher.”

Madrigal also is looking for spots to be more aggressive on the basepaths now that his legs feel a lot better. It has been a process to gain strength after last year’s hamstring surgery, followed by a low back strain and the groin strain that caused him to miss about two months this year.

Madrigal has stolen two bases this season after stealing three in 83 games over two seasons (2020-21) with the Chicago White Sox.

“I’m able to start testing a little bit, but it’s something that’s always been part of my game,” Madrigal said. “I haven’t got the chance to really show it all that much. But I’m hoping that comes in the future.”

Wade Miley to make another rehab start

The Cubs clearly want to ensure left-hander Wade Miley is fully healthy this time without facing another setback.

Miley is slated to make another rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Iowa, his fourth rehab outing as he works back from a left shoulder strain that put him on the injured list June 11.

Left elbow inflammation thwarted the veteran early in the season before his shoulder issue emerged in May. In his first start off the IL, Miley lasted just three innings with a reoccurrence of the injury.

Miley had thought his bullpen sessions simulated enough of a game situation to test his shoulder. This time he’s taking on a more thorough buildup through multiple rehab appearances.

“We’re trying to get him back in the rotation as soon as he’s healthy,” Ross said. “But we’ll wait to see how he comes out of that start.”

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A private fundraising campaign is underway in Norway to erect a walrus statue that drew throngs of onlookers but was euthanized on Sunday after authorities concluded the huge marine mammal posed a health risk. man.

Known affectionately to fans as Freya, the walrus has become a popular attraction in the Oslo Fjord in recent weeks despite warnings from authorities that people should refrain from approaching and posing for photos with the animal.

“The shooting in Freya has a strong negative signaling effect that we in Norway, and especially in Oslo, are unable to provide living space for wild animals,” the citizens’ group told the origin of online fundraising in his appeal.

“By erecting a statue of the symbol that Freya has quickly become, we will always remind ourselves (and future generations) that we cannot or should not always kill and suppress nature when it is ‘in the way,’” continues the call.

By Tuesday afternoon, the group had raised 156,409 crowns ($16,143), according to the fundraising website. The organizers said that if they were unsuccessful with the project, the funds would go to the local chapter of the World Wildlife Fund.

Walruses are a protected species, and just last month officials said they hoped Freya would leave of her own accord and euthanasia would be a last resort. Norway’s chief fisheries officer said on Sunday they were considering moving the animal elsewhere, but concluded that was not a viable option.

Atlantic walruses normally live in the Arctic. It is unusual but not unheard of that they travel in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Another walrus, nicknamed Wally, was seen last year on beaches and even on a rescue dock in Wales and elsewhere.

Freya liked to climb on small boats, damaging them.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute said on Tuesday it had received the body of the 600-kilogram (1,320-pound) female walrus and would conduct an autopsy for scientific purposes.

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Sync Computing raises $15.5 million to automatically optimize cloud resources – TechCrunch

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After an Enterprise Pandemic-Driven Cloud Adoption Boom, the Costs Are Finally Coming under a microscope. MAccording to a recent study, more than a third of enterprises report having cloud budget overruns of up to 40%. survey by observability software provider Pepperdata. A separate Flexera survey found that optimizing existing use of cloud services is a top initiative for 59% of companies, with cost being the primary driver.

A whole cottage industry of startups has sprung up around optimizing cloud computing. But one in the running, Sync Computing, claims to uniquely tie business goals like reducing cost and runtime directly to low-level infrastructure configurations. Founded as a spin-out of MIT’s Lincoln Lab, Sync today landed $12 million in a venture funding round (plus $3.5 million in debt) led by Costanoa Ventures, with participation from The Engine, Moore Strategic Ventures and National Grid Partners.

Sync co-founders Jeff Chou and Suraj Bramhavar both worked as technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory before launching the startup. Bramhavar came to MIT through a photonics research position at Intel, while Chou co-founded another startup – Anoka Microsystems – designing a low-cost optical switch.

Sync was born from innovations developed at Lincoln Lab, including a method to speed up a mathematical optimization problem commonly found in logistics applications. While many cloud cost solutions provide recommendations for high-level optimization or support workflows that tune workloads, Sync goes further, Chou and Bramhavar saywith application-specific details and suggestions based on algorithms designed to “order” the appropriate resources.

“[We realized that our methods] can significantly improve the resource utilization of all large-scale computing systems,” Chou told TechCrunch in an email interview. “As Moore’s Law slows down, this will become a key technological bottleneck.

Chou says Sync doesn’t require a lot of historical data to start optimizing data pipelines and delivering low-level cloud resources. For example, he says, with just data from a single previous run, some customers have sped up their Apache Spark jobs by up to 80% — Apache Spark being the popular analytics source engine for processing data.

Sync recently released an API and autotuner for Spark on AWS EMR, Amazon’s big data cloud platform, and Databricks on AWS. Self-service support for Databricks on Azure is ongoing.

“The launch of our public API will allow users to programmatically apply the Sync autotuner to a large number of jobs and enable continuous monitoring of [cloud environments] with custom integration,” Chou said. “The C suite cares about cloud computing cost management, and our autotuner Sync does that while accelerating the output of data science and data analytics teams… The product also enables data engineers to Quickly change infrastructure settings to meet business goals. For example, one day teams might need to minimize costs and deprioritize execution time, but the next day they might have a tough deadline and need to thus speeding up execution time.With Sync, this can be done with a single click.

Sync first applied its technology within MIT’s Supercomputing Center before working with larger government high-performance computing centers, including the Department of Defense, with which it has a $1 million contract. Today, Sync says it has around 300 registered users on its self-service app and “several dozen” design partners testing and providing feedback, including Duolingo and engineers from Disney’s Streaming Services Group.

“The pandemic and recent economic climate have been a boon for Sync, as controlling cloud costs through improved efficiency is now a priority for many software-as-a-service cloud-native companies. Many companies are on the hiring freezes and need an ‘easy button’ to reduce cloud costs without adding load or overhead to already over-capacity teams,” Chou said. “With the recent economic downturn, demand for the Sync’s unique approach has accelerated dramatically, already being adopted by large enterprise customers Our main challenge is for developers and CTOs to see how what we’ve built is different and also realize that both can reap tremendous benefits by using it.”

Chou says the latest round funding, which brings Boston-based Sync’s total capital to $21.6 million, will be dedicated to customer acquisition, marketing and sales, product development and R&D. , including adding integrations with existing engineering workflows. Sync currently has 14 employees, a number that Chou says will grow to 25 by the end of the year.

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Florence Pugh has confirmed that she and Zach Braff quietly called it quits in early 2022 after nearly three years of dating.

“We tried to do this split without the knowledge of the world, because it’s a relationship that everyone has an opinion on,” Pugh told Harper’s Bazaar in his September 2022 cover story, published Tuesday. “We just thought something like this would really give us the advantage of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we’re not together.

“So we did that. I automatically get a lump in my throat when I talk about it.

Throughout their relationship, the 26-year-old ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ star has often hit back at the critical comment that she and the 47-year-old ‘Scrubs’ alum have had to deal with their difference in life. ‘age.

Pugh reiterated to The Shining that she believes she shouldn’t be separated due to her career choice.

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“We tried to do this separation without the knowledge of the world, because it’s a relationship that everyone has an opinion on,” she explained.
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“Every time I feel like that line has been crossed in my life, whether it’s paparazzi taking private moments, or moments that aren’t even real, or gossip channels encouraging members of the public to share private moments of famous people walking down the street, I think that’s incredibly wrong,” she said.

“I don’t think people, just because they have this job, that every aspect of their life should be monitored and written down. We didn’t sign up for a reality TV show.

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Braff has not publicly commented on their split.

Page Six broke the news in October 2019 that the “Garden State” star and “Little Women” actress were spotted getting cozy at a Whole Foods in Hollywood.

“It was very clear to me that they were a couple,” a source told Us at the time.

Pugh confirmed the romance two months later when she clapped back at an internet troll for insulting the age difference in her relationship.

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Martha Stewart Says Pete Davidson Is Like ‘The Son I Never Had’ – NBC Chicago

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Just call her mom Martha.

After a same Suggesting Pete Davidson might be or is already dating Martha Stewart after his recent split from Kim Kardashian went viral, the lifestyle guru laughed at the attention and clarified his feelings for the former ‘Saturday Night Live”.

“Pete Davidson is like the son I never had,” Stewart told the Daily Mail on August 12. “He’s a lovely boy who is finding his way. I invited him to come on my podcast and can’t wait to hear what he has to say.”

Stewart made the comments at the grand opening of her restaurant The Bedford by Martha Stewart in Paris Las Vegas.

E ! News learned earlier this month that Davidson and Kardashian have called it quits after nine months of dating. Later, a photo of Stewart holding the comedian’s hand alongside the SKIMS mogul at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year, started making the rounds on Twitter. The snap sparked cheeky speculation that Stewart could be Davidson’s next high-profile love interest.

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“We should have seen it coming,” wrote one fan with the photo, which has since gained over 44,000 likes.

Davidson has previously dated Cazzie David, Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, Margaret Qualley, Kaia Gerber and Phoebe Dynevor.

Stewart, 81, previously spoke fondly of Kardashian, 41, and Davidson, 28, together, calling the former couple “an unlikely couple” but “cute together,” in a May interview with E! New. She added that “they seem to have a lovely affection for each other, which is so nice.”

Davidson and Stewart first met in 2015 at Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber and the two have maintained a sweet connection, with the Martha Stewart Living founder gushing that the comedian is “so cute.”

Pete Davidson is reportedly prioritizing his mental health in light of the online hate Kanye West has directed at him. According to multiple reports, the comedian has undergone trauma therapy, a step he is said to have taken in large part because of the many alarming messages Kanye posted about him during his relationship with the rapper’s ex-wife, Kim. Kardashian.

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Over the weekend against Tampa Bay, the Orioles gave southpaw DL Hall a taste of the majors, hoping he would learn from his first start and apply those lessons as he prepares to serve in a role as relieves on the section.

With Triple-A Norfolk he will have a good example of how to handle such circumstances. The Orioles are now in Toronto, where they deployed a similar tactic in June with outfielder Kyle Stowers called up for a series as a substitute player. Stowers received just eight board appearances during that stint, going 1 for 7 with four strikeouts, but since joining Triple-A Norfolk he’s hit .288/.371/.531 – good for a .902 OPS – with 22 of his 46 hits for extra bases.

Stowers, Baltimore’s No. 11 prospect according to Baseball America, leads the International League in RBIs and ranks second in extra-base hits. He paces the Orioles’ full-season minor leagues in those categories and home runs, trailing only top overall prospect Gunnar Henderson in slugging percentage and OPS.

“When guys can taste it and see what it’s like here, I think it’s always positive,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “They’re coming down, they know what they’re working towards, what it’s like here. You never know until you’re here, honestly, and playing in these environments and facing the pitcher you’re up against and the batters that DL was going to face. Now you have something to work on and something to work towards, and I hope that’s what DL is going to do, and I think Kyle has done a good job this year.

Stowers continued to do so this past series. Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down five of the best players in the Orioles’ prospect ranks and hand out superlatives to those who fell short of that cut.

1. Norfolk Triple-A Outfielder Kyle Stowers

Stowers’ performance continues to produce wonders as to why he’s making it to Triple-A rather than the majors. In a series against Rochester, he cut .304/.429/.522, doubling twice with a home run. Although he also walked five times, he struck out nine times, all in three games; if there’s one obvious weakness in his game, it’s swing and miss, although his strikeout and swing rates are down from 2021. But it’s possible that’s a trade-off for power that it provides. Notably, he actually performed better in left vs. left matchups, with a .996 OPS compared to a mark of .865 when he has the advantage of the pack.

2. Aberdeen Southpaw Cade Povich

Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias called Povich the centerpiece of the four minor league pitchers Baltimore received from the Minnesota Twins for All-Star tie-up Jorge López, saying the 22-year-old southpaw had the forward. -of-the -rotational potential. He showed it in what turned out to be his only two starts with Aberdeen, pitching six shutout innings in both before being promoted to Double-A Bowie. Chayce McDermott, acquired from the Houston Astros as part of returning first baseman Trey Mancini, also advanced after striking out seven in four innings last week for the IronBirds.

3. Norfolk Triple-A infielder Jordan Westburg

Early in his Norfolk stint, Westburg seemed on the fast track to potential promotion, finishing June with an OPS of 1.077 before his bat slowed unusually. In a five-over streak from early July to early August, Orioles No. 6 the prospect hit .183 with a .517 OPS. He finally started to shake that off last week against Rochester, posting 1,100 OPS thanks to a pair of homers and doubles. He also walked six times in the face of six strikeouts, a significant improvement after batting three times as much as he walked in the previous slump.

4. High-A Aberdeen Utility Billy Cook

Baltimore’s 10th-round pick in the 2021 draft, Cook has been pretty streaky in his first full professional season. He had four more hits in the IronBirds’ four previous streaks, then delivered just five — three doubles and two home runs — last week against Hudson Valley, adding two interceptions. He played all three outfield spots and both first and second for the IronBirds, hitting .202 with a total of .684 OPS.

5. Double-A right-hander Garrett Stallings

The fact that Stallings was recognized as the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the month for July shows just how well he’s come back from a disastrous June. He maintained it in August. Since allowing 10 earned runs while recording 10 outs to leave his June ERA at 28.50, Stallings, who turned 25 last week, has a 1.73 ERA in his last seven outings. , walking only three of the 138 batters he faced in that span. Last week against Akron, he allowed one run on three hits in six innings, striking out five without walking any.

The best prospect not presented so far

As baseball’s top prospect, Henderson automatically qualifies for that spot with anything other than a stellar week. The 21-year-old infielder was solid for Norfolk, hitting .269 with .790 OPS, but hitting an atypical 13 times. He’s been knocked out in 16 of his last 34 plate appearances, a trend that will hamper any internal consideration of adding him to the major league roster for a playoff push.

International acquisition of the week

Caesar Prieto’s bat hasn’t quite flourished like it has with Aberdeen since moving to Bowie, but maybe last week can be a turning point. The 23-year-old recorded nine hits, including a double and a homer, and posted a .942 OPS. Known for his ball batting skills, Prieto only kicked three times, although he also only walked once. Baltimore’s No. 16 hope hit .285 with a .711 OPS while playing all around the infield for the Baysox.

The best former top 30 prospect of the week

A top-30 prospect in 2019, Bowie right-hander Brenan Hanifee had little chance to build on that status, losing the 2020 season like all minor leaguers have before undergoing elbow reconstruction surgery. Tommy John in May 2021. He had a few rough outings in Bowie’s rotation in July, but had his best start since returning with 4 2/3 innings on Thursday in which the only run he allowed was not not deserved. Drafted in the fourth round from Baltimore in 2016, Hanifee is just 24 years old and could soon reestablish himself among the top 30 talents.

It’s time to brighten up…

Having joined Delmarva at the age of 18, right-hander Yaqui Rivera struggled early on, but that certainly wasn’t the case on Friday. Now 19, he threw five perfect innings of relief on just 50 pitches, striking out six while combining with Juan De Los Santos on one hit. Rivera was one of the prospects the Orioles got from the Miami Marlins in exchange for relievers Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser.

Short season extracts

In his first week in the Florida Complex League, 2022 No. 1 overall pick Jackson Holliday went 2-for-6 with a walk and a stolen base. In what turned out to be his final week in the FCL, 67th overall pick Jud Fabian went 5-for-8 and walked six before being promoted to Delmarva. Jose Ramirez, a 19-year-old southpaw signed out of Venezuela in 2019, struck out 11 in five innings during a start in the Dominican Summer League.

Minor movements

Fabian and nine other rookies have joined the Shorebirds from FCL, with Dylan Beavers (competitive balance A round), Max Wagner (second), Silas Ardoin (fourth), Cameron Weston (eighth), Adam Crampton (ninth), Bradley Brehmer ( 12th), Jared Beck (13th), Adam Retzbach (14th) and Reese Sharp (20th) also promoted. Keagan Gillies, Baltimore’s 15th-round pick last year, and Juan Nunez, acquired with Povich and two others for López, will also travel to Delmarva.

To create space in Bowie for Povich and McDermott, the Orioles promoted left-hander Drew Rom, their number 18 prospect and right-hander Ryan Watson, among the best players in the system, in Norfolk. Infielder Luis Valdez, who leads all Baltimore minor leaguers with 59 interceptions, jumped from Delmarva to Aberdeen.

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