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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — After a two-year pandemic postponement, San Jose’s Cambrian Park Little League Challenger team is just two weeks away from playing in a Little League World Series exhibition game.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” team manager Barbara Morrone said. “It’s like a first in youth sports and we are so honored to have been selected to participate.”

Morrone started Cambrian Park’s Challenger Division 12 years ago. A baseball mom herself, she said she quickly recognized that some kids didn’t have a team to play on.

“You find a need and you fill it,” she said.

Over the years, Morrone, athletes and their families have found that the effort has fostered friendships on and off the field and built community regardless of ability. The Challenger division is designed for players with physical and intellectual challenges.

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12 volunteer players, coaches and “buddies” will be San Jose’s first to compete in the Little League World Series, headquartered in Pennsylvania.

“There should be equal opportunities for everyone,” Morrone said. “Sometimes you have to make some accommodations, but baseball is a sport for everyone.”

It’s a grand slam opportunity for 10-year-old Julian Haas.

“We’re really excited for him to do this,” his mother, Kris Coleman-Haas, told ABC7 News. “He’s been a huge baseball fan since he was about 18 months old.”

Having played in other leagues before, Julian’s mother said the experience became difficult for her son.

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“He was a bit ostracized. It was harder for him to play on those teams,” Coleman-Haas explained. “And then he comes to this league and he’s just one of the kids. He’s one of the guys playing.”

The team, the community, the rest of Cambrian Little League all provide the necessary supportive environment.

“Me and one of the volunteers were throwing and catching,” player Joshua Myers told ABC7 News. “And he was like, ‘Hey, you can be a pitcher!’ And I’m like, ‘Really?’ And I was like, ‘Wow!’”

And “wow” is right. During the team’s last weekday practice in San Jose, Myers threw pitch after pitch. Morrone said Myers would be the first young pitcher in the Challenger Division to pitch an exhibition game at the Little League World Series. This monumental opportunity, Myers said, proves that anything is possible.

“I hope it will give them the opportunity to live their life and give them inspiration,” he said, of others facing similar physical or intellectual challenges. “When I’m older, I’ll have a good story to tell.”

To make the trip possible, Morrone said the team spent the summer raising funds. They raised nearly $80,000 to cover travel costs to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Cambrian Park Little League Baseball, click here.

To donate to the Challenger Road to the World Series effort, click here.

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The Knicks have been slow under Tom Thibodeau. Very slow.

Their offense was dead-last in pace during the coach’s first campaign, then moved up just one spot to 29th last season.

With the first week of training camp in the books, the Knicks have been vague about specific goals with one exception: playing faster.’

“It’s just the way the game is going,” Julius Randle said. “There are so many more possessions, high-scoring games. So, it’s just the way the league is going and an adjustment that everybody has to make.”

Randle buying into a quicker pace is important toward that endeavor. The power forward spent much of the last two seasons operating with the ball while leading the team, by far, in isolations. So it was an encouraging sign that Randle said he dropped weight in the summer to get up and down the floor.

“I want to be able to adjust and play faster, play on and off the ball,” Randle said. “For me, being in shape is always number one, so I take pride in that and every year I try to go back and look at how and adjust how I can be better and play faster and quicker basketball. Be efficient.

On paper, the Knicks’ starting lineup isn’t constructed for a run-and-gun style. That’s more the vibe of the reserves with Obi Toppin, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes.

But Thibodeau asserted Saturday that Randle is adept in transition and playing off the ball. He witnessed it as an opposing coach when Randle was in New Orleans alongside Anthony Davis and Los Angeles alongside either D’Angelo Russell or Brandon Ingram.

“Having coached against him, one of the things I worried about was him running the floor,” Thibodeau said. “So if we can get him down the floor and catch small guys on him, catch the defense before it’s set — that’s a big advantage for us. Playing off the ball and catching it on the run and driving it through the elbow. Those are things that he’s done well in the past and I want him to get back to that.”

Of course, this will require an adjustment from Randle. It’s one thing to finish a lay-up in transition, it’s another to run around without the ball in the half-court. Egos tend to get involved when a player is asked to relinquish the control of the offense.

But that’s the reality as Randle enters his fourth season with the Knicks. He’ll finally have a reliable playmaker as the starting point guard in Jalen Brunson. RJ Barrett’s evolution calls for more opportunities.

Randle can succeed as the secondary option in motion.

“Because of the strength of the club, we can use him in different ways,” Thibodeau said. “He doesn’t always have to have the ball. He can play off the ball.”

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Ravens sign CB Kevon Seymour off practice squad, elevate OT David Sharpe, OLB Brandon Copeland

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The Ravens signed cornerback Kevon Seymour off their practice squad Saturday and elevated two other players ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Seymour, a dependable special teams contributor, played in nine games last year, making two starts. He’s yet to appear in a game this season. No Ravens cornerbacks were on Friday’s injury report, but the team has rotated its reserves early this season because of injuries and inconsistency.

Offensive tackle David Sharpe and outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (Gilman) are expected to play Sunday after practice squad promotions. Sharpe, who played in three games last season, helps the Ravens’ depth out wide, where Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and Patrick Mekari (ankle) are dealing with injuries. Stanley is questionable for Week 4, while Mekari is doubtful.

Copeland signed with the Ravens’ practice squad last week and had a sack late in the win against the New England Patriots. With Justin Houston (groin) doubtful for Sunday’s game and new signing Jason Pierre-Paul still ramping up, Copeland could be in line for significant action.

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Ramesh Ponnuru: The moral case for higher interest rates

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s efforts to cool down the economy are causing progressive criticism to heat up. He has been accused of wanting a “brutal” recession, trying to “throw millions of Americans out of work” and using “dangerous” rhetoric. And those are the comments of just one senator, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

The criticism of the Fed’s interest-rate increases sometimes veers into demagoguery, just as did former President Donald Trump’s attacks on Powell when the Fed raised rates. But the progressives’ question deserves an answer: How can tightening monetary policy be morally justified even though it is expected to have a negative effect on employment?

What makes the question difficult is that the costs of inflation, while serious, are diffuse, while the costs associated with unemployment are highly concentrated. The costs of being unemployed are personal and often severe. They can include broken families, compromised mental health and reduced long-term prospects.

At the same time, the human toll of unemployment can’t be the argument-ender that Warren and like-minded observers want it to be. If it were, that would mean that tighter policy is never justified. That can’t be right.

Some progressives also have a simple-minded view of the relationship between unemployment and inflation. During the current bout of high inflation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said that she was told in the 1980s, when she came to Congress, that inflation rises whenever unemployment falls.

She may have been told that; it reflected the conventional wisdom of a prior era. The early 1980s saw a severe recession largely caused by an effort to tame inflation. But her claim that inflation rises as unemployment falls has proven false during her own career. Unemployment fell from 1992 to 1998, and again from 2011 to 2020, without an increase in inflation.

Over the long run, tolerating high inflation does not seem to increase employment, and low inflation does not threaten it. Keeping inflation low is therefore a sensible long-term goal. The question today is this: What should the central bank do when a low-inflation regime has been won at great cost — that early-1980s recession — but is now in danger of ending?

One option, which Warren’s rhetoric pushes toward, would be to accept the current level of inflation on the grounds that bringing it down would weaken the labor market. But accepting current inflation may in practice amount to accepting higher inflation. Market expectations of inflation over the next five to 10 years are at present only slightly higher than the Fed’s 2% annual target.

Throw in the towel, and those expectations could rise — and become self-fulfilling. Then the Fed would face a worse version of its current choice: Either accept that inflation will drift even higher or clamp down on it at the cost of unemployment. Letting inflation drift higher, flinching from the fight because of the risk of higher unemployment, and then being forced to act is more or less how the U.S. got that severe recession in the early 1980s.

The remaining options are about degrees of tightening: a lot or a little, fast or slow. The fact that expectations are under control suggests that it might still be possible to restore low inflation without a large increase in unemployment. That’s an argument for moving fast. So is the fact that the unemployment rate is still relatively low. Judging from their projections, Fed policymakers think they can get inflation under control while unemployment peaks at 4.4% — which is lower than it was in any month of the Reagan or Obama presidencies.

The Fed may find its resolve tested if inflation begins to subside. It may be tempted to quit tightening when inflation drops to 3%, rather than inflict the additional pain needed to get back to the 2% target. If inflation is relatively predictable and stable, a 3% average might not impose much higher costs than a 2% one. But the Fed would not be making this choice in a vacuum. It would, in that case, be abandoning its initial target under duress, which is bound to make its future commitments less credible.

Recent statements by Powell have acknowledged the cost of restoring price stability but noted that, without it, “the economy does not work for anyone.” The alternative to taking the requisite action now, he has explained, is risking higher inflation and then a more severe recession. The critics are mistaken: He should keep tightening monetary policy, and with a clear conscience.

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David A. Hopkins: Trump’s surprising legacy: More female candidates — in both parties

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Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016 inspired a surge in political activism among Democratic women. Six years later, that energy remains mostly intact — and has spread to the Republican Party as well.

Beginning with the Women’s March in 2017, held on Trump’s first full day as president, the anti-Trump “resistance” movement spoke with a distinctly female voice. Scholars and journalists who examined grassroots liberal politics during the Trump years observed a proliferation of women-led citizen networks dedicated to defeating the president and his Republican allies.

One way they did this was by deciding to become candidates themselves. The share of Democratic nominees for the U.S. House of Representatives who were women jumped from 29% in the 2016 election — a record at the time — to 42% in 2018, rising again to 48% in 2020. And as more women ran for office, more women won. The number of Democratic women increased from 62 to 89 in the House, from 14 to 16 in the Senate, and from 3 to 6 in state governorships over the four years of the Trump presidency, according to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Trump’s defeat in 2020 raised the question of whether this activism among women would persist once he was no longer president. Had the “resistance” resulted in greater female representation in the Democratic Party? Or would passion fade without the constant fuel provided by Trump’s presence in the White House?

The recent conclusion of the 2022 nomination season provides an opportunity for some preliminary analysis. According to figures I’ve compiled, women constitute 43% of all Democratic nominees for U.S. House seats this year — a modest decline from 2020, but roughly equal to 2018 and well above any previous election. Women represent 40% of Democratic nominees for Senate or governor in 2022, marking a new record (the previous high was 38% in 2018).

But a relatively challenging political environment means that the raw number of female Democrats in office won’t increase much — or at all — after this fall’s elections, even if the gender balance within the party continues to shift.

Democratic Senators Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire are both seeking second terms in perennially competitive states, while election forecasters suggest that at least a dozen Democratic women in the House are at serious risk of losing their seats. In governor’s races, a near-certain Democratic pickup by a female candidate in Massachusetts and a decent chance of victory in Arizona could be offset by potential losses in Kansas and Oregon.

In fact, it’s quite possible that most newly elected women next year will serve on the opposite side of the partisan aisle. Republican leaders and interest groups have responded to the recent wave of female Democratic candidates by aggressively recruiting more female candidates of their own. The proportion of Republican House nominees who are women increased from 13% in 2018 to 22% in 2020 and 19% this year. Women also constitute 21% of Republican Senate or gubernatorial nominees in 2022, representing a historical high point for the party.

Republican women are virtually assured of picking up a Senate seat in Alabama and are well-positioned in a number of House districts as well. They are also poised to capture at least one new governorship (Arkansas), with several other states — such as Oregon and Arizona — within reach.

When Trump was first elected, few analysts would have predicted that one legacy of his presidency would be a significant rise in the representation of women within both major parties. But change in the American two-party system often follows this back-and-forth pattern. Trump’s ascendance to the top of the GOP provoked a women-led opposition movement among Democrats, which in turn inspired a counter-response by Republican leaders who concluded that diversifying their own candidate ranks would prevent them from suffering a competitive disadvantage.

Both parties evolve as they react to developments on the other side as well as their own — just as Trump’s nomination itself represented a passionate Republican backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama.

Of course, it’s too soon to tell if the growth in female candidates will endure. But there’s one good reason to expect that it may continue for at least one more election: The Supreme Court’s June decision reversing Roe v. Wade was announced too late to affect the current field of candidates, since filing deadlines had already passed in nearly every state. But if Democratic anger at the Dobbs ruling fuels another upsurge of women running for office two years from now, Republicans could calculate that the best strategic response would be a further investment in recruiting their own slate of female nominees. When combined with Trump’s potential return to the electoral arena, that’s a formula for yet another Year of the Woman in 2024.

David A. Hopkins is an associate professor of political science at Boston College and the author of “Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics.” He wrote this column for Bloomberg Opinion.

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Reaching nearly 43% of the fiscal year’s 700 MT production target in six months, CIL aims to produce the remainder in the second half, the coal giant said in a statement. Usually, the production of CIL in the second semester remains much higher than that of the first semester.

State-owned CIL on Saturday reported a 19.7 percent growth in coal production to 299 million tonnes (MT) in the April-September period of the current fiscal year. The company represents more than 80% of national coal production.

The production of Coal India Ltd (CIL) in the corresponding period last year was 249.8 MT, the public sector company said in an exchange filing. The figures provided by the company are provisional.

Reaching nearly 43% of the fiscal year’s 700 MT production target in six months, CIL aims to produce the remainder in the second half, the coal giant said in a statement. Usually, the production of CIL in the second semester remains much higher than that of the first semester.

Coal output from the public sector unit last month also increased to 45.7 MT from 40.7 MT last September. The company’s coal drawdowns in the April-September period increased to 332 MT from 307.9 MT in the corresponding period last year, according to the filing.

Power plant supply, on the back of higher generation and higher load, jumped to 285.5 MT in the first half of FY23. “The year-on-year jump is 41 MT, registering a growth of 16.8%. CIL supplies amounted to 244.5 MT in the first half of FY22,” the statement said.

Dispelling apprehensions of coal shortages during the festive season, he said there were sufficient stocks of coal at CIL’s coal mines and power plants. At the end of September (through the 29th), coal stocks at national coal-fired power plants stood at 24 MT, with most of the stock being augmented by supplies from CIL.

“The stock was up 2.4x from 10 MT on September 21, when a sudden spike in (electricity) production drove up demand for coal. In late September, CIL beachheads a stock close to 28 MT,” the statement read.

He further stated that sufficient coal stocks are now at hand. Production also increases from October. There is no reason to fear a shortage.

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Chicago White Sox 2022 review: What went right, what went wrong and what’s next after a season filled with disappointment

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Eloy Jiménez walked down the stairs in the visitors dugout at Target Field on Wednesday as Luis Robert discussed the 2022 season and looked ahead to 2023 with reporters.

“Next year is the year,” Jiménez yelled. “Let’s go.”

All the Sox can do is look ahead following a 2022 season filled with disappointment. After making the playoffs in 2020 and ‘21, the Sox will be spending this postseason at home.

“It just seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said before Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. “When you thought it was kind of coming back, it just never went back. It just kept going wrong.

“But I guess to put it plain and simple, we just sucked. Anything else would be an excuse, and the last thing you want to make as a team, as an individual, is an excuse.”

Here’s a look at what went right, what didn’t and what’s next for the Sox.

What went right

Dylan Cease put it all together and put himself in the running for the American League Cy Young Award while headlining the rotation.

Cease entered what might be his final start of the season Saturday near the top of several pitching categories, including ranking second in the majors with a 2.06 ERA.

He came within one out of a no-hitter Sept. 3 against the Minnesota Twins. Earlier in the season, he had 14 consecutive start in which he allowed no more than one earned run, becoming the first starter (non-opener) since 1913 to accomplish the feat.

“(The consistency is) huge,” Cease told the Tribune on Thursday. “To be able to be fairly consistent throughout the year is very important.”

The Sox signed pitcher Johnny Cueto to a minor-league deal shortly after Lance Lynn suffered a right knee injury during a Cactus League game that sidelined him until June. Cueto helped stabilize the rotation after joining the big-league team in May.

Cueto and Michael Kopech shined in one of the more impressive days of the season when the Sox swept a doubleheader against the Yankees on May 22 in New York. Kopech — who moved back into the rotation after spending most of last year as a reliever — retired the first 17 batters in Game 2 with Rob Brantly breaking up the perfect game with a two-out double in the sixth.

Closer Liam Hendriks ranked among the league leaders in saves (38) and made his third All-Star team.

He was joined at the All-Star Game by shortstop Tim Anderson, who was voted a starter for the first time. Anderson was eighth in the AL in batting average at the time he suffered what turned out to be a season-ending sagittal band tear in his left middle finger in early August.

While the power numbers were down, first baseman José Abreu found ways to make an impact. He ranked second in the AL in hits (180) and fifth in batting average (.304) entering Saturday.

Jiménez has been among the best hitters in baseball since the All-Star break, slashing .330/.398/.572 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs.

The Sox played up to their potential in early September, winning 13 of their first 19 after Miguel Cairo stepped in as acting manager.

But …

What went wrong

The Sox lost the opener of a big series against the Cleveland Guardians 10-7 in 11 innings on Sept. 20 and never recovered.

That defeat started an eight-game losing streak. The Sox saw the Guardians pull away to win the AL Central. Six of those losses came at home, where the Sox are a puzzling 35-43.

The Sox entered Saturday one game under .500, with injuries being a major factor.

Core position players such as Anderson, Robert, Jiménez, Grandal and third baseman Yoán Moncada were among those to spend time on the IL. The rotation and bullpen also were hit with injuries.

“We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be,” Robert said through an interpreter Wednesday in Minneapolis. “Too many ups and downs, more downs than ups, and that affected the way that we played. When you have injuries, that’s something you cannot avoid. You can have your players playing, but if you have your players dealing with different injuries, you know the guys out there are not 100%. That’s going to affect your performance too.

“You can’t control that. I really believe that’s one of the main reasons why we underperformed this year.”

The Sox are wrapping up the season with Anderson and Robert on the IL while Moncada (.218/.282/.364) and Grandal (.200/.301/.269) struggled to find a rhythm offensively.

Beyond the injuries, the play on the field was surprisingly sloppy at times. The team’s 100 errors are the most in the AL. And baserunning miscues, whether it led to a triple play July 4 against the Twins or getting caught off third base following a walk July 27 at Colorado, squashed momentum.

It’s those fundamentals one would expect to be cleaned up under Tony La Russa, who returned as Sox manager after the 2020 season with the hopes of taking the team to the next level.

They made the playoffs again in 2021, but this season was filled with inconsistent play. And decisions such as intentionally walking Trea Turner with a 1-2 count in a June 9 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers gained national criticism.

Fans voiced their displeasure with the ups and downs, including chants of “Fire Tony” during an extra-inning loss to the Texas Rangers on June 11. The team’s inability to be a larger player at the trade deadline also left many scratching their heads.

Less than an hour before an Aug. 30 game against the Kansas City Royals, the Sox announced that La Russa would not manage that night at the direction of his doctors. The next day the Sox said La Russa was out indefinitely and would undergo further testing with doctors in Arizona.

On Sept. 24, the Sox announced La Russa would not return for the 2022 season at the direction of his doctors. Asked later that day if he had a sense if La Russa, 77, still wants to manage, Sox general manager Rick Hahn said, “Right now the focus is on his health.”

What’s next

Hahn said the team would address the managerial situation when “it’s appropriate to turn the page at the end of this year.”

That’s the most immediate question facing the Sox.

These could also be the last few games for Abreu with the Sox. He’s a free agent after the season.

Time will tell if the Sox look to add a left-handed bat, whether they search for a long-term solution at second base and the rotation plans with Cueto set for free agency.

Largely, the offseason will be about trying to find ways to get back on track after the squandered opportunities this season.

“It’s a frustrating year and we know what we need to work on and we know what we don’t want to fall into next year,” outfielder/first baseman Gavin Sheets told the Tribune on Tuesday in Minneapolis. “We know what went well and we know what didn’t work. For us next year, this season was a big learning curve. We don’t want to go back down this hole.

“We know the talent we have and we know what it takes because last year we did what it took and this year we didn’t. We take that and we run with it and I think we’ve got some good motivation going into next year.”

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