The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros took turns this season carrying the title as "baseball's best team" and so it seems only fitting they will clash this week in the World Series. The Dodgers led the majors with 104 wins this season and are 7-1 so far this postseason while the Astros had 101 wins before going 7-4 in the playoffs to reach the Fall Classic, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK - President Donald Trump criticized the National Football League on Wednesday, Oct. 18, for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem, firing back after league officials meeting in New York chose instead to effectively back players' right to political activism. "Total disrespect for our great country!" tweeted Trump, who has repeatedly denounced players in the country's most popular sports league as unpatriotic for kneeling during the anthem in a demonstration against racism.
The NFL said on Friday it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week. Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the head of the NFL Players Association, will meet with the owners from Oct. 17-18 in New York where the issue of player protests during the U.S. national anthem is expected to command much attention.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Friday said it "could not conclude academic violations" at the University of North Carolina, which had been accused of running sham classes for years for some of its scholarship athletes.
Bruce Arena resigned as manager of the U.S. men's national team on Friday after failing to qualify the squad for the World Cup finals in Russia next year. The soccer world was left stunned on Tuesday when the United States, needing an away win or draw at bottom of the group Trinidad & Tobago to clinch one of the CONCACAF region's three automatic berths, suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat. The loss, coupled by wins from Panama and Honduras, meant that the United States have failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The United States easily won their seventh consecutive Presidents Cup over the International team on Sunday, but the visitors avoided a record defeat thanks to a last-day rally at Liberty National. Daniel Berger clinched victory for the United States by winning the fourth of 12 singles matches, 2&1 over South Korean Kim Si-woo to put the Americans over the deciding 15-point mark in the biennial match play team event. The United States eventually prevailed 19-11 to claim the cup for the 10th time in 12 stagings of the biennial event.
A toddler shot and wounded two 3-year-old children with a handgun at a Michigan home where a woman was babysitting several youngsters, police and local media said on Thursday. The shooting on Wednesday in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn occurred after the toddler got access to a handgun, Dearborn police said in a statement. One of the children was shot in the shoulder and was expected to make a full recovery. The other child was in serious but stable condition, the police statement said, without providing other details.
GENEVA - Nearly half of the estimated 56 million abortions performed worldwide every year are unsafe and women in poor countries face even higher risks due to U.S. funding cuts to family planning programs abroad, health experts said on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump has reinstated a policy that requires foreign NGOs that receive U.S. global family planning funds to certify that they do not perform abortions or provide abortion advice as a method of family planning.
The South Dakota meat processor that sued ABC News over the characterization of its top-selling product as "pink slime" in TV news reports has set up a $10 million fund to help former employees and communities affected by the plants it closed in 2012, it said on Wednesday. The privately held Beef Products Inc sued ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, in 2012, saying ABC defamed the company by using the term “pink slime” and accusing it of making errors and omissions in its reporting.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration plans to cap the number of refugees admitted to the United States in the coming year at 45,000, two people with knowledge of the decision said on Tuesday, and advocates said this historically low level is insufficient in the face of growing humanitarian crises worldwide. That figure would be the lowest ceiling for refugee admissions since the U.S. Refugee Act was signed in 1980. Since then, the ceiling has never been set below 67,000 and in recent years has been around 70,000 to 80,000.