Yu Darvish pitched a season-high eight innings of five-hit ball, Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking single and Eric Hosmer had a two-run double to cap a three-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night. Darvish (6-3), pitching at Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded him to the Padres as the centerpiece of a seven-player trade on Dec. 29, 2020, didn’t allow a runner past second base after Yan Gomes hit a home run in the second.
Top advisers to then-President Donald Trump told him that his claims of widespread election fraud were unfounded and would not reverse his 2020 election loss, but he refused to listen, according to testimony on Monday at a hearing of the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. Close aides and family members said they told Trump that they found no merit in a wide range of often outlandish allegations that surfaced after his election defeat, including reports of a “suspicious suitcase” containing fake ballots, a truck transporting ballots to Pennsylvania and computer chips swapped into voting machines. “I thought, boy, if he really believes this stuff he has lost contact with, he’s become detached from reality,” said William Barr, who served as Trump’s attorney general and was long known as loyal to the Republican president.
South China Morning Post
Foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng has been appointed deputy head of China’s National Radio and Television Administration, at a time when Beijing is locked in a narrative war with the West. Career diplomat Le is seen as an unusual choice for the NRTA – which oversees state broadcasting in China – particularly as he had been tipped as a potential successor to Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Le had been in charge of daily operations at the foreign ministry, a role he has had since 2018. The appointment co
Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and the other Saudi rebels have escaped immediate bans from the DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – for next week’s BMW International, but have been told that this will likely only be a brief reprieve for playing on the Saudi rebel circuit.
London marked the deaths of 72 people in a tower block fire at memorial services across the city on Tuesday, five years after a blaze that shook the nation and revealed widespread and fatal flaws in building regulations. On June 14, 2017, Britain woke to the news of its deadliest fire in a residential building since World War Two, captured in images of a 23-storey inferno that have come to symbolise the tragedy of that night and a quest for justice for the local community and relatives of those who died. A memorial service at Westminster Abbey in central London began the commemorations.
Rory McIlroy had two strong comments about the future of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series in February. “Dead in the water,” McIlroy said, referring to all the top players saying they were staying not interested. Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen all can fit that pre-Champions Tour mode.
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