Updated 6:52 pm CDT, Sunday, June 2, 2019 TORONTO (AP) — The Latest from Sunday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The 44th President of the United States —and noted basketball fan— has arrived for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Barack Obama walked through a back hallway of the Scotiabank Arena about a half-hour before tip-off of the second game in the title series between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who wore a T-shirt before the game with a message to encouraging voting, says he wasn't aware of Obama's attendance until shortly before he arrived. The coach says Obama's presence made him think of the Warriors' first time visiting the White House after their championship in 2015. Kerr says, "that was quite a thrill to visit there and have the whole team there. It's a treat to experience that." ___ FILE - In this April 6, 2019 file photo, former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks … [Read more...] about The Latest: Barack Obama in Toronto for Game 2 of NBA Finals
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President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox _ well, some of them — at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit. The team's manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the ceremony after citing his frustration with the administration's efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane. And nearly a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump's hand. Meanwhile, every white player on the team — as well as outfielder J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent — attended. The Red Sox repeatedly denied that there was any sort of racial divide caused by the White House visit, which has been transformed from moment of celebratory ritual to hyper-politicized event under Trump. And there was no sign of discord during the rained-upon ceremony on the White House South Lawn. The U.S. Marine Corps band played versions of "Dirty Water" … [Read more...] about Red Sox Honored at White House
The Red Sox will finally make their trip to the White House this week. Or at least some of them. President Donald Trump will welcome the 2018 World Series champions Thursday afternoon at 3:45 p.m., following the team’s three-game series in Baltimore this week, White House officials announced last Friday. The midseason celebration in the Rose Garden comes a few months later than initially scheduled and without several of the individuals most responsible for last year’s historically successful season, including manager Alex Cora. Cora, a Puerto Rico native, who has objected to Trump’s treatment of the U.S. island territory in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, first announced his decision to skip the event in a written statement Sunday to Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper, El Nueva Día: “Puerto Rico is very important to me. During the winter I spent a lot of time back home, visiting my family and friends. Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still … [Read more...] about What to know about the Red Sox trip to the White House this week
Michelle Obama should feel happy vibes at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday when a sold-out arena of 16,000 fans hears her talk about her best-selling memoir “Becoming.” It was at the X that her husband, Barack Obama, gave his victory speech in June 2008 after he had won the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. During the evening, the Obamas did a little fist bump that was caught by photographers and widely published. A framed copy of that moment will be given to Michelle Obama on Wednesday as a token of her St. Paul appearances, according to the X’s vice president and general manager, Jack Larson, who says “it was the fist bump heard around the world.” Larson says it was a natural for the Obama tour, titled “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” to book the X because the venue has history with promoter Live Nation (co-sponsored by Crown Publishing). “Live Nation does a lot of shows here with … [Read more...] about Superfans gear up for Michelle Obama’s book tour stop at the X
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........We can summarize 2018 in two words:It boofed.We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid.ADVERTISEMENTSkipAs was 2018.In spades. Syndicated columnist and comedian Dave Barry, of Miami, performs as apart of the South Beach Comedy Festival at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Thursday Jan. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Mitchell Zachs/HO)What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, manmade atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes … [Read more...] about Dave Barry: Can you believe it?