Matt Olson hits walk-off home run, Oakland Athletics top Milwaukee Brewers

Two walk offs in two games. Tuesday night’s, perhaps, a bit more exciting than Sunday’s walk-off walk. Matt Olson hit a first-pitch home run off Josh Hader in the 10th inning, giving the A’s a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Khris Davis hit his first home run since June 18, giving the A’s the A’s a 2-1 lead heading into the ninth inning. But Eric Thames took Liam Hendriks deep in the ninth to tie things up.

Chris Bassitt bounced back from an iffy start against the Houston Astros, dealing six shutout innings with six strikeouts — including two strikeouts against reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich.

Matt Olson hit an RBI double in the third inning, plating Jurickson Profar for the A’s first run.

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Against his old team, Davis got his second extra base hit of the month on a double in the sixth inning.

Jake Diekman made his A’s debut, pitching a scoreless inning with one walk. Marcus Semien helped him out by snagging Keston Hiura’s sharp ground ball for a tough out.

The Brewers tied the game …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Venus Williams falls in three sets at Silicon Valley Classic

SAN JOSE — In a first-round match between wild cards at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Bethanie Mattek-Sands upended Venus Williams for the first time in her career.

From a set down, and later, a break down at 1-0, 40-0 down in the final set, Mattek-Sands won six consecutive games Tuesday night to pull off an upset over the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-1 in the tournament being played at San Jose State University. Last year, Williams lost in the quarterfinals.

The 34-year-old American scored her first singles victory in more than a year, dating back to last year’s French Open, and also scored her first singles victory on hardcourts since the 2017 Miami Open.

Mattek-Sands won 27 of the last 31 points in the final set, as she scored victory in the first match between the two in seven years and her first in five career meetings against Williams.

“Venus is a legend, and it was awesome playing here. I love night matches,” Mattek-Sands said courtside after the match. “I really loved the atmosphere. I’m really enjoying it. It’s been a tough couple of years. I’ve had a few surgeries, I feel like I’ve had 12 surgeries, but I’m feeling really good.”

Mattek-Sands kept Williams off balance for the duration of the 2 hour, 21-minute match by utilizing dropshots and serve-and-volley play.

Mattek-Sands hit 34 winners to just 24 unforced errors in the match, more than keeping pace with Williams’ 31 winners and 34 unforced, and won seven of the 18 break points she created.

The current World No.674 won the first four games in the second set after dropping the first en route to capturing her first set against Williams in over a decade – dating back to the 2009 French Open – to set the stage for the decider.

Mattek-Sands advances …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


‘The Bachelorette’: Was that a happy ending — or what?

“I’ve been waiting my whole life to have a happy ending.”

Haven’t we all, Hannah Brown? Haven’t we all?

Alas, by now anyone who has followed “The Bachelorette” and/or “The Bachelor,” knows not to trust the so-called “ending.” And during Tuesday night’s finale, we were thrown yet another wild curveball.

Or as host Chris Harrison declared, “This is a story of broken promises and broken hearts.” (Not to mention, scraped elbows).

What happened? Well, Hannah first took a fall on a road in Crete (and maybe that jumbled her brain). Then she dumped Tyler and got engaged to Jed — who not only brought along a big diamond ring, but a guitar, and did a really bad Ed Sheeran imitation.

But wait! After the happy couple returned to Los Angeles, Hannah broke up with Jed — and then asked Tyler on a date. Say what?! Still waiting for that happy ending?

Don’t count on it.

So what happened with Jed Sheeran? Well, it turns out that he was seeing another woman just before going on “The Bachelorette” (In basketball, they call that a flagrant foul). People magazine even had a story about it. Rumors abounded. Bachelorette Nation lost its mind.

In his defense, Jed says he was “very single” when he met this girl and “it never felt like a relationship to me.” But dude, what about that weekend in the cabin and that quick vacation to the Bahamas? And oh, yeah, there was that time told this woman that he loved her — while drunk out of his mind. They might not have had sex in a windmill, but still!

Hannah is ticked off (yes, she’s the woman who shagged Pete four times in a windmill). She feels betrayed. This “has muddied the waters of our future,” she says. No one likes muddied futures. Everyone likes TV-fied happy …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Pete Buttigieg says gig workers should be allowed to unionize during Democratic debate

FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire, U.S., July 12, 2019.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said, as president, he would allow gig workers to unionize.
“There are people in the gig economy who go through more jobs in a week than my parents went through in their lifetime,” Buttigieg said during the debate. “That’s why I propose that we allow gig workers to unionize because a gig is a job and a worker is a worker.”
Organizing among some gig-economy workers is already beginning.
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said he would allow gig workers to unionize to “put the interest of workers first.”

“There are people in the gig economy who go through more jobs in a week than my parents went through in their lifetime,” Buttigieg said during the debate when answering a question about trade. “That’s why I propose that we allow gig workers to unionize, because a gig is a job and a worker is a worker.”

“That’s why we need to put the interest of workers first. Of course we need to do retraining — we’re doing it now in South Bend — we’ll continue to do it, but this is so much bigger than a trade fight,” Buttigieg said. “This is about a moment when the economy is changing before our eyes.”

Organizing among some gig-economy workers is already beginning.

Drivers for popular ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, who are listed as independent contractors not employees, went on strike earlier this year, calling on passengers across the nation to boycott the ride-sharing companies until better wages were provided.

Seattle became the first city to allow ride-share drivers to unionize in 2015, though there have been legal challenges, The Guardian notes. In New York City, the Independent Drivers Guild represents around 70,000 drivers, according to The Guardian, and …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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