Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs

ST. LOUIS — Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Sunday night.

Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless.

John Brebbia (1-1) worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first major league win. Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris each pitched a hitless inning to finish the shutout. It ended the Cardinals’ season-high four-game losing streak and prevented the Cubs from getting their first series sweep in St. Louis since Sept. 13-15, 2010.

Harrison Bader, Tommy Pham, and Marcell Ozuna strung together singles to open the sixth inning. Pham’s single extended his hitting streak to a National League-best 11 games to chase Jose Quintana (6-5) from the game.

Bader scored the game’s first run when Yadier Molina grounded into a double play and Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single drove in Pham to make it 2-0.

Quintana was charged with the two runs and four hits in five-plus innings in his 200th career major league game.

Carpenter hit his 10th home run of the season and second of this series in the seventh inning off Brian Duensing to push the lead to 3-0.

Yadier Molina had an RBI double in the eighth, moved to third on Yairo Munoz’s infield …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca


Here’s who will be new leader and face of MCU after ‘Avengers 4’

SALT LAKE CITY — The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a new leader when it enters its fourth phase of films.

Disney previewed a slew of films Wednesday at the CineEurope event, including “Toy Story 3,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” and, yes, even the untitled “Avengers 4,” according to ComicBook.com.

No new footage was shown at the event, according to MCU Cosmic, a website dedicated to news and rumors about the Marvel films.

But Marvel boss Kevin Feige opened up about how all the surviving characters at the end of “Infinity War” would come back in the next Avengers film.

He often said the new “Captain Marvel” film will launch the MCU into its next era.

Feige showed off footage from the upcoming “Captain Marvel” film and then explained how it will fit into the MCU.

“The footage shown highlighted her (Brie Larson as Carol Danvers) as a character and talked about how she would become the new face and leader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while talking a little bit about her powers and how powerful of a character she is,” according to MCU Cosmic’s report.

Production has already begun on “Captain Marvel,” which will star Larson as the reportedly new leader of the MCU.

Production has begun on Marvel Studios’ #CaptainMarvel…@BrieLarson receives instructions from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander on a recent visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character. pic.twitter.com/P3ZXvEguJQ

— Captain Marvel (@captainmarvel) March 26, 2018

“Captain Marvel” hits theaters March 8, 2019.

“Avengers 4” will arrive May 3, 2019.

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Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


‘It is immoral’: Former first lady Laura Bush criticizes the separation of migrant children from their parents

Laura Bush and George Bush

Former first lady Laura Bush has criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has seen nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents in two months.
Bush, who rarely speaks out on politics, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Sunday.
The wife of former president George W. Bush called the policy “cruel,” “immoral,” and said it “breaks my heart.”
Bush said the policy is reminiscent of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II which is now considered “one of the most shameful episodes in US history.”

Former US first lady Laura Bush rarely speaks out on political issues but on Sunday she openly criticized the Trump administration’s separation of children from their parents along the border.

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy towards migrants crossing the US border illegally, which leads to adults being tried as criminals and thus losing custody of their children. In that time, nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents leading to crowded facilities and devastating scenes.

In an op-ed published Sunday in The Washington Post, Laura Bush said the policy “breaks my heart.”

“The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders. I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” Bush wrote.

“Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso.”

Bush then said the detention facilities being used to house thousands of children are “eerily reminiscent” of the internment camps that held 120,000 Japanese Americans during …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Giuliani says Trump could pardon Manafort

By Karoun Demirjian
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON – White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President Donald Trump might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort if he is convicted – but only after special counsel Robert Mueller III has completed his investigation.

“When it’s over, hey, he’s the president of the United States, he retains his pardon power, nobody’s taking that away from him,” Giuliani said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked whether Trump would pardon Manafort should he be convicted. “I couldn’t and I don’t want to take any prerogatives away from him.”

But Giuliani stressed that Trump has not issued, would not issue and should not issue any pardons related to the Mueller probe while it is still ongoing, so as not to give the appearance that he has anything to hide.

“The president has not issued pardons in this investigation. The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation, and my advice to him as long as I am his lawyer is not to do it because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved of any kind,” Giuliani said.

Manafort was jailed last week over charges that he attempted to tamper with witnesses related to his pending trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges. Trump reacted by playing down Manafort’s role in his campaign.

But the president has issued several pardons in recent weeks, which some have interpreted as a signal to affiliates being targeted by Mueller’s probe not to cooperate with the investigation.

Even members of the president’s own party have urged him to stop talking about pardons.

“I think it would be more helpful if the president never mentioned the word ‘pardon’ again with respect to the investigation,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday on …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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