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Posted in: Warriors-Wizards games in Japan to woo NBA fans, sponsors See in context

@Mocheake--the combo of GM Daryl Morley supporting the Uighers and Zero Covid seems to have cut down on former NBA players heading to the Chinese league. Though I read that Lin of Linsanity fame is playing there now.

400,000 yen for the best seats is half what the Mayweather exhibition went for, and I would choose the former to see the defending champ Warriors even if the Wizards are perenially lackluster. In the preseason warmup they may be close to par and could produce some close games.

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Posted in: Judge ties Maris AL mark with 61st HR See in context

More mind blowing trivia:

Hank Aaron had a mere 47 home runs in his best season at age 37, yet reached a grand total of 755. Sadaharu Oh never reached 60 homers in a season in the shorter seasons of NPB but still amassed over 800. Former NPB slugger Cecil Fielder and his son Prince hit an equal number of MLB bombs in their respective careers.

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Posted in: Britain's Truss faces whirlwind week as politics resumes after queen's funeral See in context

Yes but WHY has Britain had several blonde prime ministers: Liz Truss, BoJo, and fill in the blank from the remaining 74 besides Gordon Brown whose hair matched his name. It is not a conspiracy to sell more hair dye to the hoi polloi to convince them to stand for election?

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Posted in: Details of main area of Ghibli Park with Totoro characters revealed See in context

For the Nagging-About-Nagoya folks, good news. This place seems to be in a different city, at the park that hosted the Aichi World Expo in the early 2000s. Can any Aichi people clue us in on the name of the city in question, as this article does not seem to include it. If it really is Nagoya, then nevermind.

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Posted in: Right-wing bloc wins narrow majority in Swedish parliament See in context

Quite the bright pink outfit on the DJ in the background. Could it be dance superstars Swedish House Mafia?

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth lies in state after solemn procession See in context

You are standing at the end of a three mile line that is moving a meter a minute. The wind is blowing against you at 4 nautical knots. How many hours until you reach your destination? Please show your calculations for full credit.

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Posted in: Albert Pujols cements place in history with HR No. 697 See in context

@kuma--it is more about the super young overachievers in NPB this season. Two that stood out for me were:

Munetaka Murakami passing Oh-san for most HRs for a 22 year old.

20 year old Roki Sasaki being one inning from two perfect games in a row. His catcher was an 18 year old just out of high school, something that is unheard of in the modern MLB.

For grizzled veteran news, all I got is Kosuke Fukudome hanging up the cleats at age 45.

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Posted in: Obama among international dignitaries expected at Abe state funeral See in context

@FizzBit--If they were real golfing buddies, Trump would have noticed the time Abe fell near him on the course and offered a hand.

Obama as the only US president to attend Hiroshima memorial day is the logical choice. Trump is an ever more scandal plagued pariah.

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Posted in: Kyrgios beats Yoshioka to win Citi Open See in context

Gambatta Yoshihito, and well foughto Nishioka. Those two should win a few doubles trophies with support from the JT echo chamber.

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Posted in: Japan defense chief Kishi may be replaced in Cabinet due to Unification Church links See in context

@Yubaru--maybe you are puzzled by why followers and not leaders were arrested. Japan is the source of 70 percent of the church funds, but the top tier leaders are not resident here, so it means some members/followers living in Japan are the ones in legal jeopardy, no?

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Posted in: Myanmar charges Japanese journalist with spreading fake news See in context

@WB--Instead of getting hung up on the false news side of the equation, consider that they also ban alarming news, which could be just about anything under the sun.

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Posted in: U.S. federal tourism aid funds gas stations, trash cans, jazz See in context

Missouri has to almost double the tourism budget to counteract their wackjob politicians: Greitens declaring hunting season on fellow Repubs, and portrait of courage Josh Hawley of the raised fist and dash to safety on 1/6. The senior senator from Missouri called supporting Hawley the biggest mistake of his life.

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Posted in: Angels rebuff calls to trade star Ohtani See in context

@Sal--I agree about the conundrum of guessing the value of possibly broken down players ten years down the road.

The Pujols deal may not be so bad because when he was cut by the Angels a year ago, the team that picked him up--the Dodgers--started paying his salary. Then he signed with the contender Cardinals this year for a lower salary to let the old timer fans see him reunited with Yadier Molina before retiring and HOF induction. Unexpectedly, it was old Albert and Miggy Cabrera of the Tigers on the field at the All Star Game, while Molina was sidelined by injury. Not to mention Pujols is on the current trip to Toronto while All Star teammates Goldschmidt and Arrenado wait stateside due to being unvaxed.

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Posted in: Djokovic joins Federer, Nadal, Murray on Europe team at Laver Cup See in context

No-vax Djokovic is barred from entering the US for the US Open. Out of Australian Open next year too? I guess he will only compete in European events like Laver Cup from now on?

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Posted in: Shohei Ohtani is 'Made In Japan' with American adaptations See in context

@Yubaru--a simple review shows you got sidetracked on the topic of jocks vs working stiffs ability to master a second language. But now you want others to focus on the article.

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Posted in: Shohei Ohtani is 'Made In Japan' with American adaptations See in context

Smith, Yubaru, and Elvis and others have a critique of Ichiro the non-perfect human being. I would love to hear their take on suspended Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and the other confirmed woman beaters scattered around MLB. What is Ichiros crime in the grand scheme of human failings?

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Posted in: 'Gangnam Style' impact endures a decade after it broke the internet See in context

@lolo--two Pikotaro gigs cashing in on that song were a private performance for Donald Trump, and more bizarrely, a music video about SDGs that was shown in the lobby of Osaka city hall for awhile. I like to imagine that Pikotaro is a bureaucrat by day and a leopard skin wearing party boy at dusk, but getting married may have put the kibosh on his alter ego.

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Posted in: Royals overcome Ohtani's 2 HRs, 8 RBIs to beat Angels 12-11 See in context

@David--Trout lost not only teammate Skaggs but also his own brother in law, a minor leaguer. He is dealing with twice the hardship of the other Angels, so it is impressive that he keeps himself together well enough to lead the team in most offensive stats.

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Posted in: Texas gunman warned online he was going to shoot up school See in context


Your bright idea on the other thread was that all troubled schools should have an armed officer. Then we learn in this article that besides an on site officer, two other police engaged with the shooter leading up to the massacre. Care to update your amazing solution a bit?

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Posted in: Ohtani's Fenway debut a success with 11 Ks, RBI in 8-0 rout See in context

@go and rainy--funny stuff and kudos for keeping it collegial.

I think the old timey shorthand is just diehard fans signaling their fandom. For example, Cubs fans are known for flying an archaic font W flag on the increasingly rare days when they win a game. It is something visual, not spoken or heard. Nobody says we doubleyoued the game. Likewise, announcers rarely say K as it is too slangy, and plenty of fans follow suit. It is believable that gogogo knows standard announcer-speak and not all the arcane codes.

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Posted in: Don't call him CEO: Jack Dorsey says he's 'Block Head' now See in context

Dorsey owns a 2 percent stake in Twitter, so if the proposal goes through he will be paid nearly a billion dollars. He might have to send Elon a nice old fashioned Hallmark card to say thanks.

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Posted in: Sasaki nearly throws 2nd straight perfect game See in context

@rainyday--funny mistake, makes me think of the porcine fighter pilot in the Ghibli film Porco Rossi, or armchair warriors braying into their ham radios. Neither related to meatpacking or pro baseball.

Too bad the mirthfully named Kochi Fighting Dogs play in an independent minor league and rarely get a mention in English media.

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Posted in: Flamboyant Japanese baseball manager ups ante on hover-bike See in context

On some higher realm, Bill Veeck is going through his Rolodex trying to find the fashion consultant and tech toy supplier used by Showman Shinjo.

This is close to passing rodeo rider Madison Bumgarner as riskiest off-field hobby.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Miami Open final; Hurkacz wears down Medvedev See in context

@Thomas--I will accept your talent in rating tennis images the day that you are on here clutching pearls about all the lousy in-game shots of Daniil Bedhead Medvedev.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Miami Open final; Hurkacz wears down Medvedev See in context

@TG--spend an hour or two going through all the advertising photos that make her the worlds highest paid woman athlete. There should be something that meets your exacting standards for sports photography.

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Posted in: Osaka reaches Miami Open final; Hurkacz wears down Medvedev See in context

@C N C -- Loose? As opposed to lose?

MM -- The big retirement news was Ash Barty when she was ranked world number one. Naomi is ranked top for total income from all her sweet endorsement deals. It is not our fault that you are not up on tennis news.

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Posted in: Ohtani chosen as Angels' opening day pitcher See in context

No choice because the fans would revolt without their ace Sho-time coming off an MVP year. Syndergard, their other big name pitcher, has not pitched in a couple of years so they want to ease him into the rotation.

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Posted in: World No. 1 Ash Barty retires from tennis at age 25 See in context

@zoroto--gulp, the bad boys and girls of tennis. Give us the short list just for giggles.

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Posted in: Russia detains U.S. Olympic basketball champion on drugs charge See in context

Wow, that is a dumb move. Griner is like the b-ball equivalent of Ovechkin in the NHL.

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Posted in: Bach criticizes Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's entourage for their 'tremendous coldness' See in context

@justasking--that last part made me think how much mileage Pikotaro got from singing Pen Pineapple Apple Pen. I hope a video of the time he performed it for Donald Trump was saved for the historical archives.

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