Rockies Insider: Colorado is platooning the corner outfield spots, meaning a diminished role for Carlos Gonzalez

The Rockies are platooning the corner outfield spots, with veterans Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra sharing time with David Dahl and Noel Cuevas, both recently promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque. Amid a four-game suspension for Parra and a 10-day disabled list stint for Gonzalez — manager Bud Black has used eight different outfield combinations. And with Black deciding those combinations each day based off pitching matchups, rest factors and who’s bat is hottest, that likely means a continued diminished role for Gonzalez, who was signed during spring training on a one-year, $8 million contract. Gonzalez is hitting .226 with three home runs and 12 RBIs and has only started four of… Read More

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Iceland picks 2 injured players in World Cup squad

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Iceland has selected playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson and captain Aron Gunnarsson in its 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia even though both midfielders are out injured. Sigurdsson, Iceland’s star player, has been out with a knee injury since early March and will miss the final game of the English Premier League on Sunday for Everton. Gunnarsson is recovering after undergoing knee surgery in late April. Iceland made the squad announcement in a video on YouTube on Friday. With about 330,000 inhabitants, the Nordic country is comfortably the smallest to ever qualify for the World Cup. Two years ago, Iceland played in the European Championship for the… Read More

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Why The Fifth Estate is the perfect thing to stream this weekend

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. What to watch The 2013 political thriller The Fifth Estate on Netflix. Directed by eclectic, Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon, and written by Josh Singer (who went on to co-write the Oscar-winning screenplay for Spotlight and the Oscar-nominated The Post), The Fifth Estate tells the story of how Julian… Read More

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The 9 differences between British and American diets

Although the United States of America did use to be part of Great Britain on the other side of the tiny little pond (AKA the Atlantic Ocean) and the two lands do share a primary language, there are pretty big cultural differences between the two — for one the food is different. First of all, the UK consists of four countries, which each have its own food culture and idiosyncrasies. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales do differ among each other in terms of palettes, but, I’ll mainly be looking at them generally and comparing the four as an item against the States. Below are some general, main differences between… Read More

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Are Capitals ready for challenge of powerhouse Lightning?

For the first time in 10 playoff runs in the Alex Ovechkin era, the Washington Capitals have finally made it out of the second round. To make things even sweeter, they slayed the dragon by eliminating Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins, a constant thorn in their side come playoff time. Now comes the time when we see if the Capitals are ready for the next challenge — and it’s a big one. The Tampa Bay Lightning have arguably been the most dominant team in the playoffs so far, needing just 10 games to reach the conference finals, tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for the fewest, but they had to go… Read More

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Meghan Markle’s Mom Arrives In London For the Royal Wedding!

Well, folks, it’s really happening. The big day is almost here, and royal obsessives all over the world are downright giddy with anticipation. We’re talking, of course, about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple will exchange vows one week from Saturday, and the eyes of the world will be watching. Of course, most of us will be forced to view the proceedings in HD, but a lucky few – roughly 600, by last estimate – have been invited to witness the ceremony firsthand. Several members of Meghan’s family were snubbed, including her sketchy, opportunistic half-siblings. (Their outraged reactions served as a potent reminder that Meg made… Read More

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