Rockies’ Austin Gomber out for rest of season with back injury

Austin Gomber’s season is over. The Rockies’ left-hander, the key piece to the Nolan Arenado trade with the Cardinals, will be placed on the 60-day injured list with pars defect, manager Bud Black said. Pars defect (or spondylolysis) is a stress fracture of the bones of the lower spine. The fracture typically occurs due to overuse. The Rockies also announced that they selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner from Double-A Hartford. He will start in place of Gomber on Sunday. Feltner, 25, has split his season between High-A Spokane and Double-A. In 20 starts, Feltner is 8-3 with 2.62 ERA. The loss of Gomber is bad news for… Read More

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Saunders: Is Nolan Arenado Hall of Fame material, with or without Coors Field?

Larry Walker will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. That has me thinking about Nolan Arenado. It took Walker until his 10th and final time on the ballot to cross the 75% threshold and be voted into Cooperstown. He’s said that he hopes his election opens the door for other Rockies players. Specifically, he was talking about Todd Helton and the stigma of playing at Coors Field. “The year I won MVP (1997), I thought it was a great thing for Colorado Rockies players as well and took away that mess about playing there and the negatives that go into it,” Walker told me last… Read More

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Willard Scott, Longtime ‘Today’ Show Weatherman, Dies at 87

Willard Scott, the longtime weatherman for the “Today” show and the original Ronald McDonald, died on Saturday morning. He was 87. “Today’s” Al Roker confirmed Scott’s passing on “Today” and in a heartfelt Instagram post. “We lost a beloved member of our @todayshow family this morning,” Roker wrote. “Willard Scott passed peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his lovely wife, Paris. He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit. Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.” View this post on… Read More

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Ethnic tensions flare up in Montenegro over church ceremony

By Predrag Milic | Associated Press PODGORICA, Montenegro — Protesters clashed with hundreds of riot police in the old capital of Montenegro on Saturday, setting up blockades of tires and large rocks ahead of the inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the small Balkan nation. The ceremony planned for Sunday in Cetinje has angered opponents of the Serbian church in Montenegro, which declared independence from neighboring Serbia in 2006. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters confronted the police in Cetinje and briefly removed some of the protective metal fences around the monastery where the inauguration of Mitropolitan Joanikije is supposed to take place. Montenegrin state RTCG… Read More

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Afghan evacuees who fail initial screening Kosovo-bound

An ardent U.S. ally, Kosovo, has agreed to take in Afghanistan evacuees who fail to clear initial rounds of screening and host them for up to a year, a U.S. official said Saturday, in an intended fix to one of the security problems of the frantic U.S. evacuation from the Kabul airport. The U.S. plan is likely to face objections from refugee advocates, who already complain of a lack of public disclosure and uncertain legal jurisdiction in the Biden administration’s use of overseas screening sites. Those quickly set-up overseas transit sites are still operating near or at full speed to verify eligibility and look for security issues among thousands of… Read More

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