Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between May 16-22. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: (Scroll to the bottom for the poll) Charlie Bates, Palo Alto baseball: In a wild 11-10 section quarterfinal victory over Carlmont, the sophomore who has committed to Stanford singled up the… Read More

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Heat’s Tyler Herro out for Game 4 of East finals vs. Celtics

The Miami Heat took the rare step of announcing a player absence in advance of tipoff Monday when coach Erik Spoelstra said guard Tyler Herro was out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals due to a groin strain. At the morning shootaround at TD Garden, Spoelstra said it was a matter of protecting Herro against instinct to push through. “We just had to really be responsible and take the decision out of his hands,” Spoelstra said, with team physician Harlan Selesnick consulting with Herro before Spoelstra addressed the media. “He really wants to be out there. “The trainers and Dr. Selesnick don’t think that’s the best idea, because… Read More

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Jets Mailbag: Why will Zach Wilson take the next step this year?

Jets nation is going through the usual flow of the off-season, and optimism from Jets fans has swung inevitably towards delirium. Gang Green appeased their fanbase with a successful off-season, on paper, by fulfilling their obligations of surrounding Zach Wilson with more talent. Gang Green is in phase three of the off-season with OTAs beginning this week to continue the momentum they’ve created on the field. OTAs will be open to the media on Tuesday but prior to OTAs, here a mailbag answering questions regarding Wilson and the Jets. What makes you confident that Zach Wilson will take the next step as a QB? @omarkelly Shout out to the great… Read More

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Man arrested in Berkeley weekend hate crime after synagogue rant

BERKELEY — A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a hate crime outside a synagogue after attempting to enter during a morning service and deliver a tirade against congregants, authorities said Wednesday. According to arrest records and police statements, Anatoly Smolkin was arrested just before 1 p.m. Saturday after trying to enter Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Boulevard, but was prevented from entering. Smolkin was found a few blocks from the synagogue, outside Chabad House, a Jewish community center. Officers took him into custody and booked him into jail on suspicion of wilfully threatening a person based on perceived characteristics. “The Berkeley Police Department recognizes and places a high priority… Read More

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Jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli has died of coronavirus

Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli died Wednesday at his home in Saddle River, New Jersey. He was 94, and the cause was the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to his son, John Pizzarelli, a prominent jazz guitarist and vocalist in his own right. The elder Pizzarelli tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, according to the Bergen Record. His wife, Ruth, and son Martin were at his side when he died. “There will be some kind of tribute as soon as we can all get within 6 feet of each other,” son John told the Record. Bucky Pizzarelli started performing in combos as a teenager and was a sought-after session musician in the… Read More

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CSX tumbles the most since the financial crisis after its CEO blames a ‘puzzling’ economic backdrop for weak earnings (CSX)

Train operator CSX reported disappointing second-quarter earnings on Wednesday that sent shares sliding by as much as much as 12%. The loss — which was also driven by the company’s lowered full-year 2019 sales forecast — marked CSX’s biggest since the financial crisis The company criticized President Trump’s trade war, which has resulted in tariffs on hundred of billions of dollars in imported goods. James Foote, the president and chief executive officer, said the current economic landscape is “one of the most puzzling” he’s seen in his career during a call with analysts. Watch CSX trade live. President Trump’s trade war is continuing to fill corporate executives with uncertainty. CSX,… Read More

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