Athletics swept as Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton flex muscle for Yankees

The haves and the have-nots completed a three-game series Wednesday and it played true to form. The Athletics were swept out of New York, losing 5-3 to the Yankees as pitcher Cole Irvin paid for mistakes to sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Judge, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound center fielder, hit his league-leading 29th home run in the first inning, a two-run shot, and Giancarlo Stanton, the 6-foot-6, 250 pound designated hitter, hit a three-run homer in the third. It was the 19th homer for Stanton. Other than that, Irvin pitched well, completing seven innings and giving up no other runs to a Yankees team that improved to 56-20 and has the best record in baseball. The Athletics, at 25-52 and the worst record in the majors, scored three times in the first inning and then went dormant against starter Jameson Taillon (9-3) and the Yankees bullpen of Lucas Luetge, Miguel Castro and Clay Holmes. Holmes pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Irvin (2-6) threw a career-high 103 pitches, paying dearly for a grooved 3-2 change-up to Judge on an eight-pitch at-bat and a  two-out

Stephen Curry tabbed as host of 2022 ESPYS

Sure, the ESPYS are a bit of a silly awards show for the sports world. But the chance to host is still a rare honorific, something only transcendent athletes have been asked to do. And that is exactly what Stephen Curry is — and now, the host nod is his, too. Curry will be the host for the annual sports awards show, which will air on ABC on July 20, which ESPN announced on Wednesday. He’s just the ninth athlete to ever host the ESPYS and only the fifth athlete to be the sole host of the awards show. “I’ve had the pleasure of attending The ESPYS but never imagined I’d have the privilege of hosting this special event,” Curry said in a press release announcing the gig. “As someone who loves the intersection of sports and entertainment, I look forward to delivering an exciting show for the fans while we celebrate the athletes who created the top moments of the year.” Curry will also be up for several awards during the show, including Best Athlete, Men’s Sports, Best NBA Player and Best Record-Breaking Performance

Warriors 2022 draft pick to miss Summer League with foot injury

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors will have to table the opportunity to get a look at one of their 2022 second-round draft picks for a later date. Former Toledo guard Ryan Rollins, the No. 44 overall pick in last week’s draft, will miss Summer League with a foot injury, the Warriors announced Wednesday. The Warriors training staff discovered Rollins had a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during his on-boarding medical evaluation. Rollins, who will turn 20 Sunday, will be re-evaluated again later this month at the end of Summer League in Las Vegas. The Warriors sent the Hawks the 51st pick, which turned into UConn guard Tyrese Martin, and $2 million to trade up for Rollins, a 6-foot-4 combo guard with an impressive 6-foot-10 wingspan. Rollins was named to the Mid-Major All-American Team and First-Team All-MAC team in his sophomore season. The four-time MAC Player of the Week averaged 18.9 points on 46.8% shooting in 34 games last season as a starter for the Rockets. Rollins is the first player to be drafted from Toledo since 1998, when the Philadelphia

Warriors set Summer League roster, highlighted by James Wiseman

It’s not often that the defending NBA champions bring such a potentially intriguing roster to Summer League. But as the Golden State Warriors embark on their “two timelines” plan, the month of July will be vital for their top young players to get some game action. James Wiseman is likely to play, something he only did twice with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors in the 2021-22 season. The No. 2 overall pick from 2020 last appeared in an NBA game on April 10, 2021 and has missed 101 consecutive regular-season games, in addition to the two play-in games from 2021 and all 22 playoff games from 2022. Wiseman will be the center of attention for the Warriors’ seven games in July — two at Chase Center and five in Las Vegas. But Golden State’s two 2021 lottery picks will have the spotlight on them, too. Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody figure to get some extended game action after playing sporadically, but showing promise, throughout the playoffs. Kuminga may also play this summer with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s national team, but it is

State auditor will investigate high-profile sexual misconduct cases at San Jose State, other California state campuses

The California State University system, under hot water for its handling of sexual misconduct cases, is about to get audited. On Monday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved an audit into the CSU Chancellor’s Office, San Jose State University, Sonoma State University and Fresno State University’s handling of sexual harassment and abuse complaints that ended in botched or inadequate investigations by high-level administrators at the colleges. The action comes after more than 40 state lawmakers requested the review to examine compliance with Title IX procedures and processes following a slew of highly publicized reports of improper handling of complaints. Several of those reports involved this news organization’s investigation into former SJSU director of sports medicine and athletic trainer Scott Shaw’s suspected abuse of nearly two dozen women and the failure by campus administrators, including former President Mary Papazian, to thoroughly investigate the allegations. “We welcome the review by the state auditor, will cooperate with their investigation and will continue to look for additional opportunities to improve our policies and procedures,” Toni Molle, a spokeswoman for the CSU system, said in an email on Tuesday. The

UC Riverside to open a medical clinic for the homeless

A new medical clinic, run by students and professionals from UC Riverside’s School of Medicine, will soon be serving Riverside’s homeless population. UC Riverside received a $600,000 grant from the UniHealth Foundation and other funding through the city to reopen a medical clinic for the homeless at 2880 Hulen Place,  a university news release states. The clinic, set to open in January 2023, is near several homeless shelters and supportive housing programs and is a couple miles from downtown Riverside. The Hulen Place Clinic will be part of the Riverside Access Center and replace an old medical clinic managed by the nonprofit Health to Hope, which went bankrupt in 2019. Krystal Rivas, UCR Health’s director of ambulatory operations, left, talks to Dr. Don Larsen, CEO of UCR Health, as they survey the future Hulen Place Clinic in Riverside on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. UC Riverside’s medical school won a $600,000 grant and financial help to reopen a medical clinic for the homeless at Hulen Place. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Dr. Don Larsen, CEO of UCR Health, center, is seen with Dr. Mary Ann

Be careful about having too many credit cards

Americans have opened a record number of new credit card accounts as they grapple with the highest inflation in 40 years. According to the credit reporting agency Equifax, 11.5 million new bank credit cards were issued as of February 2022. That’s up 31.4% from a year earlier. The Federal Reserve says revolving credit — that is, credit cards and lines of credit — rose by nearly 20% from the previous year to $1.1 trillion. This is totally understandable. Millions of U.S. households are now living paycheck to paycheck, and putting purchases on plastic may be the only way to make ends meet. But please, please be careful. Carrying too high a credit card balance (or balances) can make you a greater risk to lenders. That in turn can push up your interest rates or even ding your credit score. My advice: Limit yourself to no more than three credit cards. This will maintain a more creditworthy profile to banks and other financial firms. Also, be very careful about store cards. They often seem attractive because of discounts offered for using them. But store cards typically

Pizza delivery driver who stopped to help assault victim in Stanton fatally shot: OCSD

A pizza delivery driver who apparently stopped to help the victim of a shooting in Stanton was then fatally shot by unknown suspects Tuesday night, authorities said. Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to an unknown trouble call at the 7000 block of Lessue Avenue about 7:20 p.m. They found a 49-year-old man and 76-year-old man in the street suffering from gunshot wounds, officials said in a news release Wednesday. Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the younger man, Juan Cristalinas, of Santa Ana, died. Four Hispanic or white males ran from the area before deputies arrived, witnesses told the Sheriff’s Department. “Preliminary information indicates Mr. Cristalinas is a pizza delivery driver who may have stopped to assist the other victim during an assault,” authorities explained in the news release. The relationship between the injured man and the assailants is unknown. Neighbor Sally Cox thought she heard several fireworks go off Tuesday evening. Moments later, she heard a noise at her door thinking it was the pizza she had ordered. Her neighbor informed her there had been a shooting, and she later discovered

Walmart ‘Open Call’ is a Super Bowl for entrepreneurs

It’s Shark Tank meets Walmart. The retail giant is holding its annual “Open Call” event Wednesday, where business owners can showcase and pitch their products for a chance to get them on Walmart store shelves. “For entrepreneurs, this is like the Super Bowl,” Skinny Latina founder Ana Quincoces said. And Quincoces knows. She created Skinny Latina, a line of Latin-inspired cooking sauces. She pitched her brand to Walmart, getting a ‘no’ the first two times. “I really thought they were just going to — I was going to wow them and they were going to put my products in all 3,000 stores, and it didn’t work out like that,” she said. But Quincoces didn’t give up. Instead, she used the feedback she received from the rejection to revamp her product. “The third time around they gave me the OK, and now, I have 5 SKUs (stock-keeping units) on Walmart shelves alongside brands like Heinz and Hellmann’s,” Quincoces explained. “Working with Walmart has really been a game-changer to my little business.” It was a golden ticket that changed her world. The annual contest is Walmart’s largest

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for using stardom to sexually abuse minors

R&B star R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse. The singer and songwriter, 55, was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were being ignored because they were Black women. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence after hearing from several survivors who attested to how Kelly’s exploitation reverberated across their lives. “You made me do things that broke my spirit. I literally wished I would die because of how low you made me feel,” said one unnamed survivor, directly addressing a Kelly who kept his hands folded and his eyes downcast. “Do you remember that?” Kelly did not address the court. The sentence caps a slow-motion fall for Kelly, who was adored by legions of fans and sold millions of albums even after allegations about his abuse of young girls began circulating publicly in the 1990s. Widespread outrage over Kelly’s sexual misconduct didn’t come until the #MeToo

I Heart Mac & Cheese Palm Springs Grand Opening

I Heart Mac & Cheese — a fast-casual restaurant offering mac & cheese dishes, grilled cheese sandwiches and other fare with health-conscious options had a grand opening Wednesday for its new Palm Springs eatery. “We have been under construction for many months and have worked with the city to meet and surpass all health and safety standards,” said Blu Bryan, CEO and founder of BMC Foods and owner of the new restaurant. “We look forward to offering this exciting new dining option to the community.” The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce invited the public to the grand opening Wednesday, which will featured a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. outside the restaurant at 190 South Indian Canyon Drive at East Arenas Road. I Heart Mac and Cheese offering mac andcheese dishes, grilled cheese sandwiches and other fare with health-consciousoptions will have a grand opening today for its new Palm Springs eatery. There was a hiring event in May aimed at filling up to 50 positions, with management focused on offering opportunities to a wide range of applicants, including those who may be traditionally overlooked, such as people

CHP’s July 4th `Maximum Enforcement’ Campaign Starts Friday

California Highway Patrol officers will be ramping up patrols on state highways and roads in Los Angeles County starting Friday to catch drunk and drug-impaired drivers as part of the agency’s annual Fourth of July crackdown.The agency’s “maximum enforcement period” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Monday, during which all available officers will hit the streets for targeted patrols.“Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “Speeding not only endangers your life, but the lives of everyone on the roadway. Fill the holiday weekend with celebration and fun activities, not reckless choices that lead to tragedy.” During last year’s Independence Day MEP, officers arrested 997 motorists on suspicion of DUI statewide, compared to 738 arrests during the 2020 campaign, according to the CHP.Forty-three people were killed in crashes within the CHP’s jurisdiction during the 2021 Fourth of July weekend, and the agency noted that one-third of those victims were not wearing any type of safety restraint.Ray emphasized that the objective is not only to send a zero tolerance message to impaired drivers, but to

Rocker Travis Barker Hospitalized in LA

Rocker Travis Barker remained hospitalized in Los Angeles Wednesday, possibly for treatment of pancreatitis.TMZ first reported that the 46-year-old Barker, accompanied by new wife Kourtney Kardashian, showed up at West Hills Hospital Tuesday morning, but he was then taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Kardashian followed the ambulance to Cedars-Sinai.There was no word on what prompted the visit to the hospital, but TMZ, citing sources connected to the family, reported Wednesday that the famed drummer was being treated for pancreatitis, a condition that was possibly triggered by a recent colonoscopy. On Tuesday morning, Barker tweeted simply, “God save me,” although it was unclear if the post was related to his medical condition. “God Save Me” is also the title of a song on which Barker and Machine Gun Kelly recently collaborated.Late Tuesday afternoon, his 16-year-old daughter, Alabama Luella Barker, posted a note on Instagram saying, “Please send your prayers.” She later posted a photo on TikTok, showing her holding her father’s hand as he sat in a hospital bed, with the caption, “Please say a prayer.” The post was later deleted.The Blink-182 drummer and