A’s Mitch Moreland removed from lineup before first pitch for ‘non-baseball related issue’

OAKLAND — Mitch Moreland was penciled into Saturday’s lineup in the Oakland A’s walk-off win against the Boston Red Sox as the designated hitter, but was replaced without recording an at-bat by Frank Schwindel. The A’s faced Red Sox right-handed pitcher Garrett Richards on Saturday, a game Moreland would typically participate in. Manager Bob Melvin said Moreland exited the game for non-baseball related issues and will not play on Sunday. “He came out with a non-baseball related issue, that’s as far as I’ll go with that,” Melvin said. No roster move was made immediately, but outfield prospect Greg Deichmann was pulled from the Las Vegas Aviators game early on Saturday. Moreland was batting .239 with two home runs and seven RBI in 25 games since he was reinstated from the injured list on May 27. Moreland missed time with inflamed costochondral junction of his left rib. Moreland, typically used as a designated hitter against right-handed pitchers, is slashing .238/.286/.388 with a .673 OPS.

Driver killed in crash on Vallejo freeway

VALLEJO — The driver of a Ford Mustang was killed Saturday afternoon after crashing into a wall on a Vallejo freeway, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported at about 12:08 p.m. on westbound I-780, which connects Vallejo and Benicia, just east of Glen Cove Road, an officer in the CHP’s traffic communication center said. No other vehicles were involved. CHP issued a sig alert on westbound I-780 at 12:28 p.m. and lanes were reopened about two hours later. The Solano County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene, and the deceased driver has not yet been identified. Check back for updates. 

Oakland A’s walk-off in the 12th in thrilling extra-inning win against Boston Red Sox

OAKLAND — Tony Kemp said Saturday’s game was the worst baseball game he’s played in his career. But the A’s couldn’t have won without him. Kemp lifted his arms half way and looked to the blustering skies after he hit the walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to seal the Oakland A’s 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox in the 12th inning. Once Seth Brown slid into home plate safely, Kemp’s teammates lifted him and doused him in water. After 4 hours and 24 minutes of wire-to-wire baseball, the A’s were too fried to go all-out. “That was a relief. Leading up to that point in the game, thinking back that was probably the worst game I played in the big leagues. Yeah. Just a lot of thinking going on there,” Kemp said. “Such a long game. Sometimes you help your team win and sometimes you help your team lose. For a long time in that game, I was on the unfortunate end of that.” Kemp, too, couldn’t quite process the win, but a perfect baseball story played out for him. After committing…

Oakland A’s walk-off in the 12th in thrilling extra inning win against Boston Red Sox

OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s were on the precipice of losing in extras on consecutive nights, but the bottom of the A’s lineup came through to claim the ultimate lead in the 12th, winning 7-6 on Tony Kemp’s sacrifice fly on Saturday night. Down two runs, Seth Brown completed a three-hit night with an RBI single to score the designated runner from second and cut the lead. A four-hour plus game looked to have turned Boston’s way against reliever J.B. Wendelken with RBI singles from Marwin Gonzalez and Kiké Hernandez. The A’s looked to have blown it in the 10th, when the A’s managed to trick off a bases loaded, no out opportunity. After Brown was intentionally walked, Jed Lowrie singled to load the bases — but Tony Kemp inexplicably bunted into a pop out and Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly turned into an out at home when left fielder J.D. Martinez nailed Sean Murphy at home. Elvis Andrus came up clutch again to give the A’s a winning opportunity, this time with a game-tying RBI single in the eighth inning to score Seth Brown from…

Were drivers better when schools taught driver’s ed? Roadshow

Q: I feel a need to vent and you’re the lucky recipient. Back in the 1960s, when I was in high school, there was still driver’s education, which included both practical driving experience and classroom lessons/tests. On my 16th birthday, I passed my DMV driving test with flying colors, earning my first license. I still remember the pride and joy almost 60 years later. I’m still the best driver I know. But in recent years, as I dodge racing cars that are weaving lanes on freeways, avoid being hit by vehicles as a pedestrian who is legally crossing the street, guess when a car is going to turn because of no turn signals, deal with impatient drivers tailgating me even though I’m going the speed limit or slightly over, I can’t help but feel that discontinuing driver’s ed classes was one of the worst decisions in California history. I am appalled, and scared, of how young people are driving these days. Christine Khoury, Belmont A: I understand your frustration. But California drivers under 18 are still required to complete classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training provided…

Kikanovic levels with late strike, Quakes tie Minnesota 2-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Benjamin Kikanovic scored the tying goal in the 82nd minute and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 2-2 draw with Minnesota United on Saturday night. Kikanovic took Shea Salinas’ pass at the left corner of the 18-yard box and drove unchecked to the goal for a right-footed finish for the Earthquakes (3-7-2). Minnesota (4-4-3) took a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute when Ramón Ábila had his penalty kick saved by James Marcinkowski, but the rebound held up in the middle of the 6-yard box and Ábila closed quickly for the easy putback. Cade Cowell opened the scoring in the 15th minute with his second goal in as many games. Cristian Espinoza assisted Cowell after taking possession from the Minnesota defender deep in United’s side of the field. Brent Kallman tied it at 1 for Minnesota in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time with a narrow-angle finish from the left side of the area. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

2 dead, 20 missing after mudslide rips through Japan town

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and YURI KAGEYAMA TOKYO (AP) — A gush of mud that swept away homes and cars in a resort town southwest of Tokyo left at least two people dead and about 20 missing, officials said Sunday. Ten people were rescued and as many as 80 homes buried in Atami, where hundreds of firefighters, military troops and three coast guard ships worked from daybreak Saturday to try to reach those believed to be trapped or carried away by the mudslide. The deluge crashed down a mountainside into rows of houses following heavy rains that began several days ago. Bystanders, their gasps of horror audible, caught the scene on cell phone video. Witnesses said they heard a giant roar and then watched helplessly as homes got gobbled up by the muddy waves. The two people confirmed dead, both women, had been swept to the sea and were found by the coast guard, said Tatsushi Ueda, a Shizuoka prefecture official in charge of disaster prevention. Of the 10 who were rescued, one suffered minor injuries. In Atami, 121 people had been evacuated, said Ueda. Prime…

Photos: New citizens take Oath of Allegiance aboard USS Hornet

Fifty new American citizens from 30 countries took the Oath of Allegiance during a special naturalization ceremony on the flight deck of the USS Hornet Museum. Friday’s ceremony was held by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) San Francisco Field Office. Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft gave a speech congratulating the new citizens, and USCIS San Francisco Field Office Section Chief Joe Hamilton and USS Hornet Museum Executive Director Mark Epperson offered welcoming remarks. After the colors were posted by the Coast Guard color guard, USCIS San Francisco Field Office Director Richard Valeika led the Oath of Allegiance for the new American citizens. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Maria Laura Limpias Chavez, left, of Bolivia, Sahara Loffsner, of Colombia, and fellow new American citizens, take the Oath of Allegiance led by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services San Francisco Field Office Director Richard Valeika during a naturalization ceremony on the flight deck of the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, Calif., on Friday, July 2, 2021. A total of 50 new American citizens from 30 countries took…

Map: Earthquake in Los Banos felt along I-5 corridor

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Los Banos was felt in the northern San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, at 4:23 p.m. Saturday, was centered at the city’s west edge, near where Highway 152 crosses Los Banos Creek. Early responses to the USGS Did You Feel It webpage came from Modesto, Gustine, Patterson and Newman as well as Los Banos. The quake came several hours after a pair of 3.5 quakes in Southern California. Related Articles Map: Earthquakes near Fontana, Bakersfield Magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattles East Bay Map: 3.6 earthquake near Truckee 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California Map: Another earthquake cluster in Southern California

11 people in custody after hourslong armed standoff on I-95

WAKEFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An hourslong standoff with a group of heavily armed men that partially shut down Interstate 95 ended Saturday with 11 suspects in custody, Massachusetts state police said. The standoff shut down a portion of I-95 for much of the morning, causing major traffic problems during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Authorities said the interstate is now reopened and the shelter-in-place orders for Wakefield and Reading were lifted. The standoff began around 2 a.m. when police noticed two cars pulled over on I-95 with hazard lights on after they had apparently run out of fuel, authorities said at a Saturday press briefing. At least some of the suspects were clad in military-style gear with long guns and pistols, Mass State Police Col. Christopher Mason said. He added that they were headed to Maine from Rhode Island for “training.” “You can imagine 11 armed individuals standing with long guns slung on an interstate highway at 2 in the morning certainly raises concerns and is not consistent with the firearms laws that we have in Massachusetts,” Mason said. In a video posted to…

Richmond police lieutenant’s firing in 2016 sex exploitation scandal upheld by appellate court

A panel of judges has upheld the firing of Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill, who was one of several East Bay officers disciplined in a 2016 sexual exploitation scandal involving a teenage sex worker. In a decision on June 30, the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District panel, concluded the termination of Hill was “harsh” but “within the range of reasonable discipline.” Former Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay fired the 22-year Richmond officer in 2017, finding that Hill took advantage of his “inherently unequal bargaining power” over a troubled 18-year-old. At the time, Hill was a lieutenant in the Youth Services Division, working with at-risk Richmond youth, as well as a police department spokesman. Former Police Chief Allwyn Brown had recommended a 120-day suspension and former Richmond Fire Chief Adrian Sheppard, acting as a discipline hearing officer, proposed demoting Hill two ranks to officer, but Lindsay called the punishments “insufficient to address the very serious and inappropriate behavior.” Hill appealed the termination all the way to the state appellate court level. In March 2016, Hill while off-duty engaged in oral sex with the 18-year-old,…

Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch on Sunday-Monday

Sunday TV/Radio Baseball Dodgers at Nationals 8 a.m. MLB Orioles at Angels 1 p.m. MLB Red Sox at A’s 1 p.m. NBCCA 960 Mets at Yankees 4 p.m. ESPN, ESPN2 Giants at Diamondbacks 6:40 p.m. NBCBA 680 Cycling Tour de France: Stage 9 4:30 a.m. NBCSN Golf European Tour: Dubai Irish Open 5 a.m. GOLF PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic 10 a.m. GOLF PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic noon CBS Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Good noon GOLF LPGA Tour: Volunteers of America 2:30 p.m. GOLF Horse racing Trackside Live 9 a.m. TVG America’s Day at the Races 10 a.m. FS1 Breeder’s Cup: John A. Nerud Stakes 2 p.m. NBCSN Race Night 5 p.m. TVG Lacrosse Premier: Whipsnakes vs. Archers 9:30 a.m. NBCSN Motor sports Formula 1: Austrian Grand Prix 6 a.m. ESPN Motorcycle: FIM Motocross MX2 6 a.m. CBSSN Motorcycle: FIM Motocross MXGP 7 a.m. CBSSN IndyCar: Honda Mid-Ohio 9 a.m. KNTV-NBC GT World Challenge: Europe 10 a.m. CBSSN NAS. Cup: Jockey Made in America 250 11:30 a.m. KNTV-NBC Motorcycle: Nitro Circus Triple Crown 5 p.m. FS1 Soccer UEFA Championship: Ukraine vs. England 11:30 a.m. ABC Canadian Premier: Pacific at Forge 4 p.m. FSPLUS Canadian Premier: York Unite at Edmonton 7 p.m. FSPLUS Tennis Wimbledon: Round of 16 (early Mon.) 3 a.m. ESPN2 Track and field Diamond…

Vatican indicts cardinal and 9 others on money laundering and fraud charges

ROME — A Vatican judge on Saturday indicted 10 people, including a once-powerful Italian cardinal, on charges including money laundering, fraud and abuse of office in relation to a London real estate deal and other investments in which it lost millions. The 487-page indictment comes on the heels of a two-year investigation by Vatican prosecutors. Those indicted include Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the former chief of staff in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, whom Pope Francis dismissed in September as the investigation gathered steam. Becciu has maintained his innocence. Also indicted were two former top officials at the Vatican’s financial oversight unit; officials at the Secretariat of State, including the cardinal’s former secretary; and Italian brokers and bankers involved in the London deal and other transactions. The Vatican also issued indictments against four companies — two in Switzerland, one in Slovenia and one in the United States. The accusations stem largely from the Secretariat of State’s investment in a building in London’s affluent Chelsea neighborhood, originally a showroom for the Harrods department store that had permits allowing it to be converted into luxury apartments. Archbishop…

Cyprus asks EU, Israel for help fighting huge forest fire

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus asked fellow European Union nations on Saturday to help battle a huge forest fire in a mountainous region of the east Mediterranean island nation that has forced the evacuation of at least seven villages. Cypriot Environment Minister Costas Kadis told state broadcaster CyBC that the fire has claimed “huge tracts of forest” and private property near the village of Arakapas in the Troodos mountain range. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Twitter that this was “a very difficult day for Cyprus” and that the “entire state apparatus” has been mobilized to assist in fighting the blaze which strong winds have fanned across multiple fronts in difficult, hilly terrain. “The main priority is to avoid any loss of life,” said Anastasiades. News reports showed homes going up in flames and massive plumes of brown smoke blotting out the sun. Arakapas residents who helped fire crews battle the fire told the CyBC the fire moved much too quickly through forested areas to be brought under control. The fire has cut power to at least eight villages. Cyprus government spokesman Marios Pelekanos that…

As England’s deer population explodes, some propose a mass cull

CIRENCESTER, England — During a spring day of sun and showers in Gloucestershire in southwestern England, Mike Robinson, a restaurant owner and self-styled “hunter-gatherer,” was out counting the deer on his land. On any given morning, he can see up to 40. He spotted a hind, a female deer, walking more cautiously than normal, a sign that she had company. “Generally, baby roe deer are smaller than the height of the grass,” he said. “So very often you just see the top of their heads or their ears.” Hinds had only started giving birth in recent days. “We’re going to see this colossal increase in numbers,” he said, sounding worried. In a normal year, deer hunters and government culling programs help limit the herd, and restaurants form an important market for the venison. With the pandemic, hunting and culling stopped, the market for venison collapsed and, as a result, the deer population of Britain is exploding, decimating the plant life that many species depend on. “Heavy browsing and grazing can impact severely on woodland plants and heath land, and salt marsh habitats,” said Martin Fowlie,…

Senate appropriations earmark requests start rolling in

By Jennifer Shutt The Senate has officially kicked off its process for inserting “congressionally directed spending” into appropriations bills for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, with almost all Democrats but only 15 Republicans in that chamber participating thus far. The first batch of publicly disclosed earmark requests went live Friday, under Senate Appropriations Committee guidelines that members post their requests within 15 days of submitting them. The first panel deadline for requests was June 16 for the Energy-Water subcommittee, responsible for the highly popular Army Corps of Engineers accounts, among others, though requests have also trickled in for the Agriculture subcommittee, which had a June 17 deadline. Senate Republicans have been split on the subject of earmarks since it became apparent Democrats in both chambers intended to restore the practice this year after a decade-long absence, due to various “pay to play” scandals in the mid-2000s and the appearance of wasteful spending. Of the 15 Republicans who’ve submitted requests so far, nine are members of the Appropriations Committee, led by ranking member Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, who’s retiring after this Congress. Six Republicans…

A’s add left-handed bullpen arm previously with team in 2017

The Oakland A’s are making moves to bolster their bullpen heading into the second half of the season. The A’s made a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever Sam Moll for cash considerations on Friday and selected his contract from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday. Right-handed reliever Domingo Acevedo was optioned to Las Vegas and reliever Jordan Weems was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster. With Jesús Luzardo finding himself again with the Aviators, the A’s were down to one left-handed reliever — Jake Diekman — in their bullpen. Moll adds a needed left-handed option to the staff. Related Articles Elvis Andrus hits timely home run, but A’s lose to Red Sox in extras Sean Manaea, Lou Trivino receive MLB monthly awards; Piscotty headed for rehab assignment A’s knew about BART fireworks debacle weeks in advance, emails show Oakland unveils its terms for Howard Terminal ballpark project Underwear brand sends 365 pairs to A’s reliever Sergio Romo, offers to pay fine for pulling down pants Moll, 29, pitched for the A’s in 2017. He had a 10.80 ERA in…

Firefighters face hot weather, rocky terrain in Northern California wildfires

Crews battling three fires in the far reaches of Northern California faced a sweltering holiday weekend even as they made some progress in stopping the flames’ spread across unforgiving terrain. Despite the threat of 100-degree temperatures and thunderstorms through the weekend near Mount Shasta and the Oregon border, fire officials were optimistic Saturday about further containing the blazes that have ripped through the remote region and forced thousands to evacuate. The Lava Fire, which broke out last week near Mount Shasta, has burned more than 24,000 acres and is about 26% contained. In a video update Saturday, Shasta-Trinity Forest Operations Section Chief Trainee Kerri Gilliland said that crews have fully wrangled the fire’s western spread near Highway 97, which stretches from the city of Weed to the Canadian border. To the east, however — near Whitney Creek and heading south toward Mount Shasta — hand crews, dozers and aircrafts are up against taxing mountainous terrain. Nearly 1,500 personnel are battling the Lava Fire in total. “This portion of the incident is very steep, very rugged terrain,” she said of the fire’s southeastern front. “It gets…

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