They said it: Farewell to the Say Hey Kid

“In the pantheon of baseball greats, Willie Mays’ combination of tremendous talent, keen intellect, showmanship, and boundless joy set him apart.” — San Francisco Giants Chairman Greg Johnson on 24-time All-Star and Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who played 21 of his 23 major-league seasons for the organization and died last week at age 93.

DIMES: Why new Lakers coach JJ Redick won’t be the next Steve Kerr

Warriors beat writer Danny Emerman shares his thoughts on the NBA offseason and beyond. Two lists came to mind after the Lakers hired JJ Redick as their next head coach. List 1: Steve Nash, Derek Fisher, Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, Vinny Del Negro, Isiah Thomas and Doc Rivers. List 2: Paul Silas, Brendan Malone, Mike Brown, David Blatt, Luke Walton, Frank Vogel and Darvin Ham. Neither looks good for Redick, the former Duke star and NBA veteran turned media personality. The first is a collection of former NBA players turned head coaches without any prior coaching experience in the past 25 years. Doc Rivers has had a decades-long career, but Kerr — and his four championship rings — is the clear standout in a group of mostly flameouts or short stints. The second group is every coach who has been fired while coaching LeBron James. The only head coaches James has had in his career who haven’t been canned are Tyronn Lue and Erik Spoelstra, whom he tried to nudge out in 2010. Being a first-time head coach in the NBA is very

“Sopranos” costars on James Gandolfini

Actor James Gandolfini, who became fixed in the public consciousness as the lead figure in the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” died on June 19, 2013, at age 51. In this web exclusive, correspondent Anthony Mason talks with actors Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli, along with series creator David Chase, who remember Gandolfini’s achievement in creating the character of mob boss Tony Soprano; reflect on his acting skills and how he responded to fame; and recall the shock of losing him.

Best audio gear for 2024 including speakers, soundbars and more

By Nishka Dhawan Sunday, June 23, 2024 11:02AM Want bigger sound? This week on ‘It’s a Big Deal,’ ABC anchors Sam Champion and Dani Beckstrom are exploring the best audio gear you can shop online. As a participant in multiple affiliate marketing programs, Localish will earn a commission for certain purchases. See full disclaimer below* This week on ‘It’s a Big Deal,’ ABC anchors Sam Champion and Dani Beckstrom are exploring the best audio gear you can shop online. From a bass-heavy portable speaker to a soundbar that doubles as a streaming device, here are the best audio essentials to shop now. Note: Prices are subject to change after publication. Marshall Willen Speaker Our first product is an ABC favorite, the Marshall Willen Speaker. This tiny but hefty speaker delivers up to 15 hours of battery on a single charge, according to the brand. It delivers loud, room-filling sound, even at its small, portable size. It’s also both dust and water-resistant, so you can take it with you wherever you go. Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones (Renewed) Now, we have these Sony headphones, with some of the

Horoscopes June 23, 2024: Jason Mraz, trust your instincts

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Melissa Rauch, 44; Jason Mraz, 47; Frances McDormand, 67; Randy Jackson, 68. Happy Birthday: Take a step forward. Don’t fear change. Try something new and exciting, and you’ll meet people who encourage you to thrive and discover who you are and the possibilities available. Sign up for something that inspires a positive shift in your life. Trust your instincts instead of letting someone else intervene. Invest time and money into what you want to do with the rest of your life. Your numbers are 7, 12, 21, 27, 32, 38, 40. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Check all the boxes before moving. Someone will trick you into thinking something is OK when it isn’t. Question, observe and put your energy into getting facts and figures before you commit to something that puts you in a vulnerable position. 2 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take the initiative and get things done. Complaining is a waste of time and energy that needs a positive outlet. Show enthusiasm, and friends and relatives will help. A small incentive will lead to a robust support system.

The sun never sets on these boys of summer | Editor’s notes

There were no dog days of summer where I grew up. The days were gloriously long and rich with activity, always ending with the sun casting magical shades of red beyond the Coast Range mountains that towered above the valley floor just 10 miles from our home. There was no cable TV or video games or anything fancier than a hay baler on our family farm near Flournoy, but I don’t remember ever once feeling bored as a child. It’s all because my brother Bob and I learned that the best games are the ones you create. We had a favorite Frisbee-football game played on a field that included a burn barrel, yard fence and swinging gate as “competitors.” We had a pretty good dirt basketball court and a hellish croquet course replete with star thistle and squirrel holes. Mainly, though, we had our baseball field. It was our favorite place in the world, and I suspect in many ways it always will be. From the time the rain stopped in the spring until school was back that fall, Bob and I played baseball on

The Pact

A 15-year-old boy goes to a dance and never returns. Teen killers keep a secret for 40 years – until one of them cracks. “48 Hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports.

Revelers stream into downtown to welcome Houston’s New Faces of Pride

Sunday, June 23, 2024 2:45AM It was a colorful day in downtown Houston! Take in the sights and sounds here from the first-ever Houston’s New Faces of Pride parade. HOUSTON, Texas — Thousands of your neighbors lined the streets of downtown Houston for a chance to celebrate the first Houston’s New Faces of Pride Parade. The city’s newest LGBTQ+ Pride celebration got underway early Saturday with a festival outside Houston City Hall. When gates opened at noon, hundreds streamed through to explore and have fun as the city turned its focus on unity, inclusiveness and empowerment. The festival also brought out a big list of performers, including sets by openly gay country artists Chris Housman and Billy Gilman. As the sun began to set, crowds swelled with revelers ready to see the inaugural Houston’s New Faces of Pride parade. The parade featured five grand marshals and carried the theme “Rainbow Revolution.” President Bryan Cotton told ABC13 he already felt a sense of accomplishment, even before the parade stepped off. “We saw a need in the community and we met it,” Cotton said. “That was supporting

Families trying to stay cool as heat wave hits Central California

Sunday, June 23, 2024 2:26AM People across the Valley are doing what they can to stay safe and cool during this heat wave. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — People across the Valley are doing what they can to stay safe during this heat wave. “Today was about to be 100 degrees,” said Angelo Gonzales of Fresno. “So we were looking at public splash areas and this is one of our closest ones that we went to.” On Saturday afternoon, families were out at Fig Garden Loop Park in Northwest Fresno, trying to stay cool in the shade. Gonzales set up his family’s beach tent in front of the splash pad, so that they can try and beat the heat. They also brought with them other supplies. “We do have sunblock and we do have a towel,” said Gonzales. “Just to make sure she stays nice dry and after we take off. But definitel sunblock is a must.” It’s a refreshing spot that Gonzales and his wife like to take their daughter Talia to, when the weather gets hot. Gonzales said last summer they would come to

Car chase leads at least 1000 pounds of meth seized in Mariposa County

BREAKING NEWS New wildfire leads to evacuation orders and warnings in Fresno County WATCH LIVE Welcome, Manage MyDisney Account Log Out Sunday, June 23, 2024 2:19AM A car pursuit led sheriff’s deputies to uncover a large drug lab and the seizure of at least 1000 pounds of meth in Mariposa County. MARIPOSA COUNTY, Calif, (KFSN) — A car pursuit led deputies to uncover a large drug bust in Mariposa County. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office says it assisted the California Highway Patrol with a pursuit that entered Mariposa County. It eventually ended on Highway 140 near Indian Gulch Road after the vehicle crashed and the driver fled. The driver was not found, but over 200 pounds of meth were located inside the vehicle. That prompted the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to do a follow-up investigation. Authorities served a search warrant at an undisclosed location in Mariposa County connected with the vehicle. During the search, a fully functioning meth lab was discovered. About more than 1,000 pounds of meth was seized. Deputies say the lab’s size was estimated to be capable of producing as much as

New wildfire leads to evacuation orders and warnings in Fresno County

BREAKING NEWS New wildfire leads to evacuation orders and warnings in Fresno County WATCH LIVE Welcome, Manage MyDisney Account Log Out Sunday, June 23, 2024 3:31AM A wildfire burning in the Tollhouse area of Fresno County has prompted evacuation orders and warnings. FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — A wildfire burning in the Tollhouse area of Fresno County has prompted evacuation orders and warnings. The “Watts Fire” broke out just after 4 p.m. Saturday on Watts Valley Road. CAL FIRE says the Watts Fire has burned at least 100 acres. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has ordered zone K104 to evacuate. Zone K104 includes: Watts Valley Road, including all side roads from Pittman Hill Road to Big Springs Lane. Watts Valley Road including all side roads from Pittman Hill Road, south through 21555 Watts Valley Road. Pittman Hill Road. And all side roads from just south of Sample Road to Watts Valley Road. Big Springs Lane south from Watts Valley Road. Zone K117 and K118 have been placed under evacuation warnings. For the full Fresno County Sheriff’s Office evacuation map, click here. This comes as temperatures

Oakland A’s JP Sears pinpoints biggest issue in his shortest MLB start

OAKLAND — For JP Sears, this was, by all measures, an afternoon to forget. Sears allowed a career-high eight earned runs and pitched just 1 1/3 innings — his shortest start in the big leagues — while Minnesota’s Bailey Ober threw his first career complete game as the A’s were blown out by the Twins 10-2 on Saturday at the Coliseum. “Overall, a lot of pitches just in the middle of the plate,” said A’s manager Mark Kotsay of Sears’ outing. “This is an aggressive hitting team. They don’t strike out much. They swing at strikes. At one point in the game, they were firing swing after swing at balls in the zone. We saw that throughout the game. “Real tough day for JP, one that we’ll just turn the page on.” Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann awaits the throw as Minnesota Twins’ Royce Lewis slides home safely during a 7-run second inning at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Sears lacked command from the first batter, allowing one run as he surrendered two singles and hit

Pitching struggles continue for Giants in road loss to Cardinals

Starting pitching remained an issue for the San Francisco Giants on Saturday as Jordan Hicks was roughed up in his return to Busch Stadium. Hicks gave up five earned runs on six hits in four innings in what became a 9-4 Giants loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, marking San Francisco’s fourth straight defeat. The Giants allowed four home runs, including two to Cardinals ri ght fielder Alec Burleson, who went 3 for 4 with five RBI. Rookie shortstop Mason Winn was 3 for 5 and drove in a run in the Cardinals’ win.  Giants starters are now 2-7 this month. Entering Saturday, the Giants’ starting staff, beset by injuries to Blake Snell and, more recently, Kyle Harrison, had a 4.82 ERA in June with opposing batters hitting .280. Hicks, who spent the first four-plus seasons of his big league career with the Cardinals, has now gone six starts without a win and has not lasted more than 5 1/3 innings in any of them. “It was a good experience being back out there at Busch,” Hicks told reporters. “Overall, I just didn’t have my

Following eight seasons in minors, 29-year-old Armando Alvarez earns first call-up

OAKLAND — Armado Alvarez couldn’t sleep much last night. By his estimation, he only logged about three-and-a-half hours. His parents? They couldn’t sleep at all. The family’s collective restlessness was warranted. Alvarez was going to the show. Following eight seasons in the minor leagues — the last five of which were spent in Triple-A — the 29-year-old Alvarez earned his first major-league call-up on Saturday, a moment Alvarez had been waiting for since he attended his first Marlins game at three-years-old. “(My mom) thought I was kidding,” Alvarez, an infielder, said. “So did my dad. They were just so excited, so happy.” In a corresponding move, infielder Abraham Toro was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain. Alvarez learned of the news during Triple-A Las Vegas’ game on Friday night in Tacoma. As Alvarez prepared for his eighth-inning plate appearance, Las Vegas manager Fran Riordan told Alvarez that he wasn’t hitting. The substitution confused Alvarez. Not only did Alvarez, a right-handed batter, already have two hits, but Tacoma had a left-handed pitcher on the mound. Upon learning the rationale, Alvarez’s

Large fire contained at pallet yard in Fresno County

Saturday, June 22, 2024 8:56PM Investigators are working to figure out what started a fire at a pallet yard in Fresno County that spread to several nearby structures. FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Investigators are working to figure out what started a fire at a pallet yard in Fresno County that spread to several nearby structures, including a home. It happened just before midnight Friday in the area of Brawley and Franklin avenues. More than 50 firefighters from North Central Fire, Fresno Fire, Fresno County Fire and Madera County Fire helped battle the blaze. The fire also destroyed and damaged several tractor-trailers at a nearby trucking company. The Red Cross is helping at least five residents who were displaced by the blaze. No one was hurt. Copyright © 2024 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved. Top Stories

Democrats agree to delay health care worker minimum wage increase to help balance California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Democrats in California have agreed to delay a minimum wage increase for about 426,000 health care workers to help balance the state’s budget. The agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders is part of a larger plan to close an estimated $46.8 billion budget shortfall – the second year in a row the nation’s most populous state has had a multi-billion dollar deficit. Health care workers in California were supposed to get a raise on July 1, part of a plan to gradually increase their pay to $25 per hour over the next decade. Now, if approved by the state Legislature next week, they could get that raise on Oct. 15 – but only if California’s revenues between July and September are at least 3% higher than what state officials have estimated. If that doesn’t happen, the raise won’t start until Jan. 1 at the latest. The delay preserves a hard-fought victory for one of the state’s largest labor unions – and one of Democrats’ largest campaign donors. Dave Regan, president of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, said workers

Taylor Swift takes selfie with Prince William, George and Charlotte backstage at London show

Sunday, June 23, 2024 4:00AM William, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday that day, and the children later met Swift and her boyfriend, NFL star Travis Kelce backstage. LONDON — Taylor Swift brought her Eras Tour to London’s Wembley Stadium on Friday with some famous faces in the audience, including the Prince of Wales and two of his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. William, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday that day, and the children later met Swift and her boyfriend, NFL star Travis Kelce backstage. The official @KensingtonRoyal account posted a photo of Swift taking a selfie with Prince William, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George. “Thank you @taylorswift13 for a great evening!” wrote the account. Swift also posted a photo of herself and Kelce with the Royal trio to her official X account. She captioned it: “Happy Bday M8! London shows are off to a splendid start.” Other celebrity fans in attendance included Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan, Cara Delevingne, Salma Hayek, and Leslie Mann, according to photos shared by Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, who was also at the concert. Swift opened the