Expanded playoffs give fringe teams a chance

Expanded playoffs give fringe teams a chance

If the NFL can make it through the regular season, there’s a reward waiting at the end for two more teams than usual. Starting this year, the playoffs will be expanded to include 14 teams, after owners voted in March to add a wild-card team to each conference. Instead of the top two teams in … Read more

Five of the wildest numbers from the Braves’ 29-run game vs. the Marlins

Five of the wildest numbers from the Braves' 29-run game vs. the Marlins

The Braves started hitting in the second inning Wednesday and never really stopped. They made history with all that offense. Atlanta walloped Miami 29-9 at Truist Park behind Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman, who accounted for half the team’s offensive output by themselves. The 29 runs set a franchise record and established a modern (since 1900, per MLB.com) National League … Read more

Workers file 884,000 claims last week

Workers file 884,000 claims last week

Some 884,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis stalled once again, new data show. That means a seasonally adjusted total of 60.1 million initial jobless claims have flooded unemployment offices during the COVID-19 pandemic — a number larger than the entire population of South Africa. … Read more

8,000 planes may be needed for distribution

8,000 planes may be needed for distribution

Roughly 8,000 jumbo jets could be needed to distribute coronavirus vaccines around the globe — a massive logistical challenge that will require careful planning from governments worldwide, an airline trade group warns. The staggering estimate is how many 747 cargo planes it would take to carry just a single dose of a COVID-19 inoculation for … Read more

2020 U.S. Open men’s singles draw, results

2020 U.S. Open men’s singles draw, results

Novak Djokovic bids for his fourth U.S. Open title and 18th Grand Slam singles crown without rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, the world No. 1 undefeated in 2020, is one of three Grand Slam singles champions in the men’s field. The other two — Andy Murray and Marin Cilic — are in the other half of the draw. Djokovic’s potential … Read more

Yemen Houthis say they attacked ‘important target’ in Riyadh with missile, drones

Yemen Houthis say they attacked 'important target' in Riyadh with missile, drones

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthis said they had attacked an “important target” in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday using a ballistic missile and drones. The Saudi-led coalition, which has been at war with the Iran-aligned group since 2015, did not immediately confirm the attacks. Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the Houthi military, said the … Read more