Alex Morgan hit five goals as the United States thrashed Thailand, 13-0. LOS ANGELES: On and off the football field, Alex Morgan prefers to attack.The US striker, who has scored five goals so far at the women's World Cup and will face Spain with her team in the last 16 on Monday as long as she shakes off a knock, collects trophies and advertising contracts while also regularly getting into fights. She is currently part of the legal battle between the US women's team and their national federation and if the Americans win the World Cup she has said she will snub any invitation to the White House to meet President Donald Trump. Even so, American companies have long queued up to sponsor Morgan, who is married to Servando Carrasco, himself a professional player for the Los Angeles Galaxy. At 29, Morgan is the face of women's football in the United States and a magnet for sponsors. She has made commercials for Coca Cola, McDonalds and Nike as well as banks, tyres, beauty and … [Read more...] about Alex Morgan: The battling face of Team USA
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It was less than a week ago when the PBA Philippine Cup came to a dramatic close with San Miguel Beer clinching the crown via a 72-71 win over Magnolia in Game 7 of the Finals before 12,871 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. That was just last Wednesday. And today, the PBA opens its doors to the Commissioner’s Cup with a doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena. San Miguel and Magnolia won’t see action until June 5 so they’ll have a little over two weeks to recover from the recent Finals. Meanwhile, the other 10 teams will be back in the grind with Barangay Ginebra out to retain the second conference crown wearing a brand new “Never Say Die” jersey. Before San Miguel and Magnolia return, 18 games will have been played to get the league off to a hot start. Today’s inaugural twinbill pits Blackwater against Meralco in the first game and Alaska against Columbian in the second. Bobby Ray Parks will make his PBA debut with Blackwater while Raymond Almazan … [Read more...] about Back to the grind
Business As Amazon.com Inc targets traditional brokerages that match shippers with truckers, it's also battling a bevy of startups - including Uber Freight and a company funded by the e-commerce giant's founder Jeff Bezos. 01 May 2019 01:15PM Bookmark LOS ANGELES: As Amazon.com Inc targets traditional brokerages that match shippers with truckers, it's also battling a bevy of startups: including Uber Freight and a company funded by the e-commerce giant's founder Jeff Bezos.The world's biggest retailer made a splash in truck brokerage circles after Freight Waves reported on Friday that Amazon's service, launched in a handful of Northeastern states last summer, was discounting market rates by as much as one-third."The analysis suggesting dramatic undercutting of pricing is false," Amazon said in a statement.The company - which is investing billions of dollars to build an air, sea and land shipping network to contain its own costs - has never been shy about squeezing the … [Read more...] about Amazon’s nascent freight service has a truckload of rivals
By Kim Severson The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 The effect may not yet be obvious in grocery stores and greenmarkets, but behind the organic apples and bags of rice and cans of cherry pie filling are hundreds of thousands of farmers, plant breeders and others in agriculture who are scrambling to keep up with climate change. Drop a pin anywhere on a map of the United States and you’ll find disruption in the fields. Warmer temperatures are extending growing seasons in some areas and sending a host of new pests into others. Some fields are parched with drought, others so flooded that they swallow tractors. Decades-long patterns of frost, heat and rain — never entirely predictable but once reliable enough — have broken down. In regions where the term climate change still meets with skepticism, some simply call the weather extreme or erratic. But most agree that something unusual is happening. “Farming is no different than gambling,” … [Read more...] about From apples to popcorn, climate change is altering the foods America grows
By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times Mon., April 29, 2019 So who had “Game of Thrones will just wrap up its whole Night King/humanity-unifying climate change allegory in 82 minutes” in their office pool? After all the talking that until now made up the final season of HBO’s fantasy blockbuster, the Battle of Winterfell arrived with a vengeance Sunday night. But for all the bad omens, fond farewells and seeming inevitability of mass casualties (imagined by at least one viewer, anyway), the great war ended on the side of humanity with Arya killing the Night King (and everyone else in his army) with her Valyrian steel dagger. Needless to say, Arya doesn’t pay for a meal anywhere in Westeros the rest of her life — at least until she meets whatever’s ahead in sunny King’s Landing. But before getting too far into the lethal blow that came at the precise, telegenic moment when all seemed lost for the humans of the North, it’s worth … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell stuck its landing. What happens next?