Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Baseball Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by On Baseball ByTyler Kepner Aug. 3, 2018 BOSTON — It has been four decades since the Yankees and the Red Sox met later than this while holding the two best records in the majors. The last time was a big one: Game 163 in 1978, the Bucky Dent Game, when the Yankees capped an extraordinary comeback to steal the American League East. The Red Sox finished 99-64 and went home for the winter. There is not as much at stake anymore, of course, even with the wild-card winner sentenced to a one-game knockout round instead of a five-game division series. No big deal, the Yankees insist. “If we have to play a wild-card game, we’ll play a wild-card game,” said David Robertson, the veteran Yankees reliever. “We did last year — it was fun, it was exciting. We’ve just got … [Read more...] about The Yankees Have Come Down to Earth. The Red Sox Are Still Defying Gravity.
DETROIT — Neither higher gas prices nor rising interest rates could put a damper on U.S. auto sales during the first half of the year. Sales rose 1.8 percent during the period, with June sales increasing about 5 percent compared with a year ago, according to Edmunds.com.Analysts said the boost was fueled by strong consumer confidence and low unemployment. But analysts at Cox Automotive, which includes Kelley Blue Book, issued a cautionary note on the numbers, saying that much of the increase was due to low-profit sales to fleet buyers such as rental car companies, and retail sales to individual buyers were propped up by rising incentives such as rebates and subsidized leases. Sales are “defying gravity,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Cox. “Retail sales have been flat, and even those sales have been supported by incentives being up 6 percent.” Cox analysts also said rising interest rates and a possible trade war because of tariff threats by … [Read more...] about U.S. vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in first half of year, ‘defying gravity’
Funny how Wicked grew in 15 years from a fresh spin-off of “The Wizard of Oz” into the seventh longest-running Broadway musical of all time. I enjoyed it the first time a road company arrived at the Orpheum more than a decade ago, but I skipped the return engagements until Thursday night. Like John Travolta at the Oscars, I couldn’t quite master the name of that Menzel gal who played the original green-skinned witch and never was really smitten with Kristen Chenoweth as the good Glinda. But the cast now in Omaha sold me on the staying power and sheer joy of this show, perhaps partly because those two lead roles aren’t completely connected to iconic talents, such as Robert Preston’s Music Man or Julie Andrews’ Maria in Sound of Music. In other words, this company’s Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda and Mary Kate Morrissey as Elphaba seemed better than I’d imagined their characters could be. Add a hunky Jon Robert Hall as Flyero, the love … [Read more...] about Wicked Continues, To Defy Gravity
Michael Jackson's musical achievements are legend: the first artist to win eight Grammys in one night; the first artist to sell more than a million digital tracks in one week.His impact on dance has been just as powerful. Fans around the world have tried to imitate his smooth slides and spins, his racy crotch grab and pelvic thrust and, of course, his trademark moonwalk, with varying degrees of success.But there's one move that stunned the watching world: the gravity-defying tilt he debuted in his 1988 music video for "Smooth Criminal." In one scene, Jackson and a few of his dancers lean forward 45 degrees, backs straight, feet flat upon the floor, and hold the pose until they return upright with little apparent effort."It's not really possible physically to do it," said neurosurgeon Dr. Nishant Yagnick, a longtime Jackson fan who practices at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. "He was cheating gravity.""You can bend a maximum of 25 or 30 … [Read more...] about How Michael Jackson’s tilt defied gravity
Leanna Garfield, provided by Published 1:50 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Facebook/VisitSanJose Business Insider conducted an analysis of local economies in the 40 largest metro areas in the US. Areas near San Jose and San Francisco ranked as the two places with the top economies. Economists have said the Bay Area's job market "defies gravity." Economic progress is increasingly being powered by big cities, and the Bay Area's tech industry may only continue to explode. On a larger scale, US geographical economic inequality is growing, meaning Americans' salary-earning-potential is more connected to your location than ever before. It probably comes at no surprise that the San Jose and San Francisco metro areas have the strongest economies in the US. Many of the nation's largest tech companies are headquartered there, and one economist recently told Mercury News that the Bay Area's economy "is defying gravity." In a new analysis, Business Insider culled data across … [Read more...] about The San Francisco Bay Area’s economy is ‘defying gravity’ — and it reveals how powerful the tech industry has become