Mets’ Brandon Nimmo fouls ball off his leg, leaves game

Brandon Nimmo reached for another gear that wasn’t available Tuesday night.

The Mets outfielder, trying to beat out an infield single in the seventh inning of Game 2 in a doubleheader, realized the ball he had fouled off his right knee moments earlier was the culprit.

Nimmo departed the game and was diagnosed with a quadriceps contusion. He is hopeful he will return to the lineup Wednesday.

After the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, Nimmo said he was more irritated that he didn’t beat out the grounder than he was concerned about the contusion. X-rays were negative.

“It feels all right now, I have just got a lump on it,” Nimmo said. “We’ll just take it day-to-day and see how it is in the morning.”

Travis Jankowski replaced Nimmo in center field for the final two innings.

Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo leaves the game after fouling a ball off his leg.
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The Mets’ hearts are with Starling Marte following the death of his grandmother.

Marte was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday, a day after the passing of his grandmother, and will be away from the Mets at least through the remainder of this homestand. It was an emotional loss for Marte, according to manager Buck Showalter, given that he was close to his grandmother after his mother’s death at a young age. Marte also lost his wife Noelia to a heart attack in 2020 and Wednesday is the anniversary of her passing.

“It was heart-wrenching talking to [Marte] yesterday,” Showalter said. “He cares. He’s got a great heart, a big heart. It’s been tough on us, what he is going through. I look forward to getting him back with the team and being around people that care for him.”

Stephen Nogosek was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to claim Marte’s roster spot. Showalter said the organization will give Marte as much time as he needs to mourn.

Pete Alonso and Cardinals first-base coach Stubby Clapp acknowledged each other before the nightcap of the doubleheader, extending an air fist bump to each other.

Alonso started at designated hitter in Game 1 and went 0-for-4 in the Mets’ 3-1 victory.

He went 0-for-3 with a walk in the nightcap.

Last month, Alonso was upset Clapp had tackled him from behind after both benches emptied in St. Louis.

James McCann underwent surgery to repair the fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. The catcher is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

Showalter was still working on a rotation beyond the next two games, when Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt are scheduled to pitch, but acknowledged that David Peterson is a consideration for this weekend in Colorado.

Jake Reed was optioned to Syracuse after pitching two scoreless innings in relief in Game 1. The Mets recalled infielder Gosuke Katoh for the nightcap.

Hitting coach Eric Chavez returned home to Arizona, where his son was undergoing knee surgery. Chavez is expected to rejoin the club in Colorado on Friday.

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PGA Championship picks: Jordan Spieth will complete career grand slam

Here are Mark Cannizzaro’s PGA Championship picks:

The sixth time will be the charm: Spieth completing the career grand slam with a Wannamaker Trophy, the only one he’s missing. Spieth enters the week in terrific form, having won at Hilton Head and nearly winning last week at the Byron Nelson.

If he putts like he did when he was at his best, Spieth will win.

Since winning his third major at the 2017 British Open, Spieth’s five previous PGA attempts were a tie for 28th in 2017, T12 in 2018, T3 in 2019, T71 in 2020 and T30 last year. This is the year.

Viktor Hovland

If he can improve his chipping, which will be key on Southern Hills, Hovland, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, has a great chance to win because he’s got local ties having gone to Oklahoma State. He’s a great ball-striker, leading the field in strokes gained ball-striking in his past 20 rounds.

Hottest player on the planet comes in with great mojo, having won four of his past seven starts (not including New Orleans, which was a team event). The Masters champion once called Southern Hills one of his favorite courses of all time. Combine that and his No. 1 world ranking and … look out.

Cameron Smith

Few are paying any attention to the Aussie, but perhaps they’ve forgotten about his win at The Players. Scheffler’s remarkable run has overshadowed what Smith has done, becoming one of the top players in the world.

Talor Gooch

He’s the only player in the field who was born and raised in Oklahoma. His hometown is less than two hours away from Southern Hills, which he said is one of his favorite courses. He won his first career PGA Tour tournament last fall, and home-field advantage will help.

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Gunfire erupts outside Bronx council member’s office second week in a row

Bullets buzzed past Bronx Council Member Pierina Sanchez’s office for the second week in a row, sending the pol and her team ducking for cover on Tuesday.

“Shots fired outside our office again this afternoon. Again in broad daylight,” Sanchez said on Twitter hours after the gunfire outside her Morris Avenue office.

“Down to the ground went our team, to take cover. It hit even harder this week than last. Went out went on the block and our community’s trauma was thick in the air,” the lawmaker wrote.

Tuesday’s scare came eight days after a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg right outside her office door.

The NYPD said officers responded to the latest report of shots fired at about 4:30 p.m., but didn’t immediately find any victims.

The council member, who was born and raised in the Bronx, said gun violence has taken its toll on her community.

“Our collective hurt, palpable,” Sanchez tweeted. “Neighbors who ran for the lives, again. Moms hugging their children tightly. Community leaders, our OGs & partners in this work, who give so much to make things better, yelling out WHY.”

She said she checked on neighbors and community members following last week’s shooting as well.

The gunman in last week’s shooting fled southbound on Morris Avenue and remains at large, police said.

On Tuesday, Sanchez said she wasn’t shocked by the gun violence, but angry.

Bronx Council Member Pierina Sanchez said she checked on neighbors and community members following last week's shooting as well.
Bronx Council Member Pierina Sanchez said she checked on neighbors and community members following last week’s shooting as well.

“Am I in shock? No. I grew up here,” she said in the aftermath. “This is what we face in the ‘hood year after year. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse. Thankful our team is okay. But I’m angry it ever comes to violence.”

The council member said the city must take guns off the streets and invest in affordable housing, after school programs and job development to address the root cause of gun violence.

“We shouldn’t have to think twice about walking down our own block. Whether our kids can play in the garden,” Sanchez said.

“We deserve more.”

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Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application

BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Finland, Sweden have officially applied to join the world’s biggest military alliance, a move driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“I warmly welcome the requests by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg told reporters after a receiving their application letters from the two Nordic countries’ ambassadors.

The application must now be weighed by the 30 member countries. That process is expected to take about two weeks, although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed reservations about Finland and Sweden joining.

If his objections are overcome, and accession talks go as well as expected, the two could become members within a few months. The process usually takes eight to 12 months, but NATO wants to move quickly given the threat from Russia hanging over the Nordic countries’ heads.

Canada, for example, says that it expects to ratify their accession protocol in just a few days.

Public opinion in Finland and Sweden has shifted massively in favor of membership since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Finland and Sweden are NATO’s closest partners. They have functioning democracies, well-funded armed forces and contribute to the alliance’s military operations and air policing. Any obstacles they face will merely be of a technical, or possibly political nature.

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ContourGlobal Shares Jump 33 Percent After KKR’s $2.2 Billion Offer

LONDON—Shares in London-listed ContourGlobal leapt by a third on Tuesday after U.S. private company KKR agreed to buy the power generation company for 1.75 billion pounds ($2.16 billion) in a bid to expand its renewable energy portfolio.
KKR will pay 263.6 pence for each share of ContourGlobal, according to the deal announced on Tuesday. That represents a 36 percent premium to the company’s closing price on Monday.
Tuesday’s 33 percent jump in early European trading took the shares to their highest level since August 2018.

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Why Clear Secure Shares Are Surging Today

Clear Secure, Inc. reported first-quarter FY22 revenue growth of 79.1 percent year-on-year to $90.5 million, beating the consensus of $88.3 million.
Clear Secure saw a continuation of the strong travel trends experienced in the fourth quarter, driving both membership growth and net retention, leading to better than expected Total Bookings growth.
Total Cumulative Enrollments of 11.8 million were up 112 percent Y/Y.
The Annual CLEAR Plus Net Member Retention of 95.3 percent was up 1,810 bps Y/Y.
Total Cumulative Platform Uses of 95.3 million were up 57 percent Y/Y.
Adjusted EPS loss of $(0.03) beat the consensus loss of $(0.12).
Clear Secure held $663 million in cash and equivalents and generated $24.9 million in operating cash flow….

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CSIRO Collaborating With Australian Pharma to Develop Medicinal Psychedelics

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has received a license to work with local Australian biomedical companies to “extract, synthesise, improve and then develop manufacturing processes” for up to 15 different psychedelic compounds.
The organisation will first be collaborating with Melbourne Natural MedTech which is “working to develop psychedelic treatments for several unmet neurological disorders,” said Natural MedTech CEO Mark Hestermann.
The company is working with CSIRO’s Kick-Start program to further explore psychedelics, also known as hallucinogens derived from plants and fungi for medical use.
“By working with local industry to improve drug design and the patient experience, CSIRO can push Australia into a leadership position in the development of these potentially life-changing medications,” said CSIRO scientist Peter Duggan on May 18….

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2 Plead Guilty in Scheme to Manipulate Amazon Marketplace

SEATTLE—Two more defendants have pleaded guilty for their role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to manipulate the Amazon Marketplace e-commerce platform.
Six people have been charged in the conspiracy, which federal prosecutors say involved paying bribes to get Amazon employees and contractors to leak confidential data and to use that data to grant certain sellers a competitive advantage on Amazon Marketplace.
Joseph Nilsen, 32, and Kristen Leccese, 33, both of New York, entered their pleas Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, acknowledging they paid more than $100,000 in bribes from 2016 to 2020.
Another player, Rohit Kadimisetty, was sentenced in February to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine….

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Wells Fargo CEO Predicts Economic Downturn For US Economy

The CEO of Wells Fargo, Charlie Scharf said on May 17 that there was “no question” that the United States is heading for an economic downturn, in an interview at The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival.
“It’s going to be hard to avoid some kind of recession,” said Scharf, who happened to be in attendance when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell was present. “We live in this strange world where there’s still this extraordinarily underlying strength in terms of what we see, but you know that it’s going to deteriorate,” said Scharf.

The U.S. economy shrank by 1.4 percent in the first quarter, the worst data since the pandemic hit in spring 2020…

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Parole for People Linked to Terrorism Unlikely as Western Australia Passes New Law

The Western Australian (WA) parliament has passed a law via which people with links to terrorism will be subject to the presumption against parole.
The Sentencing Legislation Amendment (Persons Linked to Terrorism) will ensure terrorism-related risks are thoroughly assessed before a person with links to terrorism is granted an early release from prison, the aim being to minimise terrorism-related risk to the WA community.
The reform is part of a range of practical and legislative measures agreed on by the 2017 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to achieve a nationally consistent approach to countering the threat of terrorism in the country.
WA Attorney General, John Quigley, said parole is a privilege rather than a right….

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