Matz dominates in second rehab start, tossing five no-hit innings

PITTSBURGH — Steven Matz certainly put himself back on the radar Sunday. The lefthander, who has been dealing with elbow discomfort since the last week of spring training, threw five perfect innings for Triple-A Las Vegas. Matz struck out eight in what was his third rehab start.

He threw 73 pitches, 50 for strikes.

It was an impressive stat line, considering it was in a launching-pad of a ballpark in Las Vegas, Terry Collins said.

“A day game in Vegas? You better believe it. Five innings. Five perfect innings in Las Vegas,” the Mets’ manager said. “I have played a lot of games in Las Vegas. I am not sure I have ever seen that.”

But Collins said he was not sure if that means Matz, who has dealt with a long list of injuries throughout his career, would be back soon.

The Mets could use the infusion of talent.

With Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list until at least July and Matz and Seth Lugo beginning the season on the DL, they have been forced to keep a struggling Robert Gsellman in the rotation and are looking for a spot starter on Tuesday. Tommy Milone, whom they signed as a stop gap after Syndergaard went down, is now also on the DL.

As of Sunday night, the Mets seemed to be leaning toward starting Tyler Pill over lefty reliever Josh Smoker.

“If we have to use him tonight, probably not, but right now he’s the one guy who started,” Collins said. “I know Smoker has had a couple of starts. Tyler Pill is lengthened out a lot farther.” 

Lugo, the righty who is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery through therapy and throwing after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, also pitched Sunday. He allowed three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks through six innings. Lugo threw 79 pitches, 55 for strikes.

It was also Lugo’s third rehab start.

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Rachel Maddow says Roger Ailes offered her job to keep her off TV

Roger Ailes was so eager to get Rachel Maddow off the air that he allegedly would have paid her to stay home.

“He once told me that he wanted to hire me at Fox, and actually this was not that long ago. Within the last few years, he told me he wanted to hire me at Fox,” the MSNBC host said on “The Howard Stern Show” after asked if she would have considered working at Fox.

“And then, he told me he’d never put me on the air. He’d just hire me, so nobody else could put me on, and put me on ice. So I was like, ‘So you’d pay me a full contract to not work?’”

Ailes, who wrote a blurb for Maddow’s 2012 non-fiction book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” died last week after a fall at his Florida mansion eight days earlier.

MSNBC beats Fox News and CNN in ratings for the first time

The former Fox head resigned from the network in July, just a few weeks after anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Similar accusations were told by other female employees, including Megyn Kelly.

While Maddow said she would consider Ailes’ offer, she obviously never took him up on it.

Last week, MSNBC won the primetime ratings race for the first time, led by Maddow’s show

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Matt Harvey looks much better as Mets top Pirates, 7-2

PITTSBURGH — This time it wasn’t about progress and taking steps forward. Matt Harvey continued to fight with his mechanics at times Sunday night, but he still managed to deliver his best start of the season. The struggling righthander held the Pirates to one run over six innings as the Mets beat them 7-2 at PNC Park.

The Mets (21-27) won the series and move to six games below .500.

Jay Bruce hit his 25th career double against the Pirates, driving in two runs. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in two runs. Lucas Duda homered for the second night in a row, his seventh extra-base hit in the last six games. Jose Reyes singled in a run and Curtis Granderson, who singled in a run in the sixth, had three hits.

The offense, however, had not been the concern heading into the game. Even without slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who is on the DL with a strained left hamstring and now shut down with a right quad issue, the Mets have been able to score runs.

Red-hot Michael Conforto not in Mets lineup vs. Pirates

But Sunday night, they got the shutdown innings they needed from their starter after they put up runs.

Harvey allowed one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. It was the first time in six starts Harvey had gotten through the sixth inning. Though he only allowed one earned run on April 16, this was the first time an opposing team scored just one run with him on the mound since June 28, 2016.

Coming back from surgery last July after being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey is still trying to find his arm slot and release point. His last five starts he has struggled, but the Mets insisted on talking about his progress and steps.

Harvey fumbled at times with command of his fastball and slider Sunday night, but he still delivered results, even after he made a mistake in the second.

Terry Collins left searching for answers after more Mets setbacks

He missed high and away with a slider that Pirates right-hander Gregory Polanco crushed in the second inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Cabrera gave Harvey a 2-1 lead in the fourth, doubling to center scoring Neil Walker and Bruce.

And in a good sign for the Mets, Harvey held the lead.

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Jay Bruce rips a two-RBI double and finishes 3-for-5 in a 7-2 win over the Pirates.

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Harvey put two on in the bottom of the inning with just one out, but then he got Francisco Cervelli to bite on a 94-mile an hour fastball and Jordy Mercer looking with a 96 mph fastball to get out of the jam.

He had to work around two base runners again in the fifth, but went right after Polanco, getting him to swing and miss on an 88-mile an hour fastball to strike him out. In the sixth, Harvey got two quick outs before walking Francisco Cervelli. That eliminated any chance that Harvey could start the seventh inning, but he finished on his note when Bruce made diving grab of Mercer’s fly ball to end the inning.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Jay Bruce made a diving grab of Jordy Mercer’s fly ball to right field to end the sixth inning, sending Harvey out on a positive note.

TURNING POINT

Jose Reyes’ RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

STAR OF THE GAME

Matt Harvey had his best start of the year, going six innings allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.

STAT

7. Lucas Duda’s seventh-inning home run was his second in as many nights and his seventh extra-base hit in his last six games.

UNSUNG HERO

Matt Harvey, the hitter. Harvey snapped his 0-for-20 streak to start the season with a single to lead off what turned into a three-run fifth for the Mets.

MIA

Juan Lagares, playing to give Michael Conforto a night off, went 0-for-4 and was the only Mets starter without a hit.

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Monday vs. Brewers, 4:10 p.m.

RHP Matt Garza (2-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.45)

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Scott Disick Gets Cozy with Sofia Richie in Cannes (PHOTO GALLERY + UPDATE)

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5/28/2017 7:49 AM PDT

1:14 PM PT — Sofia has some choice words for folks making a big fuss about her hanging out with Scott Disick. In her own unique way, she says they’re just “homies.”

Scott Disick may have decided Bella Thorne was actually too old, because now he’s hanging with an 18-year-old.

Scott was cruisin’ the South of France on a yacht with Sofia Richie this weekend. They were super flirty, as he lifted and carted her around.

Scott brought 19-year-old Bella over to the Cannes Film Festival last week, where we believe he hasn’t watched a single flick. She’s back in L.A. now, and he’s on at least his 4th chick.

BTW, it looks like one of the other women on the yacht is Chloe Bartoli … one of the 4.


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Navy SEAL dead after parachute failure in jump over Hudson River

A member of the Navy’s elite SEAL skydiving team fell to his death Sunday after his parachute failed to open and he plunged into the Hudson River during an aerial exhibition that was part of Fleet Week festivities.

The jumper, a member of a Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs, splashed in the water off Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, where thousands of spectators were watching the air show shortly after noon.

He was pulled from the water by the U.S Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Dept. Marine Unit and taken to Liberty Marina in Liberty State Park, then rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.

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Coast Guard crews work on a parachutist after the Navy SEAL’s chute failed to open during an aerial exhibition as part of Fleet Week.

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Amateur video captured the parachute landing in a parking lot, where police officers took pictures as part of their investigation.

Skydiver dies deploying parachute too late near Ohio airport

A freelance photographer told NJ.com that the parachutist apparently realized he was in trouble, and cut himself loose from the chute so he would land in the water.

The parachute landed in a nearby parking lot and was taken away by Navy personnel, WPIX reported.

The parachute landed in a nearby parking lot and was taken away by Navy personnel, WPIX reported.

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The Navy SEAL’s parachute failed to open properly, and he landed in the water adjacent to Liberty State Park,” said Rear Adm. Jack Scorby at a news conference outside the hospital.

“He was retrieved immediately by U.S. Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Dept. Marine Unit,” Scorby said.

The accident stunned witnesses, traumatized Navy personnel, and left a pall over the entire Fleet Week celebration.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all of your prayers for the Navy SEAL community who lost a true patriot today,” Scorby said.

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The cause of the accident is under investigation, Scorby said. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Other members of the team landed safely.

Adm. John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations, said the jumper’s death hit the Navy hard.

“Today’s we suffered a tragedy in NYC,” Richardson tweeted. “Thoughts & prayers w/ family & Leapfrog team members. Condolences on behalf of entire @USNavy.”

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Trump defends health care bill, ignores Portland attack

President Trump on Sunday rallied behind his proposed tax cuts and a House GOP-backed health care bill amid scrutiny that he was ignoring the deadly rampages in Oregon and Mississippi.

As Trump ended his first overseas trip over the weekend, an alleged white supremacist killed two men protecting a Muslim girl from his hate-filled tirade Friday on a Portland commuter train. Eight more people were killed in a shooting rampage in rural Jackson, Miss., on Saturday and Sunday, including a police officer.

Instead of addressing the deaths, he continued his Sunday tweet spree by touting the GOP bill for the first time since the House of Representatives narrowly passed the legislation on May 4.

“I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere,” Trump tweeted around 8 p.m., contradicting the proposed policy’s deep cuts to Medicaid. “ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!”

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the Department of Health and Human Services report on "Individual Market Premium Changes."

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan holds up a copy of the Department of Health and Human Services report on “Individual Market Premium Changes.”

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The bill was the subject of a scathing Congressional Budget Office analysis warned that the policy would cause healthcare costs to increase and jeopardize coverage for at least 23 million Americans by 2026. The bill is pending the Senate’s vote.

A whirlwind of scandals have plagued the Trump’s White House since the Affordable Health Care replacement bill passed its first legislative hurdle. Trump sacked former FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s Russia probe and made stops in the Middle East, Italy and Belgium. During Trump’s travels, news reports exploded that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was the focus of an collusion probe between the Trump campaign and Russia.

After blasting critical news reports Sunday morning, Trump tweeted into the night by claiming his administration’s proposed tax cuts are “moving along in the process very well.”

“Actually ahead of schedule,” he added.

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather called on Trump to address the Portland attack in an open letter Sunday afternoon.

“Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four,” Rather wrote on Facebook. “I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them.”

A sign of thanks rests against a traffic light pole at a memorial outside the transit center in Portland.

A sign of thanks rests against a traffic light pole at a memorial outside the transit center in Portland.

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“They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist.”

Trump penned a third tweet repeating his attacks against journalists Sunday night.

“The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story,” he said.

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Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn posterizes Josh Norman in charity game

Perhaps the Giants could call on the Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn for some extra muscle this season.

The 6-10 center was playing against Odell Beckham Jr.’s nemesis, Washington corner Josh Norman, in a celebrity basketball game on Saturday which raised money for Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s foundation.

At one point, a wide open O’Quinn cut to the basket and used his 10-inch height advantage on Norman, throwing down an emphatic dunk on the cornerback’s feeble block attempt.

O’Quinn basked in the posterization of the Washington corner, celebrating along the baseline.

Washington’s Josh Norman trashes Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.

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Kyle O’Quinn humiliates Washington corner Josh Norman.

Norman recently made news when he said “s–t is going to get ugly” between him and Beckham this season, hinting at fines and possible suspension.

So while it was a scrimmage for charity, you can bet Giants fans smirked a bit watching a guy from New York humiliate an NFC East adversary.

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Akon Gets His Champagne Spray On in Monte Carlo Ahead of Moncaco Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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5/28/2017 12:03 PM PDT

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Akon must’ve been really excited for the Monaco Grand Prix to start this weekend … or maybe he just likes spraying champagne in Monte Carlo for the hell of it.

Whatever the case … Akon was definitely getting his Cristal shower on Saturday night while attending an after-party for fashion designer Philipp Plein, who just had a show in Cannes. 

Eyewitnesses tell us the singer was basically spraying the audience all night inside Jimmy’s nightclub, where he was also performing. No harm, no foul though … the crowd was doing the same.

Blame it on Akon? 


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VIDEO: NYPD cop sinks three-pointer at park from sidewalk

New York’s finest can ball, too.

In a video posted by the NYPD official Twitter account, an officer is seen interacting with kids near a basketball court in the 50th precinct in the Bronx when he decides to join in on the fun.

The policeman, identified in the tweet as Officer James, is given a basketball on the sidewalk behind the fence of the park.

One of the kids can be heard telling the officer, “if you miss you give me a dollar.”

Officer James tells him “no betting” then chucks up the ball and hits nothing but net–setting off surprise and celebration from everyone watching.

Perhaps he knew the kid was making a losing bet.

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Joe Biden officiates wedding for gay DNC staffer

Joe Biden’s officiating duties have no limits.

The former Vice President presided over the wedding of Henry Munoz, the Democratic National Committee Finance Chair, and husband Kyle Ferrari over the weekend.

This marks at least the second gay wedding Biden has officiated: he also married Brian Mosteller, the Oval Office operations director for former President Barack Obama, and Joe Mahshie, a trip coordinator for former First Lady Michelle Obama, in August.

Biden’s special ceremony comes as the White House omitted the name of the gay husband of Luxembourg’s prime minister in a Facebook photo of NATO spouses.

White House omits only gay man in NATO photo caption

The photo caption named nine of the 10 spouses, including Melania Trump, but excluded Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

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The White House omitted the name of the gay husband of Luxembourg’s prime minister in a Facebook photo of NATO spouses over the weekend.

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The White House eventually updated the caption, but has not commented on the obvious omission.

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