Maile Pearl makes her debut on Senate floor

By Laurie Kellman | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound.

The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, became the first newborn to appear there, just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it.

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“It’s about time,” the Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran told reporters on the way in to vote.

The rule had passed without objection — but there had been plenty of grumbling about babies threatening the Senate’s cherished decorum. But when it actually happened, even stern Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to beam. In fact, he left a Senate vote open to allow Duckworth time to get there with little Maile Pearl Bowlsbey.

“Thank you very much,” Duckworth said to the Kentucky Republican. The double amputee, in a wheelchair with Maile, pronounced MAY-lee, in her lap, was on the floor for less than three minutes before they took off.

Like newborns, the Senate can be unpredictable.

The first sign that the two would meet Thursday was a tweet by Duckworth that she might vote on the nomination of Rep. James Bridenstine to run NASA.

“May have to vote today. Maile’s outfit is prepped,” she tweeted, with a photo of baby clothes. “Made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code requiring blazers. Not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies but I think we’re ready.”

The idea was for Duckworth to vote only if she was needed to break a tie. Vice President Mike Pence arrived for the same reason. In the end, it was unnecessary and Bridenstine was …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Conn Smythe Rankings: Fleury stealing the show in Vegas

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is like a gift to hockey fans — great games every night, high pressure and huge plays. And we’ve only just begun.

Just one week into the post-season, we’ve already seen some incredible performances. And while the door is still wide open for someone to emerge a hockey hero, we’ve already highlighted a few players who have grabbed hold of our attention as potential playoff MVPs.

It’s never too early for a little Conn Smythe chatter, right? Here are seven players already making their mark on the post-season.

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Golden Knights
He’s the heart, soul and leader of this surprising Vegas Golden Knights club, and his performance this spring is a major reason why they just swept the Los Angeles Kings right out of the post-season.

Fleury emerges from Round 1 having let in just three (!) goals on 130 shots over four games, giving him an otherworldly .977 save percentage and 0.65 goals-against average with two shutouts — one to open the Golden Knights’ playoff run and the other to end the Kings’. That’s crazy, but not entirely unexpected from a guy who’s got three Stanley Cup rings and a slice of history.

Most Postseason Shutouts in #Pens History:

Marc-Andre Fleury – 10
Matt Murray – 6
Tom Barrasso – 6

— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) April 19, 2018

The only goalie close to reaching Fleury-like stats this post-season just happens to be the guy he’s up against in Round 2…

Martin Jones, G, Sharks
Between Fleury in Vegas and Martin Jones in San Jose, hockey fans have been rewarded for staying up late with some incredible goaltending performances. (More coffee, please.)

Jones faced 132 shots from the heavy-hitting Anaheim Ducks and stopped all but four as the Sharks swept their …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Lance Armstrong team that dominated the Tour de France

Lance Armstrong Tour de France team where are they now

Disgraced former American cyclist Lance Armstrong on Thursday settled federal fraud charges against him for $5 million.

It ended a protracted legal battle that involved former teammate Floyd Landis and the US government on behalf of the US Postal Service, Armstrong’s Tour de France team sponsor from 1999 through 2005. Landis filed the original lawsuit — which had sought $100 million — in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25% of the settlement.

The deal came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington, The Associated Press reported. Armstrong said he was happy to have “made peace with the Postal Service.”

For a decade, Armstrong was not only one of the world’s most dominant athletes but also one of its most recognizable figures. Armstrong did what no one had ever done: He won the Tour de France seven times, and he did so consecutively from 1999 to 2005.

But that was all before the US Anti-Doping Agency found that his team had run “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

As we know now, Armstrong used a variety of performance-enhancing drugs, and all his wins in the greatest bicycle race were eventually stripped from him.

As recently as 2016 Armstrong still blasted USADA, calling it “one of the most ineffective and inefficient organizations in the world” and claiming its CEO, Travis Tygart, went after him only because he needed a case and a story.

Armstrong didn’t act alone, and it was, darkly so, a team effort. A calculating tactician, Le Boss handpicked his teammates carefully, and together they were cycling’s most successful team.

Several of the riders who served under Armstrong’s tainted reign are still involved in the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

Watch: Mariners catch Astros napping, turn 12th triple play in team history

Kyle Seager fielded Evan Gattis’ check-swing grounder, took it to the bag at third and sent the ball to second base for fairly routine a double play.

Or so everybody thought.

Dipoto talks Ichiro’s current role on Mariners’ roster

The Mariners ended up with a unique triple play on Thursday to end the top of the fourth inning at Safeco Field, a result of a mental error on Gattis’ part.

After the out was recorded at second, Gattis wandered off of first base and started to head back to the Houston dugout, mistakenly thinking the double play accounted for the final two outs of the top of the fourth inning. There were no outs when he hit the ball, however.

Credit Seager and Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano for being attentive – definitely much more so than Gattis. Seager noticed the Astros DH off the bag and alerted Cano, who got the ball to first baseman Daniel Vogelbach to put the tag on Gattis for the third out of the play.

It was the 12th triple play in Mariners history and their first since 2015.

And for those scoring at home, the play was a simple 5-4-3 – with a putout recorded by the 3.

Mariners announcer Rick Rizzs to miss 10-game road trip

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Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports