Sungjae Im wins Web.com finale; leads PGA Tour qualfiers

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Sungjae Im won the regular-season ending Portland Open on Sunday to earn one of 25 PGA Tour cards and become the first player to top the Web.com Tour money list wire-to-wire.

Im closed with a 4-under 67 on Pumpkin Ridge’s Witch Hollow course for a four-stroke victory over John Chin. The 20-year-old South Korean player earned $144,000 to finish the season with $534,326.

Im finished at 18-under 266. He also won the season-opening event in the Bahamas and had three second-place finishes.

Chin shot a 66. He was the only player to move into the top 25 on the money list, earning $86,400 to go from 41st to 10th with $207,909.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was third at 13 under after a 66. Jim Knous (67) and Derek Ernst (71) were 12 under, a stroke ahead of Kevin Dougherty (70) and Curtis Luck (69).

Dougherty finished 26th on the money list, $207,909 behind Hank Lebioda for the final PGA Tour card.

Ben Taylor dropped out of the top 25, going from 25th to 29th after missing the cut.

Twenty-five more PGA Tour cards will be awarded in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.

First hurdle over for medicine reporting

Mandatory reporting of medicine shortages to the drug watchdog are one step closer after legislation passed the lower house.

The new mandatory scheme would require critical drug shortages to be reported within two days and non-critical shortages within 10 days.

While Labor supported the bill, former pediatrician Mike Freelander said the system should go further.

“My fear is unless we have better supply chain practices, some manufacturing in Australia and reserve supplies of these medication, we will be in serious trouble,” the MP said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says some situations, like an EpiPen shortage in April, could put patient lives at risk.

He said the current voluntary scheme had proven to be ineffective.

Decisions to discontinue products would also need to be reported up to a year ahead of time.

Police say Chicago teen killed himself; family denies he did

Loved ones of a late Chicago teen whose Friday death was ruled a suicide are calling for an independent investigation and believe the teen may have been shot dead by police.

The Chicago Police Department said Steve Rosenthal, 15, had been holding a handgun outside his grandmother’s home, where he lived, on South Keeler Avenue in Lawndale around 7pm that evening.

The department said the teen fled when he noticed officers approaching him before he shot himself in the head shortly after. 

The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the teen’s death a suicide by gunshot wound, according to the Chicago Tribune.  

More than 120 supporters gathered Sunday to protest the teen’s death, despite the autopsy report.

Some witnesses have led the family and their attorney, Andrew Stroth, to believe other events occurred as police have not released body cam footage from the incident.

Chicago Police spokesman Michael Carroll said the shooting is under investigation.

According to the Tribune, Carroll said the department ‘has not come to a point where the decision has been made to release the body cam video.’

Sloth said in a statement on the Tribune that he believes Rosenthal was ‘shot dead without cause or provocation.’

The GoFundMe page set up by the late teen’s aunt, Terinica Thomas-Level, tells the family’s side of the story. 

‘Last night my 15-year old-nephew was slain by CPD! Steven just celebrated his birthday on Monday! Steven was at his grandmother’s house enjoying friends like a normal child,’ the description reads. 

‘Witnesses say Steve was going into the house to get water when detectives persued him! As he was going up the stairs witnesses say the detectives had weapons drawn! Shots were fired! Steven died from a gun shot wound to the back of his head!

‘How/why would anyone shoot themselves in the back of the head? Steven was an amazing son, grandson, nephew, and older brother.  

Thomas-Level said she believes her nephew didn’t have the heart to commit suicide and wanted to care for his two younger brothers ‘to make his mother proud.’

‘Steve lost his father at the age of 10 and he lost his mother (my sister) just 5 months ago,’ his aunt wrote.

‘Steve would NEVER do such a thing and I’m beyond disgusted with this outrageous lie! Please help our family get justice! Help us lay our baby to rest!’

The GoFundMe page raised $640 of its $10,000 goal as of late Sunday. 

Kid stuff: Mets rout Phillies 8-2 in Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands.

Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs get tossed aside.

Amed Rosario had three hits and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets went from cheering on players in the Little League World Series to impressing the youngsters in an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.

Jeff McNeil added a two-run single to back Vargas (3-8) as the Mets claimed the second Little League Classic and prevented the Phillies from moving into first place in the NL East. Philadelphia dropped into a three-way tie for the top NL wild card.

“I had some cool interactions with the kids,” Vargas said of his in-game dialogue. “They were having a great time.”

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, but Nick Pivetta (7-10) allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings in Philadelphia’s seventh loss in 11 games.

After the final out, players lined up across the diamond for a postgame tradition for kids that’s never seen in the majors.

“I thought the handshaking gesture was huge,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s something I experienced for the first time since I was in Little League.”

Players and families from the 16 teams competing in the nearby LLWS packed into 2,500-seat Bowman Field, the 92-year-old home of the Phillies’ Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

And the spotlight shined on New York’s Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto and Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery, who are among 54 players who reached the majors after playing in the LLWS.

“Pretty surreal because I walked into the dugout and they were getting ready to play a game and one of them was like, ‘Whoa, that’s Scott Kingery!'” said the rookie infielder, who doubled in the fifth. “That’s crazy, because I remember when I was sitting in that dugout.”

Frazier, who sparked a four-run second with a leadoff single, helped Toms River, New Jersey, win the 1998 title when he led off the game with a home run and struck out the final batter.

“It’s been a long day, but well worth it,” said Frazier, who hadn’t been back to Williamsport since 1999. “I kept telling these kids, let it all sink in.”

The Mets built a 6-0 lead in the fourth to take the five-game series and improve to 8-5 against the Phillies, who dropped a half-game behind division-leading Atlanta.

The teams flew 185 miles Sunday morning from Philadelphia, where the first four games were played. They were met by youth players at the airport, then bused to the Little League complex.

“We were driving through the city and people were coming out of their homes and waving to us,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

While watching the kids play, Mets ace Jacob deGrom interviewed some for TV. Santana took selfies with the youngsters. Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins chased down Little Leaguer and internet sensation Alfred “Big Al” Delia.

“We share a common love, hitting dingers,” Hoskins said.

Hoskins narrowly missed homering with a long foul in the third and a single off the wall in the sixth against Vargas, who entered with an 8.10 ERA.

Santana followed with his 18th homer, and Vargas was lifted after allowing two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Rosario had a two-run single in the second, chased Pivetta with a single in the fourth and added a sixth-inning RBI single.

The Little League teams were introduced, in full uniform, before the game. They danced between innings, ate plenty of ice cream and watched the lowly Mets collect 14 hits.

“Some of them are stepping into America for the first time ever and they get to see a Major League Baseball game. I think that’s pretty cool,” Frazier said. “And that one kid who’s never been here before, you want to show them the right way to play and how exciting it is and how great it is.”

NEXT YEAR

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the Cubs will face the Pirates in next year’s Williamsport game on Aug. 18.

HAPPY ADDITIONS

Two of the more excited players were Phillies C Andrew Knapp and Mets 1B Dominic Smith, who were recalled from the minors. Each team could add a 26th player because it was a neutral site game.

“A tremendous experience,” said Smith, who had an RBI double in the eighth.

Knapp purchased a West regional Little League cap. The California native fell a couple wins shy of reaching LLWS when he was a kid.

“I didn’t get one when I was 11, so I had to get one now,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Brandon Nimmo (left index finger) was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game. … 3B David Wright (shoulder, back) ended an 0-for-14 rehab skid by going 2 for 3 for Class A St. Lucie while playing five innings in the field. … OF Jay Bruce (left hip) went 2 for 5 as the DH for St. Lucie.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (right lat) allowed one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (8-6, 3.75 ERA) opposes San Francisco LHP Derek Holland (6-8, 3.83) on Monday night in New York.

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (8-9, 4.13) faces Nationals RHP Tanner Roark on Tuesday night to open a three-game series at Washington.

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MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

NEW YORK – Italian actress Asia Argento – one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment – recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported.

Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her, the Times reported.

Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 film called “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” in which Argento played Bennett’s prostitute mother.

Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in a California hotel in 2013. The age of consent in California is 18.

The notice says the encounter traumatized Bennett and hurt his career, the Times reported.

The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic, the Times reported.

Argento became one of the most well-known activists of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento.

Representatives for Argento could not be immediately reached by The Associated Press for comment. Through a representative, Bennett declined to comment to the Times.

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This story has been clarified to say that Jimmy Bennett filed a notice of intent to sue.

Manly players in dark over Barrett future

Manly players say they are still in the dark over Trent Barrett’s future at the NRL club but won’t be drawn into any ongoing battle between the coach and administration.

Speculation over whether Barrett would be at the Sea Eagles next year entered a second week on Monday and players said they were unsure whether he would see out his contract which ends in 2020.

“As far as we know, you guys (in the media) know more than we do. We all get told the same thing so I don’t think there’s any progress in that,” prop Martin Taupau said.

Simone Biles wears teal in honor of fellow survivors of Larry Nassar

Simone Biles competed in a teal-colored leotard in a display of solidarity with the sexual abuse victims of former USA team doctor Larry Nassar.

The Olympic champion wore the garment on her way to winning her fifth US women’s gymnastics title on Sunday.  

She explained she had designed the leotard for the ‘survivors’ of sexual abuse, a group that includes Biles, who revealed in January she was among Nassar’s victims.

‘[The color] is for the survivors,’ Biles said after becoming the first woman in 24 years to post the top score on every event on her way to a national championship. ‘I stand with all of them and I think it’s kind of special to unite [us].’

Teal became associated with survivors of sexual assault in 2000, and ribbons in the color are worn as a symbol of sexual assault awareness and prevention. 

Simone, 21, came up with the idea to wear a teal leotard at the competition eight months ago, long before she knew how her comeback following a post-Olympic break would go. In the end, it simultaneously served as a beacon to her otherworldly gymnastics while also highlighting the need to keep the Nassar victims at the forefront of the sport.

Nearly 200 women read impact statements to 55-year-old Nassar at his sexual abuse trial in January.

His victims included all five members of the 2012 Olympic team – Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney. 

2016 team member Madison Kocian also came forward last week, alongside her UCLA teammate Ross, to reveal that she was also a survivor of the doctor’s abuse.

Nassar is serving up to 235 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing athletes in his care following his lengthy trial.  

Biles’ electric performance came hours after USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry spent 22 minutes talking around the fallout of the Nassar scandal without offering much in the way of substance in her first extended public comments since taking over last December.

Perry danced around the question when asked if the organization planned to do anything specific to honor the survivors. Ultimately, USA Gymnastics did not, though Perry said she envisions a day when the organization and the victims stand ‘side by side.’

Since coming forward the gymnasts some athletes say they haven’t heard anything from the national team.

‘Being on national team for all those years, we were really silenced. We didn’t really have a voice and say as athletes,’ Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross said. ‘Personally, we both have not heard anything [from USA Gymnastics]. 

‘And it’s been saddening to know that a lot of gymnasts have gone through this event and they have not reached out and seen how we’re doing as people, not as just athletes, but as individuals who grew up in this sport,’ she added.

The USA Gymnastics board has changed over the course of the past two years with a new president and board of directors.

‘There are still people at the top that I feel have overseen this issue for a long time and I think that needs to be changed as well as the whole culture around everything,’ Rio gold medalist Kocian said.

‘I don’t think enough has been changed from the coaching standpoint. There are still coaches under that abusive style of coaching whether it’s verbal abuse, that’s what enables all of this,’ she added.

Ross and Kocian have both filed civil lawsuits against Michigan State – where Nassar worked for decades – and plan to do the same against the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.

Biles herself came forward to speak about Nassar’s abuse in January, revealing in a powerful #MeToo post on social media that she was also a victim of the former team doctor.

‘Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately…I’ve felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams,’ wrote Biles at the beginning of her post.

She then shared that Nassar had also been sexually abusing her while she trained at the national facility in Texas.

‘Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper,’ explained Biles.

‘There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I now know it is not my fault.’

The Olympic champion – who has set her sights on securing a place on Team USA for the 2020 Games, where she is already the early favorite to win the all-around – went on to praise her fellow gymnasts who had already come forward to speak about the abuse.  

‘After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me,’ wrote Biles.

‘I am much more than this. I am unique, smart, talented, motivated and passionate.’

She closed out her powerful letter by stating: ‘We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us. We need to make sure something like this never happens again.’ 

While speaking out about the abuse later that month, Biles said it was ‘ridiculous’ that she had still not heard from the US Olympic Committee’s officials.

She has heard from the new president of USA Gymnastics, which employed Nassar, but she said they did not discuss the abuse. 

‘The new president, Kerry Perry, she flew down for a visit and we didn’t talk [about] any of that,’ Biles said.

‘She wanted to introduce herself because I, out of the girls, is the only one back in the gym so far so she reached out to me but other than that the USOC has not reached out yet.’ 

Biles, who did not attend the hearings but wrote to the judge in a statement, said she was happy with the sentence her abuser received. 

‘I was very happy, I wish she would have given him like a crazy number, like 3,000 years or something but other than that, she was a boss and she was absolutely amazing,’ she said during interviews with Hoda Kotb and Megyn Kelly on the Today show earlier this year.

‘The judge is my hero because she gave it to him straight and didn’t let him get any power over any of the girls and letting the girls speak was very powerful,’ she added.

LARRY NASSAR TIMELINE: RISE AND FALL OF USA GYMNASTICS PEDOPHILE DOCTOR

D.C. United stays hot with win over Revolution

D.C. United continued their impressive form at Audi Field, earning their third home victory in eight days after a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on Sunday night.

Luciano Acosta opened the scoring in the 13th minute, collecting a pass across the box from Paul Arriola and firing it in for his fifth goal of the regular season. Acosta has been a major factor in D.C. United’s hot streak, as four of his goals have come in his club’s last three games.

D.C. United (7-9-6, 27 points) dominated much of the first half, though New England’s shift to a 4-1-4-1 alignment at halftime helped them create more possession in the midfield. Still, aside from a Diego Fagundez shot off the post in the 55th minute, the Revolution failed to generate much attack, as they managed just two shots on goal and were shut out for the sixth time this season.

The Revolution’s chances at a comeback were hampered in the 73rd minute when midfielder Scott Caldwell picked up his second yellow card of the match, dropping New England (7-9-8, 29 points) to a 10-man lineup. Caldwell will be suspended for his team’s next game Aug. 25 against the Philadelphia Union.

Substitute Zoltan Stieber iced the game for D.C. United in the 89th minute, scoring on a break after collecting a long pass from Junior Moreno from beyond midfield.

D.C. improved to 5-1 on their new home pitch. With nine of their last 12 games at Audi Field, D.C. United has great opportunity for a late-season push, though they still sit six points outside of an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The seventh-place Revolution are still ahead of D.C. in the table, but New England is now winless (0-5-2) over its last seven matches.

Michael Mancienne made his MLS debut, starting at center back for New England and playing all 90 minutes. The Revolution added Mancienne during the August transfer window, and the English defender began training this week after his paperwork became official.

–Field Level Media

Hundreds of South Koreans to reunite with family in…

About 200 South Koreans and their family members prepared to cross into North Korea on Monday for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most have not seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War.

The week-long event comes as the rival Koreas boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve a stand-off over North Korea’s drive for a nuclear weapons programme that can reliably target the continental United States.

The temporary reunions are highly emotional because most of those taking part are elderly people eager to see their loved ones once more before they die.

Most of the families were driven apart during the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still in a technical state of war.

Buses carrying the elderly South Koreans attending this week’s reunions arrived at a border immigration office on Monday morning.

After undergoing immigration checks, they were to cross the border by bus and travel to the Diamond Mountain resort.

Past reunions have produced powerful images of elderly Koreans crying, embracing and caressing each other. Nearly 20,000 people have participated in 20 rounds of face-to-face reunions held between the countries since 2000.

Another 3,700 exchanged video messages with their North Korean relatives under a short-lived programme from 2005 to 2007. No one has had a second chance to see their relatives.

According to Seoul’s Unification Ministry, 197 separated South Koreans and their family members will take part in the first round of reunions that run from Monday to Wednesday. Another 337 South Koreans will participate in a second round of reunions from Friday to Sunday.

South Korea will also send dozens of medical and emergency staff to Diamond Mountain to prepare for potential health problems considering the large number of elderly participants.

Many of the South Korean participants are war refugees born in North Korea who will be meeting their siblings or the infant children they left behind, many of them now into their 70s.

During the three years since the reunions were last held, the North tested three nuclear weapons and multiple missiles that demonstrated a potential of striking the continental United States.

North Korea has shifted to diplomacy in recent months. Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a son of North Korean war refugees, agreed to resume the reunions during the first of their two summits this year in April.

South Korea sees the separated families as the largest humanitarian issue created by the war, which killed and injured millions and cemented the division of the Korean Peninsula into the North and South. The ministry estimates there are currently about 600,000 to 700,000 South Koreans with immediate or extended relatives in North Korea.

But Seoul has failed to persuade Pyongyang to accept its long-standing call for more frequent reunions with more participants.

MLB Phillies vs Mets Box score

Aug 20 (OPTA) – Box score from Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets on Sunday NY Mets 8, Philadelphia 2 NY Mets ab r h rbi bb so avg Rosario ss 5 0 3 3 0 1 .247 McNeil 2b 5 0 2 2 0 2 .286 Flores 1b 5 0 1 0 0 1 .271 Conforto lf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .235 Frazier 3b 4 1 1 0 0 2 .233 Jackson cf 3 2 1 0 1 2 .288 Bautista rf 4 2 2 1 0 1 .205 Plawecki c 3 3 2 1 1 0 .241 Vargas p 2 0 1 0 0 1 .133 Lugo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091 Smith ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 .194 Smith p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Zamora p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 37 8 14 8 2 11 – Philadelphia ab r h rbi bb so avg Hernandez 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .260 Hoskins lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 .257 Santana 3b 4 1 1 2 0 1 .218 Ramos c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .303 Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .266 Williams rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .264 Kingery ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .226 Bour 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .226 Herrera cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .268 Pivetta p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .121 Morgan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Franco ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .281 Rios p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hunter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Quinn ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .293 Garcia p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Ramos p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 34 2 8 2 0 7 – NY Mets 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 — 8 14 0 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 — 2 8 0 NY Mets ip h r er bb so np era Vargas, W (3-8) 5.1 6 2 2 0 3 99 7.67 Lugo 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 27 2.89 Smith 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 1.50 Zamora 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 0.00 Philadelphia ip h r er bb so np era Pivetta, L (7-10) 3.2 8 6 6 1 5 73 4.66 Morgan 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 18 4.14 Rios 1 3 1 1 0 3 26 5.14 Hunter 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 3.88 Garcia 1 1 1 1 1 1 21 4.11 Ramos 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 1.80