Duchene Out About 4 Weeks With Knee Injury
The Colorado Avalanche will be heading into their first postseason in four years without leading scorer Matt Duchene after the forward suffered a quirky left knee injury. Duchene hurt his medial collateral ligament when he ran into a teammate on the opening shift against San Jose over the weekend. The loss is a big blow for the Avalanche, who have turned things around in coach Patrick Roy's first season in charge and are in the running for home-ice advantage with eight games remaining.
Argentina Says Proposed Debt Swap Aims To Protect Investors
Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said on Wednesday, Argentina's plan for making payments on its sovereign bonds via a local bank aims to protect the vast majority of creditors who participated in two debt restructurings. The government is sending a bill to Congress replacing its New York intermediary bank with state-run Banco Nacion, the latest move in a years-old legal chess game between Argentina and holders of defaulted bonds who have sued for full repayment. The deadlock has kept the economically ailing country from being able to issue international bonds at a time of falling central bank reserves.
Curt Schilling -- I Have Mouth Cancer ... Blames Chewing Tobacco
Former MLB pitching great Curt Schilling says he was diagnosed with mouth cancer back in February ... and believes it was caused from his 30-year habit of chewing tobacco. The former Boston Red Sox pitcher says he stayed quiet about the diagnosis for months for two reasons -- he didn't want people to pity him and he didn't want to get into the chewing tobacco debate. Still Shilling says, "I'll go to my grave believing that [chewing tobacco] was why I got what I got ... absolutely, no question in my mind about that." The 47-year-old Schilling says he learned about the cancer only after seeing a doctor about a dog bite wound on his finger -- and felt a lump in his neck. He got it checked out -- and it turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma ... aka mouth cancer. Schilling says he went through several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments -- and says the whole thing hurt like hell.
Best Of Summer: Kardashian Moments Tournament
E! News is halfway through its Best of Summer: Kardashian Moments tournament! Yesterday votes were cast between eight sizzling Kardashian moments of the summer leaving just four final contenders: Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kanye West, Kourtney Kardashian's third pregnancy, North West's first birthday and Kendall Jenner's super-sexy MuchMusic Awards dress. Now, E! News is asking for voters to cast their ballots for their favorite top two finalists! The winners will be announced on Thursday.
Hoyer Gets Starting Spot Over Rookie Manziel
Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starter over hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel. Pettine met with his coaching staff Tuesday night and announced in a release Wednesday before practice that he'll go with Hoyer in the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh. The decision ends weeks of competition and analysis. Pettine delayed his decision after both Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday. During that game, Manziel gave the finger to the Redskins sideline, an act Pettine said was factored into the decision. Hoyer made three starts before a season-ending knee injury in 2013.
Youth Coach: Inspiring Speech Was Spontaneous
A youth baseball coach from Rhode Island who has become an Internet sensation for the inspiring speech he made after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart. Players on David Belisle's team from Cumberland were crying after Monday night's 8-7 loss to Chicago in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when he kneeled down and told them they should be proud. Belisle told the players they were one of the best teams in the world and they had their hometown and the state of Rhode Island jumping with excitement. One YouTube video of the speech had more than 350,000 views early Wednesday.
Erdogan Allies Likely To Dominate Turkey's New Cabinet
Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan looks set to maintain his influence on daily politics after being sworn in next week, with close allies likely to take on cabinet posts in a new government and his economic team expected to remain largely intact. Outgoing president Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was likely to take over as chairman of the party and become the next prime minister, rekindling speculation about the shape of the new cabinet.
Seth Meyers Prizes His New Role As Emmycast Host
Seth Meyers is no stranger to live television. For years he anchored "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live." Nor is playing host on TV an alien experience. Since February, he has occupied NBC's "Late Night" host chair. So Meyers isn't sweating his new role as master of ceremonies when "The Prime-Time Emmy Awards" airs Monday on NBC. "Butterflies tend to go away with the first laugh," he said brightly, "so you try to make that happen as early as you can."
Chinese Police Arrest Three For Deadly Auto Parts Factory Blast
State news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday that Chinese police have arrested three people in connection with an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people in China's worst industrial accident in a year. Xinhua said, the three were Wu Chi-tao, chairman of Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products, the company that owned the workshop, and the company's general manager and a manager in charge of workplace safety. Kunshan Zhongrong's safety facilities were insufficient, the working environment was bad and production methods were illegal, Xinhua said earlier, citing the investigation's initial results.
Uber Launches An Open API With 11 Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, And United Airlines
Today, Uber is announcing its API will become available to app developers, with 11 launch partners already signed up. For Uber, the introduction of its API is designed to increase reach and get it in front of lots of new potential users. While it’s trying to appeal to as many app developers as possible, to start Uber is launching with 11 API partners that have already committed to introducing Uber to their users. Those apps include Expensify, Hinge, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Momento, OpenTable, Starbucks, Tempo, Time Out, TripAdvisor, TripCase, and United Airlines. This isn’t the first time Uber has made its service available to third parties: In May, it became integrated with Google Maps, enabling users of that app to instantly request one of its drivers. But today’s announcement represent a much more ambitious vision for how widely it could be distributed amongst other apps.