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Scoreboard roundup — 6/30/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Washington 2, Detroit 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 12, Boston 8
Cleveland 2, Baltimore 0
Kansas City 7, Toronto 6
Tampa Bay 6, Texas 2
Chi White Sox 4, Minnesota 3
Houston 6, Seattle 1
Oakland 12, LA Angels 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 8, Chi Cubs 6
Philadelphia 13, Miami 6
Milwaukee 2, Pittsburgh 1
LA Dodgers 10, Colorado 5
San Francisco  10  Arizona      4
St. Louis 5, San Diego 3, 11 Innings
NY Mets 8, Atlanta 5

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
NY Liberty 74, Atlanta 58
Dallas 89, Minnesota 86
LA Sparks 94, Chicago 69
Phoenix 69, Seattle 67

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland 1, Dallas 0

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Hundreds of severe weather reports as temperatures heat up

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — More than 500 reports of severe weather over the weekend included three tornadoes — two in South Dakota, one in Illinois — and wind gusts of more than 75 mph in Iowa and Minnesota, which also saw baseball-sized hail.

A person in Fairfield, Connecticut, died when a thunderstorm with gusts of more than 70 mph knocked a tree onto a vehicle. Strong storms dumped more than 3 inches of rain in West Virginia, which experienced flash flooding.

The severe weather in the Midwest is being caused by a stationary front from Colorado to Wisconsin to Indiana. Storms were still firing along this frontal boundary Monday morning and moving slowly, meaning there’s a chance for excessive rainfall and flash flooding during the morning across Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

After a brief break from the storms, they’ll likely begin firing again along this boundary later Monday afternoon and into the night, from Eastern Colorado to Wisconsin. There’s a slight risk parts of the Upper Midwest will see strong winds, large hail or brief tornadoes.

South of the stationary front, summer heat lingers although it’s less severe than temperatures from the weekend. Heat Index values will be in the 90s from the Plains to parts of the Southeast, however, this warm air is only slightly above average for this time of the year for most of the region.

The core of the heat will begin to become more concentrated on the Southeast and mid-Atlantic over the next few days, with the Heat Index values across parts of the Southeast on Monday possibly exceeding 105 degrees.

By Wednesday, much of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic are expecting Heat Index values above 100 degrees, which by Thursday could exceed 110 degrees in some parts.

Some of this heat will try to nudge northward into parts of the Northeast and southern New England, pushing temperatures into the 90s in cities including Washington and Philadelphia. New York may see highs of just below 90 degrees, preventing a second heat wave there.

In the buildup to the holiday weekend, humidity will be higher than normal in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with the hot and steam conditions possibly leading to afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

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'Toy Story 4' tops at the box office for the second straight week

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) — Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 easily held off challenges from a couple of new movies, Annabelle Comes Home and Yesterday, to win the weekend box offiice for the second week in a row.

Toy Story 4 delivered an estimated $57.9 million, bringing its total stateside to $237 million. It’s now the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year, behind Avengers: Endgame‘s $841 million, Captain Marvel‘s $428 million and Aladdin, with $306 million — all of which are Disney films.

Overseas, the fourth chapter in the Toy Story franchise picked up an estimated $80 million in its second weekend of release, bringing its worldwide tally to around $496 million

Annabelle Comes Home, the third chapter in the Annabelle series and seventh installment in the Conjuring franchise, took second place with an estimated $20.4 million three-day weekend and $31.2 million since its Wednesday opening. The supernatural horror flick, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their rolls as a pair of demonologists, marked a franchise low for any film in the Conjuring series, including the Annabelle films, which debuted respectively with $37.1 million and $35 million.

The second of this week’s new offerings, Yesterday, starring newcomer Hamish Patel as an aspiring songwriter who wakes up from an accident to a world where he’s the only person who remembers The Beatles, finished in third place, collecting an estimated $17 million.

The aforementioned Aladdin took fourth place with an estimated $9.3 million, enough to push it over the $300 million mark domestically in its sixth week of release and $568 million globally.

The animated film The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top five with an estimated $7.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $131 million.

Elsewhere, Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, re-released with with a deleted scene that didn’t make into the original film and some other extras, picked an estimated $5.5 million for a seventh-place finish, which also brings its worldwide total to $2.76 billion, $26 million behind the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar, with 2.78 billion.

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Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Toy Story 4, $57.9 million
2. Annabelle Comes Home, $20.4 million
3. Yesterday, $17 million
4. Aladdin, $9.3 million
5. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $7.1 million
6. Men In Black: International, $6.6 million
7. Avengers: Endgame, $5.5 million
8. Child’s Play, $4.3 million
9. Rocketman, $3.9 million
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, $3.2 million

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Luke Bryan's in favor of "Knockin' Boots" on the Sunset Repeat Tour, but Cole Swindell's not so sure

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Once Luke Bryan recorded his latest hit, “Knockin’ Boots,” he didn’t waste any time getting it to his fans.

“It was an interesting approach for me,” he explains. “I mean, most of the time I live with songs for quite a while before I go to radio… I was even wondering if I single something else off of What Makes You Country.”

“And then we went into the studio,” Luke recalls, “cut a few songs, and I went by the label and played ‘Knockin’ Boots.’ And the label lit up, and freaked out, and then next thing you know we got a single out pretty quick.”

The timing also worked because Luke was about the head out on the Sunset Repeat Tour with his pals Jon Langston and Cole Swindell

“It was real organic, [I] didn’t plan it out,” Luke continues. “But the fact that, you know, we’re going into a big summer tour and hopefully ‘Knockin’ Boots’ will be a big fun summer anthem, and we can watch the fans get out there, and — maybe they’ll choose to do the boot knockin’ once they get home.”

“I can’t say I’m really against it happening at the show, but you know…” he jokes.

“Not during my set!” Cole interjects.  

“You never know, Cole…” Luke laughs. “That’ll make you forget the lyrics quick, look out there and see that going on.”

You can check out Luke’s new video for “Knockin’ Boots” on YouTube now. 

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Illinois Governor signs executive order to protect transgender students

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Twitter via @GovPritzker(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker closed out Pride Month on Sunday by signing an executive order that aims to protect transgender students throughout the state.

Pritzker said the order establishes a new Affirming and Inclusive Schools Task Force, and directs the state’s public school board to take “comprehensive action” to better support transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students.

He said the order would “disrupt the patterns of discrimination” in classrooms statewide.

“We’re taking one more step toward securing Illinois’ place as a leader in equality and hope. Under this executive order, ignorance is no longer an excuse for bigotry,” Pritzker said in a tweet Sunday. “This executive order establishes the Affirming and Inclusive Schools Task Force and directs @ISBEnews take comprehensive action to ensure every LGBTQ student is supported and welcomed in their schools.”

The 25-member task force will help to establish practices that promote LGBTQ students’ rights as well as educate school officials on issues specific to the transgender experience, including issues surrounding name changes, preffered pronouns and dress codes. The task force is expected to make policy recommendations to the governor’s office by Jan.1, 2020.

The signing took place before Pritzker walked in the city’s annual Pride march, and as cities around the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York — an event that helped spawn the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement.

Pritzker said the order would help ensure safe and more inclusive spaces for all students. Lawmakers hope it also protects transgender youth, a particularly vulnerable group, amid concerning levels of anti-transgender violence.

“While the LGBTQ community has so much to celebrate, we also must recognize that the trans community that ignited this movement has been left out of many of its victories,” Pritzker said in a statement Sunday. “Visibility and acceptance for non-cisgender people are on the rise, but so are attacks of hate, particularly against black trans women.”

While hate-crime statistics from the FBI show violent incidents against gays and lesbians dropping slightly, or remaining stagnant, from 2013 to 2017 (the most recent year data has been released), violent incidents against transgender individuals were nearly five times higher over that period.

Incidents against trans individuals also rose each year: 23 in 2013, 58 in 2014, 73 in 2015, 105 in 2016 and 106 in 2017. The statistics are self-reported by local law enforcement agencies, and are therefore incomplete.

Lori Lightfoot, who made history earlier this year by becoming the city’s first openly gay mayor of Chicago, stood beside Pritzker as he signed the executive order on Sunday. She called the initiative a major part in the state’s battle against anti-transgender discrimination and violence.

“It’s a first step towards codifying tolerance and respect in all of our schools across the state, giving every student the safe space to reach their full potential,” Lightfoot said a speech Sunday. “I’m proud to say that CPS, Chicago Public School, has been a leader on this front with its own guidelines for supporting transgender students and staff, ensuring that in this city trans individuals have the same access and the same opportunities as everyone else.”

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