Saturday, 12 Jun 2021

White Sox manager Tony La Russa says of potential reunion with Albert Pujols: ‘There is no fit’

Ted Cruz’s New Try At Dunking On ‘The Daily Show’ Goes Embarrassingly Awry

Hostilities were renewed between “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday as a second beef in as many weeks broke out between them on Twitter.

But the Comedy Central program ended the feud before it really got going with a retort referencing the Texas Republican’s devotion to ex-President Donald Trump. Cruz did not respond to the ding.

The barbed exchange began when Cruz took exception to a mocking comment about him from Trevor Noah on Thursday’s episode of the show.

“Trevor Noah is turning into Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction,” Cruz responded on Twitter, appearing to suggest Noah was obsessed with him. Three rabbit emojis referenced that bunny boiling scene in the hit 1987 erotic psychological thriller.

“The Daily Show” account fired back with this damning question for Cruz.

It recalled Trump’s 2016 campaign insult about the appearance of Cruz’s wife and his promotion of a conspiracy theory that the senator’s father was somehow involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Cruz lost the Republican 2016 presidential nomination to Trump and went on to become one of his former rival’s staunchest allies.

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian speaks at Georgia Tech commencement ceremony

Georgia Tech is holding the university's commencement celebrations this weekend, and Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is among the speakers slated to address new graduates on Saturday.

Bastian, 63, was named Delta's CEO in 2016 after previously holding roles as the airline's president and chief financial officer. The Delta CEO will be offering "words of encouragement" to the school's newest graduates, as well as discussing tips for "navigating future challenges," according to Georgia Tech.

After a year in which the airline industry was hit hard by travel restrictions stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, Bastian recently spoke to CNBC about the changing role of a CEO in challenging times as well as the "need to be more dynamic" in a time of social and political unrest.

Watch Bastian's commencement speech live on Saturday, May 8, at 8 a.m. ET:

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21 NFL players in line for contract extensions in near future

Free agency fizzled long ago. The 2021 draft is done. But, in case you hadn't noticed, the business of the NFL is a year-round endeavor.

Sure, the next few months should be relatively quiet — though the regular-season schedule is on the way, teams are in the midst of offseason programs … and it appears a lot more drama has yet to unfold as it pertains to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. 

But there are also financial matters to address as players recover from 2020 and ready for 2021. Detroit Lions C Frank Ragnow just became the most recent 2018 first-rounder to cash in with a second contract, his four-year, $54 million extension making the Pro Bowler the league's top-paid pivot.

Here are 21 more players deserving of extensions or entirely new deals in the near future:

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A Sit Down with the Mother of Network Marketing in Africa

Titilope Olubisi Ejimagwa is a business woman, one of Africa’s most successful marketers, and the first African five-star director at Longrich Bioscience, a multinational marketing company. Ejimagwa is the woman behind the establishment of a $104 million OEM smart factory in Lagos, Nigeria. Her success in helping Longrich set up its operations in Africa gave her the leverage to insist on the establishment of a permanent smart factory in Nigeria that will export Longrich’s products to Europe and the rest of Africa.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa says of potential reunion with Albert Pujols: ‘There is no fit’

Together, Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa won two World Series titles together during an 11-season partnership as slugger-manager with the St. Louis Cardinals. 

After their second championship, in 2011, they went separate ways; Pujols signed a mega-deal with the Los Angeles Angels, La Russa retired. 

The 76-year-old La Russa made his return to the bench this year as skipper of the Chicago White Sox, and Pujols is set to become a free agent once the Angels formally release him upon his clearance of waivers (the Angels could trade him before then, however). 

But the White Sox manager nixed the idea of any potential reunion between he and Pujols on the South Side in 2021. 

TROUT UPSET: Angels star says he 'broke down' over Albert Pujols' departure

"There is no fit here, unfortunately," he told reporters Friday, via ESPN. 

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