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Guerrero Jr., smashes 29 dingers to set single-round record at Home Run Derby

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., impressed the crowd at Progressive Field by setting a new Home Run Derby record for dingers in a single round. And to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again his second time up.

The 20-year-old Guerrero smashed out 29 home runs in the opening round of the Derby on Monday night — breaking the old record of 28 set by Josh Hamilton in 2008 — before matching his mark in Round 2.

Guerrero’s average home run distance in Round 1 was 421.5 feet, with an average exit velocity of 104.8 mph. His third bomb was estimated to go 476 feet.

Guerrero’s performance pushed him past Oakland’s Matt Chapman (13) into the second round of the three-round event, where he was almost eliminated. Despite launching 29 more homers in Round 2, he needed a tiebreaker against Dodgers star Joc Pedersen, who also went deep 29 times.

The Toronto third baseman, with 60-second tiebreaker and swing-off home runs included, beat Pedersen 40-39 to reach the final.

Hamilton, a five-time All-Star who was with the Texas Rangers in 2008, set the previous mark at Yankee Stadium but went on to lose the Derby to Canadian Justin Morneau.

Hours before Monday’s Derby, the Rangers tweeted a video clip of Hamilton’s record-setting performance with the caption: “Good luck beating this tonight, fellas.”

Guerrero was taking pitches on Monday from Jays coach John Schneider, who also threw batting practice to him for two years in the minor leagues.

Guerrero, the youngest participant in the event, was one of eight players teeing off in Cleveland for the Derby, which includes a $1 million top prize.

Guerrero’s Hall of Fame father, Vladimir Guerrero, won the Home Run Derby in 2007 while a member of the Angels.

He tweeted: “Big boy has power,” after watching his son set the record.

How Roxodus nearly became Canada’s own Fyre Festival

Claire Brassard | posted Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2019

In today’s Big Story podcast, it was going to be the biggest classic rock festival this country had ever seen. It was supposed to happen this weekend. And it died just 10 days before opening night. Now the OPP is involved and fans and vendors alike are left in the dark. This is the story of what happened to Roxodus.

The lineup featured everyone from Aerosmith to Blondie to Kid Rock and Nickelback and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was to take place at the Edenvale Airport, in a tiny Ontario community north of Toronto. The organizers initially claimed rainfall was to blame for the cancellation, but that story quickly fell apart. So what was going on in the weeks leading up to the sudden cancellation? What happened to the money? What will the OPP investigation discover? And given what we know now about organization and logistics—are would-be concertgoers lucky that this festival never actually happened?

You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle and Spotify.

Changes for customers accessing TTC from Union Station

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 8th, 2019

Commuters passing through Union Station will see some changes starting today as they navigate between their GO Transit and TTC connections.

Ongoing construction work has closed the normal north-facing entrance to Line 1 trains for the rest of the year. Starting today, customers are now being diverted to a new glass-covered, underground path running below Front Street to get them from the terminal to the subway station.

According to a Metrolinx blog post, there are several ways to access the new transfer point:

  • When you get off your GO Train head northwest towards the new restaurants in the York Street Promenade. Keep heading north and go through the doors straight ahead by the Tim Hortons kiosk. Take a right, and follow that all the way to the TTC.
  • Alternatively, you can turn right at the Tim Hortons kiosk and go past the corporate security office, make a sharp left through the newly opened doors and this will also bring you into the glass-covered walkway.

If you happen to get lost in the transit hub’s maze-like rerouting, customers can still go up to street level and access the subway from any of the station’s outdoor entrances.

The revitalization project that began at Union Station in 2011 is expected to be completed by September 2020, five years after the original end date and tens of millions of dollars over budget.

Rogers experiencing widespread network outage

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 8th, 2019

Rogers is experiencing widespread network outages.

The network problems began on Sunday afternoon.

Users in several parts of the country are reporting problems with making wireless calls in some areas, with landlines also affected. Text messages, internet and data services are still active.

Rogers’ website confirms “some customers may be intermittently experiencing dropped calls or are unable to place or receive calls on their mobile phone or wireless home phone service.”

Toronto police Const. Katrina Arrogante tells CityNews 9-1-1 calls have also been dropped due to the outage. For such calls, police were sent to the address as a precaution.

London, Ontario police also tweeted that they were experiencing problems.

In a statement. Michelle Kelly, Director of Communications at Rogers says:

“Some of our wireless customers may experience an intermittent interruption to voice services. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and our teams are working hard to address the interruption as quickly as possible.”

The service interruption may intermittently affect some customers using 2G and 3G networks on Rogers, Fido and Chatr.

The problem is described as nationwide, but it is not clear how many customers have been affected and when the issue will be resolved.

Rogers is the parent company of CityNews and 680 NEWS.

3 males shot near Queen and Ossington

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 8th, 2019

Three males have serious injuries after a shooting in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood.

Toronto police were called to the area of Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are not known.

There is no word on suspects.

Queen Street West is closed from Dovercourt Road to Ossington while police investigate.

Car crashes into house in Mississauga

News Staff | posted Monday, Jul 8th, 2019

For the second time on Sunday, a car crashed into a home, this time in Mississauga.

Officers responded to a crash in the area of Tenth Line and Rose Ridge Crescent around 8 p.m.

Peel police say two vehicles were involved in the incident, both driven by male drivers with no other passengers.

One car crashed sideways into a home and one driver was taken to hospital in non-life threatening condition.

No one was home at the time of the crash and an engineer has been called to check on the structure of the building.

There is no word on what caused the crash at this time.

Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut eats 71 hot dogs to win annual contest

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Jul 5th, 2019

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan’s Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the California native came close but didn’t manage to beat his own record of 74 dogs, set last year.

However, he far exceeded his nearest competitors.

Afterward, Chestnut said he was disappointed to not break his record, but planned to try again next year.

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