MONTREAL (AP) — With one familiar swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gave baseball fans in Montreal fond flashbacks to the days when his dad was among baseball’s best sluggers.
For their countrymen in Toronto, that mighty hack may have been a sneak peak at a promising future.
Guerrero hit a long home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 Tuesday night in the stadium where his father played much of his Hall of Fame career.
Guerrero walked off Toronto at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in the Blue Jays’ final exhibition game before the start of the regular season. The 19-year-old son of Vladimir Guerrero hammered Jack Flaherty’s pitch over the wall in left-center to a huge roar from the 25,816 on hand.
“I was just trying to do my best and have fun,” Guerrero Jr. said through an interpreter. “He hung it and I took advantage.”
Fans wearing Montreal Expos paraphernalia jumped and yelled in the stands. Guerrero — wearing his dad’s No. 27 — threw his helmet before leaping into a frenzied circle of teammates at home plate. One fan waved a Guerrero Expos jersey as he celebrated.
“You don’t see many celebrations in spring training games,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “That was pretty neat.”
Guerrero’s dad posted cellphone video on Twitter of the home run taken from near the Blue Jays dugout, calling it #priceless.
The elder Guerrero hit 234 home runs over eight seasons with Montreal. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in January and will be inducted this summer.
Guerrero Jr. was born in Montreal and was a regular at Olympic Stadium as a toddler, although he doesn’t remember much except for the ice cream machine in the Expos clubhouse.
Guerrero Jr. is among the game’s top prospects, but will open the season in Double-A
“These two days have been amazing for me,” he said. “It’s like a dream come true. Of course having that chance to help the team win is something I’m always going to remember.”
This is the fifth year that Toronto has capped its exhibition season at Olympic Stadium.
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LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Facebook privacy scandal (all times local):
Published reports say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to testify before Congress about how his company collects and uses people’s data.
CNN is citing unnamed sources in a report Tuesday that Zuckerberg has “come to terms” with the fact that he’ll have to testify in a matter of weeks. A Facebook representative said the company has received invitations to appear before congress and is talking to legislators.
Zuckerberg said last week in a CNN interview that he’d be “happy to” testify if he is the right person to do it. The company is facing unprecedented scrutiny following reports that a data mining firm used ill-gotten data from tens of millions of its users to try to influence elections.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is snubbing a summons from a British Parliamentary committee investigating the rise of fake news, offering to send senior executives in his place.
Damian Collins, chairman of Parliament’s media committee, urged Zuckerberg to “think again” Tuesday about choosing not to appear and repeated an offer to have him testify via video link.
Facebook has offered to send chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer or chief product officer Chris Cox.
Zuckerberg is also under pressure to appear before U.S. Congress following allegations that consultants Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
The computer expert who sparked a global debate over electronic privacy has told lawmakers that the official campaign backing Britain’s exit from the European Union had access to data that was inappropriately collected from millions of Facebook users.
Christopher Wylie previously alleged that Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from more than 50 million Facebook users to help U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Wylie told the House of Commons’ media committee on Tuesday that he “absolutely” believed Canadian campaign consultant AggregateIQ had drawn on Cambridge Analytica’s databases for its work on the EU referendum.
He told the committee: “You can’t have targeting software that doesn’t access the database. Cambridge Analytica would have a database and AIQ would access that database, otherwise the software wouldn’t work.”
The whistleblower at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal is set to testify before British lawmakers investigating the increasing rise of fake news.
Christopher Wylie has alleged that Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. It is alleged the material made it possible to micro-target users with campaign material.
At a news conference on Monday on a linked issue, Wylie declined to answer questions about whether the data was also used in Britain by the campaign to leave the European Union. He said he would discuss the matter when he spoke to lawmakers from Parliament’s media committee on Tuesday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Giants coach Pat Shurmur says he expects Odell Beckham Jr. to attend offseason workouts when they start in April.
Trade rumors are surrounding the controversial star receiver and there has been strong speculation Beckham will hold out during training camp because he doesn’t want to play the fifth and final year of his rookie deal without a new contract.
“All reports are he will be ready to go as we get going,” Shurmur said Tuesday morning at the NFL meetings. “There are steps he has to take. All indications are he will be back healthy by the time we start playing in September.”
Beckham is recovering from a broken left ankle that forced him to miss the last 12 games in 2017. Giants owner John Mara on Sunday expressed his disappointment in Beckham, saying no player is untouchable.
“That’s another way of saying we’re going to try to do everything we can to make our team better,” Shurmur said. “I understand that. It’s sort of refreshing to know that we’re going to look under any rock and turn over every stone that we can to make sure we make the New York football Giants the best team we can make it.”
Beckham recently was seen in a video in bed with a woman and what appeared to be white powder, though the timing of the video and its content is uncertain. Mara said Beckham uses “bad judgment” too often.
“I think it’s important that you get all the information,” Shurmur said. “Who knows how that video appeared? We all understand that there are certain ways we need to act and certain things we don’t want to be doing.”
Shurmur met with Beckham in Los Angeles earlier in the offseason when he went to California to visit college prospects.
“He’s a very charismatic guy. I think he really cares. I’m looking forward to working with him,” Shurmur said. “It’s important as coaches and players and anybody who is working together to visit and get a chance to know one another. I really don’t think you can know somebody by seeing reports, reading reports, hearing what people think and say. I think it’s important, especially in the player-coach relationship, to get to know him.”
Beckham was the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year and has been New York’s best offensive weapon when healthy. In his first three seasons, he had 288 receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns. But he’s known as much for his highlight-reel catches as incidents that are distractions.
“We always want weapons,” Shurmur said. “He’s been an outstanding player, especially his first three years. We want really, really good players. We want guys who are passionate about playing the game. We want guys that understand the importance of relationships, which means they want to be coached. And we want guys that understand what it is to be a good teammate.”
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If you’re tired of your Fitbit, but still want to monitor your movement throughout the day, you can. Keep a close eye, literally, on your activity level with these smart fitness glasses.
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Clean water is a vital resource for a healthy life. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 780 million people worldwide lack access to an improved water source. This means twice the population of the U.S. drinks unsafe water, which could lead to life-threatening infections and diseases.
On World Water Day, charity: water is on a mission to change that. The organization works with local leaders in some of world’s most scarce and impoverished communities to provide sustainable solutions and water filtration systems. Since it was founded over a decade ago, charity: water has funded over 24,000 clean water projects, helping more that 7 million people gain access to clean water.
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