Kerri Walsh Jennings, Brooke Sweat lose in beach volleyball qualifying round, will miss Tokyo Olympics
One of the more recognizable names on Team USA from the past few Summer Olympics will not be heading to the Tokyo Games this July.
Three-time beach volleyball gold-medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Brooke Sweat lost Wednesday in a qualifying match of the final qualifier tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic, where they needed to finish third or better.
For Walsh Jennings, 42, it could be the final chapter of a storied career she built alongside Misty May-Treanor; the duo won three consecutive gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012) on the sand.
Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil passed Walsh Jennings and Sweat for the second U.S. spot in the 2020 Olympics. April Ross — Walsh Jennings' partner from the 2016 Rio Games, where the pair won bronze — and her teammate Alix Klineman are the top U.S. team and are considered medal contenders.
Ford Increases Investment In EV To $30 Bln
Michigan-based auto giant Ford Motor Co. (F) is targeting to generate 40% of its sales through electric vehicles by 2030. For that, the company has decided to increase its investment in the project to $30 billion.
Jim Farley, who took over the reins of the company in October 2020, said on Ford’s investor day, “This is our biggest opportunity for growth and value creation since Henry Ford started to scale the Model T, and we’re grabbing it with both hands.”
Talking about the rejuvenated Ford+ plan under his reign, Farley added, “I’m excited about what Ford+ means for our customers, who will get new and better experiences by pairing our iconic, world-class vehicles with connected technology that constantly gets better over time. We will deliver lower costs, stronger loyalty, and greater returns across all our customers.”
The company has already invested $7 billion in electronic vehicles since 2016 and in February the company decided to ramp up its investment to $22 billion. Looking forward, Farley thinks that the company will be able to earn a revenue of $45 billion by 2025. Ford Pro, a vehicle servicing and distribution business, is set to form an autonomous entity while being a part of the company. Earlier this year, GM said it hoped to go all-electric by 2035.
In the event, the company claimed to top Tesla (TSLA) by July 2022 in vehicles with remote updates and build a connected fleet of 33 million Ford and Lincoln automobiles with Over-the-air technology.
Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump ban
New York (CNN Business)The blog page that former President Donald Trump launched less than one month ago, after his team suggested he’d be launching a major new social platform, has been permanently shuttered.
Jason Miller, a senior aide to Trump, told CNBC that the page “will not be returning.”
Miller confirmed to CNN that the page had been scrubbed.
“It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on,” Miller said.
Those who attempt to visit the page are now greeted with a web form asking for their contact information to receive updates through email or text message.
The blog, called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” was launched May 4 and came months after the former President had been banned from Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR).
At the time, the page was billed as a platform by which Trump could speak directly to his supporters.
Fox News, which first reported that Trump had started the blog, dubbed it a “new communications platform.”
But late last month, Trump disputed Fox’s framing in a statement.
“This is meant to be a temporary way of getting my thoughts and ideas out to the public without the Fake News spin, but the website is not a platform,” he said.
76ers’ Joel Embiid diagnosed with small meniscus tear, out Game 5 vs. Wizards
What the Philadelphia 76ers had been calling right knee soreness for Joel Embiid is actually a small lateral meniscus tear, a MRI showed.
Several orthopedic specialists reviewed the test results, the team said Wednesday. Embiid, who won't play Wednesday night in Game 5 of the opening round against the Washington Wizards, is considered day-to-day. The injury will be managed with physical therapy and treatment.
Without Embiid in Game 4 — he left after falling hard in the first quarter — the Wizards exploited the Sixers inside and won 122-114. Philadelphia is still in control of the series 3-1, but will be without its MVP candidate as the series moves back to Wells Fargo Arena.
Flower seller stabbing: Man, 21, charged with murder after Tony Eastlake killed near his stall in London
A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a popular flower seller.
Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed on Saturday afternoon near his Essex Road stall in Islington, north London, where he had worked for four decades.
James Peppiatt, of Elmore Street, Islington is due to appear before Highbury Corner Magistrates on Thursday charged with murder.