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Jenrry Mejia just made the worst kind of baseball history

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Saturday's Say Hey, baseball looks at Jenrry Mejia joining an extremely dubious club in baseball. Also, a guy with an 80-grade name got traded, so we're looking at that, too. Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s OK, though, we’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning, and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network, as well as from elsewhere. Please hold your applause until the end, or at least until after you subscribe to the newsletter. * * * On Friday afternoon, Jenrry Mejia made baseball history. Normally, if you're making baseball history during the month of February, either you waited a very long time to sign an extremely lucrative contract or it's some extremely bad form of history. Unfortunately for Mejia, it's the bad type of history as he ended up failing another test for Performance Enhancing Drugs. That was his third failed test, and it ended up being the one that earned him a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. It's a staggering fall from grace for Mejia, who not too long ago was considered to be a bright prospect for the New York Mets. After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Mejia made i...  

3 Upcoming FDA Decisions We're Most Excited About

Photo source: flickr.com. Interested in what biotechs might soon bag an important new drug approval? Then the Motley Fool has a treat for you today. Below, three of our contributors share their picks for biotechs on the cusp of a make-or-break FDA decision. The upside of a green light is huge considering how much the odds are stacked against an investigational compound making it all the way to approval. It takes about 12 years for an experimental drug to travel from the laboratory to your medicine cabinet, and the chances it will make it are a meager one in 5,000. According to Forbes, the overall cost of creating a new drug averages $5 billion. Of course, that takes into account all the failures; companies don't spend that on each drug. The good news is that about 80% of drugs that made it through the gauntlet of clinical testing to Phase III gain FDA approval. So, when a drug gets close to receiving a regulatory decision, investors should be on high alert. Brian Feroldi: One upcoming FDA decision that I'm especially excited to hear about is for ACADIA Pharmaceuticals' (NASDAQ:ACAD) Nuplazid, which was submitted last last year as a potential treatment for psychosis associated with Parkinson's disease, or PDP. The National Parkinson Foundation estimates that roughly 400,000 Americans suffer from PDP, which can cause hallucinations and delusions and places a huge burden on caregivers. In phase 3 trials, Nuplazid was shown to lower the impact that PDP had on patients'...  

There's more than meets the eye to Valentine's Chocolate

There’s a reason why the most-given gifts every Valentine’s Day are roses and chocolate. It’s because they work. Almost everybody loves roses and chocolate. But did you know that Valentine’s Day chocolate may not just be a delicious gift, but also one that makes your significant other fall in love with you? We’ll get to that later in this article. First, let’s talk about what type of chocolate is the healthiest, and what type of dark chocolate has the biggest “Cupid” effect. Now, it’s not breaking news that dark chocolate has many health benefits. There are plenty of reasons to love dark chocolate. Its total polyphenol and antioxidant content trounces other supposed “superfoods” like acai, pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry and whatever else is currently being marketed as the holy grail of health cures. Not only is dark chocolate (in small portions) healthy, but it could also provide you with a brain boost anytime of the day when you feel in need. (The type of dark chocolate also matters — more on this in a moment.) That’s because dark chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which you can think of as the cousin of caffeine. Theobromine has stimulant properties, similar to caffeine. But unlike caffeine, theobromine does not affect the central nervous system. In addition, the body takes much longer to clear theobromine from the body than caffeine, which leads to a longer and smo...  

Cardio, weights — find your balance

Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds or look ultra-fit like Jillian Michaels, your workout plan should include a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training to reap the most benefits.Cardio exercise — anything that raises your heart rate like running or swimming — delivers many benefits to the body including weight control, disease prevention and mood enhancement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests doing a minimum of 150 minutes of cardio weekly to maintain your overall health. And don’t stop there — today’s fitness experts say to make room for strength training or weight lifting, which does more than sculpt a bulky physique.It improves balance, strengthens bones and can increase the amount of calories burned in normal daily activity.For athletes, strength training is a vital tool in the prevention of injuries. Cody Volm assists student athletes in the weight room as a strength and conditioning coach for the Mosinee High School football team.“We feel that athletic strength training in both males and females can greatly improve athletic performance and decrease the likelihood of injury,” he said.By strengthening the muscles and tendons, the body is held together in more proper alignment and protects the bones and joints when moving or under impact.“Strength training within high school athletics has developed tremendously over the past 10 years,” said Volm,...  

The Last Gasp of Drawing-Room Politics

Carlos Barria / Reuters All Physics Is Local Einstein’s gravitational waves rest on a genuinely radical idea. Continue Reading Robert Galbraith / Reuters Facebook and the New Colonialism Today’s empires are born on the web, and exert tremendous power in the material world. Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t had the best week. First, Facebook’s Free Basics platform was effectively banned in India. Then, a high-profile member of Facebook’s board of directors, the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, sounded off about the decision to his nearly half-a-million Twitter followers with a stunning comment. “Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades,” Andreessen wrote. “Why stop now?” After that, the Internet went nuts. Andreessen deleted his tweet, apologized, and underscored that he is “100 percent opposed to colonialism” and “100 percent in favor of independence and freedom.” Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, followed up with his own Facebook post to say Andreessen’s comment was “deeply upsetting” to him, and not representative of the way he thinks “at all.” Continue Reading Reuters And Then There Was One Across China, where new developments are keeping pace with the rapidly growing economy, reports continue to surface so-called "nail houses." Continue Reading Paramount Z...  

Feinstein water bill could help with California's drought—if House GOP gives ...

As an attempt to balance many competing interests, the water bill that California Democrat Dianne Feinstein introduced in the Senate last week appears well-thought-through and carefully crafted — and as such it is being greeted by many with the kind of lukewarm response that such attempts often receive. Few seem ready to embrace it without reservation, precisely because it offers a compromise. If it were the product of negotiations among environmental stewards, agribusiness and urban water agencies, it would leave each interest plenty to continue fighting over, yet still infuse the state with the crucial federal investment it needs to update its infrastructure to allow better capture, storage, treatment and reuse of water.The problem is that it is not the end-point of negotiations but the beginning. Agricultural interests and their supporters in the House, including a core of Central Valley Republicans, see it as only a counter-offer in a continuing battle that they expect will result in more sweeping diversions of the state's water to farms, fields and ranches, at the expense of the fragile Delta and coastal ecosystems, California's struggling fishing industry — and U.S. taxpayers. Their opening offer was and remains a House bill that is based on the notion that the rainwater and snowmelt that for thousands of years have sustained the salmon runs that feed ocean life, and in more recent times have created jobs and boosted the state's economy, are somehow waste...  

5 numbers that mattered this week in politics

Bernie Sanders speaks on stage after declaring victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Primary on Feb. 9, in Concord. Sanders is spending over $2.7 million on television and radio ads this week. | Getty Continuing our new POLITICO feature, where we dig in to the latest polls and loop in other data streams — like advertising figures, election results, voter registration trends and other measures that tell the story of the 2016 campaign.Bill Gardner nailed it.Four days before the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Gardner – the New Hampshire secretary of state and foremost defender of the state’s special status – predicted 282,000 voters would pull a Republican ballot, and 268,000 voters would select the Democratic ballot.Gardner was nearly spot-on in predicting GOP turnout, but Democrats lagged. Fewer than 250,000 Democratic ballots were cast, excluding write-ins, according to statistics published on the secretary of state’s website.It’s the second time in as many contests that more voters participated in the GOP race than on the Democratic side. Both Iowa and New Hampshire are swing states – while together they only carry 10 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House later this year – and they have been historic bellwethers.Iowa has voted for the winner in the past three presidential elections (and that streak would go back to 1992 if we’re talking about the winner of the popular vo...  

Square Enix Store Launching Anniversary Sale until Next Sunday

It is often difficult to find new games, after having finished a hoard of previous ones, during the holiday season. You have no choice except to wait till April for the launch of all the big triple-A titles. Well, if you’re going through the same problem, then Square Enix has just the remedy for you. The company has announced a sale to celebrate the one year anniversary of its US store. The sale starts now and will run till February 21. The collection offered is no joke, and it’s up to 50% off. The wide variety of games include, "Chrono Cross," "Crisis Core," "Kingdom Hearts," "Star Ocean," "Final Fantasy VIII," "Tactics Ogre," "Sleeping Dogs," "Just Cause 3," "The Last Remnant," "The World Ends with You," "Theatrhythm Final Fantasy," "Tomb Raider," "Final Fantasy Type-0," and many more. Check the complete list of games here. The discounted games are available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation4, PlayStation3, PlayStation2, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PC, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS. Not only this, physical orders that exceed $20 will also get a free Final Fantasy lanyard, along with 50 extra Members Reward points. Apart from this, you can also buy merchandise and music discs. The highlights of the sale are 50% off on all catalog games in the store, 30% off on Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition on the Xbox One, a $10 Square Enix Store coupon for your next order of Life is Strange, and $15 off on Just Cause ...  

Reports: Chelsea FC Lining Up Atletico Star As John Terry Replacement

John Terry recently announced that he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, after the Stamford Bridge officials informed him that there would be no contract extension forthcoming at the moment. As a result, the Blues have been linked with a number of potential replacements, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin being one of the stronger candidates. The Metro reports that the Uruguayan is high on Chelsea’s list and that they are seriously considering an approach for him over the summer. Chelsea are touting the idea of making a move for Atletico Madrid central defender Diego Godin as a potential replacement for club captain John Terry. More Chelsea FC: Kurt Zouma’s Injury And Why Young Players Matter To Fans Terry has continually reinforced his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge in a series of emotional interviews, but there is yet to be any material progress made on the matter. The club’s stance has been widely panned as ridiculous, but the backlash doesn’t seem to have affected them so far. Consequently, Terry is on his way out at this point in time and attention must now be turned to finding a replacement. The defender’s deaprture would leave the likes of Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill as the sole senior players in the team and given the recent performances of either, it is not a very exciting prospect. The arrival of Godin, though, would be significant. The 29-year-old has developed into Diego Simeone’s mos...  

The View from Mars Hill: Little world, big heart

With tomorrow’s arrival of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air—and the sky beyond. The universe is loaded with symbols of this special day, from the flower-shaped Valentine’s Day Nebula in the constellation Cepheus, to heart-shaped craters and mesas on Mars.But in this era when scientists using the New Horizons spacecraft have unveiled the face of Pluto, nothing in space evokes thoughts of Valentine’s Day like that icy body’s distinct heart-shaped feature.For years, scientists detected splotches on Pluto’s surface that were brighter than surrounding areas. Former Lowell Observatory astronomer Marc Buie led efforts to create albedo maps of Pluto based on these observations, but not until New Horizons would Buie and his colleagues see detailed images of these blemishes — most notably the so-called “Heart”— and begin to decipher their extent and physical characteristics.The Heart is located a little north of Pluto’s equator. With a diameter of almost 1,000 miles, it is easily the largest surface feature on a parent body that only measures 1,474 miles across (a feature at that scale on Earth would spread twice the width of the United States!). On July 15 of last year, a day after New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto, members of the New Horizons team informally named it Tombaugh Regio; the first word honors Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh while the second word is Latin for “regio...  


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