Pitcher Matt Harvey Suspended Three Days For Rule Violation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Mets scratched Matt Harvey for his scheduled start Sunday against the Miami Marlins and suspended the right-hander three days for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

General manager Sandy Alderson announced the suspension in a brief statement before the game, saying that Harvey had been sent home but declining further comment. The team said the suspension was effective Saturday.

“We are going to keep it in house, the way it’s supposed to be,” manager Terry Collins said. “We hope to put it behind us and move forward.”

Left-hander Adam Wilk was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start in Harvey’s place. The three-day suspension removes Harvey from the 25-man roster. The Mets transferred Noah Syndergaard to the 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Wilk.

The Mets lost 7-0 to the Miami Marlins Sunday.

As CBS2’s Steve Overymer reported, this was the latest sign of a strained relationship between Harvey and the Mets. While the Mets have not specified the exact reason for the suspension, reports have surfaced that Harvey did not show up for the game on Saturday because he said he had a headache.

There are also reports of issues surrounding Harvey’s tardiness.

“You have to take the entire club into perspective,” Collins said. “It’s a big picture of things. In order to be able to take control of things, you have to make tough decisions, and this was one of them,” Collins said.

Collins indicated that he was aware beforehand that a suspension could be on the horizon for Harvey.

“There were some moves made last night because we felt this might occur,” he said.

In his first season after having a rib removed to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, the 28-year-old Harvey has struggled to a 2-2 record with a 5.14 ERA over 35 innings. Harvey is coming off two of the worst starts of his career, allowing 12 runs over 9 2/3 innings with eight walks in a pair of losses to Atlanta.

He missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Harvey’s best season was in 2015, when he went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. But that year, in his first postseason, he missed a mandatory workout the day before the NL East champion Mets traveled to Los Angeles for their playoff opener against the Dodgers. He apologized for his late arrival, for which he was fined. Harvey offered no public explanation for his tardiness, saying he simply “screwed up.”

Harvey’s suspension is the latest blow for the Mets, who have been plagued with injuries this season. New York is missing ace right-hander Syndergaard (latissimus dorsi), outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring), first baseman Lucas Duda (elbow), catcher Travis d’Arnaud (wrist), left-hander Steven Matz (elbow), right-hander Seth Lugo (elbow), third baseman David Wright (recovery from neck surgery) and outfielder Brandon Nimmo (hamstring). Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Saturday’s game with an injured left thumb.

The team already has dealt with several public relations issues this season. Syndergaard initially missed a start with what the Mets said was biceps and shoulder discomfort and then made his next start against Washington after refusing to undergo an MRI. He was removed with the lat injury after only 11 batters. Syndergaard issued an apology Saturday to Mets public relations director Jay Horowitz and to members of the media for an outburst on April 27.

Backup catcher Kevin Plawecki was at the center of a controversy Friday when a sex toy could be viewed in his locker in a photo the Mets tweeted of T.J. Rivera wearing the star-of-the-game crown after New York’s come-from-behind victory.

Collins had a closed-door meeting with the team to address the situation, which Plawecki described as a prank.

The suspension comes less than a day after the team announced Syndergaard would be out until at least the All-Star Game with the partial lat strain.

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French election: Emmanuel Macron wins presidency by decisive margin

Centrist independent on course for victory by 65% to 35% margin but Marine Le Pen’s defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right

The pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency in a decisive victory over the far-right Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, and vowed to unite a divided and fractured France.

Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%, according to initial projections from early counts.

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Zara Larsson Brings A-List Performances To The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Pre-Show! Watch!

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Zara Larsson is such a star.

On Sunday, the Swedish singer brought her A-game as she performed SEVERAL numbers at the MTV Movie & TV Awards pre-show. Get it, girl!

Not only did the 19-year-old look fierce AF in her bedazzled bralette, but she also sounded great as she belted out her different chart toppers. Also, homegirl’s got some serious moves too!

Now, if you didn’t get a chance to catch Miz Larsson’s pre-show performance, there’s no need to fret because we’ve got Never Forget You (above)! Be sure to ch-ch-check it out for yourself — we promise you won’t regret it!

82 Chibok schoolgirls freed in exchange for five Boko Haram leaders

Young women, who were among 276 captured in April 2014, flown to Nigerian capital to meet president while charities call for them to be reunited with families

Months of negotiations involving participants across two continents has resulted in a deal in which 82 Chibok schoolgirls – who were seized from their dormitories in April 2014 and held captive for more than three years by the Islamist group Boko Haram – have been released in exchange for five militant leaders.

But joy at their freedom was quickly followed by concern for their privacy and fears that the thousands of other less high-profile prisoners still held captive by the extremists would be forgotten.

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Broccoli City Festival: Black, Beautiful, And By Us

This year’s Broccoli City Festival brought what it usually does: music, art, food, fellowship, and rain. But the wind and showers didn’t stop the show, with Broccoli City Festival curating a cultural experience for us, by us.

Broccoli City originated as an organic t-shirt company, but in time expanded to a larger initiative to educative millennials on how to foster an eco-friendly lifestyle in urban communities. The music festival launched in spring of 2013 to draw attention for Earth Day, with the goal of promoting an environmental sustainable lifestyle through music.


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Upon entering the festival grounds attendees were greeted by a line of tents housing organizations like Fresh Empire, which campaigns to promote a tobacco-free life by education youth through Hip Hop-inspired events, and Planned Parenthood, who promoted their #IDEFY campaign and encouraged festival goers to tell the world what they resist-discrimination, slut shaming, intolerance, etc.

Across from the tents sat Market Village, an outdoor market featuring a dynamic array of artisans, educators, designers and makers, all of whom shared Broccoli City’s mission of building a better community. And a community it was for sure.

Here vendors like Ruby Sampson, Jewel Posse, The Loft, No Chaser Beard Oil, AND AND NYC, The Paradise Shop and Asli Pure Natural Body Care sold everything: crystals, incense, shea butter, vintage jerseys, head wraps, facial toner and more. But beyond simply being a place for vendors to sell their products, Market Village was a display of black entrepreneurship and excellence.


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And the music excelled too, which should come as no surprise, as Broccoli City Festival has hosted Future, Erykah Badu, BJ the Chicago Kid and GoldLink in previous years. As one of the first acts of the day, Chicago’s Sir the Baptist brought the gospel. Down on the other side of the festival grounds Jamla Records and Roc Nation rapper Rapsody took the main stage, backed by a live band and none other than 9th Wonder, who spun the sample for Kendrick Lamar’s “Duckworth” before Raps took the stage. Rapsody brought the realness, epitomized everything that is Hip Hip, and praised the strength of the woman, telling the audience: “Ladies, anything a man can do we can too. And probably better.” Raps dropped verses over classic Hip Hop cuts, brought out Heather Victoria, and even pulled a fan onstage to rap to him.


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South Carolina’s Nick Grant followed, performing a medley of his tracks before starting “The Fire,” a cut from his 2016 mixtape, ’88. He rapped: “Like living in sadness we are young and we black / Adapting to equipment so no tactics so stop calling me n***a / Cause I take pride in my blackness this is the fire.”

A few minutes later Smino hit the City Sage on crutches, telling the audience that he hurt his foot at a previous show. But that didn’t stop the St. Louis native from delivering an electrifying set, which placed black womanhood at the center of just like album blkswn. The rapper performed standout tracks from the album including “Blkoscars,” “Netflix & Dusse” and “Anita.”


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The day also saw performances from NAO, One Love Massive, Rejjie Snow, 21 Savage, Aluna George, Kevin Abstract, DJ  Kool Flash, Chaz French, and Lil Yachty.

As the sun began to set fans flocked to the main stage to watch one of the day’s most anticipated performers: Solange. From the red color scheme to the band’s synchronized choreography, the songstress did more than simply perform. She created an art piece on the stage. Solange ran trough popular songs primarily from her No. 1 album, A Seat at the Table, including “Mad,” “Don’t Touch My Hair,” “Cranes In The Sky” and her favorite song on the album: “Junie.” She even threw it back with “T.O.N.Y” and “Losing You” for her older fans.

But the highlight of the performance came when Solange stepped off of the stage and into the crowd for “F.U.B.U.,” ASATT’s Black empowerment anthem. Solange stood right next to festival goers and harmonized right to their faces: if this isn’t for you, don’t be upset that she created this song and album as a space for herself and her people. If this is for you, bask in it, enjoy it, and do it on your terms. The whole set was a powerful affirmation of Blackness.

Rae Sremmurd was the final performance of the night, with the duo performing hits like “No Flex Zone,” “This Could Be Us,” and “Black Beetles.”

It’s rare to attend a festival where the lesser known acts are just as good as the ones on the main stage, there aren’t any ridiculously long, slow-moving lines, and there is a message behind everything-from the food to the vendors to the music.

Broccoli City Festival is just different. And even though of the most fire fits were destroyed by mud and puddles, no one seemed to care. Black people brought the sunshine, the light, and the joy to Broccoli City Festival in spite of the rain.

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