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>> this is abc 7 news. anchor: we are now less than 12 hours away from the start of in person learning in san francisco. san francisco unified is the largest school district in the bay area. and after 17 months, they will be back for full-time in person learning come tomorrow. good evening and thank you for joining us. i'm dion lim. you're watching abc 7 news at 11:00. education is a key pillar of building a better bay area amid the pandemic. abc 7 news reporter j.r. stone was in san francisco and found that while there is excitement for in person learning, there is also hesitation. reporter: empty halls in san
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francisco sunday night, the social distancing markers down on the ground and kids ready to go. >> i got all the things i need to be ready with. reporter: while parents have their opinion -- >> do i feel comfortable? that's a good question. comfortable enough. >> i don't think it's a good idea. we still have to wear masks. reporter: kids have their opinions. >> i am very excited to see my friends again. >> i'm kind of nervous, but kind of happy at the same time. >> i feel nervous for the fact that it might be a little risky with the delta variant out there, but i'm also excited to see my friends at go back to school. reporter: friday, district administrators showed what classrooms looked like. we saw windows that opened, air purifiers, hand sanitizer, reminder to follow the safety plan, and masks for teachers and students. the health department says san
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francisco schools are safe. >> during the last academic year, out of the 48,000 students that were in schools, both private, public, and charter, there were only seven documented cases of in school transmission. reporter: and this year, the district is requiring that staff be vaccinated by september 7 or take weekly covid-19 tests. one thing is clear. students we talk with may be small, but they have strong feelings about last school year and this one that begins monday. >> like i said, staring at a computer screen and listening to the teacher speak isn't the full definition of what i call educating, so i think going back to in pers sd better. reporter: and the celebration would start early in the city on monday as the mayor and state senator will be in the bayview district to welcome kids back. in san francisco, j.r. stone, abc 7 news. dion: just in time for school tomorrow, all kids can now ride
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muni free of charge. all kids 18 and under can write it for free -- ride it for free regardless of financial status. they are asked not to ask for proof of payment. kids over 16 are encouraged to bring a school id. students at west contra costa unified schools will also be returning to in person learning tomorrow, including at michelle obama elementary school. schools will be on the richmond campus for the first time since the school was rebuilt and named after the former first lady. michelle obama held a virtual grand opening at the start of the 2021 school year. all this week, we'll be focused on back-to-school as part of our efforts to build a better bay area. we have special pieces airing each night at 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. tune in to how we difficult -- tackle morning losses of the school year.
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moving onto the dixie fire, still raging in northern california, burning 570,000 acres. there is concern the weather is going to take another turn in the coming days, and pg&e says it may be forced to cut power in the area. it's identified tuesday night into wednesday as a potential slot for public safety shutoff. near the fire zone, mendocino and shasta county's could be affected. sonoma, napa, and solano counties could be affected by a ps ps. we'll be watching it closely this week. drwaordrew: w are seeing an offe component to the wind development, especially tuesday night into wednesday morning. northbay, advancing the clock and you can see in parts of napa county in the hills of the eastern half, the winds pick up between 20-30 miles per hour. fire danger indexes is indicating that. low fire danger, except for
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portions of napa county, high to very high fire danger. watch those winds very closely. tomorrow, all about improving air quality. we will detail that in a few minutes. dion: that is welcome news, drew. thanks. to developing news tonight, the taliban is now in control in afghanistan after taking control of kabul. people tried to flee. cnn reports all u.s. embassy staff have been evacuated while others are waiting to see how they will get out. faith: the u.s. embassy in urging americans to stay in place after it fell to the taliban, this footage from al jazeera appears to show taliban fighters inside the presidential palace, declaring the islamic emirate of afghanistan. nearlyllf t cnt seizehean in jua week. the president fleeing as the american presence in afghanistan winds down. >> we went to afghanistan 20
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years ago with one mission in mind, and less to deal with the people who attacked us on 9/11. and that mission has been successful. reporter: president biden spending more troops to help speed up the evacuation of u.s. personnel and some afghan visa applicants. embassy staff was told to destroy documents. operations moved to the airport for safety. president biden briefed his national security team sunday, including general kenneth mckenzie, head of central command who met with the taliban indo hall, warning them -- in doha sunday, warning them not to interfere with their mission. on the streets of kabul, fear and uncertainty. long lines at banks as residents looked to withdraw savings, desperate scenes at the chaos as thousands looked to flee, women, especially girls who have grown up with freedom and rights are
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now worried that could change. yet some are defiant. >> we are not people that are going back to the dark era. what should i be scared of? this is my homeland. reporter: after 20 years of war costing $1 trillion and tens of thousands of lives, tonight, so many questioning, what was this all for and what will the future hold? >> so many of us signed up. we want to start our country. we want to do something good. and going to afghanistan for three different tours, so many of us really believed that we could be part of making a better afghanistan. dion: the if ends in afghanistan are also having a profound impact on people here in the bay area. it's estimated 60,000 afghan americans live in the region. some told tim johns theves ha b heart-wrenching.
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it's a story two decades in the making, but one without a happy ending. >> immediate reaction is how could this be happening? it seems like a reversal of everything that we've done in the last 20 years. tim: she's an afghan american writer and educator based in the east bay. she says the events currently unfolding in afghanistan have left her community devastated. >> 20 years ago, there was a sentiment of hope. today, there's a sentiment of grief. it's hopelessness now. tim: she still has family in the country. and although she was able to get in touch with them sunday morning, she still fears for the safety of her cousins and aunts. >> she was afraid. she didn't know what was going to happen to her. and she didn't know what was going to happen to her children. tim: but beyond the immediate connection, she says her heart also breaks for other afghans, too, especially women and young children. >> it's not a question of if. it's a question of when these young girls lives are going to
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be destroyed. tim: with the country falling apart seemingly overnight, many are asking what happened? congressman eric swalwell represents california's 15th district, the heart of the local afghan community. he tells me it's not a time to focus on what went wrong, but instead on what we need to do next. >> i support the effort to deploy troops to protect the embassy and make sure that americans, allied partners, and eligible afghans who helped us are able to get out as quickly as possible. tim: but those people are only the tip of the iceberg, and she knows there's work to be done in helping out has -- is only just beginning. >> without hope, without any kind of life to look forward to, the only thing that they will have to look forward to is survival. tim: per presented a swell well's office represented a swell well's -- representative eric swalwell's office is set to
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take place between 2:00 to 5:00 and 9:00 to noon. if you show up, the offices there will be officials to help process existing visa applicants for afghans and their families. in the newsroom tonight, tim johns, abc 7 news. dion: many thanks to you. the bay area nonprofit is pleading for help tonight to evacuate their 360 afghan employees currently in kabul. former anchor cheryl jennings spent time there with the charity, roots of peace and interviewed the afghan president in 2015. the group is based in san rafael and its co-founder told abc 7 news reporter cornell barnard that she is worried and frightened about what could happen next in afghanistan. it's a story you'll see only on abc 7 news. >> it's absolutely not only a crisis. it is catastrophic. cornell: the roots of peace
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founder was up all night, desperately trying to help her 360 employees stuck in kabul. she just sent this letter to president biden, pleading for help. >> please provide me military aircraft to safely get my staff and their immediate families out of afghanistan right now. cornell: marine counties -- marin county's roots of peace have been doing work in afghanistan for two decades, helping farmers thrive. but her employees are now at double risk of being targeted by taliban forces since they work for a u.s. government-funded nonprofit run by a woman. >> right now, that has a price on my head, on their heads. cornell: a solidarity ceremony at her home supporting the afghan people and praying for peace. many people here have worked for roots of peace and have family backominfghanianand
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they're now fearing for their safety. >> they are really scared. cornell: he is hoping his sisters can escape the country. this person has been getting messages from her friends, saying goodbye. >> i said don't send me this message because you will be alive. you're safe. cornell: in 2015, former news anchor cheryl jennings traveled to afghanistan with roots of peace and interviewed the president. back then, he was hopeful for the future. >> it's a reborn love. people are re-engaging with their country. cornell: heidi says for now, she 's not pointing fingers about the crisis in afghanistan. >> i don't think this is time to cast blame. i think we need to take this day and get this country back on its feet. cornell: in marin county, cornell barnard, abc 7 news. dion: we're featuring cheryl jennings's exclusive reports on our website. they include her interview with the president and with afghan women who risk their lives to work.
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those stories are at our homepage at still ahead, tracking the coronavirus pandemic. as cases continue, doctors give us a look inside their hospitals. plus. >> let's turn this into a permanent place for people. dion: the great debate over san francisco's great highway intensifies. the rally to keep cars off the road while some neighbors
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bicyclists and pedestrians and abc 7 news was there for a big protest to keep it off limits to vehicles. after tomorrow, weekends and holidays will be the only time cars will be restricted, however some want the ro e ng diverted to other streets. >> our city has a lot of streetn streets that are preserved for walkers, or are preserved car free. >> yeah, parking has become a real issue. everything has affected so much quality of life issues. dion: those in favor of reopening the highway have an online petition that has been signed by 20,000 people. a good samaritan shot in oakland chinatown while intervening during an armed purse snatching is recovering tonight and sharing a message of thanks to the community. the man, who requests we call him mr. lee, was shot in the armpit at eighth and franklin. he tells me he is a little bit
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sore but in good spirits. he sends gratitude for everyone for the outpouring of support. the only authorized gofundme has raised over $25,000. in victory for eitcounyups,viewy unaded fll for the airport's general aviation aircraft. the change comes as a growing number of officials demanding the airport's closure because of unsafe lead levels from planes. supporters say the airport is critical for smaller planes and emergency operations. once again, circling back to drew tuma watching the wins for us. drew: and tomorrow, they will help us alleviate some of the smoke in our atmosphere. tuesday, finally cooler weather move in, where hot temperatures ruled the forecast in the weekend. the exploratory him came around
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right now. sparkling so nicely and you do have a canopy of clouds, a marine layer welwe will likely e first thing monday morning. earlier today, you notice the haze in the atmosphere, smoke from nearby wildfires in northern california moving to our atmosphere. right now, you can see most of the bay area, moderate air quality. we are going to wake up to hazy skies that there will be some changes throughout the day. the near smoke tomorrow f that first thing in the morn. you'll wake up and find the sun rising through that smoke in our atmosphere. but watch as a strong onshore wind blows a lot of the smoke to our east. by 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, i do anticipate will find fresh air moving like a similar story as we head into tuesday. we still have the winds onshore
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close to the coast bringing the fresh air, so improving air quality the next two days. temperatures tonight in the 60's around the bay shoreline, but still some warm air inland, 81 in brentwood, still near 90 in clear lake. earlier, we had a heat advisory that expired 8:00 p.m. 60 in santa rosa, 60 four that current temperature in palo alto. we have the coastal cloud cover, coastal drivel -- drizzle and patchy fog in parts of the east bay. much of the south bay with hazy conditions. temperatures in mid-50's for most of us first thing tomorrow morning. let's time out those temperatures and the marine layer. 7:00 a.m. by about 9:00 a.m., any thought around the bay shoreline has broken down. warming up pretty quickly inland. warming spots are well into the
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80's. we do anticipate hot temperatures for one more day. highs on your monday, it's a warm one inland, 97 in concorde. we find improving air quality throughout the afternoon. 73 in oakland tomorrow, 60 in the city, 88 in santa rosa, 80 in fremont. and lakeport in the upper 90's tomorrow. that's better than today. today, we hit 109, so we're getting there, bringing the air temperature down a little bit. here's the accuweather 7 day forecast. better air quality tomorrow afternoon and tuesday, we drop those numbers even more heat relief hits us. by wednesday, especially in the morning, we'll watch the gusty winds very closely, especially in the hills of napa county were offshore winds could be 20-35 miles per hour. temperatures state prestudy --st
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dion: this wednesday, join us for an event featuring lakers star, kobe bryant. > i have a hard time believing my friend and his daughter are gone. i will call his phone. i can't get away from it. dion: superstar premieres wednesday at 10:00 p.m. right here on abc 7 and streaming on hulu. you can also check on "detail kobe bryant" on espn plus for more great content. chris alvarez joining us now with a preview of sports. chris: coming up in sports, the 49ers regular season opener is less than a month away. we'll look back at last night's presean opener. and baseball, pitching, hitting, and defense. look at this throw from lamont wade showing off the arm.
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rockies down a run. lamont wade jr. comes up with a absolute perfection and gte pert runner by a mile. five-to san francisco. a's fans ripping the green and gold in texas. d.j. peters, two run blast to left and it's 3-0 texas. matt chapman hit two homers saturday, hits another here on sunday, a solo blast, the 101st of his career. a's down 3-1. peters had manea's number all day. this makes it7-1, seven earned runs in five innings, including three home runs allowed. the a's bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. starling marte going to give it a ride. but a fly out to left end the game and the rangers win, 7-4.
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just four weeks from today, the 49ers opened the regular season sunday, september 12, in detroit. going to be a lot of fun. the rookie making his preseason debut, showing the big playability, connecting for an adr touchdown. jimmy g. through a touchdown o a similar play like this. lances play also caught the eye of both sidelines. >> it was awesome. kind of side coming. he broke the guy off and h and a beautiful pass out there. >> he looked poised and composed and he had a nice play on the firecracker there. >> you know, it's the kind of moment you dream of, scoring your first touchdown. even though it's preseason, it's pretty cool. with my teammates, the guys in the locker room were so excited for me, for trent making that play. it was for sure a special moment. >> i thought he had a good first
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>> this is abc 7 news. dion: we are continuing to track
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developing news tonight. the taliban have seized control of afghanistan, entering the capital city of kabul and the president of palace. united states is sending more troops. according to the state department, everyone has gotten out of the u.s. embassy. the situation drawing comparison to the u.s. exit from vietnam in 1975, with a chaotic scramble as people try to get out of the country. we've shown part of our interview with the head of roots for peace, a bay area nonprofit group that has hundreds of employees trapped in afghanistan. now more on her plea to president biden. >> well, i am asking, thanking him for sending 3000, now 5000 troops there to hold the airport open. you know, i think him for bringing out the interpreters. but please, mr. president, please, the three houtz and -- 3000 afghan workers who have dedicated faithfully for 20
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years to in american mto led by a woman, their lives are at risk. for those who are at risk, primarily the women, who are pleading with me overnight, we have to keep them out. and if that means providing roots of peace with military aircraft, i will be on the aircraft. i would be honored to be on the aircraft to save the lives of my staff. dion: she says she has been hearing reports from atrocities are the taliban, primarily targeting young women. president biden is scheduled to be at camp david until wednesday and has no plans to return to d.c. in haiti tonight, more than 1200 people are dead and hundreds more missing after saturday's earthquake. a desperate search for survivors is underway after many buildings were reduced to rubble. the quake was centered in a rural area 78 miles west of the capital. more than 3500 homes have been
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destroyed and thousands of residents are sleeping outside. hospitals are being set up. >> we've from the airport. dion: phone lines are down and members of this haitian community in columbus, ohio have been trying to reach their loved ones. >> i have my sister, my mother, my brother, my uncle, and i don't know if they're alive or what happened to them. dion: the quake is the latest in a string of disasters for haiti. the country's breathing still from the assassination of the president last month, and covid is rampant, and tropical depression grace is expected to reach 80 tomorrow night. tonight, the highly contagious delta variant is pushing hospitals to the brink. 0,000 new infections two days in a row for the first time since january. tonight, we're getting a
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dramatic look inside one overwhelmed covid board and a be reporters arrange has the story -- zohreen shah has the story. reporter: heartbreaking scenes unfolding across the country. this arkansas father fighting for his life. >> this is a 40-year-old patient. reporter: placed on a ventilator as covid-19 surges nationwide. over 140 thousand new cases reported friday and saturday, the highest case total on consecutive days since january. daily average cases up 930% from mid june. >> even if everyone got vaccinated today, the surge would go on as it is right now for the next four to six weeks. reporter: the south particularly hard-hit, case rates in the region. the houston area out of hospital beds, with a 600 person waitlist to receive one. lyndon b. johnson little -- hospital surging all week that
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without enough staff for patients. >> getting stretched thinner and third -- thinner. reporter: days after the cdc recommended booster shots for the immunocompromised, health officials wait making it available to others. >> they may need, ultimately, to get additional shot. if it turns out, as the data come in, we see we do need to give an additional dose to people in nursing homes, or people who are elderly. we will be absolutely prepared to do that very quickly. reporter: zohreen shah, abc 7 news, burbank. dion: if you have questions, you can also submit your questions at there is also information on how to book an appointment to get your shot.
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still ahead, families are spending a record amount on school supplies. drew: we are tracking some relief from the heat.
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dion: as students head back to school, parents are spending more than ever. sophie flight explains what is going behind the costs. sophie: families are spending a record amount on school supplies this year. families will spend an average of $850 per household for grades k-12. a clinical marketing professor at usc school for business says it's due to an unusual school year caused by the pandemic. >> a lot of retailers target office depot, those places that tended to have very heavy sales
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on notebooks and pens and various other things. and i haven't seen those sales that much. sophie: data shows there is an 8% increase in spending on back-to-school clothing and shoes. >> during the pandemic, there was a notable trend that people would buy tops. they wouldn't focus on things people couldn't see on zoom. sophie: the average person is inspected to state -- spent over $300 on electronics this year. when it comes to electronics, laptops beat out tablets and even calculators. local parents say they spent $400 on school supplies this year for their two young children in public school. >> whatever it takes for these public school systems to get whatever they need, we're happy to, but it is an astronomical number. it makes me think of families who might not have enough. sophie: according to the calabasas school list, items like soap, facial tissue, and hand sanitizer are now included on the list, saying this cost five times the amount they
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usually pay. they say it's mostly due to wanting to minimize germ spreading in the classroom. >> our kids are too young to vaccinate at this point, too. so, yeah, i'm ok with themsophie flay, abc 7 eyewitness news. dion: the young woman danville has been crowned miss wheelchair of america. and here is the speechless moment. >> i'm a communications major. i'm supposed to be able to get this going. wow. wow. thank you so much. dion: that really says it all, doesn't it? christine burke won the virtual competition last night. she was born with spinal a bifida and will now spend the next year as a spokeswoman for women with disabilities. adcacylatform putting disabilitn diversity.r, gopot we are tracking some
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improving air quality tomorrow afternoon and then we'll find cooler air moving in on tuesday. we have hazy skies because of that air quality overnight tonight. a little bit of fog across the city in parts of the east bay, coastal drizzle, some warmer spots in the upper 60's to lower 70's away from the marine layer influence. tomorrow, the fog breaks down quickly by 10:00 a.m. and temperatures take off in the. you have one more day of hot weather inland, 100 in antioch, 94 in livermore, but that nice sea breeze keeping san francisco at 68, san jose a little warmer tomorrow than we were today, 83 degrees. future trak temperatures by tuesday, this is going to be nice inland, topping out in the upper 80's. here's your accuweather 7 day forecast, better air quality tomorrow, breezy and cooler tuesday and then gusty winds perhaps in the north hills on
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wednesday. dion:rain, though. drew: hopefully we get some in september. dion: seems so far away, drew. tanks. now to chris alvarez's again for a preview of sports. chris: coming up and sports, the giants talk about keeping the core together. plus, jk puts on a show in las vegas. the must-see place from jonathan committed in tonight's summer league action.
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chris: the nba summer league continuing tonight. the warriors ricky was out with a chest contusion. to las vegas we go and james wiseman cheering on his teammates, and putting the seventh overall pick, jonathan coming up, continuing the impressive summer. so nice, we show it twice.
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then dribble, drive, hang for the bucket. that was impressive, as well. this is what you like to see from a 6'8" 18-year-old. defense, shot contest, move your feet. and then offensively, gets back, runs the floor, and he is going to score on the other end. but the warriors fall in overtime, 80-79. it's been a busy off-season for the warriors. the biggest move this summer, without a doubt, locking up stephen curry with a four-year, $250 million extension. curry skipped the olympics to rest up and heal for the upcoming season. here's gm bob myers on keeping him in a warriors uniform. >> we don't take that for granted. i don't think he did. he seems genuinely happy. there is no kind of conditions to it. he's thrilled. steph's never demanding. is always pleasant, collaborative. he's in a very good place. i think he got a glimpse into how we were trying to construct things in the draft and free
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agency. chris: speaking of free agency, the giants locked up brandon crawford with a two-year extension, keeping him in a giants uniform through 2023. the question for f.a.r. hans i.e.d., what about the other f -- farhan zaidi, what about the other free agents? >> buster posey includes a team option. it would be best to avoid that situation. brandon belt does not have an option. he's an unrestricted free agent. would he play elsewhere? what about trade deadline acquisition kris bryant? also going to be a free agent. this is basically a three-month audition for both parties to see if he wants to stay, and at what price. would you keep all of them? zidi indicates for one of these three, negotiations are quietly underway. >> it's just a group of ultimate professionals. you know, even though we're interested in having those conversations, i don't anticipate us talking about that
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publicly. it will happen behind closed doors. it's not fair to get more specific than that. i would just repeat what we've talked about a lot of wanting to keep a group that's played really well together together. chris: the mets, justin turner opens the scoring, to run blast to left-center. nice catch by a dodgers fan in left-center, part of a three run inning for l.a. top of the second, max muncy, to run blast, 6-0 dodgers in a blast. muncie wasn't done, goes deep again in the sixth, 408 foot shot. they had five homers in this game, plenty of run support for max scherzer. he struck out seven in six innings, his second wind with dodgers. kelly wins, 14-4, sweeping new york. 13 straight games where they only play the dodgers and the giants. ouch.
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pj, final round of the wyndham championship and things got crazy. brendan grace curls in the 28 footer and we have a six man playoff, tied for the biggest in pga history. first playoff hold, adam scott a chance to win and somehow misses. all six golfers advanced to the second playoff hole. and from there, kevin kisner absolutely sticks this approach. so everyone knows they must make birdie to keep pace. and here's grace again, need another clutch putt for birdie. slides on by. cannot believe it. five men part. kisner makes his birdie for the first pga playoff victory. the fedexcup play starts next week. this sports report sponsored by your local tod dealers. dion: thank you. and before we go, a quick reminder you can watch all of
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