Jays hope to complete comeback

A lot of people might be wanting to knock off work early for this afternoon’s Blue Jays game.After taking two games in Arlington, the Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers in the fifth and deciding game of their American League Division Series at 4:07 pm.Marcus Stroman, who pitched seven innings in game 2, will start for the Jays, while Texas counters with Cole Hamels.It’s still not certain what role, if any, David Price will play.   He says he can still pitch despite throwing 50 pitches in relief in game 4 in Texas on Monday.Manager John Gibbons had said that Price couldn’t pitch today, but he opened the door a little in his comments yesterday.Price is the only lefthander the Jays could draw on from the bullpen unless Aaron Loup returns by game time after dealing with a family emergency.Meanwhile a petition on change.org calling for Major League Baseball to allow the dome at Rogers Centre to be open this afternoon has now passed 20,000 signatures.Fans point out that there’s neither a high risk of rain, nor an expectation of the temperature being less than the minimum 10 degrees specified in the operating guidelines.But a Rogers official tweeted last night that it’s still going to be too cold to risk the aging roof mechanism seizing up, even if the league were to give the okay.Fans are concerned because the Jays had a losing record with the dome closed in the regular season, while they won 38 times and only lost 14 when it was open. read more

Fox News SiriusXM launching 24hour headline news service

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News is collaborating with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour news service that will update satellite radio listeners and mobile device users on headlines every 15 minutes.The service, to launch Oct. 5, is Fox’s most high-profile new business venture since the Fox Business Network was started in 2007. Fox is hiring 40 to 50 new journalists and building a new newsroom for the operation, said Jay Wallace, Fox’s senior vice-president of news.Fox News Headlines 24/7 will introduce SiriusXM subscribers to a concept familiar to radio listeners in many of the nation’s biggest cities — top stories continuously updated and repeated in 15-minute increments. The station will also be streamed online and available to people through an app that can be paid for separately from SiriusXM’s main service.“We’re really trying to make this a news service for the 21st century and not just replicate old radio,” said Wallace, who would not say how much Fox is investing in the service. Fox already has a radio division that provides news to stations across the country, but given the state of the business it’s not a growth industry.SiriusXM already collaborates with Fox on three other channels, two that simulcast Fox News and FBN television broadcasts and one that focuses on Fox’s talk-show hosts. The satellite news channel also has three channels devoted to CNN programming.The main news channels can often latch onto one story for a long period of time; the headline service won’t break its format even for big stories.“People really crave information and they’re used to getting it when they want it,” said Dave Gorab, SiriusXM vice-president who oversees information programming.SiriusXM considered proposals from other news organizations to run the new service but was attracted to the “active and vibrant” way Fox presents the news, Gorab said. Fox News Channel personalities Bill Hemmer and Shepard Smith will be on the air the first few weeks to attract listeners.As a national service, Fox News Headlines won’t rely on the traffic and weather reports that are a staple of the local radio versions. There will be a strong component of entertainment news, and the Internet will be followed closely to keep listeners informed on trending topics, Wallace said.The service will also be a training ground for new Fox talent and provide reporting on some stories that can make their way to the TV network, he said.CNN once had a television version of this type of service, CNN Headline News. But it changed its name to HLN and dropped the format for shows that have a heavy social media connection.___Follow David Bauder at twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauder This image released by Fox News Channel shows the new studio for their 24-hour news service, in New York. Fox News Headlines 24/7 will introduce SiriusXM subscribers to a top stories continuously updated and repeated in 15-minute increments. The station will also be streamed online and available to people through an app that can be paid for separately from Sirius’ main service. he service, to launch Oct. 5, is Fox’s most high-profile new business venture since the Fox Business Network was started in 2007. (Fox News Channel via AP) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 5:42 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fox News, SiriusXM launching 24-hour headline news service read more