19 Democratic candidates will take on Iowa
Several weeks before the first televised debate, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will get another opportunity Sunday to break out and separate themselves from the pack. In what will be the largest affair of the 2020 Iowa caucus cycle so far, 19 of the 24 candidates will descend on a Cedar Rapids ballroom for the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame event. Front runners such as Senators Bernie Sanders (Vermont), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Kamala Harris (California), Cory Booker (New Jersey) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are scheduled to attend the event that will only allow each person five minutes to address the room. Former Vice President and current front runner Joe Bidenwill be conspicuously absent from the event. For the second straight weekend, Biden will skip a high-profile party get together as he also chose not to attend the California Democratic Convention, which drew 14 other candidates.
French Open: Barty, Vondrousova battle for their first Grand Slam title
Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova will appear in their first Grand Slam final when they play for the French Open title. Barty, from Australia, ended the surprising run of Andrea Anisimova. In the semifinals. Vondrousova, 19, from the Czech Republic, is unseeded. First, though, the men’s semifinal will resume after a rain delay. Novak Djokovic, who is seeking his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, trails Dominic Thiem 2-6, 6-3, 1-3. The winner will face 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday. Nadal beat rival Roger Federer in the semifinal.
Tony Awards to honor Broadway's best
Last year’s Tony Award show saw Robert De Niro veer from his introduction of Bruce Springsteen and drop an F-bomb about President Donald Trump. But this Sunday, when TV talk show host James Corden steps back into his role as host of the Tonys, don't expect anything too political, at least not from him. "We just want to make a show that is an absolute joyous celebration of a group of people that I think should be celebrated," he said in the midst of his rehearsal preparation that culminates in a three-hour live show at Radio City Music Hall. “We have no intentions of doing anything that is particularly political. But I fully support anybody that wants to,” he said of the show honoring Broadway's best, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
PG&E to shut power in Northern California for fire safety
Pacific Gas & Electric said it will shut off power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California and may do the same for thousands more to reduce the risk of wildfires. The utility, which announced that it will turn off electricity to customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties west of Sacramento, said it could decide to cut power to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties. The warning came as forecasters issued the year’s first red flag warning of high fire danger because of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco.
St. Louis Blues hope to hoist their first Stanley Cup
After defeating the Boston Bruins in Game 5, the St. Louis Blues have a chance to capture their first Stanley Cup ever in front of a home crowd in Game 6 on Sunday. The Blues took a 2-1 victory in a close contest Thursday to seal their second straight game over the Bruins. If the Blues can pull off the win in the game (8 p.m. ET, NBC), it will be the second consecutive year that the Stanley Cup champ is a first-time title winner, with the Washington Capitals making franchise history last season. Should the Bruins stop St. Louis’ momentum, a Game 7 will be played in Boston.
Contributing: Associated Press
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