Oct 18, 2018

Axios PM

Situational awareness: President Trump says "it certainly looks like" journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, calling it "very sad." Go deeper.

1 big thing: Sports Equinox has arrived

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

You're living through history: This is the 18th time that the four major sports leagues (NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB) are in action on the same day, Sports Internet's Kendall Baker notes.

  • Bonus: Major League Soccer and college football are also on air tonight.

The big picture: More than ever, America's past-times are (sometimes) serving as a respite from our charged politics, and today offers something for everyone.

Driving the news:

  • NBA: Chicago v. Philadelphia, Miami v. Washington, Los Angeles Lakers v. Portland
  • NHL: There are nine games tonight
  • MLB: Boston v. Houston
  • NFL: Denver v. Arizona

Between the lines: "There was a 16-year period (1985-2001) without a single sports equinox," Baker notes. "But now that Thursday Night Football is a fixture, the World Series starts later, and the NBA season starts earlier, they're much more frequent."

  • The luckiest city in America: Los Angeles, which could match Phoenix's 2001 mark for having all four major pro sports teams playing on the same day... if the Dodgers make it to Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 28.

The bottom line: Buckle up and grab the remote.

P.S. "The N.B.A. announced Thursday that beginning next year, select players would be able to earn $125,000 to play in its development league, the G League, for a year before entering the N.B.A. draft." [NYT]

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry hugs a member of the public as he arrives at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Australia.

2. What you missed
  1. The Trump administration is downgrading its diplomatic mission to the Palestinian Authority. Go deeper.
  2. Two American troops were wounded, and three prominent officials of Afghanistan's Kandahar province were killed, today when their own guards opened fire in a security meeting. Go deeper.
  3. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has pulled out of "Davos in the Desert," while Fox Business became the latest media company to exit. Go deeper.
  4. Apple is hosting an event on Oct. 30 in New York to showcase its new hardware, including what it has in store for the holidays. Go deeper.
  5. Essential has cut 30% of staff amid product cancellations and slow sales of its initial smartphone.
3. 1 crazy Disney thing

A Tennessee couple has pulled off the wild feat of visiting six Disney parks, on East and West coasts, in just 20 hours, the AP reports.

  • "After an evening flight to Orlando, [Heather and Clark Ensminger] arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Wednesday at 6:15 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, and were the first people let into the park when it opened for breakfast at 7 a.m."
  • "About two hours later, they went to Epcot, and by 10:30 a.m. they were at the Magic Kingdom where they drank apple cider at Gaston’s Tavern."
  • "The plane touched down at Los Angeles International Airport about 6:45 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, and, after navigating rush hour traffic, they were at Disney California Adventure Park more than an hour later."

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