Oct. 17, 1971WS Game 71236 Nov. 1, 2015WS Game 51275 Oct. 15, 1978WS Game 51355 Oct. 12, 1980NLCS Game 51348 Oct. 14, 1973WS Game 21235 Oct. 15, 1972WS Game 21236 GAMES Oct. 19, 1980WS Game 51336 Oct. 22, 1972WS Game 71235 Nov. 1, 2009WS Game 41274 Game 5 of the World Series is tonight, and it could be a deciding one: The Kansas City Royals are looking to finish off the New York Mets after going ahead 3-1 in the series. But Sunday also includes 12 NFL games, seven NBA matchups, and five NHL contests. That makes today a very special day: a sports equinox.A sports equinox occurs when the four major U.S. leagues — MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL — all play at least one game. There’s a very narrow scheduling window when this can happen: Nowadays the MLB season and the start of the NBA season overlap by just a few days or not at all, depending on the NBA tip-off date and the length of the World Series.By our count this will be the 15th equinox in history, and the first since 2010.1We identified equinoxes using scheduling data from the sports-reference.com sites. Equinoxes, by our definition, were not possible before the inaugural NBA/BAA season in 1946. They did not used to be so rare: There were nine equinoxes between 1971 and 1980 (when the NBA season tipped off in the first half of October), and several years have more than one. Here’s the full list: Oct. 27, 1985WS Game 71315 Nov. 1, 2010WS Game 5133 Nov. 4, 2001WS Game 71374 EQUINOX DATEMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 2, 2009WS Game 5153 Oct. 14, 1979WS Game 51337 Oct. 21, 1973WS Game 71235 Phoenix, of all places, is the only city to play in all four parts of an equinox. On November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Phoenix Suns lost to the Houston Rockets. The Diamondbacks salvaged the day, winning Game 7 over the Yankees to capture the city’s first and only championship across the four leagues.2The Mercury, Phoenix’s WNBA team, have three titles of their own.New York and Kansas City sports fans have less luck today. K.C.’s NHL and NBA franchises left for other locales decades ago, and both the Knicks and the Nets are off. But New York has its own packed calendar on Sunday: beyond the World Series and both NFL and NHL matchups, the Red Bulls play their first game of the MLS conference semifinals, and around 50,000 runners will compete in the NYC marathon. It may not quite be an equinox, but it’s still a huge day for NYC sports.
ADC AUTHOR A Pentagon report that includes the estimated costs of producing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet reveals the program is more costly than originally projected, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.The Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment for major projects now estimates the total price for research and procurement at $22 billion, with upgrades for the jets driving up the costs.The projected costs for the new F-35 fleet over six decades has grown by $73 billion to $1.196 trillion.The F-35’s acquisition cost increase of about 5.5% from $406.2 billion to $428.4 billion isn’t related to program performance, delays or excessive costs for labor or materials, according to the report sent to Congress last week.Controversy around the F-35 program recently surfaced when the Air Force requested purchasing eight fourth-generation F-15X jets in their fiscal 2020 budget, as ADC recently reported.“The F-35 program remains within all cost, schedule and performance thresholds and continues to make steady progress,” the Pentagon emailed in a statement to Bloomberg. The office “is committed to the delivery of cost-effective warfighting capability across all areas of the program.”Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury
Ferry services on the Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma river remained suspended since Saturday morning due to dense fog.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) assistant general manager at Aricha Nasir Uddin Mohammad Chowdhury said they suspended the ferry services and plying of water vessels on the route from 7:30am due to blurred visibility.Six ferries remained stuck in the middle of the river while five others lay anchored at Paturia and Daulatdia ghats respectively with a good number of vehicles and passengers on board, reports UNB.The ferry services on the busy route will resume once the visibility returns, he said.