Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three men were arrested for allegedly scamming $5 million from investors in what the trio falsely claimed was going to be the next big social media website, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Kenneth Martino, 52, of Huntington, 54-year-old Timothy Mueller of Greenport and 32-year-old Jared Widman of Pennsylvania were each charged with grand larceny and scheme to defraud.“By using high-pressure sales tactics, including claims that ‘short-term funding’ was desperately needed to complete the project or it would fall apart, these defendants were successful in pressuring their victims into giving in excess of $5 million,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.The trio claimed their upstart platform was backed by Staples and Myspace, but the money they bilked from their victims was used to pay for luxury vehicles, golf club fees, tickets for sports events, gambling expenses and credit card bills—not building a business, prosecutors said.Mueller and Widman each pleaded not guilty in Suffolk court. Martino was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Judge Fernando Camacho set bail for Mueller and Widman at $250,000 cash or $750,000.
In the the 3 o’clock matches in the Premier League, Chelsea will be looking to continue their strong start to the season as they host Aston Villa.Defending champions Man City pay a visit to Hull while Man United are at home to West Ham.Elsewhere, Crystal Palace entertain Leicester, Swansea visit Sunderland and in-form Southampton play host to QPR.The late game in the top-flight this evening is at the Emirates where Arsenal will play host to Tottenham in a north London derby from half-past five. Irish international Seamus Coleman is a doubt for Everton ahead of the game.Both sides have struggled to re-create their form of last season so-far this campaign.– Kick-off at Anfield today is at 12:45
MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline The Cubs are among the teams showing interest in Nick Castellanos. They probably want to move Jason Heyward to center, add Castellanos RH bat in right. This one has some teeth.— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) July 21, 2019Castellanos is slashing .280/.339/.467 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 92 games this season. He has blasted 103 homers over his seven-year career.Castellanos will be a free agent after the season and said last month he was not expecting to be with the Tigers long term. Related News Theo Epstein explains Cubs’ trade deadline strategy The Tigers appear like they’ll have multiple options if they decide to move Nicholas Castellanos.The Cubs are interested in dealing for the 27-year-old slugger, according to multiple reports, including the Detroit News and MLB.com. “I don’t have a college education,” Castellanos said at the time, via The Athletic. “But I can pick up the pieces and put a puzzle together. I’m not saying that this is 100% what it’s going to be, but if I’m a gambling man, I don’t see (the Tigers) offering me an extension at this point in time.”The Braves have been linked to Castellanos, as well, while Detroit is willing to listen to offers for Matthew Boyd and Shane Greene, along with “virtually any veteran on its roster,” according to an earlier report from MLB Network.“The guys that should be worried are the guys that no one is interested in,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said last month. “So, when people care, and your name is being thrown around, it ought to flatter you. That’s what I throw out there. Just be happy that someone wants you in this game.”The Tigers have been one of the worst teams in MLB this season and entered Sunday well out of playoff contention with a 29-65 record. They’ve lost six in a row and 11 of their last 12 games. MLB trade rumors: Twins eyeing Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, other arms, report says The Cubs, meanwhile, came into the day with a three-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central.“The more good players you have playing well, the better you’re playing as a team, the more you can kind of focus on certain specific needs,” Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told The Athletic last week. “That’s certainly what we’re doing. We’re always trying to look for any area to upgrade that’s realistic while keeping the bigger picture in mind, too.”