In honor of (Re-) Opening Day — a baseball fan's annual rite of spring — we've gathered a list of homes of some of the game's biggest stars. These are the pricy digs that sluggers, pitchers and glovemen trade for a spring, summer and fall full of planes, trains and hotel rooms.
The first hotel by Richard Branson's Virgin Group is officially open for business in Chicago. It's the first in what the company plans to be a chain of hotels, with a second expected to open in Nashville in the summer of 2016 and a third in New York City by the fall of 2017. "It's been a long held dream to start beautiful, comfortable, fun hotels for guests and give them what they want and need while being gentle on their wallets," Branson said in a press release announcing the opening of the Chicago hotel.
The Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat the Washington Wizards 105-103 Wednesday night. The Thunder's two stars, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, combined for 66 points, including the game-winning layup from Westbrook in overtime. As exciting as the finish was, it was more of a lapse from the Wizards' defense than an incredible move by Westbrook to get open for such an easy shot. He basically went 40 feet uncontested for an open layup in two seconds:
Last night was Opening Night in Major League Baseball as the Padres took on the Dodgers in San Diego. It came one week after the Opening Series in Australia, and one day before Opening Day in most other cities. But the important point was that baseball is back and we are already seeing Gold Glove-caliber plays. Amazingly, the best play of the night didn't come from a player. It came from one of the Padres' ball girls. The ball appeared to be heading directly at the head of the fan in the Dodgers cap.
Want a sign that the economy is doing fine? Look no further than the hotel industry. First flagged by Bill McBride at Calculated Risk, in April all of the major metrics measuring the hotel industry hit all-time highs.
YouTube videos can be big business for top independent content creators. These are the YouTube stars who have huge online fanbases — even though most people have never heard of them. We picked out 20 of the biggest stars, who could each be earning more than $1 million a year in ad revenue — in some cases much more.