CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s interview with Sen. Ted Cruz descended into name-calling and insults on Wednesday night.

The 20-minute interview began with Cuomo asking the Texas Republican if President Trump did enough during the debate to condemn white supremacy, to which Cruz said he was glad the president clarified those remarks. The conversation took a turn when Cruz called the media “completely hypocritical” for how they cover racial comments from Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“The press is partisan in this regard. Ten years ago, 2010, Joe Biden gave a eulogy for Robert Byrd, who was a Grand Cyclops of the KKK …” Cruz began before Cuomo interjected to call his point a “weak-ass argument.”

Then, when the senator offered to provide additional criticism of the former vice president, Cuomo responded, “The old Ted Cruz, who he called ‘Lyin’ Ted,’ when he wasn’t insulting your wife and your father, tweeted, ‘Hey you’re better than this, Mr. President.’ What happened to that Ted? I don’t know if he changed or if just you changed, for some reason.”

Cruz said Cuomo was insulting him and was “enjoying it.” He then took aim at CNN.

“Chris, there was a time when CNN actually cared about being journalistic and talking about facts. Donald Trump broke you guys,” he said. “I mean your entire show, your entire network now is just how much you hate Trump.”

Moments later the conversation got personal once again, this time as they were discussing the coronavirus and how specific states handled their outbreaks. Cruz brought up Cuomo’s brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and claimed that Democrats have sought to blame COVID-19 deaths on their political enemies.

“There is something disgusting that Democrats are doing, that Joe Biden does, and that you do, you try to blame

After a Gatorade shower following an A’s 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox last season, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt said the ‘W’ meant a little extra for him.

He had just struck out seven in just as many innings and didn’t allow a run against the team that had drafted him in 2011. And now, he will face them again on the big stage in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series on Wednesday. It will be an added incentive.

“It’s special for me because — it’s kind of like playing with your friends kind of thing, so I know after the game I’ll have 30 or 40 ex-teammates and coaches and stuff texting me, so it’s fun — it’s a different dynamic,” Bassitt said Tuesday. 

In 2014, Bassitt was traded from Chicago to Oakland along with catcher Josh Phegley, first baseman Rangel Ravelo and shortstop Marcus Semien for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

“I’m thankful for the White Sox and so many people there that kind of groomed me before I got to Oakland and obviously I’m kind of thankful for Oakland for sticking with me through all the crap that I had to go through to get to this point,” Bassitt said. “I think the word is just ‘thankful’ for it.”

Bassitt said the A’s have been thrown every curveball this season, including coronavirus delays, the brawl against the Houston Astros, racial injustice boycotts — all of it. But he explained it was after the scuffle with the Astros that he changed as a pitcher.

 

The intermittent halts allowed Bassitt to take the time to really view what he was doing as a pitcher. The extra bullpen work certainly helped, too.

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“We took full advantage of it