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OCTOBER 13 - 15, 2017
THE NATION’S NEWS
PINK!
After a break for
real life, she’s back
with new album
‘Beautiful Trauma’
IN LIFE
KURT ISWARIENKO
NEWSLINE
IN NEWS
Youth departing
Puerto Rico
Exodus of young
professionals could
further slow recovery
Congress to
question Obama
officials in probe
Committees focused
on Russian meddling
in 2016 election
IN MONEY
Google offers
$1B to help U.S.
workers find jobs
Digital skills initiative to
help workers cope with
changing job market
More trouble
strikes Equifax
Link on its website put
some at malware risk
Piece by piece, Trump tries
to unravel Obamacare
President acts on his own after failures in Congress “I just keep
Heidi M. Przybyla
and Jayne O’Donnell
USA TODAY
NEWS
ANALYSIS
WASHINGTON
When it comes to
health care, President Trump says
he’s doing “the
right thing” for Americans. He’s
willing to work with Democrats
on a bipartisan plan, he says,
after three failed attempts by
the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal and replace the
Affordable Care Act.
President Trump issued an
executive order on health care
plans. MICHAEL REYNOLDS, EPA
At the same time, he’s using the
power of the presidential pen to
unravel the ACA piece by piece —
which could affect health care
coverage for more than 11 million
Americans.
Trump took his most concrete
step to dismantle the ACA on
Thursday, when he signed an executive order that would allow insurers to sell short-term plans
that don’t meet ACA guidelines.
“Since I became president of
the United States, I just keep
hearing ‘repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re
starting that process,” Trump
said, promising the order would
be the first of many steps.
Under the order, consumers
could purchase short-term health
plans that would cover people for
hearing ‘repeal
and replace,
repeal and
replace.’ Well,
we’re starting
that process.”
President Trump
up to a year as part of associations of small businesses or individuals and across state lines.
ACA supporters are concerned
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Targeting
nature’s
greatest
killer
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
IN SPORTS
JARRETT BELL
NFL players in
difficult dilemma
Entire league involved
in protest flap after
Trump inserted himself
Scientists use new
tools to eradicate
mosquito threat
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What to watch
for in the ALCS
Astros host Yankees in
opening game Friday
IN LIFE
‘Springsteen on
Broadway’ a
rock revelation
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from 2016 memoir
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WASHINGTON The Department
of Veterans Affairs pledged to
overhaul its reporting policies
for bad medical workers, and a
group of lawmakers introduced
regulatory legislation after a
USA TODAY investigation
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found the VA routinely concealed
shoddy care and staff mistakes.
VA Secretary David Shulkin directed agency officials to expand
a nearly 30-year-old policy that
limited what medical providers
the agency would report to a national database created by Congress to prevent problem medical
workers from crossing state lines
to escape their pasts and keep
practicing. The agency will report
all clinicians going forward, VA
spokesman Curt Cashour said.
Shulkin asked staff to rewrite
10-year-old guidelines for reporting workers to state licensing
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“VA’s new direction
is to hold employees
accountable and to
be transparent.”
VA spokesman Curt Cashour
boards in an effort to speed up
the process.
“VA’s new direction is to hold
employees accountable and to be
transparent with our findings
and actions,” Cashour said.
The legislation from Rep.
Cathy McMorris Rogers, RWash.; Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.;
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Maine, would require VA doctors
to report directly to state licensing boards within five days of witnessing unacceptable behavior
from fellow doctors.
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found the VA frequently failed to
ensure its hospitals reported
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state licensing boards. The investigation found the VA policy on
reporting to the national database left out thousands of providers. The agency reported only
physicians and dentists — no
nurses, physicians’ assistants or
podiatrists.
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
NEWS 2A
DEVASTATION IN PUERTO RICO
Students, young workers
pin their hopes elsewhere
80% OF ISLAND
STILL WITHOUT
POWER; TRUMP
SAYS FEMA CAN’T
STAY ‘FOREVER’
Three weeks after Hurricane Maria, they’re deciding to leave, dealing another blow to island
John Bacon
@jmbacon
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Oren Dorell
@orendorell
USA TODAY
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
A graduate student here plans to abandon her thesis and seek a
doctorate in psychology at Stanford or the University of Michigan. A mechanical engineer with
Honeywell is leaving for Arizona.
And an accountant is asking
friends on the U.S. mainland for a
place to stay to look for a job.
Three weeks after Hurricane
Maria left a path of destruction
that brought Puerto Rico’s economy to a virtual halt, students,
young professionals and many
others are seeking to rebuild their
lives elsewhere.
And the move has many worried that the exodus, particularly
of educated and accomplished residents, could further hamper the
island’s slow recovery from last
month’s storm and leave a population dominated by older people.
Viviana Quiñones, 28, was
working on a thesis at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan
about community theater as a
tool in psychological therapy. But
now there’s no theater, no therapy, and “school is suspended until
further notice,” she said. “We’re
trying to find a flight.”
Her boyfriend, Luis Enrique,
26, who works as an accountant
and is also a grad student, pointed
out that electricity and telecommunications are still down across
much of the U.S. territory. “Nothing is telling us everything will be
OK in one or two years. We don’t
have that time to waste,” he said.
The trend of young people
leaving Puerto Rico began before
Hurricane Maria and Hurricane
Irma two weeks earlier. But the
devastation is now accelerating a
process of migration that could
trigger a future financial crisis,
said Carlos Méndez, an associate
administrator at the Auxilio Mu-
Lorna Fraguada, who has
no running water or power
in her home, washes clothes
in the Espíritu Santo river.
Luis Enrique,
26, and
Viviana
Quiñones, 28,
have seen
their
graduate
studies
interrupted
by Maria and
its aftermath.
“We’re trying
to find a
flight,”
Quiñones
says. OREN DORELL,
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tuo Hospital, one of the island’s
top medical facilities.
“Younger people are leaving
the island and older people stay,”
Mendez said. “There’s not going
to be enough (young workers).
Eventually the structure will fail.”
Atabey Nuñez, 25, who lost her
job as an accountant with a TV
series because of Maria, said her
plan is “to finish this month’s rent
and go to the States.” She’s
bilingual and hopes to stay with
whichever friend can put her up
the longest.
“I was going to look for a job
here, but there’s no electricity,”
Nuñez said. “It’s hard to find Internet, so it’s hard to find a job.”
She had planned to backpack
across Europe next summer, but
that prospect is dashed because
she has been dipping into savings
to survive.
There’s still a stigma to leaving.
Melisa Gonzalez, 34, and her
husband, Gabriel Viera, 32, are
affluent bankers in the capital
who continue working despite
the destruction.
“I think those who leave the island are not proud,” Viera said.
“They just leave and disappear.”
He said that if he lost his job at
the bank, he would work for a
coffee plantation doing manual
labor, and others should seek
farm or construction jobs to rebuild the commonwealth.
Gonzalez said she wants to
leave. “But if we abandon the situation, we’re not going to help
the island move on,” she said.
“We have the finances to leave,
but we don’t want to because
we’re part of the solution. But — ”
“We don’t judge,” her husband
interrupted.
“— when the going gets tough,
the Puerto Rican people stay,”
Gonzalez finished.
Quiñones, the psychology student, rejected that way of
thinking.
“No one should tell me I’m not
doing enough for my country,”
she said. “Actually, my country is
not doing enough for me.”
President Trump warned
Thursday that FEMA and the
U.S. military can’t provide aid
to Puerto Rico “forever,” even
as the hurricane-battered island struggles to provide power, water and other basic
services three weeks after the
devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.
Trump’s tweets drew a sharp
response from San Juan Mayor
Carmen Yulin Cruz, who referred to the president on
Twitter as a “hater-in-chief.”
Trump also tweeted that
Congress must decide how
much the government will
spend and noted that “electric
and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes.”
More than 80% of the island
remains without power since
the Category 4 storm made
landfall Sept. 20 with winds
approaching 155 mph. More
than 40 people were killed
and entire communities were
destroyed. Communications
were compromised and damage to ports, airports and roads
further complicated recovery.
Puerto Rico has been in recession for a decade. Facing
more than $70 billion in debt,
the island defaulted on its
bonds and filed for the equivalent of bankruptcy in May.
That has essentially locked
Puerto Rico out of the bond
market, leaving little room to
borrow money for the rebuild.
Cruz and Senate Minority
Leader Charles Schumer, DN.Y., led a charge on social
media challenging the president’s assertions.
Tweeted Schumer: “There is
still devastation, Americans are
still dying. FEMA needs to stay
until the job is done.”
Contributing: Jessica Estepa
Trump pledges great care, critics cry sabotage
President orders series of health insurance
tweaks that could cause market tremors
Gregory Korte
@gregorykorte
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON President Trump
signed an executive order Thursday that he said will lower health
insurance premiums by allowing
more consumers to buy health in-
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surance through association
health plans across state lines.
The order could help reach the
millions of uninsured people who
don’t have access to employer
plans but find Obamacare beyond
reach because of its skyrocketing
premiums and scattered availability. It would allow more small
businesses to pool their resources
into associations that would use
their purchasing power to buy
group plans for their employees.
The move could put people
into less-regulated plans without
the same minimum coverage requirements or consumer protections.
Trump’s order proposes other
policy changes that he said will
fill the gaps left by Obamacare’s
exchange plans, which have no
competition in one-third of U.S.
counties. He wants regulators to
expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements, or
HRAs, and to allow short-term
health plans to be offered for up
to a year for people who are in between jobs, missed the enrollment deadline or have few other
insurance options.
“This is something that millions and millions of Americans
will be signing up for. They’ll be
very happy, and they’ll get great
health care,” Trump said as he
signed the order in a White
House ceremony attended by
members of Congress, administration officials and small-business owners.
None of the changes takes effect immediately, requiring regulations from the Labor, Health
and Treasury Departments.
Those regulations will need to
take into account public comments on the proposals. Brian
Blase, a Trump adviser on health
care policy, said that process
would “provide the opportunity
for broad participation by the
American people.”
The executive action follows a
string of legislative defeats in
Trump’s crusade to have Con-
gress repeal the Affordable Care
Act, which set up a series of state
health insurance exchanges
known as Obamacare.
Trump is turning to a variety of
smaller adjustments that he said
would increase competition,
choice and access to high-quality
health insurance:
uExpand the availability of association health plans, or AHPs,
to allow more employers to participate. Federal rules limit AHPs
to employees of small businesses
with a “commonality of interest.”
Trump will ask federal agencies
to rewrite the rules to make plans
available across state lines. Because those plans won’t have the
same minimum coverage requirements as Obamacare, the premiums may be cheaper.
The executive action
follows a string of
legislative defeats in
Trump’s crusade to have
Congress repeal the
Affordable Care Act.
uLengthen the term of shortterm limited duration insurance
up to one year. Currently, insurance companies can offer these
Obamacare replacement plans
for only three months at a time.
ACA supporters worry young,
healthy consumers who help subsidize older, sicker patients will
pull out of state exchanges, resulting in even higher premiums
for the Obamacare plans.
“You’ll have one part of the
market that’s offering garbage insurance at cut-rate prices and another part of the market that’s
very vulnerable to a death spiral,”
said Eliot Fishman, senior director of health policy at Families
USA, which supports the ACA.
House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi, D-Calif., said she hadn’t
seen the finer points of the executive order, “but I do know it’s a
sabotage of the Affordable Care
Act.”
Contributing: Jayne O’Donnell in
McLean, Va.; Darcy Costello in Louisville;
and Heidi M. Przybyla in Washington
Obamacare being set up
to fail, supporters fear
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tractive, they’ll lead to the kind
of bare-bones policies the Affordable Care Act outlawed. If
young, healthy consumers
helping to subsidize older, sicker patients pull out of state exchanges, that will result in
even higher premiums for the
Obamacare plans.
The administration has refused to commit to paying insurance companies subsidies
to reduce the cost of buying insurance for Americans who
don’t make much money.
There is uncertainty about
whether the government will
continue to require people to
buy insurance or pay a penalty
on their taxes.
Insurance companies could
raise the cost of insurance for
those who can pay. If the companies can’t find the money to
break even on their expenses,
they could stop selling insurance in parts of the country.
Trump halved the time in
which people can buy health
insurance, starting Nov. 1, and
cut the national advertising
budget and grants for “navigators,” who help show people
how to buy insurance. The federal website used to buy insurance for 39 states will be closed
for maintenance for up to 12
hours every Sunday, a peak
shopping day.
“It’s hard to look at that series of decisions, which is entirely in the hands of the
administration, and say they
want anything other than this
to be a miserable failure,” said
Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s
first Health and Human Services secretary.
Trump said his order will
make cheaper health insurance
available to more consumers. It
will give self-employed people
who earn more than 400% of
the federal poverty limit —
about $65,000 for a family of
two — a chance to buy insurance that doesn’t cover things
they don’t want. Many women
past childbearing age, for instance, have complained about
having to buy plans that cover
childbirth, said Gail Willensky,
who headed the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services under President George
H.W. Bush.
The order will cut the market in pieces, said Eliot Fishman, senior director of health
policy at Families USA, which
supports the ACA. People who
need more expensive coverage
will be forced into one market,
while those who don’t want to
buy it will go into another market. That would undermine the
entire system, which depends
on young, healthy people paying to offset the costs of insuring those with various medical
conditions.
Trump could help stabilize
the market and lower likely
premium increases by guaranteeing to pay the subsidies that
insurers use to cut out-ofpocket costs for customers. He
could emphasize that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing the law requiring those
who don’t buy insurance to pay
the tax penalty.
The administration decides
each month whether to pay the
subsidies. A report on insurance rates in 20 states by the
non-partisan Kaiser Family
Foundation found that uncertainty about the individual
mandate and subsidies is the
biggest reason for companies
raising prices.
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
Sessions says
Congress
must tighten
asylum rules
NEWS 3A
Russia panels to talk
to ex-Obama officials
Former attorney
general, ambassador
will answer questions
Julia Fair
USA TODAY
Erin Kelly
USA TODAY
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
urged Congress to pass legislation
President Trump outlined this
week that would make it harder
for immigrants to claim asylum
in the USA, a process he said is
widely abused.
In a speech Thursday to Justice Department lawyers, Sessions suggested loopholes created
by the Obama administration are
unlawfully used by immigration
lawyers, a problem that only Congress can fix through legislation.
Sessions said lawyers for undocumented immigrants who
face deportation use a “credible
fear” provision of the law to claim
the immigrants have reason to
fear for their life if they are sent
back to their home country.
Immigration attorneys encourage clients to use “magic words”
to trigger that process, Sessions
said.
“Over the years, smart attorneys have exploited loopholes in
the law, court rulings and lack of
resources to substantially undermine the intent of Congress,” Sessions said.
He noted a New York lawsuit
from 2014 that resulted in
charges against 30 defendants
and eight attorneys for their alleged participation in immigration fraud schemes.
He said lawyers taking advantage of the loopholes have created
a surge of legal proceedings trying to justify claims. The Justice
Department and the courts do
not have enough resources to respond to those claims, leaving deportation proceedings in limbo.
Eleanor Acer at Human Rights
First called Sessions’ speech an
addition to an effort to paint asylum seekers as frauds and threats.
“It’s part of a broad policy of the
admin to slam the door on them
... and punish those who do try
and seek protection,” Acer said.
WASHINGTON Two high-ranking
Obama administration officials —
former attorney general Loretta
Lynch and former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power — will soon answer questions
from congressional investigators
looking into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Power is scheduled to meet
with the House Intelligence
Committee in a closed-door session Friday morning, according to
a congressional aide who did not
have authorization to speak on
the record.
Lynch will answer questions
on Capitol Hill next week, according to a person familiar with
the matter but not authorized to
discuss it publicly. She is likely to
meet behind closed doors with
both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
The committees are focusing
on suspected Russian interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and
Russian officials. The panels also
have been interested in talking to
Obama administration officials
about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email
server while she was secretary of
State.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have focused on the “unmasking” of
Trump campaign aides by former
Obama administration officials.
President Trump and House Intelligence
Chairman
Devin
Nunes, R-Calif., complained that
Obama administration officials
disclosed the names of Trump’s
campaign aides in classified intelligence reports that were
leaked to the news media.
The unmasking issue has been
raised by the White House and
Trump supporters as a sugges-
IN BRIEF
HOUSE OKS $36.5B DISASTER
AID BILL FOR PUERTO RICO
The House of Representatives
passed a $36.5 billion measure
that would replenish government
disaster aid funds and help the
cash-strapped government of
Puerto Rico keep functioning in
the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The bipartisan 353-69 vote
sent the measure to the Senate.
OFFICIAL: VEGAS HOTEL
DELAYED GUNFIRE REPORT
Loretta Lynch, attorney general under President Obama, was
involved in the Clinton email controversy. SPENCER PLATT, GETTY IMAGES
Loretta Lynch
drew criticism for
meeting with Bill
Clinton on his
airplane while the
Department of
Justice was
investigating his
wife.
tion that the Russia investigation
is politically motivated. Democrats largely dismissed it as an attempt to divert attention.
Power is likely to be questioned Friday about whether she
asked that the names of Trump
aides be disclosed in classified
documents. Former national security adviser Susan Rice answered similar questions before
the House and Senate Intelligence committees this year.
Lynch was at the center of several controversies involving the
FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s
use of a private email server. Former FBI director James Comey
told the Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing in June
that he got “a queasy feeling”
when Lynch told him to refer
publicly to the Clinton investiga-
tion as “a matter” rather than as
an investigation.
Comey said Lynch’s direction
gave the “impression” that the
government aligned its work with
the Clinton campaign.
Comey concluded that Clinton
was “extremely careless” in handling classified information, but
there was no evidence she intended to break the law. He did
not seek any charges against her.
Lynch drew criticism for meeting with Bill Clinton on his airplane at an Arizona airport in
June 2016 while the Department
of Justice was investigating his
wife. Lynch and the former president said the chance encounter
was nothing more than an exchange of pleasantries. Lynch expressed regret over the meeting.
Trump fired Comey in May as
the director was leading the FBI’s
investigation into possible collusion. Congressional investigators
are looking into Comey’s firing as
part of their inquiries.
Comey said he was fired after
Trump asked him to drop his investigation of Michael Flynn, the
president’s former national security adviser. Trump fired Flynn in
February after Flynn misled Vice
President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Mandalay Bay hotel officials
didn’t notify police about a shooting in a hallway inside the highrise until after Stephen Paddock
fired on the crowd outside at a
country music festival, a federal
official told the Associated Press.
The disclosure means there
might have been a delay of about
six minutes in summoning police
to the scene of what became the
deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The official was briefed by law
enforcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.
U.S., ISRAEL TO EXIT U.N.
AGENCY OVER ALLEGED BIAS
The United States announced
Thursday that it is pulling out of
the United Nations’ educational,
scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington called
its anti-Israel bias and a need for
“fundamental reform” in the
agency.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans
to follow suit.
The United States stopped
funding UNESCO after it voted to
include the Palestinian territories
in 2011, but the State Department
maintained a UNESCO office.
PARIS WANTS BAN ON
GAS-POWERED CARS
Paris City Hall wants gasolinepowered cars off the roads by
2030. The move follows Mayor
Anne Hidalgo’s plan to ban all
diesel cars from the city by 2024,
when Paris will host the Summer
Olympics.
Staff and wire reports
Family freed from Afghan
terrorists after 5 years
Pakistani army
rescue was based on
U.S. intelligence
SHIRTS DESIGNED TO BE WORN UNTUCKED.
Jane Onyanga-Omara
Mike Argento
and Gordon Rago
USA TODAY Network
An American woman and her
Canadian husband who were kidnapped by a Taliban-affiliated
group in Afghanistan five years
ago have been freed, along with
their three children, U.S. and Pakistani authorities said Thursday.
The Pakistani army said its soldiers recovered the family in an
operation
based
on
U.S.
intelligence.
Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, were abducted in 2012 while traveling in
Afghanistan and were held captive by the Haqqani network.
Coleman, 32, from Stewartstown, Pa., was seven months
pregnant when she was captured
after traveling to Afghanistan via
Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan
and Kyrgyzstan. The couple had
three children while in captivity.
The Toronto Star reported
there was a shootout, and Boyle
said the last words he heard from
the captors were “kill the hostages,” according to the Associated Press. The newspaper
reported all five captors were
killed.
News crews flocked to Coleman’s parents’ home just outside
Stewartstown, awaiting word
from Jim and Lyn Coleman on
the release of their daughter and
her family. The couple quietly
worked for the family’s release
the past five years.
Thursday, a statement on the
home’s door read, “The Coleman
family appreciates all the interest
and concern being expressed at
the joyful news that Caity, Josh
and our grandchildren have been
released after five long years of
captivity. At this time, we ask that
everyone respect our privacy as
we make plans for the future.”
President Trump said in a
Caitlan
Coleman and
Joshua Boyle
were held
captive by a
group
affiliated
with the
Taliban and
appeared in
videos in
2013, asking
the U.S.
government
to free them.
AP
“The
Pakistani
government’s
cooperation is a
sign that it
is honoring America’s wishes for it to
do more to
provide
security in
the region.”
President Trump
statement Thursday, “Yesterday,
the United States government,
working in conjunction with the
government of Pakistan, secured
the release of the Boyle-Coleman
family from captivity in Pakistan.
“Today, they are free. This is a
positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed the United States’
“deep gratitude” to Pakistan’s
government and army.
The couple appeared in two
videos in 2013 in which they
asked the U.S. government to free
them. In a video in December
2016, they urged the United
States and Canada to help secure
their release.
“They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during
2012 and kept as hostages there.
U.S. intelligence agencies had
been tracking them and shared
their shifting across to Pakistan
on 11 Oct. 2017 through Kurram
Agency border,” a statement by
the Pakistani army said.
It said, “All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are
being repatriated to the country
of their origin.”
Trump called on Pakistan to do
more to tackle militant groups on
its soil in a speech in August announcing his strategy for
Afghanistan.
In his statement Thursday,
Trump said, “The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign
that it is honoring America’s
wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region.
“We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of
remaining hostages.”
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
By the
numbers:
Records
are falling
Doyle Rice
@usatodayweather
USA TODAY
With dozens dead and entire
neighborhoods swallowed by
flames, most of the lethal wildfires
in California continue to rage
uncontained.
In fact, if the blazes are counted
as one “firestorm,” the several
fires that have scorched the state
this week are entering record
territory. “We’ve had big fires in
the past,” California Gov. Jerry
Brown said. “This is one of the
biggest.”
28
DEATHS
uThe toll includes 15 in the Tubbs
Fire. The 28 deaths this week make
this the second-deadliest week
for California wildfires on record. The 15 dead in the Tubbs Fire
alone makes that the third-deadliest fire in state history.
uThe deadliest single fire in
California history was the Griffith
Park Fire in 1933, which killed 29
people. In second place is the 1991
Oakland Hills Fire, in which
25 people perished.
uThis is a particularly lethal
time of year for California fires:
The top four deadliest
wildfire weeks in state history
have been in October.
3,500
STRUCTURES
DESTROYED
uAgain, if all the fires are added
together, this is probably among
the most destructive weeks
for wildfires in state history.
In October 2003, in the San Diego
area firestorm, about 3,700 structures were destroyed. In the 1991
Oakland Hills Fire, 2,900 structures
were destroyed.
uThe 1,000 structures consumed
in the Tubbs Fire alone make that
blaze the fifth-most-destructive
in California history.
Most of the Journeys End mobile home community in Santa Rosa, Calif., burned this week. JAY CALDERON AND RICHARD LUI, USA TODAY NETWORK
‘Worse before it gets better’:
New blast of winds on the way
Firefighters could
find the dangers
only increasing
CALIFORNIA ACRES RAVAGED BY WILDFIRES
NEV.
Trevor Hughes
and Doug Stanglin
USA TODAY
80
CALISTOGA , CALIF. Thousands
of firefighters battling two dozen
deadly fires in Northern California faced another round of
rapidly deteriorating conditions
Thursday with a forecast of low
humidity and winds gusts of up to
45 mph — with no hint of rain.
Conditions were not expected
to improve. Winds, including a
new round expected late Friday
into Sunday, may not only hamper the efforts of firefighters but
also increase the risk of new hot
spots, forecasters warned.
The death toll increased to at
least 28. About 3,500 homes and
businesses have been destroyed.
“Red flag” warnings of dangerous conditions were in effect for
much of Northern California and
have been extended from Big Sur
to the Santa Cruz mountains.
Gov. Jerry Brown has issued
emergency declarations for Napa,
Sonoma and Yuba Butte, Lake,
Mendocino, Nevada, Orange and
Solano counties.
Carson
City
5
Lake
Tahoe
Sacramento
Pacific
Ocean
Santa Rosa
DETAIL
Napa
San
Francisco
Modesto
San
Jose
CALIF.
5
N
50 miles
Acres
burned
30
800 1,000
8,000 10,000
30,000
40,000+
NOTE Acres burned on active fires only; As of 7 p.m. ET, Oct. 12
SOURCE ESRI; Calfire.ca.gov
USA TODAY
“It’s going to continue to get
worse before it gets better,” state
fire chief Ken Pimlott warned.
The biggest blaze, called the
Tubbs Fire, was only 10% contained on Thursday.
Chaotic evacuations and poor
communications have made find-
ing friends and family difficult.
Sonoma County Sheriff Robert
Giordano said hundreds were still
missing, although officials believe
many of those — almost 400 —
will be found. The death toll
could climb, he said: “The devastation is enormous.”
Authorities have thrown vast
resources at the fire, including
more than 70 helicopters, 30 air
tankers and 550 firetrucks.
“We are at very low containment on most of these,” said
Mark Ghilarducci, director of the
state Office of Emergency Services. “These fires are literally
burning faster than firefighters
can run.”
Several communities ordered
last-minute evacuations ahead of
the fast-moving fires, including
the historic resort town of
Calistoga, population 5,300,
famous for its wine tastings and
hot springs.
The few people who remained
in Calistoga overnight awoke to
smoky skies and a light ashfall
but no actual fire in the town.
In the early hours after the fire
broke out, Sonoma County fire
and emergency officials discussed
sending out an Amber Alert-style
message to cellphones but decided against it because the message
would have gone to thousands of
people not in immediate danger,
SFGate.com reports.
191,000 Pot farmers fear crops may go up in smoke
ACRES BURNED
u Once the fires are finished,
that number will place it on the
top 10 list of most acres burned
in any single week in state history.
The area burned is equivalent to
more than 13 Manhattans.
uThe single largest fire in
California history was the
Cedar Fire in San Diego County
in October 2003. More than
273,000 acres burned.
Note Data in this report came from
the California Department of Forestry
and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
HOW MUCH IS BURNING?
191,000 ACRES
Of wildfires burning
in California
144,444
FOOTBALL FIELDS
(Including end zones)
or
ABOUT THE SIZE OF
13 MANHATTANS
Manhattan
N.J.
N.Y.
NOTE As of 6 p.m. ET, Oct. 12.
SOURCE USA TODAY research
KARL GELLES AND GEORGE PETRAS, USA TODAY
The
secretive
nature
of the
business,
remote
locations
make
tracking
and
helping
growers a
complex
problem
Trevor Hughes
@trevorhughes
USA TODAY
CALISTOGA , CALIF. Marijuana
farmers and dispensary owners
across Northern California are
nervously watching as wildfires
burn through some of the state’s
prime cannabis growing areas
and destroy valuable crops, which
could drive up prices for consumers across the country.
“This is right smack in the
middle of people’s harvests,” said
Eli Melrod, the CEO of Solful Dispensary in Sebastopol, in northern California. “It couldn’t have
been worse timing, frankly.”
A single marijuana plant can be
worth up to $5,000, but pot growers can’t get crop insurance like
traditional farmers or the vintners whose grapevines tend to get
most of the attention here.
Wildfires are burning across
parts of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, which are
known for both wine and marijuana, particularly among highend consumers willing to pay a
premium for the name.
Complicating matters: Marijuana farms are built in remote
areas with poor road access and
don’t necessarily appear on firefighters’ maps of buildings to be
protected. The growers often live
largely off the radar, without
health insurance or access to traditional job support systems such
as unemployment insurance.
Black-market growers may be reluctant to tell friends and family
members of the losses they’ve
suffered.
“It’s just sad that we live in this
underground world where we
can’t discuss the true extent of
the damage,” said Jessica Lilga of
Alta Supply, a statewide whole-
sale cannabis distributor based in
Oakland. “All remaining growers
who did not literally lose their
crops will be affected.”
It’s unclear exactly how many
people work in the cannabis industry in northern California and
how many cultivation operations
exist. Lilga said she’s aware of
“thousands” of grow operations
but was reluctant to speculate,
given the industry’s secretive
nature.
But any interruption could
have widespread implications for
American marijuana consumers,
legal or otherwise.
Millions of Californians consume medical marijuana, but
even more pot is illegally shipped
across state lines for black markets around the U.S. California’s
legal cannabis market is worth an
estimated $2.76 billion, according
to marijuana analytics firm New
Frontier Data, while the state’s
black market is worth $13.5 billion, according to GreenWave
Advisors.
GreenWave estimates that
nearly $11 billion worth of the
Most
marijuana
farms are in
remote areas,
and don’t
necessarily
appear on
maps of
buildings to
be protected.
PAUL KITAGAKI JR.,
THE SACRAMENTO BEE,
VIA AP
“All
remaining
growers
who did
not
literally
lose their
crops
will be
affected.”
Jessica Lilga
of Alta Supply
state’s black-market cannabis is
grown in Northern California,
with a “significant” amount of
that shipped to neighboring
states. In comparison, the California wine industry is worth an
estimated $114 billion nationally,
although the two industries are
hard to compare side-by-side because one is illegal.
Lilga, who lives in Santa Rosa,
was evacuated when the wildfire
overran her neighborhood. She’s
not sure she has a home to return
to: “That cash that all these growers should be bringing in next
month would help rebuild our
burning cities if it were not all
taken away.”
Lilga predicted that an otherwise good crop year means the
state’s overall supply should be
enough to meet demand without
having a significant impact on the
price. Still, many cannabis dispensaries and distributors are
setting up GoFundMe accounts
to help growers.
Farmer Kim Tate of One
Feather Ranch in Mendocino’s
Redwood Valley said wildfires
forced her to evacuate with her
horses, leaving behind her entire
year’s crop that was expected to
yield about 350 pounds of cannabis. About two-thirds of the crop
had been harvested and stored
before the fire broke out, she said,
but the rest remained in the fields
and growing rooms.
As with wine, marijuana contaminated by wildfire smoke may
leave behind an unpleasant taste
for consumers, Melrod said. Tate
said she hoped to use ozone to
flush her organically raised plants
of any toxins. Every bit will matter: A pound of high-quality marijuana is worth about $1,200 on
the wholesale market.
“We’re going to see have to see
how smoky it is,” she said Thursday.
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
NEWS 5A
THE MINISCULE MURDERER
MosquitoMate in Lexington, Ky., breeds mosquitoes that carry a bacterium called Wolbachia within their cells. The eggs they fertilize never fully develop. A
mosquito control strategy that requires annual releases of sterile males is being tested in California and Florida. PHOTOS BY MARK HOFFMAN, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
ABOUT THIS
PROJECT
uMilwaukee
Journal Sentinel reporter
Mark Johnson
studied the
growing threat
posed by diseases that
jump from
animals to
humans during a ninemonth O’Brien
Fellowship in
Public Service
Journalism at
Marquette
University.
uMarquette
University and
administrators
of the program played
no role in the
reporting,
editing or
presentation
of this project.
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A SPECIAL
REPORT
Follow the
full series
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Leslie Russo
feeds Aedes
aegypti
mosquito
pupae a
solution
made with
beef liver in
August at
MosquitoMate.
v CONTINUED FROM 1A
great battles in modern science is
playing out: Man vs. mosquito.
The mosquito, an age-old enemy, carries diseases that kill more
than 1 million people a year
worldwide. To fight back, scientists have been exploring potent
new weapons with the potential
to replace pesticides that have
harmed humans and the
environment.
The scientists Vickery has
worked with during his summers
at MosquitoMate hope to defeat
the insect with an oddly paradoxical idea:
They raise mosquitoes to reduce the mosquito population.
The company rears male mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia,
a bacterium that renders them
unable to produce offspring. The
strategy, which requires annual
releases of sterile males into the
wild, is being tested in pilot programs on opposite ends of the
country — in Fresno, Calif., and
the Florida Keys.
“All told, we’re probably producing 500,000 mosquitoes per
week,” said Stephen Dobson,
founder and CEO of MosquitoMate, which supplies the two pilot studies.
An international project called
Eliminate Dengue is much further along than the American
programs, focusing on a disease
that could infect almost 400 million people a year. Launched
more than six years ago, the project has released Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes, male and
female, in five countries, including Australia, Indonesia and Brazil, and five more are soon to
follow.
By infecting females, the only
mosquitoes that bite and transmit disease, the project hopes to
purge the insects of the illnesses
they can carry: dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika. Inside
the mosquitoes, Wolbachia prevents the viruses from growing
and replicating.
Scientists and others debate
more controversial methods that
would alter a mosquito’s DNA, offering mankind a compelling and
potentially troubling bargain.
Using genetic strategies, humans could conceivably wipe out
entire species — for example, the
30 to 40 species of Anopheles
mosquitoes that carry malaria,
which kills half a million people
each year.
To save those lives, scientists
must make peace with the uneasy
fear that meddling with the blueprint for life amounts to “playing
God” and risks unintended consequences.
The prospect of ending a disease as ancient and deadly as malaria is not mere wishful thinking,
according to Richard Ebright,
professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University’s Waksman Institute of
Microbiology.
“This is something that would
take a matter of years and not a
matter of decades or centuries,”
he said. “But you would have to
have public buy-in.”
MOSQUITOES PREDATE US
For as long as there have been humans, there have been mosquitoes biting them.
“We know mosquitoes, or a
similar insect, were around and
fed on dinosaurs,” said William
Reisen, editor of the Journal of
Medical Entomology and an
emeritus professor at the University of California-Davis. “Certainly they predate humans and most
likely have fed on our ancestors.”
The diseases they carry are ancient, too.
Scientists have found the malaria antigen in the desiccated remains of Egyptian mummies
5,200 years old, according to a paper in the journal Transactions of
the Royal Society of Tropical
Medicine Hygiene.
It wasn’t until 1897 that a British officer working in India demonstrated that the malaria
parasite could be transmitted
from infected humans to mosquitoes — then spread by the mosquitoes to more humans.
Over the years, humans have
drained swamps, installed screen
windows, sprayed pesticides and
irradiated mosquitoes — all in an
effort to fend off the insects and
reduce disease.
The estimated 3,500 species of
mosquitoes have proved themselves among the hardiest creatures on Earth. Species have been
found breeding 14,000 feet up in
the Himalayas and 5,000 feet underground in mine shafts.
“Mosquitoes are a natural part
of the environment, and to get rid
of them, you’re going to have to
do something decidedly unnatural,” said Joseph Conlon, technical adviser to the American
Mosquito Control Association, a
not-for-profit
professional
association.
NEW STRATEGIES
Recently, scientists have begun
exploring new strategies, seeking
to kill mosquitoes not by changing their environment but by
changing their bodies at the molecular level.
Wolbachia occurs naturally in
some insects; the bacterium was
discovered in common house
mosquitoes, Culex pipiens, in
1924. It took decades before scientists realized its potential to
control mosquitoes.
The bacterium works like a
lock and key for reproduction. In
males, the bacterium locks the
paternal chromosomes in their
tightly packed ball, unable to unpack and pair up with the female
chromosomes. If the female mosquito has the same strain of Wolbachia, the paternal chromosomes are released.
In 2014, Eliminate Dengue
conducted a major field trial in
Townsville, an Australian city of
180,000 people. For each of the
previous 15 years, Townsville had
recorded a dengue outbreak. In
the three years since the release
of the Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes, the city has not experienced an outbreak.
NO TESTING
Despite the spread of the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus through the USA,
Wolbachia had never been tested
against them in an American city.
In 2013, Aedes aegypti, a disease-carrying invasive species, arrived in the city of Madera, Calif.,
25 miles northwest of Fresno.
Once in Fresno, the new invaders found their way into just
about anything that held the water they require as a location for
laying eggs.
“We were hoping we could
eradicate it,” said Steve Mulligan,
manager of the Consolidated
Mosquito Abatement District,
which covers nine cities including
Fresno. “We went door to door in
the areas it was first found, looking for small containers that
could hold water. … We were not
able to eliminate the mosquito. In
fact, it expanded.”
Of prime concern were the diseases carried by the new mosquito:
yellow
fever,
dengue,
chikungunya and a then-little
known disease that would soon
become front-page news, Zika.
Fresno County had experienced cases of some of these diseases in travelers who’d recently
returned from countries where
the diseases are common. Until
Aedes aegypti, there had never
been a local mosquito that could
bite those patients and turn a single case of disease into an
outbreak.
The year the new mosquito arrived in Fresno, Mulligan and
Dobson met at a conference of
mosquito experts. Their talks led
to Fresno’s pilot study, which began in the spring of 2016.
MosquitoMate shipped infected males overnight to Fresno, and
workers released 40,000 mosquitoes a week in a test area of 120 to
130 acres. This went on for five
months.
Mulligan said it’s difficult to
tell whether the number of mosquitoes is declining.
The district broadened the
study this year, releasing the Wolbachia males in two residential
areas totaling 500 acres and containing about 700 households. A
new collaborator joined the effort, Verily, a sister company to
Google that blends science, engineering and medicine.
Verily took the Wolbachia
mosquitoes developed by Dobson
and automated the rearing process using cameras, machine
learning and algorithms to speed
the task of separating males from
females. The company has released roughly 1 million mosquitoes a week in the Fresno district
since mid-July.
Since its appearance, Aedes aegypti has not resulted in any
transmission of Zika, dengue, chi-
Student
intern
Matthew
Moore, left,
and
operations
manager
William
Bacon
inventory
dead
mosquitoes
in August at
MosquitoMate.
kungunya or yellow fever, said
Joe Prado, division manager of
community health for Fresno
County.
This year, Key West became
the second community in the
USA to release the Wolbachia
mosquitoes raised in Kentucky.
The Florida trial ended as scheduled in August, before Hurricane
Irma struck the Keys.
The Florida Keys Mosquito
Control District went further,
proposing the first U.S. use of genetic engineering to curb the
mosquito population.
Since 2010, the Florida district
and the English biotechnology
company Oxitec had discussed a
trial using Oxitec’s genetically altered Aedes aegypti.
The male mosquitoes Oxitec
planned to release would carry a
lethal gene, causing all offspring
they produced to die before
adulthood.
The plan ran into strong opposition from a group of Florida
Keys residents who said the risks
and uncertainty outweighed the
benefits.
When the public demanded a
say in the decision, the district’s
five-member board put the issue
to a public referendum on Election Day 2016.
Key Haven, the small island selected for the trial, voted in one
referendum, the county as a
whole in another.
The referendum passed in the
county but failed in Key Haven.
NEW QUESTIONS
AEDES
AEGYPTI
MOSQUITO
uSize: 4 to
7 millimeters
uDiseases
carried: Yellow
fever, dengue
fever, chikungunya and Zika
virus.
uGeographic
distribution:
One of the
most widespread mosquito species.
Found in Africa
and Asia and
more recently
reported in
South America,
Europe and the
southern half of
the USA.
uTransmission
method: Bites
victims for
blood meals.
Source World Health
Organization
The new methods of mosquito
control raised the possibility of
species eradication and with it
two questions fundamental to
science:
Can we?
If so, should we?
To the first question, it won’t
be easy to defeat mosquitoes or
the diseases they carry.
“Wolbachia and gene drives
might be able to provide permanent replacements and reduce
pathogen transmission, but to expect nature not to find a way to
prevent extinction may be optimistic,” Reisen said.
Just as mosquitoes developed
resistance to the chemicals
sprayed on them, they may find
ways to defeat a gene drive, said
Edward Blumenthal, chairman of
biological sciences at Marquette
University. Develop a gene drive
that impairs fertility, Blumenthal
said, and “any mosquito that develops a mutation that allows fertility will out-compete the rest.”
Even getting rid of the mosquito may not eliminate the disease.
Killing Anopheles mosquitoes
may only force the malaria parasite to find a different host.
The second question — whether scientists should use gene
drives to eradicate a species — is
thornier still.
True, the insect’s main contribution to the planet seems to be
only as food for frogs, waterfowl
and migratory songbirds.
But ending a species is no trivial decision. The effort could
backfire if a gene drive spreads to
an unintended species or disrupts
the larger ecosystem.
“The biologist in me says, ‘Preserve everything. We don’t have
the right to make the decision to
get rid of an entire species,’ ” said
Susan Paskewitz, a professor at
the University of WisconsinMadison and chairman of the Department of Entomology. “The
global health specialist in me
says, ‘A half a million people die
from malaria, most of them under the age of 5. That’s an awful
lot of suffering.’ ”
Contributing: Devi Shastri, a Marquette
University student researcher and
intern at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Until our elected officials and
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to use the VA for their health
care, it will not change. The
choice program is a joke. It’s not
really a choice.
33%
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37%
When you check in at the
local VA, you’re slapped in the
face with the inefficiency. You
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What you people call “layers
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Accountability. Transparency. Choice of providers outside the VA. Regular, unbiased audits or surprise
inspections.
Veteran
surveys.
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Poor
Suzy Hurt
16%
Discipline managers, first.
Then, we can assess next
steps.
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Dissolve the VA health care
system and allow veterans a
choice of provider. Continue
VA disabilities and pensions.
Pay veterans for their service, and stop letting VA doctors and bureaucrats get a
free ride.
perwork could be streamlined
and we could hire more doctors
to reduce wait time, but the
process seems sound.
Cynthia Queen
Not all VA treatment facilities
are bad. And that all parts of a
poor performing VA center are
not bad, either!
I use a VA center that was
great in some areas and horrible in others!
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@bendapplegate
Identify the issues and get
them resolved so they don’t
happen again. Make the
staff accountable to change
in a positive manner.
George Smith
@24baseballReed
Government is not fit to run
any business. Eliminate the
medical part of the VA, just give
us veterans a special Veterans
Medicare Card and let us go to
any doctor or hospital we want.
In the end, the service will be
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facilities much closer to home,
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USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
NEWS 7A
OPINION
TODAY’S DEBATE ELECTION INTERFERENCE
Our view
Response to Russia hack
is alarmingly nonchalant
Toward the end of the 1996
presidential campaign, Republican candidate Bob Dole recited a
list of Clinton administration
controversies and memorably
asked: “Where’s the outrage?”
Two decades later, the same
question might be asked about
the near-daily revelations about
Russian interference in the 2016
in presidential election.
At a recent news conference,
the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee were quick to
point out that investigators looking into Russia’s role still had
much work to do. But what is
most amazing about the state of
the Russia investigation is not
what remains to be disclosed, but
what is known already.
To recap, the Russians:
uTook out more than 3,000
social media advertisements, and
used false accounts to draw attention to real and fictitious news
stories, in an apparent effort to
sew chaos in the election.
uAttempted to break into —
or at least test — the cyber defenses of at least 19 state computer systems used to run elections.
uSucceeded in breaking into
the Democratic National Committee’s computers and releasing
emails that fomented tensions
between backers of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
uFollowed up on their American exploits with cyberattacks
elsewhere, including in France,
Bruce Kelley
With every new firestorm —
football players kneeling during
the national anthem, neo-Nazis
marching in Charlottesville, Va. —
our society seems to take one
more step toward a breakdown.
We in the media certainly deserve
some of the blame. In a democracy where free expression is the
rule — and where the Internet,
talk radio and cable news provide
enormous megaphones — news
outlets’ focus on the most extreme voices clearly add fuel to
already fiery situations.
In a recent poll, 75% called incivility a national crisis, and 59%
said they have quit paying attention to national politics because
of that. They see no middle
ground left, no safe place for what
was once informed, friendly conversation. Our distrust of each
other seems beyond repair.
But there is a firm middle
ground, and tens of millions of
Americans are standing on it.
They choose civility. And they
work together across supposed
dividing lines. Most people never
hear about these places. But they
need to, now more than ever.
GALLATIN IS NO. 1
Unless you live around Nashville,
for example, you’ve likely never
heard of Gallatin, Tenn. Gallatin
seems like an unlikely beacon of
unity. It was one of the last communities in the state to integrate
schools. Almost 70% of voters in
Sumner County, which contains
Gallatin, went for Donald Trump.
Last year, Gallatin became
home to an all-too-familiar flashpoint when a white police officer
shot and killed an African-American resident. Gallatin worked
hard to understand what happened: police, government officials, the clergy and community
leaders spent many hours discussing the circumstances. Their
dialogues — the kind of tough
conversations people have begun
to dread having — worked wonders. While communities in similar situations erupted in protests
and even riots, Gallatin residents
responded with a prayer vigil,
held in the City Hall parking lot.
Reader’s Digest learned about
this when we launched our first
“Nicest Place in America” contest
last spring. Gallatin, our winner,
was one of hundreds of communities eager to share their stories
of places and people who instinctively put their communities
ahead of themselves.
Among our finalists were
places such as Hayesville, N.C.,
which turned gratitude into a
mission after federal Hotshots
helped save their town from a
Rally in New York City in June.
EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ, GETTY IMAGES
where they released emails from
the campaign of candidate — and
now president — Emmanuel
Macron.
With all of this to go on, you’d
think that Congress and the
Trump administration would
have already started to push back
hard by marshaling a coalition of
nations willing to demand that
Russia change its behavior or face
consequences.
But, aside from some tit-for-tat
sanctions started by the lameduck Obama administration, the
actual response has been alarmingly nonchalant. The Department of Homeland Security took
months to notify states that they
had been targeted, and even then
provided sloppy information.
The White House argues that
Russia’s role in the election has
been overhyped or is “fake news.”
And the Republican-controlled
Congress, though it passed a
tough Russia sanctions measure
this year, seems to have taken a
vow of silence recently.
The reasons are clear. Neither
Congress nor the administration
wants to call more attention to
President Trump’s ties to Russia,
any advantage he might have
gained through Russia’s election
meddling, and the fact that he
and his campaign are under a
special counsel’s investigation related to Russia.
The Russians aren’t going
away.
“Absolutely we should prepare
for more” interference, Kathy Kavalec, the State Department’s
deputy assistant secretary for
Russian affairs, told a group of
editorial writers this week. “Their
overall goal is to undermine faith
in government institutions.”
Russian actions were an attempt to influence an American
election. Whether their efforts altered the outcome does not detract from the fact they were an
outrageous attack on American
democracy, sovereignty and
self-governance.
Failure to fully understand,
and act on, that interference only
invites Russia to repeat its sinister activity.
‘NICEST PLACE
IN AMERICA’
HITS A NERVE
The entries for our ‘Reader’s Digest’ contest
focused on respect, not political divisions
In Gallatin, Tenn., Mayor Paige Brown, Pastor Derrick Jackson
and Police Chief Don Bandy. GLENN GLASSER, READER’S DIGEST
withering wildfire. Pflugerville
High School, in Texas, fought
back against one of the nation’s
worst bugaboos, teenage cyber
bullying. In Wisconsin, an online
bulletin board created for buying
and selling gently used goods has
evolved into a no-judgment zone
offering emotional and financial
support to its virtual community
of young mothers. In Providence,
R.I., residents gather weekly to
shine flashlights up to the windows of a local hospital, their way
of signaling support for children
undergoing cancer treatment.
‘COMMUNITY OVER CHAOS’
None of the “Nicest Place” entries mentioned political parties.
Their community ideology — respect over anger, unity over division — echoes George W. Bush’s
eloquent words at his first inauguration: “Civility is not a tactic
or sentiment. It is the determined
choice of trust over cynicism, of
community over chaos.”
Our goal with launching this
contest was to help change the dialogue. We know that the media
must do a better job representing
all America, including Middle
America — not the geographic
middle, but the ideological one.
“Nobody talks to the people in
the middle,” says T.J. Rooney, former Pennsylvania Democratic
Party chairman. “But there are
more people in the middle than
there are in the extremes. Somebody’s going to figure out this
mousetrap, and that’s going to
change politics in America.”
Our more than 25 million
readers have trained Reader’s Digest to reflect these voices. Will
more outlets follow suit?
In September, The Huffington
Post, in partnership with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, embarked on a “Listen to
America” tour with a similar mission: “seeking out people who feel
like they’re not being heard and
giving them a voice.” It’s a start.
A simple development in Gallatin symbolizes what communities can teach the nation: Police
chief Don Bandy, who is white,
was recently asked to preach an
hour at one of the African-American churches. How does that happen? Because Bandy, a Gallatin
native, has made it his job — his
mission — not just to connect
with his neighbors but also to become one with them.
“When you make yourself
friendly, you have a better chance
of making a friend,” Bandy says.
“You have to go across the aisle
and say I want you to be part of
us, and I want to be a part of what
you’re doing.”
That’s still America in a
nutshell.
Bruce Kelley is editor in chief of
Reader’s Digest.
Opposing view
Russian hacking
didn’t alter result
Hans von Spakovsky
Donald Trump won the 2016
election — and it wasn’t because of the Russians. After
more than a year of extensive
investigations, there is not one
iota of evidence the election results were hacked or otherwise
successfully manipulated by
the Russians or anyone else.
One week after the election,
Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, admitted that our
election system had not been
hacked and that no ballot
counts had been changed.
Recently, the Department of
Homeland Security had to
retract a claim that Russian
hackers had gone after voterregistration systems in places
such as California and Wisconsin after they said their systems
hadn’t been targeted.
For all of the supposed
claims of “collusion” that we’ve
heard, no credible evidence of
it has been produced, despite
all of the resources (and intelligence leaks) devoted to trying
to prove it.
The latest claim is that a
Russian company bought
$100,000 in Internet pop-up
ads. Most of the ads didn’t refer
to the candidates but focused
on social issues, according to
The New York Times.
Donald Trump spent about
half as much on his presidential campaign as Hillary Clinton, who raised almost
$600 million, and still won despite all her negative ads. Yet
we’re supposed to believe that
$100,000 in ads, mostly on issues, somehow brainwashed
Americans into voting a particular way?
What the purveyors of this
conspiracy theory don’t want
to admit is that Donald
Trump’s victory, as well as that
of other Republicans, aligns
with political trends during the
Obama presidency.
Under Obama, the Democratic Party lost more congressional, state legislative and
governor’s seats than under
any other president. The party
is the weakest it has been since
the 1920s in the number of political seats it holds nationwide.
Without question, we should
be on our guard against foreign
actors trying to intervene in
our elections. But so far, there
is no proof that Russian efforts
made any difference in 2016.
Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow at the Heritage
Foundation and a member of the
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
Country music is not
gun-culture music
Kurt Bardella
Since the Las Vegas shooting,
country music has come under a
new level of scrutiny. It may be
easy for those unfamiliar with it
to stereotype it as music for guntoting rednecks from “The
South,” but this demonstrates
willful ignorance.
The country music community
is not monolithic, a fact that has
become increasingly visible since
a gunman killed 58 people at the
Las Vegas festival. Musicians
have begun speaking out, and in
some cases changing their minds.
“I’ve been a proponent of the
Second Amendment my entire
life. … I cannot express how
wrong I was,” tweeted Caleb Keeter of the Josh Abbott Band,
which performed at the festival.
In The New York Times, Rosanne
Cash called on her fellow country
music artists to “stand up to the
NRA.” Rolling Stone reports that
artists are reevaluating their partnerships with the National Rifle
Association’s lifestyle brand.
There are, in fact, a lot of country songs about guns and huntin’,
just as there are fans of country
music who embrace that culture.
And there is nothing wrong with
that. But nothing that happened
in Las Vegas is the fault of lawabiding citizens who like to hunt
and fish. It always perplexes me
when someone from a different
life experience judges or criticizes
another simply because it’s different. I can tell you that for every
country music song about guns,
there are 10 times more songs
about topics all of us can relate to.
Tim McGraw’s Humble and
Kind advises: “When you get
where you’re goin’ don’t forget to
turn back around / Help the next
one in line, always stay humble
and kind.”
Kenny Chesney’s Noise highlights the “24-hour television, get
so loud that no one listens / Sex
and money and politicians talk,
talk, talk / But there really ain’t
no conversation.”
Eric Church’s Kill A Word
demonstrates a powerful use of
metaphor: “Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay / But if it
were up to me to change / I’d turn
‘lies’ and ‘hate’ to ‘love’ and
‘truth’ / If I could only kill a
word.” Maren Morris with Vince
Gill just released this song: “Dear
Hate / You were smiling from
that Selma bridge / In Dallas,
when that bullet hit and Jackie
cried / You pulled those towers
from the sky. But even on our
darkest nights / The world keeps
spinning ’round.”
Justin Moore has one of the
most poignant songs that speaks
to how losing a loved one
“wouldn’t be so hard to take, if
heaven wasn’t so far away.” One
of my favorite live concert moments is when he sings it, thousands of fans put their cellphones
in the air and the entire amphitheater lights up. Together, in
that moment, all of us are connected through country music.
And that’s what it’s all about.
Whether you’re from a big city or
a one-stop-light town, work on a
farm or in a high-rise office building, we all share in common the
experiences of life, love, loss, family and friendship.
To those being exposed to
country music for the first time, I
hope you embrace Brad Paisley’s
outlook: “Turn it on, turn it up
and sing along / This is real, this
is your life in a song / This is
country music.”
Kurt Bardella is a political commentator and the creator and publisher of the @MorningHangover,
a daily country music email tip
sheet.
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Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac
says the 15-year home loan,
frequently used by homeowners
who refinance their mortgages,
rose to 3.21% from 3.15%.
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Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fell 15,000 last week to
a seasonally adjusted 243,000.
Applications fell in Texas and
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September. The number of
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Facebook told members of the
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meeting Thursday on Capitol
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The nature
of work is
fundamentally
changing. ...
One-third of jobs
in 2020 will
require skills that
aren’t common
today. It’s a big
problem.”
GM’S DETROIT-HAMTRAMCK
PLANT FACES JOB CUTS
General Motors plans to cut
production and jobs at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant as the
industry adjusts to a consumer
shift from cars to trucks and
SUVs. The company expects
fewer than 200 of the 1,800
workers to lose their jobs as a
result of production changes
beginning Oct. 20. The plant will
also be down from Nov. 20
through the Christmas break,
leading to temporary layoffs.
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years in non-profit organizations
helping people adjust to the
changing nature of work, the
largest philanthropic pledge to
date from the Internet giant.
The announcement of the national digital skills initiative,
made by Google CEO Sundar Pichai in Pittsburgh on Thursday, is
a tacit acknowledgment from one
of the world’s most valuable companies that it bears some responsibility for rapid advances in
technology that are radically reshaping industries and eliminating jobs in the U.S. and around
the world.
Pichai’s pitstop in an old industrial hub that has reinvented itself as a technology and robotics
center is the first on a “Grow with
Google Tour.” The tour that will
crisscross the country will work
with libraries and community organizations to provide career advice and training. It heads next to
Indianapolis in November.
“The nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is
shifting the link between education, training and opportunity,”
Pichai said in prepared remarks
at Google’s offices in Pittsburgh.
“One-third of jobs in 2020 will
require skills that aren’t common
today. It’s a big problem.”
Google will make grants in its
three core areas: education, economic opportunity and inclusion.
Already in the past few months, it
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the $1 billion to non-profits, Pichai said.
The largest single grant —
$10 million, the largest Google’s
ever made — is going to Goodwill,
which is creating the Goodwill
Digital Career Accelerator. Over
the next three years Goodwill, a
major player in workforce development, aims to provide 1 million
people with access to digital skills
and career opportunities. Pichai
says 1,000 Google employees will
be available for career coaching.
In all, Google employees will
donate 1 million volunteer hours
to assist organizations such as
Goodwill trying to close the gap
between the education and skills
of the American workforce and
the new demands of the 21st century workplace, Pichai said.
The announcements, which
drew praise from state and local
politicians including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, come as Google scrambles to respond to
revelations that accounts linked
to the Russian government used
its advertising system to interfere
with the presidential election.
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host Stuart Varney had covered
a lot of ground about halfway
through his three-hour show on
Tuesday.
He talked with Hall of Fame
quarterback Joe Namath about
the NFL players’ national anthem protests, conferred with
Newt Gingrich about the former House speaker’s new book,
a thriller called Vengeance, the
unlikelihood of tax reform and
likelihood of tax cuts, and President Trump’s mistake in getting
in a Twitter war with Sen. Bob
Corker, R-Tenn.
During commercial breaks,
Varney reads through the teleprompter script. An upcoming
spot about ESPN’s suspension
of host Jemele Hill is convoluted, he says. “Rewrite it,” Varney
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commands. Another segment
needs to get to the point more
quickly. “Bang, hit it hard.”
“I should calm down, but first
let me have more coffee,” Varney
jokes.
The daily grind certainly isn’t
bitter at Fox Business Network
these days. The network, which
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Link put some at risk
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the company says
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SAN FRANCISCO Equifax says its
systems were not breached and
blamed a third-party vendor for
running malicious code.
On Thursday, a security analyst reported that a link on the
Equifax website redirected him
to a third-party site that encouraged him to download malware.
“The issue involves a third-par-
ty vendor that Equifax uses to
collect website performance data,
and that vendor’s code running
on an Equifax website was serving malicious content,” Equifax
said in a statement. “Since we
learned of the issue, the vendor’s
code was removed from the Web
page, and we have taken the Web
page offline to conduct further
analysis.”
Security analyst Randy Abrams
said he encountered the malicious link when downloading his
credit report. A link on the Equifax site directs users to an announcement that the credit
report assistance page is down for
maintenance.
Shares dropped as much as
3.5% Thursday.
“This incident should serve as
a warning for any website operator to know and control vendor
risk in the digital world — all
website code, both first and third
party, should be continuously
monitored to avoid these scenarios,” Chris Olson, CEO of cybersecurity firm The Media Trust, said
in an emailed statement.
The malware, first reported by
tech news site Ars Technica,
comes a month after Equifax disclosed that a massive data breach
exposed the Social Security numbers and birth dates of as many as
145.5 million Americans.
Last week Equifax disclosed
that hackers may have stolen the
personal information of 2.5 million more U.S. consumers than it
initially estimated.
The company said the additional customers were not victims of a new attack but rather
victims who the company had not
counted before. The breach and,
even more so, Equifax’s handling
of it angered lawmakers.
The Equifax website and the
call centers it established to serve
customers faltered. Many consumers faced error messages on
the website and couldn’t reach
anyone at Equifax by phone.
The company’s former chief
executive, Richard Smith, who
was forced into retirement after
the breach was disclosed, was
criticized by lawmakers in four
congressional hearings last week.
A few times, he visibly flinched as
he was grilled over the hack that
was first made public Sept. 7.
Smith said the hack was possible because someone in Equifax’s
security department didn’t patch
a flaw. A scan performed later to
check that the patch had been
implemented failed to detect that
it hadn’t, he told lawmakers.
Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.,
introduced legislation Thursday
that would require credit-reporting companies such as Equifax to
stop using Social Security numbers to verify people’s identities
by 2020. The legislation would
also force credit-reporting companies to submit to regular cybersecurity reviews.
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celebrates its 10th anniversary
next week, touts robust Nielsen
data showing it has won the business daytime slot — from the
time the stock market opens at
9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET (an hour
after its close) — beating CNBC
over the last four quarters. It has
done it amid the ascension of
Donald Trump into the White
House and the distraction of sexual harassment scandals that
reached the highest levels of Fox,
which continues to deal with ongoing legal complaints about harassment and discrimination.
CNBC counters that it still
wins across the 24-hour viewing
period, the 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. segment and the 8 p.m to 11 p.m. period. And it also notes Nielsen
does not capture out-of-home
viewers — the financial firms and
Wall Street offices that play the
CNBC through the business day.
CNBC wields data from research firm Ipsos suggesting the
network draws a more affluent
and younger audience than Fox
Business, and, overall 53% of the
total business news viewership.
But there’s no denying Fox
Business Network is on the rise,
says Chris Roush, professor of
business journalism at the University of North Carolina.
That could be, in part, because
FBN is drafting on the success of
conservative-friendly Fox News.
Fox Business mixes more politics
into its coverage than does CNBC,
Roush said. “Given that the world
has become much more political,
it’s probably why its viewership
has risen so much,” he said. “The
more you have stories around
Trump, the better your ratings.” “
Viewership of business networks may represent a slim slice
of the overall TV viewing audience, but business news channels
draw about $1 billion in annual ad
revenue, according to Kagan, a
media research group within S&P
Global Market Intelligence.
“The ratings are important because we are a business, like any
other cable network or broadcast
network,” said Brian Jones, president of Fox Business News. “The
fact is we are growing, and we are
beating CNBC because we deliver
a superior product, and we deliver a product that people need at a
very, very important time.”
More than a decade after
launching Fox News Channel,
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and Fox News CEO Roger
Ailes flipped the switch on the
business news network. In its
early days, there was plenty for
FBN to cover. A troubled housing
market begat the subprime mortgage crisis. Then came bailouts of
the banking and auto industries
and the Great Recession. “Talk
about an auspicious beginning,”
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Google is embroiled in a growing number of other controversies, from a Labor Department
investigation and a lawsuit by former employees alleging systemic
pay discrimination, to the proliferation of misinformation in
search results and extremist content on YouTube. As the controversies have multiplied, so too
have calls for Washington to regulate Google because of its massive scale and global reach.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve
seen massive, market-creating
and labor market-disrupting
companies try to address growing
public pressure and possible regulatory limits in this way. But it
often has been individual corporate titans who’ve gotten into
philanthropy — Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller — as a
way to rehabilitate their own images, tarnished by anxiety about
the size of their companies and
treatment of workers,” said Margaret O’Mara, a history professor
at the University of Washington.
“What’s interesting here is
what this signals about Google’s
future business ambitions. It is
betting that its next era will be
one not of search and apps but of
devices and labor market
interventions.”
The tech industry, once a shiny
symbol of American innovation
and pride, has found itself on the
defensive after the election of
Donald Trump, which telegraphed the deepening disillusionment of everyday Americans
who have watched the gains of
the economic recovery pass them
by.
While whole communities in
the nation’s heartland have fallen
into economic decline, the tech
industry, clustered in vibrant
coastal hubs such as San Francisco and New York, has grown
wealthy off new developments
that are disrupting how Americans live and work.
The pace of that innovation is
quickening. For years, tech companies could not deliver on prom-
ises of hyper-intelligent machines
capable of performing human
tasks. Now the technology is
catching up to the aspirations.
In recent years, Google and
other companies have made long
strides, from self-driving cars that
whisk you to your destination to
digital assistants who answer
your questions.
This new wave of automation
that aids consumers in their everyday lives has a dark side: It’s
killing off traditional jobs and
stranding workers, still struggling
after the recession, who are unprepared for the shift.
Google, O’Mara says, will have
“undeniably disruptive impacts
on the jobs people do and the
skills they need for them.”
In the 1960s when computeraided automation worried the nation, presidential and congressional
commissions
and
government agencies tackled the
challenge.
“Now it’s the private sector.
And even though $1 billion
sounds like a lot, it is a small
number compared to government education programs or, for
that matter, the balance sheets of
large tech companies,” O’Mara
said.
On Thursday, Pichai detailed
other programs Google is
undertaking.
uGrow with Google is a free
online program to help Americans secure the skills they need to
get a job or grow their business.
uIn January, Google will
launch an IT certificate program
developed with online education
provider Coursera that includes
hands-on labs to prepare people
for jobs in eight to 12 months.
uWorking with Udacity, Google is creating the Google Developer Scholarship Challenge.
uGoogle will give away 20,000
vouchers to get G Suite
certification.
“We don’t have all the answers.
The people closest to the problem
are usually the people closest to
the solution,” Pichai said. “We
want to help them reach it sooner.”
“The fact is we are
growing, and we are
beating CNBC
because we deliver a
superior product,
and we deliver a
product that people
need at a very, very
important time.”
Brian Jones, president of Fox Business
News
said anchor Neil Cavuto, 59, who
as senior vice president and managing editor oversaw business
news coverage on Fox News prior
to FBN’s launch.
Murdoch and Ailes bought into
the idea of a network tackling
business news differently, and the
immediate financial crisis “reminded people there’s something
bigger than stocks. There’s people’s homes,” said Cavuto, who
migrated from CNBC in 1996.
“We leapt at that and saw that for
what it was and still do.”
Fox Business aimed to dispense with much of the jargon
that accompanied business news.
“I felt a network based on that
approach of speaking English and
reaching beyond ... touching the
intersection of Washington and
Wall Street would do well,” Cavuto said. “I felt that we just had to
make this about average folks.”
Ratings-wise, the network
struggled for years as its availability on pay-TV systems expanded.
It began focusing on building a
non-stop block of business day
programming. It snagged Maria
Bartiromo from CNBC in 2014 to
anchor a morning show.
The network got another boost
when it hosted a Republican primary debate in November 2015.
Critics pilloried CNBC’s handling
of its own Republican debate two
weeks before and FBN’s Bartiromo and Cavuto, along with Wall
Street Journal editor-in-chief
Gerald Baker, got better reviews.
“We focused on the issues,”
Bartiromo said.
That debate broadcast set a
ratings record for the network
(13.5 million viewers), and a subsequent Republican debate in
January 2016 was the night’s
highest-rated show on cable.
Not all has been rosy, however.
In July 2016, Ailes resigned two
weeks after being sued for sexual
harassment by former Fox &
Friends host Gretchen Carlson.
Ailes, who also ran Fox Business
Network, left with a $40 million
settlement, and Fox settled Carlson’s suit for a reported $20 million in September 2016. Ailes
died in May.
That month, Bill Shine, who
had been at Fox News since its
start and was FBN co-president,
also resigned, all part of a man-
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allowing a workplace culture in
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Shine’s departure came two
weeks after popular Fox News
host Bill O’Reilly was dismissed
following an internal investigation into charges of sexual harassment against him.
When Ailes left, “this whole
building was really confused and
worried and saddened,” said anchor Liz Claman, a former
CNBCer who joined FBN at its
start. “I dreamed of this day when
we were dancing on the tables
saying we were No. 1 and imagined (saying), ‘Mr. Ailes, we did
it.’ So that threw us off.”
After Shine’s departure, Jones,
a veteran of the Fox News and
FBN launches, was named FBN
president, “so that calmed things,
thankfully,” she said.
To some, the network’s gains
have come by playing a game similar to that of fellow channel Fox
News, hitching its star to candidate and now-President Trump
and ignoring news that would
hurt the president.
“I don’t think we are either
pro- or anti-Trump,” Cavuto said.
“I see a lot of things good that the
president is doing, and I call him
out when I see him do something
that is a little damaging.”
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STINGER LEAVES A MARK
DYNAMIC 2018 GT TAKES KIA TO A NEW LEVEL
Its performance, value
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WHAT STANDS OUT
Superior handling and
speed: Not what people
expect from Kia.
Blended design: Boasts
hatchback-like cargo space
with sedan looks.
Price: Pry open
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Mark Phelan
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Detroit Free Press
Everything
you
think you know
about Kia is wrong.
Don’t
worry,
you’re not alone. I
was wrong, too, until I logged
a couple hundred miles in a
2018 Kia Stinger GT that was
fresh from hitting 167
miles per hour on Germany’s famed Nürburgring
race course.
I had the bright red,
365-horsepower
twinturbocharged Stinger for
48 hours, and I want
more. The test was too
brief for a full review but
more than long enough to
know that the Stinger fulfills
its corporate mission: change
how people think of Kia with a
car that handles like a top sport
sedan and looks like nothing else
on the road.
The Stinger rolls into Kia dealerships later this year with prices
starting at $31,900 for a base 253horsepower
rear-wheel-drive
model with a 253-horsepower 2liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. I tested a nearly fully loaded
Stinger GT with a 3.3-liter, 6-cylinder twin-turbo that pumps out
365 horsepower, 376 pound-feet
of torque and accelerates to 60
mph in 4.7 seconds. It stickered
at $49,500. A sport-tuned 8-speed
automatic transmission is standard. All-wheel drive is a $2,200
option on all models.
That’s a lot of money for a Kia,
the brand best known for commercials featuring spunky hamsters and the cute and boxy
$16,100 Soul.
It’s tempting to assume the
Stinger, with its Euro-style looks
and chassis, is Kia’s prelude to a
premium brand. That’s the strategy Kia’s corporate sibling employed with Genesis, which
debuted as a single sport sedan
and morphed into a luxury brand.
Kia executives swear that’s not
the case. They say the Stinger exists to improve the whole brand’s
image, ushering in other premiREVIEW
The Stinger’s sleek shape cleverly disguises a hatchback’s cargo space with sedan-style looks. GREG JAREM, KIA
2018 KIA STINGER
What: Sporty sedan.
When: On sale later this
year.
What makes it go: 2-liter,
turbocharged 4-cylinder
engine (base model) with
255 horsepower; 3.3-liter
twin-turbocharged, 6cylinder engine (as tested)
with 365 horsepower.
How thirsty: Fuel economy not available.
How big: 190.2 inches long
with 114.4-inch wheelbase;
73.6 inches wide; 55.1 inches tall.
How much: Base price of
$31,900 ($49,500 as tested).
Overall: Sporty, spirited
ride.
um models and making everything from the Soul to
sport-utility vehicles such as the
Sportage and Sorento seem just a
bit more special.
The next step in Kia’s evolution is likely to be a luxurious and
sporty SUV, possibly based on the
classy Telluride concept the
brand unveiled at the North
American International Auto
Show a couple of years ago.
First, the Stinger must make
its mark. Key to that are more
power, more room, a longer
wheelbase and overall length
than established luxury models
such as the Audi A5 Sportback,
BMW 4-series Gran Coupe and
Infiniti Q50 3.0L. Those cars and
others, including the Lexus GS,
are the Stinger’s official targets,
but it’ll be a long, difficult road
before many Audi, BMW Lexus
or Infiniti owners are willing to
consider Kia, despite the Stinger’s lower prices.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see
Kia initially target shoppers moving up from cars such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and
Toyota Camry.
Available features include
adaptive cruise control, lane-
It wouldn’t be
surprising to see
Kia initially target
shoppers moving up
from cars such as
the Honda Accord,
Nissan Altima and
Toyota Camry.
keeping assist, heated and cooled
front seats, 720-watt Harman
Kardon audio and more.
The Stinger’s performance and
value make a strong case for buyers looking to step up.
The steering is sharp and responsive. Acceleration is definitely in the big leagues. The bi-turbo
6-cylinder engine’s 4.7-second 0to-60 time is quicker than the supercharged Audi A7 Sportback,
BMW 4- and 6-series Gran
Coupes, Q50 3-liter and Lexus GS
350. EPA fuel economy ratings
aren’t available yet.
Kia hasn’t revealed the Sting-
er’s weight or weight distribution,
but the car’s acceleration and
handling suggest both are competitive with Audi, BMW, Lexus
and Infiniti.
The Stinger’s interior is accommodating and attractive, with
leather trim and controls that include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, touchscreen, buttons and dials. The interior of my test car was nearly all
black, a solemnity that will be familiar to owners of German luxury brands.
The Stinger’s sleek shape cleverly disguises a hatchback’s cargo
space with sedan-style looks, á la
the Porsche Panamera.
The hood, nose and front fenders pose the question, “How
many air vents with glossy black
and shiny chrome trim are too
many?”
Answer: This many.
Despite that, the Stinger’s performance, handling and value
take Kia to a whole new level.
Shoppers should be happy to follow it there.
Why does one
dealership
charge more
for same car?
Dealers
group
chair
thinks
so-called
stair-step
incentive
programs
are a
bad idea
Eric D. Lawrence
@endangeredlaw
Detroit Free Press
If you’ve wondered why the
prices for similar cars at different
dealerships are sometimes far
apart, the head of a national trade
group for auto dealers can offer
one explanation.
And he says the practice is a
bad idea.
During a talk in Detroit this
week, Mark Scarpelli, chairman
of the National Automobile Dealers Association, blasted so-called
stair-step incentive programs
(where dealers get cash from
automakers for meeting sales
goals) as programs that ultimately hurt brand loyalty.
Scarpelli told a group gathered
for an Automotive Press Association luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club stair-step incentives
can lead to “wild discrepancies”
in prices between dealerships,
which can destroy customer confidence in the sales process.
“Any dealer who’s had to deal
with these programs can tell you
that they are not only trust killers, but they’re brand killers, too.
Not being able to offer two customers the same price on the exact same equipped vehicle, just
because they came into the dealership on different days of the
month, destroys consumer confidence,” Scarpelli said.
Criticism of stair-step incentives is not new. The programs,
which are employed by numerous
automakers, can be hard on
smaller dealers who struggle to
meet sales targets.
But Scarpelli, who read from
prepared remarks, indicated the
issue is critical because the industry, despite a solid sales month in
September, is in the midst of a
lengthy sales plateau. He said
dealers and automakers must
work cooperatively to help consumers buy the vehicles they
want in a way that instills confidence in the sales process.
The programs are designed to
increase sales, but they actually
do something else, he said.
To start, you have a program
designed to increase sales volume. But you achieve higher volume only by lowering prices. So
you aren’t creating new demand,
you’re just dropping to a lower
“Today’s customer just wants
to be treated fairly,” says
Mark Scarpelli, chairman of
the National Automobile
Dealers Association. NADA
point on the demand curve. But
because you’ve done so in a way
that erodes desire for your brand,
you’ve actually created less demand. You’ve created a new, lower demand curve, Scarpelli said.
“And on a new, lower-demand
curve, you only have two choices:
You can sell fewer vehicles, or you
can further lower prices just to be
able to sell the same amount you
would have originally,” he said.
Scarpelli cited research showing dealers are rated higher when
pricing for vehicles is considered
transparent by the customer. “Today’s customer just wants to be
treated fairly. They’ve gotten over
the mental (hurdle) of what vehicles cost by the time they’ve gotten to the dealership,” he said.
A trade group representing
automakers disagreed with the
dealers’ assessment of stair-step
incentives.
“Consumers benefit when
there is competition in the marketplace. Stair-step incentives are
voluntary programs that reward
dealers for good sales performance. The Alliance is not aware
of any data showing lower sales
prices have a negative effect on
brand loyalty with consumers,”
said a statement from Scott Hall,
spokesman for the Alliance of
Automobile Manufacturers.
Scarpelli
blasted
stair-step
incentive
programs
(where
dealers get
cash from
automakers
for meeting
sales goals) as
programs
that
ultimately
hurt brand
loyalty.
STEVE HELBER, AP
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
4B MONEY
AMERICA’S MARKETS
What to watch
STORY STOCKS
Price: $58.81 Day’s high: $59.40 Low: $58.59
Trading on Friday the 13th can be frightful
Adam Shell
@adamshell
USA TODAY
Investors who suffer from triskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia might want to tread
carefully when trading on Friday
the 13th.
It’s a one-two phobic punch.
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of
the number 13. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday
the 13th.
What’s the market connection?
The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock
index performs worse on Fridays
that end in 13 than it does on every other Friday. Since 1928,
there have been 152 Friday the
13ths. And the S&P 500 has posted average daily gains of 0.02%,
lower than the 0.05% gain for the
4,466 Fridays from 1928 to 2016,
DJIA
Change
$0.26
% chg
0.4%
$60
The airliner is finally saying aloha and plans to add
flights to Hawaii starting next year or in 2019.
Southwest will fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which has
increased range and efficiency and seats 175 passengers. Hawaiian Holdings’ shares dropped.
Price: $26.14 Day’s high: $26.41
Sept. 14
Low: $25.78
4-WEEK TREND
21st Century Fox
Change
$0.03
% chg
0.1%
$30
The U.S. men’s soccer team’s upset elimination from
the 2018 World Cup sent the company’s shares lower since it reportedly paid more than $400 million
for the broadcast rights. Shares had a strong morning, making up some of the loss.
$26.14
$25
Sept. 14
General Motors
% chg
-1.3%
Oct. 12
4-WEEK TREND
Price: $44.89 Day’s high: $45.43 Low: $44.15
Change
-$0.58
Oct. 12
$50
The automaker plans to idle a factory in Detroit for
six weeks to pare inventory before permanent production cuts. It reportedly will slow the assembly
line by 20% and lay off 200 workers following the
temporary shutdown because of slowing sales.
$44.89
$30
Sept. 14
Oct. 12
22,841.01
DOW
JONES
SPX
-4.31
INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE
23,000
S&P
500
STANDARD & POOR'S
CHANGE: -.2%
CLOSE: 2,550.93
YTD: +312.10
PREV. CLOSE: 2,555.24
YTD % CHG: +13.9% RANGE: 2,548.31-2,555.33
COMP
NASDAQ
RUT
RUSSELL
-12.04
COMPOSITE
-1.76
RUSSELL 2000 INDEX
CHANGE: -.2%
CLOSE: 6,591.51
YTD: +1,208.39
PREV. CLOSE: 6,603.55
YTD % CHG: +22.5% RANGE: 6,586.32-6,613.50
20,000
April
DXC Technology (DXC)
Will combine government, private businesses.
Host Hotels & Resorts (HST)
Stock rating raised to buy at Deutsche Bank.
$ Chg
YTD
% Chg % Chg
91.20 +3.55
+4.1 +34.2
Price
6,591.51
STANDARD & POOR’S 500
6,600
CHANGE: -.1%
CLOSE: 1,505.16
YTD: +148.03
PREV. CLOSE: 1,506.92
YTD % CHG: +10.9% RANGE: 1,501.13-1,508.43
Company (ticker symbol)
Oct.
NASDAQ COMPOSITE
S&P 500’S BIGGEST GAINERS/LOSERS
5,600
19.40
+.73
+3.9
2,300
April
+3.0
XL Group (XL)
40.67
Shares up after lower-than-expected storm estimate.
+1.30
Fastenal (FAST)
Shares make up loss on disappointing margins.
+1.43
+3.2
-2.2
W.W. Grainger (GWW)
177.55 +5.05
Shares make up loss on weak peer margin data.
+2.9
-23.6
CF Industries (CF)
Shares rise another day since hold rating.
J.B. Hunt Transport (JBHT)
Shares climb all day ahead of earnings call.
45.94
35.84
+.93
+3.3
+2.7
+9.2
Oct.
+2.5
+11.6
Conagra Brands (CAG)
Positive company note, shares jump early.
34.59
+.80
+2.4
-12.5
Idexx Labs (IDXX)
Shares move higher as fund manager buys.
161.76 +3.68
Synopsys (SNPS)
84.74
Reaches year’s high as fund manager reveals position.
+1.88
+2.3 +37.9
+2.3 +44.0
YTD
% Chg % Chg
Price
$ Chg
190.16
-17.73
-8.5
-25.4
PG&E (PCG)
64.50 -4.65
Dips on speculation downed power line caused wildfires.
-6.7
+6.1
AT&T (T)
Expects to lose DirecTV video subscribers.
35.86
-2.33
-6.1
-15.7
Juniper Networks (JNPR)
Stock rating downgraded to neutral at Nomura.
25.47
-1.40
-5.2
-9.9
Dish Network (DISH)
Shares dip to 52-week low on weak AT&T data.
49.03
-2.62
-5.1
-15.4
Ulta Beauty (ULTA)
Stock rating lowered at Cleveland Research.
Fund, ranked by size
Vanguard 500IdxAdmrl
Vanguard TtlSMIdxAdmrl
Vanguard InsIdxIns
Vanguard TtlSMIdxInv
Vanguard TtInSIdxInv
Vanguard TtlSMIdxIns
Vanguard InsIdxInsPlus
Vanguard TtInSIdxInsPlus
Fidelity Contrafund
Vanguard WlngtnAdmrl
NAV
235.65
63.87
232.50
63.85
17.85
63.88
232.52
119.41
123.73
73.16
Chg.
-0.38
-0.09
-0.37
-0.09
+0.01
-0.09
-0.37
+0.08
-0.08
-0.09
4wk 1
+2.3%
+2.7%
+2.3%
+2.7%
+1.6%
+2.7%
+2.3%
+1.6%
+2.3%
+1.8%
YTD 1
+15.7%
+15.4%
+15.7%
+15.3%
+23.5%
+15.4%
+15.7%
+23.6%
+26.5%
+10.6%
Signet Jewelers (SIG)
Negative notes, fund manager reduces.
Comcast (CMCSA)
AT&T data seen as negative for industry.
61.59
35.95
-1.21
-4.3
+21.3
-2.50
-3.9
-34.7
-1.47
-3.9
+4.1
Discovery Communications (DISCK)
18.23
Shares continue to fall as company seeks clarity on Brexit.
-.70
-3.7
-31.9
Foot Locker (FL)
Shares extend losing streak on ex-dividend.
-1.19
-3.6
-55.7
31.43
SECTOR
PERFORMANCE
DAILY YTD
Technology
-0.2%
24.5%
Health care
-0.1%
19.9%
Materials
0.2%
16.8%
Industrials
0.5%
16.0%
Financials
-0.8%
12.3%
0.5%
12.3%
Consumer discret.
-0.7%
11.5%
Consumer staples
0.4%
5.3%
Telecom
-1.0%
1.9%
Energy
-0.4%
-9.5%
1 – CAPITAL GAINS AND DIVIDENDS REINVESTED
ETF, ranked by volume
SPDR Financial
SPDR S&P500 ETF Tr
CS VelSh 3xLongNatGs
iShs Emerg Mkts
VanE Vect Gld Miners
Barc iPath Vix ST
ProShs Ultra VIX ST
iShares Rus 2000
US Oil Fund LP
PowerShs QQQ Trust
Ticker
XLF
SPY
UGAZ
EEM
GDX
VXX
UVXY
IWM
USO
QQQ
Close
26.12
254.64
10.83
46.24
23.72
35.97
17.36
149.64
10.23
147.77
Chg.
-0.20
-0.35
+0.65
-0.02
-0.08
-0.26
-0.19
-0.11
-0.13
-0.27
% Chg
-0.8%
-0.1%
+6.4%
unch.
-0.3%
-0.7%
-1.1%
-0.1%
-1.3%
-0.2%
%YTD
+12.3%
+13.9%
-76.6%
+32.1%
+13.4%
unch.
unch.
+11.0%
-12.7%
+24.7%
INTEREST RATES
MORTGAGE RATES
Type
Prime lending
Federal funds
3 mo. T-bill
5 yr. T-note
10 yr. T-note
Type
30 yr. fixed
15 yr. fixed
1 yr. ARM
5/1 ARM
Close 6 mo ago
4.25%
4.00%
1.16%
0.91%
1.07%
0.79%
1.94%
1.77%
2.32%
2.24%
SOURCE: BANKRATE.COM
Commodities
Close
Prev.
Cattle (lb.)
1.12
1.14
Corn (bushel)
3.49
3.46
Gold (troy oz.)
1,293.30 1,285.80
Hogs, lean (lb.)
.61
.61
Natural Gas (Btu.)
2.99
2.89
Oil, heating (gal.)
1.77
1.79
Oil, lt. swt. crude (bar.)
50.60
51.30
Silver (troy oz.)
17.21
17.08
Soybeans (bushel)
9.92
9.65
Wheat (bushel)
4.31
4.33
Chg.
-0.02
+0.03
+7.50
unch.
+0.10
-0.02
-0.70
+0.13
+0.27
-0.02
% Chg.
-1.3%
+0.9%
+0.6%
-0.9%
+3.5%
-1.2%
-1.4%
+0.8%
+2.8%
-0.6%
Close
.7533
1.2457
6.5891
.8448
112.22
18.7823
CBOE VOLATILITY INDEX
Measures expected market volatility
based on S&P 500 index options pricing:
% YTD
-5.6%
-0.9%
+12.5%
-8.2%
-19.7%
+3.6%
-5.8%
+8.0%
-0.5%
+5.5%
20
9.91
SOURCE: BLOOMBERG AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Close
12,982.89
28,459.03
20,954.72
7,556.24
49,962.79
Prev.
.7567
1.2477
6.5860
.8435
112.42
18.7134
Prev.
12,970.68
28,389.57
20,881.27
7,533.81
50,139.68
40
6 mo. ago
.8004
1.3322
6.8927
.9436
109.71
18.7345
Yr. ago
.8202
1.3252
6.7161
.9081
104.25
18.9239
+0.06 (+0.6%)
S&P 500 P/E RATIO
The price-to-earnings ratio, based on
trailing 12-month “operating” earnings:
15
FOREIGN MARKETS
Country
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
Japan (Nikkei)
London
Mexico City
30
10
0
FOREIGN CURRENCIES
Currency per dollar
British pound
Canadian dollar
Chinese yuan
Euro
Japanese yen
Mexican peso
Utilities
Close 6 mo ago
3.82%
3.86%
3.05%
3.05%
3.24%
3.12%
3.35%
3.13%
COMMODITIES
Gap (GPS)
27.21
Shares extend losing streak in negative environment.
Oct.
MARKET PERFORMANCE BY SECTOR
TOP 10 EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS
+2.67
Company (ticker symbol)
April
AP
+13.9
108.35
2,550.93
2,550
TOP 10 MUTUAL FUNDS
LOSERS
$58.81
$50
DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS
CHANGE: -.1%
CLOSE: 22,841.01
YTD: +3,078.41
PREV. CLOSE: 22,872.89
YTD % CHG: +15.6% RANGE: 22,821.13-22,884.82
GAINERS
4-WEEK TREND
Southwest Airlines
according to Ryan Detrick, senior
market strategist for LPL Financial, who penned a report, Friday
the 13th in October? Oh No! If you
annualize those gains, Friday the
13th looks even worse, with a
4.2% gain vs. 12.8% for all Fridays.
If that’s not enough to give an
investor pause, Detrick’s analysis
shows that the two worst “Friday
the 13th” daily returns for the
S&P 500 took place in October: a
3.8% drop in 1933 and a 6.1%
drubbing in 1989.
Detrick sums up the calendar
quirk this way: “Unless you break
a mirror or see a black cat on Friday, we aren’t in any way saying
one day matters more or less than
another. Still, wouldn’t you know
it — Friday the 13th tends to be a
weak day on average, but taking it
a step further, this day does even
worse during October. You can’t
make this stuff up. Happy Friday
the 13th everyone.”
MAJOR INDEXES
-31.88
ALL THE MARKET ACTION IN REAL TIME.
MARKETS.USATODAY.COM
Change
+12.21
+69.46
+73.45
+22.43
-176.89
7.5
%Chg. YTD %
+0.1% +13.1%
+0.2% +29.4%
+0.4%
+9.6%
+0.3% +5.8%
-0.4%
+9.5%
SOURCES: MORNINGSTAR, DOW JONES INDEXES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
IN-DEPTH MARKETS COVERAGE
USATODAY.COM/MONEY
21.20
22.5
30
0
SOURCE BLOOMBERG
-0.04 (-0.2%)
3 trends emerge for customers from J.P. Morgan report
Adam Shell
@adamshell
USA TODAY
Anyone with an ATM card,
checking account or interestbearing CD was listening for
something positive when JPMorgan Chase, the No. 1 U.S. bank by
deposits, announced earnings.
For the most part, account
holders probably liked what the
bank’s chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, had to say Thursday.
The bank made $6.7 billion in
the third quarter, which topped
Wall Street expectations. The
main storyline was upbeat: People on Main Street are doing well
and are still filling out applications for mortgages and using
their credit cards responsibly.
But the things Lake told Wall
Street analysts in a conference
call were the real money quotes:
uCyber theft fears fail to
materialize: The high-profile
hack at credit-reporting firm
Equifax didn’t, um, break the
bank. Fears of cyber thieves using
data to file for loans using stolen
personal data didn’t materialize
AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
in any measurable way — at least
not yet. In fact, Lake said, “As a
practical matter we are not seeing
a significant increase in fraud.”
Nor, she said, did the cyber theft
of personal data of more than 145
million Americans from Equifax
hurt its loan business, saying,
“We saw no measurable impact.”
uGet used to puny interest:
There have been three shortterm interest rate hikes from the
Federal Reserve since December,
boosting the Fed’s key rate to a
range of 1% to 1.25%. Even so,
Lake said customers shouldn’t
expect interest paid on passbook
savings, checking accounts or
CDs to rise much. There has been
“very little or any movement in
repricing of consumer accounts,”
she said. But that could change if
the Fed, as it has signaled to markets, hikes rates again in December and three or four more times
next year. The national average
interest paid on savings accounts
is a skimpy 0.09%, according to
BankRate.com.
uHealthy state of consumers: CEO Jamie Dimon said in
the bank’s earnings report the
U.S. consumer “remains healthy,
thanks to solid wage growth.”
Lake backed up her boss’ claim,
noting strength in the home-loan
business: “Our consumer mortgage business remains strong and
is performing well.”
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
MONEY 5B
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
6B MONEY
STATE-BY-STATE
News from across the USA
ALABAMA Mobile: Volunteers
are needed Saturday to help
collect an invasive species at
Langan Park in Mobile, WKRGTV reports. The target: Apple
Snails. The island apple snail was
likely introduced by someone
dumping their aquarium into the
park’s pond.
ALASKA Kenai: The flu and
pneumonia replaced assault and
homicide as Alaska’s 10th leading
cause of death in 2016, according
to a state report. The report
shows that cancer is still the
leading cause of death in the
state.
ARIZONA Tempe: A movie that
chronicles a 2013 wildfire that
killed 19 Arizona firefighters
debuts this month. Only the Brave
is based on the Granite Mountain
Hotshots.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: State
prison officials plan to upgrade
security equipment, restrict
housing and make other changes
in response to a series of violent
attacks on guards by inmates.
CALIFORNIA Santa Ana: A man
who pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder in the death of his
mother will be sent to a state
mental hospital instead of prison,
The Orange County Register reports. Marvin Horatio Cipullo is
diagnosed with schizophrenia.
COLORADO Denver: The state
Supreme Court struck down a
Colorado law that banned immigrant smuggling. The 4-3 decision concluded that a similar
federal law should take precedence, The Denver Post reports.
HIGHLIGHT: ARIZONA
30-pound kitty needs a home, diet
The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX
Yale University’s endowment has
grown to a record $27.2 billion.
The Ivy League university says its
endowment earned an 11.3%
investment return for the fiscal
year that ended June 30.
DELAWARE Dover: The water
level at Silver Lake is becoming
noticeably lower through Oct. 20
in an annual draw down to let
lakeside residents clean up the
shoreline.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Eight
men ages 18 to 22 face charges for
alleged roles in a suburban Washington gang racketeering conspiracy. The government says the
men planned and committed
homicides and engaged in drug
and gun trafficking and extortion.
FLORIDA Fort Lauderdale: A
former Boca Raton postal worker
was sentenced to a year of house
arrest and probation after admitting she took bribes to deliver
marijuana packages, The SunSentinel reports.
GEORGIA Atlanta: A consumer
financial services company finds
that ATM fees in metropolitan
Atlanta are among the highest in
the county, WSB-TV reports.
HAWAII Honolulu: The Coast
Guard rescued 20 men Tuesday
from a 79-foot commercial fishing vessel that ran aground off
Diamond Head near Waikiki.
Officials say there were no injuries.
IDAHO Caldwell: A Canyon
County jail deputy sustained
head injuries during an escape
attempt by two inmates. Other
deputies intervened and prevented the inmates from escaping.
state is awarding more than
$275,000 to boost seven preservation projects around Indiana.
The grants will be matched by
$249,000 in local and private
funds.
IOWA Des Moines: Iowa has set
up a Text-to-911 system for wireless phones. Officials say 94 of
Iowa’s 113 emergency call centers
can accept text messages from at
least one wireless carrier. The
remaining centers are expected
to have that capability by the end
of the year.
KANSAS Wichita: State law-
makers are expressing outrage
after learning that more than 70
foster children are missing, The
Kansas City Star reports. Officials
say that in many cases, children
went to their biological families
or other people with whom they
have a relationship.
people working in fields ranging
from music to computer science
were selected as MacArthur
fellows and will receive so-called
“genius” grants of $625,000 to
spend any way they wish. The
Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
announced the fellows this week.
“It’s not a
healthy weight
for a cat. It can
create diabetes
issues, issues on
their joints and
limbs.”
Jose Santiago, a spokesman for
Animal Care and Control
“It’s not a healthy weight for
a cat,” Santiago said. “It can
create diabetes issues, issues on
their joints and limbs.”
Detroit area for part of 2018. The
work will close the westbound
lanes between I-94 and I-75.
Work is expected to be completed
by late 2018.
MINNESOTA Minneapolis: The
state Supreme Court has reversed
impaired driving convictions of a
woman who was found slumped
over in her car three times after
allegedly inhaling compressed air
that contained DFE. The court
said DFE isn’t listed as hazardous
in state law.
MISSISSIPPI Vicksburg: A 76-
year-old man was found safe a
day after he was reported missing
from the nursing home where he
lives, The Vicksburg Post reports.
James Wesley Jenkins found
sitting in a ravine.
MISSOURI Columbia: The Uni-
KENTUCKY Frankfort: State
versity of Missouri System Board
of Curators plans a more direct
role in unifying and overseeing
the system’s four campuses, The
Columbia Missourian reports.
officials report a big increase in
the number of Kentucky adults
and children getting disability
benefits. The report covering
1980 to 2015 says the population
climbed 21% in that time but
combined adult and child disability enrollment rose by 249%.
MONTANA Kalispell: The National Park Service says 3.3 million people have visited Glacier
National Park so far this year,
making 2017 the busiest year in
park history, The Flathead Beacon
reports.
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: Au-
NEBRASKA Lincoln: State ento-
thorities say 10 people will face
hazing charges in the death of a
Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a
night of drinking last
month. One of those
suspects faces a
negligent homicide
charge in the death of Maxwell Gruver, 18, a school
spokesman says.
mologists say they’re getting
more calls about pirate bugs. The
tiny critters become more noticeable in the
fall, when they
move from the
woods into backyards and parks.
Their bite is
painful, but officials say they’re
not a health risk
to people or
animals.
MAINE South Portland: With the election less than a
month away, the
chairman of the local
school board is trying
to find a write-in
candidate for a board
seat that no one is running to claim, The Portland Press Herald reports.
MARYLAND Annapolis: Five
people are charged with murder
in the beating death of a woman
whose body was found buried in a
clandestine grave, The Capital
Gazette reports. Police believe the
killing of Jenni Rivera Lopez, 21,
was gang-related.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston: The
ILLINOIS Chicago: Twenty-three
Despite Jack’s friendly demeanor, there are health
concerns with his current weight. LURISSA CARBAJAL, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC
Jack “desperately” needs to
shed some weight. The shelter
said its staff will work with the
cat while trying to find the best
home possible for him.
“If someone wants to adopt
him as-is, we’re going to recommend not only do they take him
to a vet to make sure everything
is OK with him, but try to get
him (to) drop weight as well,”
Santiago said.
It is important for Jack’s new
owners to get him as active as
possible, as soon as possible.
According to shelter officials,
portion control can help a cat
lose weight.
SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls:
Apartment builders here saw a
record year in 2016, adding more
rental housing than in any single
year in the city’s history, The
Argus Leader reports. Building
permits for apartments last year
spiked to nearly 1,600.
TENNESSEE Nashville: Open
records advocates want state
agencies to let people take cellphone photos of public records.
The Tennessee Office of Open
Records Counsel issued a policy
that prohibited such action.
TEXAS Houston: Following
INDIANA Indianapolis: The
CONNECTICUT New Haven:
SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia:
The South Carolina State Fair’s
148th edition is underway in
Columbia. The fair will run
through Oct. 22. This year, the
fair has more than 60 rides, including the new Bullettrain roller
coaster.
Lurissa Carbajal
One way to look at it:
There’s just more of this cat to
love.
A cat turned in to the Maricopa County animal shelter in
Phoenix on Wednesday caused
a bit of a squeeze on space.
Jack, a 2-year-old domestic
shorthair, weighs 30 pounds.
Maricopa County Animal
Care and Control said Jack is
“friendly, sweet and just a cool
cat.”
In the cage, Jack showed a
constant need for petting and
got excited when a new person
entered the room.
Jack would look up with
green eyes that appeared to be
pleading for affection. There
was a bowl of food near him,
but he wasn’t spotted eating.
When he wasn’t receiving
enough attention, Jack wandered back to his bed to sleep.
Jose Santiago, a spokesman
for Animal Care and Control,
said the cat’s owner died unexpectedly. Jack was brought in
with another cat by a relative of
the owner, Santiago said.
Both cats were put up for
adoption, but they don’t have to
be adopted together, he said.
Despite Jack’s friendly demeanor, there are health concerns with his current weight.
cast a unanimous vote of “no
confidence” in school administrators. The vote comes after 91
teachers called in sick Oct. 6 at
Pilgrim High School during contract negotiations.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts is
getting a gift of 113 17th century
Dutch and Flemish works by 76
artists, including what’s considered one of the finest privately
owned Rembrandt portraits.
MICHIGAN Warren: Officials
say a $90 million construction
project will shut down a busy
stretch of Interstate 696 in the
NEVADA Reno:
Washoe County
health officials
have confirmed
their first fatal case
of hantavirus since
1995. A Reno resident
who contracted the
disease transmitted by rodents
died late last week.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Lancaster: A
woman who spent time in prison
for digging up her father’s grave
in search of his “real will” has
been sent back after violating her
parole conditions, The Caledonian-Record reports. Police say
Melanie Nash feels that she was
shorted in her inheritance.
NEW JERSEY Sparta: Authori-
ties arrested a handyman accused
of stealing more than $200,000
worth of comic books and artwork from an unoccupied home
he was hired to repair.
NEW MEXICO Alamogordo:
Painting rocks and hiding them
has become the latest craze in
Alamogordo. Patricia Glore is
founder of the Alamo Rocks Facebook page, which has more than
2,300 members. Local organizations such as the Alamogordo
Public Library also are involved,
hosting rock painting parties.
Hurricane Harvey, officials in the
Houston area are going forward
with programs to purchase nearly
100 homes that have a history of
getting flooded. Officials say the
buyouts are “a key piece” of mitigating future flooding and damage from storms.
UTAH Provo: The race for mayor
NEW YORK Poughkeepsie:
Authorities say Poughkeepsie
High School was placed on lockdown after a fight broke out
among students and another
brawl erupted when their parents
arrived, the Poughkeepsie Journal
reports.
of this predominantly Mormon
Utah city means it will get its first
woman mayor in its 157-year
history. The candidates are former city councilwoman Sherrie
Hall Everett and school board
member Michelle Kaufusi, The
Salt Lake Tribune reports.
NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh:
The North Carolina Education
Lottery’s head is retiring next
spring. Alice Garland will step
down as executive director at the
end of March. She became the
lottery’s chief in 2010.
VERMONT East Burke: Work
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck:
State officials say the Dakota
Access oil pipeline has boosted
North Dakota tax revenues by $18
million in its first three months of
operation, the Bismarck Tribune
reports. State oil production
increased 3.5% in August.
VIRGINIA Richmond: Residents
OHIO Toledo: State officials
want three people to pay more
than $30,000 for three large fish
kills in August blamed on livestock manure spread on farm
fields. Ohio law bars farmers from
putting manure on fields before
heavy rain.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City:
Lawmakers are considering restrictions on wind turbines near
military bases, The Oklahoman
reports. Wind energy
experts say they’re willing to work with the
state and the military
to ensure that the
turbines and
construction
to build
them don’t
harm
training
objectives.
OREGON Port-
land: Health
officials say a
coyote that bit a
man at a Gervais farm tested
positive for rabies. In Oregon,
only three coyotes have tested
positive for the disease in the past
decade.
PENNSYLVANIA Lebanon:
Employees of the Cedar Haven
Healthcare Center nursing home
have voted to strike for the second year in a row, The Lebanon
Daily News reports. A union
official says employee health care
contributions and reductions in
paid time off are at the center of
contract talks this year.
RHODE ISLAND Warwick: The
Warwick Teachers’ Union has
has begun to remove an old dam
on the Passumpsic River in East
Burke. The removal, to be completed by spring, will open 99
miles of river to the passage of
fish and other aquatic organisms.
in the metro Richmond area are
being asked to conserve water
because of the unusually low level
of the James River, The Richmond
Times-Dispatch reports. Voluntary cutbacks affect the city, as
well as Henrico, Chesterfield,
Hanover, Goochland and Powhatan counties.
WASHINGTON Seattle: The
Humane Society of the United
States is offering a $5,000 reward
for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of a man
who tossed a sick dog out of a
purple Dodge minivan in West
Seattle last month, KOMO-TV
reports. The Seattle Animal Shelter says the pit bull terrier didn’t
survive.
WEST VIRGINIA Clarksburg:
Officials say the Louis A. Johnson
VA Medical Center in Clarksburg intentionally skewed
patient data to reduce
reported wait times
and the volume of
patients. A whistleblower prompted the
investigation, which also
found that 602 veterans
were charged incorrect copayments.
WISCONSIN Madison: The
University of Wisconsin
System’s two-year schools would
merge with its four-year campuses under a plan system President
Ray Cross announced this week
in hopes of boosting flagging
enrollment.
WYOMING Cheyenne: The
government halted a wild horse
roundup in Wyoming amid a
legal dispute over whether foals
should count toward the roundup
quota. The Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and two photographers sued, saying the Bureau
of Land Management was about
to top its limit.
Compiled from staff and wire reports.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
E6
Chasing
Warriors
SECTION C
Week 6
preview
Cleveland is
among the
teams trying
to catch up to
Golden State.
NBA Powers
Rankings 5C
Kansas City,
with its perfect
record, faces
Pittsburgh. Capsule previews of
the weekend
games 2C
DERRICK ROSE BY KEN BLAZE,
USA TODAY SPORTS
SPORTSLINE
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
STAKES RISING
JASEN VINLOVE, USA TODAY SPORTS
FIRST WORD
PEACEFUL PROTESTS
ARE FINE. YOU HAVE
YOUR RIGHT TO VOICE YOUR
OPINION. AS LONG AS IT’S A
PEACEFUL PROTEST, EVERYONE SHOULD BE FINE WITH
THAT.”
Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter
on saying he would be fine with
players on his team taking a
knee during the national anthem, but he did not say whether he would do the same if he
were still playing, according to
the New York “Daily News.”
AMERICAN LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
New York Yankees at Houston Astros,
8 p.m. ET Friday, Fox Sports 1
uKey matchups in series and what to
watch for 4C
NATIONAL LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve
is coming off a big series against the
Red Sox. TROY TAORMINA, USA TODAY SPORTS
Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals
winner at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8 p.m.
ET Saturday, TBS
uGame 5 of the Cubs-Nationals NL
Division Series ended too late for this
edition. For coverage and an NLCS
preview, go to mlb.usatoday.com
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hit
two home runs in Game 5 vs. the
Indians. ADAM HUNGER, USA TODAY SPORTS
NOTABLE NUMBERS
$500,000
In donations led by the San
Francisco Bay Area’s major
sports teams that will go to the
American Red Cross’ California
wildfires relief efforts. The San
Jose Sharks, San Francisco
49ers, Oakland Athletics, San
Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders
and Golden State Warriors
teamed up.
$250,000
In contributions from the NFL,
along with the Dallas Cowboys,
New England Patriots, Oakland
Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers,
to rebuild homes damaged in
last month’s Mexico City earthquake. The NFL Foundation,
Patriots, Raiders and Steelers
teamed up to donate $200,000
to Fundación Banorte to support disaster relief. Banorte, a
Mexican bank, pledged to
match the contributions. The
Cowboys will contribute $50,000
to the Salvation Army’s relief
efforts. The Raiders face the
Patriots at Mexico City’s Estadio
Azteca on Nov. 19.
NLDS Game 5 was tense Thursday, as the Cubs scored first, the Nationals rallied and Chicago went back ahead in the
fifth inning, when Addison Russell, above, doubled in two runs and later scored on a passed ball. BRAD MILLS, USA TODAY SPORTS
MICHAEL CLEVENGER, THE COURIER-JOURNAL
LAST WORD
“WE DON’T HAVE NOTHING
TO WORRY ABOUT. NONE OF
US ARE IN IT. WE DID EVERYTHING THE RIGHT WAY, AND
THAT WAS THAT. AND WE
CAME HERE BECAUSE OF THE
RIGHT THINGS.”
Kentucky freshman guard
Quade Green at the UK media
day Thursday, according to “The
(Louisville) Courier-Journal,”
when asked about the FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting.
Cousins faces NFL reinstates
awkward start Elliott suspension
Dallas running back’s lawyers ponder move
He will lead
Redskins against
his former mentor
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Championship Series since the
first league championships
were played in 1969
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When Kirk Cousins takes the
field Sunday for the Washington Redskins, the quarterback
will find himself at a curious intersection of his past, present
and — possibly — his future.
On the visiting sideline will
be San Francisco 49ers coach
Kyle Shanahan, who played a
role in Washington’s selection
of Cousins in the fourth round
of the 2012 draft (three rounds
after the team took Robert Griffin III second overall). Shanahan also helped position
Cousins for his unexpected rise
to starter three years later.
On the home sideline, and on
the mic in Cousins’ helmet: Jay
Gruden, who picked up where
Shanahan left off when Washington fired the then-offensive
coordinator and his father, head
Kyle Shanahan played a key
role in Washington QB Kirk
Cousins’ development.
JAY BIGGERSTAFF, USA TODAY SPORTS
coach Mike Shanahan, at the
end of the 2013 season. Gruden
eventually hitched his Washington tenure to Cousins,
choosing him over the former
face of the franchise, Griffin, in
2015.
Now Cousins and Gruden
aim to lead the Redskins to a
third consecutive winning season and a return to the playoffs.
v STORY CONTINUES ON 6C
Dallas Cowboys running back
Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence
has been reinstated. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a
district court’s preliminary injunction Thursday and instructed the
lower court to dismiss the case.
The NFL said the suspension
would be effective immediately.
The Cowboys have a bye this week
before facing the San Francisco
49ers a week from Sunday.
The 2-1 decision comes after
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant
granted a temporary injunction in
the case, which he ruled was “fundamentally unfair.” Because Elliott filed prior to arbitrator
Harold Henderson’s ruling on his
suspension, judges Edward C. Prado and Jennifer Walker Elrod
ruled that the running back had
“had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies.”
Frank Salzano, a lawyer for Elliott, wrote in a statement that his
team is “exploring all of our legal
options and will make a decision
as to what is the best course of action in the next few days.”
The likely next step could be to
pursue the case in New York, where
the NFL already filed a case on the
matter. Lawyers from the NFL Players Association representing Elliott
could ask the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of New York to
issue an injunction. The NFLPA said
in part in a statement: “The failures
of due process by the NFL articulated in the district court’s decision
were not addressed.”
“We could very well have the
same results that we had in Texas’
district court, and Elliott could be
again granted a temporary restraining order,” sports law attorney Daniel Wallach, a partner at Becker &
Poliakoff, told USA TODAY Sports.
“The ‘fundamental fairness’ issue
and the irreparable harm haven’t diminished with time. In fact, there’s
significantly more harm now since
the Cowboys are nearing the middle
of the season.”
If Elliott serves his suspension,
he’d be eligible to return in Week 13.
While Elliott was not arrested or
charged by prosecutors, the NFL
cited statements from Elliott’s former girlfriend and photos that
showed injuries Elliott allegedly inflicted in July 2016 for the basis for
his suspension. The six-game ban is
the baseline punishment for domestic violence under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
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NFL
WEEK 6 PREVIEW
Bears (1-4)
at Ravens (3-2)
Smith. He improved on his
league-leading numbers with a
130.2 rating vs. Houston. He has
11 TD passes and no INTs and
has thrown 168 consecutive
passes without a pick.
TV: Sunday, 1, Fox (Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink)
The matchup: The Mitchell
Trubisky era got underway vs.
the Vikings, and the No. 2 overall pick goes from facing one
talented and dangerous defense to another — coordinator
Dean Pees’ Baltimore Ravens
have 12 takeaways. The Bears
were near the bottom of the
NFL in giveaways. Trubisky’s insertion on offense sparks optimism, but the defense lost
another starter. OLB Willie
Young (torn triceps) was put on
injured reserve, the fifth starter
in 2017 to land there. The Ravens return home tied with the
Pittsburgh Steelers atop the
AFC North. QB Joe Flacco completed his first game without a
turnover, and his offense overcame the loss of RG Dan Skura
(knee) and RB Terrance West
(calf).
Browns (0-5)
at Texans (2-3)
TV: Sunday, 1, CBS (Andrew
Catalon, James Lofton)
The matchup: This season
was supposed to be about the
Browns developing rookie QB
DeShone Kizer, but Kizer was
benched after turning the ball
over twice in the red zone in
Week 5. Coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday that Kevin Hogan would start Sunday,
but the Texans aren’t scared of
either. On the bright side, No. 1
overall pick Myles Garrett had
two sacks in his NFL debut. Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson, whom the Browns handed
to the Texans during last year’s
draft for a 2018 first-round pick,
has nine TD passes the last two
weeks, and suddenly the Texans rank among the top five in
scoring and rushing. Watson
has WR DeAndre Hopkins on
track for a career year. The Texans lost two of their best defenders
to
season-ending
injuries, DE J.J. Watt (leg) and
OLB Whitney Mercilus (torn
chest muscle).
Packers (4-1)
at Vikings (3-2)
TV: Sunday, 1, Fox (Thom
Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin
Andrew)
The matchup: QB Aaron
Rodgers’ late-game mastery
was on display again, but
Green Bay unearthed a run
game with rookie Aaron Jones
racking up 125 rushing yards.
He unlocks Green Bay’s play-action game, yet another dimension for this lethal offense.
Packers S Kentrell Brice and CBs
Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins stepped up after injuries to SS Morgan Burnett
(hamstring) and rookie CB Kevin King (concussion). Vikings QB
Sam Bradford, who missed
three weeks (left knee), started
vs. the Bears but was replaced
by Case Keenum in the first half.
With rookie phenom Dalvin
Cook (torn ACL) on injured reserve, Jerick McKinnon rushed
for 95 yards, including a 58-yard
TD run. Vikings WR Adam Thielen had 12 catches for 202 yards
and two TDs vs. the Packers last
December, a few months after
teammate Stefon Diggs racked
up 9-182-1. Green Bay welcomed back top CB Davon
House (thigh muscle) last week
after a two-game absence.
Lions (3-2)
at Saints (2-2)
TV: Sunday, 1, Fox (Dan Hellie,
Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager)
The matchup: Lions QB Mat-
Chargers (1-4)
at Raiders (2-3)
Packers rookie Aaron Jones rushed for 125 yards last weekend. MATTHEW EMMONS, USA TODAY SPORTS
thew Stafford played much of
the second half last weekend
with thigh and ankle injuries.
The Lions have given up 12 sacks
over the last two games,
suggesting the line needs to
plug leaky pass protection.
Stafford has been sacked a
league-high 18 times. After producing a league-best 11 takeaways and 47 points off
turnovers through four games,
the Lions defense came up
empty vs. Carolina. Injuries are
wreaking havoc along the
Saints offensive front as RT Zach
Strief (knee) was placed on IR.
LT Terron Armstead is expected
to make his 2017 debut after
offseason shoulder surgery, enabling versatile rookie Ryan
Ramczyk to replace Strief. Despite the moving parts, the
Saints are only the third NFL
team since 1933 to be turnoverfree through its first four games.
Dolphins (2-2)
at Falcons (3-1)
TV: Sunday, 1, CBS (Greg
Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie
Erdahl)
The matchup: Although the
Dolphins beat the Titans, QB
Jay Cutler and the offense continued to struggle. Miami fans
chanted for Matt Moore, but
coach Adam Gase cited poor
blocking as well as dropped
passes and ragged route running as contributing factors. Miami has the NFL-worst pointsper-game average (10.25) and
ranks at the bottom in passing
yards and second-to-last in
rushing yards per game. Some
Falcons said the loss to the Bills
before the bye week made it
more difficult to relax. QB Matt
Ryan has already has thrown
five interceptions, two fewer
than all of last season. He also
has had a hand in six turnovers
the last two weeks, including a
pick-six and a fumble returned
for a TD. Coach Dan Quinn is
hopeful to have several injured
starters back, including WR Julio Jones (hip), RT Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and LB Vic
Beasley (hamstring), the NFL’s
reigning sack champion.
Patriots (3-2)
at Jets (3-2)
TV: Sunday, 1, CBS (Ian Eagle,
Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)
The matchup: New England’s defense redeemed itself
by limiting Tampa Bay to 14
points and made a last-minute
stand to preserve the victory,
but the Patriots still struggled to
score. TE Rob Gronkowski
(thigh) is expected back. For the
first time in his 15-year NFL career, Jets QB Josh McCown has
guided a team to three wins in
a row. A week after RBs Bilal
Powell and Elijah McGuire combined for 256 yards on 31 carries, the Jets were limited to 25
yards on 13 carries. The Patriots
are yielding 124 rushing yards
per game and gave up 140 vs.
Tampa Bay, so there might be
opportunities. The Pats have
won both road games this season, following their 8-0 road
mark in 2016. But QB Tom Brady,
40, is on pace to be hit 102 times
and sacked 51 times. The Pats
offensive line has to better protect him.
49ers (0-5)
at Redskins (2-2)
TV: Sunday, 1, Fox (Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura
Okmin)
The matchup: This might be
San Francisco’s most important
game of the season, if only because the 49ers could be getting an up-close look at their
future quarterback, Kirk Cousins. First-year coach Kyle Shanahan, a former Washington
assistant, has to be scratching
his head about what he needs
to do to earn his first NFL victory.
San Francisco’s last four losses
have come by a combined 11
points. To make matters worse,
LB NaVorro Bowman was
grumbling about his playing
time and RB Carlos Hyde basically got benched during the
Colts loss. Playing in what might
be the NFL’s best division, the
Redskins can’t afford to come
out of their bye with a drop-off.
With games at Philadelphia
and Seattle coming up sandwiched around a home date
with the Cowboys, this franchise
can’t lose this week. The loss of
CB Josh Norman could be a
problem against an underrated group of Niners receivers.
Buccaneers (2-2)
at Cardinals (2-3)
TV: Sunday, 4:05, Fox (Kenny
Albert, Charles Davis, Pam
Oliver)
The
matchup:
Anyone
ready to start designing Jameis
Winston’s Hall of Fame bust
might want to put those plans
on hold. The third-year quarterback has stumbled recently.
Getting RB Doug Martin back
should give Tampa Bay’s offense another dimension. The
Bucs defense, which looked
shaky earlier in the season,
showed some good things vs.
New England. Arizona’s aging
squad is centered around QB
Carson Palmer and WR Larry
Fitzgerald, well into their 30s.
Other than S Tyrann Mathieu
and injured RB David Johnson,
there aren’t a lot of pieces to
build upon. Injuries continue to
pile up. T Jared Veldheer, one of
the only remaining starters on a
patchwork offensive line, went
down (knee) last week. The Cardinals acquired RB Adrian Peterson this week and cut RB
Chris Johnson.
L.A. Rams (3-2)
at Jaguars (3-2)
TV: Sunday, 4:05, Fox (Dick
Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake)
The matchup: The Rams
came within a catch of beating
rival Seattle, which would have
made them 4-1 and firmly in the
driver’s seat in the NFC West.
Five turnovers played a part in
the loss, which coach Sean
McVay said has him “extremely
concerned.” This week QB Jared
Goff faces a menacing secondary that picked off five Ben
Roethlisberger passes last
week. Tom Coughlin, hired as
executive VP of football operations, didn’t need long to make
an impression in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars are looking like the
New York Giants of the Super
Bowl years, with an effective
running game and a menacing
defense that pressures quarterbacks and forces turnovers. The
offense rode rookie RB Leonard
Fournette heavily and needed
QB Blake Bortles for just 14 pass
attempts. The Rams are 3-0
when RB Todd Gurley gets 20 or
more touches, 0-2 when he
doesn’t.
Steelers (3-2)
at Chiefs (5-0)
TV: Sunday, 4:25, CBS (Jim
Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
The matchup: Frustrated QB
Ben Roethlisberger said after
being intercepted five times in
Jacksonville, inluding two returned for TDs, “You just find a
way to move on and play better.” Will he? RB Le’Veon Bell
rushed for only 47 yards and
the defense allowed 231 yards
rushing, though 90 came on a
Leonard Fournette TD with 1:47
left in the game. Many players
had a hand in Kansas City’s
ninth consecutive road victory,
but none more than QB Alex
TV: Sunday, 4:25, CBS (Kevin
Harlan, Rich Gannon)
The matchup: The Chargers
had lost nine consecutive
games, including the final five
of the 2016 season, before giving Anthony Lynn his first win as
the team’s head coach against
the New York Giants. Chargers
QB Philip Rivers will be facing a
Raiders pass defense that has
allowed a completion percentage of 68.7 this season. After
winning their first two games by
a combined 71-36, the Raiders
have lost three games in a row
by a combined 73-37. Their 3017 loss at home to Baltimore
came with EJ Manuel at quarterback as Derek Carr was sidelined by a back injury. But head
coach Jack Del Rio says Carr will
be ready to play vs. the Chargers. This is the second of three
in a row in Oakland, with Kansas City coming four days after
this one. The Raiders already
have lost to Denver, so they
have to snap out of it or things
could get ugly with future relocation on the minds of fans.
Giants (0-5)
at Broncos (3-1)
TV: Sunday, 8:30, NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya)
The matchup: The Giants’
heartbreaking loss to the Chargers dropped them to 0-5 for
the fourth time in franchise history. They blew a fourth-quarter
lead for the third week in a row
as the defense crumbled in
crunchtime. Their poor pass
blocking allowed QB Eli Manning to be sacked five times.
And worst of all, their receiving
corps was wiped out by injuries,
topped by WR Odell Beckham
Jr.’s broken ankle, ending his
season. Denver comes out of its
bye week at 3-1 and the Broncos’ average of 260.8 yards allowed per game is the NFL’s
lowest. Combined with the
league’s No. 3 rushing offense
at 143.0 yards per game has allowed the Broncos to control the
ball.
Colts (2-3)
at Titans (2-3)
TV: Monday, 8:30, ESPN
(Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden,
Lisa Salters)
The matchup: As bad as the
Colts have been, they could be
atop the AFC South by Halloween. With key divisional matchups against the Titans and
Jacksonville next, Indianapolis
can wipe away its horrendous
1-3 start with a Week 6 win. Injured QB Andrew Luck is eyeing
a Week 8 return. With Titans QB
Marcus Mariota inactive (hamstring), backup QB Matt Cassel
was 21-for-32 for 141 yards in a
loss to Miami. Mariota hopes to
return for this game. A matchup
to watch is Colts WR T.Y. Hilton
vs. Titans CB Adoree’ Jackson.
Last week vs. the 49ers, Hilton
caught seven of nine targets for
177 yards. Last year vs. Tennessee, he had 230 yards and two
TDs on 12 catches in two games.
If he draws the rookie corner
Jackson, expect him to have an
active day.
Bye: Bengals, Bills, Cowboys, Seahawks
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Jackson, Jordan Godwin, Scott Pitoniak, Arthur Arkush, Andy Friedlander,
Scott Johnson, Howard Balzer. All
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Raiders 23-20
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Raiders 24-22
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Chiefs 28-24
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Raiders 28-20
Broncos 27-10
Titans 24-17
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Ravens 24-17
Texans 31-20
Packers 28-21
Saints 27-24
Patriots 28-22
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
SPORTS 3C
NASCAR
Stenhouse confident heading into Talladega
One of 12 drivers left in title race, he’s
had success in restrictor-plate events
Mike Hembree
@mikehembree
Special for USA TODAY Sports
There are few things in NASCAR
racing more uncertain than the results of events at the giant restrictor-plate tracks in Talladega, Ala.,
and Daytona Beach, Fla. — particularly Talladega Superspeedway.
The horsepower-robbing plates
make faster cars slower and slower
cars faster, resulting in fierce parity
and huge, tightly bunched packs of
cars roaming the high banks of Talladega. Daring passes in the crowded draft late in the race often decide
Talladega races.
Although making predictions for
such races can be a fool’s game,
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t a bad bet
these days.
After several seasons of frustration at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level, Stenhouse
broke into the sunlight this year,
winning for the first time. He scored
at Talladega in May, then backed up
that success by winning at Daytona
International Speedway on July 1.
Both of those races were crashfests (no real surprise at either
track) that went into overtime, but
Stenhouse emerged from the fog to
lead the final lap at Talladega and
the final two at Daytona.
Now he returns to Talladega for
Sunday’s Alabama 500 (2 p.m. ET,
NBC) as one of 12 drivers remaining
in the championship hunt.
“Nothing is guaranteed when you
go there,” Stenhouse said. “I’ve been
crashed out of them just as easy as
finishing well. We’ll see if we can’t
get a win, but I’m definitely going to
feel confident going to Talladega, for
sure.”
Part of that confidence comes
from the work of longtime Roush
Fenway Racing mechanical guru
Jimmy Fennig, who has been finetuning Stenhouse’s Talladega entry
for weeks as the leader of the organization’s restrictor-plate efforts.
“Jimmy Fennig has been working
for some time now on our Talladega
car and been massaging it and getting it ready to go,” Stenhouse said.
“He kind of takes over the whole
(super)speedway program until the
week of, and then our team gets it
and works on it some more.
“We want to go in and win Talladega. That would be nice to solidify
and make sure that we get to that
next round with a win, but, if not, I
think it’s a racetrack that we could
still gain a lot of points.”
Late-race movement in the draft
is a key at Talladega, and Stenhouse
has proved in the last two restrictorplate races that he can handle that
pressure. Many observers didn’t expect him to advance to the second
round of the playoffs.
“I love proving people wrong,”
Stenhouse said. “I feel like going
back to our 2011 championship in
the Xfinity Series, nobody thought
we’d win that. We had some new
drivers come in in 2012 and they
didn’t think we’d win that, either
(he did), so it’s always nice to prove
them wrong, and I enjoy doing
that.”
After a 13th-place finish in Sun-
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse
Jr. has won two of the three restrictor-plate races this year.
JIM DEDMON, USA TODAY SPORTS
day’s race at Charlotte Motor
Speedway, Talladega looms particularly large for Stenhouse. He is 12th
in points in the playoff field.
After Sunday’s race and the following week’s race at Kansas Speed-
way, the championship field will be
cut from 12 to eight.
Stenhouse is 10 points below the
cutoff line, but the points could be
jumbled significantly in the chaos
that is Talladega.
Dale Jr. ready for last Talladega run
Mike Hembree
@mikehembree
Special for USA TODAY Sports
Virtually every time a man with
the last name of Earnhardt drives a
car onto the steep banking of Talladega Superspeedway, thousands ride
with him.
Talladega has been an Earnhardt
family capital since the days when
Dale Earnhardt Sr. essentially made
the track his own with daring passes,
aggressive driving and 10 Cup series
victories. The sweeping grandstands
at NASCAR’s biggest track vibrated
with joy when Earnhardt made a
late-race pass or otherwise outfoxed
the competition.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked up the
baton at Talladega after his father
was killed in a last-lap crash during
the 2001 Daytona 500.
On Sunday, the retiring driver gets
his final chance to entertain the Talladega crowd in the Alabama 500
(2 p.m. ET, NBC), scheduled to be
Junior’s last race at a track he has
called his second home. When Junior surges into the top five at Talladega, the grandstands still rock.
Talladega’s love for Junior is returned by the driver. He won a record four consecutive Talladega races
from the fall of 2001 to the spring of
2003 and has totaled six Cup wins
(most among active drivers) there.
Over a seven-race stretch at Talladega from 2001 to 2004, Junior had
five wins and two seconds. In 34 Talladega starts, he has led 960 laps.
“Those four wins kind of blur together,” Earnhardt said. “I guess I remember the fourth because we
broke the record.
“Talladega was a very important
track to my dad. He won so many
times there. It was very important to
me to be able to emulate his success
there. To have any type of record of
that type and for it to stand for any
length of time, it means a lot to me to
have those little oddball, random
records.”
It would be impossible to compare the sizes of their fan bases at
Talladega, but it’s clear that many of
Senior’s Alabama-centric fans moved
on to Junior, who also picked up
younger fans who knew his father
only through talk and race replays.
Earnhardt, 43, is winless this year
and is not involved in the playoffs,
which reach their fifth race Sunday.
He hasn’t raced particularly well of
late, but his record at Talladega along
with the engine restrictor plates that
bunch the field closely on the 2.66mile track should put him in the mix.
“I’d like to fly under the radar a lit-
Portland replaces Watkins Glen
Jim Ayello
@jimayello
USA TODAY Sports
Watkins Glen International will not be part of
the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
schedule, the circuit announced
Thursday. The road-course race
at the legendary track will be replaced by an event at Portland
International Raceway.
The Glen has struggled to
draw big crowds on Labor Day
weekend the last two years.
Watkins Glen International
President Michael Printup told
Racer magazine recently, “We’ve
had two good races, but it’s been
an uphill climb trying to make it
work. I don’t think the dates
INDIANAPOLIS
help us any because July 4 and
Labor Day don’t seem to be
good. I asked IndyCar about
changing dates, but there
weren’t any available.”
Watkins Glen, which returned
to the series in 2016 after a sixyear hiatus, took the place of a
planned Boston street-course
race that never materialized.
Scott Dixon won at The Glen in
its 2016 return, while Alexander
Rossi won the race there this
season.
Indy cars last raced at Portland in 2007 as part of the
Champ Car Series. Before that,
CART hosted races in Portland
from 1984 to 2003 before
Champ Car took over from 2005
to 2007. Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais is the only current IndyCar driver who has
won an Indy car race at Portland.
“IndyCar couldn’t be more excited to again race in front of one
of our strongest fan bases,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a
news release about the schedule.
“Portland International Raceway has produced thrilling road
racing throughout Indy car history — the 1997 finish still stands
as the record for the closest finish on a road or street course.”
Without Watkins Glen, the series doesn’t have a race further
northeast than Pocono Raceway,
in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
The Northeast is “the greatest
need for the series,” Miles said.
He added the Midwest is “our
home base” and that with races
in Indianapolis, Wisconsin, Illi-
nois, Ohio and Iowa, it’s not as
likely that the series would soon
return to tracks such as Chicagoland or Kentucky.
The IndyCar Series released
its final 2018 schedule Thursday.
But it might not be the final final
schedule. Mexico City isn’t on
the schedule — yet.
“I think there is a possibility
of adding Mexico City for
(2018),” Miles said. “It’s quite
close. We’re optimistic.”
IndyCar doesn’t like that
three-week gap between races
during the summer and would
welcome another race if the details can be worked out.
Ayello and Horner write for The Indianapolis Star, part of the USA TODAY
Network.
Contributing: Scott Horner
tle bit,” he said. “I don’t want to put
too much pressure on us — it messes
up the way you think, the way you
use strategy in the race, everything.
But Talladega is a great track and a
great opportunity to win. I expect to
race up front and expect our car to
be strong, and our guys expect us to
work hard and be toward the front
all day.
“That is what we are going to have
to do to try to win. I think we need to
be leading the race with 50 to go or
at least (be) on the front row for
those last few restarts.”
If the No. 88 is in the top 10 with
10 to go Sunday, Earnhardt Nation
will be on its feet one more time.
2018 VERIZON
INDYCAR SCHEDULE
March 11: Streets of St. Petersburg
April 7: Phoenix Raceway
April 15: Streets of Long Beach
April 22: Barber Motorsports
Park
May 12: Indianapolis Motor
Speedway road course
May 27: Indianapolis 500
June 2-3: Raceway at Belle Isle
Park
June 9: Texas Motor Speedway
June 24: Road America
July 8: Iowa Speedway
July 15: Streets of Toronto
July 29: Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course
Aug. 19: Pocono Raceway
Aug. 25: Gateway Motorsports
Park
Sept. 2: Portland International
Raceway
Sept. 16: Sonoma Raceway
PGA TOUR
Love makes adjustments to stay competitive
Steve DiMeglio
@Steve_DiMeglio
USA TODAY Sports
Davis Love III was one of the
headliners of a Q&A, greet-andmeet, sponsor-driven gathering
ahead of this week’s CIMB Classic
in Malaysia when he was asked a
question that might have seemed
odd to those in the room.
“What are you doing here?”
The query didn’t come from
the audience but from another of
the panelists on stage, one Pat Perez, who has played with Love on
the PGA Tour for nearly 20 years.
Perez by no means was being
disrespectful. Instead, he was
wondering why a guy who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of
Fame just two weeks prior, a deserved honor considering his 21
career PGA Tour titles, including
the 1997 PGA Championship and
two victories in The Players
Championship, was playing halfway around the world from his
palatial estate on the Georgia
shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Wondering why the 53-year-old
sitting beside him wasn’t making
a beeline to the PGA Champions
Tour.
Davis Love III says, “I don’t want to give up playing on the PGA Tour,” but adds, “If I don’t feel
like I can play, I won’t.” STANLEY CHOU, GETTY IMAGES
“I don’t want to give up playing
on the PGA Tour,” said Love, who
thought last year would be his last
go-round on the PGA Tour before
heading to the Champions Tour.
But Love shattered his collarbone snowboarding, re-evaluated
the situation during his three
months off, believed he could still
compete on the premier tour in
the world and took a mulligan on
that departure.
“I’m not going to stay out here
and take up a spot and miss a
whole bunch of cuts. If I don’t feel
like I can play, I won’t,” said Love,
who hopes to play well enough
that he won’t call upon his lifetime exemption for winning more
than 20 Tour titles.
He’s off to a good start. In his
first start of the 2017-18 season,
Love began his 32nd Tour season
with a 5-under-par 67 in the first
round of the CIMB Classic at TPC
Kuala Lumpur. He was in a tie for
eighth heading into the second
round. Cameron Smith grabbed
the lead with a 64. Keegan Bradley, 2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele and Poom
Saksansin were at 65. Perez, incidentally, was in a group at 66.
Love conceded he might not be
able to consistently compete on
the longest courses on the PGA
Tour against “the guys that bomb
it,” but there are plenty of other
layouts that suit Love’s game and
he has a lot of experience on
them.
“So I’m going to hang in there a
little bit longer, but I’ll be the first
one to admit when it’s time to go
and Pat Perez can chase me off
when it’s time,” said Love, who
was 51 when he won his last title,
in the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Sam Snead is the oldest to
win on the PGA Tour; he was 52
when he captured the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.
In the meantime, Love, who
used to be one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour back in his
day, will turn his attention to the
short game.
“I’m having to play a different
game,” Love said. “My teacher,
Jack Lumpkin, even five years ago
said, ‘You have to work on your
wedge game because you’re not
going to beat up the par 5s anymore.’ … So I’m going to have to be
the wily veteran and I’m going to
have to play smart to take advantage of my wedges and my putter
a little bit more. But that’s just
part of it.”
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
4C SPORTS
MLB POSTSEASON
Pitching will be crucial in ALCS
Yankees starters look to keep rolling,
while Houston has strong 1-2 punch
Jorge L. Ortiz
@jorgelortiz
USA TODAY Sports
Breaking down the
American League Championship
Series between the New York
Yankees and Houston Astros
For starters: Game 1, Friday:
Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74
ERA during the season) vs. Dallas
Keuchel (14-5, 2.90), 8 p.m. ET.
Game 2, Saturday: Luis Severino
(14-6, 2.98) vs. Justin Verlander
(15-8, 3.36 ERA), 4 p.m. ET. Game
3, Monday: CC Sabathia (14-5,
3.69) vs. TBA, 8 p.m. ET. Game 4,
Tuesday: Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55)
vs. TBA. Game 5 (if necessary),
Wednesday: TBA vs. TBA. Game
6 (if necessary), Oct. 20: TBA vs.
TBA. Game 7 (if necessary), Oct.
21: TBA vs. TBA.
27 outs: The Yankees are riding an emotional high from their
three consecutive wins in the AL
Division Series over the Cleveland Indians, who had lost just
four of their last 37 games in the
regular season. And it wasn’t just
New York’s outstanding bullpen
carrying the load.
After Sonny Gray’s abbreviated
outing in Game 1 — 31⁄3 innings,
three runs — Yankees starters excelled and were downright imposing in some stretches,
averaging nearly six innings with
a 2.66 ERA in the final four
games. That was supposed to be
the club’s biggest weakness, but
even 37-year-old CC Sabathia
looked rejuvenated.
The question is whether New
York’s starters can come close to
replicating that performance
against the majors’ most potent
offense. The Astros come at you
from all angles. They finished second in the majors in home runs —
three behind the Yankees’ 241 —
but struck out the fewest times.
They were the only team with an
on-base plus slugging percentage
HOUSTON
above .800 (.823) and finished
fourth in the AL in stolen bases.
Led by MVP favorite Jose Altuve, Houston battered the Boston Red Sox pitching staff in their
division series, hitting .333 with a
.974 OPS and eight homers. There
are no weak spots in the Astros
lineup, which also features the
likes of Carlos Correa, George
Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and
Josh Reddick.
“We won a lot of games late
during the season. I think that
helps boost some confidence,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of
his club’s upbeat state of mind.
“The fact we can score from any
position in the batting order, that
helps. We are a quick-strike offense that can hurt you in any
inning.”
The Astros also feel good about
their 1-2 punch of starters Keuchel and Verlander. It was only
two years ago that Keuchel shut
down the Yankees in the wildcard game, pitching six sparkling
innings as Houston prevailed 3-0.
For his career, including the playoffs, he’s 5-2 with a 1.24 ERA in
seven starts against New York.
Verlander won all five of his
starts after joining Houston on
Aug. 31, with a 1.06 ERA. He also
collected victories in his two division series outings, the second
one a 22⁄3-innings stint as a
reliever.
Keep an eye on: Aaron Judge.
The record-setting rookie has
fallen into another one of the
deep slumps in which he can’t hit
a grapefruit. Judge had one hit in
20 at-bats against the Indians,
striking out a stunning 16 times.
His struggles were a major reason
New York averaged just 4.2 runs
in that series, more than a run below its regular-season standard,
while hitting .201.
The Astros held Judge to a .235
batting average and one home
run in 23 plate appearances, and
they’re sure to follow Cleveland’s
formula of busting him with in-
Pitcher Justin Verlander hasn’t lost since the Astros acquired him.
TROY TAORMINA, USA TODAY SPORTS
side fastballs just off the plate,
then tempting him to chase low
and outside.
However, Judge has the bat
speed to turn on those inside
pitches that catch too much of
the plate, and he can get hot for
long spells, as his 15 September
home runs attest.
On the Astros’ side, Altuve and
Springer are accomplished allaround players who can impact a
game with their bat, glove or legs.
And don’t lose sight of Correa,
the emerging superstar who went
14-for-28 with 10 RBI against the
Yankees this season.
Close and late: This is New
York’s strength, often displayed
against the Indians and most notably in their Game 5 victory.
Even with a deep, rested bullpen,
the Yankees relied on just two relievers — David Robertson and
Aroldis Chapman — to cover the
final 42⁄3 innings of a 5-2 victory.
They yielded nary a hit nor a run.
Chapman, who endured a mystifying August slump, is back to
his old overpowering ways. He
hasn’t allowed a run in his last
172⁄3 innings, with 28 strikeouts.
If he or Robertson faltered, manager Joe Girardi had lots of other
options with swing-and-miss
stuff, including Chad Green,
Tommy Kahnle and Dellin Betances.
Astros closer Ken Giles saved
34 games in 38 chances, but he’s
not quite at the same level as
Chapman. Houston’s bullpen
ERA of 4.27 during the season
was nearly a run higher than the
Yankees’ 3.34, and neither Giles
nor top setup man Chris Devenski pitched well in the first round
against Boston.
In the end: With such offensive firepower on both sides, the
expectation is for a high-scoring
series with lots of action. That
rarely happens in the postseason,
where power arms tend to prevail. The Yankees bullpen is loaded with them, but the Astros
happen to be particularly adept at
hitting the hard stuff, putting up a
.898 OPS against fastballs. For the
Yankees to reach their first World
Series since 2009, they’ll need to
exploit the soft part of Houston’s
rotation and its bullpen while
their own starters continue their
strong work. That might be too
much to ask. Astros in six.
Altuve, Judge may boost ALCS offense
POSTSEASON
SCHEDULE
John Perrotto
@JPerrotto
Special for USA TODAY Sports
All Times ET
WILD CARD
Oct. 3: New York 8, Minnesota 4
Oct. 4: Arizona 11, Colorado 8
It’s blue blood vs. new money
in the American League Championship Series.
The ALCS begins at 8:08 p.m.
ET Friday at Minute Maid Park in
Houston. The New York Yankees
will be appearing in their 16th
LCS, the most of any major
league franchise, while the Houston Astros haven’t reached that
round since 2005, when they
were in the National League and
defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here are five things to watch in
the ALCS.
DIVISION SERIES
(Best-of-5; x-if necessary)
American League
Houston 3, Boston 1
Oct. 5: Houston 8, Boston 2
Friday: Houston 8, Boston 2
Sunday: Boston 10, Houston 3
Monday: Houston 5, Boston 4
New York 3, Cleveland 2
Oct. 5: Cleveland 4, New York 0
Friday: Cleveland 9, New York 8, 13 innings
Sunday: New York 1, Cleveland 0
Monday: New York 7, Cleveland 3
Wednesday: New York 5, Cleveland 2
National League
Chicago 2, Washington 2
Oct. 6: Chicago 3, Washington 0
Saturday: Washington 6, Chicago 3
Monday: Chicago 2, Washington 1
Tuesday: Washington at Chicago, ppd., rain
Wednesday: Washington 5, Chicago 0
Thursday: Chicago at Washington
Los Angeles 3, Arizona 0
Oct. 6: Los Angeles 9, Arizona 5
Saturday: Los Angeles 8, Arizona 5
Monday: Los Angeles 3, Arizona 1
Clash of traditions
The Astros have never won a
World Series since their inception in 1962, and their lone appearance came in 2005 when
they were swept by the Chicago
White Sox in four games. Conversely, the Yankees have 27
World Series championships.
The Astros lost 106 games in
2011, 107 in 2012 and 111 in 2013
at the beginning stages of a massive rebuild. The Yankees haven’t
had a losing season since 1992.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
American League
Houston vs. New York
Friday: New York at Houston (Kuechel 14-5)
(FS1), 8:08 p.m.
Saturday,: New York at Houston (Verlander
15-8) (Fox), 4:08 p.m.
Monday: Houston at New York (FS1), 8:08 p.m.
Tuesday: Houston at New York (Fox or FS1)
x-Wednesday: Houston at New York (Fox or FS1)
x-Oct. 20: New York at Houston (Fox or FS1)
x-Oct. 21: New York at Houston (Fox or FS1)
National League
Saturday: Chicago-Washington winner at Los
Angeles, TBA (TBS)
Sunday: Chicago-Washington winner at Los Angeles, TBA (TBS)
Tuesday: Los Angeles at Chicago-Washington
winner, TBA (TBS)
Wednesday: Los Angeles at Chicago-Washington winner, TBA (TBS)
x-Thursday: Los Angeles at Chicago-Washington winner, TBA (TBS)
x-Oct. 21: Chicago-Washington winner at Los
Angeles, TBA (TBS)
x-Oct. 22: Chicago-Washington winner at Los
Angeles, TBA (TBS)
Little man with big bat
Jose Altuve, the Astros’ 5-6
second baseman, tied a postseason record when he belted three
home runs against the Boston
Red Sox in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. He finished the series 8-for-15 with four walks.
Altuve hit .346 in the regular
season to win his second consecutive AL batting title and third in
four years. He also topped the
league in hits for a fourth consecutive season with 204 and is averaging 211 a year in that span.
The Verlander factor
Right-handed pitcher Justin
Verlander has looked rejuvenated
since the Astros acquired the 34year-old in a trade from the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31.
Verlander won all five regularseason starts for Houston with a
sparkling 1.06 ERA.
Verlander then notched two
WORLD SERIES
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
All Games Televised by Fox
Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 24
Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 25
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 27
Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 28
Game 5: x-Sunday, Oct. 29
Game 6: x-Tuesday, Oct. 31
Game 7: x-Wednesday, Nov. 1
Yankees rookie Aaron Judge is slumping coming into the series. BRAD PENNER, USA TODAY SPORTS
wins over the Red Sox, one as a
starter and the other in the first
relief appearance of his 13-year
career, allowing three runs in
82⁄3 innings.
Getting Judge-y
Yankees rookie right fielder
Aaron Judge set the major league
rookie record with 52 home runs
in the regular season, and either
he or Altuve is likely to win the
AL MVP Award.
Judge hit a home run in the
Yankees’ victory over the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card
game. However, he set a postseason record for strikeouts in a series with 16 against the Indians
while going 1-for-20.
Houston Strong
Houston and the surrounding
region was hit hard by Hurricane
Harvey in late August. The Astros
have repeatedly said over the last
six weeks how badly they want to
win the World Series to bring
some joy to a city devastated by
flooding and high winds.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rican Astros Carlos Correa and Carlos
Beltran had family members affected by Hurricane Maria. Beltran donated $1 million to a relief
fund that raised at least $1.3 million, and Astros owner Jim Crane
sent three planes to Puerto Rico
with 300,000 pounds of supplies
and also to transport Astros
family members and others in
need of medical treatment to
Houston.
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
SPORTS 5C
NHL
Six young players making noise
Milano has 4 goals
in Blue Jackets’
first three games
Kevin Allen
kmallen@usatoday.com
USA TODAY Sports
Sonny Milano was drafted in
the first round by the Columbus
Blue Jackets in 2014 because he
can make dazzling plays, and he’s
playing for them now because he
has learned when to turn off that
instinct to be fancy.
“Instead of looking for the
flashy play, he’s making the right
play,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told USA
TODAY Sports. “When the flashy
play is there to be made, he can
make it.”
Milano, 21, has netted four
goals in his first three games this
season to provide scoring depth
to a Blue Jackets team with big
expectations. The Blue Jackets
acquired Artemi Panarin to give
the team a dynamic offensive
presence, and Milano is showing
he can be another player with
the ability to ignite an offense
with a memorable play.
“But you have to look for the
right opportunity for those
plays,” Kekalainen said. “That’s
the big change this season. ...
Sometimes he makes the simple
little chip and just puts the puck
Blue Jackets forward Sonny Milano was selected 16th overall in the 2014 draft.
JAMES GUILLORY, USA TODAY SPORTS
in the right area.”
As the NHL gets younger, we
are accustomed to seeing high
draft picks jump directly from
the junior ranks to the NHL. But
Milano earned his way to the
NHL by spending 127 games in
the American Hockey League.
Kekalainen said the Blue Jackets encourage players not to be
afraid to make mistakes. “But
you have to be smart about it,” he
said.
That’s been Milano since
training camp. Kekalainen said
the Oyster Bay, N.Y., winger has
been among the team’s best forwards since then.
“The NHL is about proving
yourself over and over again,”
Kekalainen said. “But that’s what
I give him a lot of credit for. He’s
been very, very hungry. He’s
making sure that he is not going
unnoticed.”
Here are other 24-and-under
NHLers who have grabbed the
spotlight in the first week of the
NHL season.
Defenseman Mike Matheson (Florida Panthers): The
recent eight-year, $39 million
contract extension speaks to the
value the organization places on
Matheson, a 23-year-old playing
in his second full season. Among
the team’s defensemen, he’s
third in minutes played.
Center
Brayden
Point
(Tampa Bay Lightning): The
21-year-old established last season — with 40 points in 68 games
— that he can be a significant
contributor. Thus far, he is the
team’s leading scorer (three
goals and seven points in three
games) and has more shifts per
game than every forward, including Steven Stamkos.
Left wing Nail Yakupov
(Colorado Avalanche): At 24,
the 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick
is showing early signs he has finally figured out how he can be
effective. Now playing with Matt
Duchene, Yakupov has three
goals and five points in four
games to help the Avalanche to
a 3-1-0 start. He has 11 shots on
goal. Last season Yakupov totaled three goals on 35 shots
with nine points in 40 games for
the St. Louis Blues.
Defenseman Will Butcher
(New Jersey Devils): The signing of college free agents hasn’t
always produced favorable results. But the Devils appear to
have found a prize in Butcher, a
smallish puck mover from the
University of Denver. Heavily
recruited by many teams, Butcher, 22, picked the Devils and
stepped smoothly into the lineup. He’s contributed five assists
to their 3-0-0 start. He played
16:18 in the Devils’ last game and
looks comfortable in his new
role.
Right wing Jesper Bratt
(Devils): Sixteen months ago,
Bratt was drafted 162nd overall,
meaning he was far from a lock
to ever play in the NHL. But
when Devils general manager
Ray Shero watched Bratt play in
a rookie tournament in Buffalo
this summer he told coach John
Hynes that the 19-year-old might
force the Devils to let him play
this season. He was that impressive. Nothing changed in training
camp, and now Bratt leads the
Devils with six points in three
games. His game is mature for a
player his age.
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NBA PRESEASON POWER RANKNGS
Champion Warriors still team to beat
After a wild offseason of change, few teams
have hopes of catching up to Golden State
AJ Neuharth-Keusch
@tweetAJNK
USA TODAY Sports
With the chaotic summer in
the books and less than a week remaining until opening night of
the 2017-18 season, we rank the
NBA’s 30 teams.
1. Golden State Warriors:
The Warriors come out of the offseason on top, again, after re-signing (deep breath) Stephen Curry,
Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala,
Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee,
Zaza Pachulia and David West
and acquiring Nick Young and
Omri Casspi (exhale). That sound
you hear? It’s the NBA’s 29 other
teams scrambling to keep up.
2. Houston Rockets: What
do you get when you combine a
guard-friendly head coach with a
backcourt made up of elite floor
generals in Chris Paul and James
Harden? An offense capable of going toe-to-toe with any team on
any night. As for defense, the additions of Paul, P.J. Tucker and
Luc Mbah a Moute will help.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Will
Isaiah Thomas be back to his old
self after returning from his hip
injury in January? Can Dwyane
Wade and Derrick Rose turn back
the clock? Is Tristan Thompson
best suited coming off the bench?
The Cavs roster, albeit much improved, is littered with questions.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder:
Russell Westbrook, Paul George,
Carmelo Anthony and the newand-improved Thunder will make
for must-see TV. But as far as title
contention goes, there’s still a gap
between them and the Warriors.
But how big?
5. San Antonio Spurs: Even
though they roster a top-three talent in Kawhi Leonard and employ
one of the greatest coaches of all
time in Gregg Popovich, the Spurs
have ground to make up in the
championship contention department. Aside from signing a
proven scorer in Rudy Gay, who’s
coming off a ruptured Achilles,
their summer was underwhelming.
6. Boston Celtics: The additions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon
Hayward helped narrow the gap
on the Cavs, but the Celtics —
made up of a dozen (no, seriously,
a dozen) new faces — will surely
miss the defensive presence of
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.
Don’t expect smooth sailing from
the get-go.
7. Washington Wizards:
Aside from re-signing John Wall
and Otto Porter to deals worth a
combined $276 million, the Wizards stayed relatively quiet. That’s
not necessarily a bad thing, as
they’re looking to build off what
was the franchise’s best season
since 1979. But what’s their
ceiling?
8.
Minnesota
Timberwolves: Not only are the Timberwolves poised to end their
league-worst 13-year playoff
drought, but — led by Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns — they’re talented
enough to fight for a top-four seed
in the Western Conference.
9. Toronto Raptors: The
Raptors re-signed Kyle Lowry and
Serge Ibaka and brought in C.J.
Miles from Indiana, but they lost
Patrick Patterson, P.J. Tucker, DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph.
They’ll win 45-plus games for the
fifth consecutive season, but then
what?
10. Milwaukee Bucks: With
Giannis Antetokounmpo set to
continue his rise to superstardom,
Khris Middleton healthy and
Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon poised for second-season success, the Bucks enter with a
legitimate shot to contend for a
top-four seed in the Eastern Conference.
11. Los Angeles Clippers:
You might not be able to recognize the Clippers after the face
lift, but don’t expect their six-season playoff streak to come to an
end. Led by $173 million man
Blake Griffin, along with DeAndre
Jordan, Danilo Gallinari and Pat
Beverley, the Clips are still going
to compete.
12. Denver Nuggets: With
the front line of Paul Millsap and
Nikola Jokic expected to be one of
the most dynamic in the league,
this Nuggets team is ready to get
back in the postseason for the
first time since 2013.
13. Miami Heat: The Heat
were big spenders, signing James
Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Dion
Waiters each to $50 million-plus
deals. But for now, despite last
season’s 30-11 finish, there’s nothing that suggests Miami is anything more than a middle-of-theroad team.
14. Utah Jazz: Led by Rudy
Gobert, Ricky Rubio and Derrick
Favors, the Jazz are still capable
of sneaking into the playoffs. But
the days of 50-win seasons and
second-round playoff trips —
though short-lived — are over.
15. Portland Trail Blazers:
We know what Damian Lillard
and CJ McCollum are capable of,
but the real X factor is Jusuf Nurkic, who emerged as a legitimate
third option during the latter por-
The Thunder added Paul George (13) and Carmelo Anthony (7) to Russell Westbrook, but it
remains to be seen if they can beat the Warriors. MARK D. SMITH, USA TODAY SPORTS
tion of last season after being
traded from Denver.
16. Memphis Grizzlies: With
the departures of Tony Allen and
Zach Randolph, these won’t be
the Grit ’n’ Grind Grizzlies of yesteryear. Memphis enters as nothing more than a fringe playoff
team trapped in a brutal Western
Conference.
17. Philadelphia 76ers:
There’s good reason for excitement in Philly, as the 76ers are
poised for a playoff push after
posting a 109-301 record over the
last five seasons. Health permitting, this team — headlined by
Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and
Ben Simmons — will turn some
heads.
18. Charlotte Hornets: Charlotte’s ceiling is the sixth seed in
the East while their floor is somewhere closer to the 10th. Can the
Hornets take advantage of good
coaching, a solid roster and a
weak conference, or will they fall
short for the second season in a
row?
19. New Orleans Pelicans:
The Big Three in The Big Easy —
Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and
DeMarcus Cousins — have what it
takes to make noise and work
their way into the postseason. But
will they? The future of coach Alvin Gentry might depend on it.
20. Detroit Pistons: The Pistons, who have been mired in mediocrity for a good portion of the
last decade, don’t appear to be
ready to take a significant step
forward or back. The addition of
Avery Bradley is underrated, but
when you factor in the losses of
Marcus Morris and Kentavious
Caldwell-Pope, don’t expect Detroit to be all that inspiring.
21. Sacramento Kings: Look
at the bright side: With a roster
that features a nice mix of veteran
leadership (Zach Randolph,
George Hill and Vince Carter) and
young talent (Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein),
the Kings might not be unwatchable.
22. Dallas Mavericks: The
highlight of the Mavs’ summer
was drafting Dennis Smith Jr.,
which — as bright as his future
might be — doesn’t do much as far
as this season is concerned. For
just the fourth time since the turn
of the millennium, the Mavericks
are bound for the lottery.
23. Los Angeles Lakers:
While we can already chalk this
season up as one that will end at
Game No. 82, the future is as
bright in Laker Land as it has
been in some time. Despite an oncourt product that will, at times,
be difficult to watch, the spotlight
will still shine bright on the Purple and Gold this season.
24. New York Knicks: Even
though the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchise took some steps
in the right direction, namely
parting ways with Phil Jackson
and finding a new home for Carmelo Anthony, the waiting game
— and the frustration — will surely continue for the Knicks faithful.
25. Indiana Pacers: Fleeced
by Oklahoma City in the Paul
George deal, the Pacers enter with
little to be excited about. And
aside from Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo, the future doesn’t
look all that bright either.
26. Phoenix Suns: Another
year, another lottery-bound season for the Suns, who will use this
season to focus on the development of franchise cornerstones
Devin Booker and Josh Jackson
as well as former lottery picks
Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender
and Alex Len.
27. Orlando Magic: Will the
Magic be better than last season
after drafting Jonathan Isaac and
adding Jonathon Simmons, Arron
Afflalo, Shelvin Mack and Marreese Speights in free agency?
Probably. But that’s not saying
much. More than anything else,
all eyes will be on Aaron Gordon
and Elfrid Payton, who both have
a lot to prove during their fourth
NBA seasons.
28. Brooklyn Nets: After
bringing in 2015 No. 2 overall pick
D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers,
the Nets have a potential franchise player to build around, as
well as some complementary
pieces in Allen Crabbe, Rondae
Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert.
It might not seem like much, but
it’s a start.
29. Atlanta Hawks: You’d be
hard-pressed to find a team that
has undergone the type of roster
turnover Atlanta has the last two
seasons, as this Hawks team features only three members of that
60-win team from three years
ago.
30. Chicago Bulls: The Bulls
didn’t just say so long to Jimmy
Butler this summer, they also said
so long to the inevitable success
that came with him on the roster.
Yes, Chicago finally has a direction, but for now that direction is
down.
The USA TODAY Network of voters:
USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Jeff
Zillgitt, Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch; Detroit Free Press’
Vince Ellis; The Indianapolis Star’s
Clifton Brown; Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
6C SPORTS
NFL
Why Chargers will never leave L.A.
Despite early struggles, the franchise is destined to stay there for the long haul
Brent Schrotenboer
@schrotenboer
USA TODAY Sports
SAN DIEGO Before they even
moved to their new home in Los
Angeles this year, the former San
Diego Chargers knew they were
destined to have the lowest home
attendance in the NFL in 30
years.
That’s what they signed up for
when they picked StubHub Center as their temporary new home
— a soccer stadium that seats
27,000.
They could have pushed instead to share a temporary home
with the Rams at Los Angeles
Coliseum, which seats more than
90,000. But they didn’t in part because they knew their first years
in L.A. wouldn’t be easy. And no
matter how bad it’s been so far
for the Chargers (1-4), they also
know there’s no going back to San
Diego, their abandoned home of
56 years.
“That ship has sailed,” said
Marc Ganis, a sports consultant
who has worked with NFL owners and has helped other teams
relocate to new cities. “You never
say never to anything, but boy,
this is as close to that as we could
get right now.”
Despite speculation about the
Chargers having relocation remorse, there are at least eight
reasons they aren’t going back, at
least for a long time, according to
those with direct knowledge of
the Chargers relocation and the
contracts involved.
1. THE FLIP TAX
Chargers fans in San Diego have a
dream scenario. They’d like Chargers chairman Dean Spanos to
sell the team to a new owner — a
savior who would return the
team to San Diego and build a
stadium with his own money. But
that’s also a pipe dream, partly
because Spanos has shown no interest in it and partly because of
penalties the NFL would levy on
him — penalties that are a condition of getting a $200 million stadium construction loan from the
NFL. Such transfer fees discourage Spanos from “flipping” the
franchise for profit soon after relocation — 20% of the gross sales
price of the franchise through
2020 and 10% from 2021 through
2025, according to terms reviewed by USA TODAY Sports.
The penalty decreases by 1% per
year through 2035.
StubHub Center, home of the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS, seats 27,000 for Chargers games. JAKE ROTH, USA TODAY SPORTS
2. EXPECTATIONS
3. 2020 VISION
Television talk show host Jimmy
Kimmel showed a skit last week
that poked fun at the Chargers’
low attendance and said they
“miss San Diego” and “really
(messed) up” by moving to Los
Angeles uninvited.
It was funny, but in reality, the
Chargers knew it would be like
this at first.
Even with a sellout every
game, the Chargers would have
had the lowest average home attendance in the NFL since at
least 1997, when the Houston Oilers temporarily moved to Memphis and averaged 28,028 before
permanently moving on to Nashville, according to STATS. Before
that, a few teams averaged about
27,000 at home during a 1987
season that included a players
strike and replacement players.
Thirty years later, the Chargers are averaging about 25,000 a
game at StubHub and are getting
drowned out by fans from visiting
teams. That might not get better
at their next home game Oct. 22
against the Denver Broncos.
Yet if they expected significantly better ticket sales, they
could have pursued sharing the
larger Coliseum, whose commission president told USA TODAY
Sports last year that it was open
to hosting both the Chargers and
the Rams. The Chargers opted for
a more intimate experience instead at StubHub, in part because
they knew they had to build their
brand in Los Angeles first.
This move always was about the
future beyond 2020, when the
Chargers are scheduled to share a
newly constructed $2.6 billion
stadium with the Rams in nearby
Inglewood. That stadium is being
built and sold based on two
teams playing there for 10 games
a year (two preseason, eight regular season). That includes deals
involving stadium naming rights,
sponsorships and luxury boxes —
all based on 20 NFL games, not
10. A $200 million NFL loan to
the Chargers also is part of the
construction budget. Removing
the Chargers from this equation
would create a mess that’s hard to
untangle for the Rams, the NFL
and others.
4. THERE’S NOWHERE
ELSE TO GO
After several years of trying, Spanos left San Diego because he
couldn’t get a new stadium built
in San Diego. He said he needed
taxpayer support for it, but voters
rejected that in November. Without a new stadium, there’s
SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium), which is 50
years old and headed for closure
by the city of San Diego after
2018. Smaller new San Diego stadium proposals for pro soccer
and San Diego State football are
in the works, but none have been
approved.
5. THE RELOCATION FEE
After 2018, the Chargers are to
begin paying installments on a
$650 million relocation fee — for
the right to move to Los Angeles
from San Diego. That’s money
that goes into the pockets of other NFL owners. Those owners
would not want to see those
payments canceled so Spanos can
make another uncertain attempt
for a new stadium in San Diego.
6. THE CHANGEABLE
NARRATIVE
Kimmel and others might joke
about the bad optics of this relocation so far. But if the Chargers
are 4-1 instead of 1-4, would reporters be asking the NFL about
the Chargers moving back?
Would StubHub Center have attracted a couple of thousand
more fans to fill out the picture of
success? When asked last week,
NFL vice president of communications Joe Lockhart dismissed
the notion of the Chargers possibly moving back to San Diego.
“The only place I’ve heard that, is
that I’ve seen it on the Internet,”
he said.
7. ATTENDANCE
FLUCTUATIONS DON’T
MATTER THAT MUCH
The league knew there would be
attendance challenges in Los Angeles, where the Raiders and
Rams ranked 24th and 28th out
of 28 NFL teams in home attendance in 1994, the last time the
area had two NFL teams at once,
according to STATS. But the NFL
primarily makes its money from
media rights deals, including television, and shares it with its
teams.
Locally, teams earn and don’t
share revenue from lucrative luxury boxes, sponsorships and
naming rights. That’s what the
Chargers’ and Rams’ new stadium is being built to attract in Los
Angeles and why they both
moved to the nation’s second-biggest media market.
8. LONG-TERM
FRANCHISE VALUE
Over time, the Chargers are projected to increase in franchise
value and make more money
in Los Angeles than they would
in San Diego, according to Vanderbilt sports economist John
Vrooman.
Ganis said it’s important not to
“use an example of a few games
to try to extrapolate out for 30
years.”
At the same time, he said, the
Chargers could do themselves a
favor if they want to avoid more
speculation and bad optics.
“It would really behoove the
Chargers to start winning,” he
said. “They know this. It’s an obvious statement, but there’s that
old saying: ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression.’ ”
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San Francisco, Shanahan may pursue Cousins
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They do so while blocking out the
fact that this could represent
their final year together with
Cousins set to hit free agency
again after becoming the first
NFL quarterback to play on the
franchise tag in consecutive seasons.
Meanwhile, Shanahan — five
games into his head coaching career — seeks his first victory
while working with a roster still
lacking a number of key building
blocks, most notably a franchise
quarterback. Because of Cousins’
and Shanahan’s mutual respect —
and the way Cousins’ skill set perfectly fits Shanahan’s offense —
San Francisco is expected to rank
among the quarterback’s suitors
in free agency.
Washington’s chances of retaining Cousins beyond this season hinge largely on the success
he and Gruden achieve. Even after Cousins set the franchise’s
single-season record for passing
yards in 2015 (4,166) then shattered it last year (4,917), team officials were reluctant to give him
a fair market contract. But they’d
be foolish not to do so if Cousins
leads Washington to the NFC
East title.
Even if Cousins receives a
strong offer from the Redskins
next year, he could take his services elsewhere if he finds a more
ideal fit. He has a good relationship with Gruden. But concerns
about the stability of the franchise under team president Bruce
Allen, following general manager
Scot McCloughan’s firing, played
a role in Cousins’ decision to pass
on Washington’s final offer of the
summer, one light on guaranteed
money.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is coming off two solid performances.
JAY BIGGERSTAFF, USA TODAY SPORTS
Cousins has said repeatedly
that he values fit and trust over
dollars and cents. Shanahan and
the 49ers, projected to have more
than $100 million in salary cap
space in 2018, could offer both.
Other suitors will arise as well,
so Cousins had no problem entering 2017 in a familiar prove-it
mode. He is coming off two of his
better performances while posting a combined 585 yards, five
touchdowns and no interceptions
in a blowout win over the Oakland Raiders and a last-minute
loss to the undefeated Kansas
City Chiefs.
Some critics will remain un-
convinced until they see him win
a playoff game. But Cousins no
longer should have to answer
questions about whether he’s a
bona fide starter or if he should
be paid like other rising young
passers such as Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck.
As Cousins put his team on his
back down the stretch of that
Kansas City game, using his legs
and his arms to direct a comeback quest — he threw a potential
game-winning touchdown that
receiver Josh Doctson couldn’t
hang on to — one league insider
texted me unprompted to say
that Washington would be stupid
not to lock Cousins up to a longterm deal this offseason, believing Washington won’t find a better option in free agency and
would regress if forced to reset
the position in the draft. Two other insiders agreed when asked for
their opinions.
But contract talks must wait.
Franchise tag rules prohibit negotiations in season. The Redskins
might have to decide whether to
use a massive $34 million-plus
tag next year to merely keep
Cousins off the market as they try
to get a long-term deal done.
It’s funny how things work out
in the NFL. Cousins wasn’t Plan
A for Washington in 2012, and he
wasn’t even the original Plan B.
Shanahan revealed this week that
the Redskins had wanted Russell
Wilson in the fourth round because he had dual-threat abilities
mirroring RG3’s. But the Seattle
Seahawks took Wilson in Round
3, leaving Cousins as the fallback.
“We were excited from what
we saw in his college film, and
that’s what we liked the most
about him, and that’s why we
wanted him,” Shanahan told reporters. “The more you are
around the guy, you became even
more impressed of how special of
a person he is.”
Five years later, Cousins ranks
among the league leaders in completion percentage and passer
rating. And this year he has displayed an improved command of
the offense, greater confidence
and aggression — and doing so after the free agent departures of
two 1,000-yard receivers, Pierre
Garcon and DeSean Jackson.
Their young replacements, Terrelle Pryor and Doctson, have
made progress as Cousins has
found ways to elevate their play.
“His entire game is evolving,”
Gruden said of Cousins. “He’s just
going to continue to see things
and adjust to the different defenses and the fronts and the coverage that he sees.
“Playing quarterback is all
about experiences, learning from
your mistakes, moving forward
and continuing to compete at a
high level — on a consistent high
level. And that’s what he’s so far
doing.”
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
SPORTS 7C
E6
IN BRIEF
ADIDAS EXECUTIVE,
OKLA. STATE COACH IN COURT
As new details emerge in the
federal probe into corruption in
college basketball, two additional
defendants named in the complaint filed by prosecutors last
month made their initial appearances in a New York court Thursday and were released, one on his
own recognizance and the other
on $100,000 bond. Adidas executive Jim Gatto, who the company has placed on leave, was
released without bond after his
lawyer made the case that Gatto
posed no flight risk. Gatto will
next attend a preliminary hearing
Nov. 9. Gatto sat silently as the
court read the four charges included in the complaint: three involving wire fraud and a fourth
for participation in a money laundering conspiracy. Also appearing
in court Thursday was former
Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans, one of four college
basketball coaches named in a
complaint alleging widespread
fraud and conspiracy. The other
three coaches — Auburn’s Chuck
Person, Southern California’s
Tony Bland and Arizona’s
Emanuel Richardson — appeared Tuesday and were released on bond, as was a second
Adidas employee, former Clemson player Merl Code, and former NBA referee-turned-Atlantabased tailor Rashan Michel.
The individuals named in the
complaint will reappear in federal
court Nov. 9.
NBA NAMES JOHNSON
TO LEAD OFFICIATING
Retired Lt. Gen. Michelle D.
Johnson, who was the first
woman to lead the U.S. Air Force
Academy as superintendent, has
been named NBA senior vice
president and head of referee operations. Johnson, a 1981 graduate of the Air Force Academy, will
be in charge of the NBA’s officiating program. which includes
recruitment, training, development and evaluation of the
league’s referees. She will also
oversee the replay center. “Over
the course of time, we were looking at how she embraces and embodies our core values of
teamwork, innovation, integrity
and respect,” NBA president of
league operations Byron Spruell
told USA TODAY Sports. “Clearly,
with her background, that comes
straight through. She’s a former
basketball player and has a passion for the game. She has a lot of
experience in full regimen of
training, whether that’s from the
recruiting side to the evaluation
of her cadets. That’s absolutely
applicable to the environment
we’re in today. She was the best
candidate.”
RAIDERS GAME COULD BE
AFFECTED BY WILDFIRES
The NFL is keeping an eye on the
wildfires in Northern California
and has been exploring options to
move Sunday’s game between the
Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles
Chargers if it becomes necessary.
Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice
president of football communications, said Thursday that the
league is getting updates on the
situation from both teams and
from city officials in Oakland.
“We continue to monitor airquality conditions in the Bay Area
and are in close communication
with both the Raiders and Chargers, as well as local authorities,”
Signora said. “At this point, the
game remains scheduled for Sunday in Oakland.” Oakland, which
is some 45 miles south of the
fires, has been blanketed by
smoke.
BENGALS TIGHT END EIFERT
OUT FOR SEASON
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of
the season with a back injury that
has put his career in jeopardy.
The fifth-year veteran missed half
of last season with ankle and back
injuries. He had surgery on a disk
in his back in December. He aggravated it in the second game
this season, forcing him to consider another procedure.
From staff and wire reports
FOR THE RECORD
NFL
All Times ET
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
Buffalo
N.Y. Jets
New England
Miami
South
Jacksonville
Houston
Tennessee
Indianapolis
North
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Cleveland
West
Kansas City
Denver
Oakland
L.A. Chargers
W
3
3
3
2
L
2
2
2
2
T Pct
0 .600
0 .600
0 .600
0 .500
PF
89
92
148
41
PA
74
106
142
67
W
3
2
2
2
L
2
3
3
3
T Pct
0 .600
0 .400
0 .400
0 .400
PF
139
144
110
97
PA
83
130
142
159
W
3
3
2
0
L
2
2
3
5
T Pct
0 .600
0 .600
0 .400
0 .000
PF
99
90
84
77
PA
89
97
83
124
W
5
3
2
1
L
0
1
3
4
T Pct
0 1.000
0 .750
0 .400
0 .200
PF
164
98
108
99
PA
111
74
109
115
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
Philadelphia
Washington
Dallas
N.Y. Giants
South
Carolina
Atlanta
New Orleans
Tampa Bay
North
Green Bay
Detroit
Minnesota
Chicago
West
Seattle
L.A. Rams
Arizona
San Francisco
W
4
2
2
0
L
1
2
3
5
T Pct
0 .800
0 .500
0 .400
0 .000
PF
137
91
125
82
PA
99
89
132
122
W
4
3
2
2
L
1
1
2
2
T Pct
0 .800
0 .750
0 .500
0 .500
PF
105
104
93
85
PA
94
89
78
83
W
4
3
3
1
L
1
2
2
4
T Pct
0 .800
0 .600
0 .600
0 .200
PF
137
123
99
78
PA
112
97
93
124
W
3
3
2
0
L
2
2
3
5
T Pct
0 .600
0 .600
0 .400
0 .000
PF
110
152
81
89
PA
87
121
125
120
Thursday’s Game
u Batting — HR: Gregorius 2 (3); RBI:
Gardner (3); Gregorius 3 (6) LOB: 6.
u Baserunning — CS: Gardner (1).
u Fielding — DP: 1.
Cleveland
ab r h bi bb so avg
Lindor ss
4 0 1 0 0 1 .111
Kipnis cf
4 0 0 0 0 3 .182
Ramirez 2b
3 0 0 0 1 0 .100
Encarnacion dh
4 0 0 0 0 3 .000
Santana 1b
4 0 0 0 0 2 .211
Jackson lf
4 1 1 0 0 3 .214
Bruce rf
2 1 1 0 1 1 .278
Perez c
3 0 1 1 0 0 .300
Urshela 3b
3 0 1 1 0 2 .167
Totals
31 2 5 2 2 15
u Batting — RBI: Perez (2); Urshela (1);
GIDP: Lindor LOB: 4.
u Fielding — E: Bruce (1); Jackson (1); Perez (1); DP: 1.
Pitching
ip h r er bb so era
New York
Sabathia
41/3 5 2 2 0 9 3.72
Robertson W,2-0 22/3 0 0 0 1 2 1.13
Chapman S,2
2 0 0 0 1 4 0.00
Cleveland
Kluber L,0-1
32/3 3 3 3 2 6 12.79
Miller
2 2 0 0 0 5 1.80
Shaw
2 1 0 0 0 3 1.50
Allen
1 2 2 1 1 2 1.69
1
/3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
J. Smith
Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Sabathia
18; 69-51; Robertson 8; 29-18; Chapman 7;
32-23; Kluber 17; 67-40; Miller 8; 39-29;
Shaw 6; 25-17; Allen 6; 39-26; J. Smith 1; 7-4
uUmpires — HP: Nelson; 1B: Johnson; 2B:
Carapazza; 3B: Iassogna; LF: DeMuth; RF:
O’Nora
uGame data — T: 3:38. Att: 37,802.
NHL
All times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
GP
Toronto
4
Tampa Bay 4
Detroit
3
Ottawa
3
Florida
3
Boston
3
Montreal
4
Buffalo
3
W
3
3
2
1
2
1
1
0
Sunday’s Games
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.
Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
San Francisco at Washington, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
L.A. Rams at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Denver, 8:30 p.m.
Open: Buffalo, Dallas, Seattle, Cincinnati
Monday’s Game
Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m.
MLB
New Jersey
Pittsburgh
Washington
Columbus
Philadlphia
Carolina
N.Y. Islnders
N.Y. Rangers
GP
3
5
4
3
4
2
4
4
W
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
GA
16
15
7
9
11
13
13
15
GF
16
16
16
8
13
6
10
10
GA
6
22
12
6
13
6
14
15
L OT Pts
1 0 8
0 1 7
1 0 6
2 0 2
2 0 2
2 0 2
1 1 1
GF
17
21
15
9
7
10
6
GA
14
7
9
13
8
15
9
L OT Pts
0 0 6
1 0 6
0 1 5
1 1 5
0 1 3
2 0 2
2 1 1
2 0 0
GF GA
9 4
12 9
9 5
10 11
5 5
7 8
7 12
4 9
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
St. Louis
Chicago
Colorado
Nashville
Dallas
Winnipeg
Minnesota
GP
5
4
4
3
3
3
2
W
4
3
3
1
1
1
0
Pacific Division
Wednesday’s Late Game
Yankees 5, Indians 2
New York
Cleveland
102 000 002 — 5
000 020 000 — 2
New York
Gardner lf
Judge rf
Gregorius ss
Sanchez c
Bird 1b
Castro 2b
Hicks cf
Ellsbury dh
Headley ph
Frazier 3b
Totals
ab
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
0
2
3
34
h
3
0
3
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
8
bi
1
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
bb so
0 1
0 4
0 0
0 3
0 3
0 2
1 1
1 0
0 1
1 1
3 16
avg
.320
.125
.250
.222
.238
.231
.318
.000
.000
.190
L OT Pts
0 0 6
2 1 5
1 1 5
1 0 4
2 0 4
0 1 3
2 1 3
3 0 2
GP
Vegas
3
Calgary
4
Los Angeles 3
Anaheim
4
Vancouver
2
Edmonton
3
Arizona
3
San Jose
2
W
3
3
2
2
1
1
0
0
Wednesday’s Games
New Jersey 6, Toronto 3
Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2
Colorado 6, Boston 3
Anaheim 3, N.Y. Islanders 2
Calgary 4, Los Angeles 3, OT
Thursday’s Games
Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 4
Florida 5, St. Louis 2
Nashville 4, Dallas 1
Preseason
All Times ET
Wednesday’s Games
Friday’s Games
Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Colorado, 9 p.m.
Ottawa at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Detroit at Vegas, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday’s Games
Major League Soccer
All times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Friday’s Games
TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Named Bryan Novoa women’s golf coach.
TENNIS
Dallas 108, Atlanta 94
Sacramento at L.A. Clippers
W
19
16
15
15
15
13
10
11
11
10
9
L
5
8
9
10
12
12
13
15
15
13
18
T
8
8
8
7
5
7
9
6
6
9
5
Pts
65
56
53
52
50
46
39
39
39
39
32
GF
71
53
68
58
50
51
42
50
48
38
30
GA
35
39
38
42
47
46
43
54
58
51
54
GF
48
39
45
54
54
43
47
35
45
30
41
GA
46
27
39
49
45
43
53
57
64
48
62
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Vancouver
Sporting KC
Seattle
Portland
Houston
FC Dallas
Salt Lake
San Jose
Minnesota
Colorado
Los Angeles
COLLEGE
Boston 108, Charlotte 100
Miami 117, Washington 115
Philadelphia 133, Brooklyn 114
Houston 101, Memphis 89
Portland 113, Phoenix 104
SOCCER
Toronto FC
NYC FC
Atlanta FC
Chicago
Columbus
New York
Philadelphia
Montreal
N. England
Orlando City
D.C. United
Placed OL Cole Toner on practice squad injured reserve. Signed LB Trevor Reilly and TE
Will Tye to the practice squad.
NEW YORK GIANTS — Signed CB Donte
Deayon from the practice squad and CB
Brandon Dixon to the practice squad.
NBA
W
15
12
12
13
12
10
12
12
10
8
7
L
11
8
9
11
10
9
14
14
16
18
17
T
6
12
11
8
10
13
6
6
6
6
8
Pts
51
48
47
47
46
43
42
42
36
30
29
Sunday’s Games
GF
22
18
8
8
13
7
5
7
Metropolitan Division
Philadelphia at Carolina
r
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
5
L OT Pts
1 0 6
1 0 6
1 0 4
0 2 4
1 0 4
2 0 2
3 0 2
2 1 1
Minnesota at Chicago
Winnipeg at Vancouver
Detroit at Arizona
Buffalo at San Jose
Atlanta United FC at New York, 5 p.m.
Columbus at Orlando City, 5 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.
NY City FC at New England, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago, 5 p.m.
D.C. United at Portland, 7:30 p.m.
FC Dallas at Seattle, 7:30 p.m.
Houston at Sporting KC, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota United at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
English Premier League
All Times ET
GP W
Man City
7 6
Man United
7 6
Tottenham
7 4
Chelsea
7 4
Arsenal
7 4
Burnley
7 3
Liverpool
7 3
Watford
7 3
Newcastle
7 3
West Brom
7 2
Huddersfield
7 2
Southampton 7 2
Stoke
7 2
Brighton
7 2
West Ham
7 2
Everton
7 2
Leicester
7 1
Swansea
7 1
Bournemouth
7 1
Crystal Palace 7 0
Home teams in CAPS
D
1
1
2
1
1
3
3
3
1
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
0
L
0
0
1
2
2
1
1
1
3
2
2
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
5
7
GF
22
21
14
12
11
7
13
11
7
6
5
5
7
5
7
4
9
3
4
0
GA
2
2
5
6
8
5
12
12
6
8
7
7
11
9
13
12
12
8
11
17
Pts
19
19
14
13
13
12
12
12
10
9
9
8
8
7
7
7
5
5
4
0
Saturday’s games
Liverpool vs. Man United, 7:30 a.m.
Man City vs. Stoke, 10 a.m.
Tottenham vs. Bournemouth, 10 a.m.
Swansea vs. Huddersfield, 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Ham, 10 a.m.
Watford vs. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday’s games
Brighton vs. Everton, 8:30 a.m.
Southampton vs. Newcastle, 11 a.m.
Monday’s games
Leicester vs. West Brom, 3 p.m.
Dallas at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Cleveland at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
Miami vs. Philadelphia at Kansas City, Mo.,
8:30 p.m.
Brisbane Bullets at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Haifa Maccabi at Portland, 10 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
ODDS
Line Underdog
OFF NY Rangers
OFF Washington
OFF
Ottawa
-115 COLORADO
OFF
Detroit
Line
OFF
OFF
OFF
+105
OFF
College Football
Saturday
Favorite
Line O/U
Underdog
Miami (Ohio) 91⁄2 41
KENT ST
Ohio U
91⁄2 60
BWLING GRN
Toledo
7 57
C. MICHIGAN
BUFFALO
N Illinois
51⁄2 50
TEMPLE
9 59
UCONN
Virginia
31⁄2 50
N CAROLINA
FIU
Tulane
131⁄2501⁄2
LOUISVILLE
211⁄2 56 Boston College
MARSHALL
151⁄2 49
Old Dominion
UAB
MIDDLE TENN
5 541⁄2
LA-MONROE
7 58
Georgia St
W KENTUCKY 16 47
Charlotte
UTAH ST
2 53
Wyoming
AIR FORCE
7 64
UNLV
Appalachian St 13 52
IDAHO
MISSISSIPPI ST 24 48
BYU
GEORGIA
30 56
Missouri
MEMPHIS
3 72
Navy
New Mexico St 7 581⁄2 GA SOUTHERN
S MISS
23 52
UTEP
ARKANSAS ST 171⁄2 64 Coastal Carolina
UTSA
21⁄2 57
NORTH TEXAS
FRESNO ST
2 531⁄2
New Mexico
HAWAII
171⁄2 61
San Jose St
DEALS
BASEBALL
American League
TEXAS RANGERS — Purchased the Hickory
Crawdads (SAL).
BASKETBALL
NBA
NBA — Named Air Force Lt. Gen. Michelle D.
Johnson senior vice president and head of
referee operations.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Signed F Travis
Wear.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Waived G Xavier
Munford.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS — Waived C Amida
Brimah and G London Perrantes.
FOOTBALL
National Football League
CINCINNATI BENGALS — Placed TE Tyler Eifert on injured reserve.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Released S
Alex Carter from the practice squad.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON TV
FRIDAY (TIMES P.M. EASTERN UNLESS NOTED)
Matchup
No. 2 Clemson (6-0) at Syracuse (3-3)
No. 9 Washington State (6-0) at California (3-3)
Time/TV
Surface
7/ESPN
Artificial
10:30/ESPN Artificial
Pregame.com line
Clemson by 221⁄2
Wash. State by 14
Sagarin difference
Clemson by 24.03
Wash. State by 13.54
SATURDAY
No. 7 TCU (5-0) at Kansas State (3-2)
Noon/FS1
No. 16 Michigan (4-1) at Indiana (3-2)
Noon/ABC
Rutgers (1-4) at Illinois (2-3)
Noon/BTN
Eastern Michigan (2-3) at Army (4-2)
Noon/CBSSN
South Carolina (4-2) at Tennessee (3-2)
Noon/ESPN
Florida State (1-3) at Duke (4-2)
Noon/ESPN2
Texas Tech (4-1) at West Virginia (3-2)
Noon/ESPNU
Connecticut (1-4) at Temple (3-3)
Noon/ESPNews
Kansas (1-4) at Iowa State (3-2)
Noon/FSN
Brigham Young (1-5) at Mississippi State (3-2)
Noon/SEC
Purdue (3-2) at No. 6 Wisconsin (5-0)
3:30/BTN
Georgia Tech (3-1) at No. 10 Miami (Fla.) (4-0)
3:30/ABC
No. 11 Auburn (5-1) at LSU (4-2)
3:30/CBS
No. 12 Oklahoma (4-1) vs. Texas (3-2) in Dallas
3:30/ESPN
Baylor (0-5) at No. 14 Oklahoma State (4-1)
3:30/FS1
Akron (3-3) at Western Michigan (4-2)
3:30/CBSSN
Northwestern (2-3) at Maryland (3-2)
3:30/ESPN2
Vanderbilt (3-3) at Mississippi (2-3)
3:30/SEC
No. 24 Navy (5-0) at Memphis (4-1)
3:45/ESPNU
Houston (4-1) at Tulsa (1-5)
4/ESPNews
Colorado (3-3) at Oregon State (1-5)
4/Pac-12
East Carolina (1-5) at No. 21 Central Florida (4-0)
7/CBSSN
Texas A&M (4-2) at Florida (3-2)
7/ESPN2
Arkansas (2-3) at No. 1 Alabama (6-0)
7:15/ESPN
Missouri (1-4) at No. 5 Georgia (6-0)
7:30/SEC
No. 8 Ohio State (5-1) at Nebraska (3-3)
7:30/FS1
Cincinnati (2-4) at No. 15 South Florida (5-0)
7:30/ESPNU
No. 23 Utah (4-1) at No. 13 Southern California (5-1) 8/ABC
No. 22 Michigan State (4-1) at Minnesota (3-2)
8/BTN
UCLA (3-2) at Arizona (3-2)
9/Pac-12
Nevada (1-5) at Colorado State (4-2)
10:15/ESPN2
Boise State (3-2) at No. 18 San Diego State (6-0)
10:30/CBSSN
No. 5 Washington (6-0) at Arizona State (2-3)
10:45/ESPN
Oregon (4-2) at No. 25 Stanford (4-2)
11/FS1
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Grass
Grass
Artificial
Grass
Grass
Grass
Artificial
Grass
Grass
Grass
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Grass
Grass
Grass
Grass
Artificial
Grass
Grass
Artificial
Artificial
Artificial
Grass
Grass
Grass
OTHER RANKED TEAMS IN ACTION (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS)
No. 20 NC State (5-1) at Pittsburgh (2-4)
Noon
Grass
TCU by 6
Michigan by 7
Illinois by 21⁄2
Army by 61⁄2
Tennessee by 31⁄2
FSU by 7
West Va. by 31⁄2
Temple by 10
Iowa State by 221⁄2
Miss. State by 24
Wisconsin by 17
Miami by 51⁄2
Auburn by 7
Oklahoma by 8
Okla. State by 251⁄2
WMU by 141⁄2
Northwestern by 4
Ole Miss by 31⁄2
Memphis by 3
Houston by 131⁄2
Colorado by 10
UCF by 35
Florida by 21⁄2
Alabama by 30
Georgia by 30
Ohio State by 24
USF by 241⁄2
USC by 131⁄2
Mich. State by 4
UCLA by 1
Colo. State by 241⁄2
SDSU by 7
Washington by 171⁄2
Stanford by 101⁄2
N.C. State by 11
TCU by 4.80
Michigan by 8.15
Illinois by 2.13
Army by 8.00
South Carolina by 1.12
FSU by 8.59
Texas Tech by 2.76
Temple by 15.49
Iowa State by 25.07
Miss. State by 21.30
Wisconsin by 20.01
Miami by 6.20
Auburn by 9.25
Oklahoma by 9.86
Okla. State by 24.42
WMU by 14.99
Northwestern by 2.24
Ole Miss by 1.42
Memphis by 2.48
Houston by 14.10
Colorado by 12.67
UCF by 31.55
Florida by 0.41
Alabama by 31.96
Georgia by 34.85
Ohio State by 20.55
USF by 18.44
USC by 10.45
MSU by 6.39
Arizona by 0.22
Colo. State by 20.52
SDSU by 4.43
Washington by 18.12
Stanford by 5.70
N.C. State by 7.44
REST OF THE TOP 25
No. 3 Penn State, No. 17 Virginia Tech and No. 19 Notre Dame are idle.
Jeff Sagarin’s power ratings show the relative strength of teams. Where applicable, 1.97 points are added to the home team’s
rating to calculate the difference.
In Shanghai
Surface: Hard; Purse: $6.52 million
Singles — Third round: Grigor Dimitrov (6),
Bulgaria, def. Sam Querrey (10), United
States, 6-3, 7-6 (3); Juan Martin del Potro
(16), Argentina, def. Alexander Zverev (3),
Germany, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4; Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, def. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 7-6 (4), 6-4; Richard Gasquet, France,
def. Gilles Simon, France, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3;
Marin Cilic (4), Croatia, def. Steve Johnson,
United States, 7-6 (1), 6-4; Rafael Nadal (1),
Spain, def. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 6-3, 6-1;
Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-2; Viktor
Troicki, Serbia, def. John Isner (12), United
States, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
WTA Upper Austria Ladies Linz
Pregame.com Line
National Hockey League
Friday
Favorite
COLUMBUS
NEW JERSEY
CALGARY
Anaheim
LAS VEGAS
ATP World Tour Shanghai
Rolex Masters
In Linz, Austria
Surface: Hard-Indoor; Purse: $226,750
Singles — Second round: Barbora Strycova
(2), Czech Republic, def. Jana Fett, Croatia,
2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Johanna Larsson, Sweden,
def. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, 6-2,
6-3; Magdalena Rybarikova (1), Slovakia,
def. Carina Witthoeft, Germany, 7-6 (4),
6-3; Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland, def. Viktoriya Tomova, Bulgaria, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; Sorana Cirstea (5), Romania, def. Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Russia, 7-6 (14), 6-4.
WTA Tianjin Open
In Tianjin, China
Surface: Hard; Purse: $426,750
Singles — Second round: Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus, def. Duan Ying-Ying, China, 6-3,
6-3; Zhu Lin, China, def. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-1; Christina McHale, United
States, def. Maria Sakkari (6), Greece, 6-0,
6-4; Maria Sharapova, Russia, def. Magda
Linette, Poland, 7-5, 6-3; Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, def. Wang Yafan, China, 6-4,
2-6, 6-3; Sara Errani, Italy, def. Beatriz Haddad Maia, Brazil, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Peng Shuai
(3), China, def. Wang Xiyu, China, 6-2, 6-2;
Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, def. Yulia
Putintseva (5), Kazakhstan, 6-2, 6-3.
WTA Prudential Hong Kong Open
In Hong Kong
uSurface: Hard; Purse: $226,750
Singles — Second round: Wang Qiang,
China, def. Luksika Kumkhum, Thailand,
6-4, 6-4; Jennifer Brady, United States, def.
Zhang Shuai (8), China, 6-3, 6-4; Nicole
Gibbs, United States, def. Elina Svitolina (1),
Ukraine, walkover; Lizette Cabrera, Australia, def. Caroline Wozniacki (3), Denmark, walkover.
BOXING
Fight Schedule
Friday
At Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Calif.
(ESPN), Fidel Maldonado Jr. vs. Ismael Barroso, 12, for the vacant WBA Fedelatin super lightweight title; Pablo Cesar Cano vs.
Marcelino Nicolas Lopez, 10, super lightweights.
Saturday
At Wembley Arena, London, George
Groves vs. Jamie Cox, 12, for Groves’ WBA
Super World super middleweight title
(World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal);
Patrick Nielsen vs. John Ryder, 10, super
middleweights.
At Barclays Center, New York (SHO), Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha, 12, for Lara’s
WBA junior middleweight title; Jermell
Charlo vs. Erickson Lubin, 12, for Charlo’s
WBC junior middleweight title; Jarrett Hurd
vs. Austin Trout, 12, for Hurd’s IBF junior
middleweight title; Tony Harrison vs. Paul
Valenzuela, 10, middleweights.
At StubHub Center, Carson, Calif. (FOX), Leo
Santa Cruz vs. Chris Avalos, 12, for Santa
Cruz’s WBA Super featherweight title; Abner Mares vs. Andres Gutierrez, 12, for
Mares’ WBA World featherweight title; Eddie Ramirez vs. Antonio DeMarco, 10, junior
welterweights.
SPORTS ON TV
Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings.
FRIDAY
AUTO RACING: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Alabama
500, practice, in Talladega (NBC Sports Network, 1 p.m. and
3 p.m.); NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Fred’s 250, practice, in Talladega (Fox Sports 1, noon and 2 p.m.)
CFL: Calgary at Hamilton (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)
COLLEGE MEN’S HOCKEY: Denver at Notre Dame (NBC Sports
Network, 7 p.m.)
DRAG RACING: NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, AAA Texas
FallNationals, qualifying, in Ennis (Fox Sports 1, 6 p.m.)
GOLF: LPGA, KEB-Hana Bank Championship, second round, in
Incheon, South Korea (same-day tape) (Golf Channel, 11 a.m.);
PGA Tour Champions, SAS Championship, first round, in Cary,
N.C. (Golf Channel, 2:30 p.m.); PGA Tour, CIMB Classic, third
round, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Golf Channel, 11 p.m.)
MLB: American League Championship Series, Game 1, New York
Yankees at Houston (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.)
NBA: Preseason, San Antonio at Houston (TNT, 8 p.m.), Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.)
SOCCER: German Bundesliga, Stuttgart vs. Koln (Fox Sports 2,
2:20 p.m.)
SATURDAY
AUTO RACING: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Fred’s 250,
qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 10:30 a.m.), race (Fox, 1 p.m.); Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Alabama 500, qualifying (NBC Sports
Network, 4 p.m.); Global RallyCross Series, in Los Angeles (NBC,
4:30 p.m.); FIA World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji, in
Oyama, Japan (Fox Sports 2, 1 a.m. Sunday, and Fox Sports 1,
2:30 a.m. Sunday)
BOXING: Premier Champions, Leo Santa Cruz, vs. Chris Avalos,
for Santa Cruz’s WBA super featherweight title; Abner Mares vs.
Andres Guttierez, for Mares’ WBA world featherweight title, in
Carson, Calif. (Fox, 7:30 p.m.); Erislandy Lara vs. Terrell Gausha,
for Lara’s WBA junior middleweight title; Jermell Charlo vs. Erickson Lubin, for Charlo’s WBC junior middleweight title; Jarrett
Hurd vs. Austin Trout, for Hurd’s IBF junior middleweight title, in
New York (Showtime, 10 p.m.)
COLLEGE MEN’S HOCKEY: Denver at Notre Dame (NBC Sports
Network, 6 p.m.)
GOLF: European PGA Tour, Italian Open, third round, in Turin (Golf
Channel, 6:30 a.m.); LPGA, KEB-Hana Bank Championship, third
round (same-day tape) (Golf Channel, 11:30 a.m.); PGA Tour
Champions, SAS Championship, second round (Golf Channel,
2:30 p.m.); PGA Tour, CIMB Classic, final round (Golf Channel,
11 p.m.)
MLB: American League Championship Series, Game 2, New York
Yankees at Houston (Fox, 2 p.m.); National League Championship Series, Game 1, Chicago Cubs or Washington at Los Angeles
Dodgers (TBS, 8 p.m.)
MOTOR SPORTS: AMA Supercross, Monster Energy Cup, in Las Vegas (Fox Sports 2, 9:30 p.m.)
SOCCER: English Premier League, Liverpool vs. Manchester United (NBC Sports Network, 7:30 a.m.), Tottenham vs. Bournemouth
(CNBC, 10 a.m.), Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea (NBC Sports Network,
10 a.m.), Watford vs. Arsenal (NBC, 12:30 p.m.); Bundesliga, Bayern
Munich vs. SC Freiburg (Fox Sports 2, 9:30 a.m.), Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig (Fox Sports 2, 12:20 p.m.); NWSL, championship game, Portland vs. North Carolina, in Orlando (Lifetime,
4:30 p.m.)
TRIATHLON: Ironman World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (NBC Sports Network, 12:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
SUNDAY
AUTO RACING: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Alabama
500 (NBC, 2 p.m.)
DRAG RACING: NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, AAA Texas
FallNationals (Fox Sports 1, qualifying, 1 p.m., taped; finals, 2 p.m.)
GOLF: European PGA Tour, Italian Open, final round (Golf Channel, 6:30 a.m.); LPGA, KEB-Hana Bank Championship, final round
(same-day tape) (Golf Channel, 11:30 a.m.); PGA Tour Champions,
SAS Championship, final round (Golf Channel, 2:30 p.m.)
MLB: National League Championship Series, Game 2, Chicago
Cubs or Washington at Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS, 8 p.m.)
NFL: Regional coverage (CBS and Fox, 1 p.m.); regional (Fox,
4 p.m.); regional (CBS, 4:25 p.m.); New York Giants at Denver
(NBC, 8:20 p.m.)
SOCCER: Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Everton
(NBC Sports Network, 8:30 a.m.), Southampton vs. Newcastle
(NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m.); Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen vs.
Wolfsburg (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 a.m.), Werder Bremen vs. Borussia
Monchengladbach (Fox Sports 2, 11:50 a.m.); MLS, teams TBA (Fox
Sports 1, 5 p.m.), teams TBA (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.)
USA TODAY
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NFL
Protesting can be a difficult decision
Many factors make it a tricky proposition for players
Jarrett Bell
jbell@usatoday.com
USA TODAY Sports
ASHBURN, VA . As usual, Terrelle
Pryor was approachable and polite as a visitor stopped by his
locker for a quick chat. But the
Washington receiver, undoubtedly sensing the topic, was also
rather firm.
“I’ll talk about football,” Pryor
told USA TODAY Sports. “We can
talk about needing to beat the
49ers.”
Translation: Not going there.
After his last game, on Oct. 2,
Pryor got into a heated exchange
with a fan at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium — moved to the
point of giving the man a finger,
he explained, after being repeatedly taunted with the N-word. In
an Instagram post, Pryor wrote
the tone of the incident was “the
exact reason why guys are kneeling during the anthem.”
Reminded of that Wednesday,
Pryor said, “I said what I had to
say.”
Kind of annoying, coming to
work, and pressed to make a social statement?
Pryor gave a half-smile.
“Nah,” he said. “I understand.
You’re doing your job.”
Elsewhere, one of Pryor’s usually affable teammates wouldn’t
touch the matter of the national
anthem protests.
“I work for The Man,” the player grumbled. “And I want to keep
working.”
Therein lies another layer to
the cloud that has settled over the
NFL in relation to the anthem
demonstrations that are largely
protests against social injustice,
inequality and police brutality
against African Americans.
Although there’s the visceral
urge to protest in response to the
trash-talking
from
Donald
Trump, the decision to engage or
not for many players is not automatic. Some lesser-known ones
probably resist protesting because they lack job security and
are at the low end of the salary
scale. At the other end of the
spectrum, some are undoubtedly
eyeing post-playing careers while
considering political ramifications. Remember, Colin Kaepernick — the former San Francisco
49ers quarterback who earned
$43.5 million over six NFL seasons — still doesn’t have a job.
It’s a matter of dignity for
many in a league where more
than 70% of the players are African Americans. In determining
whether to express themselves,
there’s undoubtedly a sense that
they are also representing family
and friends. While high-profile
leaders including Philadelphia
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins
and Seattle Seahawks players Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin
have emerged in Kaepernick’s absence to define the purpose of the
protests, every player in the
league is affected to some degree.
Not every player is politically
and socially passionate, and
there’s a wide range of interests,
maturity and backgrounds. But
after Trump got involved, the en-
tire league — owners included —
was put on full blast for a
self-check.
“You’ve got some guys who are
paying attention to it and some
guys who are not,” Washington
tight end Vernon Davis told USA
TODAY Sports. “Do you want to
focus on that or football?”
Davis, a 12th-year veteran, was
not among the six Washington
players who knelt before the
game at Kansas City.
“I’m just focusing on football,”
he said. “The cause is there. I
think it’s a good cause. They’re
trying to bring awareness to
something that needs to be addressed. Police brutality. Equality.
But at the end of the day — (with)
the president or higher-ups —
you’re either going to help or
you’re not. The ones who control
what’s going on in America, they
have the power to do something
about it.”
NFL players have been placed
in a difficult dilemma. It’s not like
African-American accountants,
lawyers or police officers were
suddenly cast with the decision to
kneel while their white co-workers and management figures contemplate their level of support.
In declaring that he won’t use
any player who doesn’t stand for
the anthem, Dallas Cowboys
owner Jerry Jones is selling the
notion that it’s good for his players because he’s taking the decision out of their hands.
How paternalistic. And condescending.
It’s one thing to defend the flag,
show concern for business ramifications and square off against the
players union about workplace
Washington wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had an incident with
a fan Oct. 2, but he wants to put that behind him. His focus is
on the 49ers this week. MARK TENALLY, AP
rules. But the notion that players
can’t make up their own minds is
crossing a line. That’s why activists, including Dr. Harry Edwards
and Rev. Al Sharpton, skewer
Jones as carrying a “plantation
mentality” as he essentially accedes to Trump’s wishes.
“Really, I don’t want my players making the call,” Jones told
USA TODAY Sports. “Everybody
understands it when your livelihood (is at stake). What nobody
gets is how damaging it can be
when we continue a debate about
the NFL when it comes to disrespecting the flag.”
It’s as if Jones thinks players in
a highly pressurized profession
can’t handle such a decision, a notion that drew a chuckle from
Davis.
“We’re grown men,” Davis said.
“You decide what you’re going to
do. If you want to stand or kneel,
you make your own decision.
Whatever.
“This is a job that’s full of pressure, but at the end of the day,
pressure is a good thing. In this
game ... you embrace it.”
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Lawsuit: Ole Miss owes an apology
Ex-football coach
Nutt seeks damages,
fees and other relief
Dan Wolken
dwolken@usatoday.com
USA TODAY Sports
On Jan. 29, 2016, as Mississippi
coaches were preparing for a crucial recruiting weekend just
ahead of national signing day, Pat
Forde of Yahoo Sports broke the
story that the NCAA had delivered a notice of allegations to the
school, alleging violations in three
sports.
Within minutes, Ole Miss officials including athletics director
Ross Bjork, then-football coach
Hugh Freeze and other staffers
tasked with public relations management went to work, spending
significant time that afternoon
talking on the phone with reporters, who all reported a similar
message: The NCAA’s case was
largely about women’s basketball
and violations that happened under Houston Nutt.
Whether that legally amounts
to defamation and a breach of the
non-disparagement language in
Nutt’s 2011 separation agreement
with Ole Miss will be for the
courts to decide. Nutt has filed a
second lawsuit — this time in
Mississippi state court, after the
first try in federal court this year
was dismissed on jurisdictional
grounds — against Ole Miss on
Wednesday, seeking compensatory and punitive damages, attorney’s fees and other relief. And
who knows how a judge and perhaps eventually a jury will interpret the information as it applies
to the law.
But after reading the 46-page
complaint, which contains even
more specific information than
the first, is there any doubt that
Nutt’s initial request — a public
apology — was not only reasonable but well deserved?
Again, from legal perspective,
there are contentious facets of
this case. Ole Miss will argue that
the non-disparagement language
applied only to a certain “control
group” of people. Moreover, proving that the public narrative in
early 2016 had an impact on
Nutt’s reputation to the point
where he couldn’t land another
head coaching job in college football will not be easy.
Former Mississippi coach Houston Nutt has filed a second lawsuit against the school.
SPRUCE DERDEN, USA TODAY SPORTS
But this much is true: Anyone
who foisted the idea on members
of the media that Nutt or violations from the Nutt era were the
central theme of the first notice of
allegations did so without regard
for the truth.
And Thomas Mars of the Arkansas-based Friday, Eldredge &
Clark law firm made a compelling
argument that the misleading
public relations campaign was
done with a sophisticated level of
purpose and coordination.
Bjork, in fact, had retained the
services of an outside public relations consultant — Brian Curtis,
who runs the Atlanta-based Paradigm Four firm, has sort of a
niche business in college sports —
and the lawsuit details numerous
communications with him documented in public records around
those key times.
Mars’ lawsuit says “two-thirds
of AD Bjork’s cell phone calls on
January 29-30, 2016 were with
sports journalists, Coach Freeze,
and the three members of the
AD’s PR team. Ten of those conversations were between AD
Bjork and (Kyle) Campbell, the
head of PR who reported directly
to AD Bjork. … University phone
logs show that on a typical day,
AD Bjork would have had no
more than a few calls with (that
group of people).”
The lawsuit then details a playby-play of phone calls between
Freeze, Bjork and other officials
in the inner circle correlated with
information reported by journalists that day.
There was a 13-minute call between Campbell and ESPN’s
Chris Low, who later in the day
tweeted “I’m told the Ole Miss
Notice of Allegations doesn’t contain any surprises. Most of it predates Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss
knew it was coming.” There was a
call between Freeze and then-Fox
Sports (now Sports Illustrated) reporter Bruce Feldman, who cited
anonymous sources in saying “the
majority of the allegations stem
from women’s basketball and
track as well as from incidents occurring with the previous Rebels
football staff from the Houston
Nutt era.” ESPN’s Ed Aschoff,
who had spoken with Bjork that
afternoon, wrote in a news story,
quoting an anonymous source,
“This is a fraction involving our
current football staff.”
And those are just some of the
examples cited by Mars, all either
extremely misleading or flat-out
untrue.
Neal McCready of Rebel Grove,
who had spoken with Freeze a
week earlier, tweeted on the day
of Forde’s report: “The other football-related stuff dates back to the
Houston Nutt era. Hearing that
stuff is six years old.”
On his podcast Thursday,
McCready admitted that information came directly from Freeze:
“Did we discuss the NCAA case?
Yes. Did I ask, ‘Hey, what’s in it?’
Yes. Was I told it was mostly Nutt
and women’s basketball? Yes. Did
I feel misled? Yes. Did it piss me
off later? Yes. Was I taking talking
points and running? No.”
Full disclosure: I exchanged
text messages that day with
Campbell and reiterated my position that the school should release the NOA publicly and until
it did I would remain skeptical
that the characterization of the
allegations being provided by
school officials was complete and
accurate.
It simply didn’t make sense. If
the charges weren’t that bad, why
not just get them out there
publicly?
Well, it turned out we got the
answer on the Friday before Memorial Day in 2016, when Ole
Miss finally released the NOA. At
that point, it became obvious the
public relations campaign was a
sham, designed to convey the
message that the NCAA investigation wasn’t going to be a big problem for the school, helping Freeze
and staff retain a recruiting class
that eventually was ranked No. 7
by Rivals.com.
And now that it’s being rehashed, it’s a horrible look for Ole
Miss.
Moreover, the lawsuit claims
that Bjork and Freeze “were the
only members of the Athletics
Department who were allowed to
read the specific allegations in the
NOA.”
If that’s true, and others in the
athletics department were deputized to speak to reporters off the
record and disseminate false information at the athletics director’s behest, that could be a major
problem for Bjork.
Ole Miss officials didn’t immediately have a comment. Curtis
didn’t return a phone call from
USA TODAY Sports.
Eventually, they’ll have their
chance to respond to the allegations that they damaged Nutt’s
reputation. But it doesn’t appear
for now that Nutt is going to let it
go.
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Mars will compete against The
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Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee
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PINK SPINS THE
NORMAL INTO
‘BEAUTIFUL’
After a break for real life, the singer is back
Patrick Ryan | USA TODAY
On Friday, Pink releases her first album in five
years, Beautiful Trauma. But don’t call it a “comeback.”
“It’s always a reset in pop music,” she says, curled on a
sofa in a suite at the Greenwich Hotel. “If you’re taking a
nap, you’re having a ‘comeback’ the next time you put a
song out. It’s like starting over every time.”
In fact, the Grammy-winning pop rebel (born Alecia
Moore) has had little sleep since 2012’s The Truth About
Love, her first No. 1 album in the U.S. after more than a
decade of releasing music as Pink.
In years since, she’s supported Truth on a world tour;
recorded an album as duo You + Me with Dallas Green;
contributed to Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass
soundtrack; and given birth to son Jameson, 9 months
(her second child with Carey Hart, after Willow, 6).
“The difference between this rec‘Beautiful ord and a lot of other records was I
living a normal life while writTrauma,’ was
ing,” says Pink, 38. “Since I was 19,
eeeg 2D I’ve gone: ‘Make a record, promo, go
on tour. Make a record, promo, go on
tour.’ ... This is the first time I’ve been like, ‘Take my
daughter to preschool. Go on a date with my husband.’ ”
It shows in the music, which finds her pushing herself
to breathtaking vocal heights, and expressing concerns
about global issues. Soulful doo-wop Better Life rejects
the notion of picture-perfect lives depicted on Instagram, while the stripped-down Wild Hearts Can’t Be
Broken is a feminist rallying cry. Electronic-tinged first
single What About Us shines a light on ostracized
groups, with a message of tolerance and unity.
“Normally, I lead off with, ‘What’s your snarliest,
loudest anthem for the first single?’ ” Pink says.
Seven albums in, “I’ve exorcised a lot of those demons,”
she continues. “ ‘(Expletive) you’ — I’ve said that a thousand times and I’ve meant it every time. I’ll probably say
it again, but for right now, I’ve been more in a place of,
‘What’s right for me?’ and ‘Who am I?’; ‘Marriage sucks’
and ‘Marriage is rad.’ Long-term relationships are hard
work, and sometimes it gets really lonely.”
As is a theme among some of her hits including So
What and Please Don’t Leave Me, her impassioned relationship with Hart is the basis for some new tracks,
such as the confessional Whatever You Want and
powerhouse You Get My Love.
Like any marriage, theirs is a work in progress.
They wed in 2006 after five years of dating, but
briefly separated two years later.
Now, “he’s really good,” she says. “He knows
when he goes too far, and he’ll apologize, which
is a wonderful trait. ... I do not possess that
trait. ... It’s awful to be married to me. He’s
the rock and I’m the storm.”
In support of Beautiful Trauma, Pink will
release an Apple Music documentary and embark on a North American tour in March. What About
Us soared to No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week,
making it her 28th entry on the singles chart.
She believes her key to career longevity has been that
“I’m willing to be vulnerable. ... I’m living my life and everybody else is, too. We’re all going through (stuff ) and
traumatized by the world we live in, but there’s a lot of
fun to be had.”
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Springsteen is a rock ’n’ roll revelation in ‘Broadway’
Maeve McDermott
@maeve_mcdermott
USA TODAY
“I’ve never done
an honest day’s
work, I’ve never
worked 9 to 5, I’ve
never done any hard
labor, and yet, it is all I’ve written
about,” Bruce Springsteen yells
from the stage about 10 minutes
into Springsteen on Broadway, to
riotous applause from the crowd.
Springsteen must’ve known
the joke would land, a winking allusion to a life devoted to a different type of labor. The 68-year-old
artist’s ascent from New Jersey
dives to the world’s largest stages
is an essential part of rock ’n’ roll
mythology.
Yet, Broadway is one of the
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great equalizers, its physical demands capable of humbling even
the most seasoned entertainers.
With Springsteen on Broadway,
which opened Thursday, fans
aren’t just paying to see their hero
at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre. They’re paying to see him tussle with a different kind of beast.
And it’s quite a show, as
Springsteen delivers two hours
and 15 songs worth of memories,
and revelations, and — for some
— plenty of tears.
Springsteen
conceptualized
the show after playing a January
2017 set in the Oval Office for
then-President Obama and his
staff. Springsteen borrows generously from his 2016 memoir, Born
To Run, for the lengthy
monologues.
That means die-hards will recognize passages from his book.
Does that ruin the magic?
Bruce’s Springsteen on
Broadway runs at the Walter
Kerr through Feb. 3. ROB DEMARTIN
Maybe for some. But not for the
audience that cheered during one
preview show, as Springsteen
presented his bill of sale in the
show’s opening moments —
cribbed from the foreword of
Born, but no less evocative.
“I am here to provide proof of
life to that ever-elusive, never
completely believable ‘us,’ ” he recites. “That is my magic trick.
And like all good magic tricks, it
begins with a setup. So …”
With that, he takes off into
Growin’ Up, standing in front of
dingy brick walls in a stagehand’s
uniform of black shirt and pants.
The show’s narrative doesn’t
contain any revelations for fans,
as Springsteen guides his audience through vividly imagined
scenes of his small-town upbringing through his move West.
Springsteen lets one of rock’s
most enduring love stories speak
for itself, bringing out Patti Scialfa
to duet on Tougher Than the Rest
and Brilliant Disguise. He honors
another of his great loves, the late
Clarence Clemons, during a rau-
cous Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.
Springsteen dispenses with the
exposition in its final stretch, and
that’s when things get cosmic.
The singer steps into the role of
rock ’n’ roll preacher, invoking
Martin Luther King Jr. and the
Lord’s Prayer as he sermonizes
on his country and his craft.
If the tears haven’t yet flowed,
have Kleenex ready for the show’s
ending, with a breathtaking pair
of medleys — Long Walk Home/
The Rising and Dancing in the
Dark/Land of Hope and Dreams
— that end with Springsteen
blessing the crowd, thanking
them for serving as his traveling
companions, and closing with a
meditative take on Born to Run.
“This is what I have pursued as
my service,” he says as part of his
farewell. “This I have presented
to you as my long and noisy prayer, as my magic trick.”
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13
CREEPY
MOVIES
TO WATCH
ON FRIDAY
THE 13TH
Jump into — and at — Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch, Bill Skarsgård in It and Lulu Wilson in Ouija: Origin of Evil. A24; BROOKE PALMER; UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Carly Mallenbaum l @thatgirlcarly l USA TODAY
S
uperstitious folk, the day you’ve been fearing
has arrived. October 13th falls on a Friday this
year, which means there’s no better day to scare
the bejeezus out of yourself with a horror movie.
What should you watch on this unlucky day, other
than the obvious Friday the 13th franchise? Here are
13 worthy films that are worth your time, in no particular order.
ing his visit.
THE BABADOOK (2014)
WHAT IS IT? A well-reviewed
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Plenty of things, including
Australian film about a woman
reading a disturbing children’s
book to her violent son, who
believes he sees the monster from
the story.
people running at you, sets of
china and fake smiles.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? It might ruin your love of
King adaptation currently in
theaters that had the biggest
horror opening weekend of all
time this September. Set in 1989,
the film features the infamous
evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) who scares kids.
pop-up books.
IT FOLLOWS (2015)
WHAT IS IT? After a sexual en-
counter, a college-age woman is
followed by a haunting, supernatural presence in the movie that
filmmakers are considering following up with a sequel.
IT (2017)
WHAT IS IT? It is the Stephen
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Clowns. As if you weren’t
already.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? The indie horror film cau-
OUIJA: ORIGIN
OF EVIL (2016)
tions against sleeping with
strangers, like many slasher films
have before.
WHAT IS IT? A follow-up to the far
GET OUT (2017)
WHAT IS IT? Get Out is the
awards-buzzy film about a black
man who meets his white girlfriend’s family, and learns there’s
something sinister going on dur-
inferior Ouija, this movie with a
breakout performance by its
young star (Lulu Wilson) is about
a family that promises clients
communication with the dead,
and inadvertently invites evil into
their home.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? That Ouija board game that
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Déjà vu and team mascots.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Politicians.
THE WITCH (2016)
UNFRIENDED (2015)
WHAT IS IT? The Sundance hit is
WHAT IS IT? The movie, told via
about an English Puritan family
in the 1630s who start turning
against each other after their
baby is abducted under the watch
of the oldest daughter and their
animals turn malevolent. Could
witchcraft be at play?
video chat, looks at what happens
when an online conversation
between friends is joined by the
ghost of the girl they bullied into
suicide.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Accepting a call on Skype.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? The woods.
MOTHER! (2017)
WHAT IS IT? The gory, polarizing,
Meeting the parents can be a
real horror, especially for
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), at his
girlfriend’s (Allison Williams)
family home in Get Out. UNIVERSAL
STUDIOS
you probably played with your
friends in middle school.
INSIDIOUS (2011)
WHAT IS IT? Saw and Paranormal
Activity filmmakers team up for
the first of the Insidious movies
(the fourth is out next year) about
parents who suspect there are
bad spirits in their new home,
where their son falls into a coma.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Going to sleep. Also: moving.
HAPPY DEATH
DAY (2017)
WHAT IS IT? The film, in theaters
today, is like a horrifying
Groundhog Day where a college
student relives her birthday,
which also is the day she gets
murdered over and over again.
THE CONJURING (2013)
WHAT IS IT? The first of two Con-
juring movies (not counting the
spin-off Annabelle films), which is
“based on the true story“ of paranormal investigators Ed and
Lorraine Warren.
gut-punch horror movie about
impending motherhood and
marrying a famous man is currently in theaters.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Going out with a celebrity.
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Farmhouses, ghosts and
OCULUS (2014)
dolls.
about a haunted mirror that takes
siblings back in time to when
their parents were murdered, and
also directly led to those deaths.
THE PURGE:
ANARCHY (2014)
WHAT IS IT? Citizens continue to
exercise their right to purge in
the improved
sequel, set in
the near
future,
about the
governmentsanctioned
holiday that
allows people
get away with
murder for one
night only.
WHAT IS IT? An unsettling story
WHAT WILL IT MAKE YOU AFRAID
OF? Antiques.
Murder? The
Purge: Anarchy
has you covered.
UNIVERSAL PICTURES
MOVIES
‘Beautiful Trauma’: ‘Marshall’ captures the spirit
Pink at her raw
of a stalwart civil rights icon
but ripened best
Brian Truitt
Welcome
back,
Pink.
In a pop-music
landscape teeming
with petty feuds and
feeble attempts at reinvention,
Pink stands out as one of our
most consistently entertaining
and forthright stars — a fact that
holds true on her seventh studio
album,
Beautiful
Trauma
(eeeg out of four).
In the five years since her last
effort, 2012’s hit-spawning The
Truth About Love, the defiant
singer/songwriter (born Alecia
Moore) has largely stayed out of
the limelight, playfully lending her
songs to movies Alice Through the
Looking Glass and Popstar: Never
Stop Never Stopping and raising
two kids with motocross racer
husband Carey Hart.
Pink, 38, tells USA TODAY she
spent the gap between albums
just “living a normal life,” which
imbues her new music with achingly relatable anecdotes about
marriage, family and getting older. While it doesn’t have as many
obvious radio singles
as her 2002 breakout Mizzundaztood
or 2008 “breakup”
album
Funhouse,
Beautiful
Trauma
peels back the layers
on an artist who’s
more confident and
comfortable
than
she has ever been.
Much of the 13track album seems to be a reflection on her tumultuous relationship with Hart, which has been
marked by breakups, a separation
and kiss-off songs along the way.
The soaring Whatever You
Want starts as another indignant
middle finger to a lover, before
Pink confesses her devotion and
desire to work things out. On Better Life, she gets candid about the
façade of domestic bliss (“I can’t
shake the feeling that you picture
a better life, a better wife”), and
the vocally stunning You Get My
Love is one of her most emotion-
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ally raw songs yet.
With the exceptions of the
rootsy I Am Here and dancefloor-ready What About Us — the
album’s inspiring but generic first
single — Pink doesn’t make any
dramatic shifts in her sound,
once again teaming with superproducers Max Martin and Shellback and bringing in a few fresh
faces, including Bleachers’ Jack
Antonoff and Tobias
Jesso Jr.
Unlike
similar
efforts from Miley
Cyrus and Lady
Gaga this past year,
Beautiful
Trauma
and its stripped-back
arrangements
let
Pink’s voice and lyrics shine. On the
sparse Revenge with
Eminem, she breaks out her
trademark sardonic, saucy humor
as she jauntily spurns an ex, and
later gets wistful about childhood
and being a mom on Barbies over
a strumming guitar.
Nearly 20 years into her career, Pink is the rare pop star who
has aged gracefully while also
seeming ageless — reliably coloring Beautiful Trauma with the
same brand of fierce, wise and
empowering anthems that continue to strike a chord with fans.
Download: Beautiful Trauma,
But We Lost It, Better Life
Director Reginald Hudlin has
already received the best review
ever for his new movie, Marshall.
At a private screening of the
drama (in theaters Friday) based
on civil-rights icon Thurgood
Marshall’s early days, his son
John W. Marshall took the
filmmaker aside and told him,
“Man, thank you for bringing my
dad back.”
“I’ve seen the movie six times,
and each time I pick up something different. I can’t see it
enough,” says Marshall, 59, a
former Virginia secretary of
public safety.
The film centers on Thurgood
Marshall years before he helped
desegregate public schools in
1954 in the famous case Brown v.
Board of Education and became
the first African-American justice
on the Supreme Court in 1967.
Set in 1940 when he was a crusading NAACP attorney, Marshall
(Chadwick Boseman) is sent to
Connecticut to team with local
lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad)
in defending a black chauffeur
(Sterling K. Brown) accused by a
socialite (Kate Hudson) of rape
and kidnapping.
Doing justice to Marshall was
key, but Hudlin wanted to avoid
the trap of being overly reverent
where “you don’t make a movie,
you make a statue, and statues
are boring,” the director says.
“I felt my job was to take him
off the pedestal, put him at eye
level with us fellow mortals and
make a movie about a man — an
amazing man, but a man. That
way, when he has his amazing
achievements, we appreciate
them so much more.”
Some truth was too good to
leave out of the film, like Marshall
being “gagged” by the judge and
not being able to litigate the case
— instead, he had to serve as second chair to the green Friedman.
“Like he says (in the movie),
even the Grand Dragons of the
Sam Friedman (Josh Gad, left) and young Thurgood Marshall
(Chadwick Boseman) defend a chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown)
accused of rape and kidnapping. BARRY WETCHER
Director
Reginald
Hudlin,
left, joins
Thurgood
Marshall’s
son John W.
Marshall at
a screening
Oct. 2 in
Los Angeles.
ERIC CHARBONNEAU
Klan down South never gagged
him. That happened in Connecticut,” Hudlin says. “We all embraced
the
fundamental
challenge of the premise: We’re
going to have Muhammad Ali and
his hands are tied behind his
back. Can you win the fight?”
But there was a “certain
amount of extrapolation” involved, Hudlin says. There isn’t
footage of a young Marshall in
court, so Boseman’s legal personality was built on biographical research and conversations with
family and colleagues.
“What kind of person has the
arrogance to say: ‘I’m going to go
to some town where they lynch
black people after dark and
they’ve never seen a black lawyer
ever. And I’m going to convince
them to change their minds.’
Who says that, right?” Hudlin
says.
“It’s a combination of arrogance and selflessness, because
honestly, he could stay in Harlem.
He doesn’t have to risk his life
like this, but he does.”
What most impressed John
Marshall, though, was the way
Hudlin, Boseman and screenwriters Michael and Jacob Koskoff
captured the spirit, confidence
and sense of humor of his father,
who died in 1993 at age 84.
“That’s very much the way my
dad was: He could be deeply serious and the next minute he’s back
to laughing,” he says. “Obviously,
no one’s in the conference room
with the justices on the court, but
I can imagine those kinds of moments where he would tell a story
to break the tension.”
USA TODAY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
LIFE 3D
TRAVEL
Flagstaff’s compact downtown makes it perfect for exploring by foot. FLAGSTAFF CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
FIVE MUST-SEE
TOWNS IN ARIZONA
Visiting small towns is one of the great joys of travel. Combine scenic beauty,
easy access and welcoming main street businesses and you’ve got all the makings
of a memorable day trip. Scott Craven of USA TODAY Network-Arizona
traveled the state and found these gems you’re sure to enjoy.
The Smoki Museum in
Prescott. SMOKI MUSEUM
PRESCOTT
On sunny, mild weekends — and
so many of them are — residents
and tourists flock to the grassy
square at the heart of downtown.
In view of the Yavapai County
Courthouse, a four-story granite
structure looming like a castle,
many stake claims to shady spots
under spreading elms, or peoplewatch from the courthouse steps.
Others browse the shops, restaurants and bars that box in the
4-acre plaza, a design that’s as perfect today as it was in 1864 when
the town was laid out. Founders
couldn’t have envisioned the role
the plaza now plays, hosting more
than 100 festivals and events annually. The square is not just Prescott’s heart, but its soul.
A great day: Arrive early, not
only to snag a nearby parking spot
but to enjoy breakfast on the
square at the Lone Spur Café, a
cowboy-themed restaurant that
gets you in an Arizona state of
mind. Burn off the steak and eggs
by browsing the antiques shops and
boutiques. At lunch, relax with a
craft beer at Prescott Brewing
Company. After more shopping, if
not a nap under the elms, take an
evening walking tour of Whiskey
Row, the drinking establishments
lining the plaza’s west side. The watering holes are as popular now as
they were when thirsty cowboys
rode in off the range.
Claim to fame: Step back in
time at the Palace Restaurant Saloon and Restaurant. Opened in
1877, the state’s oldest bar is one of
the most popular stops on Whiskey
Row and once hosted Doc Holliday
as well as Wyatt and Virgil Earp.
The Palace burned to the ground in
1900, but not before patrons carried the bar itself to safety. That
original Brunswick bar remains,
polished smooth over more than a
century of use.
Easy day trip from: Phoenix,
about 90 minutes away.
Details: www.visit-prescott.com
.
SEDONA
The first glimpse of Sedona is one of
awe. Towers and walls of red rock surround the hamlet like a fortress. But rather
than keep visitors out, the surreal landscape attracts tourists by the thousands.
The red- and orange-tinged sandstone
formations have been shaped over hundreds of millions of years. At sunrise and
sunset, they glow as if plugged into the
earth’s molten core.
A great day: Board a jeep operated by
one of the several companies specializing
in tours of the surrounding landscape. The
four-wheel-drive vehicles follow narrow,
rutted trails and power over boulders to
reveal stunning views. Once back in town,
head to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, a collection of shops and restaurants
resembling a Spanish plaza.
Claim to fame: Many come to Sedona
to experience the spiritual energy said to
emanate from vortexes. Those open to the
possibilities may feel psychic forces energize and heal them, say adherents. Even if
Chapel of the Holy Cross sits high
on sandstone cliffs above Sedona.
ROGER NAYLOR
you don’t believe, it’s worth visiting the
vortexes because they happen to be in
some of Sedona’s most scenic spots, such
as Bell Rock and Airport Mesa.
Easy day from: Phoenix, two hours
away.
Details: visitsedona.com.
Evidence of the area’s mining history dots the landscape around Jerome.
MARK HENLE, THE (ARIZONA) REPUBLIC
JEROME
The Asylum, a longtime favorite restaurant for tourists, is located in the Jerome
Grand Hotel, built in 1926 as a hospital.
The way buildings cling precariously to
the side of Cleopatra Hill, it’s as if gravity
has been suspended in this former mining
town. Jerome is laid out vertically, with Arizona 89A switchbacking through it. The
Verde Valley spreads out below in one of
the most accessible vistas in Arizona.
With few signs of the mine shafts that
run through Cleopatra Hill like a honeycomb, Jerome now thrives on tourism, enhanced by a welcoming vibe exuded by
artists and small-business owners. Those
who visit during the holiday season will see
a plethora of peace signs outlined by
Christmas lights.
A great day: On the lower end of Cleopatra Hill, you’ll note a towering wedge assembled of formidable timber. Completed
nearly a century ago, the Audrey Headframe lowered miners more than 1,000
feet down a narrow shaft. Visitors may
stand on the thick sheet of transparent
plastic now covering the opening and peer
into the abyss. Continue to downtown Jerome for lunch at the Haunted Hamburger
and enjoy the view from the patio. Spend
the day browsing the dozens of shops and
galleries, and take a break at the tasting
room for Caduceus Cellars, owned by Tool
frontman Maynard James Keenan.
Claim to fame: The town may be Arizona’s most haunted. Many visitors hoping
for a spontaneous outbreak of spirits can
play it by eerie at the Jerome Grand Hotel.
The building opened in 1927 as the United
Verde Hospital and since then guests and
staff have reported all sorts of unearthly
activity, from apparitions and flickering
lights to disembodied voices. The hotel
looms over Jerome and even appears menacing at sunset. That’s a great time to duck
into its bar, The Asylum, where spirits of a
different kind are served.
Easy day trip from: Phoenix, two
hours away.
Details: http://jeromechamber.com/
FLAGSTAFF
Settled at the base of the San
Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is a
popular getaway any time of year.
It sits at 7,000 feet, with welcome
heat relief in the summer and
snow-based recreation in the
winter.
The town boasts a quaint, dogfriendly downtown with an atmosphere reflecting its laid-back residents. Shops and restaurants line
the narrow streets that form a
pedestrian-friendly grid. Visitors
mix easily with college students
from Northern Arizona University,
its tranquil campus just south of
the central core.
A great day: A morning meal at
MartAnne’s Breakfast Palace is
mandatory for in-the-know tourists. Choose the breakfast burrito
or the chilaquiles, a house specialty
featuring tortilla chips scrambled
with eggs, green onions and your
choice of sauce. Cross Historic
Route 66 and the railroad tracks to
explore Flagstaff’s south side, a
once-ignored area that’s gaining
businesses and attention. After a
beer at Mother Road Brewery, head
back downtown and enjoy a bite at
Diablo Burger, where you can build
your own from dozens of add-ons.
As the sun sets, nurse a cocktail on
the balcony of the historic Hotel
Weatherford and watch the shadows engulf downtown.
Claim to fame: In 2001, Flagstaff was designated the first
International Dark Sky Space by
the International Dark Sky
Association. Civic leaders continue
to keep an eye on light pollution,
restricting billboards, signs, streetlights and more that could obscure
the night view. The city also is
home to the Lowell Observatory
where, in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh
discovered the formerly-known-asa-planet Pluto.
Easy day trip from: Phoenix,
two hours away.
Details:
www.flagstaffarizona.org.
BISBEE
Two- and three-story buildings built
of brick and stone line Main Street as if
holding back the canyon walls rising
sharply along its length. Bisbee’s slopes
display a century’s worth of architecture, from historic inns to refurbished,
modern-looking former miners’ shacks.
Bisbee thrives on a laid-back foundation of artists, entrepreneurs and free
thinkers. Whether you’re exploring the
shops downtown, the drinking establishments of Brewery Gulch or the town’s
dizzying network of concrete stairs,
you’ll be welcomed with a smile.
A great day: After walking around
town, spend an evening along Brewery
Gulch, where the history flows like beer.
Start with dinner at the Stock Exchange,
where businessmen once gathered to
keep up with the latest prices via ticker
tape. Duck into St. Elmo’s, the town’s
oldest and diviest bar. If the barkeep has
stepped out, don’t worry, one of the regulars will be happy to pour you a brew.
Then cross the street to enter the Silver
King Hotel. Take a right at the top of the
stairs for the Room 4 Bar. With just four
stools and 100 square feet, it’s Arizona’s
smallest pub.
Claim to fame: Put on a yellow rain
slicker, climb aboard a rail car and rumble into the heart of a mountain. The
Copper Queen Mine Tour follows what
was once one of Bisbee’s richest veins,
mapped by men with no fear of dark, enclosed spaces.
Easy day trip from: Tucson, just
two hours away.
Details: discoverbisbee.com.
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LIFE 5D
Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ wanders but is darkly beautiful
Criminal profiling
drama has almost all
the right ingredients
There’s a lot to
unravel in Mindhunter.
The new Netflix
series
(streaming
Friday, eegE out
of four) comes from Gone Girl director David Fincher and follows
two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff
and Holt McCallany) in the 1970s
whose work helps develop the
practice of criminal profiling.
Based in part on former FBI
agent John Douglas and writer
Mark Olshaker’s 1996 non-fiction
book, Mindhunter likely will
please fans of Fincher and true
crime. It’s slow-burning, dark,
dense, graphic and characterdriven. Its shots are moody and
well-composed. And its heroes
— Groff’s earnest Holden Ford
and McCallany’s gruff Bill Tench
— are appealing and flawed,
mostly by their overeagerness to
do good.
But Mindhunter, at least in the
TV
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LAWLER
first two episodes made available
for review, is also meandering. It’s
not as tight and gripping as
Fincher’s earlier Netflix series,
House of Cards (at least in the
early episodes Fincher directed),
and feels less like a cohesive TV
series and more like an extended
film. For some, that may be a bonus, but on Mindhunter the overall effect is a sense of listlessness,
which is odd considering the urgency of its subject matter.
The series opens with Ford, a
young and promising FBI agent
who specializes in hostage negotiation, being reassigned to headquarters in Quantico, Va., as an
instructor. He’s struck by a fellow
teacher’s lecture on crimes without motive, strangers who kill
strangers. He digs further into
the topic and eventually is partnered with Tench, who heads up
the behavioral science department, and the pair hit the road,
trying to educate police departments across the country.
While in California, Ford visits
Edmund Kemper in an effort to
find out how his mind works.
(Cameron Britton plays the real-
FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff, right) gets a chilling
introduction to “coed killer” Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton).
MERRICK MORTON, NETFLIX
life killer.) Their investigations
into criminal minds take off from
there.
The series spends most of its
first two hours sending Ford and
Tench on the road, in agreement
about their mission.
Once they get going, however,
there are some compelling storylines within the series. In particu-
lar, the scenes in which Ford
interviews Kemper are sharply
written and engrossing, if a little
discomfiting.
Despite Netflix’s affinity for
“binge-able” series, Mindhunter
is unlikely to be enjoyed all at
once. It is a narrative consumed
by violence and sometimes shows
intensely graphic imagery of
the murders perpetrated by its
killers.
Although scenes are strung together a bit casually, they are lavishly filmed and meticulously
directed and scored. Groff and
McCallany are well-cast, and
Groff has an air of innocence and
naiveté that makes his goodygoody character work.
But overall, the series lacks
sharpness. The first two episodes
feel almost deliberately incomplete, begging for something
bigger to arrive, the same way
that Ford calling Kemper a
“sequence killer” begs to be rephrased as “serial.”
Later episodes could tighten
Mindhunter, but so far it seems
more like a series close to the
mark than one that hits it.
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Growin’ Up
Springteen opens with a rendition of his 1973 song
from Greetings From Asbury Park, interspersed
with his memories of his rock ’n’ roll awakening.
My Father’s
House
The melancholy track from 1982’s Nebraska
is an elegy to the artist’s father.
The Wish
Springsteen is one loving son, performing
this song in between glowing stories about his
beloved mother, Adele.
Thunder Road
The show gives Bruce’s 1975 classic track from
Born to Run a wistful acoustic makeover
The Promised
Land
Springsteen recalls leaving the confines of
New Jersey to chase his music dreams out West,
soundtracked by this song’s desert imagery.
Born in the USA
No song gets a transformation quite like this one,
reimagined as a stripped-down, snarling blues
track.
Tenth Avenue
Freeze-Out
Belting out the verses at his piano, Springsteen
dedicates the song to his dearly departed E Street
bandmate Clarence Clemons.
Tougher Than
the Rest
The show’s biggest surprise comes when
Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, walks onstage
and joins him to sing harmony.
Long Walk
Home
Springsteen invokes the words of Martin Luther
King Jr. while speaking about patriotism and
America, segueing into this politically resonant
song.
Dancing in the
Dark/Land
of Hope and
Dreams
Before closing the show with Born to Run,
Springsteen treats the audience to a seamless,
soaring medley.
SONG OF THE WEEK
Eminem’s
blistering
‘The Storm’
SEBASTIAN SILVA, EPA
Eminem isn’t shy about stepping into a
political storm.
He used his rapping skills to castigate
President Trump and his policies during
freestyle performance taped Oct. 6 in
Detroit and broadcast Tuesday as part
of the BET Hip Hop Awards.
The Grammy-winning rapper addressed
any fans who support Trump in the
41⁄2-minute video, titled The Storm.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall
Mathers, rebuked Trump over numerous
topics, including the president’s reaction to
the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.,
tragedies in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas,
his criticism of protesting NFL players
and his frequent golf trips.
He accuses the president of racism and
worries that he will cause a nuclear holocaust.
“Any fan of mine who’s a supporter
of his/ I’m drawing in the sand a line/
You’re either for or against/ And if you
can’t decide who you like more/ And you’re
split on who you should stand beside/
I’ll do it for you with this,” he rapped.
Bill Keveney
GREG ALLEN, AP
Opening Thursday night,
Springsteen on Broadway
features its titular figure, alone
on the Walter Kerr Theatre’s
tiny stage, delivering two hours
of extended monologues and
reimagined classics from his
enduring songbook. Check out
some of the songs Springsteen
transforms during his one-man
Broadway show.
USA TODAY AIRPLAY CHARTS
COMPILED BY MEDIABASE
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COUNTRY
TOP 40
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
T L
ARTIST
SONG
1 2
LIAM PAYNE f/QUAVO
Strip That Down
17,893
1 1
KENNY CHESNEY
All The Pretty Girls
25,178
2 1
NIALL HORAN
Slow Hands
15,788
2 2
JASON ALDEAN
They Don’t Know
24,966
3 3
CHARLIE PUTH
Attention
14,588
3 3
KANE BROWN f/LAUREN ALAINA
What Ifs
24,290
4 4
TAYLOR SWIFT
Look What You Made Me Do
14,170
4 6
LUKE COMBS
When It Rains It Pours
20,636
5 6
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
Feel It Still
13,911
5 5
KIP MOORE
More Girls Like You
20,464
6 8
DEMI LOVATO
Sorry Not Sorry
12,301
6 7
CARLY PEARCE
Every Little Thing
18,971
7 7
CHEATCODES f/DEMILOVATO No Promises
7 9
THOMAS RHETT
8 5
SHAWN MENDES
12,208
POINTS
Unforgettable
18,606
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back 11,488
8 10 CHRIS JANSON
Fix A Drink
18,401
1-800-273-8255
11,381
9 11 BROTHERS OSBORNE
It Ain’t My Fault
14,812
Unforgettable
10,795
11 11 MAROON 5 f/SZA
What Lovers Do
9,526
12 13 KESHA
Praying
13 14 P!NK
What About Us
9 10 LOGIC f/ALESSIA CARA/KHALID
10 9
10 8
JON PARDI
Heartache On The Dance Floor
14,732
11 13 GARTH BROOKS
Ask Me How I Know
14,166
8,819
12 14 LUKE BRYAN
Light It Up
13,991
7,389
13 12 MAREN MORRIS
I Could Use A Love Song
13,976
14 12 JUSTIN BIEBER & BLOODPOP Friends
6,689
14 15 LANCO
Greatest Love Story
13,922
15 --- SAM SMITH
Too Good At Goodbyes
6,439
15 16 ERIC CHURCH
Round Here Buzz
12,601
SPINS
FRENCH MONTANA f/SWAE LEE
URBAN
RHYTHMIC
T L
ARTIST
SONG
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
1 1
CARDI B
Bodak Yellow
5,478
1 1
CARDI B
Bodak Yellow
6,600
2 3
KENDRICK LAMAR f/RIHANNA
LOYALTY.
5,347
2 5
YO GOTTI f/NICKI MINAJ
Rake It Up
5,182
3 2
YO GOTTI f/NICKI MINAJ
Rake It Up
5,005
3 3
SZA f/TRAVIS SCOTT
Love Galore
5,002
4 4
GOLDLINK f/BRENTFAIYAZ/SHYGLIZZY
Crew
4,493
4 2
DJ KHALED f/RIHANNA/B. TILLER
Wild Thoughts
4,600
5 6
DJ KHALED f/RIHANNA/B. TILLER
Wild Thoughts
3,711
5 6
FRENCH MONTANA f/SWAE LEE
Unforgettable
3,904
6 5
SZA f/TRAVIS SCOTT
Love Galore
3,593
6 4
KENDRICK LAMAR f/RIHANNA
LOYALTY.
3,676
7 7
21 SAVAGE
Bank Account
3,277
7 9
KHALID
Young Dumb & Broke
3,600
8 9
24HRS f/TYDOLLA$IGN/WIZKHALIFA
What You Like
2,932
8 7
LOGIC f/ALESSIA CARA/KHALID
9 8
TK KRAVITZ f/SEXTON
Space
2,718
9 11 BLACKBEAR
1-800-273-8255
3,091
Do Re Mi
3,069
I’ll Find You
3,046
10 11 FAT JOE f/DRE
So Excited
2,571
10 10 LECRAE f/TORI KELLY
11 14 GUCCI MANE f/MIGOS
I Get The Bag
2,289
11 --- POST MALONE f/21 SAVAGE Rockstar
3,037
12 --- CHRIS BROWN
Pills & Automobiles
2,217
12 13 CHRIS BROWN
2,525
13 12 TY DOLLA $IGN
Love U Better
2,135
13 14 GOLDLINK f/BRENTFAIYAZ/SHYGLIZZY Crew
2,483
14 15 TRAVIS SCOTT
Butterfly Effect
2,108
14 8
CALVINHARRIS f/PHARRELL/KATY/BIGSEAN Feels
2,483
15 --- FUTURE
Incredible
1,991
15 --- JBALVIN f/WILLYWILLIAM/BEYONCE Mi Gente
Questions
2,434
HOT ADULT CONTEMPORARY
ADULT CONTEMPORARY
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
1 3
NIALL HORAN
Slow Hands
6,303
1 1
THECHAINSMOKERS&COLDPLAY
Something Just Like This
2,595
2 4
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
Feel It Still
6,163
2 2
ED SHEERAN
Shape Of You
2,469
3 1
SHAWN MENDES
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
6,082
3 3
SHAWN MENDES
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
2,183
4 2
CHARLIE PUTH
Attention
5,566
4 4
JAMES ARTHUR
Say You Won’t Let Go
1,961
5 6
P!NK
What About Us
5,541
5 5
MAROON 5 f/KENDRICK LAMAR
Don’t Wanna Know
1,821
6 5
IMAGINE DRAGONS
Believer
5,111
6 7
DJ SNAKE f/JUSTIN BIEBER
Let Me Love You
1,442
7 7
TAYLOR SWIFT
Look What You Made Me Do
4,148
7 8
P!NK
What About Us
1,383
8 8
THECHAINSMOKERS&COLDPLAY
Something Just Like This
3,941
8 9
ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA
Stay
1,280
What Lovers Do
3,813
9 10 ED SHEERAN
Praying
3,759
9 --- MAROON 5 f/SZA
10 10 KESHA
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
1 3
SEVYN STREETER
Before I Do
2,074
1 1
ZACH WILLIAMS
Old Church Choir
2,072
2 4
KHALID
Location
2,003
2 2
ELEVATION WORSHIP
O Come To The Altar
1,824
3 1
CHILDISH GAMBINO
Redbone
1,985
3 3
MATTHEW WEST
Broken Things
1,757
4 2
BRUNO MARS
That’s What I Like
1,767
4 4
MERCYME
Even If
1,595
5 6
DEMETRIA MCKINNEY
Easy
1,685
5 5
RYAN STEVENSON
The Gospel
1,584
6 5
TANK
When We
1,542
6 6
NEEDTOBREATHE
Hard Love
1,487
7 7
LEDISI
High
1,112
7 7
CASTING CROWNS
Oh My Soul
1,423
8 --- SAM SMITH
Too Good At Goodbyes
1,024
8 8
CHRIS TOMLIN
Home
1,349
9 10 MARY J. BLIGE
Set Me Free
1,014
The Comeback
1,283
Word Of Life
1,253
STOKLEY
Level
ACTIVE ROCK
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
1 2
KILLERS
The Man
3,109
1 1
HIGHLY SUSPECT
Little One
1,801
2 1
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
Feel It Still
3,077
2 5
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Rx (Medicate)
1,759
3 3
IMAGINE DRAGONS
Thunder
2,964
3 4
NOTHING MORE
Go To War
1,759
4 4
JUDAH & THE LION
Suit & Jacket
2,755
4 3
PAPA ROACH
American Dreams
1,714
5 5
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS Walk On Water
2,331
5 2
GRETA VAN FLEET
Highway Tune
1,613
6 6
VANCE JOY
Lay It On Me
2,267
6 6
FOO FIGHTERS
The Sky Is A Neighborhood
1,412
7 8
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
Whole Wide World
1,910
7 8
HELLYEAH
Love Falls
1,275
8 7
THE REVIVALISTS
Wish I Knew You
1,848
8 7
IN THIS MOMENT
Oh Lord
1,269
9 9
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE The Way You Used To Do
9 --- BECK
IMAGINE DRAGONS
Up All Night
1,760
Believer
1,737
SPINS
10 10 NINE INCH NAILS
1,107
Less Than
1,041
LATIN
ADULT ROCK
T L
ARTIST
SONG
T L
ARTIST
SONG
SPINS
1 1
VANCE JOY
Lay It On Me
643
1 1
CHRISTIANNODAL f/DAVIDBISBAL
Probablemente
2,212
2 2
JACK JOHNSON
My Mind Is For Sale
639
2 3
CALIBRE 50
Corrido De Juanito
3 3
BECK
Up All Night
575
3 4
J BALVIN f/WILLY WILLIAM Mi Gente
2,121
4 7
U2
You’re The Best Thing About Me
564
4 2
BANDA LOS RECODITOS
No Le Hago Falta
1,666
5 5
MOON TAXI
Two High
549
5 9
YANDEL f/WISIN
Como Antes
1,620
6 4
GEORGE EZRA
Don’t Matter Now
548
6 6
MALUMA
Felices Los 4
1,575
7 8
MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA The Gold
500
7 7
BANDAELRECODODECRUZLIZARRAGA
Ayer Y Hoy
1,515
8 6
KILLERS
The Man
436
8 --- BANDASINALOENSEMSDESERGIO... El Color De Tus Ojos
1,477
All On My Mind
388
9 10 NACHO
1,465
Feel It Still
357
9 10 ANDERSON EAST
10 9
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
10 5
726
T L
10 8
10 9
802
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
CHRISTIAN
URBAN ADULT CONTEMPORARY
ALTERNATIVE
10 --- ROD STEWART f/DNCE
Castle On The Hill
Bailame
ULICESCHAIDEZYSUSPLEBES Por Que Me Enamore?
2,154
1,408
922
9 10 DANNY GOKEY
10 --- JEREMY CAMP
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