$2.00 THURSDAY THE NATION’S NEWS E2 Diana still reigns in our hearts 20 years after her death, Princess of Wales keeps a grip on America 08.31.17 IN LIFE CHARLES TASNADI, AP NEWSLINE DISASTER IN TEXAS IN NEWS Flooding chokes off 25% of oil reﬁning Trump touts tax plan in Missouri President offers few details on overhaul Knocking out missiles might not be practical N. Korea has aimed high, into open seas IN MONEY New smartphones are truly ‘grand’ Major rigs forced to shut down, pushing gas prices higher Latest iPhone could break $1,000 barrier IN SPORTS Nathan Bomey @NathanBomey USA TODAY After NASCAR, venerable tracks going strong Circuits endure despite lack of Cup races IN LIFE NICK OZA, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, VIA USA TODAY NETWORK ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ ticket frenzy begins Resellers asking for up to $6,000 for seats A patient waits for rescue from a health care facility in Port Arthur, Texas, that was ﬂooded after Hurricane Harvey. “Our whole city is underwater,” Mayor Derrick Freeman said. Rain ceases, misery remains Waters recede in Houston; Port Arthur still submerged DEBRA L ROTHENBERG, FILMMAGIC HOME DELIVERY 1-800-872-0001 USATODAYSERVICE.COM QIJFAF-04005w(N)k ©COPYRIGHT 2017 USA TODAY, A division of Gannett Co., Inc. © Working people 159.8 million Number of people 16 and older in the nation’s labor force as of May. Claire Taylor and John Bacon HARVEY COULD BE THE COSTLIEST U.S. DISASTER USA TODAY Network Hurricane Harvey’s price tag could run as high as $160 billion, according to an estimate from weather firm AccuWeather. HOUSTON Nearly all waterways in and around the city crested, and ﬂoodwaters slowly receded, but the region faced an enormous task to emerge from the devastation of Harvey, which was downgraded Wednesday night by the National Hurricane Center from a tropical storm to a tropical depression. The storm made a second landfall, slamming coastal Louisiana not far from the Texas border. Although the rain stopped in Houston, the East Texas city of Port Arthur was hit so hard that a shelter was ﬂooded and had to be evacuated. “Our whole city is underwater right now,” Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman, whose home was swamped by 3 feet of water, said in a Facebook post. The city pleaded for more boats to help rescue people. SOURCE Bureau of Labor Statistics MICHAEL B. SMITH AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY Floodwaters closed oil reﬁneries Wednesday along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the nation’s largest, as Hurricane Harvey showed its power to ravage the energy infrastructure and drive up gasoline prices. Fifteen reﬁneries were going off line from Corpus Cristi to Port Arthur, Texas, the Energy Department reported. The list included the largest reﬁnery in the USA, the Saudi-owned Motiva plant in Port Arthur, which began what it called “a controlled shutdown.” Taken together, the closures represent about 25% of U.S. reﬁning capacity, GasBuddy.com petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said. “It’s a chilling effect on the reﬁning industry, which is in a dire state right now,” DeHaan said. Just before the Labor Day holiday weekend, one of the top travel weekends of the year, DeHaan estimated Wednesday that gas prices would increase 15 to 25 cents per gallon nationwide as a result of Harvey. Earv STORY CONTINUES ON 4A $160 BILLION $49.8 Hurricane Harvey Rays of hope in the darkness Aug. 2017 Waters start a slow pullback in Houston; paramedics battle exhaustion 4-5A uOur view: We’re seeing America at its finest 7A Hurricane Katrina Aug. 2005 $24.5 $19.9 $18.9 $14.0 Wall Street’s response Market barely blinks, but the gas pump does 1B Hurricane Andrew Superstorm Sandy Aug. 1992 Oct. 2012 Northridge (Calif.) earthquake Hurricane Ike Sept. 2008 Jan. 1994 Radio host does his part KILT’s John Lopez and his boat throw the stranded a lifeline Christine Brennan, 1C KARL GELLES AND JIM SERGENT, USA TODAY v STORY CONTINUES ON 4A 1,850 U.S. leaders to Trump: Let them DREAM Immigration program is still in limbo Alan Gomez @alangomez USA TODAY More than 1,850 leaders nationwide from around the country pleaded with President Trump on Wednesday to preserve an Obama administration program that protects DREAM- STATE-BY-STATE 6B ers from deportation. Trump is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA., created by President Obama. It has granted deportation protections to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Eight governors, ﬁve state attorneys general, more than 130 mayors, 230 state legislators, and a slew of faith leaders, judges, police chiefs and sheriffs signed onto a statement asking the president to reconsider. AMERICA’S MARKETS 4B JUSTIN LANE, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY People mark the ﬁfth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program this month. MARKETPLACE TODAY 4D PUZZLES 4D The vast majority of the signers are Democrats, including all the governors and attorneys general. They represent states ranging from California and Oregon to Minnesota, New York and Virginia. The list includes several Republicans as well, such as Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Aurora (Colo.) Mayor Steve Hogan. In the letter, the group highlights the economic contributions DREAMers have made to their communities since the program was created in 2012. They said TONIGHT ON TV 5D the U.S. economy would lose $460 billion over the next decade if DACA were terminated. In addition, businesses would incur $3.4 billion in turnover costs to replace their DACA employees, who are given work permits under the program, the letter said. Most importantly, the signers stressed the moral obligation of the United States to protect those undocumented immigrants, calling an end of the program “senselessly cruel.” v STORY CONTINUES ON 2A WEATHER 6A YOUR SAY 6A USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 NEWS 2A E4 Shooting down every missile might not be practical for U.S. N. Korea has been aiming high and into open seas, not at USA or allies The lofty trajectories of recent North Korean launches may complicate efforts to intercept the missiles. Jim Michaels @jimmichaels USA TODAY A successful U.S. test strike against an intermediate-range missile Wednesday raised questions about the feasibility of the U.S. military intercepting a North Korean missile test as a means of deterring the country from provocative launches. Experts said that may not be a practical option since most North Korean missile tests have been aimed at the open seas, including a missile launched to ﬂy over Japan on Tuesday. The missile defense systems are designed to defend U.S. territory or that of an ally from incoming missiles. “We don’t have the capability to shoot down every missile every time one is launched,” said David Maxwell, associate director of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. “We have no need to defend the Paciﬁc Ocean.” The missile that crossed Japan, the ﬁrst such launch, may have been difficult to intercept. It ﬂew nearly 1,700 miles and reached an altitude of 340 miles. The lofty trajectories of recent North Korean launches may complicate efforts to intercept the missiles, said Ian Williams, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The trajectories are useful for North Korea to test its missiles’ range without striking foreign territory. A missile aimed at a real target would ﬂy on a ﬂatter path. U.S. and allied radar systems can quickly determine where a missile is headed and whether it poses a threat to populated areas. The systems can track test AFP/GETTY IMAGES launches, but there may not be interceptors in a position to shoot down projectiles if they are headed for the open seas. “Ballistic missiles are easy (for radar) to see,” Williams said. U.S. radar systems are very effective at determining where a missile will land based on its speed, direction and other information, he said. Some analysts said intercepting a North Korean missile test, if the circumstances allowed it, could be an effective military response to North Korea, which consistently has deﬁed sanctions designed to urge it to abandon its nuclear weapons program. “It may be that this is a natural next step, to do something different,” said Thomas Karako, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been building in recent weeks. “The U.S. has been talking to North Korea continues to provoke international ire with its incessant missile launches. North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Talking is not the answer!” North Korea showed no sign of backing down. The official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday that the Hwasong-12, the ﬁrst missile the nation ﬁred over Japan, was “guided” by leader Kim Jong Un. The agency said the launch was “part of the muscle-ﬂexing” in reaction to military drills by the United States and South Korea, “in disregard” for the North Korean regime’s “meaningful and crucial warning.” The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Wednesday it had conducted a successful test in which a medium-range ballistic missile was intercepted off the coast of Hawaii. The USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked a missile launched from the Paciﬁc Missile Range Facility on Kauai with its onboard radar before intercepting it with SM-6 missiles, the agency said. The key components of America’s missile defense arsenal include ground based interceptors designed to defend the United States, ship-based Aegis interceptors and the THAAD or Terminal High Altitude Air Defense System. The THAAD system intercepts missiles as they re-enter the atmosphere. The Aegis system is designed to intercept missiles that are “mid-course” or outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The United States has deployed the THAAD system in South Korea and has Aegis-equipped ships in the region. Japan’s self-defense forces also have ships equipped with Aegis radar systems. Revolutionary gene therapy approved for leukemia — at $475,000 fee New approach harvests cancer patients’ immune cells, but price tag is called excessive DREAM program at risk v CONTINUED FROM 1A “Five years ago, we made a promise to them that they could continue to stay here and work towards achieving their American dreams,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat. “Now there are national leaders cruelly threatening to break that promise, a move that would ﬂy in the face of everything we stand for as a nation that welcomes those seeking opportunity for a better life. “As governor, I will do everything I can to keep our Dreamers safe here, at home,” Inslee said. The DACA program grants two-year stays for undocumented immigrants brought to the USA before their 16th birthday who have attended school or joined the military and have not committed any serious crimes. It also grants them work permits. The program was created through a memorandum by the Department of Homeland Security, which means it can be rescinded without any input from Congress. The president could decide to eliminate the program immediately, or simply stop approving new applications and allow the remaining DACA terms to expire. During the presidential campaign, Trump vowed to end the program, calling it another example of Obama’s abuse of executive power. After winning the presidential election, Trump changed his position, expressing sympathy for the young immigrants and saying he would treat them with “great heart.” Republican leaders in 10 states have threatened to sue the administration if it doesn’t end the program by Tuesday. John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff and former secretary of Homeland Security, said such a lawsuit is likely to prevail, meaning DACA’s days are probably numbered. Trump has been vague about what he will do. “It’s a decision that I make, and it’s a decision that’s very, very hard to make,” Trump said in July. AT USATODAY.COM 6 A.M. Princess Diana Trace her final hours, 20 years after the day she was killed. 8 A.M. Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News Allure of catfish The nation’s ﬁrst sanctioned gene therapy — approved Wednesday to ﬁght leukemia that resists standard therapies — will cost $475,000 for a one-time treatment, its manufacturer announced. The Food and Drug Administration approved the therapy, called Kymriah, in children and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia whose disease has come back in spite of previous treatments. These patients typically have a poor prognosis, surviving three to nine months, according to Novartis, which makes the innovative therapy. The Switzerland-based company said the drug will cost nothing if patients fail to beneﬁt in the ﬁrst month. Kymriah treats cancer in an entirely new way. The individualized approach involves harvesting cancer patients’ immune cells, genetically engineering them, then returning them to patients’ bodies. The genetic engineering process aims to rev up patients’ immune systems to better ﬁght cancer. “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient’s own cells to attack a deadly cancer,” said Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner. “New technologies such as gene and cell therapies hold out the potential to transform medicine and create an inﬂection point in our ability to treat and even cure many intractable illnesses.” Novartis is working with 20 hospitals to provide Kymriah within a month. Eventually, the therapy will be offered at 32 sites, the company said. The ﬁrst patients could be treated within days. The company is training hospitals and staff to provide the treatment, which can cause a lifethreatening immune reaction, as well as long-term complications. Novartis said it priced its drug Find out why the mud-dwelling fish is a favorite for anglers. 3 P.M. NASCAR preview NOVARTIS, VIA BRENT STIRTON, AP Brant James breaks down what to expect at the race. All times Eastern “The drug pricing system in America is completely broken. Until policy in this country changes, the vicious cycle of patients struggling under high drug prices will continue.” David Mitchell, president of Patients for Affordable Drugs based on several considerations. British health authorities have said a price of $649,000 for a onetime treatment would be justiﬁed given Kymriah’s signiﬁcant beneﬁts. Novartis also considered the cost of bone-marrow transplants, which are given to many leukemia patients whose cancer relapses. Those transplants can cost up to $800,000, Novartis said. An advocacy group called Patients for Affordable Drugs recently met with officials at Novartis to ask it to set a “fair” price for the drug, whose early development was supported by $200 million in federal research grants. David Mitchell, a multiple myeloma patient and president of the advocacy group, described the drug’s price tag as “excessive.” “Novartis should not get credit for bringing a $475,000 drug to market and claiming they could have charged people a lot more,” he said. “The drug pricing system in America is completely broken. Until policy in this country changes, the vicious cycle of pa- tients struggling under high drug prices will continue.” The FDA also is considering a CAR T-cell therapy from California-based Kite Pharma. Gilead Sciences — which has been criticized for the $84,000 price tag of its hepatitis C drug — announced Monday that it will buy Kite for $11.9 billion. Novartis officials said they will offer a patient assistance program to help people with out-of-pocket costs. Experts have noted that hidden costs could further add to patients’ ﬁnancial burdens. Beyond the cost of the procedure, patients would need to pay for traditional chemotherapy, which is given before CAR T-cell therapy to improve its odds of success. They would also have to foot the bill for travel and lodging to one of the hospitals equipped to provide the high-tech treatment. Because patients can develop life-threatening side effects weeks after the procedure, doctors will ask patients to stay within two hours of the hospital for up to a month. In New York, even budget hotels cost more than $200 a night — an expense not typically covered by insurance. Patients who develop a dangerous complication, in which the immune system overreacts and attacks vital organs, might need coverage for emergency room care. 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USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 NEWS 3A E2 Trump pitches tax plan to Mo. voters President offers few details on ‘pro-American’ system overhaul historic route for commerce and tourism across the American West. After a long preamble thanking dignitaries and addressing the response to Hurricane Harvey, Trump outlined broad bullet points for his tax plan: uMaking the tax code “simple, fair and easy to understand.” Trump said the average taxpayer shouldn’t need Gregory Korte @gregorykorte USA TODAY WASHINGTON President Trump tried to pump energy into his effort to revamp the tax code, enlisting Missouri voters Wednesday to put pressure on their Democratic senator to pass what he called “pro-American tax reform.” Trump was selling a tax plan that largely doesn’t exist, and the few details he gave are the same that he outlined in a onepage document back in April. The president ﬂew to Springﬁeld, Mo., to give a speech that was part policy and part politics, trying to get momentum on legislation that has been caught in a congressional traffic jam behind health care, infrastructure and the budget. “This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform to hardworking Americans,” Trump said. “I don’t want to be disappointed by Congress. Do you understand me?” “If (Sen. Claire McCaskill) doesn’t do it for you, you have to vote her out of office.” President Trump JEFF ROBERSON, AP “This is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform to hardworking Americans,” President Trump tells an audience Wednesday in Springﬁeld, Mo. Trump told factory workers to call Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill to urge her to support Trump’s tax plan. “If she doesn’t do it for you, you have to vote her out of ofﬁce,” he said. The Missouri senator is running for re-election in 2018, and her office didn’t im- mediately return a request for comment. The speech was aimed at middle-class taxpayers — those whom Trump called “the forgotten people.” The White House chose the venue for the speech, a fan and blower company, for its proximity to Route 66, the professional help to ﬁle a tax return and should be able to ﬁle their taxes on a single page. uReducing the corporate tax rate. Cutting the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% is perhaps the toughest sell for Democrats, but Trump said that provision would amount to a pay raise for American workers. Reducing taxes will make American companies more competitive, leading them to hire more workers and put pressure on wages, Trump said. uMiddle-class tax relief. Construction crew discovers triceratops skull in Colo. IN BRIEF PENTAGON: 11,000 U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN The Pentagon revised the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday, acknowledging that there are 11,000 service members there, not the 8,400 that had been reported under a cap imposed by the Obama administration. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the new number was not an increase but an effort to be more transparent about troop numbers. Under previous rules, the Pentagon did not have to count temporary forces to meet the cap of 8,400 troops set by the Obama administration. Those mandates often meant the Pentagon underreported the personnel in Afghanistan. Allison Sylte KUSA-TV, Denver THORNTON, COLO. A construction crew unearthed a triceratops skeleton and skull Friday. Paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science came to the construction site Monday to examine the skeleton. Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, said the triceratops skull is one of only three found in the Front Range area. SAUL LOEB, AFP/GETTY IMAGES From left, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Dan Coats and Michael Rogers testify before the Senate intelligence panel in June about Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Controversial spying program under review KUSA-TV Construction workers dug up bones from a triceratops dating back 66 million years, a museum curator says. Anti-terror law allows warrantless snooping on Americans Erin Kelly “A lot of times, these will be plowed up, and they won’t be recognized,” Sertich said. “We’re really lucky in this case that it was recognized as fossils and we got the call.” The bones are at least 66 million years old — something a little different from the 10,000- to 12,000-year-old fossils Sertich said are usually found in the Denver area. Construction crews were digging deeper into the building site than they usually do to build parking lots and other structures — a depth that allowed them to get closer to an era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. “My heart was racing!” Sertich said. “As soon as I uncovered it and realized this was a horn of a triceratops and not just another leg bone or part of a hip, it made the site really exciting.” Crews have stopped work in the area so scientists can expose the fossil, look for other bones and then extract them, the city of Thornton said. When the fossil is safely removed, the hope is that one day it will be housed in an exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “As soon as I got onsite, I realized it was a pretty important dinosaur ﬁnd, which are pretty unusual in the Denver area,” Sertich said. Trump was less speciﬁc on this provision than he was in April, when he proposed cutting the top tax rate from 39.6% to 35% and reducing the number of brackets from seven to three. uBring back overseas corporate proﬁts. This proposal, known as tax repatriation, would lower the rate on proﬁts made overseas in order to encourage companies to bring that money back to the USA. Trump said his proposal would recapture a portion of the more than $3 trillion in such proﬁts held by U.S. companies offshore. No sooner had Trump delivered the speech than Democrats denounced it. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump’s plan was a “boon for the rich” cloaked in middleclass populism. “If the president wants to use populism to sell his tax plan, he ought to consider actually putting his money where his mouth is and putting forward a plan that puts the middle class, not the top 1%, ﬁrst,” he said. Trump said Wednesday that his tax plan could actually hurt wealthy Americans such as himself who can afford an army of accountants. “I’m speaking against myself when I say this,” he said. “It’s crazy. Maybe we shouldn’t be doing this, you know? But we’re doing the right thing. It’s true.” USA TODAY WASHINGTON Congress must decide by year’s end whether to overhaul a controversial surveillance program that collects the content of Americans’ emails, phone calls, text messages and other electronic communication without a warrant. “This law is supposed to be a tool to ﬁght terrorist threats overseas; instead it’s being used as an end-run around the Constitution,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, DOre., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Wyden promised to put a hold on any bill that allows the government to continue spying on Americans without a search warrant. The program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, was approved by Congress in 2008 to increase the government’s ability to track and foil foreign terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Section 702 was designed to spy on foreign citizens living outside the USA, and it speciﬁcally bars the targeting of American citizens or anyone residing in the USA. Critics say the program sweeps up the electronic data of innocent Americans who may communicate with foreign nationals, even when those foreigners aren’t suspected of terrorist activity. The government calls this “in- cidental surveillance,” and intelligence officials have refused to tell Congress how many unknowing Americans have had their personal data collected. The law is set to expire at the end of December, leaving it to Congress to either renew the program as it is or make changes to strengthen privacy and constitutional protections. Lawmakers are not likely to let the law lapse. who wants to stop the warrantless surveillance of Americans. “This is not just who you send it to, but what’s in it.” Intelligence officials appealed to lawmakers to renew the program, which they said has helped stop terrorist plots without violating Americans’ privacy rights. In one case, the CIA used intelligence gathered under Section 702 to uncover a photograph and “This law is supposed to be a tool to ﬁght terrorist threats overseas; instead it’s being used as an end-run around the Constitution.” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The House Judiciary Committee is working to come up with a bipartisan bill that would allow legitimate surveillance of foreigners overseas to continue while better protecting Americans’ civil liberties. Critics say Section 702 is more dangerous to Americans’ civil liberties than the better-known Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which Congress voted in 2015 to rein in after its existence was disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. That program collected phone record metadata that revealed whom Americans called, when the calls were made and how long they lasted. It did not collect the content of conversations, but the Section 702 program does. “The 702 program is about the actual data — your conversations, your photographs, your emails,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., a former tech company executive, software developer and engineer other details that enabled allies in an African nation to arrest two Islamic State militants connected to planning “a speciﬁc and immediate threat against U.S. personnel and interests,” according to joint testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. “To protect privacy and civil liberties, this program has operated under strict rules and been carefully overseen by all three branches of the government,” Coats testiﬁed. One of the biggest concerns critics have is that information collected “incidentally” on U.S. citizens is stored by the NSA in databases that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies can search to build criminal cases against Americans. AFL-CIO HEAD HAS HARSH WORDS ON WHITE HOUSE AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Wednesday that it has been difficult to work with the White House because the faction that agrees with union leaders on trade “turned out to be racist” while the other faction is “Wall Streeters” who care little about working people. Trumka, speaking at a news maker breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, referred to the faction led by former chief strategist Steve Bannon when he talked about “racist” advisers Trumka USA TODAY who agree with unions that trade deals are hurting workers. Bannon and counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka left the White House this month amid criticism of what some said was their support of white nationalist groups. Both returned to Breitbart News. TEXAS OPEN-CARRY SWORD LAW TAKES EFFECT FRIDAY Starting Friday, Texans will be legally allowed to carry blades longer than 51⁄2 inches in most — but not all — public places. That includes openly carrying the famous Jim Bowie knife, as well as daggers, dirks, throwing knives, stilettos, poniards, swords, machetes and spears. An open-carry measure, HB 1935, was introduced this year by Texas House Rep. John Frullo, a Republican, but it met resistance after a student was killed and three wounded at the University of Texas-Austin by an attacker wielding a hunting knife. As a compromise, HB 1935 was passed by changing the deﬁnition of “illegal knife” to “location-restricted” knife. Staff and wire reports 4A NEWS DISASTER IN TEXAS E2 USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 MARK RALSTON, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Traffic goes around ﬂooding on the I-10 freeway Wednesday in Houston. The waters were receding, but Buffalo Bayou could stay at ﬂood stage for weeks. ‘Houston is catching a break’ Dry spell forecast, but city is sopping Doyle Rice @usatodayweather USA TODAY The news about Houston’s waterways is mostly good: The water levels of many of the region’s rain-swollen bayous, rivers and creeks have crested and were dropping as of Wednesday afternoon after catastrophic ﬂooding from Harvey. Most of the area waterways should drop below ﬂood stage by the weekend, said Gregory Wel- lers, a hydrologist at the West Gulf River Forecast Center in Fort Worth. “Houston is catching a break,” Wellers said. The forecast was for prolonged dry weather. A quick review of the Houston area’s ﬂood gauges Wednesday afternoon found that most were dropping. However, the city’s main waterway, the Buffalo Bayou, which stretches through the downtown area, could stay at ﬂood stage for weeks, perhaps longer, Wellers said. Two of the city’s reservoirs — the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs — are full and will slowly have to be drained into the Buffalo Bayou over the next several weeks, he said. “Higher-than-normal controlled releases will continue from the reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to lower water levels in both ﬂood control facilities in west Harris County,” the Harris County Flood Control District said in a statement. Reservoir releases are a common post-storm step, the district said. When it comes to ﬂooding in Houston, though, Hurricane Harvey was unique: “You can’t compare it to any other storm,” Waller said of Harvey’s ﬂoods. “The recovery process though, once that starts, we’re talking years,” he said. Contributing: WFAA-TV, Dallas WIN MCNAMEE, GETTY IMAGES Residents return to their homes in Houston as ﬂoodwaters begin to retreat. The city will get a chance to dry out a little. People use more fuel than rigs pump Tiffaany Duron, her daughter Emma Sledge, 3, and their dog Daisy are among the thousands of ﬂooding victims who took shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. v CONTINUED FROM 1A lier, he had predicted a boost of 5 to 15 cents. The nationwide average as of Wednesday morning was $2.40 a gallon, up from $2.34 a week ago, according to AAA. Reﬁnery outages include facilities run by Exxon Mobil, Citgo, Petrobras, Flint Hills, Magellan, Buckeye, Shell, Phillips 66 and Valero Energy, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. Consequently, Americans are using about 9.7 million barrels per day of gasoline, while reﬁneries are pumping out fewer than 8 million, DeHaan said. “Gasoline inventories are going to be chiseled away quickly if that continues,” DeHaan said. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., urged President Trump to release supplies from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to ease the impact on consumers. But the nation had nearly 230 million barrels of gasoline inventory on hand as of Friday, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, so “we’re not running out of gas anytime soon by any means,” AAA’s Jeanette Casselano said. Still, the reﬁnery outages and the closure of several ports have disrupted the supply of fresh fuel to stations in the Texas Gulf Coast and other regions. The Motiva operation alone generates about 635,000 barrels per day in normal times, according to the Oil Price Information Service. “Return to service is contingent upon recession of ﬂoodwaters in the area,” Motiva spokesperson Angela Goodwin said in a statement. “Our priority remains the safety of our employees and the community.” The plant was running at 60% capacity as of Tuesday afternoon and 40% on Tuesday evening. LEE CELANO, USA TODAY NETWORK Harvey’s a ‘1,000-year storm’ v CONTINUED FROM 1A The hardships from Harvey are far from over. The storm, which hit the Texas coast Friday as a strong hurricane, was forecast to drop up to 10 inches of rain on Louisiana before moving on to Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri. Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes across a wide swath of the Southeast as Harvey rolled inland. “We are working with the state of Louisiana as the storm moves through their state,” Elaine Duke, acting secretary of Homeland Security, said in Washington. She warned that despite receding waters in Houston, “catastrophic ﬂooding is likely to persist days after the rain stops.” The conﬁrmed death toll was in double digits, including six family members whose bodies were found Wednesday in a van that disappeared in high water three days earlier. “We are sad to conﬁrm we have retrieved six victims from a van that was submerged in Greens Bayou,” the Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. Authorities were concerned that more bodies would be found as the water recedes. AccuWeather estimated Harvey’s cost at $160 billion, which would make it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. AccuWeather President Joel Myers called Harvey a “1,000-year storm” and said parts of Houston will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Some areas near Houston received more than 50 inches of rain, more than the level usually seen in a year. The storm was not likely to bring such devastating ﬂooding to Louisiana and other states, but ﬂash ﬂooding could occur, AccuWeather reported. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said more than 30,000 people took refuge in more than 200 shelters, large and small, in Texas. About 1,800 evacuees were moved to hotels and other longer-term housing options, he said. In Houston, authorities opened two more mega-shelters — the arena that houses the NBA’s Rockets and the stadium home of the NFL’s Texans — after the convention center was packed with almost 9,000 evacuees. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner imposed a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew aimed at ensuring that va- cant homes and streets would be safe. Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo warned that looters would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. “People were very cooperative last night,” Turner said Wednesday. “The curfew will remain in effect until we get past the situation we are in.” Tiffany Duron wasn’t convinced. The East Houston resident packed her things and was eager to leave the convention center Wednesday, even though ﬂoodwaters had reached her roof line when she and her family ﬂed for the shelter two days earlier. “They were already breaking into my neighbors’ ” homes, she said, adding that the looters “are making it worse for everybody.” More than 13,000 people have been rescued from ﬂooded homes. Gov. Greg Abbott said an additional 10,000 National Guard troops from across the nation would join the 14,000 deployed in the region to provide security and aid in rescue efforts. Taylor reports for The (Lafayette, La.) Daily Advertiser; Bacon for USA TODAY from McLean, Va. Contributing: Doyle Rice, Rick Jervis, Bart Jansen and Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY Threat of Irma comes on heels of Harvey Doyle Rice @usatodayweather USA TODAY For a nation reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, more unwelcome news came Wednesday: Another possible threat was brewing. Tropical Storm Irma formed in the central Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said, but it’s too early to know its track. As of 5 p.m. ET, Irma had 60-mph winds. It was about 2,000 miles east of the Leeward Islands and about 3,000 miles southeast of Miami. The storm was forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Thursday or Friday, driving winds of about 75 mph. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its sustained winds reach 74 mph. Irma will take about a week to make its trek west across the Atlantic Ocean, AccuWeather said. WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue said Irma will probably become an intense hurricane of Category 4 or 5 strength, near the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. A Category 4 storm has winds of at least 130 mph. “It is way too soon to say with certainty where and if this system will impact the U.S.,” AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said. Possibilities range from a landfall on the Leeward Islands to the Carolinas to Bermuda, he said. Another storm could spin up in the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend and could bring more rain to the Texas and Louisiana coasts. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 NEWS 5A DISASTER IN TEXAS Far from Houston, monsoons ‘If you called, cause havoc across nations we are More than 1,000 people die in India, Bangladesh, Nepal coming’ Deluged Port Arthur struggles to cope Siddhant Mohan and Prashun Mazumdar Special for USA TODAY John Bacon and Jason Pohl Heavy rains paralyzed India, Bangladesh and Nepal for the second day Wednesday as the worst monsoon in years has caused more 1,000 deaths. In the western Indian city of Mumbai, many of its 20 million residents waded through waisthigh water trying to get home from work after being stuck overnight. Buses and trains were halted as roads became impassable. India is used to regular ﬂooding during monsoon season from June to September, especially in Mumbai, where millions live in shantytowns that have poor drainage. This year’s ﬂoods are unusually severe. Rain was forecast to continue through the week. Shikha Joshi, 32, a banker in Mumbai, had to spend the night inside a train that was trapped because the railway tracks were underwater. “No one could move anywhere, so it was better to sit and let the time pass,” said Joshi, who fretted about her 12-year-old brother left home alone — until neighbors went to look after him. Shivam Arora, 43, a trader in Mumbai, was luckier. “I have taken the local train to work every day for the past 17 years and never have I seen the network be so adversely affected. It was a complete breakdown of the system,” he said. “Trains were canceled, stations were closed, places (to take shelter) were jammed, and the situation on the roads was catastrophic,” he said. “Thankfully, my Facebook feed was ﬁlled with people offering their homes as shelters. And I had to crash at my friend’s place.” Schools were shut, and offices closed early or remained shuttered as the city experienced power outages. People opened their doors to stranded residents and some took to the streets to distribute water and food. USA TODAY Network NEW DELHI RAJANISH KAKADE, AP People walk through a ﬂooded train station during heavy rains in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday. “Trains were canceled, stations were closed, places (to take shelter) were jammed, and the situation on the roads was catastrophic.” Shivam Arora, a trader in Mumbai The staggering number of deaths in India and its neighbors occurred when the rains triggered landslides and destroyed thousands of houses, schools, hospitals and farmland, the United Nations said this week. Over the past two days, Indian officials said at least ﬁve people, including two children, died because of the ﬂooding in and around Mumbai. In the state of Bihar in eastern India — one of the worst areas affected — at least 400 have died. Mahesh Yadav, 42, a farmer from the Araria district of Bihar, had to ﬂee from his home as the nearby Koshi River rose. “I took my family and few canisters of grains and beans on a boat before ﬂeeing the house. Now, one cannot see my house anywhere. It has gone well under the water,” he said after taking refuge with his wife and two children in a makeshift shelter with about 200 other families. “It is difficult to feed children even after successfully ﬂeeing the ﬂood,” said his wife, Aarti Devi, 38. “Every other person is ﬁghting for food.” In other parts of India, especially remote villages, rescue workers struggled to get to people left homeless or injured, but the rain delayed the work. Sunder Kumar, 53, a construction worker from the village of Valmiki Nagar in the state of Bihar, said in a phone call that he was worried. “We are living in a temporary shelter, which is just a few feet from the ﬂoodwater. The situation will get worse if the water rises,” he said. “Relief and rescue teams do not know this location, as it is far from their reach.” Flooding hit King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and other medical centers. Wards were closed and supplies delayed as officials struggled to keep the dirty water out of the facility. Bilal Bhat, 37, who runs a small shop in Srinagar, tried to get his son to a doctor. “My son is sick for the last seven days, and the ﬂood has crippled us to move anywhere,” he said. “Now I have to hire a boat to take my son to the hospital.” The forecast for more rain was terrible news for Mohammad Faizan, 33, a small-goods trader who had to ﬂee his house in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district after the area started ﬁlling with ﬂoodwater. “I could not take anything with me,” he said. “I left my family at their grandfather’s home. I am living on the roof of my house, which is the only part left unsubmerged, waiting for the water to pass.” Poonam Kumari, 32, used to run a small clothing boutique at her house in Kishanganj in Bihar, but she lost her sewing machine in the ﬂood. She’s not sure how she will recover her business, much less manage the next few days. “My 8-year-old son is suffering from a stomach infection. ... All I can wish for is the ﬂoodwater to go down very soon,” she said. Mohan reported from Varanasi, India. Residents of Port Arthur posted urgent pleas for rescue on social media Wednesday as the Texas city struggled to function after days of hammering rains from Tropical Storm Harvey that forced the nation’s largest oil reﬁnery to close. The city was slammed by more than 2 feet of rain over 24 hour, which ﬂooded the civic center that had been serving as a shelter for more than 100 evacuees. A community center then was set up to house people. “Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming!” Mayor Derrick Freeman, whose own home was swamped in 3 feet of water, said in a Facebook post. “If you called, we are coming. Please get to higher ground.” Freeman sounded a common theme across the region, imploring volunteers with boats to help. “We need it,” he said. Water ﬂowed like rivers in streets. At the Gulf Health nursing home, about a dozen boats were lined up outside in chestdeep water. Emergency crews, along with ﬁsherman and volunteers, worked to remove residents, many of whom were bedridden and in wheelchairs. Video showed some residents in their beds, the water up to their mattresses. Rescue efforts at one point were slowed by an apartment ﬁre that forced ﬁrst-responders to evacuate residents of the complex. Lightning also delayed the operation, Freeman said. Freeman said the Coast Guard has helicopters and boats deployed around the city and the National Guard is operating out of the local Walmart parking lot. “Continue to call 911 if you are unsafe,” Freeman said in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon. “We’re coming y’all.” For paramedics, Even state’s sturdy bridges erode in rushing ﬂoodwaters 92 non-stop hours on the front lines Despite excellent maintenance record, spans crumble They’re a lifeline for the most vulnerable Bart Jansen @ganjansen USA TODAY Kris Wartelle USA TODAY Network Texas is one of the best states in the country for maintaining its outsize share of bridges, but rain and ﬂooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have begun toppling them and undermining roads around Houston. The Woodforest Boulevard bridge across Greens Bayou collapsed, according to the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Two portions of Garrett Street collapsed, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. A chunk of State Highway 316 washed away south of Houston, according to the state Department of Transportation. The problem: Moving ﬂoodwaters gnaw away at the foundation of bridges and roadways in a process engineers call scouring. As the foundation erodes, columns supporting bridges collapse or roads simply wash away. “If a bridge isn’t on piles, if it’s just sitting on soil or rock, the fast-moving water can eat away at the supporting foundation and actually cause it to tip over,” said Andy Herrmann, a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a 40-year consulting engineer in New York City. In the same way, scrubbing away the gravel foundation of a road undermines the concrete or asphalt pavement. “Once you wash away that foundation, you can get scour holes, sinking of the roadway itself,” Herrmann said. BAYTOWN, RICK JERVIS, USA TODAY FM 762 near Rosenberg, Texas, washed out Saturday as rain from Hurricane Harvey ﬂooded the state. More destruction is likely as ﬂooding will probably continue for days. Harvey is projected to be the most damaging hurricane in history, dropping more than 50 inches of rain on Houston. Early estimates tally $160 billion in damage. Even as the storm moves northeast from Texas to Louisiana, emergency officials warned that ﬂooding is expected to linger in Houston. Texas has a larger-than-average share of bridges: 53,488 out of the country’s 614,387. The state takes above-average care of them, according to a review by the American Society of Civil Engineers: Only 900, or 1.7%, are rated structurally deﬁcient by federal inspectors. For comparison, 9% of bridges nationwide are rated deﬁcient. “Texas has been taking care of their bridges,” Herrmann said. A catastrophic example of what rain can do to a bridge came April 5, 1987, when an Interstate 90 bridge that was part of the New York State Thruway col- lapsed into Schoharie Creek during ﬂooding from spring storms. Ten people died as four cars and a tractor-trailer plunged 80 feet into the swollen creek. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the thruway authority failed to maintain adequate support around the bridge piers, which allowed severe erosion around the column footings. The same threat follows in the wake of Harvey. Bridges are often supported by concrete footings, which typically sit on soil or rock beneath the river. The footings serve as the foundation for columns, which shoulder the beams that hold the roadway above. “But that fast-moving water can start eating down to the footing,” Herrmann said. “Once it gets underneath the footing, that’s when you have problems.” Another threat to bridges is getting forced off their foundations. If water rises taller than the bridge, the deluge and debris such as trees could dam the ﬂow and weigh against the concrete deck, Herrmann said. TEXAS Paramedics Will Roberts and Isolde Cabanas have been on duty for 92 hours straight, living through the nightmare left by Hurricane Harvey. Both work for Acadian Ambulance, a private company that operates in 34 Louisiana parishes and in 37 counties in Texas. Acadian responders such as Roberts and Cabanas are on the front lines, saving the most vulnerable of disaster victims. The job has taken a toll. “I have blisters all over my feet from not changing my boots for two days,” Cabanas said. “My feet were always wet, and as soon as they’d dry, we had to get back into high water again.” Rogers said the two have been answering non-stop emergency calls, responding to patients in renal failure unable to get dialysis, to head injuries and cardiac arrests. “There have been a lot of slip and falls also,” Roberts said. “Especially the elderly. They are trapped in doors and have to fend for themselves, no one to care for them, and that’s what happens. “ Cabanas, 28, who lives in Pasadena, has been a paramedic for seven years. Since Harvey hit, she has gotten plenty of experience with high-water response. On one call, she evacuated a patient from a ﬂooded neighborhood on Pasadena’s north side by ambulance. When water got too high for the ambulance, the patient was transferred to a dump truck, and, ﬁnally, to a boat before reaching a hospital. “All you’re concerned about is the patient and getting them what they need,” she said. “Afterward, adrenaline goes down, and it gets emotional. I really didn’t get tired until yesterday. … I went in one of the rooms and crashed for four hours.” Finn Brouillet and Jaime Larrea are fresh off a 36-hour shift. The two-man crew has been ﬁelding emergency calls the entire time, responding to everything from patients having seizures to traumatic injuries. But Brouillet and Larrea considered themselves lucky. “The “All you’re concerned about is the patient and getting them what they need. Afterward, adrenaline goes down, and it gets emotional. ” Paramedic Isolde Cabanas crew we relieved had been out for four or ﬁve days, “ Brouillet said. In Pasadena, more than 30 calls were lined up, he said. Emergency operators had to triage calls. Patients in dialysis had nowhere to go. Hospitals in Pasadena were closed. Acadian Operations Supervisor Jordan Wells said a typical shift in Pasadena involves an average of 14 emergency calls. These days are not typical, he said: “Shifts like that mean no downtime or sleep or rest.” USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 6A NEWS YOUR SAY Tracking the nation’s conversation HISTORY Making the case for Confederate statues LETTERS LETTERS@USATODAY.COM FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION TAKING DOWN HISTORY Do you support removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country? As a longtime advocate and supporter of equal rights for all, I ﬁnd myself in what may seem to be an ironic position. There has been a rise recently in demands to take down the statues that appear to praise the Confederacy. I am opposed to that for three main reasons: uFirst, I agree with philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” uSecond, it does a disservice to those who suffered under the harsh life of slavery in the Confederacy to wipe out that part of our history. uThird, it sets a destructive precedent. Instead, it seems it would be good to erect a noticeable, prominent piece in the same area as the existing statues. This new piece could be abstract in nature or a statue of speciﬁc civil rights advocates. Also, adding an informative plaque regarding the period of history depicted could bring to light some of the injustices suffered and some of the opposition campaigns that occurred. This approach has evidently succeeded in Richmond, Va., along their Monument Avenue. Such an alternative would recognize the past, both ﬂaws and challenges, educate viewers and pay tribute to deserving historic ﬁgures of our nation. The Jim Crow era is a stain on our history. It was a means of pushing the slavery agenda. Take every Confederate statue down that was erected during and after the Jim Crow era. Leave the rest standing. If you really care about these statues, you can support putting them in museums. Support 39% Oppose 50% DAVID FITZSIMMONS, THE ARIZONA STAR, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM Osteen, that wasn’t very Christian of you Mike Gleason Don’t know Sad day in America when historical statues that have been here for years are being destroyed because of the politically correct left. 10% ing. Why would he want his church members to be caught in the ﬂood? FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION Charity Smith Gene Washer This line I saw said it all: There is nothing great about two men who committed treason against the United States to ﬁght to keep the institution of slavery intact. Racists can complain about tearing Confederate statues down as much as they want. As soon as they do it, they expose themselves. SOURCE Quinnipiac University Poll conducted Aug. 17-22 of 1,514 registered voters. Margin of error is ±3.1 percentage points. JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY TWITTER @USATOPINION Our readers shared their thoughts on Charlottesville, Va., covering Confederate statues in black fabric. The left needs to grow a spine and learn coping skills. How they function in the real world with adversity is a scary thought. This stain removal is the best response to white supremacists all over the country. They achieved the exact opposite of what they wanted with their demonstrations. Good job, America! @UncleSam2k17 Daniel Hernandez @mrpatrickrhodes For more, follow @USATOpinion or #tellusatoday. Just admit you handled the situation poorly, apologize for that and move on, fella. Tracy Nickerson As a Christian, I feel those church doors should have been the ﬁrst to open, whether prepared or not. To turn away helpless people in a desperate time does not represent the God I serve. I will pray for you, Pastor Osteen, as well as all of those you turned away. Osteen does not represent all Christians, just those in his ﬂock. I didn’t know Osteen had the only church in Houston. Ask the people who were affected by Hurricane Katrina how comfortable those Superdome seats were while they slept sitting up. Osteen’s church did experience ﬂooding, but when his message on Twitter sending prayers for those affected by the hurricane went out on Sunday, it was mainly telling the thousands of people who usually show up for Sunday morning service not to show up because of the ﬂood- What has your experience with law enforcement been? Submit videos or photos at policing.usatoday.com. Send your comments on Twitter using #policingtheusa or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s make America love again. Steve Patterson Glenn J. Heller POLICING THE USA POLICING.USATODAY.COM @GFAqua Just keep your feet off the ﬁne furniture, keep your kids quiet, no eating on the sofas, stay out of the offices, and no washing your clothes in the bathrooms. Can you just sit there and stare out into the air? It was not safe! I mean, can you imagine how much it would have cost to replace the carpeting from all those dirty, wet people?! That cuts into the budget! And big homes don’t buy themselves! Massimo Marino These icons cause deep grieving pain for many of our brothers and sisters, emphatetically consider that. Katherine Conover Tucson Pastor Joel Osteen opened his Houston megachurch to ﬂood victims Tuesday after social media critics slammed the televangelist for not offering to house people in need. Billie J. Segars Careful not to trip while you’re backpedaling so furiously, sir. Matthew Farmer Have Your Say at email@example.com, facebook.com/usatodayopinion and @USATOpinion on Twitter. All comments are edited for length and clarity. Content submitted to USA TODAY may appear in print, digital or other forms. For letters, include name, address and phone number. Letters may be mailed to 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108. TO COMMENT WEATHER Upgrade your news. Install the free app. WEATHER ONLINE USATODAY.COM TODAY’S HIGH TEMPERATURES FRONT & CENTER YESTERDAY’S EXTREMES HOTTEST: 113° Needles, Calif. Record heat is possible over the next few days in the West. 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Our national narrative, the origin story that is our permanent legacy, is our diversity. This is a gift we too often either take for granted or lose sight of in heated arguments over what to do about immigration or Confederate statues. Yet it is alive and well in Houston and, one hopes, across America. One Harvey photo after another shows rescue teams made up of black, white, Hispanic and Asian responders, helping people of all races. Pets and livestock, too. The rescuers are doing what is urgent in the moment and no doubt think nothing of it. Yet these images very much belie the harsh, divisive politics that Donald Trump rode to the White House and now practices from the Oval Office. Seeing them is a much needed reminder: This is who we are. Adversity has a way of bringing people together. In 2005, 15 days after Hurricane Katrina slammed Tom Nichols O nce again, the North Koreans have engaged in a missile test. Once again, President Trump has warned that “all options are on the table.” And once again, especially after he tweeted Wednesday that “talking is not the answer,” Americans are nervously wondering what he means. Should the president of the United States have sole authority to use nuclear weapons? Even before North Korea’s recent provocations, we were long overdue for a debate on a question that carries existential risk for human civilization. Some Republicans are loath to support any limits on the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons, such as a bill to ﬁrst require a congressional declaration of war, in part because they view such moves — understandably — as a direct attack on Trump’s presidency. Many Democrats, meanwhile, have long opposed nuclear weapons in principle and could well be using public anxieties about Trump as a stalking horse for an agenda that includes the eventual abolition of nuclear arms. The question of control over the strategic deterrent is not, however, a discussion required solely because Trump is president. Nor is it time — yet, anyway — to eliminate the crucial role of nuclear deterrence in our national security. Rather, we need to think seriously about our system because it is predicated on assumptions that have been out of date for more than 20 years. A MODEST PROPOSAL Every possible change, including leaving things as they are, seems fraught with risk. But let us begin with a modest proposal: There is no obvious reason, absent a crisis or military threat, to invest sole authority to use nuclear weapons with only one person. Nuclear hawks will object and note that during the Cold War, we entrusted a single leader with the key to the nuclear arsenal for many reasons — among them the need to maintain tight control over nuclear release and to respond rapidly in case of a nuclear attack out of the blue. We are no longer in constant danger of a surprise attack, however, nor are we facing a massive enemy coalition. Today, we have room to reform civilian control of nuclear weapons. The essential change would be to restrict the president’s ﬁrst use of nuclear arms in peacetime, while deﬁning the circumstances the Gulf Coast, a photographer following a search and rescue team from Orange County, Calif., took a shot of three team members — two white people and, in the center of the iconic tableau, a burly Hispanic former Navy medic — gently carrying an emaciated black man from a home that two earlier teams had marked empty. Some who helped that day saw the scene as a metaphor for government failures. But Richard Ventura, logistics manager of the rescue team, looked at it and saw racial harmony. The imperatives of disaster response are not dissimilar to the imperatives of battle, and they bring to mind what Defense Secretary James Mattis told a group of U.S. troops in a video posted on Facebook last week, after the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va., and President Trump’s disturbing responses. “You’re a great example for our country right now. It’s got some problems. You know it, and I know it,” Mattis said. “You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other, and showing it and being friendly to one another.” He added that America has two powers: intimidation, “that’s you,” and inspiration, “and we’ll get the power of inspiration back.” He also reminded them that “we’re so doggone lucky to be Americans.” Yes. We are. Did climate change intensify Harvey? HARRIS COUNTY SHERRIF’S OFFICE Deputy sheriff Rick Johnson DAVID J. PHILLIP, AP Houston SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck JON SHAPLEY, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, VIA AP From left, constables Paul Fernandez, Michael Tran and Radha Patel A DECISION SOLELY FOR A PRESIDENT? Absent a crisis, there’s no reason to empower a single person to launch nuclear weapons AHN YOUNG-JOON, AP Television news in Seoul, South Korea, showing President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. that would return full and unitary control to the White House in order to deal with a crisis or other imminent danger. I suggest we reorganize our day-to-day system of control to leave authority for ﬁrst use of nuclear weapons with the president — but subject to the veto of one senior member of the legislative branch. I would nominate the Senate majority leader: He or she is a national ﬁgure who cannot be dismissed by the president and, being outside the line of presidential succession, does not stand to gain directly from counteracting the president. This two-leader rule, however, would govern only the ﬁrst use of nuclear weapons absent any other threat. For example, if the U.S. Strategic Command determined that the United States was under attack of any kind, the act of communicating this warning could return unilateral nuclear control to the president. Congress could also allow other triggers, such as if NATO invoked Article 5 to provide a common defense. alone would impose a new seriousness on AUMF debates.) Such changes would involve Congress in the question of nuclear use, but without inviting chaos in a situation where deterrence demands calm and resolve. Such arrangements would not only calm public concerns, they might also force more bipartisanship and communication between the legislative and executive branches. And they might make the Senate — and by extension, the American people — think a bit harder about whom to elect as majority leader. These suggestions all have their drawbacks. But if we are to have a serious national discussion about the stewardship of our nuclear arsenal in the 21st century, we have to stop relying on default positions we inherited from the Cold War. Creating a more stable deterrent will require some long overdue soul-searching on the part of an American public that has been loath to think about such things. The issue of presidential control is a good place to start. CALM AND RESOLVE If we face a long period of hostilities, a president could propose an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which would include granting the president sole authority to use nuclear arms. (This Tom Nichols, a Russia specialist and professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College, is the author of The Death of Expertise. The views expressed here are solely his own. Even as ﬂoodwaters raged this week in Texas and Louisiana, so did the debate over the possible link between Hurricane Harvey and man-made climate change. Climate activists pointed to the historic rainfall and epic ﬂooding as exactly the type of extreme event forecast to occur as the globe warms. Skeptics cited a long list of tropical storms that slammed Texas even before the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. So who’s right? In some ways, the question is premature, even unseemly, while search and rescue efforts continue. And a deﬁnitive answer won’t come until scientists conduct post-storm “attribution” studies. In all likelihood, though, the conclusion will be that climate change didn’t cause Harvey, but it almost surely made the storm worse. Harvey produced 40- to 50inch rainfall totals that left parts of Houston looking like Venice and rivaled snowfall accumulations from blizzards in the Northeast. It was, in fact, the most extreme rainfall event on the continental United States in recorded history. Such events are consistent with the basic science of climate change: Warmer than normal water temperatures, in places such as the Gulf of Mexico, provide heat energy that fuels the formation and rapid strengthening of tropical storms. Warmer air holds more water vapor, which in turn produces more rainfall. And rising sea levels exacerbate storm surge and inland ﬂooding. According to the National Climate Assessment, “Heavy downpours are increasing nationally (in recent decades), with the largest increases in the Midwest and Northeast. Increases in extreme precipitation are projected for all U.S. regions.” This isn’t just happening in North America. Even as Harvey riveted the nation’s attention this week, the death toll topped 1,000 from unusually severe monsoonal rains half a world away in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. In the coming days and weeks, expect to hear politicians describe Harvey as an “act of God” that had little or nothing to do with human-induced climate change. Even if climate change is real, they’ll add, a serious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, through a carbon tax or other means, would be too expensive. On Wednesday, the private company AccuWeather estimated that Harvey could end up costing $190 billion, making it the priciest natural disaster in U.S. history, equal to the combined cost of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. With that kind of price tag atop a torrent of human misery, the question isn’t whether the nation can afford to get serious about global warming. We can’t afford not to. Tax cuts for the rich won’t help our economy Felicia Wong Modern conservatism was built on cutting taxes, supposedly because cutting taxes for successful people will spur them to create even more wealth, which will trickle down to the rest of us in the form of jobs. So it’s no surprise to see cutting corporate taxes, from a nominal 35% rate to as low as 15%, at the top of the wish list for the Republican tax “reform” drive that President Trump kicked off Wednesday. What is surprising, and dismaying, is how many people outside the GOP repeat the idea that corporate taxes are holding back our economy despite the pile of evidence that says the opposite. First of all, the effective tax rate that corporations pay — meaning the actual rate after credits and deductions are taken into account — is roughly 20%. And the theory — cut taxes on cash-strapped companies so they have money to invest and spur growth — doesn’t match reality. U.S. corporations are massively proﬁtable and sitting on close to $2 trillion in cash. But instead of investing in capital improvements or worker pay to beneﬁt the broader economy, executives raise their own salaries and juice the price of their stock options. Finally, we’ve tried this before and we know how it ends. In 2004, Congress reduced corporate tax rates to encourage ﬁrms to “repatriate” funds held overseas and to drive more corporate investment. The result was bad all around: The top beneﬁciaries of the law cut more than 20,000 net jobs, slowed their research spending, and spent more on executive compensation and stock buybacks even though the law explicitly said not to. More recently, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback massively slashed state tax rates on corporations and high individual incomes. Instead of unleashing growth, this led Kansas to grow more slowly than its neighbors and caused a budget deﬁcit so severe, the rating agency S&P described it as structurally imbalanced. If Congress wants to boost the economy and drive job growth, there are many tax changes that could help. For example, my colleagues at the Roosevelt Institute suggest that trillions of dollars can be found by taxing unproductive ﬁnancial and corporate activities that do not yield real growth, starting with a ﬁnancial transaction tax. Those dollars could be invested in real projects, from roads and bridges to universal broadband and even free college, that would strengthen a modern, competitive economy. Democratic leaders have argued that reform cannot simply be a cover for giving more to the wealthiest. But not every Democrat signed on, and the Trump White House continues to court the holdouts. Republicans will do everything in their power to achieve their tax cutting dreams. And to Trump, tax “reform” is simply a way for the rich to scam money from everyone else. So shame on anyone — especially wavering Democrats — who ignores the pain out there and succumbs to the siren song. It’s not high corporate taxes that are holding our economy back; it’s the dying, stubborn myth of trickle-down. 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SECTION B THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 Alexa, Cortana get chummy Amazon, Microsoft announce partnership between the digital rivals 5B AMAZON ECHO BY ETHAN MILLER, GETTY IMAGES; CORTANA BY REVIEWED.COM MONEYLINE State by state: News from around the nation 6B Hurricane pushes gas prices near 2-year high DISASTER IN TEXAS U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH UPGRADED TO 3% IN Q2 The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the spring, growing at the fastest pace in more than two years amid brisk consumer spending on autos and other goods. The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 3% in the AprilJune quarter, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the best showing since a 3.2% gain in the ﬁrst quarter of 2015. But they are still far below all-time mark of $4.11 in July 2008 Nathan Bomey SIMON SUES STARBUCKS OVER TEAVANA CLOSURES Simon Property Group, one of the nation’s largest mall operators, has sued Starbucks over its plans to shutter all of the Teavana stores operating in its centers nationwide. In the lawsuit ﬁled Aug. 21, Simon officials argued that their shopping centers rely on each of their tenants fulﬁlling their lease obligations, including continuously operating in the space for the entire lease term. Among the 379 stores being closed, 78 are in Simon centers. HOME DEPOT SETTLES CLAIMS OVER RECALLS Home Depot has agreed to pay the U.S. government $5.7 million to settle charges that it sold recalled washing machines, ﬁre extinguishers and other faulty products. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recalled products were sold by the home-improvement retailer between 2012 and 2016. In agreeing to the settlement, Home Depot did not admit guilt. @NathanBomey USA TODAY ERICH SCHLEGEL, GETTY IMAGES Rescuers from Odessa, Texas, make their way through ﬂoodwaters along Eldridge Parkway in the Energy Corridor of west Houston on Wednesday. WALL ST. SHRUGS OFF HARVEY Stock market has a way of overcoming natural disasters, no matter how big or how destructive Shoppers stock up on supplies at a Food Town grocery store Friday in Houston. Adam Shell @adamshell USA TODAY REDESIGNED CAYENNE BY PORSCHE PORSCHE CAYENNE SUV GETS A MAKEOVER Porsche has revealed a redesign of its Cayenne SUV. The VW Group luxury brand showed off the third-generation Cayenne late Tuesday, with U.S. sales expected to begin in 2018. DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVG. 21,950 21,900 4:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 21,892 21,865 21,850 21,800 27.06 It’s as if stock investors haven’t turned on the TV or tuned into the Weather Channel over the past week. Unsettling images of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, underwater from Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains and estimated damage of $160 billion have not been enough to cause stock prices to sink. Both the Dow Jones industrial average and benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index have risen in value at the same time the storm ravaged southeast Texas, and more recently southwest Louisiana. The Dow has climbed nearly 110 points since Harvey barreled into Texas, and the S&P 500 has ﬁnished higher four consecutive days, nudging 0.8% higher. AccuWeather estimates damage at $160 billion, which would make it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. While a rising stock market during a hurricane of this epic size might seem counterintuitive, “Beyond two weeks the increases should wind down, but you’ll still see gas prices affected by Harvey for at least a month.” GasBuddy petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan stocks have a long history of weathering storms, no matter how big or how destructive. The S&P 500, for example, was down only 0.2% a month after Hurricane Katrina, currently the most-expensive U.S. hurricane, struck New Orleans in August 2005. It was 4% higher three months later and up 6% six months later. Similarly, after falling 3% in the month after Sandy struck New Jersey in price at $2.40 on Wednesday morning. Prices could soon top the two-year high of $2.50 from August 2015, AAA’s Jeanette Casselano said. “I think the biggest increases will be now over the next ﬁve days,” GasBuddy petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan said. “Beyond two weeks the increases should wind down, but you’ll still see gas prices affected by Harvey for at least a month.” Overall, the nationwide average is expected to peak with an increase of 15 cents to 25 cents, up from an initial outlook of 5 cents to 15 cents, DeHaan projected. It’s an unusual trend for gas, which typically kicks into reverse gear following the conclusion of the Labor Day driv- v STORY CONTINUES ON 2B v STORY CONTINUES ON 2B BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Wall Street also knows that economic growth will rebound during the “rebuilding, restocking and replacing” phase. Gasoline prices are spiraling toward a two-year high with the Labor Day rush approaching after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast. The storm brings what had been a summer of low gas prices to what could become a surprising end, far costlier than anyone expected earlier this month. With 15 reﬁneries closed as of Wednesday due to ﬂooding, gasoline prices are rising. The national average hit $2.43 per gallon as of 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, up 7 cents from a week ago, according to consumer information site GasBuddy.com. AAA pegged the average 21,750 21,700 WEDNESDAY MARKETS INDEX CLOSE CHG Nasdaq composite 6368.31 x 66.42 S&P 500 2457.59 x 11.29 T-note, 10-year yield 2.14% x 0.01 Oil, light sweet crude $45.96 y 0.48 Gold, oz. Comex $1306.40 y 6.70 Euro (dollars per euro) $1.1890 y 0.0102 Yen per dollar 110.36 x 0.65 SOURCES USA TODAY RESEARCH, MARKETWATCH.COM uUSA MARKETS, 4B Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones? Premium features on high-end devices add to production costs USA SNAPSHOTS© Edward C. Baig and Eli Blumenthal Average CD yields @edbaig, @eliblumenthal USA TODAY As of Wednesday: Will you need to take out a mortgage to purchase your next smartphone? OK, that’s an exaggeration. But with a new iPhone 8 expected to crack the $1,000 price barrier when it goes on sale (most likely) next month, it is worth asking what kind of deep pockets buyers need to have. Indeed, the price for Apple’s 10th-anniversary iPhone could conceivably go much higher than a grand, especially if supplies are constrained. “A $1,000 iPhone would be testing the limits of what consumers are willing to pay,” says 6-month This week Last week Year ago 0.23% 0.23% 0.18% 1-year This week Last week Year ago 0.40% 0.39% 0.30% 21⁄2-year This week Last week Year ago 0.58% 0.58% 0.48% 5-year This week Last week Year ago 0.96% 0.93% 0.80% Find more interest rates at rates.usatoday.com. SOURCE Bankrate.com JAE YANG AND KARL GELLES, USA TODAY Allure with Attitude APPLE The iPhone 7 Plus already cost more than $1,000 if you purchased generous storage. Neil Mawston, executive director for the global wireless practice at Strategy Analytics in London. “$1,000 is more than what many people pay for a new television.” Of course, you already came close to spending that much last year if you purchased the iPhone 7 Plus and maxed out on storage. It’s not just Apple. The upv STORY CONTINUES ON 2B Black and White Diamond and Spinel Skull Ring Carats: Diamonds: 3.09 • Spinels: 2.92 • Palladium and 18K Gold 888.821.0212 Antiques • Fine Art • Jewelry Since 1912 rauantiques.com USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 2B MONEY Buffett says it doesn’t feel like a 3% economy Billionaire investor weighs in on Apple, Harvey and Trump Adam Shell @adamshell USA TODAY Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says it still feels more like a 2% economy to him despite the government today boosting its second-quarter GDP growth estimate to 3%. In an interview with CNBC, Buffett, who turned 87 Wednesday, weighed in on many topics Wall Street is watching, ranging from Hurricane Harvey and North Korea to his major holdings in Apple and major banks such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo. When asked if it felt like a 3% economy, Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which has investments in virtually every part of the U.S. economy, said, “I would guess we are in a 2% growth economy now. Every now and then we think we are accelerating, and every now and then that maybe there’s a double dip. It just seems to be a couple of percent.” Here’s what the “Oracle of Omaha” said about other key topics: uApple stock. Buffett said he has not sold a single share of Apple stock since he began accumulating them, but he said one of his fund managers — either Ted Weschler or Todd Combs — did last quarter as a way to fund new investment ideas. At the end of the second quarter, Buffett’s Berkshire owned 130.2 million shares of the iPhone maker, according to regulatory ﬁlings, which amounts to a 2.5% stake in the tech company, Buffett said. Buffett did not say whether he was adding to his Apple position in the current quarter. CLIFF OWEN, AP “I would guess we are in a 2% growth economy now,” Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett said. uKraft Heinz acquisition mind-set. Buffett said consumer products giant Kraft Heinz, best known for brands such as Heinz ketchup, Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Jell-O, would not buy rival Mondelez International, home to brands such as Oreo cookies, Dentyne gum and Wheat Thins crackers. Kraft shares were unchanged, while Mondelez shares fell 1.9%. Buffett’s Berkshire is a major owner of Kraft Heinz along with private equity ﬁrm 3G. At the end of the second quarter, Berkshire owned 325.6 million shares. uBerkshire’s sizable bank holdings. Buffett, who on Tuesday night exercised his right to buy 700 million shares of Bank of America stock at a discounted price of $7.14 under terms of a 2011 deal with the bank after he invested $5 billion, says he’s happy with his new investment. “I like the business, and I like the valuation very much,” Buffett said. Buffett, also a major holder of Wells Fargo, says he still thinks it is a “terriﬁc bank” despite its fake accounts scandal. “The problems are being corrected,” Buffett said. uHurricane Harvey. Through its ownership of Geico auto insurance, Buffett said Berkshire Hathaway underwrites roughly 10% of the auto policies in Texas and insures about Newseum CEO steps down as it considers selling, closing $1,000 may be new norm v CONTINUED FROM 1B coming Galaxy Note 8 that Samsung recently announced will cost between $930 and $960 when it comes out next month (depending on carrier). And there’s no word yet on how much the soon-to-launch LG V30 smartphone will cost. Some of the higher cost has to do with premium features. The V30 will sport the kind of pricey edge-to-edge OLED display we may see on the iPhone 8, and, in fact, LG could be a supplier of just such a screen on the iPhone. As the battle among high-end devices intensiﬁes, manufacturers are having to invest in ﬂashier features to make their products stand out. Edge-to-edge displays, water resistance, iris scanning and dual cameras are becoming more common, but they also add to the cost of manufacturing. “Smartphones have not become commodities, and, in a maturing market, it is healthy to see segments willing to pay more for higher end features, materials and design,” says Avi Greengart, the research director for consumer platforms and devices at GlobalData. For instance, consumers who need to have a phone hyped as the world’s ﬁrst “holographic media machine” must be ready to pay at least $1,200 for the Hydro- Roger Yu @ByRogerYu USA TODAY ELI BLUMENTHAL, USA TODAY From left, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 — which will cost between $930 and $960 when it comes out next month — Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8. gen phone, a yet-to-be released device promised from high-endcamera maker Red. Greengart points out that there are bargains to be had. Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus, for example, sells phones with robust specs, including the same Qualcomm processor as the Note 8, at prices starting at $479. For all the publicity surrounding $1,000 smartphones, the average selling price for premium smartphones lately actually has fallen slightly or remained relatively ﬂat worldwide, according to researcher Gartner. In the ﬁrst quarter of 2017, average prices in the premium segment (the highest-end smartphones) were $460, compared to $482 during the same period a year earlier. How we pay for phones has “$1,000 is more than what many people pay for a new television.” Neil Mawston, executive director for the global wireless practice at Strategy Analytics in London certainly changed over the past couple of years — and so the sticker shock is more apparent. The norm used to be to pay up front for a phone that was subsidized at a somewhat reduced price by your wireless carrier, typically tied to a two-year contractual obligation. That is how a $649 iPhone could be listed at $199. While an iPhone 8 almost certainly is going to command top dollar, some analysts expect the phone to ﬂy off of shelves. There’s pent-up demand for the phone, which may boast such missing iPhone features as wireless charging and facial unlocking. That said, there’s equal speculation Apple will also unveil less expensive iPhone 7S models to appeal to buyers who don’t have an unlimited budget. Motorists Storm fails to sink stocks unlikely to stop driving v CONTINUED FROM 1B v CONTINUED FROM 1B ing season. Americans are paying about 19 cents more per gallon than a year ago, which equates to nearly $3 more per 15-gallon ﬁll-up, according to AAA. But with prices still far below their all-time high mark of $4.11 per gallon set in July 2008, motorists probably won’t cancel late-summer road trips. “I think they’ll stick to their plans,” Casselano said. The latest catalyst driving prices higher was Wednesday’s announced closure of the Saudiowned Motiva oil reﬁnery in Port Arthur, Texas, the largest reﬁnery in the U.S. at 635,000 barrels per day, according to the Oil Price Information Service. Other major reﬁneries in the region, including Exxon Mobil’s plant in Baytown, have been crippled by similar conditions. With Motiva down and other recent closures, about 25% of the nation’s gasoline reﬁning capacity is offline, DeHaan said. Several reﬁneries in the Corpus Christi area are already making plans to reopen this week, according to IHS Markit analysts. Also, IHS reported that no reﬁneries have reported long-term damage, likely limiting the lasting effect on gas prices. But with all four Houston ports closed, the ﬂow of energy products in the region is at a near standstill until ﬂood waters subside. 500,000 cars. “We don’t know at this point” the size of the losses, he said. He added that Berkshire reduced its exposure to catastrophic lines of insurance in recent years due to premiums coming down, so he didn’t foresee a hit from that line of coverage. uPresident Trump’s tenure. Buffett, who raised money for and voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, says he prefers not to criticize sitting presidents, even ones he didn’t vote for. “I am not in the business of attacking any president,” he said. Buffett says he has invested during 14 of 15 president’s terms during his lifetime, and stocks rose each time. uNorth Korea threat. Saying, “Who knows what could happen?” Buffett stressed that the more nations such as North Korea that have nuclear capabilities the “more likely that ... something with a remote probability ﬁnally happens. It’s a more dangerous world.” October 2012, the S&P 500 was 9% higher six months later. Despite the human suffering, “natural disasters often have substantive local impact but less of a national effect,” Tobias Levkovich, chief U.S. equity strategist at Citigroup in New York, wrote in a report. What’s more, he adds, these catastrophes are viewed by investors as “nonrecurring events,” or one-time hits that won’t cause a long-lasting drag on the overall U.S. economy or earnings of U.S. companies. Another reason the market can shrug off risks associated with violent weather has a lot to do with the size of the economy and stock market. The estimated size of the economy is between $18 trillion and $19 trillion, which means damage totaling $160 billion can be absorbed, says Karyn Cavanaugh, senior market strategist at Voya Investment Management. Similarly, the current market value of all 500 companies in the S&P 500 is now $22.7 trillion, adds Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Large companies can survive disruptions in regional sales and proﬁts. Wall Street also knows economic growth will rebound during the “rebuilding, restocking and replacing” phase. Cars totaled by water damage will need to be replaced. Homes will have to be rebuilt and repaired. That means sales of rooﬁng materials, lumber, windows, sheet rock, pumps, portable generators and paints will spike. And thousands will be put back to work. DAVID J. PHILLIP, AP Jose Martinez works to remove drywall from a home damaged by ﬂoodwaters in Houston. Harvey also hit at a time of strength for both the broader U.S. economy and foreign economies. The U.S. government upped its estimate for second-quarter GDP Wednesday to 3%. Plus, jobs remain plentiful and consumer conﬁdence is near its highest level since the 2008 ﬁnancial crisis. That strength provides a buffer to the fallout caused by Harvey. Storm-stocks include: uHome improvement retailers. Stocks such as Home Depot and Lowe’s attract investors. Lowe’s has climbed nearly 2% and Home Depot is up 1.1% since Harvey hit Texas last Friday. uGenerator makers. When the power goes out, stocks such as Generac, a maker of generators that can power an entire home using natural gas, and Briggs & Stratton, the engine and portable generator manufacturer, see pops in their stocks. uInsurance stocks. Normally, shares of property and casualty insurers such as Allstate, Travelers and Chubb take a big hit following hurricanes. But losses associated with Harvey are seen as being smaller as most of the damage is due to ﬂooding, which is not covered under normal homeowners’ policies. The facility, which drew 800,000 visitors last year, can’t compete with free Smithsonian museums Newseum may close. The ﬁnancially struggling news museum in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday its CEO stepped down, and it’s considering selling the building or moving to a new location because of insufficient visitor traffic. Other options being considered by the Freedom Forum, the foundation that owns the building, are selling and leasing the building back, forming partnerships or developing condominiums for shared use. The foundation’s “strategic review” doesn’t immediately affect Newseum’s programs for visitors, it said. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol, Newseum sits on a prime downtown location steps away from Smithsonian museums and other tourist attractions, such as Chinatown. Newseum drew more than 800,000 visitors in 2016. But competing with SAUL LOEB, AFP/GETTY IMAGES free Smithsonian museums for visitors’ time The Newand attention, it hasn’t been able seum is on to independently fund its opera- Pennsylvania tions through visitors’ fees and Avenue behas had to rely on the foundation tween the to narrow the deﬁcit. White House The museum’s revenue, which and the is reported separately, was $59.3 Capitol. million in 2015, the last year it ﬁled the ﬁgure with the Internal Revenue Service. Expenses totaled $61.9 million. “It has been difficult to raise through admission fees what it costs to operate a world-class museum in a city of free museums,” Newseum said in a statement. “Because of its highly technical, interactive experiences, the Newseum’s annual operating costs have always exceeded revenues.” The Freedom Forum said it has spent more than $500 million to build and fund the Newseum. The foundation reported $13.3 million in revenue in 2015. It had $42.3 million in total expenses. The Freedom Forum was formed in 1991 by the late Al Neuharth as successor to a foundation started in 1935 by newspaper publisher Frank Gannett, who started a media company under his name. Neuharth was also CEO of Gannett when the company started publishing USA TODAY. Gannett has since spun off its newspaper and online news business and renamed itself Tegna. The newspaper and online news business, which has taken the name of Gannett, owns USA TODAY and 109 local news properties. Jeffrey Herbst, who was Newseum’s CEO for the past two years, stepped down Monday. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 MONEY 3B Plan seeks to allow IRA, 401(k) for home repair Similar provisions granted after Katrina, Sandy and Rita Roger Yu @ByRogerYu USA TODAY HENRIETTA WILDSMITH, USA TODAY NETWORK Evacuees rest Tuesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The facility’s website has links to donation sites. TECH FIRMS STEPPING UP TO HELP HARVEY VICTIMS Apple donates $2M to the Red Cross; Google, Amazon, AT&T, Facebook also dig deep into pockets Elizabeth Weise @eweise USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO Tech companies are tapping their deep pockets to raise money to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Google staff donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross, which the company matched dollar for dollar, and Google also made a corporate contribution of $250,000. On Tuesday, it launched an additional $1 million matching campaign to gather donations from staff and Google users for Red Cross efforts in Texas and other affected areas. Apple donated $2 million to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The company has also pledged to match employee donations two to one. In addition, Apple is making it GOOGLE easy for users to donate to the Red Cross via its iTunes page, which now features buttons for donating between $5 and $200. The money is transferred directly to the American Red Cross from iTunes, so those donating won’t get a tax writeoff. But they also won’t have to do anything more than click a button on a site they probably visit frequently. Through contributions and matching funds, Google is aiming to donate upwards of $1.75 million to the relief effort. Amazon, and its newest acquisition Whole Foods Markets, will be matching donations made in stores or on its website for up to $1 million. The Amazon wish list from the Red Cross gives a sense of the immediate needs of those in ﬂoodravaged areas: phone chargers and children’s bedding. Facebook has announced it will match every dollar raised on its site, up to $1 million, for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. AT&T has pledged $350,000 to help communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The AT&T Foundation will also match employee donations up to $100,000. In addition, customers can text ‘HARVEY’ to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Microsoft made an initial donation of $100,000 to the Red Cross, with the company and its employees pledging to do more. Best Buy apologizes for $43 bottled water in Houston Retailer calls incident ‘big mistake,’ faces social media backlash Charisse Jones @charissejones USA TODAY A case of bottled water priced at nearly $43 at a Best Buy store outside storm-ravaged Houston was a “big mistake,” according to the retailer, with the incident sparking a social media backlash and shining a spotlight on price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. A photo of two cases of bottled water, one selling for $42.96 and the other for $29.98, at a Best Buy in the Houston suburb of Cy- press, was posted Tuesday on Twitter by a journalist, unleashing a series of angry Twitter responses. The photo shows the higher-priced package appears to be for 24 bottles while the less expensive pack has 12 bottles. Best Buy spokesman Jeffrey Shelman apologized in a statement for what he said was an error made by a local employee who added up the cost of each individual bottle of water to come up with the price for the entire case. “This was a big mistake on the part of a few employees at one store on Friday,” Shelman said. “We’re sorry and it won’t happen again.” He added, “not as an excuse but as an explanation,” the bigbox electronics seller doesn’t usually sell packages of bottled water. By contrast, Walmart, on its web- DAVID PAUL MORRIS, BLOOMBERG “It won’t happen again,” Best Buy officials said about selling overpriced bottled water. site, lists 24 packs of Poland Spring bottled water for $20.63. Even if it was done in error, Best Buy’s exorbitantly priced bottled water was, at least for a few hours, touted as one of the more glaring examples of the price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which has displaced thousands of Texans and left many in search of shelter, dry clothing and fuel. The office of the Texas State Attorney General said that as of Wednesday morning, it had received 684 complaints about excessive pricing. They included a convenience store in Houston selling gasoline for $20 a gallon. Such acts can lead to a $20,000 ﬁne or penalty of up to $250,000 if the victim is at least 65 years old. The state attorney general has so far notiﬁed nine alleged offenders that they have violated the law and ﬁnes they could face if they don’t stop the gouging. “Price gouging is not only reprehensible, it’s illegal,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday. Harvey victims may soon get an unusual funding source as they dig out — their retirement plans. Retirement plan lobbyists are asking the federal government to waive ﬁnancial penalties for affected Southeast Texans if they withdraw funds from their individual retirement accounts (IRA) or work-sponsored 401(k) or 403(b) retirement saving accounts. People who withdraw funds from retirement accounts before they turn 591⁄2 years old typically have to pay a 10% penalty and other state and federal taxes. “This may be the only savings individuals may have set aside,” says Nevin Adams, chief of marketing and communications for the American Retirement Association, which is supporting the “Think very carefully before making an early withdrawal from a retirement account. ... This deals a permanent setback to your retirement planning.” Greg McBride, chief ﬁnancial analyst, Bankrate.com penalty-waiver proposal. Similar retirement account-related relief provisions were granted by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies to victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Rita, Adams says. Only about 20% of the region’s residents who have had their homes damaged by Tropical Storm Harvey are estimated to have ﬂood insurance, and the proposal could open up additional funding sources for those who want to self-fund home repair. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will offer some federal ﬁnancial help. But the agency has averaged only about $5,000 in individual payouts in past disasters, says Carolyn Kousky, director for policy research and engagement at the Wharton Risk Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Withdrawing from retirement accounts early is always a dicey gamble as money in them is “locked in” and grows over time with compounding interest. “You can never put that money back later,” says Greg McBride, chief ﬁnancial analyst at personal ﬁnance site Bankrate.com. “Think very carefully before making an early withdrawal from a retirement account,” he said. “Even for permissible reasons, this deals a permanent setback to your retirement planning.” McBride advises scouring for other funding sources ﬁrst before tapping into retirement accounts. Emergency savings and low cost borrowing — such as a zero-percent introductory rate on credit cards or low-rate personal loans — should be considered, he says. How to keep your kids out of trouble while using Reddit It’s easy to fall down rabbit holes on this popular online site Brett Molina @brettmolina23 USA TODAY There is perhaps no other site on the Internet more informative, entertaining and confusing to use than Reddit. It’s called “the front page of the Internet” for good reason. Nearly everything you have seen catching viral buzz online likely started on Reddit. Users can ﬁnd just about anything they want, on any topic. For most of Reddit’s users, it’s awe- some. For parents, it’s both good and bad. There are countless parenting communities in Reddit, so that’s a plus. But what if your child wants to check out Reddit? Because its owners take a more hands-off approach, it’s very easy for kids to stumble into a link or image inappropriate for children. For parents, here’s what you should know about Reddit: WHAT IS REDDIT? Launched in 2005, Reddit is essentially a massive forum categorized by a variety of topics called subreddits, usually preceded by an “r/.” For example, some of the straightforward subreddits include r/news or r/books. Others can get pretty speciﬁc, such as r/ cordcutters for users who have Reddit is the fourthmost-popular site in the U.S., with more than 300M users a month. It’s behind Google, YouTube and Facebook. HOW POPULAR IS REDDIT? dropped cable or want to cut the cord and seek tips, advice or other information. Some are just plain strange. Want a subreddit with just pictures of birds with human arms? It really exists. Subreddits are run by moderators, Reddit users who earn the title by creating a subreddit or being promoted by a current moderator. In some cases, moderators will have their own set of rules for participating in a subreddit. WHY IS REDDIT A BIG DEAL? According to traffic analytics ﬁrm Alexa, Reddit is the fourth-mostpopular site in the U.S., with more than 300 million users each month. For perspective, it’s behind only Google, YouTube and Facebook. Reddit boasts more than 138,000 communities. innocent stuff then fall down this rabbit hole into stuff that’s a lot more questionable for their ages. Reddit also features a lot of anonymous comments and messaging, and it’s possible for anyone to message your child if they’re on Reddit. HOW CAN I PROTECT THEM? You can ﬁnd literally anything on the Internet via Reddit. It’s an incredibly powerful, crowdsourced outlet. It uses a voting system where users decide which content is most relevant by giving them “up” or “down” votes. SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT MY KIDS USING IT? Reddit is kinda like YouTube in that kids can start with seemingly On the messaging front, users can control who sends them messages. They can add “trusted users” by their username, so only they can send messages. For questionable comments, users can report them for review. As for content, users can control what subreddits or items appear on Reddit. Another trick is subscribing to subreddits, which help shape what the front page of Reddit will look like. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 4B MONEY AMERICA’S MARKETS THE MOTLEY FOOL ASK A FOOL ALL THE MARKET ACTION IN REAL TIME. MARKETS.USATODAY.COM STORY STOCKS Some companies will win big Price: $157.79 Day’s high: $157.98 Low: $154.48 4-WEEK TREND Cummins $200 Q: Who would beneﬁt most from tax reform? The engine maker unveiled its zero-emissions fully electric engine for large trucks. Teaming with Roush, the truck will have a maximum payload of 44,000 pounds and a range of about 100 miles with a full battery. Matthew Frankel The Motley Fool A: There are three main ways companies could potentially beneﬁt from tax reform. If the corporate tax rate is reduced, it could beneﬁt companies that currently pay high effective tax rates. For example, Southwest Airlines generates most of its sales inside the U.S. and pays a 38% effective tax rate. CVS Health pays an effective tax rate of 39%. If the federal tax rate were to be reduced from 35% to 20% as is being proposed, these companies could be big winners. Another possible beneﬁt is from the proposed repatriation tax break. It currently costs businesses 35% to bring foreign prof- Change $2.95 its back home, and a temporarily low repatriation rate of 10% or so could be part of a tax reform package. This would help companies such as Apple and Microsoft, which have nearly $400 billion in overseas cash between the two. Finally, companies that rely on consumer spending could beneﬁt from lower personal income tax rates. Amazon.com, for example, could reap the rewards of higher consumer spending, as could payment processors such as American Express. However, predicting the big winners of individual income tax reform is a bit trickier. % chg 1.9% Change -$0.88 % chg -1.1% Change $13.53 % chg 1.4% Price: $82.74 Day’s high: $83.01 Low: $82.61 4-WEEK TREND Novartis AG $100 The pharmaceutical company’s blood cancer treatment, CAR-T therapy, has been approved by U.S. regulators. The treatment modiﬁes one’s own immune cells, which are then reinjected into the body. The price tag for a course of treatment is $475,000. $82.74 $80 Aug. 2 Aug. 30 4-WEEK TREND $1000 After the e-commerce giant revealed price reductions on select items at Whole Foods on Monday, a survey of 18 items reportedly found the grocer was 50% more expensive on average than its biggest grocery competitor, Walmart Stores. $967.59 $800 Aug. 2 Aug. 30 STANDARD & POOR'S CHANGE: +.5% YTD: +218.76 YTD % CHG: +9.8% CLOSE: 2,457.59 PREV. CLOSE: 2,446.30 RANGE: 2,443.77-2,460.31 COMP NASDAQ RUT RUSSELL +66.42 COMPOSITE +7.64 RUSSELL 2000 INDEX CHANGE: +1.1% CLOSE: 6,368.31 YTD: +985.19 PREV. CLOSE: 6,301.89 YTD % CHG: +18.3% RANGE: 6,303.57-6,374.48 21,892.43 22,000 S&P 500 SPX +11.29 INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE CHANGE: +.6% YTD: +34.19 YTD % CHG: +2.5% Company (ticker symbol) Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) Shares rise ahead of post-Harvey rebuild. Analog Devices (ADI) Earnings and earnings view beat estimates. March CLOSE: 1,391.32 PREV. CLOSE: 1,383.68 RANGE: 1,381.20-1,392.77 Price $ Chg Incyte (INCY) 138.27 +13.30 Gains as NDA resubmit expected to be accepted by FDA. Gilead Sciences (GILD) Positive Kite Pharma deal pushes shares up. 20,000 81.23 +5.49 6,400 2,500 5,600 +7.2 +13.4 213.80 +10.98 83.72 +5.4 -3.5 Vulcan Materials (VMC) 121.86 +5.36 Polaris Materials acquisition, positive industry give boost. +4.6 -2.6 +.52 2,457.59 2,300 March Aug. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Favorable company notes, teams with Baidu. 12.67 Qorvo (QRVO) Positive company note, reaches month’s high. 73.12 +2.66 +3.8 +38.7 CarMax (KMX) Harvey could provide rush of demand. 65.99 +2.43 +3.8 +2.5 Brown-Forman (BF/B) Posts strong quarterly results, boosts forecast. 53.14 +3.8 +18.3 +4.3 March AP 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 227.72 61.40 224.71 61.37 17.23 61.41 224.73 115.27 119.30 71.39 Chg. +1.10 +0.32 +1.09 +0.32 unch. +0.32 +1.09 unch. +1.00 +0.13 4wk 1 -0.3% -0.6% -0.3% -0.6% +0.1% -0.6% -0.3% +0.1% +0.4% -0.1% YTD 1 +11.3% +10.5% +11.3% +10.4% +18.6% +10.5% +11.3% +18.7% +22.0% +7.2% United Rentals (URI) 119.19 +4.25 Climbs in positive industry on post-Harvey rebuild. +3.7 YTD % Chg % Chg Price $ Chg 26.81 -2.42 -8.3 +16.6 Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) 14.56 Dips on Indonesian government deal on Grasberg mine. -.65 -4.3 +10.4 Progressive (PGR) 46.57 Harvey damage expected to cut quarterly estimates. -1.06 -2.2 +31.2 ETF, ranked by volume Ticker SPDR S&P500 ETF Tr SPY iShs Emerg Mkts EEM SPDR Financial XLF VanE Vect Gld Miners GDX PowerShs QQQ Trust QQQ Barc iPath Vix ST VXX US Oil Fund LP USO ProShs Ultra VIX ST UVXY iShares Rus 2000 IWM iShs iBoxx HY CpBd HYG Close 246.01 44.76 24.67 24.16 144.65 47.65 9.38 30.81 138.37 88.36 Chg. +1.16 +0.07 +0.10 -0.26 +1.68 -0.22 -0.08 -0.38 +0.88 +0.24 20.85 -.33 -1.6 -22.1 Best Buy (BBY) Sales concerns push shares lower. 54.19 -.83 -1.5 +27.0 United Continental Holdings (UAL) Shares dip on Harvey financial hit. 62.02 -.87 -1.4 -14.9 Apache (APA) 38.37 Shares lower again as sector is affected by Harvey. -.50 -1.3 -39.5 L Brands (LB) Reverses early gain ahead of sales report. 36.06 Anthem (ANTM) Shares fall early and hover near month’s low. 191.50 41.20 -.46 -1.3 -45.2 -2.33 -1.2 +33.2 -.51 -1.2 +17.6 SOURCE: BLOOMBERG AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 0.7% 20.9% Health care 0.5% 15.9% -0.3% 13.2% Materials 0.7% 10.0% Industrials 0.4% 9.7% Consumer discret. 0.7% 9.6% Financials 0.4% 6.1% Consumer staples unch. 5.8% Telecom -0.2% 2.4% Energy unch. -16.8% Utilities % Chg %YTD +0.5% +10.1% +0.2% +27.8% +0.4% +6.1% -1.1% +15.5% +1.2% +22.1% -0.5% unch. -0.8% -20.0% -1.2% unch. +0.6% +2.6% +0.3% +2.1% 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% 3.75% 1.16% 0.66% 1.01% 0.54% 1.73% 1.94% 2.14% 2.40% Close 6 mo ago 3.76% 4.04% 2.96% 3.20% 3.10% 3.14% 3.11% 3.22% SOURCE: BANKRATE.COM COMMODITIES Discovery Communications (DISCK) Negative note, high short interest. Technology 1 – CAPITAL GAINS AND DIVIDENDS REINVESTED +11.7 +12.9 PERFORMANCE DAILY YTD SECTOR TOP 10 EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS +1.94 Aug. MARKET PERFORMANCE BY SECTOR TOP 10 MUTUAL FUNDS +15.3 Coach (COH) Doesn’t make up early dip, nears August’s low. STANDARD & POOR’S 500 +10.6 +37.9 +5.2 H&R Block (HRB) Shares tumble after first-quarter report. 6,368.31 YTD % Chg % Chg +4.17 Company (ticker symbol) Aug. NASDAQ COMPOSITE S&P 500’S BIGGEST GAINERS/LOSERS LOSERS Aug. 30 DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS CHANGE: +.1% CLOSE: 21,892.43 YTD: +2,129.83 PREV. CLOSE: 21,865.37 YTD % CHG: +10.8% RANGE: 21,839.47-21,914.26 GAINERS Aug. 2 Amazon.com Teresa Kersten is an employee of LinkedIn and is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. Matthew Frankel owns shares of AXP and AAPL. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon and AAPL. The Motley Fool recommends AXP and CVS Health. DOW JONES DJIA $150 Price: $967.59 Day’s high: $969.41 Low: $956.91 MAJOR INDEXES +27.06 $157.79 Commodities Close Prev. Cattle (lb.) 1.06 1.05 Corn (bushel) 3.30 3.34 Gold (troy oz.) 1,306.40 1,313.10 Hogs, lean (lb.) .61 .60 Natural Gas (Btu.) 2.94 2.96 Oil, heating (gal.) 1.67 1.67 Oil, lt. swt. crude (bar.) 45.96 46.44 Silver (troy oz.) 17.40 17.42 Soybeans (bushel) 9.23 9.31 Wheat (bushel) 4.04 4.03 Chg. +0.01 -0.04 -6.70 +0.01 -0.02 unch. -0.48 -0.02 -0.08 +0.01 % Chg. +0.3% -1.2% -0.1% +1.9% -1.5% +0.5% -1.0% -0.1% -0.8% +0.2% % YTD -11.3% -6.4% +13.6% -7.3% -21.1% -1.8% -14.5% +9.2% -7.4% -1.1% Close .7737 1.2621 6.5926 .8411 110.36 17.7416 Prev. .7737 1.2529 6.5975 .8339 109.71 17.8496 20 11.24 Close 12,002.47 28,094.61 19,506.54 7,365.26 51,193.52 40 6 mo. ago .8061 1.3291 6.8688 .9437 112.17 20.0776 Yr. ago .7643 1.3085 6.6764 .8977 102.97 18.8427 -0.42 (-3.6%) 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 CBOE VOLATILITY INDEX Measures expected market volatility based on S&P 500 index options pricing: Prev. Change 11,945.88 +56.59 27,765.01 +329.60 19,362.55 +143.99 7,337.43 +27.83 51,313.66 -120.14 7.5 %Chg. YTD % +0.5% +4.5% +1.2% +27.7% +0.7% +2.1% +0.4% +3.1% -0.2% +12.2% SOURCES: MORNINGSTAR, DOW JONES INDEXES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IN-DEPTH MARKETS COVERAGE USATODAY.COM/MONEY 20.43 22.5 30 0 SOURCE BLOOMBERG +0.10 (+0.5%) Businesses added robust 237,000 jobs in August Payroll processor ADP signals strong hiring for third month in row Paul Davidson @Pdavidsonusat USA TODAY Some economists say this week’s August jobs report may disappoint, despite an encouraging survey released Wednesday, because of a pattern of weak initial estimates in late summer. Payroll processor ADP said the private sector added a robust 237,000 jobs in August. That would appear to signal a third consecutive month of strong hiring in the Labor Department’s employment report Friday, which will be closely watched. ADP was expected to count 185,000 new jobs, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. The government report Friday is projected to report 180,000 payroll gains by businesses and federal, state and local governments. ADP attempts to forecast Labor’s private-sector total and gen- The Labor Department on Friday is projected to report 180,000 payroll gains by businesses and federal, state and local governments. erally reﬂects similar broad trends. However, it often varies from it signiﬁcantly. For July, ADP’s estimate was 27,000 below the government’s report of 205,000 private-sector gains. ADP’s August tally, however, may substantially overshoot La- bor’s report. In August over the past ﬁve years, the government has reported a sluggish average of 146,000 job gains, according to an analysis by High Frequency Economics. Over the next two revised estimates, those increases were upgraded to an average 192,000. As a result, Jim O’Sullivan, High Frequency’s chief U.S. economist, is forecasting just 160,000 payroll gains Friday. But economist Andrew Hunter of Capital Economics says the Labor Department’s recent tendency to initially undercount August job gains “is probably just noise.” He’s forecasting a healthy 200,000 employment gains. A poor showing is unlikely to prompt the Federal Reserve to put off an anticipated announcement in mid-September that it will begin reducing its $4.5 trillion portfolio of assets. That initiative is expected to gradually push up long-term interest rates. The Fed likely will be more focused on an unemployment rate that could have fallen to a 16-year low of 4.2%, putting more pressure on it to nudge rates higher to head off an eventual sharp rise in wages and price inﬂation. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 MONEY 5B TECH FCC gets record number of Net Neutrality comments Nearly 22 million are logged, but will it matter in long run? Jefferson Graham @jeffersongraham USA TODAY LOS ANGELES Nearly 22 million comments were logged by the Federal Communications Commission weighing in on the issue of Net Neutrality — but it probably won’t make a difference. TALKING TECH Wednesday was the ﬁnal day consumers could voice their opinion to the agency on the changes to Net Neutrality rules, which the current chairman has said he wanted to nix. The rules were put into effect during the Obama administration in 2015 to prevent Internet providers from adjusting the speeds of big-time users — of throttling sites such as Netﬂix and Hulu. But under the Trump presidency, the current FCC chairman seeks to abolish the rules, in an era of deregulation. For the past months, consumers have been urged to speak out to the agency — egged on by folks such as HBO’s John Oliver, who made it a personal crusade. Researcher Emprata studied “We will continue to not block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content, no matter what the FCC does.” Internet giant Comcast, in a statement the comments on behalf of the industry and said 60% were against repeal and that most of the letters were form-generated — as in computer generated bots. It added that more than 7 million of the comments came from temporary (fake) email addresses. In response, Evan Greer, the campaign director for Fight for the Future, which has been campaigning to keep the current rules, said the Emprata study proved her point. “They are getting trounced when it comes to public opinion, and people from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly agree that they don’t want their ISPs to have control over what they can see and do on the Internet.” The net result of all those comments, Greer suggests, shows that people care deeply about the Internet, “and don’t want companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to control what we can see and do online. The public record matters, regardless of what the FCC decides to do, as the agency will have to defend its decisions in court.” That’s where the issue is expected to go next, as well as Con- gress, which has a hearing set for next week on the issue. Meanwhile, despite the heated rhetoric, Internet providers say they don’t want to be regulated — and insist they won’t throttle your Internet. “We will continue to not block, throttle or discriminate against lawful content, no matter what the FCC does,” Internet giant Comcast said in a statement. Current FCC chairman Ajit Pai is a Republican who voted against the rules as a commissioner and was named chairman by Trump earlier this year. He has said the regulations are heavy-handed, have reduced investment in network expansion and slowed consumer access to faster broadband connections. These selﬁes can help save lives REVIEWED.COM The arrangement makes strategic sense for both Amazon and Microsoft, tech analyst Patrick Moorhead says. Researchers uncover app that can detect pancreatic cancer Brett Molina @brettmolina23 USA TODAY DAVID BECKER, GETTY IMAGES NEW BFFS: ALEXA, CORTANA WILL TALK TO EACH OTHER Ed Baig firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Alexa and Cortana will be going to the dance together. On Wednesday, Amazon and Microsoft announced a ﬁrst-of-its kind collaboration between the onetime rival digital assistants that will begin in earnest later this year. Owners of Amazon’s popular Alexa-driven Echo speakers will be able to say, “Alexa, open Cortana.” Folks with Windows 10 devices will be able to similarly ask Cortana to open Alexa. The tech companies are trying to leverage each of the digital assistants’ respective strengths, which will let you use the convenience of voice in more ways, PERSONAL TECH both at home and in the workplace. For example, as an Alexa customer you might ask Cortana out loud to update your calendar inside Microsoft Office or to read aloud an email. Cortana users can summon Alexa to shop inside Amazon, control smart home devices and otherwise tap into an Alexa “skills” set that numbers more than 20,000. In a press release issued by Amazon, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that “ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us. Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.” His counterpart at Amazon, Jeff Bezos, said that “the world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized Echo owners will be able to say, “Alexa, open Cortana.” Folks with Windows 10 devices will be able to ask Cortana to open Alexa. skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience. It’s great for Echo owners to get easy access to Cortana.” The arrangement makes strategic sense for both Amazon and Microsoft, tech analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy says. Alexa gains access to more than 500 million Windows 10 installations and access to high productivity skills, while Cortana taps into home automation and a diverse consumer base. Moorhead doesn’t think the agreement raises privacy con- cerns. “It appears that Cortana on Alexa and Alexa on Cortana operate as ‘apps,’ and therefore there is no data sharing.” Just how deep and smooth the integration turns out to be remains to be seen. For now, the other major digital assistants, Apple’s Siri and the Google Assistant, will remain independent of Alexa, Cortana and each other. But in June, Amazon’s Dave Limp expressed interest in having Alexa work with both Siri and Google Assistant. “If Apple or Google want to come calling, my phone number is out there,” he said at the time. “I don’t know if I can envision it, but I hope it will happen on behalf of customers.” Moorhead says the arrangement “certainly shakes up the digital assistant market and will likely put the most pressure on Google Assistant.” And fresh competition will soon arrive from Apple’s HomePad and from Microsoft via the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker. Khosrowshahi takes the reins at Uber ‘This company has to change,’ new CEO says at ﬁrst meeting Marco della Cava @marcodellacava USA TODAY Uber started a new ride Wednesday, as incoming CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took over from co-founder Travis Kalanick at an all-hands headquarters meeting. In audio leaked to Yahoo, a subdued Kalanick can be heard haltingly reciting Khosrowshahi’s résumé — born in Tehran, emigrated to New York’s Westchester County at age 9, educated at Brown University, star at Expedia. “So Uber’s next chapter begins today,” Kalanick says. “And we have an inspiring leader to take us there. His name is Dara. Let’s clap.” While Expedia’s outgoing CEO pledged to maintain the corporate drive for which Uber, often SAN FRANCISCO controversially, became known, the 48-year-old also vowed to address the toxic cultural issues that rocked the company this year. “This company has to change,” Khosrowshahi said, according to a tweet posted by Uber’s communications team. “What got us here is not what’s going to get us to the next level.” Khosrowshahi, who addressed staffers in conversation with Uber board member and Kalanick supporter Arianna Huffington, added that the company’s legacy of sexism and aggressiveness as outlined in Susan Fowler’s explosive February blog post had to be changed at a grass-roots level. “If culture is pushed top down, then people don’t believe in it,” he said, according to an Uber tweet. “Culture is written bottoms up.” Another tweet indicated that Khosrowshahi wants to bring in a chairman who can serve as his “partner at the board level.” Uber’s myriad issues include recent board inﬁghting that affected the CEO search. Uber investor Benchmark Cap- 2012 PHOTO BY PAUL SAKUMA, AP Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is now likely to focus on ﬁlling multiple C-suite openings, including the CFO spot. ital, which has a seat on the board, is suing Kalanick for mismanagement. On Wednesday, a judge ruled in Kalanick’s favor that the dispute needs to be resolved through arbitration and not a trial. Khosrowshahi also is likely to take advantage of multiple Csuite openings to create an inner circle capable of executing his marching orders for the ridesharing company. The vacancies include chief operating officer, chief marketing officer and chief ﬁnancial officer. The last of these is likely to be a priority for Khosrowshahi, who before taking the reins at Expedia in 2005 served as CFO of Barry Diller’s IAC Travel, which bought Expedia in 2003. Khosrowshahi’s close collaborator at Expedia, CFO Mark Okerstrom, was promoted Wednesday to chief executive of the online travel company. The all-hands meeting at Uber was a private event. But reports from those attending sketched out a few salient details. Khosrowshahi believes privately-held Uber, whose $70 billion valuation has taken a hit of late, should go public in “18 to 36 months,” reported The Information’s Amir Efrati, citing a source at the meeting. Khosrowshahi also said Uber needs to “stabilize” and then decide “if we narrow the focus or continue with big bets, and which ones,” according to the source. The new CEO will start work Tuesday. Efrati also tweeted out a group photo from the event, showing a smiling Khosrowshahi — decked out in a black Uber T-shirt — standing next to Huffington and Kalanick. Could a selﬁe help save your life? Researchers at the University of Washington are working on an app that could analyze selﬁes from your smartphone to detect early signs of pancreatic cancer. The app, called BiliScreen, uses the smartphone’s camera along with a series of algorithms to check for levels of bilirubin in the whites of a person’s eyes. This buildup of bilirubin is one of the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer, as well as other diseases such as jaundice or hepatitis. An early clinical study of 70 people found correctly identiﬁed “cases for concern” nearly 90% of the time. “The hope is that if people can do this simple test once a month — in the privacy of their own homes — some might catch the disease early enough to undergo treatment that could save their lives,” said Alex Mariakakis, lead author of the paper on the app. “The hope is that if people can do this simple test once a month — in the privacy of their own homes — some might catch the disease early.” Alex Mariakakis, lead author of the paper detailing the app The app works with a 3-D printed viewer resembling the Google Cardboard VR headset, and a pair of paper glasses to calibrate colors. The goal is for the app to work on its own without accessories. The ﬁndings will be presented during Ubicomp 2017, a conference hosted by the Association for Computer Machinery, that looks at computing that can occur using any device, in any location, and in any format. Early screening for pancreatic cancer is critical, since it has one of the lowest survival rates among all cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate at 8%. DENNIS WISE, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BiliScreen box helps detect signs of jaundice in the eye. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 6B MONEY STATE-BY-STATE News from across the USA ALABAMA Montgomery: The state is nearing a deadline to explain how it plans to overhaul mental health care in Alabama prisons. A federal judge has set Sept. 7 for a status conference after ruling in June that current psychiatric care of inmates is “horrendously inadequate.” ALASKA Anchorage: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain this week, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of injuries or damage. ARIZONA Phoenix: A Tempe woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation for cruelty to animals. Maricopa County prosecutors say two of the six pets that Tiffany Fajardo was paid to care for died while the owners were out of town and the other four needed medical care. ARKANSAS Hot Springs: Face- book will donate virtual reality kits to every public high school in Arkansas. Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the state and the social media giant are expanding their TechStart Partnership that seeks to generate interest in computer science careers. CALIFORNIA Action: Authori- ties say members of the Golden Valley High School volleyball team had to evacuate their school bus when it erupted in ﬂames on the trip back home from a game, KABC-TV reports. Four patients were examined by paramedics. HIGHLIGHT: INDIANA Eye doctors treat few eclipse cases Shari Rudavsky Indianapolis Star The dire and widespread warnings about looking into the sun during the solar eclipse Aug. 21 warded off all but a few passing problems for people’s eyesight, doctors said. In the days after the eclipse — 91% of the sun was obscured at its peak here — Raj Maturi, an ophthalmologist with the Midwest Eye Institute in the Indianapolis area, and his colleagues saw two patients with eclipse-related problems. The most common effect? Ghost images, in which patients see a bright spot in the middle of their visual ﬁeld. Maturi belongs to two national doctor groups that have tracked eye problems from the eclipse. One California man suffered signiﬁcant vision loss because the glasses he bought were fake. “The damage to his retina was in the shape of an eclipse,” said Maturi, who didn’t offer details about where the man viewed the phenomenon or how long he looked at the sun. In Indianapolis, ophthalmologists saw patients who looked at the sun with their naked eyes for a few seconds as they put on or took off eclipse glasses. Their INDIANAPOLIS to black victims who were coerced into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. INDIANA Whiting: The city’s park director resigned after pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor of helping an out-of-state man involved in dogﬁghting. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Martin Jakubowski admitted providing two pit bulltype dogs and housing for dogs at city animal shelters. COLORADO Vail: Vail Valley is on pace to set another lodging revenue record this summer, The Vail Daily reports. A study ﬁnds overall occupancy ﬂat or slightly down compared to last year, but revenue increased as a result of higher rates driven by demand. CONNECTICUT New Haven: The foundation that runs the Connecticut Tennis Center has begun marketing the 13,500-seat stadium as an ideal site for small conventions and business meetings. IOWA Des Moines: A former prison nurse says Iowa’s corrections agency discriminated against him because he’s transgender. His lawsuit ﬁled in Polk County is the ﬁrst transgender rights case since the Iowa Civil Rights Act was amended in 2007 to include gender identity and sexual orientation. bitten by a shark last weekend in Florida, The Palm Beach Post reports. The incident occurred off Bathtub Reef Beach, about 45 miles north of West Palm Beach. GEORGIA Atlanta: The stadium that served for years as Turner Field for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves after a stint as Centennial Olympic Stadium now has a new name as a college football home: Georgia State Stadium. HAWAII Honolulu: Hawaii’s largest health care companies are joining forces to help the state’s growing homeless population with medical care, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. IDAHO Sandpoint: A response plan is in place in the event of an oil spill on Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River, The Bonner County Daily Bee reports. The plan identiﬁes at-risk resources such as water intakes and wetlands. ILLINOIS Chicago: School officials say Chicago’s police torture scandal from the 1970s to the early 1990s will be part of the curriculum for 8th and 10th graders. Two years ago, millions of dollars in reparations were paid exposure did not last long enough to do permanent damage. Anti-inﬂammatory drugs and time helped those patients return to normal in a few days, Maturi said. Had they looked longer, their problems probably would have been more extensive. “The cells are in the middle of a shock from so much energy coming to the eye,” Maturi said. “Unfortunately, there’s no treatment that works. If you’re literally burning something, it’s impossible to bring it back to life.” Some patients called the ending its partnership with Greyhound. The Springﬁeld-based company says the change, effective Sept. 27, will enable more express service. MICHIGAN Mackinac Island: Some tourism businesses on Mackinac Island say they’re facing a severe worker shortage because of a drop in federal visas. The island has depended on foreign workers to ﬁll summer jobs for decades. MINNESOTA Mankato: A heart transplant recipient gave a teddy bear with a recording of her heartbeat to the family of her organ donor. Alyssa Sandeen received Kate Leekley’s heart in a transplant after Leekley died in a 2013 car crash, the Mankato Free Press reports. people are accused of tattooing without a license in Mississippi’s George County, WLOX-TV reports. Authorities say investigators responding to complaints of illegal tattoos also found stolen property and illegal drugs. lice are looking for an armed man who robbed a truck driver at the Delaware House Service Area on Aug. 5. The suspect ﬂed on foot. FLORIDA Stuart: A child was President Trump glances at the solar eclipse Aug. 21 without protective glasses. MISSISSIPPI Lucedale: Two DELAWARE Newark: State Po- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Security video shows two District of Columbia police officers dancing and questioning the sexuality of a burglary victim. WRC-TV reports that an internal investigation is ongoing into the officers’ conduct. MARK WILSON, GETTY IMAGES MISSOURI St. Louis: At least KANSAS Lawrence: A Kansas farmer hopes to attract visitors to his sunﬂower plot over the Labor Day weekend, The Lawrence Journal-World reports. George Hunsinger’s six-acre plot has gray mammoth sunﬂowers growing up to 12 feet tall, and Peredovik sunﬂowers growing up to 6 feet tall. KENTUCKY Frankfort: An in- dependent consulting group says Kentucky lawmakers should take away some cost-of-living raises awarded to state retirees over the past 20 years. LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: A man who confronted burglars attempting to break into his wife’s vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish was shot, The Advocate reports. Authorities say two suspects ran from the scene. MAINE Camden: Police are searching for a man who tried to break into an armored truck while wearing a yellow hazmat suit and a tight black mask, WABI-TV reports. Authorities say the man ﬂed into nearby woods. MARYLAND Hyattsville: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have signed an agreement to build a 16-mile light rail project in the traffic-congested Maryland suburbs of Washington. 580 Missouri state government employees have taken advantage of paid parental leave since Gov. Eric Greitens signed an order that provides the beneﬁt, St. Louis Public Radio reports. MONTANA Billings: The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that Billings owes 27 current and former police officers $2.7 million in back pay and penalties. NEBRASKA Louisville: Former University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Harold Maurer retired three years ago. Now, at age 80, he’s back at work part-time as a pediatrician, The Omaha World-Herald reports. NEVADA Elko: Opening week classes were canceled at the Grammar No. 2 school in Elko after officials determined that a bat stuck in the building had rabies, The Elko Daily Free Press reports. NEW HAMPSHIRE Henniker: Three months after New England College celebrated its largest graduating class in its 70-year history, the school welcomed its largest incoming class ever. More than 490 new students started classes Monday at the Henniker campus. NEW JERSEY Passaic: State MASSACHUSETTS Springﬁeld: Peter Pan Bus Lines says it’s officials revoked the medical license of Alex Blanco, a former Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine concerned because they had glanced up when the sun was covered with a cloud, said Louis Cantor, chairman of the department of ophthalmology. Others were worried about pets outside during the time. “There were a lot of misconceptions about it,” he said. “Just being outside is not an issue. It’s staring at the sun. ... Looking at an eclipse is no different than looking at the sun on a non-eclipse day.” On a normal sunny day, people have little reason to go through the discomfort of staring at a ball of hot gas. The only safe way to look at the sun — during an eclipse or any other time — is through special glasses that render the rest of the world invisible. President Trump stared for a moment at the sun during the eclipse in Washington. The White House has not said whether he suffered any vision changes. The age of his eyes may have offered a modicum of protection, Maturi said. “The eyes of younger people tend to have clearer lenses, while their grandparents’ eyes may have cloudier lenses,” he said. “That may block the glare a tad but doesn’t offer anywhere near full protection.” Passaic mayor now serving a prison term for taking $110,000 in bribes. The state Board of Medical Examiners determined that the podiatrist’s actions constituted a “crime involving moral turpitude.” NEW MEXICO Farmington: The ousted superintendent for Navajo Head Start says she was illegally dismissed last month, The Daily Times reports. Sharon Singer ﬁled a grievance alleging that her removal violated tribal law. Head of schools Tommy Lewis Jr. says an audit shows ﬁnancial abuse by Singer. NEW YORK New York: The head of Metro-North’s biggest union says he’ll ask members to authorize a strike to protest contract disputes with the New York commuter railroad, the Journal News reports. The union represents conductors and engineers on a line used by about 280,000 commuters a day. NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte: A lawsuit accuses the Charlotte School of Law of defrauding taxpayers out of $285 million by admitting unqualiﬁed students, then manipulating records to keep them enrolled, The Charlotte Observer reports. NORTH DAKOTA Minot: Scandinavian folk art classes will be offered during the annual Norsk Hostfest at the State Fairgrounds in Minot in late September, The Minot Daily News reports. OHIO West Chester: A fundraising gala is set for Sept. 23 for the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in Ohio. The VOA’s Bethany Station transmitted news into Europe starting in 1944, and later into South America before it was decommissioned in 1994. OKLAHOMA Wynnewood: PETA officials say they have safety concerns about 19 tigers that the Greater Wynnewood Animal Park recently acquired from a Florida zoo, The Oklahoman reports. PETA wants them moved to a wildlife refuge in Colorado. OREGON Eugene: The widow of a man who died a day after a non-cardiac chest pain diagnosis is seeking $10 million in a lawsuit against McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springﬁeld and other care providers. The suit says Aaron Martineau died from a tear in the wall of a main heart artery. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia: A man is suing health insurer Aetna, saying his sister learned he was taking HIV medicine after the company mailed him an enve- lope that allowed her to see information on where to purchase the drugs. RHODE ISLAND Providence: Mayor Jorge Elorza wants to borrow at least $200 million over the next 10 years to fund repairs at city schools, WPRI-TV reports. City Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan says the mayor’s plan would need to be vetted by the City Council, but appears to be responsible. SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia: The state’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter says South Carolina’s DUI laws are tilted in favor of people who drive under the inﬂuence. MADD says the law’s detailed requirements on videotaping traffic stops often leads to pleading DUI cases down to reckless driving. SOUTH DAKOTA Pierre: A South Dakota game survey determined that the summer drought intensiﬁed the state’s declining pheasant population. The survey shows a 45% decline statewide in pheasants per mile, compared to 2016. TENNESSEE Memphis: The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis has canceled a long-running screening of Gone With the Wind because of racially insensitive content in the classic 1939 ﬁlm. TEXAS Houston: Authorities moved nearly 6,000 Texas inmates from six prisons to other institutions this week because of tropical storm Harvey. The rising Brazos River forced many of the transfers. UTAH Salt Lake City: A state strategy to curb violence and drug trafficking in a Salt Lake City neighborhood near an overcrowded downtown homeless shelter will cost $67 million over two years. The effort includes a stepped-up police presence, drug treatment and job training and placement. VERMONT Rutland: Officials are reviewing options to protect a water main after discovering that Vermont Railway built a siding over the line. The Rutland Herald reports that new railroad tracks were discovered about two months ago running over a manhole cover. VIRGINIA Richmond: A federal judge says Virginia prisons must recognize the Nation of Gods and Earths, also known as the Five Percenters, as a religion and allow its followers to congregate. The Nation of Islam offshoot has been considered a black supremacist gang by state prison officials. WASHINGTON Port Angeles: Authorities hoisted a man by helicopter from the side of a cliff after he fell near Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula. The Coast Guard says the man was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he was in stable condition. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: State officials say 13 counties are more than 90 days past due on payments to house inmates at West Virginia’s regional jails. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the late bills total around $5.5 million. WISCONSIN Madison: Secre- tary Cathy Stepp of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is resigning to work for the EPA. Gov. Scott Walker praises Stepp as a strong reformer. But environmentalists say her attempt to scuttle Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine was a move to silence a voice promoting science. WYOMING Cheyenne: The owner of a Cheyenne building ﬁled a lawsuit against the state over rent payment. Wyoming rented temporary offices while the state Capitol complex is renovated. The building’s owners say they’re owed $930,000. Compiled from staff and wire reports. THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 E2 High hopes SECTION C Kyrgios falters Ohio State kicks off vs. Indiana, hoping to erase bad memories of last season’s finish 4C Mercurial Aussie, hampered by injuries, questions his future after first-round loss in U.S. Open 5C J.T. BARRETT BY GREG BARTRAM, USA TODAY SPORTS SPORTSLINE FIRST WORD THERE’S MORE IMPORTANT THINGS THAN FOOTBALL RIGHT NOW. I’M EXCITED FOR (TEXANS) THAT THEY CAN GET HOME.” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, on the Dallas-Houston preseason game being canceled. MAGIC NUMBER 17 Aces by No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios in a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 firstround loss to fellow Australian John Millman in the U.S. Open. In the third set, Kyrgios received on-court medical treatment and at one point asked a ball boy to grab and stretch his arm. “My arm felt numb,” he said. “My arm is not broken, but it was sore.” JEREMY BREVARD, USA TODAY SPORTS Bowman Gray Stadium, one of 13 tracks cut from NASCAR’s schedule 45 years ago, still draws fans in Winston-Salem, N.C. VENERABLE TRACKS ENDURE MASSIMINO BY KEVIN JAIRAJ, USA TODAY SPORTS LAST WORD “THE ’NOVA NATION HAS LOST A LEGEND AND GREAT LEADER. COACH’S LOVE OF FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND TEAMWORK WERE EVIDENT IN EVERY GAME HIS TEAMS EVER PLAYED. ALL OF US, AS COACHES AND PLAYERS, IDOLIZED COACH MASS. ... HE NEVER STOPPED BEING A CHERISHED MENTOR AND FRIEND.” Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright, on the death of Rollie Massimino, 82. The coaching icon led Villanova for 19 seasons and guided the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA national championship, stunning No. 1 Georgetown 66-64. Massimino, who was inducted into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, also coached at UNLV, Cleveland State and, for the last 11 seasons, Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla. FANTASY FOOTBALL EXTRA Our annual issue of USA TODAY Sports Weekly contains more than 20 pages of fantasy football content, including the latest player rankings and stat projections, player capsules and a cheat sheet to take to your draft. Plus, a 32-page pullout that includes MLB, NFL and college football coverage. Available on newsstands. To subscribe, go to mysports weekly.com or call 800-872-1415. The digital edition is available in the Apple, Google Play and Amazon Kindle stores. Edited by USA TODAY Sports Mike Hembree @mikehembree Special for USA TODAY Sports One of the most dramatic changes in NASCAR occurred before Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport’s current most popular driver, was born. In 1972, stock car racing’s sanctioning body decided it had to get smaller to get bigger. So NASCAR trimmed the schedule of its top series from 48 races to 31. The change stemmed from NASCAR’s new sponsorship agreement with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and its Winston cigarette brand. After putting millions of dollars into stock Eight of 13 venues NASCAR dropped in 1972 still active “We’ve stood the test of time — almost 70 years. ... We try to ﬁne-tune what’s here and try to keep it up to modern times.” Gray Garrison, Bowman Gray stadium promoter car racing (and ultimately becoming a keystone in NASCAR’s growth), RJR played a major role in cutting what became the Winston Cup schedule and putting more emphasis on faster tracks and longer races. “It was the way to go, deﬁnitely,” seven-time champion Richard Petty told USA TODAY Sports. “What they were doing was cutting out the 100mile races at the short tracks and going bigger. Winston started advertising NASCAR all over the country, and that brought in bigger sponsors for the teams. That’s how we got STP (a longtime Petty sponsor).” Lost in the downsizing, however, were 13 short tracks, all booted from v STORY CONTINUES ON 8C Sports radio host comes to rescue ‘Houston is in distress, so you stop everything and help,’ Lopez says Christine Brennan email@example.com USA TODAY Sports John Lopez pulled into a middle-aged couple’s front yard on a 16-foot ﬁshing boat Tuesday afternoon. Although they had never met, the Houstonarea couple was thrilled to see him. He tossed them two life vests and helped them onto the boat. He never said his name, nor did they say theirs. There was no need for introductions. The couple was safe, and Lopez was again on his way to ﬁnd more survivors in the wake of the overwhelming devastation left by Hurricane Harvey. Moments later, though, when Lopez let out what those of us who know him recognize as his hearty and distinctive laugh, the couple quickly glanced at each other, then did a double take, giving Lopez a good, long look. Although they never said it, Lopez knew. He knew that they now realized the man who had bor- rowed a boat to come to their rescue was not simply an unknown good Samaritan, but the popular sports radio personality they listen to daily on Houston’s KILT SportsRadio 610. Not that that mattered to Lopez, then or ever. “These were regular people,” he told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Wednesday. “They never thought the water would get that high, so you get them out and they just hug your neck and you never see them again, but you feel good you did it.” v STORY CONTINUES ON 2C JOHN LOPEZ John Lopez spent Tuesday in a boat rescuing people stranded in the Houston area. THE MOST HIGHLY ACCLAIMED THRILLER OF THE YEAR RICHARD ROEPER “ONE OF THE VERY BEST MOVIES I’VE SEEN THIS DECADE.” JEREMY RENNER ELIZABETH OLSEN FROM THE WRITER OF ‘SICARIO’ & ‘HELL OR HIGH WATER’ NOW PLAYING EVERYWHERE USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 2C SPORTS HURRICANE HARVEY Watt targets $10M with fundraiser Texans standout’s efforts pay off in online donations Josh Peter @Joshlpeter11 USA TODAY Sports The fundraising effort by Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt is expected to raise $10 million for Hurricane Harvey victims after surpassing $6 million Wednesday and dwarﬁng the original goal of $200,000, according to YouCaring, the online company taking donations and managing the effort. Watt, a four-time all-pro end and three-time NFL defensive player of the year, started the campaign on YouCaring.com on Sunday with a donation of $100,000. Since then, Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk donated $1 million and NBA star Chris Paul donated $50,000, but the most of the money raised has come from 65,000 donors contributing between $20 and $100 apiece. “This thing is gaining only more and more steam and momentum,” Dan Saper, CEO of YouCaring, told USA TODAY Sports. “Who knows? But we’re conﬁdent we can get to $10 million. J.J.’s conﬁdent he can get there.” Saper said Watt’s fundraising campaign is on pace to raise more money than any other crowdfunding effort, with the record being about $8 million raised through GoFundMe in 2016 for victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. When Watt posted his ﬁrst BUTCH DILL, AP The Texans’ J.J. Watt signs autographs for fans holding signs referencing Hurricane Harvey on Saturday in New Orleans. tweet about his Hurricane Harvey relief campaign, Saper said, YouCaring’s website crashed. “Our poor head of engineering the other day, he was up until 2 a.m. shoring up the servers and back at it at 7 a.m.,” Saper said. “We had never experienced a surge of traffic of that magnitude before. “Our engineering team has been working to ensure that it (the website) has been up, and it’s been largely up 99.9% of the time since then. So we’ve got through the woods on that initial surge.” Saper, noting that his staff of about 50 based in San Francisco operates solely on optional tips, said the money raised by Watt’s effort will be handled by the JJ Watt Foundation, a 501c3 non-proﬁt. “He’s now posting photos and his team is posting photos showing massive cafeterias ﬁlled with supplies that they’re purchasing, that this is real, they’re not just sitting on a pile of cash,” Saper said. “They’re taking action immediately and they’re going to be delivering supplies in trucks as soon as they get in. So he’s been amazing at this.” Watt’s mother, Connie, and members of the Texans staff have been communicating with YouCare.com on Watt’s behalf, according to Saper. But Watt has been active on Twitter, posting updates when the campaign reached new milestones and Wednesday setting the $10 million goal. The campaign raised $500,000 within 24 hours, and the surge continued with the following milestones: $1 million by Monday night, $3 million by midday Tuesday (bolstered by the Titans’ $1 million donation) and $6 million by Wednesday afternoon. With boat and expertise, radio host lends hand v CONTINUED FROM 1C John and I go back to the late 1980s, when he wrote for the Houston Chronicle and we sometimes shared a row in the media tribune at venues across seven Olympic Games. In 1991, we even shared a wild cab ride through the dark streets of Havana during the Pan American Games, with John translating for the two of us. We haven’t seen each other in several years, but when I looked at his Twitter feed Tuesday, I knew I had to get in touch. “(My boat) in dry dock 100 (miles) away. But I have truck, life vests, etc. (Message) me if you have a boat. I’ll pick up.” Over the next half-hour, Lopez, an avid ﬁsherman whose home was not ﬂooded, sent out a few similar tweets. He received a dozen responses and ended up with two small ﬁshing boats, using one for the ﬁrst part of the afternoon, then switching to the second for the rest of the day. “Have acquired a Jon boat, about to start rescue efforts in Walden on Lake Houston. DM me address if you need out.” Forty minutes later, Lopez sent out another tweet, this one accompanied by a video of his view of the ﬂooded streets he was traversing. His message was simple: “@ me if you need help” Over the next 10 hours, Lopez rescued 18 to 20 people. “Some of them got on the boat with only a trash bag full of clothes,” he said. “They’ve just lost everything, yet they’re saying, ‘God is good.’ Their appreciation was amazing. By the time I was done, I realized I might have helped them, but they helped me more. They made me feel better.” There were some “spooky” moments, he said. He turned into one neighborhood and spotted a white truck, totally submerged, with its engine running, its lights on and its windshield wipers going. “Oh crap,” Lopez said. “I had to work my way over to look and see what was in there. But I’m thinking to myself, ‘I don’t want to do this. What if there’s a body in there?’ ” Thankfully, the truck was empty. “I guess the water was rising so fast, that person got out that fast. I hope they are OK.” Lopez talked to one man in an upscale neighborhood who wanted to stay put on the second ﬂoor of his ﬂooded home but was concerned about the neighbor across the street. So Lopez drove the boat to the front of that house, tied up to a brick banister, jumped into nearly chest-deep water, slowly pushed open the front door and called out, “Anybody there?” No answer. He waded into the foyer, then the living room. A garbage bag and picture frame ﬂoated by. Soon, he noticed something else: an empty wheelchair, ﬂoating sideways in the game room. It was time for another “Oh crap.” He trudged up to the landing of a staircase and yelled upstairs. “I didn’t hear a thing. That house was vacant, thankfully.” Lopez often found himself mo- toring through water that he ﬁgured was about 6 feet deep. The roads were familiar, of course. This is where he lives. On one boulevard he drives often, the tops of the mailboxes were his only navigation system. As experienced as he is at boating, it wasn’t always easy. “I actually bumped into what I thought was a log and realized it was the top of a car.” The devastation was all around him. At some distance, he spotted a sign listing the clearance for a road: 16 feet 8 inches. “Water was touching the bottom of the sign.” Lopez didn’t just save people. He rescued a couple of dogs and even came upon a barn, helping lead a woman’s two horses to safety by poking a stick into the ﬂoodwater to ﬁnd the shallowest points for the horses to navigate. Throughout the day, Lopez was never alone in his efforts. “The best part about it was all the people who were out there on boats, probably 30-40 different boats, ﬁreﬁghters, the Coast Guard, just people out there try- ing to help.” I asked him if he had seen the recently released movie Dunkirk, the World War II story of the rescue of thousands of British soldiers by hundreds of British citizens in pleasure boats. “Oh my gosh, it really was like that,” Lopez said. “I was by the Costco and I turned around and I saw like six boats coming at me. I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic, but it was like a military landing.” And he, of course, was an integral part of it. “I was just really trying to help. I just wanted to do what needed to be done. The ﬁsherman’s code says when you see a boat in distress, you stop everything and help that boat. Now Houston is in distress, so you stop everything and help. “I knew I had the expertise. I just needed a boat.” with your pattern of egregious safety-related violations including your hit on a defenseless player during the 2015 Wild Card game and your hit against a Baltimore tight end away from the play on January 3, 2016 … When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a signiﬁcant risk of injury to an opposing player … you must be held accountable for this continuing unacceptable conduct.” The Bengals linebacker was initially disciplined for breaking two rules for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman on Aug. 19 — hitting a player in a defenseless posture and unnecessary roughness. The defenseless posture rule speciﬁcally protects the head and neck area, and Burﬁct and the Bengals staunchly maintained that the linebacker hit Sherman in the chest, though Sherman’s head did snap back upon contact. After hearing Burﬁct’s appeal via conference call Tuesday, Thrash ruled that the ﬁve-game penalty was too severe. He won’t be able to play now until Oct. 1 at the Cleveland Browns. It is the third consecutive season in which the Bengals will be without the 2013 Pro Bowler to start the year. — Jim Owczarski, The Cincinnati Enquirer HOURS AFTER BEING CUT, HADEN JOINS STEELERS MASSIMINO LOSES BATTLE WITH CANCER AT 82 Joe Haden’s former AFC North rivals are his new teammates. The cornerback agreed to a threeyear deal worth $27 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, according to ESPN, just hours after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. A twotime Pro Bowl selection, Haden has struggled with injuries and missed 16 games in the last two seasons. Haden, 28, joins a Steelers defense that ranked 12th in the NFL last season but was shredded by Tom Brady (384 passing yards, three touchdowns) and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Rollie Massimino, who was the coach for one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, died Wednesday, according to a release from Keiser University. He had been battling cancer. He was 82. For the last 11 years, Massimino has been the coach for Keiser, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Fla. But he was most famous for coaching Villanova, which entered the 1985 tournament seeded eighth, to the NCAA championship against Georgetown, the top-ranked team in the country. Until recent years, Massimino was in relatively good health. He had surgery to remove a tumor in his lung in 2011, suffered a collapsed lung and had brain surgery in 2016. But he was still coaching. At Keiser, he led the program — one he started in 2006 — to eight NAIA tournaments with a national runner-up and a semiﬁnal as his two best ﬁnishes. “As our campus community deeply mourns the loss of Coach Massimino, we extend our warmest thoughts and condolences to his wife Mary Jane and the entire Massimino family,” Keiser University Chancellor Arthur Keiser said in a statement. “We are so truly honored to have shared this time with him and take some degree of comfort in knowing the positive impact he has had on college students for the last four decades remains immeasurable.” The 1985 Villanova championship, though, might be his greatest accomplishment. Coming into the tournament, the Wildcats had lost seven of their previous 13 games and lost to St. John’s by 15 points in the second round of the Big East tournament. They squeaked by the ﬁrst two rounds, beating Dayton by two and Michigan by four. They then beat Maryland, North Carolina and Memphis State, all seeded higher, before defeating All-American center Patrick Ewing and tournament favorite Georgetown in the ﬁnal. Massimino left Villanova in 1992, spent two years at UNLV and seven more at Cleveland State before retiring to play golf in South Florida. It was there that an old friend, Rick Smoliak, asked for advice from Massimino on starting a basketball program at Northwood College (which became Keiser). Instead, when the program started in 2006, Massimino became the coach. Before going to Villanova in 1973, he spent two seasons at Stony Brook and one season as an assistant coach to Chuck Daly at Penn. He had an overall coaching record of 816-462 in 41 seasons. — Kevin Spain FOLLOW COLUMNIST CHRISTINE BRENNAN @cbrennansports to keep up with the latest sports issues. IN BRIEF KAREEM ELGAZZAR, USA TODAY NETWORK Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burﬁct will be eligible to return Oct. 1. BURFICT WINS APPEAL; BAN REDUCED TO THREE GAMES Vontaze Burﬁct, Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals were vindicated. Sort of. James Thrash, the NFL and NFL Players Association’s appeals officer for on-ﬁeld discipline, ruled to reduce Burﬁct’s ﬁve-game suspension to three games Wednesday, the league announced. In the letter notifying Burﬁct of his suspension, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote: “This is not your ﬁrst offense with respect to illegal hits to defenseless players; to the contrary, this incident is consistent KEN BLAZE, USA TODAY SPORTS The Steelers hope cornerback Joe Haden can be a difference-maker. From staff and wire reports USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 SPORTS 3C NFL Texans may be wise to open on road Jarrett Bell firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Sports Heading home to their hurricane-ravaged city Wednesday was a good thing for the Houston Texans. Staying home for their regularseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 10, while Houston deals with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, is another matter. “I think that would be the most important thing for the people, knowing how much people care about football in Houston,” Texans linebacker Brian Cushing told the Houston Chronicle. “For us to play that ﬁrst game at home, it would smooth a lot of things over. I’m not saying completely, but I believe it would help.” The most important thing? That’s football mentality for you. Sure, the opener has been circled on the calendar for months, and staging it as scheduled at NRG Stadium would provide a boost of civic pride. But it’s too early to declare that having this game in Houston is the right thing. The Texans’ preseason ﬁnale against the Dallas Cowboys was scrapped Wednesday once it ﬁnally became possible for Houston’s players to return home. The exhibition, scheduled for Thurs- day, had been relocated to Arlington, and 40,000 tickets were sold to fans who thought they would be supporting relief efforts. Here’s hoping common sense prevails as the NFL determines what to do with the Texans’ next game. Given Houston’s stretched resources and the condition of the region’s infrastructure, the easiest solution would be to ﬂip home dates between the AFC South rivals, which would put the Dec. 17 game slated for Jacksonville in Houston. That would mean the Texans would open the season with three consecutive road games and the Jags would do likewise to close the season. So be it. Cushing, like his coach, Bill O’Brien, can’t be knocked for having can-do spirit. Yet given the devastation left by the storm, which broke the U.S. rainfall record and dumped more than 50 inches on Houston, the priority there has to do with search, rescue and recovery. There are evacuation centers all across the region. Thousands have lost homes. Transportation has been short-circuited. The Texans, diverted to Dallas this week after a Saturday night preseason game in New Orleans, are feeling all of this. And we know that star defensive end J.J. Watt gets it. Banking on his platform and popularity, he began a fundraising campaign Sunday with a goal of $200,000. By Wednesday, he’d raised more than $6 million and was hoping to reach $10 million. Good thing he’s not just sticking to sports. TONY GUTIERREZ, AP Coach Bill O’Brien would like the Texans to keep their Sept. 10 opener against the Jaguars at home in Houston. Still, seeing the comments from Cushing and O’Brien — while Houston is still in life-saving mode — made me wonder about perspective. Should the city even think about hosting a football game in less than two weeks? “If our stadium’s ready to go, it’s important to have that game at home,” O’Brien said. “Maybe it gives our fans a chance, for three hours at least, to cheer and kind of forget about the trials and tribulations of what would be the last two weeks. “I think we have the best fans, anyway, so imagine what NRG Stadium will be like for that ﬁrst home game. Football’s big in Tex- as, anyway, but when you put it in Houston and take into consideration such a catastrophic event, football becomes even bigger. It gives our fans a chance to cheer and let off some steam.” Memo to O’Brien: It’s not just about the condition of the stadium. He means well, offering hope. Maybe in a week, O’Brien’s sentiments would be spot on. But now? His comments sound too much like they’re coming from a football coach with a limited view of a bigger picture. Should resources needed to deal in a post-Harvey world be diverted for a game? The NFL, pondering alternatives, is in no rush to make a decision. After Katrina, the New Orleans Saints spent an entire season on the road. At the moment, the Texans and the league, which has moved games in recent years on short notice amid weather-related issues, need to wait and see how the recovery unfolds in the coming days. The NFL usually gets it right in these situations. Its decision ultimately might be swung by the importance of civic pride that could be boosted by a game and whether that dovetails with critical assets needed for recovery efforts. Cushing and O’Brien, meanwhile, are hardly alone in their sentiments. “I’m cautiously optimistic they they’ll play the opener here,” Max Edison, sports editor of the Houston Defender, told USA TODAY Sports. “Hopefully, in 12 days, it will be the kind of diversion where people will say, ‘Let’s get back to normal.’ By then, people will be looking for that alternative. And nothing says that like football in Texas. “From the high school games to colleges to the Texans, football will help the motivation and bring the area back. That’s going to be the reward for all the hard work that will be needed with the recovery.” Or so it is suggested. FOLLOW NFL COLUMNIST JARRETT BELL @JarrettBell for commentary, analysis and breaking news. Fox Sports president stands by Vick Network adds CHARLIE RIEDEL, AP Former quarterback Michael Vick will be a studio analyst for “Fox NFL Kickoff” and will make appearances on Fox Sports 1 shows. former QB to NFL pregame show A.J. Perez @byajperez USA TODAY Sports NEW YORK Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said he absolutely and completely understands the backlash over the network’s hiring of former quarterback Michael Vick, though Shanks added it was “the right thing to do.” Vick will be a studio analyst for Fox NFL Kickoff and will make appearances on Fox Sports 1 shows, as ﬁrst reported by USA TODAY Sports on Friday. A Change.org petition asking Shanks to reconsider the hire because organizers “do not believe that Michael Vick is repentant” for his part in a dogﬁghting ring more than a decade ago had gathered more than 60,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon. “We absolutely and completely understand,” Shanks told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s not a different reaction than what we had prepared ourselves for internally at Fox Sports. ... We talk about what happened then. What type of person is Mike now? What debt has he paid to society? We still believe it’s the right thing to do.” Vick served 18 months in pris- on after his 2007 conviction related to a dogﬁghting operation on his property in Virginia that led to his release from the Atlanta Falcons. Vick returned to the NFL in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles and ﬁnished his 13season career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. As evidenced by the petition and through social media reaction, many thought that Vick’s ties to dogﬁghting should pre- clude him from having a broadcast career. “Clearly, we knew that there was potential to be a reaction,” Shanks said. “We spent a lot of time with Mike. We looked at his experience playing in the league after he paid his debt to society. “We looked at his interaction and support he’s gotten from people like Andy Reid at the Chiefs and (former NFL coach) Tony Dungy. Over the last 10 or 11 years, not only has he paid his debt to society but he’s done everything a person who has made a terrible mistake like that can do. We felt it was the right person at the right time for us.” Former NFL receiver Nate Burleson, who is among the new faces on CBS’ The NFL Today pregame show, said Vick has paid his debt. “If you don’t like Michael Vick, ﬁne,” Burleson said. “If you don’t want to watch Michael Vick, ﬁne. But if you’re asking him to pay after he spent time in prison for a crime, then how much more work does he have to do? Does he have to pay for it the rest of his life? “Society says when somebody commits a crime, they go to jail, and once they get out, they have served their time. I have a problem with people who have a problem with Vick having a job.” BASKETBALL LaVar, rest of Ball family to star in reality show Docuseries will air on Facebook Watch Scott Gleeson @scottmgleeson USA TODAY Sports Move over, Kardashians. The Ball family is stepping into the reality spotlight — and doing it on Facebook, not the E! cable channel. Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, star alongside the rest of the family in a reality docuseries, Ball in the Family. In a preview for the show, set to premiere with the ﬁrst two episodes on Facebook Watch on Thursday, the ﬁrst question posed in a behind-the-set interview with Lonzo is one most of the country also would like to know: “What’s the deal with your dad?” LaVar Ball has catapulted himself into the public spotlight in a way no sports dads ever have thanks to outlandish comments that include him saying he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one. He also has used his Big Baller Brand to give Lonzo his own $495 shoe, the ZO2. LaVar is heard in the preview saying, “My three boys (Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo) are the best ballplayers I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” “Family is everything to me,” LaVar adds in the preview. “I’ve always told my boys, ‘You can make all the money in the world. But it’s not fun if you’re just by yourself.’ ” LaVar and his wife, Tina Ball, serve as producers on the show. Tina’s recovery from a stroke, in which she struggled to speak for a period of time, is emotionally chronicled in the series. “We wanted to give our fans an unﬁltered look into our lives and show them a side of us that isn’t typically seen,” LaVar said in a statement. “We have a big community of fans on Facebook, so we’re excited our series is going to be on Watch. And who better to help us tell our story than Bunim/Murray Productions.” Bunim/Murray Productions is best known for its part in Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The reality show falls in line with LaVar’s branding tactics, but it’s unclear how it will affect his three sons. There’s massive pressure already on Lonzo to restore greatness to the Lakers franchise. Team president of basketball operations Magic Johnson previously compared LaVar to Kris Jenner, saying: “The Kardashians, we didn’t say that the mom (Jenner) was bad, and she made them a lot of money, right? She’s bragged on her daughters, and I think it’s the same here.” New episodes will be available on Sundays beginning Sept. 10. BUNIM/MURRAY PRODUCTIONS Lonzo Ball, bottom, and his younger brother LaMelo will be featured in their new family reality show “Ball in the Family.” 4C SPORTS E2 USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL FSU-’Bama: Who can afford loss? Each week during the season, the USA TODAY Sports college staff (Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Erick Smith, Eddie Timanus and Dan Wolken) will provide their answers to on an intriguing question from college football. This week: The Florida State-Alabama showdown is one of the biggest openers in recent memory. One of them has to lose, of course. So which team will have a better shot at the Playoff after a loss? MARK KONEZNY, USA TODAY SPORTS Jimbo Fisher and Florida State will have plenty more chances to prove their worth. their place in the title conversation. Not to mention, isn’t the Atlantic Coast Conference a better league than the SEC? Agree to disagree, I guess. What we can all agree on is that the loser of this game still controls its road to a national semiﬁnal — just win out. PAUL MYERBERG You’d think Alabama at ﬁrst blush and not be wrong in one key respect: The Crimson Tide almost certainly would get the beneﬁt of the doubt if push came to shove in early December. There are more than a few beneﬁts from being college football’s gold standard; one is that Alabama’s name value is off the charts. Another plus for the Tide is the lack of secondary title contenders in the Southeastern Conference, which has essentially smoothed out the team’s path to yet another Playoff berth. But I’m going with Florida State here, since the Seminoles would have greater opportunities from Week 2 forward to regain GEORGE SCHROEDER Alabama’s path to the Playoff after a loss in the opener is easier than Florida State’s. The ACC is deeper than the SEC. With a loss, either team’s margin for error becomes narrow. It’s possible either could get into the Playoff as a two-loss conference champion, but so far we haven’t seen one. More likely, the loser needs to run the table. This is hard to fathom, but the SEC currently provides Alabama an easier road. It’s also worth noting the equity Alabama has built up over the last few years as Nick Saban built a dynasty. Win four national championships in eight years, you’ve got street cred with every- one, including the selection committee. If necessary, the ’Bama Bump is real, y’all. ERICK SMITH A loss by either team will not do too much damage, as long as neither gets blown out. Even then, it’s hard to imagine a one-loss ACC or SEC champion being left at home. Alabama is in better position to run the table should it stumble. The Crimson Tide have won their conference the last three seasons, and the schedule also sets up nicely this season. Their four conference road games are Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Au- burn. The path is much more difﬁcult for Florida State with games against Louisville and Miami (Fla.) at home and trips to Clemson and Florida. The Seminoles could get there with two losses, but that would require some stumbles from other teams. EDDIE TIMANUS Here’s the problem with a potential Alabama recovery from an opening-day loss to Florida State: If the rest of the SEC proved to be as mediocre as, well, as it was last year and is projected to be in preseason polls, the Crimson Tide won’t have another opportunity for a signature win to put on their résumé for the committee. Their remaining non-conference games are pedestrian, with all due respect to Colorado State, so under those circumstances a second loss sustained in SEC play could prove fatal. FSU, on the other hand, still would have a shot at a marquee win. It’s at Clemson, of course, so coming out of Death Valley with that W is always easier said than done. But if the Seminoles can pull it off and then go on to win the ACC, they should be Playoff bound even with a stumble in conference or possibly in the regular-season ﬁnale in Gainesville. DAN WOLKEN It’s Alabama. We’ve seen them lose early before and make the Playoff, so if the Crimson Tide happen to be 0-1 on Saturday night, it would be pretty easy to see the season falling into the same pattern as 2014 and 2015. You could even envision a scenario in which Alabama ends up with two losses this season but makes the Playoff on the strength of winning the SEC title. Florida State probably doesn’t have that luxury. If the Seminoles lose Saturday, they almost certainly have to run the table. Trophy makes rounds, beginning in Minnesota KIM KLEMENT, USA TODAY SPORTS Erick Smith @erick_smith USA TODAY Sports One of the most famous trophies in college football could be making a stop near you during the 2017 season. The Amway Coaches Poll Trophy will crisscross the country during the season. The trophy with its famous crystal football is awarded in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association every year to the winner of the College Football Playoff. The kickoff of the tour starts Thursday in Minnesota. The trophy is being accompanied by USA TODAY Sports assistant managing editor Thomas O’Toole, who, as a side gig, also serves as a Dancing with the Stars analyst. The Golden Gophers are hosting Buffalo in the home opener for new coach P.J. Fleck. One day before the game, the trophy appeared at the Minneso- The Amway Coaches Poll Trophy is always a welcome sight. ta State Fair. Darrell Thompson, Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher and current radio analyst for the team’s broadcasts, will be on hand for an event at TCF Bank Stadium before the game. “It’s a tremendous honor for myself and the state of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota football program,” Thompson said of hosting the trophy. “There’s kind of been a new, infused energy around the coach. It’s great to be recognized to have the trophy here for the opener.” There will also be a stop Satur- day in Los Angeles for Southern California’s game against Western Michigan. Former Trojans coach John Robinson, who won a national title at the school in 1978, will make two appearances with the trophy — Friday at an Amway Business Center event and Saturday before the game at the USC fan fest. There are six other scheduled stops through October. More will be added in the weeks leading up to the announcement of the playoff pairings on Dec. 3. Title-hungry Ohio State opens vs. Indiana With plethora of talent, new offensive leader, team ﬁred up for season THE OFFENSE Paul Myerberg @PaulMyerberg USA TODAY Sports BLOOMINGTON, IND. Ohio State’s push for the College Football Playoff begins Thursday night in Bloomington, Ind., with a matchup against Indiana that has no shortage of story lines. Right off the bat: The Buckeyes’ new offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, resigned as the head coach at Indiana in December amid allegations of player mistreatment, adding a layer of intrigue to this season-opening pairing. But there’s far more to keep in mind as No. 2 Ohio State takes aim at a return trip to the Playoff, after last season’s humbling loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. That was a last-straw moment for coach Urban Meyer, who quickly jettisoned former coordinator Tim Beck in favor of Wilson, the former Oklahoma assistant with a reputation as one of college football’s top offensive minds. The offense will be under the spotlight, potentially overshadowing the factors — known and unknown — that could either lift this program to its second national championship under Meyer or lead OSU to cede the Big Ten Conference East Division to Penn State or rival Michigan. As the Buckeyes prepare for the opener, here are four aspects to consider: the offense, the quarterback, the defensive line and the secondary. The biggest change to Ohio State’s attack is in pace and tempo, two factors — along with elite quarterback play and a varied list of skill talent — that deﬁned Wilson’s scheme during an impressive stint with Oklahoma. What might be slightly overlooked is how Wilson’s philosophy of attacking defenses entails sharing the wealth, which might represent an equally profound change from the Buckeyes’ 2016 system. A year ago, OSU was simply too reliant on all-purpose standout Curtis Samuel; that wasn’t evident against most teams but painfully clear when facing off against the elite opponents on its schedule. Thursday night’s kickoff will begin to answer three important questions facing the offense: uHow fast can Ohio State move — or how many plays can this offense cram into 60 minutes? uWill the running game ﬁnd success along the interior, from one guard to the other? uCan Wilson ﬁnd a way to get the ball out of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s hands and into the arms of the Buckeyes’ talented crop of skill players? THE QUARTERBACK Speaking of Barrett, there’s no doubting the drive, leadership skills and grasp of what Meyer demands from the position. What might be up for debate is whether Barrett can reclaim his freshman year form, when he piloted Ohio State to the doorstep of the Playoff, and make a charge at the Heisman Trophy. That we’re even discussing that possibility speaks to Barrett’s potential in this offense. Based on Wilson’s history, it’s obvious that the senior will be put into can’tfail situations, or at least into spots that take advantage of his positives while shying away from his potential negatives. But here’s one thing about Barrett: As much as anyone, if not more so, he was frustrated by the way the Buckeyes system sputtered in 2016. For a student-athlete never lacking for motivation, the chance to take center stage in one of college football’s most quarterback-friendly schemes gives Barrett an opportunity to turn the page in time for one last push for a title. THE DEFENSIVE LINE The argument over which team brings the hardiest defensive line into 2017 really focuses on two teams: Ohio State and Clemson. While the Tigers’ front is downright ﬁlthy — having Dexter Lawrence alongside Christian Wilkins at tackle is just mean — no team can sniff the Buckeyes’ depth. How deep? Loaded enough at end, for example, that the Buckeyes have tinkered with an alignment that puts ﬁve on the ﬁeld simultaneously. In part, the ability to trot out exotic formations is a testament not only to the unit’s depth but individual players’ ability to ﬂex between multiple positions; senior Jalyn Holmes can play end, tackle or stand up as a rush linebacker, for instance. That’s scary. But it doesn’t stop there. Tyquan Lewis. Nick Bosa. MIKE CARTER, USA TODAY SPORTS Quarterback J.T. Barrett helped Ohio State win the 2014 national title and would love to deliver a second trophy. Sam Hubbard. Holmes. Freshmen Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper. And that’s just on the outside. Tracy Sprinkle and Dre’Mont Jones hold down the fort along the interior, giving the Buckeyes enough quality bodies to roll out wave after wave of top-tier talent at opposing offenses. THE SECONDARY One more question to consider: How capably can Ohio State rebuild a defensive backﬁeld that lost three starters to the ﬁrst round of the NFL draft? (Yes, three.) Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley leave big shoes to ﬁll. But recent history is on the Buckeyes’ side. Like, very recent history. Don’t forget that the secondary was a potential question mark heading into last season, when the defense had to replace three starters. The pass defense was even better. There’s no doubt that OSU’s defensive staff feels conﬁdent in what the new cast brings to the table. The leadership role falls to senior safety Damon Webb, the lone returning starter. But the breakout star might be junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who has next-level speed and has shown ﬂashes of big-play potential. Opposite Ward, the Buckeyes will lean on sophomores Damon Arnette and Kendall Sheffield, the latter a ﬁve-star junior college transfer. Expectations are high for Sheffield. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 SPORTS 5C COLLEGE FOOTBALL Wilder, Old Dominion always aim high Coach known for catchphrases builds program with nod to blue-collar roots Paul Myerberg @PaulMyerberg USA TODAY Sports NORFOLK , VA . Growing up in Madison, Maine, where his father ran an Exxon station and his mother a local restaurant, Bobby Wilder knew by his 13th birthday that he wanted to be a football coach. When his schedule allowed, Wilder would pump gas and check oil at the gas station. The restaurant, Mad Dog Pizza, which he described as “a Happy Days kind of place,” served breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it was an all-hands-on-deck family establishment — his four older sisters and mother logged long hours, while his grandmother cooked the molasses cookies and donuts. More often than not, however, Wilder was playing sports. “I’m the one that’s different. The only one involved in athletics,” he said. Baseball in the spring and summer. Football in the fall. Basketball and hockey in the winter. An epiphany came as a young teenager, when Wilder spent a summer working a local sports camp: I want to coach, he thought. For the rest, it was seven days a week at the station and the restaurant. Asked if or when his family took any vacation, Wilder can recall just one: On a winter day, they loaded into a car and drove to neighboring New Hampshire to visit the local Santa’s village. “The epitome of a blue-collar family, that’s what we were. That’s just what my family did,” Wilder said. “It was ingrained in me. So now when I work seven days a week here, I don’t think I’m doing anything out of the norm of what I’ve seen my entire life.” You can take the coach out of Maine — eventually, and not until a decade ago — but you can’t take Maine out of the coach. Wilder’s approach to building the Old Dominion football program from scratch is itself a byproduct of his home state — its people, its mentality and, last but not least, its state university, where he played and coached for more than two decades before being hired as the Monarchs’ ﬁrst head coach in 2007. “The values that he instills into the staff and the players here at ODU are very similar to the things I was taught as a player at Maine,” said quarterbacks coach Ron Whitcomb, a four-year starter under center for the Black Bears from 2003 to 2006. “We used to call it the Maine Way. It’s a workman’s mentality. You’re not expecting anybody to give you anything, and you’re going to work your way to the success you have. That’s deﬁnitely been the way we do things around here.” The program Wilder has built is taking ﬂight: Old Dominion, which rechristened its program in 2009 after debt and a rule prohibiting freshman eligibility led the university to shutter football in 1940, went 10-3 and won the Bahamas Bowl last fall, cementing the Monarchs’ place as the most successful startup in Football Bowl Subdivision history. How it was built and how it has been maintained bears the ﬁngerprints of Wilder’s long tenure at Maine, where he once starred at quarterback before being hired by current Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz as a restricted-earnings assistant in 1990. In hindsight, it was perfect training for the task of building an FBS program from scratch. Under Ferentz and his successor, longtime Maine coach Jack Cosgrove, Wilder learned to maximize the Black Bears’ assets and paper over the program’s weak links, such as a clear recruiting disadvantage; the university was “the last stop before the bus stop” for potential college prospects, Wilder said. That mind-set ﬁt into the dominant theme of his childhood: JASON COOPER, AP Coach Bobby Wilder hoists the Bahamas Bowl trophy last year after Old Dominion beat Eastern Michigan to ﬁnish 10-3. Wilder seeing his parents work seven days a week, one at the gas station and the other at the restaurant, to make ends meet in Madison. Once he arrived at ODU, it felt normal to change the Gatorade in the Monarchs’ drink dispenser, for example, or to empty the garbage from the coaches’ offices. It’s a lesson he learned from Cosgrove: No job is too small, Wilder was told, so don’t wait for someone else to do what you can handle yourself. “There’s no job that he wouldn’t do,” said ODU offensive coordinator Brian Scott, who coached alongside Wilder with the Black Bears from 2004 to 2006, “but that’s just Maine.” But there is undeniably something unique about Wilder, particularly in one key respect: In an era of constant movement among coaches — particularly among assistants, though traffic among head coaches draws far more attention — Wilder enters his 28th season as a full-time coach having worked at just two programs, Maine and ODU. “You’re talking about an endangered species. You don’t see that in this time and age,” senior associate athletics director Bruce Stewart said. “But that’s who he is. It’s also indicative of how he coaches.” Ferentz’s impact lingers, and Cosgrove’s is even more profound. Yet Wilder’s approach is, in a word, organic — not birthed from any individual coach but developed and honed during his entire career, dating even to his days as a record-setting quarterback, when he began to collect the thoughts and ideas that have come to deﬁne his tenure as a head coach. “I prepared for this, took a lot of notes, studied,” Wilder said. “I did everything my whole life to get myself ready to be comfortable being a head coach.” Take his collected sayings, which his assistants and players term “Wilderisms.” P.M.A., he’ll tell the team, an acronym for Positive Mental Attitude. And others: Aim high. Stay in your lane. I’m just happy my key still works. Every day is your birthday. Make today your masterpiece. Or view the ease with which ODU has pivoted from one offen- sive style to the next. Once a passﬁrst team led by Taylor Heinicke, who left in 2014 as one of the most proliﬁc quarterbacks in Division I history, the Monarchs’ 2016 scheme was predicated more on the running game, even as the offense had enough balance to ﬁnish ﬁfth in Conference USA in total passing yards. “It is very organic. I don’t have an ego when it comes to our offense, defense or special teams,” Wilder said of his program’s approach. “I think that’s why we’re 67-30. I’m not trying to minimize our ability to coach X’s and O’s, but we do aim high. Everything is those two words: aim high.” ODU’s rise, meanwhile, has led to a possibility: Should the Monarchs again contend for a conference title, it’s inevitable that Wilder’s name will be tied to Power Five openings in November and December — a prospect he shrugged aside, calling the ODU program “like my child.” “I don’t want to sound selﬁsh, but I started this program. And this is considered the best startup program in the history of college football. It’s just such an unbelievable source of pride,” he said. “My child right now is 8 years old. My child is in the third grade. And my child is still growing. I look at it as an unlimited potential to continue to grow and be successful. It would have to be something monumental to make me consider wanting to stop raising my child, if that doesn’t sound too corny. My heart and soul is in this.” His heart and soul, and more than a little bit of Maine. But that’s always been the case. Even during the hiring process, which began with a cold call to thenathletics director Jim Jarrett, Wilder never deviated from his script: I know I’m not from the area, he said, but here’s my blueprint for building this program — a pitch that quickly moved him to the top of the Monarchs’ list. “I didn’t have a name. I wasn’t a name guy,” he said. “I wasn’t at Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Clemson. I was an assistant coach at the University of Maine. But I knew exactly who I was.” U.S. OPEN Kyrgios: ‘I’m not dedicated to game at all’ After ﬁrst-round loss, “There are Aussie introspective, players out there questions future ... that want to get better, that Sandra Harwitt strive to get Special for USA TODAY Sports better every day. I’m not that guy.” NEW YORK There is absolutely no denying that Nick Kyrgios is a wildly talented tennis player, but he’s also a ﬂawed individual who doesn’t understand where he belongs in the grand scheme of the sport. Unfortunately, at this moment in time, the person most confounded by the conundrum that is Nick Kyrgios is actually Kyrgios himself. After No. 14 seed Kyrgios suffered a disheartening 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 ﬁrst-round defeat to fellow Australian John Millman in the U.S. Open on Wednesday, he again revealed his multifaceted perplexing personality. “Obviously, I’m disappointed I lost today,” Kyrgios said, then changed gears. “It’s not the end of the world. I will get over it in probably a half-hour.” It’s difficult to ever know how Kyrgios, 22, will present; what he will say, how he’ll react. And often, as he showed in his postmatch news conference, he offers a smorgasbord of emotions. Within a 10-minute or so span, Kyrgios was insolent, immature, compassionate and confused. The ﬂoodgates really opened when Kyrgios was asked whether his coaching relationship with Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, a four-time Grand Slam tournament semiﬁnalist based in South Florida, will continue after their original agreement to work through this U.S. Open. “I don’t know, honestly,” Kyrgios said. “I’m not good enough for him. He’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. He probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me. “I’m not dedicated to the game at all. He’s helped me a lot, especially with the training. ... There are players out there that are Nick Kyrgios more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. “I’m not that guy,” he added, bowing his head. The match against Millman was another mixed bag for Kyrgios, which is about the way his year can be described. He served 17 aces despite a shoulder problem that surfaced early in the third set for which he received medical treatment on court and at one point asked a ball boy to grab and stretch his arm. “My arm felt numb,” he said. “What else do you want me to say? My arm is not broken, but it was sore.” On the downside, there were the 60 unforced errors, the four breaks of serve on the 14 break points he presented Millman and the general frustration. Kyrgios received a warning for an audible obscenity, which was reported to umpire Carlos Ramos from a linesperson. Ramos admitted not to hearing what Kyrgios said — a later look on TV showed him uttering the curse — and the Australian argued he hadn’t said anything wrong. Then, after losing the third set, Kyrgios smashed his racket, which resulted in a point penalty and enabled Millman to start serving the fourth set at 15-0. Interestingly, after the match was over, Kyrgios was intent on taking the mangled racket with him and had to ask a ball boy what happened to it as it had disappeared from his courtside chair. Once retrieved, he attempted to zip it into his gear bag but it no longer would ﬁt, so he just carried it off in his hand. As for his season, the highlight was reaching the recent Cincin- GEOFF BURKE, USA TODAY SPORTS Nick Kyrgios, above, lost to John Millman on Wednesday 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. nati ﬁnal, which he lost to Grigor Dimitrov. He also was a semiﬁnalist at tournaments in Miami, Marseille and Acapulco but has dealt with elbow, hip and shoulder injuries that have forced him to withdraw or retire from too many matches. At the Grand Slams this season, Kyrgios fell in the second round in the Australian and French Open, and now the ﬁrst round in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. “Obviously, I’m not having a shocking year,” he said. “Obviously, in the scheme of things, I’m not having the greatest year for what, maybe, people think I should have done. But the last three months have been a nightmare, really.” If there’s an endearing quality to Kyrgios it’s that he seems to get along well with other players, in particular the fellow Australians he shares the Davis Cup stage with, and has a love of country. Australia will play in the Da- THURSDAY’S KEY MATCHES At USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York Play begins on all courts at 11 a.m. ET Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, vs. Evgeniya Rodina, Russia Not before 1 p.m. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, vs. Nicole Gibbs, USA Roger Federer, Switzerland, vs. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia Night session (7 p.m.) Ons Jabeur, Tunisia, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, USA Rafael Nadal, Spain, vs. Taro Daniel, Japan Louis Armstrong Stadium Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia, vs. Sorana Cirstea, Romania Andrey Rublev, Russia, vs. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria Taylor Fritz, USA, vs. Dominic Thiem, Austria Not before 5:30 p.m. Tatjana Maria, Germany, vs. Madison Keys, USA vis Cup semiﬁnal against Belgium, in Brussels, the weekend after the U.S. Open conclusion and he hopes to be there. “Davis Cup is one of my priorities this year,” Kyrgios said. “I put it right at the top of my list. I have put a lot of effort into Davis Cup this year. I made myself available for every tie. It is my goal to win the Davis Cup.” The Kyrgios conclusion for now is that despite possessing the kind of brilliance that could easily lead him to the No. 1 ranking, getting there seems well beyond his current capabilities. The tennis world, however, will continue to hope he can ﬁnd an inner peace, because his talent could produce incredible tennis memories. 6C SPORTS E2 USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 NFL Preseason standouts: What’s next? Michael MiddlehurstSchwartz @MikeMSchwartz USA TODAY Sports With no stakes and limited implementation of teams’ schemes, the NFL preseason often can feel like a throwaway. But it also can serve as a stage for several of the league’s promising young stars to show what they’re capable of. Thursday marks the end of the preseason schedule, with many teams holding their starters out of action. Ahead of the ﬁnales, we look at 10 players who stood out in the preseason and assess what could be ahead for them once the regular season begins. DESHONE KIZER, QB, CLEVELAND BROWNS Two weeks after his quarterbacks coach said he wasn’t ready for the top job, the second-round pick from Notre Dame impressed head coach Hue Jackson so much that he was named the Week 1 starter. Kizer’s raw numbers (including a 6-for-18 passing performance in his third outing) weren’t impressive, but he established himself as the best playmaker for the offense. What’s next: Kizer will become the 27th starting quarterback for the Browns since they returned to the NFL in 1999, and he should have considerable license to play through mistakes after Jackson said the rookie’s designation was permanent. He should jolt an offense that only had 15 passing touchdowns in 2016 but needs to be more consistent and make better decisions to make progress. CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, RB, CAROLINA PANTHERS Considered a front-runner for offensive rookie of the year, the No. 8 overall pick has met the immense expectations facing him this summer. He racked up 72 total yards and a touchdown in his second preseason outing and has comfortably split ﬁrst-team reps with Jonathan Stewart. What’s next: McCaffrey’s full mer Chicago Bears teammate. Parker has been Cutler’s favorite target, and he should thrive with more jump balls and downﬁeld opportunities that suit his playing style. role within the offense is likely yet to be revealed. In addition to operating in a backﬁeld timeshare with Stewart, he should take on a more vital function in the passing game as a checkdown option for Cam Newton, who was limited earlier in training camp while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. McCaffrey will have to establish a rapport with Newton, but he could be integral to Carolina’s plan to take some of the burden off the former MVP. KENNY GOLLADAY, WR, DETROIT LIONS After building a considerable buzz in training camp, the thirdround pick from Northern Illinois roared into the preseason by making two touchdown catches in his debut. What’s next: Despite showing plenty of promise and working with the ﬁrst-team offense, Golladay might ﬁnd chances difficult to come by as a rookie given the presence of Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and other established options in the passing game. Still, he should thrive as a red-zone threat and stands as a promising prospect for the near future. DALVIN COOK, RB, MINNESOTA VIKINGS The former Florida State standout made a smooth transition to his new surroundings, making the most of his ﬁrst-team reps while Latavius Murray was out with an ankle injury. Cook also proved to be an all-purpose threat with solid work as a receiver and a pass blocker. What’s next: Murray is back, but every indication shows that Cook has a runway to the starting job. After scoring 48 touchdowns over three years in college, Cook brings a big-play facet to a team dedicated to improving the league’s worst rushing attack in 2016. KAREEM HUNT, RB, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS A third-round pick from Toledo, he quickly made his mark in Kansas City. He had 63 yards on 11 carries in the second preseason game. What’s next: With Spencer Ware expected to miss the season with a knee injury, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Hunt will take on the featured back role. Working in a solid offense, he should be in for a substantial workload and could be one of the year’s breakout players. CHRIS CARSON, RB, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS The seventh-round pick from Oklahoma State quickly displayed a skill set that belied his draft status. Carson has steadily earned more reps in the running back rotation, and he notched 90 total yards on 10 touches in the third preseason game. What’s next: It’s important to DEREK BARNETT, DE, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES keep the hype pumping out of Seattle in perspective after Christine Michael’s “awakening” last preseason resulted in the running back being waived in November. Carson ﬁnds himself behind Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, but all three have had trouble staying healthy. chart. Early opportunities probably will be limited as he operates behind the other receivers and tight end Delanie Walker in a run-heavy offense. But Taylor presents a needed big-play threat from the slot and could become a more integral piece as the season progresses. As the ﬁrst player in Southeastern Conference history to record 10 or more sacks in three consecutive seasons, Barnett displayed his pass-rushing prowess early by recording three sacks in his ﬁrst two preseason games. What’s next: Philadelphia’s defensive line is loaded, but coordinator Jim Schwartz intends to work plenty of players into his rotation. Barnett should have ample pass-rushing opportunities despite his likely role of working behind projected starters Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry. TAYWAN TAYLOR, WR, TENNESSEE TITANS DEVANTE PARKER, WR, MIAMI DOLPHINS REUBEN FOSTER, LB, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis was sidelined for most of August with a hamstring injury. Taylor, a third-round selection from Western Kentucky, took the opportunity to step up and give Tennessee an explosive new dimension in the passing game. He has averaged 18.1 yards per catch, and teammate Brice McCain compared him to Indianapolis Colts standout T.Y. Hilton. What’s next: With Davis and free agent acquisition Eric Decker back at practice, Taylor likely will be pushed down the depth It was easy to see why the Dolphins coaching staff talked up the former ﬁrst-round pick all offseason. Parker showed the ability to capitalize on big-play strikes, including a 72-yard catchand-run in his third preseason game. What’s next: He could become the biggest beneﬁciary of Jay Cutler stepping in as the starting quarterback after Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending knee injury. Cutler called the third-year wide receiver a faster version of Alshon Jeffery, his for- After missing time in the offseason with a shoulder injury, Foster showed little rust in the preseason, which included eight tackles and several big hits in his third outing. What’s next: The ﬁrst-round pick has locked down a starting role at weakside linebacker and could be a leading contender for defensive rookie of the year. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the former Alabama star is “ahead of schedule,” though he wants to see improvement on some fundamentals. KIM KLEMENT, USA TODAY SPORTS In somewhat of a surprise, rookie DeShone Kizer is set to begin the season as the Browns’ starting quarterback. MLB Indians prove they’re team to beat in AL Francona, Kluber again have Cleveland poised for pennant Bob Klapisch @BobKlap USA TODAY Sports NEW YORK New York Yankees fans have historically been obsessed with the Boston Red Sox, and for good reason — this is a gripping blood feud that has lasted for almost a century. But the ticket buyers in the Bronx got a wake-up call during this week’s showdown with the Cleveland Indians, speciﬁcally when Corey Kluber outpitched Luis Severino. The message couldn’t have been clearer. For all the mental energy devoted to the Red Sox, it’s the Indians who pose the biggest threat to American League opponents. And, yes, that sentiment also applies to the Houston Astros, who were crowned in early summer as the AL team most likely to end up in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But thanks to their pitching, the Indians have been the better club since Aug. 1 and show no signs of regression. That’s speciﬁcally bad news for the Yankees, who saw their best pitcher, Severino, get outpitched by Kluber on Monday. Wednesday, the Indians swept a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, as Trevor Bauer and rookie Ryan Merritt each held the Yankees to one run. And it’s also bad news for the Red Sox, whose own Terminator, Chris Sale, has given up 13 earned runs in his last eight innings against Cleveland. There are plenty of reasons the Indians are on a roll, picking up where they left off from last season. But outsiders focus on two key assets: Kluber, who’s in the running for the Cy Young Award, and Terry Francona, who just might win manager of the year. ANALYSIS NOAH K. MURRAY, USA TODAY SPORTS Francisco Lindor, left, and Jay Bruce enjoy the Indians’ victory Wednesday vs. the Yankees in the opener of a doubleheader. As one major league executive puts it, Francona’s low-key manner of getting the most out of players without pushing too hard makes him everything a club would want in a manager. Francona hardly needs an introduction in New York, as his Red Sox in 2004 became the only team to engineer a postseason comeback from 3-0 playoff deﬁ- cit, defeating the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Francona’s .618 winning percentage is by far the best in the wild-card era. And last season he almost became the only the ﬁfth manager in the game’s history to win a World Series with multiple teams, falling just short of joining Bucky Harris (1924 Washington Senators, 1947 Yankees), Bill McKechnie (1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1940 Cincinnati Reds), Sparky Anderson (1975-76 Reds, 1984 Detroit Tigers) and Tony La Russa (1989 Oakland Athletics, 2006 and 2011 St. Louis Cardinals). Francona and the Indians made it all the way to Game 7 of the Fall Classic against the Chicago Cubs, and even then a champion wasn’t decided until the 10th inning. The Tribe fell short, but president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti nevertheless praised Francona for doing “a masterful job” in turning the Indians into a powerhouse. This season, he has kept them at that level, despite missing two weeks — including his All-Star Game managerial gig — to have a cardiac ablation. “He was always focused on, ‘How do we take what we have and ﬁgure out a way to make the team and individual players successful?’ ” Antonetti said. “He never worries about who’s not here and what adversity we face, but ﬁnding a way to overcome it. I think we’ve seen it over the course of the season and certainly throughout the postseason.” What does that mean for 2017? The truth is, the Indians could be even better, now that the industry is more clearly deﬁned than ever between the haves (the Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Cubs, Astros, Red Sox, Yankees and Indians) and have-nots (everyone else). The Indians will spend September doing calisthenics for the playoffs, with only six games against teams over. 500. Not that they have struggled against elite teams. They are 2814 against the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Angels and Seattle Mariners — all of whom are either October-bound or have realistic chances of getting there. More than ever, what separates the good from the very good clubs, and what distills into a world champion after that, is the Game 1, 4 and 7 ace. Right now, that would have to be Kluber, who again validated his larger- than-life status this week. Kluber allowed the Yankees three hits and two runs in a 6-2 victory, taking down Severino in the process. It was a psychological setback for the Yankees, who consider Severino their best hope in a wild-card playoff and in any Game 7 showdown against an opposing team’s ace. No doubt Severino, 23, is a future star if he isn’t already. No one in baseball maintains his 98mph fastball deeper into a game. But Kluber is a rung higher on the pyramid, leading the AL with a 2.63 ERA and 0.89 WHIP (walks plus hits allowed per inning pitched). No wonder Kluber is nicknamed Klubot: He’s a machine when it comes to disassembling opponents, even more so this season. His 215 strikeouts to 33 walks works out to a career-best 6.52 ratio. “It’s starting to get a little bit (boring), because you’re getting no action out there,” Cleveland center ﬁelder Bradley Zimmer told MLB.com this week. “It’s like you’re standing and watching him throw sliders and guys swinging over them. I’ve said this, I feel like, every time he pitches: ‘The guy is unbelievable. I’m just happy he’s on our side.’ ” Perhaps even more remarkable is that Kluber is leading the charge for a pitching staff that’s missing Andrew Miller (knee), Danny Salazar (elbow) and Josh Tomlin (hamstring). Throw in inﬁelder Jason Kipnis (hamstring) and outﬁelder Michael Brantley (ankle), and you have a roster sufﬁciently banged up that posting a 19-9 August record into should have been a long shot. But the Indians are gaining momentum again, even if it’s under the radar. This is how they prefer it, deferring the headlines to the Yankees and Red Sox. But that doesn’t make the Tribe any less dangerous. It would be a mistake to underestimate them. Klapisch writes for The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record, part of the USA TODAY Network. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 SPORTS 7C E6 MLB SCORES FOR THE RECORD FOOTBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE East Boston New York Baltimore Tampa Bay Toronto W 76 70 68 66 61 L 57 62 65 68 72 Pct. .571 .530 .511 .493 .459 GB — 51/2 8 101/2 15 Strk. W-3 L-3 W-7 L-1 L-4 Central Cleveland Minnesota Kansas City Detroit Chicago W 76 68 65 58 52 L 56 63 66 74 78 Pct. .576 .519 .496 .439 .400 GB — 71/2 101/2 18 23 Strk. W-7 W-2 W-1 W-1 L-1 West Houston Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland W 79 68 66 66 58 L 53 65 66 68 74 Pct. .598 .511 .500 .493 .439 GB — 111/2 13 14 21 Strk. L-2 W-2 W-2 L-5 L-2 Last 10 5-5 4-6 8-2 6-4 2-8 Last 10 8-2 6-4 4-6 5-5 6-4 Last 10 4-6 5-5 5-5 3-7 5-5 Home 40-25 37-26 41-26 34-33 35-34 Away 36-32 33-36 27-39 32-35 26-38 Home 36-29 32-35 36-31 31-32 30-34 Away 40-27 36-28 29-35 27-42 22-44 Home 37-31 37-31 35-29 34-32 37-31 Away 42-22 31-34 31-37 32-36 21-43 NFL Preseason All times ET AMERICAN CONFERENCE East N.Y. Jets New England Miami Buffalo South Jacksonville Indianapolis Houston Tennessee North Baltimore Cleveland Pittsburgh Cincinnati West Denver Kansas City L.A. Chargers Oakland East Washington Miami Atlanta New York Philadelphia W 81 66 59 58 49 L 51 66 72 74 83 Pct. .614 .500 .450 .439 .371 GB — 15 211/2 23 32 Strk. W-4 L-3 W-2 W-1 L-2 Central Chicago Milwaukee St. Louis Pittsburgh Cincinnati W 71 69 66 63 56 L 60 64 66 70 77 Pct. .542 .519 .500 .474 .421 GB — 3 51/2 9 16 Strk. W-2 W-1 L-1 L-2 L-1 West Los Angeles Arizona Colorado San Diego San Francisco W 91 74 72 58 53 L 39 58 61 74 81 Pct. .700 .561 .541 .439 .396 GB — 18 201/2 34 40 Strk. L-3 W-5 L-1 W-1 L-1 South Last 10 7-3 6-4 5-5 4-6 4-6 Last 10 7-3 6-4 3-7 4-6 4-6 Last 10 5-5 7-3 4-6 4-6 3-7 Home 40-27 35-29 29-36 28-39 28-37 Away 41-24 31-37 30-36 30-35 21-46 New Orleans Carolina Tampa Bay Atlanta Home 36-28 36-31 37-31 35-31 32-36 Away 35-32 33-33 29-35 28-39 24-41 West Home 52-16 43-23 39-27 34-31 31-35 Away 39-23 31-35 33-34 24-43 22-46 WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS L 2 2 2 3 T Pct 0 .333 0 .333 0 .333 0 .000 PF 44 77 61 35 PA 51 86 89 50 W 1 1 1 1 L 2 2 2 2 T Pct 0 .333 0 .333 0 .333 0 .333 PF 62 48 44 44 PA 60 63 63 53 W 3 3 2 1 L 0 0 1 2 T Pct 0 1.000 0 1.000 0 .667 0 .333 PF 67 43 52 52 PA 19 29 44 65 W 3 1 1 0 L 0 2 2 3 T Pct 0 1.000 0 .333 0 .333 0 .000 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Dallas Philadelphia N.Y. Giants Washington NATIONAL LEAGUE W 1 1 1 0 North Green Bay Chicago Minnesota Detroit Seattle L.A. Rams Arizona San Francisco PF 77 60 45 51 PA 48 65 80 68 W 3 2 1 1 L 1 1 2 2 T Pct 0 .750 0 .667 0 .333 0 .333 PF 78 67 50 43 PA 70 71 61 61 W 2 2 1 0 L 1 1 2 3 T Pct 0 .667 0 .667 0 .333 0 .000 PF 40 78 33 47 PA 27 74 44 64 W 2 2 2 2 L 1 1 1 1 T Pct 0 .667 0 .667 0 .667 0 .667 PF 62 60 62 68 PA 46 54 61 46 W 3 2 2 1 L 0 1 2 2 T Pct 0 1.000 0 .667 0 .500 0 .333 PF 94 56 85 72 PA 43 52 68 82 Thursday, Aug. 31 Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. L.A. Rams at Green Bay, 7 p.m. Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New England, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Baltimore at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Arizona at Denver, 9 p.m. L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, 10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m. Canadian Football League All Times ET EAST DIVISION American League Cleveland 2, N.Y. Yankees 1, 1st game Baltimore 8, Seattle 7 Boston 7, Toronto 1 Texas 8, Houston 1 National League Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 1, 1st game Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 2, 2nd game Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 5 Washington 4, Miami 0 Interleague Detroit 6, Colorado 2 Cleveland 9, N.Y. Yankees 4, 2nd game Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Tampa Bay at Kansas City Oakland at L.A. Angels Toronto Ottawa Montreal Hamilton W 4 3 3 0 L 6 6 6 8 WEST DIVISION N.Y. Mets 2, Cincinnati 0 Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs San Francisco at San Diego L.A. Dodgers at Arizona Calgary Winnipeg Edmonton B.C. Saskatchewan W 7 7 7 5 4 L 1 2 2 5 4 T 0 1 0 0 Pts 8 7 6 0 PF 230 282 199 148 PA 254 271 231 310 T 1 0 0 0 0 Pts 15 14 14 10 8 PF 298 308 253 269 251 PA 169 278 256 274 195 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GS W-L TEX: Hamels (L) HOU: McHugh (R) 17 7 Chi. White Sox at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. ET CWS: Gonzalez (R) MIN: Colon (R) 21 8 7-10 4-2 .412 .667 Boston at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET BOS: Rodriguez (L) NYY: Sabathia (L) 18 21 K 109.2 39.2 67 39 (Line: MIN -152) 1.43 4.30 127.2 1.45 4.04 49.0 80 25 27 5 6-8 2-2 3.78 3.63 (Line: NYY -117) .500 1.24 4.19 .667 1.26 3.82 105.1 115.1 114 90 (Line: BAL -129) .429 1.42 5.04 .500 1.08 5.46 151.2 29.2 152 20 4-4 10-5 Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. ET TOR: Estrada (R) BAL: Hellickson (R) IP (Line: HOU -135) 9-2 .818 1.15 2-2 .500 1.24 NATIONAL LEAGUE N.Y. Mets at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m. ET NYM: deGrom (R) CIN: Stephenson (R) 26 5 (Line: NYM -127) .667 1.16 3.39 .333 1.75 5.81 14-7 2-4 172.2 52.2 201 55 (Line: ARI -115) .706 1.08 3.76 .714 1.08 3.14 117.1 166.1 118 182 (Line: MIA -159) .167 1.38 4.36 .000 1.36 3.70 53.2 24.1 29 13 74.1 101.2 76 89 (Line: WSH -120) 1.11 2.40 168.2 1.35 3.91 156.2 152 105 L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 3:40 p.m. ET LAD: Maeda (R) ARI: Greinke (R) 21 26 12-5 15-6 Philadelphia at Miami, 7:10 p.m. ET PHI: Lively (R) MIA: Despaigne (R) 9 2 1-5 0-1 Atlanta at Chi. Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET ATL: Newcomb (L) CHC: Hendricks (R) 14 18 (Line: CHC -220) .222 1.55 .556 1.24 2-7 5-4 Washington at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. ET WSH: Gonzalez (L) MIL: Davies (R) 26 27 13-5 15-7 .722 .682 St. Louis at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. ET STL: Wacha (R) SF: Bumgarner (L) 24 13 9-7 3-6 .563 .333 4.36 3.45 (Line: SF -129) 1.40 4.33 1.04 2.85 129.0 85.1 124 81 Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll The preseason Amway Top 25 football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2016 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and last season’s final ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Alabama (49) 14-1 1603 2 2. Ohio State (5) 11-2 1512 6 3. Fla. State (4) 10-3 1434 8 4. Southern Cal 10-3 1415 5 5. Clemson (7) 14-1 1367 1 6. Penn State 11-3 1257 7 7. Washington 12-2 1245 4 8. Oklahoma 11-2 1237 3 9. Michigan 10-3 959 10 10. Wisconsin 11-3 936 9 11. Okla. State 10-3 912 11 12. LSU 8-4 834 14 13. Auburn 8-5 819 22 14. Stanford 10-3 732 12 15. Georgia 8-5 701 NR 16. Florida 9-4 681 13 17. Louisville 9-4 676 20 18. Miami 9-4 472 23 19. Kansas State 9-4 339 NR 20. West Virginia 10-3 319 17 21. South Florida 11-2 247 19 22. Virginia Tech 10-4 235 16 23. Texas 5-7 193 NR 24. Tennessee 9-4 155 24 25. Utah 9-4 109 21 Others receiving votes: Washington State 99, Colorado 72, TCU 58, Boise State 49, Notre Dame 49, Texas A&M 46, Pittsburgh 45, N.C. State 39, Oregon 37, Northwestern 25, Nebraska 23, Memphis 22, Arkansas 22, Mississippi State 19, San Diego State 18, Appalachian State 11, BYU 10, Georgia Tech 10, Tulsa 10, Wyoming 9, Western Michigan 8, Temple 8, North Carolina 8, Houston 7, Troy 6, Minnesota 6, Iowa 5, Louisiana Tech 4, Syracuse 3, Arizona 2, Army 1, Colorado State 1, Michigan State 1, Maryland 1, Toledo 1, UCLA 1. Odds provided by Pregame.com. SOCCER RESULTS, UPCOMING GAMES Tuesday American League BAL 4, SEA 0 BOS 3, TOR 0 TEX 12, HOU 2 MIN 6, CWS 4 KC 6, TB 2 LAA 8, OAK 2 CLE at NYY, ppd. National League ATL at PHI, ppd. WSH 8, MIA 3 CIN 14, NYM 4 STL 10, MIL 2 CHC 4, PIT 1 ARI 7, LAD 6 SD 6, SF 3 Interleague COL 7, DET 3 Friday American League CLE at DET, 1:10 BOS at NYY, 7:05 TOR at BAL, 7:05 CLE at DET, 7:10 LAA at TEX, 8:05 KC at MIN, 8:10 TB at CWS, 8:10 OAK at SEA, 10:10 National League ATL at CHC, 2:20 CIN at PIT, 7:05 PHI at MIA, 7:10 WSH at MIL, 8:10 ARI at COL, 8:40 LAD at SD, 10:10 STL at SF, 10:15 Interleague NYM at HOU, 8:10 AL LEADERS BATTING Altuve, Houston Garcia, Chicago Hosmer, Kansas City Reddick, Houston Ramirez, Cleveland Schoop, Baltimore Abreu, Chicago Andrus, Texas Gregorius, New York Segura, Seattle RUNS Judge, New York Springer, Houston Altuve, Houston Ramirez, Cleveland Andrus, Texas Betts, Boston Gardner, New York Schoop, Baltimore Upton, Detroit 2 tied at 80 RBI Cruz, Seattle Schoop, Baltimore Upton, Detroit KDavis, Oakland Machado, Baltimore Mazara, Texas Smoak, Toronto Judge, New York Abreu, Chicago Pujols, Los Angeles Saturday American League BOS at NYY, 1:05 CLE at DET, 6:10 TOR at BAL, 7:05 KC at MIN, 7:10 TB at CWS, 7:10 LAA at TEX, 7:15 OAK at SD, 9:10 National League ATL at CHC, 2:20 LAD at SD, 3:40 STL at SF, 4:05 CIN at PIT, 7:05 PHI at MIA, 7:10 WSH at MIL, 7:10 ARI at COL, 8:10 LAD at SD, 10:10 Interleague NYM at HOU, 2:10 NYM at HOU, 8:10 Major League Soccer All times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Toronto FC NY City FC Columbus Chicago New York Atlanta Montreal Philadelphia Orlando City N. England D.C. United 97 92 87 85 84 82 81 81 81 103 99 94 91 88 84 84 82 80 79 BATTING Blackmon, Colorado JTurner, Los Angeles Harper, Washington Murphy, Washington Goldschmidt, Arizona LeMahieu, Colorado Posey, San Francisco Seager, Los Angeles Votto, Cincinnati Ozuna, Miami RUNS Blackmon, Colorado Stanton, Miami Goldschmidt, Arizona Gordon, Miami Harper, Washington Votto, Cincinnati Bryant, Chicago Arenado, Colorado Inciarte, Atlanta Yelich, Miami RBI Arenado, Colorado Stanton, Miami Goldschmidt, Arizona Ozuna, Miami Lamb, Arizona Rizzo, Chicago Votto, Cincinnati Duvall, Cincinnati Zimmerman, Washington 2 tied at 87 L 3 7 12 9 10 8 9 12 11 12 15 T Pts GF GA 8 56 55 26 5 47 48 35 3 42 42 42 5 41 47 36 3 39 38 33 6 36 44 32 6 36 42 41 7 31 36 38 7 31 27 39 5 29 39 41 4 28 22 44 WESTERN CONFERENCE NL LEADERS .354 .320 .319 .306 .305 .305 .302 .302 .301 .299 W 16 14 13 12 12 10 10 8 8 8 8 .339 .327 .325 .320 .317 .314 .311 .310 .310 .310 119 103 98 92 92 90 89 82 82 82 111 110 105 103 96 94 90 89 88 Seattle Portland Sporting KC Houston Vancouver FC Dallas San Jose Salt Lake Minnesota Los Angeles Colorado W 11 11 10 10 11 9 10 10 7 6 6 L 7 9 5 8 9 7 11 13 14 14 15 T Pts GF GA 9 42 41 34 8 41 48 45 10 40 31 19 8 38 46 37 5 38 37 35 9 36 37 33 6 36 31 44 5 35 40 48 4 25 32 52 5 23 32 47 4 22 24 38 Saturday Chicago at Montreal, 7 p.m. Orlando City at New England, 7 p.m. New York at FC Dallas, 9 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 11 p.m. Wednesday Sporting KC at NY City FC, 7:30 p.m. English Premier League All Times ET Manc. United Liverpool Huddersfield Man. City GP 3 3 3 3 W 3 2 2 2 D 0 1 1 1 L GF GA 0 10 0 0 8 3 0 4 0 0 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 1 6 4 5 3 3 2 4 3 4 4 2 2 2 3 2 4 3 3 5 6 4 8 0 4 1 5 0 6 2 10 7 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 Liverpool at Manchester City, 7:30 a.m. Bournemouth at Arsenal, 10 a.m. Tottenham at Everton, 10 a.m. Watford at Southampton, 10 a.m. Chelsea at Leicester, 10 a.m. West Bromwich Albion at Brighton, 10 a.m. Manchester United at Stoke, 12:30 p.m. Sunday’s games Crystal Palace at Burnley, 8:30 a.m. Newcastle at Swansea, 11 a.m. Monday’s game Huddersfield at West Ham, 3 p.m. National Women’s Soccer League All Times ET North Carolina Portland Chicago Orlando Sky Blue FC Seattle Kansas City Houston Boston Washington W L 14 5 11 5 9 6 9 6 9 9 7 7 6 9 7 10 3 10 4 12 T 0 4 5 5 2 6 5 2 7 4 Pts 42 37 32 32 29 27 23 23 16 16 GF 29 29 27 37 35 38 23 20 16 26 GA 16 19 24 26 41 33 29 29 26 37 Wednesday’s Game North Carolina 3, Washington 2 Saturday’s Games Washington at Portland, 3:30 p.m. Boston at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Sky Blue FC at FC Kansas City, 6 p.m. North Carolina at Chicago, 6 p.m. Seattle at Houston, 8 p.m. WNBA W 21 20 17 12 12 9 L 11 12 15 20 20 24 Pct GB .656 — .625 1 .531 4 .375 9 .375 9 .273 12½ W x-Minnesota 25 x-Los Angeles 24 x-Phoenix 16 x-Dallas 16 Seattle 14 San Antonio 7 x-clinched playoff berth L 7 8 16 17 18 25 Pct .781 .750 .500 .485 .438 .219 GB — 1 9 9½ 11 18 Tuesday’s Game Connecticut 86, Washington 76 Wednesday’s Games Minnesota 80, Indiana 69 Dallas 99, Chicago 96 Thursday’s Games Pts 9 7 7 7 Tomljanovic, Australia, 6-3, 6-2; Julia Goerges (30), Germany, def. Saisai Zheng, China, 6-2, 6-1; Ashleigh Barty, Australia, def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Belarus, 6-1, 7-6 (7); Sloane Stephens, United States, def. Dominika Cibulkova (11), Slovakia, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3; Anastasija Sevastova (16), Latvia, def. Kateryna Kozlova, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-4; Donna Vekic, Croatia, def. Shuai Peng (22), China, 6-0, 6-2; Sofia Kenin, United States, def. Sachia Vickery, United States, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (0). Second Round Maria Sharapova, Russia, def. Timea Babos, Hungary, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1. AUTO RACING NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Schedule-Winners Feb. 19 — x-Advance Auto Parts Clash (Joey Logano) Feb. 23 — x-Can-Am Duel at Daytona 1 (Chase Elliott) Feb. 23 — x-Can-Am Duel at Daytona 2 (Denny Hamlin) Feb. 26 — Daytona 500 (Kurt Busch) March 5 — Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Brad Keselowski) March 12 — Kobalt 400 (Martin Truex Jr) March 19 — Camping World 500 (Ryan Newman) March 26 — Auto Club 400 (Kyle Larson) April 2 — STP 500 (Brad Keselowski) April 9 — O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (Jimmie Johnson) April 24 — Food City 500 (Jimmie Johnson) April 30 — Toyota Owners 400 (Joey Logano) May 7 — GEICO 500 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr) May 13 — Go Bowling 400 (Martin Truex Jr) May 20 — x-Monster Energy Open (Daniel Suarez) May 20 — x-Monster Energy NASCAR AllStar Race (Kyle Busch) May 28 — Coca-Cola 600 (Austin Dillon) June 4 — AAA 400 Drive for Autism (Jimmie Johnson) June 11 — Pocono 400 (Ryan Blaney) June 18 — FireKeepers Casino 400 (Kyle Larson) June 25 — Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Kevin Harvick) July 1 — Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) July 8 — Quaker State 400 (Martin Truex Jr.) July 16 — New Hampshire 301 (Denny Hamlin) July 23 — Brickyard 400 (Kasey Kahne) July 30 — Overton’s 400 (Kyle Busch) Aug. 6 — I Love New York 355 at The Glen (Martin Truex Jr.) Aug. 13 — Pure Michigan 400 (Kyle Larson) Aug. 19 — Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Kyle Busch) Sept. 3 — Bojangles’ Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Sept. 9 — Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond, Va. Sept. 17 — Tales of the Turtles 400, Joliet, Ill. Sept. 24 — New England 300, Loudon, N.H. Oct. 1 — Delaware 400, Dover, Del. Oct. 8 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 15 — Alabama 500, Talladega, Ala. Oct. 22 — Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 29 — Goody’s Fast Relief 500, Martinsville, Va. Nov. 5 — AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 12 — Can-Am 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 19 — Ford Ecoboost 400, Homestead, Fla. x-non-points race NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Points Leaders No games scheduled TENNIS US Open Winnipeg at Saskatchewan, 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4 Edmonton at Calgary, 3 p.m. Toronto at Hamilton, 6:30 p.m. Texas at Houston, 1:10 p.m. ET 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 WESTERN CONFERENCE Sunday’s Games Pitchers 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 Saturday’s games x-Connecticut x-New York x-Washington Chicago Atlanta Indiana Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. 2017 Statistics Pct. WHIP ERA 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 All times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Thursday’s Game THURSDAY’S GAMES AMERICAN LEAGUE West Bromwich Chelsea Watford Southampton Tottenham Burnley Stoke Everton Swansea Newcastle Leicester Arsenal Brighton Bournemouth Crystal Palace West Ham USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (seedings in parentheses): Men’s Singles: Stefano Travaglia, Italy, def. Fabio Fognini (22), Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-0; Viktor Troicki, Serbia, def. Norbert Gombos, Slovakia, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Aleksandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, def. Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Tomas Berdych (15), Czech Republic, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4); David Goffin (9), Belgium, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Guido Pella, Argentina, def. Steve Darcis, Belgium, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0; Gael Monfils (18), France, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4; Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia-Herzegovina, def. Pablo Cuevas (27), Uruguay, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-1; Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Germany, def. Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1; Andrey Rublev, Russia, def. Aljaz Bedene, Britain, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; Grigor Dimitrov (7), Bulgaria, def. Vaclav Safranek, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, def. Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Fernando Verdasco, Spain, def. Vasek Pospisil, Canada, 6-2, 0-0; Feliciano Lopez (31), Spain, def. Andrey Kuznetsov, Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2; Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, def. Tim Smyczek, United States, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4; Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, def. Vincent Millot, France, 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4; Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, def. Thiago Moura Monteiro, Brazil, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; John Millman, Australia, def. Nick Kyrgios (14), Australia, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1; Roberto Bautista-Agut (11), Spain, def. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1); Dustin Brown, Germany, def. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; Juan Martin Del Potro (24), Argentina, def. Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5); Adrian Mannarino (30), France, def. Richard Berankis, Lithuania, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2; Taylor Fritz, United States, def. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3; Mischa Zverev (23), Germany, def. Benoit Paire, France, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 7-5; John Isner (10), United States, def. Hyeon Chung, South Korea, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5; Paolo Lorenzi, Italy, def. Gilles Muller (19), Luxembourg, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3; Kevin Anderson (28), South Africa, def. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4; Borna Coric, Croatia, def. Alexander Zverev (4), Germany, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4); Kyle Edmund, Britain, def. Steve Johnson, United States, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (4); Nicolas Mahut, France, def. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (20), Spain, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; Pablo Carreno-Busta (12), Spain, def. Cameron Norrie, Britain, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3; Lucas Pouille (16), France, def. Jared Donaldson, United States, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4; Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Evgeny Donskoy, Russia, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5; Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (29), Argentina, def. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5; Marin Cilic (5), Croatia, def. Florian Mayer, Germany, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Women’s Singles: Shuai Zhang (27), China, def. Sabine Lisicki, Germany, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0; Ana Bogdan, Romania, def. Taylor Townsend, United States, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Agnieszka Radwanska (10), Poland, def. Petra Martic, Croatia, 6-4, 7-6 (3); Yulia Putintseva, Kazakhstan, def. Sofya Zhuk, Russia, 7-6 (3), 6-3; Ons Jabeur, Tunisia, def. Brienne Minor, United States, 6-1, 7-5; Coco Vandeweghe (20), United States, def. Alison Riske, United States, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, def. Anett Kontaveit (26), Estonia, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4; Nao Hibino, Japan, def. Catherine Cartan Bellis, United States, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Kurumi Nara, Japan, def. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, 6-1, 6-2; Svetlana Kuznetsova (8), Russia, def. Marketa Vondrousova, Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2); Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, def. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada, 7-6 (2), 6-1; Shelby Rogers, United States, def. Kayla Day, United States, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Daria Gavrilova (25), Australia, def. Allie Kiick, United States, 6-2, 6-1; Elena Vesnina (17), Russia, def. Anna Blinkova, Russia, 6-1, 6-3; Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, def. Madison Brengle, United States, 6-2, 6-3; Tatjana Maria, Germany, def. Ashley Kratzer, United States, 6-1, 6-1; Daria Kasatkina, Russia, def. Qiang Wang, China, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-3; Christina McHale, United States, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (19), Russia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Denisa Allertova, Czech Republic, def. Rebecca Peterson, Sweden, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Venus Williams (9), United States, def. Oceane Dodin, France, 7-5, 6-4; Petra Kvitova (13), Czech Republic, def. Alize Cornet, France, 6-1, 6-2; Magdalena Rybarikova (31), Slovakia, def. Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3); Aleksandra Krunic, Serbia, def. Ajla 1. Martin Truex Jr., 951. 2. Kyle Busch, 850. 2. Kyle Larson, 845. 4. Kevin Harvick, 824. 5. Denny Hamlin, 753. 6. Brad Keselowski, 728. 7. Chase Elliott, 711. 8. Matt Kenseth, 703. 9. Jamie McMurray, 700. 10. Clint Bowyer, 642. 11. Jimmie Johnson, 628. 12. Ryan Blaney, 623. 13. Kurt Busch, 586. 14. Joey Logano, 583. 15. Ryan Newman, 574. 16. Erik Jones, 574. 17. Daniel Suarez, 537. 18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 528. 19. Trevor Bayne, 470. 20. Kasey Kahne, 451. O/U 59 53 681⁄2 52 511⁄2 66 L O/U Underdog 31⁄2 38 LA Rams 31⁄2 351⁄2 BUFFALO 1 36 Philadelphia 2 36 Cincinnati 3 37 Jacksonville 4 37 Pittsburgh 2 36 Washington 3 38 NY Giants 3 36 Cleveland 2 37 Baltimore 3 38 Miami 3 38 Tennessee 2 36 Arizona 3 38 LA Chargers 11⁄2 40 OAKLAND OFF OFF Houston DEALS BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Optioned LHP Donnie Hart to Norfolk (IL). Reinstated RHP Dylan Bundy from the bereavement list. BOSTON RED SOX — Assigned 3B Steve Selsky outright to Pawtucket (IL). Reinstated RHP Ben Taylor from the 10-day DL and optioned him to Pawtucket. Sent RHP Matt Barnes to Portland (EL) for a rehab assignment. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Assigned RHP Diego Moreno outright to Columbus (IL). Placed RHP Dan Otero on paternity leave. Recalled RHP Shawn Armstrong and LHP Ryan Merritt from Columbus. HOUSTON ASTROS — Sent RHP Lance McCullers Jr. and C Max Stassi to Corpus Christi (TL) for rehab assignments. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 10-day DL. Recalled LHP Eric Skoglund from Omaha (PCL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Sent 3B Yunel Escobar to Inland Empire (Cal) and RHP Garrett Richards to Salt Lake (PCL) for rehab assignments. MINNESOTA TWINS — Sent LHP Hector Santiago to Rochester (IL) for a rehab assignment. NEW YORK YANKEES — Recalled LHP Jordan Montgomery from Scranton/WilkesBarre (IL) as 26th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader. Sent DH Matt Holliday to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. SEATTLE MARINERS — Sent RHP Evan Scribner to Tacoma (PCL) for a rehab assignment. TEXAS RANGERS — Assigned RHP Tanner Scheppers outright to Round Rock (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Assigned LHP TJ House outright to Buffalo (IL). Released OF Norichika Aoki. Optioned RHP Leonel Campos to Buffalo. Selected the contract of LHP Brett Anderson from Buffalo. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Placed C Tyler Flowers on the 10-day DL. Recalled RHP Jason Hursh and C David Freitas from Gwinnett (IL). Sent LHP Ian Krol to Gwinnett for a rehab assignment. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Reinstated INF/ OF Cody Bellinger from the 10-day DL. Optioned C/INF Kyle Farmer to Oklahoma City. Sent LHP Adam Liberatore to Oklahoma City (PCL) for rehab assignments. MIAMI MARLINS — Sent LHP Wei-Yin Chen to Jupiter (FSL) for a rehab assignment. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Sent C Andrew Susac and LHP Brent Suter to Wisconsin (MWL) for rehab assignments. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Lehigh Valley (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Traded RHP Mike Leake and international cap space to Seattle for SS Rayder Ascanio. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Signed F James Michael McAdoo to a two-way contract. Agreed to terms with G James Blackmon Jr. FOOTBALL National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS — Waived WR Reginald Davis III, OT Will Freeman and Ss Jordan Moore and Deron Washington. Waived/injured OT Kevin Graf. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Announced LB Vontaze Burfict had his NFL suspension reduced from five to three games for his egregious hit on a Chiefs running back. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Terminated the contract of DB Joe Haden. Traded OL Cam Erving to Kansas City for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Signed WR Seth Roberts to a two-year contract extension. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Signed QB Ryan Griffin to a one-year contract extension. TENNESSEE TITANS — Waived/injured CB Jeremy Boykins and WR Mekale McKay. Pregame.com Line College Football Friday L 14 27 91⁄2 27 31⁄2 41⁄2 Favorite GREEN BAY Detroit NY JETS INDIANAPOLIS ATLANTA CAROLINA TAMPA BAY NEW ENGLAND CHICAGO NEW ORLEANS MINNESOTA KANSAS CITY DENVER SAN FRANCISCO Seattle DALLAS BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ODDS Favorite E. MICHIGAN Washington Navy WISCONSIN Boston College Colorado Thursday Underdog Charlotte RUTGERS FAU Utah St N ILLINOIS Colorado St Saturday Favorite L O/U Underdog MICHIGAN ST 17 531⁄2 Bowling Green IOWA 11 49 Wyoming MARSHALL 21⁄2 45 Miami (Ohio) CLEMSON 391⁄2 511⁄2 Kent St UMASS 21⁄2 561⁄2 CSTL CAROLINA PENN ST 30 66 Akron Louisville 24 67 Purdue NEBRASKA 141⁄2 47 Arkansas St NRTHWESTRN 24 60 Nevada ILLINOIS 7 551⁄2 Ball St OKLAHOMA 43 63 UTEP N CAROLINA 13 55 California MISSISSIPPI 231⁄2 571⁄2 South Alabama SOUTHERN CAL 26 571⁄2 W. Michigan TEXAS 19 56 Maryland NOTRE DAME 18 54 Temple AUBURN 34 59 Ga Southern GEORGIA 14 451⁄2 App St Kentucky 101⁄2 57 S. MISS NC State 5 521⁄2 South Carolina Michigan 4 43 Florida Vanderbilt 31⁄2 59 MID TENN Alabama 7 481⁄2 Florida St BOISE ST 10 62 Troy HOCKEY National Hockey League ARIZONA COYOTES — Announced the retirement of RW Shane Doan. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW — Transferred D Nico Naess to Heerenveen (Eredivisie-Netherlands). LA GALAXY — Named Pierre Barrieu director of sports performance. COLLEGE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES — Executive director Jim Haney accepted a multi-year contract extension. BARUCH — Named Gregory Wyzykowski men’s and women’s tennis coach. EAST CAROLINA — Named Eric Tyler volunteer assistant baseball coach. ETSU — Named Paige Neely assistant softball coach. FLORIDA — Suspended RB Jordan Scarlett and WR Rick Wells indefinitely. IUPUI — Agreed to terms with men’s basketball coach Jason Gardner on a contract extension through 2019-20. SAINT JOSEPH’S — Named Jamie O’Hare women’s basketball video coordinator. SOUTH CAROLINA — Announced freshman women’s basketball G Haley Troup has left the program. TULANE — Named Shane Spellman assistant beach volleyball coach. Sunday Favorite Virginia Tech UCLA L O/U 4 52 3 57 Underdog West Virginia Texas A&M Monday Favorite Tennessee L O/U 3 56 Underdog Georgia Tech NFL BOXING Fight Schedule Sept. 3 At Kyoto, Japan, Shun Kubo vs. Daniel Roman, 12, for Kubo’s WBA World junior featherweight title. SPORTS ON TV Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings. CYCLING: Vuelta a Espana, Stage 12, Montril to Antequera, Spain (same-day tape) (NBC Sports Network, 1 p.m.) GOLF: European PGA Tour, D&D Real Czech Masters, first round, in Prague, Czech Republic (Golf Channel, 5 and 9 a.m.); Web.com Tour, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, first round, Columbus, Ohio (Golf Channel, 3 p.m.); LPGA tour, Cambia Portland Classic, first round, in Portland, Ore. (Golf Channel, 7 p.m.) HORSE RACING: Saratoga Live, P.G. Johnson Stakes, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Fox Sports 2, 5 p.m.) MLB: Regional coverage, Chicago White Sox at Minnesota or Texas vs. Houston in St. Petersburg, Fla. (MLB Network, 1 p.m.); Boston at New York Yankees or Toronto at Baltimore (MLB Network, 7 p.m.) NFL: Preseason, Philadelphia at New York Jets (NFL Network, 7 p.m.), Seattle at Oakland (NFL Network, 10 p.m.) SOCCER: FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying, France vs. Netherlands, in Saint-Denis, France (ESPNews, 2:30 p.m.), Portugal vs. Faroe Islands, in Oporto, Portugal (Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.), Bulgaria vs. Sweden, in Sofia, Bulgaria (Fox Sports 2, 2:30 p.m.) TENNIS: U.S. Open, second round, in New York (ESPN2, 1 and 7 p.m.) COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON TV Thursday (times p.m. Eastern) Matchup Florida International (0-0) at Central Florida (0-0) Buffalo (0-0) at Minnesota (0-0) Tulsa (0-0) at No. 11 Oklahoma State (0-0) North Dakota (0-0) at No. 25 Utah (0-0) No. 2 Ohio State (0-0) at Indiana (0-0) Florida A&M (1-0) at Arkansas (0-0) UL-Monroe (0-0) at Memphis (0-0) New Mexico State (0-0) at Arizona State (0-0) Time/TV 6/CBSSN 7/BTN 7:30/FS1 7:30/Pac-12 8/ESPN 8/SEC 9/CBSSN 10:30/Pac-12 Surface Grass Artificial Artificial Artificial Artificial Artificial Artificial Grass Pregame.com line UCF by 17 Minnesota by 24 Okla. State by 171⁄2 N/A OSU by 21 NA Memphis by 26 ASU by 221⁄2 Sagarin difference UCF by 22.27 Minnesota by 22.19 Okla. State by 22.48 Utah by 26.22 OSU by 23.95 Arkansas by 56.78 Memphis by 29.53 ASU by 26.86 Jeff Sagarin’s power ratings show the relative strength of teams. 2.41 points are added to the home team’s rating to calculate the difference. 8C SPORTS E6 USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 NASCAR Some venues succumbed Mike Hembree @mikehembree USA TODAY Sports NASCAR reduced the schedule of its top national series dramatically in 1972 — from 48 races to 31. Thirteen short tracks were booted from the schedule at the end of the 1971 season: Hickory Speedway, Hickory, N.C. On Cup schedule 1953 to 1971 (35 races). Xﬁnity schedule 1982 to 1998. Now runs weekly schedule highlighted by Late Models. When the track held Sunday afternoon races, it suspended competition to eliminate engine noise while funeral services were held at an adjacent cemetery. Columbia Speedway, Cayce, S.C. Cup schedule 1951 to 1971 (43 races). A legendary stock car racing short track, Columbia Speedway is remembered for providing solid experience for future champions such as Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough. After closing and becoming overgrown with weeds and sitting dormant for more than 30 years, the facility reopened in 2009 as a venue for concerts, corporate outings, car shows and similar events. Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Easley, S.C. Cup schedule 1955 to 1971 (28 races). Continues to operate a weekly program. David Pearson and Ralph Earnhardt (Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s father) won track championships at the half-mile, which hosted the ﬁrst ﬂag-to-ﬂag network television coverage of a Cup race (April 10, 1971). NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. promoted the ﬁrst race at the track in 1946. Smoky Mountain Raceway, Maryville, Tenn. Cup schedule 1965 to 1971 (12 races). The track continues to operate with Late Model racing on an irregular schedule. Petty won ﬁve of the last seven Cup races there. South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Va. Cup schedule 1960 to 1971 (10 races). SoBo also hosted Xﬁnity and Camping World Truck Series races but dropped off the national series schedule in 2003 with its last truck race. The track hosts Late Models every other week. Attend enough races here, and you’ll eventually eat one of the track’s famous bologna burgers. New Asheville Speedway, Asheville, N.C. Cup schedule 1962 to 1971 (eight races). Adjacent to the French Broad River, New Asheville was a hotbed for regional racing after the Cup series left town, but the track was closed in 1999 when the area was converted to a city park. The racing surface, now part of the park, is used for bicycling and walking. Kingsport Speedway, Kingsport, Tenn. Cup schedule 1969 to 1971 (three races). Track now runs a Late Model schedule weekly. Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, N.Y. Cup schedule 1970 to 1971 (two races). Once part of the so-called Northern Tour, Albany now runs weekly Sportsman races. Islip Speedway, Islip, N.Y. Cup schedule 1964 to 1971 (six races). One of the shortest (0.2mile) tracks to host the Cup series, Islip closed in 1984. Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C. Cup schedule 1958 to 1971 (29 races). Despite being in the head- quarters city of then-new NASCAR sponsor R.J. Reynolds, Bowman Gray was one of the casualties of the top series’ downsizing. The track remains strong, however, and has built a regional reputation for ﬁerce racing and occasional over-the-top driver confrontations. Middle Georgia Raceway, Byron, Ga. Cup schedule 1966 to 1971 (nine races). No longer an active track, Middle Georgia is perhaps best remembered for hosting a giant music festival in July 1970 — the Atlanta International Pop Festival — as a reported total of more than 200,000 fans came to the venue to listen to Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers Band and many others. Meyer Speedway, Houston Cup schedule 1971 (one race). Bobby Allison won the only Cup race on the half-mile track, outrunning the rest of a 13-car ﬁeld. The track no longer is in operation. Ona Speedway, Ona, W.Va. Cup schedule 1963 to 1971 (four races). Once operated by entertainment kingpin Dick Clark, the speedway now hosts Late Models every other week. Breaking down the divisions Short tracks across the nation name their divisions differently, so there is no consistent nomenclature. But at Bowman Gray Stadium, the categories break down like this. Modiﬁeds: Featured cars, lightweight, powerful, designed speciﬁcally for racing. They must weigh at least 2,650 pounds and are low to the ground, open-wheeled and race with offset chassis. Sportsman: Allows Late Model stock cars that are stock in appearance. Both sixand eight-cylinder engines are allowed. Street Stock: Cars are similar to Sportsman cars but weigh more and generally have fewer engine modiﬁcations. Stadium Stock: Fourcylinder cars with stock bodies, usually the “starter” division. Mike Hembree 45 years later, tracks going strong without NASCAR v CONTINUED FROM 1C the Cup schedule. The list included ﬁve tracks that could be considered series bedrock: Hickory (N.C.) Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Columbia Speedway in South Carolina; South Boston Speedway in Virginia; and Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. Losing a NASCAR race might have been a death warrant to some sites — unable to continue without the sport’s top series — but only ﬁve of the tracks eliminated from the top circuit faded away. Eight survive today and several are thriving, doing business and making money in a crowded entertainment market. Two of the success stories are Bowman Gray and South Boston, tracks that hosted a total of 39 Cup races. Each has good crowds for regularly scheduled weekend racing, and each, in some ways, is a reminder of what NASCAR Cup racing once was — down-home weekend fun with the family watching drivers as familiar as the guy next door. MEMORIES AND MADHOUSE In many ways, Bowman Gray was the most surprising name on the hit list. It had been a part of NASCAR’s top-tier series since 1958, and NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. once promoted races at the track. More than two dozen members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame trace their racing roots to the ﬂat, quarter-mile track about 80 miles north of Charlotte. The track is located in the same city as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, whose arrival in the sport opened the exit door for Bowman Gray. Weekly racing became the speedway’s selling point, and its Modiﬁed division quickly gained steam. Today, Bowman Gray’s Saturday night program has Modiﬁed, Street Stock, Sportsman and Stadium Stock events. The Modiﬁeds are easily the crowd favorite, but Bowman Gray has an impressive car count in all divisions; a typical race night includes more than 130 cars, a number that would overwhelm some small tracks. MIKE HEMBREE FOR USA TODAY SPORTS A lack of star drivers doesn’t mean fans can’t make memories, South Boston Speedway general manager Cathy Rice says. Bowman Gray’s biggest draw, however, is the near-certainty that almost any race at the tight track will lead to confrontation — driver vs. driver, car vs. car, sometimes both. The compact nature of the facility leaves little room for passing when competing cars are almost equal, so bumping and banging are generally required when moving through the ﬁeld. This helped earn the track its “Madhouse” nickname, one that was underlined when the History Channel broadcast a ﬁght-heavy series — MadHouse — from the track in 2010. “We’re racing, but we’re also entertainment,” track promoter Gray Garrison, one of several third-generation members of his family to operate Bowman Gray, told USA TODAY Sports. “The fans can get close. They can see the drivers inside the cars. They can see them ﬁghting the wheel. There is a lot of banging and beating and pushing and shoving. And fans like excitement.” They also like the atmosphere, one that can generate hostilities that can spread across a season. Highlights — or lowlights, depending on perspective — have included ﬁghts in the inﬁeld and garage area and drivers using their cars to ram into each other, hood to hood, on the track. Security personnel limit the drama, but they usually let things go, to a point. On many nights, there is a professional wrestling ﬂavor to it all. A recent Saturday’s grandstand activity included a grandmother instructing her grandson on the best way to display the middle ﬁnger to a passing driver. “We come here and sit in the same seats every night,” Tommy Carson, a Winston-Salem resident, told USA TODAY Sports. “You can’t beat the prices and the entertainment value. This place has some of the best Modiﬁeds and best short-track drivers around, and you never know what’s going to happen.” The track is unique. The asphalt racing surface circles the stadium’s football ﬁeld. The horseshoe-shaped grandstand seats 17,000, with the opening on one end allowing entrances and exits from the garage. There is no pit road inside the track. The city of Winston-Salem owns the facility and leases it to the speedway operators and also to WinstonSalem State University, which uses it during football season. There can be no overlap of the two sports, so Bowman Gray’s racing schedule ends in August. France and Alvin Hawkins of Spartanburg, S.C., began promoting races at the track in 1949, and members of Hawkins’ family still operate the facility. In NASCAR’s early days, France and Hawkins rented adjacent houses in Winston-Salem and used the city as a sort of hub for the ﬂedgling racing business. Hawkins and his wife, Eloise, had six children. Johnnie Pinilis, the youngest, still works at the track. Garrison, the track promoter for the last 15 years, is a grandchild of Alvin and Eloise Hawkins, as are track manager Jonathan Hawkins and track publicist Loren Pinilis. “We’ve stood the test of time — almost 70 years,” Garrison said. “We keep the tickets cheap ($10 for adults), haven’t raised the prices in 15 years. We try to ﬁne-tune what’s here and try to keep it up to modern times. But it’s a unique place with a lot of history. We don’t want to mess it up.” RACING THEN, RACING NOW Cathy Rice, South Boston Speedway’s general manager since 1989, says it’s her goal to build on the memories people have of the stars of the Cup series — drivers such as Petty, Bobby Allison and Benny Parsons — racing at the track decades ago. “We still have people come here every race night like they did then and set up their lawn chairs in Turns 3 and 4 and watch the races,” Rice told USA TODAY Sports. “They talk about the days when Richard and Bobby and all those guys raced here. And they’re good memories. That’s what I want to make happen today. I want our fans to go home with memories like that.” It’s not the same, of course, since the Cup series left town in 1971. But, for many, a race is a race is a race. “A Late Model driver can win every race and not make any money,” said Guy Haskins, who has worked at South Boston since the 1960s and befriended many of the Cup drivers. “He’s in it for the hobby and loves to do it. People who go to Cup races today and have never watched a good Late Model race — they’ve missed it all.” Located in south central Virginia near the North Carolina line, South Boston, celebrating its 60th year, is a major ﬁnancial engine for the area, say longtime fans. “On Saturday night, this is where people go,” said Jesse Spencer Jr., a former Limited Sportsman track champion. “We’re fortunate to have a track like this in Halifax County. It was big to have the Grand Nationals (now Cup) here, but everybody moved on. The crowds have fallen off some, but I think that’s mainly because so much more is going on.” The racing — now in Late Model and Limited Sportsman divisions, along with occasional NASCAR touring series — still entertains, Spencer said. “Some people have in their minds that they want to see that big name all the time,” he said. “I want to see a good race. And these guys can put on a heck of a show.” Joe Chandler, sports editor of South Boston newspaper the Gazette-Virginian, said he was shooting photographs for the paper when Parsons won the ﬁnal Cup race at the track on May 9, 1971. “Does this community miss having the Cup races? Yes,” Chandler told USA TODAY Sports. “But South Boston has always brought in good touring series with K&N and Modiﬁeds. The fans enjoy that. I think a lot of interest has to do with the competition. If there’s good competition, fans are going to come.” Bill Mangum said he has been a track regular since South Boston’s dirt-track days in the late 1950s, when his father, Gordon, raced. “When the Grand Nationals raced, it was hard to get a seat, because everybody was a superstar,” he said. “You better get your ticket early.” He said the Cup series’ departure wasn’t a major deal for area fans “because Martinsville Speedway is right up the road and Richmond is not that far. There wasn’t much talk about it then. And the track has done really well.” OLYMPICS White focused on halfpipe for 2018 Games Rachel Axon @RachelAxon USA TODAY Sports MALIBU, CALIF. Shaun White planned a low-key birthday celebration for this week, just dinner with friends and family. By Sunday, when he turns 31, the two-time Olympic gold medalist will be in New Zealand chasing snow and a World Cup win to start a season that he hopes will get him back atop the podium in Pyeongchang. “If I show up, I’m going to try and win,” White told USA TODAY Sports, speaking of the Olympics speciﬁcally while acknowledging an ethos that has made him one of the most-accomplished competition riders in the sport. “That’s all I care about and want to do. I won’t lie to you. I think you can tell by my life’s record that’s kind of what I like to do and I don’t really aim any lower, so I’d be lying to say I’m not there to win.” The journey back to another Olympic medal begins this season with a FIS World Cup in Cardrona, New Zealand, on Sept. 8-9. Long snowboarding’s most famous rider, White comes into this year with a new approach coming off a disappointing fourth-place ﬁnish in Sochi. He changed coaches, switching from longtime coach Bud Keene to Olympic bronze medalist JJ Thomas. He spends more time working out and in physical therapy. He spent part of the offseason training in Oregon and in Mammoth, seeking to stay closer to home to stay connected with friends and family. White is enjoying the sport again, relishing in learning new tricks. “I have a couple things in my pocket that I’m waiting to see what happens just so I know and maybe I need that motivation to clear this hurdle,” he said. “Just going up thinking, ‘Oh, I might need it’ is harder to get the job than going, ‘OK, I need this trick. It’s not a maybe anymore. I need this to succeed.’ ” Those tricks — one new to him and one new to snowboarding entirely — are likely to come out during the four remaining qualifying events that will determine the U.S. team. White wouldn’t say what they were, but footage from this offseason shows the veteran rider has dialed in one of snowboarding’s toughest tricks. White learned a frontside version of the YOLO ﬂip, a double cork 1440 created by Iouri Podlatchikov that helped the Swiss rider claim gold in Sochi. “It’s just such a strange trick. It’s been a battle,” White said. “It’s like I’ve done it before, but then again the technique wasn’t as good so I would start over doing it to the airbag, trying to do these little tweaks and changes and then bring it back and take it back to the airbag. It’s just been this kind of like ongoing battle, so I think that was ﬁnally some footage you saw when it all clicked.” This time, White will only spend time learning tricks in one event. In 2014, he made the U.S. team in halfpipe and slopestyle with the latter event making its Olympic debut in Russia. But splitting time between training for both events took its toll, and White withdrew from the slopestyle competition once he got to Russia. By doing both, he felt like he was constantly relearning tricks in each. “I was just thinking about being kind to myself and just doing halfpipe this time. Honestly, it was such a struggle to do both,” he said “I never felt like I was gaining the proper momentum and feeling rewarded for it because every time I would learn something somewhere, I would feel like I was neglecting the other. It wasn’t like I felt satisﬁed in the end.” With a new approach and singular focus, White hopes this Olympic year will end differently. After this ﬁrst event, White will return to New Zealand to train in October, possibly with a stop in Switzerland on the way. Next week, it will be warm and crowded, with riders from around the world taking advantage of the end of New Zealand’s winter. But White is looking for a little more to celebrate as he continues his path back to the Olympics. SECTION D THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 Keeping Dylan forever young Joan Osborne is knockin’ on Bob’s door for new album 5D JEFF FASANO LIFELINE REMEMBERING DIANA ROYALS REPORT REMEMBERING MUMMY There’s nothing more English than a beautiful garden, and no one more English than Princess Diana. So that’s where Prince William and Prince Harry chose to pay tribute to their mother on Wednesday, the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death. Clutching umbrellas, the princes and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, William’s wife, visited the Sunken Garden on the grounds of Kensington Palace — their current central London residence and Diana’s former home. The engagement was to be the young royals’ sole public appearance before the anniversary, aimed at highlighting their mother’s life and her charitable legacy. They were expected to spend the anniversary day in private. KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH, AP HOW WAS YOUR DAY? GOOD DAY DREW SCOTT We finally have our first official couple for Season 25 of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ‘Good Morning America’ announced Wednesday that ‘Property Brothers’ star Drew GETTY IMAGES Scott will join pro Emma Slater on the dance floor this fall. Slater earned the coveted Mirrorball trophy with football star Rashad Jennings last season, and Scott hopes to win first place with his reigning partner. “What I’m really looking forward to is finale night, where I hope Emma and I will be holding up the Mirrorball,” Scott told ‘People.’ “I want to make her proud and really want her to be a back-to-back champion.” USA SNAPSHOTS© Top music downloads Despacito Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy 84,000 Yankee and Justin Bieber Sorry Not Sorry Demi Lovato 80,200 Strip That Down Liam Payne 45,600 Slow Hands Niall Horan 45,200 Friends Justin Bieber and Bloodpop 39,300 SOURCE Nielsen SoundScan for week ending Aug. 24 MAEVE MCDERMOTT AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY Britain’s Princess still has a special hold on America Maria Puente Diana, Princess of Wales, arrives at the American Red Cross in Washington in June 1997. She was there to discuss the effort to ban land mines worldwide, one of the princess’ signature causes. USA TODAY T wenty years later, it’s as if she didn’t really die. America’s attention is again haunted by Diana, Princess of Wales — queen, then and now, of many a Yankee heart. Pick up any device, peruse any newsstand or bookstore, switch on your TV, and there she is, glowing in the strobe lights, beaming that megawatt smile, batting those intensely blue eyes — permanently young and beautiful at 36 years old. “People who die young are forever trapped in amber,” says best-selling American author Sally Bedell Smith, who has written biographies of DiThe ana, Prince world Charles and Queen Elizastood beth II. “No still one can imagWhere were ine what Diyou when you ana would heard the have looked news? 3D like as 56-year-old.” A “unique It was hard funeral for to grasp when a unique she died in a person” 6D car crash in Paris, 20 years ago on Aug. 31, 1997: How could such a charismatic presence suddenly vanish, and under such banal circumstances? It’s the question Britain and the world are still asking. Americans, too. The country that threw off the royal yoke 241 years ago clasped the aristocrat-turned-royal Diana to its breast when she was alive, and embraces her still all these years later. “The fact that 20 years on we still talk about Diana, that she still captures and enthralls in equal measure and remains to a degree a mystery and a dichotomy, are testimony to her legacy and the deep impression she left,” says Katie Nicholl, a British journalist, royal biographer and commentator whose next book, Harry: Life, Loss and Love, comes out in 2018. American fans of Diana treasure their memories of her in their country — especially her ﬁrst visit in 1985, when she wore blue velvet to dance with John Travolta at the Reagan White House. She especially liked New York and visited often, going to a homeless shelter and an AIDS clinic in 1989, attending a charity gala in 1995, and auctioning her dresses for charity in June 1997, just weeks before she died. v STORY CONTINUES ON 2D DOUG MILLS, AP Reporter’s diary Not calm, not carrying on Maria Puente USA TODAY PETER DEJONG, AP Welsh Guards carry Diana’s casket, topped with the royal standard, out of Westminster Abbey after her funeral. Elton John warbling a hastily rewritten Candle in the Wind in Westminster Abbey? No way it could happen in the hallowed space where a mighty choir is meant to sing Handel’s Coronation Anthems. The ninth Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother Charles, in his eulogy hurling imprecations at the media and some seething smacks at the royal family — even as his god- mother the queen listened from a few feet away? Unthinkable. Then the roar erupted the instant he was through. Multitudes, weeping, applauding, cheering. The roar thundered on the public speakers, whipped down The Mall and around Horse Guards Parade, along Whitehall and into the abbey. Then, incredibly, I could hear the rumble of applause in the abbey from what sounded like most of the 1,900 guests. Diana’s death undid the Britv STORY CONTINUES ON 2D EVERYONE IS FEELING THE HEAT OF THE YEAR’S SEXIEST THRILLER PHILIPPA GREGORY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL AND THE WHITE QUEEN “BEAUTIFULLY FILMED WITH A STELLAR CAST.” ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER ALICIA VIKANDER SCRE NPLAY BY DANE DEHAAN ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER AND JUDI DENCH AND CHRISTOPH WALTZ AND TOM STOPPARD TBASHENOVEDUPELOBYN DEBORAH MOGGACH DIRECTBYED JUSTIN CHADWICK STARTS TOMORROW ARTWORK ©2017 THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 2D LIFE Warmth, beauty made her ideal princess “People could relate to her, wanted to be her, wanted to be her best friend.” v CONTINUED FROM 1D In the 2014 hit play Charles III, in which the Prince of Wales becomes king and improbable chaos ensues, Diana puts in spectral appearances as a blond Banquo’s ghost haunting her ex and her sons. But she haunts everybody — and Americans more than most. American author Christopher Andersen, whose 1998 best-seller The Day Diana Died has been reissued as an e-book, says Diana has always been “more popular in America” than even in Britain. “The revisionism about her, depicting her as neurotic, grasping, a villain — Americans never bought into it. It didn’t appeal to their idea of the fairy-tale princess,” Andersen says. Observers such as Andersen, Smith and Nicholl, who watched Diana for years, think Americans projected their fantasies on Diana but also picked up on her vulnerabilities: her bulimia, her unhappiness and divorce, her many childhood traumas. Americans connected with Diana’s obvious warmth, which was so much a contrast with the icy, standoffish royals, Andersen says. “She was human, that was the key to her,” he says. “We recognized something of ourselves in her.” She reached out to people in a way no other royal had done, as the ﬁrst royal to embrace people with AIDS, for instance. “That resonated with Americans,” whom she reminded of former ﬁrst lady Jackie Kennedy, Andersen says. “The level of their celebrity has not been matched by Victoria Arbiter, CNN contributor LEFTERIS PITARAKIS, AP A photo and plastic ﬂower are left in memory of Princess Diana on the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2007. The palace is where Diana lived even after her divorce from Prince Charles. anyone else since then.” Plus, don’t underestimate the power of Diana’s stunning looks, says Smith, author of Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess (1999), and Prince Charles, The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (published in April). She says Diana was at the height of her allure when she died. “She had just been photographed by Mario Testino, she looked beautiful, but most people didn’t realize she was spinning like a top,” Smith says. “Diana projected an image of strength, recovery and vulnerability. She projected innocence and wonderment. She was an object of great sympathy. And everybody was just completely captivated by her beauty.” She was rich, beautiful, the mother of a future king and a woman beloved by millions — but not by her husband, the Prince of Wales, who was in love with someone else and had been since even before their gloriously romantic royal wedding in 1981. He knew it, she knew it, but we didn’t know it, not until much later when it all came to tears. Many, many tears. “When you think ‘princess,’ that was Diana, the emblem of the term,” says Victoria Arbiter, a British-born CNN contributor in New York who lived in Kensington Palace in her teens as the daughter of Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to the queen. “She was a beautiful woman who felt injured and hurt by her husband, so there was a massive sense of public sympathy for her,” Victoria Arbiter says. “People could relate to her, wanted to be her, wanted to be her best friend.” This was especially true of Americans, whose attitudes about celebrities are different from those of the British, she says. “(The British media) often show celebrities falling out of nightclubs, looking rough and ﬂaunting their underwear,” she says. “What (the American media) do is show them on red carpets looking great. They’re celebrated, they’re seen as bettering their life. In England, it’s seen as jumping your class.” So, as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches, Britain naturally is deep-diving into Diana memories. Even Prince William and Prince Harry decided they would mark the anniversary not with a charity pop concert, as they did for the 10th, but by agreeing for the ﬁrst time to be interviewed in a documentary. The American media are ﬁlling the summer with Diana, with multiple documentaries and specials scheduled or already aired. Why else would they do that except that they know audiences will devour them? America is ready for a long look back at Diana, and for a good cry about what might have been. PETER DE JONG, AP Horse guards pass mourners outside Buckingham Palace on Sept. 1, 1997, a day after the Paris car crash that killed Diana. PAUL HACKETT, AP Elton John plays a special version of Candle in the Wind, re-written as Goodbye English Rose, during the funeral service. The people demanded public grief v CONTINUED FROM 1D ish. At least temporarily, they let loose all their sorrow and shock, their guilt and rage and regret. They mourned, loudly and unashamedly. Their beautiful princess, just 36, was gone. The most famous woman in the world — a superstar whose tribulations dominated daily headlines for 16 years — was snuffed out in a commonplace tragedy: a car crash. The whole world mourned: An estimated 2.5 billion people watched her semi-royal funeral — a “unique funeral for a unique person,” the palace called it, proving that the royals, at least, remained the undisputed masters of the transcendent ceremonial ﬂourish. When the British woke up on Sunday, Aug. 31, to the horrifying news that Diana had died in a hospital about 4 a.m. Paris time, the national nervous breakdown began. By Sunday evening, her body was ﬂown back to Britain, accompanied by her stunned exhusband, Prince Charles, and her two sisters, who traveled to Paris on the royal jet to collect her. There was rising hysteria in the streets and in the press. Never-before-seen public fury at the royal family and the queen about what was initially interpreted as royal indifference. Demands that the standard over Buckingham Palace be lowered in respect, despite the rules of protocol. Demands that there be a public and royal funeral, even though since her 1996 divorce, Diana was no longer royal and both the Spencers and the royal family sought privacy. Demands that the family, especially her sons, William, 15, and Harry, JEFF J. MITCHELL, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Walking behind the coffin: Prince Philip, the queen’s husband; Prince William; Charles, Earl Spencer, the princess’ brother; Prince Harry; and Diana’s ex-husband, Prince Charles. 12, grieve with their people. “Show us you care!” screamed one tabloid headline. “Where is our queen? Where is her ﬂag?” shouted another. Carpets of ﬂowers grew outside Diana’s home at Kensington Palace — so many that Britain had to import more from the Continent. People queued for up to eight hours to sign the condolence books at St. James’s Palace where her body lay. It was a daily whirlwind of developments, most notably the queen capitulating to advice from Prince Charles and others to return to London, delivering an unprecedented live tribute speech to the nation, and bowing her head when the coffin passed her. London shut down on the day of the funeral, Sept. 6. All ﬂights over the city were rerouted. An estimated 1 million people lined the 3.5-mile funeral route in an eerie silence broken occasionally by keening sobs and the clipclop of the horses drawing the gun carriage with her coffin draped with a royal ﬂag. The envelope on top marked “Mummy” was heartbreaking, as was the march of her sons, her ex-husband, her former father-in-law, Prince Philip, and her brother behind the gun carriage. Prince Harry and Prince William now say the march was traumatic for them, that no child should be forced or encouraged to participate in such a ritual. But at the time, many saw it as a royal tradition and a digniﬁed gesture, providing visual reassurance for a worried nation that Diana’s sons were coping with the tragedy. For her ﬁnal journey home to her family’s 500-year-old Althorp House for burial, crowds of mourners lined the route and threw ﬂowers on her hearse — so many that the driver had to stop to remove them. She was buried in private (only eight close family were there) on a small island in the middle of an ornamental lake. She remains there to this day, the Lady of the Lake, safe at last from prying eyes and cameras. USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 LIFE 3D Elizabeth Emanuel designed Diana’s wedding gown. “She was in people’s hearts,” she says. “It was like losing family. The time has gone so quickly.” REMEMBERING DIANA Where were you when you heard? Jane Onyanga-Omara and Kim Hjelmgaard | USA TODAY LONDON A s with the moment in November 1963 when news broke of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many people can recall exactly where they were or what they were doing 20 years ago when they heard Princess Diana had died. “It was very, very strange after her death, you know, the sort of outpouring of love and emotion from so many people that had never even met her,” Prince Harry, who was just 12 when his mother died, says in the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. “I was thinking to myself, ‘How is it that so many people that never met this woman, my mother, can be crying and showing more emotion that I actually am feeling?’ ” Here are people’s stories of that moment: ELIZABETH EMANUEL “I was in bed. It was 5 in the morning, and my dad called me and said, ‘You’d better turn on the TV,’ ” says Emanuel, 64. She and her former husband, David, designed Diana’s wedding dress and many other outﬁts for the young princess in the 1980s. “They didn’t announce she was dead (at ﬁrst). They just said she was in a car crash. “It was unbelievable. It was really terrible. You don’t think anybody like that would just die. She was such an iconic and wonderful person. “She was in people’s hearts. It was like losing family. The time has gone so quickly. She is (still) such a big part of our lives.” PHIL DAMPIER “I got a call about 2 a.m. from a photographer to say there was something I needed to know: There had been a car crash and that Dodi (Fayed, her companion) was dead and Diana was injured,” says Dampier, a former journalist who covered Princess Diana for Britain’s Sun newspaper and whose new book, Diana: I’m Going to be Me — The People’s Princess Revealed in Her Own Words, came out in June. “So I got up and started watching the television. By that time I had left the Sun and was working as the royal editor for an Australian magazine. For me, the strange thing was that while most people did not know what was going on in the United Kingdom, because of the late hour and the time difference in Australia and other parts of the world, they did. “I remember calling one hardened photographer to tell him she had died, and I heard his wife shriek in the background and then burst into tears. It was quite eerie. It was about 5 a.m. Then, of course, in the morning, the enormity of it all sank in. “There’s a whole generation of kids, anyone under 30, who don’t remember her or even know who she is. A lot of people are discovering Diana for the ﬁrst time.” CHRIS ANDERSON Anderson, 39, an accountant from London, was in college when Diana died. “I remember seeing it on TV,” he says. “We were all really shocked. It was one of those moments you never forget. It was disbelief. We started phoning people we knew. It wasn’t until she died that it became so apparent what a big presence she was.” BOOK BUZZ NEW ON THE LIST AND IN PUBLISHING 2011 PHOTO BY SANG TAN, AP TEMI ADAMOLEKUN “I was 18 and I was at home and my then-boyfriend called me to tell me,” says Adamolekun, 37, who was living in London when Diana died. She now lives in San Francisco and is co-founder of Radiant Workspace, a co-working space for women. “I came to Kensington Palace to lay ﬂowers later that evening. It was such a somber atmosphere, to see so many people so sad. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many ﬂowers in my life.” JOHN LOUGHREY Loughrey, 62, a huge fan who for two decades followed all things Diana, had just opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate his wife’s birthday. multitude of fans know the end is near. And they’ve shot the penultimate book in the author’s popular Alphabet Mystery series, Y Is for Yesterday, to No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list. This is the third P.I. Kinsey Millhone book in a row to make its debut in the top spot. W Is for Wasted landed at No. 1 on Sept. 19, 2013, while X did the same on Sept. 3, 2015. The series kicked off in 1982 with A Is for Alibi. The ﬁrst Grafton mystery to hit No. 1 was L Is for Lawless in 1995. (USA TODAY’s bestseller list began in fall 1993.) The only other Alphabet title to top the list was Q Is for Quarry in 2002. In Y Is for Yesterday, Millhone is called into a case involving the murder of a girl at an elite private school. Grafton has made a game teasing out which word she’ll choose to go with the letter in each new title. With X, she changed things up and went with plain old X. But the 77-year-old writer long ago revealed the title for the very last Alphabet mystery, which will be called Z Is for Zero and will hit stores in fall 2019. Then what? Here’s Grafton’s answer, posted on her web site: “Many of you are asking (some quite plaintively) what I intend to do when I get to ‘the end’ of the alphabet. I’ve been consistent in my response, which is ‘no clue.’ I want to see what kind of shape I’m in mentally and physically. I don’t want to keep on writing if the juice is gone. These novels about Ms. Millhone take incredible focus, ingenuity, energy, and imagination. If I have the wherewithal, I may write a Kinsey Millhone stand-alone or two. If I feel I’ve lost my touch, I’ll retire with grace.” Jocelyn McClurg Then the couple happened to turn on the news and heard there had been a terrible automobile accident in the French capital. “We didn’t drink any of that champagne. It went back in the fridge with the cork off,” Loughrey says. “Then, when it was conﬁrmed that Diana was dead, we just cried. “I didn’t cry alone. The whole world cried. She was special.” WHAT AMERICA’S READING® BOOKLIST.USATODAY.COM n Rank this week THE TOP 10 ‘Y’ ask why? Sue Grafton’s CARL COURT, AFP/GETTY IMAGES “The whole world cried,” says John Loughrey, photographed camping out for the wedding of Will and Kate in 2011. n Rank last week (F) Fiction (NF) Non-ﬁction (P) Paperback (H)Hardcover (E) E-book Publisher in italics 1 — Y is for Yesterday Sue Grafton P.I. Kinsey Millhone investigates the murder of a girl at an elite private school (F) (E) Marion Wood Books/Putnam 6 2 3 The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Memoir: Author reﬂects on her unconventional childhood (NF) (P) Scribner 7 12 Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate Rill Foss ﬁghts to keep her siblings together after they’re forced into an orphanage (F) (E) Ballantine 3 5 Wonder R.J. Palacio August, who was born with a deformity, wants nothing more than to be normal (F) (H) Knopf Books for Young Readers 8 Jacob and Megan Brandeis get jobs at the Store in order to expose the organization’s secrets (F) (H) Little, Brown 4 1 Seeing Red Sandra Brown TV journalist Kerra Bailey revisits the bombing of a Dallas hotel 25 years earlier (F) (E) Grand Central Publishing 9 11 The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware A travel writer sees a woman thrown overboard on a luxury cruise, but no one believes her (F) (P) Gallery/Scout Press 5 — Beneath a Scarlet Sky The story of an Italian youth during Mark Sullivan WWII who ﬁnds himself spying for the Allies (F) (E) Lake Union 10 — Nick Mitchell takes a job as a carpenter at a wedding venue owned by Pallas Saunders (F) (E) Harlequin HQN — 2 The Duchess Deal Tessa Dare The Store James Patterson, Richard DiLallo You Say It First Susan Mallery The Duke of Ashbury attaches speciﬁc terms to his marriage to Emma Gladstone (F) (E) Avon The book list appears every Thursday. For each title, the format and publisher listed are for the best-selling version of that title this week. Reporting outlets include Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble.com, Barnes & Noble Inc., Barnes & Noble e-books, BooksAMillion.com, Books-A-Million, Costco, Hudson Booksellers, iBooks (Apple, Inc.) Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Pittsburgh), Kobo, Inc., Powell's Books (Portland, Ore.), Powells.com, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Schuler Books & Music (Grand Rapids, Okemos, Eastwood, Alpine, Mich.), Sony Reader Store, Target, Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver). THE REST 11 7 The Whistler/John Grisham 12 6 The Late Show/Michael Connelly 13 10 Milk and Honey/Rupi Kaur 14 9 Camino Island/John Grisham 15 18 A Game of Thrones/George R.R. Martin 16 14 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Expletive)/ Mark Manson 17 15 What Do You Do With a Problem?/Kobi Yamada 18 16 It/Stephen King 19 — Drunk Dial/Penelope Ward 20 13 Two by Two/Nicholas Sparks 21 20 Make Your Bed/William H. McRaven 22 23 Lilac Girls/Martha Hall Kelly 23 25 The Handmaid’s Tale/Margaret Atwood 24 28 To Kill a Mockingbird/Harper Lee 25 — The Beauty of Us/Kristen Proby 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 31 35 22 24 — — — The Couple Next Door/Shari Lapena StrengthsFinder 2.0/Tom Rath Hillbilly Elegy/J. D. Vance Ready Player One/Ernest Cline Love Another Day/Lexi Blake Myths & Magic/K. Adrienne, et al If Not for You/Debbie Macomber 33 — Sulfur Springs/William Ken Krueger 34 17 The Big Lie/Dinesh D’Souza 35 29 The Lying Game/Ruth Ware 36 39 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry/ Neil deGrasse Tyson 37 26 1984/George Orwell 38 — The 9th Girl/Tami Hoag 39 40 41 42 — — 42 32 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 — 46 — 41 — 38 33 The Hideaway/Lauren K. Denton The Nazi Officer’s Wife/Edith H. Beer A Gentleman in Moscow/Amor Towles The Good Daughter/Karin Slaughter The Secret Life of Bees/Sue Monk Kidd The Outsiders/S.E. Hinton Map of the Heart/Susan Wiggs The Great Gatsby/F. Scott Fitzgerald Royally Mine/ S. Stoker, et al. Any Dream Will Do/Debbie Macomber The Medical Examiner/ James Patterson, Maxine Paetro 50 — The Beginning/Catherine Coulter In Florida, lawyer Lacy Stoltz investigates a claim that a corrupt judge has gotten rich through a casino built on Native American land (F) (P) Dell Detective Renée Ballard is banished to the night shift after ﬁling a sexual harassment complaint (F) (E) Little, Brown Poetry collection divided into four chapters that explore four pains (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing A charismatic Florida bookseller becomes a suspect after daring thieves steal the original manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels from Princeton (F) (H) Doubleday Trouble and coldness descend on a kingdom where the seasons are out of balance; ﬁrst in series (F) (E) Bantam Subtitle: “A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” (NF) (H) HarperOne Children: A child learns how to face a persistent problem (NF) (H) Compendium Seven adults return to small Maine town to battle an evil creature that preys on children (F) (P) Scribner Rana Saloomi calls her childhood crush, Landon Roderick, during a moment of weakness (F) (E) Penelope Ward Ad man Russell Green ﬁnds himself jobless and a single father to a 6-year-old (F) (P) Grand Central Publishing Subtitle: “Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World” (NF) (H) Grand Central Publishing Debut novel about the intersecting lives of three women during World War II (F) (P) Ballantine The story of a handmaid named Offred who lives in the repressive Republic of Gilead (F) (P) Anchor 1960 coming-of-age classic about racism; Pulitzer winner; 1962 movie (F) (P) Grand Central Publishing Television executive Trevor Cooper wants to do a show about Riley Gibson’s restaurant; fourth in series (F) (E) William Morrow Paperbacks Anne and Marco Conti are suspects in a crime, which reveals secrets that each are keeping (F) (P) Penguin Lifetime strategies for using your talents (NF) (H) Gallup Subtitle: “A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” (NF) (H) Harper Wade Watts escapes his grim life by searching for a lottery ticket in a virtual world (F) (P) Broadway Books Brody Carter is hired to protect Dr. Stephanie Gibson; 14th in series (F) (E) DLZ Entertainment Science ﬁction and fantasy collection of 21 novels and novellas (F) (E) Carter & Bradley Publishing Music teacher Beth Prudhomme moves 2,000 miles away from her controlling parents, whose views may blind her to the appeal of mechanic Sam (F) (P) Ballantine Cork O’Connor and Rainy Bisonette try to ﬁnd Rainy’s son, Peter, who has disappeared in Arizona (F) (E) Atria Books Subtitle: “Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left” (NF) (H) Regenry Publishing Four estranged friends are pulled back together years after they are thrown out of their boarding school for lying (F) (E) Gallery/Scout Press Succinct takes on the science of the universe by renowned astrophysicist (NF) (H) W.W. Norton Classic: A future world where Big Brother is watching (F) (P) Signet Classic Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska investigate the murder of a Jane Doe who may be the victim of a serial killer (F) (E) Dutton Adult Sara Jenkins learns her late grandmother has left her a bed and breakfast (F) (E) Thomas Nelson Subtitle: “How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust” (NF) (E) William Morrow Paperbacks In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by the Bolsheviks to house arrest in a grand hotel (F) (E) Viking Lawyer Charlotte Quinn takes on a case that brings up memories of an attack on her years earlier (F) (E) William Morrow Lily, 14, runs away from home; story set in 1964 South (F) (E) Penguin Youth: Coming-of-age story between different teenage social classes; movie (F) (P) Viking Children’s Camille Palmer’s future changes when she returns to her father’s French hometown (F) (E) William Morrow Classic: Ambition, love and betrayal in the 1920s (F) (P) Scribner Collection of 22 novellas about bad-boy royalty (F) (E) Sweet Savage Press Pastor Drew Douglas meets Shay Benson when both are at crossroads in their lives (F) (H) Ballantine The Women’s Murder Club investigates the attempted murder of a woman who was having an affair (F) (E) Bookshots Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock investigate a case that is connected to the murder of Lacey’s sister; ﬁrst in series (F) (E) Berkley USA TODAY THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 4D LIFE The ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ ticket frenzy is on: $6,000 a pop show’s limited run and intimate setting at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theatre, tickets were hard to come by. Some fans ﬂooded the hashtag #SpringsteenBroadway with complaints. “I just received a “StandBy” message for #SpringsteenBroadway tickets. What does that mean?” wrote one of the buyers waiting to hear from Ticketmaster about additional tickets. Tickets also appeared for resale on Stubhub around the official 10 a.m. sale time. Prices skyrocketed from $2,000 to more than $6,000. “Springsteen on Broadway (wants) to give Springsteen fans a unique experience,” Ticketmaster said in a statement. “They care deeply about the fans and due to the intimate venue setting, there may simply be more fans who want to see Springsteen on Broadway than there will be available tickets.” Maeve McDermott @maeve_mcdermott USA TODAY Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway debut, Springsteen on Broadway, went on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Despite Ticketmaster’s efforts to thwart bots and resellers, tickets immediately appeared on Stubhub, with some listed for more than $6,000. 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The ﬁnest among them are elusive and accessible, puzzling and informative, all at the same time. None of this intimidates Joan Osborne. In fact, that’s why she dedicates her new album entirely to his work. More than a tribute to his legacy, Songs of Bob Dylan, out Friday, also captures Osborne at her best as a vocal interpreter. Much of this stems from the insight she has gained into his intentions as a writer. “One of the great lessons of Dylan’s writing is that his songs are obviously about something or someone very speciﬁc to him,” says Osborne, 55. “And yet he uses this poetic language that allows it to be about many other things. This makes them all the more powerful because you want the listener, even more than the singer, to take in that story in a way that means something to them.” This repertoire has fascinated Osborne since her earliest years. She drew from it onstage in Greenwich Village nightclubs and bars after moving east from her home state of Kentucky. As her reputation spread nationally after her hit single One of Us, Dylan himself took note. And in 1998, he sent her an unexpected invitation to join him on a duet version of his elegiac Chimes of Freedom, to be featured on the 1999 NBC miniseries The ’60s. JEFF FASANO Osborne, 55, has drawn from Dylan since her early years. “We recorded on the same microphone,” she recalls. “My face was literally inches from his face. We did Chimes of Freedom three times. Each one was very different from the others. Because Dylan has this very restless intelligence, he can change his approach very quickly from one moment to the next. So I had to really lock onto his phrasing and basically stare at his lips so that I could match what he was doing with my harmony. “It was actually a positive thing for me because I had to concentrate fully, so I didn’t have any mental energy left over to be like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m on the microphone with Bob Dylan!’ ” The decision to tackle this project stems from Osborne’s two-week residencies in 2016 and 2017 at New York’s Cafe Carlyle, each one featuring Dylan’s songs exclusively. For those engagements, she fashioned many of them into personal statements that honored his spontaneity as well as his writing. Many of these turn up on Songs of Bob Dylan, including Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 transformed into dreamy shuffle and Ring Them Bells as a cascade of piano chords, tumbling like a carillon sounding the hour. Just one track, Masters of War, pushed Osborne to focus on the literal rather than ﬁgurative qualities of the lyric. There’s nothing obscure about its scorn for war proﬁteers, a message that was well understood in the 1960s and is relevant to today as well. “The thing that connected with me is the line in the ﬁrst verse: ‘I want you to know I can see through your mask,’ ” she says. “That’s very direct, this concept of speaking truth to power, not just saying it in a general way but addressing it directly to a person. “As a mother, the verse about fearing to bring children in the world also resonates with me. This is a frightening time to be alive. And it’s this kind of moment when our great artists and poets are most needed. “We need songs like this more than ever to crystallize our passion and to express what we’re feeling.” TONIGHT ON TV CRITIC’S CORNER 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 Local Programs Jimmy Kimmel Live Ray Romano. Local Programs Late Show Stephen Colbert NETWORK ABC Battle of the Network Stars Marisol Nichols and Roma Maffia. 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From Kensington Palace, the procession wound past Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, past Royal Albert Hall and later down the tree-lined Constitution Hill past Buckingham Palace to St. James’s Palace. At that point, her sons, her ex-husband and her former father-in-law joined to walk behind the casket until the cortege arrived at Westminster Abbey. On top of the casket was a card addressed to “Mummy” from her sons, Prince William, then 15, and Prince Harry, 12. The boys were shattered. In an interview this year with the Express, William described that walk as “one of the hardest things I have ever done.” Harry, in an interview recently with Newsweek, said: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.” The public funeral was attend- JOHN GAPS III, AP Prince William, left, and Prince Harry stayed close to their father. Harry recently said, “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. Mohammed Fayed, whose son Dodi was killed along with Diana and their driver, leaves Westminster Abbey with his wife, Heini. Diana’s casket was topped with the royal ﬂag and an envelope simply addressed ‘Mummy.’ SANTIAGO LYON, AP POOL PHOTO BY PAUL HACKETT VIA AP EVERY SEAT COMES WITH A MOUNTAIN VIEW. Come explore the Canadian Rockies with an unforgettable rail adventure. Aboard our luxurious coach, you’ll make friends from around the world and enjoy regionally inspired cuisine while being surrounded by world-class scenery. POOL PHOTO BY JEROME DELAY VIA AP More than 1 million mourners lined the funeral route from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey Sept. 6, 1997. ed by the royal family, world leaders and celebrities, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, ﬁrst lady Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Luciano Pavarotti, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Both of Diana’s sisters read tributes at the funeral service. Blair gave a reading and was followed by Elton John, who performed Goodbye England’s Rose, a reworked version of his and Bernie Taupin’s 1973 classic Candle in the Wind. Only a month earlier, Diana had comforted the singer at the funeral of slain fashion designer Gianni Versace. Immediately after John’s performance, Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, delivered his eulogy. “Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty,” he said. 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