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PENTAGON FINDS 500 CASES
OF MILITARY MISCONDUCT
Pattern of sex scandals and other misbehavior among top brass has gone unchecked
Tom Vanden Brook
@tvandenbrook
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Since 2013, military investigators have documented at least 500 cases of
serious misconduct among its
generals, admirals and senior civilians, almost half of those instances involving personal or
ethical lapses, a USA TODAY inWASHINGTON
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vestigation has found.
Many cases involve sex scandals, including a promiscuous
Army general who led a swinging
lifestyle, another who lived rentfree in the home of a defense contractor after his affair fell apart
and another who is under investigation for sending steamy Facebook messages to the wife of an
enlisted soldier on his post.
Yet despite the widespread
abuses, the Pentagon does no
trend analysis to determine
whether the problem is worsening, nor does it regularly announce punishments for generals
and admirals — all public figures,
USA TODAY has found. Senior
officers found to have been involved in adulterous relationships, a violation of the military’s
code of justice, have been reassigned with no public notice and
allowed to retire quietly, in some
cases with full honors.
Industries ranging from tech to
finance to Hollywood have been
roiled by sexual harassment and
assault scandals that have led to
the ouster of top executives and
calls for reform. The accusations
this month against film producer
Harvey Weinstein by dozens of
women have reportedly prompted criminal investigations in the
United States and United Kingdom, along with his removal from
the company he founded.
In the military, as with the
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no to the ‘new’ GOP
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JUAN,
PUERTO
RICO
They’re still in the dark. Lady
Lee Andrews doesn’t know how
much longer she can keep her
Poet’s Passage souvenir shop
afloat without electricity — or
tourists.
Sonia Rodriguez relies on a
generator to power the elevator
in her five-story assisted-living
center so residents can get down
for their outdoor meals and
some relief from the lack of air
conditioning.
More than a month after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island
with 155-mph winds, threequarters of the residents are still
without power, lining up at
banks for cash and gathering at
shopping malls, hotels or government buildings just to charge
their cellphones.
Police are directing traffic at
major intersections without
working traffic lights. Water
plants are still out of commission, forcing people to gather
water from roadside streams
and then boil it to be safe from
bacteria. Those without home
generators are living without
refrigeration, air conditioning
and anything but natural light.
Those with generators need to
pay for gasoline or diesel fuel
and haul those volatile liquids
in their cars, along with water
and daily groceries.
“Nowadays businesses run
with the rising sun and close as
soon as whatever they have
runs out, or they don’t open at
all,” said Andrews, 45, as she sat
in a dark hall of her shop in Old
San Juan. “Now a business of
my caliber, which depends on
tourism, is completely affected.
It’s on total shutdown.”
Even Gov. Ricardo Rosselló
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5 weeks
after
hurricane
House opens
investigations
linked to Clinton
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VIOLATIONS BY SENIOR
MILITARY OFFICIALS
Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, who has been no fan of President Trump, also ran afoul of
Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist. DREW ANGERER, GETTY IMAGES
Unwelcoming times for some conservatives
Eliza Collins
Excerpts from Sen. Jeff Flake’s speech
on the Senate floor Tuesday:
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Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is
leaving Congress because the kind of conservatism he champions no longer seems
welcome in Steve Bannon’s GOP.
Flake, one of the few senators to speak
up against President Trump, said Tuesday
that he would not seek re-election. He was
facing a tough primary challenge from
Kelli Ward, a populist who already had
secured the backing of Bannon, Trump’s
former chief strategist.
“It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is
devoted to free trade, who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to
nomination in the Republican Party,”
Flake said on the Senate floor. Later to
reporters, Flake said, “If I could run the
kind of race I’d like to run and believe I
could win a Republican primary, I might
go forward.”
Before being elected to the Senate in
2012, Flake had served six terms in the
House, where he built a reputation as a
crusader against wasteful government
spending. He established a reliably conservative voting record — the American
WASHINGTON
“Mr. President,
I rise today to say:
Enough”
“I have children and
grandchildren to
answer to, and so,
Mr. President, I will
not be complicit.”
“We must never
regard as ‘normal’
the regular and
casual undermining
of our democratic
norms and ideals.
Flake’s fiery speech
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NEWS 2A
House Republicans open two
investigations linked to Clinton
Erin Kelly
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Republican leaders
of three House committees announced Tuesday they are
launching two separate investigations involving former secretary
of State Hillary Clinton.
One probe will deal with why
the Obama administration allowed a Russian company to acquire U.S. uranium mines, and a
second will look into why the FBI
decided not to pursue charges
against Clinton for use of a personal email server.
One of the committees involved — the House Intelligence
Committee — is also involved in
WASHINGTON
the ongoing investigation of
whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with
the Russian government’s efforts
to meddle in the U.S. election.
Leaders of two House committees said they are looking into
whether the FBI or Department
of Justice ever opened an investigation of the sale of U.S. uranium
mines to the Russians during the
Obama administration.
House Intelligence Chairman
Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said his
committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee want to know whether there was an investigation of
the uranium sale back in 2010
and, if so, why Congress was never informed.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., of
Hillary Clinton
dismissed Republican
concerns as
“baloney.”
the Oversight Committee, said
there is a confidential informant
who wants to testify before the
committees about the sale.
Recent reports in The Hill
newspaper said there was an FBI
investigation into Russian officials engaging in bribery and extortion while trying to buy
Uranium One, a Canadian company that controlled 20% of the
U.S. uranium supply.
Republicans are now questioning why the Obama administration and the State Department,
under Clinton’s leadership, al-
lowed the sale to the Russian government-run Rosatom, and
whether donations to the Clinton
Foundation had any role in the
decision.
Clinton dismissed Republican
concerns about the sale of U.S.
uranium mines to the Russians
during her tenure as “baloney”
during an interview on C-SPAN
on Monday.
She said Republicans are just
trying to draw attention away
from the ongoing probes into
Russian meddling in the 2016
presidential election and possible
collusion between the Trump
campaign and Russian officials.
“I think the real story is how
nervous they (Republicans) are
about these continuing investigations,” Clinton said on C-SPAN.
Power is being doled out by the hour
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concedes that his pledge to restore 95% of power by midDecember is “aggressive.”
The task is daunting as Puerto
Rico faces challenges not seen on
the U.S. mainland after storms
also devastated Texas and Florida.
uThe entire island lost power
after the Category 5 storm that
struck Sept. 20 damaged power
plants and 80% of the island’s
electrical grid, which includes
2,400 miles of transmission lines
and 30,000 miles of distribution
lines, according to the Army
Corps of Engineers.
uGetting help to the island is
cumbersome. Supplies and people to fix the problems have to
travel through ports and airports
overwhelmed by aid deliveries,
building materials, bucket trucks
and helicopters. .
uPuerto Rico’s power grid,
saddled with years of financial
mismanagement, already was
weakened because maintenance
and upgrades were deferred.
Col. Jeff Lloyd of the Army
Corps of Engineers in Puerto Rico, which the federal government
is relying on to help the U.S. territory restore power, would not
commit to Rosselló’s mid-December timeline. The Corps has ordered $130 million in supplies,
including 62,000 telephone poles
from the U.S. mainland.
“The governor said that’s an
aggressive estimate,” Lloyd said.
“We’re going to do everything we
can. ... What’s going to be most
challenging is the rugged terrain
in restoring the grid.”
The project is focused on three
tracks, giving priority to life-saving,
health and public safety facilities.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, working with the
governor’s office, has identified
IN BRIEF
COURT CLEARS IMMIGRANT
TEEN TO GET ABORTION
A federal appeals court on
Tuesday cleared the way for a 17year-old immigrant held in custody in Texas to obtain an abortion.
The full U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 that new dates
should be set for the teen to obtain the procedure. The decision
overruled a three-judge panel of
the court that had temporarily
blocked her from getting an abortion. The decision could still be
appealed to the Supreme Court.
The teen, whose name and
country of origin have been withheld because she’s a minor, is
about 15 weeks pregnant. She entered the U.S. in September and
learned she was pregnant while
in federal custody in Texas.
NEW YORK ORDERS BAN
ON ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES
New York state is banning
electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as
restaurants, bars and other workplaces. The ban goes into effect in
30 days, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Clean Indoor Air
Act on Monday.
FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY
GETS FIVE YEARS IN PRISON
Philadelphia’s former top prosecutor was sentenced Tuesday to
five years in prison for accepting a
bribe. The federal judge sentencing Seth Williams said he sold his
office to “parasites.” Williams’
lawyer read a statement in which
the former district attorney apologized and said he “squandered”
the trust placed in him.
SAUDI CROWN PRINCE
DEFENDS SOCIAL REFORMS
Residents collect water from a pool fed by a spring in Vega Baja. The pool has become a source
of drinking water, but it also has been used for bathing. ALTON STRUPP, THE COURIER-JOURNAL, VIA USA TODAY NETWORK
537 sites for emergency generators that are still being delivered
and installed across the island.
Most generators are delivered by
trucks, which are delayed by landslides, missing road signs and lack
of cellular service and GPS-aided
navigation, said Lisa Hunter, a
Army Corps spokeswoman.
Transmission lines that deliver
electricity from major power stations also are under repair. Much
of that work is being done by
Montana-based Whitefish Energy, which specializes in rugged
mountainous terrain.
“The interior of the country is
all mountains with minimal road
access,” said Whitefish CEO Andy
Techmanski.
The company brought four helicopters to Puerto Rico to carry
workers to the tops of transmission towers and to function as sky
cranes for equipment and lines.
The National Guard and PREPA,
the Puerto Rico Electric Power
Authority, have more helicopters
to support Whitefish operations.
Techmanski said recent rains
are hampering his 300 workers
now on the island. Helicopters
can’t be used in pouring rain. And
an access road his crews built
flooded a few days later.
“You can’t drive a vehicle up a
road when it has 3 feet of running
water on it,” Techmanski said.
In the Égida Señora Perpetuo
Socorro assisted-living center, the
67 residents have power from a
generator for about four hours in
the morning and four hours at
night. That’s when they have running water and an elevator, but
still no air conditioning.
They have their meals on an
outdoor patio sheltered from the
sun. But administrator Rodriguez
points out she doesn’t always
have enough money to buy diesel
for the generator.
“Sadly, if there comes a time all
our resources end, those with nowhere to go would have to be relocated to a shelter,” she said. But
so far they have managed: “While
there’s diesel there is hope.”
Contributing: Atabey Nuñez
Flake faced a tough challenge for his seat
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman defended his reform plans, including the kingdom’s decision to lift
the ban on women driving, saying
“we were not like this in the
past.” The prince, in a rare public
appearance Tuesday at an investment conference in Saudi Arabia,
said “we want to go back to what
we were: moderate Islam.”
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Conservative Union gave him a
93% lifetime rating — but his
criticism of the president had
alienated many of Arizona’s
far-right voters, the very voters
most likely to show up for midterm primaries.
Trump has not been timid in
punching back at Flake, saying
over the summer that he was
“weak on borders” and “toxic.”
Flake became a key target of
Bannon and his anti-establishment allies, who have vowed to
put up candidates against any
senator — in either party — who
was hampering Trump’s agenda
or was too close to Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Today Steve Bannon and the
entire Trump movement added
another scalp to his collection,
and other ‘never Trump’ incumbents should be very nervous
right now,” Andrew Surabian, a
senior adviser at the pro-Trump
advocacy organization Great
America Alliance and a close ally
of Bannon’s, told USA TODAY
after the announcement.
Flake’s departure may just be a
signal that some people cannot
compete in the new Republican
political climate.
“Most incumbents are realizing that the old ways of doing
things aren’t going to work anymore,” said Adam Brandon, president of the conservative advocacy
group FreedomWorks. “The old
ways of raising money and doing
TV ads isn’t going to work.”
Contributing: Herbert Jackson
and Erin Kelly
EXCERPTS: ‘I WILL NOT BE COMPLICIT’
Excerpts from Sen. Jeff Flake’s remarks
Tuesday from the floor of the U.S. Senate,
as prepared for delivery.
“Mr. President, I rise today to address
a matter that has been much on my mind,
at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our
dysfunction than it is by our values and our
principles. Let me begin by noting a somewhat
obvious point that these offices that we hold
are not ours to hold indefinitely. We are not
here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking
office. And there are times when we must
risk our careers in favor of our principles.”
“We must never regard as “normal”
the regular and casual undermining of
our democratic norms and ideals. We must
never meekly accept the daily sundering
of our country — the personal attacks, the
threats against principles, freedoms, and
institutions; the flagrant disregard for truth
or decency, the reckless provocations, most
often for the pettiest and most personal
reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever
to do with the fortunes of the people that
we have all been elected to serve.”
“Reckless, outrageous, and undignified
behavior has become excused and countenanced as ‘telling it like it is,’ when it is actually
just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.
And when such behavior emanates from the
top of our government, it is something else: It is
dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does
not project strength — because our strength
comes from our values. It instead projects a
corruption of the spirit, and weakness.”
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“Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough.
We must dedicate ourselves to making sure
that the anomalous never becomes normal.
With respect and humility, I must say that we
have fooled ourselves for long enough that
a pivot to governing is right around the corner,
a return to civility and stability right behind it.
We know better than that.”
“When we remain silent and fail to act when
we know that that silence and inaction is the
wrong thing to do — because of political considerations, because we might make enemies,
because we might alienate the base, because
we might provoke a primary challenge, because ad infinitum, ad nauseum — when we
succumb to those considerations in spite of
what should be greater considerations and
imperatives in defense of the institutions of
our liberty, then we dishonor our principles
and forsake our obligations. Those things
are far more important than politics.”
“The notion that one should stay silent as the
norms and values that keep America strong
are undermined and as the alliances and
agreements that ensure the stability of the
entire world are routinely threatened by the
level of thought that goes into 140 characters —
the notion that one should say and do nothing
in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided.”
“The principles that underlie our politics, the
values of our founding, are too vital to our
identity and to our survival to allow them to be
compromised by the requirements of politics.
Because politics can make us silent when we
should speak, and silence can equal complicity.
I have children and grandchildren to answer
to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.”
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NEWS 3A
SANDY HOOK MASSACRE
SHOOTER’S DARK SIDE REVEALED
Newly released
FBI docs dive into
Lanza’s history
NEIGHBORS: LANZA
QUESTIONED FOR HACKING
Kevin Johnson,
Nicole Gaudiano
and Julia Fair
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The FBI on Tuesday released some 1,500 pages
from its investigation into the
massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school, painting a dark portrait of the young man who
carried out one of the worst
school shootings in U.S. history.
Adam Lanza killed his mother
in their home in Newtown,
Conn., then gunned down 20
children and six adult staff members at the elementary school on
Dec. 14, 2012. Lanza, then 20
years old, killed himself that same
day.
Virtually all of the FBI’s documents, released in response to
Freedom of Information Act requests, are heavily redacted and
strip out the names of witnesses
and family members. In cases
where the substance of the witness interviews are summarized
in typed reports, the summaries
are often accompanied by the
hand-written notes of the interviewing agents.
Here are some highlights:
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SHOOTER CALLED ‘THE
WEIRDEST PERSON ONLINE’
The FBI interviewed a person
who regularly communicated
with the shooter online. Over the
course of nine pages, the interview revealed Lanza’s obsession
with mass murder and the 1999
Columbine High School shooting
that left 12 students and one
teacher dead.
Two years before the Sandy
Hook attack, the witness connected with Lanza through postings on a website examining the
Columbine incident. Lanza, the
witness told investigators, was
A makeshift memorial emerged for Sandy Hook victims in Newtown, Conn. ROBERT F. BUKATY, AP
working on a “spreadsheet” and
documenting the details of “hundreds of spree killings and mass
murders.”
The witness described Lanza
as “the weirdest person online,”
who was singularly focused on all
aspects of mass murder. “Lanza
had a very negative world view,”
the witness said.
Describing Lanza as deeply
“depressed,” the witness said the
shooter seemed to have “no effective coping mechanisms to deal
with his depression.”
“He seemed to wallow in it and
ride out the low periods by hiding
in his room and sleeping for 12
hours or more at a time,” the witness told investigators. “Lanza
seemed to have no friends or people he could turn to for support
or assistance and did not appear
to have any enjoyment of life.”
Recounting her reaction to the
news that Lanza had been in-
Investigators
also found
Lanza’s
deteriorating
relationship with
his mother was a
significant
stressor in the
weeks and
months before
the attack.
volved in the shooting, the witness told investigators: Lanza was
“more f----- up than I thought.”
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WAS INTERESTED IN CHILDREN
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President Trump met with lawmakers Tuesday, but not before
launching a new Twitter attacks against Sen. Bob Corker.
EVAN VUCCI, AP
“Reckless,
outrageous and
undignified
behavior has
become excused
as telling it like it
is, when it is
actually reckless,
outrageous and
undignified.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
was retiring and blasted Trump,
though not by name, in a speech
on the Senate floor.
“Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is,” Flake
said, “when it is actually reckless,
outrageous and undignified.”
Trump did not respond to
questions from reporters as he
left the Capitol. But senators said
the president’s feud with Corker
did not come up at the lunch, and
Corker said he did not speak with
Trump during the meeting.
“There were no fireworks,” said
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “It was a
positive and productive conversation all around.”
Other lawmakers offered a
similarly rosy readout and said no
one brought up Trump’s Twitter
habits, or his attacks on some of
those in the room. In addition to
Corker, Trump has also publicly
criticized Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and several other GOP senators.
“We gave him three standing
ovations,” said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. Trump was “very complimentary”
of
McConnell,
Kennedy said, “and he went
around and shook hands with
people individually.”
McConnell downplayed the
hostilities and insisted it would
not distract Republicans from
their tax reform push.
“If there’s anything that unifies
Republicans, it’s tax reform,”
McConnell said. Trump and Senate Republicans “share that agenda,” he said, and the president “is
going to do a good job” promoting
the GOP tax plan.
There’s “a lot of noise out
there,” McConnell added, “but
there’s great cohesion among Republicans to achieve this goal before the end of the year.”
‘WEIRDED OUT’ AFTER
HURRICANE SANDY
In a separate interview conducted just hours after the shooting,
an unidentified witness, who appeared to be a family member,
discussed Lanza’s long struggle
with personal interactions and
his diagnosis with a type of autism, known as Asperger
Syndrome.
According to FBI documents,
Lanza’s mother told the witness
that Adam had “weirded out” in
the aftermath of Hurricane
Sandy, which ravaged a large
swath of the northeast coastline
just two months before the Sandy
Hook attack.
Adam and his mother spent
days in the house without electricity, the witness said, because
Adam refused to go to a hotel.
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WASHINGTON President Trump
met behind closed doors with
Senate Republicans on Capitol
Hill on Tuesday amid the GOP’s
high-stakes push for tax reform —
a session that was overshadowed
by the president’s escalating war
of words with a GOP senator who
could decide the fate of that legislative priority.
This was Trump’s first visit as
president to the Senate Republicans’ weekly policy lunch, and it
comes as House Republicans are
scrambling to pass a sweeping
budget agreement that would allow Congress to fast-track a taxcut package. GOP leaders had
high hopes for the huddle, believing Trump could help energize
and unify Republicans on the tax
reform front as they seek a major
legislative accomplishment before the end of the year.
But the president only talked
about tax reform in broad strokes,
offering no detailed positions, Republican lawmakers said after the
meeting. And instead of unity,
Trump sparked new tensions as,
just hours before his Senate visit,
he engaged in a fresh fight with
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who
has criticized the president as an
unstable and erratic leader.
In a series of tweets Tuesday
morning, Trump blasted Corker
as a “lightweight” who “couldn’t
get elected dog catcher.” Corker
quickly shot back, calling Trump
“utterly untruthful.”
Earlier in the day, Corker gave
a series of interviews in which he
accused Trump of “debasing” the
country with false statements and
“attempted bullying.” Corker’s
broadside was followed later in
the day by a salvo from Sen. Jeff
Flake, R-Ariz., who announced he
leased the results of a behavioral
analysis of Adam Lanza to law
enforcement and victims’ family
members.
They found there was evidence
to suggest Lanza had an interest
in children that “could be categorized as pedophilia” — though
there is no evidence he acted on
it.
Investigators also found Lanza’s deteriorating relationship
with his mother was a significant
stressor in the weeks and months
before the attack. However, the
behavioral analysis found Lanza
did not “snap,” but engaged in
“careful, methodical planning
and preparation” for the attack.
These investigators found no
evidence that Lanza viewed his
attack as a “video game” or contest, despite speculation in media
reports after the shooting that his
interest in violent games may
have influenced his actions.
Years before the Sandy Hook
shooting, law enforcement agents
visited Lanza’s family home after
he hacked into a government
computer system in ninth grade,
his neighbors told FBI agents investigating the Sandy Hook
shooting.
Lanza’s mother, Nancy, told
neighbors at a party that her son
made it to the second level of security on a government site. A
third layer of security was able to
thwart his hack.
Nancy Lanza believed the authorities came from either the
FBI or CIA — but neighbors told
the FBI that she couldn’t remember which agency. When they
came to Lanza’s house to investigate the potential cybercrime,
Nancy Lanza told officials her son
was extremely intelligent and he
was trying to challenge himself,
according to the documents.
Agents then apparently told
Nancy Lanza that if her son was
that smart, he could have a job
with them someday. The FBI
Tuesday found no immediate record of a contact with Lanza prior
to the shooting.
the nation’s two largest ports,
both in the Los Angeles area.
Companies that move nearly half
of America’s imports off the
docks faced the prospect of buying 16,000 new trucks.
As the Network first reported
Brett Murphy
in June, dozens of trucking comUSA TODAY Network
panies in southern California
avoided paying for new trucks by
House Democrats will intro- forcing their independent drivers
duce two federal bills Thursday into company-sponsored leaseaimed at cracking down on port to-own programs.
Drivers found themselves
trucking companies that have for
years exploited their workforce working as much as 20 hours a
with lease-to-own contracts that day for wages that sometimes
forced drivers to work around the dropped to pennies per hour after
clock for pay that sometimes expenses. Some drivers worked a
full week only to owe their boss
dipped to pennies on the hour.
money on payday.
The measures come
Over the past year,
in response to a USA “For truck
the federal government
TODAY Network inves- drivers
has been rolling back
tigation that revealed
regulation of the trucktruckers were working to be
ing industry. Lawmakas modern-day inden- treated
ers repealed safety rules
tured servants while fairly and
aimed at keeping tired
hauling
goods
for paid fairly,
truckers off the highAmerica’s retail giants.
way in December. And
The Port Drivers’ Bill that’s a
of Rights Act of 2017 no-brainer.” last month Trump’s administration withdrew
lays out basic work Grace Napolitano,
a proposed requirestandards for port D-Calif.
ment to screen truck
truckers, including fair
pay, protection under labor laws, drivers for sleep disorders.
But Democrats hope to present
and freedom from “exploitative
truck lease or rental arrange- these new initiatives as workerments,” according to a draft ob- friendly reforms that will garner
bipartisan support.
tained by USA TODAY Network.
The Clean Ports Act of 2017, a
“For truck drivers to be treated
fairly and paid fairly,” said Grace second bill announced Thursday,
Napolitano, D-Calif., one of the aims to loosen federal restriceight bill sponsors, “that’s a tions preventing cities from regulating port trucking companies.
no-brainer.”
“We thought [the companies] Retail companies and their trade
would do it without legislation, groups have spent millions sucbut that hasn’t happened,” she cessfully lobbying to stop similar
said. “So we had to put it in reforms in the past.
The trucking industry has long
writing.”
The proposed bill would also opposed local regulation that
require federal regulators to de- could invite changes to the indeploy a task force to ports to inves- pendent contractor business.
Weston LaBar, president of the
tigate companies, analyze lease
contracts and weed out employ- Harbor Trucking Association,
ers taking advantage of their warned against requiring companies to use employees instead of
workers.
The bill marks the first federal independent truckers, which he
attempt to protect port truckers said could prevent hiring and
and reign in their employers stunt job growth. The American
since California’s clean air initia- Trucking Association successfully
tive took hold five years ago. That sued the city of Los Angeles to
law banned aging big rigs from prevent such a mandate in 2013.
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Harassment treated as an open secret
has been the Navy’s “Fat Leonard” scandal, which takes its
name from portly Leonard Glenn
Francis, the former chief of Glenn
Defense Marine Asia. For years,
Francis, who has pleaded guilty to
fraud, bribed Navy officers with
cash, prostitutes, caviar and
champagne in exchange for information he used to gouge the government for servicing its ships in
Asian ports.
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Weinstein case, sexual harassment by top brass in many cases
is considered an open secret,
documents show. Yet many stay
quiet, and efforts on Capitol Hill
to reform the system and call
senior officers to account have
often failed.
Instead, the military has often
closed ranks. The Pentagon
doesn’t publicly discuss most
cases, though USA TODAY has
identified several, including five
since 2016 that have involved
senior officers in the Army, Air
Force and Navy. Nor does the
military seem interested in getting to the root of the problem. In
2014, then-Defense secretary
Chuck Hagel created an office to
investigate ethical problems
among senior leaders. It was
shuttered two years later without
determining the depth of the
problem, a task Hagel gave it
when he opened the office.
“This is another example of top
(Pentagon) officials refusing to
demand accountability and
sweeping major ethical problems
from commanders under the rug
to the detriment of the men and
women who serve admirably under them,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat and
member of the Armed Services
Committee, told USA TODAY.
THE CULTURE PERSISTS
Adm. John Richardson kept
an officer on his staff for eight
months after a report cited
the officer’s “predatory”
behavior. MC1(SW/AW) NATHAN LAIRD
WHEN POWER CORRUPTS
Because the Pentagon obscures
the extent of the scandals, problems emerge piecemeal as new
cases are ferreted with the aid of
whistle-blowers. The Army, for
example, was unaware that Maj.
Gen. Joseph Harrington was
sending Facebook Live messages
to the wife of a sergeant until
USA TODAY showed them to officials. He was fired on Oct. 13.
What prompts men at the pinnacle of their profession to take
reckless risks with their families,
careers and reputations? Several
factors play a role, according to
members of Congress, former top
officials and officers. There is often a sense of entitlement that
can stem from bosses with eagerto-please staffs and some military
leaders who view themselves as
royalty, according to a former top
military prosecutor.
Whatever the reasons for the
misbehavior, two things are clear:
The military hasn’t corrected it.
Nor has it been able to transform
a culture that enables the abuse.
Former Air Force secretary
Deborah Lee James, who disciplined several senior officers for
misconduct, sees organizations
with strong hierarchies dominated by men at the heart of the
problem.
“At its core, what’s behind misconduct among leaders in the
military or politics or business
sector is a lot of power, a lot of authority, and sometimes that begets bad behavior,” James said.
“It’s a failure of integrity. ... The
rash of instances in recent years
reveals a group of people who
didn’t think they’d get caught.”
Some did get caught, including:
uFormer Army major general David Haight, the “swinging general” who had an 11-year
affair that featured trysts at sex
clubs around the country. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.
uArmy Brig. Gen. Michael
Bobeck, who served on the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, was fired last
year for having an affair. Bobeck
had lived for a time rent-free in
the home of a defense contractor,
an arrangement the Pentagon
inspector
general
deemed
acceptable.
uArmy Maj. Gen. Joseph
Harrington, the commander of
U.S. Army Africa, was suspended
and ultimately fired after USA
TODAY revealed that he was under investigation for sending
Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby
was relieved of command last
year from the Big Red One,
the Army’s legendary
1st Infantry Division. ARMY
texts to a younger woman who
was married to a soldier on their
post in Italy. The flirty messages
included Harrington’s requests to
the woman to delete them. She
didn’t.
Other services are not exempt
from scandal.
In February, retired Air Force
general Arthur Lichte was docked
two stars after an investigation
confirmed that he had coerced a
junior officer into having sex with
him.
Boorish behavior and worse
isn’t the sole province of the
brass. USA TODAY also reported
last month that the spokesman
for Adm. John Richardson was
fired from his job in August for
incidents stemming from a boozy
Christmas party inside the Pentagon. Several women complained
that the officer, Cmdr. Chris Servello, had slapped one on the buttocks, subjected another to
unwanted hugs and pursued another so strenuously an investigator last December labeled it
“predatory.”
PROBLEM IS NOT NEW
Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, declined to respond to question
directly, instead issuing a statement through a spokeswoman.
“Officer misconduct has and
will always be taken seriously by
Sec. Mattis and our senior officers
who are expected to serve as exemplary leaders within the armed
forces,” Pentagon spokeswoman
Laura Ochoa said.
Gillibrand and others who have
taken the military to task in recent years for its efforts to eliminate sexual assault aren’t buying
the Pentagon’s tough talk.
“Commanders are not doing
their part to end this climate of
sexual harassment and sexual
assault and devaluing women,”
Gillibrand said.
It wasn’t supposed to be this
way. A series of scandals involving
top officers, sex and booze earlier
in the decade rocked the Pentagon. Leaders vowed to identify the
depth of the problem and attack it.
Among the most spectacular
Hagel, outraged by that and other
scandals, created an office, staffed
by a two-star admiral, to get answers about military brass who
seemed to have lost their ethical
compasses.
“We need to find out: Is there a
deep, wide problem?” Hagel announced in 2014. “If there is, then
what’s the scope of that problem?
How did this occur?”
Hagel and the Pentagon never
found out. The Office of the Senior Adviser for Military Professionalism, run by Rear Adm.
Margaret Klein, was shuttered in
2016 without exploring the depth
of the Pentagon’s problems with
bad generals.
In a recent interview, Hagel
told USA TODAY he wanted
more from the office. “If I would
have stayed as secretary of Defense, we would not have shut
that office down as soon as it was
shut down,” he said.
“You also have to get your arms
around the depth, the width, the
scope. Is this just the matter of a
few individuals getting in trouble? Is it wider, is it deeper?”
A Pentagon release cited
Klein’s office’s production, including a series of efforts aimed
at “leader and character development.” The list of accomplishments includes bromides about
“effective integration and implementation of ongoing efforts to
further military professionalism,
moral and ethical decision making, and the traditional values of
military service.”
It said nothing about determining how many generals and
admirals had run amok, which
service was best or which was the
worst. That’s clearly not what Hagel had in mind.
Neither the services nor top
Pentagon personnel officials
know whether the problem is
getting worse or better. The Pentagon inspector general documented at least 100 incidents of
misconduct a year since 2013. The
incidents are included in semi-annual reports to Congress, and include a short synopsis of the
infraction, and the rank and service of the officer. There are some
senior civilian officials in the military and intelligence communities included in the figures.
The inspector general also
does not have comparable data
on senior officer misconduct before 2013, Anderson said.
“There was no trend analysis
that I have seen as general counsel for the Army, undersecretary
of the Army or as undersecretary
for personnel and readiness,” said
Brad Carson who held those top
posts in the Army and in the office of the Defense secretary.
‘UNFAIR TARGETING’
Some senior Air Force officers did
not want to cooperate with the
effort, said James, the former Air
Force secretary, because they
considered it “unfair targeting
when it wasn’t an enormous
problem.”
“We are not changing the climate through transparency and
accountability,” said Gillibrand,
who has advocated removing
commander’s discretion for deciding whether to prosecute sexual assault cases and giving it to
career military prosecutors.
“Commanders are not doing their
part to end this climate of sexual
harassment and sexual assault
and devaluing women.”
Don Christensen, former top
prosecutor for the Air Force and
president of the advocacy group
Protect Our Defenders, believes
that the senior officer class has
become a class apart with its own
rules and little accountability.
“They’re more nobility than
they are just average American
citizens,” said Christensen, who
retired as a colonel. “They start to
feel above the law. They feel like
royalty vs. an officer dedicated to
the country.”
Army Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, relieved of command last year
from the Big Red One, the Army’s
legendary 1st Infantry Division,
lost his job because he’d grown
too close to a junior officer on his
staff and lost the confidence of his
commanders. He was demoted to
one star and forced to retire this
summer.
One of Grigsby’s enlisted aides
told a superior how she knew
Grigsby had been sleeping in
somebody else’s bed. “The enlisted aide told him that she believed
Maj. Gen. Grigsby did not sleep in
his house, because the bed was
made, and that was something
Maj. Gen. Grigsby did not do,” according to an investigative report.
Climb higher in the ranks and
the personal staff can grow. And
generals and admirals are free to
hire attractive young aides, said a
retired two-star officer whose
“It’s a failure
of integrity.
The rash of
instances in
recent years
reveals a group
of people who
didn’t think
they’d get
caught.”
Deborah Lee James,
former Air Force secretary
employer will not allow him to be
identified. They can begin to believe that they’re special, untouchable.
Take Grigsby, for example. His
chief of staff and command sergeant major warned him about
his too-close relationship with a
young captain on his staff. “Rather than terminate the relationship, Maj. Gen. Grigsby took
actions that his staff described
as sneaky and covert, indicating
that he wanted the relationship
to continue, regardless of the
consequences.”
That attitude is common
among generals and admirals,
said Lory Manning, a retired Navy captain and fellow at the Service Women’s Action Network, a
non-profit advocacy group for
women in the military.
“The traits that make somebody a good, aggressive leader —
the get-out-there-and-run-intono-man’s-land-from-your-trench
kind of guy — is a certain personality trait,” she said. Some of the
bad apples out there think they
can beat the system because they
had so far. Nobody ever caught
them. For a few of them, there
might be some hubris.”
CLOSING RANKS
These same leaders don’t want to
pass judgment because they have
known one another for decades
in which their careers often intersected, she said.
Consequences often are more
dire for lower-ranking troops
than for generals and admirals,
said Christensen, the former Air
Force prosecutor. The phenome-
non even has its own term in the
military: different spanks for different ranks.
“The everyday troop is courtmartialed for what a general officer is given a slap on the hand
for,” Christensen said.
Carson, the former top civilian
official in the Army and Pentagon, was a bit more charitable,
saying senior leaders in every
profession prefer to keep the discipline discreet and in-house. “No
one likes to call in a strike on
their own position,” he said.
‘THE PAIN OF MY MISTAKES’
Since the terror attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. military
has been on a war footing, with
some troops returning again and
again to combat.
You’d be hard-pressed to find
a soldier with more time on
battlefields since that time — and
before — than Grigsby. An infantryman and graduate of the
Army’s elite Ranger school, he led
a company of soldiers in the Gulf
War. He would go on to deploy
three times to Iraq and once to
Afghanistan and commanded the
key task force on the Horn of Africa that conducts counterterror
raids.
After eight deployments for a
total of 61⁄2 years, “I have been
struggling with my family situation for awhile, attempting to
balance a military career and be
the husband, father, and grandfather I wanted to be and what my
family reasonably expected me to
be,” Grigsby wrote to the Army
vice chief of staff after being
demoted one star.
His career and family unraveled on the eve of his fourth deployment to Iraq.
Grigsby, who declined to be interview for this article, concluded
his letter, writing that he hoped
“others will learn from the pain of
my mistakes.” In a hand-written
note, he apologized for “letting
down” Army leaders.
Repeated deployments and
trauma don’t explain or excuse
outrageous behavior, said retired
Army general Peter Chiarelli, who
served as vice chief until 2012. He
is now chief executive of One
Mind, a non-profit organization
that funds research in brain injury research and treatment. But
the Pentagon should think twice
before sending the same officers
again and again into war, he said.
‘NAMING AND SHAMING’
Christensen, the advocate for
victims of sexual assault in the
military and former Air Force
prosecutor, said the Pentagon has
failed troops by going easy on
generals and admirals who are allowed to retire, keep their coveted security clearances and take
lucrative jobs with defense contractors in retirement.
The only way to stop it, he said,
is to punish wayward admirals
and generals by taking away their
retirement pay and opportunities
to work for defense contractors
when they leave the military.
Hagel called, again, for a better
understanding of the problem before heads roll.
“Is there a deep problem?
There obviously was a problem,”
he said. “Was it endemic? I don’t
think it was.
“That doesn’t discount the seriousness of it,” Hagel said. “If
somebody’s getting away with
something, that’s going to have a
wider effect on the environment.”
If you spare the rod, said Rep.
Jackie Speier, a California Democrat and member of the Armed
Services Committee, you’ll spoil
the general.
“Naming and shaming is key,”
she said. “If you really want to create an environment that is going
to sanitize this conduct from happening, investigate it, prosecute it
and then inform the public.”
Trump signs order resuming refugee admissions
Program, with cap
of 45,000, to restart
with ‘special measures’
Gregory Korte
@gregorykorte
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON President Trump
resumed refugee admissions into
the U.S. on Tuesday, signing an
executive order that lifted his
previous seven-month moratorium and replacing it with what he
has called “extreme vetting.”
The executive order allows immigration officials to restart the
Refugee Admissions Program but
with “special measures” to screen
refugees “whose entry continues
to pose potential threats to the
security and welfare of the United States.”
Those measures include more
in-depth interviews of families
seeking refugee status and biometric information to be checked
against various federal watch lists
and databases.
The move comes as the previous moratorium — originally expected to last 120 days but
extended by Trump in June —
The new screening
measures “provide
an opportunity for
the United States
to welcome those
in need into our
country while
ensuring a safer,
more secure
homeland.”
Elaine Duke, acting Secretary
of Homeland Security
was set to expire Tuesday.
The order does not affect other
aspects of Trump’s previous travel bans, which include a categorical ban on immigrants and
refugees from some Muslim-majority countries. Trump has
signed three versions of that ban,
with the most recent being
blocked last week by federal
judges in Hawaii and Maryland.
Acting Secretary of Homeland
Security Elaine Duke said the
new screening measures “provide
an opportunity for the United
States to welcome those in need
into our country while ensuring a
safer, more secure homeland.”
Still, Trump has already taken
action to ensure that the number
of refugees will be the lowest in
decades. Last month, he signed a
separate directive setting the annual refugee cap at 45,000 — the
lowest annual limit since Congress passed the Refugee Act in
1980.
President Obama had increased the cap to 110,000, citing
a worldwide refugee crisis driven
by the Syrian civil war and unrest
throughout North Africa and the
Middle East. But Trump halted
the program, saying he was worried it could allow terrorists into
the United States.
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Corker speaks the truth
about what we personally
witness daily: Trump is a
chronic liar with potentially
catastrophic consequences.
Trump has never matured
above a schoolyard bully mentality. Trump’s playing with the
big boys now and he’s outmatched. Corker shoots him
down with smarts and class, not
sinking to his level. Wish we had
more people like Corker in Congress. Funny how Republicans
who have nothing to lose are
able to speak truth to power.
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Melania should start
her campaign at home
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Drawing the
country together
33%
Tearing the
country apart
56%
Don’t know
11%
Time for Corker to go. He lost
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car plant campaign. Time
for him to turn into a lobbyist.
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It’s a shame anyone with a
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Flake, Corker ... those who remain will be even more deplorable than ever.
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posed to voting for those who
fund their campaigns.
Flake has done nothing to
keep promises made as a Republican! He’s just scared of
being primaried by someone
who is a real conservative and
has the president’s support. Kelli
Ward will make the Senate a
better place and she is more
than qualified. Good ridance to
a senator who did nothing. If
you make promises, at least you
should work to keep them!
CW Hensley
Playground
tactics.
Where is first lady Melania
Trump?
The president and members
of Congress have to work together, even if they don’t like
each other, and you can’t govern by airing it out all the time.
So it makes sense to keep some
misgivings to yourself. Trump
hasn’t learned that lesson.
@Teresav4
At least some in Congress
have the guts to say what everyone
is
thinking!
#NamingNames
Joe Doerger
@rickoblock
Corker is garbage. If he really
believes this why didn’t he say
something a year ago? He just
needs to go away after he kisses Trump’s ring.
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This is what citizens were
saying they wanted. Term limits.
Senators not constantly in election mode. Actually speaking
the truth. Voting for what is
good for constituents, as op-
We have been funneling
everything from tax dollars to
lottery money to schools for
years. Why hasn’t the school
system fixed its own problems
by now? Why does it take a first
lady?
What did Michelle Obama
implement? A food program of
bad food?
Michael G. Smith
Charity starts at home. Trump
needs to stop her husband from
bullying the American people,
then she can visit the children in
Michigan. Right now, she is a
bad example for anti-bullying.
Ken Brockington
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with law enforcement been?
Send your comments on Twitter using #policingtheusa or
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Let’s face it, Trump, Corker
and Flake (and almost everyone
in Washington) are acting like
idiots.
First lady Melania Trump in
Michigan on Monday. DAVID GURALNICK AP
Why doesn’t Mrs. Trump
launch her anti-bullying campaign by starting with her husband, who has publicly bullied a
handicapped person, a former
prisoner of war, a Gold Star
family, NFL players, women he
bragged about sexually assaulting, teenage girls who were
undressed and changing at
pageants when he barged in,
students at his “university” and
mayors who are begging for
help after a devastating
hurricane?
Before attempting to tell the
country how it should behave,
Mrs. Trump should fix her problem at home first.
@tfinley266
Carol Johansmeyer
John Letaw
First lady Melania Trump talks
about her anti-bullying campaign in a surprise visit to a
Michigan middle school.
About time Republicans
started telling the truth
about their fake president!
They’re all seeing that supporting Trump will likely cost
them elections.
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Trump is launching the campaign she promised she would.
Did she do it in her last year?
No, it is during her first year. Yet,
people still complain.
Matt DeWitte
Is there some unknown timetable she has to follow to keep
the news media happy?
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USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
NEWS 7A
OPINION
TODAY’S TOPIC WAR ON TERROR
Our view
Larger questions surround
U.S. troop deaths in Niger
For more than a week, America
has been fixated on a needless
controversy involving President
Trump, his chief of staff, a Florida
congresswoman and a grieving
widow whose Green Beret husband was killed in the obscure
West African nation of Niger.
The tawdry episode raises new
questions about Trump’s ability
to perform one of the most sacred
duties confronting a commander
in chief: consoling the families of
the nation’s fallen war heroes.
Most important, however, it
raises larger questions about why
hundreds of U.S. troops are in Niger in the first place, why four of
them died in a firefight three
weeks ago, and why influential
members of Congress were unaware of the deployment.
Such ignorance is a travesty to
families of the four Green Berets
— Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of
Puyallup, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, of Springboro,
Ohio; Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29,
of Lyons, Ga.; and Sgt. La David
Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens —
killed on Oct. 4, apparently in a
battle with fighters linked to the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
It’s also a disservice to the other, nearly 2.8 million military
family members who trust elected officials to provide crucial
oversight when their loved ones
are at risk overseas.
As explained Monday by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford,
Michael Medved
P
resident Trump should install a new sign on his Oval
Office desk, one that would
remind him of the timeless wisdom in an old Arabic proverb:
“The dogs bark, but the caravan
moves on.”
Ideally, that message might
discourage the leader of the free
world from damaging his presidency by responding in kind every time some skeptic in the
media, Congress or the private
sector yips or snarls in his general
direction.
Of course, such restraint goes
against Trump’s well-advertised
reputation as a fierce “counterpuncher.” Tens of millions of admirers cherish his tough-guy
rhetoric in promising to “punch
back 10 times harder” whenever
he’s insulted.
This retaliatory reflex might
have served him well as a reality
TV star or even a presidential
candidate, but now it only serves
to diminish his stature and undermine his agenda.
If you’re counterpunching
against some random detractor
who’s far less prominent and
powerful than you are, it’s hard to
avoid looking like an arrogant
bully. And when you’re president
of the United States, everyone is
far less prominent and powerful
than you are. Even Sen. Bob
Corker, chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee,
and especially a Gold Star widow.
POKING THE BEAR
If the heavy-weight champion of
the world gets drawn into a barroom brawl with a paunchy
drunk, then it’s a sure thing the
champ will lose. Even if he does
knock the guy out, he looks irresponsible for abusing his power
with an unworthy opponent. The
only proper course is to exercise
self-control by walking away from
provocation, with dignity intact.
Think of how profoundly the
president might have benefited
by reacting more appropriately to
cheap-shot insults by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who complained about his handling of a
phone call to a grieving war widow. Rather than instinctively accusing Wilson of lying and
deriding her as “wacky” then
challenging the noble, mourning
wife who supported the congresswoman’s account, Trump could
have simply offered his sympathy
and admiration for the sacrifices
of all military families.
The president would also gain
by avoiding needless spats with
congressional leaders or members of his own Cabinet. Even if
Rex Tillerson really did call him a
Funeral of Sgt. La David Johnson in
Hollywood, Fla. MIKE STOCKER VIA AP
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, more than 6,000 U.S. servicemembers are in 53 African
countries. The largest single
group of troops, about 800, are in
Niger as part of a French-led task
force working to defeat terrorists
in West Africa.
Dunford conceded in remarks
to reporters that “if the Congress
doesn’t believe that they’re getting sufficient information, then I
need to double my efforts to provide them with information.” Absolutely. But there’s far more for
the Pentagon and Congress to do.
The battle occurred after a
dozen Army Green Beret soldiers
and 30 Nijerian troops left on a
reconnaissance mission Oct. 3 to
a village near the border with Mali, where an ISIS splinter group
operates. Enemy contact was
deemed unlikely. But the next
day, as the column was returning
to base, 50 enemy fighters attacked. Two Americans were
wounded, three killed and another went missing, his body located
two days later.
Had the mission somehow
changed? Was the intelligence
bad? Were the Americans illequipped? How did the one U.S.
soldier become separated, his
body missing for so long? These
and many other questions need
to be answered.
To support anti-terror deployments in Niger and elsewhere,
the Trump administration is relying on the 2001 approval for the
war in Afghanistan. But as Dunford explained Monday, the fight
against terror has gone global
with the collapse of ISIS.
Fighting Islamic terrorist
movements abroad is a worthy
goal, but Congress, the only
branch of the U.S. government
empowered by the Constitution
to take America to war, should
own up to its responsibility under
the Constitution and debate a
new authorization for military
operations overseas.
The public — military families,
especially — deserve to know that
the mission has the full support
of America’s leaders, and to understand why sons and daughters
might die fighting in faraway
places like Niger.
TRUMP MUST
RISE ABOVE
HIS CRITICS
His reflex to punch back once worked well.
But now he’s so powerful he looks like a bully.
Then-candidate Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker campaign
in July 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. SARA D. DAVIS, GETTY IMAGES
“moron,” it doesn’t make the
chief executive look less moronic
to challenge the secretary of State
to a competitive IQ test.
And while Corker had to know
he was poking the bear Tuesday
when he took to Twitter and TV
to call Trump an “utterly untruthful” name-caller who was
“debasing” the nation, imagine if
Trump had risen above instead of
tweeting that “liddle’ Bob Corker” was unpopular, incompetent
and a lightweight. The unhinged
Twitter storm made him seem
weaker, not stronger.
The same dynamic applies to
Trump’s ceaseless attacks on “the
lying” and “dishonest” media or
“fake news.” Of course, the president and his team should correct
the record whenever hostile
voices in the press promulgate inaccurate or distorted accounts
about the administration. But
countering media mistakes isn’t
the same as assaulting the character of the reporters who make
those mistakes.
WARS OF CHOICE
“It’s frankly disgusting the way
the press is able to write whatever they want to write,” the chief
executive noted on Oct. 11.
No, Mr. President, it would be
frankly disgusting if they were
unable to write whatever they
want. The only alternative to a
news media the president fre-
quently labels “out of control”
would be a media under control.
And the prospect of governmental supervision isn’t just unappealing; it’s unconstitutional.
The war against the media, like
other conflicts marring Trump’s
first months in office, is a war of
choice, not a battle of necessity.
Meanwhile, the boisterous bickering steals attention from more
worthy achievements and aspirations — such as remaking our judiciary, strengthening border
security, deregulating the economy, erasing the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria and, perhaps, reforming taxes. These subjects deserve constructive debate and
more public attention than the
petty, highly personal insults that
too often obsess the president.
Sure, the dogs will continue to
bark, but it’s high time that the
caravan moved on. The canine cacophony might be annoying, but
it’s degrading and self-defeating
when the leader of the column
pauses to bark back.
As Winston Churchill observed
regarding the old slogan that
should find its way to Trump’s
desk: “You will never reach your
destination if you stop and throw
stones at every dog that barks.”
Michael Medved, a member of
the USA TODAY Board of Contributors, hosts a nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show.
Other views
‘A really bad
idea right now’
Karen Attiah, The Wash- want to debate the continued
ington Post: “Two weeks after
four U.S. Green Berets were
killed in a mysterious ambush
in Niger, it appears that the U.S.
counterterrorism machine may
be ramping up in Africa. ... We
still aren’t sure which armed
group was responsible for the
attack (or) whether the American troops were adequately
armed. ... In the absence of answers, and a lack of a clear and
coherent Africa strategy to begin with, ramping up U.S. military aggression in Africa
sounds like a really, really bad
idea right now. ... African nations and Western powers need
to be asking the right questions
and setting clear counterterrorism objectives before
embroiling themselves in unwinnable shadow wars.”
Stephen L. Miller, Fox
News: “U.S. special forces arrived in Niger in January 2013
on the orders of President Obama. They were then followed
by about a 100 military personnel and advisers with the intention of conducting unmanned
reconnaissance missions over
Mali in conjunction with
French military forces to continue a broad-based escalation
of operations in the region
from as early as 2005. ... If the
news media and lawmakers
presence of troops in Niger and
the African continent, that’s a
debate worth having. (It) will
have to include a very uncomfortable discussion for Democrats and the anti-war left, who
sleepwalked through eight
years of escalating military
presence in that region.”
David A. Andelman,
CNN: “On Sept. 24 (the)
Trump administration suddenly and inexplicably added Chad
to the list of countries whose
citizens would be included in
the latest iteration of the president’s travel ban. Chad and its
leaders were utterly blindsided
as there was no sense whatsoever that this nation has harbored or even encouraged
terrorists. ... Au contraire,
Chad’s troops have for some
time served as an effective ally
in the region — the best fighting force deployed in nearby
Niger and Mali, with the best
intel and best-trained warriors.
... Barely a week after the announcement of the new travel
ban, the Chadian government
suddenly began pulling hundreds of their fighters from Niger. ... Troops from Niger and
Mali are now all that stand between the forces of ISIS and,
further afield, Boko Haram and
our own military.”
Bring back the
Megyn Kelly of 2016
Julia Wallace
Megyn Kelly, trying to revive
ratings for her new NBC daytime
show, danced and tugged audience members onstage with her
last week. On Monday, in a powerful and pointed segment, she
lambasted her former employer,
Fox News, and said the shaming
and silencing of sexual harassment victims must stop.
The contrast is a great lesson
for Kelly and NBC. She built a
brand at Fox News as a toughminded woman and gained
worldwide notoriety when she
took on then-candidate Donald
Trump in a presidential debate.
Trying to dance and laugh her
way to ratings is only going to
send her to oblivion.
Remember the beginning of
Kelly’s question to Trump? She
said: “You’ve called women you
don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and
disgusting animals,” and it got
tougher from there. She parlayed
that fame into a contract with
NBC, where since Sept. 25 she
has hosted a daily morning show.
The ratings have tanked and the
critics are brutal.
Kelly was always a bit of a contradiction. At times, she could follow the predictable GOP message
of the day. At times, she could be
a flirty and vacuous blonde.
When Trump agreed to an interview with her in Trump Tower after the debate blowup, she
soft-balled the questions, and the
whole interview seemed an attempt to placate an angry source.
Kelly was at her best when she
was fearless Courtroom Kelly. Before turning to journalism, she
had spent 10 years as a lawyer.
When former congressman Newt
Gingrich accused her of being
“fascinated with sex” in response
to her questions about Trump’s
relationship with women, Courtroom Kelly responded: “Mr.
Speaker, I’m not fascinated by
sex, but I am fascinated by the
protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the
Oval Office, and I think the American voters would like to know.”
NBC had an opportunity to
hone Courtroom Kelly into a ratings superstar. Instead, executives have turned her show into
an almost comical attempt to imitate daytime talk show host Kelly
Ripa. Ripa became a powerhouse
because of her great ability to
have fun with herself, her co-host
and her audience. Sorry, Megyn
Kelly, that’s not your brand.
Kelly and NBC are trying to
connect her more to Today, the
popular morning show. She’s not
only dancing, she went camping
with her family and showed a
video of it. It mostly was disturbing, leaving this viewer to wonder
why she was exploiting her kids.
It’s nothing new for networks
not to know how to use female
talent. The classic case was when
NBC decided that Today co-host
Jane Pauley was too old and
kicked her off the show. Pauley,
turning 67 next week, is now the
successful host of CBS Sunday
Morning.
For Kelly to turn it around, she
and NBC need to reboot. Courtroom Kelly needs to be resuscitated. This is a chance for NBC to
create a new model for daytime
TV. Kelly can be successful only if
she creates a show that highlights
the brave and powerful warrior of
2016. Otherwise, she’s just like
that famous failure of a product
of 1985: New Coke.
Julia Wallace is the Frank Russell Chair and Professor of Practice at the Walter Cronkite School
of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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The hottest
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Your kids will clamor
for these 5B
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FIAT CHRYSLER REPORTS
PROFIT IN ALL REGIONS
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
reported a third-quarter earnings boost despite weaker
sales in the U.S. The Londonbased automaker reported
earnings of $1.07 billion in the
third quarter, an increase of
50% over the same period a
year ago. The company, which
has its U.S. headquarters in
Auburn Hills, Mich., outside
Detroit, touted a record third
quarter, citing a drop in expenses related to debt reduction, strong performance in
North America, a higher margin in Latin America and profits in the Maserati brand.
FOOD COMPANIES OFFER
UP SOME SERIOUS SWAG
CATERPILLAR EARNINGS
SURGE IN THIRD QUARTER
Caterpillar’s third-quarter
profit surged on demand for
construction equipment, topping Wall Street expectations.
The Peoria, Ill.-based company
boosted its guidance, citing
strong oil and gas markets in
North America along with
construction in China. Shares
surged in Monday trading,
jumping $6.56, or almost 5%,
to close at $138.24. Profit nearly quadrupled to $1.06 billion,
or $1.77 per share. Earnings,
adjusted for restructuring
costs, came to $1.95 per share.
AMAZON STUDIOS OUSTS
SECOND EXECUTIVE
Joe Lewis, the executive in
charge of comedy and drama
at Amazon Studios, is leaving
the company just days after
programming chief Roy Price
stepped down after being
suspended over allegations of
sexual harassment. The accusations against Price came
from Isa Hackett, the producer
of the Amazon hit series “The
Man in the High Castle.” Lewis,
whose departure was first
reported by the “Hollywood
Reporter,” will be replaced by
former Fox International executive Sharon Tal Yguado. Lewis
had faced allegations over
conflict of interest. Earlier this
month, the “Wall Street Journal,” citing people close to the
program, wrote that Lewis
pressured people working on
the show “The Tick” to cast his
girlfriend, actress Yara Martinez, in the pilot and then to
expand her role.
DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVG.
23,500
167.80
23,450
23,400
4:00 p.m.
23,442
23,350
23,300
23,250
Sangyay hits the runway in
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Hit the links with a Curly Fry
golf club head cover for $28.
You, too, can spend your evenings with Col. Sanders by way of this $14 pillowcase. KFC
ARBY’S
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do more than just
satisfy your hunger
Dwyer, director of the company’s
licensing group.
Coke isn’t new to selling merchandise to the masses. The soda
company’s first promotion was in
1914 — a calendar that cost two
pennies. Newcomers to the swag
game include In-N-Out burger,
whose line-up includes air
fresheners.
“Our hope is that items like
these are simple and fun reminders of In-N-Out Burger that our
loyal customers can enjoy or give
as gifts,” vice president of operations Denny Warnick said.
In a field filled with McDonald’s ski helmets for $118 apiece
and Hidden Valley dressing bottle
cozies for $20, here are examples
of swag gone wild:
Zlati Meyer
@ZlatiMeyer
USA TODAY
You could use that $1 bill for
a small bag of Cheetos.
Or you could use 20,000 of
them to buy a Cheetos earrings
and ring set with orange sapphires and black and white diamonds set in 18-karat gold. Yes,
that’s $20,000 U.S. dollars.
As competition on supermarket shelves and in food courts
grows fierce, food manufacturers and fast-food chains are
looking beyond the usual
T-shirts and baseball hats to accessorize customers.
Companies from KFC and
McDonald’s to Hidden Valley
and Coca-Cola are peddling
items that have little to do with
the noshes they’re known for.
Think chicken and pillow-
cases ($14), Big Macs and wallpaper ($47), ranch dressing and
fountains ($89) and soda and
purses ($36.03).
Taco Bell, in late September,
announced it was teaming with
Gen Z retailer Forever 21 for a
fashion line that includes several
iterations of a bodysuit. This
month, Whataburger unveiled a
silver charm featuring its logo.
And in the spring, Hidden Valley
— yes, the maker of salad dressings — started selling a ranch
dressing fountain. And yes, that’s
like a chocolate fountain, but
with ranch dressing.
“The brands are really
fighting for mind share,
and they don’t want to
just be seen as a very
functional brand that
helps you satiate your
hunger. They want to be
a part of your lifestyle,”
said Julie Cottineau,
CEO of Westchester,
N.Y.-based
consulting
firm
BrandTwist. “They’re trying to
give you a means to say, ‘This is a
brand that’s part of my identity.’ ”
While few people are willing to
shell out the price of a new car for
bling that showcases their love of
cheesy snacks, plenty will spend a
few bucks on wacky items, such
as Little Caesars’ headphones for
$13 or an Arby’s Curly Fry golf
club cover for $28.
Coca-Cola views its swag as an
opportunity to connect with customers, and it’s doing it a lot. “We
sell more than 500 million branded products each year,” said Kate
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The tribal-inspired patterned
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An evening bag from
Coca-Cola and the
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9:30 a.m.
23,274
TUESDAY MARKETS
INDEX
CLOSE
CHG
Nasdaq composite
6598.43 x 11.60
S&P 500
2569.13 x
4.15
T-note, 10-year yield
2.42% x
0.05
Oil, light sweet crude
$52.47 x
0.57
Gold, oz. Comex
$1275.00 y
2.70
Euro (dollars per euro) $1.1788 x 0.0050
Yen per dollar
113.58 y
0.15
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iPhone X this Friday
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the damage
LOS ANGELES The iPhone X is
one of the must-have tech gadgets of the year, and even with a
starting price of $999, the device is expected to sell out immediately when Apple lets
shoppers start ordering the
phone Friday at 3 a.m. ET.
What to do?
Only
DON’T STAND IN LINE
12%
The phone will be in stores on
Nov. 3, but tech analysts say
Apple has supply constraints
that will make it harder than
usual to get hold of the newest
iPhone. That means camping
outside stores for hours, or
even days, to grab a phone may
be a fool’s errand.
Savvy customers know to
jump online the minute presales begin, and put in their or-
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That’s a Wrap
der promptly, at Apple.com or via
one of the major phone carriers
that sell iPhones, such as Verizon,
T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint.
Apple responds on a firstcome, first-serve basis. The earlier you get your pre-order in, the
sooner the new phone should arrive to you.
In the past, pre-sales have sold
out for opening day within five
minutes, Creative Strategies tech
analyst Ben Bajarin notes.
APPLE.COM OR APPLE STORE
APP?
In years past, the Apple.com website got jammed up from all the
activity. So here’s a tip: Download
the Apple Store app and shop
there.
But you’ll need to make several
decisions first. Know your
choices now.
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2B MONEY
Mega Millions looks to deliver
‘attention-grabbing jackpots’
5 things you need
to know as ticket
price rises to $2
Dow’s rally
driven by 2
blue-chip
stocks
Adam Shell
@adamshell
USA TODAY
David P. Willis
@dpwillis732
Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
Starting this weekend, the
Mega Millions lottery will cost
twice as much to play, have longer
odds and feature bigger prizes.
The changes are in response to
customers who want big jackpots,
Mega Millions President Debbie
D. Alford said in a statement.
“We have a demand for innovation to keep fresh, entertaining
lottery games and to deliver the
attention-grabbing jackpots,” said
Alford, who also is president and
chief executive officer of the
Georgia Lottery Corp.
Mega Millions’ largest jackpot
ever was $656 million, won
March 30, 2012, and split among
three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, according to
the lottery’s website. It’s No. 3 of
the top U.S. lottery jackpots.
Meanwhile, the granddaddy of
state lotteries, Powerball, has the
No. 1 and No. 2 largest jackpots,
and the winners are more recent:
A $1.6 billion prize won Jan. 13,
2016, and split among three
tickets, and a $758.7 million jackpot won Aug. 23, 2017, with a
ticket sold in Massachusetts.
Here are five changes that will
start with the Oct. 31 jackpot:
Mega Millions’ new structure is expected to speed up jackpot growth and boost the likelihood of
a jackpot reaching $1 billion. GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
number of red balls by 10, so the
odds of winning the jackpot increase from 1 in almost 259 million to 1 in about 303 million.
Overall, the chance of winning
any prize will go from 1 in 15 to 1
in 24 with the changes.
4. BETTER CHANCES
Mega Millions’ grand prize will
begin at $40 million instead of
$15 million. That’s the amount
Powerball has had in place since
Oct. 7, 2015. That will mean no
more $25 million jackpots.
The update will make it easier for
players to win the game’s secondtier $1 million prize for matching
five white balls — 1 in 12.6 million
vs. the present 1 in 18.5 million,
according to the New York Gaming Commission.
Other secondary prizes will
have higher dollar amounts in the
updated game: $10,000 for
matching four white balls and the
Mega Ball, an increase of $5,000
but longer odds; $200 for matching three white balls and the
Mega Ball, an increase of $150
with better odds; $10 for matching either three white balls (better odds) or two white balls and
the Mega Ball (longer odds), an
increase of $5; $4 for matching
one white ball and the Mega Ball,
a $2 increase with longer odds; $2
for matching the Mega Ball, a $1
increase with longer odds.
3. LONGER ODDS.
5. NEW OPTION
To win the big prize that is drawn
at 11 p.m. ET every Tuesday and
Friday, players must match five
white balls from 1 to 70 and one
Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.
The new design of the game
decreases the number of white
balls from 75 but increases the
In seven states, a player will be
able to wager $3 for two entries
to win the game’s jackpot. The
tickets will not be eligible for any
other prize level, and players
won’t be able to customize their
numbers. Initially, Mega Millions
games in Georgia, Massachusetts,
1. HIGHER TICKET PRICES.
The price of a ticket goes up to $2
— from the current $1 — and
players may purchase tickets for
up to 14 consecutive draws. Basic
tickets for Powerball have been
$2 each since Jan. 15, 2012.
Multipliers of lower-tier prizes
on both games remain at $1.
2. BIGGER STARTING
JACKPOTS
Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota,
Texas and Virginia will offer the
Just the Jackpot option. Other
lottery commissions will be able
to offer it in the future.
When Powerball changed its
game in October 2015, the odds of
winning its grand prize rose to 1
in more than 292 million. But
those record-breaking jackpots
grabbed attention and the public’s pocketbooks, in some cases at
the expense of Mega Millions.
In New York, $285 million of
the state $7.7 billion in lottery
sales came from Mega Millions in
its fiscal year ending March 31,
2017, the second-lowest amount
from the game in five fiscal years.
Its sales were 3% of the state’s total lottery revenue vs. 3.6%, or
$349 million, from Powerball.
In New Jersey, the lottery
failed to meet its financial obligations to the state in 2014 and
2015, even after partnering with
Lottery Group in 2013, which had
promised to send at least $1.42
billion in additional income back
to New Jersey. Mega Millions
brought in $144.4 million in sales,
4.4% of the $3.3 billion in total
lottery ticket sales, in the fiscal
year ended June 30, 2016, vs.
$286 million, 8.7%, for Powerball.
In Michigan, $118.7 million of
its $3.4 billion in lottery sales
came from Mega Millions in its
fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016,
about 3.8% of all lottery sales; Powerball brought in $199 million
or 6.4% of sales.
(In all three states, scratch-off
instant tickets were the biggest
piece of the lottery pie, 41% in
New York, 57% in New Jersey
and 37% in Michigan.)
Mega Millions started as The
Big Game in August 1996 with six
participating states. The game
grew, becoming Mega Millions in
May 2002. Mega Millions now is
played in 44 states — excluding
Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah — plus
the District of Columbia and the
U.S. Virgin Islands.
Contributing: Detroit Free Press;
Matt Kadosh and Joshua Jongsma,
The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record.
Northstar
Paul Kuharevicz of
Dearborn, Mich., played
the same numbers for
two years and won
$1 million. MICHIGAN LOTTERY
The Dow can thank two stocks
for almost all of its nearly 170point gain Tuesday and its run to
another record high.
At the close, the Dow was up
168 points, after gaining as much
as 211 points, to close at 23,441.76
— its 54th record close of 2017.
Sizable earnings beats from
Dow components Caterpillar and
3M fueled big rallies in both
stocks. Shares of earth-moving
machine maker Caterpillar,
which topped third-quarter earnings expectations by 68 cents and
raised its outlook, jumped $6.44,
or nearly 5%, to $138.12.
And 3M, which makes Post-it
Notes and posted better-than-expected earnings and sales, surged
$13.05, or nearly 6%, to $234.60.
The Dow is a price-weighted
index, which means members
with higher stock prices move its
price the most. Of the Dow’s
nearly 168-point gain Tuesday,
3M accounted for 89 points and
Caterpillar added 44 points. Between the two names, they accounted for nearly 80% of the
Dow’s daily point gain.
Tuesday’s rally was again
driven by strong corporate earnings, continuing a trend that has
been in place all of 2017 and
which is being driven by
strengthening economies around
the world.
The Dow’s 0.72% gain Tuesday
is far better than the 0.16% advance for the broad Standard &
Poor’s 500 stock index, which is
driven by stocks with the biggest
market values, as opposed to
price.
U.S. stocks continue to rise despite a market that is expensive
by historical standards. The rally
also comes at a time when the
Federal Reserve has started to
take away stimulus that it injected into the system following the
2008 financial crisis.
The Fed has hiked short-term
interest rates twice this year and
has hinted at a third rate increase
when it meets in December.
Higher borrowing costs are generally viewed as a headwind for
stocks.
Despite the threat of higher
rates, investors are focusing on
the strong earnings season and
global economic uptick.
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charm branded with the multiW-ed logo of the Texas-based
burger chain dangles delicately
from your bracelet or necklace to
tell the world that your favorite
accessory is meat packed between two buns. $60.
KFC PILLOWCASE
Who wants a One Direction
member or Ryan Gosling on their
pillowcase when they can have
the man who’s as hot as his chicken, Col. Sanders? $14.
“slider” into the season with a
snowflake-shaped tree ornament.
$7.50.
IN-N-OUT BURGER
AIR FRESHENER
The iconic California chain’s air
freshener comes in sets of five,
showcasing its Double-Double
Burger, fries, drink cup, shake cup
and crossed palm trees. But alas,
they don’t smell like the food.
The scents are cinnamon, coconut, strawberry, peppermint and
pine. $9.95.
COCA-COLA EVENING BAG
WHITE CASTLE ORNAMENT
It’s just a small leap from White
Christmas to White Castle, so
This red and white purse is actually made out of vinyl-covered
chrome. $36.03.
Savvy customers will have decided on color, memory size and carrier long before Friday. “Don’t
fumble at midnight trying to figure it out,” one experienced buyer says. JUSTIN SULLIVAN, GETTY IMAGES
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uHow much are you willing to pay? The phone starts at
$999 with 128 GB of storage, or
$49.91 monthly for two years via
Apple’s lease program, or $1,149
($56.16 monthly) with 256 GB of
storage.
“Don’t fumble at midnight trying to figure it out,” says Michael
Schneider of Los Angeles, who
pre-orders a new iPhone every
year when they first go on sale.
He always pays full price and
then re-sells his old phone via the
third-party buy/sell site Gazelle
so he doesn’t have to waste valuable time dealing with the wireless carriers.
For pricing, think long and
hard about storage. Can you live
with 128 GB? Remember that
those 4K videos and new augmented-reality apps add up fast.
If you’re going to spend this kind
of money on the phone, spring for
the 256 GB option. On a monthly
basis, it’s only $6 more expensive:
$56.16 monthly vs. $49.91.
uSpeaking of trade-ins:
The wireless carriers are offering
generous incentives to buy the
phone from them, with anywhere
from $300 to $350 off the purchase price, and some fine print
involved as well. Read the specs
now from your carriers. You can
pre-order from them, too.
uApple.com or ATT.com?
There is a school of thought that
the wireless carrier websites
might see less traffic than Apple
.com, and thus, be easier to break
through Friday morning. But Jeff
Caldwell of Portland, who buys a
new iPhone on pre-sale night every year, says both are tough nuts
to crack. “Every year, ATT’s site is
bogged down and it takes up to 45
minutes to get my order though,”
he says. “I’ve also tried ordering
through Apple with the same or
worse results.”
uHave your carrier info
ready. If you want to renew an
agreement, have your social security number, account number and
passwords ready, but remember
that you can buy the phone unlocked and bring it into the wireless stores to set up in a
less-rushed atmosphere.
Pizza Hut’s Tribal Pizza Leggings, featuring triangles that look
suspiciously like pizza slices, are available for $49.99. PIZZA HUT
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
MONEY 3B
Sears to stop selling Whirlpool, Lord & Taylor
flagship
Maytag, KitchenAid appliances store sells
Mike Snider
and Charisse Jones
@mikesnider, @charissejones
USA TODAY
If you are in the market for a
new Whirlpool washer and dryer
or Maytag dishwasher, don’t expect Sears to be the place where
America shops.
For the first time in more than
a century, the troubled retailer
will no longer sell appliances
from Whirlpool, which also
makes KitchenAid, Maytag and
Jenn-Air products.
In a memo sent to stores last
week, Sears told employees that
Whirlpool made pricing demands
“that would have prohibited us
from offering Whirlpool products
to our members at a reasonable
price,” the retailer said in a memo, a copy of which was sent to
USA TODAY.
Sears will only sell what Whirlpool products are currently in inventory. The news hammered the
stock prices of both companies.
Sears shares fell more than 8% to
close at $5.99 and Whirlpool was
down almost 11% to $163.26.
Whirlpool CEO Marc Robert
Bitzer said that the decision to
pull the brand came in the spring.
“We did inform Sears in May
that we would no longer supply
The announcement hammered shares for both companies.
SEARS HOLDINGS
Whirlpool branded products as
we simply could not reach terms
that are acceptable to both parties,” Bitzer said Tuesday in a
conference call with Wall Street
analysts.
However, Bitzer said Whirlpool will continue to supply to
Sears 10 appliances sold under
the Kenmore brand.
Sears, founded in 1887 as Sears,
Roebuck & Co., had sold Whirlpool appliances for more than a
century.
Whirlpool has also made Ken-
more dishwashers, washers and
dryers and refrigerators. Sears
declined to confirm which Kenmore appliances are produced by
Whirlpool, but spokesman Howard Riefs said that “Whirlpool
will continue to supply the Kenmore products it makes for us.’’
In addition to Kenmore appliances, Sears said in its memo the
chain “will continue to make
available top brands that members expect from us including LG,
Samsung, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux, and Bosch.”
Still, the loss of the Whirlpool
brand is another sign of how
Sears, a one-time retail giant that
was the go-to for home appliance
purchases ranging from freezers
to dryers, is no longer a dominant
player.
“This move seems to be isolated to a dispute over pricing so is
not linked to the company’s financial woes,” says Neil Saunders, managing director of the
consultancy GlobalData Retail.
“That said, it is another sign that
Sears is becoming less relevant in
the retail market and in that
sense it is unwelcome news.”
The partnership Sears and
Whirlpool have through the Kenmore brand is likely to continue,
says Matt Sargent, senior vice
president of retail at Magid, a research-based consultancy.
But more telling — and troubling — is that Whirlpool ultimately would not budge enough
on prices to make sure its branded products would continue to be
sold by the iconic retailer.
“Seeing that Whirlpool is OK
backing away from Sears shows ...
from a size perspective, they are
no longer the dominant force
they once were,” Sargent says.
“Sears has entered into that
box of neither being big, nor serving the high end,” he says. “If
you’re neither, it’s very hard to
continue.”
Coffee, hot deals put charge in McDonald’s
Zlati Meyer
@ZlatiMeyer
USA TODAY
Americans love coffee drinks,
upscale burgers and hot deals on
food — and McDonald’s parlayed
all three into a successful third
quarter.
McDonald’s turned its McPick
2 deal — two items for $5 — drink
promotions and the expanding
Signature Crafted gourmet burger and chicken sandwiches menu into the drivers behind a big
increase in profits compared to
last year ago.
“Momentum continued to
build in the third quarter ... We
serve more customers more often,” CEO Steve Easterbrook said.
“Our U.S. business has regained
its stride.”
During a conference call with
analysts, Easterbrook said McDonald’s is joining rival chains in
growing its delivery business. McDonald’s currently offers delivery
at 3,700 restaurants in the U.S.
via Uber Eats and plans to expand to another 1,300 by the end
of the year.
McDonald’s reported net income of $1.88 billion, or $2.32 a
share, up 48% compared to $1.28
billion, or $1.50 per share, in the
same quarter last year. The sunny
report allayed fears that recent
extreme weather in Texas and
Florida would dampen its
performance.
Sales at U.S. restaurants open
at least 13 months increased 4.1%,
the company reported Tuesday.
Globally, sales rose 6% in the
quarter ended Sept. 30.
Third-quarter revenues were
down 10%, though: $5.75 billion
compared to $6.42 billion in the
same quarter last year. McDonald’s said that’s because it sold a
chunk of its Asian business — approximately 2,800 restaurants in
China and Hong Kong. As a result, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based
chain can no longer count those
stores’ sales as its own. Instead, it
will collect licensing fees and
rent.
Still, McDonald’s beat expectations of $5.7 billion.
Some of the same beverage offerings touted as a reason for the
chain’s strong performance this
quarter are also causing headaches for individual restaurants.
A new survey of franchisees by
Nomura Instinet analyst Mark
Kalinowski uncovered complaints about how the new handcrafted McCafe caramel macchiato, Americano and cappuccino
drinks take too long to make and
slow down the drive-thru.
The McCafe brand was refreshed in September.
Shares of
McDonald’s
stock closed
Tuesday at
$163.88, up
54 cents, or
0.3%.
KEITH SRAKOCIC, AP
For Chipotle, making a comeback
will take more than just queso
Zlati Meyer
USA TODAY
Chipotle Mexican Grill is trying to stage a queso comeback,
but it’s proving to be a slog.
Despite worries that the fastfood chain’s fortunes would be
dragged into a pit of hot, drippy
cheese, Chipotle managed to
more than double earnings compared to the same third quarter
last year. Sales in restaurants
open at least a year were up 1%,
another positive sign.
But that apparently wasn’t
enough for investors. Chipotle
stock tanked after the market
closed. It was down $29.30, or 9%,
to $295 per share.
“There is a sense that Chipotle’s rebirth is running out of
steam. In our view, this is concerning given the still-fragile
state of the brand and the highly
competitive environment within
the fast food market,” said Neil
Saunders, managing director of
GlobalData Retail.
Chipotle has been trying to
claw its way back to the top of the
fast-food heap ever since its E.
coli scare a couple of years ago.
Last month, the restaurant chain
rolled out its new melted-cheese
snack, queso, nationally in keeping with an industry trend — but
immediately ran into protests
“There is
a sense
that
Chipotle’s
rebirth is
running
out of
steam.”
Neil Saunders,
managing director,
GlobalData Retail
from customers who felt it didn’t
measure up.
The good news? The backlash
by dip devotees apparently didn’t
show up on the bottom line.
Chipotle reported net income
of $19.6 million, compared to
$7.8 million in the third quarter
of 2016. Earnings per share were
$1.33 cents on revenues of $1.13
billion, below the $1.63 on $1.14
billion Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S
expected in the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Although Chipotle appeared to
be clearly on the comeback, it acknowledged it could have done
better if it weren’t for Hurricanes
Harvey and Irma. Also, the company incurred an estimated $18.2
million liability related to a data
breach in March and April, when
thieves used malware to steal customers’ payment card data.
During the third quarter, Chipotle also dealt with two food
safety scandals. In July, rodent
sightings forced the temporary
closure of a Dallas location and a
norovirus scare closed a Virginia
store for two days.
“Despite several unusual impacts during the quarter, including the impact of hurricanes, we
maintained our focus and saw
some encouraging signs,” CEO
Steve Ells said in a statement.
During the analyst call, Ells reported a 51% increase in digital
orders.
for $850M
Mike Snider
@mikesnider
USA TODAY
In another sign of the ongoing
shrinkage in traditional retailing,
a department store that became a
New York landmark has been
sold to a company that plans to
use it partly for shared office
space.
The flagship Lord & Taylor
store on Fifth Avenue in New
York City was purchased by WeWork, a New York-headquartered
work-space leasing company, for
$850 million.
The acquisition is part of a
larger deal in which WeWork will
lease space in other stores in
chains owned by Hudson’s Bay.
The Lord & Taylor store will
remain open through this and the
2018 holiday shopping season,
then will be converted into a new
headquarters for WeWork, additional office space and a redesigned 150,000-square-foot Lord
& Taylor store.
The change comes as traditional department stores are being
challenged as never before by online retailers. They are responding by closing stores or, like in
the case of Lord & Taylor, reducing their footprint.
Lord & Taylor says in a history
on its website that it was the first
big department store to move to
Fifth Avenue and the first to have
an elevator.
“The windows of our flagship
location on Fifth Avenue have
been making an impact on the
New York fashion scene for more
than 90 years,” it says.
WeWork also has agreements
to lease retail space within several other Hudson’s Bay Co. stores,
including those in Toronto, Vancouver and in Frankfurt, Germany. The start-up, which has
attracted funding from Softbank
and others, has seen its valuation
skyrocket to $20 billion, research
firm CB Insights says.
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
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What to watch
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Price: $5.99
401(k) investors unsettled by D.C. wavering
Adam Shell
@adamshell
USA TODAY
The waffling in Washington
over what taxes to cut, where
they will get the money to pay for
the lost revenue and many other
undecided money-related policy
issues has had an unsettling effect
on Main Street investors.
It took a tweet from President
Trump to squash fears that the
days of maxing out one’s 401(k)
with up to $18,000 in pretax dollars might be ending. The mere
thought of the government slashing that valuable tax deduction
put a scare into 401(k) investors.
But Trump on Monday punctured the trial balloon floated by
Republicans trying to gut 401(k)
benefits to pay for tax cuts with
this tweet: “There will be NO
+167.80
Day’s high: $6.67
DOW
JONES
SPX
+4.15
CHANGE: +.7%
CLOSE: 23,441.76
YTD: +3,679.16
PREV. CLOSE: 23,273.96
YTD % CHG: +18.6% RANGE: 23,343.23-23,485.25
$8
The owner of Sears and Kmart said it no longer will
sell Maytag appliances or other Whirlpool products,
ending their ties after 100 years. It said Whirlpool
made demands that would have made it hard to sell
their products at competitive prices.
Change
-$0.57
% chg
-8.7%
% chg
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Sept. 26
Price: $163.88 Day’s high: $166.49 Low: $163.59
4-WEEK TREND
McDonald’s
$200
Price: $17.45
Day’s high: $17.79
$150
Sept. 26
Oct. 24
4-WEEK TREND
Low: $17.07
$20
The automaker’s Maserati plans a second, smaller
SUV to increase its global sales to as many as 80,000
a year. The smaller vehicle will share underpinnings
with Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio, but the powertrain is expected to be unique.
% chg
5.5%
Oct. 24
$163.88
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Change
$0.91
$5.99
$5
The fast-food chain has found a replacement for the
Dollar Menu. It plans to roll out a new value menu
with price tags at $1, $2 and $3 in early 2018. It said
it has struggled to attract value-minded customers
since killing the menu in 2014.
Change
$0.54
S&P
500
$17.45
$15
Sept. 26
Oct. 24
23,000
23,441.76
STANDARD & POOR'S
CHANGE: +.2%
CLOSE: 2,569.13
YTD: +330.30
PREV. CLOSE: 2,564.98
YTD % CHG: +14.8% RANGE: 2,565.58-2,572.18
COMP
NASDAQ
RUT
RUSSELL
+11.60
COMPOSITE
+2.93
RUSSELL 2000 INDEX
20,000
April
Oct.
6,598.43
NASDAQ COMPOSITE
CHANGE: +.2%
CLOSE: 6,598.43
YTD: +1,215.31
PREV. CLOSE: 6,586.83
YTD % CHG: +22.6% RANGE: 6,582.06-6,611.90
CHANGE: +.2%
CLOSE: 1,500.42
YTD: +143.28
PREV. CLOSE: 1,497.49
YTD % CHG: +10.6% RANGE: 1,498.18-1,505.56
S&P 500’S BIGGEST GAINERS/LOSERS
Company (ticker symbol)
Corning (GLW)
Third-quarter earnings beat estimates.
3M (MMM)
Beats estimate and boosts annual forecast.
Price
$ Chg
YTD
% Chg % Chg
31.94
+1.93
+6.4 +31.6
STANDARD & POOR’S 500
6,600
2,550
2,569.13
5,800
234.65 +13.10
+5.9
2,300
April
+31.4
Oct.
138.24 +6.56
Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)
Rises to new high after third-quarter results.
165.74
+7.55
+4.8 +44.5
Hasbro (HAS)
92.96
Stock rating upgraded to overweight at Barclays.
+3.21
+3.6
37.61
+1.30
+5.0
+3.6
+49.1
+19.5
NAV
237.40
64.26
234.22
64.24
17.82
64.27
234.24
119.24
124.67
73.67
Chg.
+0.39
+0.10
+0.38
+0.11
+0.03
+0.10
+0.39
+0.19
+0.53
+0.06
4wk 1
+2.8%
+2.8%
+2.8%
+2.8%
+1.3%
+2.8%
+2.8%
+1.2%
+3.4%
+1.8%
YTD 1
+16.6%
+16.1%
+16.6%
+16.0%
+23.3%
+16.1%
+16.6%
+23.4%
+27.5%
+11.3%
+2.9 +33.4
Mosaic (MOS)
21.65
Fund manager ups stake in favorable environment.
+.62
+2.9
PulteGroup (PHM)
Third-quarter earnings beat estimates.
28.68
+.78
+2.8 +56.0
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX)
15.23
Company updates guidance, positive industry note.
+.42
+2.8
-26.2
+15.5
Price
$ Chg
YTD
% Chg % Chg
163.26
-19.24
-10.5
-10.2
70.38
-4.27
-5.7
+10.1
W.W. Grainger (GWW)
Amazon launches Business Prime.
198.35
-11.15
-5.3
Centene (CNC)
Earnings outlook called “mixed-to-poor.”
93.02
-4.97
-5.1 +64.6
19.81
-.82
Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG)
Third-quarter earnings miss estimates.
Biogen (BIIB)
Shares dip as Spinraza sales disappoint.
315.73 -12.82
Fastenal (FAST)
46.84
Investors concerned about Amazon Business Prime.
-1.76
-.55
-4.0
-14.6
-15.4
-3.9
+11.3
-3.6
-.3
Under Armour (UAA)
Falls in weak sector on cautious peer data.
16.30
AbbVie (ABBV)
Shares fall on negative study data.
91.69
-2.82
-3.0 +46.4
Omnicom Group (OMC)
Falls another day in negative environment.
70.92
-2.09
-2.9
-3.3
-43.9
-16.7
SOURCE: BLOOMBERG AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Technology
0.3%
26.1%
Health care
-0.7%
20.6%
Materials
0.6%
18.6%
Industrials
0.6%
17.2%
Financials
0.7%
15.3%
Utilities
0.1%
13.1%
Consumer discret.
0.2%
11.7%
Consumer staples
-0.4%
3.8%
Telecom
-0.3%
1.6%
1 – CAPITAL GAINS AND DIVIDENDS REINVESTED
ETF, ranked by volume Ticker
SPDR Financial
XLF
SPDR S&P500 ETF Tr
SPY
iShs Emerg Mkts
EEM
Barc iPath Vix ST
VXX
ProShs Ultra VIX ST
UVXY
VanE Vect Gld Miners
GDX
iShares EMU Indx
EZU
PowerShs QQQ Trust
QQQ
iShares Brazil
EWZ
iShares Rus 2000
IWM
Close
26.81
256.54
45.89
35.28
16.56
22.95
43.50
147.99
41.50
149.17
Chg.
+0.19
+0.43
unch.
+0.43
+0.32
-0.19
+0.24
+0.25
+0.27
+0.31
% Chg
+0.7%
+0.2%
unch.
+1.2%
+2.0%
-0.8%
+0.6%
+0.2%
+0.7%
+0.2%
%YTD
+15.3%
+14.8%
+31.1%
unch.
unch.
+9.7%
+25.7%
+24.9%
+24.5%
+10.6%
INTEREST RATES
MORTGAGE RATES
Type
Prime lending
Federal funds
3 mo. T-bill
5 yr. T-note
10 yr. T-note
Type
30 yr. fixed
15 yr. fixed
1 yr. ARM
5/1 ARM
Close 6 mo ago
4.25%
4.00%
1.16%
0.91%
1.10%
0.80%
2.04%
1.80%
2.42%
2.27%
Close 6 mo ago
3.87%
3.90%
3.10%
3.10%
3.19%
3.10%
3.40%
3.11%
SOURCE: BANKRATE.COM
COMMODITIES
Paccar (PCAR)
Margin guidance seen as disappointing.
PERFORMANCE
DAILY YTD
SECTOR
TOP 10 EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS
+1.33
Whirlpool (WHR)
Sears will stop selling its products.
Fund, ranked by size
Vanguard 500IdxAdmrl
Vanguard TtlSMIdxAdmrl
Vanguard InsIdxIns
Vanguard TtlSMIdxInv
Vanguard TtInSIdxInv
Vanguard TtlSMIdxIns
Vanguard InsIdxInsPlus
Vanguard TtInSIdxInsPlus
Fidelity Contrafund
Vanguard WlngtnAdmrl
+19.5
General Motors (GM)
46.48
Jumps after beating expectations on strong crossovers.
Company (ticker symbol)
Oct.
AP
Caterpillar (CAT)
Strong earnings push shares higher.
CF Industries (CF)
Makes up loss on outlook downgrade.
April
MARKET PERFORMANCE BY SECTOR
TOP 10 MUTUAL FUNDS
LOSERS
4-WEEK TREND
DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS
INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE
GAINERS
Low: $5.94
Sears Holdings
change to your 401(k). This has
always been a great and popular
middle class tax break that works,
and it stays!” That put that worry
to rest. More good news: The IRS
said it was upping the 401(k) max
by $500 in 2018 to $18,500.
It’s not unusual for Americans
to get skittish when Congress debates new laws that impact their
pocketbook, says Tom Block, a
Washington Policy Strategist for
Fundstrat Global Advisors. “Everything is on the table,” he says.
That theory is also a reason
why folks reading about Trump’s
$1.5 trillion tax cut over the next
decade are again wondering if the
U.S. will have enough cash to fund
Social Security a decade from
now — even though the Social Security Administration this week
said it was giving recipients a 2%
benefit increase in 2018 and
Trump repeatedly has said he will
not touch the retirement benefit.
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.64
.64
Natural Gas (Btu.)
2.97
2.99
Oil, heating (gal.)
1.82
1.79
Oil, lt. swt. crude (bar.)
52.47
51.90
Silver (troy oz.)
16.91
17.02
Soybeans (bushel)
9.76
9.81
Wheat (bushel)
4.38
4.37
Chg.
+0.02
+0.02
-2.70
unch.
-0.02
+0.03
+0.57
-0.11
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+0.01
% Chg.
+1.9%
+0.4%
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Close
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1.2678
6.6329
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113.58
19.1781
Prev.
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1.2641
6.6388
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113.73
19.0926
CBOE VOLATILITY INDEX
Measures expected market volatility
based on S&P 500 index options pricing:
% YTD
-4.5%
+0.2%
+10.9%
-3.2%
-20.1%
+6.9%
-2.3%
+6.1%
-2.1%
+7.4%
20
11.13
Close
13,013.19
28,154.97
21,805.17
7,526.54
50,157.22
40
6 mo. ago
.7819
1.3511
6.8862
.9210
109.79
18.7148
Yr. ago
.8180
1.3375
6.7701
.9192
104.24
18.5534
+0.06 (+0.5%)
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
0.2% -10.3%
Energy
Prev. Change
13,003.14
+10.05
28,305.88
-150.91
21,696.65 +108.52
7,524.45
+2.09
49,548.13 +609.09
7.5
%Chg. YTD %
+0.1% +13.3%
-0.5% +28.0%
+0.5% +14.1%
unch. +5.4%
+1.2%
+9.9%
21.35
22.5
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GM profit falls but shares rise on earnings beat
Greg Gardner
Detroit Free Press
General Motors is finding its investments in self-driving
tech and ride-hailing service Lyft
are paying off — at least when it
comes to impressing Wall Street.
Even though profit fell — it
earned $2.5 billion before taxes in
the third quarter, down 32% from
the $3.7 billion a year ago — the
automaker beat expectations.
Analysts weren’t caught by surprise. GM warned in July that its
DETROIT
GM says sales rebounded in
August and September.
GENERAL MOTORS
profits might decline in the second half of 2017 as it cut production of slower selling cars and
retooled several plants for pro-
duction of new crossover and
SUV models.
Investors have taken a brighter
look at GM in recent months,
largely because of a perception
the company is moving quickly in
developing autonomous mobility
technology. In early 2016, the
largest U.S. automaker invested
$500 million in the ride-hailing
business Lyft and acquired
Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based company focused on
autonomous vehicle technology.
“We are managing the business
with discipline to drive strong
performance today, while invest-
ing in higher-return opportunities, including those that will
shape the future of transportation,” CEO Mary Barra said in a
statement.
On a net-income, after-tax basis for the third quarter, the automaker lost $3 billion, but that
reflected $5.4 billion in accounting charges for the sale of its Opel
and Vauxhall European brands to
PSA Group. Still, the results were
better than most Wall Street analysts were expecting.
GM shares have risen about
30% so far this year. Investors responded by driving the price up
by almost 3% Tuesday to close at
$46.48, up $1.33 a share.
The results for the July-September period translated to $1.32
per share, beating Wall Street’s
expectations. Analysts, on average, were forecasting between
$1.11 and $1.15 per share.
The bulk of GM’s third-quarter
profit again came in North America, where its U.S. sales rebounded in August and September after
falling in July. GM and other
automakers are expecting U.S.
sales to slow gradually as consumers shift from passenger cars
to trucks, SUVs and crossovers.
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
10. LEGO STAR WARS
With Disney pushing the annual
release of Star Wars movies, Star
Wars toys are likely to remain
popular as the franchise has long
been a hit with kids as well as
fans of the originals. Similarly,
Legos have become a classic, so
it’s not surprising to see the combination of the two on the list.
Among the iterations of this cobranding arrangement are video
games, figurines and buildable
battleships such as the Millennium Falcon.
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LEGO
9. PAW PATROL
The popular animated Nickelodeon show about six rescue dogs
that launched in 2013 lends itself
well to toy merchandising.
Among the selection of Paw
Patrol-branded items are
plush toys, patrol vehicles
such as trucks and boats and
action figures. With the
show’s growing popularity, Paw Patrol toys
could be on the list
for years to come.
8. SHOPKINS
Another entry with a
foothold in the animation world is
Shopkins toys, a series of collectible figures based on grocery
store items such as Apple Blossom, Cheeky
Chocolate and Kooky
Cookie. Launched in 2014,
the concept has branched
off into an animated
movie, Web series, trading
cards and other
related
items.
7. LITTLE TIKES
The long-popular brand of children’s toy vehicles remains popular. Little Tikes sells a wide
variety of plastic wagons, tricycles and other toys, such as mini
playgrounds, play kitchens and a
hot dog cart. Its toys are targeted
at children from less than 1 to
preschool ages.
6. HOT WHEELS
Another classic, Mattel’s Hot
Wheels continues to ring up sales
with matchbox cars, track sets,
collector items and video games.
In its most recent earnings report, Mattel said Hot Wheels’
performance this year has been
strong, as the brand is one of its
three most important along with
With the holidays coming up, toy and game shopping is about to heat up.
Toy and game retailers start ramping up inventory this time of year to prepare for the seasonal rush. In an industry with an estimated worth of $26.5
billion, retailers such as Toys R Us generate 40% of sales and 70% of operating profit during the key holiday
quarter. In recent years, the industry
has attracted competition from the
likes of Amazon.com and Barnes &
Noble, the latter of which has diversified into toys and games in order to prop
flagging book sales. However, Toys R Us’ recent bankruptcy filing indicates that all is not
well for brick-and-mortar toy retailers, who
may be looking forward to this holiday season
even more than American kids. According
to research firm NPD Group, these
are the top-selling toy properties for
the first half of the year.
Today, the most popular Pokémon toys
are of the plush variety. AFP/GETTY IMAGES
The PAW Patrol My
Size Lookout Tower is
several feet tall.
SPIN MASTER
There’s a
Barbie for
everyone.
MATTEL
Barbie and Fisher-Price.
5. BATMAN
The popular DC Comics hero
finds itself halfway up the list despite underwhelming reviews for
the most recent Batman movie,
2016’s Batman vs. Superman:
Dawn of Justice. Among the Batman toys available are figurines, a
Batcave playset and a Batmobile.
Batman-related Halloween costumes are also popular this time
of year.
4. BARBIE
Not surprisingly, Barbie finds it-
Star Wars figurines have long
been winners. HASBRO
self on the list. The classic doll
has been a favorite since it was
introduced in 1959, with more
than 800 dolls in the Barbie family sold since then. It has been a
billion-dollar brand since 1993.
Today, Barbie comes in a number
of iterations, including fashion
dolls, fantasy dolls, career dolls,
and dream houses, though that
hasn’t helped pump up Mattel’s
growth.
3. STAR WARS
NPD categorizes Star Wars toys
separately from the LEGO offshoot, explaining the second appearance from the planetary
fantasy franchise. Hasbro owns
the license to manufacture Star
Wars toys, recently taking it from
rival Mattel, and the marketing
muscle of it and Disney have
made the collection a popular set. Among the topselling Star Wars toys are
action figures, blasters,
lightsabers, vehicles and
droids.
2. NERF
Another Hasbro brand, Nerf’s
collection of eponymous foam
toys has long been a kids’ favorite.
Nerf has been a staple of indoor
play since its introduction in
1969, and it has become one of
Hasbro’s biggest brands since it
acquired it from Tonka in 1991.
Today, the brand may be better
known for guns and blasters than
the traditional balls adults associate with it, as its website largely
features shooting devices.
1. POKÉMON
The brand that started in the
1990s with playing cards and
video games exploded in popularity again with the release of the
augmented reality game Pokémon
Go last summer, which momentarily catapulted Nintendo
stock, though the game proved to
be mostly a passing fad. Today,
the most popular Pokémon toys
are of the plush variety, and you
can also buy Pokémon trading
cards, figurines and related board
games and video games.
The number of legacy brands
on the list shows that despite the
upheaval on the retail side of the
business, popular children’s toy
brands tend to endure from generation to generation. That’s good
news for companies such as Hasbro and Mattel, which control
much of the toy manufacturing
business, and also Disney, which
has created a cash cow from licensing toys based on its popular
movie franchises.
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How the new Roku models perform vs. their rivals
zon Video app is in the works,
too. However, only true Apple
devotees should bypass considering Roku.
Mike Snider
@mikesnider
USA TODAY
AMAZON USERS: FIRE TV
Roku is well positioned to
maintain its spot atop the
streaming
video
device
competition.
The Los Gatos, Calif.-based
tech company helped usher in the
streaming video market in 2008
with its first set-top box for
watching Netflix. Now, you can
get more than 5,000 channels and
watch 500,000 movies or TV
shows on the latest Roku devices.
The Roku basics: The device
connects to your TV and your
home broadband network via WiFi or Ethernet. With Roku’s easyto-use menu, you can choose
from a variety of channels including Amazon Video, HBO Now,
Netflix and Showtime, as well as
live subscription TV services such
as DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV
and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.
Once you select them, they are
downloaded and stick on your
Home menu like apps on your
smartphone.
Roku this month refreshed its
lineup and now offers five different streaming devices including
the entry-level Roku Express
($29.99), which connects via WiFi to deliver HD content to your
TV.
4K OPTIONS
With more consumers buying 4K
TVs, Roku now has two devices
that support 4K video, with even
more detailed images than HD.
The Ultra ($99.99), about the size
of a coaster and 0.85 inch thick,
handles HD video, standard 4K
video and 4K video in high dynamic range (HDR) with improved contrast and a wider
The Roku Ultra handles 4K video with improved contrast and a wider range of richer colors. ROKU
range of richer colors. The $69.99
Streaming Stick+ also supports
4K HDR; the $49.99 Streaming
Stick handles standard HD.
Under Streaming Channels,
Roku has a 4K section that directs you to the growing number
of channels with content in the
higher resolution format (it is often referred to also as Ultra HD
and 4K Ultra HD). You can head
to Netflix and quickly find its 4K
shows including Stranger Things
and Narcos. In Amazon Video,
the 4K offerings include TV series such as Transparent and Tin
Star.
Roku quickly launched each
service with crisp 4K video
streaming in seconds. (For 4K
video, Amazon and Netflix recommend broadband speeds of at
least 25 Megabits per second.)
Another 4K source on Roku is
Walmart-owned streaming service Vudu, which has free movies
and shows, as well as movies for
rent or purchase. I bought the 4K
UHD version of Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No
Tales for $24.99. The opening
scene’s dark shadows and watery
reflections were rendered precisely, and the Dolby Atmos
soundtrack sounded ominous.
Even if you don’t have a 4K TV
now or don’t plan to have one in
the future, the Roku Ultra is still
a good model to consider if you
want to use Ethernet as your
broadband connection (the rest
of Roku’s lineup uses Wi-Fi).
I used HDMI and Ethernet cables to connect the Roku Ultra to
a Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV and
my Verizon Fios router (you can
connect wirelessly, too).
If you ever get lost finding
something to watch, you can hit
the back or home button on the
Roku remote. You can also use
hold the microphone button to
use your voice to search for comedies, movies with Clint Eastwood or to launch a specific
channel such as DirecTV Now.
The new remote also has buttons
that take you straight to Hulu,
HBO Now, Netflix and Sling TV.
APPLE HOUSEHOLD?
READ THIS
Despite Roku’s strengths, its one
weakness might be wooing diehard Apple fans. That’s because
Apple’s own Apple TV streaming
device ($179 and up for 4K) is the
easiest way to get your iTunes TV
and movie rentals and purchases
on a big TV — although you could
also use an HDMI cable to connect, say, a Macbook, directly to
your TV.
Apple TV has a clean menu but
won’t be as intuitive for less technologically savvy users. And its
sleek, minimalistic motion-sensitive remote requires some getting
used to. The good news is you can
ask Siri to help you find apps and
content.
A TV section collects your
most frequently accessed apps
and shows, as well as suggests
new movies and TV shows and
where to find them. Apple TV has
all the major apps and an Ama-
Amazon advocates would certainly want to consider its Fire TV
devices — a new $69.99 Fire TV
model is out Wednesday with 4K
HDR support and an Alexa-powered voice remote.
You don’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to consider
Fire TV, but if you do pay $99 annually for the service you’ll find
thousands of movies and TV episodes for free here including Star
Trek Beyond and TV series such
as Mr. Robot. Others can be rented or bought. (Amazon Prime
also gets you free shipping on
purchases and other perks.)
The Amazon Video home page
makes sense, conveniently collecting your favorite apps such as
Netflix, DirecTV Now or Hulu, as
well as Amazon Music and Amazon Photos. And like Roku, you
can always hit the Home button.
Or you can let Alexa open DirecTV Now.
Yes, Alexa will also tell you the
weather and bring up a seven-day
forecast on screen.
GOOGLE CHROMECAST
Google’s Chromecast 2, which
costs $69.99 and streams 4K, is a
nifty way to send video to your
TV, too. But I wouldn’t recommend it for newcomers as it’s a
bit harder to use and requires using your smartphone or computer to “cast” the video to your TV.
The Roku Ultra may be the
best combination of price and
functionality, but the competition
is pressing the issue. That should
mean a constant stream of innovation for the growing broadband-TV audience.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
6B MONEY
STATE-BY-STATE
News from across the USA
ALABAMA Huntsville: Acting
NASA administrator Robert
Lightfoot is scheduled to speak
Wednesday at the 10th annual
Wernher von Braun Memorial
Symposium on space exploration.
The two-day event will be held at
the University of Alabama in
Huntsville.
ALASKA Anchorage: Hundreds
of people gathered in a hotel
ballroom over the weekend to
remember Adrian Murfitt, who
was killed Oct. 1 during the Las
Vegas concert shooting, KTUUTV reported. Dorene Anderson,
49, also of Anchorage,also was
killed in the shooting, in which 58
people died.
ARIZONA Tucson: An estimated
85 bighorn sheep were living in
the Santa Catalina Mountains
this spring, according to Arizona
Game and Fish Department
officials. The Arizona Daily Star
reported the sheep appear to be
thriving after the species was
brought back to the mountains
starting in 2013.
ARKANSAS Trumann: A com-
mittee examining whether a
Trumann woman can keep a
pot-bellied pig as an emotional
support animal says the city
council should decide the issue.
Matt Miller says the pig, Gordy,
helps with his wife’s health issues.
The Jonesboro Sun reported that
a special committee has recommended that a swine and livestock ban remain in place.
CALIFORNIA Stockton: Stockton Metropolitan Airport officials
are looking to add “San Francisco” to its name in a bid to boost
its marketability. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Stockton
airport officials want to rename
their facility the San Francisco
Stockton Regional Airport despite Stockton being 83 miles
from San Francisco.
HIGHLIGHT: CALIFORNIA
Teen to defy cease-and-desist order
RHODE ISLAND Providence:
AAA Northeast found that selfserve, regular is averaging $2.58
per gallon. That’s 12 cents more
than the national average and 34
cents higher than the average
state price a year ago at this time.
Sean Longoria
Record Searchlight
Joshua Brown just
won’t keep quiet.
The 13-year-old, who two
months ago along with his parents received a cease-and-desist letter to try to get them to
stop contacting Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s offices, said Monday he
intends to defy that order.
“LaMalfa wronged me, I
think what he did was probably
unconstitutional. I have every
right to contact him as one of
his constituents,” Joshua said
while standing beside his dad,
Robert Brown, and attorney
Ryan Birss.
At issue is Joshua’s repeated
contact with LaMalfa’s office in
Redding and employees there.
The controversy began when
the Browns were told in an
Aug. 9 letter from LaMalfa’s office to stop “all verbal communication, emails, text messages and
office visits.” Any other contact
would be “deemed harassment”
and reported to the U.S. Capitol
Police, the letter went on to say.
All further communication
must be in writing through LaMalfa’s Washington, D.C., office,
wrote Mark Spannagel, LaMalfa’s chief of staff.
Spannagel has declined to go
into detail on the issue but has
said, “the extreme volume, tone
REDDING
protection cases in court. Executive Director Zenita Delva told
the Lewiston Tribune that the
program has only 17 volunteers to
help a staff with an average of 100
cases across five counties.
ILLINOIS Chicago: A Chicago
Tribune investigation found 15
children died of abuse or neglect
from 2012 to 2016 while their
families received services from
groups hired by the Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services. The probe found that
the spike in deaths came after
DCFS privatized the program.
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston:
Authorities are investigating the
death of an inmate at the county
jail. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says that a deputy was
making rounds at the county jail
sometime after 6 a.m. Saturday
when he found a male inmate’s
body in bed.
Joshua Brown and his father, Robert Brown, are politically
active in progressive causes. SEAN LONGORIA, RECORD SEARCHLIGHT
and physical actions” of the
Browns led to the letter.
The Browns don’t dispute
they’ve called the office several
times and Joshua takes credit
for the bulk of those calls and
emails, including calls to the
cellphone of Erin Ryan, LaMalfa’s field representative. Robert
Brown and his son are politically active in progressive causes
and contact LaMalfa’s offices to
voice disagreement with the
Republican
congressman’s
votes and policies.
But they and Birss are clear
in their interpretation of the issue: Joshua and his parents are
merely exercising their First
Amendment rights and have
MARYLAND Rockville: The
prosecution of two Hispanic
teens who entered the country
illegally and were later charged
with raping a 14-year-old girl has
ended, The Washington Post
reported. Maryland prosecutors
dropped child pornography
charges against Henry Sanchez
Milian.
MASSACHUSETTS Boston: Mas-
sachusetts Supreme Judicial
Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants
is scheduled to deliver his annual
State of the Judiciary address
Thursday at the John Adams
Courthouse.
INDIANA Indianapolis: Eli Lilly
COLORADO Durango: Resi-
dents of Durango are showing
their support for a female resident who was a recent victim of
sexual assault. The Durango Herald reported that about 100 people turned out for a candlelight
vigil, two days after the paper
published a story. Three men
have been arrested in connection
with the incident.
CONNECTICUT Hartford: Dem-
ocratic Sen. Chris Murphy is
traveling to Ukraine and Estonia
to host meetings on the war in
Ukraine, Russian aggression and
other issues.
DELAWARE Wilmington: Physi-
cian James Gill is one of the first
Delaware doctors to use a telemedicine program named
MEND. About a dozen doctors in
the state are using MEND and
2,500 visits have been seen
through the app in the past year,
said Mary Fenimore, spokeswoman for the state medical society.
and Co. says it is going ahead with
a $72 million project updating an
insulin manufacturing facility
even as the drugmaker plans to
cut about 3,500 jobs from its
global workforce.
MICHIGAN Lansing: Grants
IOWA West Burlington: Southeastern Community College has
created a wetland on its campus
to filter runoff from farmland and
provide a learning tool for students, The Hawk Eye reported.
MINNESOTA Mendota Heights:
KANSAS Topeka: The Kansas
agriculture community has been
divided over a decision by the
Trump administration to block
new livestock rules from taking
effect. The Lawrence JournalWorld reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed
rules aimed to protect poultry
producers from unfair practices.
FLORIDA Big Pine Key: A U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service survey
shows 949 Key deer survived
after Hurricane Irma hit the only
area where the endangered species lives.
GEORGIA Columbus: Seven-
teen veterans are to be inducted
into the 2017 Georgia Military
Veterans Hall of Fame on Nov. 4,
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
reported.
HAWAII Pearl City: Five
months after Kylee Lawelawe
died of a suspected drug and
alcohol overdose, her mother has
filed a wrongful death lawsuit
against the bar allegedly involved.
Police say Lawelawe, 17, collapsed
outside Boujie Bar and Grill May
12 and died at the hospital.
IDAHO Lewiston: The Appoint-
ed Special Advocatesprogram is
searching for volunteers who will
help support youth during child
totaling $872,000 are being
awarded to 20 employer groups,
labor organizations and other
nonprofits in Michigan to support worker safety and health.
Next summer, the Minnesota
Department of Transportation
will renumber the segment of
Hwy. 110 between the Mendota
Bridge and I-494 to Hwy. 62,
according to the Minneapolis Star
Tribune. Currently, the road
turns from Hwy. 62 into Hwy. 55
then into Hwy. 110.
state Department of Health officials say an online weekly influenza surveillance report will be
used to gauge flu activity.
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: The
state has created a program
aimed at helping veterans start
their own businesses. An estimated 108 veterans are expected to
participate in The Louisiana
Veteran Entrepreneurship Program the first year.
MAINE Portland: Shawn Scott,
an out-of-state gambling entrepreneur, has emerged as a key
backer of a new casino proposal
on the Nov. 7 ballot. Voters will
have the final say on the proposal
for the state’s third casino at a
yet-to-be-known location in York
County.
Republican is opening a new
honorary consulate headed by
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
professor Mila Saskova-Pierce.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Portsmouth:
A Salvation Army thrift store has
TEXAS Amarillo: A West Texas
school district has suspended five
teachers after learning they were
overheard at a restaurant speaking derisively of a student with
learning disabilities
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque: Al
Hurricane, the “Godfather of
New Mexico music” who bridged
the state’s Hispanic traditions
with country and rock, died Sunday at 81.
NEW YORK New York: Democratic Assemblywoman Nily
Rozic wants to amend the state’s
anti-discrimination laws to protect models from sexual harassment, The New York Times
reported.
OHIO Toledo: Toledo Police
Chief George Kral says the city
has 304 cameras, enough for all
officers in field operations and
the motorcycle unit.
OKLAHOMA McLoud: The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Kickapoo
Tribe of Oklahoma more than
$282,000 to curb water pollution.
OREGON Portland: Kevin Rob-
erts, an assistant wrestling coach
fired by Oregon State University
has filed a federal lawsuit that
contends he was wrongly let go.
The lawsuit says Roberts was
falsely accused of allowing or
participating in derogatory remarks made by team members
toward a teammate.
NEVADA Reno: Republican Rep.
Mark Amodei Tuesday pushed
back on former Rep. Shelley
Berkley's stance that the University of Nevada-Reno School of
Medicine should be closed because the state can't afford two
medical schools, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. This year,
the UNLV medical school welcomed its inaugural class.
U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is
joining the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S.
Senate.
beth Honig, the owner of a computer training center who stole
$2.8 million from a program
designed to help veterans find
jobs has been sentenced to two
years in prison.
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck:
The North Dakota Census Office
says the state has the highest
percentage of Millennials in the
country. Kevin Iverson says many
Millennials moved to the state
during the oil boom and stayed.
NEBRASKA Lincoln: The Czech
TENNESSEE Nashville: Former
NEW JERSEY Trenton: Eliza-
Culley, former superintendent of
the Benoit school district is accused of overpaying herself by
$52,000. State Auditor Stacey
Pickering is demanding that
Culley repay nearly $70,000,
reflecting interest and investigation costs.
MONTANA Missoula: Montana
is bolstering its efforts this hunting season to watch for chronic
wasting disease. Montana Fish,
Wildlife and Parks will be collecting lymph node samples from
hunter-harvested deer and elk.
SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls: A
central Sioux Falls neighborhood
is organizing against a planned
video lottery casino approved by
the city’s planning commission.
The Argus Leader reports that
neighbors worry the casino could
bring crime.
received an urn apparently filled
with cremated remains. The
Portsmouth Herald reported the
urn is bronze in color and is engraved “Richard L. Pettengill
1929-1981.”
MISSISSIPPI Jackson: Beverly
tions of a black St. Louis police
officer who was fired after altering a police report were worthy of
only a reprimand, according to a
report obtained by the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch. Ryan Cousins
alleged in a lawsuit that race
played a role in his 2016 firing.
KENTUCKY Frankfort: The
made no physical or other
threats on LaMalfa or his staff.
“I really couldn’t figure that
one out, why exactly they sent
me the cease-and-desist order,”
Joshua said. “As they should’ve
for the letter to even somewhat
legally bind, they didn’t explain
it on the cease-and-desist letter.
All they said was that they
wanted me to stop contacting
them. They didn’t give me an
example — and I said this in my
response to them — they didn’t
give me an example of a time in
which I’d threatened them or
harassed them and I don’t
think that they can. And I
searched through every record
I have, nothing.”
NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh:
North Carolina tax collections
are trailing what legislators anticipated. A General Assembly staff
report says taxes, fees and other
revenues are $62 million short of
the revenue target though the
first quarter of the fiscal year.
MISSOURI St. Louis: The ac-
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The
District will be one of the first
markets in the U.S. to have a
Virgin Hotel, WTOP.com reported. The hotel is expected to open
in Northeast D.C.’s Union Market
neighborhood in the fall of 2019.
lance parked at Geisinger Medical Center Monday morning.
Police say the crew was able to
escape.
PENNSYLVANIA Danville: Police say a man stole an ambulance
with its crew still aboard. The
Daily Item reported that the
suspect jumped into an ambu-
UTAH Provo: BYU Broadcasting
is giving up its PBS television
affiliation and abandoning classical music on radio. As of June 30,
KBYU-Channel 11 will become an
over-the-air outlet for BYUtv. On
radio, KBYU-FM will become an
outlet for BYUradio.
VERMONT Tunbridge: The
Vermont History Expo has been
discontinued. The Vermont Historical Society concluded the
event was “reaching the end of its
effectiveness,” The Valley News
reported.
VIRGINIA Blacksburg: Some
cities in Virginia are seeking to
regulate demonstrations after the
violent clashes in Charlottesville,
The Roanoke Times reported.
WASHINGTON Spokane: The
number of refugees moving to
Spokane has dropped. World
Relief Spokane says it brought
just over than 400 refugees to the
city in 2017, down from nearly
600 in 2016, KREM-TV reported.
WEST VIRGINIA Morgantown:
Alfgeir Kristjansson, assistant
professor at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health,
is applying peer group lessons
from Iceland where he says teen
use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
has been “virtually eradicated.”
WISCONSIN Madison: The St.
Croix Chippewa tribe is set to
grow hemp in hopes of extracting
oil from the plant that could help
treat seizures and other health
problems, the Wisconsin State
Journal reported.
WYOMING Jackson
Hole: Wildlife in Jackson
Hole ended up in the deadly path of traffic in nearrecord numbers over the
past year. The Jackson Hole
News and Guide reported
that the Jackson Hole
Wildlife Foundation wildlife-vehicle collision report
says 248 mule deer, 48 elk and 18
moose were claimed from May
2016 through April 2017.
Compiled from staff and wire reports.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
SECTION C
E6
Bigger
role
Quest for
MLS Cup
Devonte’
Graham will
take over as
leader for
Kansas in
place of
Frank Mason
III 5C
Toronto FC
could find itself returning
to play for the
MLS Cup
again this
season 3C
GRAHAM BY JAY BIGGERSTAFF,
USA TODAY SPORTS
WORLD SERIES, GAME 1: DODGERS 3, ASTROS 1
SPORTSLINE
ANATOLY MALTSEV, EPA
FIRST WORD
They will keep on
playing McCown,
and win just enough games
to make sure they don’t get
a good QB prospect in the
draft, thereby assuring us of
another decade of mediocrity. That’s the Jet Way.
“Game of Thrones” author
George R.R. Martin, a huge NFL
fan who blogs frequently about
the Giants and Jets.
NOTABLE NUMBER
103
Temperature in degrees at
Dodger Stadium for the first
pitch of the first game of the
World Series between the Astros and the Dodgers, a record.
LAST WORD
“HE’S NOT FIGHTING FOR
GUILT OR INNOCENCE. HE’S
FIGHTING THE LEAGUE IN
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF
THEIR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
POLICY. SO WHEN PEOPLE
TELL ME HE’S FIGHTING FOR
HIS NAME AND GUILT OR
INNOCENCE, HE’S ALREADY
INNOCENT AND YOU
HAVEN’T GIVEN IT TO HIM.
SO YOU’RE NEVER GIVING IT
TO HIM! SHUT UP AND GET
OUT OF MY FACE WITH
THAT.”
Cowboys Hall of Fame receiver
Michael Irvin, discussing the
Ezekiel Elliott case with 105.3 The
Fan in Dallas.
SPORTS WEEKLY
Once infuriating, Yasiel Puig
now drives the Dodgers’ pursuit
of a World Series title. In football, the Giants face a lingering
(and awkward) decision on Eli
Manning and Notre Dame
powers toward the Playoff. Also,
previews, odds and projected
scores for NFL and college
games. To subscribe, go to
mysportsweekly.com or call
800-872-1415. The digital edition
is available in the Apple, Google Play and Amazon Kindle
stores.
Justin Turner’s two-run homer broke a tie in the sixth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers seized advantage in the World Series
with a 3-1 victory against the Astros in Game 1. JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA, USA TODAY SPORTS
DODGERS STRIKE FIRST
Kershaw dominates from mound, Turner’s two-run blast big offensive boost
Bob Nightengale
bnighten@usatoday.com
USA TODAY Sports
ANGELES Clayton Kershaw, who has spent much of
his career epitomizing the Los
LOS
Angeles Dodgers’ postseason
frustration, is looking much more
like Sandy Koufax and Orel Hershiser these days.
Kershaw is shedding his playoff demons for all the world to
see, and Tuesday evening in playoff-record 103-degree heat led
the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory
against the Houston Astros in
Game 1 of the World Series at
Dodger Stadium. The game took
2:28, the fastest in a World Series
since Game 4 of the 1992 edition.
Kershaw was dominant, yielding three hits and one run in seven innings and becoming the first
Dodgers pitcher to strike out 11
batters in a postseason game
since Koufax in Game 7 of the
1965 World Series. He tied Don
Newcombe’s franchise record, set
in Game 1 of the 1949 World Series, for the most strikeouts with-
out a walk in the postseason.
Just like that, in one hot
steamy evening, Kershaw exorcised the ghosts — real or perceived — of his October past.
This is a three-time Cy Young
winner who’s been the best of his
generation, but the playoffs have
had a knack for tarnishing his legacy. He entered October with a
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Colts join
Browns in
NFL misery
Nothing
easy about
Michigan
Nancy Armour
Dan Wolken
narmour@usatoday.com
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dwolken@usatoday.com
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There are a few things you
can count on in life: Death, taxes
and the Cleveland Browns being
the NFL’s ultimate train wreck.
A quarterback carousel that
leaves fans nauseous. Freak injuries. Behavior by star players
that even Justin Bieber would
have cautioned against. That’s
on top of the on-field ineptitude
and harebrained personnel
moves, mind you.
This season, though, the win-
The snickering has started
across college football, from
coaches meetings in the Big Ten
to radio shows in the South.
Hey, that’s what happens when
you’re Jim Harbaugh and you
parachute back in from the
NFL with the subtlety of a
sledgehammer, when you
spend nearly three years as a
whirling dervish of self-promotion and schtick but haven’t
really come close to winning a
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Leach looks for dirt on Texas Tech
Washington State coach hires firm
to investigate officials at his former job
Brent Schrotenboer
@schrotenboer
USA TODAY Sports
Washington State football
coach Mike Leach has escalated
his feud with Texas Tech after
hiring an investigator to dig up
information about school officials, including phone records of
the Tech board of regents.
Dolcefino Consulting, a firm in
Houston, is working on behalf of
Leach to help pressure Tech into
paying him the money he says
he’s still owed for the 2009 football season — about $2.5 million.
Leach remains Tech’s winningest
coach but was fired after the
2009 season, when the Red Raiders finished 9-4.
The firm is led by Wayne Dolcefino, a former investigative
reporter for a TV station in
Houston.
“We’re going to get into their
stuff, OK?” Dolcefino told USA
TODAY Sports on Monday.
Dolcefino said it’s time for
“hardball” with Tech. That includes making public records requests that seek evidence of
waste, fraud and abuse.
“If they want to be weasels and
not pay the guy, then they won’t
pay him,” Dolcefino said. “But
we’re going to look under every
nook and cranny. We’re starting
with phone records.”
Dolcefino declined to say what
Leach is paying him but noted his
firm charges up to $275 an hour.
He’s set up a website, Paycoach
leach.com, that asks viewers to
sign a petition supporting the
cause. Dolcefino also held a news
conference Saturday in Lubbock
outside of Tech’s football stadium.
Tech declined to comment
Monday on Leach’s recent salvo
but previously noted the courts
have ruled against him on the
matter. Tech also has asserted
that it paid Leach what he was
owed according to his contract.
Leach coached at Tech for 10
years and now is in his sixth year
at WSU, where’s he’s led the Cougars to a 7-1 record and a No. 16
ranking in the Amway Coaches
Poll.
Leach said in a text message
Monday that he is seeking information on where the money
went, details on how he was fired
and more.
“Also, what other corruption
exists there that contributes to
Tech cheating people out of money?” Leach said.
The feud stems from December 2009, when Tech fired Leach
for legal cause, saying he mistreated a Tech player, Adam
James, who was suffering from a
concussion. Leach disputed this,
sued the university and later obtained records and deposition
testimony from witnesses to shed
light on what happened and support his case.
But he never got his day in
court to air it out. His case was
thrown out after Tech claimed
sovereign immunity as a state
institution, which protected it
from being successfully sued
Washington State coach Mike Leach has hired a firm to dig up dirt on his former employers at
Texas Tech. ORLANDO JORGE RAMIREZ, USA TODAY SPORTS
for damages.
With no further legal recourse,
Leach is hoping to compel Tech
to pay him through other means.
He has used his Twitter account
and other forums this year to
wage his campaign against sovereign immunity and Tech. Now
this.
“It is indisputable that they
owe the money, whether the state
of Texas will let them snake out of
it or not,” Leach said in a text
message. “How many other people has Tech cheated over the
years? By exposing these abuses
of power, maybe we can get the
sovereign immunity law in Texas
changed and me and others can
get paid.”
The petition to pay him at
Change.org had nearly 1,000 sup-
porters as of Monday evening.
“This is a simple deal,” Dolcefino said. “They owe him the money. Everybody who does business
with Texas Tech should worry
that if Texas Tech decides they
don’t want to pay, they just won’t
pay. We’re going to stay around as
long as Mike wants us to, and the
only way they make us go away
from our investigation is to work
it out and pay him.”
Last week, Leach said certain
Tech officials were “outright
crooks.”
He has said his beef is with
them, and not Tech fans or the
people of Lubbock. “Texas Tech is
a fantastic place with fantastic
people, with a few notable exceptions,” he told USA TODAY
Sports this year.
Leach’s 2009 contract with
Tech says that if he were fired
“for cause,” then the university’s
“sole obligation” is to pay him his
base pay of $300,000 and other
performance incentives. Leach
says that cause wasn’t proved in
court and was false.
Leach says he received the
$300,000 in base pay but not the
$1.6 million he was owed in
“guaranteed” income, or the
$800,000 retention bonus that
was due to him if he was the
school’s coach on Dec. 31, 2009.
Tech fired him a day earlier, but
Leach says that bonus was “six
years in the making” and due that
year.
Leach spoke to USA TODAY
Sports this year about why he
won’t let up on this cause.
If Harbaugh ‘fails,’ it says more about Michigan
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national title.
Harbaugh admittedly has
made himself an easy target for
ridicule, and every micro-failure
in his tenure is going to be magnified as the crisis that allegedly
will send him whimpering back to
the NFL.
But understand this: If Harbaugh decides one day that he
can’t get it done at his alma mater, it will say far more about
Michigan than any failure on the
part of Coach Khaki.
For all the coaching miracles
Harbaugh has performed in his
career, there is no podcast or trip
to Rome that can fundamentally
change the reality that Michigan
is one of the most difficult jobs
among a small group of blue
bloods that aspire to win national
titles.
And if Harbaugh doesn’t do it,
it’s unlikely anyone in our lifetime will.
Although the elitism and arrogance built into the Michigan
brand suggests otherwise, there’s
nothing Harbaugh can do about
decades of built-in disadvantages
in recruiting or the lack of relevant history to support Michigan’s claim as a national power.
Since sharing the 1997 national
title with Nebraska, which was
Michigan’s first since 1948, 12
programs have won the title and
four others have played for it. In
that same span, Michigan has two
outright Big Ten titles, fewer than
Wisconsin and as many as Michigan State.
In other words, if Harbaugh
eventually gets Michigan into the
College Football Playoff, it will be
an achievement built on raising
the program above its recent history and current limitations, not
a fulfillment of nostalgia that no
longer represents reality.
Michigan can always be a good
program, but isn’t it obvious by
now how hard it is to build it into
a great one?
In Harbaugh’s three recruiting
classes, he’s signed a mere 13
players from the state of Michigan, only eight of which were
considered elite recruits. This
year, according to 247 Sports,
there are only seven players of
the four- and five-star variety in
the state to go along with 10 a
year ago, nine in 2016 and four in
2015.
By contrast, Georgia — a state
with only slightly more population than Michigan (10.3 million
to 9.9 million) — has 37 fourand five-star players in this up-
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Michigan can always be a good program, but isn’t
it obvious by now how hard it is to build it into a
great one?
coming class.
No wonder Harbaugh and his
staff spent so much time gallivanting around the South, trying
to plant the Michigan flag everywhere from IMG Academy to
high school camps in Alabama.
If you can squint past the
showmanship, it’s obvious that
Harbaugh’s circus tricks are less
about his ego and more about
survival in a sport that no longer
gives Michigan many advantages.
Hire Rashan Gary’s high school
coach here, pull a five-star such as
Aubrey Solomon out of Georgia
there, and you can hustle just
enough at Michigan to make it
look like a powerhouse. But it’s a
hustle all the same.
Harbaugh isn’t infallible.
His old school offensive ap-
proach and lack of quarterback
development so far is fair game.
His team is headed for a fourthplace finish in the Big Ten East,
and his staff was humiliated by
James Franklin and Penn State
on Saturday night. Harbaugh, it
seems, will likely go into Year 4 at
Michigan without a signature accomplishment or breakthrough
victory.
“Yes, there’s a standard,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday.
“There’s a standard we have to
play to and need to be at, but the
opportunity to learn that and go
through that, that’s a tremendous
opportunity to get the team
where it needs to be.”
Betting against Harbaugh, even
at this point, would be foolish.
Everything in his coaching career
from the University of San Diego
to the complete turnaround at
Stanford to reaching a Super
Bowl with the San Francisco
49ers suggests there’s something
special in the way he teaches and
motivates.
Even in his first year at Michigan, he took what had become a
soft program under Brady Hoke
and remade it in his smashmouth vision almost instantly,
winning 10 games. Before he
leaves, Harbaugh is going to
squeeze every ounce of potential
out of the Michigan program,
whatever that might mean.
If that doesn’t result in a national championship, there will
be plenty of shots fired within the
industry about Harbaugh’s massive salary, his odd-duck person-
ality and the seemingly endless
attention-getting gimmicks he’s
pulled since coming back to college.
But at least Harbaugh, unlike
previous Wolverines coaches who
all made their contributions to a
seven-decade run that yielded
half a national title, hasn’t relied
on Michigan’s crusty brand or its
talent-deficient geography and
hoped things would fall the Maize
and Blue’s direction. He’s actively
tried to even the odds and elbow
his way back into the club of
elites.
This is the last, best shot for
Michigan to convince the rest of
college football it’s still a legitimate player. If it doesn’t work,
the image of failure for Michigan
won’t be Harbaugh, it will be a
long look in the mirror.
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Toronto eyes return to MLS Cup
home-and-home playoff series.
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After a wild final day of regularseason play, the Major League
Soccer postseason field is set.
Here’s USA TODAY Sports’ power
rankings of the 12 playoff teams.
1. TORONTO FC
The skinny: Last year Toronto
FC hosted the MLS Cup, only to
lose on penalty kicks to the Seattle Sounders. This season Toronto
steamrolled to one of the greatest
regular seasons in history, setting
a record for points in a season
with 69.
Player to watch: Sebastian
Giovinco. After being lost in the
wilderness for its first eight years
of existence, Toronto became a
playoff team once Giovinco came
on board in 2015. With Giovinco
and Jozy Altidore, TFC has a potent one-two scoring punch.
4. ATLANTA UNITED FC
The skinny: As Toronto FC
chases history, Atlanta United
would like to make some of its
own. Only one expansion team
has won the MLS Cup, and that
was in 1998, when the Chicago
Fire won in a 12-team league.
Player to watch: Josef Martinez, who missed a chunk of the
season with a foot injury. However, he managed to score goals at an
alarming rate: 19 in 20 games.
5. NEW YORK CITY FC
The skinny: NYCFC got wrecked
by Toronto FC last year, losing 7-0
on aggregate in the Eastern Conference semifinals. So this team
will need to solve Toronto if it has
any chance.
Player to watch: David Villa,
who is one of the top two or three
players in the league. His goalscoring fortunes will determine
just how far NYCFC can go.
6. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
2. PORTLAND TIMBERS
The skinny: The Timbers followed up their MLS Cup triumph
by failing to make the playoffs in
2016. Portland is back in the postseason after finishing with the
best record in the Western Conference.
Player to watch: Diego Valeri,
who had a record-setting season
that could earn him the league’s
MVP award. He scored a goal in
nine consecutive games.
The skinny: With the Timbers
and Sounders winning the MLS
Cup in 2015 and 2016, respectively, it would seem to be Vancouver’s turn to complete the
Cascadia dominance.
Player to watch: Fredy Montero, the Whitecaps’ goal-scoring
leader, suffered an injury last
week and was used as a sub in the
season finale. His health will be vital to Vancouver’s playoff hopes.
7. COLUMBUS CREW SC
3. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
The skinny: The defending MLS
Cup champions have a strong
shot at a repeat. As the Western
Conference’s No. 2 seed, the
Sounders will get at least one
game at home, where they are
nearly unbeatable.
Player to watch: Clint Dempsey, who picked up a red card in
the regular-season finale and will
miss the playoff opener. The
Sounders will get “Deuce” back
for the critical second leg of a
The skinny: It’s been a nightmare of a week for Columbus fans.
Before the off-field turmoil, the
Crew had surged into the playoffs.
Could the Crew continue on that
run and provide a potential parting gift for their loyal supporters?
With an owner threatening to relocate the franchise, guess there’s
only one thing left to do.
Player to watch: Federico Higuain. A classic midfield maestro,
Higuain is the fulcrum of the
Crew’s attack.
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Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco (10) controls the ball against Montreal’s Hernan Bernardello.
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8. HOUSTON DYNAMO
The skinny: The Dynamo lost
just once this season at BBVA
Compass Stadium, where they
will play Sporting Kansas City on
Thursday. But Houston’s road record has been as bad as its home
record is good: just one away win.
Player to watch: Erick Torres,
who led his team in goals (14) but
hasn’t put the ball into the back of
the net since late August.
9. NEW YORK RED BULLS
The skinny: The New York Red
Bulls (formerly the MetroStars)
have one of the more abysmal
playoff records of any pro team in
American sports. In 22 seasons,
this franchise has missed the playoffs only four times. However, it
has only one MLS Cup appearance to show for it.
Player to watch: Tyler Ad-
ams. The 18-year-old midfielder is
one of a number of promising
young players to watch as he
should play a role on the U.S men’s
national team in the future.
10. CHICAGO FIRE
The skinny: After a four-season
absence — which included finishing with the league’s worst record
in back-to-back years — the Fire
are back in the playoffs. Bastian
Schweinsteiger has been sidelined
because of a thigh injury.
Player to watch: Nemanja Nikolic. With 24 goals, the Serbian
striker earned the Golden Boot in
his first season.
11. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
The skinny: SKC is going for the
domestic double, having already
claimed its fourth U.S. Open Cup
title. This is a battle-tested team
that is four years removed from its
last MLS Cup triumph, so it is not
to be underestimated.
Player to watch: Andrew
Dykstra. Sporting KC was dealt a
late-season blow when starting
goalkeeper Tim Melia suffered a
hamstring injury. SKC’s hopes
now ride on the untested Dykstra.
12. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The skinny: Perennial contenders FC Dallas and the Los Angeles
Galaxy are sitting these playoffs
out, and that opened the door for
the Earthquakes. Despite a managerial change midseason, this
team is in the playoffs for the first
time in five years.
Player to watch: Chris Wondolowski. As has been the case for
the better part of a decade, Wondo
is the biggest scoring threat for
the Quakes.
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For USA, best prep for winning
Olympic gold is facing Canada
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@roxscott
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Trying to make sense of
College Football Playoff
Erick Smith
@erick_smith
USA TODAY Sports
The race for the College Football Playoff is heating up as the
season heads into the final weekend of October. Successfully predicting what will happen in the
next six weekends requires deep
analysis, intuition and luck.
In the three years of the new
system, two schools from the
same conference have not been
included in the field of four. That
possibility grows with each game
as Alabama and Georgia continue
to impress by dominating their
opponents. Should the Crimson
Tide and Bulldogs meet as unbeatens in the Southeastern Conference championship game, the
loser will have a strong a case to
make against other conference
champions.
Every Pac-12 team already has
one loss. The Big 12 and Atlantic
Coast Conference have just one
unbeaten each — TCU and Miami
(Fla.), respectively. It’s looking
likely we might have one or more
major conference champions with
two losses. That occurred last year
with Penn State, and the Nittany
Lions were left out in favor of
Ohio State even though they beat
the Buckeyes.
This year, Penn State won’t
have to worry about being left out
if it beats Ohio State this week
and wins the Big Ten.
Should the committee frown
upon two schools from the same
league, Notre Dame is another
school that can get into the field
without winning a conference
championship. The 6-1 Irish lost
by one point to Georgia but have
proceeded to dominate the rest
of their opponents, including
impressive defeats of Michigan
State and Southern California.
The problem for Notre Dame
is its ridiculously difficult remaining schedule that is both a
blessing and a curse. Its last five
opponents have a combined record of 26-8, including games
against No. 15 North Carolina
State, No. 8 Miami and No. 20
Stanford. One slip-up likely
knocks the Irish out.
In the end, that road will be
too tough with their seasonending game at Stanford likely
being the one that knocks them
out.
So which team grabs the final
spot? TCU, overlooked in the
first year of the Playoff, gets the
nod by winning the Big 12. Even
if the Horned Frogs slip up at
Oklahoma on Nov. 11, they
should get another crack at the
Sooners in the conference
championship game. A win
there would see them headed to
the semifinals.
The picture of where the contenders stand will be made more
clear when the committee’s first
rankings are released Oct. 31.
Projected pairings for
the New Year’s Six Bowls
Jan. 1: Rose Bowl semifinal —
Penn State vs. Georgia
Jan. 1: Sugar Bowl semifinal —
Alabama vs. TCU
Dec. 29: Cotton Bowl — Washington vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 30: Fiesta Bowl — Notre
Dame vs. Ohio State
Dec. 30: Orange Bowl — Clemson vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 1: Peach Bowl — Virginia
Tech vs. Central Florida
For U.S. women’s hockey
players, there’s no such thing as
too many games against their
biggest rivals.
The USA and Canada will
play each other seven times —
and more than likely it will be
eight — before they meet in the
Olympics in Pyeongchang on
Feb. 15. The first of those games
in the USA is Wednesday at
Agganis Arena in Boston to kick
off The Time is Now Tour (7:30
p.m. ET, NHL Network). The
Americans beat Canada 5-2
Sunday in Quebec City.
The tour includes the Four
Nations Cup, an annual tournament that features the USA,
Canada, Finland and Sweden,
which will be held in Florida.
The Americans play the Canadians on Nov. 8 and will likely
face them again in the championship.
“In order to be the best, you
have to beat the best. We want
to go through all the best competition in order to get there,”
U.S. defenseman Monique Lamoureux-Morando said last
month at the U.S. Olympic
Committee’s media summit.
Added forward Meghan Duggan, “We want to play the fastest, the toughest games, in our
case notoriously in the last little
bit, those games are against
Canada. I’d play a hundred of
them before the Olympics.”
Clearly the stranglehold the
USA and Canada have on the
women’s game has only increased since the 2014 Sochi
Olympics. Consider that the
USA has won three consecutive
world championships since the
Olympics, beating Canada for
gold each time. In those championships, the Americans outscored opponents 88-18.
But some consider Canada
the favorite to take Olympic
gold, simply because they’ve
done so four consecutive times
since the USA won the first
Olympic women’s hockey tournament in 1998.
That it’s been nearly 20 years
since Cammi Granato and her
Meghan Duggan is a two-time Olympic silver medalist.
JEFFREY SWINGER, USA TODAY SPORTS
teammates beat Canada twice in
Nagano is a motivating factor for
players. Alex Rigsby was 6 and
playing hockey with the boys
when the Americans won gold.
“To have it be a 20-year anniversary, we’re ready for it. We’re
ready to bring the gold medal
back home to our soil,” Rigsby
said.
Twenty-three players have
been in residency in Winter Chapel, Fla., since September. It’s the
same residency approach USA
Hockey took with teams that
competed in Sochi and Vancouver in 2010.
But there are obvious differences.
Robb Stauber is the head coach
after serving as an assistant to
Katey Stone in the 2014 Olympics. Stauber, a former goalie who
played in the NHL, gives the offense more freedom.
“Four years ago it was a lot
more structured,” forward Kendall Coyne said. “I would compare it to something like football,
where we were pretty strict with
our playbook. Now with Coach
Robb’s style of play, we are more
free; we are able to be a little
more creative and let plays develop how they develop within the
game.”
Players say they have an even
tighter bond after a battle with
USA Hockey for pay and benefits
equal to what men’s national
team players receive. The sides
reached a four-year agreement as
players threatened to boycott the
world championships in March.
Lamoureux-Morando
says
there’s work to be done to achieve
what was laid out in the agreement. Players realize their sport
is in the Olympic spotlight once
every four years.
Six women on the current
team were forced to watch as
their Canadian rivals celebrated
with their gold medals in the last
two Games.
“We focus on ourselves,” Duggan said of the team’s approach
for the next four months. “We
want to beat them every time we
play them; it’s absolutely no secret. We don’t let up; we don’t
take it lightly.”
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ALTUVE, CORREA A PERFECT PAIR
Bond between Astros second baseman and shortstop goes beyond their chemistry on the field
Jorge L. Ortiz
@jorgelortiz
USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES The image from
the pennant trophy presentation
neatly captured the Jose AltuveCarlos Correa dynamic.
On the stage during the onfield ceremonies after the Houston Astros claimed the American
League championship, both middle infielders wore expressions of
satisfaction as 6-4 Correa draped
his arm over the shoulder of 5-6
Altuve. They looked like brothers
whose parents were about to reward them for a good deed.
Their positions on the field
bring them together, as do their
spots in the lineup as the No. 3
and 4 hitters in Houston’s potent
attack. But it’s their mutual affinity off the field that forms the
strongest bond. Altuve and Correa have lockers next to each other, hook up for dinner on the
road and gather at times for family barbecues.
It might not be true that Altuve and Correa are inseparable,
but it takes some effort to pry
them apart.
“This team gets along very
well. We have very good chemistry,” Altuve said on the eve of
Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World
Series, matching the Astros
against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“But Carlos and I have a little extra. I don’t know if it’s because
we’re a shortstop and a second
baseman or because we’re both
Latin guys, but it’s really a very
good relationship.”
It began in the spring trainings
before Correa reached the majors in 2015 as a former No. 1
overall draft pick out of Puerto
Rico. The Venezuelan-born Altuve, who had broken in in 2011,
showed the heralded prospect
the ropes, where to go, how to behave in a major league clubhouse.
Their partnership has helped
lift an Astros team that lost 111
games as recently as 2013 to two
playoff berths in the last three
years and the franchise’s second
World Series appearance since
its inception in 1962.
As a second baseman, Altuve
has always made a point of estab-
The Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) celebrates with Carlos Correa after Game 7 of the ALCS on
Saturday night in Houston.
THOMAS B. SHEA, USA TODAY SPORTS
lishing a rapport with his double-play partner that goes
beyond their play around second
base. He also got along well with
previous Houston shortstops Jed
Lowrie, Jonathan Villar and
Marwin Gonzalez, believing such
connections benefit the team.
“But he and Correa take it to
another level,” Astros general
manager Jeff Luhnow said.
“They can almost anticipate each
other’s moves, which allows
them to do things other combinations aren’t able to do. It’s like
watching art unfold before your
eyes.”
Besides anchoring the infield
at positions that traditionally
oriented toward fielding, Altuve
and Correa form the nucleus of
an offense that scored the most
runs in the big leagues.
Altuve, 27, just won his third
batting title with a .346 average
and led the AL in hits for a
fourth year in a row while finishing third in the league in on-base
plus slugging percentage at .957,
tops among major league second
basemen.
Correa, 23, missed 42 games
with a thumb injury but still set
career highs with 24 home runs
and a .941 OPS, the highest of
any shortstop.
No other second base-shortstop combination had both players with an OPS of .900 or above.
The Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez (.957) and Francisco Lindor (.842) came closest.
“Throughout the history of
baseball, middle infield is one of
those positions where you
haven’t always had to hit really
well. You can get by with your
glove,” Astros pitcher Collin
McHugh said. “But they’ve come
to the forefront as middle in-
fielders who are maybe bat-first.
Not so say their defense isn’t
spectacular. They’re probably going to have multiple Gold Gloves
by the end of their careers. But
what they’re able to do offensively sets them apart from everybody else.”
And, as often happens in
brotherly-type
relationships,
they push each other to succeed.
Correa, the 2015 AL rookie of the
year, finds inspiration in Altuve’s
persistent desire to improve.
After overcoming the bias he
frequently encountered because
of his stature, Altuve made the
All-Star team in his first full season of 2012, when he batted .290
with a .740 OPS for a last-place
team that lost 107 games.
But when he got caught stealing a league-high 13 times in
2013, Altuve decided to focus on
his baserunning the next season
and led the American League
with 56 steals while batting .341.
The next year he wanted to
improve his fielding and wound
up winning the Gold Glove. In
the last two seasons, Altuve has
made more of an effort to drive
the ball while adding a leg kick.
That paid off in back-to-back
seasons of 24 homers and more
than 81 RBI.
“He’s never pleased,” said Correa, who views Altuve as an older
brother. “If he gets three hits in a
game, he wants four. He has four
and wants five. That impresses
me.”
Even though some metrics
rank Correa as merely a slightly
above-average defensive shortstop, Altuve often calls him the
best player in baseball. Certainly,
few possess his combination of
athleticism and canon arm, let
alone the offensive prowess.
In addition, Correa has long
displayed maturity beyond his
years, one of the reasons the Astros were so taken with him
when deciding whom to choose
with the top pick in the 2012
draft.
In Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, facing the majors’
hardest thrower in New York
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, a poised Correa drilled a
double that drove in Altuve with
the winning run in a 2-1 walk-off
victory.
Four games later, it was Altuve’s turn to play the hero, with
a little help from his compadre.
Altuve’s two-run single off Yankees starter Luis Severino was
the key blow in a rally that set
the Astros on course for a 7-1
victory that tied the ALCS. He
also homered in the 4-0 win in
Game 7.
“I think at least 100 of the 200
hits I had this year were because
of Carlos,” Altuve said. “He
would come up to me in the ondeck circle and say, ‘Hey, this
guy throws this stuff, try to do
this.’ So I would do that and get a
hit.
“On that hit I got against Severino with the bases full, he gave
me some encouragement and
told me, ‘Let’s go. You’re the one
to deliver this hit.’ That meant a
lot to me. I went up to home
plate and got the hit.”
Friendly competitors face off as managers
Bob Nightengale
bnighten@usatoday.com
USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES They were having
breakfast in Del Mar, Calif., at the
All-Star break this summer with
their families when they started
chatting about the second half.
Dave Roberts started talking
about his Los Angeles Dodgers
team, and with the way they were
cruising, he was convinced they
had the talent to reach the World
Series.
Well, funny you say that, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch
told Roberts over a meal at the
Snooze Restaurant, because he
was just as confident.
“It’s absolutely surreal,” Roberts said. “I distinctly remember
us talking about having a chance
to be with one another in the
World Series. So for it to come to
fruition now is unbelievable.”
Here they are, two close
friends who played against each
other in college, went on to major
league careers, spent four years
together with the San Diego Padres, quickly became successful
managers with rave reviews for
their intellect and communication skills and who are now battling each other for baseball’s
ultimate prize — the 2017 World
Series championship.
“It started off as sort of a fantasy,” Hinch says. “Our families are
together, our wives are there, and
we say, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if we
met in the World Series?’
“Now it’s like, ‘Hey, careful
what you wish for.’ ”
Little wonder why the days of
texting each other, offering encouragement and seeking advice
have come to an abrupt end this
week with the World Series
underway.
“After we advanced, he reached
out to me,” Roberts said. “And
then after they advanced, I
reached out to him.
“And from that point on, it’s
been radio silence.”
Well, not quite.
When the two managers saw
each other Monday before their
formal workout at Dodger Stadium, they warmly embraced and
talked behind the batting cage. As
the Dodgers workout dragged on
a little longer than the Astros anticipated, Hinch couldn’t stop
needling Roberts, asking if he forgot to tell time.
“Hey, we’re just the little engine that could from Houston,”
Hinch yelled over. “Don’t worry
about us. We’re just a little team.
Sorry.”
Said Roberts: “Save it, A.J. Just
save it.”
Ah, nothing like a little brotherly tension before the biggest se-
Dodgers manager Dave
Roberts and Astros manager
A.J. Hinch, left, talk Tuesday.
RICHARD MACKSON, USA TODAY SPORTS
ries of their lives, with the
Dodgers trying to win their first
World Series title since 1988 and
the Astros vying for the first one
in the 55-year history of the
franchise.
“I think our bond will be tighter after this. But I don’t know
about texting anymore,” Hinch
says. “It’s probably not a good idea
after a crushing loss.”
It’s going to be difficult enough
for mutual friends of both managers and their families this next
week, trying to figure out whether
this is a no-win situation or
no-lose.
Josh Byrnes, the Dodgers senior vice president, calls Hinch his
best friend in the game and would
love to see his buddy win a World
Series.
Just not this year.
Byrnes is perhaps most responsible for this reunion. He was the
one who persuaded Hinch to re-
tire and join him in the Arizona
Diamondbacks front office and
boldly anoint him a 34-year-old
manager in 2009. The gig lasted
only a year, but the hiring set a
standard in the industry.
“I admired Josh for being bold
and making him his manager,”
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow says. “He
was just ahead of his time. The industry wasn’t ready for it.”
Byrnes and Hinch were each
fired a year later in Arizona, but a
year later Byrnes became GM of
the Padres and brought Hinch
with him and recommended him
for Houston’s managerial opening
in 2014.
Byrnes was part of front offices
that traded for Roberts twice,
most notably with the Boston Red
Sox in June 2004, after which
Roberts delivered delivered the
most famous stolen base in franchise history. When Byrnes became the Padres GM in 2011, he
was reunited with Roberts again.
And it was Byrnes who persuaded
the Dodgers to interview Roberts
after manager Don Mattingly’s
departure after the 2015 season.
And so it goes.
It’s UCLA vs. Stanford all over
again, where Roberts is UCLA’s
all-time leader in stolen bases and
Hinch, a catcher, was a two-time
Pac-10 Player of the Year.
“Oh, he lets you know he’s a
Stanford guy,” says Astros outfielder George Springer, who
went to Connecticut. “I tell him
he thinks he knows everything
because he went to Stanford. And
he says, ‘Yeah, I do, because I
went to Stanford.’
“It proves my point.”
Roberts, like Hinch, rarely goes
a day without talking to every one
of his players. Even when they’re
gone on injury rehab assignments, Roberts still is calling or
texting.
Says Dodgers reliever Ross
Stripling: “When he greets you,
it’s like he hasn’t seen you in a
month. He gives you a big hug. He
asks how your family is doing,
how your wedding plans are going. It’s more of a friendship than
an authoritative presence.”
That also frames the relationship between Hinch, 43, and Roberts, 45.
“I love the man,” Hinch says.
“He’s an excellent example of
what leadership should be about.
I have a lot of respect for how he
connects well with his players,
and he’s leading his team. I’m
really proud of him.”
Says Roberts: “He’s a guy that I
lean on a lot. I guess we’re going
to have to put that on hold now.”
Yep, just for a week or so.
“We’ve got to come up with a
friendly wager on this series, maybe some wine,” Hinch says.
“When this thing is over, someone’s not going to be happy.
“You’re going to feel good for a
friend, but it just may take a little
while.”
Kershaw strikes out 11 Astros in 7 innings
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4-7 record and 4.55 ERA in the
postseason, but this year he has
flipped the script, going 3-0 with
a 2.59 ERA.
Often, he was asked to do too
much, starting on three days’ rest,
getting two or three more outs as
he tried to avoid a leaky bullpen.
Now, he’s on the most complete
Dodgers team in his decade with
the club. Game 1 showed how
great he can be knowing he
doesn’t have to do it all.
Certainly, it looked like an old-
fashioned black-and-white grainy
pitching duel that we saw back in
the day with Koufax. Astros lefty
Dallas Keuchel gave up a home
run on the first pitch he threw to
Chris Taylor but matched Kershaw the rest of the game, until
the sixth inning, when Justin
Turner’s two-run home run provided the winning margin.
“When you’re a kid, you just
hope you make it to the big
leagues,” Kershaw said. “So to go
play in the World Series, it’s an incredibly special moment. It’s an
incredible feeling.”
Especially when you rewrite
your own narrative.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
SPORTS 5C
GOLF
Dustin Johnson headlines
strong field in Shanghai
World No. 1 set to
make 2017-18 season
debut in WGC-HSBC
Steve DiMeglio
@Steve_DiMeglio
USA TODAY Sports
After traveling halfway across
the world, Dustin Johnson feels
right at home.
The world No. 1 makes his
2017-18 debut in the World Golf
Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf
Club in Shanghai. Johnson, who
last played in The Presidents
Cup, where he went 4-0-1 in the
USA’s rout of the Internationals
on Sept. 28-Oct. 1, won the HSBC
event in 2013.
It was the first of his five WGC
victories, a total topped only by
Tiger Woods, who has 18 WGC titles. Johnson has won three of
the last five WGC contests: He
won the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational and the 2017 Dell Technologies Match Play Championship
and the 2017 Mexico Championship.
He is the only player to win all
four WGC titles.
“They are very important tournaments. They are big tournaments. They bring together the
best players in the world,” said
Johnson, who won four of his 16
PGA Tour titles last season. “My
game will probably be a little
rusty, but hopefully we can shake
it off before the first round.”
The HSBC Champions brings
together 78 of the best players
from around the world. Johnson
is one of five players in the field
ranked in the top 10, joined by
No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 5
Jon Rahm, No. 8 Jason Day and
No. 9 Henrik Stenson. Among
others in the field are reigning
U.S. Open champion Brooks
Koepka (No. 11 in the world),
reigning Players champion Si
Woo Kim and Phil Mickelson.
Defending champion Matsuyama is another favorite along with
Johnson. Together the two have
won the last five WGC titles. Matsuyama won last year’s edition of
KEY STAT
8
Major champions in this
week’s World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions —
Phil Mickelson (five majors),
Jason Day, Dustin Johnson,
Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose,
Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott
and Henrik Stenson. There are
also nine WGC winners in the
field — Johnson (five titles),
Day (two), Hideki Matsuyama
(two), Scott (two), Mickelson,
Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed,
Rose and Stenson.
KEY PAIRINGS
In a stacked field, Matsuyama
begins defense of his title
alongside world No. 1 Johnson
and Jon Rahm (10:50 p.m. ET
Wednesday). Day is out with
Stenson and reigning U.S.
Open champion Koepka
(9:50 p.m.). Reed plays alongside Mickelson and reigning
Players champion Si Woo Kim
(9:30 p.m.). Kuchar is grouped
with Rose and Paul Casey
(10:40 p.m.).
Dustin Johnson will make his 2017-18 debut at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
GEOFF BURKE, USA TODAY SPORTS
the HSBC Champions by seven
shots over Stenson and Daniel
Berger. With rounds of 66-65-6866, he finished at 23-under-par
265, just one shot off the tournament record set by Johnson in
2013.
Matsuyama also won last season’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he shot a finalround 61 to win by five.
Another big player to watch is
the golf course, which Woods
once called “the crowning jewel
of all of Asian golf.” The 7,266yard, par-72 layout features massive elevation changes, a natural
quarry and 1,000-year-old gingko
trees.
Mickelson, who won in 2007
and 2009 at Sheshan before the
tournament was designated as a
WGC event, said the course is fun
to play.
“It has a good mixture of birdie
holes and tough pars, and I al-
ways like that,” Mickelson said. “I
like how the par-5s are reachable,
and there are some drivable
par-4s. But there are some really
long, tight par-4s and long, tough
par-3s. It’s a great mix.”
Chip-ins: Cody Gribble is back
to defend his title in this week’s
Sanderson Farms Championship
at Country Club of Jackson in
Mississippi. This opposite field
event on the PGA Tour brings together 132 players, including former world No. 1 Luke Donald
(who won the tournament in
2002) and major champions Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004 U.S.
Opens), Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S.
Open and 2009 Masters) and Davis Love III (1997 PGA). …
Gribble shot a 7-under-par 65
in last year’s final round to win by
four shots over Luke List, Chris
Kirk and Greg Owen. …
Also in the field is Sam Burns,
21, who is the reigning Division
I Jack Nicklaus National Player
of the Year winner. He is making his PGA Tour debut as a
professional. Playing for LSU in
2016-17, he won four events.
Last July, he finished in a tie for
sixth in the Tour’s Barbasol
Championship playing as an
amateur. …
The U.S. Golf Association announced Tuesday that historic
Pebble Beach Golf Links will
host the 2023 U.S. Women’s
Open and the 2027 U.S. Open.
Pebble Beach also will host the
2018 U.S. Amateur and the 2019
U.S. Open. The 2023 U.S. Women’s Open marks the first time
the event will be played in California. Winners of the U.S.
Open at Pebble Beach are Jack
Nicklaus (1972), Tom Watson
(1982), Tom Kite (1992), Woods
(2000) and Graeme McDowell
(2010).
FEDEXCUP
Before he went on an extended break, reigning FedExCup
champion Justin Thomas won
the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine
Bridges last weekend — his
sixth win in his last 26 starts —
and moved into the top 10 as
he tries to become the first
back-to-back winner of the
season-long contest. The
Tour’s fifth wrap-around season consists of 45 events before the FedExCup Playoffs
begins. The Tour Championship Sept. 20-23 in Atlanta
is the playoffs finale.
1. Pat Perez .......................... 590
2. Brendan Steele ............... 556
3. Justin Thomas ................ 548
4. Tony Finau ....................... 333
5. Keegan Bradley ............. 309
6. Marc Leishman .............. 300
7. Cameron Smith ............... 295
8. Sung Kang ........................ 173
9. Nick Taylor ....................... 167
10. Xander Schauffele ........ 165
WORLD GOLF
CHAMPIONSHIPSHSBC CHAMPIONS
Site: Shanghai
Course: Sheshan International
GC. Yardage: 7,266. Par: 72.
Purse: $9.75 million. (Winner’s share: $1.66 million).
TV (ET): Wednesday-Thursday,
10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Saturday, 11 p.m.
to 4 a.m. (Golf Channel)
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Senior Graham stepping up to guide Kansas
Scott Gleeson
@ScottMGleeson
USA TODAY Sports
LAWRENCE , KAN.
Devonte’ Graham sits in an empty Allen Fieldhouse and imagines fans roaring
to their feet. As a member of
three of the Jayhawks’ 13 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles,
it’s not that difficult to envision
the atmosphere in one of college
basketball’s greatest venues,
which has sold out since 2001.
That pandemonium made putting the NBA on hold and coming
back for his senior year — as a
preseason All-American, no less
— an easier choice. Kansas is losing the national player of the
year, Frank Mason III, but Graham sees his former backcourt
partner’s departure as an opportunity as much as a void.
“It’s my team now,” Graham
says confidently.
Coach Bill Self won’t argue.
“We never had anybody better
than Frank,” Self says. “But at the
same time, Devonte’ also deferred a lot last year — in large
part for what was best for our
team. Now what’s best for our
team is for him to be our primary
handler and have the ball in his
hands. People will see how much
better he is now.”
Dating to his days coaching at
Tulsa and Illinois, Self has had no
shortage of great guards throughout his career. It’s part of what
made his acceptance speech for
the Basketball Hall of Fame —
Self was enshrined in the Class of
2017 in September — so difficult.
“There’s not enough time to
list everyone off,” Self says. “It’s
always been about the players.
I’ve been fortunate that everywhere I’ve been, I’ve had bullets
in my gun.”
Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham will receive more opportunities this season. KEVIN JAIRAJ, USA TODAY SPORTS
Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman is now eligible to
help out Graham in the backcourt.
“He’s a guy that could be your
leading scorer,” Self says. “An explosive guard.”
In large part because of a nagging toe injury, Newman underachieved at Mississippi State in
2015-16 before sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules. Expected by some to be a one-anddone NBA player, Newman instead regrouped and matured
over the last year in Lawrence.
“It’s been a lot of patience,”
says Newman, a top-10 recruit in
the class of 2015. “You hear a lot
of criticism but can’t respond.
Now, I get to respond — with a lot
of built-up aggression.”
The backcourt chemistry with
Graham (13.4 ppg, 4.1 apg last season) and Newman (11.3 ppg in
2015-16) should be on point. Despite Newman sitting out last season, the two were roommates and
Graham was Newman’s tour
guide during his visit to campus —
a determining factor in his decision to transfer. As a result, Newman says they’ve clicked on the
court.
He also says watching Mason’s
player of the year season provided
a blueprint for the type of toughness Self wants in his guards.
“Watching Frank and Devonte’,
those guys helped me pick up a lot
of small details that can help me
thrive this year. We run so many
ball screens, and it benefits us because our guards are so interchangeable,” says Newman, who
also credits the team’s international trip to Italy as a chemistry
builder. “Where we’re at now, I
think we’ve already jelled.”
Self says that while the talent is
there on paper for this year’s roster, he feels a toughness factor
must develop.
“From a talent standpoint,
we’re fine. But from an intangible
standpoint, we’re not even close,”
Self says.
“With Coach Self,” Graham
says, “I feel like our identity
always tends to be the same:
Tougher than whoever you’re
playing.”
Self says newcomers Billy Preston and Marcus Garrett, two toprated freshmen, will have to learn
on the fly as the team mixes in experience and youth.
Self returns key 6-8 guard Svi
Mykhailiuk, a versatile offensive
talent who tested the NBA waters
at the combine and is poised for a
breakout senior year after playing
on the Ukrainian national team
this summer.
“This year, I think we can be
special,” says Mykhailiuk, who
lost 20 pounds this offseason to
be in prime shape for 2017-18.
“Not just because of our returning talent but because we are all
very motivated. Everyone is trying to go to the gym at night. I
think we are trying to do everything in our power to get to the
Final Four.”
The Jayhawks have come up
just short in back-to-back Elite
Eight finishes the last two seasons. Kansas hasn’t been to the
Final Four since 2012.
Adds Newman: “Being at a
school like Kansas, if you don’t
make it to the Final Four, it’s kind
of a bad season. That’s why we’re
all focused on making that goal
happen.”
Graham echoes that state of
mind.
“Getting to the Final Four is
definitely the goal, the dream,”
Graham says. “Having been right
there two years in a row, it definitely hurt.
“Going to the Elite Eight twice
and losing definitely sits with you.
It’s helped with the hunger
factor.”
Likewise, Self can’t hide the
fact that some of his best teams
have fallen victim to the spontaneity and rigors of the singleelimination NCAA tournament —
Kansas has had a No. 1 seed seven
times under Self and turned that
into only one Final Four.
The Jayhawks’ streak of 13 Big
12 regular-season titles is one of
the best in sports history, which
Self says stirs up “subtle pressure” for players to not be the
team to end it. But ultimately, the
program’s Hall of Fame coach
wants the team to cut down the
nets in April more than anything.
“I’d much rather go to 13
straight Final Fours than win 13
straight leagues,” Self says. “But I
think your goal, when you’re competitive, is to be the best on a
night-to-night basis. My guys
have done such a great job at raising the level when it mattered in
January and February. The ultimate goal is to do what we did
in ’08 — we win the league, the
(Big 12) tournament, then win the
national championship.”
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
6C SPORTS
NFL
What’s wrong with five
disappointing defenses?
Lorenzo Reyes
@LorenzoGReyes
USA TODAY Sports
Five defenses that have disappointed this year, and an assessment of what’s wrong with each.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
Most concerning: pass rush
and third-down conversion rate.
There are six players in the
NFL who have more sacks individually than the Bucs’ leagueworst total of seven. They’re the
only team in the league yet to
reach double figures.
Tampa Bay is also allowing opponents to convert third downs
almost half the time (49.38%),
which ranks them 31st.
Those issues are compounded
because the former feeds into the
latter. Without an effective pass
rush, quarterbacks have more
time to throw and an easier outlook on third downs.
One positive: Vernon Hargreaves bounced back from earlyseason struggles. But the secondary has underwhelmed and is
already thin. Safety T.J. Ward has
complained about a lack of playing time; defensive tackle Chris
Baker echoed that sentiment.
Maybe the Buccaneers should
play the tone-setting Ward more.
But for Tampa’s defense to improve, it’s going to need middle
linebacker Kwon Alexander, who
returned Sunday after a fourgame absence with a hamstring
injury, to get to healthy quickly.
Most important, defensive end
Noah Spence — who has been
dealing with a shoulder issue —
needs to rescue the pass rush.
New England Patriots (5-2)
The good news: They’re on a
three-game winning streak in
which they’ve allowed just 12.7
points per game and are limiting
the massive secondary breakdowns that plagued them earlier
in the year.
The bad: This is more or less
the same group that lost two of
four to start the season and allowed 32 points per contest in
that span.
The Patriots still rank last in
the league in total defense (426.7
yards allowed per game) and
23rd in the league in points allowed (23.7). But New England is
allowing 30.1 fewer yards since
Week 5.
The key for the Patriots is to
continue to work on communication and continue to reduce
those broken plays, most of
which came in zone coverage. In
particular, cornerback Stephon
Gilmore appeared to be confused
multiple times through the first
month of the season and left receivers wide open. With Gilmore
dealing with a concussion, backup Johnson Bademosi has
stepped in and might have
earned himself a greater role.
Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Because of its offense, Kansas
City has looked like one of the
best teams in the NFL. But the
Chiefs defense has been surprisingly subpar.
The biggest issue is the Chiefs
badly miss Eric Berry, who tore
his Achilles in the season opener.
The versatile safety thrives in
run support and coverage against
opposing tight ends and receivers. Most important, Berry was
one of the defense’s foremost
leaders and a catalyst for a unit
that was adept in generating
turnovers.
Last season, the Chiefs led the
NFL with 33 forced turnovers. So
far this year, they have eight.
Cornerback Marcus Peters is a
rising star, but Terrance Mitchell
and Phillip Gaines have struggled
to match his play. Mitchell, in
particular, performed poorly in
Thursday night’s loss to Oakland,
allowing two touchdowns in coverage, including the game-winning score. But help could be
arriving with Steven Nelson, the
regular starter at cornerback
who had core muscle surgery before the start of the season and
who is eligible to return off injured reserve.
Still, injuries are no excuse for
this group to rank 28th in the
league in passing defense (271.7
yards per game allowed).
Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
The issues facing the Cardinals are almost a mirror image of
those facing the Buccaneers. The
defense just isn’t getting off the
field to give the offense a chance.
The Cardinals rank 30th in
third-down conversion rate, allowing offenses to keep drives
alive 47.71% of the time. In Arizona’s shutout loss against the
Rams on Sunday, Los Angeles
converted 13 of 19 third-down
attempts.
Another issue that’s arising
from Arizona’s lack of stops: The
defense has spent an average of
32:16 a game on the field, third
most of any team. So much time
on the field has left the defense
gassed and led to even more big
plays.
And longer drives almost invariably lead to more points. Arizona ranks 31st in scoring
defense (27.3 points allowed per
game).
The problem for Arizona is
that quarterbacks are attacking
cornerback Justin Bethel during
critical junctures. Lockdown corner Patrick Peterson has been
Defensive back Marcus Peters is a rising star for the Chiefs.
JAY BIGGERSTAFF, USA TODAY SPORTS
excellent, but he can be avoided.
Beyond the eight sacks linebacker Chandler Jones has, the rest
of the Cardinals have five.
New York Giants (1-6)
New York’s defense was one of
the league’s best last season but
is being weighed down by an injury-ravaged offense this year.
The defense has been on the
field for 481 plays from scrimmage and an average of 32:25 a
game, second-highest totals of
any team. In only two of their
seven games have they held the
advantage in time of possession.
That’s putting far too much
pressure on the defense.
A pass rush that was expected
to be dominant has sputtered.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul
had three sacks two weeks ago
against the Denver Broncos; yet
he has just 11⁄2 in other games.
Olivier Vernon has been out because of an ankle injury, and the
Giants badly miss his presence.
In total, the Giants just have
13 sacks, tying them for 22nd in
the league. New York is also 24th
in the NFL with just seven
forced turnovers.
NFL POWER RANKINGS
2nd-year starter Wentz has Eagles soaring to the top
Nate Davis
@ByNateDavis
USA TODAY Sports
1. Eagles (2): Is Carson Wentz
ready to follow Ben Roethlisberger,
Russell Wilson as second-year starters to lead franchise on a Super
Bowl magic carpet ride?
2. Steelers (3): Pittsburgh has
won three of four, the common
thread being Le’Veon Bell’s dominance. He averaged 190 yards from
scrimmage in the victories.
3. Chiefs (1): Noticed teams
aren’t afraid to attack CB Marcus
Peters? Concerning to see K.C. defense surrender 505 yards and a
two-score lead in the fourth quarter.
4. Patriots (5): The fog helped —
and Atlanta isn’t nearly as potent as
it was eight months ago — but give
New England’s defense credit for its
best showing of ’17.
5. Seahawks (6): Russell Wilson
passed for 334 yards and three TDs
Sunday. If Jimmy Graham could
catch the ball, Wilson’s numbers
would have been outrageous.
6. Redskins (7): Maybe they’re
merely .500 and now likely relegated
to the wild-card chase. But Washing-
ton’s losses are to Philadelphia and
Kansas City.
7. Rams (8): Yes, they played in
London on Sunday, but they’re now
allowing 13 points a game in what
count as home dates — a figure that
balloons to 28.7 on road.
8. Vikings (14): DE Everson
Griffen deserves more love. He is the
sixth player to record a sack in each
of his team’s first seven games and
has nine overall.
9. Saints (11): Shoutout to Drew
Brees, who chucked his 500th TD
pass (playoffs included) Sunday.
Ironic given this Saints edition
might be less reliant on him than
most.
10. Jaguars (23): Nice job, Blake
Bortles. Nice job, T.J. Yeldon. But
props to Calais Campbell, the first
Jag (already!) with 10 sacks since
Bobby McCray in ’06.
11. Texans (12): Dropped from a
first-place tie to third during bye and
now go to Seattle for Deshaun Watson’s first test against elite D. Good
time to get Duane Brown back.
12. Bills (9): Bend-but-don’t
break defense making huge plays,
collecting 11 takeaways over last four
games to offset worrisome amount
of yards allowed through the air.
13. Dolphins (24): Despite the
league’s least-productive offense,
they’re sitting pretty at 4-2. But is
QB controversy inevitable now that
Matt Moore’s getting a shot.
14. Falcons (10): Yes, they need
to get Julio Jones more involved. But
new memo to OC Steve Sarkisian: allotting Tevin Coleman fewer than 10
touches is nearly as dumb.
15. Panthers (4): Shocking Cam
Newton would skip a news conference and miss chance to show off his
dopey hats. But five interceptions in
two weeks would make us hide, too.
16. Lions (13): Matthew Stafford
struggles in prime time, and a depleted defense has hit the skids. Not
a good time to play Pittsburgh on the
Sunday night stage.
17. Chargers (18): They’re suddenly reaching expectations and
even winning “home” games. Credit
DEs Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram,
who might approach 40 combined
sacks.
18. Broncos (15): If you thought
a 21-0 road loss to the Bolts was ugly,
just wait. Next up is a trip to Kansas
City ... followed by a visit to
Philadelphia.
19. Cowboys (17): Has Ezekiel
Elliott learned how to compartmentalize his issues? Since the Week 2
debacle in Denver, his rushing total
has climbed steadily in each game.
20. Raiders (19): Safe to say WR
Amari Cooper’s back? After managing just 146 receiving yards in his
first six games, he went off for 210 in
Week 7.
21. Titans (16): They’re lucky to
be in first given how they’ve played.
Imagine if they didn’t have Ryan
Succop’s NFL-record 55 consecutive
field goals from inside the 50.
22. Bears (27): Make it five
weeks in a row Chicago’s baby Monsters of Midway have limited opponents to 300 yards or fewer. Just
keep handing off, Mitchell.
23. Buccaneers (26): Closebut-no-cigar Bucs might be fulfilling
potential if the run defense wasn’t
getting smashed for nearly 150 yards
per over the last three games.
24. Packers (21): Maybe instead
of barking at reporters, Mike McCarthy, you could now acknowledge Colin Kaepernick would have likely
produced more than Brett Hundley.
25. Jets (22): TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is one of the better reclamation projects in recent memory,
apparently getting life in order and
regularly visiting the end zone.
26. Bengals (25): Marvin Lewis
is testy, Vontaze Burfict is dirty, and
Andy Dalton is unimpressive. We’d
say Cincinnati is in playoff form but
... you know.
27. Cardinals (20): Let’s hope
Carson Palmer returns this year — if
not to save Arizona’s season, then to
at least potentially finish his career
between the lines.
28. Ravens (28): No wonder Ray
Lewis is itching to play again. He
must be recoiling in horror to see
Baltimore fielding the league’s worst
defense against the run.
29. Giants (29): If Big Blue fans
weren’t already looking to 2018, at
least they can be excited about Evan
Engram, perhaps the club’s best tight
end since Jeremy Shockey.
30. Colts (30): No blocking. No
defense. No points. Not even any
team solidarity, though T.Y. Hilton
tried to walk back his finger-pointing.
31. 49ers (31): A real shame they
couldn’t muster a far more competitive performance to honor Dwight
Clark’s appearance at Levi’s Stadium.
32. Browns (32): A final salute
to injured LT Joe Thomas and his
streak of 10,363 consecutive snaps. If
Cleveland could only get 63 good
snaps from its quarterbacks.
Note: Previous week’s rank noted in parentheses
Colts, Browns battle for most dysfunctional
v CONTINUED FROM 1C
less Browns aren’t the only team
putting the “fun” in dysfunctional.
In fact, you could even make the
argument that the Indianapolis
Colts are a bigger debacle than the
Browns.
And that takes some doing.
“We’ve dug ourselves a nice little hole,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged Monday.
Pagano’s words were notable
simply for the fact he still was
around to say them. Most expected he’d be fired after Sunday’s
shutout by the Jacksonville Jaguars, which dropped Indianapolis
to 2-5. Don’t get too excited about
those wins, either. They came
against the Browns and the San
Francisco 49ers, the NFL’s other
winless team.
Yes, the Colts are without Andrew Luck — more on that in a bit
— but they’re a mess everywhere
you look. There are pillows that
could offer better protection than
the offensive line. The defense is
giving up a league-worst 31.7
points per game.
Indianapolis is second to the
New England Patriots in yards allowed with 425.4 per game. Its 13
sacks is just three more than the
Jaguars had in Sunday’s game
alone.
First-round pick Malik Hooker
was one of the few bright spots in
Indianapolis, and he’s now out for
the season with a shredded knee.
Speaking of injuries, don’t count
on Luck to save the day. He’d been
throwing again for two weeks
when the Colts announced they
were shutting him down because
of soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder.
Even the coaching staff is contributing to the disarray, with as-
sistant Robert Mathis arrested
Tuesday for drunken driving.
Meanwhile, in AFC North
country, the Browns are trying to
decide who will start at quarterback. Or, as Browns fans have
come to know it, a day that ends
in y.
Since the Browns returned to
Cleveland in 1999, they’ve started
28 different quarterbacks, and you
have to go all the way back to 2001
for the last time the same guy
started all 16 games. I suppose
congratulations are in order, Tim
Couch. Or maybe condolences are
more appropriate.
No surprise, then, that the
Browns have had two winning
seasons during that span.
As bad as those numbers are,
though, they don’t give the full
picture of the chaos. Since Johnny
Manziel got his first start in Week
15 of 2014, the Browns have
switched quarterbacks 20 times.
It would take the Green Bay
Packers about 50 years to rotate
through that many quarterbacks,
and the Browns have done it in
less than three years. And that’s
not even counting switches that
were made during games.
Already this season, DeShone
Kizer has been benched once, regained the starting job and was
yanked during last weekend’s
game after throwing his second
interception. Only after the game
did coach Hue Jackson learn that
Kizer had been spotted out at 1
a.m. Friday.
That’s not to be confused with
Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman,
who were sent home for missing
curfew before the Browns played
the Houston Texans.
Functioning like a well-oiled
machine, those Browns.
Amid all the losing and embar-
rassment, the one thing the
Browns had going for them was
Joe Thomas. The left tackle was
unwavering in his commitment to
the Browns and as decent a person as you’ll find in the NFL. The
most durable, too, never missing a
snap — not a start, a snap — in 11
seasons.
Until Sunday, when he tore his
triceps. While his season is most
definitely over — he had surgery
Tuesday — he’s still deciding
whether to call it a career, too.
So if you see a Browns fan the
next few days, be kind. No matter
how bad of a week you’re having,
theirs has been worse. Far worse.
Unless you’re a Colts fan, that
is.
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SPORTS 7C
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IN BRIEF
ern Greek Peloponnese region.
She then passed the flame to the
first relay runner, Greek skier
Apostolos Angelis, who ran
with it for a short distance before
handing over to former Manchester United soccer player Park Jisung, a South Korean. From the
verdant, rain-soaked valley of Ancient Olympia, where the Games
of antiquity were held for more
than a thousand years, the flame
will course through Greece for
eight days and reach South Korea
on Nov. 1. Despite tensions between the U.S. and North Korea
— with which South Korea remains technically at war — organizers insist there is no fear for
the Feb. 9-25 Winter Games.
High priestess passes the
Olympic flame Tuesday.
game and that he wrongly decided to respond. Jackson said at
first he intended to flip his middle
finger at the heckler but decided
against it and that indecision led
to his hand appearing to be a pretend gun.
uUtah Jazz swingman Joe
Ingles has been fined $15,000 for
hitting Oklahoma City’s Steven
Adams in the groin. Ingles appeared to strike the center from
the side with his left hand while
Adams was guarding Rudy Gobert in the third quarter. The Jazz
defeated the Thunder 96-87 on
Saturday.
VENUS WINS AT WTA FINALS
Venus Williams needed three
match points and more than
three hours to defeat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 in the
WTA Finals on Tuesday. The
match, lasting 3 hours, 13 minutes, featured 20 service breaks,
with neither player finding much
confidence on their service
games. The 37-year-old Williams
dropped her serve nine times,
while the 20-year-old French
Open champion conceded serve
11 times. “I don’t know if there
was any luck for me tonight, I just
had to work for every point,” the
fifth-seeded Williams said. By
contrast, Karolina Pliskova
capitalized on a fourth match
point to easily beat Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2.
MILOS BICANSKI, GETTY IMAGES
SUNS’ JACKSON FINED
OLYMPIC FLAME LIT FOR 2018
PYEONGCHANG GAMES
The flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games was lit at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on
Tuesday, despite a brief cloudburst that disrupted the sun-reliant ceremony. It launched a long
torch relay that will culminate
with the Winter Games opening
Feb. 9. Using fire kept from a rehearsal, an actress playing an ancient pagan priestess ignited the
torch in front of the 2,600-yearold Temple of Hera in the south-
The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns
rookie Josh Jackson $35,000
for “making a menacing gesture”
on the playing court and “directing inappropriate language at a
fan.” The incident occurred in the
Suns’ 130-88 loss to the Clippers
in Los Angeles last Saturday
night. Video appeared to show
Jackson forming his fingers as a
pretend gun and pointing it at the
fan, but Jackson disputed that
characterization. Jackson said the
fan had been heckling him loudly
and aggressively throughout the
ITALIAN SOCCER TO FEATURE
ANNE FRANK’S DIARY
A passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before professional soccer matches in Italy this
week, the Italian soccer federation announced Tuesday. The
move comes in response to antiSemitic acts by Lazio fans this
week. A small pack of Lazio fans
littered the Stadio Olimpico with
superimposed images and stickers featuring Frank, who was depicted wearing a jersey of city
Suns forward Josh Jackson
was fined by the NBA for
“making a menacing gesture.”
MARK J. REBILAS, USA TODAY SPORTS
rival Roma. Lazio President
Claudio Lotito said in a statement that the team plans to intensify efforts to combat racism
and anti-Semitism within its fan
base. He said it will organize an
annual trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp with hundreds
of young fans to “educate them
not to forget.”
IDITAROD OFFICIALS:
CHAMP’S DOGS DRUGGED
Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey was identified by the Iditarod
Trail Committee as the musher
who had four dogs test positive
for drugs after the race in March.
The dogs were found to have
traces of the opioid pain reliever
Tramadol. Seavey, who has won
the Iditarod four times, denied
that he drugged his dogs and
withdrew from the 2018 race in
protest. “I have never given any
banned substance to my dogs,”
Seavey said in a Facebook video.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
is an annual event that takes
place in some of Alaska’s most remote areas between Anchorage
and Nome. Seavey won in 2012,
2014, 2015 and 2016. He finished
second in 2017 to his father,
Mitch.
From staff and wire reports
FOR THE RECORD
p.m.
x-Sunday: L.A. Dodgers at Houston, 8:16
p.m.
x-Oct. 31: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 8:09
p.m.
x-Nov. 1: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
NFL
All Times ET
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
New England
Buffalo
Miami
N.Y. Jets
South
Jacksonville
Tennessee
Houston
Indianapolis
North
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Cleveland
West
Kansas City
Denver
L.A. Chargers
Oakland
W
5
4
4
3
L
2
2
2
4
T Pct
0 .714
0 .667
0 .667
0 .429
PF
195
119
92
137
PA
166
101
112
161
W
4
4
3
2
L
3
3
3
5
T Pct
0 .571
0 .571
0 .500
0 .286
PF
183
158
177
119
PA
110
173
147
222
W
5
3
2
0
L
2
4
4
7
T Pct
0 .714
0 .429
0 .333
0 .000
PF
147
130
98
103
PA
116
148
112
169
W
5
3
3
3
L
2
3
4
4
T Pct
0 .714
0 .500
0 .429
0 .429
PF
207
108
137
155
PA
161
118
131
156
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
Philadelphia
Dallas
Washington
N.Y. Giants
South
New Orleans
Carolina
Atlanta
Tampa Bay
North
Minnesota
Green Bay
Detroit
Chicago
West
L.A. Rams
Seattle
Arizona
San Francisco
W
6
3
3
1
L
1
3
3
6
T Pct
0 .857
0 .500
0 .500
0 .143
PF
199
165
141
112
PA
146
142
147
156
W
4
4
3
2
L
2
3
3
4
T Pct
0 .667
0 .571
0 .500
0 .333
PF
171
131
128
145
PA
133
139
132
151
W
5
4
3
3
L
2
3
3
4
T Pct
0 .714
0 .571
0 .500
0 .429
PF
146
164
161
122
PA
119
161
149
151
W
5
4
3
0
L
2
2
4
7
T Pct
0 .714
0 .667
0 .429
0 .000
PF
212
134
119
123
PA
138
94
191
186
Thursday’s Game
Miami at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m.
Sunday’s Games
Minnesota vs Cleveland at London, UK,
9:30 a.m.
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at New England, 1 p.m.
Houston at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.
Dallas at Washington, 4:25 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 8:30 p.m.
Open: L.A. Rams, Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Green Bay
Monday’s Game
Denver at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Monday’s Late Game
Eagles 34, Redskins 24
Washington
Philadelphia
3 7
0 17
7 7 — 24
7 10 — 34
First Quarter
Was—FG Rose 27, 11:18.
Second Quarter
Phi—FG Elliott 50, 13:15.
Was—Thompson 7 pass from Cousins (Rose
kick), 9:14.
Phi—Hollins 64 pass from Wentz (Elliott
kick), 3:19.
Phi—Ertz 4 pass from Wentz (Elliott kick),
:22.
Third Quarter
Phi—Clement 9 pass from Wentz (Elliott
kick), 9:43.
Was—Reed 5 pass from Cousins (Rose kick),
:44.
Fourth Quarter
Phi—Agholor 10 pass from Wentz (Elliott
kick), 11:10.
Phi—FG Elliott 42, 6:19.
Was—Reed 12 pass from Cousins (Rose
kick), 3:17.
A—69,596.
Was
Phi
First downs
19
23
Total Net Yards
344
371
Rushes-yards
18-75 33-127
Passing
269
244
Punt Returns
3-24
2-22
Kickoff Returns
1-18
1-22
Interceptions Ret.
1-0
1-14
Comp-Att-Int
30-40-1 17-25-1
Sacked-Yards Lost
4-34
3-24
Punts
5-47.8 3-51.0
Fumbles-Lost
1-0
2-0
Penalties-Yards
5-55
9-55
Time of Possession
30:15
29:45
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Washington, Thompson 7-38,
Cousins 3-18, Kelley 7-16, Crowder 1-3.
Philadelphia, Wentz 8-63, Blount 14-29,
Smallwood 8-25, Clement 1-6, Barner 2-4.
PASSING—Washington, Cousins 30-40-1303. Philadelphia, Wentz 17-25-1-268.
RECEIVING—Washington,
Reed
8-64,
Thompson 5-26, Davis 4-67, Doctson 3-39,
Grant 3-19, Crowder 2-28, Pryor 2-14, Kelley 2-14, Paul 1-32. Philadelphia, Ertz 5-89,
Agholor 4-45, Jeffery 2-37, Smallwood 214, Hollins 1-64, Clement 1-9, Burton 1-7,
Celek 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Philadelphia, Elliott
45.
MLB
All Times ET
WORLD SERIES
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
All Games Televised by Fox
L.A. Dodgers 1, Houston 0
Tuesday: L.A. Dodgers 3, Houston 1
Wednesday: Houston (Verlander 15-8) at
L.A. Dodgers (Hill 12-8), 8:09 p.m.
Friday: L.A. Dodgers (Darvish 10-12) at
Houston (Morton 14-7 or McCullers 7-4),
8:09 p.m.
Saturday: L.A. Dodgers at Houston, 8:09
Dodgers 3, Astros 1
Houston
Los Angeles
000 100 000 — 1
100 002 00X — 3
Houston
ab r h bi bb so avg
Springer cf
4 0 0 0 0 4 .213
Bregman 3b
4 1 1 1 0 0 .196
Altuve 2b
4 0 1 0 0 1 .386
Correa ss
3 0 0 0 0 1 .277
Gurriel 1b
3 0 0 0 0 2 .341
McCann c
3 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Gonzalez lf
3 0 0 0 0 1 .150
Reddick rf
3 0 1 0 0 1 .182
Keuchel sp
2 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Peacock rp
0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Beltran ph
1 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Devenski rp
0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals
30 1 3 1 0 12
u Batting — HR: Bregman (3); RBI: Bregman (6) LOB: 2.
u Fielding — DP: 3.
Los Angeles
ab r h bi bb so avg
Taylor cf
3 2 1 1 1 0 .286
Turner 3b
4 1 1 2 0 2 .371
Bellinger 1b
3 0 0 0 0 1 .256
Puig rf
3 0 0 0 0 0 .375
Hernandez lf
3 0 1 0 0 1 .400
Seager ss
3 0 2 0 0 0 .357
Forsythe 2b
2 0 0 0 1 0 .286
Barnes c
3 0 1 0 0 0 .269
Kershaw sp
1 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Morrow rp
0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Culberson ph
1 0 0 0 0 1 .417
Jansen rp
0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals
26 3 6 3 2 5
u Batting — HR: Taylor (3); Turner (4); S:
Kershaw (2); RBI: Taylor (5); Turner 2 (14);
GIDP: Forsythe; Seager LOB: 2.
Pitching
ip h r er bb so era
Houston
Keuchel L,2-2
62/3 6 3 3 1 3 3.00
1
/3 0 0 0 1 0 8.44
Peacock
Devenski
1 0 0 0 0 2 9.00
Los Angeles
Kershaw W,3-0
7 3 1 1 0 11 2.96
Morrow H,4
1 0 0 0 0 0 0.96
Jansen S,4
1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
Batters faced; pitches-strikes: Keuchel 24;
84-52; Peacock 2; 11-4; Devenski 3; 9-7; Kershaw 24; 83-57; Morrow 3; 10-7; Jansen 3;
14-9
uUmpires — HP: Cuzzi; 1B: Nauert; 2B:
Davis; 3B: Diaz; LF: Miller; RF: Iassogna
uGame data — T: 2:28. Att: 54,253.
NBA
Toronto
Boston
Brooklyn
Philadelphia
New York
10
10
7
8
9
4
3
3
3
2
5
5
3
5
6
1
2
1
0
1
9
8
7
6
5
27
26
24
25
18
30
36
26
30
34
Metropolitan Division
Pittsburgh
New Jersey
N.Y. Islnders
Philadlphia
Columbus
Washington
Carolina
N.Y. Rangers
GP
10
8
9
8
8
9
7
10
W
6
6
5
5
5
4
3
2
L OT Pts GF GA
3 1 13 32 40
2 0 12 31 24
3 1 11 29 27
3 0 10 28 18
3 0 10 25 21
4 1 9 28 31
3 1 7 18 21
6 2 6 25 36
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
St. Louis
Chicago
Dallas
Nashville
Winnipeg
Colorado
Minnesota
GP
9
9
8
8
7
8
6
W
6
5
5
4
4
4
2
Pacific Division
Los Angeles
Vegas
Anaheim
Vancouver
San Jose
Calgary
Edmonton
Arizona
GP
9
7
8
8
8
8
8
9
W
7
6
4
4
4
4
2
0
L OT Pts GF GA
2 1 13 29 24
2 2 12 32 22
3 0 10 23 21
3 1 9 21 21
3 0 8 22 26
4 0 8 23 21
2 2 6 22 22
L OT Pts GF GA
1 1 15 32 18
1 0 12 23 17
3 1 9 24 21
3 1 9 23 23
4 0 8 23 22
4 0 8 20 23
5 1 5 15 24
8 1 1 21 39
Monday’s Games
San Jose 4, N.Y. Rangers 1
Toronto 3, Los Angeles 2
Tuesday’s Games
Pittsburgh 2, Edmonton 1, OT
Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 1
Anaheim 6, Philadelphia 2
N.Y. Islanders 5, Arizona 3
Montreal 5, Florida 1
Buffalo 1, Detroit 0
Los Angeles 3, Ottawa 2, OT
Calgary at Nashville
Vancouver at Minnesota
Dallas at Colorado
Chicago at Vegas
Pct
.667
.500
.500
.250
.000
GB
—
½
½
1½
2
L
0
1
1
2
3
Pct
1.000
.750
.667
.333
.250
GB
—
½
1
2
2½
Washington
Orlando
Miami
Charlotte
Atlanta
L
1
1
2
2
3
Pct
.750
.750
.500
.500
.000
GB
—
—
1
1
2½
L
0
0
1
2
4
Pct
1.000
1.000
.750
.333
.000
GB
—
—
½
2
3½
W
2
2
2
1
1
L
1
1
2
2
2
Pct
.667
.667
.500
.333
.333
GB
—
—
½
1
1
W
2
2
1
1
1
L
0
2
2
3
3
Pct
1.000
.500
.333
.250
.250
GB
—
1
1½
2
2
Central Division
W
3
3
2
2
0
Milwaukee
Cleveland
Detroit
Indiana
Chicago
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Southwest Division
W
3
3
3
1
0
Memphis
San Antonio
Houston
New Orleans
Dallas
Northwest Division
Utah
Portland
Minnesota
Denver
Oklahoma City
Pacific Division
L.A. Clippers
Golden State
L.A. Lakers
Phoenix
Sacramento
Monday’s Games
Philadelphia 97, Detroit 86
Miami 104, Atlanta 93
Memphis 98, Houston 90
Milwaukee 103, Charlotte 94
Golden State 133, Dallas 103
San Antonio 101, Toronto 97
Washington 109, Denver 104
Phoenix 117, Sacramento 115
Tuesday’s Games
Orlando 125, Brooklyn 121
Cleveland 119, Chicago 112
Boston 110, New York 89
Indiana 130, Minnesota 107
New Orleans at Portland
Utah at L.A. Clippers
Wednesday’s Games
Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Houston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.
Memphis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Toronto at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Washington at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
NHL
All times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
GP
Tampa Bay 10
Toronto
9
Ottawa
9
W
8
7
4
L OT Pts GF GA
1 1 17 41 25
2 0 14 40 30
1 4 12 32 24
Favorite
Minnesota
Houston
Denver
Cleveland
San Antonio
OKLA. CITY
Memphis
Utah
Washington
GOLDEN STATE
Wednesday’s Games
Calgary at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Buffalo at Columbus, 8 p.m.
MLS
Favorite
ST. LOUIS
COLUMBUS
Line
OFF
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Line
OFF
-225
Underdog
Calgary
Buffalo
Favorite
Line O/U
Underdog
Toledo
241⁄2 581⁄2
BALL ST
GEORGIA ST PK 49 South Alabama
N ILLINOIS
7
47
E. Michigan
Stanford
21 59
OREGON ST
Friday
Favorite
Florida St
MEMPHIS
SMU
Line
3
10
9
O/U
48
64
77
Record
Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (64)
8-0 1600
1
2. Penn State
7-0 1520
2
3. Georgia
7-0 1463
3
4. TCU
7-0 1385
4
5. Wisconsin
7-0 1343
5
6. Ohio State
6-1 1244
6
7. Clemson
6-1 1173
8
8. Miami (Fla.
6-0 1172
7
9. Oklahoma
6-1 1084
9
10. Notre Dame
6-1
951
16
11. Washington
6-1
931
12
12. Okla. St.
6-1
926
11
13. Virginia Tech
6-1
818
14
14. South Florida
7-0
730
13
15. N.C. State
6-1
683
17
16. Wash. St.
7-1
636
18
17. C. Florida
6-0
561
20
18. Michigan St.
6-1
560
19
19. Auburn
6-2
455
21
20. Stanford
5-2
367
22
21. USC
6-2
321
10
22. W. Virginia
5-2
211
23
23. LSU
6-2
178
25
24. Texas A&M
5-2
151
24
25. Michigan
5-2
121
15
Others receiving votes: Memphis 119; Iowa
State 32; Mississippi State 19; South Carolina 9; Georgia Tech 8; Arizona 6; Colorado
State 4; Kentucky 4; Boise State 3; Marshall
3; Navy 3; Arizona State 2; Appalachian
State 1; Florida 1; Syracuse 1; Troy 1.
AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
W-L
Pts Pvs
1. NW Missri St (34)
8-0 850
1
2. Shepherd
7-0 794
2
3. Minnesota State
8-0 753
4
4. Indiana (Pa)
8-0 749
3
5. Midwestern State
6-0 697
5
6. Indianapolis
8-0 687
6
7. Fort Hays State
8-0 646
8
8. C. Washington
8-0 571
9
9. Texas A&M6-1 539
10
Commerce
10. Winona State
8-0 537
11
11. Ferris State
6-1 503
12
12. Ashland
7-1 475
13
12. Assumption
7-0 475
14
14. Sioux Falls
7-1 397
15
15. Colorado Mesa
7-1 382
16
16. Wingate
7-0 349
20
17. Virginia State
7-0 303
21
18. Humboldt State
6-1 250
22
19. G. Valley State
6-2 216
7
20. Bowie State
7-1 206
23
21. E. New Mexico
6-1 168
24
22. Findlay
7-1 115
—
23. Central Missouri
6-2
83
—
24. Colo. St.-Pueblo
6-2
82
—
25. West Alabama
6-2
70
18
Others Receiving Votes: West Georgia 33,
Slippery Rock 26, Delta State 20, California
(Pa.) 19, Washburn 18, Shippensburg 17,
Arkansas Tech 7, Ouachita Baptist 5, Azusa
Pacific 3, Catawba 1, Minnesota-Duluth 1,
Notre Dame (Ohio) 1, Southern Arkansas 1,
West Florida 1.
AFCA Division III Coaches Poll
Pvs
1
2
Favorite
PURDUE
KENTUCKY
S CAROLINA
AKRON
Louisville
Miami
MICHIGAN
MARSHALL
Appalachian St
PITTSBURGH
CLEMSON
Missouri
Oklahoma St
Indiana
VIRGINIA TECH
CSTL CAROLINA
Wisconsin
Kansas St
IOWA
New Mexico
Arkansas St
BYU
UTSA
IDAHO
COLO ST
S MISS
COLORADO
SOUTHERN CAL
Louisiana Tech
Utah
NOTRE DAME
WASHINGTON
TROY
Michigan St
NORTH TEXAS
Texas
TCU
Georgia
FAU
Washington St
OKLAHOMA
MISSISSIPPI
OHIO STATE
Mississippi St
Boise St
FRESNO ST
San Diego St
S FLORIDA
Underdog
BOSTON COLL
Tulane
Tulsa
Line O/U
6
51
4
47
7
44
3
49
3 621⁄2
20 521⁄2
23 43
17 47
31⁄2 551⁄2
3
50
141⁄2 491⁄2
13 77
71⁄2 74
4
51
15 48
71⁄2 53
251⁄2 49
24 551⁄2
7
43
11⁄2 461⁄2
51⁄2 681⁄2
131⁄2 471⁄2
16 48
3
63
101⁄2 671⁄2
13 52
3
52
3 581⁄2
13 52
31⁄2 50
7 601⁄2
17 60
251⁄2 511⁄2
2 401⁄2
11 621⁄2
71⁄2 57
61⁄2 51
14 43
7
69
3 641⁄2
20 731⁄2
3
64
61⁄2 561⁄2
11⁄2 551⁄2
8 511⁄2
21 56
91⁄2 551⁄2
10 57
Underdog
Nebraska
Tennessee
Vanderbilt
Buffalo
WAKE FOREST
N CAROLINA
Rutgers
FIU
UMASS
Virginia
Georgia Tech
UCONN
W VIRGINIA
MARYLAND
Duke
Texas State
ILLINOIS
KANSAS
Minnesota
WYOMING
N MEXICO ST
San Jose St
UTEP
La-Monroe
Air Force
UAB
California
ARIZONA ST
RICE
OREGON
NC State
UCLA
Ga Southern
NRTHWESTRN
Old Dominion
BAYLOR
IOWA ST
Florida
W KENTUCKY
ARIZONA
Texas Tech
Arkansas
Penn St
TEXAS A&M
UTAH ST
UNLV
HAWAII
Houston
Line O/U
3
37
Underdog
Miami
NFL
Thursday
Favorite
BALTIMORE
Sunday
Favorite
Minnesota
NEW ORLEANS
TAMPA BAY
PHILADELPHIA
BUFFALO
CINCINNATI
NEW ENGLAND
SEATTLE
Dallas
Pittsburgh
Line O/U
Underdog
9 37
Cleveland
9 47
Chicago
2 44
Carolina
121⁄2 471⁄2 San Francisco
2 45
Oakland
10 41
Indianapolis
71⁄2 48
LA Chargers
5 46
Houston
21⁄2 501⁄2 WASHINGTON
3 441⁄2
DETROIT
Monday
Favorite
KANSAS CITY
Line O/U
7
43
White Group
Surface: Hard-Indoor; Purse: $7 million
Singles — round Robin: Venus Williams (5),
United States, def. Jelena Ostapenko (7),
Latvia, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5; Karolina Pliskova (3),
Czech Republic, def. Garbine Muguruza
(2), Spain, 6-2, 6-2.
Standings: Karolina Pliskova 2-0 (sets 2-0,
games 24-8), Garbine Muguruza 1-1 (2-2,
16-19), Venus Williams 1-1 (2-3, 24-29), Jelena Ostapenko 0-2 (1-4, 24-32).
Red Group
Standings: Caroline Wozniacki 1-0 (2-0,
12-2), Simona Halep 1-0 (2-0, 12-6), Caroline Garcia 0-1 (0-2, 6-12), Elina Svitolina
0-1 (0-2, 2-12).
ATP World Tour Erste Bank
Open
In Vienna
Surface: Hard-Indoor; Purse: $2.4 million
Singles — First round: Kyle Edmund, Britain,
def. David Ferrer, Spain, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Dennis
Novak, Austria, def. Thomas Fabbiano, Italy, 7-6 (4), 7-5; Guillermo Garcia-Lopez,
Spain, def. Kevin Anderson (7), South Africa,
6-4, 6-4; Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain, def.
Sam Querrey (6), United States, 3-6, 7-6 (7),
7-6 (3); Lucas Pouille, France, def. Sebastian
Ofner, Austria, 6-3, 6-4; Dominic Thiem (2),
Austria, def. Andrey Rublev, Russia, 6-4, 6-3;
Jan-Lennard Struff, Germany, def. Pablo
Cuevas, Uruguay, 7-5, 6-1; Pablo Carreno
Busta (4), Spain, def. Guido Pella, Argentina, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
Doubles — First round: Jamie Murray, Britain, and Bruno Soares (3), Brazil, def. Andres Molteni and Diego Schwartzman, Argentina, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Bob and Mike Bryan
(2), United States, def. Philipp Oswald and
Alexander Peya, Austria, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6.
ATP World Tour Swiss Indoors
Basel
In Basel, Switzerland
Surface: Hard-Indoor; Purse: $2.16 million
Singles — First round: Benoit Paire, France,
def. Steve Johnson, United States, 6-3, 7-6
(4); Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, def. Mischa Zverev (8), Germany, 7-5, 7-5; Jack Sock
(5), United States, def. Vasek Pospisil, Canada, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5; David Goffin (3), Belgium, def. Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, 6-2,
7-5; Ryan Harrison, United States, def. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-1; Roger
Federer (1), Switzerland, def. Frances Tia-
foe, United States, 6-1, 6-3; Marin Cilic (2),
Croatia, def. Florian Mayer, Germany, 6-3
retired.
Doubles — First round: Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (4), Colombia, def.
Roberto Baustista Agut, Spain, and Paolo
Lorenzi, Italy, 6-2, 6-2; Marc-Andrea Huesler, Switzerland, and Nenad Zimonjic, Serbia, def. Adrian Mannarino and Benoit
Paire, France, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6; Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, France, def. Robin
Haase, Netherlands, and Michael Venus,
New Zealand, 6-2, 6-3.
DEALS
BASEBALL
American League
TAMPA BAY RAYS — Named Matt Quatraro
third base coach.
National League
ATLANTA BRAVES — Assigned C Tony Sanchez outright to Gwinnett (IL).
BASKETBALL
NBA
NBA — Fined Phoenix F Josh Jackson
$35,000 for making a menacing gesture on
the playing court and directing inappropriate language toward a fan and Utah F Joe
Ingles $15,000 for making contact with the
groin area of Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams.
FOOTBALL
National Football League
ATLANTA FALCONS — Waived DL Joe Vellano. Waived DL Jonathan Woodard from
the practice squad. Signed LB Sean Weatherspoon. Signed DL Taniela Tupou to the
practice squad.
DETROIT LIONS — Released P Jeff Locke.
GREEN BAY PACKERS — Released OL Don
Barclay from injured reserve. Signed WR
Max McCaffrey to the practice squad.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS — Placed G Matt
Slauson on injured reserve. Signed OL Michael Ola.
MIAMI DOLPHINS — Released CB Byron
Maxwell. Signed QB David Fales.
COLLEGE
GEORGE MASON — Signed men’s basketball coach Dave Paulsen to a contract extension through the 2021-22 season.
SPORTS ON TV
Line
OFF
+205
Saturday
Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll
Pts
1294
1248
Line O/U
Underdog
11⁄2 (208)
DETROIT
31⁄2 (222) PHILADELPHIA
11⁄2 (212)
CHARLOTTE
7 (227)
BROOKLYN
31⁄2 (195)
MIAMI
14 218
Indiana
5 (195)
DALLAS
6 (203)
PHOENIX
6 (230)
LA;LAKERS
OFF OFF
Toronto
College Football
Thursday
Wednesday: San Jose at Vancouver, 10:30
p.m.
Thursday: Sporting Kansas City at Houston,
9:30 p.m.
W-L
7-0
7-0
Underdog
Houston
National Hockey League
Wednesday
All times ET
Playoff Schedule
All Times ET
Knockout Round
(Single-game elimination)
Eastern Conference
1. M. H.-Bylor (46)
2. Mount Union (5)
Line
OFF
NBA
Wednesday
Southeast Division
W
3
3
2
1
1
ODDS
Favorite
Los Angeles
Western Conference
L
1
2
2
3
3
3. Wisc-Oshkosh (1)
6-0 1202
3
4. St. Thomas
6-1 1108
4
5. Delaware Valley
7-0 1035
5
6. Hardin-Simmons
6-1 1012
6
7. St. John’s (Minn.)
7-1
959
7
8. Linfield
5-1
955
8
9. Wittenberg
7-0
868
9
10. Wash & Jeff
7-0
774
10
11. Ill. Wesleyan
7-1
726
11
12. Wis-Platteville
6-1
724
12
13. Brockport
7-0
677
13
14. Wesley
6-1
636
14
15. North Central
6-1
610
15
16. Wartburg
7-0
480
17
17. CW Reserve
7-0
473
16
18. Frostburg State
6-1
423
18
19. Concordia6-1
352
19
Moorhead
20. Berry
8-0
321
20
21. Johns Hopkins
6-1
267
21
22. Springfield
8-0
212
22
23. Wheaton
6-2
168
23
24. George Fox
5-2
62
24
25. Wabash
6-1
56
—
Others receiving votes: Trine 41, Salisbury
38, Huntington 37, Trinity (Conn.) 34, Carnegie-Mellon 27, Carthage 16, Cal Lutheran
10, Plymouth State 9, DePauw 6, Framingham State 5, Millikin 5, Westminster (Pa.) 5,
Wisconsin-LaCrosse 5, Wisconsin-Whitewater 5, Chapman 4, Albright 3, Husson 3,
Alfred 2, Wisconsin-Stout 2, Franklin & Marshall 1.
Pregame.com Line
Major League Baseball
World Series
Wednesday: New York at Chicago, 8:30
p.m.
Thursday: Columbus at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
All times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W
2
2
2
1
0
Detroit
Buffalo
Boston
Florida
Montreal
Underdog
Denver
TENNIS
BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
Times p.m. Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings.
GOLF: World Golf Championships, HSBC Champions, first round,
in Shanghai (Golf Channel, 10 p.m.); Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, first round, in Upper Hut, New Zealand (same-day
tape) (ESPN2, 1 a.m. Thursday)
MLB: World Series, Game 2, Houston at L.A. Dodgers (Fox, 8 p.m.)
NBA: San Antonio at Miami (ESPN, 8 p.m.); Washington at L.A.
Lakers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.)
NHL: Buffalo at Columbus (NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m.)
SOCCER: FIFA, U-17 World Cup, first semifinal, Brazil vs. England, in
Kolkata, India (Fox Sports 2, 7:20 a.m.), Mali vs. Spain, in Navi
Mumbai, India (Fox Sports 2, 10:20 a.m.); MLS playoffs, Knockout
round, Eastern Conference, N.Y. Red Bulls at Chicago (Fox Sports 1,
8:30 p.m.)
USA TODAY/MMA JUNKIE CONSENSUS RANKINGS
The rankings take into account a fighter’s
wins/losses, quality of competition, finishingrate/dominance and frequency of
fights. Fighters are ineligible to be ranked
after they have been inactive for 24
months, either because of injuries, drug/
conduct suspensions, contract disputes or
self-imposed hiatuses. Fighters are ranked
in their primary weight class. Catchweight
fights and bouts outside the fighter’s primary weight class can have a positive or
negative impact on the ranking. However,
non-titleholders can be ranked in only one
weight class and, in most cases, they won’t
be ranked in a new weight class until they
have had their first fight at that weight.
POUND-FOR-POUND
1. Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) UFC
2. Jon Jones (23-1-0) UFC
3. Conor McGregor (21-3-0) UFC
4. Daniel Cormier (19-2-0) UFC
5. Stipe Miocic (17-2-0) UFC
6. Cody Garbrandt (11-0-0) UFC
7. Dominick Cruz (22-2-0) UFC
8. Max Holloway (18-3-0) UFC
9. Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) UFC
10. Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) UFC
HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Stipe Miocic (17-2-0) UFC
2. Alistair Overeem (43-15-0) UFC
3. Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1) UFC
4. Cain Velasquez (14-2-0) UFC
5. Junior Dos Santos (18-5-0) UFC
6. Ben Rothwell (36-10-0) UFC
7. Vitaly Minakov (20-0-0) FNG
8. Josh Barnett (35-8-0) UFC
9. Francis Ngannou (10-1-0) UFC
10. Mark Hunt (13-11-1) UFC
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
1. Jon Jones (22-1-0) UFC
2. Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) UFC
3. Ryan Bader (23-5-0) Bellator
4. Phil Davis (17-4-0) Bellator
5. Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0) UFC
6. Glover Teixeira (26-6-0) UFC
7. Volkan Oezdemir (15-1-0) UFC
8. Jimi Manuwa (17-3-0) UFC
9. Misha Cirkunov (13-3-0) UFC
10. Ovince Saint Preux (21-10-0) UFC
MIDDLEWEIGHT
1. Michael Bisping (30-7-0) UFC
2. Robert Whittaker (19-4-0) UFC
3. Luke Rockhold (16-3-0) UFC
4. Yoel Romero (12-2-0) UFC
5. Ronaldo Souza (24-5-0) UFC
6. Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) Bellator
7. Chris Weidman (14-3-0) UFC
8. David Branch (21-4-0) UFC
9. Anderson Silva (34-8-0) UFC
10. Derek Brunson (17-5-0) UFC
WELTERWEIGHT
1. Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) UFC
2. Stephen Thompson (13-2-1) UFC
3. Robbie Lawler (28-11-0) UFC
4. Rory MacDonald (19-4-0) Bellator
5. Demian Maia (25-7-0) UFC
6. Ben Askren (17-0-0) ONE
7. Douglas Lima (29-6-0) Bellator
8. Jorge Masvidal (32-12-0) UFC
9. Colby Covington (12-1-0) UFC
10. Kamaru Usman (11-1-0) UFC
LIGHTWEIGHT
1. Conor McGregor (21-3-0) UFC
2. Tony Ferguson (23-3-0) UFC
3. Justin Gaethje (18-0-0) UFC
4. Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) UFC
5. Eddie Alvarez (28-5-0) UFC
6. Edson Barboza (19-4-0) UFC
7. Nate Diaz (19-11-0) UFC
8. Kevin Lee (16-3-0) UFC
9. Michael Chiesa (14-3-0) UFC
10. Beneil Dariush (14-3-1) UFC
FEATHERWEIGHT
1. Max Holloway (18-3-0) UFC
2. Jose Aldo (26-3-0) UFC
3. Frankie Edgar (22-5-1) UFC
4. Chad Mendes (17-4-0) UFC
5. Ricardo Lamas (18-5-0) UFC
6. Cub Swanson (25-7-0) UFC
7. Brian Ortega (12-0-0) UFC
8. Patricio Freire (26-4-0) Bellator
9. Chan Sung Jung (14-4-0) UFC
10. Darren Elkins (23-5-0) UFC
BANTAMWEIGHT
1. Cody Garbrandt (11-0-0) UFC
2. Dominick Cruz (22-2-0) UFC
3. T.J. Dillashaw (14-3-0) UFC
4. Raphael Assuncao (25-5-0) UFC
5. Jimmie Rivera (21-1-0) UFC
6. Bibiano Fernandes (21-3-0) ONE
7. Marlon Moraes (18-5-1) UFC
8. John Lineker (29-8-0) UFC
9. Darrion Caldwell (11-1-0) Bellator
10. Eduardo Dantas (20-5-0) Bellator
FLYWEIGHT
1. Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) UFC
2. Joseph Benavidez (25-4-0) UFC
3. Henry Cejudo (11-2-0) UFC
4. Kyoji Horiguchi (20-2-0) RIZIN
5. Ray Borg (11-3-0) UFC
6. Sergio Pettis (16-2-0) UFC
7. Jussier Formiga (20-5-0) UFC
8. Brandon Moreno (14-4-0) UFC
9. John Moraga (18-6-0) UFC
10. Wilson Reis (22-8-0) UFC
WOMEN'S POUND-FOR-POUND
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0-0) UFC
2. Cristiane Justino (18-1-0) UFC
3. Amanda Nunes (15-4-0) UFC
4. Valentina Shevchenko (14-3-0) UFC
5. Barb Honchak (10-2-0) Invicta
6. Ayaka Hamasaki (14-2-0) Invicta
7. Julianna Pena (8-3-0) UFC
8. Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) UFC
9. Claudia Gadelha (15-3-0) UFC
10. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2-0) UFC
WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT
1. Amanda Nunes (15-4-0) UFC
2. Valentina Shevchenko (14-3-0) UFC
3. Julianna Pena (8-3-0) UFC
4. Ronda Rousey (12-2-0) UFC
5. Cat Zingano (9-2-0) UFC
WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHT
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-0-0) UFC
2. Jessica Andrade (17-6-0) UFC
3. Claudia Gadelha (15-3-0) UFC
4. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2-0) UFC
5. Carla Esparza (12-4-0) UFC
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
8C SPORTS
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Others go down in history.
Each week we’ll select 4 of the best college football plays for you
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SECTION D
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
Years after ‘Nipplegate,’
it’s time for an apology
Justin
Timberlake is
headed back to
the Super Bowl,
but Janet
Jackson’s career
never fully
recovered 3D
DAVID J. PHILLIP, AP
New
‘Stranger
Things’
feels
familiar
HOLIDAY MOVIE PREVIEW
Director’s-eye
view of ‘Jedi’
Rian Johnson takes us
behind the scenes,
talks about some of our
favorite characters 6D
Season 2 raises
the tension, but
story can wander
Things are stranger all over again.
Stranger Things
Season 2 (streaming Friday, eeeE
out of four) is a fitting follow-up
to the first, Netflix’s supernatural drama set in the 1980s that
dominated Internet chatter last
summer. The new season explores new and greater threats
to our heroes and the town of
Hawkins, Ind.
It’s a more intimate, exciting
and character-driven story but
is occasionally hampered by its
bloated length and by hewing
too closely to the first chapter.
The action takes place roughly a year later, and our heroes
are still haunted by the trauma
of the year before. Will (Noah
Schnapp) experiences “episodes” with vivid visions of the
Upside Down that may not be
real. Nancy (Natalia Dyer) is
wracked with guilt over Barb’s
(Shannon Purser) death. Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce
(Winona Ryder) are continually
monitoring new threats. Mike
(Finn Wolfhard) is still mourning Eleven (Millie Bobby
Brown), who is alive and well
but separated from her friends.
Several major new characters are in the mix this year, including Max (Sadie Sink), a new
girl who captures the affections
of Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin)
and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo);
her cruel stepbrother Billy
(Dacre Montgomery); and Bob
(Sean Astin), Joyce’s earnest
and awkward new beau.
The new season is often
more engrossing and tense than
the first, and it veers much further into the horror genre.
There’s a noticeable uptick in
jump-scares, and the threat of
death is more palpable.
Overall, the new season has a
stronger character focus, and
some supporting roles are
fleshed out to great effect.
But the episodes each are a
hair too long, which sometimes
undercuts the building tension.
The new season has nine episodes, up from eight, and at
times the plot meanders.
Despite these faults, Stranger
Things isn’t so tired that the repetitiveness overpowers strong
elements. Season 2 is a mostly
satisfying binge-watch that
makes good use of a talented cast
and an intriguing mythology.
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(Mark
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self-imposed
exile when a
potential new
apprentice
finds him.
‘STAR WARS:
THE LAST JEDI’
DEC. 15
Stars: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill
and John Boyega
Director: Rian Johnson
The skinny: Luke Skywalker
(Hamill) has been in exile for
years when Rey (Ridley) finds
him on the island of Ahch-To,
but the Jedi’s ancient tomes
don’t look like easy reading. “It
would be funny if you zoom in
on that bookshelf and it’s all
Robert Ludlum thrillers,” says
Johnson. “So when you see it in
totality you’re like, ‘Oh, OK, this
is why the galaxy’s greatest
optimist and hero would be
doing this.’ ” Johnson promises
that Luke’s still strong and the
years of isolation haven’t dulled
his mind. “(Hamill’s) always
been handsome and he’s just in
this place now where he’s got so
much gravity: You point a camera at his face and you feel
depth and wisdom. He’s seen
some stuff.”
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blockbuster-to-be and even Hugh Jackman
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Wonder
Woman (Gal
Gadot) leads
newcomers
into battle.
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ENTERTAINMENT
‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’
NOV. 17
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and
Jason Momoa
Director: Zack Snyder
The skinny: Summer hit
Wonder Woman placed Gadot’s
Amazon princess back in World
War I, but at least one character
trait carries over into the con-
temporary DC supergroup film:
She enjoys “working with people
who are also outsiders and different, like she is,” Gadot says. In the
case of Justice League, that means
banding together to fight evil with
Batman (Affleck), finding oceanic
bad boy Aquaman (Momoa) and
recruiting a pair of rookies:
speedy Flash (Ezra Miller) and
half-machine Cyborg (Ray Fish-
er). Wonder Woman and Batman
are still working out their dynamic as team leaders. “This is the
first time we actually see them
not only fighting together, but
also strategizing on what’s the
right thing to do together,” Gadot
says. “They’re not always on the
same page.”
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Award-winning actor Robert
Guillaume died Tuesday at 89.
His representative, Laura Ackermann, confirmed to USA TODAY that he died from
complications of prostate cancer
at his Los Angeles home.
After earning a Tony nomination in 1977 for
his role in an allblack production of Guys and
Dolls, he was
asked to read for
the role of a
Benson DuBois,
a butler in a governor’s mansion
in ABC’s Soap.
Robert
The
role
Guillaume
would earn him
an Emmy for supporting actor in
Soap and another for lead actor in
its spinoff, Benson, where his
character became a candidate for
governor.
He returned to ABC in the
1990s in Aaron Sorkin’s TV series
Sports Night, playing Isaac Jaffe,
the executive producer of a sports
highlight show.
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P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) creates stars — and a family — out of society outcasts, helping them find love and acceptance. NIKO TAVERNISE
topped action heroine with the
mind of a brainy youngster, Hart is
a football stud in a short body, and
Johnson is the muscular version of
a nerdy guy. “What would you
discover about yourself if you
could spend the day in someone
else’s body?” Kasdan asks. “It goes
to a fantasy but also to this story
about what are we capable of that
we may or may not realize.”
Poirot (Kenneth Branagh,
right) keeps on track. NICOLA DOVE
‘MURDER ON THE
ORIENT EXPRESS’
NOV. 10
Stars: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp
and Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Kenneth Branagh
The skinny: The all-star
adaptation of Agatha Christie’s
classic mystery revolves around a
luxury train trip through Europe,
a passenger’s death and a host of
stranded suspects. Luckily,
impressively mustached Belgian
super-sleuth Hercule Poirot
(Branagh) is on the case. This
new screen take on the literary
detective tends to be more obsessive-compulsive than “dandyish
or fastidious” like past Poirots,
Branagh says. “Imbalance is an
absolute enemy to him — it’s
almost as if it’s a heartbreaking
characteristic in him, which
makes him ultimately quite
lonely and vulnerable.” The
precise problem solver is at peace
with those aspects of himself,
even if they tend to agitate him.
“He’s a genuinely odd individual,
but with a big and rather bruised
heart, who’s not afraid to get his
hands dirty,” Branagh adds. “Of
course, once they are dirty, they
have to be very, very thoroughly
washed afterward.”
Thor (Chris Hemsworth, right) tries to keep Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) from hulking out.
MARVEL STUDIOS
‘THOR: RAGNAROK’ NOV. 3
Stars: Chris Hemsworth,
Mark Ruffalo and Cate
Blanchett
Director: Taika Waititi
The skinny: On the road to
saving his home of Asgard, Thor
(Hemsworth) unexpectedly runs
into his Avenger buddy Hulk
(Mark Ruffalo) in an alien world,
and becomes “the mother char-
Bernal, who performs three Coco
songs. “I wouldn’t want to say,
‘I’m going to do it like Baloo!’ ”
It’s the first time he’s sung for a
role: “If anyone would ask me to
sing right now, I still get nervous.”
Margot Robbie plays figure
skater Tonya Harding. NEON
‘I, TONYA’
DEC. 8
Miguel travels to the land of
the dead with Hector. PIXAR
‘COCO’
NOV. 22
Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael
García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt
Director: Lee Unkrich
The skinny: Hector is different
“in a million ways” from every
other character that Bernal has
played. “First of all, he’s dead,”
the Mexican actor says with a
laugh. The animated Pixar movie
centers on Miguel (Gonzalez),
a musically inclined boy who
travels to the Land of the Dead
seeking his famous great-greatgrandfather (Bratt), and Hector
acts as his guide through the
colorful skeleton-filled afterlife.
Bernal’s biggest inspiration for
Hector: the charismatic bear
Baloo from The Jungle Book. “I
had to keep that secret,” says
Stars: Margot Robbie,
Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan
Director: Craig Gillespie
The skinny: In the darkly comic
biopic, Robbie plays Tonya Harding from awkward 15-year-old to
disgraced figure-skating champion following the 1994 attack on
rival Nancy Kerrigan; Janney
co-stars as her abusive mom and
Stan is infamous ex-husband Jeff
Gillooly. One of the keys to playing the polarizing Olympic hopeful was “embracing the spirit of
real-life Tonya (as well as) the
spirit of the person audiences had
seen over the years,” Robbie says.
The movie also maps Harding’s
longtime struggle to belong in the
skating world as a blue-collar
athlete while also refusing to
conform to the dainty, unaggressive ideology judges preferred. “It
is a wonderful character conflict
to map throughout the story and
it’s always evidently there,” Robbie says. “I definitely feel moments of that when I watch
real-life interviews with Tonya.”
acter” to his trickster brother
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and new
ally Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson),
“keeping everyone alive and
happy,” Waititi says. “I love it
when heroes have a bigger goal
that they need to achieve but
also these really small goals that
are more relatable to human
beings, like just looking out for
your best friend.” Having to deal
with Bruce Banner, “a ticking
time bomb” who could turn into
the Hulk at any time, also emphasizes Thor’s quasi-parental
nature, the director adds. “Because he’s naturally caring and
loyal and very funny, I feel like
this is the closest version of
Chris that Thor’s ever been.”
‘THE SHAPE
OF WATER’
DEC. 8
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones
and Michael Shannon
Director: Guillermo del Toro
The skinny: The Shape of Water
is “a movie about love and
embracing the ‘other’ at a time
when we are told to embrace fear
and hatred as measures of safety,”
del Toro says. Set in 1962, a janitor (Hawkins) at a research facility becomes enamored with a fish
man (Jones), whom she seeks to
break out of captivity. Del Toro
wanted Hawkins’ character to be
voiceless because “I didn’t want
the falling in love to be anything
but pure energy and pure innocence — the looks between
them, the chemistry — rather
than romantic dialogue,” says the
director, who recommended
Hawkins watch silent movies. “I
said, ‘You have to study the way
they use their whole body to
communicate longing, emotion,
nearness, proximity,’ and she did.”
The kids and their avatars are
nothing alike. FRANK MASI
‘JUMANJI:
WELCOME TO
THE JUNGLE’
DEC. 20
Stars: Dwayne Johnson,
Kevin Hart and Jack Black
Director: Jake Kasdan
The skinny: In the reinterpreta-
tion of the 1995 Robin Williams
movie, four teenagers get sucked
into a wild video-game world and
become very different avatars —
which meant actors playing way
against type. Black had to inhabit
the personality of a teenage girl,
Karen Gillan contrasts a crop-
Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is able to confide in her neighbor Giles
(Richard Jenkins) about her unconventional new love. KERRY HAYES
Chloe (Brittany Snow) and the
rest of the Barden Bellas join
a USO tour. QUANTRELL D. COLBERT
‘PITCH PERFECT 3’
DEC. 22
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany
Snow and Rebel Wilson
Director: Trish Sie
The skinny: The Barden Bellas
reunite for yet another aca-awesome musical adventure, this time
heading to Europe for a globetrotting USO tour, where they need to
prove their singing abilities. Brittany Snow’s high-strung Chloe is
one of the girls who’s had the
hardest time moving on from
college to adulthood and is “still
kind of a hot mess, which I love,”
the actress says. “She just slowly
unravels. She definitely has a
continuous problem of not being
able to grow up and get rid of the
Bella image in her mind.” There is
some maturing at least “but in the
meantime she gets drunk a lot and
she cries a lot and she has a lot of
dramatic speeches,” Snow adds.
“So everything that people love
about her, it’s all back.”
‘THE GREATEST
SHOWMAN’
DEC. 25
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zendaya
and Zac Efron
Director: Michael Gracey
The skinny: The original musical
(with songs by La La Land duo
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)
chronicles the rise of P.T. Barnum
from a nobody to the charismatic
creator of a spectacular and successful circus. Two strong stories
are at play: One is the tight-knit
group that Barnum inadvertently
puts together with his various
oddities, “all these people who
otherwise would be invisible to
society,” Gracey says. “He’s turning them into stars, but more
importantly he’s making them
feel love for the first time in their
lives.” But there’s also his actual
family, including wife, Charity
(Michelle Williams), who play
into a tale of “realizing that your
greatest wealth is the people
you’re surrounded with and the
love they have for you. I don’t
think that’s a bad message to have
at Christmas.”
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
LIFE 3D
PEOPLE
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
OWES JANET JACKSON
AN APOLOGY
America is “unfairly harsh on
ethnic people.” Yet, he’s still unsure how to address the scandal,
bungling an exchange last year
when a Twitter follower called on
him to “stop appropriating our
music and culture” and “apologize to Janet too.”
“Oh, you sweet soul,” he responded. “The more you realize
that we are the same, the more
we can have a conversation. Bye.”
Timberlake is very much not
“the same.” His privilege hasn’t
only enabled him to score hit albums and film roles and Oscar
Super Bowl news
recalls ‘wardrobe
malfunction’
Timberlake
played a role
in hijacking
Jackson’s
legacy, starting
with the
incident that
barely
impacted his
career while
sending hers
into free-fall.
Maeve McDermott
@maeve_mcdermott
USATODAY
Justin Timberlake
needs to apologize to
Janet Jackson. He
should start now,
with the news that
he’ll perform at the 2018 Super
Bowl halftime show. He should do
so as publicly as possible. And at
the very least, he should invite her
onstage to perform a song, or 10.
Those are several demands of
the viral #JusticeForJanet hashtag, which emerged following the
news of Timberlake’s booking. Because, even as Timberlake’s career
has flourished in the 13 years since
“Nipplegate,” Jackson’s fans
haven’t forgotten that he is complicit in the unjust treatment of
their icon.
In a moment that’s still painful
to watch more than a decade later, Timberlake exposed Jackson’s
breast during her Super Bowl
halftime show in 2004 in front of
143.6 million viewers. The night
was supposed to belong to Jackson, who was the seasoned pop
star to Timberlake’s rookie. Jackson had invited the boy band
*NSYNC to open for her Velvet
Rope tour in 1998, then lent her
vocals to Timberlake’s debut solo
album.
Timberlake has molded himself in Michael Jackson’s image
from the beginning of his solo career. His Super Bowl cameo was
meant to be a chance to pay homage to Janet’s pop legacy.
Timberlake needs to apologize
NEWS
& VIEWS
The “wardrobe malfunction” at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 prompted many networks to
institute a five-second delay during some live performances. ELISE AMENDOLA, AP
because he played a role in hijacking this legacy, starting with the
incident that barely impacted his
career while sending hers into
free-fall.
In the weeks after the “wardrobe malfunction,” a phrase that
will be forever linked to Jackson,
she became a comedy punchline
and was blacklisted by Viacom
(which kept her music off MTV,
VH1, and radio stations around
the country).
There seemed to be no question the incident was Jackson’s
fault, down to the media outlets
that selectively edited her video
apology. “Sometimes they cut out
that I said it was an accident,” she
later told Ebony.
And while Timberlake has
maintained that the incident was
PEOPLE
Well, there goes the potentially interesting political debate we were hoping for.
TERRY RENNA, AP
Kid Rock: No, I’m not
running for U.S. Senate
Said
people
in his
circle
were ‘in
on the
joke’
Brian McCollum
Detroit Free Press
Mocking people who took the
idea seriously, Kid Rock said
Tuesday morning he’s not running for U.S. Senate.
“(Expletive) no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you kidding
me?” Rock said on Howard
Stern’s SiriusXM show. “Who
couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on
tour, too. Are you (kidding) me?”
Rock’s new album, Sweet
Southern Sugar, will be released
Nov. 3, Stern said.
Rock said the idea of running
for Senate in his home state of
Michigan — which he has publicly
toyed with for months — was a
mixed blessing.
“It’s the worst advice I ever
gave myself, but it’s been the
most creative thing I’ve ever
done,” he said. “And I’ve gotten to
see everyone’s true colors.”
Rock said he talked with Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg,
at last week’s Detroit Pistons
opener at Little Caesars Arena.
“Let’s not let this divide us,”
Rock said he told Rosenberg.
Rock said as public hype grew
around the Senate talk, even people in his circle who were “in on
the joke” started to take it
seriously.
“No, we’re not doing it,” he said
he’d tell them, “but let’s roll with
it for a while.”
Rock’s tour will start Jan. 19 in
Nashville, with dates scheduled
through March 24 in Las Vegas.
No Michigan shows are on the
schedule at the moment, following his six-show run at Little Caesars Arena last month.
an accident, he hasn’t taken responsibility for the part he
played. “I’m frustrated at the
whole situation,” he told reporters the week after the Super
Bowl. “I’m frustrated that my
character is being questioned.”
Timberlake has apologized further in the years since, telling
MTV in 2006 that he “probably
got 10% of the blame,” and that
nominations and a Super Bowl
slot, but also lets him play dumb
about his own role in a scandal
that, as he previously acknowledged, amounted to America piling on a black woman and
shaming her for her sexuality
while granting him a free pass.
And Timberlake needs to apologize now, more than ever, considering how news of his booking
comes during a blistering month
for women reckoning with sexual
humiliation. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall, women
around the world continue to
share their stories about how
men’s inappropriate actions
ruined their lives.
Seeing Timberlake invited to
the Super Bowl while Jackson’s career still bears scars from the incident is a bitter reminder of which
people society punishes more for
so-called sexual indiscretions.
USA TODAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
4D LIFE
MOVIES
Will Oscar check the box for ‘The Square’?
Festival favorite
has already been
beating the odds
Patrick Ryan
USA TODAY
There’s never been a Palme
d’Or winner quite like The Square.
The outrageous Swedish- and
English-language comedy turned
heads when it took the highest
honor at France’s Cannes Film
Festival in May, besting safer bets
120 Beats Per Minute, a French
AIDS drama, and Loveless, a Russian relationship downer (which
scored second- and third-place
prizes, respectively).
The upset is a refreshing deviation from past Cannes victors.
Not since Michael Moore’s barnstorming 2004 documentary
Fahrenheit 9/11 — or Quentin Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction a
decade before — has a film with a
comedic bent won the festival’s
top prize. The most recent recipients have been bleak foreign dramas I, Daniel Blake, Dheepan and
Winter Sleep, all of which achingly explored class divides but
didn’t land Oscar nominations for
best foreign-language film.
That’s likely to change with
Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s The Square (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles;
expands to additional cities Nov. 3,
including Boston, Phoenix and
Washington; goes wider through
November and December).
Set inside a contemporary-art
museum in Stockholm, the
sprawling satire follows a handsome, sententious curator named
Christian (Claes Bang), who is
preparing to unveil a thoughtprovoking installation called
“The Square.” The art piece — a
simple square drawn on the floor
of the museum — is meant to
double as a social experiment for
visitors, acting as “a sanctuary of
trust and caring” for those who
step inside.
“Within it,” the exhibit’s summary promises, “we all share
equal rights and obligations.”
That Utopian ideal is in sharp
Oleg (motion-capture actor Terry Notary) takes performance art to awkward extremes in the Swedish satire. CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Christian (Claes Bang),
curator of a contemporary-art
museum in Stockholm, finds
his Utopian world turned
upside down.
contradiction to Christian’s life
outside the museum, where he
falls victim to an elaborate pickpocketing scheme. Enraged, he
tracks his stolen cellphone to a
low-income apartment building
and drops a threatening letter in
every mailbox demanding his belongings’ return. Tenants are
nonplussed.
Even when his phone and wallet are retrieved, Christian’s belief
in the inherent goodness of man
has been permanently tarnished.
After a one-night stand with an
American journalist (The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss), he
refuses to let her throw away his
condom out of fear that she’ll use
it to get pregnant. The most irreverent tug of war you’ve ever seen
onscreen ensues.
His misguided crusade for justice also distracts him from his
duties at the museum, resulting
in waves of negative coverage in
the lead-up to the installation’s
opening.
A depraved ad for “The
Square” featuring a toddler and
an explosive goes viral, although
it pales in comparison to a disastrous black-tie dinner party for
donors, where a Neanderthal-like
performance artist takes his
apeish act too far (in the film’s
most squeamishly talked-about
sequence).
Since Cannes, The Square has
played at Toronto and New York
film festivals, earning solid if not
overly enthusiastic reviews (70%
positive on aggregate site Rotten
Tomatoes). Sweden has officially
submitted the movie for best foreign-language film, and awards
Gardner (Matt Damon) and Margaret (Julianne Moore) find their lives spinning out of control.
HILARY BRONWYN GAY
‘Suburbicon’ doesn’t hit
home as ’50s dark comedy
Mystery, racism
battle for edge,
and no one wins
In the grand
scheme of Coen
brothers’
scripts
with nimwits making
hugely bad decisions,
Fargo exists on one brilliant end
while Suburbicon lands with a
hearty thud somewhere on the
other side.
Longtime Coens favorite
George Clooney steps behind the
camera to direct the siblings’ latest, a disappointing black comedy
(eeEE out of four; rated R; in
theaters Friday) that tries to do
way, way too much. It dips into
the timely satire of mid-20th century suburbia, with racism and
white privilege hiding in plain
sight next to picket fences and
well-trimmed lawns, but rather
than embracing it wholeheartedly, the narrative defaults to a lackluster murder mystery and a
violent example of men and
woman behaving badly.
Anywhere USA circa 1959
comes alive in the all-too-sedate
MOVIE
REVIEW
BRIAN
TRUITT
Suburbicon, a housing community
that espouses being “the melting
pot of diversity” — which means
white folks from New York, Ohio
and Mississippi. When a black
family moves in, the mailman assumes the wife is a maid and is left
speechless when she isn’t. Residents peek around corners with
scornful looks and organize a
“Suburban Betterment Committee” to yell at no one in particular
about their new neighbors.
While tumult roils literally in
their back yard, the Lodge family
is happy just sending little Nicky
(Noah Jupe) over to play baseball
with the next-door African-American boy (Tony Espinosa) as their
racial outreach. Man of the house
Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) is a
buttoned-up financial guy with a
dark streak, Rose (Julianne
Moore) is his resentful, wheelchair-bound wife and her twin,
Margaret (also Moore), is happy to
be helping out around the house.
One fateful night, their home is
invaded by a pair of nasty burglars (Glenn Fleshler and Alex
Hassell) who tie up the Lodges
and kill Rose, leaving Nicky without a mom — though Margaret
wastes no time in stepping into
that role. Gardner finds out he’s
not done with the antagonists either, and more trouble finds them
in the guise of Bud Cooper (a terrific Oscar Isaac), an insurance
claims investigator who finds all
sorts of “red flags” for the events
surrounding Rose’s death.
Even though the ambitious
screenplay fizzles and the tone
fails to lock in for any length of
time, Clooney excellently puts on
screen the retro look and staid feel
of the ’50s while contrasting that
faux wholesome view with the
hate and malevolence that bubbles underneath artificial niceties.
At the same time the Lodges’ lives
spiral out of control and their fatal
flaws are made very clear, the
white residents of Suburbicon
gather and hound the black family,
horrifically draping their corner of
the American dream with fire and
Confederate flags.
The biggest defect of Suburbicon is not making that story the
focal point of the movie. Instead
we get Damon riding a too-small
bicycle and taking a golf club to
some poor schmuck’s head — a
TV dinner when compared with
the satisfying meal that could
have been.
prognosticators at both IndieWire and The Hollywood Reporter
predict it will score a nomination.
Whether it has what it takes to
make it to the finish line remains
to be seen. Some voters may be
put off by its taxing 21⁄2-hour run
time, and Östlund’s caustic brand
of humor certainly isn’t for everyone. (His last morality play, Force
Majeure, didn’t make the cut for
the 2015 Oscars.) But with the
coveted Palme in hand and a
much-needed dose of absurdity
in tumultuous times, The Square
may be able to go the distance.
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LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
In re
Chapter 11
Case No. 17-11292 (BLS)
CST INDUSTRIES HOLDINGS INC., et al.,1
Debtors.
(Jointly Administered)
NOTICE OF SALE, BIDDING PROCEDURES, AUCTION, AND SALE HEARING
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the above-captioned debtors and debtors-in-possession (collectively, the
“Debtors”) each filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Code (the“Bankruptcy
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PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that on September 11, 2017, the Debtors filed a motion (the“Sale and
Bidding Procedures Motion”)2 seeking the entry of orders, among other things, approving (a) procedures
for the solicitation of bids in connection with the proposed sale of substantially all of the Debtors’ assets to
Solace Capital Partners L.P. (the “Stalking Horse Bidder”) for aggregate consideration of up to $92.9 million
as well as the assumption of certain liabilities (the “Sale Transaction”), subject to the submission of higher
or better offers in an auction process (the “Auction”); (b) the form and manner of notices related to the Sale
Transaction; and (c) procedures for the assumption and assignment of contracts and leases in connection
with the Sale Transaction.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that on October 6, 2017, the Court entered an order (the “Bidding
Procedures Order”) [D.I. 584]approving, among other things, the Bidding Procedures, which establish the key
dates and times related to the Sale Transaction and the Auction. All interested bidders should carefully read
the Bidding Procedures Order and the Bidding Procedures in their entirety. To the extent that there are any
inconsistencies between the Bidding Procedures and the summary descriptions of the Bidding Procedures in
this notice, the terms of the Bidding Procedures shall control in all respects. The deadline by which all Bids
must be actually received by the parties specified in the Bidding Procedures Order is November 2, 2017 at 4:00
p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) (the“Bid Deadline”).
Contact Persons for Parties Interested in Submitting a Bid
The Bidding Procedures set forth the requirements for submitting a Qualified Bid, and any person
interested in making an offer to purchase the Acquired Assets must comply strictly with the Bidding
Procedures. Only Qualified Bids will be considered by the Debtors. Any interested persons should
contact: Financial Advisor and Investment Banker to Debtors: FTI Consulting Inc., 650 Fifth Avenue,
New York, New York 10019, Attn: Robert Del Genio (rdelgenio@fticonsulting.com), Tel: (212) 813-1300.
Counsel to Debtors: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, One Battery Park Plaza, New York, New York 10004,
Attn: Kathryn A. Coleman (katie.coleman@hugheshubbard.com), Christopher Gartman (chris.gartman@
hugheshubbard.com), (212) 837-6000.
Obtaining Additional Information
Copies of the Sale and Bidding Procedures Motion, the Bidding Procedures, and the Bidding Procedures
Order, as well as all related exhibits, including the Stalking Horse APA and all other documents filed with
the Court, are available free of charge on the website of the Court-appointed claims and noticing agent for
the Debtors’ chapter 11 cases, Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions, http://dm.epiq11.com/#/case/CST/info or can be
requested by e-mail at epiqteamgreen@epiqsystems.com.
Important Dates and Deadlines
1.The deadline to file an objection relating to the Stalking Horse Bidder or the Bid Protections is
September 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (prevailing Eastern time) (the“Sale Objection Deadline”).
2. The deadline to file an objection to the proposed assumption and assignment of any Designated
Contract, the proposed Cure Costs, if any, and the ability of the Stalking Horse Bidder to provide adequate
assurance of future performance is fourteen days (14) after the date on which such notice was served.
3. The deadline to submit a Qualified Bid is November 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time).
4. In the event that the Debtors timely receive a Qualified Bid in addition to the Qualified Bid of the
Stalking Horse Bidder, the Debtors intend to conduct an Auction for the Purchased Assets. The Auction, if one
is necessary, will commence on November 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (prevailing Eastern time), or such other date
as determined by the Court, at the offices of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, One Battery Park Plaza, New York,
NY 10004 (or at any other location as the Debtors may hereafter designate on proper notice).
5. The deadline for objections to the terms of a sale to a Successful Bidder other than the Stalking
Horse Bidder or to the entry of an order approving the Sale Transaction (the “Sale Order”) (collectively, “Sale
Objections”) is on November 10, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) (the“Auction Objection Deadline”).
6. A hearing (the“Sale Hearing”) to consider the proposed Sale will be held before the Court on November
14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (prevailing Eastern time), or such other date as determined by the Bankruptcy Court,
at 824 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801.
7.The deadline for objections with respect to any Designated Contract listed on a Supplemental Notice of
Assumption and Assignment with respect to (a) Cure Costs, if any, and (b) if such Designated Contract was not
previously included on any Notice (or Supplemental Notice) of Assumption and Assignment, (i) the proposed
assumption and assignment of the applicable Designated Contract and (ii) the ability of a Successful
Bidder(s), including the Stalking Horse Bidder, to provide adequate assurance of future performance, is
fourteen (14) days from the date of service of such Supplemental Notice of Assumption and Assignment.
Filing Objections
Sale Objections, if any, must (a) be in writing, (b) state the basis of such objection with specificity
and (c) be filed with the Court and served upon, so as to be actually received on or prior to the Sale
Objection Deadline: (i) the Debtors, 903 E. 104th Street, Suite 900, Kansas City, Missouri 64131, Attn: Chris
Bridgnell; (ii) counsel to the Debtors, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, One Battery Park Plaza, New York, NY
10004 (Attn: Kathryn A. Coleman; katie.coleman@hugheshubbard.com and Christopher Gartman; chris.
gartman@hugheshubbard.com) and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, 1313 North Market Street, Sixth Floor,
P.O. Box 951, Wilmington, DE 19801 (Attn: Jeremy W. Ryan, Esq.; jryan@potteranderson.com); (iii) counsel
to the administrative agent under the Debtors’ DIP Facility, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, 1301 Avenue of
the Americas, New York, NY 10019 (Attn: Louis R. Strubeck, Jr.; louis.strubeck@nortonrosefulbright.com
and Howard S. Beltzer; howard.beltzer@nortonrosefulbright.com) and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor,
LLP, Rodney Square, 1000 North King Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 (Kara H. Coyle; kcoyle@ycst.
com and Michael R. Nestor; mnestor@ycst.com); (iv) counsel to the Stalking Horse Bidder, Blank Rome LLP,
2029 Century Park East, 6th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90067 (Attn: Mark S. Greenfield, Esq.; greenfield@
blankrome.com); (v) counsel to the Committee, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, One Lowenstein Drive, Roseland,
New Jersey 07068 (Attn: Jeffrey D. Prol; jprol@lowenstein.com and Wojciech F. Jung; wjung@lowenstein.
com) and Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, 300 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1370, Wilmington, DE 19801
(Attn: Thomas M. Horan; thoran@shawfishman.com); and (vi) the Office of the United States Trustee for the
District of Delaware, 844 King Street, Suite 2207, Lockbox 35, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 (Attn: David L.
Buchbinder and Brya Michele Keilson).
CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO TIMELY ASSERT AN OBJECTION
ANY PARTY OR ENTITY WHO FAILS TO TIMELY MAKE AN OBJECTION TO THE SALE ON OR BEFORE
THE OBJECTION DEADLINE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BIDDING PROCEDURES ORDER SHALL BE
FOREVER BARRED FROM ASSERTING ANY OBJECTION TO THE SALE, INCLUDING WITH RESPECT TO
THE TRANSFER OF THE ASSETS FREE AND CLEAR OF ALL LIENS, CLAIMS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND OTHER
INTERESTS. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS NOTICE, THE COURT MAY GRANT
THE RELIEF REQUESTED IN THE MOTION WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE OR HEARING. ANY CREDITOR
THAT RECEIVES NOTICE OF THE SALE HEARING AND FAILS TO TIMELY FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE SALE
ON OR BEFORE THE OBJECTION DEADLINE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BIDDING PROCEDURES ORDER
SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE CONSENTED UNDER SECTION 363(f)(2) OF THE BANKRUPTCY CODE TO
SUCH SALE FREE AND CLEAR OF SUCH CREDITOR’S LIEN OR INTERESTS, IF ANY.
Dated: October 10, 2017 Wilmington, Delaware
POTTER ANDERSON & CORROON LLP, /s/ Jeremy W. Ryan, Jeremy W. Ryan (DE Bar No. 4057), 1313 North
Market Street, Sixth Floor, P.O. Box 951, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, Telephone: (302) 984-6000, Facsimile:
(302) 658-1192, Email: jryan@potteranderson.com -and- Kathryn A. Coleman, Christopher Gartman,
HUGHES HUBBARD & REED LLP, One Battery Park Plaza, New York, NY 10004-1482, Telephone: (212) 8376000, Facsimile: (212) 422-4726, Email: katie.coleman@hugheshubbard.com, Email: chris.gartman@
hugheshubbard.com. Counsel for the Debtors
1
The Debtors in these chapter 11 cases, along with the last four digits of each Debtor’s federal tax
identification number are: CST Industries Holdings Inc. (4872), CST Industries, Inc. (9554), and CST Power
& Construction, Inc. (9480). The Debtors’ headquarters are located at: 903 E. 104th Street, Ste 900, Kansas
City, Missouri 64131.
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Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the
Sale and Bidding Procedures Motion.
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welcomes Olaf
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He recalls watching the parade
with then-girlfriend (and now
wife) Ida Darvish in 2005, when
Gad was living in an apartment
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The 22-minute featurette is a continuation of
the original Frozen.
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kingdom to find the best ones for
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“In the first movie, he sings an
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thinks that summer and warmth
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called traditions that everyone in
Arendelle has, and not only embrace those traditions but find
the ones that will directly help
the people closest to him — these
two sisters who are the very reasons why he’s alive.”
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Yeah, I think so. He’s also got
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Behind the scenes
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The Jedi may wield a lightsaber, but on the set of Star Wars:
The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s
smile was just as powerful.
The director’s little-kid permagrin never seems to leave. “It’s
hard to go too long on set without
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you’re standing in the middle of
your Kenner toys you grew up
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something every hour on the
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through a meat grinder. (Laughs)
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that we had to make things as
hard on each of them as possible:
At least part of the movie, they
don’t have their friends around.
They’ve got to figure things out
for themselves. They’ve got to be
faced with whatever the toughest
thing each of them can be faced
with, and they’re not going to
have their buddy there next to
them to get them out of it,
necessarily.
Rey’s off with Luke,
but Finn has to go
undercover and put on a First
Order outfit again. Does he
freak out?
A
potential in him and in The Last
Jedi, we dig into that more. We’ve
seen how heroic he is and now
we’re going to see him challenged
in terms of stepping up to the
next level. It takes more than
heroics to be a leader, or so I’m
told.
Is it going to be an
emotional couple months
getting ready to release the
movie and seeing it again with
Carrie as a part of this
universe?
Having these scenes in
the film recontextualize
tragically with her not being here
anymore, it’s incredibly emotional. For the next few months,
seeing the fans ... process the loss
and celebrate her as Leia one last
time, it’s going to be intense. I
think it’s going to be really sad
but really joyful, I hope. She
really kicks (butt) as General
Leia, and I’m happy for that.
Q
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The Last Jedi gives fans a chance to process the death of
Carrie Fisher, who reprises her role as General Leia. LUCASFILM
(Laughs) Man, I would if I
were him. Just think of the
A
moral courage it took, and how
Q
much just physically it took, to
get away from the First Order. It’s
that thing of coming back to
“What’s the thing that would be
toughest to throw at each of these
people?” And to go back into the
machine, to put that uniform on
again, made a lot of sense to me.
Does Leia see Poe
Dameron as the future
leader of the Resistance?
Q
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