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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 v STORY CONTINUES ON 4A Jeff Flake just says no to the ‘new’ GOP GOP leaders launch two inquiries dating to Obama administration Mega Millions: Higher price, larger jackpots HOME DELIVERY 1-800-872-0001 USATODAYSERVICE.COM QIJFAF-03005x(O)N ©COPYRIGHT 2017 USA TODAY, A division of Gannett Co., Inc. USA SNAPSHOTS© Loving city life 7 in 10 big city dwellers want to live in their current city when they are 80 plus. SOURCE Welltower survey of 3,000 adults in 10 large North American cities MICHAEL B. SMITH AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE 6B 109 Government resources 60 Travel violations 55 Other 50 SOURCE Defense Department Office of Inspector General JIM SERGENT, USA TODAY @orendorell USA TODAY 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 SAN IN SPORTS We think amends are needed 13 years after “wardrobe malfunction” Personnel matters Oren Dorell Lottery players will pay $2, face longer odds Timberlake owes Jackson apology 234 Restoring power at top of a long list of pressing needs IN MONEY IN LIFE Personal misconduct/ ethical violations Still near ‘shutdown’ 5 weeks after hurricane House opens investigations linked to Clinton Dominant Kershaw strikes out 11 in 3-1 win Substantiated claims of senior official misconduct from 2013 to 2016: PARALYSIS IN PUERTO RICO Federal action in response to USA TODAY Network investigation Dodgers take opening game of World Series 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: USA TODAY 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 More excerpts 2A v STORY CONTINUES ON 2A AMERICA’S MARKETS 4B MARKETPLACE TODAY 5D v STORY CONTINUES ON 2A PUZZLES 5D TONIGHT ON TV 6D WEATHER 6A YOUR SAY 6A USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 NEWS 2A House Republicans open two investigations linked to Clinton Erin Kelly USA TODAY 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 v CONTINUED FROM 1A 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.” Staff and wire reports AT USATODAY.COM MORNING Stay in the know Start your morning well-informed with our Daily Briefing newsletter. 6 A.M. Want the IPhone X? Get advice on how to nab an Apple iPhone X on our Talking Tech podcast. All times Eastern v CONTINUED FROM 1A 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.” Corrections & Clarifications USA TODAY is committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. “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.” SUBSCRIPTIONS 1-800-USA-0001 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett, Volume 36, No. 29 (ISSN0734-7456) Regular U.S. subscription rates: $29 per month; $300 per year. For customer service-related inquiries, please contact Barb Smith, VP/Customer Service, PO BOX 650301, DALLAS TX 75265-0301, or fax 1-800-732-3631. Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAY is subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAY may in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. Classified: 1-800-397-0070 National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: www.GannettReprints.com or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAY is a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. Published daily except Saturdays, Sundays and widely observed holidays. Periodicals postage paid at McLean, Va., and at additional mailing offices. USA TODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to USA TODAY,PO BOX 650301, DALLAS TX 75265-0301. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 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 USA TODAY 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: WASHINGTON 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.” EVIDENCE SUGGESTS LANZA WAS INTERESTED IN CHILDREN On July 29, 2014, investigators re- Trump’s feuds with GOP critics eclipse Senate tax-cut talks With few pledges, Capitol Hill strategy talks don’t distract USA TODAY Network 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. Contributing: Bill Theobald RIGGED A USA TODAY NETWORK INVESTIGATION Bills hope to stop trucker exploitation Right now, some work for pennies an hour as contractors Deirdre Shesgreen, Eliza Collins and Herb Jackson 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. 4A NEWS E6 USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 USA TODAY NETWORK INVESTIGATION 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. v CONTINUED FROM 1A 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. 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Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. *As of 9/30/2017. ® USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 6A NEWS YOUR SAY Tracking the nation’s conversation PRESIDENT TRUMP Senators speak up as they head out of Congress FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION TWITTER @USATOPINION DIVIDER IN CHIEF Do you think President Trump is drawing the country together? Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., spoke out against President Trump and his administration on Tuesday. Corker described Trump as “utterly untruthful.” We asked our followers their thoughts on President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker’s exchange of pejoratives on Twitter. 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. R.J. MATSON, CQ ROLL CALL, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM Melania should start her campaign at home @GrumpyIndy Drawing the country together 33% Tearing the country apart 56% Don’t know 11% Time for Corker to go. He lost his base with his anti-union car plant campaign. Time for him to turn into a lobbyist. FACEBOOK FACEBOOK.COM/ USATODAYOPINION @HalbergJerry Karen Benson It’s a shame anyone with a degree of integrity, who dares speak against Trump, is leaving. Flake, Corker ... those who remain will be even more deplorable than ever. GEORGE PETRAS, USA TODAY 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. For more, follow @USATOpinion or #tellusatoday. POLICING THE USA POLICING.USATODAY.COM Denny Catlett This is what citizens were saying they wanted. Term limits. Senators not constantly in election mode. Actually speaking the truth. 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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. SOURCE Fox News poll conducted Aug. 27-29 of 1,006 registered voters. Margin of error is ±3 percentage points. 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? John Schmidt Have Your Say at firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/usatodayopinion and @USATOpinion on Twitter. All comments are edited for length and clarity. Content submitted to USA TODAY may appear in print, digital or other forms. For letters, include name, address and phone number. Letters may be mailed to 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108. TO COMMENT WEATHER Breaking News Ground WEATHER ONLINE USATODAY.COM Download our free app, now with virtual reality. TODAY’S HIGH TEMPERATURES FRONT & CENTER With 5,400 structures burned, this month’s Tubbs Fire in California is the state’s most destructive ever. HOTTEST: 107° Miramar MCAS, Calif. 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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. "USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation." Allen H. 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SECTION B WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 The hottest toys of 2017 Your kids will clamor for these 5B State by state News from around the nation 6B AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE MONEYLINE 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 the Forever 21 by Taco Bell Collection. GETTY IMAGES FOR TACO BELL 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 Branded products 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. 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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- of motorists strongly agree with experts that hitting the deer rather than swerving may be the better alternative to minimize the potential for damage. SOURCE Farmers Insurance and ORC International CARAVAN survey of 1,007 adults JAE YANG AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY 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. uWhat color do you want? Your choices are space gray or silver. v STORY CONTINUES ON 2B Beautiful White Diamond Cuff Bracelet 15.98 Carats • 18K Gold • 61/2” circumference 888.821.0212 Antiques • Fine Art • Jewelry Since 1912 rauantiques.com USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 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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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 Don’t miss out on the iPhone X v CONTINUED FROM 1B 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 4B MONEY AMERICA’S MARKETS What to watch STORY STOCKS 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 0.3% 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. MAJOR INDEXES DJIA ALL THE MARKET ACTION IN REAL TIME. MARKETS.USATODAY.COM Commodities Close Prev. 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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 SOURCES: MORNINGSTAR, DOW JONES INDEXES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IN-DEPTH MARKETS COVERAGE USATODAY.COM/MONEY 30 0 SOURCE BLOOMBERG +0.03 (+0.2%) 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. MONEY 5B THE 10 HOTTEST TOYS YOUR KIDS WANT THIS YEAR Jeremy Bowman l The Motley Fool 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. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. Jeremy Bowman has no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon, Hasbro, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool is a USA TODAY content partner offering ﬁnancial news, analysis and commentary. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY. 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. USA TODAY 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 email@example.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 v STORY CONTINUES ON 4C Colts join Browns in NFL misery Nothing easy about Michigan Nancy Armour Dan Wolken firstname.lastname@example.org USA TODAY Sports email@example.com USA TODAY Sports 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 Edited by USA TODAY Sports USA SNAPSHOTS© Playoff proclivity 18 Appearances in the Major League Soccer playoffs by both the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, most by any franchise NOTE Through 2017 SOURCE Major League Soccer ELLEN J. HORROW AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY v STORY CONTINUES ON 6C Many expected Colts coach Chuck Pagano would be ﬁred after Sunday’s shutout by the Jaguars. BRIAN SPURLOCK, USA TODAY SPORTS THERE’S NO OFFSEASON WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING MONEY. Get a quote today. geico.com | 1-800-947-AUTO | Local Ofﬁce Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. © 2017 GEICO v STORY CONTINUES ON 2C USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 2C SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL 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 v CONTINUED FROM 1C 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- Jim Harbaugh has a 25-8 record midway through his third season as coach at Michigan. MATTHEW OHAREN, USA TODAY SPORTS 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. FOLLOW REPORTER DAN WOLKEN @DanWolken for breaking college football news and analysis. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 SPORTS 3C Toronto eyes return to MLS Cup home-and-home playoff series. Jim Reineking @jimreineking USA TODAY Sports 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. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco (10) controls the ball against Montreal’s Hernan Bernardello. JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI, USA TODAY SPORTS 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. WOMEN’S HOCKEY For USA, best prep for winning Olympic gold is facing Canada Roxanna Scott @roxscott USA TODAY Sports Notre Dame is in the mix for the CFP. BOB DONNAN, USA TODAY SPORTS 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.” 4C SPORTS E6 USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 WORLD SERIES 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 v CONTINUED FROM 1C 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. FOLLOW MLB COLUMNIST BOB NIGHTENGALE @BNightengale for commentary and insight from the World Series. USA TODAY 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. FOLLOW COLUMNIST NANCY ARMOUR @narmour for commentary on the latest in sports. USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 SPORTS 7C E6 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 Some plays just go down. Others go down in history. Each week we’ll select 4 of the best college football plays for you to watch and vote on. At the end of the season, with your help, one coach will receive top honors. Check back to see the results! Watch, vote, and see if your favorite plays win in the Coach’s Call of the Week. fanpoll.usatoday.com 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. PREVIEW KELLY LAWLER USA SNAPSHOTS© The nation’s best sellers Top five best sellers, shown in proportion of sales. Example: For every 10 copies of Origin sold, Deep Freeze sold 8.9 copies: Origin Dan Brown UNWRAP YOUR TICKET TO FANTASY 8.9 Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson 6.1 Capital Gaines Chip Gaines 4.9 Turtles All the Way Down John Green 4.4 THURSDAY Top 50 books list (books.usatoday.com) SOURCE USA TODAY Best-Selling Books JENNY COHEN AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is in 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.” YOU’LL WANT TO #BOOKMARKTHIS. On Wednesday, join USA TODAY for a Facebook live chat with Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush about their joint memoir, ‘Sisters First: Stories From Our Wild and Wonderful Life.’ #BookmarkThis is a series of live video chats with best-selling authors, and fans can submit questions. 10.0 Deep Freeze John Sandford Santa Claus is bringing all the good stuff to theaters the next two months, including the return of Marvel’s resident thunder god, an epic DC team-up with Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Aquaman, the latest Star Wars blockbuster-to-be and even Hugh Jackman singing and dancing. USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt has 10 films you won’t want to miss in November and December: JENNA BUSH HAGER, LEFT, AND BARBARA PIERCE BUSH BY NATHAN CONGLETON HOW TO JOIN THE CHAT Join the Facebook Live chat Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT on the USA TODAY Life Facebook page. To learn more or to submit questions go to bushsisterschat .usatoday.com. JONATHAN OLLEYS Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) leads newcomers into battle. WARNER BROS. 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.” v STORY CONTINUES ON 2D Robert Guillaume dies at 89 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. 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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. NOTICES 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 Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the“Court”) on June 9, 2017. 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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org and Christopher Gartman; chris. email@example.com) and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, 1313 North Market Street, Sixth Floor, P.O. Box 951, Wilmington, DE 19801 (Attn: Jeremy W. Ryan, Esq.; firstname.lastname@example.org); (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.; email@example.com and Howard S. Beltzer; firstname.lastname@example.org) 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; email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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; email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org -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: email@example.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. 2 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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Call for a free consultation today. 10/25 Tuesday’s Answer: “Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine.” - Pat Conroy MISTAKE USA TODAY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017 6D LIFE MOVIES Yeah, I think so. He’s also got some growing to do. Poe’s got A to grow. She deﬁnitely saw that Behind the scenes with ‘Jedi’s Johnson 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 having something remind you you’re standing in the middle of your Kenner toys you grew up with, the spaceships and everything,” Johnson says. “There’s something every hour on the hour that makes you zoom back and think, ‘I’m the luckiest person on the planet right now to be doing this.’ ” USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt talked with Johnson about some important Last Jedi players: The journeys of new heroes Rey, Finn and Poe streamlined at the end of The Force Awakens. From the looks of the Last Jedi trailers, it seems like they’re each Q going their own way again. When I ﬁrst read the script of The Force Awakens, I was like, “I feel like I know these characters instantly.” And now we get to kind of put them through a meat grinder. (Laughs) And for me, part of that meant 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 A 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? 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