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Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

11 min 27 sec ago

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office requires a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively in his party’s race for the 2020 nomination.

During an interview on Iowa PBS in suburban Des Moines, Buttigieg was asked if there’s value in a president who had faced hostile fire.

Buttigieg, a Naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2014, noted he had been present for rocket attacks while stationed at Bagram Airfield, and later faced potential danger as an armed driver in Kabul.

“This is very real for me,” he told interviewer David Yepsen. “And I do believe there is value in someone in the Oval Office understanding what’s at stake, understanding at a personal level what’s at stake, when decisions are made that could send people into a conflict.”

Buttigieg often sites his seven months deployed to Afghanistan, though has seldom said as directly the next president should be a wartime veteran. The 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the only military veteran in the field of Democrats running for president. He would be the only president to have served in the military since George H. W. Bush.

“That perspective is needed especially when we’ve got a president who thinks that strength is the same as the chest-thumping of the loudmouth guy at the end of the bar,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg, who was tasked with reading and interpreting intelligence on the flow of money to terrorist cells, said he doubted President Donald Trump thoroughly consulted intelligence, members of Congress or U.S. allies before ordering the strike this month that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq.

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No. 18 Seton Hall beats St. John's 82-79 for 8th straight

11 min 44 sec ago
No. 18 Seton Hall beats St. John's 82-79 for 8th straightNo. 18 Seton Hall beats St. John's 82-79 for 8th straight

NEW YORK (AP) — Myles Powell scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half and No. 18 Seton Hall rallied past St. John’s 82-79 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to eight games.

Quincy McKnight added 20 points and 7-foot-2 Romaro Gill had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the Pirates (14-4, 6-0 Big East). Myles Cale scored 12.

Seton Hall, the only unbeaten team in Big East play, is 6-0 in conference games for the first time since the league’s inception in 1979.

The Pirates’ winning streak matches their longest in Kevin Willard’s 10 seasons as coach.

Mustapha Heron scored 18 for the Red Storm (12-7, 1-5), and Josh Roberts had 16 points and eight rebounds. LJ Figueroa had 16 points and a career-high seven steals.

With a fast-break layup early in the second half, Powell became the fifth Seton Hall player to reach 2,000 career points, joining Terry Dehere, Nick Werkman, Jeremy Hazell and Greg Tynes.

Powell clutched the game ball as he shook hands with St. John’s players and hugged them after the final horn.

McKnight made the second of two free throws to give the Pirates a 76-75 lead with 1:10 left, and Rasheem Dunn was called for charging at the other end. Powell drove for a tough layup with 28.8 seconds remaining before Dunn’s layup cut the margin to one again.

Cale and McKnight each sank two free throws in the final 20 seconds, and Seton Hall held on when Marcellus Earlington’s long, hurried 3-point attempt was short of the rim at the buzzer.

After trailing by 43-30 at halftime, Seton Hall stormed back and took its first lead at 61-58 on a 3-pointer by Powell with 8:17 remaining. The rally was aided by two jumpers from Cale early in the second half that were subsequently changed to 3s following replay reviews during a timeout.

Figueroa hit a 3 to tie it again with 7:42 left, and the Tri-State Area rivals traded blows down the stretch before a crowd filled with fans of both schools.

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The veteran Pirates were picked first in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll, barely edging Villanova, and they’ve shown why. After opening at No. 12 and then falling out of the Top 25, they returned to the rankings this week and figure to climb following a pair of road wins.

St. John’s: In their first season under coach Mike Anderson, the Red Storm went 11-2 in nonconference games, but they’ve had trouble closing out opponents since Big East play began.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall: Three straight Big East home games, beginning with a visit from Providence on Wednesday night.

St. John’s: After trying to contain Powell, the Red Storm face another preseason first-team All-American when they hit the road Tuesday night to take on Markus Howard and Marquette. Howard, who began the day leading the nation in scoring at 27.3 points per game, is the reigning conference player of the year. But he was held to 12.5 ppg on 7 of 32 shooting in two regular-season losses to St. John’s last year, half his season scoring average. Howard then poured in 30 points in a blowout win over the Red Storm in the Big East Tournament.

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Payne's career game helps Florida beat No. 4 Auburn 69-47

12 min 52 sec ago
Payne's career game helps Florida beat No. 4 Auburn 69-47Payne's career game helps Florida beat No. 4 Auburn 69-47

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Omar Payne had the best game of his college career, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and led Florida to a 69-47 victory over No. 4 Auburn on Saturday.

Payne, a freshman from Kissimmee, was widely considered an afterthought in Florida’s highly touted recruiting class. Against the Tigers, he looked like a future lottery pick.

The 6-foot-10 forward dominated in the paint, scoring on tip-ins, putbacks and layups, and creating a mismatch nightmare for Auburn (15-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference). His three-point play, which came after an offensive rebound, put Florida (12-5, 4-1) up by 14 with a little more than 4 minutes to play.

The Gators sent the home crowd into a late frenzy — and to the exits — with a 14-0 run that included 3-pointers by Noah Locke, Keyontae Johnson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. Fans chanted “over-rated” in the closing minutes.

Locke and Blackshear finished with 11 points apiece for the Gators, who haven’t lost at home to Auburn since 1996. Blackshear added a season-high-tying 16 rebounds.

The Tigers have lost two in a row since starting 15-0.

Danjel Purifoy was the only player in double figures for Auburn, which shot 25.5% from the field. He had 10 points.

The Tigers struggled out of the gate, missing 15 of their first 16 shots. But Florida failed to take advantage of Auburn’s sluggishness, turning the ball over far too often for coach Mike White’s liking.

Auburn kept it close thanks to being perfect (10 for 10) from the free throw line.

The Gators led by five at the break and quickly built a double-digit lead coming out of the locker room. Nembhard, Johnson and Blackshear made consecutive baskets and then Payne followed with a putback and a layup that pushed the lead to 38-27.

Florida looked like it might really pull away a few minutes later, but Samir Doughty answered with back-to-back 3-pointers. Auburn’s leading scorer missed all four shots in the opening 20 minutes and didn’t record a single positive statistic.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: The Tigers won’t win many, if any, games shooting like this. Purifoy made 3 of 11 shots and Doughty was 3 of 12 from the field.

Florida: The Gators finally look like a top-10 team. They opened the season ranked No. 6 but lost two of their first four games. White tweaked the offense, and the results are starting to show.

UP NEXT:

Auburn: Hosts South Carolina on Wednesday. The Tigers have lost four of the last six in the series.

Florida: Plays at LSU on Tuesday. The Gators have won four of the last five meetings, including two in overtime.

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No. 9 Florida State rallies past Miami in OT, 83-79

13 min 4 sec ago
No. 9 Florida State rallies past Miami in OT, 83-79No. 9 Florida State rallies past Miami in OT, 83-79

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The No. 9-ranked Florida State Seminoles forced 24 turnovers, including three in a row in overtime, and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 4:33 of regulation Saturday to earn their ninth consecutive victory by beating Miami 83-79.

Sophomore Devin Vassell set a career high for the second consecutive game by leading Florida State with 23 points while adding 11 rebounds and five assists. His two free throws with six seconds left sealed the win.

M.J. Walker added 19 points in 23 minutes for the Seminoles, who won despite shooting 42 percent and committing 16 turnovers. Malik Osborne’s three-point play put them ahead to stay with 2:25 left in overtime, 74-71.

Florida State (16-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which began the day tied with No. 3 Duke for the league lead, beat Miami for the fourth time in a row. The Hurricanes (10-7, 2-5 ACC) lost in league play at home for the third time.

Chris Lykes had 24 points but also six turnovers for the Hurricanes. Their turnover total was a season high.

The Hurricanes had to call a timeout when they were trapped on the game’s first possession. They blew a dunk, threw up air balls and had 10 shots blocked.

But Miami stayed in the game early with a strong defensive effort of its own. DJ Vasiljevic sank a 3-pointer and then scored on a breakaway to give the Hurricanes their biggest lead with 5:20 remaining, 65-56.

Walker’s three free throws cut the spread to 65-61, and his 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 69.

Following a Miami turnover, Trent Forrest missed a 15-footer with 1 second to go, forcing overtime.

BIG PICTURE

One more sign the Seminoles win with defense: Their winning streak includes four victories while shooting less than 44 percent.

The addition of Hurricanes freshman Anthony Walker to the rotation gave them more depth. Walker, who sat out the past two games because coach Jim Larranaga was unhappy with his effort, played 13 minutes and had three rebounds.

UP NEXT

The Seminoles return home to play Notre Dame on Saturday. They are 2-3 against the Fighting Irish in the past three years.

The Hurricanes play Tuesday at Duke, which won 95-62 when the teams met Jan. 4. It was Larranaga’s worst home loss in nine years at Miami.

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Reed scores 23 points, DePaul upsets No. 5 Butler 79-66

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Reed scores 23 points, DePaul upsets No. 5 Butler 79-66Reed scores 23 points, DePaul upsets No. 5 Butler 79-66

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Reed scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, Jalen Coleman-Lands added 20 and DePaul upset No. 5 Butler 79-66 on Saturday.

Coleman-Lands was 3 for 5 from 3-point range and freshman Romeo Weems had 11 points as the Blue Demons knocked off a team ranked in the top five for the first time since beating No. 5 Kansas on Dec. 2, 2006.

After a disappointing 0-4 start in the Big East, with close losses to Seton Hall and Villanova, DePaul (13-5, 1-4), left little doubt against Butler (15-3, 3-2) that its nonconference season wasn’t a fluke. The 12-1 start included road wins at Iowa and Minnesota and a victory at home against last season’s national runner-up, Texas Tech.

Butler, which was coming off a home loss to Seton Hall on Wednesday, never led and trailed by double digits the entire second half. The Bulldogs gave up a season-high 44 first-half points, the most since giving up 34 in a loss to Baylor.

Kamar Baldwin led Butler with 16 points and Jordan Tucker added 13.

Reed and DePaul wasted no time getting started against the Bulldogs. The Blue Demons jumped out to a 22-6 lead. Reed, who scored 13 of DePaul’s first 17 points on 5-for-5 shooting, showcased all dimensions of his game. The 6-foot-9 junior made a 3 to give DePaul a 15-6 lead, and then on the next possession, he had a dunk that was set up by Charlie Moore.

Darious Hall had a steal and layup to cap off the DePaul run. Reed continued his hot shooting by burying another 3. Reed picked up his second foul on an offensive call with 6:05 left in the first half. He played sparingly the remainder of the half.

That’s when Butler chipped away at DePaul’s lead. Tucker’s 3 got Butler to 35-31, but Coleman-Lands was fouled on a 3-point attempt, connecting on all three free throws, and Weems made a 3 as time expired to give DePaul a 44-34 lead at the half. Reed finished with 18 in the half on 6-for-6 shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Butler: As DePaul found out, the Big East is unforgiving this season. After a tough home loss to Seton Hall on Wednesday and the blowout loss to DePaul, the Bulldogs have to face Villanova next.

DePaul: The Blue Demons showed perseverance after dropping a tough overtime loss at Villanova on Tuesday. With the convincing win over Butler, DePaul proved to be in the mix for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2003-2004 season.

UP NEXT

Butler: At No. 14 Villanova on Tuesday.

DePaul: Hosts No. 25 Creighton on Wednesday.

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Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

1 hour 11 min ago
Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on LifetimeDocumentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime.

The four-hour film, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in his New York City prison cell in August after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges. The financier had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In lawsuits, women say the abuse spanned decades.

In announcing the documentary at a TV critics meeting, Lifetime said it was building on the success of influential projects including “Surviving R. Kelly.”

The R&B superstar, who had been followed by allegations of sexual abuse against minors for years, drew new attention from authorities after Lifetime’s six-part series aired in January 2019. It included testimonials by alleged victims.

Kelly is facing charges on a variety of crimes in three states, and has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Chicago and New York of a racketeering scheme to sexually abuse girls, and not guilty to a Minnesota charge of offering a teenager money to take off her clothes and dance.

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Buttigieg trying now to make it to SC for MLK Day events

1 hour 11 min ago
Buttigieg trying now to make it to SC for MLK Day eventsButtigieg trying now to make it to SC for MLK Day events

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to blacks and other minorities, is trying to rearrange his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Buttigieg’s campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, wants to attend a march and rally at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on Monday, the federal holiday that commemorates the late civil rights leader.

The Columbia event is seen as a symbolic and highly visible one for presidential candidates hoping to appeal to the black voters who make up most of South Carolina’s Democratic electorate. Among the 2020 contenders scheduled to attend are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and businessman Tom Steyer.

Buttigieg has committed to an event in South Bend on Monday but also wants to try to come to South Carolina, according to the campaign.

Polling so far in the nomination contest has shown that Biden holds a commanding lead among black voters.

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UK chief wants to discuss road safety with US base commander

1 hour 11 min ago
UK chief wants to discuss road safety with US base commanderUK chief wants to discuss road safety with US base commander

LONDON (AP) — A British police chief requested an urgent meeting with a U.S. Air Force commander Saturday after learning of two more traffic incidents in the area where a teenage motorcyclist died in a collision with a car driven by an American diplomat’s wife.

Harry Dunn was killed when he was hit by a car driven by a woman whose husband was an intelligence officer at RAF Croughton, a military base in central England used by U.S. forces. The woman is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when the head-on collision occurred.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Nick Adderley said his department learned Saturday about a video that showed a car driving on the wrong side of the road near RAF Croughton having a near miss with another vehicle

Adderley said he also heard Friday about an October crash in the same area involving another wrong-way driver whose vehicle struck a police car. No one was injured in that d there were no injuries.

“I want to be absolutely clear on the fact that these incidents just cannot keep happening,” the police chief said. “We know all too well in the case of young Harry just how devastating they can be.”

Police have not indicated if the cars in the other incidents had any connections to the Air Force base. Britain’s Press Association reported that the car involved in close call appeared to have a registration number indicating it possibly was a U.S. government vehicle.

Dunn’s death last year has been a sensitive diplomatic issue for the Britain and the United States. The intelligence officer’s wife, Anne Sacoolas, claimed diplomatic immunity and left Britain after the crash.

British officials have challenged her protected status and are seeking to have her extradited to face charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

Dunn’s parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have traveled to Washington and met with U.S President Donald Trump in an effort to force Sacoolas to return to Britain to face trial.

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Merkel, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss Libya ahead of summit

1 hour 11 min ago
Merkel, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss Libya ahead of summitMerkel, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss Libya ahead of summit

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the need to end foreign interference in Libya with Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince Saturday, a day before she hosts an international conference on Libya, Merkel’s office said.

The meeting at Merkel’s invitation took place because Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is unable to attend the conference on Sunday, a German government statement said. He asked the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister to attend in his place.

The UAE is one of 12 countries with an interest in Libya’s long-running civil war that Merkel has invited to Berlin on Sunday. Germany’s aim is to curb foreign military meddling, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to determine the north African country’s future.

Libya is divided into rival administrations, each with outside supporters: the U.N.-recognized one based in Tripoli and one based in the country’s east, supported by Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s forces.

Hifter’s forces have been on the offensive since April. In its campaign against Hifter’s forces, which are backed by Egypt, Russia and the UAE, the Tripoli government has turned to Turkey for troops and weapons.

Merkel and the crown prince agreed that there is no military solution to Libya’s long-running civil war, the German government said.

They called on the two sides in Libya to agree a permanent cease-fire, for Libya’s state institutions to be rebuilt fully and for terrorism and extremism to be fought, the statement said.

“Ending outside interference in Libya’s internal affairs is a necessary precondition from this from the point of view of both” leaders, it added.

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Boeheim's 26 lead Syracuse past Virginia Tech, 71-69

1 hour 12 min ago
Boeheim's 26 lead Syracuse past Virginia Tech, 71-69Boeheim's 26 lead Syracuse past Virginia Tech, 71-69

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Buddy Boeheim scored 26 points, including 18 in a row for Syracuse at one point, and the Orange stretched their winning streak to three with a 71-69 victory at Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Boeheim hit six shots in a row during a blistering first-half display that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 28-19 lead for Syracuse (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Orange led by as many as 16 in the first half, but had to hang on as the Hokies got within a point three times in the final two minutes.

Nahiem Alleyne made five 3-pointers and scored 17 for the Hokies (13-5, 4-3), who called a timeout with 7.4 seconds left trailing 70-69. Landers Nolley, who scored 13, missed a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key and Marek Dolezaj rebounded.

With 40 seconds left, Wabissa Bede was fouled while scoring, but he missed what would have been a game-tying free throw.

Elijah Hughes added 17 points and Dolezaj had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Orange.

Jalen Cone added 14 points, all in the first half, for the Hokies.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: Boeheim made six shots in a row during his 18-point string for the Orange, including three 3-pointers, one from about 25 feet. It was Boeheim who also hit a 3-pointer from about 30 feet to beat the shot clock in Syracuse’s overtime victory at Virginia a week earlier.

Virginia Tech: Freshman Jalen Cone didn’t appear to have any jitters in his first career start. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the second with 16:32 left in the half, causing Orange coach Jim Boeheim to call a timeout. … The Hokies had just seven turnovers, but two came immediately after they pulled within 55-53 with 8:32 remaining.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: The Orange are again on the road, playing at Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies stay home and welcome North Carolina on Wednesday night.

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Stopping Titans RB Derrick Henry a goal for Chiefs

1 hour 12 min ago
Stopping Titans RB Derrick Henry a goal for ChiefsStopping Titans RB Derrick Henry a goal for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first thing that most NFL defensive coordinators prioritize is stopping the run, even in this modern pass-happy era, because that tends to make the opposing offense one-dimensional and typically leads to overall success.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, stopping the run in their AFC championship game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday isn’t just the first order of business. It’s also the second and third, too.

That’s because the Titans tend to be one-dimensional before they even step on the field.

Buoyed by the record-setting performances of Derrick Henry, the Titans have plowed right through the Patriots and Ravens in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The bruiser of a running back ran for 182 yards in New England and came up five yards short of the 200-yard mark in Tennessee’s 28-12 route of top-seeded Baltimore last weekend.

Meanwhile, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has yet to throw for 100 yards in a playoff game.

“They’ll come in, they’re going to try to run the ball 30, 35 times a game. They’re going to try to get that boy to over 200 yards rushing,” Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark said. “They want to run the ball to the left side of their line, mostly. We know what to expect. We’ve been working for the last week on it. We’re ready.”

But the Patriots and Ravens knew what to expect, too, and they couldn’t figure out a way to stop it.

Rarely in the NFL do teams feature their running back these days, but the Titans are in some ways a throwback to the era of Bronko Nagurski or Jim Brown. And that’s because at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, their star running back runs like them, battering his way for four or five yards when nothing is there, and breaking a 70-yard run when seams do open up.

Coincidentally, Henry’s incredible late-season run began in Week 10 against the Chiefs, when he rumbled for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Titans’ 35-32 victory. Henry went on to average 159.1 yards over his last eight games, leading the Titans to a 7-1 record over that stretch and onto the cusp of a Super Bowl appearance.

“Well, the offensive line does a nice job,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “and he’s got good vision, quick feet, and he’s big and strong. He’s a heck of a player. You had one there before that I thought was good, too, with Eddie (George). Nashville has been blessed with some really good running backs.”

The question remains: How do the Chiefs stop him, or at least minimize his impact?

“I just told them that you just have to go out there and try to hit him,” said Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland, who was a teammate of Henry at Alabama. “He’s a big guy and if you play defense, you’ve got to love to hit. This is my type of game. I think I’m used to hitting him a little bit from my years at Alabama with him, but we just got to go out here and get in the way of him and just hit him and wrap him up.”

Ragland said all the normal requirements of dealing with a big running back apply: Hit him low and take out the legs, rally to him when he gets to the edge and tackle him as a group, and above all, prevent him from finding a crease.

It doesn’t end on defense, either. Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said this week that the Chiefs are putting an emphasis on a quick start that could put Tennessee in an early hole, forcing the Titans to throw more than they want. The Chiefs also want to control the ball, something they often fail to do because of their quick-strike offense and modest run game.

“It is important for us to make sure that we are maximizing the opportunities that are presented to us offensively because yes, Derrick is a force,” Bieniemy said. “Being a former running back and a former running back coach, it goes without saying, I am a fan of the kid. The kid does a hell of a job. Now this weekend, I am not going to be a fan. It is important for us to take care of business on our side of the ball, us to execute with great attention to details.”

The Chiefs have struggled to stop the run for years, a big reason they overhauled their defense in the offseason. The results were slow to come early in the season as the Chiefs learned defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s system, but they have gotten better down the stretch. No team has eclipsed 125 yards rushing against them since Week 10.

Then again, the Chiefs haven’t faced Henry since Week 10, either.

“There are not a lot of guys like that,” Reid said, “but you’re facing him this week. So you get yourself right to play. That’s the process that you go through right now. The most important thing, on both sides of the ball and on special teams, get in and exhaust yourself on our preparation.”

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Spurs' Mills aims to raise awareness of Indigenous cultures

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Spurs' Mills aims to raise awareness of Indigenous culturesSpurs' Mills aims to raise awareness of Indigenous cultures

MIAMI (AP) — Patty Mills stood in the corner of the court, looking at the rest of his San Antonio Spurs wrapping up a recent practice.

Different races, different countries, different cultures were all represented. The significance was not lost on Mills, who has been in San Antonio longer than any player on the roster.

“You see how multicultural it is,” Mills said. “We’re a melting pot organization.”

And now Mills is trying to shine a brighter light on his own culture. Mills — an Australian whose mother is Aboriginal and whose father is from the Torres Strait Islands — and the Spurs are hosting a celebration of Indigenous cultures on Sunday, coinciding with San Antonio’s home game against Miami.

The day will include performances by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation — a Native American group composed of descendants of indigenous people who first settled what would eventually become San Antonio — as well as a giveaway of a bobblehead depicting Mills holding his ancestral flags.

“Coming to San Antonio, being able to share my story, I’ve been accepted as another person who has a different culture to share,” Mills said. “We’ve kind of bonded over that camaraderie, having something in common. That’s why I’ve felt so at home in San Antonio, learning a new culture and sharing my own. I think it works both ways.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he completely supports Mills’ initiative.

“He wasn’t prodded or coaxed or anything like that,” Popovich said. “This is all his desire and what he wanted to be involved in, for sure.”

Mills’ efforts Sunday come at a time when Australia — with help from many around the world — is trying to deal with unprecedented wildfires that have burned more than 40,000 square miles worth of brushland, rainforests and national parks. By one estimate, more than 1 billion wild animals have died in the fires.

“You try to put out the fires, so to speak,” Mills said. “But hopefully this has widened everyone’s perspective on how we can hopefully prevent these things. I think coming together and uniting is the key factor at this point in time. All Australians, Indigenous Australians, I honestly feel it is a sign that we’ve become a little too disconnected with our land.”

Mills would like this event to carry beyond Sunday.

“There are indigenous people throughout the world and hopefully the message can reach those people and make them want to achieve the best, whether that’s basketball or sport or anything else,” he said. “That’s the message. I’m using my story to be able to connect with other people. Even if you’re not Indigenous or native to where you’re from, I hope you can connect with the story.”

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Johnson scores 20, Pitt drills reeling North Carolina 66-52

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Johnson scores 20, Pitt drills reeling North Carolina 66-52Johnson scores 20, Pitt drills reeling North Carolina 66-52

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Xavier Johnson scored 20 points, Ryan Murphy added 13 and Pittsburgh completed a season sweep of North Carolina with a 66-52 victory over the reeling Tar Heels on Saturday.

Pitt (12-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed less than 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead and never let the sloppy Tar Heels (8-9, 1-5) get back in it. The Panthers forced 16 turnovers and held North Carolina to 32% (19 of 60) shooting to take both games against the Tar Heels for the first time since joining the ACC in 2013.

Garrison Brooks led North Carolina with 16 points and 13 rebounds, but the Tar Heels couldn’t overcome a disjointed opening 20 minutes in which they struggled to develop any sort of offensive rhythm. Senior guard Brandon Robinson started and finished with 12 points in 32 minutes a week removed from sustaining minor injuries when the car he was in was struck by a car operated by an impaired driver. North Carolina fell to 2-6 without injured freshman star Cole Anthony, who is nearing the end of his rehab from minor knee surgery in December.

Anthony’s return can’t come fast enough for the Tar Heels, who have dropped four straight and are off to the program’s worst start since the 2001-02 team opened 6-11. Head coach Roy Williams remains tied with Dean Smith with 879 career victories — fourth-most ever by a men’s Division I coach. Yet Williams is still looking for his first win this decade after his team sleep-walked through the opening half and failed to recover in time.

Pitt rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Jan. 8. The Panthers avoided another slow start in the rematch. Murphy hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 21-4 first-half burst. Three Johnson free throws gave Pitt a 29-11 lead before the game was 12 minutes old.

North Carolina failed to respond. One sequence early in the second half symbolized its frustrating afternoon. The 6-foot-9 Brooks found himself in the block matched up against the 6-3 Johnson following a defensive switch. Brooks raised his arms frantically to call for the ball. When it didn’t come, Brooks stomped his feet and turned his back to the play as Robinson tried to drive the lane, only to be called for an offensive foul.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: Having Anthony in the lineup could go a long way to curing the Tar Heels’ offensive troubles, but his presence alone might not be enough to shake North Carolina out of a funk that’s seemingly appeared out of nowhere. The team’s lack of effort early following a week off isn’t exactly a promising sign that the Tar Heels are close to turning it around.

Pitt: The Panthers showed a dash of mental toughness after blowing a potential upset of No. 11 Louisville on Tuesday night, when the Cardinals escaped in overtime after a late offensive meltdown allowed Louisville to rally. Pitt was on the Tar Heels from the opening tip. At one point in the first half North Carolina had twice as many turnovers (8) than field goals (4).

UP NEXT

North Carolina: Travels to Virginia Tech on Wednesday. The Tar Heels were upset by the Hokies in their last trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, in 2018.

Pitt: Hosts Boston College on Wednesday. The Panthers have dropped each of their last two meetings with the Eagles.

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Gio Reyna youngest American to play in Bundesliga at age 17

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Gio Reyna youngest American to play in Bundesliga at age 17Gio Reyna youngest American to play in Bundesliga at age 17

AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Gio Reyna became the youngest American to play in the Bundesliga when he made his league debut for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Aged 17 years, 2 months, 5 days, Reyna came on in the 72nd minute at Augsburg and was booked in the 76th, with his performance impressing Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.

“It was very good that he played here. At 17, it was good,” said Favre, who is the son of former U.S. internationals Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan Reyna.

Dortmund signed the attacking midfielder from New York City FC in July and he went on to score four goals in 11 league games for Dortmund’s under-19 team.

The teenager was named to a Bundesliga matchday squad for the first time in December, when he was an unused substitute in a 5-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Reyna’s debut took second place to Erling Haaland’s first game for the club, as the 19-year-old Norwegian striker scored a second-half hat trick to help Dortmund overturn a two-goal deficit and win 5-3 in Augsburg.

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No. 14 Villanova rallies behind Samuels to beat UConn 61-55

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No. 14 Villanova rallies behind Samuels to beat UConn 61-55No. 14 Villanova rallies behind Samuels to beat UConn 61-55

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jermaine Samuels scored 19 points and made the decisive three-point play that put No. 14 Villanova ahead for good in a 61-55 win over Connecticut on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Samuels converted a three-point play with 2:51 left for a 52-51 lead and then buried a 3 with 31 seconds remaining for a four-point lead that clinched another tight one for the Wildcats (14-3).

The Huskies (10-7) kept it close against their pending Big East rival and attacked the paint with authority to offset a miserable effort from 3-point range (2 of 15). Christian Vital fought through the lane and tossed in a layup that brought the Huskies within two with 24 seconds left. But a full-court press on Villanova came up empty and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl sank two free throws to secure the Wildcats’ 10th win in 11 games.

Collin Gillespie scored 12 points and Villanova made 11 of 23 3-pointers.

Vital led the Huskies with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Gillespie averaged 15.1 points and hit a team-high 38% of his 3s entering the game but was shut down in the first half: he went scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting. Once he started scoring, the Wildcats started rallying. Gillespie hit consecutive 3s and scored 10 straight points to help bring the Wildcats back from six points down to a 43-all tie with 7:43 left.

But Villanova’s leading scorer, Saddiq Bey (15.4 points), went scoreless the rest of the game after scoring nine points in the first 7 minutes.

Bey had the ball knocked loose at midcourt and Vital snagged it for a driving layup and a 37-33 lead. The Huskies scored on 10 straight possessions — all 2-point buckets — until a missed 3 ended the streak, but with a six-point lead.

The Wildcats were 10½-point favorites against DePaul and needed overtime Tuesday at home to survive a serious scare and win by four. The Wildcats were 9½-point favorites against UConn and were tested early until they shook off a rut in the beginning and connected from long range. Bey hit back-to-back 3s to bring the Wildcats within one and Justin Moore sank one for their first lead. Robinson-Earl made one and Bryan Antoine hit his second career 3 to send Villanova into halftime with a 27-21 lead. Six of Villanova’s 10 baskets were 3-pointers and UConn connected on just one.

The 3 ball was the difference in a sluggish half; the teams combined for 14 points over the final 10 minutes in front of a sleepy crowd.

The game wrapped a three-season series that included a game in Connecticut and one at Madison Square Garden. The rivalry will be renewed on a more permanent basis next season when UConn leaves the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the Big East.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies have lost four of five and don’t catch a break with a game against AAC preseason favorite Houston on Tuesday.

Villanova: The Wildcats keep on rolling, but a home game Tuesday against Butler could prove who really is the team to beat in the Big East.

FREE THROWS

UConn didn’t attempt a free throw in the first half and went scoreless overall the final 4:34. The Wildcats made only 1 of 4 free throws in the first half.

UP NEXT

The Huskies play Thursday at Houston.

It should be a fantastic Big East showdown when the Wildcats host No. 5 Butler on Tuesday.

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Penn State upsets No. 20 Ohio State 90-76

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Penn State upsets No. 20 Ohio State 90-76Penn State upsets No. 20 Ohio State 90-76

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and Penn State upset No. 20 Ohio State 90-76 on Saturday.

Myreon Jones scored 20 points, Seth Lundy added 12 and Myles Dread had 10 for the Nittany Lions (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten) who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Duane Washington Jr. had 20 points, Kaleb Wesson scored 19 points and Andre Wesson added 12 for the Buckeyes (12-6, 2-5 Big Ten) who lost for the fifth time in six games.

The Nittany Lions led by 15 at halftime and by as many as 20 with 15:10 to play. They maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

Kaleb Wesson’s 3-pointer pulled the Buckeyes within 12 with 2:39 left, but they wouldn’t get closer.

Ohio State’s lone lead of the afternoon came in the opening minutes before Penn State used an 11-0 run to take control midway through the first half.

Washington broke up the run with a 3-pointer, Ohio State’s first basket in nearly five minutes, before Penn State extended the lead to 14 with a run that included five points from Stevens.

The Buckeyes were able to cut Penn State’s lead to seven with Andre Wesson’s third 3-pointer of the half, but the Nittany Lions used a 14-6 run over the final 3:14 to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have struggled to score during their recent skid. They had been held to fewer than 60 points in each of their last four losses. While they eclipsed the 60-point threshold, they whiffed on easy shots all afternoon, missing 13 layups or dunks.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions did what they do best — played strong defense, forced their opponents into mistakes and capitalized on them. The Big Ten’s leader in steals and turnover margin per game forced 13 giveaways with nine steals, seven blocks and scored 19 points off of turnovers.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts Minnesota on Thursday.

Penn State: Visits No. 19 Michigan on Wednesday.

這篇文章 Penn State upsets No. 20 Ohio State 90-76 最早出現於 The China Post

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up 'royal highness' titles

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Prince Harry, Meghan to give up 'royal highness' titlesPrince Harry, Meghan to give up 'royal highness' titles

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will no longer use the titles “royal highness” or receive public funds under a deal struck Saturday for them to step aside as senior royals.

Buckingham Palace said Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of the royal family when the new arrangements take effect in “spring 2020.” They will be known as Harry, Duke and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

The couple will no longer use the titles His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness, but they are not being stripped of them. Harry will remain a prince and sixth in line to the British throne.

The palace says the couple will repay some 2.4 million pounds ($3.1 million) of taxpayers’ money that was spent renovating their home near Windsor Castle.

In a statement Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II said she was pleased that pleased that “together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.”

The announcement came after days of talks among royal courtiers sparked by Meghan and Harry’s announcement last week that they wanted to step down as senior royals and live part-time in North America.

Buckingham Palace did not disclose who will pay for the couple’s currently taxpayer-funded security. The palace said it did not comment “on the details of security arrangements.

There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security.”

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Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US

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Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the USThousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women’s March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration.

Hundred showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, D.C. for the rallies, which aim to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. Marches were scheduled Saturday in more than 180 cities.

The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies in cities across the country on the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. That year’s D.C. march drew close to 1 million people.

In Manhattan on Saturday, hundreds of people who gathered at separate events in Foley Square and Columbus Circle planned to converge at Times Square as part of a “Rise and Roar” rally.

“Today, we will be the change that is needed in this world! Today, we rise into our power!” activist Donna Hill told a cheering crowd in Foley Square.

In Denver, organizers opted to skip the rally after the march and instead invited participants to meet with local organizations to learn more about issues such as reproductive rights, climate change, gun safety and voting.

Several thousand came out for the protest in Washington, far fewer than last year when about 100,000 people held a rally east of the White House. But as in previous years, many of the protesters made the trip to the nation’s capital from cities across the country to express their opposition to Trump and his policies. From their gathering spot on Freedom Plaza, they had a clear view down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol, where the impeachment trial gets underway in the Senate next week.

In Washington, three key issues seemed to galvanize most of the protesters: climate change, immigration and reproductive rights.

“I teach a lot of immigrant students, and in political times like this I want to make sure I’m using my voice to speak up for them,” said Rochelle McGurn, 30, an elementary school teacher from Burlington, Vermont who was in D.C. to march. “They need to feel like they belong, because they do.”

Peta Madry of New London, Connecticut, was celebrating her 70th birthday in D.C. by attending her fourth Women’s March with her sister, Cynthia Barnard, of San Rafael, California. Both women were wearing handknitted pink hats that date from the first march. With pained expressions, they spoke about Trump’s determination to reverse the policies of his predecessor Barack Obama and his treatment of women.

“Look what he’s doing to Greta Thunberg,” Madry said, referring to the teenage climate activist. “He’s the biggest bully in the world.”

Melissa McCullough of Georgetown, Indiana, said when she recently turned 50 she promised herself that she would get more involved politically. “I’m here to protest Trump, as a woman,” she said.

Her daughter, 19-year-old University of Cincinnati student Elizabeth McCullough, chimed in to say that most women’s issues are human issues, and they talked about the need to protect immigrants.

“You have to push to protect everyone or no one’s safe,” Melissa McCullough said.

The protesters planned to march around the White House, but Trump wasn’t there. He is spending the holiday weekend at his resort in Florida.

Organizers of the Washington march faced criticism from some local African American activists for failing to focus on local issues and damaging the ability of local activists to organize.

“Local D.C. is a domestic colony and the actions of national organizers have to recognize that,” Black Lives Matter D.C. wrote in a letter this week to Women’s March organizers. “Here in D.C., these unstrategic mass mobilizations distract from local organizing, often overlook the black people who actually live here and even result in tougher laws against demonstration being passed locally.”

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Associated Press reporter Michael Hill in New York City contributed to this report.

這篇文章 Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US 最早出現於 The China Post

Court portrait of writer of notorious slave ruling reviewed

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Court portrait of writer of notorious slave ruling reviewedCourt portrait of writer of notorious slave ruling reviewed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In North Carolina’s Supreme Court chamber, above the seat held by the second African American chief justice, hangs a towering painting of a 19th century slave owner and jurist who authored a notorious opinion about the “absolute” rights of slaveholders over the enslaved.

Larger than any other painting in the courtroom, it’s a portrait of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin, who wrote in 1829 that “the power of the master must be absolute, to render the submission of the slave perfect.”

But Ruffin’s place there is now being re-evaluated.

In October 2018, on the same day that a newspaper op-ed urged the removal of Ruffin’s portrait, the state Supreme Court named a commission to review the portraits in the building that houses the court — including Ruffin’s.

Two African American chief justices have sat on the bench beneath Ruffin’s stare: Henry Frye who served as chief justice for about a year from 1999 to 2000 after 16 years as an associate justice; and Cheri Beasley, who was an associate justice for about seven years before she was appointed as chief justice in 2019.

Even as Beasley listened to arguments in August about a repealed law on race and capital punishment — the Racial Justice Act — Ruffin’s image loomed over the courtroom.

Ruffin’s cruelty was extraordinary even for the antebellum era, the October 2018 op-ed column in The News & Observer of Raleigh asserted. He caned a slave named Bridget for giving him an insolent look and then apologized — not to Bridget, but to Bridget’s master for damaging his property, the column’s two authors wrote.

“We needn’t worry about judging with hindsight: Ruffin behaved viciously even within his context,” wrote Eric Muller, a law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Sally Greene, an Orange County commissioner who had written previously about Ruffin. “He went out of his way not just to inflict hardship on enslaved people who happened to cross his path, but also to endow cruelty with the force of law.”

The state has more appropriate options than a portrait of Ruffin to hang in such a prominent location, said Frye, 87, who still recalls trying to register to vote on his wedding day in 1956 and being told he had failed the Jim Crow literacy test.

Although Ruffin also penned some much-admired decisions on commercial law, he’s best remembered as the author of one of the most infamous rulings on the rights of slave owners, Frye said.

“It isn’t the kind of thing we would want to put where everybody has to look at it when they go to the Supreme Court,” Frye said in a phone interview. “I think we could find somebody else that would be better.”

Beasley declined to say whether she thinks the Ruffin portrait should be removed. “I am delighted that the Supreme Court of today is not the like the Supreme Court of 200 years ago,” she said in a telephone interview. “I am certain that Chief Justice Ruffin could never imagine the Supreme Court would be configured as it is today. And he would never imagine it could be led by an African American woman.”

Ruffin, who served on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1829 to 1852, overturned the conviction of slave owner John Mann for shooting a slave named Lydia in the back in Chowan County. A jury had convicted Mann of assault for shooting Lydia, who fled after refusing his orders.

In ruling for Mann, Ruffin wrote that a slave’s obedience “is the consequence only of uncontrolled authority over the body.” A slave owner’s power over the slave, he concluded is absolute.

By the time Ruffin issued his decision, North Americans had engaged in human trafficking for more than 200 years, starting with the first slave ship sailing to what would become the United States. That ship brought about 20 slaves to the British colony at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.

Over the next two centuries, more than 300,000 men, women and children were forcibly brought to what is now the U.S. from Africa, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

Until the past few years, Ruffin’s reputation remained mostly positive. In 1936, the dean of the Harvard Law School, Roscoe Pound, listed Ruffin as one of the top 10 American judges. His decisions in commercial law, especially railroads, were an essential part of North Carolina’s economic development.

In addition to the portrait, a statue of Ruffin stands in the former Supreme Court building that now houses the state Court of Appeals.

The commission on the court’s paintings was originally told to report by Dec. 31, 2019, but that was later changed to the end of 2020.

In the meantime, the review has expanded to evaluate all the court’s artwork, about 130 pieces in all, said Sharon Gladwell, spokeswoman for the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

The commission’s criteria for keeping artwork — and whether it even intends to banish any — aren’t known. But the members will find images of more justices who at least owned slaves, such as Thomas Settle Jr., an associate justice from 1872 to 1876. Settle owned 29 slaves in 1860 but also supported early adoption of the 14th amendment, according to the state online l ibrary.

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這篇文章 Court portrait of writer of notorious slave ruling reviewed 最早出現於 The China Post

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