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Winless UCLA football dealing with quarterback depth issues after transfer

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LOS ANGELES — UCLA returned to practice on Sunday following its bye week but coach Chip Kelly though still faces questions about his quarterbacks.

The Bruins (0-3) are lacking depth and experience at their most important position after Devon Modster announced on Twitter on Friday that he is leaving the program. Kelly said Sunday the sophomore intends to transfer to a junior college so he can be immediately eligible at a Football Bowl Subdivision program next season.

“He was in a good battle during the preseason but he feels like he wants to play now,” Kelly said.

Modster appeared in six games last year and made two starts due to an injury to Josh Rosen. He threw for four touchdowns last season and had a career-best 295 yards in the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State. UCLA, which is on the quarters system, begins classes this week.

Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson has played in all three games and started the past two after a back injury sidelined graduate transfer Wilton Speight. Michael Robinson, who is Thompson-Robinson’s father, took to Twitter after a 38-14 loss to Fresno State to criticize Kelly’s play calling and handling of the team.

Kelly took the comments in stride, saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion and that more criticism comes with losing. Thompson-Robinson has completed 55.7 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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With Modster’s transfer, who will back up Thompson-Robinson is a concern. Speight could return for Friday’s game at Colorado but has battled back injuries the past two seasons.

Of the other three quarterbacks on the roster, only sophomore Matt Lynch has any collegiate experience. The other quarterbacks on the roster are freshmen Austin Burton and Josiah Norwood.

“We’re treating Modster’s departure like a guy has an injury. That means there is just one less guy at the position,” Kelly said.

UCLA is trying to avoid its first 0-4 start since 1971, when they went 2-7-1.

Broncos’ up-down drill: Best and worst against the Baltimore Ravens

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BALTIMORE — The Broncos fell to the Ravens, 27-14, on Sunday. Here are the game’s best and worst:

UP: Special teams blocks. The Broncos batted the football down twice. Linebacker Joe Jones blocked the Ravens’ first punt attempt deep in their own territory and Denver scored one play after recovering the football. Safety Justin Simmons joined the party in the second quarter with a field goal block when he came clean up the middle.

DOWN: Vance Joseph challenges. The Broncos’ coach threw his red flag after an 8-yard Michael Crabtree reception that gave Baltimore second-and-short at the Denver 32 in the first half. Review showed Crabtree maintained possession with a knee and elbow in bounds and the call was upheld. Joseph later attempted a second challenge on the spot of a goal-line Ravens’ rush before officials notified Joseph the play in question could not be challenged.

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UP: Josey Jewell. The Broncos’ fourth-round rookie made his first NFL start at inside linebacker. Jewell finished with six tackles (third-most among all Broncos defenders).

DOWN: Phillip Lindsay‘s emotions.  Denver’s breakout rookie running was ejected late in the second quarter after being flagged for allegedly throwing a punch (unsportsmanlike conduct) in a scrum following a sack of quarterback Case Keenum. Lindsay isn’t afraid of anyone. He’s still got to keep his head cool when thrown into the fire, however.

UP: Bradley Chubb. Denver’s No. 5 overall pick recorded his first full NFL sack on the Ravens’ second play from scrimmage. Chubb finished with two tackles.

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Penalties cave in Denver Broncos during loss at Baltimore Ravens

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BALTIMORE — Buried by 13 penalties and nine consecutive scoreless possessions, the Broncos sustained their first loss Sunday,  27-14 to Baltimore at rainy M&T Bank Stadium.

Von Miller, Garett Bolles and Connor McGovern all had two penalties, Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing punches and Ron Leary’s post-whistle penalty pushed the Broncos out of field goal range.

The Broncos (2-1) return home to face Kansas City (3-0) a week from Monday night.

The Broncos finished with 120 yards in penalties.

The Broncos’ offense failed to score after Emmanuel Sanders’ 35-yard touchdown run … with 7:02 left in the first quarter.

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Broncos quarterback Case Keenum was 22-of-34 passing for 192 yards and an interception, which came in the red zone midway through the fourth quarter. Baltimore outgained the Broncos 344-293.

Leading 20-14 at halftime, the Ravens extended the lead with a 14-play, 77-yard march on its first possession in the third quarter. Third down was kind to Baltimore. Derek Wolfe’s off-sides penalty converted a third-and-4. Five plays later, Joe Flacco threw seven yards to receiver Willie Snead on third-and-6. Three plays later, on third-and-8, Flacco threw 29 yards to tight end Mark Andrews down the middle. Running back Buck Allen capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

In need of an answer, penalties derailed the Broncos. Bolles’ holding call negated a 39-yard Demaryius Thomas catch. A hold on McGovern pushed the Broncos back to the 41. And after a failed third down from the Ravens’ 27, Leary’s personal foul (post-whistle) moved the Broncos out of field goal range.

Penalties impacted the next Broncos drive, which lasted 10 plays until Keenum’s interception. The Broncos reached the Ravens’ 5-yard line, but Bolles’ second holding penalty pushed them back 10 yards. Keen was picked off by linebacker Patrick Onwuasor on the next play.

The Broncos’ final chance came with three minutes remaining. They failed to get a yard on second-and-1 and third-and-1 from the Ravens’ 6. Before the fourth down play, they were called for 12 men in the huddle (five-yard penalty). Keenum threw incomplete on fourth down. The Ravens then ran out the clock.

The Broncos started quickly thanks to their special teams. Joseph Jones blocked punter Sam Koch’s attempt. On the next play, Royce Freeman scored untouched on a seven-yard touchdown run. Less than two minutes into the game the Broncos led 7-0.

The Ravens answered with a 37-yard kickoff return and then a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom, who wasn’t even in the game.

Baltimore tied the game on Alex Collins’ six-yard touchdown run. The key play was Flacco’s 30-yard pass over the middle to Andrews.

The Broncos re-took the lead on their next possession. Courtland Sutton’s 16-yard catch converted a third-and-14 and Devontae Booker’s seven-yard catch converted a third-and-6. The drive was capped by Emmanuel Sanders’ 35-yard touchdown on an end-around. It was Sanders’ first career touchdown rush and his longest career carry.

The Ravens scored the final 16 points of the first half on Justin Tucker’s 52-yard field goal, Allen’s 12-yard touchdown catch and Tucker’s 52-yard field goal (as the first half expired).

The Broncos finished the first half with five consecutive punts.

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Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen remains out with minor injury

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Avalanche right winger Mikko Rantanen skipped another practice Sunday with what the team said is a minor leg injury. Rantanen was injured in Thursday’s practice and did not practice Friday or play in Saturday’s 7-0 preseason loss at Minnesota.

Avs coach Jared Bednar said Rantanen also won’t play Monday in the team’s third preseason game in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights, but not because of his injury. Rantanen and his linemates — center Nathan MacKinnon and left winger Gabe Landeskog — weren’t scheduled to make the trip.

Rookie right winger Logan O’Connor skated with MacKinnon and Landeskog on Sunday. O’Connor — who was originally pegged to captain the University of Denver as a senior this season — is not a candidate to play on the top line or even make the opening-night roster. But the elite skater has the wheels to keep up with MacKinnon and Landeskog.

“He looks comfortable out there,” Bednar said of O’Connor, 22. “I just want someone that’s going to stay with that pace.”

Status quo. Bednar said the Avs will continue to carry 44 players and not make cuts or reassignments until after Wednesday’s fourth preseason game against visiting Dallas and new coach Jim Montgomery, the former DU bench boss.

The Avs, who were primarily made up of minor-league or major-junior players in Saturday’s blowout loss, have 23 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goalies. They must get down to 23 players in the days leading into the Oct. 4 season opener against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center.

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Bednar also plans on going with another young and inexperienced lineup Monday at Vegas, with slight changes. Second-year center J.T. Compher and wingers Matt Calvert and O’Connor will play in their second game after being scratched Saturday. The line of second-year forwards Tyson Jost and Alex Kerfoot and 18-year-old rookie Martin Kaut — Colorado’s 2018 first-round draft pick — will play in consecutive games.

Comfort zone. Bednar was critical of rookie forward Vladislav Kamenev last week but was impressed with the 22-year-old Russian since — particularly in Saturday’s loss. Kamenev logged 17:33 minutes and produced two shots.

“I liked his last practice and then last night. It looks like he’s feeling a little bit more comfortable,” Bednar said of the Kamenev, who was acquired from Nashville early last season in the three-team Matt Duchene trade. “We’re trying to keep pushing him out of his comfort zone so he can get more aggressive, a little more sandpaper to his game.”

 

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Tiger Woods on the verge of capping comeback with a Tour Championship win

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ATLANTA — Tiger Woods has gone from not knowing if he would ever play golf again to the verge of winning.

Woods started out with a three-shot lead Sunday in the Tour Championship, and it took only four holes for him to stretch the lead to five over Justin Rose. The gallery at East Lake was enormous in anticipation of Woods winning for the first time in more than five years.

It would be his 80th title on the PGA Tour and hold a special place as his first trophy after four back surgeries.

Woods opened with a birdie, while Rory McIlroy made bogey from the bunker on the fourth hole. Also trying to chase Woods was Rose, who was poised to win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.

Two wind energy projects proposed in south-central Wyoming

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RIVERTON, Wyo. — Two large wind energy projects that would generate a combined 780 megawatts of electricity are being proposed in south-central Wyoming.

The Rawlins Times reports the projects were presented to the Carbon County Commission this week by a representative of Intermountain Wind LLC. The Boulder-based firm is a consultant for BluEarth Renewables of Calgary, Canada.

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Intermountain Wind president Paul Martin says commercial operation is tentatively scheduled for 2020 for the 280-megawatt Two Rivers wind project.

Martin says operation of the 500-megawatt Lucky Star project is slated for 2022. Further environmental reviews are planned.

Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay ejected from Ravens game for throwing punch

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.@Broncos Phillip Lindsay was ejected for throwing several punches in the pile. #DENvsBLT pic.twitter.com/XLx1BM7zci

— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) September 23, 2018

BALTIMORE — Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday’s game here for throwing a punch in a scrum at the bottom of the pile.

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RTD seeks to slash service on Longmont-Denver bus route

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Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-CallAn RTD bus going to Denver’s Union Station stops at the Eighth Avenue and Coffman Street bus stop to pick up riders in October 2016.

The Regional Transportation District will hold meetings in Longmont and Lafayette over the next two weeks to gather feedback about proposed cuts to the LD bus routes that runs from Longmont to downtown Denver.

RTD officials say the grant-funded routes have low ridership and must be cut as RTD struggles amid driver shortages. Boulder County officials say that the route is an important way for residents to get back and forth to Denver and forcing people to transfer buses halfway through will hurt ridership even more.

Currently, the LD1 and LD2 buses carry riders from local stops along Main Street in Longmont, southward on Highway 287 to stops at the Lafayette Park and Ride and others along the way to the intersection with U.S. 36. The bus stops at the U.S. 36 stops. then heads southeast to meet up with Interstate 25 south to Denver Union Station. There is limited Saturday service and no Sunday service.

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A separate LX bus carries Longmont riders from Longmont, south on I-25 to Union Station. The LX route only operates on weekdays and is geared toward work commuters. all southbound routes leave Longmont for Denver before 8 a.m. and most of the northbound routes leave Union Station between 4 and 6 p.m.

Under the proposed plan, Longmont riders who use the mid-day and evening all-stop LD service will need to make a transfer along U.S. 36. Riders who are riding only between Longmont and Broomfield will see an increase in bus service and LX riders won’t be affected.

Read the full story on timescall.com.

Larimer County considers adding fee for Devil’s Backbone

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Jenny Sparks, Loveland Reporter-HeraldDebbie Bendell of Loveland walks her dogs, Ed, center, and Jennie, along a trail Friday at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space in Loveland. Larimer County officials are considering charging a fee to access the open space area, starting in 2019.

Larimer County is considering charging a fee to access the Devil’s Backbone, which since it opened 18 years ago, has always been free.

The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources has begun the process of proposing a fee increase for its parks and open spaces as well as adding a fee for the Devil’s Backbone west of Loveland.

If ultimately approved by the Larimer County Commissioners, the increased daily fee per carload of $9 would apply to all county parks and several open spaces, including the backbone starting in 2019. The county would still offer an annual pass good at all parks and open spaces, too.

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Gary Buffington, director of the natural resources department, said the fee increase would be the first for open spaces in 15 years and the first for parks in eight years, designed to help cover the cost of maintaining the properties and providing excellent experiences.

As it stands now, it is $7 per vehicle per day for all county parks and $6 per vehicle per day for the three open spaces at which a fee is charged. If the increase is improved, they would all be $9.

Read the full story on reporterherald.com.

AP college football poll: Undefeated Colorado Buffaloes climb to No. 26

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After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover on Sunday. Five teams entered the Top 25, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007.

At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. LSU moved up to No. 5, swapping places with Oklahoma after the Sooners needed overtime to get by Army. Alabama received a season-high 60 first-place votes . Clemson had one.

Kentucky is unbeaten and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wildcats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Kentucky reached No. 8 under coach Rich Brooks that season and upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU, but finished unranked.

POLL POINTS

The Atlantic Coast Conference has three ranked teams in the Top 25 for the third time in four regular-season polls. No. 3 Clemson has played mostly as advertised and No. 16 Miami is slowly creeping back up the rankings after a lopsided opening loss to LSU sent the Hurricanes tumbling out of the top 10.

Florida State lasted one week in the rankings and now Virginia Tech is out after maybe the most stunning result of the season so far. The Hokies lost 49-35 at previously winless Old Dominion. Boston College seemed to be emerging as a possible dark horse, but the Eagles also lasted only week. BC lost 30-13 at Purdue on Saturday after being No. 23 last week.

Unbeaten Duke entered the rankings at No. 22 this week to keep the ACC from becoming the first Power Five conference to have a week this season with only two ranked teams.

Two seasons removed from Clemson winning a national title, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy — with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson as runner-up — and the ACC finishing with a 9-3 record in bowl games, the conference could use a team or two to separate from the mediocrity. North Carolina State (3-0) and Syracuse (4-0) are the only other unbeaten teams in the ACC, along with Clemson.

UP AND DOWN

No. 14 Michigan is back where it started the season, moving up five spots this week. Miami also jumped five places, but that movement had as much to do with the teams around the Wolverines and Hurricanes losing. The seven ranked teams that lost Saturday were positioned between No. 13 and No. 23 in the rankings.

Among the losers, No. 23 Mississippi State, pounded by Kentucky, and No. 19 Oregon, which let a victory slip away against No. 7 Stanford, managed to remain ranked. The Bulldogs dropped nine spots. The Ducks moved up one.

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Joining Kentucky and Duke, ranked for the first time since October 2015, were two newcomers to this season’s rankings and one returner.

— No. 18 Texas, which started the season ranked No. 23 but lost its opener to Maryland, has its first three-game winning streak in four years.

— No. 24 California slipped into the rankings for the first time since October 2015 during an off week. The Bears have wins against BYU and North Carolina.

— No. 25 Texas Tech is in after a convincing victory at Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders were ranked briefly last season.

OUT

Exiting the rankings along with Virginia Tech and Boston College were two Big 12 teams and one from the SEC.

— Oklahoma State, a week after impressing at home, is out.

— TCU followed up its loss to Ohio State by falling at Texas.

— No. 22 Texas A&M played Alabama closer than any team so far this season, but it was not good enough to stay ranked.

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC — 6 teams (Nos. 1, 2, 5, 10, 17, 23).

Big Ten — 5 (Nos. 4, 9, 14, 15, 21).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 6, 12, 18, 25).

Pac-12 — 4 (Nos. 7, 11, 19, 24).

ACC — 3 (Nos. 3, 16, 22).

Independent — 2 (Nos. 8, 20).

American — 1 (13).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State. The two highest scoring teams in the country.

No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame. First top-10 matchup between Cardinal and Fighting Irish.

No. 20 BYU at No. 11 Washington. The Cougars try to knock off another highly ranked UW on the road after getting Wisconsin.

No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech. No. 3 in passing yards per game (WVU) against No. 1 (Tech).

No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 Cal. Last time the Ducks and Bears played with both ranked was 2007.

The AP Top 25 poll

The AP Top 25 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football’s best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams’ point totals from highest to lowest.

Team Record Points Pvs 1. Alabama (60) 4-0 1,523 1 2. Georgia 4-0 1,422 2 3. Clemson (1) 4-0 1,409 3 4. Ohio State 4-0 1,363 4 5. LSU 4-0 1,238 6 6. Oklahoma 4-0 1,201 5 7. Stanford 4-0 1,143 7 8. Notre Dame 4-0 1,067 8 9. Penn State 4-0 1,001 10 10. Auburn 3-1 987 9 11. Washington 3-1 946 10 12. West Virginia 3-0 923 12 13. UCF 3-0 727 16 14. Michigan 3-1 698 19 15. Wisconsin 3-1 662 18 16. Miami (Fla.) 3-1 571 21 17. Kentucky 4-0 541 – 18. Texas 3-1 308 – 19. Oregon 3-1 297 20 20. Brigham Young 3-1 270 25 21. Michigan State 2-1 256 24 22. Duke 4-0 244 – 23. Mississippi State 3-1 241 14 24. California 3-0 118 – 25. Texas Tech 3-1 106 – Dropped out of poll: Virginia Tech (13), Oklahoma State (15), TCU (17), Texas A&M (22), Boston College (23). Others receiving votes: Colorado 83, Boise St. 58, Virginia Tech 55, South Florida 50, Oklahoma St. 44, Texas A&M 41, Iowa 31, South Carolina 31, Florida 29, NC State 28, Syracuse 25, TCU 24, North Texas 10, Cincinnati 10, Utah 9, Mississippi 7, Missouri 7, Buffalo 6, Maryland 6, San Diego St. 5, Arizona St. 4.

1998 women’s Olympic hockey team reunites on the ice in Aspen

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Austin Colbert, The Aspen TimesStirling Cup hockey game on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at Lewis Ice Arena.

Reality hits hard sometimes, and AJ Mleczko could feel it all too well on Saturday when she joined a handful of former Olympic teammates in the 18th annual Stirling Cup all-star game at Lewis Ice Arena in Aspen.

“Any time I have a chance to get together with my teammates and relive some of the best times of my life, I’ll take it,” she said before the game. “I feel it hasn’t been that long. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years. I played in Salt Lake so it’s been 16 years since I played in the Olympics, but physically it sure feels that long.”

Mleczko was part of the 1998 U.S. women’s hockey team that won gold. It was a milestone moment for women’s hockey worldwide, as it was the first time it had been included in the Olympics. About half of that team took part in Saturday’s game, which is a fundraiser for Aspen Junior Hockey.

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On the other side of the ice was the University of Colorado women’s hockey team, which included senior Renee Dreher, an Aspen native who grew up playing with AJH. The Stirling Cup all-star game is typically a matchup of National Hockey League alumni, so getting the chance to compete in the event herself was a bit of a dream come true for Dreher.

“It was definitely a bit overwhelming. We didn’t really know what to expect coming out,” Dreher said after the first period of Saturday’s game. “It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to play on home ice and obviously the opportunity to play against these women is incredible. They obviously still have a lot of talent. It’s a lot of fun.”

Read the full story on aspentimes.com.

Dozens rally for Trump in Longmont

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Lewis Geyer, Daily CameraFormer Boulder County commissioner Paul Danish participates on Saturday in the “I Stand With Trump! – Make America Great Again -Get out the Vote” rally at the intersection of Nelson Road and Hover Street Sept. 22.

A pro-Trump rally went on without incident Saturday afternoon in Longmont. Demonstrators gathered under clear blue skies, hoisting signs and waving at passersby in the hopes of rallying support for the president and his allies ahead of the November mid-term elections.

At its peak, roughly 45 people were spread across all four corners of the Nelson/Hover intersection, including a half-dozen employees of Noble Energy, demonstrating their opposition to Proposition 112, the statewide ballot measure that would impose a 2,500-foot setback on oil and gas wells.

The crowd was stumping for a handful of Republicans in various Colorado races, including Gary Cooper for Boulder County Commissioner; Peter Yu for U.S. House of Representatives, District 2; and Walker Stapleton for governor. Signs for the candidates were interspersed among numerous American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, Trump banners, as well as one life-size cutout of the man himself.

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Colorado Women for Trump and MAGA Trump-Colorado organized the event, along with a simultaneous one in Colorado Springs. A similar event in Loveland in July drew about 350 demonstrators.

Attendees in Longmont were warned to expect “counter-protesters or hecklers,” according to a release from the Boulder County Republicans — and to greet them with “a wave and a smile … very effective weapons against those fueled by hate and ignorance” — but none materialized.

Read the full story on dailycamera.com.

Kavanaugh, accuser tentatively agree to hearing Thursday

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(Bloomberg) — Christine Blasey Ford will testify in an open hearing on Thursday at 10 a.m. about what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a party decades ago, her lawyers said on Sunday.

“Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her,” the California professor’s lawyers said in a statement following a call with staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sunday’s call was bipartisan and lasted about an hour, said a person familiar with the conversation who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. Some details are still being ironed out, including how long senators will have to ask questions. Ford will have dedicated security at the hearing, the person said.

The deal sets up a final showdown in the bitter fight over President Donald Trump’s second high court pick. The White House in a statement on Saturday continued its support for Kavanaugh, saying he’s “eager to testify publicly to defend his integrity and clear his good name.”

Casting Doubt

Republican lawmakers and the White House this weekend have cast doubt on Ford’s allegations, citing others she said also were at the party in question saying they have no recollection of it.Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday” said he wouldn’t vote against Kavanaugh without additional evidence.“Unless there’s something more, no, I’m not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this,” he said.

Graham said there’s no way Kavanaugh could be prosecuted based on the evidence presented so far. “You couldn’t get a warrant because the three people named by Dr. Ford as having been at the party outside of Kavanaugh all say they don’t know what she’s talking about,” he said.

In a later statement, the White House addressed the specifics of Ford’s case: it said the four other people Ford claimed were at the party where the incident allegedly occurred all denied “any knowledge of the incident or having attended such a party.”

Fourth Denial

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According to the White House, a fourth denial was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday by Leland Keyser, whose lawyer said in a statement she “does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present with, or without, Dr. Ford.” The Washington Post reported late Saturday that Keyser said in an interview that she was close friends with Ford and believed Ford’s allegation.

Debra Katz, one of Ford’s attorneys, noted that her client has said she didn’t share her story with anyone for years.

“It’s not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it,” Katz said. “It’s also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of consequence happened to her. Dr. Ford, of course, will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there.”

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, also a Judiciary Committee member, questioned why Ford would have come forward if the allegation wasn’t true.

Nothing to Gain

“It really speaks to her credibility at this moment. What in the hell did she have to gain by doing this?” Durbin said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “These are serious allegations that need to be investigated.”

A public hearing would be a high-stakes confrontation echoing the 1991 event when Anita Hill accused now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her when he was her supervisor at two federal agencies. Thomas was confirmed after a hearing that infuriated many women who believed the all-male committee mistreated Hill.

“Dr. Ford will tell her story in the face of an impossible choice and vile bullying by Republican leadership,” said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a Judiciary Committee member. “I will support her steadfast bravery.”

Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party during the early 1980s, when both were high school students in suburban Washington D.C. Kavanaugh strongly denies the claim.

“Fundamentally Inconsistent”

In a Saturday email, attorneys Katz and Lisa Banks said many aspects of the proposal made by the Senate panel “are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee’s promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process.”

After several days of restraint by the president, Trump attacked Ford’s credibility on Twitter Friday, saying she should have filed charges decades ago if the alleged attack was “as bad as she says.”

The president’s comments infuriated Democrats, dismayed many Republicans and risked further alienating women voters ahead of the Nov. 6 mid-term elections, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and perhaps the Senate. On Twitter, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport trended among women — and men — who explained why they didn’t report instances of assault from years or decades ago.

Senate Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky expressed confidence to a gathering of conservatives in Washington that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

“Keep the Faith”

“In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court,” McConnell said at the Values Voter Summit Friday. “Keep the faith, don’t get rattled by any of this.”

Trump’s tweet on Friday said: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, has said she didn’t tell anyone about the alleged attack at the time, in part because she didn’t want to tell her parents about underage drinking at a party where she said it occurred.

House Party

Ford says that Kavanaugh was drunk at a house party in about 1982, and that he pulled her into a bedroom then pinned her down on a bed, tried to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming. She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a “rape attempt.”

In a letter Thursday to Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh wrote, “Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it. I remain committed to defending my integrity.”

Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford’s allegation came to light on Sept. 13, when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told the FBI about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee. Ford revealed her identity and details of the claim days later in an interview with the Washington Post.

Grassley and other Republican leaders were gearing up to muscle Kavanaugh’s confirmation through without testimony from the accuser, until her lawyers on Thursday began negotiations for the hearing.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation appears to turn mostly on the support or opposition of three Republican senators: Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is on the Judiciary panel that Republicans control 11-10; Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

“Congress failed the test in 1991 with Anita Hill,” Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington state, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “How the Senate handles this, and the Senate Republicans handle this, will be a test of this time — of 2018.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Laura Litvan in Washington at llitvan@bloomberg.net;Arit John in Washington at ajohn34@bloomberg.net;Steven T. Dennis in Washington at sdennis17@bloomberg.net;Ben Brody in Washington at btenerellabr@bloomberg.net

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WATCH: Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders’ first career NFL touchdown run

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First rushing touchdown of @ESanders_10's career.

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Health officials issue wildfire smoke advisory in Colorado

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DENVER — Health officials are warning central Colorado residents downwind of a wildfire to consider remaining indoors due to smoke that’s expected to blanket the area.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Sunday’s advisory for residents of western Grand County would remain in effect through Monday morning.

The worst impacts were expected for low-lying rural areas north of Kremmling, downwind of a fire that’s burned more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers)

Health officials say children, the elderly and people with heart disease or respiratory illnesses are most at risk.

Relocating is recommended for people who become ill due to smoke that gets indoors.

Littleton police ask for help in locating missing teen who has brain injury

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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old boy who walked away from his home Saturday afternoon and hasn’t been seen since.

Govaine Stein-Sanchez left his house about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The teen has a brain injury and gets lost easily, according to a news release from Littleton police. He recently moved to Littleton and does not know the area well.

No foul play is suspected in his disappearance.

Stein-Sanchez is Latino with black hair and brown eyes and has the word “KING” tattooed on his forearm. He is 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing jean shorts and a white t-shirt with red and black lettering.

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The teen was last seen walking north in the 5800 block of South Lowell Boulevard, police sai,

Anybody with information about Stein-Sanchez is asked to call the Littleton Police Department at 303-795-1551.

“We want Wilder”: Team Anthony Joshua eager to fix boxing unification fight

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LONDON — No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing’s most glamorous division.

An eagerly anticipated fight on Dec. 1 will go a long way to clearing that up.

Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, is scheduled to take on Tyson Fury, the former champion before drug and health issues got in the way, somewhere in Las Vegas. It’s a fight between two unbeaten heavyweights who represent the biggest threat to Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO belt-holder, and could provide his next opponent.

Joshua, now with a 22-0 record after toughing out a victory over Alexander Povetkin in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, said he isn’t bothered who wins out of Wilder and Fury. In fact, he even suggested he won’t even watch it.

His promoter has other ideas, however.

“We want Wilder,” Eddie Hearn said.

For Hearn, Wilder vs. Joshua — pitting the two biggest punchers in boxing together — would be one of the biggest fights in boxing history and would be must-see viewing, stylistically. There’s also the issue of unifying the belts while the opportunity is there.

“We want to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Hearn said, looking across to Joshua.

Hearn also sees Fury, a loudmouth out of the ring and a pragmatic boxer in it, as something of a turn-off.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful here, but Tyson Fury is the most unentertaining fighter I’ve ever seen,” Hearn said, dismissively. “He’s never been in a good fight in his whole career. Deontay Wilder against Joshua is the biggest fight in world boxing and it’s the most exciting matchup you can make.”

The Wilder and Joshua camps negotiated last year for a fight — there was talk of $50 million on the table — but couldn’t find a middle ground. Hearn is eager to resume talks and agree to a deal in the coming weeks that can be rubber-stamped as soon as Wilder beats Fury. He said $50m would be “peanuts” compared to what could be offer next year.

“I don’t want to wait until December for him to finish his fight, get some rest and then start negotiating,” said Joshua, who is contractually obliged to return to Wembley on April 13 for his next fight. “I start training for a fight again early January. I want to get my fight fixed as soon as possible this side of the year, so I know what I’m doing next year.”

Aside from what will undoubtedly by tough negotiations with Wilder’s people, another possible barrier for Hearn will be if Fury wins on Dec. 1. That would make a rematch likely, and also make Wilder a less-appealing prospect.

Joshua would then have to turn to someone like fellow Briton Dillian Whyte for his April 13 fight.

So, it’s a case of wait and see for Joshua, who has a seven-month break before getting back in the ring. He’ll do so with more experience in the bank after a difficult fight against Povetkin that started with the Briton getting a busted nose in the first round and ended with a devastating flurry of punches that sent the 39-year-old Russian nearly stumbling through the ropes.

In his last two fights, Joshua has beaten the previously undefeated Joseph Parker convincingly on points and then inflicted only Povetkin’s second career loss. They were both ranked as the No. 3 heavyweight in the world when they took on Joshua, who realistically only has two credible rivals currently in the division.

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Fury has returned after a 2 ½-year absence with two almost farcically easy fights, which gave him some much-needed time in the ring but barely proved a thing.

Fury vs. Joshua — the bad boy against the poster boy — would get Britons excited but Wilder vs. Joshua really gets the pulses racing.

“No problem, I fight whoever,” Joshua said. “I’ll always knock them down, one by one.”

 

Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns signs big extension, while Jimmy Butler gets an excused absence

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have generated more news this week than many NBA teams do in an entire season.

Saturday night provided two more morsels, one bad — that Jimmy Butler has been excused from the team’s media day Monday — and one good — that Karl-Anthony Towns had agreed to a five-year max contract extension.

The Towns news will undoubtedly be thankfully received by a Minnesota fan base desperate for some kind of positive news after several days of stories surrounding Butler’s desire to leave the team. A max contract has been on the table for Towns to accept for months, only for him to delay signing the deal.

That’s now in the past, with Towns agreeing to the deal, which could grow to as much as $190 million over the next five years if Towns reaches certain thresholds during this upcoming season.

That Minnesota got the deal signed without giving Towns a player option on the fifth year also has to be seen as a significant victory for the front office, led by Coach and President of Basketball Operations Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Scott Layden. No matter what happens with Butler, Minnesota will have one of the league’s top young talents under contract for the foreseeable future.

It appears the same can’t be said about Butler, at least in Minnesota. In fact, while Towns signing on to stay with the Timberwolves is a positive development, it should only accelerate trade talks involving Butler with other teams. Given the amount of tension among the team’s three core players — Butler, Towns and Andrew Wiggins — it isn’t a coincidence that with reports accelerating that owner Glen Taylor is pushing Minnesota’s front office to quickly move on from Butler, Towns agreed to sign his deal precisely when he did.

The question now is how long it takes Minnesota to move on from Butler. Thibodeau, a relentless competitor, would rather hang onto Butler. But Taylor, who has previously overseen the trades of star forwards Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, wants to make sure Minnesota gets something back for Butler instead of letting him walk for nothing next summer.

He also seems to want to avoid an awkward situation stemming from Butler showing up Monday. It was a bad sign when this week’s meeting between Butler and Thibodeau was moved from Minneapolis Monday to Los Angeles Tuesday. That was proved correct when Butler’s trade request became public.

Butler has given Minnesota three teams to which he’s interested in being dealt — the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. All three of those teams have the cap space to sign Butler next summer, though, which will make it more difficult for Minnesota to get proper value back in a deal for the four-time all-star.

The Knicks have maintained both publicly and privately that they will remain patient in their pursuit of stars — a change from experience — and will not trade first-round picks. The Nets seem unlikely to move on from any picks, as well, after their recent emergence from the hole created by trading the rights to five straight first-round picks in multiple deals earlier this decade.

The Clippers have expressed interest in Butler, but have no interest in parting with prized rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. What Los Angeles does have, however, is a bunch of solid NBA players on good or expiring contracts that it could throw together in a deal.

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Expect plenty of other teams to inquire about Butler, too. It would come as no surprise if this process plays out in a similar fashion to how the Kawhi Leonard saga ended, with Butler going to a team not on his list of preferred destinations.

Further complicating matters is the fact that Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons — including 23 last season, many of which came after a knee injury, and subsequent surgery. Coupled with him having played heavy minutes for the past several years — mostly under Thibodeau — and approaching 30, there’s an argument to be made against giving Butler a five-year max in the neighborhood of $200 million.

The argument in favor, of course, is that Butler is a very good player when he’s on the court, one of the best two-way wings in a league where good play at that position is at a premium. His arrival turned the Timberwolves from a 30-win team to a 48-win team last year, a win total that would’ve been significantly higher had Butler remained healthy.

As of now, it seems only a matter of when — not if — Butler is moved. Until he is, the Timberwolves will continue to be a nonstop news machine.