Shannon Ryan: The Big Ten kicked off its long-awaited football season — but nothing about it felt the same
MADISON, Wis. — Inside and outside Camp Randall Stadium, the senses of the college football season were gone.Usually on Saturday afternoons, walking down State Street is like navigating herds of Times Square pedestrian traffic.But for Friday night’s long-awaited Big Ten season opener between Wisconsin and Illinois, small groups of college students, bundled up against chilly weather, tried to make the most of it — but the mass of people who usually descend upon Madison, Wis., were absent.Even the smell of grilled bratwurst in stadium parking lot tailgates was noticeably gone.A pre-pandemic digi...
Michael Phillips: As Election Day approaches, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action
CHICAGO — Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “politics”: “The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”We’re in it, all right, neck-deep and gasping. Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself.For every lef...
Charles McDonald: Remembering late ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure, one of the most authentic people you'd ever meet
The first time I spoke with Vaughn McClure, the ESPN NFL reporter who suddenly died at 48 last week, was through a simple direct message on Twitter during the 2017 season.As someone who desperately wanted to break into sportswriting, was a diehard fan of the Atlanta Falcons and generally followed Black sportswriters, Vaughn was someone I immediately looked up to. It wasn’t just the fact that he looked like me and covered my favorite team. He also did an impeccable job. Vaughn’s Falcons reporting was so damn good that my fellow tortured fans and I started calling him “NostraVaughnus.” Basically...
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Fantasy football Week 7: Add and drop
Each week I’ll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define “widely available” as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.Follow me on Twitter @UTEddieBrown if you have questions throughout the week.Here’s my best bets off the waiver wire for Week 7:———ADDRB Boston Scott, Eagles (ESPN: 11%; Yahoo: 14%): Miles Sanders has a knee injury which will certainly sideline him for Thursday night’s game against the Giants and potentially longer. Scott had 2...
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Ex-Michigan football star Nico Collins opens up about decision to opt out
If this was a normal year, Nico Collins would be in Ann Arbor, practicing with Michigan football.But these are unprecedented times. And Collins, the Wolverines’ former star receiver, is down in Pensacola, Florida, where he is training for the NFL combine after opting out of the college football season.Collins made his first public comments on his situation during an appearance on “The Adam Schefter Podcast.”He called his choice to sign with agents and opt-out “a business decision” — one that he reached after sitting down with his family following the Big Ten’s decision to postpone all fall spo...
Detroit Free Press
Ford wage, benefits fuel union buzz at Honda, Toyota, says Canadian autoworkers leader
Jerry Dias has his eye on Honda and Toyota now.The president of Unifor, the union representing Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada, said contract talks with Ford Motor Co. went so well that nonunion workers have begun making inquiries, wondering if the time has come to join.The Ford deal announced Sept. 28 included a $1.5 billion (U.S.) investment to bring battery-electric vehicle production to Oakville Assembly near Toronto and a new engine derivative to Windsor. The agreement was a massive negotiation among government, company and union officials. And the wages set a pattern for the other au...
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Election officials prepare for voter intimidation threat
Election officials across the country have begun reviewing security plans at early and Election Day voting sites, strengthening ties with local law enforcement and training poll workers to prepare for voter intimidation tactics.Even before the presidential debate, when President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully,” Michelle Wilcox, the director of elections in Auglaize County, Ohio, was concerned about disruptions at the polls this year.The rural county near the Indiana border seems like an unlikely candidate for trouble. It has about 32,500 voters...
Fabiola Santiago: Trump, Pence promise a 'Cuba libre' in Miami, but only Obama outsmarted the Castros
Republicans know the drill well.It’s not a proper presidential election without the standard call in Miami for a free Cuba — and the Trump campaign isn’t taking any chances in must-win Florida.The traditional cafecito stop at Versailles with people swarming a candidate may be lost to the contagious coronavirus, but words that stir a people’s yearning for the homeland left behind are still the election prop of choice.Words don’t cost a thing, except maybe to the isolated and repressed people in Cuba.And so, on Thursday, both President Donald Trump, said to be recovered from COVID, and Vice Pres...
Indiana cop fired over ties to neo-Nazi website
An Indiana police officer who posted frequently on a now-defunct neo-Nazi forum has been fired after his online predilections were exposed.Officer Joseph Zacharek, who joined the Lafayette Police Department in June, admitted to his supervisors that the posts on Iron March were his, the police department announced Saturday.Zacharek’s ties to the site, which was taken down in 2017, never came up in a background check.“I know the question everyone will have is, how does something like this get missed in a background investigation,” Police Chief Pat Flannelly told the Journal & Courier. “How is it...
New York Daily News
Feds set December execution for woman who killed victim, cut baby from womb
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Convicted killer Lisa Montgomery, who fatally strangled a pregnant woman and then sliced open her body, and kidnapped her unborn baby, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8, according to federal authorities.On Friday, Attorney General William P. Barr said Montgomery was one of two inmates scheduled to be executed. Barr said he directed the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to carry out the death penalty to take place at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.Montgomery is the only woman on the federal government’s death row.In October 2007, a f...
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