Dallas Cowboys battered and listless in embarrassing loss to Washington
LANDOVER, Md. — Sigh.There is really nothing else to do or say about the Dallas Cowboys now, aside from sending up a few prayers for quarterback Andy Dalton, who was briefly knocked out cold in the third quarter following a hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.Dalton got up on his own and walked gingerly to the locker room with the help of two Cowboys staffers.Bostic penalized for an illegal hit and ejected from a game that was already essentially over with Washington leading 22-3 en route to the 25-3 victory and the Cowboys looking and unresponsive from the outset.It’s the team’s second ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Brad Biggs' Week 8 NFL rankings
There’s a new No. 1 in Brad Biggs’ power rankings for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season after the Seattle Seahawks tumbled following their first loss of the season.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 5-1 (2)The Chiefs had an interception return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a score, highlighting the many ways they can beat you. Backup quarterback Chad Henne scored on a run in garbage time of a blowout of the Broncos in snowy Denver.2. Steelers 6-0 (5)The Steelers scored on their first four possessions and then held on for dear life on the road against the Titans to improve t...
Susan Tompor: Social media scams skyrocket during the COVID-19 crisis
Social media is a great way to spot a sweet picture of your little niece getting a flu shot or your nephew scoring that big goal in hockey — especially as we try to embrace a new socially-distant lifestyle.But the scammers know exactly where to find you during the fight against the spread of COVID-19.Social media isn’t just for keeping up with family — or arguing about politics. You suddenly might be scrolling through Facebook one day and spot a way to track down a missing stimulus payment.Or find a new love of your life. Or a job. Or a great deal on a pair of designer shoes.And, you might los...
Detroit Free Press
Marcu Hayes: If the Eagles can't beat these Cowboys next week, who are now without Andy Dalton, just blow it up
How about them Cowboys, indeed.Doug Pederson’s message when the team reconvenes Monday morning:“At least we’re not Dallas.”Pederson and his glitchy quarterback and his crippled roster, alone in first place at 2-4-1, welcome the 2-5 Cowboys on Sunday, in a monstrous mismatch for NFC East supremacy. The Cowboys have the worst run defense, a horrific coaching situation, and now they’re down to their third quarterback after Andy Dalton left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after a cheap shot from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.After the game, coach Mike McCarthy was asked why Dalt...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
La Niña: Is California heading into another drought?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Federal scientists say that La Niña — the phenomenon where Pacific Ocean waters off South America are cooler than normal — is underway this winter.A commonly held assumption among many Californians is that La Niña means a dry winter is coming, and in years when the opposite occurs, El Niño, a wet winter is considered more likely.So brown lawns and water rationing are just around the corner, right?Not necessarily. Looking at historical records, there isn’t a clear pattern. In the Bay Area, La Niña years have been drier than normal only about half the time.Since 1954, there ha...
The Mercury News
Edgar Allan Poe's letter pleading for $40 from a Philadelphia editor sells 173 years later for $125,000
PHILADELPHIA — Once upon a year so dreary, while Poe lay dead and the living wearyAppeared a quaint and curious letter of forgotten lore.In the middle of a pandemic and a vote, suddenly there came a noteOf a long ago anecdote, between Poe and a Philadelphia man of yore.A handwritten letter in which author Edgar Allan Poe politely pleads for $40 from a Philadelphia editor sold at an online auction this month for a sum that would make even the tell-tale heart skip a beat: $125,125.Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, the Boston-based auction house that conducted the sale, sa...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
It's harder to vote in Texas than any other state, election experts say; here's why
FORT WORTH, Texas — Voters have a harder time casting ballots in Texas than any other state, election experts say.The “cost of voting” analysis that ranks Texas lowest in the U.S. factors in registration deadlines, automatic voter registration, voter ID laws, early voting and mail-in voting. Political experts at Northern Illinois University, Jacksonville University and Wuhan University in China first released the analysis in 2018 and updated it for the current presidential election year. It will be published in the Election Law Journal.“State policies that impact the cost of voting are not the...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100
Sid Hartman, who started selling newspapers in 1928 and wrote about sports for the Star Tribune for the ensuing decades, died Sunday. He was 100.“My father’s extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family,” his son, Chad Hartman, tweeted early Sunday afternoon.Sid Hartman also was for decades a radio voice on WCCO.Hartman was born on the North Side of Minneapolis on March 15, 1920, and he worked for newspapers in his hometown for nearly his entire life. At the time of his death he was still writing three or four columns a week.He gained a stature ve...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Chicago named the 'rattiest' city in US for sixth consecutive year by Orkin
Here’s something that will have Chicago residents saying, “Aw, rats!”Pest-control giant Orkin has released its annual list of “rattiest cities” in the United States, and Chicago is once again No. 1.The ranking is based on the number of new rodent treatments that Orkin carried out in a given city between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020.This marks the sixth year in a row that Illinois’ most populated city tops the “rattiest” list.“Rats have taken to the streets of Chicago, yet again,” Orkin wrote in its announcement.Los Angeles finished second on the 2020 edition of the dubious list, while New Y...
New York Daily News