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What do all the iPhones actually cost now?
Apple’s big September event was yesterday, which means two things: the company introduced new iPhones and cut the prices of its older models. If you’re interested in an upgrade from your aging iPhone 5 or 6, but the $999 iPhone X is a little pricey, it’s the perfect time to take a look at some of the slightly older iPhones that Apple sells. To help you out, we’ve broken down exactly what your options are, along with how much everything costs. iPhone SE The iPhone SE is the smallest iPhone in the lineup, with a 4-inch display and a design that resembles the original iPhone 5. But internally, it offers the same A9 processor and improved camera as the iPhone 6S, making it a pretty good deal for those who don’t mind (or even prefer) the smaller size. The screen isn’t quite as nice as larger-sized iPhones and Touch ID is slower, but the iPhone X doesn’t even have Touch ID, so something is better than nothing. Prices: 32GB for $349, or 128GB for $449Colors: Silver, gold, space gray, or rose gold iPhone 6S / 6S Plus The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are upgraded versions of the iPhone 6. It’s got the same design, with a choice of a 4.7-inch screen on the 6S, or a 5.5-inch display on the 6S Plus. There’s also support for Apple’s 3D Touch feature, and you get the ability to take animated Live Photos. Those two things, combined with a faster processor, are the main differentiators compared to the older 6. Prices: iPhone 6S: 32GB for $449, or 128GB for $549 iPhone 6S Plus: 32GB for $549, or 128GB for $649Colors: Silver, gold, space gray, or rose gold iPhone 7 / 7 Plus The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were released last year, overhauling the camera from the 6S, with the 7 Plus getting a dual-camera system and a wide and telephoto lens. Along with the processor boost (to an A10 Fusion chip), the 7 line also added IP67 water resistance. Prices: iPhone 7: 32GB for $549, or 128GB for $649 iPhone 7 Plus: 32GB for $649, or 128GB for $749Colors: Silver, gold, black, jet black, or rose gold iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Of the new models announced yesterday, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look pretty similar to the last few generations of iPhones, but they swap the all-aluminum shell for a glass back to facilitate the new wireless charging, upgrade the screen to a True Tone display for better color accuracy, and offer the usual camera and processor improvements (this time, to the new A11 Bionic six-core chip). At starting prices of $699 and $799, respectively, they’re the most expensive base costs for any iPhone yet. Prices: iPhone 8: 64GB for $699, or 256GB for $849 iPhone 8 Plus: 32GB for $799, or 128GB for $949Colors: Silver, gold, black iPhone X The iPhone X is the new flagship iPhone, with a radical new design, a new Face ID system for unlocking your phone, and an edge-to-edge bezel-free OLED display. It also has the improvements of the iPhone 8, including wireless charging and the new A11 Bionic chip. But at a starting price of $999 (not including taxes), customers on a budget might want to consider some of Apple’s older — and far, far cheaper — options instead. Or at least wait for the reviews. Prices: 64GB for $999, or 256GB for $1,149 Colors: Silver, black
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Loudoun County sweeps Grafton for sixth straight Va. state volleyball title
Raiders win Class 4 championship, their 10th title in 11 years.
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Australia coach Postecoglou to decide future next week
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou to decide on future next week        
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Makenna Dean scores twice, lifts Broadneck to Maryland 4A girls’ soccer title
Dean finishes into an empty net three minutes apart to give the Bruins their second crown in three seasons.
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Alex Ovechkin leaves game bloodied after taking a puck to the face
A shot from the Wild's Chris Stewart ricocheted under the Caps captain's visor before he went down, leaving a pool of blood on the ice.
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The Warriors erased a 22-point 76ers’ lead in 10 minutes
This looks PAINFUL. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier — one of the best college passers in the country — appeared to dislocate or break a finger dislocation while attempting to run for a touchdown Saturday against Texas. Grier needs surgery, 247Sports reported Saturday night, for a broken middle finger: The Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) are optimistic Grier didn't tear any tendons or suffer any nerve damage, but they'll know more following the operation. He is not being ruled out of a bowl game, but the current plan is that he will not play in the regular-season finale against Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1). Sophomore Chris Chugunov would make his first career start against the third-ranked Sooners and Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield. Here’s the play that did it: On a designed QB bootleg, Grier sprints for the left edge and dives at the pylon. He’s interrupted in midair, though, by Texas defensive back Brandon Jones, who forces the ball loose at the exact moment Grier reaches for the plane of the end zone. The ball jumps out, Grier’s right hand strikes the turf rather awkwardly, and his middle finger goes sideways-right. The play was reviewed because in the instant it happened, it could have perhaps resulted in a touchdown. As it was, though, the review team decided that the ball was fumbled before breaking the end zone plane and Grier only reestablished possession once he was out of bounds beyond the pylon. “Grier was just taken to the locker room with an injury to his hand/finger,” per ESPN’s Jake Trotter. With Grier out, backup Chris Chugunov came on and completed his first two passes for a total of eight yards, and Texas grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Still, for Grier that’s a touchback, and a dislocated finger for his troubles.
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Murray State knocks off Wright State for first time, 80-61
Terrell Miller Jr. scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Murray State spoiled Wright State's home opener, beating the Raiders 80-61        
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Alex Ovechkin leaves Washington Capitals game after taking a puck to the face
This looked quite scary... It might be time to hold your breath for a bit, Capitals fans. Captain Alex Ovechkin left the team’s Saturday night matchup against the Minnesota Wild after taking a deflected puck to the face in the second period. Ovechkin went down immediately after suffering this unfortunate accident, and was quick to leave the ice to get some repairs. Ovechkin takes puck to the face. Watch #CapsWild live stream: https://t.co/NGTPHxGvna pic.twitter.com/vMHIyHX2eK— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) November 19, 2017 The puck hit Ovechkin clearly under his visor just below his right eye off the deflected shot of Minnesota’s Chris Stewart. The shot came up off of Ovechkin’s outstretched stick as the forward was attempting to block the pass, but instead hit him on the way up. There was, of course, a copious amount of blood to clean off the ice after Ovechkin went down with the scary injury. Puck rode up Ovechkin’s stick into his face, left a lot of blood on the ice. pic.twitter.com/kSWBzqklJs— Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer) November 19, 2017 It was hard to tell if the injury was more serious than a cut to the face, as Ovechkin did not return for the rest of the second period. Any time a player takes a puck to the face is clearly a cause for concern, but fans may not know the extent of the damage until either Ovechkin takes the ice again or after the game if their captain sits. The Capitals led the Wild by a score of 2-1 heading into the second intermission.
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Steve Jurvetson left DFJ over pattern of deception, affairs with women, report says
An investigation by his venture firm uncovered a pattern of deception with women including extramarital affairs, some of which blurred the line between professional and personal, the report said.        
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The weather at LSU-Tennessee is so bad, it knocked lights out and changed ESPN's broadcast
Let’s check in on how things are looking in Knoxville! The Tennessee Volunteers are taking on the LSU Tigers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday night, and folks, this stadium is damn near falling apart. It all started before the game even kicked off. For starters, recently fired head coach Butch Jones’ face is still plastered on the back of the jumbotron. Not coming down before the game. #LSU pic.twitter.com/bSfACE3jD2— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) November 17, 2017 The goal posts in one of the end zones were completely crooked. Due to high wind in Knoxville, one of them got all messed up. It’s windy at Neyland Stadium. The goal post is bent pic.twitter.com/UMN2fOQeWl— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) November 18, 2017 Tennessee fixed it, but my guess is this is going to be an issue as the wind continues. Okay, no worries. They are fixing the goalpost.#LSU #Tennessee pic.twitter.com/8AUbKrJu0s— Brandon Adam (@badam_TDR) November 18, 2017 But wait, there’s more! Apparently a piece of metal that came from the scoreboard fell into the stands, too. Lawsuit coming... Large piece of metal just flew off of scoreboard and hit an old man. #Vols pic.twitter.com/tOk3P0W0Sd— 4th And Truth (@4thAndTruth) November 18, 2017 Yep, more wind! Football fans vs Wind in Neyland pic.twitter.com/XhiD3RXDXJ— CFB Gif'er (@CFBgifer) November 19, 2017 There were bits of white and orange pom-poms all over the field during the game thanks to the high winds, too. Aaaand last, but most definitely not least, a dang trash bag was flying around above the Vols’ sideline: A trash bag caught in a whirlwind Above the Tennessee sideline is a little too on the nose— Adam Henderson (@AdamATVS) November 18, 2017 To top it all off, there appear to be more LSU fans than Tennessee fans in Neyland tonight. I’m moving that up to 60-40 pic.twitter.com/tsbEFtwRIR— Adam Henderson (@AdamATVS) November 18, 2017 Later in the game, the wind got mixed with lots of heavy ran that put the lights out at one point. From the press box, here’s how it looked when lights went out: The rain is coming down sideways and the stadium lights just went out.#LSU #Tennessee pic.twitter.com/fdXrO1JfZQ— Brandon Adam (@badam_TDR) November 19, 2017 For a brief time, you really couldn’t see the field from the standard broadcast camera angle, which involves a camera operator at midfield somewhere up on high. So ESPN had to use lower-placed cameras in the end zone to show the game: Tennessee is 0-6 on the season against the SEC, and that record likely won’t get much better against the Tigers, as the Vols entered this game as 14-point underdogs. Hopefully, at least the stadium can keep it together for at least the majority of this game — it’s all Tennessee has going for it at this point, really.
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5-Star SG Prospect Anfernee Simons Considering Entering 2018 NBA Draft
The 2018 NBA draft class could be getting a boost from highly touted guard Anfernee Simons, who is considering skipping out on college next year.    Per ESPN.com's Jonathan Givony, Simons is currently enrolled at IMG Academy in Florida for his post-graduate year out of high school and is thinking about going straight to the pros.  "Some people have brought it to my attention," Simons told Givony. "As long as the opportunity is there, I will do it." Simons is one of the top college recruits in next year's class. The 18-year-old is rated as a 5-star prospect and the No. 12 overall player, per 247Sports.  247Sports' Crystal Ball Predictions lists the University of Florida as Simons' most likely destination if he chooses to go to college.  Simons also told Givony he "can see" himself going to the NBA combine if enough teams want to see him for an in-person workout.  After reclassifying following his sophomore year in high school, Simons gave a verbal commitment to Louisville last November before opening his recruitment up again following the FBI bribery scandal that has impacted multiple college programs, including the Cardinals.     
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U.S. deploys more resources in search for missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members
U.S. Navy, Air Force join growing international search effort for submarine         
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Why Kairi Sane Must Face Shayna Baszler After Loss at NXT TakeOver: WarGames
After falling short of winning the NXT Women's Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on Saturday night, Kairi Sane is still in line to be a significant part of NXT's women's division moving forward. Ember Moon prevailed in Houston, but Sane still has momentum on her side from winning the Mae Young Classic, and she is already among the most popular Superstars NXT has to offer. Sane defeated Shayna Baszler in the finals of the Mae Young Classic, which resulted in the announcement that she would vie for the NXT Women's Championship in Houston the night before Survivor Series. In the subsequent weeks, NXT general manager William Regal booked qualifying matches with Moon, Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross all earning opportunities to face Sane for the strap. It was apparent early in the Mae Young Classic that WWE had big plans for Sane. She was impressive in all of her matches during the tournament, and the announce team of Jim Ross and Lita made sure to talk up her majestic Insane Elbow finisher. Prior to joining WWE, Sane was a major star in Japan, and she even enjoyed success stateside with Lucha Underground. There was plenty of hype surrounding her signing, and there is no question that she has lived up to it thus far. Her charisma and diminutive size have endeared her to the WWE Universe, and despite the fact she has won so many matches already, she is a natural underdog. That fact makes her a fairly easy Superstar to book provided NXT can build some top heels in the women's division to contest her. There are a few solid options in place, but none is better than Baszler, who signed a WWE contract after her loss to Sane in the Mae Young Classic finals. Baszler worked as a heel throughout the Mae Young Classic, and most considered her the favorite to win the tournament because of her mixed martial arts background and friendship with Ronda Rousey. The upset loss to Sane was a surprise, but it could serve to fuel her heel character in NXT and build even more sympathy for Sane. While the match between Sane and Baszler was entertaining, the fact that they met in a tournament didn't allow for much build or storyline progression. Also, it is likely they can put together an even better match if given more time at a future NXT TakeOver event. It isn't often that there are multiple major storylines at the same time in the NXT women's division, but by having Moon win the title rather than Sane, that possibility is on the table. Since Baszler has yet to make her presence felt on NXT programming, an attack of Sane as retaliation for the Mae Young Classic loss would generate a ton of heat and start a red-hot feud. To add higher stakes to the rivalry, Sane and Baszler could battle each other at the NXT TakeOver in Philadelphia the night before the Royal Rumble with the NXT Women's Championship No. 1 contendership on the line. Saturday's loss did little to damage Sane, and it takes the burden off her shoulders of having to live up to Asuka's incredible undefeated streak. Sane is far more of an underdog than Asuka ever was, and pitting her against a legitimate fighter in Baszler in a long-term program will go a long way toward establishing her as a huge fan favorite.                               Listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot wrestling topics. Catch the latest episode in the player below (warning: some language NSFW).
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Nashville Predators make fun of the latest Jon Gruden false alarm by showing random people as Jon Gruden
Bravo, Preds. It’s #GRUMOR season, and on Saturday, things went to another level when it was reported that Jon Gruden was dining at Knoville’s famous Calhoun’s restaurant. While initial reports seemed to be legit, it would later be confirmed by ESPN’s PR guy Bill Hofheimer that Gruden was actually in Seattle preparing for Monday Night Football between the Falcons and Seahawks. After learning of the hiccup, the Nashville Predators — in the middle of a game against the Colorado Avalanche — decided to have some in-arena fun: The Preds just announced Gruden was in the house from Knoxville and showed a pic of some random dude on Jumbotron. Great trolling.— Mark Block (@chuyblock) November 19, 2017 This here photograph of Peyton Manning (orange sweater, left) and other individuals not-named Jon Gruden is what started the entire mess: @VolRumorMill @Jon__Reed Is this Gruden with Peyton at Calhoun’s? pic.twitter.com/KECq8K48tc— Brandon Darnell (@bdarnell) November 18, 2017 The restaurant would later issue a statement that Gruden wasn’t there. They even admitted to being excited, and apologized: We’d like to take a moment to clear things up as well as apologize. We got excited- like everyone. Please read: pic.twitter.com/AIyVvmppKC— Calhoun's (@calhouns) November 19, 2017 The 2017 edition of Jon Gruden To Tennessee Rumors has been fun, but Saturday has been particularly special. Not only did Tennessee internet go wild over a picture of the back of somebody’s head, but a restaurant had to apologize, and an NHL franchise couldn’t help but get into the fun. Give us more #Grumors, please.
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Giants GM Jerry Reese getting up-close look at Darnold, Rosen
The first round of the 2018 NFL draft is April 26, and there is a good chance the 1-8 Giants will have one of the top three picks. That scenario is why the presence of general manager Jerry Reese at Saturday night’s USC-UCLA game at the Los Angeles Coliseum is worth noting. That game features...
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Yup, the 76ers are still up 20 on the Warriors
Hammers, lunch pails, chains, and so on. They all have a purpose on a team’s sideline. During Tennessee’s 2017 opener against Georgia Tech, one image dominated college football social media: a trash can. You’re likely not really looking for a garbage receptacle on a college football sideline, but this is the world we live in. Its purpose: a sideline prop that defensive players can literally dunk the ball into when they get a takeaway. Weird college football sideline props are nothing new. Virginia Tech might be the originator of the sideline prop tradition, at least in the modern era. The Hokies have rocked a lunch pail on their sideline since 1995. Each week, the team comes up with a list of goals that puts in the pail. The defensive player of the game is responsible for the lunch pail the following week. Carrying the pail is an honor. It is the player's responsibility to take it to practice each day and to all of the defensive meetings. Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports College kids respond to this sort of thing. Visuals and props are positive reinforcement, and tangible motivational things that players can strive toward. One of the more clever ones has to be Kennesaw State, which has a turnover...wait for it...PLANK! Why aren't we all discussing @kennesawstfb turnover plank? pic.twitter.com/xbQ6P5myqw— Mike Foster (@MichaelFosterSN) November 5, 2017 Austin Peay has a turnover trashcan of their own, too. The turnover trashcan makes an appearance! ️ #MissionPossible #BeAGovBeAChampion pic.twitter.com/hHaBY8uPst— Austin Peay Football (@AustinPeayFB) November 19, 2017 The Georgia Bulldogs have some spiked shoulder pads that say “savage” on them, which were seen on the sideline during the Dawgs’ game against Notre Dame. While Temple coach Geoff Collins was at Florida, the Gators had a white board on the sideline that players would sign their names on after they got a takeaway. Solid game plan for Florida's defense. #UFvsSC pic.twitter.com/kz0Bf7E8BE— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 14, 2015 Speaking of signage, here’s Maryland’s: Maryland has football's best sideline sign https://t.co/75CXeCKnZ9— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 30, 2017 You are aware of P.J. Fleck’s “Row the Boat” slogan. He’s brought it to Minnesota, and you can see the oars here, when the Golden Gophers ran out of the tunnel at 2017’s first game. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports When Fleck was still at Western Michigan, the Broncos beat Akron, which had defiled a version of the oar. Wow. Akron making a statement today. PJ Fleck and WMU use "row the boat" slogan...on the field, the Akron football team destroyed an oar. pic.twitter.com/fOMzzDgzbQ— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) October 15, 2016 Also new for 2017, Miami has a massive gold chain on its sideline. A player who gets a takeaway gets to wear it. Anything that even slightly harkens back to the 1980s-era Canes is OK with us. Combined with the throwback-ish uniforms, the gold chain is perhaps the perfect Miami aesthetic. Baller. pic.twitter.com/RxM7SBwnv5— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) September 2, 2017 I’m having a hard time getting over Texas A&M’s drum major mace as well. Apparently, when a player scores, he earns the right to strut with it. It looks awesome. The wrestling championship belt is a trendy one. Alabama’s had the Ball Out Belt, given to the defender who caused the last takeaway, since 2015. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images Ole Miss’ wide receiver corps has a bad-guy version. Ole Miss has a NWO wrestling belt and I think I’m back in on the Rebels pic.twitter.com/eH2SALPBci— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) September 3, 2017 Colorado State’s joined the belt club. Boise State’s got one, too. As does Memphis. Signifying the workmanlike nature of a blue-collar team, some squads bring out hardware. Boise State: Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images West Virginia: Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images ArDarius Stewart, a former Bama player, once strolled around with an axe. pic.twitter.com/I1G5k9tCxL— 'Bama Magazine (@BamaMag) September 19, 2016 Eastern Michigan has, err, a wrench? Will the wrench fix Eastern Michigan's bad playing against the Zips? I don't get it. @uakron @uakmen #ZipsGameday pic.twitter.com/xpyrdEcyED— Jason Braddock (@MrBraddock) October 4, 2014 EMU is also infamous for an entrance involving a sledgehammer. Even the turnover trash can thing isn’t new or unique to Tennessee. Texas A&M has used one in practice. Love this: The Aggies' defense has a turnover trash can that says, "Y'all trash," on it. #12thMan pic.twitter.com/ucchT7ND07— Colin Deaver (@KAGS_Colin) August 11, 2017 SMU has used one as well. Return of the Turnover ! pic.twitter.com/L2Svz8r8oY— #PonyUpTempo (@SMU_Football) August 3, 2017 And Tennessee’s isn’t even new, despite taking over the 2017 broadcast and sprouting its own parody Twitter accounts. Butch on sideline motivational props: "Pretty much everybody does something," whether it's a championship belt or a chain or a trash can.— Patrick Brown (@pbrown247) September 6, 2017 He said the turnover trash can was a thing last year. Maybe they just didn't hold it up the entire game last year? https://t.co/mmUtCzbRM0— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) September 6, 2017
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Booking Aleister Black After NXT TakeOver: WarGames Win vs. Velveteen Dream
Aleister Black continued his dominant NXT run on Saturday night with a victory over the Velveteen Dream at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, representing another step in his ascent to the top of the brand. Black is among NXT's most compelling characters, and he is arguably the most dangerous in-ring performer it has to offer as well. The Netherlands native made the Velveteen Dream pay for his mind games in Houston, but there are likely bigger matches and accomplishments in his future. While Black is undoubtedly deserving of an NXT Championship run already, it appears likely that Drew McIntyre and Adam Cole will be stalwarts in that scene for the foreseeable future. Because of that, NXT has the luxury of continuing to slowly build Black. Having already picked up hard-hitting victories at TakeOver events against the likes of Andrade "Cien" Almas and Hideo Itami, Roderick Strong is a logical next opponent leading up to the TakeOver one night before the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia. Strong has somewhat struggled to build a character, but his in-ring work is undeniable, and the potential is there for him and Black to tear the house down with a fantastic match. Also, with Strong teaming alongside The Authors of Pain at TakeOver: WarGames, the NXT writers could keep Strong with Paul Ellering to add a darker side to his character that would mesh well with Black's gimmick. An obvious candidate to feud with Black since his NXT debut has been Sanity leader Eric Young. It hasn't happened yet, and since Sanity is currently in a face role, it doesn't appear to be on the radar. Once Sanity finishes up its rivalry with The Undisputed Era and The Authors of Pain, however, the option to turn heel again is on the table. Although Sanity is popular, NXT fans would turn on the stable with relative ease if it decides to target Black leading up to TakeOver in New Orleans prior to WrestleMania. The build to that match would be dark, chilling and entertaining, and beating Young would be the final test for Black before graduating to the NXT Championship scene. Assuming Cole is NXT champion by that point, he would be the perfect heel foil to Black, especially since he would enlist the help of Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish. Since Black beat O'Reilly and Fish in their respective debut matches on NXT, there is already a built-in storyline as well. It is seemingly a foregone conclusion that Black is destined for the NXT title, but there are plenty of intriguing angles available to him before he finally takes his place as the face of the brand.                                Listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot wrestling topics. Catch the latest episode in the player below (warning: some language NSFW).
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Baker Mayfield crotch-grabbing antics distract from blowout win
Baker Mayfield is here to be your College Football Playoff villain. Or if not, he sure did a good impression of the bad guy Saturday while leading No. 3 Oklahoma (10-1) to a 41-3 deconstruction of unranked Kansas (1-10). Throughout the game, Mayfield was seen on the sideline grabbing his crotch and shouting obscenities at...
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Nze's 19 points, 9 rebounds help Milwaukee beat FIU 66-51
Bryce Nze had 17 points and nine rebounds and Brett Prahl scored 15 points to help Milwaukee beat Florida International 66-51 in the Black and Gold Shootout        
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USC Fakes Out Everyone With Genius Decoy Punt Return
Michael Pittman Jr. went 72 yards for a punt return touchdown on a play that faked out UCLA and ABC/ESPN’s camera operator as nearly every Bruin bit on a decoy punt return that opened the scoring in tonight’s battle of L.A. Read more...
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Saad Hariri: I will explain on return to Lebanon, says prime minister
Speaking after talks with Emmanuel Macron, Saad Hariri says he will explain his sudden departure, which sparked political turmoilPrime minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday’s Independence Day celebrations and explain his situation, after his shock resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia sparked political turmoil.Speaking after talks in Paris on Saturday with French president Emmanuel Macron, who is seeking to broker a way out of the crisis, Hariri said he would “make known my position” once back in Beirut. Continue reading...
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Connor McDavid is the least of the Edmonton Oilers’ problems right now
The Jayhawks got chippy with Mayfield, too. Oklahoma’s playing at Kansas on Saturday. The Sooners have Heisman Trophy frontrunner quarterback Baker Mayfield, and Kansas is Kansas. At the pregame coin toss, Mayfield went to shake hands with the guys he was about to put somewhere between 300 and 600 passing yards on. They declined: Mayfield’s response was a classic, “I’m not even mad. This is actually funny to me” kind of thing, and I respect that. There’s also this anecdote: So, Mayfield and a Kansas player went helmet to helmet after the coin toss. A ref had to run in from the sideline to separate them. And no, I'm not kidding about this.— Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) November 18, 2017 Mayfield directed taunting at the KU fans, too. Later, Mayfield taunted Kansas fans, which included suggesting they stick to basketball because their football team isn’t good: And later in the day, with OU leading: According to the ESPN broadcast, Baker Mayfield told Kansas fans to "stick to basketball."— Kevin Flaherty (@KFlaherty247) November 18, 2017 Of course, Kansas players were going to get their licks in. Kansas later put this cheap shot on him: And Oklahoma took a personal foul, perhaps in retaliation, a short time later. Then, Mayfield took the taunting to the next level. In the third quarter of the game, Mayfield looked across the field, and grabbed his crotch as he looked across the field: Baker Mayfield on his Johnny Manziel bullshit pic.twitter.com/BnTvhCaNiW— 5th Year (@5thYear) November 18, 2017 Mayfield’s legend has grown this year as he’s gotten into heated moments with other teams, though this one wasn’t at all his doing. He previously planted a flag in the middle of Ohio State’s field and got into a pregame ruckus at Baylor, among other little moments along the way. He’s also been the best QB in the country. Oklahoma won, 41-3. When you're about to be 1-10 pic.twitter.com/yqlAHwfXmC— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 18, 2017 Lincoln Riley said after the game there was clearly a target on Mayfield’s back. After the game, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said that Mayfield “definitely had a target on him in this game.” He also referenced Mayfield taking late hits as an example: Riley said Mayfield "definitely had a target on him," referenced the Hasan Defense late hit: pic.twitter.com/Gn8z7zN4Ny— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 19, 2017 Then, another Mayfield apology. Mayfield issed an apology after the game for grabbing his crotch: pic.twitter.com/1TTIdEqEXj— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) November 19, 2017 It’s the second time Mayfield has apologized for an incident this season. The other, of course, was when he attempted to plant OU’s flag in the middle of Ohio State’s block-O after their win in Columbus. In a college football Saturday that mostly lacked compelling matchups and exciting storylines, Mayfield and Kansas gave us something.
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Luke Walton: Lakers teammate talked to fight-bailing Lonzo Ball
Rookie Lonzo Ball is still learning the NBA ropes, which apparently includes how to respond to an on-court scuffle. According to Lakers’ coach Luke Walton, a teammate spoke with Ball about his blasé reaction to an altercation during Friday night’s game against the Suns. “Someone on our team talked with him. It’s all part of...
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College football winners and losers: Georgia, Wisconsin, Miami keep pace in playoff race
All three teams have straightforward courses to reach the College Football Playoff.
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This USC fan’s t-shirt wonderfully trolls UCLA basketball’s Chinese shoplifting scandal
We hope he at least bought the shirt. Rivalries are supposed to be petty with little jokes fueling the animus year after year no matter what happens on the field. USC checks that box with this incredible t-shirt. The most popular shirt outside of the Coliseum before the USC-UCLA game. pic.twitter.com/B7b3OlKmNo— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 19, 2017 The reference is subtle and it crosses multiple sports. In early November, three UCLA basketball players — LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — were detained for shoplifting from a mall in China. A source familiar with the investigation says there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, which includes Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 11, 2017 The luxury retailers are famed for, among other things, their glasses. This was quite literally an international incident that ended up getting the president involved. Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017 Although Lavar Ball, father of Bruins player Liangelo, disputed Trump’s efforts. "Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out." Either way, the whole deal is now being used for the best possible purpose by USC fans: mercilessly trolling their rival with. What’s more American than that?
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Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice control
Those rumors of Apple using custom ARM chips for more features inside Macs? They're true... and you might not have to wait long to witness it in action. Jonathan Levin has combed through BridgeOS code that should accompany the iMac Pro, and it looks...
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The 76ers just had a 47-point first quarter against the Warriors
Robert Covington’s 5-of-5 shooting from three sparked an incredible Philly first quarter. The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t the laughing stock of the NBA anymore; that much is certain. But no one could have foreseen Philly’s piping hot opening quarter against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. The Sixers pounded the Warriors, 47-28, in the first, jumping to a commanding 19-point lead early on. It’s the most points Golden State has given up in a quarter this season and was eerily reminiscent to Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals, when the Warriors gave up an unheard of 49 first-quarter points to the Cavaliers. Philadelphia got there by shooting 8-of-12 from three, including Robert Covington’s unconscious five-of-five from downtown. The Sixers also shot 73 percent from the field as a team, while their physical perimeter defense held the Warriors to just one-of-four shooting from three. That's... a lot of points. pic.twitter.com/BIUAjZ4jGH— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 19, 2017 Will Philly’s lead hold? Probably not. The Warriors are the reigning champs for a reason, and a team with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green isn’t laying down to a squad of youngsters without a fight. But, man, watching the 76ers pelt the Warriors was a lot of fun.
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Lars Sullivan Should Be NXT's Braun Strowman After TakeOver Win vs. Kassius Ohno
Lars Sullivan scored the biggest win of his young WWE career Saturday night at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in Houston, as he defeated Kassius Ohno. The match marked Sullivan's first at a TakeOver event, and it served as a showcase for one of the brand's most dominant forces. Sullivan has been part of WWE's developmental system since 2013, but it wasn't until this year that he began appearing regularly on NXT programming. He was worked into the fold slowly by teaming with enhancement talent before destroying them. He eventually graduated to handicap matches against various local workers until he was placed into his first program against No Way Jose. Sullivan defeated Jose in impressive fashion and went on to score victories over Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan as well before Ohno stepped up as his next opponent. The 29-year-old Denver native is one of the most unique Superstars in WWE because of his size and overall look, and he has been booked as an attraction during his time in NXT. At 6'3" and over 303 pounds, with a likeness similar to legendary wrestler Maurice "The French Angel" Tillet, Sullivan is a monstrous competitor with the potential to become NXT's version of Braun Strowman. Much like Sullivan, Strowman enjoyed a slow, dominant build once he broke away from The Wyatt Family and became a singles Superstar on Raw after last year's brand-split draft. While Strowman was initially lacking significantly in terms of in-ring and promo skills, WWE stayed the course with its booking, and it currently has a major star on its hands. Even though The Monster Among Men still has some glaring deficiencies, the WWE Universe has gotten firmly behind him, and his mere presence is a big reason for that. It can be argued that Sullivan is well ahead of Strowman in most aspects as a performer. He isn't as tall and may not be quite as strong, but if the NXT creative team books Sullivan closely to the way Strowman has been booked on the main roster, he could enjoy similar success. Although Sullivan doesn't have as much television experience as Strowman, he is a more polished product because of his lengthy stint in developmental, and there is little doubt that he is ready to be unleashed. NXT has to be careful about not pushing him to the top too quickly since that can cause the fans to turn against him, but if it takes a deliberate approach with Strowman as the inspiration, all the pieces are in place for Sullivan to be a monster the WWE Universe can truly get behind.                   Listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot wrestling topics. Catch the latest episode in the player below (warning: some language NSFW).
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Rams are in for a playoff-like test with Vikings as some of the NFC's best face off
Minutes after last week’s victory over the Houston Texans — his team’s fourth consecutive win — Rams coach Sean McVay neared the end of his postgame speech in the Coliseum locker room. McVay was already looking ahead, telling players who had forged a 7-2 record that they had a “great NFC matchup”...
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Missing Argentina submarine sent seven failed satellite calls
Attempts from San Juan submarine in Atlantic lasted between four and 36 seconds, says defence ministrySeven failed satellite calls have been detected that Argentina’s defence ministry believes could be from submarine that went missing in the south Atlantic three days ago with 44 crew on board. The calls, believed to be from the ARA San Juan submarine, lasted between four and 36 seconds, the ministry said in a statement, suggesting the crew were trying to re-establish contact. The ministry said it was working on tracing the location with an unnamed US company that specialised in satellite communications. Continue reading...
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William Byron wins Xfinity Series championship for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team
Riley’s firing appears to be a formality. You might’ve reached the conclusion that Mike Riley was going to get fired as Nebraska’s football coach in September, when the Huskers lost to a MAC team (NIU) for the first time in program history, at home. You might have realized it when they struggled with Rutgers the next week, or during subsequent blowout losses to Ohio State and Wisconsin, actual good teams. You probably reached it by the time Nebraska gave up 54 points to Minnesota in a loss last week, when the Huskers became the first FBS team to allow the Gophers that many points since 2006. You’ve almost certainly reached it now. The Huskers are 4-7 after getting disemboweled at Penn State on Saturday, 56-44. That doesn’t sound like a blowout, and on margin alone, it isn’t. But the score was 42-10 at halftime, so you get the idea. Riley has now clinched a losing record to go on top of his 5-7 regular season in 2015, his first year. Last year’s nine-win campaign was fine, but Nebraska fired Bo Pelini when he averaged exactly that many wins. It’ll be the shock of the year if Riley is not fired shortly after the Huskers’ meaningless finale against Iowa, which the Huskers should lose. For one thing, Nebraska’s just really bad. It’s barely watchable. The offense entered the day 90th in the country in scoring, and the defense was 104th. The team has a few good players, like receiver Stanley Morgan Jr., and those guys deserve better than the team’s results this year. But in the aggregate, 2017 Nebraska has no redeeming qualities. You can get away with underachieving for a while if you offer a fun style of play and appear to be getting better, but the Huskers don’t. They’ve stalled out. Nebraska blog Corn Nation wrote three weeks ago: Very few people argue anymore that Bill Callahan was the right guy to lead Nebraska football. And it seems that very few people are still trying to make the case for Mike Riley. In fact, nobody is buying into his version of the Huskers. Two weeks ago, the secondary ticket market for Nebraska football tickets collapsed. $135 tickets to the Ohio State game fell to under $20. The same thing happened this week for Northwestern tickets. The sellout streak isn’t at risk for this season; the tickets for this season were already sold. Here’s how bad things are on one side of the ball: pic.twitter.com/zIUwfV4Pcs— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) November 19, 2017 For another thing, Scott Frost is out there, and fans are impatient. Earlier this season, the Huskers fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst, the man who hired Riley. They replaced him with Washington State’s Bill Moos, who’s been publicly complimentary of UCF coach and former Nebraska quarterback Frost. Relatedly, on Saturday at a UCF game in Philadelphia: At UCF-Temple game in Philadelphia. Yes that is a Grant Wistrom jersey. pic.twitter.com/dr7xiLtLE4— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 18, 2017 Nebraska isn’t the program it used to be, and I think most of its fans understand that even as they yearn for a return to glory. But this is not a program that should finish sub-.500 twice in three years ever, for any reason, and Riley’s now done that . This remains a good job. Being Nebraska’s coach means a solid recruiting foundation, plenty of money, and a chance to compete in a winnable Big Ten West. Nebraska will fill it with someone good once it moves on from Riley, whether that’s Frost or not.
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St. John’s, Seton Hall have plan to make long shots pay off
The names aren’t flashy. The recruiting classes aren’t at the top of any rankings lists. There aren’t enough stars attached to these players to make fans swoon. But when the early signing period came to a close Wednesday, St. John’s and Seton Hall had two-man classes both should be pleased with — landing quality prospects...
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Northwest wins third straight Maryland 4A volleyball championship
The Jaguars beat Arundel in four sets to finish a perfect season and cement their dynasty.
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Guy in Charge of All the Nukes: Relax, I'm Not Gonna Let Trump Nuke Just Anything
The U.S. military’s stockpile of nuclear weapons is one of the most existentially terrifying arsenals ever assembled, and a conflict involving the detonation of even small percentage of those weapons could potentially destabilize the entire world. With a commander-in-chief who has shown a fairly incredible…Read more...
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Has Bangladesh's piracy amnesty been a success?
Bangladesh claims to have cleared the world's largest mangrove forest of pirates, but is it sustainable, asks Masud Khan from BBC Bengali.
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Marked for ‘De-escalation,’ Syrian Towns Endure Surge of Attacks
An accord that tried to curb attacks in rebel-held areas has been touted as a crucial step in ending the long civil war. But increasingly, that deal is failing.
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Tennessee internet is freaking out because Jon Gruden might or might not've eaten dinner near Neyland Stadium
Below, let’s keep track of the Playoff fallout from Week 12 as each top 25 game goes final. Week 11 was one of the most important of the season. Auburn officially re-entered the Playoff race, Notre Dame left, Georgia lost its lose-the-SEC-and-make-it-anyway backup plan, and Miami silenced a whole lot of doubters. And that’s just what happened in two games. Week 12 won’t be that important, but there are a few big questions. Wisconsin has a chance to actually impress, a few division races can conclude, and SOMEBODY’s getting upset. Below, let’s keep track of Week 12’s ranked games from the Playoff committee’s perspective, which means it’s not only about who you beat, but how it relates to the full picture. Win projections are via S&P+. Final scores are in bold. Important! Games between teams that could finish in the committee’s final top 25, regardless of Week 12 result, meaning the winner gains a significant quality W. No. 5 Wisconsin (11-0) 24, No. 24 Michigan (8-3) 10: Yep, we might have only one game all week that really matters! Bet you wish you paid more attention to last week’s very busy Saturday, huh! UW’s a Playoff win-and-in, but adding a dominant win over a solid team and shoring up the strength of schedule numbers on a week when everybody else is cruising will feel nice. Should have some impact Games between teams likely to finish .500-plus, regardless of Week 12 result, meaning the winner gains a solid W (or games with conference championship implications). No. 4 Oklahoma (10-1) 41, Kansas (1-10) 3: Sooners clinch a spot in the zombie Big 12 Championship. No. 3 Miami (10-0) 44, Virginia (6-5) 28: Respectable win despite an early deficit, but the Canes’ Playoff chances remain win-and-in. Might be able to afford a loss to UVA or Pitt, too. No. 7 Georgia (10-1) 42, Kentucky (7-4) 13: Georgia can’t afford another loss, but remains win-and-in. No. 8 Notre Dame (9-2) 24, Navy (6-4) 17: The Irish are playing for a New Year’s Six bowl. A win at Stanford should do it. No. 9 Ohio State (9-2) 52, Illinois (2-9) 14: Big Ten East title clinched. On to Michigan and then Wisconsin. UCLA (5-5) at No. 11 USC (9-2): I think the Bruins get to a bowl, meaning an OK win’s available for USC. The Trojans have somehow gone a little underhyped on the year. I said “a little.” No. 12 TCU (9-2) 27, Texas Tech (5-6) 3: One win away from a Big 12 Championship revenge shot at Oklahoma. Kansas State (6-5) 45, No. 13 Oklahoma State (8-3) 40: OSU’s NY6 chances are basically done. Utah (5-5) at No. 18 Washington (8-2): UW’s still alive in the Pac-12 North, but now counting on Cal to beat Stanford for the first time since 2009. No. 19 NC State (7-3) at Wake Forest (6-4): Not much actual impact for anybody (Clemson and Notre Dame beat both these teams anyway), but I hope this game improves your personal strength of schedule. Cal (5-5) at No. 22 Stanford (7-3): Stanford needs a win here and a Washington win over Washington State next week to take the Pac-12 North. The non-power New Year’s Six race The top mid-major champ earns an automatic NY6 bowl bid. A Playoff trip from this group ain’t happening. No. 15 UCF (10-0) 45, Temple (5-6) 19: The Owls have turned it around after looking like one of the worst teams in the country and could end up being a quality road W, for whatever that’s worth. Beating USF and winning the AAC is all that really matters. No. 21 Memphis (9-1) 66, SMU (6-5) 45: With this W, a conference besides the AAC making the NY6 is just about off the table. Tigers clinch the AAC West. Air Force (4-6) at No. 25 Boise State (8-2): Broncos clinch the division with a W or a Wyoming loss to Fresno State, and I was pleasantly surprised to see them show up in this week’s rankings. Despite losing to two good teams and needing a 25-point comeback to beat Colorado State, their resume is solid. USF (9-1) 27, Tulsa (2-9) 20: UCF next week. Nevada (2-8) at San Diego State (8-2): SDSU needs Fresno State to lose out, but a Mountain West title with this list of wins would merit a look, if the AAC were to stumble. Probably unimportant Better not lose! No. 1 Alabama (11-0) 56, FCS Mercer 0 No. 2 Clemson (10-1) 61, FCS The Citadel 3 No. 6 Auburn (9-2) 42, ULM (4-6) 14 No. 10 Penn State (9-2) 56, Nebraska (4-7) 44 No. 16 Mississippi State (8-3) 28, Arkansas (4-7) 21 No. 20 LSU (7-3) at Tennessee (4-6) No. 17 Michigan State (8-3) 17, Maryland (4-7) 7 No. 23 Northwestern (8-3) 39, Minnesota (5-6) 0
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Navy football nurses its QBs but stays game in loss to Notre Dame
Mids fall 24-17 to No. 8 Irish while platooning Garret Lewis and Zach Abey at QB and resting the injured Malcolm Perry.
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Review: 8bitdo's Zero is the little bluetooth gamepad that could
8bitdo's Zero is a wee, well-made and thoroughly wonderful bluetooth game controller. I bought it by accident, thinking I'd found a surprisingly cheap wireless pad, only to learn (to my shrieking amusement) that its low price is caused by its low volume. It really is tiny, at about 2.75" long and 1.5" high. It comes with a keychain ring and is by no means unreasonably large for this purpose: There's a D-pad, four buttons under the right thumb, two trigger buttons and, in the middle, a start and select button. A short USB cable is provided for recharging, but it doesn't function as a USB controller. Just wireless. It comes in white with a blue or red back; the red one has a vaguely Nintendo-esque stripe across the front, too. That is not only works but is well-made and durable makes it an absolutely fabulous stocking stuffer for people who play games -- especially given that it's compatible with virtually everything, including Android, iOS, Windows and MacOS. There's even a remote shutter mode for cameras, though I didn't test it. It's not plain sailing all the way, though. Pairing it with my MacBook was easy, but it took a couple of attempts on my Windows 10 Zotac ZBox. Moreover, it lost its connection twice in a month, forcing me to repair it. Part of the problem is the inadequate instructions for shifting it between compatibility modes that apply to each system. Use the wrong one and it'll show up as a keyboard instead of a joypad, or as some random zalgo gadget that does nothing except stay rudely paired with your PC. Oddly, there's no button 3 in Windows joystick mode. It jumps from 2 to 4. So anything that expects it (e.g. MAME) will need to be configured likewise. Finally, it is perhaps too small, at least for twitchy arcade play. I tended to find myself holding it like a harmonica to get precise control -- but in that position, the triggers are much harder to hit. At about $17, though, who's complaining? PROS: Tiny but well-made; Cheap; Works on everything. Tiny USB cable. CONS: Too tiny. Finicky Blueooth. Crap instructions. Bluetooth only. 8BITDO Zero Wireless Game Controller for Android/ iOS/ Windows [Amazon]
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