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Judge hurts oblique, likely to injured list; Yankees top KC

All-Star slugger Aaron Judge hurt his left oblique while taking a swing and likely was headed to the injured list as the already banged-up New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2        
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This good boy helps find koalas injured in Australian bushfires
SYDNEY – An obsessive-compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia’s recent devastating bushfires. Bear, a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild. “This is the first year that we have been...
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Ex-US attorney calls Epstein suicide ‘more than coincidental’
An ex-United States attorney said Wednesday that “you have to be concerned” about Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in a Lower Manhattan lockup – which he called “more than coincidental.” Former Utah US Attorney Brett Tolman told “Fox & Friends” that he believed the indictment filed Tuesday against two prison guards accused of sleeping and surfing the...
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Anal cancer is on the rise in the US, and almost all cases are linked to HPV
iStock Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. After examining cancer diagnosis and death data from 2001 to 2016, certain types of anal cancer had doubled while others had tripled over the time period. Anal cancer deaths increased too. HPV, a common sexually-transmitted disease, is linked to most cases of anal cancer.  Visit Insider's homepage for more. Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:A nursery song based on 'Wheels on the Bus' teaches women how to do a breast cancer self-examFish oil and cholesterol-lowering drugs may help ease symptoms of depressionA 17-year-old vaped so much he needed a double-lung transplant, a last resort when all other treatments fail
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Prince Andrew steps back from public duties for "foreseeable future"
The prince further angered the public in a BBC interview on Saturday.
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This permanently small puppy has doggie dwarfism
He'll be a puppy forever.
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Check for 5G Service in Your Area With Verizon's New Coverage Maps
Should you buy a 5G smartphone? You probably don’t need one right now unless the price is right and—if you’re a Verizon user, at least—your living or working space falls within its 5G territory, which you can now check thanks to the company’s just-released 5G coverage maps. If either (or both) do, the decision gets a…Read more...
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5 Personal-Finance Habits of Wealthy Entrepreneurs
While your balance might not be as impressive as Warren Buffet's, you can get closer by adopting these practices.
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Hilary McCain Gives A 'Sweet Reason' To Try Her CBD-Infused, All-Natural Sparkling Waters
The former business school student combined two of her passions into a new and unique CBD sparkling water.
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Mercedes' EQC electric SUV will start at $67,900 in the US
Mercedes-Benz has finally provided US pricing for the EQC electric SUV, and it promises to be competitive... as far as luxury EVs go, anyway. The American version will start at $67,900 in its base Progressive trim, or several thousand below the $74,...
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Three Email Trends Retailers Should Keep in Mind for 2020
At Business Insider Intelligence, our mission is to bring you the most important insights, data and analysis from the digital world. So when we come across outstanding research from our partners that we think our audience can benefit from, we like to make sure you hear about it.  That's why we're giving you a preview of eMarketer's new report: Email Marketing 2019. You can purchase and download the full report here. Email is still at the center of marketers' digital programs. No surprise there; it offers several benefits: It's an owned communications channel, it's permissioned—meaning consumers have opted in and indicated interest—and it's a traditional marketing channel that most marketers are thoroughly experienced with. "We treat our email marketing program as an opportunity to strengthen and deepen engagement with our most loyal users," said Lawrence Scotland, senior vice president of digital and brand marketing at frozen meal brand Luvo. "And we use it as an outlet to solidify and drive credibility in the nutrition and health and wellness space, which is the area that we play in." In eMarketer's latest report on the topic, Email Marketing 2019: Still a Leading Touchpoint for Marketers and Consumers Alike, we look at the trends shaping email marketing practices next year.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Lyft will end e-scooter operations in 6 cities and lay off around 20 staff membersHow Brazil is leading Latin America's fintech revolutionLibra has logged over 51,000 mock transactions despite regulatory pushback
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How to unlink a Spotify account from your PS4 in 2 different ways
Shutterstock You can unlink your Spotify account from a PS4 simply by logging out of the Spotify app. You can also unlink your Spotify account by logging into your PSN account on the PlayStation website and clicking "Unlink" on the PS Music page.   Linking your Spotify account to your PS4 gives you complete access to your Spotify music from your console, but you can only link it to one PS4 at a time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When you link your Spotify account to your PS4, you get access to everything in your Spotify account, and can listen to music on the PS4 as easily as on your phone, computer, or other linked device.  You can only link your Spotify account to one PS4 at a time, though. Luckily, if you need to unlink your Spotify account from a PS4, there are two ways to do that. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to log out of Hulu on your mobile device, smart TV, or computerThe 9 most important details we already know about PlayStation 5, Sony's next-generation video game consoleHow to change the email address on your PS4 account in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: 8 affordable PlayStation 4 accessories that'll help you make the most of your console
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Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster's Knee Injury Not Serious, Likely out vs. Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is "not expected" to play in Week 12 with knee and concussion concerns, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN: The Steelers have already ...
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FDA Nominee Ducks Questions on Trump E-Cigarette Flavor Ban
Hahn said he wants to review more data before deciding how to approach the vaping issue
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Gordon Sondland says Trump wanted ‘nothing’ from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified under cross-examination from Rep. Devin Nunes and staff counsel that President Trump told him during a September phone call that Trump “wanted nothing” from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. “President Trump, when I asked him the open-ended question, as I testified previously, ‘What do you want from Ukraine?’ His answer was, ‘I...
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Oil surges over 2% after U.S. inventory data, Russia OPEC comments
Oil prices climbed more than 2% on Wednesday after a better-than-expected U.S. crude inventories report and as Russia said it would continue its cooperation with OPEC to keep the global oil market balanced.
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Student-loan debt and skyrocketing housing prices have become so bad that more millennials are planning to rent forever
SOPA Images/Getty Images More millennials are planning to rent forever, according to a new Apartment List survey. Most said it's because they can't afford to buy a home — housing costs have increased, and it's hard to save when their money is going toward student-loan debt and climbing rent prices. But some millennials prefer to rent for the flexibility and to avoid the added costs of homeownership. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. More millennials are planning to rent forever. Just over 12% of millennial renters plan to "always rent" — more than the 10.7% that said the same last year, a new Apartment List survey found. The survey polled more than 10,000 millennial renters in the US.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:More millennials are preparing to rent for the rest of their lives, and down payment saving is the biggest barrierThe iconic dress Princess Diana wore to a White House dinner in 1985 is hitting the auction, and it's expected to go for as much as $450,000The top 15 tax havens around the worldSEE ALSO: Millennials are making 3 key decisions that are wiping out the starter home — and it's changing what homeownership in America looks like DON'T MISS: 8 ways American millennials are changing homeownership, from moving to commuter towns to wiping out the starter home
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The GOP warned Ambassador Sondland that he'd be 'smeared' by Democrats in the impeachment hearing before turning around and smearing him themselves
Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland gave public testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday.  Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, opened Wednesday's hearing by warning Sondland that he was there "to be smeared" by Democrats. Steve Castor, the minority counsel, then questioned Sondland's credibility as a witness.  He said: "You don't have records, you don't have notes because you don't take notes, and you don't have recollections. This is a trifecta of unreliability." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland sat down to give testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, he was warned by Republicans that he would be "smeared" by the Democrats. But hours into his hearing, the GOP's legal counsel called his statements a "trifecta of unreliability." Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, opened Wednesday's hearing by calling the inquiry a "circus" dominated by "asinine accusations."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:People are comparing Trump's EU ambassador to Tekashi 6ix9ine for 'snitching' on everyone in the impeachment inquiryThe one impeachment witness who Republicans can't claim is a 'never Trumper' just threw Trump under the busTrump and Republicans zero in on decorated Army officer Alexander Vindman wearing his military uniform to impeachment hearings
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Brooks Koepka’s knee injury forces him out of Presidents Cup
Brooks Koepka’s knee injury is bad enough that he withdrew from the Presidents Cup three weeks before it begins. Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world who led all qualifiers for the American team, said Wednesday the injury he suffered Oct. 18 at the CJ Cup in South Korea is not recovering well enough...
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Apple’s hiring a music-loving Windows coder — hopefully to replace iTunes
A newly posted job listing suggests Apple might be working on something for Windows users, perhaps a replacement for the iTunes software it’s otherwise left behind. At the very least, it’s definitely working on new apps for Windows 10. The job listing, posted earlier this month, is for a Senior Software Engineer who will “build the next generation of media apps for Windows.” The desirable experience includes “Experience with UWP (Universal Windows Platform)” and “Cross platform experience with Mac and Windows.” This wouldn’t necessarily point to iTunes, except the description also says the job will be ideal “if you love music and you are passionate about writing code,” which… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iTunes,Windows,Apple
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Pompeo says 'did not see' Sondland's testimony, proud of U.S. policy on Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he did not watch a testimony from European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and that he was proud of American policy in Ukraine.
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Oxford Union President Resigns After Blind Student Forcibly Dragged From Debate Hall
The Union later apologized 'unreservedly.'
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Nato identifies space as next ‘operational domain’
Leader raises fear of attacks on satellites but says alliance will not put weapons in orbitNato is to turn its attention on space as an “operational domain” over concern that enemies of the western military alliance could cause chaos back on Earth by jamming satellites.Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary general, said there was no question of weapons being deployed but Nato had to protect civilian and military interests. Continue reading...
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Capitals' Garnet Hathaway Suspended 3 Games for Spitting on Erik Gudbranson
The NHL announced a three-game suspension of Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway for spitting on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Wednesday...
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Black Friday 2019 gift guide: For Twitch and YouTube creators
FEATURE: Thanksgiving is fast approaching for those of us in the United States, and that means it’s almost time for shopping. The holiday gift-giving season begins on Black Friday, but you can’t go out into the cold without some idea of what to get. That’s where GamesBeat comes in. We have a handful of shopping guides […]
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Alignment Healthcare bucked the net loss trend among its peers' financial performance
This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Over the last year, US health insurance startups hit the gas pedals to accelerate their pursuit of the deeply entrenched insurance market — but some of the most ambitious startups posted steeper net losses in the first three quarters of 2019 than they did over the same time frame last year, according to Business Insider Prime. BI Prime raked through the financial results of Oscar Health, Clover Health, Bright Health, Devoted Health, and Alignment Healthcare — which were the targets of heavy investor appetite, pocketing north of $3 billion to transform health insurance — revealing some of the challenges these firms face amid their accelerated expansion plans. While Oscar, Clover, and Bright reported deeper net losses than last year — Alignment Healthcare bucked the trend, posting a net gain. For context, Devoted Health also posted a net loss in its first year offering plans. But Alignment Healthcare enjoyed a marked turnaround from last year: The insurtech — which covers 61,000 Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries in California, North Carolina, and Florida — roped in $506 million in revenue thus far in 2019 and generated a net gain of $2.5 million.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A closer look at what telemedicine is, the services it includes, and benefits to the new healthcare technologyBiofourmis teams up with Novartis to commercialize a digital therapeutics platform for heart failure patientsA genetic testing firm launched an atrial fibrillation research app on Apple devices
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Bolivia’s Evo Morales Wants to Stay in the Game
John Lee Anderson writes about Evo Morales, who recently resigned as President of Bolivia during what some call a coup and others call a democratic uprising.
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People with half a brain. Literally.
For some children with severe epilepsy, the best treatment may be a very rare surgical procedure in which a large portion -- even half -- of the child's brain is removed or disconnected. Amazingly, many of these individuals can relearn motor, language, and cognitive skills. How? The brain reorganizes itself and builds new connections. To better understand this incredible process, and hopefully inform new interventions and rehabilitation, Caltech neuroscientists conducted brain scans on six adults "all of whom received the surgeries as children and now have relatively normal cognitive abilities." From Caltech: "Despite missing an entire brain hemisphere, we found all the same major brain networks that you find in healthy brains with two hemispheres," says Dorit Kliemann, lead author of the new report and a postdoctoral scholar who works in the laboratory of Ralph Adolphs (PhD '93), the Bren Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology, and the director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center. The brain scans also revealed an increased number of connections between the brain networks in the patients compared to healthy individuals. For example, the regions in the patients' brains that control the function of walking appeared to be communicating more with the regions that control talking than what is typically observed. "It appears that the networks are collaborating more," says Kliemann. "The networks themselves do not look abnormal in these patients, but the level of connections between the networks is increased in all six patients...." Says Kliemann, "It's truly amazing what these patients can do. Read the rest
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Church builds huge baby Jesus statue — that looks like Phil Collins
It's Jesus' Genesis.
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Gareth Bale's Agent Fires Back at Spanish Press over Golf Flag Criticism
Gareth Bale's agent has accused the Spanish press of having a campaign against the Real Madrid man, in a response to their criticism over the "Wales, Golf, Madrid" flag he posed with on Tuesday...
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Taco Bell is launching chicken tenders in a move to compete with Popeyes and Chick-fil-A
Taco Bell Taco Bell is testing a new menu item, Crispy Tortilla Chicken, in Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, starting Thursday, before launching it nationally next year.  Following the craze of the Popeyes chicken sandwich this summer and fall and the general popularity of Chick-fil-A, it may come as no surprise that Taco Bell is dipping its toes into the chicken game. Taco Bell's new Crispy Tortilla Chicken tenders come coated in tortilla chip crumbs and are served with a new signature dipping sauce similar to those served at Chick-fil-A and Raising Cane's.  Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Taco Bell has a new menu item that puts it in competition with chicken chains like Chick-fil-A and Popeyes.  Taco Bell will begin testing its new Crispy Tortilla Chicken tenders in Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, starting Thursday, before launching the new menu item nationally next year. Customers can choose to try the tenders in a taco for just $1.99 or get two tenders for $2.99 or three tenders for $3.99. They can also get them in one of the chain's $5 and $7 boxes.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:I compared kid's meals from major fast-food chains and found Chick-fil-A and Wendy's easily defeated McDonald's iconic Happy MealThe Salvation Army urges the public to stop spreading 'misinformation' after Chick-fil-A cuts fundingPeople are theorizing that Popeyes' chicken sandwich convinced Chick-fil-A to stop donating to controversial groups. Here's the real reason for the change.SEE ALSO: I'm 22 and just went to Taco Bell for the first time. Now I'm obsessed.
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Lady Gaga’s new lipstick is already an Amazon bestseller
The holiday shade launched on Tuesday, and is already number one.
New York Post
Justice watchdog cites investigative management challenges ahead of pending report on FBI's Russia probe
The Justice Department's inspector general on Wednesday cited investigative challenges in advance of a pending report on the FBI's Russia probe.      
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UK's Johnson raises prospect of multi-billion pound payroll tax cut
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he planned a multi-billion-pound tax cut if he wins an election on Dec. 12, by raising the amount of earnings exempt from social security payments.
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The Spurs’ bad start is the cost of being stuck between eras
Dejounte Murray’s reintegration is throwing off the Spurs’ delicate balance. With just under six minutes left to go in the second quarter of a home game against the kind of lottery-bound group of neophytes the Spurs always seem to beat, Dejounte Murray snatched a defensive rebound off a missed Jaren Jackson Jr. floater. As he soared through the lane, Murray spun his body around, ready to zip the 94 feet up the floor that was required. Ball secured, he took off in a flash, sprinting at the four Grizzlies in position to stop him. As he reached Memphis’ three-point line, he crossed right-to-left, straight into the waiting arms of the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder. The ball squirmed out of Murray’s hands and trickled out of bounds for a turnover. The horn sounded, and Murray went to the bench. He had reached the end of his second team-mandated five-minute stretch of play, a protection mechanism the Spurs put in place to pace the 23-year-old future of the franchise properly as he recovers from last preseason’s ACL tear. As Murray rushed headfirst into a situation he was too green to overcome, two Spurs trailed the play. They were on either side of Murray, running at a normal pace that just so happened to be far slower than Murray’s. One was LaMarcus Aldridge. The other was DeMar DeRozan. It was a metaphor for the disjointed state of the NBA’s most enduring institution. As the future of the league’s model franchise galloped into the great unknown, the present trailed behind. Youthful exuberance and veteran realism together on the same court, but not rowing in the same direction. Writing off a Gregg Popovich team is a violation of basketball’s Ten Commandments, but San Antonio’s 5-9 start is no accident and won’t be solved easily. An organization that has been the NBA’s melting pot suddenly finds itself stuck between two on-court styles and timelines that increasingly don’t align. Murray’s reintegration is at the center of this conflict, through little fault of his own or the organization’s. His ACL tear last preseason was a devastating blow because it altered the seamless transition of power that has defined the Spurs for 30 years. San Antonio adapted and returned to the playoffs in his absence, but those same players, many of whom are veterans used to their ways, have struggled to readjust to his return. Placing Murray on a minutes limit in the early going, while smart and admirable for the long-term, has only compounded that short-term challenge. Broadly, the Spurs play the same way they did last season. For all the concern-trolling about their retrograde offensive shot profile, the Spurs are still fifth in the NBA in points scored per 100 possessions. But their shotmaking on said attempts has slipped from obscene to merely good, and their shaky defense has fallen off even more despite welcoming Murray’s long arms back into the lineup. They relied on a delicate balance to thrive while outwardly defying modern NBA norms. Murray’s return, while essential and exciting for the long run, has thrown it off. It’s worth repeating that Murray isn’t doing anything wrong individually. He’s at par relative to reasonable expectations for a young point guard who tore his ACL 13 months ago. As SB Nation’s Michael Pina noted, he’s nudged San Antonio into the league’s speed revolution, and his long arms create plenty of breathtaking quick-strike sequences that should excite Spurs fans for years to come. But those positives have come with negative externalities that stem from his weaknesses and inexperience. Murray’s lack of three-point range is damaging enough when he doesn’t have the ball, but he’s not helpful (yet) in a half-court setting even when he has it. He’s shooting 35 percent on non-restricted area two-pointers and less than 53 percent on layups. He lacks the strength to finish through contact and the game experience to compensate. Murray is a a next-level passer, but his handle is loose and his timing is out of sync with teammates. He gives the ball up before teammates are ready, leading to turnovers like this. He’ll improve in time, but the Spurs’ present is suffering while he works out the kinks. Though the Spurs are running more, their half-court offense has sunk nearly six points per 100 possessions this year, which is the difference between fourth-best and 12th-best. When Aldridge and DeRozan, San Antonio’s two stars, play together with Murray, the Spurs score less than 104 points per 100 possessions, according to Cleaning the Glass. When Murray sits out, that number jumps to nearly 117 points per 100 possessions. The sample is small enough that the difference should shrink over time, but it’s hardly surprising that Murray’s offensive woes compound DeRozan and Aldridge’s aversion to taking three-pointers. Weirdly, San Antonio’s defense, which thrived with Murray two years ago, has allowed 2.3 fewer points fewer with him off the court than on this year. In watching the film, Murray is still his spindly self on that end, so this isn’t directly on him. But in an attempt to compensate for Murray’s offensive woes, Popovich has stapled him to Bryn Forbes, San Antonio’s best shooter who is also a sieve on the other end. Seventy-seven percent of Murray’s minutes this year have been with Forbes alongside, and that means more time for opponents to attack Forbes on defense. This has a further ripple effect on White, the former Division II guard who parlayed a breakout 2018-19 season into a Team USA appearance. Last season, White wasthe glue that connected the Spurs’ roster. He provided a necessary dose of playmaking juice, but also faded appropriately into the background to space the floor and took on tough defensive assignments. Ultimately, he allowed DeRozan and Aldridge to be themselves, flaws and all. (DeRozan in particular needed White: the Spurs posted a -1.7 net rating when DeRozan played without White and a +2.9 rating when the two shared the court.) Unfortunately, Murray’s return (and corresponding minutes limit) has split San Antonio’s connective tissue. White has been relegated to backup point guard duty, teaming with the ageless Patty Mills to quarterback bench units that routinely make up the deficits the starters hand them. Murray and White is a terrific starting tandem on paper, but they’ve only played seven non-garbage time possessions together all season, according to Cleaning the Glass. You read that right. Seven total possessions ... all season. In fairness to Popovich, it’s hard to pair them when Murray is only allowed to play five-minute increments during his injury recovery. Still, the coaching legend has to find a way to get his two young guards out there together for more than seven possessions this season. Maybe that’ll happen once Murray is free to play for as long as necessary. Maybe their on-court union is the way to marry the competing versions of the Spurs: the one reintegrating Murray, and the one that succeeded against the odds last year. But if not, the Spurs are on course to lose a year in the lottery while they sort out the unavoidable transition between one era and the next. Every franchise goes through these transitional seasons, often through no fault of their own. Untimely injuries, institutional decay, and broken succession plans dot the NBA landscape every season. There’s no shame in having a down year. Somehow, the Spurs have avoided this fate for two decades. But life comes at you fast, even for those who defy it. PRESEASON QUESTIONS, ANSWERED Before the season, I listed the 100 most interesting basketball-specific questions of the season. Each week, we’ll see if we have enough information to answer one of them. QUESTION 37: What can Bradley Beal do for an encore? I’ll be honest: I thought last year was the high-water mark for Bradley Beal. Having watched every single minute of his pro career due to my Wizards fandom, it just felt like he had colonized every reasonable plot of land in his game. His off-the-dribble shooting and playmaking had come so far since the early days of his sampling period, and I wasn’t sure where else it could reasonably go. Turns out, I was wrong. Amid a stripped-down roster and no expectations, Beal has turned himself into the kind of superstar any team can build around. He’s not the only reason the Wizards somehow have a top-five offense, but he’s by far the biggest. The best part: hot shooting is not causing Beal’s statistical jump. Instead, it’s his power driving to the basket, a skill that seemed inconceivable when he entered the league. It’s hard to believe this is the same player who once needed John Wall’s brilliant vision or a maze of pindown screens to get open. Defenders simply bounce off him when he’s attacking the basket these days. His shooting percentages around the rim are about the same as before, but he’s converting more effectively on floater-range shots while drawing nearly two and a half more fouls per game as he did last season. His first step is now lightning-quick, allowing him to get the angle on defenders in isolations, pick-and-roll situations, and those clever dribble handoff he executed with promising Lakers cast-offs Thomas Bryant and Mo Wagner. Once he sneaks inside of defenders, he’s too strong for them to dislodge. He’s become an expert at sliding around and through shot-blockers: only seven of his 84 shots inside of eight feet have been sent back at him this season. Watching him zoom to the hoop and jump into taller defenders harkens back to the glory days of Gilbert Arenas, himself a master at this tactic. This explains how his production has jumped despite shooting only 33 percent on three-pointers thus far. You’d expect his shot to come around, and it has in the last week. Once it does — and once he begins to incorporate Damian Lillard-esque deep off-the-dribble threes into his game — he should really become impossible to stop. That’s inspiring news for a Wizards team that convinced him to re-sign for the long haul and perhaps dispiriting for other contenders who hoped he might become available via trade. I’ve also learned a valuable lesson myself: don’t cap Beal’s ceiling. CLOSEOUT OF THE WEEK Three-point shooting is essential, yet there’s no good stat that credits defenders for the essential act of preventing a three-pointer from being taken. We must reward these efforts. Great closeouts don’t happen in isolation. They require teammates rotating off their own men to stop the threat, then repeating the same process to quench the next threat. O.G. Anunoby got credit for the steal on this play, but he couldn’t have done it without the sustained, yet controlled efforts of his teammates. REBOUND JOUST OF THE WEEK Last year, I wrote about the rising trend of teammates fighting each other for defensive rebounds. These moments usually end harmlessly, but occasionally, they can cost a team. Here’s to over-aggression! Nothing went right during the Hawks’ weekend in Los Angeles.
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Trump's weird notes: I WANT NOTHING
What is even going on anymore? I thought this was a viral photoshop, but it is not. President #DonaldTrump holds notes while speaking to the media before departing the White House for Texas
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Amazon to open cashierless grocery stores, report says
One workers' advocate says such a move "represents a clear and present danger to working- and middle-class Americans"
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History's hit series 'Vikings' will live on through a sequel on Netflix
Netflix is once again rescuing a TV series that's winding down on conventional networks -- albeit not in the way you might expect. The service has unveiled Vikings: Valhalla, a spiritual sequel to Vikings that will come from series mastermind Michae...
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Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli were made for each other
Mourinho and Tottenham may seem like a strange marriage, but he already has a perfect lieutenant. Jose Mourinho is now manager of Tottenham Hotspur. That’s a deeply baffling thing to say, but, unless the internet has conspired to play a massive prank on me (well done in that case), it’s true. Cult leader and temporary narrative destroyer Mauricio Pochettino is out in North London, and The Special One is in. Tottenham is not a place Mourinho belongs. His long association with Chelsea makes any other London club a strange fit, although perhaps his antipathy for Arsenal renders this a little more sensible. Ultimately, the story out of Spurs will be that they landed one of the most successful managers of recent history, and that this demonstrates how seriously they are taking the pursuit of trophies. Mourinho is, after all, a “guaranteed winner.” Football is a silly business in which to be giving guarantees, of course, and I won’t presume to look far enough into the future to work out exactly which trophies Spurs’ new manager will be lifting. But shorter-term predictions are a little easier, and today’s prediction is that one Tottenham player in particular will come out very nicely from this exchange. And that player is ... ... not Eric Dier, who might get a short-term boost from the fact Mourinho is a long-term fan, but who also appears too fundamentally broken to last long in either central midfield or defence, especially with better options available. Rather, it’s ... ... Dele Alli. So far this season, Alli has been a combination of injured and out of favour. Expect that to change now. Mourinho hasn’t had a player with Alli’s skills since his second stint at Chelsea, and we should expect Alli to be as important to this Spurs team as Oscar was to that Chelsea side. Like Oscar, Alli is an extremely good pressing forward who has a phenomenal eye for seams opening up in opposition defences. He can score and play the quick link passes transition teams need to make the most of their counterattacking chances. Alli’s probably not a good enough passer to run an attack through, but he doesn’t need to be: he’ll move defences around enough so that everyone else can exploit them, and then pop up in the box to help finish off those moves. And if that isn’t enough, Alli has one other major point in his favour: like Mourinho (and Oscar), he takes snideness to new heights. Mourinho needs to delegate some of his shithousery from bench to pitch, and in Alli he has the perfect lieutenant. In short: effective pressing from 10, profoundly good off-the-ball movement, an eye for goal and being generally horrible to all and sundry on a football field? Mourinho and Alli were basically made for each other, and it’ll be interesting to see how that pairing shakes out.
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