Associated Press September 12, 2020 Mayfield now says he’ll stand for the anthemUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has changed plans and will stand for the national anthem.Mayfield had said during the offseason he intended to kneel in protest of racial injustice, but Saturday announced on Twitter that he intends to stand for both the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which will be played before every NFL game this season.Mayfield said he’ll respect whatever decisions his teammates make as far as protesting during the anthems.In other NFL news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUS OPENOsaka gets 2nd U.S. Open titleNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka shook off a slow start to claim her third Grand Slam title and second U.S. Open crown since 2018. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus.MLB-SCHEDULEStrong start lifts RangersUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers managed to cool off the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Serena Williams withdraws from RomeROME (AP) — Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open, which begins Monday. Williams cites the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday.T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULEWilliams’ 3 TDs help No. 18 UNC pull away from Syracuse 31-6 Update on the latest sports In other top-25 action:— Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and 18th-ranked North Carolina overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse, 31-6. Michael Carter added 138 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels, who won in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the pandemic. — Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. The Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the third. COLLEGE SPORTSPandemic affects more college sports UNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame has won its first game as a quasi football member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.Kyren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in his first start to carry the 10th-ranked Irish to a 27-13 victory against Duke at South Bend. Williams also was Notre Dame’s leading receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, one a 75-yarder in the first half.Grad student Ian Book threw for 263 yards in Notre Dame’s 19th consecutive home win.Because of COVID-19, the Irish are playing this season as a member of the ACC. The school announced a crowd of 10,097, 90% of them students.The triumph also came on a day when the school announced a four-year contract extension for coach Brian Kelly, who is now 9-2 in openers at Notre Dame. LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONHenderson, Korda share leadRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Brooke Henderson has caught up to Nelly Korda through three rounds of the ANA Inspiration.Henderson tied the tournament record with a 30 on the front nine and settled for a 7-under 65 that puts her at minus-12, tying her with the second-round leader.Korda dropped three shots in a two-hole stretch early in her round. She rallied with three birdies on the back nine for a 71. Katherine Kirk, Mirim Lee and Lexi Thompson share third, two shots back.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SANFORD INTERNATIONALStricker, Jimenez are co-leadersSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Steve Stricker and Miguel Angel Jimenez shared the lead going into the final round of the Sanford International.Stricker birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 18th for a 6-under 64 to post at 9-under 131. Jimenez birdied the par-4 15th as well as 16 and 18 in a 66. — Twins reliever Sergio Romo was suspended for one game by MLB for jawing with Indians star Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’). Romo and Lindor also were fined for the incident, which occurred during Minnesota’s 3-1 victory Friday night. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders is the winner of the Jim Gregory general manager of the year award.Lamoriello finished ahead of Julien BriseBois (BREEZ’-bwah) of the Lightning and Jim Nill of the Stars. Lamoriello’s Islanders are in the Eastern Conference final thanks to several moves he made in free agency in the summer of 29 and at the February trade deadline. NFL-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt college sports. Virginia and Virginia Tech have mutually agree to postpone their Sept. 19 football opener because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech said Friday it has had 219 positive tests for the coronavirus in the previous seven days, putting its total infections at 633 since testing began Aug. 3. Meanwhile, coach Gus Malzahn says No. 11 Auburn had five starters out of practice this week because of COVID-19-related issues. Malzahn said Saturday the Tigers had two new positive tests this week and 10 total players are sidelined from practice because of the virus or close contact. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEST VIRGINIA-SUSPENSIONSWest Virginia suspends 11 for opener; bans not tied to virus A’s 3B Chapman to miss rest of seasonUNDATED (AP) — Athletics All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a strained right hip that requires surgery.Chapman was a first-time All-Star last season, when he captured a Gold Glove for the second year in a row. He’s hitting .232 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs in 37 games this season.Surgery is scheduled for Monday.In other major league news: — Rams receiver Cooper Kupp has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2023. Kupp was the Rams’ top pass-catcher last season, leading the team with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.— The Saints say running back Alvin Kamara (kah-MAH’-rah) has agreed to a five-year extension. A person familiar with the contract says it is worth up to $75 million but that the final season includes a large non-guaranteed payment. Kamara has surpassed 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three seasons. — The Vikings have signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year, $63 million contract extension. Cook was picked for the Pro Bowl last year after becoming the eighth different Vikings player to reach 1,000 rushing yards. He sat out twice with shoulder trouble, still finishing seventh in the league with 1,654 yards from scrimmage.— The Titans will be without starting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. Monday against Denver. Jackson is one of their starting cornerbacks and was added to the report Friday with an injured knee. — Titans rookie Isaiah Wilson has been arrested and charged with drunken driving. Authorities say he was spotted doing “donuts” in an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall Friday night. The No. 29 pick overall in April out of Georgia currently is on the reserve-COVID list for the second time. Fred Couples, Darren Clarke and Kevin Sutherland a shot behind after a low-scoring day. The AL West leaders had won three in a row before the Rangers homered twice in a five-run first to beat the A’s, 5-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOOR’) opened the scoring with a three-run homer and Ronald Guzman (GOOZ’-mahn) added a two-run blast.The homers came off Daulton Jefferies, who worked two innings in his major league debut.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Yankees picked up their fourth straight win by defeating the Orioles, 2-1 on Luke Voit’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. Jonathan Holder combined with Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman on a four-hitter. MLB-NEWS Osaka was broken three times in the first nine games before rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka. The match turned early in the second set with Azarenka up 2-love and serving at 40-30. Osaka climbed out of her funk to take 10- of the 12 games and grab control of the match.Azarenka also had a chance to get back into the match after trailing 4-1 in the third. She won the next two games before Osaka broke serve, winning the final three games.Osaka is the first woman to lose the first set of a U.S. Open final and still take the title since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (ah-RAHN’-chah SAN’-chehz vih-KAH’-ree-oh) did it against Steffi Graf in 1994.Azarenka fell to 2-3 in Grand Slam finals, including an 0-3 mark at Flushing Meadows.ITALIAN OPEN-SERENA WITHDRAWS
SAN ANTONIO >> Doc Rivers didn’t even want to be here on Saturday.When the team got a look at the first draft of the NBA schedule and saw they’d be playing Saturday, Nov. 4 in San Antonio, Rivers and his staff had a single thought.Nope.His team was already scheduled to play four times earlier in the week, and the Clippers would have to face the Spurs on the road on the second half of a back-to-back? Nope. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “This is one of the games we actually tried to get changed,” he said prior to the game.Well, maybe he owes the NBA an apology.The Clippers turned in their best offensive performance of the season by a long shot, dominating the San Antonio Spurs 116-92.It’s the most lopsided win for the Clippers this season.Blake Griffin scored 26 of his 28 points in the first half, helping L.A. blow the Spurs out early with both teams playing on the second night of back-to-backs. The Clippers quickly fell behind 8-0 in the game’s first few minutes, but that stretch was merely a wake-up call.“We played great after the first eight points,” Doc Rivers said.Griffin and the starters put together a devastating 28-4 run to blow the game open, and the Spurs never really challenged after that. And, it started with defensive energy.“We got stops … I think eight in a row and came down and scored. Then, it’s 16-8. For us, it starts on defense. We always say that, but it really does,” Griffin said. “We got out in transition, got some easy buckets, and once those easy ones go in, then it feels like you can’t miss.”The Clippers scored 73 first-half points, which according to ESPN Stats and Info, was the most scored by a visiting team during the Gregg Popovich era in San Antonio.“Blake was great, but their whole team beat us soundly, embarrassingly,” Popovich said. “They were terrific … They beat us very, very, very well.”While signs of fatigue briefly materialized in the second half for the Clippers, San Antonio’s star, Kawhi Leonard, couldn’t get anything going against Luc Mbah a Moute. Leonard finished with 14 points, while Mbah a Moute gave the Clippers 13 points to go along with his consistent defensive effort.“He did a great job,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Luc is one of our amazing perimeter defenders, our best perimeter defender. He does a lot of great things for us.”Most of the greatness Saturday came early, before San Antonio’s trip from Utah and the Clippers’ trip from Memphis started to show.The two teams combined to score 33 points in the third quarter, a stretch where Rivers said the fatigue clearly had set in.“It was just survival for us,” Rivers saidBut thanks to the improved Clippers bench, which got 31 combined points from Jamal Crawford and Marreese Speights, there wasn’t any fourth-quarter slippage. The Clippers’ starters sat the entire fourth quarter, with no one playing more than 30 minutes Saturday.“Listen, it was great to win. It’s always great to win here,” Rivers said. “But these games shouldn’t happen. You can literally see it with both teams … A national TV game with two elite teams should be with a day off, and (then) they play the game.“That’s the way you want it; that’s how we all want it.”
Oleksandr Usyk has vacated his WBA cruiserweight title to pave the way for a move up to the heavyweight division.The Ukrainian stated his intention to step up this year after establishing himself as the cruiserweight king. Usyk wrote to the WBA to confirm he will hand over his belt and is also set to relinquish the IBF, WBC and WBO belts.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe 32-year-old is reportedly in line to make his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam in Chicago on May 18. Promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that he expects Usyk to do battle with Anthony Joshua next year.The WBA had ordered Usyk to fight Denis Lebedev, but that bout will not be taking place.
What happens to presidential cars when they’re decommissioned? When it finally runs out of value for anyone? Oftentimes, they’re thrown into junkyards to be scrapped for parts, or better yet sold to a gearhead who’s savvy with restoration efforts. For the most part, they are cast aside and forgotten. But what about the President of the United States’ car? What happens to it when it’s decommissioned?Throughout the years, presidential vehicles have only increased in their efficiency in avoiding being destroyed by hostile threats. The traditional use of a presidential vehicle began when President Taft purchased four cars and modified the White House so that it would have a garage.Taft’s 1911 White SteamerPrevious presidents had always been transported by horse-drawn carriages. However, the vehicles weren’t special in any way, they were susceptible to bullets and explosives the same way any other car was. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s car, a convertible known as the Sunshine Special, was specifically modified after the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1942 to include bulletproof glass and armored plating. There was even a slot built for a submachine gun to be able to fit in, for the purpose of defending the president.Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Sunshine Special.A great many models were used, often depending on the preferences and personality of the president. Some presidents allowed their own personal grievances to dictate which type of car they would drive, such as Harry S. Truman.As the story goes, Truman had attempted to get a car for his campaign in 1948, but General Motors refused to provide him with one. After he won the election and was placed in office, he ordered a Ford car, breaking from the previous administrations’ use of a GM vehicle, as a means of getting back at them for their actions.One of three Pierce-Arrow cars purchased by the Wilson administration.Other presidents had very eclectic tastes, such as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who enjoyed driving a car known as an Amphicar. This car was an amphibious vehicle that could seamlessly transfer from ground to water without a problem. Johnson, while President, enjoyed playing pranks on unsuspecting passengers by acting as if his car had gone out of control and then driving straight into a lake on his ranch property. The car, of course, would then begin to float across the water like a boat, leaving Johnson’s passengers perplexed and confused at what had just occurred.Related Video:As innovation occurred throughout the years, presidential vehicles continued to evolve in sophistication as well as secrecy.George H.W. Bush 1989 Lincoln presidential limousine.With the Secret Service running the show, they worked to ensure that few people knew about the schematics and actual capabilities of the presidential car.If the wrong information was leaked, the vehicle could potentially be vulnerable and that would be a serious compromise in security.1983 Cadillac Limousine used by President Ronald Reagan.Which leads to how presidential cars used to be decommissioned. Whenever a car was “retired” and would no longer be in use, it would fall to the Secret Service to dispose of the vehicle properly. And by disposing of properly, we mean shooting at the car with high powered guns and then blowing it up.1961 Lincoln model 74A, the automobile President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated. Photo by Alvintrusty CC Y SA 3.0This admittedly exciting task was meant for the purpose of testing to see how strong the vehicles held up against a variety of weaponry. The secondary purpose was to properly ensure that the vehicle was obliterated so that any of its secrets would also be destroyed with it. This would prevent secure information from falling into the wrong kind of hands.Read another story from us: To portray Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman wore a silicon face mask and a padded suit and smoked over 400 cigars, worth $20,000Of course, not every presidential car found its demise at the hands of undoubtedly gleeful Secret Service agents with access to dynamite. Some of the more famous cars ended up in museums. John F. Kennedy’s car, the 1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X that he was assassinated in, is on display in the Henry Ford Museum. Roosevelt’s Sunshine Special also resides within the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.