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Instant analysis: Auburn edges out Ole Miss in offensive shootout - AL.com
Auburn football played Ole Miss on the road and came away with the win. Here are takeaways from the game.
The entirety of Auburns 35-28 win over Ole Miss was played out in the final two minutes when quarterback Bo Nix led the Tigers on a winning drive under pressure and Auburns defense made a last-second interception. Until that point, the game was a back-and-forth, and it seemed it could go either way. Auburn held Ole Misss high-powered offense to just 14 points in the first half. However, it also scored 14 and started the second half in the same position it started the game: tied with Ole Miss. By halftime, Auburn and Ole Miss had had similarly efficient offensive games while their defenses had both struggled to defend the run. The second half provided an opportunity to make a statement. Freshman running back Tank Bigsby gave it his best. He opened the half with a 100-yard return for a touchdown. But a holding call negated it and forced Auburn to put together a drive. Ole Miss managed to completely turn the tide when it forced a punt and then tackled the punter before he could get the punt off. Auburns defense snatched it back when cornerback Roger McCreary perfectly read the fake field goal and tackled the kicker for a turnover on downs. Once things calmed down, Ole Miss was the first to get in the endzone. However, Auburn quickly responded, and the game evened out again. The game came down to the final minutes. Auburn was down by one point because of a botched extra point, but Nix took charge of the game. He and Williams helped the Tigers push ahead by five with a 58-yard touchdown pass. Then they connected for two more points on the two-point conversion. With 1:11 yet, the defense had to step up. The Ole Miss offense had moved fast enough all game that it could work with 1:11. Although the defense let Corral run and pick up first downs, they forced him to take up a lot of time because they locked down all his options. So it went down to the very end," coach Gus Malzahn said. "Thats just the way this year is going. But weve got an extremely tough week last week and our guys held it together. They fought and this will be some good momentum for us moving forward with the way we won. Running backs returned to health Having all three running backs ready to go completely changed the game for Auburn. Although freshman Tank Bigsby had been doing well while Shaun Shivers was hurt and D.J. Williams was limited, Malzahn kept mentioning how the two older running backs return would add depth and experience to the run game. Shivers made his return and took the start against Ole Miss. After being pushed back for a loss on his first carry, he found his stride. Ole Miss could not stop him as he bulldozed his way down the field. Bigsby stayed involved and brought his own style to the run game, bouncing off defenders and wiggling his way through gaps. Nix added a twist to the run game, as well. By the end of the first half, Auburn had 140 rushing yards, and all four rushers averaged five yards per carry or more. Both of its touchdowns were rushing touchdowns. Overall, Bigsby handled most of the snaps. While he wasnt the starter, he was still the lead rusher, running 129 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns. It was his third 100-yard game in a row. But Shivers' return created depth. Shivers' 11 carries were 11 times Bigsby could take a break. On top of that, Auburns production didnt drop when Shivers took the ball instead of Bigsby. He still averaged over five yards per carry and finished with 60 yards and a touchdown. Shaun, hes getting close to 100 percent, Malzahn said. He runs extremely hard. Those two D.J. got a little banged up on that one run, so those two really carried the load. I thought they ran extremely hard and they broke tackles. Bo Nix keeps his cool After an emotional game where Nix threw three interceptions and was caught arguing with his team on the bench, Nix rebounded and came out with more confidence against Ole Miss. He started the game with a bad read on an run-pass option play but quickly adjusted. He kept the ball on multiple zone reads and picked up 38 rushing yards in the first half. He responded like a champ, Malzahn said. You know, he came back and fought his tail off. The weather limited the passing game, and Nix only passed for 60 yards in the first half. However, many of his throws were short passes his longest was 21 yards and he completed nine out of 10 passes in the first two quarters. Nix made 11 straight completions before his next miss. After several games where Nix showed a tendency to escape the pocket whether he needed to or not, Nix stayed and made better decisions. He scrambled several times but on plays where it was the best decision. He made a few poor decisions in pressure situations, but he showed overall improvement. For example, he kept his calm on third-and-long in the fourth when Ole Miss defenders were closing in on him. He found tight end John Samuel Shenker who picked up a critical first down. Nix also demonstrated that his connection with receiver Seth Williams still stands, despite the argument last game. Late in the third quarter, he launched the ball 38-yards to where Williams was covered by two different Ole Miss players. Williams came down with it and set up an easy touchdown. With just over a minute left and the game on the line, Nix placed the ball on Williams' outside shoulder. Williams grabbed it and carried it for the 58-yard touchdown. He trusted him again when the team went for the two-point conversion. It was like we all clicking on a different level, Williams said. We knew had to make it a gameday, a statement game. We wasnt gonna let that game affect us and we were gonna come out and get a win no matter what. Nix finished the game with 238 passing yards going 23-30 52 rushing yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown, and the win. He and Williams were seen congratulating each other with huge smiles on the sidelines. Auburns defense steals points For the most part, Saturdays game was an exhibition of two new offenses. Ole Miss demonstrated its fast-paced offense under Lane Kiffin. Auburn showed what it can do under Chad Morris when things are moving smoothly. For the most part, it seemed like the game consisted of offensive drives. However, Auburns defense had some key stops that allowed the Auburn offense to keep up with the Ole Miss one. On Ole Misss second drive of the game, cornerback Roger McCreary made an interception in the end zone, not only preventing Ole Miss from scoring but also setting up a touchdown drive for Auburn. McCreary stepped up again when Ole Miss attempted to go ahead by kicking a field goal. Instead, the holder flipped the ball over his shoulder to the kicker, who headed for the end zone. McCreary was more than ready and stuffed their hopes of a touchdown right away. Those plays made a difference in a game where Auburns defense otherwise matched Ole Misss defense. They held the Ole Miss offense to 5.6 yards per play while Ole Miss held Auburn to 6 yards per play. They stopped six third down attempts, and Ole Miss stopped five. But until the last drive, Auburn was 4-4 in the red zone while Ole Miss was 3-5 thanks to McCrearys stops. Auburns defense stepped up at the very end when it slowed Ole Misss drive in the final minutes. Safety Jordyn Peters sealed the win when he intercepted Ole Misss final touchdown attempt. Our defense, when they needed to, came through, Malzahn said after the game. 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Miami QB change surprises Tua Tagovailoa, shocks Ryan Fitzpatrick - AL.com
The Dolphins have named the former Alabama All-American as their starting quarterback.
When Tua Tagovailoa told his parents on Tuesday that the Miami Dolphins had decided to start him at quarterback, he said they were excited, but skeptical. They didnt believe me for a little bit, Tagovailoa said. I think my dad kind of joked about it. Hes like, After two plays, after two throws, they want to put you in now? Although the Dolphins used the fifth selection in the NFL Draft on April 23 to obtain Tagovailoa, the former Alabama All-American didnt make his NFL debut until 2:27 remained in Miamis sixth game of the season -- Sundays 24-0 victory over the New York Jets. Tagovailoa took five snaps, completed both his passes and figured when Miami came out of its bye week to play the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1, hed still be the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick. You never know when your opportunity is given, Tagovailoa said during a Wednesday press conference. "When Coach Flo (Brian Flores) called me, I thought it was like any other call. We usually watch film on Tuesdays, and so I thought he was calling because he wanted me to come up and watch some film. I usually get with him to watch film, but it was different. I just think that you need to be ready every time. Opportunities come and when they come, youve got to take them and run with them. DOLPHINS COACH EXPLAINS DECISION TO PROMOTE TUA TAGOVAILOA TO STARTING QUARTERBACK Tagovailoa wasnt the only one surprised by the quarterback change. Fitzpatrick was, too, even though he knew it was going to happen at some point. I was shocked by it, Fitzpatrick said during a Wednesday press conference. "It definitely caught me off-guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart was just heavy all day. It was heartbreaking for me. Weve talked in the past, me and you guys, about how Im the placeholder and this eventually was going to happen. It was just a matter of kind of when, not if. It still just broke my heart yesterday. It was a tough thing for me to hear and to now have to deal with, but Im going to do my best for it. Knowing that he got the job at Fitzpatricks expense took some of the joy out of the promotion for Tagovailoa. I was very excited, Tagovailoa said. "Thats news that I think anyone would love to hear, being named the starter at any position. But at the same time, I also felt for Fitz as well, and me and Fitz had a conversation just about all of this. But like Ive continued to say, although it kind of hurts me in a way to see Fitz hurt, Im just very, very lucky to have someone like Fitz in my corner regardless of the situation were in right now. I hate to say it like this, but it is like this: Its like a father-and-son thing. A 16-year veteran, Fitzpatrick has started games for eight NFL teams, including 19 since joining the Dolphins before the 2018 season. About a month from his 38th birthday, Fitzpatrick said he couldnt help but wonder after being benched if his 145th NFL start on Sunday would turn out to be his last one. Is this it? Fitzpatrick said. Was that my last game as an NFL player in terms of being a starter and going out there and playing? You just kind of go through all those different scenarios. Ive been a starter. Ive been benched all kinds of different ways, but this one more so than any of them -- I think this organization and what weve been through the last year and a half, this was kind of the first place other than Buffalo where I just felt fully committed and invested and felt like it was my team, and so to have that, I think thats a lot of the reason my heart was so heavy yesterday. But thats the direction that the organization is going, and Ive just got to accept it. Tagovailoa also was reflective after the news. His first NFL start will come 15 days short a year from the crushing end of his career at Alabama, when he went down with a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture against SEC West rival Mississippi State. Its definitely been a journey, Tagovailoa said. I definitely think of that injury when I got hurt and then the process leading up to being able to walk, being able to do football drills, being able to just do things in general. I definitely do reflect on that process that I went through, and Im definitely blessed to still be here and able to play the game I grew up dreaming to play. The Dolphins are making their quarterback change after winning their past two games to reach 3-3. Thats one game out of the lead in the AFC East for a franchise that has been to the playoffs once in the past 11 seasons and twice in the past 18. My goals are to do whatever I can do to help this team become successfully, especially our offense, Tagovailoa said. Everyone knows Fitz has done a tremendous job. I dont know. I just feel like Im definitely lucky. Im blessed to be in the situation Im in where I can continue to learn from a guy like Fitz, and then also having the mind of (offensive coordinator) Chan (Gailey), him helping kind of put me in the offense, I guess, in like a good situation. I think thats whats going to be important the next couple of the weeks and the entire season. Fitzpatrick said despite his disappointment, he will be in the rookies corner all the way. This profession is interesting in that I basically got fired yesterday, Fitzpatrick said, "and then my day of work today consisted of me in Zoom meetings listening to the guy that fired me, locked in a spaced-out room with my replacement for four hours. There arent a whole lot of jobs that are like that. But I know how difficult it is to play the quarterback position, and I know that that room is so important to the guy thats playing in terms of everybody having your back and pulling in the same direction, so todays a day to digest a little bit and well get away for the bye a little bit. But once this thing starts up again, Ive got to do my best for Tua to help him out because theres two separate situations here. One is Tua. And I want him to do well. I think hes a great kid, and I think he has a really bright future. And the other one is my feelings and just kind of what Im going through, and that has to be separate from when I walk into this building and help him out. Tagovailoa said the working with the veteran had gotten him ready to be an NFL quarterback. I think with having someone like Fitz, you dont just think, like, within what you know, Tagovailoa said. You start thinking of what other people are doing, the defense, how they align, stack formations, how fronts can dictate coverages, just things that I didnt really need to worry about in college, I think of now. And it really is about the little things. Its just, like I said, its just really a big blessing that I have someone like him, and its not like it stops here. Its a continuous competition with Fitz, and whats so cool about it is that I can continue to grow and continue to learn from him through this process. Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1. 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SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 for Week 2 - al.com
Ten numbers, along with the schedule, TV and odds, to get ready for the second Saturday of the SEC's 2020 football season.
The second week of the SECs 88th season features seven conference games Texas A&M at Alabama, South Carolina at Florida, Auburn at Georgia, Ole Miss at Kentucky, Arkansas at Mississippi State, Missouri at Tennessee and LSU at Vanderbilt. Here are 10 numbers, along with the schedule, TV and odds, to get ready for the second Saturday of SEC football: 0 Road losses are on the record of Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz. In Drinkwitzs only other season as a head coach, his Appalachian State team won all six of its road games in 2019. Missouri will visit Tennessee on Saturday for its first road game of 2020. The Tigers have lost their first SEC road game five years in a row. Since Missouri defeated South Carolina 21-20 in its first conference road game of 2014, Missouri has lost at Kentucky twice and LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt once each in its first SEC road trip annually. 1 Major-college football rivalry will have been contested more than Auburn and Georgia after the Tigers and Bulldogs square off on Saturday for the 125th time. Minnesota and Wisconsin have faced off 129 times (with No. 130 scheduled for Nov. 28). The Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati and North Carolina-Virginia rivalries also have been played 124 times. While the Tar Heels and Cavaliers are scheduled to square off in Game No. 125 on Oct. 31, Miami and Cincinnati will not play in 2020 with the Mid-American Conference limiting the RedHawks to a conference-only schedule. Georgia leads the series with Auburn 60-56-8, reflecting the competitiveness of the most-played rivalries. Wisconsin leads Minnesota61-60-8. Miami leads Cincinnati 59-58-7. The North Carolina-Virginia series has the biggest difference, with UNC leading 63-57-4. 2 Victories in the Florida-South Carolina series for Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp. In his four seasons as the Gators' coach, Muschamp went 1-3 against South Carolina. With the Gamecocks, hes 1-3 against Florida. Muschamp gets another chance for a win on Saturday when South Carolina visits Florida. 7 Consecutive victories have been posted by Tennessee, the longest winning streak in the SEC and the third-longest in the nation. The Volunteers' most recent setback was a 35-13 loss to Alabama on Oct. 19. Air Force and Notre Dame have won their past eight games, and Florida Atlantic also has won seven in a row. In the seven games before its winning streak, Tennessee won twice. The Volunteers host Missouri on Saturday. 14 Consecutive Alabama games have featured at least 30 points for the Crimson Tide, the longest such streak in SEC history. When Alabama opened its season last week by beating Missouri 38-19, it broke a tie for the SEC top spot with Texas A&M, which had a 13-game streak during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The most recent game in which Alabama failed to score at least 30 points was the Tides 44-16 loss to Clemson in the CFP national championship game on Jan. 7, 2019. FOR MORE OF AL.COMS COVERAGE OF THE SEC, GO TO OUR SEC PAGE 30 Consecutive home-openers have been won by Florida. The Gators will kick off their 2020 home schedule against South Carolina on Saturday. Floridas most recent loss in its home-opener is a 24-19 defeat by Ole Miss on Sept. 9, 1989. The teams that Florida has beaten in the streak have been Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Charleston Southern (twice), The Citadel, Eastern Michigan (twice), Florida Atlantic, Hawaii, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, Massachusetts, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico State (twice), Oklahoma State, San Jose State (twice), Southern Miss (twice), Tennessee, Toledo, UAB, UT Martin, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and Wyoming. 31 Consecutive home games have been won in October by Alabama. The Crimson Tide hasnt been beaten at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the 10th month since South Carolina took a 20-3 victory on Oct. 2, 2004. Alabama hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. 84 Years since Auburn and Georgia squared off in a regular-season game in any month other than November. The teams are ready to meet outside the 11th month on Saturday in Athens. On Oct. 24, 1936, the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 20-13 in Columbus, Georgia. Since then, the only Auburn-Georgia meeting not played in November was the 2017 SEC Championship Game, in which the Bulldogs took a 28-7 victory on Dec. 2. The only Auburn-Georgia game played earlier on the calendar than this years game is the 1892 meeting, the first game between the schools, which occurred on Feb. 20. 249 On-the-field victories as a college head coach for Alabamas Nick Saban. A victory over Texas A&M on Saturday would make Saban the eighth coach to win 250 games at NCAA FBS programs (or major-college before that designation), joining Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden, Pop Warner, Bear Bryant, Amos Alonzo Stagg, LaVell Edwards and Tom Osborne. Saban had a 9-2 record at Toledo, 34-24-1 mark at Michigan State and 48-16 record at LSU and owns a 158-23 record at Alabama for a career on-the-field mark of 249-65-1. Sabans winning percentage of .792 ranks 17th in the NCAA record book for FBS coaches. Officially, Saban has a 244-65-1 mark because five victories in 2007 were included in 21 Alabama wins ordered vacated by the NCAA. 415 Passing yards for Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano in the Volunteers' 24-20 victory over Missouri last season. Guarantano completed 23-of-40 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Tigers in 2019, and hell take aim at Missouri again on Saturday, when it visits Neyland Stadium. Guarantanos career high also is the fourth-highest single-game passing yardage total in Tennessee history. Tyler Bray passed for 530 yards in a 55-48 victory over Troy in 2012 and Peyton Manning passed for 523 yards in a 59-31 victory over Kentucky in 1997 and 492 in a 35-29 loss to Florida in 1996. SEC FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS: TOP 10 FROM WEEK 1 This weeks SEC schedule includes (all times are CDT with point spreads from vegasinsider.com): Saturday · South Carolina at No. 3 Florida, 11 a.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida (ESPN). Line: Florida by 16.5. · Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee, 11 a.m. at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee (SEC Network). Line: Tennessee by 12.5. · No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama, 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (CBS). Line: Alabama by 18. · Ole Miss at Kentucky, 3 p.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky (SEC Network). Line: Kentucky by 6. · Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi (SEC Network alternate channel). Line: Mississippi State by 17. · No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia, 6:30 p.m. at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia (ESPN). Line: Georgia by 7.5. · No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee (SEC Network). Line: LSU by 21. Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1. 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Hurricane Sally: Photos, damage; Flora Bama, The Hangout, Gulf Coast Zoo - al.com
More photos, damages from Hurricane Sally.
Cleanup continues after Hurricane Sally pounded the Gulf Coast. Sally, the first hurricane to make landfall in Alabama since Hurricane Ivan in 2004, has tracked north from the Alabama coast and into Georgia. At least one death in Orange Beach has been blamed on the storm. Widespread damage and flooding was reported in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Mobile. There are widespread power outages and many schools in south Alabama are closed. Tourists are banned from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the Fort Morgan Peninsula until Sept. 27 and cleanup and recovery continues. The Holmes Bridge on Highway 59 crossing the Intracoastal Waterway is closed until further notice, except for residents and property owners with valid hurricane reentry passes. Here are the latest photos, videos of storm damage and recovery:
Georgia ICE detention center accused of performing mass hysterectomies on immigrants - AL.com
Democrats seized on the most explosive allegations in the nurse’s complaint — that a gynecologist called the “uterus collector” was performing “mass hysterectomies” — in declaring they would investigate the matter.
Leading congressional Democrats reacted furiously Tuesday to lightly-substantiated claims that immigrants held at a detention center in Georgia are undergoing questionable hysterectomies. In a complaint filed Monday, a nurse alleges that the Irwin County Detention Center performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records. Democrats seized on the most explosive allegations in the nurses complaint that a gynecologist called the uterus collector was performing mass hysterectomies in declaring they would investigate the matter. A follow-up news conference Tuesday in Atlanta provided little information to substantiate the claims. Lawyers for the nurse, Dawn Wooten, refused to release her full statement that she made to the Department of Homeland Securitys Inspector General. She declined to take questions after reading a statement that made no reference to mass hysterectomies or did not quantify how many of the procedures were performed on immigrant women at the facility. The doctor is not named in the complaint. Wooten worked full-time as a licensed practical nurse at the immigration jail until July, when she was demoted. Democrats were quick to jump on the allegations after spending the last three years condemning the Trump administrations treatment of immigrants, including the separation of families and the detention of children in squalid conditions at the border. If true, the appalling conditions described in the whistleblower complaint including allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on vulnerable immigrant women are a staggering abuse of human rights, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said the panel is conducting an ongoing investigation about the conditions at ICE contractor facilities and will be examining these new and incredibly serious allegations. It was unclear to Wooten if women knowingly consented to the operations. She said nurses raised concerns about the doctor. Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy just about everybody, Wooten said in the complaint. Hes even taken out the wrong ovary on a young lady. The facility in Ocilla, about 200 miles south of Atlanta, houses men and women detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service and Irwin County. Its run by the private LaSalle Corrections, a Louisiana company. ICE said it does not comment on matters before the inspector general but that it takes all allegations seriously. That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve, the agency said in a statement. Wooten spoke little about the hysterectomy allegation during the news conference, instead focusing on her concerns that the facility wasnt testing detainees for COVID-19, that the detention center wasnt being sanitized, and that little protective equipment was available for employees. While the 27-page complaint filed by advocacy group Project South quotes unidentified detainees extensively, it also includes detailed comments from Wooten. The complaint says Wooten was demoted after missing work with coronavirus symptoms, which she believes was retaliation for raising questions about COVID-19. I know I was demoted because I raised questions about why, Wooten said during the news conference. I was told not to tell officers that there were detainees they dealt with day in and day out that were positive. Wooten said the number of detainees infected was much higher than reported because there was no active testing and not all cases were reported, according to the complaint. The New York Times reported in June that inmates engaged in protests because of concerns about poor COVID-19 protections. Wooten is quoted as saying the sick call nurse sometimes fabricated seeing detainees in person when they hadnt and that she saw the nurse shred a box of detainee complaints without looking at them. She said nurses ignored detainees reporting COVID-19 symptoms. If detainees reported a fever, nurses would put them on an over-the-counter cold medication for seven days without testing them for COVID-19, she said. Wooten said the facility declined to use two rapid-testing COVID-19 machines that ICE purchased for $14,000 each. No medical staff had been trained on them and she saw the machines used only once. LaSalle Corrections did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Monday. As of Sunday, 42 detainees at the facility had tested positive for the virus, according to ICE. Nationwide, 5,772 detainees were positive.
Second stimulus check: Republicans unveil coronavirus relief bill; Is second stimulus included? - al.com
Republicans unveil a new stimulus package.
The Senate is expected to vote on a new stripped-down coronavirus relief package this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the targeted proposal focuses on some of the very most urgent healthcare, education and economic issues. It does not contain every idea our party likes. I am confident Democrats will feel the same. Yet Republicans believe the many serious differences between our two parties should not stand in the way of agreeing where we can agree and making law that helps our nation, McConnell said in a statement. The bill includes $300 a week for expanded unemployment insurance benefits through the end of the year and $257 billion for a second round of the small-business focused Paycheck Protection Program. The bill also includes $105 billion for schools and $16 billion for expansion of coronavirus testing. The GOP proposal does not include another round of direct stimulus payments to Americans. The previous round of stimulus payments included up to $1,200 pers person and $2,400 per family, plus $500 per dependent, and both parties had indicated they wanted another round to be part of a second relief plan and those negotiations are continuing. The revamped bill is expected to cost about $500 billion. The measure would need 60 votes to pass, something deemed unlikely. Republicans are aiming to present a solid front, however, with backing from 51 GOP Senators. Democratic leadership have deemed the bill a non-starter. Senate Republicans appear dead-set on another bill which doesnt come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere. This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support, Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. McConnell said the vote could occur as soon as Thursday.
Watch tearful Kirk Herbstreit deliver social justice speech: ‘It’s not OK.’ GameDay makes SEC picks - AL.com
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit didn't hold back Saturday during the season debut of ESPN's "College GameDay."
A crying Kirk Herbstreit made an emotional speech Saturday during the season premier of ESPNs College GameDay when discussing the impact of 2020 events on the Black community. The show also made predictions on the SEC West and East races and even debated the seasons start time. However, Herbstreits emotional comments left Maria Taylor, as well as others on screen, in tears. I was talking to David Shaw, the head coach of Stanford, he shared a quote to me and it reminded me ... from Benjamin Franklin: Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as to those who are. The black community is hurting. If youve listened, (youve heard) the word empathy and compassion over the last four months. How do you listen to these stories and not feel pain and not want to help? You know what I mean? Its like wearing a hoodie, putting your hands at 10-2 (on the wheel). Oh god, I better look out. Im wearing Nike gear, like what? What are we talking about? You cant relate to that if youre white but you can listen and try to help because this is not OK. Its just not. We gotta do better man. We gotta lock arm and arm and be together. In a football locker room, thats gone. We gotta do better. The GameDay crew also shared their picks on the SEC West and East races. I really felt Georgia all along, but I think with (Jamie) Newman opting out and JT Daniels stepping in, Im going with Kyle Trask (at Florida), Herbstreit said. Im going with the Florida Gators over Georgia in the SEC East. Lee Corso disagreed. I disagree. I go Georgia. They got a new quarterback, but they got 16 returning starters, Corso said. Desmond Howard sided with Herbstreit and the Gators. As far as the West, it is all about Alabama. I still like Alabama to win the West; so, Im going with Roll Tide, Howard said. I agree with you, Desmond, Corso said. They have Texas A&M and Georgia at home. Theyre hungry. Alabama Roll Tide. Auburn is a forgotten team, but Im with the boys here. Alabama is still the team to beat in my mind. Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
Kirk Herbstreit gives SEC pick; Rece Davis, Greg McElroy others react to SEC schedule drop - AL.com
College football analysts give their takes as the SEC revealed the fall football schedule on Monday.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey called Mondays college football schedule reveal another step in the journey. For starving fans and analysts alike, it was the first real nibble of college football in what has been a fat-free diet of opinion and speculation leading up to the fall. Now, they have something to sink their teeth into and feast. It didnt take long for college football analyst to dive into schedule. ESPN GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who joined the SECs broadcast, pointed out what struck him at first glance. The thing that stood out to me was (Alabama coach) Nick Saban would have a lot of former assistant coaches, he said. He has four of them back-to-back-to-back. (Oct. 3 Texas A&Ms Jimbo Fisher, Oct. 10 at Ole Miss Lane Kiffin, Oct. 17 Georgias Kirby Smart, Oct. 24 at Tennessees Jeremy Pruitt). Alabama doesnt necessarily have an easy road to get to the championship. " Meanwhile, the league - he said - didnt do Dan Mullen any favors. I dont know who set this up, but what about the Florida Gators? Herbstreit asked. On paper, Florida is a team you can make a strong argument that they have a team that can compete with Georgia. They pick up LSU and Texas A&M in West with everyone else they play in the East, so it becomes that more daunting for Dan Mullen and the Gators. For Rece Davis, it is all about how the season starts and ends. The bookends were the things that jumped out to me, Davis said on the SEC Networks broadcast. First, new coaches getting baptized into the league. (Missouris Eli) Drinkwitz getting the Tide, (Arkansas) Sam Pittman getting the (Georgia) Dawgs. (Mississippi States Mike) Leach going to visit LSU. (Ole Miss) Lane (Kiffin) getting Gators, albeit at home. Then, if you go to the end of the schedule, a lot of people are going to look at Alabama-Auburn as the penultimate week, but if you look at the following week, you have a lot of implications for wins and loses. Alabama and LSU have games in the West they can manage, but Auburn and Texas A&M have each other. That will be a lot more difficult way to finish if they are in the middle of it." SEC analyst and former Alabama defensive back Roman Harper called the Week 1 warm-ups. Harper said Alabamas games in Week 4 against Georgia and Week 6 against Mississippi State are potential problems. Originally, he said, he didnt think Georgia would be ready for the Tide in what was supposed to be a Week 2 matchup. But now, playing them in Week 4, Georgias offense with Jamie Newman is going to understand who they are personality-wise offensively. Defensively, Georgia is going to be stout, and I think they are going to give Alabama all types of problems. I think this is going to be the scariest game on the schedule for Alabama, especially when they play them and how they play them. He also believes Mississippi State will be one of the biggest test for Alabamas secondary. Meanwhile, SEC analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy points to the Week 7 matchup between Florida and Georgia on Nov. 7. We know how important this game is for both Georgia and Florida, he said. Both teams bring back an awfully amount of talent. He added the game will likely decide the SEC East again. Still, despite the schedule, Herbstreit predicts some familiar faces in the SEC Championship Game. I feel Bama would be the team in the West, he said. I love LSU and coach (Ed) O (Orgeron), but I think they lost a lot there. I would favor Bama even though that schedule looks tough. I was sneaky wanting to pick Florida with all the Georgia hype. The schedule makes me nervous. I have Georgia and Bama with Bama prevailing and winning the SEC. Here is some of the other reaction to the schedule news: Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
Neck gaiters may be worse than no mask at all, study suggests - AL.com
A study out of Duke University showed that the popular neck gaiter face coverings made of thin, synthetic fabrics were not effective in blocking the kind of droplets that carry COVID-19, but most cloth or surgical masks did.
One popular style of face covering may not be doing much to limit spread of the coronavirus, according to a study out of Duke University. The researchers found that while most of the cotton, cloth or surgical-style masks tested were effective at limiting the amount of respiratory droplets a person expelled while talking, the neck gaiter or neck fleece actually resulted in more small droplets being expelled. We attribute this to the fleece, the textile, breaking up those big particles into many little particles, Martin Fischer, an associate research professor at Duke said in a news release. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person mostly through respiratory droplets that we all expel out of our mouths when we talk, sneeze, cough or breathe heavily, according to most experts. Fischer said its possible that releasing more small droplets through a thin mask is worse than expelling larger droplets with no shield at all. [The smaller particles] tend to hang around longer in the air, they can get carried away easier in the air, so this might actually be counter productive to wear such a mask, Fischer said. Its not the case that any mask is better than nothing. There are some masks that actually hurt rather than do good. However, some have said that conclusion is premature and we dont have enough information to declare that those masks do more harm than good. Slate news director Susan Matthews points out that the researchers tested only a single subject with the gaiter-style mask, increasing the chances that the mask simply didnt fit, or that there was some other issue with either the mask or the test subject. The subject also only repeated the short phrase stay healthy, people, 10 times for each mask. The subject did not speak in different volume levels, cough, sneeze or simulate other conditions like heavy breathing during exercise. Gaiter masks are very popular among runners because of their lightweight construction and looser fit. A study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from July found that gaiters were more effective than other types of masks at catching droplets from a simulated cough, but that study used snug-fitting homemade gaiters made of tightly woven fabric with a metal nose-piece and elastic to ensure a good fit. Matthews also notes that we dont know whether a person expelling a higher number of small droplets is more likely to spread the disease than a person producing fewer, larger blobs of virus-laden spittle. The findings of the Duke team were published online last week in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed journal. Fisher and the team at Duke tested 14 different kinds of masks using cardboard, laser lights and a cell phone camera, as you can see in the short video below. The subject repeats the same phrase into the contraption, first with no mask, then with the different styles of masks to see which were most effective. The laser makes the droplets coming out of a persons mouth visible and the camera records those droplets to be counted. The team found that surgical masks, as well as cotton, cloth and polypropylene masks were effective in blocking the droplets from being spread when the subject spoke in a normal voice. The best-performing masks were the medical-grade N95 masks -- without valves -- used by medical professionals. The neck fleece (Mask #11 in the photo above) actually resulted in more droplets being counted. The bandana reduced the number of droplets by about half, the others reduced the droplet count to 20 percent or less of the mask-less count. One of the researchers told The Washington Post that the gaiter that tested poorly was made of a lightweight, polyester spandex material, marketed as a breathable item for outdoor sports activity. If you can see through it when you put it up to a light and you can blow through it easily, it probably is not protecting anybody, Warren S. Warren, a co-author of the paper told the Post. N95 medical masks with valves performed about as well as cotton masks, with the researchers noting the valves were designed to keep droplets from entering the mask from the outside, not to stop the person wearing the mask from expelling droplets that others could then breathe in. The overall takeaway from the paper is clear, however. While some masks perform better than others, most masks are effective at reducing the droplets that spread the coronavirus. Wearing a mask is a simple and easy way to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Eric Westman, a Duke physician who worked with Fischer to design the experiment, said in a news release. About half of infections are from people who dont show symptoms, and often dont know theyre infected. They can unknowingly spread the virus when the cough, sneeze and just talk. If everyone wore a mask, we could stop up to 99% of these droplets before they reach someone else. In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral medicine, its the one proven way to protect others as well as yourself. This study was designed as a proof-of-concept of the researchers technique to measure droplet spread. The researchers say further research is needed to test different masks under a variety of conditions, such as speaking at different volumes, or coughing and sneezing. We certainly encourage everyone to wear a mask, but we want to make sure that when you wear a mask and you go to the trouble of making a mask, you make one or wear one that actually helps not just you but helps everyone, Fischer said.
Winners and losers of new SEC football schedule 2020 - AL.com
The winners and losers of the SEC doling out two new opponents to each school.
The intense reactions came immediately. The Southeastern Conferences live reveal on SEC Network of each schools two new opponents had everyone talking headed into the weekend. The SEC still hasnt released the full schedule with the dates of when the games will be played -- that should come within the next two weeks -- but now every SEC schools knows the 10 opponents it will face this season. To sort out which schools got good news and which schools need to send sternly worded letters to league headquarters, we give you the winners and losers of the SECs new 10-opponent schedules. Winners Alabama The Crimson Tide made out well Friday when the SEC dished out Kentucky and Missouri as its two new opponents. It could have been better -- aka Vanderbilt -- but the most important thing for Alabama was avoiding Florida. Alabama already had two of the toughest SEC East teams, Georgia and Tennessee, and wasnt eager to add the third. Instead, the nations preseason No. 3 team gets two very winnable games though Kentucky is no cupcake. RELATED:What new schedule means for Alabama Georgia The preseason SEC East favorite added the two easiest SEC West opponents, on paper at least, headed into the season. Arkansas and Mississippi State are both on their third coaches in as many years, with extra growing pains possible given the absence of a normal spring and summer schedule. The Bulldogs have the best chance to emerge out of the East, and nothing that happened Friday changed that. LSU Ed Orgeron had to be smiling after seeing Missouri and Vanderbilt as his two new opponents. The Tigers may be the biggest winner of any SEC school getting the teams perceived to be the SEC Easts two weakest headed into the season. Avoiding Georgia and Tennessee -- the Tigers already had Florida and South Carolina -- should make Baton Rouge a very happy city tonight. Ole Miss The Rebels may now have the best foursome of SEC East opponents. With Florida and Vanderbilt already scheduled, Ole Miss added Kentucky and South Carolina. Neither one is a guaranteed win, but conversely, neither one is also an obvious loss the way Georgia would have been. Ole Miss could certainly go 3-1 with this slate which is huge given all the difficult games that come each year in the SEC West. Losers Arkansas Poor Sam Pittman. The excitable Yes Sir! head coach got nothing but coal from commissioner Greg Sankey on Friday. Arkansas, already expected to finish last in the SEC West, added the SEC Easts two toughest teams, Georgia and Florida. Add in annual games against Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M, the Razorbacks are now scheduled to play four top 10 teams and six Top 25 teams. Ouch. Missouri Welcome to the SEC, Eliah Drinkwitz. Your welcome bag is having to play three preseason top five teams. If Arkansas is the big loser in the SEC West, theres no question Missouri fared the worst in the East. The Tigers added defending national champion LSU and preseason No. 3 Alabama to their schedule. Missouri was already facing an uphill battle to win more than a couple games this season, and the SEC just added two more obvious losses. Texas A&M The Aggies avoided Georgia but I cant imagine Jimbo Fisher is thrilled about adding Florida and Tennessee. This was shaping up to be an important year for Fisher headed into Year 3 of a 10-year contract with a 17-9 record to date. Even before COVID-19 changed everything, it wasnt fair to say Fishers seat was even warm, but everyone seemed to understand better results in 2020 were important for the trajectory of the program. Getting Florida and Tennessee makes Texas A&Ms climb to the top of the SEC more challenging. John Talty is the sports editor and SEC Insider for Alabama Media Group. You can follow him on Twitter @JTalty.