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Toronto FC learns rest of rejigged MLS schedule, with a busy October ahead

Toronto FC learned Tuesday what lies ahead in the rest of the pandemic-rejigged MLS regular season.

Seven matches in October and two in November. Six “home” games in East Hartford, Conn. A steady diet of Eastern Conference opponents.

On the plus side, coach Greg Vanney gave a thumbs-up to the facilities in their Hartford home away from home, talking up the team’s hotel and food as well as Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, where TFC will play home games due to border restrictions limiting U.S. teams from coming north.

“The setup’s been great … No complaints,” Vanney said Tuesday. “We’re just obviously away from family and all that, which we have to manage and work through while we’re on the road.”

As Toronto (6-2-4) prepared for its third meeting with New Yo...

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Gonzaga continues residency at or near top of preseason polls – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 PST

No matter what poll one looks at, it’s clear Gonzaga is going to be at or near the top when the college basketball season begins in late November.’s Andy Katz has Gonzaga at No. 1 in his latest Power 36, the same spot as his initial rankings five months ago that came out shortly after the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Zags have been No. 1 since March in Gary Parrish’s daily Top 25 and 1 poll on for the 2020-21 season.

That opinion isn’t unanimous.’s poll in August, after stay-or-go decisions by college players that declared for the NBA draft, has Gonzaga at No. 3, behind Villanova and Baylor.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein puts the Zags at No. 6, behind Villanova, Baylor, Iowa, Virginia and Wisconsin.

It’s also...

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Was NFL’s injury-riddled weekend tied to lack of preseason games?

In the aftermath of Monday’s devastating news that star linebacker Anthony Barr is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, former Vikings linebackers Ben Leber and Chad Greenway brought some levity to the situation with a brief exchange on Twitter.

“Looks like our guys need some depth,” Leber tweeted. “How about we lace ’em back up for another year?”

“I am ready when needed,” Greenway replied. “Haven’t changed my number.”

“I still have my mouthpiece,” Leber concluded. “Which is really disgusting.”

While the former teammates were clearly joking, and neither plans to make a potential comeback, if the NFL has another Sunday like this past weekend, there soon will be some open roster spots across the league.

In a span of a few hours, Giants running ...

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Why the Raptors should weigh Norm Powell trade offers and wait to extend OG Anunoby. It’s strictly business

The Raptors are facing an off-season like no other. They have a handful of free agents to decide on, an uncertain NBA financial picture and a first-round pick in the Nov. 18 draft. This is the fifth in a six-part series looking at the decisions and options that lie ahead:

OG Anunoby and Norm Powell represent two intriguing parts of the Raptors’ future, and each presents yet another big decision for president Masai Ujiri as the NBA off-season approaches.

They have each been important contributors at times.

Powell’s speed, power and athleticism are unique among the team’s wings and guards, and he seemed to have found the consistency so many have been waiting for these past few seasons.

Anunoby is morphing into the best defender on the squad — able and, most important, willing to take...

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Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 PST

WASHINGTON – A $1 billion fund Congress gave the Pentagon in March to build up the country’s supplies of medical equipment has instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.

The change illustrates how one taxpayer-backed effort to battle the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, was instead diverted toward patching up long-standing perceived gaps in military supplies.

The Cares Act, which Congress passed earlier this year, gave the Pentagon money to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” But a few weeks later, the Defense Department began reshaping how it would award the money in a way that represented a major departure from Congress’s intent.

The payments...

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‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000


The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

“It is completely unfathomable that we’ve reached this point,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researcher, eight months after the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation, with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medical supplies.

The number of dead is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days. It is roughly equal to the population of Salt Lake City or Huntsville, Alabama.

And it is still climbing...

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Silver to CNN: A later NBA season may disrupt Olympic plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.—NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his “best guess” is that next season will not start until at least January, plus acknowledged that the later-than-usual schedule could mean top U.S. men’s players miss next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Silver, a guest in a series of panel discussions on CNN, did not indicate that any decisions are finalized. The league was originally hoping for a Dec. 1 start to next season, then shifted its focus to the chance of a late December start, and now the target has apparently moved again.

“I continue to believe that we’re going to be better off getting into January,” Silver said in a discussion with Bob Costas during part of the “Citizen by CNN” event...

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Washington records – Tue, 22 Sep 2020 PST

Spokane County

Marriage licenses

KC B. Foote and Elise C. Richardson, of Spokane.

Nicholas T. Cochrane and Mikayla N. Presta, of Spokane.

Daniel L. McCormack and Marley M. Dumay, of Spokane.

Gage L. Forsberg and Johauna M. Roybal, of Spokane.

Seth Y. Richards, of Careywood, Idaho and Katelynn R. Marks, of Laclede, Idaho.

Joseph L. Gaylord and Magen M. Lozeau, of Spokane.

Trent I. Miller and Tasia D. Sharp, of Spokane.

David B. Norske and Jori A. Walker, both of Tigard, Oregon.

Lori A. Hannan and Teresa A. Mason, of Spokane.

Brandon Murray and Shannon Finley, both of Nine Mile Falls.

Armando C. Patlan and Elva L. Vasquez, of Spokane.

Derek M. Roach and Kayla D. Lauro, of Spokane.

Cameron P. Maring and Miranda R. Lecker, of Spokane.

Aaron S. Lennon and Dawna R...

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Fifth annual Selby Stroll in St. Paul to be held Saturday

The annual Selby Stroll will look a bit different this year. Although patrons and locals will be donning masks and shopping on the sidewalks, the St. Paul community event is still in full swing.

Taking place this Saturday, the Stroll will feature live music, outdoor dining and sidewalk sales from more than 30 local businesses.

Spanning from Fairview Avenue to Saratoga Avenue, the event will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the participating stores include coffee and gift shops, sports and wellness stores and vintage boutiques.

In partnership with the Selby-Snelling Area Business Association, which works to revive the “new, old neighborhood, which combines rich St...

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Explaining the Premier League record goal spree

A stoppage-time goal by Gabriel Jesus did more than just clinch a significant win for Manchester City at Wolverhampton.

It capped a record-breaking round of scoring in the English Premier League, too.

A total of 44 were scored in a wild second round of games from Saturday to Monday, surpassing the record for a single round since the league was reduced to 20 teams in 1995.

At least seven goals were scored in three separate games, only the third time that has happened in the Premier League era (since 1992).

From Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hat trick for Everton in the early kickoff on Saturday to Son Heung-min’s four-goal burst for Tottenham a day later to Man City’s commanding 3-1 win at Wolves on Monday, the goals flew in across the empty grounds of the world’s most-watched league at an aver...

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