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The story behind Thompson’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ comeback win over Auburn – AL.com

This is an opinion piece In the waning seconds of the Class 7A title game Wednesday night, Thompson 5-star defensive line recruit Jeremiah Alexander couldn’t believe what was happening. His Warriors – No. 1 throughout the season in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll and No. 6 nationally – trailed Auburn 28-19. Hope was all but lost for a Thompson repeat. “I saw Auburn dancing over there and I was just like, ‘Dang, there is no way this happened,’” he said. As it turns out, he was right. In the most remarkable of high school football finishes, Thompson literally snatched victory from the jaws of certain defeat. Even as I write this in the early hours of what is now Thursday morning, it is still hard to process the final 18 seconds of what quickly became Thompson 29, Auburn 28. RELAT...

Trump roils Georgia GOP as party waits to see if presidential visit helps — or hurts — in crucial Senate runoffs – The Washington Post

That war showed no signs of abating this week, with competing GOP factions growing increasingly angry and distrustful of one another. Leading the charge on one side were two attorneys who say they support Trump, offering a fiery news conference Wednesday urging Republicans to withhold their votes from the Jan. 5 runoffs if leaders don’t fight to overturn the November election results in which Trump narrowly lost Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden. Republican state lawmakers, meanwhile, aligning themselves with Trump’s baseless claims, scheduled a Thursday hearing in the state Capitol to hear testimony about alleged voting irregularities. Other Republicans denounced the claims. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and a senior member of his staff, Gabriel Sterling, blamed Trump’s inflamm...

Another 712,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Another 712,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Labor Department, as the job market recovery continues to slow. That was a bit lower in the previous week, which was revised higher. Meanwhile, 288,701 workers filed for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides aid for workers like the self-employed and contractors. This number is not adjusted for seasonality. Added together, 1 million Americans filed initial benefit claims on an unadjusted basis last week. Although that’s a new low for combined first-time claims since the crisis started, the number is still higher than the peak of weekly jobless claims during the Great Recession, when they peaked at 665,000. Co...

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Vikings.com

EAGAN, Minn. — Kirk Cousins was so locked in late Sunday he completed 12 of 13 passes for 136 yards with two touchdowns and a pass on a 2-point conversion on Minnesota’s final two possessions. On Thursday, he locked up NFC Player of the Week honors. The Vikings quarterback had to wait an extra day because the Week 12 game between the Ravens and Steelers originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night was delayed by coronavirus complications until Wednesday afternoon. Cousins helped Minnesota overcome an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Carolina 28-27. He led scoring drives of 61 and 75 yards in the final period of the game, capping each with 10-yard touchdowns. The first was rookie Justin Jefferson’s second score of the game and was followed with a 2-point conversion pass...

Harris assembles staff as she builds her vice presidential portfolio – CNN

(CNN)Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is constructing the key team of senior staffers who will accompany her to the White House, announcing Thursday the hiring of three top roles including chief of staff. The staffers, all of whom are women and two of whom are people of color — highlight the incoming administration’s commitment to diversity. Harris tapped Hartina Flournoy, a Black woman, as her incoming chief of staff. She currently serves as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton. “Tina brings a strong commitment to serving the American people, and her leadership will be critical as we work to overcome the unprecedented challenges facing our nation,” Harris said in a statement. News of Flournoy’s hiring was first reported by journalist Yashar Ali l...

Coronavirus updates: Daily deaths surpass 3,000; Obama, Clinton, Bush say they’d get vaccine on camera; CDC predicts 450K deaths by February – USA TODAY

The nation’s one-day toll of coronavirus deaths reported Thursday surpassed 3,000 for the first time, a number perhaps inflated by fatalities reported late due to the Thanksgiving holiday but still reflective of a pandemic racing out of control. The death toll reported in the last two days alone was 5,744. And hospitalizations surpassed 100,000 for the first time Wednesday. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted the U.S. could reach 450,000 deaths by February. “The reality is, December and January and February are going to be rough times, and I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of our nation, largely because of the stress it’s going to put on our public health system,” Dr. Robert Red...

Amazon pledges to replace ‘stolen’ PS5 consoles — what to do next – Tom’s Guide

Home News Gaming (Image credit: Tom’s Guide) As if finding where to buy a PS5 wasn’t tricky enough with so little stock around, some U.K. buyers of Sony’s next-gen console ended up in a situation where their consoles never arrived. Various Amazon U.K. customers received shipments of random items, including cat food, while others received nothing at all. To compensate them, Amazon has now announced that affected customers can re-order the console by contacting customer service. Latest stock updates: Where to buy PS5 PS5 review: The future of console gaming is here Just in: Walmart PS5 and Xbox Series X restock today! Initially, Amazon refunded customers who didn’t receive their PS5, or offered them various amounts of credit to make up for it. In normal circumstances that w...

CDC reduces COVID exposure quarantine time to 10 days with no symptoms – CBS News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new quarantine guidelines for people who were exposed to coronavirus, reducing the length of time from 14 days to 10 days without symptoms or seven days with no symptoms and a negative test. Officials said the shorter time period is intended to encourage more people to quarantine.  “Reducing the length of quarantine may encourage more people to do so, especially when they may not be able to work during quarantine time,” CDC’s COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Henry Walke, told reporters on a call Wednesday. He said the agency still recommends 14 days, but is now offering two “acceptable alternative quarantine periods.”  “As we learn more about the virus, we continue to refine our guidance,” Walk...

Fauci: UK approved Pfizer vaccine too fast, not as ‘careful’ as FDA – Business Insider – Business Insider

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that the UK had approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine too quickly. The UK approved Pfizer and German partner BioNTech’s vaccine on Wednesday, becoming the first Western nation to authorize a COVID-19 shot.  The US Food and Drug Administration is still analyzing trial results, and will make a decision on the vaccine December 10 at the earliest. “The UK did not do it as carefully and they got a couple of days ahead,” Fauci told Fox News on Thursday. “If you go quickly and you do it superficially, people are not going to want to get vaccinated,” he added. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the US, has said UK regulators were too quick to authorize Pf...

Flaws for 2020 Super Bowl favorites: Where the Chiefs, Saints, Steelers, Packers and more struggle – ESPN

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT Get ESPN play Which Super Bowl contender is in the most trouble after Week 12? (1:28) Dan Orlovsky identifies the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team with Super Bowl aspirations in the most trouble as they continue to struggle on offense. (1:28) 6:45 AM ET Bill BarnwellESPN Staff Writer Close Bill Barnwell is a staff writer for ESPN.com. It’s tough for anything to be perfect in 2020. The Steelers are 11-0, but if you saw them struggle to put away what amounted to the Ravens’ JV team on Wednesday, you can see that even they have flaws. The same is true for the other organizations at the head of the Super Bowl race. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are 10-1 and the Saints are 9-2, but they both lost to a Raiders team that just got blown out by the 4-7 Falco...

George Clooney Taught His Three-Year-Old Twins the Grossest Prank – TooFab

Celebrity By TooFab Staff | 12/3/2020 3:35 AM PT Clooney is famous — or is that infamous? — for his on-set (and everywhere else) pranks upon friends, family and co-stars alike! George Clooney is famous for two things: acting and pranks. So many of his co-stars have spoken out about some of the pranks he’s pulled on him over the years, it’s become well established Hollywood lore. Now it looks like George is thinking about his legacy, because he’s already got his three-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, getting in on the action. Getty George Clooney Calls Fatherhood ‘Very Fulfilling,’ Says Wife Amal ‘Changed Everything’ For Him View Story “They both have learned to play pranks, which is good fun,” George told People magazine ...

Anthony Davis finalizing five-year, $190 million maximum contract to stay with Los Angeles Lakers – ESPN

7:40 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 All-NBA forward Anthony Davis is finalizing a five-year, $190 million maximum contract to stay with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, Klutch Sports CEO and founder Rich Paul told ESPN. The deal includes an early-termination option prior to the fifth year of the deal in 2024-25, Paul said. Davis, a free agent, is expected to sign the contract as soon as Thursday. He considered several short- and long-term contract scenarios before accepting a full five-year, maximum offer, sources said. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Davis would make $32,742,000 this season, $35,361,360 in 2021-22, $37,980,720 in 2022-23, $40,600,080 in 2023-24 and $43,219,440 in the fifth year of the deal. At 27 y...

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