Justin Herbert has career day as Chargers hold off Jets late – NFL Nation

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — It’s not a Los Angeles Chargers game without late-game dramatics. This time, they won, beating the New York Jets 34-28 after holding off a late New York drive to break their string of hard-luck, fourth-quarter losses.

With the win, the Chargers moved to 3-7 on the season, while the Jets fell to 0-10.

Once again, quarterback Justin Herbert was the star. He tied an NFL rookie record (set earlier this season by the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow) with 37 completions, going 37-of-49 passing for 366 yards and three touchdown passes. He set a personal high for passing yards and a league rookie record for most games with at least three touchdown passes, as Sunday was the fifth time he has thrown three or more touchdown passes.

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Many of those passes went to Keenan Allen, who set a franchise single-game record with 16 receptions. Allen gained 145 yards and hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to put the Chargers up 31-13.

The Jets did add some anxious moments, as they came back from 18 down to have a chance to tie the game late. New York drove to the Chargers’ 32 with less than two minutes left. But unlike blown leads earlier in the season against the Denver Broncos (21 points), Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints (17), Jacksonville Jaguars (16, but eventually won) and the Kansas City Chiefs (11), the Chargers held, as they gave up a voluntary safety to provide the final margin. Therefore, the Chargers’ four losses while entering the fourth quarter with a lead didn’t become five.

Giddy secondary: The defensive secondary had to be the happiest players on the field. They bent but didn’t break, forcing three Joe Flacco incompletions on the final three plays of the drive to hold on to the victory.

QB breakdown: Herbert was amazing. He has had a lot of impressive performances, but this had to be the best. He had three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He looked poised and in control throughout, throwing for 277 yards in the first half. He threw touchdown passes to Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry.

Special-teams issues: The win covered up a blocked punt on the first series of the game, repeating the pattern from the previous week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Jets converted the blocked punt into a touchdown to take an early 6-0 lead.

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College football: Late interception helps Minnesota prevail

MINNEAPOLIS — Josh Aune’s interception with 44 seconds left at the Minnesota 13-yard line after a disputed penalty on Purdue gave the beleaguered Gophers defense a big lift and preserved a 34-31 victory over the Boilermakers on Friday night.

Jack Plummer completed 35 of 42 passes for 367 yards and three scores in his first start of the season for Purdue, which took the ball with 2:01 left at its 39.

The Boilermakers, boosted by a career-high 15 receptions for 116 yards from Rondale Moore in his long-awaited return, moved in position for what they believed was a 19-yard touchdown catch by tight end Payne Durham in the final minute. Durham was flagged for offensive pass interference, angering the Purdue sideline after replays revealed scant evidence of a foul.

“I think you know what I think. I didn’t like it a lot. I can’t really comment on it. It’s part of the game,“ Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm said. “We’ve got to move forward.”

As Durham approached the goal line on his corner route, he extended his arm against the chest of cornerback Phillip Howard, whose pursuit did not appear to be significantly altered by the contact.

“Refs made a call, but we still had to finish the game,” Howard said.

Aune picked Plummer off on the next play.

“It was really who was going to turn the ball over first. It was so hard to get a takeaway,” said Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, whose defense forced just one punt, in the first quarter.

Mohamed Ibrahim, the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in rushing yards per game, scored his third touchdown of the game — and 13th of the season — early in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 34-24 lead before a missed extra point.

Purdue used a fourth-and-one conversion on a drive capped by Durham’s scoring reception that cut the lead to three points with 8:31 left. The Boilermakers got the ball back quickly after Seth Green, the wildcat quarterback for the Gophers, was taken down for a three-yard loss on fourth and one from Minnesota’s 31. But Edward Dellinger, who had a 27-yard field-goal try blocked in the second quarter, pulled his 33-yarder wide right to keep the Gophers (2-3, 2-3 Big Ten) in the lead.

David Bell caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (2-2, 2-2), who racked up 492 total yards. Moore, who in 2018 became the first true freshman in Big Ten history to be named a consensus All-American, took the field for the first time since injuring his hamstring against Minnesota on Sept. 28, 2019. Plummer, who started six games last season, seamlessly replaced the injured Aidan O’Connell.

Playing their second consecutive Friday night home game, a schedule quirk that’s hardly a blip in this strange season, the Gophers were missing 22 players either for injuries or COVID-19 protocols. Offensive line coach Brian Callahan and two other team staff members were also absent, confirmed by Minnesota for positive tests

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Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters

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Arctic sea ice levels have been falling for several decades. GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

With the setting of the sun and the onset of polar darkness, the Arctic Ocean would normally be crusted with sea ice along the Siberian coast by now. But this year, the water is still open.

I’ve watched the region’s transformations since the 1980s as an Arctic climate scientist and, since 2008, as director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. I can tell you, this is not normal. There’s so much more heat in the ocean now than there used to be that the pattern of autumn ice growth has been completely disrupted.

To understand what’s happening to the sea ice this year and why it’s a problem, let’s look back at the summer and into the Arctic Ocean itself.

Siberia’s 100-degree summer

The summer melt season in the Arctic started early. A Siberian heat wave in June pushed air temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Verkhoyansk, Russia, for the first time on record, and unusual heat extended over much of the Arctic for weeks.

The Arctic as a whole this past summer was at its warmest since at least 1979, when satellite measurements started providing data allowing for full coverage of the Arctic.

With that heat, large areas of sea ice melted out early, and that melting launched a feedback process: The loss of reflective sea ice exposed dark open ocean, which readily absorbs the sun’s heat, promoting even more ice melt.

The Northern Sea Route, along the Russian coast, was essentially free of ice by the middle of July. That may be a dream for shipping interests, but it’s bad news for the rest of the planet.

Warmth sneaks in underwater

The warm summer is only part of the explanation for this year’s unusual sea ice levels.

Streams of warmer water from the Atlantic Ocean flow into the Arctic at the Barents Sea. This warmer, saltier Atlantic water is usually fairly deep under the more buoyant Arctic water at the surface. Lately, however, the Atlantic water has been creeping up. That heat in the Atlantic water is helping to keep ice from forming and melting existing sea ice from below.

It’s a process called “Atlantification”. The ice is now getting hit both from the top by a warming atmosphere and at the bottom by a warming ocean. It’s a real double whammy.

While we’re still trying to catch up with all of the processes leading to Atlantification, it’s here and it’s likely to get stronger.

Climate change’s assault on sea ice

In the background of all of this is global climate change.

The Arctic sea ice extent and thickness have been dropping for decades as global temperatures rise. This year, when the ice reached its minimum extent in September, it was the second lowest on record, just behind that of 2012.

As the Arctic loses ice and the ocean absorbs more solar radiation, global warming is amplified. That can affect ocean circulation,

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Brother of the late Sean Taylor set to make college football debut this weekend

Sean Taylor’s younger brother to make collegiate debut on Saturday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Gabe Taylor, the 19-year-old brother of former Washington safety Sean Taylor, will make his collegiate debut this Saturday as Rice University opens up its season against Middle Tennessee.

He only played one season in high school (on Sean Taylor Memorial Field at Gulliver Prep just outside of Miami), but Gabe has already followed in his older brother’s footsteps as a hard hitting safety. While Sean’s legacy leaves some big shoes to fill, Gabe understands that and embraces the challenge.

“Oh, there’s for sure pressure right now,” Gabe told Jake Russell of the Washington Post. “I always wanted pressure my whole life. I’m not going to shy away from it.”

After focusing on basketball his first three years at Gulliver Prep, Gabe turned his attention to the gridiron for his senior season and instantly impressed. Ten interceptions (including five he returned for touchdowns) were enough to get Rice to notice him, and the coaches are already pleased with what they have seen out of the younger Taylor.

“The ball loves him,” Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren told the Washington Post. “I don’t know how else to say it. He is around the freakin’ ball. His anticipation of things is out of sight. He’s a really good safety that sees the game, especially for his lack of experience playing it. He sees the game and feels the game so incredibly well.”

This November will mark 13 years since the tragic murder of Sean Taylor shocked the entire country, especially in Miami and Washington. Sean is a member of the Washington Football Team’s Ring of Fame, and just last month the franchise named a road outside of FedExField “Sean Taylor Road.” Thanks to the love the area showed his family over the years, D.C. still holds a place in Gabe’s heart over a decade later.

“I love the fans in Washington,” Taylor said. “They always show love. They say they want me to come play for them. Hopefully that comes one year.”

That road begins this weekend, as Gabe Taylor looks to make a name for himself at Rice University.


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Syracuse University’s Newhouse School establishes scholarship fund in memory of late dean …

Syracuse, NY, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mark J. Lodato, dean of the  S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications  at Syracuse University, today announced the establishment of the Lorraine Branham Scholarship Fund.  

Used primarily to recruit and support Newhouse students from socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and other underrepresented groups, the fund will provide under-resourced, talented students the opportunity to attend Syracuse University and the Newhouse School debt-free.  

The fund is named in honor of late Newhouse dean Lorraine Branham, who died in April 2019. “Lorraine was a champion of access to higher education, and I’m confident this new multimillion-dollar investment would make her proud,” says Lodato.  

This new fund will supplement the Lorraine E. Branham Endowed Scholarship for Newhouse students from underrepresented populations, which was created in Branham’s memory by alumni and friends following her death. 

Through the new fund, as many as 10 scholarships will be awarded each fall; recipients will be known as Branham Scholars. The fund will also support “Finish Line” scholarships for rising juniors and seniors who need financial assistance to complete their education at Newhouse. In addition, a merit-based Branham Prize will be awarded to an incoming first-year student as recognition of his or her accomplishments in the classroom and the communications space while in high school.   

Lasting Legacy  

“Lorraine was passionate about making diversity a priority across the school,” says  Amy Falkner, senior associate dean for academic affairs, who worked with Branham for 11 years. “It has always been a plank in our strategic plan and [led to] many of the initiatives and accomplishments that came about—in curriculum, recruitment and retention of students and faculty, scholarships, internships, guest speakers and speaker series.” 

Payton Campbell, now a senior in  graphic design, says Branham helped facilitate her enrollment at Newhouse, and was an inspiration to her. “Having a Black woman as the dean of my prestigious communications school meant everything to me. She motivates me to thrive and excel in my career every day,” says Campbell, who is president of the SU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. “Dean Branham dedicated her life to helping students of color like me gain access and superb training to reach our highest goals in the industry.” 

 Angela Y. Robinson ’78, director of operations for the National Association of Black Journalists, recommended Branham for the dean position in 2008. “With great conviction, Lorraine worked tirelessly to recruit, retain and support all students, especially students from underrepresented communities—students too often overlooked. She understood the urgency of not simply opening the door, but removing the door altogether,” Robinson says. “Because of this scholarship program, her legacy endures.” 

Continued Progress 

The establishment of the Branham Scholarship Fund is one of several initiatives aimed at expanding and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the Newhouse School.  

 Beginning during Branham’s tenure, the school strengthened curricular content in diversity, adding the Race, Gender and Media course, which is required for all students. Industry partnerships with companies such as LinkedIn, Time Inc. 

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University of Toronto does too little, too late as staff, students contract COVID-19

TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — COVID-19 outbreaks at the University of Toronto highlight another missed chance to protect students and staff; Staff Union CUPE 3902 demands they do better. The University announced that as of October 10, 2020 it would limit access to on-campus activities but continues to require in-person instruction for some courses. As predicted, the protections came too late as COVID-19 outbreaks came to a head that same week among staff and students.

The announcement required all campus gyms and fitness centres to close, food services to shift to takeout-only, and for all “social gatherings and organized public events” to be subject to new limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. The University also asked its principals and deans to “review” other “in-person activities, including instruction.” The Faculty of Arts & Science (the largest faculty on campus) announced on October 10, 2020 that all classes in the Faculty currently offered via hybrid dual delivery mode (with both online sections and in-person sections) would move completely online for the remainder of the fall semester. Disappointingly, classes offered in-person only have continued to be offered in the same manner. On October 13, 2020, after a number of predictable on-campus outbreaks, CUPE 3902 was advised that the University was finally ‘moving toward’ required screening for students and staff.

“Our members are already paying the price of U of T’s irresponsible attitude. Predictable COVID-19 outbreaks are happening on campus and we hold the University of Toronto responsible. It’s completely unacceptable,” says Amy Conwell, chair of Staff Union CUPE 3902. The union represents more than 10,000 contract academic workers at the University of Toronto. “To add insult to injury, U of T isn’t disclosing the real number of COVID-19 cases related to recent on-campus outbreaks. Canada’s top university needs to listen to its own world-class faculty if it wants to do better than the D-grade it received on its Fall reopening plan,” continues Conwell.

As early as July, CUPE 3902 and a coalition of other campus Unions including UTFA called for fall term classes to be offered online-only in anticipation of the second wave of COVID-19 cases currently sweeping the province. The University’s own expert epidemiologists agreed, noting that the University’s plan to hold in-person classes ignored the danger posed by aerosol transmission of COVID-19 and suggesting the University adopt reopening plans in line with those of other Ontario universities that went entirely or mostly online.

The University refused to meet with the coalition to discuss reopening plans despite public calls to do so from more than twenty professors of epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, global health, indigenous health, and social and behavioural health science. Staff unions requested that U of T establish proactive mandatory screening, on-campus testing, centralized contact logs, and take the Fall semester completely online. Instead, the University launched UCheck in September, a U of T branded voluntary self-assessment tool that pulls together widely known public health guidance.

Similarly, the University has taken the

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No. 2 Alabama overpowers No. 3 Georgia late, lays early claim to College Football Playoff slot

It was a matchup of elite college football programs that lived up to the hype for most of the game. No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia were tight for three quarters before the Crimson Tide took charge and walked away with a 41-24 victory. 

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