Chris Jones had 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble as the Kansas City Chiefs downed the Dallas Cowboys 19-9 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to win their fourth straight.
Story of the Game
The Chiefs limited the No 1 ranked offense in the NFL to just 276 total yards and zero touchdowns, with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott intercepted twice.
Prescott completed 28 of his 43 pass attempts for 216 yards, also giving up a fumble as well as those two picks, as he struggled without his leading receivers Amari Cooper – place on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week – and CeeDee Lamb, who left the game in the first half with a head injury.
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While the Kansas City defense was the main factor in the hosts coming out victorious based, it was another sputtering performance on offense, with the exception of a Travis Kelce four-yard touchdown run, inside the opening five minutes, and a Clyde Edwards-Helaire goal-line score in the second quarter in his first game back from injury.
Patrick Mahomes went 23 of 37 for 260 yards but, off the back of his five-TD performance in last week’s blowout win against the Las Vegas, he did not throw a touchdown pass and was picked off by safety Jayron Kearse on the opening series of the second half.
It would not prove particularly costly, with Kansas City at that stage owning a 13-6 half-time lead. Dallas would score a field goal off the turnover – Greg Zuerlein with one of three successful kicks in the game – but KC’s Harrison Butker also fired through the uprights on a couple of occasions to help the Chiefs clinch a comfortable victory.
L’Jarius Sneed picked off Prescott late in the game as Dallas desperately looked to claw their way back into the contest.
It’s Thanksgiving Week! And, as tradition dictates, the Cowboys will be appearing on Thanksgiving Thursday, hosting the Las Vegas Raiders to kick-start the Week 12 festivites.
The Chiefs meanwhile now head into their Bye Week, riding a four-game win streak.They next host the Denver Broncos in Week 13 on the first Sunday in December.
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CHAPEL HILL – A third consecutive NCAA field hockey championship and seven other top-10 national finishes in NCAA post-season competition led the University of North Carolina to fourth place in the 2020-21 Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup.
The Tar Heels’ fourth-place performance is the 22nd time Carolina has placed in the top 10 in the 27-year history of the multi-sport competition and marks the 19th time UNC has the highest national finish among Atlantic Coast Conference schools.
Carolina’s 22 top-10 finishes equal the total number of top 10s by all other ACC schools combined.
Carolina amassed 1126.25 points in 2020-21, just one-quarter of a point behind Michigan, which was third. The University of Texas won the competition with 1252 points, becoming the first school to beat Stanford since UNC won the inaugural trophy in 1993-94. (No winner was declared in 2019-20 due to the pandemic). Stanford totaled 1195.75 points, finishing 56.25 behind the Longhorns.
The Directors’ Cup awards points based on NCAA postseason success. Each school may accumulate points towards the Cup standings in 19 sports – four of which much be baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
Carolina’s fourth-place finish is its highest since 2009, when the Tar Heels were second overall. This is the 10th season UNC finished in the top five, including its third fourth-place showing (also in 2002 and 2006). The ACC’s overall average finish this season in the Directors’ Cup standings was 38th place.
The Carolina field hockey team earned the Tar Heels 100 points in the standings by defeating Michigan in overtime to win the program’s ninth national championship.
Five UNC teams– men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s tennis – reached the NCAA semifinals, tied for third place and scored 83 points apiece. Men’s golf added 72.75 points after tying for fifth (its highest finish at the NCAA Championship in 28 years), fencing contributed 72 points following its best-ever sixth-place performance and men’s tennis earned 64 points by tying for ninth.
Five other sports finished in the top 20 (women’s swimming and diving was 12th, women’s cross country was 14th, wrestling was 16th, football was 17th and men’s indoor track and field was 18th).
Baseball (33rd), men’s basketball (33rd), women’s basketball (33rd) and women’s outdoor track and field (40th) each contributed at least 25 points to UNC’s total.
Carolina led the ACC in the Directors’ Cup standings for the 19th time. No other school has led the ACC more than three times (Duke and Florida State both have led three times; Notre Dame and Virginia have each led once).
Carolina has the fourth-most top 10s in the history of the Directors’ Cup. Only Stanford (27), Florida (27) and UCLA (24) have more than UNC’s 22. Virginia is next among ACC schools with eight.
Carolina’s average finish in the 27-year history of the competition is seventh place. Virginia is second among ACC schools with an average finish of 15.5.
2020-21 NCAA Directors’ Cup Standings
Place School Points
1 Texas 1252
2 Stanford 1195.75
3 Michigan 1126.5 4 North Carolina 1126.25
5 Florida 1121.75
6 Southern California 1052
7 Alabama 1017.25
8 Arkansas 968.75
9 Ohio State 972.5
10 Georgia 971.5
2020-21 ACC Directors’ Cup Standings
Place School Points 4 North Carolina 1126.25
11 Virginia 970.25
14 Notre Dame 900
16 Florida State 893
21 Duke 831.50
23 NC State 783.25
32 Virginia Tech 631.25
36 Clemson 554.75
40 Louisville 532.75
44 Georgia Tech 487
54 Wake Forest 394.75
62 Miami 358.5
64 Syracuse 328
73 Pittsburgh 279
74 Boston College 277
University of North Carolina’s Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Finishes
Last year, San Antonio’s official Fourth of July celebration at Woodlawn Lake was cancelled due to the pandemic. As you can see, people turned up this year ready to have a great time. Here are shots of folks enjoying the food and fun — and a sampling of the nighttime fireworks that closed out the festivities.
The results mean that Raducanu will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One on Monday afternoon.
Theoretically, it will not be her sternest test of the tournament so far as her most recent opponent, Sorana Cirstea is ranked higher by the WTA.
Tomljanovic is ranked at number 75, and with women’s tennis excitingly unpredictable Raducanu will certainly have real hope of progressing to the final eight.
Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker claimed that the Brit ‘has a chance’ of winning the whole thing, while she goes into her tie with her Australian opponent neck and neck according to the bookmakers.
Sunday is the Fourth of July and we have a lot to celebrate.
This year we will get to have an actual Fourth celebration, complete with reverence and fireworks, family and friends. It’s a positive step forward from last year when COVID-19 forced us to sideline many of those things we have come to look forward to at this time.
We should be grateful for this opportunity and at the same time recognize how far we have come in just a year’s time.
But during this year’s Fourth we should also recognize the moment and be inspired by the history of it as a chance to get back to what being an American means. It can be a moment, whether introspectively or with others, to remember that we are one country.
Broadly speaking, these last 10 years or so have been a reflection of an ugly side of America, driven by divisive politics and radical ideologies. We have in many ways become two different Americas, more willing than ever to cast blame on the other side for those ideologies that don’t conform to our own ideas of America.
Not only do we need to remember we are one country, but we also need to remember we are part of a global community. It’s just as important to keep in mind that without the aid of other countries, we may not be here as a country today, or at the very least we might be a very different country.
And yet, in many ways, we are indeed a very different country. Partisan battles play out in government and on the street.
In years past, America has always been about being one country on the Fourth of July. A chance to celebrate a country that routinely led the world on a global stage. It was a reason to proudly recognize the spirit of a nation.
We hope we can be there again and we hope this year can be the start of that. A chance to roll back to an America that stands as one, rather than an America that stands apart.
Chateau Speedway kicked off the Fourth of July Holiday weekend with some exciting racing action Friday Night. Six classes of cars set off their own kind of fireworks as 100 cars filled the pits for the night’s action.
Highlighting the night was the seventh different feature winner in seven weeks in the USRA B Mod Class. Garitt Wytaske of Austin kept the string going of a different feature winner each week as he led flag to flag to take the USRA B Main Event.
Greg Pfeifer Junior of Austin scored his first feature win of the season in the Action Builders WISSOTA Midwest Modified Class. Pfeifer jumped from row two to the front on the first lap and led flag to flag for the win.
USRA B MODIFIED
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. Garitt Wytaske-Austin; 2. Brandon Maitland-Waterloo IA; 3. Noah Grinstead-Austin; 4. Tyler Tesch-Lennox; 5. Jason Schlangen-Cresco IA
FRENCH’S REPAIR USRA A MODIFIED
A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. Ryan Wetzstein-West Concord; 2. Jason Cummins-New Richland; 3. Charlie Steinberg-Kasson; 4. Ryan Maitland-Waterloo IA; 5. Kylie Kath-Claremont
POWER 96 WISSOTA PURE STOCK
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. Andrew Eischens-Taopi; 2. Jack Maas-Faribault; 3. Jack Paulson-Morristown; 4. Troy Maas-Faribault; 5. Michael Wick-Faribault
ADAMS GRAPHIX WISSOTA STREET STOCK
A Feature 1 (18 Laps): 1. Zach Elward-Hayfield; 2. Jason Newkirk-Austin; 3. Kevin Vogt-Rose Creek; 4. Cody Hyatt-Waseca; 5. Ross Spitzer-Blooming Prairie
Fireworks return to Woodlawn Lake this year for SA’s official Fourth of July Celebration.
Last Fourth of July, fireworks shows were cancelled due to nationwide social distancing efforts to curb the pandemic. This year, however, Independence Day fireworks are back with a (literal) bang.
Still haven’t decided where to celebrate? We’ve compiled a list of notable events in and around San Antonio where you can get your spark on.
H-E-B 4th of July at Woodlawn Lake Park: The San Antonio Parks Foundation in partnership with the City of San Antonio will hold this year’s official Fourth of July Celebration, starting at 11 a.m. with local food fare and carnival games, and ending with a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the West followed by a fireworks show running from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Coca-Cola July 4th Fest: From July 2-4 Six Flags Fiesta Texas will present its extended fireworks show, Lights of Liberty, paired with “Star Spangled” themed refreshments.
Sea World 4th of July Celebration: From July 2-4 Sea World San Antonio is celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks show scored to music that comes free with park admission.
Schertz 4th of July Jubilee: The city of Schertz is running an all-day 4th of July Jubilee featuring a morning 5k, a festival with food vendors and finally a parade with fireworks from 6-10 p.m.
Leon Valley July 4th Parade and Fireworks Show: The city of Leon Valley presents its 27th annual Fourth of July Parade followed by fireworks at Raymond Rimkus Park beginning at 9:15 pm.
New Braunfels Fireworks Spectacular: If you are willing to make the trek out to Landa Park in New Braunfels this July 4th, the city’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is returning and expected to be a fantastic professional show. Seating on the Landa Park golf course will begin at 6 p.m., and the fireworks show is expected to start at 9:30 p.m. over Landa Lake.
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Congressional Democrats have left Washington with one tricky task for the Fourth of July recess: Hang together on infrastructure despite growing restlessness from all corners of the party.
House Democrats took a big step forward Thursday, approving a $ 715 billion transportation bill that party leaders say could be the legislative framework for holding a floor vote on President Joe Biden’s infrastructure deal with the GOP this year. The bill was even bipartisan, with two Republicans backing it.
“We’ve just passed a major piece of legislation, which is not the president’s [infrastructure] plan but it is a significant part of what the president wants,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a brief interview Thursday. “At some point in time, we’re going to have to put them all together.”
While they eye that decision, top Democrats are also pushing ahead on a filibuster-proof spending bill that would significantly expand the social safety net while making good on the rest of Biden’s long wishlist. But the uncertain timetable for that strategy is unsettling party progressives and moderates at turns, with the latter group of Democrats particularly vocal in nudging White House officials to tee up a vote on the bipartisan deal as soon as it’s ready rather than waiting for the bigger partisan bill to go alongside it.
The effort by Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to please everyone in their caucuses gets tougher almost by the day. White House officials and top Democrats spent much of June shuttling from meeting to meeting trying to keep their votes in line, all with the tightest congressional margins in decades and no actual legislative language to work with yet.
July is expected to get even more hectic. Lawmakers and aides don’t expect much movement next week, with both chambers gone and Washington slowing to a crawl during the recess. But some groups will still meet, including Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tasked with finalizing ways to pay for any infrastructure bill — possibly the toughest challenge of all.
House Democrats hope to take their next big step on their infrastructure plans, approving a budget blueprint that will effectively unlock their filibuster-proof process, by the end of this month.
But some moderate Democrats hope that is not the only big vote they’ll take this month, urging their leadership and the White House to hold a vote onBiden’s bipartisan agreement as soon as the text is ready.
“I think we have the votes for a bipartisan bill, as was negotiated and endorsed by President Biden. When you have the votes, you should take the vote,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.).
“Those dollars need to start now,” Murphy said, adding that any infrastructure bill would run into bureaucratic headaches, such as slow-moving local permits.
Murphy, like most other centrist Democrats, also supports a bigger party-line bill passed using the budget reconciliation process that effectively sidesteps a Senate GOP filibuster. What’s critical, she and others say, is preserving support for Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal from both parties — and not scaring off those GOP supporters with a huge party-line vote at the same time.
“Let’s get that done, and then we can talk about doing other things that hopefully don’t cost trillions of dollars,” added Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), among a small number of Democrats who say a reconciliation bill might not be necessary at all.
“I’m not sure we need to do one. I’m worried about the trillions of dollars of spending,” Schrader said in an interview, saying that he’d prefer any other big spending bill to be taken up in late fall or winter, at the earliest.
The timing for Biden’s infrastructure plans, as well as Democrats’ bigger separate bill, remains uncertain. Lawmakers are eager to achieve as much as possible before the August recess, but they’re already aware that much of the work might fall to September or beyond. And those big plans could also run into trouble as Congress confronts other critical housekeeping tasks, such as lifting the U.S. debt ceiling and averting a government shutdown by Sept. 30.
For now, much of the Democrats’ unity campaign is happening behind the scenes. Several White House officials, for instance, sat down this week with leaders of both moderates and progressive groups to tout their planned dual-track approach to infrastructure. House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), tasked with shaping a budget resolution that can win almost total-unity within the caucus, also held meetings almost every day with members of key Democratic groups ahead of a floor vote as soon as late July.
The coordination isn’t simply on the Democratic side. Leaders of another group, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to hash out the potential fate of Biden’s bipartisan deal within the GOP conference.
Some in that same group also spoke this week with the Senate deal’s lead negotiators, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for further details about that chamber’s proposed compromise with Biden.
Democratic divisions could be on stark display later this month, when both chambers will need to agree to a budget blueprint that allows the party to unlock the reconciliation process. That procedural chore comes with many political landmines, with progressives and moderates outlining vastly different visions of what they’d like the Democrats-only bill to look like.
In the House, Democrats will be able to lose only three or four of their members on a floor vote. While that vote is still far off, many senior lawmakers and aides are projecting confidence that Pelosi and her leadership team will ultimately be able to keep the caucus together.
GOP leaders in both the House and Senate have so far refrained from endorsing or rebuking Biden’s bipartisan deal negotiated with five Republican senators. McCarthy has privately signaled on some occasions that he could get behind a bipartisan deal, while bashing it at other times, according to several people familiar with the discussions.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in his home state Thursday that he’d like to see the bipartisan infrastructure deal move forward but cautioned that “it’s too early to tell exactly whether that will happen or not.”
McConnell earlier this week called on Pelosi and Schumer to de-link the bipartisan infrastructure deal from efforts to pass Democrats’ other priorities along party lines in a separate behemoth of a bill. But progressives have warned that they won’t support a bipartisan bill without the guarantee of a second package.
Many other Senate Republicans are withholding support for the bipartisan deal until they see more details about its funding mechanism.
Senate Democrats, too, are eager for additional information about the proposal, which has yet to be turned into legislative text.
“I am hopeful that we will have a more detailed bipartisan package … that will have been strengthened and developed with more detailed language over the two weeks” of recess, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Thursday.