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‘Like a lion,’ Nadal beats Schwartzman to reach US Open semi

Rafael Nadal kept pulling away in his U.S. Open quarterfinal, then getting reeled back in by Diego Schwartzman.

In the first set, Nadal led 4-0 before Schwartzman got to 4-all. In the second, Nadal went up 5-1 before Schwartzman made it 5-all.

Took more than two hours just for those two sets. Eventually, both were claimed by Nadal. And so, ultimately, was the match and a berth in a 33rd Grand Slam semifinal for Nadal, who prevented Schwartzman from reaching his first by winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 after 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Like a lion in the … jungle. He’s big. He’s a fighter. He knows how to play the important moments, every single time,” Schwartzman said. “I’ve played him eight times and every important moment, he played better than me.”

No wonder Nadal is 8-0 against the guy.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both out of the bracket, but Nadal is still around, meaning at least one member of the Big Three is in the semis at a 62nd consecutive major tournament. That trio has combined to win the last 11 Slam trophies — and Nadal is going to be heavily favored to make that 12.

None of the other men left has played in a major final, let alone won one. Nadal, though, is closing in on a fourth championship at the U.S. Open and his 19th at all majors, which would move him within only one of Federer’s record for men.

On Friday, Nadal will play No. 24 Matteo Berrettini, a 23-year-old from Rome who is Italy’s first male semifinalist in New York since 1977. Berrettini barely got there, edging No. 13 Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday.

The other men’s semifinal will be No. 5 Daniil Medvedev of Russia vs. 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

In the women’s semifinals Thursday, Serena Williams meets No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and No. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland takes on No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada.

Dimitrov won a five-setter Tuesday night against Federer, who was hampered by an issue with his upper back. Medvedev won his quarterfinal in four sets against Stan Wawrinka, who had built a big lead in the fourth round against Djokovic when the defending champion stopped because of pain in his left shoulder.

A year ago, it was Nadal whose body broke down: He retired from his semifinal against runner-up Juan Martin del Potro because of a bad knee.

This time, on a muggy night with the humidity above 50%, the left-hander raised some concern by having a trainer come out to rub a cream into that forearm during a changeover early in the third set. At the next changeover, Nadal flexed his right forearm and was visited again by the trainer, took a salt pill and guzzled some drinks, then shook that arm between points in the following game.

Afterward, Nadal said he had dealt with cramps late in the second set and early in the third.

“And then I took some salt, that’s all, and then it was over. The body is in good shape, I think. Not big problems,” Nadal said. “Just, of course, a little tired. Long day.”

Still, Nadal managed to play his best when it mattered the most against the 20th-seeded Schwartzman, an Argentine serenaded by loud choruses of “Olé! Olé! Olé! Olé!” by an audience that included former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili.

Nadal came up with a service break in the last game of each of the opening two sets, then the last one he would need made it 4-2 in the third and he broke yet again to end it.

“I don’t know how,” Schwartzman said, “but this guy is improving every time.”

Now Nadal becomes Berrettini’s problem.

Berrettini describes his mental coach as a big help and a best friend. They’ve been speaking on the phone before and after every match. And they certainly had plenty to chat about when it came to this latest victory.

Berrettini double-faulted away his initial match point and then needed four more to finally put away Monfils after nearly four hours.

“He told me, ‘I need to thank you, because I thought that everyone is born once and dies once. But during that match, I was born and died 15 or 16 times,'” Berrettini said about his conversation with the mental coach he’s worked with for several years. “I collapsed and got back up. I collapsed and got back up. That match point. Those other chances. I was down then I came back. It’s a great source of pride for me.”

In truth, the denouement was hardly a thing of beauty, with both men, clearly spent, fighting themselves and the tension of the moment as much as the guy on the other side of the net.

Monfils finished with 17 double-faults but managed to avoid any throughout the entire, exhausting fifth set until he served at 6-5 — and then he had three in that game, plus another two in the deciding tiebreaker, often doubling over between points to rest and catch his breath.

“A very bad day for me, serving,” Monfils said.

Berrettini acknowledged the obvious afterward, too, saying he felt “a little bit tight.”

You think?

It all was a bit of a whir.

“Right now, I don’t remember any points, just the (last) match point, you know?” he said. “I remember also the double-fault; I have to be honest.”

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AOC’s gun rights feud with GOP Rep. Crenshaw proves ‘fact-challenged’ in ‘Fox & Friends’ segment

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The hosts of “Fox & Friends” recapped Thursday the Twitter feud over gun rights between Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Host Brian Kilmeade called Ocasio-Cortez’s argument about implementing universal background checks “fact-challenged” after she criticized people who share guns in other parts of the country.

The U.S. representatives’ war of words began when Crenshaw tweeted about a Houston-area woman who used a handgun to defend herself when five men tried to rob her.

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“Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment,’ Crenshaw tweeted.

He added: “Side note: With universal background checks, I wouldn’t be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone like this. We would make felons out of people just for defending themselves.”

Ocasio-Cortez quickly replied, asking why he is “lending” people his guns and accusing the Texas lawmaker of giving firearms to people who have “likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record.”

Crenshaw then questioned why Ocasio-Cortez thinks his friends are domestic abusers and criminals, and argued that people loan one another guns for self-defense and hunting.

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Crenshaw then took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez’s hometown, saying, “This is America outside NYC.” Ocasio-Cortez responded by noting that New York “is one of the safest states in the country when it comes to guns, incl rural areas.”

“Try to keep up,” she wrote.

Host Ainsley Earhardt said she grew up in South Carolina, where hunting is common, and people share guns and loan each other guns routinely.

“It doesn’t mean that they’re abusing their spouse at home, or are violent or have criminal records. AOC can say that, she lives in New York City, that’s fine, she can have her opinion.  But she’s not educated when it comes to what people are using their guns for in other parts of the country,” said Earhardt.

Kilmeade said Congress is set to debate the private sales of firearms that occur without background checks.

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“You can have a healthy, good discussion, hear both sides. You don’t have to accuse someone of abusing their wife if they borrow someone’s gun,” said Earhardt.

On “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday, gun rights advocate Colion Noir said many gun control supporters on the left speak from an “emotional place” about firearms due to a lack of knowledge or experience on the issue.

“The only thing they can go to is emotion,” said Noir.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Activists demand facial recognition ban for law enforcement in major new push

A coalition of activist groups representing more than 15 million combined members is pushing for a federal ban on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology.

The groups, which are planning to blanket lawmakers with emails and phone calls, are coming together under BanFacialRecognition, which was organized by the digital rights group Fight for the Future as a way to show the public exactly where and how the controversial surveillance technology is being used nationwide.

“Facial recognition is one of the most authoritarian and invasive forms of surveillance ever created, and it’s spreading like an epidemic. … We need to ban this technology outright, treat it like biological or nuclear weapons, and prevent it from proliferating before it’s too late,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of the group, in a statement provided to Fox News.

The technology has been banned by three cities — Oakland and San Francisco in California, and Somerville, Mass. — and at least one 2020 presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has called for a ban on its use by law enforcement.

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Fight for the Future, along with more than two dozen other organizations, is calling for a total ban on facial recognition technology at the federal level. (Fight for the Future)

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Two tests of Amazon’s facial recognition software, which the tech giant claims can now detect “fear,” falsely labeled California state lawmakers and members of Congress as criminal suspects.

Most of the false positives were people of color in both tests.

The Jeff Bezos-led company has said that it encourages law enforcement agencies to use 99 percent confidence ratings for public safety applications of the technology. Amazon’s Ring security service, which deploys facial recognition technology, is reportedly working with more than 200 police departments.

“When using facial recognition to identify persons of interest in an investigation, law enforcement should use the recommended 99 percent confidence threshold, and only use those predictions as one element of the investigation” and not the sole determinant, the company said in a blog post earlier this year.

The grassroots coalition, which includes Consumer Action, Restore the Fourth, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Color of Change, United We Dream and Media Justice, is united in the belief that regulating the technology isn’t enough.

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“We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. There is nothing democratic about facial recognition technology — no one is truly free when our faces can be monitored and captured as we go about our daily business,” said Linda Sherry, director of national priorities for Consumer Action, in a statement to Fox News. “Facial recognition technology is notoriously inaccurate and biased. Deploying it on an unsuspecting public in the name of ‘crime-fighting’ is a crime in itself.”

Fox News reached out to Amazon for comment on this story.

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Fast track: USC’s Slovis surprised but eager to start at QB

Kedon Slovis enrolled early at Southern California this year as an unheralded recruit expected to provide quarterback depth in the seasons ahead.

Slovis quietly wanted a whole lot more for himself, and he wanted it to happen a whole lot quicker.

He never imagined it quite this way, however: After several months of hard work and one unfortunate injury for J.T. Daniels in the Trojans’ season opener, Slovis will be the starting quarterback in his second game at USC.

“It’s nothing you really expect,” Slovis said after practice. “But as a backup quarterback, you always have to be prepared. It’s really unfortunate what happened, but you’ve got to be the next man up and do your best.”

The 18-year-old freshman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is the unlikely leader of the Trojans (1-0) on Saturday night when they host No. 23 Stanford (1-0). An unsung passer who has already had three quarterbacks coaches since he committed last year is inheriting the job recently held by Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley, Cody Kessler and Sam Darnold.

“It was definitely weird waking up Sunday morning,” Slovis said after practice. “But nothing changes for me. I’m still going out to practice every day, except now it’s with the (starters) instead of the (backups). All of those guys are doing a great job of giving me a lot of encouragement.”

Slovis already played his first half of college ball last week after Daniels badly injured his knee while being blitzed by Fresno State 27 seconds before halftime. Slovis took over and went 6 of 8 with an interception while the Trojans largely relied on their running game and special teams to grind out a 31-23 win.

Ready or not, Slovis will face the vaunted Cardinal defense next. USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell believes his freshman backup QB can handle the spotlight.

“He’s got as good of an arm as I’ve seen,” said Harrell, who once backed up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. “He can make any throw out there that most people can’t make. We just have to do our best to get him making the right decisions every time, and if he does that, he’s going to be fun to watch.”

While outsiders didn’t expect big things from Slovis immediately, Slovis was on a quicker timetable after he graduated from Desert Mountain High School, where Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner was his quarterbacks coach.

After fitting into the Trojans’ offense immediately during spring workouts, Slovis legitimately felt he was in competition for the starting job with Daniels, an 11-game starter last year. Slovis obviously impressed his coaches when they unexpectedly named him the backup ahead of more-experienced Jack Sears and Matt Fink.

But Slovis wasn’t impressed by himself.

“That was the biggest thing being named No. 2, is regaining that confidence you lost in not being named the guy,” Slovis said. “But coming out here with the (starters) and getting plenty of reps, that helps.”

Like most Trojans in recent years, Slovis has already had to prove he can handle upheaval.

Slovis was recruited when Tee Martin was the Trojans’ offensive coordinator and Bryan Ellis was their quarterbacks coach. Slovis made his official visit after coach Clay Helton fired Martin and Ellis left for another job, and Slovis committed to USC during the 34-day window when Kliff Kingsbury was USC’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Harrell, who took over both jobs for Kingsbury, knew almost nothing about Slovis until spring practices began at USC. The change could be hardest on Harrell, who had planned his season around Daniels’ particular skill set. Although Harrell insists that the Trojans “game-plan the same” no matter who is taking the shotgun snaps in his Air Raid offense, Slovis and Daniels have different skills and strengths.

Even if Slovis plays well against the Cardinal, the Trojans’ quarterback woes aren’t over. Slovis and Fink are the only scholarship QBs on the roster with nearly the entire regular season ahead of Helton, who probably needs a bounce-back season to keep his job.

Helton claims he isn’t worried about putting his future in the hands of a teenager who’s going to work faster than anyone imagined.

“I can always tell a quarterback by their eyes, and when his number was called (last week), there was no fooling,” Helton said. “He was just like, ‘I’m ready for this moment.'”

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Connecticut Sun star raising money for her native Bahamas

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones spent a few hours Wednesday night playing basketball, the rest of this week her focus has been on family and friends in her native Bahamas and the destruction from Hurricane Dorian

Jones has not been able to talk to her parents for three days, but has been in contact with other relatives and believes all of her family is safe. The stories they have told her, she said, of water rising to the ceiling in some apartments and utter devastation across the archipelago, have been heart-breaking.

“Talking to my sister today, I literally spoke to her before the game and they were walking through waist-deep water and stuff like this,” she said. “It flooded areas that we’ve never seen flooded before. I knew numerous people who were in situations where they had to be evacuated. So we’re just hoping for the best right now and just trying to help.”

Jones has set up a page on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, hoping to raise $50,000 for the archipelago. She donated $10,000 and the page had just over $23,500 in donations by Wednesday night.

She said she and the other organizers of the crowdfunding page are still deciding which relief organizations will receive the funds, but she vowed to make sure all of the money got to people in need.

Jones moved to Maryland at 14 to pursue basketball in the United States. She recently wrote about her experiences as a child in the Bahamas for The Players Tribune, including having the roof of her home peeled back by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and returning from a shelter to find fish swimming in her living room.

“The thing I’ll never forget is trying to dry off our family photo albums, wiping away the water from the Kodak prints,” she wrote. “And for a minute, it worked — and you could see all these memories again. And then the image would slowly fade to black. We lost years of our history as a family, and that’s why I work so hard to really remember things how they were, because that’s all we got now.”

Jones scored 22 points on Wednesday, leading the Sun to a 102-72 rout of the Dallas Wings, a win that secured Connecticut a double bye into the WNBA semifinals. All cash sales from the Sun’s first playoff game on Sept. 17 will benefit victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The non-profit will be selected at the conclusion of the WNBA season.

Sun coach Curt Miller, who donated $250 to the Jones’ GoFundMe page, didn’t take her out of the game until the end of the third quarter. That was in part, he said, to keep her mind occupied on something other than the hurricane.

“I think it is a good distraction somewhat for JJ to go play basketball for a few hours a day,” he said. “Because if not, it’s understandable that you’re constantly on the phone with people, you’re constantly watching the weather reports and the news coverage on it and that can get overwhelming.”

Jones’ GoFundMe video and a link to the page were displayed on the video board during the game.

Teammates, including Jasmine Thomas ($500), Morgan Tuck ($200) and Layshia Clarendon ($200) were listed on the donation page, along with other WNBA players, such as Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, who gave $1,000.

Jones is not the only Bahamian athlete raising money. Buddy Hield of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, who played youth basketball with Jones and is a good friend, set up a separate GoFundme page. He said he would be donating $100,000 toward relief efforts.

“All of us have been blessed to be in situations where we can give back,” Jones said. “God put me in a situation now where I can reach back and help my communities. If we do nothing, then we’re definitely taking what we’ve been given and what we’ve worked hard for, for granted.”

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Beckham ‘ready to go’ for Browns’ opener against Titans

Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t play in the preseason as the Browns were extra careful with their prized new superstar.

But the three-time Pro Bowler, famous for one-handed catches, fashion risks and theatrics, practiced and showed his teammates why he’s one of the NFL’s highest-paid wide receivers.

“Worth every penny,” safety Damarious Randall said Wednesday.

Beckham was deemed “ready to go” for Cleveland’s home opener against Tennessee on Sunday by coach Freddie Kitchens, who is anxious to see an offense featuring the high-profile receiver, quarterback Baker Mayfield, receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Nick Chubb — a group that looks potent on paper and in practice live up to expectations and enormous hype.

“Very eager,” said Kitchens, who will make his regular-season coaching debut. “It is nice Monday that we had everybody at practice. In a lot of ways, it looked like a totally different team. We still have to take it to the game on Sunday.”

The 26-year-old Beckham was sidelined during the exhibition season by what the team said is a “minor” hip injury. Beckham insisted he would have played with the injury during the regular season, but the Browns, who acquired him from the New York Giants in a March trade that could alter the AFC North and NFC East, didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks.

Mayfield didn’t get to throw a pass to Beckham during the exhibition season. However, the pair did work out together in California before training camp and on the side during practice to create chemistry.

The second-year QB disputes the notion that their lack of playing time together is detrimental.

“I didn’t take a snap with Jarvis all last year during the preseason, so yeah, it’s probably pretty overblown,” Mayfield said.

Beckham’s speed, catching radius, route-running and aura are noticeable to anyone who has watched No. 13 in person. The talent is irrefutable.

Randall agreed that Beckham is elite, and said he does things on the field that may go unnoticed by the untrained eye.

“His run after catch is like really the most impressive stuff I’ve seen about him,” Randall said. “How quick he is, how elusive he is. I think he’s faster than what a lot of people give him credit for.”

The Browns are expecting big things from Beckham, who will likely speak to the media Thursday.

His hasty exit in New York was followed by some back-and-forth banter in the media with New York’s front office and some former teammates, drama the Browns hope he’s left behind.

Mayfield doesn’t sense that Beckham, who signed a five-year, $95 contract extension before last season, feels he has anything to prove or needs to quiet his detractors.

“He’s excited to get back to football. He’s feeling healthy, he’s ready to go,” said Mayfield, who broke the NFL’s rookie record for TD passes last season. “I’d say just talking to him, and knowing who he is, he’s very excited to get back on the field with a fresh start. I wouldn’t say that it has anything to do with the outside. He’s ready to do it for himself.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel is very familiar with Beckham’s talent, and what his addition means to the Browns.

“He has really good instincts, really good spatial awareness. Great body control, great hands, good after the catch and has speed,” Vrabel said. “Every week in this league is a difficult challenge, and this will be another one for us to be able to cover their skill players — Landry, (TE David) Njoku; Chubb is a very good runner; (WR Rashard) Higgins has had success, has caught balls and is somebody that Baker is comfortable with.

“It is always something and this week we are zeroing in on those guys.”

NOTES: The Browns will be browner than ever. The NFL approved the team’s request to make their “color rush” uniforms their primary look this season. Cleveland will wear the brown jerseys with brown pants in six games, starting with Sunday’s opener. Cleveland went 3-0 in the unis last season. … Cleveland’s injury report was sparse with DL Devaroe Lawrence (shoulder) and rookie LB Sione Takitaki the only players listed.

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ACC experiencing highs, lows of high-profile transfers

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division could serve as a case study for the extremes of college football’s transfer spectrum.

At one end is Miami, where the NCAA allowed quarterback Tate Martell to play immediately after coming in from Ohio State. At the other is Virginia Tech, where an outpouring of outrage came after Coastal Carolina transfer Brock Hoffman was denied in his request to play this year.

“In my estimation, he went about this thing the right way,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said, “and was punished because of it.”

Transfers — whether they actually play this year or not — have emerged as a dominant off-field storyline around the ACC and beyond.

The opening-week depth charts for the ACC’s 14 schools listed 21 players who came from other Division I programs. And according to the transfer tracker at 247sports.com, league schools had a combined 108 players transfer out before this season while 51 came in.

The vast majority of those on the two-deeps were graduate transfers who came through the NCAA’s transfer portal without much issue. A few underclassmen received waivers from the NCAA to play right away. Others must spend a season on the sideline after the governing body denied their requests.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio says the number of transfers wanting to play immediately has “gotten out of whack” and says he supports the American Football Coaches Association’s proposal for undergraduate transfers to sit out a year, then regain that year of eligibility if they graduate from their new school.

“You can’t have free agency in college football,” Addazio said. “You have an elite player and one of these schools comes in and poaches them,” he added. “You can’t do that. That’s just ridiculous.”

It’s become common practice in recent years for schools to mine the pool of graduate transfers to plug specific holes on their rosters. First-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield added six of them to help with the massive attrition during the coaching change.

“We’re looking for the best players that fit what we need,” Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi said.

The hotter topic has been undergraduates seeking waivers to play right away for their new schools.

The governing body issued a directive last year that helped clear the way for immediate eligibility for all approved requests. In June, it approved a series of adjustments to the guidelines used to determine when those waivers can be granted, requiring schools requesting a waiver to provide more documentation to support their argument and more detailed verification of athletes’ claims about why they are leaving.

Brandy Hataway, NCAA director of academic and membership affairs, said the changes weren’t designed to make it easier or harder to obtain a waiver, but to “streamline the process a little bit better” and better educate and inform schools, players and parents.

“The changes weren’t really as dramatic as I think folks may have thought they were, or some people alluded to in some of their reporting,” Hataway said. “It was really a part of the normal process of reviewing them.”

Among the highest-profile of this year’s instant transfers was Martell, who left Ohio State after the Buckeyes picked up Georgia transfer Justin Fields. He received his waiver to play right away in March.

A flurry of other decisions from the NCAA came on a single day last week. North Carolina defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly, who enrolled at Auburn in January only to transfer out two months later, was cleared.

“It was hard last week, because if you give him a bunch of reps and then he’s not able to go, you feel like you kind of cheated your defense a little bit,” defensive coordinator Jay Bateman said. “I think now he’ll be ready to go.”

Georgia Tech received the OK for Michigan transfer Myles Sims to play this season, but the request for Florida transfer Antonneous Clayton was rejected. New coach Geoff Collins simultaneously praised the decision on Sims but “vehemently” disagrees with the ruling on Clayton, adding that it “does not have the best interests of the student-athlete in mind.”

And then there was the final rejection for Hoffman.

He transferred to Virginia Tech in the offseason, saying the move was made to be closer to his mother, who two years ago had surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor. His hometown of Statesville, North Carolina, is roughly a 2-hour drive from Blacksburg — about 1½ hours by car closer than Coastal Carolina’s campus in Conway, South Carolina.

That decision sparked widespread outcry, with Hoffman’s father posting a letter to the NCAA’s waiver committee and President Mark Emmert blasting the decision. He called it “truly a hardship and a disservice to the athletes and institutions you claim to support” and threatened to seek legal counsel.

“When you look at the decision that’s one thing, and when you look at the process of the decision, that is another thing,” Fuente said. “The process, to say it is disappointing, is an understatement.”

The NCAA does not comment on individual cases, Hataway said.

“I think this kind of falls into maybe a misperception that we get frequently that there’s inconsistency in cases,” Hataway said, speaking in general terms. “Some cases are being approved, some cases are being denied. . A lot of the cases that are getting a lot of attention publicly and maybe in the media fall into different (classifications).”

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Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to ‘open the gates,’ allow Syrian refugees to leave for Western countries

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The president of Turkey said Thursday he would be forced to “open the gates” and allow a route for Syrian refugees to travel into WesternEurope unless a deal is reached with the U.S. by the end of the month to help resettle migrants in a so-called “safe zone” within its borders, according to reports.

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President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party officials in the country’s capital city of Ankara that he was determined to create a “safe zone” in northeast Syria in partnership with the United States by the end of September, but was prepared to act alone if necessary.

“We will be forced to open the gates,” Erdogan said. “We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone.”

Erdogan said Turkey aims to resettle about 1 million out of the 3.65 million Syrian refugees in the safe zone. He added that his nation “did not receive the support needed from the world” to help it cope with Syrian refugees.

The Syria War is an ongoing armed conflict between the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad and multiple opposing factions, including the Islamic State, according to Statista, a German online portal for statistics

More than half of the Syrian population fled the country as a result of the conflict, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported. About 6.6 million refugees left Syria since 2011—about half of which settled in Turkey which borders Syria from the north.

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About 207,000 civilians have died in the conflict since it first began about eight years ago, Statista reported. European nations and the United States have largely remained separated from the conflict until the U.S. and Allied forces conducted airstirkes in 2014 against Islamic extremists. Russia began to back the Syrian government in 2015, according to the site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cincinnati Bengals 2019 NFL outlook: Schedule, players to watch & more

The Cincinnati Bengals finished last in the AFC North in 2018 for the first time since 2010 and that was enough for the team to dump Marvin Lewis in favor of new head coach Zac Taylor.

While there’s a new face calling plays, some of the same storylines remain.

A.J. Green is not expected to be ready for Week 1, leaving undrafted rookie Damion Willis to step into his place. Andy Dalton is also coming back after a season-ending injury in 2018. The expectations for him will be very high in a pivotal season for him career-wise.

The Bengals also have to hope that John Ross and T.J. Boyd stay healthy long enough for Green to get back to full health.

Cincinnati has a ton of returnees on the defensive side, but the team allowed most yards per game and third-most points per game last season. They will have to be far better defensively to have a chance at a decent season.

Read below for more about the Bengals heading into the 2019 season.

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2019 SCHEDULE

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Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor, left, meets with quarterback Jake Dolegala (7) during the second half of the team’s NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Week

Date

Time (ET)

Channel

Opponent

1

Sept. 8

4:05 pm

CBS

@ Seattle Seahawks

2

Sept. 15

1:00 pm

FOX

San Francisco 49ers

3

Sept. 22

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Buffalo Bills

4

Sept. 30

8:15 pm

ESPN

@ Pittsburgh Steelers

5

Oct. 6

1:00 pm

FOX

Arizona Cardinals

6

Oct. 13

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Baltimore Ravens

7

Oct. 20

1:00 pm

CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars

8

Oct. 27

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Los Angeles Rams

9

Bye

10

Nov. 10

1:00 pm

CBS

Baltimore Ravens

11

Nov. 17

4:25 pm

CBS

@ Oakland Raiders

12

Nov. 24

1:00 pm

CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers

13

Dec. 1

1:00 pm

CBS

New York Jets

14

Dec. 8

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Cleveland Browns

15

Dec. 15

1:00 pm

CBS

New England Patriots

16

Dec. 22

1:00 pm

CBS

@ Miami Dolphins

17

Dec. 29

1:00 pm

CBS

Cleveland Browns

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws a pass during the first half of the team’s NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

  • QB: Andy Dalton
  • RB: Joe Mixon
  • WR: A.J. Green
  • DE: Carlos Dunlap
  • DT: Geno Atkins

BENGALS DRAFT PICKS

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  • Round 1, Pick 11: Jonah Williams, OT
  • Round 2, Pick 20: Drew Sample, TE
  • Round 3, Pick 72: Germaine Pratt, LB
  • Round 4, Pick 104: Ryan Finley, QB
  • Round 4, Pick 125: Renell Wren, DT
  • Round 4, Pick 136, Michael Jordan, OL
  • Round 6, Pick 182: Trayveon Williams, RB
  • Round 6, Pick 210: Deshaun Davis, LB
  • Round 6, Pick 211: Rodney Anderson, RB
  • Round 7, Pick 223: Jordan Brown, CB

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Meet the ‘giant elephant trunks,’ mysterious cosmic structures 10 times bigger than the ‘pillars of creation’

Ursa Major, the Tadpole Galaxy, the Crab Nebula — when it comes to naming objects in space, it sometimes seems like astronomers wish they’d gone into zoology. Continuing in this long tradition, a researcher has recently identified mammoth column-shaped structures carved from gas and dust that he has called Giant Elephant’s Trunks.

Regular-size astronomical Elephant’s Trunks are well-studied entities. When newborn stars are young, they emit colossal amounts of radiation, which can erode nearby interstellar gas and dust. Dense pockets of material are more resistant to this erosion, protecting downstream gas and dust from the radiation pressure and creating long filaments that resemble pachyderm proboscises, according to NASA.

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Famous examples of such structures include the Horsehead Nebula and the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula, as well as the highly photogenic Pillars of Creation found in the Eagle Nebula. Researchers often investigate Elephant’s Trunks because they are the sites of star birth and early evolution.

Using the Nobeyama 45-meter Radio Telescope in Japan, astronomer Yoshiaki Sofue of the University of Tokyo recently conducted a survey of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In two minor spiral arms 15,000 to 22,000 light-years away, known as the Scutum and Norma arms, he spotted three Elephant’s Trunks, except that they were at least an order of magnitude greater in size and mass than previously seen entities.

Ordinary Elephant’s Trunks are generally a few light-years across and perhaps 10 times the mass of our sun. Sofue observed three objects between 65 and 160 light-years long, each weighing around 1,000 to 10,000 times the mass of the sun. A paper describing the discoveries is set to appear in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan.

Because the smaller column-shaped structures are cradles for newborn stars, Sofue told Live Science that the Giant Elephant’s Trunks could be created by large-scale star formation activity in the galaxy. Perhaps they are regions from which low-mass globular clusters — spherical collections of small stars — arise, he suggested.

Now that he has trumpeted these findings, Sofue said he would like to conduct a systematic inspection of his data in the hopes of uncovering more Giant Elephant’s Trunks and listing them in an astronomical atlas for other researchers to study.

Originally published on Live Science.

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