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Andy Murray wins 1st ATP final since hip surgery

Andy Murray claimed his first ATP tour title in more than 2 1/2 years at the European Open on Sunday in only his sixth singles tournament since returning from hip surgery in January.

The 32-year-old Murray rallied to beat fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

The last time he lifted silverware in singles came in Dubai in March 2017, so it was no surprise that the tears quickly flowed for the British player.

“Obviously it means a lot, the last few years have been extremely difficult, both me and Stan have had a lot of injury problems the last couple of years,” Murray said in an on-court interview broadcast by Amazon Prime.

“I just managed to hang in a bit at the end of the second set and the third set was extremely close again. I didn’t expect to be in this position so I’m very happy. This is one of the biggest wins that I’ve had after everything so I’m very proud.”

It was their grueling French Open semifinal two years ago that exacerbated physical issues for both players. Murray spent the next 18 months trying to find a solution to his hip problems that would enable him to live without pain, while Wawrinka underwent two knee operations.

After undergoing hip resurfacing surgery, Murray returned to the court in June playing doubles — including at Wimbledon — before moving back to singles in August.

The 34-year-old Wawrinka was looking for his first ATP title since the 2017 Geneva Open.

The crucial break of serve in the first set came in the second game, with Murray saving two break points but not a third, and his Swiss opponent served it out 6-3.

Murray looked in deep trouble when Wawrinka broke again in the third game of the second set, and the Scot had to save more break points to avoid losing a fourth game in a row.

But, having dug in, he got his reward as Wawrinka’s serve went off the boil and his level dipped, with Murray breaking back to 3-3.

Wawrinka had two more chances at 4-4 but again Murray fought off the danger and it was Murray who then took his first set point to clinch it 6-4 and level the match.

Wawrinka stepped up again early in the third set and was twice a break ahead but once more Murray dug in, hitting back immediately both times.

Murray saved two more break points at 4-4 to leave Wawrinka serving to stay in the match. When Wawrinka blazed a forehand well off target on the first match point, it was the former top-ranked Murray celebrating a remarkable comeback.

Murray is now expected to take a break until the Davis Cup finals next month while he waits for the birth of his third child.

“I’ll have three kids under 4 years old. I need to get on the road so we don’t get out of control,” Murray joked. “I’m excited for the third kid. My wife’s been a huge support for getting me back on the court and making me fight to keep playing.”

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Dictator Francisco Franco to be exhumed on Thursday

Authorities in Spain plan on exhuming the remains of the former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on Thursday in order to remove the body from a giant mausoleum he built on the outskirts of Madrid.

The controversy has been going on for decades with some—including families of Spanish Civil War victims—calling on the body to be removed from the major tourist destination, the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum.

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Reuters reported that about 43 percent are in favor of the move while  32.5 percent were opposed.

Franco’s family had hoped to block the exhumation or at least have the body reburied in central Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral, an idea vehemently opposed by the government.

Reuters reported that about 500,000 died during the civil war that he was behind.  He will be buried alongside his wife in another cemetery north of  Madrid and his family will be there to witness the removal.

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Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez celebrated the decision in a tweet: “The determination to make up for the suffering of the victims of Francoism has always guided the government’s action,” he wrote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Horse injured in race at Santa Anita; 34th to die at track

A 3-year-old gelding was fatally injured in the fifth race at Santa Anita on Saturday, becoming the 34th horse to die at the track since December.

According to a statement from track owner The Stronach Group, jockey Ruben Fuentes pulled up Satchel Paige at the three-eighths pole of the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. Track veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead saw that the gelding had sustained an open fracture of his left front ankle and decided to euthanize him.

Fuentes wasn’t injured in the $50,000 race featuring horses that had yet to win.

Dr. Dionne Benson, chief vet for The Stronach Group, said the gelding will undergo a required necropsy at UC Davis. She said the accident and necropsy report will be reviewed “to learn what, if anything, could have been to prevent the accident.”

Benson said Santa Anita will work with the California Horse Racing Board to investigate the accident.

Trained by Phil D’Amato, Satchel Paige was winless in six career starts, with one second and one third-place finish. He had career earnings of $24,002.

He was bred and owned by retired luxury car dealer Nick Alexander, chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, which represents the collective interests of owners in the state and works to preserve the sport’s long-term viability.

Santa Anita is set to host the Breeders’ Cup world championships for a record 10th time on Nov. 1-2.

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MLB umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52; did playoffs 2 weeks ago

Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper’s death Sunday.

Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he was talking to them Saturday about his recovery.

Cooper made his debut in the majors in 1996 as a minor league fill-in and joined the big league staff in 1999.

His most recent assignment came in the playoffs this month when he worked the New York Yankees’ sweep of Minnesota in the ALDS. He was at second base on Oct. 7 for the clinching Game 3 at Target Field.

Cooper worked the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. He drew that post helped by his success rate on replay challenges — MLB took those numbers into account in picking the crew, and Cooper had only three calls reversed all season.

Cooper umpired in 10 division series, four League Championship Series and the 2005 All-Star Game, along with two World Baseball Classics.

He also was behind the plate for three no-hitters — two by Mark Buehrle, including a perfect game, and another by Hideo Nomo. Cooper worked the plate in the final game in the career of Cal Ripken Jr.

“This is a very sad day across Major League Baseball,” Manfred said in a statement. “Eric Cooper was a highly respected umpire, a hard worker on the field and a popular member of our staff. He also served as a key voice of the MLB Umpires Association on important issues in our game.”

In a statement, players’ union chief Tony Clark said: “Eric Cooper’s friendly and familiar presence in the baseball community will be missed by all of us. He was a professional and gentleman whose passion for our game, the players and his fellow umpires was evident in the way he went about his work and life.”

Cooper was an Iowa native and Iowa State graduate. He was known for rooting for another school — Notre Dame, and frequently wore Fighting Irish gear in the umpires’ locker rooms while talking about the football team’s success.

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Ancient ‘cockroaches of the sea’ fossilized while playing ‘follow the leader’

The trilobites go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah … well, at least they did, some 480 million years ago.

New fossils from Morocco show lines of trilobites in orderly queues, likely buried by a storm as they trekked from one place to another under the Ordovician seas in an ancient game of “follow the leader.”

“I think people think that collective behavior is something new in the course of evolution, but actually sophisticated behavior started very, very early,” said study leader Jean Vannier, a paleontologist at the University of Lyon in France.

Related: Photos: Trove of Marine Fossils Discovered in Morocco

Trilobites all in a row

Vannier and colleagues from Marrakech, Morocco, discovered the trilobites in the southern part of Morocco in an area known for well-preserved fossils of animals from the early Ordovician, a geologic period that began about 485 million years ago and is one of six periods that make up the Paleozoic era. The Ordovician is famous for its diverse marine life, from primitive fish to corals to undersea scorpions the size of human beings. Trilobites — arthropods that looked a bit like cockroaches — also scuttled around the Ordovician seafloor or swam through its oceans. These resilient creatures first evolved during the period before the Ordivician, the Cambrian, and survived two mass extinctions (one at the end of the Ordovician, about 444 million years ago, and one at the end of the Devonian, about 360 million years ago). Trilobites didn’t disappear until 252 million years ago, when a mass extinction at the end of the Permian period wiped out 95% of all species on Earth.

Not much is known about how trilobites behaved, but some fossil evidence hints that they didn’t swim or burrow solo. Paleontologists have found clusters of fossilized trilobites, apparently gathered in large groups to molt their exoskeletons or to mate.

Related: Image Gallery: Cambrian Creatures: Primitive Sea Life

The new Moroccan fossils were striking because the trilobites were cleanly arranged in lines and obviously hadn’t floated into position after death, Vannier said: The animals were all facing the same direction, often touching each other with the spiny projections from their bodies. Their single-file arrangement is reminiscent of the migration of the modern-day spiny lobster, Vannier told Live Science. These Caribbean creatures queue up in lines to march to quiet waters during stormy months, resting their antennae on one another as they move.

Acting collectively

The rocks around the trilobite fossils showed evidence of repeated, rapid storm deposits, Vannier and his colleagues reported today (Oct. 17) in the journal Scientific Reports. The lined-up trilobites were probably buried instantly by an avalanche of sediment, possibly accompanied by the stirring-up of oxygen-poor waters that helped suffocate the animals rapidly. The fossils record no sign of a struggle in death; whatever took their lives didn’t even disrupt the trilobites’ careful queue.

Similar trilobite queuing has been found fossilized in younger rocks, Vannier said, and fossils from southern France show the same species (Ampyx priscus) lined up. The trilobites were blind, so they may have used their projecting spines to keep track of each other as they moved.

“It seems to be a normal behavior of this species in different parts of the world,” Vannier said.

Trilobites aren’t the only ancient animals that seem to have behaved collectively. Shrimp-like creatures called Synophalos from the Cambrian period 520 million years ago have been found fossilized in long chains in China. Scientists suspect they were migrating as a group. And horseshoe crabs, which first appeared on the scene 450 million years ago, still gather on shorelines today to breed under the cover of darkness.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Turkey accused of ‘violating’ cease-fire; Trump mulls leaving some troops in Syria; Gabbard blasts Clinton

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Kurdish military leader says his fighters still want to work with US, accuses Turkey of ‘violating’ cease-fire, ‘ethnic cleansing’ 
The Kurdish military leader who serves as commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces revealed to Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin in a telephone interview Sunday from his base inside Syria that Turkey’s military has “violated” the planned cease-fire and was continuing to commit “ethnic cleansing.” Speaking through a translator, Gen. Mazloum Abdi said he was “deeply disappointed” in President Trump over the withdrawal of U.S. troops in northern Syria, and claimed there’s still time for the U.S. to help the Kurds fighting for their lives. Click here for more of our top story.

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American military convoy stops near the town of Tel Tamr, north Syria, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)

Trump considering leaving small number of US troops in Syria: report
President Trump is mulling a plan to keep hundreds of U.S. troops in northeast Syria after most of American forces leave, reports say. The goal of this plan would be to prevent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops or Russian forces from taking control of Syria’s oil fields, which are mainly in Kurdish-held territory in the northeast part of the country. It would also enable the military to retain a foothold in the fight against ISIS militants.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has opposed Trump’s initial decision to withdraw all 1,000 U.S. troops in northeast Syria, presented the idea to the president last week, the Wall Street Journal reported. Graham said in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that he remains “optimistic” that “historic solutions” can still be reached on Syria.

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Gabbard reveals theory on why Hillary Clinton, DNC are pummeling her with ‘smears’
Speaking directly to the camera in a video message posted on social media on Sunday, 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard suggested that Hillary Clinton recently “smeared” her as a “Russian asset” as payback for Gabbard’s defiance of the party establishment in 2016.

“If they can falsely portray me as a traitor, then they can do it to anyone — and in fact, that’s exactly the message they want to get across to you,” Gabbard, a Democrat, said in the video. “If you stand up to Hillary and the party power brokers — if you stand up to the rich and powerful elite and the war machine, they will destroy you and discredit your message. But, here is the truth: They will not intimidate us. They will not silence us.” Click here for more.

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, took a series of shots at President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday, claiming that under his leadership, the U.S. was abandoning allied Kurdish fighters in Syria and that some of the president’s rhetoric appealed to racism. Romney and Trump have feuded off-and-on over the years, with the president regularly saying that former governor of Massachusetts “choked” in his bid to unseat President Obama in 2012. Click here to read more.

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Estimates place the 10-year cost of the “Medicare-for-all” plans at $32-34 trillion. Warren came under attack from her 2020 White House rivals at last week’s primary debate over her refusal to discuss whether taxes would go up for Americans to pay for her proposal.

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Ohio mom discovers home-invader about to give her 2-year-old a bath

An Ohio mom says she was horrified to discover an intruder inside her home preparing a bath for her 2-year-old son, according to a report.

Areica Hill said she woke up to find another woman in her Columbus home on Wednesday trying to give her son a bath, news station WCMH-TV reported.

“I get up and I walk to my door and the way my house is set up, I can look down the hall,” Hill said. “I see a white female lady, bent over the tub, with my 2-year-old in the tub.”

Hill said she got the woman away from her child then her boyfriend restrained the stranger until authorities arrived.

The alleged intruder, who was identified as 22-year-old Elizabeth Hixon, has been arrested and charged with burglary, WCMH-TV reported.

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Hixon was released after posting bond in Franklin County Municipal Court, according to the report.

Reached by phone, Hixon’s mother told the TV station that her daughter had good intentions.

This article was originally published by the New York Post.

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Mary Anne Marsh: Thanks to Trump, Christmas has come early to the Kremlin

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Nancy Pelosi confronted Donald Trump at the White House last week questioning why he removed U.S. troops from Syria and his loyalty to the United States. “All roads lead to Putin,” she stated.

Pelosi’s statement not only sent Trump into a fury, it also crystallized the problem our country faces: Trump’s actions routinely seem to benefit Vladimir Putin, not the United States of America.

This stark situation was reinforced that same day in a blistering op-ed authored by Adm. William McRaven, who led the operation that killed Usama bin Laden. “[I]f this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better,” he wrote. “The fate of our Republic depends upon it.”

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In the essay, McRaven described a recent encounter with troops. He wrote, “The America that they believed in was under attack, not from without, but from within…These men and women, of all political persuasions, have seen the assaults on our institutions. … They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own. They have seen us abandon our allies and have heard the shouts of betrayal from the battlefield. …

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“We are the most powerful nation in the world because we try to be the good guys. … If our promises are meaningless, how will our allies ever trust us? If we can’t have faith in our nation’s principles, why would the men and women of this nation join the military? And if they don’t join, who will protect us? If we are not the champions of the good and the right, then who will follow us? And if no one follows us — where will the world end up?”

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Even Republicans are starting to recognize that Trump isn’t putting the interests of the United States first.

On Friday, Rep. Francis Rooney, R.-Fla., who represents a 59 percent Trump district, stated after Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney seemed to admit there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine, “I didn’t take this job to keep it. I took this job to do the right thing at all times — the right thing. … I’ll be looking at my children a lot longer than I’m looking to anybody in this building.” He added, “I’ve been real mindful of the fact that during Watergate, all the people I knew said, ‘Oh, they’re just abusing Nixon, and it’s a witch hunt.’ Turns out it wasn’t a witch hunt. It was really bad.”

On Saturday, Rooney announced he will not run for reelection.

So what happened to provoke Pelosi, McRaven and Rooney?

Well, Christmas came early to the Kremlin thanks to Donald Trump … and a lot of gifts were delivered in the last two weeks alone.

First, Trump gave approval to Turkey to invade Syria. That means Russia can operate with impunity in Syria. With Trump’s capitulation, Russia is positioning itself as the power to trust in the region. That’s why the Kurds, who fought and beat ISIS on our behalf, and who Trump betrayed are now trying to make a deal with Putin. In the meantime, Turkey is committing genocide against the Kurds and no one stopping them. Until the pause announced last week, Innocent men, women, and children were being slaughtered.

Even Republicans are starting to recognize that Trump isn’t putting the interests of the United States first.

These attacks have prompted renewed talk of banishing Turkey from NATO, which could break up the alliance – a longtime goal of Putin’s. In fact, Erdogan meets with Putin this week. Normally, the United States would lead the effort to remove Turkey but Trump won’t do it. Adding insult to injury, Trump has invited Erdogan to Washington in November. A war criminal in the White House is something every American should agree is unacceptable and outrageous.

Second, remember at the United Nations when Trump urged Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to “get together and solve your problem” with Putin? Well, Zelensky appears ready to sign a deal over eastern Ukraine largely on Putin’s terms. Clearly, Zelensky’s hand has been forced as Ukraine lost the backing of the United States, as evidenced by Trump’s reported withholding of aid in exchange for detrimental information on his political opponent Joe Biden. The potential Ukraine-Russia deal has also led to protests in the streets of Ukraine, furthering Putin’s goal of unrest and instability in this region.

Third, Trump wants to bring Putin into the G-7 fold. Russia was banned from the group for annexing Crimea. Trump will use the next meeting, which he will host, to insist Putin be readmitted, despite even more egregious behavior since the annexation. Even if Putin is denied admission, he’s already reaped the benefits of having the United States advocating for him and against our allies … again.

Last, but not least, it was also announced the United States and Russia will hold joint cyber exercises. Just in time for the 2020 election and only 105 days until the Iowa caucuses. After blatantly interfering in our elections in 2016, and with apparently nothing to stop them in 2020, what could possibly go wrong? Help Trump? Hurt Trump’s opponents or potential Democratic nominee? Sound familiar?

Why? Why is Trump doing everything he can to make Putin happy? Does the president want Putin interfering in another U.S. election, essentially helping Trump? Is Putin putting pressure on Trump? Does Putin think Trump will be impeached and removed from office so he’s getting what he wants now?

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The answers to these questions and more will likely be revealed during the impeachment inquiry. Those answers will also force us to face one of the biggest tests of our democracy — and failure isn’t an option.

In the meantime, Christmas has come early to the Kremlin and Russia is celebrating at our expense.

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Man arrested in connection with ex-NBA player Andre Emmett’s murder

A Dallas man has been arrested in connection with the murder of former NBA player Andre Emmett.

Keith Johnson, 32, was booked into Dallas County Jail Saturday evening on a capital murder charge in connection with the Sept. 23 shooting, WFAA-TV reported.

Police previously said they were looking for two suspects, who they say robbed a watch and necklace from the 37-year-old ex-New Jersey Net before killing him.

Emmett gave up the items and tried to run away — when one of the suspects shot him, cops said.

Emmett who also played for the Memphis Grizzles during his two seasons in the league, had recently become a father.

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Police did not say whether Johnson was the shooter.

The suspect was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond Sunday evening.

This article was originally published by the New York Post.

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Tornado rips through Dallas, leaving significant damage and thousands without power

A tornado ripped through Dallas Sunday night, leaving a trail of heavy damage across the area, including collapsed buildings and downed power lines.

The damage, estimated to have stretched 17 miles long, left more than 95,000 people without power. No major injuries have yet to be reported, however, first responders were going door to door in some neighborhoods to check on residents, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The National Weather Service has warned of continued high winds and hail.

Videos uploaded on social media revealed the tornado’s size and impact, including one video showing a large funnel cloud over the city. Other footage and photos showed numerous collapses and damage to homes.

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Debris from trees and roofing were left on streets after light poles and power lines were knocked down by the force of the tornado’s winds. Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to structural collapse in northwest Dallas, the Morning News reports, as well as calls of people hurt from broken glass in their homes. A Home Depot reportedly took a direct hit, with its roof collapsing and water bursting from pipes that were ripped from the walls.

The tornado also hit near the home of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. “They got lucky and are praying for the safety of their neighbors around DFW,” a spokesman said, according to reporter Jack Fink.

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The City of Dallas released a press release early Monday announcing that it was assessing the damages and confirmed there no reported fatalities or serious injuries. The city also confirmed reports of suspected gas leaks.

“The Dallas Police Department and Dallas-Fire Rescue are assessing damaged structures and will continue to do so throughout the night,” the statement said.

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