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Loch Ness monster could be a giant eel, researcher reveals

After months of speculation surrounding a study into whether the Loch Ness monster was real, the researcher behind it has revealed it could be a giant eel and not a giant plesiosaur from a long-lost era.

Speaking at a press conference early Thursday morning, New Zealand researcher Neil Gemmell gave his “plausible” explanation for what people may have seen in the past, but added that it is most certainly not a dinosaur.

“We can’t find any evidence of a creature that’s remotely related to that in our environmental-DNA sequence data,” Gemmell said, according to the BBC. “So, sorry, I don’t think the plesiosaur idea holds up based on the data that we have obtained.”

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This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.  (AP Photo, File)

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“There is a very significant amount of eel DNA,” Gemmell, a geneticist from New Zealand’s University of Otago, added. “Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled – there are a lot of them. So, are they giant eels? Well, our data doesn’t reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness.”

He continued: “Therefore we can’t discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness monster might be a giant eel.”

European eels can grow up to 5 feet, according to the USGS. They have a diet that consists of insect larvae, mollusks, worms and crustaceans. They’re also able to “survive near freezing temperatures” and are seen as “remarkably mobile,” capable of moving over dams, weirs and even land, adding credence to Gemmell’s findings.

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European eel. (Credit: Steffen Zienert, USGS)

Gemmell, who first announced the study in May 2018, said last month that one theory was “plausible” in attempting to explain the fabled Nessie.

In addition, the ideas that sturgeon or Greenland sharks lived in the loch were also put to rest after Gemmell said no DNA of either creature had been found among the 250 water samples taken from various depths.

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Gemmell’s research was established to find what types of plants and animals live in the loch and not specifically to find the mythical creature, but Gemmell conceded that his work did add to the legend.

“People love a mystery, we’ve used science to add another chapter to Loch Ness’ mystique,” he said, according to the BBC.

One of Scotland’s oldest myths, the story that a creature was living in Loch Ness, dates back to the sixth century. The 19th and 20th centuries, in particular, saw an increase in interest, especially after the infamous “surgeon’s photograph” in 1934.

A study published in April suggested that the legend of the Loch Ness monster and other long-necked “sea monsters” may have been influenced by something very real and even more terrifying — dinosaurs.

The legend of the Loch Ness monster has commonly been attributed to a plesiosaur that somehow managed to survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs.

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Parliament’s Next Brexit Brawl: When to Hold Elections

LONDON — As a law stopping a no-deal Brexit moved closer to clearing its final hurdle on Thursday, British lawmakers began drawing the battle lines for their next fight: whether, and when, to hold a general election.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to take his call for a snap general election to members of the public on Thursday, with a speech in northern England, as his team worked to frame the law averting a no-deal Brexit as a “surrender” to the European Union.

But Mr. Johnson was upstaged on Thursday by a member of his own family: His younger brother Jo Johnson resigned from Parliament, saying he was giving up his seat because he was “torn between family loyalty and the national interest.”

“It’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles,” he said in a Twitter post.

With his Brexit plan stymied, the prime minister sees an election as the only way to create a stable majority for his Conservative Party in Parliament and secure a mandate for pulling Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal governing future relations. Despite his early stumbles, Mr. Johnson is still outpolling his opponents.

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Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaving his home in north London on Thursday. He holds the cards on whether and when to call a new election.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, whose votes Mr. Johnson needs to call an election, has said repeatedly that he will not agree to an election until the law stopping a no-deal Brexit is on the books. That way, Mr. Johnson would be denied the wiggle room to, say, schedule an election after the Oct. 31 deadline for leaving the European Union and letting Britain crash out of the bloc without a deal.

Despite the resistance from opposition lawmakers, Mr. Johnson remained committed to putting his vaunted campaigning skills to the test.

He was expected to give a speech on Thursday railing against the law to stop a no-deal Brexit. He has branded it “Jeremy Corbyn’s surrender bill,” for the influence he believes it gives the European Union in deciding how long to extend the Brexit deadline to avoid Britain leaving without a deal.

The Labour Party, for its part, is divided over when to hold an election. Many lawmakers want to postpone a vote until after they have forced Mr. Johnson to seek a delay to Brexit and after the current departure date of Oct. 31 passes.

They believe that would make him vulnerable to attacks from other right-wing parties that have insisted Mr. Johnson not allow any delay to Brexit. They also hope a later election would let the shine of Mr. Johnson’s short time in office, already fading this week, disappear completely among voters.

Mr. Johnson’s Conservatives were split this week by his decision to purge the party of lawmakers who defied his threats and voted to stop a no-deal Brexit, among them Tory grandees like Ken Clarke, a lawmaker since 1970, and Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Mr. Johnson’s hero, Winston Churchill, who has served in Parliament for 37 years.

Anti-Brexit protesters at Parliament Square in London on Wednesday.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times

Mr. Johnson’s first boisterous debates in the House of Commons have also been unkind to the new prime minister. Analysts have long believed his improvisational style and loose grip of the facts would serve him poorly at the despatch box, where prime ministers field questions from the opposition, but critics said he looked particularly weak at times this week.

And true to form for a politician known to put his foot in his mouth, Mr. Johnson lashed out amid a barrage of attacks from the opposition, appearing at one point to say to Mr. Corbyn, “Call an election, you great big girl’s blouse.”

His opponents quickly called the comment sexist and unbecoming of a prime minister.

Some parts of the Labour Party believe Mr. Johnson has already hurt his election chances with his early missteps, along with his provocative decision to shut down Parliament for five weeks. Those lawmakers, sanguine about the party’s chances despite poor poll numbers, prefer a mid-October election, reasoning that the best way to guarantee that Britain does not leave the bloc without a deal is to kick Mr. Johnson out of office as soon as possible.

John McDonnell, a senior Labour lawmaker who speaks for the opposition on finance matters, said in a radio interview on Thursday that his party was still considering how to lock in an election date that eliminated the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

The opposition has been buoyed by its success in pushing through the law that would force the prime minister to ask Brussels for a delay to Brexit if he cannot secure a new withdrawal agreement soon.

Lawmakers in favor of the bill feared that the House of Lords, an unelected body that acts as upper house of Parliament, could filibuster its passage. But after hours of debate, allies of Mr. Johnson in the House of Lords backed down in the early hours of Thursday, allowing for the bill to advance through the chamber by the end of the week.

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers donates helmets to high schools hit by 2018 wildfires

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Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers announced Thursday he gave more than 300 football helmets to three California high schools affected by last year’s devastating wildfires.

Rodgers gave 375 VICIS ZERO1 football helmets to Pleasant Valley High School, Chico High School and Paradise High School. Rodgers, who went to Pleasant Valley High School, donated the equipment through his foundation.

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“For me, this is a chance to step up and support the community where I was born and raised. Football has always been more than a game here,” Rodgers, a VICIS investor, said in a news release. “I chose to invest in VICIS because of their ultimate commitment to player protection. These kids deserve the best, and I’m happy to play a small role in outfitting them with the safest helmets for the upcoming season.”

The coaches of the three teams also expressed their gratitude.

“I have been the head coach now for eight years and not one time have I ever had to ask Aaron for anything,” Pleasant Valley High School coach Mark Cooley said in a news release. “He calls or texts every year and says ‘Coach, here is what I would like to do this year, is that OK?’ He does so much for our school and community that most people have no idea regarding the contributions he has made! He never asks for recognition. I think it is important that everyone knows what a positive impact he is having on the lives of our student-athletes.”

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“I don’t know if anybody outside of Paradise and Butte County can truly understand what football means to helping us feel normal again,” Paradise Valley High School coach Rick Prinz said in a news release. “We’ve got some big competition and we’re prepared for a tough season. We’re grateful for Aaron’s donation.”

Chico High School coach Jason Alvistur added: “Our program is so thankful to be a recipient of Aaron’s generosity.  I believe the VICIS helmet offers superior protection and for us to have the opportunity to put them on the kids is truly a special gift.  This game brings people together and Butte County is excited to get back to football.”

The donation comes about a year after the Camp Fire, the most destructive in the state’s history, devastated Butte County. The blaze left at least 85 people dead and affected scores of high school students in the region.

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The VICIS ZERO1 helmet was rated the safest by the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association three years in a row and it is worn by several top players in the league, including Russell Wilson and Golden Tate.

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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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Colin Kaepernick Posts Passing Video: ‘Staying Ready Against The Odds!’

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The ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback posted a video on Instagram Wednesday showing him throwing passes to Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a workout. (See the clip below.)

Kaepernick wrote that he was “staying ready against the odds.” The video begins by noting he’s been “denied work for 917 days” after his kneeling protests during the national anthem sparked a debate about racial injustice and enraged President Donald Trump.

In the slickly edited clip, reportedly from a July training session at UCLA, Kaepernick fires pass after pass to Beckham as the video switches from black and white to color. Eventually, Beckham makes his signature one-handed grabs. 

Kaepernick settled his collusion grievance against the NFL in February. He had accused the league of conspiring to keep him off a roster because of his demonstrations to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Trump and other critics accused him of disrespecting the flag.

The former 49ers star, who led the team to the Super Bowl in 2013, has not played in the NFL since December 2016. He became a free agent the following season and was unable to sign with a new team.

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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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