The Patriots haven’t called any QB’s name in the postseason other than Brady’s since the 1990s.
He also fully expects to see Brady on the field Sunday.
The Patriots haven’t called any QB’s name in the postseason other than Brady’s since the 1990s.
He also fully expects to see Brady on the field Sunday.
Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen are among the record 106 underclassmen given special entry to the NFL draft, making it four of the last five seasons in which at least 95 players have declared early.
The NFL on Friday released the official list of college players who have requested early entry. Another 13 players who had eligibility remaining are eligible for the draft after notifying the NFL that they had completed requirements for a degree, including Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Another four players, including Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, had inquired about their draft status and were eligible without the need for special eligibility.
Of the 119 underclassmen heading into the draft, LSU has the most with seven players. Florida State and Texas have six players each. The NFL draft will be held April 26-28 in Dallas.
The previous high for underclassmen given special entry by the NFL was 98 in 2014. Last season, there were 95 players given special entry, and the year before there were 96. That number was 74 in 2015, according to the NFL.
Of the 95 underclassmen allowed into the draft last year, 28 (29.5 percent) were not drafted. In 2016, 31 percent (30 of 96) went undrafted.
Last season, the top four picks in the draft and 11 of the top 12 were underclassmen, either having been granted special eligibility or having completed a degree. Underclassmen are likely to again be prominent at the top of the first round, led by Darnold and Rosen. The quarterback-starved Cleveland Browns have the first and fourth picks overall in the draft.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley, Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith are among the other juniors considered among the best players available at their positions and possible top-15 picks.
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.
Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio’s mark of 19-2.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home.
It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015.
San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday.
The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining.
After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left.
Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn’t get a shot off in time.
After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime.
Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan’s three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth.
Spurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. … Kyle Anderson had 11 rebounds. … Aldridge missed nine of his 11 shot attempts in the first half.
Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. … DeRozan had a team-leading six assists. … Toronto FC forward and former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco attended the game.
Spurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season.
Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It’s Toronto’s final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges scored 22 points and Nick Ward had 18 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 9 Michigan State bounce back with an 85-57 win over Indiana on Friday night.
The Spartans (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) had a confidence-boosting performance after going from a top-ranked team to a reeling one. They were slumping after a 16-point loss at Ohio State, an overtime win over Rutgers and an 82-72 setback to Michigan at home.
The Hoosiers (11-8, 4-3) lost for the first time in four games, falling into a fourth-place tie with the Wolverines and Nebraska.
Michigan State took control with an 18-0 run midway through the first half, led by as much as 23 and was ahead 42-23 at halftime. The Spartans stayed ahead by a comfortable margin in the second half by spreading the ball around and making it tough for the Hoosiers to make shots.
Cassius Winston had 10 points, eight assists and only one turnover, while Jaren Jackson had 10 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three assists for the Spartans.
Indiana’s Robert Johnson had 21 points and the rest of his teammates struggled offensively. Josh Newkirk scored 14, but missed 12 of 17 shots and the Hoosiers were held to 34 percent shooting.
Alex Rodriguez, who was in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show, attended the game. He went to Michigan State’s shootaround earlier in the day and wore an “Izzone” T-shirt while standing in the student section behind coach Tom Izzo, his staff and players.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Izzo,” Rodriguez said.
Indiana: The Hoosiers had a hard time competing without Juwan Morgan playing as he has lately. One of the Big Ten’s leaders in scoring, rebounding, steals and shooting before the game started was limited to two points on 1-of-5 shooting, three rebounds and one steal.
Michigan State: The Spartans desperately needed to get their swagger back and they did, suddenly looking like the team that was ranked No. 1 two weeks ago.
Indiana: hosts Maryland on Monday.
Michigan State: vs. Illinois on Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evan Longoria just can’t envision it: a reliever riding in from the bullpen on a cart to speed up games.
Sounds utterly far-fetched for America’s tried-and-true pastime in the 21st century, right?
Yet that was one idea players had, along with cutting down on the time between innings by running split-screen commercials.
Longoria, acquired by San Francisco in a trade from Tampa Bay last month, has no interest in turning from his new third base spot at AT&T Park to watch a pitcher make way to the mound by cart from the bullpen behind his base.
“Let the guy run out,” Longoria said Friday.
On Thursday, the players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s pace-of-game proposal.
MLB can implement its proposal from last offseason to install 20-second pitch clocks and limit mound trips by a manager, coach or player to one per pitcher in an inning before a mandatory pitching change.
“That’s why it’s so tough to address, we want to keep the game looking the same because we enjoy playing it the way that it’s played,” Longoria said. “I think that on the flip side Major League Baseball is trying to find that common ground where you don’t really affect the viewership and the fan base but you also find a way to move the game along. It’s a tough spot.”
Players and MLB have bargained over the matter since last summer, and the union told MLB on Thursday there was no consensus among its members for pace alterations.
Baseball has become quite a long night — or day.
Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the 2017 regular season and 3:29 during the postseason. The length of games has concerned club owners and executives.
“In my opinion the truth of it is the game is taking longer now because the players are better and there’s more of a need for specialization, there’s more of a need for more time because it’s tough to think that fast,” Longoria said. “The game moves fast, although the games take long there’s a lot of different situations that present themselves throughout the course of the game that take a little bit longer then back in 1930 when the same pitcher pitched 150 pitches and it didn’t matter the situation.”
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that an autopsy released Friday shows the former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies All-Star died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey on Nov. 7.
The National Transportation Safety Board hasn’t identified a cause for the crash. A witness told investigators that Halladay’s ICON A5 climbed to between 300 and 500 feet (90 and 150 meters) before it went into a 45-degree dive and slammed into the water.
The body of the two-time Cy Young Award winner was found in the wreckage.
Carli Lloyd wrote a letter of thanks to the Houston Dash in the wake of a three-team trade in the National Women’s Soccer League that sent her to Sky Blue FC.
Sky Blue acquired Lloyd in a draft-day trade Thursday that also sent Christen Press to the Dash and Australian Sam Kerr to the Chicago Red Stars.
Lloyd, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, is returning to her home state of New Jersey. Sky Blue plays its home games at Rutgers, where she played in college.
Lloyd, who is captain of the U.S. national team and scored three goals to lead the Americans to victory in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, posted her thanks to the Dash on social media Friday morning.
“While this has been a bittersweet moment at this juncture of my career, I am ready to come home to NJ, be with my husband and live in our home together,” she wrote. “I’m super excited to be able to play for Sky Blue and to return back to my Alma Mater.”
Houston forward Janine Beckie and Red Stars forward Jen Hoy also went to Sky Blue as part of the deal.
“Change comes with the territory in this profession,” said Beckie, who also plays for the Canadian national team. “It’s time for a new challenge and a new journey.”
Press has made 96 appearances with the national team with 44 goals. She had 11 goals and four assists in 23 games with the Red Stars last season.
“That is like a dream come true for a coach, because she will be the face of the team, we will build everything around here,” Dash coach Vera Pauw said in a statement. “For a club like the Houston Dash with the facilities that we have, the professional organization that we have around it, the team needed a star like Christen Press. The fact that we were able to make this trade is fantastic. It’s really fantastic and I’m really looking forward to working with her.”
The Dash also got the seventh-overall pick in Thursday’s draft, midfielder Haley Hanson out of Nebraska, and an international roster spot from the Red Stars.
Kerr set a single-season NWSL record with 17 goals last season for Sky Blue, winning both the league’s Most Valuable Player and the Golden Boot award. She also set the single-game record with four goals in a come-from-behind victory over the Seattle Reign.
Chicago also got midfielder Nikki Stanton and the No. 24 pick in the draft, midfielder Megan Buckingham from North Carolina.
“Sam is a player that any team in the league would jump to get,” Red Stars coach Rory Dames said. “She is a young and eager forward that has proven to be one of the best in the world. Then we get Nikki, who for us can be a solid 6 or 8 and really push our current mix of players. We couldn’t be happier to have both Sam and Nikki in Chicago.”
The trade added excitement to the NWSL’s draft Thursday. The Washington Spirit selected Andi Sullivan out of Stanford with the first overall pick. Sullivan scored in the 3-2 Stanford victory in the NCAA College Cup championship over UCLA. She also won the Mac Hermann Trophy for the nation’s best player.
Sullivan has made seven appearances with the U.S. national team and has been called into January training camp as the team begins to prepare for World Cup qualifying in the fall.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund was held to another Bundesliga draw on Friday as the club dropped star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the second match in a row.
Shinji Kagawa salvaged a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin when he capitalized on a rare defensive lapse from the otherwise well-organized home side with 20 minutes remaining.
“We have to live with the point,” said Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger, whose side missed the chance to go second ahead of the rest of the 19th round.
Hertha frustrated the visitors for long periods and Dortmund clearly missed Aubameyang’s pace to create goalscoring opportunities.
The Gabon player, who was dropped from the squad for Dortmund’s 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg last Sunday, was again omitted for what sporting director Michael Zorc said was a “sporting decision.”
It was the third time in just over a year that Dortmund dropped the player for disciplinary reasons.
Davie Selke fired Hertha into the lead right after the interval. Valentino Lazaro played a one-two with Ondrej Duda and then sent in a low cross for Selke to convert at the far post.
Christian Pulisic forced a good save from Thomas Kraft as Dortmund sought a response, before a Hertha mistake allowed Kagawa to head in the equalizer.
Dortmund pushed hard for a winner but Hertha held on.
“We’re satisfied with the point,” said Hertha coach Pal Dardai, whose side remained unbeaten at home by Dortmund for the fourth game.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — CareerBuilder Challenge leader Andrew Landry was quick to point out the windy forecast.
After two perfect days for scoring, wind at 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph was expected Saturday with the temperature only reaching the mid-60s after coming close to 80 on Friday.
And Landry and five others in the top nine were headed up the hill to PGA West’s once-feared, Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course for the weekend.
“It’s going to be a tough day,” Landry said. “I know that golf course can get a little mean. Especially, those last three or four holes coming down the stretch.”
In calm conditions Friday, Landry shot a 7-under 65 on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.
“It’s like a dome out here,” Landry said.
Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.
“It’s tough to come back because I feel like I expected myself to go to the range and keep just flushing everything like I did yesterday,” Rahm said. “Everything was just a little bit off.”
Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson and Kim shot 64 at Nicklaus, and Piller had a 67 on the Stadium Course.
Rahm likened the Stadium to alma mater Arizona State’s Dye-designed Karsten course.
“Very, very similar type of golf,” Rahm said. “You need to hit it a lot more accurate off the tee because being in the fairway is a lot more important. With the small greens — and you have water in play — you need to be more precise. Clearly the hardest golf course.”
Landry had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine. After winning his second Web.com Tour title last year, the 30-year-old former Arkansas player had two top-10 finishes in October and November at the start the PGA Tour season.
“We’re in a good spot right now,” Landry said. “I played two good rounds of golf, bogey-free both times, and it’s just nice to be able to hit a lot of good quality shots and get rewarded when you’re making good putts.”
Rahm had four birdies and the two bogeys on his first six holes. He short-sided himself in the left bunker on the par-3 12th for his first bogey of the week and three-putted the par-4 14th — pulling a 3-footer and loudly asking “What?” — to drop another stroke.
“A couple of those bad swings cost me,” Rahm said.
The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, Rahm made his first par of the day on the par-4 16th and followed with five more before birdieing the par-5 fourth. The 23-year-old Spaniard also birdied the par-5 seventh and par-3 eighth.
“I had close birdie putts over the last four holes and made two of them, so I think that kind of clicked,” said Rahm, set to defend his title next week at Torrey Pines.
He has played the par 5s in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies.
Johnson has taken a relaxed approach to the week, cutting his practice to two nine-hole rounds on the Stadium Course.
“I’m not saying that’s why I’m playing well, but I took it really chill and the golf courses haven’t changed,” Johnson said. “La Quinta’s still really pure, right out in front of you, as is the Nicklaus.”
Playing partner Phil Mickelson followed his opening 70 at La Quinta with a 68 at Nicklaus to get to 6 under. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer is playing his first tournament of since late October.
“The scores obviously aren’t what I want, but it’s pretty close and I feel good about my game,” Mickelson said. “I feel like this is a great place to start the year and build a foundation for my game. It’s easy to identify the strengths and weaknesses. My iron play has been poor relative to the standards that I have. My driving has been above average.”
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on a sponsor exemption, had a 70 at Nicklaus to match Mickelson at 6 under. The Southern California recruit is playing his first PGA Tour event. He tied for 65th in the Australian Open in November in his first start in a professional tournament.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Thomas Pieters holed a bunker shot for a closing birdie and shot a second-round 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday as top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy moved into contention.
Johnson shook off the jet lag after his ragged opening-round 72 to shoot a bogey-free 8-under 64, tied for the low round of the tournament, and was four shots back. He won by eight shots two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
“It was pretty easy for a 64. I did everything really well. I drove it well. I hit a lot of really good iron shots,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of good putts that didn’t go in the hole from pretty close range, but all day, I gave myself really good chances for birdies. Yeah, it was pretty stress-free.”
McIlroy, playing his first event since October, finished with an eagle on the par-5 18th and was three shots behind Pieters after a 66. The former world No. 1 is coming off a winless 2017 and plans a busy schedule in the run-up to the Masters. He’s a four-time runner-up in Abu Dhabi.
“I always struggle to read these greens, the color of them, and I feel like I’m hitting good putts and they are just sliding by the edges,” McIlroy said. “But it was nice, I stayed patient and feel like I got what I deserved on the last for staying so patient, and it was nice to finish with a three, leapfrog a few guys and get myself into contention for the weekend.”
Jorge Campillo of Spain trailed Pieters by one shot after a 64. The defending champion and last year’s Race to Dubai winner, Tommy Fleetwood — grouped with Johnson and McIlroy on his 27th birthday — was another shot back, along with Alexander Levy and Ross Fisher.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open.
Time to put on a show.
One of his favorite actors — Smith was making his Grand Slam debut as a spectator — watched Friday as Kyrgios held his composure to beat childhood hero Tsonga 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) in the third round. The 17th-seeded Kyrgios won the last five points after falling behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker.
For an Australian public desperate to see a first home-grown winner of the men’s national title since 1976, a seemingly reinvigorated Kyrgios could be the redemption story of the tournament.
“Playing Jo, I was obviously very nervous. He was a guy I looked up to as a kid. Still do,” Kyrgios said in an on-court interview, recounting how he brought a ball to be signed by Tsonga every day when the Frenchman reached the Australian Open final in 2008.
Then he gave a nod to Smith, the actor he would pick to play the role of Kyrgios if there was a movie to be made.
“When I saw him out here I was so nervous. No joke,” Kyrgios said. “People think I’m cool, but I wanted him to think I was the coolest person ever.”
Cool was the optimal word late on Day 5, when a threatening heat wave subsided and no matches were suspended despite searing temperatures hitting 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) at Melbourne Park for a second straight day.
The Kyrgios-Tsonga match pushed top-ranked Rafael Nadal onto the No. 2 court at Melbourne Park for his match against Damir Dzumhur.
The change of scenery worked for Nadal, who lost last year’s final to Roger Federer before going on to win the French Open and U.S. Open titles. Nadal reached the fourth round in Australia for the 11th time with the 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 win. He will next play No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, who beat Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
The other French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, followed Nadal on Margaret Court Arena but didn’t make it through to the second week, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to 32nd-seeded Anett Kontaveit.
The seventh-seeded Ostapenko’s loss left only two major champions in the women’s draw. Only one of them can reach the fourth round; Maria Sharapova meets Angelique Kerber to determine which one.
The youngest player in the tournament and the oldest player in the men’s draw went out on Day 5.
Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run with a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 and her wins in the first two rounds made her the youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996.
Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win, sending the big Croat out of the tournament about a month shy of his 39th birthday.
Players were bothered and spectators clamored for shade and mist-spraying fans earlier Friday, and organizers were on the verge of enforcing the tournament’s extreme heat policy before temperatures dropped significantly after peaking at about 2 p.m.
Alize Cornet, who had her blood pressure checked during a medical timeout in her 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to Elise Mertens, was among those calling for a review of the limits that determine when play should be suspended.
“I started to feel dizzy. … I felt that I could faint at any moment,” Cornet said. “Playing in this condition is of course very dangerous.”
Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki also made it through. Two days after saving two-match points and rallying from 5-1 down in the third set to progress through the second round, Wozniacki advanced 6-4, 6-3 over No. 30 Kiki Bertens on her fourth match point.
“Nothing to lose. I got a second chance. I’m just going to try and take it and see how far I can go,” said Wozniacki, who will play No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova next.
Kyle Edmund overcame Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets in 3½ hours on an open court in the peak of the heat, earning a spot in the next round against Seppi.
Also, No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta beat No. 23 Gilles Muller and will next play No. 6 Marin Cilic, who had a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Ryan Harrison.
As it cooled off, third-ranked Grigor Dimitrov beat No. 30 Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to secure a spot in the fourth round against Kyrgios, who beat him at the Brisbane International last month on the way to the title.
Kyrgios has been a divisive character in Australia, getting plenty of criticism for his off-color comments to Stan Wawrinka about his girlfriend and his fine in 2016 for showing a “lack of best efforts,” unsporting conduct and verbally abusing a spectator at the Shanghai Masters.
His two previous matches at Rod Laver Arena have ended in losses — to five-time finalist Andy Murray in 2016 and to former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in 2015 — so Kyrgios has favored the outside courts until now.
The public perception may be changing, and he’s almost a certainty to get another prime-time slot on Rod Laver.
“It doesn’t worry me at all. It’s not something I wake up and I’m like, ‘Look, today I’m going to try to change the perception,” said Kyrgios, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals as a teenager in 2014. “I’ve always played the same way. Nothing has changed. I’ve always been emotional.”
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday’s program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan.
The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final last year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand.
Keys will next play the winner of Saturday’s later match between Aliaksandra Sasnovich and eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia.
The big match Saturday had the only two women’s major champions left in the tournament playing each other — 2008 Australian winner Maria Sharapova vs. 2016 Melbourne Park champion Angelique Kerber.
That was the first night match scheduled for Rod Laver Arena, with Roger Federer to follow in his third-round match against Richard Gasquet.
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard’s top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn’t tell the public until 15 minutes later.
Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan told state lawmakers at a hearing that he called the governor at 8:09 a.m. Saturday after speaking to a supervisor at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, whose employee accidentally sent the alert.
Ige spokeswoman Cindy McMillan said the governor had to track her down to prepare a message for the public. She said the governor’s communications team handles his social media.
Rep. Kaniela Ing, who questioned Logan about the alert mishap, said he wanted to ask the governor himself about the events. But Ige had left the hearing by the time it was Ing’s turn to ask questions.
McMillan said Ige departed the hearing early because he had “various things to do.” In response to criticism from Ing and other lawmakers that Ige left prematurely, McMillan said: “He is the governor. He has other duties to attend to today.”
Lawmakers held their hearing nearly a week after a state employee caused widespread panic and confusion by mistakenly sending an emergency alert to mobile devices and TV and radio stations warning of an incoming missile strike.
A corrected alert was not sent to mobile devices for nearly 40 minutes because state workers had no prepared message for a false alarm.
Hawaii emergency workers immediately started calling city and county officials to tell them there was no threat. They posted social media messages about 13 minutes after the erroneous warning.
A Federal Communications Commission official told the hearing not all cellphones in Hawaii received the alert in part because cellphone carriers may choose not to participate in the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alert system.
FCC attorney and adviser James Wiley said some carriers may also offer the service only to some geographic areas and only to some mobile devices. Individuals may also opt out of receiving alerts.
Wiley was visiting Hawaii to investigate why the mistaken alert was sent.
On Thursday, the Hawaii state Department of Defense said it took about 10 minutes for an employee to think of sending a new alert canceling the alert.
Lt. Col. Charles Anthony said that amid the chaos, a telecommunications staffer presented his idea to create a new alert on the same platform that sent out the mistake. The agency checked with federal officials, composed and uploaded the alert to their online system and eventually issued the retraction.
The initial warning was sent at 8:07 a.m. and the correction reached cellphones at 8:45.
It is estimated that a missile would take about 20 minutes to reach Hawaii from North Korea. Officials say it would take about five minutes for the military to analyze the launch trajectory and notify the state, leaving only 12 to 15 minutes of warning time before impact.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore’s police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings.
Following a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore’s mayor on Friday fired the city’s police commissioner after 2 ½ years on the job and named DeSousa to the top post, saying a change in leadership was needed immediately.
“I am impatient. We need violence reduction. We need the numbers to go down faster,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said at a news conference at City Hall after announcing DeSousa’s promotion.
While violent crime rates in Baltimore have been high for decades, Baltimore ended 2017 with 343 killings, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever: roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.
In contrast, New York City had 290 homicides last year, its fewest on record in the modern era for the city of 8.5 million people. Los Angeles, with about 4 million residents, saw 305 homicides last year.
The challenges facing DeSousa are numerous: the pervasive mistrust of many citizens due to a history of corruption and discriminatory police practices; a federal corruption investigation into a group of indicted officers; and the unsolved slaying of a detective that has produced rumors but no arrests.
His promotion also comes as a monitoring team is overseeing court-ordered reforms to Baltimore’s police department as part of a federal consent decree reached last January between Baltimore and the U.S. Justice Department due to discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.
DeSousa, a 53-year-old city resident who joined the department in 1988, said he’s looking forward to the challenges. He said he’ll approach his role as a strategic thinker who knows the ins and outs of the department’s operations as well as law enforcement approaches that have had success in other U.S. cities.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a chess player, and I don’t like to be outwitted,” he told reporters.
The head of Baltimore’s police union, Gene Ryan, said the leadership shakeup is already improving morale, and “will bring about the positive changes that will allow us to achieve our mission of violence reduction.”
DeSousa on Friday pledged to reduce crime by putting more uniformed officers on the streets and saturating “hot spots,” an effort he said is already underway. He said he had a message for the city’s violent repeat offenders, a rotating cast of “trigger pullers” that law enforcers say are responsible for an outsized percentage of the city’s crime.
“We’re coming after them. And I want to let everybody know that it will be done in a constitutional manner,” DeSousa said.
The native New Yorker has served in just about every police department role over the years and in 2017 was assigned to lead the patrol bureau, the largest in Baltimore’s force. His appointment will be made permanent following “appropriate approvals,” Pugh’s office said.
He appears to have the backing of the City Council and a number of Baltimore’s civic leaders and organizers. Councilman Brandon Scott, who described DeSousa’s promotion as a “great decision,” said he received numerous phone messages from community leaders praising the move.
“Never before did I get text messages from community leaders saying, ‘Thank you, this is the right choice,'” Scott said, describing the three previous times during his career as an elected official that a police commissioner was replaced.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tweeted that she was perplexed by the leadership change. In a statement, she said Commissioner Kevin Davis had shown “unyielding commitment” to police reforms.
Some Baltimore residents were also skeptical that a veteran as entrenched as DeSousa could bring true reform.
“He’s been there for 30 years and that’s the guy who’s going to change things up?” said resident Gerald Spann, who was washing the windows of a convenience store where gunmen and officers exchanged a barrage of gunfire earlier this week.
Davis, previously chief of police in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, replaced Anthony Batts in the job in October 2015. Batts was fired amid a spike in homicides after Freddie Gray died of a fatal spinal cord injury received while in police custody. The black man’s death triggered massive protests and the city’s worst riots in decades.
Pugh, who took office in December 2016, said she was grateful to Davis “for all that he has done to implement the initiatives underway to address violent crime at its root causes.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday.
But almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel, investigators still have not answered the key question: Why did he do it?
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released a preliminary report on the Oct. 1 attack and said he did not expect criminal charges to be filed against Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who had been called the only person of interest in the case. Investigators believe Paddock acted alone, and he did not leave a suicide note or manifesto.
Paddock, who killed himself before police reached him, told friends and relatives that he always felt ill, in pain and fatigued, authorities said.
His doctor thought he may have had bipolar disorder but told police that Paddock refused to discuss the possibility, the report said. The doctor offered him antidepressants, but Paddock accepted only a prescription for anxiety medication. He was fearful of medication and often refused to take it, the doctor told investigators.
During an interview with authorities, Paddock’s girlfriend said he had become “distant” in the year before the shooting and their relationship was no longer intimate.
When they stayed at the Mandalay Bay together in September 2017, Paddock acted strangely, she told investigators. She remembered him constantly looking out the windows overlooking an area where the concert would be held the next month. He moved from window to window to see the site from different angles, the report said.
She described him as “germaphobic” and said he had strong reactions to smells.
The 64-year-old retired accountant was a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor. He had lost a “significant amount of wealth” since September 2015, which led to “bouts of depression,” the sheriff has said. But Paddock had paid off his gambling debts before the shooting, according to the report.
Prior to the attack, Paddock’s online searches included research into SWAT tactics and consideration of other potential public targets, including in Chicago, Boston and Santa Monica, California, the sheriff said.
His research also sought the number of attendees at other concerts in Las Vegas and the size of the crowds at Santa Monica’s beach. Among his searches was “do police use explosives,” the report said.
Four laptops and three cellphones were found inside his hotel suite. On one of the computers, investigators found hundreds of photos of child pornography.
The same computer was used to search for the height of the Mandalay Bay, how to remove hard drives from laptops, the location of gun shows in Nevada and information about several other Las Vegas casinos.
Paddock’s brother, Daniel Paddock, was arrested in Los Angeles in October in an unrelated child pornography investigation. He has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities have said they found no link between the attack and international terrorism.
Paddock fired more than 1,100 bullets, mostly from two windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, into a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival music below, Lombardo has said.
That includes about 200 shots fired through his hotel room door into a hallway where an unarmed hotel security guard was wounded in the leg and a maintenance engineer took cover.
Several bullets hit fuel storage tanks at nearby McCarran International Airport that did not explode. Authorities reported finding about 4,000 unused bullets in Paddock’s two-room suite, including incendiary rounds that Lombardo said were not used.
Investigators found 23 guns in the rooms, including 12 rifles fitted with “bump stock” devices that allowed rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons. Dozens of guns were strewn around the room, some left inside a bassinet. Police also found a blue plastic hose with a fan on one end and a snorkel mouthpiece on the other end inside the room.
A federal grand jury is hearing evidence in a case that spun off from the shooting investigation. The FBI has “an ongoing case against an individual of federal interest,” Lombardo said, declining to elaborate.
Spokeswomen for the FBI and federal prosecutors in Las Vegas declined to comment.
Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting. In the days before the attack, Paddock sent her a $100,000 wire transfer. She has said she found that odd and thought he might have been breaking up with her when he sent her the money and told her to use it to buy a home for her family there.
During an interview with the FBI after she returned from the Philippines, Danley volunteered that investigators would find her fingerprints on bullets used during the attack because she would sometimes help Paddock load high-volume ammunition magazines, according to FBI warrant documents.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new effort is underway to hand over New Mexico’s post-2020 redistricting process to an independent commission in a push to make Statehouse races more competitive.
Republican Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque says the current redistricting process that is led by lawmakers discourages competitive elections and fosters political apathy as incumbent legislators cling to territorial advantages.
He and two Democratic counterparts in the House and Senate are pushing for a constitutional amendment to create a commission to help redraw congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census. Approval by the Legislature would send the proposal to voters in November general elections.
Sponsors of the measure say they see no major statewide partisan bias in the current district lines for legislative seats. Democrats dominate overall state voter registration rolls, and currently hold a 38-32 majority in the House and a 26-16 advantage in the Senate.
At the same time, noncompetitive districts have made lawmakers less responsive to voters, said Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, an amendment co-sponsor.
“They’ve made some extremely safe seats that are noncompetitive, thus allowing politicians to act in whatever way they chose rather than for the people as a whole,” he said Friday.
Thirteen states have commissions with primary responsibility for planning state legislative districts, while 10 other states rely on commissions to advise legislators or make decisions when legislators cannot agree, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.
New Mexico’s proposed amendment contains a few guiding principles for drawing district lines, emphasizing the preservation of political boundaries around communities of common interest.
Several proposals over the past decade to move New Mexico to a commission system have failed to gain traction in the Legislature.
“I believe that if there’s an opportunity to get this bill through, it would be this year,” Trujillo.
Senate majority leader Peter Wirth, a Democrat, said Thursday he is open to discussion of the issue during the current 30-day legislative session, but said budget matters are lawmakers’ top priority.
If the amendment is approved by lawmakers and voters, follow-up legislation would determine the number of seats on the commission and the appointment process. Trujillo said he envisions a five-member commission with no more than two Democrats and two Republicans, balancing the commission and leaving room for an independent.
Redistricting in New Mexico begins with lawmakers touring the state to gather public comments and hiring consultants to devise district boundaries. During the last two redistricting efforts, final legislative boundaries were decided by judges because of unresolvable conflicts between Democrat-led Legislatures and Republican governors.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State senators in New Mexico are moving to create a bipartisan Legislative Hispanic Caucus amid declining Latino leadership numbers.
Their action comes as the Democratic-led New Mexico Senate is facing criticism from a national group representing Hispanic elected officials over the lack of diversity in its leadership.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria submitted a letter Thursday to the New Mexico Senate seeking formal recognition of the caucus in a state with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents in the nation. “Hispanics continue to be underrepresented in positions of power in government, including the Legislature, and in the private sector,” the letter said.
Sen. John Sapien, a Corrales Democrat, said that he and other Hispanic lawmakers previously opted not to form a caucus since there were Hispanics in legislative leadership positions. But, he says, that changed in recent days after Senate Democrats selected an all-white leadership team for the first time since 1986.
Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said he was shocked to learn that the New Mexico Senate Democrats elected a leadership team without any Hispanics.
“I can see this happening in New Mexico in 1818, not 2018,” Vargas said. “So I am glad New Mexico is creating a Hispanic Caucus.”
Candelaria said the caucus will focus on poverty and education issues around the state’s Hispanic communities.
Vargas said a caucus could increase Latino leadership and help with legislation aimed at aiding Hispanics.
For example, Vargas said most legislation in California can’t get passed without the approval from the Hispanic Caucus there.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say a storm this weekend may cause difficult to severe driving conditions in northern and western New Mexico and severe to damaging winds in other parts of the state.
The National Weather Service says hazardous travel conditions will develop Saturday evening and continue into Sunday, particularly in higher terrain of mountains in northern and western New Mexico.
Strong winds are expected Sunday for areas between the Texas border on the east and the Sandia, Manzano and Sacramento/Capitan mountains on the west.
The weather service says the crosswinds may cause dangerous travel conditions along Interstate 40 and U.S. 285 and that icy road conditions are possible in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.
A crash report from the Roswell Police Department details the two-vehicle accident on Second Street from Thursday was caused by a young driver failing to stop at a red light.
According to the report’s narrative, after authorities arrived at the corner of North Lea Avenue and West Second Street at 4:14 p.m., it was observed that a white van had been traveling east on Second Street, crossing Lea Avenue, and that the second vehicle, a black Jeep, was traveling south and made a left turn onto Second Street from Lea Avenue, running a red light.
A passenger from the 18-year-old’s vehicle, a 17-year-old girl, complained of back and neck pain and was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center by ambulance.
Police said the van involved in the accident had damage to its front bumper and quarter panels, while the Jeep encountered damage to its front bumper, left quarter panel, passenger side door and rear quarter panel.
In contrast to police and the driver of the van, the 18-year-old told police he believes his light to turn east onto Second Street from Lea Avenue was green.
“(He) stated as soon as he entered the intersection, he observed the light to be red and struck (the vehicle,)” an RPD officer wrote.
Police said the 18-year-old man was cited.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility and other parties are throwing their support behind a rate increase proposal adopted by state regulators.
A divided Public Regulation Commission approved the revamped proposal earlier this week. It calls for spreading out a roughly 1 percent increase over two years.
Public Service Co. of New Mexico estimates the average increase would be closer to 1.4 percent when other adjustments are factored in.
The commission had set a deadline of noon Friday for the parties to sign off. With their acceptance, the contentious case is expected to be closed soon.
Part of the negotiations among the utility, state attorney general’s office, consumer groups and others focused on coal-related investments. The federal tax overhaul also ended up playing a role as the utility plans to pass along savings from lower corporate tax rates.