The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Sunday, December 13th, 2020

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“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.

I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.” - Sir Richard Branson who is now at least 13 years behind schedule to get into space and is now only a minority shareholder in Virgin Galatic. He’s also probably no longer a billionaire having recently declared bankruptcy reorganization for Virgin Airlines and New Mexico gave him a quarter of a Billion dollars. By contrast, Space X owner Elon Musk is now worth $157 billion, is the richest man in Texas and went to the same university as our 45th President Donald J. Trump. He’s 49.

THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR

Today is Sunday, Dec. 13, the 348th day of 2020. There are 18 days left in the year.

Highlights in History:

On Dec. 13, 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida; Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity.

In 2001, the Pentagon publicly released a captured videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the deaths and destruction achieved by the September 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations.

In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama's health care overhaul hit its first major legal roadblock as a federal judge in Richmond, Virginia, declared that the law's central requirement that nearly all Americans carry insurance was unconstitutional.

One year ago: The House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress in the investigation that followed.

Today's Birthdays: Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 100. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 95. Singer Ted Nugent is 72. Singer Taylor Swift is 31.

TOP 10 VIDEOS OF THE DAY

  1. A Legacy of Winning: What did Trump say he would do? What has Trump actually done.

  2. Howard Kurtz: Media Outlets Have ‘Guilty Conscience’ for Not Reporting on Hunter Biden Investigation During Campaign

  3. Mike Lindell Reacts to Trump Flying Over in Marine One: ‘There’s Our President for Four More Years!’

  4. Trump Supporters Gather in Washington, D.C. on Saturday

  5. Seb Gorka Speaks at Rally for President Trump: ‘It Ain’t Over Until January 20’

  6. Marine One Flies over Freedom Plaza as Trump Supporters Sing the National Anthem

  7. Fox News: Michigan State Rep. Cynthia Johnson Disciplined After Threatening Trump Voters

  8. Fmr. Michigan GOP Vice Chair: Dems Have Done So Many Wicked Things, Why Wouldn’t They Steal Election?

  9. Tucker Says ‘Vacuous Idiot’ Ocasio-Cortez Could Win the Presidency in 2024 If Wealth Gap Keeps Expanding

  10. President Trump Announces Delivery of ‘Safe and Effective’ Vaccine in ‘Just Nine Months’

TOP 10 LINKS OF THE DAY

  1. Virgin Galactic cuts short spaceflight attempt after engine abort, pilots safely return to land

  2. Santa Fe loses biotech company Nature’s Toolbox to Rio Rancho

  3. Las Cruces City Council could call on New Mexico to limit whistleblower protection law

  4. Judge Strikes Down LA County Outdoor Dining Ban

  5. Bernie Sanders, Josh Hawley Join Forces in Push For Another Round of $1,200 Stimulus Checks

  6. ‘We’re already too late’: Unemployment lifeline to lapse even with an aid deal

  7. Key impeachment witness gave 2017 corruption warning about Hunter Biden-tied Ukraine firm

  8. Red flag: Paul Krugman is optimistic about the economy

  9. Why Rand Paul Is Right To Oppose The Defense Bill

  10. Prince Andrew’s sex slave alibi blown apart by bombshell report

MORNING LOCAL NEWS BRIEFING

New Mexico reports 1,800 more virus cases; some slowing seen

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico on Saturday reported over 1,800 additional known COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus virus showed signs of slowing. The state reported 1,803 additional known cases and 24 additional deaths, increasing the state's totals to 118,358 cases and 1,913 deaths. According to data from Johns Hopkins University and The COVID Tracking Project, seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and COVID-19 testing positivity declined over the past two weeks, though the rolling average of new daily deaths increased slightly. New cases and testing positivity are considered leading indicators that can show trends later seen in hospitalizations and deaths. 

'Lost connection' hampers Virgin Galactic's test flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite. It then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico. The spacecraft's engine is supposed to ignite moments after the craft is released from a special carrier jet, sending the craft into a near-vertical climb towards the edge of space. Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement that the spaceship's onboard computer that monitors the motor lost connection, triggering a fail-safe scenario that halted ignition. It was to be the first rocket-powered flight to space from Virgin Galactic's headquarters at Spaceport America.  

Navajo Nation reports 231 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation health officials are reporting 231 new COVID-19 cases and 12 more deaths as they prepared to implement a weekend-long lockdown for reservation residents. The tribe has now reported 19,199 cases and 711 known deaths since the pandemic began. The lockdown that begins at 8 p.m. Friday will require everyone on the reservation except essential workers to stay at home. All businesses are are required to remain closed until the locldown ends at 5:30 a.m. Monday. The tribe also has a generral stay-at-home order in place through Dec. 28. 

New Mexico reports 2nd highest daily COVID-19 death count

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico health officials say another 43 people have died due to COVID-19 complications. The number released Friday is among the highest daily death tolls for the state in recent weeks. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said her prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and she urged people to abide by the state's public health restrictions. Officials also reported an additional 1,849 confirmed cases, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to 116,565. New Mexico is preparing next week to receive its first round of vaccine doses. Officials say they will be delivered to frontline health care workers.

Education advocates push for early teacher vaccinations

SANTA FE, N.M. — Education advocates are calling for teachers and other school workers to get priority in the national coronavirus vaccine rollout expected to start next week. In New Mexico, state legislators are calling for educators teaching in-person to receive the vaccine alongside healthcare workers and first responders. In separate statements this week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Indiana Congressman Rep. Jim Banks are saying that teachers should be in the second phase of vaccinations, after health workers but ahead of the general public. Teacher union officials from the National Education Association agree teachers should get priority, but caution that even with a vaccine for adults, schools will have to practice social distancing, mask-wearing and frequent hand-washing.

Indian Health Service plans for COVID vaccine distribution

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The federal agency that provides health care to Native Americans says it's expecting more than enough vaccines to protect all the people working in the hospitals and clinics that it funds. The Indian Health Service was treated much like a state for distribution purposes. It submitted a plan to vaccinate more than 2 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The agency expects to receive 22,425 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week and 46,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of the year. Those doses will cover the more than 44,000 people who work at hundreds of facilities that are receiving vaccine allocations through the Indian Health Service.

Window opens for Virgin Galactic test flight from spaceport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The window is open for Virgin Galactic's first rocket-powered test flight from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico as the company prepares for commercial flights next year. Saturday could be the day, but the exact timing of the launch depends on the weather. The test flight will give Virgin Galactic an opportunity to evaluate the interior space of the cabin where customers will be seated and to check fight controls during boost. While no passengers will be aboard, the flight will carry payload belonging to NASA. The test flight was initially planned for November. But it was pushed back because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Auditor: New Mexico MLK panel failed to meet fiscal duties

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón says the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission and its executive director are failing to meet their fiscal responsibilities. Colón this week released audit findings, saying his office has yet to see what procedures have been implemented to address what he called critical issues. He said the shortcomings are concerning. Commission executive director Leonard Waites vowed to provide details of new policies and procedures by Dec. 21. The commission's problems go back years. The former executive director and two others were convicted of felony embezzlement and fraud for offenses that occurred from 2013 through 2015.

US AND GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING

— Trucks with first COVID-19 vaccine in US get ready to roll

— Brazil releases pandemic vaccination plan with holes

— Barcelona concert tests use of same-day COVID-19 screening

— The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in California's San Joaquin Valley and filling its hospitals. It has the fewest available intensive care unit beds of any region in California, a frightening reality that health officials hope will convince more people to wear masks and socially distance.

— Italy is reclaiming a record that nobody wants: The most coronavirus deaths in Europe. Italy is still trying to figure out how to protect its vulnerable elderly.

— The French government i s giving care home residents more freedom for the end of year holidays, allowing them out to spend time with their families and receive visits even if they are positive for COVID-19.

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has increased its funds allocation for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines amid a surge in the coronavirus.

Dr. Nausheen Hamid, parliamentary secretary for National Health Services, says the budget for the vaccines has been enhanced to $250 million. Earlier, the government had set aside $150 million.

Pakistan recorded 3,369 new cases of the virus and 72 new deaths on Saturday.

A surge in the virus comes amid massive disregard by people for precautionary measures despite constant warnings by the authorities.

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UNITED NATIONS — A global alliance of more than 1,000 organizations has announced $20.6 billion in pledges to help women, newborns, young children and adolescents deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as longstanding issues.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which is hosted by the World Health Organization, says $16.1 billion are new commitments to address COVID-19, $2.2 billion is new money not linked to the coronavirus, and $2.3 billion is new funding for existing programs.

Low and middle income countries including Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria pledged a total of $6.6 billion while $14 billion came from international aid and grants from Germany, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the partnership said. The pledges were announced Thursday and Friday.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who chairs the partnership, says: "Our concern is that resources -- insufficient to begin with -- are being diverted away to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Clark, who also led the U.N. development agency from 2009 to 2017, said the $20.6 billion will ensure women, children and adolescents can access health services and priority social protections throughout the COVID-19 crisis and recovery periods.

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SAN DIEGO -- California's attorney general has told the owners of two strip clubs to follow orders because he said they are violating the state's new stay-at-home policy, which bars social gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter sent Friday to Midway Ventures LLC and F-12 Entertainment Group, the owners of Pacers Showgirls International and Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club, respectively, Xavier Becerra said the clubs must change their policies because they are in violation of the order, issued Dec. 6, that covers Southern California.

Becerra said the state will pursue legal action if the companies don't comply.

The clubs could not immediately be reached for comment.

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TOKYO — Japan's daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season.

The 3,030 new cases, including 621 in Tokyo, took Japan's national tally to 177,287 with 2,562 deaths, the Health Ministry said Sunday.

Experts say serious cases are on the rise around the country, putting burden on hospitals and affecting the daily medical treatment for other patients. They urged authorities to take measures such as suspending out-of-town trips and requesting stores to close early.

Recent media surveys show support ratings for the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga have dropped about 20 points from around 70% during his first three months in office amid public discontent over his coronavirus handling.

Japan issued a non-binding state of emergency in the spring and has survived earlier infection peaks without a lockdown. Experts say the ongoing resurgence in the dry and cold season would be a bigger challenge.

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has set another record for its daily coronavirus tally with 1,030, as authorities struggle to suppress the viral spread.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday the additional cases including two deaths raised the national caseload to 42,766 with 580 fatalities.

About 80% of the new cases were found in the densely populated Seoul area, where authorities have shut nightclubs and other high-risk venues, banned late-night dining and taken other steps to slow the spread. But such measures have shown little effect.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Saturday his government may have to enforce its highest-level social distancing rules if the virus doesn't slow down. Such restrictions would ban a gathering of more than 10 people, shut down schools, theaters and department stores and suspend professional sports leagues.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. has recorded more than 16 million cases of COVID-19, by far the most of any country in the world, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Cases of the virus have been rising across much of the U.S., causing record death totals in recent days.

India and Brazil are the only two other countries that have reported more than 3 million cases of COVID-19. Globally, more than 71 million cases have been confirmed. The actual number of cases is believed to be far higher because many people haven't been tested and some who get the disease don't show symptoms.

The U.S. also leads the world in deaths related to the coronavirus at more than 297,600, including a record 3,309 recorded on Friday.

The increases come as millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer start rolling into U.S. hospitals on Monday. The first vaccines will go to hospital staff and other health care professionals.

The coronavirus has caused more than 1.6 million global deaths.

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FRESNO, Calif. — California public health officials say the number of available intensive care unit beds in the vast San Joaquin Valley has dropped to zero for the first time Saturday. Just a day earlier, ICU capacity in region comprised of 12 counties was at 4.5%.

The news comes as ICU units fill up across California amid spiking COVID-19 cases. Last week, San Joaquin Valley and the enormous Southern California region were ordered to follow the strictest anti-COVID-19 rules under a new stay-at-home order.

Overflowing ICUs was a major factor in Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to implement the new order.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The U.S. has reached a record 3,309 daily coronavirus deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The deaths reported Friday exceeded by 6% the previous high of 3,124 deaths reported Wednesday.

The U.S. also reached a record daily confirmed infections at 231,775, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. That's nearly 4,000 more than the previous high on Dec. 4.

The increases come as millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer start rolling into hospitals on Monday. The first vaccines will go to hospital staff and other health care professionals.

The U.S. leads the world in confirmed cases at 15.9 million and deaths at more than 296,000. The coronavirus has caused more than 1.6 million global deaths.

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration says pilots may receive the COVID-19 vaccine but may not fly for 48 hours.

The FAA says it is requiring the observation period "to maintain the highest level of safety" in the airspace it regulates. The 48-hour observation also applies to air traffic controllers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved emergency use of a vaccine developed by Pfizer and shipments are expected in various states on Monday. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses taken three weeks apart. The 48-hour period applies after both doses.

The FAA says it will monitor reaction to the vaccine. It requires similar waiting periods after aviation employees receive other vaccines, such tuberculosis and typhoid.

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ROME — Italy added another 649 coronavirus deaths Saturday, bringing its official total to 64,036 and just shy of Britain's Europe-leading 64,123 dead.

Italy could overtake Britain despite having 6 million people fewer than the U.K.'s 66 million, and trails only the much larger U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Italy has the most deaths per 100,000 population among the most affected countries. Italy has added nearly 29,000 dead since Sept. 1.

More than 1.8 million Italians have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic. Health experts say the numbers reflect an underfunded health care system with few ICU beds, government delays in imposing restrictions and an elderly population.

Global cases and death tolls are believed to greatly underestimated because of missed infections, limited testing and different counting criteria.

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PHOENIX — Arizona reported 8,076 confirmed coronavirus cases, one of the state's largest daily total.

The Department of Health Services reported 77 more deaths on Saturday, increasing the state's confirmed totals to 402,589 cases and 7,322 deaths.

The cases eclipsed Friday's 6,983 as the third-largest daily case report, behind 12,314 on Tuesday and 10,322 on Dec. 1.

The coronavirus hospitalizations on Friday reached 3,534, up 52 from Thursday and topping the summer surge high of 3,517 on July 13. There were 799 patients in intensive care units.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the nation's first COVID-19 vaccine will begin arriving in states Monday morning.

Army Gen. Gustave Perna says trucks will roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer's vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states. An additional 450 sites will get the vaccine between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Perna is with Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's vaccine development program. He says the vaccine was timed to arrive Monday morning so health workers would be available to receive the shots and begin giving them.

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has authorized another 150 Idaho National Guard soldiers to help medical facilities battle the coronavirus.

The Republican governor added the soldiers to the 100 he activated last month to help the state deal with surging infections and deaths. The 250 soldiers will help with mobile testing support, facility decontamination and coronavirus screenings. They are also helping at food banks.

State officials say nearly 120,000 Idaho residents have been infected. There have been 1,151 confirmed deaths.

The positivity rate is 20%, well above the 5% or less state officials recommend.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican citizens, employees and their families will begin to receive the coronavirus vaccine early next year, according to Vatican News.

The head of the Vatican health service, Dr. Andrea Arcangeli, says the Pfizer vaccine has been chosen, but others might be introduced later. Arcangeli says the Vatican health services planned a campaign to underline the importance of the vaccine, which can be administered to anyone over 18.

The Vatican, a tiny city state of about 600 people in the center of Rome, has beefed up its coronavirus measures amid a resurgence of the outbreak in Italy, including requiring protective masks indoors.

In October, a resident of the Vatican hotel where Pope Francis lives and several Swiss Guards tested positive.

Italy has registered 1.8 million confirmed cases and more than 63,000 confirmed deaths, sixth highest in the world.

‘ROCK OF TALK’ SPORTS SUNDAY

LOBOS WIN AGAIN! Cole runs for 3 TDs as New Mexico beats Fresno St. 49-39

LAS VEGAS — Bobby Cole ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns, Nathaniel Jones added two more rushing TDs, and New Mexico beat Fresno State 49-39. Freshman walk-on Isaiah Chavez made his first start and had 196 yards passing and a score as well as 95 yards rushing and a TD on 15 carries for New Mexico (2-5 Mountain West Conference). The Lobos have won back-to-back games following a 14-game losing streak. New Mexico beat Wyoming 17-16 last Saturday, which also snapped a string of 20 consecutive conference losses. Jake Haener was harassed throughout but passed for 350 yards and three TDs for the Bulldogs.  The Lobos defense, which went into the game with six sacks this season, finished with eight sacks.

T25 FOOTBALL

Bama crushes Arkansas

The nation's No. 1 team had no trouble staying unbeaten.

Alabama scored 28 points in an 11-minute span of the first half and rolled past Arkansas 52-3.

Among the Crimson Tide highlights was DeVonta Smith's 84-yard punt return for a touchdown, beginning Alabama's scoring binge. Najee Harris provided consecutive touchdowns just 14 seconds apart for the 10-0 Tide.

'Bama also racked up eight sacks, allowed just 188 total yards and kept the Razorbacks from registering a first down during a streak of seven straight possessions.

While Alabama prepared for next week's SEC title game against Florida, the Gators were beaten at home.

— Michael Carter and Javonte Williams set an NCAA record by combining for 544 yards rushing as 20th-ranked North Carolina embarrassed No. 9 Miami, 62-26. Carter ran for 308 yards and two touchdowns, while Williams had 236 yards and three TDs.

— Grayson McCall threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jaivon Heiligh with 45 seconds left to give 11th-ranked Coastal Carolina a 42-38 win against Troy. McCall needed just 45 seconds to move the Chanticleers 75 yards for the score to allow them to preserve their first perfect regular season.

— JT Daniels threw two of his three touchdown passes to George Pickens as 12th-ranked Georgia broke away from Missouri 49-14. Zamir White ran for 126 yards and a score for the 7-2 Bulldogs, who went ahead, 21-14 on Pickens' 36-yard scoring grab in the final minute of the first half.

— Zach Wilson's 303 passing yards and three touchdowns led 14th-rated BYU to a 28-14 victory over San Diego State. Lopini Katoa added 136 all-purpose yards and the Cougars shut out the Aztecs over the final three quarters.

— Cam Porter ran for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns to carry No. 15 Northwestern to a 28-10 victory against Illinois. Porter came in with just 32 yards and one TD before helping the Wildcats improve to 6-1 heading into the Big Ten title game next weekend against No. 2 Ohio State.

— Kedon Slovis threw an 8-yard touchdown to Amon-Ra St. Brown with 16 seconds left to complete Southern California's comeback in a 43-38 win over UCLA. The Trojans erased an 18-point, third-quarter deficit under Slovis, who completed 30 of 47 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns.

— Spencer Petras threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns to Ihmir Smith-Marsette to lead 19th-ranked Iowa to its sixth straight win, 28-7 over No. 25 Wisconsin. Petras connected with Smith-Marsette for a 53-yard touchdown to make it 21-7 late in the third.

— Ty Jordan scored twice, including a game-sealing 66-yard TD burst in Utah's 38-21 win against No. 21 Colorado. The Utes forced three turnovers and scored the last 28 points after falling behind, 21-10.

— No. 24 Buffalo stampeded Akron 56-7 as a tune-up for the Mid-American Conference championship. Jaret Patterson ran for 105 yards and matched a major-college football record by reaching 1,000 yards for the season in five games.

— And Army has bragging rights after Tyhier Tyler scored on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter of a 15-0 shutout of Navy at West Point. The Cadets stoned Navy with a brilliant goal-line stand in the third quarter.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Sarah Fuller 1st woman to score in Power 5 football game

Sarah Fuller has become the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game by kicking an extra point. The goalkeeper for Vanderbilt's Southeastern Conference women's soccer champs got her chance on the Commodores' third drive of the game.

— Arizona has fired football coach Kevin Sumlin after the team's record losing streak stretched to 12 games dating to last season. Sumlin was fired less than 24 hours after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State that stretched the Wildcats' losing streak to 12 straight games spanning two seasons.

— Texas has ended speculation about coach Tom Herman's future by announcing that he will return in 2021 for his fifth season. The No. 23 Longhorns are 6-3 this season after their scheduled regular-season finale at Kansas was canceled because of COVID-19 issues. Herman has never had a losing season with the Longhorns, but they have made only one appearance in the Big 12 title game during his tenure and now have gone 11 seasons since their last conference championship in 2009.

T25 BASKETBALL

Florida star collapses in loss to FSU

The Florida men's basketball team managed to complete an 83-71 loss to No. 20 Florida State after the Gators' top player collapsed on the court.

Southeastern Conference preseason player of the year Keyontae Johnson was taken off the floor on a stretcher in the opening minutes and transported to a hospital for evaluation. Florida officials said he was in critical but stable condition and would be held for observation overnight.

In other top 25 men's basketball finals:

— Missouri pulled off an upset as Dru Smith had 17 points and Javon Pickett had 14 in the Tigers' 81-78 stunner against sixth-ranked Illinois. Illinois trailed by 13 with nine minutes left but rallied to tie it before the Tigers closed out the upset. The Illini lost despite Ayo Dosunmu's 36 points.

— No. 12 Tennessee knocked off Cincinnati, 65-56 as John Fulkerson furnished 15 points and 12 rebounds. A 3-pointer by David DeJulius put Cincinnati ahead 53-51 with 6:14 left, but the 6-foot-9 Fulkerson came back with four foul shots to put the Vols ahead for good.

— No. 16 North Carolina stopped a two-game slide as Armando Bacot had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 73-67 decision over North Carolina Central. Caleb Love and Day'Ron Sharpe scored 12 points apiece for the Tar Heels, which withstood a game-ending, 9-0 run by the Eagles.

— Chris Beard picked up his 100th victory at Texas Tech as Terrence Shannon Jr. delivered 15 points to lead the 17th-rated Red Raiders to a 77-57 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Freshman Micah Peavy and graduate transfer Marcus Santos-Silva scored 12 points apiece in the win.

NFL-NEWS

Titans' ownership staying in Adams family

Ownership of the Tennessee Titans is remaining with the Adams family.

Susie Adams Smith has agreed to sell her share of the team to the family-controlled KSA Industries Inc. Amy Adams Strunk will hold a 50% share, with the other 50% held by Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis. Adams Strunk will remain controlling owner in a sale expected to be completed by the end of this year.

— The Browns won't have top cornerback Denzel Ward Monday against Baltimore as he continues to be slowed by a calf strain. Wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge was also ruled out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury. Browns starting tight end Austin Hooper is questionable after missing the past two days of practice with a neck injury.

— Chargers running back Justin Jackson has been activated off injured reserve after missing the past four games due to a knee injury. Jackson has rushed for 185 yards this season and is averaging 4.1 yards per carry.

SCHEDULE

Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. on CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. on Fox

Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. on CBS

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. on Fox

Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. on Fox

Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. on CBS

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. on CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. on CBS

New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. on CBS

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m. on Fox

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. on Fox

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. on Fox

The Washington Football Team at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. on Fox

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills, 8:20 p.m. on NBC

MLS CUP

The Columbus Crew have earned their second MLS championship.

Lucas Zelarayán scored midway through the first half and added the clincher in the 82nd minute to lead the Crew to a 3-0 win over the defending champion Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup. Derrick Etienne Jr. also scored in the first 45 minutes for Columbus.

‘ROCK OF TALK’ DEBATE OF THE DAY

The Roundhouse’s Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee has endorsed an increase in “the employer contribution rate to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board” by 1 percentage point a year for the next four years.

Translation: Taxpayers would be on the hook for a much bigger chunk of government teachers’ pensions.

Retirement-income promises to local and state employees are already massive. As the chart above indicates, New Mexico suffers from what Fitch Ratings calls one of the worst “outstanding direct debt and … Fitch-adjusted net pension liabilities” in the nation.

Is the committee’s “reform” a good idea? Or is it time for government employees to be converted to 401(k) plans?

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