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As peak hurricane season approaches The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has increased the projected number of storms calling for 10-17 named storms, 5-9 possible hurricanes and 2-4 major hurricanes.The previous forecast called for 4-8 hurricanes and a normal to below average season.Researchers at the agency cite the ending of El Niño in the Pacific ocean which will lead to increased water temperatures in the Atlantic thus creating a more hospitable climate for hurricane formation and strengthening.Favorable wind patterns are also expected to aid in storm development.The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 with the peak of the season happening between mid-August late October.Stay connected with 850 WFTL for the latest on the tropics and visit our Storm Central page for tips on getting prepared for hurricane season..@NOAA Atlantic #HurricaneSeason 2019 *update*: The end of El Nino increases the potential for a more active season. News release + graphics at https://t.co/J7TXP6XJqU pic.twitter.com/6M1aWmwpra— NOAA Communications (@NOAAComms) August 8, 2019
In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Hall of Fame President David Baker — and obtained by The Associated Press — 21 Hall of Fame members cited themselves as “integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue.”Among the signees were Eric Dickerson, who is listed as chairman of the newly created Hall of Fame Board the group has formed, Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Namath, Lawrence Taylor, and Sarah White, the widow of Reggie White.One name on the list of 22 signees including Mrs. White was Carl Ellard, but no one by that name has played professional football. Former Vikings defensive end Carl Eller, however, is a Hall of Famer.The strongly worded letter called out the league for paying Goodell $40 million, saying “there are better uses for that money.” It also criticized Smith for his salary and the lack of a former player on the players’ association executive board. But there have been two former players on that executive board since 2009.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Aug. 13, 1987, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson (29) breaks away as Seattle Seahawks nose tackle Joe Nash misses the tackle during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Anaheim. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File) A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies.
In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Washington Mystics’ Kristi Toliver (20) shoots over Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals, in Seattle. WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver will be an assistant coach for player development for the NBA’s Washington Wizards this season. Toliver’s job was one of several changes to coach Scott Brooks’ staff announced by the Wizards on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, two days before they host the Miami Heat to open the season. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants more women throughout the league. He’s getting his wish.In recent days, two significant moves were made, with Kristi Toliver being added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin getting hired as an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina.Those hires are signs of progress.Few seemed to notice, which also is not all bad.Women are a becoming a bigger part of the league now than ever before. The hires of Toliver and Melvin were not overlooked; it just no longer seems like such an unusual thing to bring a woman into the fray of an NBA club, probably because the likes of San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross took care of the first wave of trailblazing.“I think it’s great and I think it’s great for the NBA,” said Charlotte’s James Borrego, the league’s first Hispanic full-time coach. “It speaks to our league, the diversity, the openness, the inclusion and I’m proud to be part of that, part of a league that’s open to that. I’ve been around Becky Hammon for a number of years now. These are bright women that belong in our league.”Certainly, there’s much more progress to be made, including in business offices around the league — as well as on the sidelines.There’s never been a female NBA head coach, though Hammon — a longtime part of the staff in San Antonio, where Borrego was before taking the Charlotte job — seems on the cusp of breaking that glass ceiling. Only three women have been hired as full-time NBA referees, though Natalie Sago and Ashley Moyer-Gleich will get games this season and are already highly respected by many peers.Borrego expects the numbers of women in the league to increase.“They’re here to stay,” Borrego said. “That’s not going anywhere. It’s only going to trend in that direction.”SCORING UPIf you think there’s been a lot more scoring than usual in the NBA this season, you’re right.Granted, six days of basketball is a small —and statistically insignificant— sample size in a six-month season. But teams averaged 106.3 points per game last season, and they’re off to an average of 113.3 points so far this season.Should that average somehow hold up over the course of a full season, it would be the league’s highest since teams averaged 116.7 points in 1969-70.“This is a new age of basketball and this is where we are,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “The days of games in the 80s are probably done. Everything’s spread out. It’s freedom of movement. There’s four attackers and often times five 3-point shooters and there are missiles flying everywhere.”For perspective: There were eight instances in October 2017 of teams scoring 130 or more points. So far in October 2018, there’s been nine — with 10 days of play left this month.But big numbers hasn’t meant every game is a rout. There’s already been 12 games this season decided by three points or less.G LEAGUE CHANGESOver the next few weeks, more details will likely come out about the G League’s plan to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects who aren’t yet eligible for the NBA draft.Much of the details remain unclear: who will get them, how they’ll get them, how many deals will be offered.Another murky part of all this is how the players will be assigned to teams.What would make the most sense is for the G League to go back into the NBA’s past for an answer there. The last territorial pick in the NBA was in 1965, but that’s the road the G League needs to go down now. For a league that’s still looking to grow, imagine the possibilities of putting a potential star with plenty of potential near his hometown. It’ll generate interest, which the G League surely could use.GAMES OF THE DAYIf you’re going to watch only one game per day this week, we recommend:— Wizards at Trail Blazers, Monday: John Wall and Bradley Beal in one backcourt, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in the other.— Clippers at Pelicans, Tuesday: Anthony Davis averaged 29.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks against the Clippers last season.— Knicks at Heat, Wednesday: New York’s David Fizdale coached on the Miami side of the rivalry for years as a Heat assistant.— Celtics at Thunder, Thursday: Oklahoma City took leads into the fourth quarter against Boston twice last season, and went 0-2.— Bucks at Timberwolves, Friday: Milwaukee was one of the teams rumored to be in the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes in recent weeks.— Lakers at Spurs, Saturday: LeBron James’ teams are 5-1 when he scores at least 30 at San Antonio, and 1-14 when he doesn’t.— Warriors at Nets, Sunday: Stephen Curry put on a dynamic show in Brooklyn last season — 39 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists.MILESTONE WATCHSpurs coach Gregg Popovich enters this week two wins shy of 1,200 for his regular-season career. He’ll be the fifth NBA coach to reach that milestone.___AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed.
Pittsburgh guard Xavier Johnson drives to the basket in front of Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The first five games were a relative breeze for the 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, who unexpectedly jumped into the Top 25 after an impressive trip to New York.The rebuilding Pitt Panthers reminded Iowa that things typically aren’t so easy against fellow high-major teams — even ones that didn’t win a conference game last season.Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double, Nicholas Baer scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Hawkeyes held off Pittsburgh 69-68 on Tuesday night for their third win over a power program this month.Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and six steals for the Hawkeyes (6-0), who also took down Oregon and Connecticut at the 2K Classic in New York two weeks ago.“It certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty by any means. But that’s how games are sometimes,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.A lot of that had to do with Pitt (6-1), which went 0-18 in the ACC in 2017-18.The Panthers put themselves in position for the upset — only to miss two shots in the final 10.4 seconds that would’ve given them the win.Iowa’s Tyler Cook grabbed the rebound of a missed 3-pointer by Connor McCaffery — only to brick both ensuing free throws. Trey McGowens and Sidy N’Dir each had chances for the game-winning shot, with Iowa only securing the victory when N’Dir’s desperate turnaround jumper in the paint went awry.“We were trying to get the ball to the basket,” first-year Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. “Maybe get a foul, put some pressure on the defense and just make a play.”A pair of crucial 3s by Baer helped Iowa jump ahead 64-62, capping a stretch of 11 straight points for the senior. But Kene Chukwuka pulled Pitt to 67-66 on an underneath bucket with 1:09 to go.Freshman guard Xavier Johnson had 18 points to lead the Panthers.The Hawkeyes announced just before tip-off that junior reserve forward Cordell Pemsl will have season-ending surgery next month.THE TAKEAWAYPitt: The Panthers have to be more than a little optimistic after their first performance on the road. They shot 61.3 percent in the first half at a venue they’ve never played in before and knocked Iowa’s potent offense off its rhythm for much of the night.Iowa: It’s too early to tell if this will end up being remembered as a November clunker — nearly every team in America has at least one — or a troubling sign that the Hawkeyes’ defense, a major problem a year ago, is still too leaky. Still, Iowa got the stops it needed late.POLL IMPLICATIONSThis performance could drop the Hawkeyes down a few pegs in next week’s poll — though they get a crack at No. 22 Wisconsin in just three days.MORE ON PEMSLIowa said the procedure will remove hardware near Pemsl’s knee, which he injured twice in high school, and the school will apply for a medical redshirt after the season. The Hawkeyes should feel confident that the Big Ten will grant Pemsl’s request for another year of eligibility given that he played just 13 minutes, all in the season opener three weeks ago. Iowa should be able to absorb the absence of Pemsl, who has averaged 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in two seasons, because of its deep rotation.HOT MIC?Iowa athletic director Gary Barta released a statement after the game saying he was aware the Hawkeyes’ broadcast team, made up of longtime announcers Gary Dolphin and Bobby Hansen, made negative remarks about Iowa’s play and players during a timeout. Barta said he had requested audio and will evaluate those comments after hearing it.HE SAID IT“I see a lot of signs of encouragement. But I’m not happy we lost,” Capel said.UP NEXTThe Panthers face city rival Duquesne in downtown Pittsburgh.Iowa hosts the Badgers on Friday in its Big Ten opener.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25