How Bloomberg laid the groundwork for 2020

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 11:10 AM PST

Democratic presidential candidates are turning their attention to Michael Bloomberg just days before the Nevada caucus, critcizing both his spending and his past policies. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has more on why Democrats are angry, and New York Times reporter Nicholas Kulish joined "CBSN AM" to break down how Bloomberg's philanthropic past paved the way to his 2020 campaign.

Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:46 AM PST

2020 Democratic candidates have offered various tax proposals they hope will appeal to voters.

The candidates have important differences over items like the corporate tax rate and whether there should be a wealth tax, but they are in agreement that they want taxes on wealthy people and corporations to be higher.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will have significantly different ideas on taxes from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE. The president in 2017 signed legislation that cut tax rates for individuals and businesses, which Democrats criticize for its benefits to wealthy individuals and corporations. Trump is also expected to release a new tax proposal ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Here are some of the key elements of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' tax proposals.

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The former vice president is one of the more moderate candidates in the race, and his tax plan would not raise taxes on the rich as much as some other candidates would. Still, Biden's plan includes a number of tax increases for higher earners and businesses.

Biden has called for raising the top individual tax rate from 37 percent to its pre-GOP tax law level of 39.6 percent and taxing the capital gains of those with more than $1 million in income at the same rates as ordinary income. He's also proposing to cap the value of itemized deductions at 28 percent — an idea that had also been floated by former President Obama. And Biden wants to end a tax break known as "stepped up basis" that benefits heirs.

On the corporate side, Biden has called for raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent, which is lower than the pre-GOP tax law level of 35 percent but is the same rate that Obama proposed. He's also proposing a minimum tax of 15 percent for corporations reporting more than $100 million in income on their financial statements and raising the rate for a minimum tax on foreign earnings created by Trump's tax law from at least 10.5 percent to at least 21 percent.

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The billionaire former New York City mayor released a tax plan earlier this month. The plan would raise the top individual tax rate back to 39.6 percent and create a 5 percent surtax on incomes above $5 million. It would also tax capital gains at the same rates as ordinary income for those making more than $1 million and make changes to the estate tax so that more estates are subject to it. 

Bloomberg's proposed tax changes for businesses include raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent, applying a minimum tax on a country-by-country basis and repealing the GOP tax law's 20 percent deduction for income from noncorporate businesses known as pass-throughs. He'd also provide more resources to the IRS.

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The former South Bend, Ind., mayor's tax plan, as the campaign outlined to the Wall Street Journal in December, would also raise the top individual tax rate to 39.6 percent, increase capital gains taxes for high earners, repeal the pass-through deduction, create a financial transaction tax and boost IRS enforcement.

Buttigieg is also proposing to increase the corporate tax rate back to its pre-GOP tax law level of 35 percent. While Buttigieg is one of the more moderate candidates in the race, he's more in line with the progressives on the corporate tax rate than he is with the other moderates.

Buttigieg's campaign website says that he supports expanding the earned income tax credit, which benefits low- and middle-income taxpayers.

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Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii, has not gone into much detail about taxes on the campaign trail. 

In Congress, she voted against the GOP tax law and has co-sponsored bills to create a financial transaction tax and to expand the child tax credit.

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Klobuchar would raise capital gains taxes for high earners and ensure that taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.

The Minnesota senator backs raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent and rolling back other portions of the GOP tax law benefiting corporations, and Klobuchar has expressed interest in closing "loopholes" that she says incentivize corporations to move jobs overseas. She also supports boosting tax enforcement.

Klobuchar's tax proposals don't just focus on raising taxes on rich people and corporations. She has also called for expanding tax credits benefiting low- and middle-income people, such as the earned income tax credit and child tax credit, and has proposed creating new tax incentives aimed at encouraging certain manufacturing and hiring activities. Nearly every Democratic senator has co-sponsored legislation to expand the earned income and child tax credits, including fellow presidential candidates Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Massachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE.

Bernie Sanders

Sanders, who received the most votes in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, is the leading progressive candidate and is calling for aggressive tax increases on the wealthy and corporations.

Vermont's Independent senator called for a wealth tax with eight brackets, the top one being 8 percent on the wealth of married couples over $10 billion. He'd also significantly expand the estate tax, reducing the amount of money that's exempt from the tax and creating a progressive rate structure for it that tops out at 77 percent for the value of estates over $1 billion. 

Sanders also has several tax proposals aimed at businesses and Wall Street. He wants to raise the corporate tax rate back to 35 percent and tax both companies' domestic and foreign earnings at that rate. He wants to repeal the GOP tax law's pass-through deduction and require large pass-throughs to pay corporate taxes. He's proposing tax penalties for large corporations' income if they have large gaps between their CEO's pay and their median worker's pay. And he's called for a financial transaction tax.

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Like some of the other progressive candidates, Steyer, a billionaire, has called for a wealth tax.

His proposal includes three brackets, with the highest being 2 percent on net worth of at least $1 billion.

Other proposals from Steyer to raise taxes on the rich include calls for raising the top individual tax rate to 39.6 percent and taxing capital gains and ordinary income at the same rates. He wants to raise the corporate tax rate to 35 percent.

Steyer also has some proposals aimed at providing tax relief for those who aren't wealthy. He wants to expand the earned income tax credit and child tax credit, and he also wants to provide a tax-rate cut for individuals making under $200,000 and families making under $250,000.

Elizabeth Warren

Warren, a Massachusetts senator, laid down a marker for the debate on taxes in the Democratic primary when she proposed a wealth tax in January of last year. Other candidates then followed suit in offering their own proposals to raise taxes on the rich, and wealth taxes became a topic of discussion in debates.

The current version of Warren's annual wealth tax would tax net worth between $50 million and $1 billion at 2 percent and net worth above $1 billion at 6 percent.

The wealth tax is just one of many tax proposals that Warren has offered to finance her ambitious spending proposals.

Other notable tax proposals include a 7 percent tax on corporate profits over $100 million, boosting IRS enforcement, a financial transactions tax and taxing wealthy people's investment gains annually. Warren has also called for restoring the corporate tax rate to 35 percent and a country-by-country minimum tax at that rate.

XFL Stats 2020: League Leaders Through Week 2, Top Quarterback, Receiver, Running Back For Each Team

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:44 AM PST

With 20% of the XFL regular season already complete, a few players have begun to stand out as the league's best. The Houston Roughnecks, DC Defenders and St. Louis BattleHawks have the top quarterbacks. The Los Angeles Wildcats have the leading receiver. The player with the most tackles suits up for the Seattle Dragons.

Here's a look at the stat leaders for every XFL team through Week 2 of the 2020 season. Numbers in bold indicate a league-high. 

Houston Roughnecks 

P.J. Walker: 43-69 (62.3%), 442 yards, 7 TD, 1 INT

Cam Phillips: 18 targets, 12 receptions, 130 yards, 4 TD

James Butler: 16 rushes, 58 yards, 2 TD

Beniquez Brown: 15 tackles

LaTroy Lewis: 2 sacks

DC Defenders

Cardale Jones: 39-63 (61.9%), 511 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rashad Ross: 7 targets, 6 receptions, 147 yards, 1 TD

Jhurell Pressley: 23 rushes, 63 yards

Jameer Thurman: 12 tackles 

Anthony Johnson: 1.5 sacks

St. Louis BattleHawks 

Jordan Ta'amu: 50-64 (78.1%), 493 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT

De'Mornay Pierson-El: 15 targets, 13 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD

Matt Jones: 37 rushes, 129 yards

Dexter McCoil: 14 tackles 

Five tied with 1 sack

New York Guardians 

Matt McGloin: 23-48 (47.9%), 226 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Mekale McKay: 10 targets, 6 receptions, 88 yards

Tim Cook: 14 rushes, 49 yards

Bunmi Rotimi: 16 tackles

Wesley Sutton: 2 sacks

Seattle Dragons 

Brandon Silvers: 28-58 (48.3%), 308 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT

Keenan Reynolds: 15 targets, 5 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD

Kenneth Farrow: 17 rushes, 86 yards

Steven Johnson: 18 tackles 

Steve Williams: 1.5 sacks

Dallas Renegades 

Landry Jones: 28-40 (70%), 305 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Donald Parham: 17 targets, 9 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD

Cameron Artis-Payne: 16 rushes, 105 yards, 2 TD

Tegray Scales: 10 tackles 

Four tied with 1 sack

Los Angeles Wildcats 

Charles Kanoff: 21-39 (53.8%), 214 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Nelson Spruce: 24 targets, 17 receptions, 192 yards, 2 TD

Elijah Hood: 22 rushes, 74 yards

Ahmad Dixon: 12 tackles 

Three tied with 1 sack

Tampa Bay Vipers

Aaron Murray: 16-34 (47%), 231 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT

Dan Williams: 13 targets, 9 receptions, 145 yards 

De'Veon Smith: 27 rushes, 125 yards 

Marcelis Branch: 17 tackles 

Two tied with 1 sack

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2020 NCAA tournament bracketology: Here's where Michigan State and Michigan stand

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:42 AM PST

Shelby Mast and Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports Published 12:39 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2020 | Updated 1:12 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2020

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Michigan State basketball has lost four of five, after a gut-wrenching home loss to Maryland on Saturday night. The Spartans visit Nebraska on Thursday in their lone game this week.

Michigan basketball has won three straight, dominating Indiana on Sunday. The Wolverines have two crucial road games this week, visiting Rutgers on Wednesday and Purdue on Saturday.

MSU's Malik Hall goes up against Michigan's Austin Davis on Feb. 8 in Ann Arbor. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

The Spartans (17-9, 9-6 Big Ten) are tied for third in the conference, 2½ games behind first-place Maryland (21-4, 11-3). The Wolverines (16-9, 7-7) are tied for eighth. — Free Press sports writer Marlowe Alter

Now to the bracketology from USA TODAY Sports:

â–º No. 1 seeds: Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga, San Diego State.

â–º Last four in: Florida, North Carolina State, Purdue, Indiana

â–º First Four out: Richmond, Utah State, Arkansas, Providence



NCAA tourney explainer:

  • Quadrant 1 wins: Home games vs. 1-30 NET teams; Neutral-site games vs. 1-50 NET; Away games vs. 1-75 NET
  • Quadrant 2 wins: Home games vs. 31-75 NET; Neutral-site games vs. 51-100 NET; Away games vs. 76-135 NET
  • Quadrant 3 wins, losses: Home games vs. 76-160 NET; Neutral-site games vs. 101-200 NET; Away games vs. 136-240 NET
  • Quadrant 4 wins, losses: Home games vs. 161-plus NET; Neutral-site games vs. 201-plus NET; Away games vs. 241-plus NET
  • Others considered for at-large bid (in order): South Carolina, Alabama, Memphis, UNC-Greensboro, Mississippi State, Stanford, Minnesota, SMU, VCU, Tennessee, Clemson, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Oregon State

    On life support (in no particular order): Mississippi, Connecticut, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, TCU, Tulsa, Texas, Utah, St. John's, Furman. 

    Multi-bid conferences: Big Ten (11), Big East (7), ACC (5), Big 12 (5), Pac-12 (4), SEC (4), American (3), West Coast (3), Atlantic 10 (2). 

    Leaders or highest RPI from projected one-bid conferences — (23 total): America East - Vermont, Atlantic Sun - Liberty, Big Sky - Montana, Big South - Winthrop, Big West - UC Irvine, CAA - Hofstra, C-USA - North Texas, Horizon - Wright State, Ivy - Yale, MAAC - St. Peters, MAC - Bowling Green, MEAC - NC Central, MVC - Northern Iowa, MWC - San Diego State, Northeast - Robert Morris, OVC - Murray State, Patriot - Colgate, Southern - ETSU, Southland - SFA, SWAC - Prairie View A&M, Summit - South Dakota State, Sun Belt - Little Rock, WAC - New Mexico State

  • Transition schools ineligible to participate: Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack.
  • Banned from participating: Georgia Tech, Detroit.
  • ***

    Note:  Mostly all statistical data is used from The NCAA's NET rankings are also a reference point. 

    About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the field since 2005 on his website, Bracket W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his seventh season as our national bracketologist, Mast has finished as one of the top three bracketologists in the past six March Madnesses. He's also predicted for The Indianapolis Star, and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.

    Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson.


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    What channel is Monday’s Daytona 500 2020 finish on? TV, time, live stream (how to watch)

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:39 AM PST

    The 2020 Daytona 500 was postponed Sunday after just 20 laps due to rain, and scheduled to finish on Monday afternoon.

    See the links below for info on how you can watch the race, especially if you're stuck at work. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who had pole position to start the race, will lead again when action restarts.

    What: 2020 Daytona 500 (180 of 200 laps remain).

    When: Monday, 4 p.m. (Eastern time).

    Where: Daytona Motor Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (101,500).

    TV: Fox.

    Channel finder: AT&T U-Verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, Cox, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling, Verizon Fios, WOW.

    Live stream: Fox Sports (TV provider sign-in required), (7-day free trial), Hulu + Live TV.

    See the running order after the first 20 laps.

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    2020 Democrats gear up for potential make-or-break South Carolina primary

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:30 AM PST

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    8 Retail Stores Closing Their Doors In 2020

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:21 AM PST

    As the retail apocalypse continues to plague retailers in 2020, a number of companies have already announced that they are closing stores this year. Here's a look at all the retailers closing locations in 2020.


    Express announced that it was closing about 100 stores by 2022. As many as nine stores closed in 2019, and another 31 locations closed at the end of January. The apparel and accessories retailer said that it has plans in place to close an additional 35 stores by January 2021 and the remaining locations throughout 2022.

    JC Penney

    As JC Penny undergoes a turnaround plan, the company said it was closing six stores in 2020 that will shut their doors on April 24. With the news that JC Penney was closing locations, the company also shut down a call center in Lenexa, Kansas, laying off 243 workers.


    Macy's is also closing down some of its stores, saying that 30 locations will shutdown over the next couple of months. Liquidation sales are going on now as the retailer looks to downsize its portfolio of physical stores.

    Sears And Kmart

    Sears and Kmart continue to close locations announcing in November 2019 that 96 stores would close in February. Another round of store closures will occur in March and April, with dozens of locations set to close their doors for good at that time.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Bed Bath & Beyond said it would close 40 stores in 2020. The news of the closures comes as the home goods retailer looks to gain traction in the retail market, hiring a new CEO, and shuffling its executive team.

    Pier 1

    Early in January, Pier 1 Imports announced that it was closing 450 stores throughout 2020. The company then began removing stores from its website, signaling that they were being shut down. Along with the store closures came an announcement that 300 employees would be laid off from the retailer.

    Barneys New York

    Effective Feb. 23, Barneys New York will close all of its stores and its corporate headquarters in New York City. The upscale retailer was bought by Authentic Brands Group after it filed for bankruptcy in August 2019. The company has stores located in New York City, San Francisco and Beverly Hills, California, as well as an outlet mall also located in New York.


    Gap closed 40 stores in one weekend at the end of January. The company also closed 130 locations in 2019 and continues to grapple with a new identity as it looks to bring in shoppers. Gap said it would close 230 specialty stores from 2019 to 2021.

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    How Michael Bloomberg laid the groundwork for his 2020 campaign

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:18 AM PST

    Duration: 08:13 1 hr ago

    Democratic presidential candidates are turning their attention to Michael Bloomberg just days before the Nevada caucus, critcizing both his spending and his past policies. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has more on why Democrats are angry, and New York Times reporter Nicholas Kulish joined "CBSN AM" to break down how Bloomberg's philanthropic past paved the way to his 2020 campaign.

    2020 Flint-area girls basketball district pairings

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 10:02 AM PST

    FLINT – The girls basketball state tournament kicks off March 2 with the district round and we've got all the pairings involving Flint-area teams.

    The winner in each district will advance to the regional round, which begins March 10. The regional champions will move on to the quarterfinals March 17, the semifinals are scheduled for March 19-20 and the championship games in all four divisions will be March 21.

    The semifinals and finals are scheduled for the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

    Here are the district pairings for all Flint-are teams.

    East Lansing girls basketball defeats Carman-Ainsworth 50-41

    Aaliyah McQueen and Carman-Ainsworth have been No. 1 in the Flint-area girls basketball Power Rankings all season. (Jake May | May |

    Division 1At Swartz Creek

    Monday, March 2 – Flushing vs. Carman-Ainsworth, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Flushing/Carman-Ainsworth winner vs. Swartz Creek. 5:30 p.m.; Saginaw vs. Saginaw Heritage, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 6 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Lapeer

    At Grand Blanc

    Monday, March 2 – Davison vs. Kearsley, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Davison-Kearsley winner vs. Lapeer, 5 p.m.; Flint vs. Grand Blanc, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Lapeer

    At Holly

    Monday, March 2 – Fenton vs. Hartland, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Fenton-Hartland winner vs. Linden, 5:30 p.m.; Holly vs. Howell, 7p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Utica Ford

    Goodrich girls basketball defeats Flint Kearsley 54-46

    Maddie Voelker and Goodrich will open the district tournament against North Branch at Lake Fenton. (Jake May | May |

    Division 2At Clio

    Monday, March 2 – Caro vs. Bridgeport, 5 p.m.; Clio vs. Frankenmuth, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Caro-Bridgeport winner vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill, 5 p.m.; Clio-Frankenmuth winner vs. Bridgeport, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Owosso

    At Chesaning

    Monday, March 2 – Corunna vs. Chesaning, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Corunna-Chesaning winner vs. Owosso, 5:30 p.m.; Durand vs. Ovid-Elsie, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Owosso

    At Almont

    Monday, March 2 – Marysville vs. Armada, 5:30 p.m.; Croswell-Lexington vs. Imlay City, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Marysville-Armada winner vs. Yale. 5:30 p.m.; Croswell-Lexington/Imlay City winner vs Almont, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Goodrich

    At Lake Fenton

    Monday, March 2 – Lake Fenton vs. Mt. Morris, 5:30 p.m.; North Branch vs. Goodrich, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Lake Fenton-Mt. Morris winner vs. Ortonville Brandon, 5:30 p.m.; North Branch-Goodrich winner vs. Powers Catholic, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Goodrich

    Flint Hamady girls basketball defeats Burton Bentley 67-19

    Aryana Naylor and Hamady have a first-round bye in the district tournament at LakeVille. (Sarahbeth Maney | Maney |

    Division 3At Dansville

    Monday, March 2 – Laingsburg vs. Dansville, 5 p.m.; Perry vs. Byron, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Laingsburg-Danville winner vs. Stockbridge, 5 p.m.; Perry-Byron winner vs. Bath, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7:30 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Brooklyn Columbia Central

    At LakeVille

    Monday, March 2 – Bentley vs. Millington, 6 p.m. (at Bentley); Beecher vs. Atherton. 7 p.m. (at Mt. Morris); LakeVille vs. Bendle, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday March 4 – Bentley-Millington winner vs. Beecher-Atherton winner, 5:30 p.m.; LakeVille-Bendle winner vs. Hamady, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Unionville-Sebewaing

    At Vassar

    Monday, March 2 – Saginaw Valley Lutheran vs. St. Charles, 7:30 p.m. (at Saginaw Valley Lutheran); Reese vs. Montrose, 7:30 p.m. (at Reese); Vassar vs. New Lothrop, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Saginaw Valley Lutheran-St. Charles winner vs. Reese-Montrose winner, 6 p.m.; Vassar-New Lothrop winner vs. Hemlock, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7:30 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Unionville-Sebewaing

    Flint Hamady girls basketball defeats Genesee Christian 60-29

    Ava Boike and Genesee Christian will face host International Academy in the opening round of the Division 4 district tournament. (Sarahbeth Maney | Maney |

    Division 4At Oakland Christian

    Wednesday, March 4 – Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes vs. Clarkston Everest, 6 p.m.; St. Tomas Moore vs. Oakland Christian, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian

    At International Academy

    Monday, March 2 – Genesee vs. Flint New Standard, 6 p.m.; International Academy vs. Genesee Christian, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4 – Genesee-New Standard winner vs. Valley School, 6 p.m.; International Academy-Genesee Christian winner vs. Madison Academy, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6 – Championship game, 6 p.m.

    Champion advances to regional at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian


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    When do we move clocks forward in spring 2020 for Daylight Saving Time?

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:57 AM PST

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Clocks spring forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, marking the start of Daylight Saving Time.

    This means it will get dark an hour later - at 7:27 p.m. on that day in Cleveland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    It will keep getting dark later each day for the next few months, with sunset occurring at 9:05 p.m. from June 21 through July 2, before beginning to creep earlier again.

    Daylight Saving Time will be used through Nov. 1, when clocks will "fall" back an hour to begin standard time. The earliest sunsets of the year, at 4:48 p.m., will occur Dec. 2-13.

    In an oddity, Standard Time is not the norm.

    About two-thirds of the days during the year operate on Daylight Saving Time. The rules last changed in 2007, the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The change was an effort to reduce energy consumption, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

    Daylight Saving Time now begins on the second Sunday of March each year and ends on the first Sunday of November.

    DST has roots tracing to 1918 in the United States, though not all places always observed it. Currently, it is not used in Hawaii and most of Arizona.

    It's also not observed in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    Rich Exner, data analysis editor for, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow on Twitter @RichExner.

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    The ‘Motor City Madman,’ Ted Nugent, to return home on 2020 tour

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:55 AM PST

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    Ted Nugent will be at DTE Energy Music Theatre in 2020. (Photo by Jake May | MLive)

    CLARKSTON, MI - The "Motor City Madman" is returning home on his 2020 tour. Ted Nugent will be at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Saturday, August 15. Tickets (starting at $25 on the lawn) go on sale Friday, February 21 at 10 a.m.

    Nugent, who was born in Redford in Metro Detroit, has released 17 albums since the mid 1970s. Known for his guitar playing, Nugent has sold more than 40 million albums. He's performed more than 6,700 concerts.

    Related: The biggest concerts coming to Michigan in 2020

    Ted Nugent 2020 tour dates:

  • July 24 - Bowfest at Mont Du Lac Resort in Superior, WI
  • July 25 - Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL
  • July 26 - Arcada Theatre
  • July 28 - Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton, MO
  • July 30 - Skyline Event Center in Tulsa, OK
  • Aug. 8 - Star Pavilion at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, MO
  • Aug. 15 - DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
  • Aug. 16 - Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, NY
  • Aug. 17 - Riviera Theatre
  • Aug. 22 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH
  • What’s open, closed on Presidents Day 2020?

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:53 AM PST

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Presidents Day, recognized the third Monday of February, falls on Feb. 17 this year.

    Though the holiday started as a commemoration of George Washington's birthday, now Presidents Day is a more general celebration. Abraham Lincoln's birthday is closer to this year's Presidents Day date than Washington's. Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, while Washington was born on Feb. 22.

    That means that post offices and schools are closed. Since federal, state and county offices are closed, many government workers have the day off. Grocery stores and retailers normally stay open, though modify their hours.

    If you want to take advantage of Presidents Day sales, check out this round-up from U.S. News & World Report of where to shop.

    The United States Postal Service does not deliver on Presidents Day, so expect any packages to be delayed. UPS and most FedEx services deliver on the holiday, according to Newsweek.

    Here's what's open and closed:

    Banks: Individual banks differ but most are closed.


    Cuyahoga County Public Library: Open

    Cleveland Public Library: Closed

    Heights Libraries: Open

    Lakewood Public Library: Open

    Federal offices: Closed

    County offices: Closed

    State offices: Closed

    Post offices: Closed

    RTA: Regular weekday service, office closed

    Schools: Closed. Some universities, such as Cleveland State, also closed.

    Trash service and city hall operations: Likely service will be delayed a day. Check your city's holiday pickup schedule to see when workers will loop by to make up the pickup.


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    Brit Awards 2020: Full list of nominees

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:52 AM PST

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    Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead the nominations for the 2020 Brit Awards, which take place at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday 18 February.

    The Scottish singer and London-born rapper both have four nominations, while Stormzy and Mabel are hot on their heels, with three apiece.

    This year's ceremony has been streamlined, with categories like best international group and the lifetime achievement award ditched to make more room for performances.

    But the awards have been criticised for a lack of diversity, with only four women nominated across the four categories open to both male and female artists - best group, best new artist, best song and album of the year.

    Two of those nominations go to the same person, pop singer Mabel, while the remaining two, for Miley Cyrus and Normani, are guest vocalists on songs by Mark Ronson and Sam Smith.

    Here is the full list of nominees.

    Best album

  • Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head
  • Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
  • Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
  • Dave - Psychodrama
  • Harry Styles - Fine Line
  • Best British female

  • Mabel
  • Freya Ridings
  • FKA Twigs
  • Charli XCX
  • Mahalia
  • Best British male

  • Harry Styles
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Stormzy
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    Best British group

  • Coldplay
  • Foals
  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • D-Block Europe
  • Bastille
  • Best new artist

  • Aitch
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Mabel
  • Sam Fender
  • Best Song

  • Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber - I Don't Care
  • Mabel - Don't Call Me Up
  • Calvin Harris ft Rag 'N' Bone Man - Giant
  • Dave ft Burna Boy - Location
  • Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
  • AJ Tracey - Ladbroke Grove
  • Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
  • Tom Walker - Just You And I
  • Sam Smith ft Normani - Dancing With A Stranger
  • Stormzy - Vossi Bop
  • International Female

  • Ariana Grande
  • Billie Eilish
  • Camila Cabello
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lizzo
  • International male

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Burna Boy
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Post Malone
  • Rising star award

  • Celeste - Winner
  • Joy Crookes
  • Beabadoobee
  • Cheers! Why Your Favorite Wine Will Be Cheaper in 2020

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:49 AM PST


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    Get a look at 2020 Muskegon-area girls basketball district pairings

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:38 AM PST

    MUSKEGON, MI – It's a new game in the Michigan High School Athletic Association girls basketball districts.

    For the first time, the MHSAA has seeded the top two teams in each district (based on records through Feb. 15) and placed them on opposite sides of the district bracket, ensuring they would not meet any earlier than the finals.

    Aside from the top two seeds, the rest of the district pairings were determined by a blind draw.

    Here are the Muskegon-area girls basketball district pairings:



    Monday, March 2: Muskegon vs. Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills, 5 p.m.; Reeths-Puffer vs. Grand Rapids Union, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: Mona Shores vs. Muskegon/Kenowa Hills winner, 5 p.m.; Grand Haven vs. Reeths-Puffer/Grand Rapids Union winner, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Holland West Ottawa regional)




    Monday, March 2: Whitehall vs. Oakridge, 6 p.m.; Orchard View vs. Montague, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: Fruitport vs. Orchard View/Montague winner, 6 p.m.; Spring Lake vs. Whitehall/Oakridge winner, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Sparta regional)



    Monday, March 2: Comstock Park vs. Howard City Tri County, 6 p.m.; Newaygo vs. Fremont, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: Sparta vs. Comstock Park/Howard City Tri County winner, 6 p.m.; Grant vs. Newaygo/Fremont winner, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Sparta regional)



    Monday, March 2: Ludington vs. Cadillac, 6 p.m.; Manistee vs. Big Rapids, 8 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: Reed City vs. Ludington/Cadillac winner, 6 p.m.; Benzie Central vs. Manistee/Big Rapids winner, 8 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Gaylord regional)




    Monday, March 2: Morley Stanwood vs. Holton, 5:30 p.m.; Kent City vs. Ravenna, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: White Cloud vs. Morley Stanwood/Holton winner, 6 p.m.; Hesperia vs. Kent City/Ravenna winner, 7:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Morley Stanwood regional)



    Monday, March 2: Western Michigan Christian vs. Fennville, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: North Muskegon vs. Western Michigan Christian/Fennville winner, 5:30 p.m.; Holland Black River vs. Saugatuck, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Morley Stanwood regional)



    Monday, March 2: Hart vs. LeRoy Pine River, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4: Mason County Central vs. Evart, 5:30 p.m.; Shelby vs. Hart/LeRoy Pine River winner, 7 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Championship, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Grayling regional)




    Wednesday, March 4: Muskegon Catholic Central vs. Muskegon Heights Academy, 5:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 6: Fruitport Calvary Christian vs. Muskegon Catholic Central/Muskegon Heights Academy winner, 7 p.m.

    (Winner advances to Martin regional)


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    2020 Democrats descend on Nevada as early voting begins

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 09:34 AM PST

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    Barcelona Away Kit 2020/21: Leaked Images Emerge as Blaugrana Set to Go Black & Gold

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 08:54 AM PST

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    ​Images have emerged online of what is said to be Barcelona's away kit for the 2020/21 season, as the club revisit the black and gold style worn in 2011/12 and 2013/14. 

    The club have made headlines with their experimental kit designs in recent seasons, but they appear to have taken it back to basics in a wild departure from their current bright away colours. 

    While the away strip at present opts for an eye-catching yellow with a stripe of red and blue draping diagonally, the more simplistic design in the leaked images appears to have delighted fans.

    Brought to the fore as ever by ​Footy Headlines, the images show a solid black shirt with a pale gold trim around the collar and sleeves. 

    There are no eccentric designs; the only other features on the shirt appear to be the Nike 'swoosh', the club's crest, and the name sponsor, all in gold on an entirely two-tone design. 

    It carries shades of the third kits worn by the club earlier in the decade, differing only in its simplicity.

    Though not pictured, it's reported the club will also opt for black shorts and socks - presumably with a similarly minimal hint of gold. 

    It is not expected to be formally announced by ​Barcelona until July, but if the leaks hold weight then it will be the first time the club have opted for a black away kit, having only experimented with the colour for third kits in recent seasons. 

    They came close with a dark purple away kit in 2016/17, but most typically they have opted for bright, avant garde designs ranging from turquoise or lime green to yellow or orange.

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    Given how out there and off-the-wall their away kits have tended to be, the launch is often a source of nervousness from some supporters - so the return to a more stripped back look might come as a relief to the traditionalists among the Catalan fanbase. 

    For more from Robbie Copeland, follow him on Twitter!

    Dean Obeidallah on Campaign 2020

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 08:37 AM PST

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    ProHockeyTalk’s 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 08:33 AM PST

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    The Pro Hockey Talk NHL Trade Deadline Tracker is your one-stop shop for all completed deals. The 2020 NHL trade deadline is Monday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

    NHL Trade Deadline candidates

    Non-UFAs who could move

    Teams that need to be most active at trade deadline

    Feb. 16, 2020 (PHT analysis) New Jersey Devils: 2020 first-round pick, Nolan Foote

    Tampa Bay Lightning: Blake Coleman

    Feb. 16, 2020 (PHT analysis) New Jersey Devils: 2021 second-round pick, David Quenneville

    New York Islanders: Andy Greene

    Feb. 10, 2020 (PHT analysis) Pittsburgh Penguins: Jason Zucker

    Minnesota Wild: Alex Galchenyuk, Calen Addison, conditional 2020 or 2021 first-round pick

    Feb. 5, 2020 (PHT analysis) Toronto Maple Leafs: Jack Campbell, Kyle Clifford

    Los Angeles Kings: Trevor Moore, 2020 third-round pick, conditional third-round pick in 2021

    Jan. 17, 2020

    Dallas Stars:

    Oula Palve Pittsburgh Penguins: John Nyberg

    Jan. 7, 2020

    Nashville Predators: Michael McCarron

    Montreal Canadiens: Laurent Dauphin

    Jan. 2, 2020 (PHT analysis)

    Buffalo Sabres: Michael Frolik

    Calgary Flames: 2020 fourth-round pick (originally owned by San Jose)

    Jan. 2, 2020 (PHT analysis)

    Montreal Canadiens: Marco Scandella

    Buffalo Sabres: 2020 fourth-round pick (originally owned by San Jose)

    Jan. 2, 2020

    Ottawa Senators: Mike Reilly

    Montreal Canadiens: Andrew Sturtz, 2021 fifth-round pick

    What's Next For Ed Sheeran In 2020? A Look At 'Perfect' Singer's Year

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 08:11 AM PST

    On Feb. 17, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will celebrate his birthday. This year, the  "Beautiful People" musician will turn 29 years old. Following his 2019 album "No.6 Collaborations Project," which featured collaborations with Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, and others, fans may be wondering what's next for the talented artist.

    Unfortunately, the rest of Sheeran's 2020 will seemingly remain a mystery until further notice. On Dec. 24. 2019, he announced on his Instagram that he planned on taking a break from social media.

    After saying that the "Divide era and tour" changed his life in a variety of ways, he said that he felt it was time for him to go out and experience life in a more private way. He then elaborated that that could include traveling, writing, and reading. His post can be seen below.

    Brb x

    A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) on Dec 24, 2019 at 4:00am PST

    According to Forbes, Sheeran's latest tour, called the "Divide Tour," earned "an overall gross of $775.6 million from 8.9 million tickets sold on six continents." At the time, it was reported that the impressive numbers made it the highest-grossing tour of all time, beating out Madonna, U2, and the Rolling Stones, who recently announced that they themselves are returning to the road

    Throughout the aforementioned dates, the "Perfect" singer also earned several other achievements, including the biggest shows in Iceland's history, with one in seven of the population attending, and the highest ticket sales for a single concert tour in both Australia and New Zealand. 

    READ: Ed Sheeran's Hottest New Collaborator Is Heinz Ketchup

    At this time, it remains unclear when the songwriter will come back to the public eye, but fans can stream his songs on Spotify until his return. 

    Sheeran played his first gig 14 years ago in front of 30 people Performing artist Ed Sheeran is pictured playing guitar. Photo: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

    Sebastian Gorka on President Trump and Campaign 2020

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 07:32 AM PST

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    Kawhi Leonard is MVP of 2020 NBA All-Star Game

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 07:20 AM PST


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    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 07:18 AM PST

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    2020 NFL mock draft: Cowboys, Patriots add to defense in pre-combine first-round projection

    Posted: 17 Feb 2020 06:28 AM PST


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    Speculation season has already started for the NFL draft, but the annual scouting combine will only heighten the intrigue.

    Regardless of how much the revelations from next week's event in Indianapolis actually reshape teams' opinions on various prospects, the various media interviews and televised on-field testing are bound to cause a stir. 

    Before the overreactions start flying, here's USA TODAY Sports' pre-combine mock draft of the first round:

    1. Bengals — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU: The record-setting passer has kept a low profile since capping his Heisman Trophy-winning season with a national championship campaign. Burrow will face plenty of questions when he takes the podium in Indianapolis, with a bulk of them likely to center on his expected selection by the Bengals. Given his standing, there's little reason for him to participate in any of the on-field workouts at the combine.

    2. Redskins — Chase Young, DE, Ohio State: It's only February and it's already difficult to find new ways to talk about the seemingly inevitable pairing of Washington and Young. Any other outcome would rank as perhaps the most stunning development of the draft.

    3. Lions — Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State: With Matthew Stafford trade speculation summarily dismissed by GM Bob Quinn, the most pressing question of Detroit's offseason still hinges on whether a quarterback-hungry team will offer a bounty for this selection — and whether the Lions would accept such a package. Part of that equation should entail weighing the risk of losing out on Okudah, who has a good case to trail only his ex-Buckeye teammate Young among this draft's premiere defensive talents.

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    4. Giants — Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama: For all of the talk about this draft beginning with the Lions' pick, the Giants are the more difficult team to pin down given their swath of issues on both sides of the ball. It shouldn't surprise anyone, however, if GM Dave Gettleman can't pull himself away from Wills, who is the kind of smooth-moving yet powerful blocker both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley need.

    5. Dolphins — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: It likely will be at least a month before Tagovailoa is back in action, as his agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the quarterback would throw for teams in March or April after taking more time to recover from hip surgery. Thing seem to be trending in his favor, though, as NFL Network reported that the results of a CT scan were "as positive as possible." Miami stands out as a natural landing spot, especially given the significant draft capital in hand should the Dolphins feel compelled to move up for him.

    6. Chargers — Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: Philip Rivers' reign in Southern California is officially over, with the franchise ready to identify a successor at quarterback after 16 years. Tyrod Taylor shouldn't be ruled out as a potential Week 1 starter, but Herbert could be hard to pass up — unless Tom Brady or another marquee free agent passer signs.

    7. Panthers — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn: Even if Carolina parts with Cam Newton, rushing a quarterback investment in coach Matt Rhule's first year wouldn't be in keeping with the long-term mentality owner David Tepper looks to be embracing. That dynamic points toward someone like Brown, whose overpowering nature in the middle could have a ripple effect on the rest of the defense.

    8. Cardinals — Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson: With GM Steve Keim saying last week he hopes to re-sign left tackle D.J. Humphries, Arizona might look beyond its offensive front with this selection. Expect Simmons to post some of the most impressive testing numbers at the combine and further build his case for the top 10.

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    9. Jaguars — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina: After hitting it big with Josh Allen in the first round last year, Jacksonville should once again use its top pick to scoop up a disruptive force along the front four. Kinlaw wowed in a mere two days of Senior Bowl practices and routinely overwhelms blockers with his sheer power and quickness.

    10. Browns — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia: New coach Kevin Stefanski and GM Andrew Berry look to be in lockstep in their early priorities, with reversing Baker Mayfield's trajectory and instituting a run-first attack among the top items on their to-do list. Nabbing Thomas should help address both matters.  

    11. Jets — Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville: When Becton is described as a big mover, it's not just due to a 6-7, 369-pound build that would make him one of the NFL's heaviest players. He now has a chance to be taken among the class' top pass protectors and sizes up as an attractive option for the Jets, whose primary concern this offseason should be safeguarding Sam Darnold. 

    12. Raiders — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama: It would be fitting for the Las Vegas-hosted draft to provide a little bit of hometown luck in this fashion, as the Raiders are starved for a true No. 1 receiver. Even in what could be a historic group at the position, Jeudy stands out as the most complete package of any pass catcher. 

    13. Colts — CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma: GM Chris Ballard's draft plans should become somewhat clearer once he's indicated how Indianapolis will utilize more than $86 million in available cap space. Given the Colts' lackluster receiving corps beyond T.Y. Hilton and the underwhelming free agent options, Lamb is a fitting option to bring the "explosive elements" Ballard said he's hunting for. 

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    14. Buccaneers — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa: Another situation worth revisiting after free agency's first wave, as Tampa Bay's outlook could shift significantly with a change at quarterback or the loss of pass rusher Shaquil Barrett. For now, though, Wirfs has a beguiling set of physical tools that could allow him to become a high-end starter with more polish.

    15. Broncos — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama: No other player will be more closely monitored during the 40-yard dash at the combine than Ruggs, who could challenge John Ross' record of 4.22 seconds after teammates said he was timed at 4.25 last year. Regardless of his mark, the speedster would unlock the big-play potential offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur seeks from his passing attack.

    16. Falcons — K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB/DE, LSU: After its investment in Vic Beasley went bust, Atlanta might be reticent to use another top pick on a pass rusher so reliant on his speed. But next to Young, Chaisson might have the highest upside of any player at his position.

    17. Cowboys — Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama: Byron Jones is poised to command a sum the Cowboys might find too immense to match should he reach free agency, an increasingly likely outcome as Dallas remains in a stalemate with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. A fitting replacement might await in Diggs, another big corner with head-turning athleticism.

    18. Dolphins (from Steelers) — Josh Jones, OT, Houston: Though he might lack the name recognition of the four offensive tackles projected to go earlier in the first round, Jones is an ascendant talent who could be a building block for a ramshackle Dolphins line.

    19. Raiders (from Bears) — Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma: There's a black hole in the middle of the Raiders' defense for coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock to address before settling in Las Vegas. Murray offers enticing speed and playmaking ability, though his recognition skills are lagging.

    20. Jaguars (from Rams) — C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida: The next phase in Jacksonville's defensive rebirth should entail investing in a top corner, particularly if A.J. Bouye is cut loose. 

    21. Eagles — Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson: Philadelphia's stagnant deep passing game should be reinvigorated by the addition of a 6-4, 215-pound target who averaged 19.8 yards per catch last year.

    22. Bills — Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado: Dynamic and powerful after the catch, Shenault checks off a lot of boxes for Josh Allen and Buffalo's offense. 

    23. Patriots — A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa: Another value-based win for Bill Belichick, who would bolster his front seven with a massive edge defender from a Hawkeye program for which the coach has expressed his admiration. 

    24. Saints — Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State: The former Sun Devil is a speed demon, and his big-play prowess would be tantalizing for New Orleans' offense.

    25. Vikings — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU: Minnesota's salary cap crunch could force some sacrifices in the secondary, necessitating some cheaper reinforcements, such as the physical Fulton.

    26. Dolphins (from Texans) — Zack Baun, LB, Wisconsin: Despite lacking the build and length many teams seek from premier pass rushers, Baun nevertheless is explosive off the edge and displays a relentless edge that would win over coach Brian Flores.

    27. Seahawks — Grant Delpit, S, LSU: He's not the next Earl Thomas — who is? — but Delpit would be a tantalizing option for coach Pete Caroll and GM John Schneider if he's still on the board here.

    28. Ravens — Terrell Lewis, OLB/DE, Alabama: This selection seems bound for a front seven that lacks any first-round players, and Lewis is brimming with potential as a lengthy pass rusher.

    29. Titans — Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State: The AFC title game should serve as a reminder that it's never a bad idea to load up on talented corners, especially with Logan Ryan set to hit the market. 

    30. Packers — Patrick Queen, LB, LSU: Blake Martinez proved to be an insufficient presence in the middle, and a linebacker with Queen's range would address one of Green Bay's most significant shortcomings.

    31. 49ers — Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama: If San Francisco is unable to retain Jimmie Ward with its limited cap space, McKinney could slide in as a replacement capable of handling a wide range of coverage assignments.

    32. Chiefs — Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia: Adding an imposing corner such as Hall would help Kansas City continue its defensive development.

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