Chiefs Place Clyde Edwards-Helaire On IR, Activate T Lucas Niang From PUP List

Clyde Edwards-Helaire‘s third NFL season has skidded off track. In addition to losing his starting job recently, the former first-round pick suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday night.

The Chiefs will move forward without Edwards-Helaire in the near future, having placed him on IR. This will shut down CEH for at least four weeks. Kansas City had already changed the LSU alum’s role, though this certainly does impact the AFC West kingpins’ depth.

Coming into this season, Edwards-Helaire — thanks partially to Damien Williams‘ 2020 opt-out — had started every NFL game in which he played. But injuries led to the college dual threat missing 10 regular-season games and two playoff tilts. Edwards-Helaire then took a backseat to Jerick McKinnon upon returning from his second 2021 injury — a shoulder issue — in the postseason. CEH had already sustained an MCL sprain earlier in 2021; he missed time due to ankle and hip maladies in 2020.

McKinnon re-signed midway through this offseason, but the Chiefs have begun using seventh-round rookie Isiah Pacheco over both vets. Pacheco has totaled 31 carries over the Chiefs’ past two games. Edwards-Helaire was on the field for four offensive snaps during the Chiefs’ Week 10 win over the Jaguars, and his injury against the Chargers stands to set him back further.

The 5-foot-8 back has gained 302 rushing yards on 71 carries this season. While extended absences are not new for the former No. 32 overall pick, Pacheco’s presence has changed the Chiefs’ backfield equation. This injury also opens the door for Ronald Jones resurfacing. The offseason addition has not dressed for a game yet as a Chief but remains on their 53-man roster. Andy Reid said (via ESPN.com’s Adam Teicher) the former Buccaneers starter has a chance to play, though he cited multiple issues that may deter Jones from seeing a backfield role.

With CEH out and McKinnon having two full-season injury absences on his resume, the Chiefs suddenly may need Jones, whom they signed to a one-year, $1.5MM deal.

Additionally, the Chiefs activated Lucas Niang from the reserve/PUP list. The team’s right tackle to open last season, Niang suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in Week 17 of last season. The former third-round pick has not been available much during his KC career. He opted out of the 2020 season and has now missed 15 regular-season games since. The Chiefs have used veteran Andrew Wylie primarily at right tackle this year. Niang, who made nine starts as a rookie, could potentially make a late-season push for playing time on the Chiefs’ otherwise-solidified front.

Fantasy football start sit: Deebo, Aiyuk

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Everyone loves San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, and for good reason. Samuel, the No. 17 pick in ESPN average live drafts this season (and seventh WR taken), is big and physical, and the 49ers use him in creative ways, as he piles on fantasy points as a traditional receiver but also as a running back.

The problem with this narrative is that Samuel hasn’t been piling on fantasy points lately, as he battles injury and the team’s depth, and while nobody should do something as drastic as benching Samuel (yet), one can ask if he remains an automatic weekly fantasy play. Hey, we’re just throwing it out there!

After all, Samuel enters Monday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City ranked 29th among wide receivers in fantasy points this season, fewer than injured Cardinal Marquise Brown, occasional Green Bay Packers provider Allen Lazard and his own teammate Brandon Aiyuk. Samuel scored double-digit PPR fantasy points in each of the first six games this season, though he surpassed 16 points in only one game.

The problem is he has been in single digits the past two games, while Aiyuk and recent acquisition running back Christian McCaffrey star around him and handle more volume.

The 49ers aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut to start with, relying on an excellent defense and the efficiency and turnover avoidance from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to guide them back to the playoffs, which seems eminently plausible. Fantasy managers get into a habit of playing their most popular, most rostered players they drafted early rather than potential top options. We’re guilty of this in ranking players, too. Samuel was incredible last season. He caught 1,405 yards worth of passes on an NFL-best 18.2 yards per catch, ran for 365 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns.

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This season is not going nearly as well, and perhaps it is time fantasy managers stop expecting things to change. Aiyuk is blossoming in his third season, well on his way to 1,000 receiving yards, as he has topped 80 yards in four consecutive contests, along with three touchdowns. No, Aiyuk doesn’t get chances to run the football traditionally, like Samuel does, but then again, will Samuel continue to earn the chances he did last season? McCaffrey boasts 57 touches in his three 49ers games and another running back, Elijah Mitchell, earned 19 touches in Week 10, his first game since Week 1.

So it is that Samuel is reasonably on the hot seat for fantasy purposes, not as someone in danger of losing considerable value, but someone to evaluate each week — which managers might not have been doing — just in case one has the depth to activate better wide receivers. For example, isn’t Aiyuk just as good or even a better option this week? Our rankings laugh at this possibility, but Week 4 was the last game in which Samuel actually outscored Aiyuk for fantasy purposes. McCaffrey was a Carolina Panther then. Samuel’s role has clearly changed, no?

Perhaps Samuel dominates the Cardinals on Monday and makes any debate look ridiculous, but fantasy managers should always remain open-minded about their weekly lineups, trades and everything else, even when — and perhaps especially when — it comes to the bigger-name players, those we drafted early. The best way to do this is not to rely on statistics from the previous season. I ranked Samuel as a WR2 for this week. His upside remains tremendous, and perhaps he doesn’t need myriad touches to reach it. I also ranked Aiyuk as a WR2. Hmm, something to consider.

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Get your lineups set for your Week 11 fantasy football matchups with analysis for each of the games left to be played, last-minute pickup options, and our take on the biggest stories of the weekend.

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Here’s a look at other situations to keep an eye on in advance of Week 11:

There are quarterbacks who are playing well (and not so well), but with higher-profile backups in the wings in case they stumble. Washington’s Taylor Heinicke is obvious. He’s winning, but overrated Carson Wentz is healthy. The Saints’ Andy Dalton is another. Jameis Winston awaits. And then there’s Atlanta’s Marcus Mariota. He’s not winning, and rookie Desmond Ridder awaits. … Denver’s Russell Wilson is hardly playing well, but what could be gained by sitting him for Brett Rypien? Eh, why bother? … Does it matter who plays QB for Carolina?

Running back

Fantasy managers are going to assume the Bears’ David Montgomery is a great play now that Khalil Herbert (hip) is out at least a month. That seems dangerous. … The Patriots’ Damien Harris is healthy, but is it too late for him to help fantasy managers with Rhamondre Stevenson thriving? … The Ravens are interesting but hard to figure. Gus Edwards might play, and if he does, much will be expected. Kenyan Drake has filled in nicely, though. … The current Chiefs backs getting touches (Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon) have pressure to keep that going, or perhaps we see the original starter (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) again. … People will rely on the Rams’ Darrell Henderson Jr. Intriguing Kyren Williams awaits.

Wide receiver

We’ll start with the Rams’ Allen Robinson II. Someone has to replace Cooper Kupp, and Robinson has the big name. I think Ben Skowronek and Van Jefferson have just as good a chance to shine, but few seem to agree. … Houston’s Brandin Cooks has four consecutive games with only four catches. He has scored one touchdown all season and led the Texans in receiving yards in only two games. Why is he still so popular? … Devin Duvernay of the Ravens caught one pass in the team’s most recent game. Rashod Bateman is out. Is Demarcus Robinson a better choice than Duvernay?

Southwoods team to beat

Manila Southwoods, one of the country’s premier golf clubs, is fielding four members of the Philippine team and a Korean national training squad member in its bid to extend its domination in the 72nd Fil-Am Invitational team championships slated in the first week of December.

Kristoffer Arevalo, who will anchor the country’s campaign in the Nomura Cup this month, leads the Carmona-based squad. He will be joined by Aidric Chan, Carl Corpus and Gab Manotoc who went to college in the United States.

The team’s newest addition is 18-year-old Jeff Jung who hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Southwoods member Tom Kim, a two-time winner in the PGA Tour at the age of 20.
Southwoods is the prohibitive favorite in the Fil championship division.

The roster was announced by non-playing captain Thirdy Escano.

“We’re just playing for second place,” conceded businessman Rodel Mangulabnan, a key member of the Forest Hills squad.

Sixteen-year-old Edison Tabalin, the Singha Thailand Junior world champion, is reinforcing Forest Hills whose lineup includes Rocky Co, Gus Pacheco and Joshua Buenaventura.

The Antipolo-based has played second fiddle to Southwoods in the last several stagings but general manager Raymond Bunquin is not losing hope.

“We always field our strongest team and if all falls into place then we will be there,” Bunquin said. “Our guys practice and prepare not only for this event but on a weekly basis. Our long-time captain Raffy Garcia is always there for guidance.”

Southwoods also has a formidable team in the Am division led by Josh Jorge, Leandro Bagtas, Lanz Uy and Masaichi Otake, all members of the 2021 champion squad. Reinforcing them are Shinichi Suzuki and Marc Lu.

A total of 240 teams or 1,200 players are entered in the annual tournament spread over two weeks at Camp Hohn Hay Golf Club and Baguio Country Club. The number is near the pandemic level in 2019 when 156 teams played.

The seniors’ event, featuring the keenly-awaited showdown between Manila Southwoods and Luisita, will be played 26 November to 1 December.

The regular tournament is scheduled for 6 to 11 December.

The 72nd edition of the event is held in partnership with Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, The Manor, The Forest Lodge and Le Chef.

It is presented by 3K Rock Engineering and Construction Corp., Toyota, Boysen and Columbia Sportswear. The major sponsors are Palm Grove, Brittany Corp. and Asiatraders Corp. while minor sponsors are Time Cargo Logistics, Lola Nena’s, K&G, Rudy Project, JTen Sports Inc., Januarius Holdings, Beer Below Zero and Tee Sports Gear.

Hole sponsors are Spes Construction Inc., Noah Business Application, and Laus Group of Companies while media partners are Daily Tribune and The Perfect Drive.

Best bets for the six $1 million PFL title fights

The 2022 PFL season comes to an end Friday, as all six weight classes will crown a champion at the PFL World Championships at Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York (ESPN+ PPV at 8 p.m. ET, with prelims on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m.).

In the main event, Kayla Harrison will go for her third straight win of the women’s lightweight season title as she fights Larissa Pacheco. Harrison has defeated Pacheco twice in PFL competition, most recently beating Pacheco to claim the title in 2019 via unanimous decision. Harrison is ranked No. 8 in ESPN’s women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Also on the card, Bubba Jenkins will fight Brendan Loughnane in the co-main event for the men’s featherweight championship and former UFC bantamweight Aspen Ladd makes her PFL featherweight debut against Julia Budd.

ESPN betting expert Ian Parker shares his insights and analysis on each of the six title fights, as well as PFL’s first women’s featherweight bout.

Previous fights between Harrison and Pacheco went the distance, with Harrison winning both by unanimous decision. While both fighters have evolved over the years, Pacheco has improved her striking and still has potent KO power, which Harrison will need to pay attention to.

Regardless of the opponent, look for Harrison to do what she does best: Get the fight to the ground and dominate. Expect a lot of clinching against the cage early on, and eventually it will go to the mat. The moneyline odds on Harrison (-650) are too high, and there very well might be people that are giving Pacheco a puncher’s chance. However, I am going in a different direction. As a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Pacheco has skill on the mat that I think will allow her to fend off Harrison from finishing her early, even if the fight hits the ground. Over 1.5 rounds.

Men’s featherweight: Brendan Loughnane vs. Bubba Jenkins

I am surprised Loughnane is the favorite here based on the overall performance of both fighters this season. Loughnane will have the better boxing, but Jenkins isn’t far behind.

The difference in this fight will be Jenkins’ wrestling. If he can use his striking to successfully set up his takedowns, then Loughnane will be doing more defending than bringing the fight to Jenkins. Jenkins to win (+135).

Heavyweight: Ante Delija vs. Matheus Scheffel

Delija was and still is my pick to win the heavyweight championship. As long as he doesn’t get reckless, this should be a relatively easy win for him. He is the better fighter both as a striker and grappler. He also has a knockout over Scheffel earlier this season.

Don’t be surprised if Delija goes for an early takedown to avoid giving Scheffel any chance of landing a fight-ending punch. Look for Delija to dominate. Delija to win inside the distance.

Women’s featherweight: Aspen Ladd vs. Julia Budd

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I will make this simple: If Ladd can’t get the fight to the mat, she will lose this fight. Nothing that Ladd does should surprise Budd in this fight, as she has faced better wrestlers, strikers and grapplers throughout her career. Seeing Ladd as a 2-1 favorite is a surprise to me as she hasn’t won since 2019, and Budd has proved to be the better striker.

At underdog odds, take a flier on Budd. Budd to win (+180).

Men’s lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Stevie Ray

Ray has shown his versatility this season, but he is taking on an opponent in Aubin-Mercier who is more skilled and continues to improve his overall game. Don’t expect this to be the most exciting fight, as we’ve seen Aubin-Mercier point his way to victory more often than not. But in this situation, a win is a win.

The odds are a little high on an Aubin-Mercier money line, so either place him in your parlay or take him to win by decision. Aubin-Mercier to win by decision.

This could finally be the year that Sy wins it all. As impressive as Taylor has been, Sy has the experience and has made all the adjustments needed to be a champion.

Expect Sy to use his newly found takedown defense to keep the fight standing and strike from a distance. If he can turn this into a kickboxing fight, which I believe he can, then Sy will be this season’s welterweight champ. Sy to win (-165).

Light heavyweight: Robert Wilkinson vs. Omari Akhmedov

Wilkinson can either strike from the outside to avoid the power of Akhmedov or take the fight to the mat, where he will have a grappling advantage. We’ve seen Akhmedov gas out in the past, and get dropped in two of his fights in the PFL.

As long as Wilkinson stays away from Akhmedov’s power, he should win. I don’t see how else Akhmedov wins other than by a knockout punch. And with Wilkinson so defensively sound, I don’t see that happening. Wilkinson to win (-190).

A Classical Liberal from Venezuela: Emilio Pacheco

At Oxford, Emilio and I were both liberals in the classical (and not the contemporary American) sense, with me perhaps being more conservative than him. He was then as now a quiet, thoughtful, erudite scholar. We were both very interested in Hayek’s ideas. I had first met Hayek in 1980 when he came to Iceland and gave two lectures, and one of our teachers at Oxford, Dr. John Gray of Jesus College, shared our interest in Hayek and was himself working on a book on him. In the spring of 1983, Hayek visited us in Oxford, and we took him to a Chinese restaurant, Xian on Banbury Road. Over dinner, we had a long and fruitful discussion with him, not least about the two most prominent schools of free market economics, the Chicago School of Frank H. Knight, Milton Friedman, George J. Stigler, and Gary S. Becker, and the Austrian School of Hayek himself, Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Ludwig von Mises and to some extent Joseph Schumpeter.

We kept in touch with Hayek, and in the spring of 1985 he told us that he would be in London one day and that we could meet. I wrote to Leonard Liggio who was in charge of the Hayek Fund which was supposed to encourage liberal scholarship, and he gave us a small grant which enabled us to invite Hayek to dinner at the Ritz in London. There were five of us at the dinner, Emilio, Chandran Kukathas, Stephen Macedo, Andrew Melnyk, and I. Our guest was in a very good mood and told us a lot about his life and works.

For example, Hayek recalled that at a meeting with Pope John Paul II (on 22 December 1980) he had used the word ‘superstitions’ about certain ideas which might be useful, but which were neither analytically nor empirically true. When he noticed that the holy father was not very happy with his choice of words, he gently suggested that perhaps ‘symbolic truths’ would be more appropriate. Pope John Paul immediately agreed and seemed quite pleased. Although himself an agnostic, Hayek always thought that the classical liberal movement should regard the christian churches as allies. He knew that they had been almost the only centres of resistance to European totalitarianism in the period of what we could call ‘the thirty years war’ from 1914 to 1945. During our conversation, it came out that Hayek was not sympathetic to ‘liberation theology’, then much in vogue in Latin America. ‘Paradoxically, liberation can be the opposite of liberty. It can indeed destroy liberty. We should not liberate ourselves from our liberal heritage, for example, or the rule of law,’ Hayek said.

Hayek told us that he had personally met four American presidents. The first one, unbelievably, was Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Hayek was then in America as the research assistant of an economics professor, and when the American Economic Association held its general meeting in Washington DC, it was small enough that the President could invite all the participants to a reception in the White House (on 27 December 1923). The second president Hayek met was Herbert Hoover but that was long after he had left office. During John F. Kennedy’s presidency he was once invited to the White House and again once by Ronald Reagan. ‘The interesting contrast between them,’ Hayek told us, ‘was that Kennedy seemed much less authentic than the professional actor Reagan. Kennedy pretended to have read several books of mine which of course he had not done, whereas Reagan told me that he had read one of my books, “The Road to Serfdom,” and that he had liked it a lot. Reagan had also been influenced by my old mentor Mises and by that brilliant journalist Frederic Bastiat.’ (The meeting with Reagan took place on 17 November 1983.)

Indeed, sometimes dreams come true, as can be seen in the case of Liberty Fund in Indianapolis. This venerable institution was established in 1960 by a successful local businessman, Pierre F. Goodrich, an avid reader of classical literature as well as a passionate believer in liberty as the sweetest, and healthiest, fruit of Western civilisation. Liberty Fund is unique as an institution in that its focus is not on short-term policies, but rather on the conservative-liberal political tradition of the West, in a broad sense. It regularly holds colloquia which engage in what could be called Socratic dialogues, without any preset conclusions, and it publishes classical political texts in accessible formats, both on paper and online, including the collected works of Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, James M. Buchanan, Adam Smith, and John Stuart Mill. Dr. Emilio Pacheco has worked for Liberty Fund since 1991, as President from 2016 to 2020, and now as Senior Vice President and Pierre F. Goodrich Resident Scholar; and he has made a significant contribution to the remarkable activities of this institution.

I still remember how intellectually stimulating my two first Liberty Fund colloquia were in Oxford in the early 1980s when I had the chance to exchange ideas and arguments with such distinguished scholars as James M. Buchanan, Robert Nozick, and David Friedman. I can also personally testify to the impact and usefulness of the publishing activities of Liberty Fund: It helped me a lot when I was writing my recent book in two volumes about twenty-four conservative-liberal thinkers that Liberty Fund had made many of their books available online, by Hume, Burke, Bastiat, Tocqueville, Spencer, Sumner, Oakeshott and many others. Goodrich had even anticipated my own discovery of Icelandic chronicler Snorri Sturluson as a pioneer of classical liberal thought: Sturluson’s works were on Goodrich’s list of thinkers who had contributed to our understanding of what it means to be free and responsible individuals, as visitors to the Goodrich Seminar Room at Wabash College can see for themselves.

In the same way as monasteries were sanctuaries for scholars in the Middle Ages, Liberty Fund has been a sanctuary for conservatives and classical liberals since its foundation, but more than that: it has been an inspiring forum for the discussion and development of conservative-liberal ideas. Emilio Pacheco and his colleagues at Liberty Fund well illustrate the old fact which Hayek used to stress that in the long run ideas are more powerful than special interests, that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Eye on New Mexico: Día de los Muertos in Albuquerque – KOB.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In this episode of Eye on New Mexico, it’s time for Día de los Muertos at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. KOB 4’s Spencer Schacht was joined with Dr. Rosalia Pacheco, a NHCC Education program manager, to talk about Día de los Muertos. Watch the video above for more.

Understanding the proposal of Transition Constitutional Amendment (“PEC da Transição”) – Esquerda Online

As the coupist roadblocks lose strength and more and more roads are reopened across the country, attention turns to the transition of government, a process that is also very complicated and full of traps, and which deserves all the attention from the left. Yesterday’s topic was the presentation, by the elected government’s transition team, of the so-called “PEC da Transição [a proposal of Constitutional Amendment with measures to be applied in the current transition of governments. t/n]. But what is it?

The Transition PEC is a Proposed Amendment to the Constitution that aims to make the spending ceiling flexible in 2023 to guarantee the financing of proposals considered essential for the new government, especially in the social area. It is also called a “waiver” or license. The general idea of the Transition PEC was presented yesterday (November 3rd) by the vice president-elect Geraldo Alckmin in a meeting with the budget rapporteur, Senator Marcelo Castro (MDB-PI). According to a joint statement made by Alckmin and Castro shortly after the meeting, the goal is to open a budgetary space for the payment of Bolsa Família [Family Support Grant Program] in the amount of R$ 600 throughout 2023, along with an increase of R$ 150 per child in school up to 6 years old, as well as other social expenses considered decisive, such as Popular Pharmacy, DNIT, school lunch, health and others. Castro, who plays a key role in the entire process, was sympathetic to the proposal, noting that the current budget is “certainly the most restrictive and the one with the most ‘holes’ in our history” (Source: Agência Senado). Elected senator Wellington Dias (PT-PI) added that the PEC would also aim to guarantee a real increase (above inflation) of 1.3% or 1.4% for the minimum wage in 2023.

In the press conference, neither Alckmin nor Castro spoke of total values. However, federal deputy Ênio Verri (PT-PR) presented some hypotheses of numbers. According to him, the total value of the PEC would be between 85 and 100 billion reais [R$], the majority for Auxílio Brasil [how Bolsonaro’s government came to call “Bolsa Família”. T/N]. This would more than double the resources allocated by Bolsonaro to the program in the current budget (R$ 70 billion). As Lula denounced many times during the campaign, the Auxílio Brasil effectively guaranteed by Bolsonaro’s budget is no more than R$405 on average. Without this PEC, therefore, the proposal of R$ 600 + R$ 150 per child would not be possible.

To pass this as a Constitutional Amendment is necessary because the government spending ceiling is set by the Constitution. As some may remember, the infamous PEC 95 was one of the first measures of Michel Temer’s coupist government and established that, for 20 years, the government could not increase spending above inflation. The Spending Ceiling PEC is still celebrated by the market as a sign of the country’s “fiscal maturity”, although no serious country has such a mechanism inscribed in the Constitution. The truth is that the Spending Ceiling Amendment is largely responsible for the brutal drop in social investments in the last 5 years.

The difficulty in presenting a Constitutional Amendment is that it requires two votes in the Chamber of Deputies and two in the Senate and the support of at least 3/5 of the parliamentarians. Alckmin pointed out that the Transition PEC needs to be approved by December 15th, which also makes the process difficult. Ministers of the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) have already declared that they will not put any obstacles in the way of the approval of the new mechanism.

According to Alckmin e Castro, the proposal should be matured in a meeting with Lula on Monday (November 7) in São Paulo. At this meeting, the final decision should be made as to the total value of the PEC and the areas to be served. On the following day, November 8, there will be a new meeting between Alckmin and Castro to close the proposal. Negotiations with the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies Arthur Lira (Progressistas-AL) and of the Senate Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG) are already underway, since the PEC still needs to be approved in this legislature. Another key figure that will very likely join the debate in the coming days is federal deputy Celso Sabino (União Brasil-PA), president of the Mixed Budget Commission.

Reactions

As soon as the Transition PEC proposal was verbalized, the reactions of Bolsonarism and other political and economic agents began. Current vice president Hamilton Mourão used twitter to call the Transition PEC a “budget gap” and accused the elected government of “fiscal irresponsibility”. In an interview to Rádio Gaúcha, the now senator elected by Rio Grande do Sul classified the PEC as a “rape in the budget”. In turn, people linked to the market are worried about the possibility of a “PEC without limits”, something that no one has ever talked about.

Federal deputy and PT president Gleisi Hoffmann responded firmly, also on twitter: “Mourão’s statement is at least dishonest. We have barely begun the transition and we are negotiating the agenda that interests the working people. Where was he during the secret budget spree and wasteful and illegal use of the public machine in the elections”, questioned PT’s president.

Hoffmann’s response is accurate and goes straight to the point. The Brazilian elite only talks about fiscal responsibility to avoid social investments. It’s the most absolute hypocrisy. However, more than a mere discussion with Mourão, the whole episode alerts us to the difficulties that the Lula government will face and the way to overcome them. The Transition PEC is evidently progressive in the face of the bleak scenario in which the country finds itself. But cabinet negotiations are not enough to approve it. We will need people on the streets. At the same time, we must bear in mind that bolsonarism’s coup operations will continue now and throughout Lula’s term. The new Lula government needs to attract the support of the unquestionable majority of the nation. That’s where lies the real governance. For that, it needs to take social measures with a profound impact, related to wages, health, education, housing, environment, inflation and employment. This way, in the face of any more serious questioning of the government by the bourgeoisie, there will be those who defend it in the streets. The entire historical experience of Latin America and of Brazil itself proves it: this is the best – in fact, the only – antidote against coups.

Fantasy football news & notes: Justin Fields hurts shoulder

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The news: Bears QB Justin Fields injured his nonthrowing shoulder on the first play of the final drive against the Falcons on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Fields’ shoulder pain was so severe that he had to be carted from the field after the game. His hamstrings were also bothering him during the game. Fields’ mobility waned as the game progressed after rushing 14 times in the first half, the most by any quarterback since 2000. He led the Bears in rushing with 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts. Fields also had 153 passing yards and a touchdown along with an interception. He tied Kyler Murray for the most consecutive games with a passing and rushing touchdown in the Super Bowl era. Fields’ arm was not in a sling, but he will have an MRI on Monday. Keep an eye out for updates. The Bears play against the Jets in Week 12.

The news: Bengals RB Joe Mixon left Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a concussion.

What it means in fantasy: Mixon had 20 rushing yards on seven carries and 42 receiving yards on three catches when he left for evaluation. Samaje Perine filled the void for the Bengals. He had 30 rushing yards on 11 attempts, adding four receptions for 52 yards and three touchdowns. Perine became the first Bengals running back in team history with three touchdown receptions in a single game. Perine could be an excellent RB2 against the Titans if Mixon fails to clear the league’s concussion protocol.

Going deeper: Mixon has averaged 19.9 touches and 19.1 fantasy points per game this season.

The news: Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was sidelined by a high ankle sprain on Sunday against the Chargers.

What it means in fantasy: The Chiefs tried to involve CEH more after he was not given a single rushing attempt or target and played only four snaps against the Jaguars in Week 10. He was given two carries but left the game before halftime. RB Isiah Pacheco rushed for a career-high 107 yards on 15 attempts against the Chargers, becoming the first Chiefs running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards this season. Jerick McKinnon ran 21 routes, handling most of the passing-down work. The Chiefs’ upcoming schedule is very favorable for running backs and should have fantasy managers salivating. In Week 12, Pacheco is firmly on the RB2 radar if Edwards-Helaire misses any time.

The news: Falcons TE Kyle Pitts left Sunday’s game against the Bears in the third quarter with a knee injury.

What it means in fantasy: The worst-case scenario may have been avoided as Jordan Schultz of The Score reported that early indications are that he did not tear any ligaments in his knee. Pitts led the Falcons in receptions (three) and receiving yards (43). Once Pitts left the game, MyCole Pruitt filled the void for Atlanta since Anthony Firkser was a healthy inactive. Having Pitts out for an extended period would be a major blow to a Falcons team that is surprisingly in contention for the NFC South title. We should know more after Monday’s MRI.

Going deeper: Pitts caught 68 of 110 targets for 1,026 receiving yards and a touchdown as a rookie last season. With Marcus Mariota under center this season, the Falcons’ offense ranks fourth in the league with 32.8 rushing attempts per game, while Pitts has averaged 5.9 targets and 7.6 fantasy points.

The news: ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported that WR Wan’Dale Robinson may have suffered a serious right knee injury on Sunday against the Lions.

What it means in fantasy: Robinson caught nine of 13 targets for 100 yards, which was his best fantasy performance this season. Robinson posted an Instagram story featuring the “disappointed face” emoji after the game. The Giants will play the division rival Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. As things stand now, New York looks extremely short-handed for the rematch. Darius Slayton, who has scored at least 11 fantasy points in four consecutive games, is a candidate for a bigger role. It is also possible that Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants will reunite as a result of Robinson’s injury.

The news: Steelers RB Jaylen Warren suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Bengals.

What it means in fantasy: Warren had slowly been earning more playing time in the Steelers’ backfield. Following his injury in the first quarter, Najee Harris took the most snaps over the rest of the game and finished with 116 total yards and two touchdowns on 24 touches. Harris can be viewed as a volume-based RB1 in Week 12 against the Colts if Warren misses time as the Steelers have relied heavily on their running backs.

The news: Chargers WR Mike Williams injured his right ankle again on Sunday against the Chiefs.

What it means in fantasy: On Sunday morning’s broadcast, ESPN’s Stephania Bell and the Fantasy Football Now team discussed the possibility of Williams aggravating his injury. Bell mentioned on social media that it was a “challenge for a WR returning from a high ankle sprain in both cutting and landing.” If Williams misses additional time, Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter would benefit. Palmer recorded eight receptions, 106 receiving yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, leading the Chargers with 36 routes run.

Keenan Allen also looked great in his return. He caught five of eight targets for 94 yards. Bell said Allen “looks strong so far in his return from a hamstring injury. Explosive off the line, sharp route running.” ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry reported that Allen was on a snap count, but it was very encouraging for fantasy managers to watch him play 67.6% of the offensive snaps in his first game back.

The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Cooper Kupp is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery for a high ankle sprain.

What it means in fantasy: It typically takes six to eight weeks for players to recover from tightrope surgery. Some players have returned to play ahead of schedule, while others have taken longer. Getting the Rams back into playoff contention would increase the chances that Kupp could return later in the season. If Los Angeles’ struggles continue, Kupp may not play again until 2023. To make matters worse, Matthew Stafford left Sunday’s game to be evaluated for a concussion, though coach Sean McVay could not confirm that. The Rams will likely start John Wolford or Bryce Perkins against the Chiefs in Week 12.

Some notable Sunday performances

The news: Cowboys RB Tony Pollard stockpiled 189 total yards and two touchdowns on 21 touches against the Vikings on Sunday.

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What it means in fantasy: Pollard was the lead back on early downs, playing 39 snaps to Ezekiel Elliott’s 21. Elliott had missed the past two games with a knee injury and finished with 47 total yards and two touchdowns on 16 touches. In the past three games, Pollard has had 22 or more fantasy points, including two games with more than 33. Elliott has averaged 21.6 touches per game in his career and could reclaim his full workload. If you want to maximize Pollard’s value, now is the time to trade him away.

Going deeper: Pollard had two receiving touchdowns of 30 or more yards on Sunday against the Vikings. He became the first running back to accomplish this feat in a game since Jamaal Charles in 2015. This season, Pollard has averaged 6.8 yards per touch, the most of any running back with 100 or more touches.

The news: Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth and WR George Pickens set season highs in fantasy points against the Bengals on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: Freiermuth caught eight of 12 targets for 79 yards and ran 26 routes. He led the Steelers in targets for the second straight week. Four of Freiermuth’s nine games this season have resulted in 75 or more receiving yards. He is firmly on the TE1 radar against the Colts in Week 12. Prior to Pickens’ penalty and ejection, he caught four of six targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. He played 86% of the offensive snaps. For weeks, the Steelers’ coaching staff has talked about Pickens becoming the team’s top receiver. Since he played nearly the same number of snaps, ran the same number of routes, and saw a similar number of targets as Diontae Johnson, that has come to pass. Pickens has scored 14 or more fantasy points in back-to-back games. He can be viewed as a high-end flex option in Week 12 against the Colts.

The news: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught six of 10 targets for 115 receiving yards and three touchdowns on Sunday against the Chargers.

What it means in fantasy: This was Kelce’s 33rd career game with 100 or more receiving yards. It breaks a tie with Rob Gronkowski for the most by a tight end in league history. In addition, Kelce had a season-high 72 yards after the catch. Kelce has scored 20 or more fantasy points in three consecutive games, racking up 34 targets.

The news: Raiders WR Davante Adams caught seven of 13 targets for 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against the Broncos.

What it means in fantasy: This was Adams’ 13th career game with 100 or more receiving yards and two touchdowns. He has bounced back after scoring 1.2 fantasy points against the Saints in Week 8, scoring 27 or more fantasy points in three consecutive games. He is the sixth player in league history with six or more seasons with 10 or more receiving touchdowns, joining Hall of Famers Randy Moss, Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Cris Carter.

Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and in the ESPN Fantasy App

• Eric Moody’s waiver wire pickups identify the top players to claim for your team

• Fantasy Focus podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza recap everything you need to know from Week 11 of the NFL season including what stars will help you down the stretch of the season. Plus, Liz and Daniel give an audio exclusive reaction to SNF including another clutch performance from Patrick Mahomes. Listen | Watch

Tuesday:

• Week 12 fantasy football rankings at every position (PPR and NPPR)

Matt Bowen’s streaming pickups: deeper picks for deeper leagues and emergency need

Eric Karabell’s flex and superflex rankings for Week 12

• NFL Nation’s fantasy fallout: beat reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions

• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rest-of-season rankings for Week 12 and beyond

• Fantasy Focus podcast (10 a.m. ET)

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Civil Discourse Op-Ed: Gas-Powered Vehicles

The Civil Discourse Program, facilitated by Communications professor Mark Urista, has yet again taken on a relevant and debatable issue: banning gas-powered vehicles. With California’s recent steps towards banning gas-powered vehicles, should Oregon follow suit? While it seems like an environmentally-conscious decision, how will the power grid be threatened? What would this mean for the working class? The Civil Discourse Program covers all the angles.

Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles

Authors: Cheyanne Rider, Eliana Ortega, and The Civil Discourse Program

California recently passed a ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Oregon and other states are considering following suit. This may seem like a drastic change in a short time period but it’s a necessary change. There are several benefits to making the switch to electric passenger vehicles.

First, this policy will decrease pollution.  Fossil fuels are the biggest contributors to climate change.  This includes coal, oil, and gas that emit carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.  These gasses can cause a variety of health issues like heart attacks, respiratory disorders, stroke, asthma, and even death.  Gas-powered cars don’t just add to the burning of fossil fuels but also cause noise pollution.  We carry a normal conversation at 60 decibels (dB), but trucks and motorcycles can cause noise between 90-96 dB.  Any sound above 65 dB can cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones. This affects mental health and can cause cognitive problems.

Second, this policy can reduce our dependence on foreign oil.In 2021, the United States imported about 8.47 million barrels per day of petroleum from 73 countries. Our dependence on foreign oil has influenced foreign policy for generations. The war between Russia and Ukraine is only the most recent example of how our daily lives (and wallets) are impacted.  Since the war began, the US has blocked Russian imports of oil causing gas prices to rise. This has led President Biden to release oil from strategic reserves and consider lifting sanctions on Iran. These instances have led to bipartisan support for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. In today’s political climate, that kind of cooperation demonstrates how dire the situation really is.

Common concerns about electric vehicles are their longevity and affordability.  Electric car batteries are designed to last as long as the car’s life span.  Many manufacturers offer warranties to replace a battery if needed.  Therefore, the battery should not be an issue.  Data also shows that electric cars are becoming less expensive.  There are many inventions in history whose costs have gone down with popularity.  VCR’s are a great example of an item that was extremely expensive when it first became available but the price continued to drop the more popular it became.  Charging stations are also easy to find.  Whether you prefer to use an app or do a quick Google search, anyone who needs a charge should be able to find one. 

There are many reasons that we should switch to electric vehicles. They can mitigate a significant contributor to global warming, improve our health, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy. This would benefit our environment and have long-lasting benefits for future generations.  


Don’t Ban Gas-Powered Vehicles

Authors: Eagle Hunt, Jacob Pacheco, and The Civil Discourse Program

Banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles seems well-intentioned.  It will encourage more drivers to purchase Electric vehicles (EVs), lower carbon emissions, and help fight climate change.  In reality, this ban would harm our environment, threaten our power grid, and will negatively affect the working class. 

EVs are attractive because they produce no carbon emissions.  However, there is one big question that needs to be answered: Where will we get our electricity to charge the EVs?  In California, a state that recently passed a rule that will ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and aims to issue a similar ban on the sale of new diesel trucks by 2040, 50% of their electricity comes from burning natural gases. Basic chemistry tells us that every time you convert one type of energy into another, you lose efficiency.  If we’re so concerned about the environment, why would we burn gas, convert it to electricity, charge a car, and drive the car, all to avoid putting gas directly into the car?  This process is far less efficient than what we’re currently doing.

It is also worth looking at our power grid and seeing if it’s up for the challenge of charging a large number of EVs. CA’s power grid is barely sustaining current demand. The US power grid has been described as “aging and unstable.”  Consider how much stress the grid takes when wildfires and heat waves continue to damage outdated equipment.  Adding more EVs without updating our power system will cause it to crash.  Nobody benefits from that result.

We also need to consider the impact this ban will have on truckers.  Diesel engines are the backbone of our supply chain, construction, farming, and first responder vehicles. A battery simply cannot compete with the durability, strength, and power a diesel engine can produce.  Before any bans on diesel vehicles take effect, we need to have proven, affordable, and accessible replacements ready to go.

Finally, we must consider the costs of this ban.  New EVs cost about  $17,000 more than gas-powered vehicles.  This barrier is very difficult to overcome.  The average cost for a new gas-powered vehicle is already a lot to afford for working-class families.  When you factor in repairs, EVs can be very expensive to fix once they break down.  At a time when inflation is rampant and 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, creating higher costs for personal transportation is harmful and unwise.

EVs are a remarkable technological advancement and offer many perks.  However, we should be careful about forcing drivers to be fully dependent on them.  A strict ban on gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and diesel trucks in 2040 will also increase costs for many people and presents a serious threat to our power grid.  Moreover, the current process of creating electricity is not carbon neutral.  The US, and Oregon in particular, should be wary of following in CA’s footsteps.

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City Council votes for Bruce Knell as Casper’s next mayor, Pacheco as vice mayor – Casper, WY Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. — In a straw poll vote on Tuesday, the Casper City Council selected Bruce Knell to step into the role of mayor in 2023. The City Council

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