Kickoff times, broadcast info for more CU Buffaloes, Colorado State football games released

The Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams now have more game times and television schedules available as they were announced Thursday.

Colorado State’s game at Florida on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. will be televised on the SEC Network. CU’s home opener on Sept. 15 is set for 3 p.m. against New Hampshire on the Pac-12 Network.

Colorado Buffaloes 2018 schedule

Date – Opponent – Time – TV
Aug. 31 Colorado State 7:30 p.m. CBSSN in Denver
Sept. 8 at Nebraska 1:30 p.m KMGH 7
Sept. 15 New Hampshire 3 p.m. Pac-12
Sept. 28 UCLA 7 p.m FS1
Oct. 6 Arizona State TBA TBA
Oct. 14 at USC TBA TBA
Oct. 20 at Washington TBA TBA
Oct. 27 Oregon State TBA TBA
Nov. 2 at Arizona 8:30 p.m. FS1
Nov. 10 Washington State TBA TBA
Nov. 17 Utah TBA TBA
Nov. 24 at California TBA TBA
Nov. 30 Pac-12 Championship

Colorado State Rams 2018 schedule

Date – Opponent – Time – TV
Aug. 25 Hawaii 5:30 p.m. CBSSN
Aug. 31 CU Buffs 7:30 p.m. CBSSN in Denver
Sept. 8 Arkansas 5:30 p.m. CBSSN
Sept. 15 at Florida 2 p.m. SECN
Sept. 22 Illinois State TBA TBA
Sept. 19 Off
Oct. 6 at San Jose State 8:30 p.m. CBSSN
Oct. 13 New Mexico TBA TBA
Oct. 19 At Boise State 7 p.m. ESPN2
Oct. 26 Wyoming 8 p.m. CBSSN
Nov. 3 Off
Nov. 10 at Nevada TBA ESPN Network
Nov. 17 Utah State TBA TBA
Nov. 22 at Air Force 1:30 p.m. CBSSN
Dec. 1 Mountain West Championship

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Why Trump Pardoned Dinesh D’Souza—and May Pardon Martha Stewart

It’s pardon month in the White House edition of “The Apprentice.” Jack Johnson got one. Dinesh D’Souza’s getting one. So might Martha Stewart, and Rod Blagojevich could see his sentence commuted. The case of Alice Marie Johnson might be the season-ending cliffhanger: Will this great-grandmother be freed from a life sentence thanks to the Oval Office advocacy of Kim Kardashian?

The justifications for these actions range from valid (Jack and Alice Johnson, no apparent relation) to cynical (D’Souza, Stewart, and Blago), but they serve mostly to illustrate the transactional nature of Donald Trump’s Presidency. He has no ideology except self-interest. He doesn’t play politics; he plays the angles.

Consider Stewart’s case. In 2004, she was convicted of making false statements and related charges in connection with an insider-trading scandal. (She was, by the way, guilty.) She served five months in prison, paid a fine, and in subsequent years has gone back to running a media empire. She also hosted a spinoff of the “Apprentice” franchise, which bombed, but, as far as we can tell, Trump has no axe to grind with her now. Still, the relevant point about Stewart is that her prosecution was James Comey’s most high-profile accomplishment during his tenure as United States Attorney, in Manhattan. Pardoning Stewart is a way of diminishing Comey, who is among Trump’s most reviled enemies. Since Stewart has long been out of prison, the pardon will have little practical significance for her, but that’s not the point. Punishing Comey is. (Springing Blago, the former Illinois governor who was convicted on public corruption charges, in 2011, and is serving a fourteen-year sentence, offers similar value for Trump. The governor was prosecuted by the former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who also brought a perjury case against Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, whom Trump pardoned earlier this year. And Fitzgerald today is one of the lawyers representing Comey, so undoing Fitzgerald’s work operates as more score-settling for the President.)

The Johnson cases reveal a different side of Trump’s character. Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, was convicted, in 1913, in a notoriously racist federal prosecution, in connection with his relationship with a white woman. The idea of a posthumous pardon for Johnson, who died in 1946, has been around for some time, but Sylvester Stallone, the actor, raised it recently with Trump. Likewise, Kardashian, the reality-television star and entrepreneur, was granted an audience with the President to advocate for Alice Johnson, a sixty-two-year-old black woman who is serving a life sentence without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Acts of Presidential grace for both Johnsons would be welcome.

But would such actions do anything to address the pervasive racial inequities of the criminal-justice system? Does the President even care about racial justice? During the suddenly distant years of the Obama Administration, that President, in 2014, started what he called a Clemency Initiative, which was designed to shorten the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were African-American. Obama wound up granting more than a thousand commutations, and he also supported legislation to shorten many federal sentences. Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and aide, is working on some kind of criminal-justice reform, but his efforts are reportedly being thwarted by Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General, who is a committed advocate of long sentences. In any event, no progress on this issue has been made in the Trump Administration, and anyone looking for the President’s true feelings on racial issues need only study his reaction to the Roseanne Barr controversy earlier this week. After ABC cancelled the comedian’s show over a racist tweet, and apologized to Valerie Jarrett, the target of Barr’s tweet, the President whined about wanting an (undeserved) apology from ABC, too. He said nothing, of course, about the racism that gave rise to the whole controversy.

As for D’Souza’s pardon, that seems to be little more than a straight payoff to the right-wing base, which has been the focus of Trump’s attentions and affections throughout his Presidency. D’Souza has long enjoyed a large following as an extreme ideologue and conspiracist; he is infamous for making lunatic accusations against the Clintons and Barack Obama, and for pushing anti-Semitic tropes about the financier and philanthropist George Soros. (In a telling bit of symmetry, Roseanne Barr was also pushing the outrageous Soros allegations.) D’Souza was charged in Manhattan federal court with campaign-finance violations, for using straw donors to make campaign contributions to a Republican candidate,in 2014. Notwithstanding D’Souza’s and now Trump’s claims, this was no frivolous prosecution. Indeed, D’Souza chose to plead guilty rather than go to trial. He was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house and paid a fine. Still, Trump’s pardon allows D’Souza to wallow in his martyrdom at the hands of Obama’s prosecutors—the former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired, brought the case—and the President will reap the credit from D’Souza’s admirers.

For this President, everything is personal. This is why, even more than with most Presidents, we should know the details of his and his family’s financial dealings. This is where his personal interests would be most clearly on display. (How, for example, is Trump’s sudden interest in saving the ZTE conglomerate in China related to the decision by the Chinese government to award Ivanka Trump several valuable trademarks?) Who are Trump’s real business partners? How and where have his business ventures been financed? And what, of course, would we learn if we could see his tax returns? These pardon cases show that the President serves his friends and punishes his enemies—and we need to know, more than ever, who is who.

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Serena Williams cranks up game to beat Ashleigh Barty in three sets at French Open | Sport

Eventually, this looked a little bit like one of those Serena Williams comebacks of old, filled with brilliant strokes and full-throated screams of “Come on!”

For the first half-hour in the French Open second round on Wednesday, the 23-time grand slam singles champion played the way you would expect from someone competing at her first major in 16 months – and the first since she gave birth to a daughter last September. And then, suddenly, Williams was back. Erasing a deficit of a set and a break, Williams recalibrated her shots and beat 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that ended shortly before dusk.

“I lost the first set, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to try harder. I’ve got to just try harder.’ And Serena came out,” Williams told the crowd, leaning forward and breaking into laughter. “Every day is a great day for me. I’m going to be here, fighting my heart out. It’s such a great feeling.”

Williams had all sorts of trouble against her Australian opponent in the opening set, compiling 12 unforced errors. By the time the second set was merely one game old, she had been broken twice in the match, each time to love, a troubling development for the owner of one of her sport’s most dangerous serves.

But then she started letting herself be heard. Exhorting herself and celebrating key moments along the path back, Williams grabbed four consecutive games over a span of less than 15 minutes to lead 4-1 in the second set, which soon enough would be hers. She gained control of the third almost immediately, breaking to go ahead 2-1, then holding for 3-1.

When Williams served out the victory with a backhand winner down the line, she raised both arms overhead and held up her left fist as she approached the net to meet Barty. In the stands, Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, shook his fist. 
After statistics that were so negatively lopsided in that initial set, in which she managed to produce only three winners, Williams straightened things out, to the tune of 25 winners the rest of the way.

Not bad for someone who hasn’t played in one of tennis’ four most important events since January 2017, when she won the Australian Open while pregnant.  Williams is ranked only 451st this week, because of her extended absence from the tour. She had played only four matches going 2-2 all season until this week. Next for Williams is a third-round match against the No11 seed, Julia Goerges of Germany.  Get through that, and Williams would face either her old rival Maria Sharapova or another former world No1, Karolina Pliskova. There is family history too: Williams beat Pliskova’s twin sister, Kristyna, in the first round. 

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Police: Nicaragua violence leaves 15 dead

More than a dozen people died in shootings that erupted around Mothers’ Day protests in Nicaragua, but the government and human rights groups differed Thursday on who was to blame.

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, which said it had members participating in Wednesday’s march, said at least 11 people died when peaceful marches were attacked “by the repressive police and shock forces” loyal to President Daniel Ortega, the latter a reference to pro-government youth groups.

Francisco Diaz, the second in command of the national police, said there were 15 deaths nationwide, which he blamed on “criminal gangs.” Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said the violence was generated by opposition political groups and said, “The government rejects any responsibility in that violence.”

The Mother’s Day marches were led by mothers of the victims of earlier protests. But some ended with gunmen firing into crowds sending thousands of demonstrators running for cover.

An Associated Press photographer at Wednesday’s march in Managua saw one person with a wound to the head carried off in a stretcher with a sheet covering his upper body, apparently dead.

The gunfire appeared to come from government supporters near the end of the march, but demonstrators armed with improvised bottle-rocket launchers also opened fire in the skirmish.

Nicaragua’s Roman Catholic church hierarchy said in a statement Thursday that the violence showed that it couldn’t yet resume a dialogue between protesters and President Daniel Ortega’s government.

The U.S. State Department condemned the Mothers’ Day violence and said it supports peaceful talks to resolve the crisis, despite their suspension.

“The international community and the citizens of Nicaragua have repeatedly urged the Nicaraguan government to order its police and thugs to stop the violence, respect human rights, and create conditions for a peaceful path forward,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “Those individuals responsible for human rights violations will be held accountable by the international community in international fora.”

The new deaths put the overall death toll for more than a month of protests near 100, with human rights groups saying before the latest violence that more than 80 had already been killed.

Amnesty International, which also had a delegation accompanying the Managua march, said in a statement that Wednesday’s violence showed a “systematic shoot-to-kill policy” on the part of the government. It blamed police and Sandinista gangs.

Shortly before the attacks Wednesday, Ortega told supporters at a rally that he was committed to peace.

Protests began in mid-April in response to changes to the social security system, but expanded to call for Ortega’s exit.

“It appears that Ortega is prepared to stay in power no matter the cost, no matter the number of people who have to die,” said political analyst Oscar Rene Vargas.

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MLB teams spent record $289 million on draft picks in 2017 – The Denver Post

NEW YORK — Major league teams spent a record $289 million on players picked in last year’s amateur draft, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2016.

After an initial drop when restraints began in 2012, spending has climbed gradually. For the sixth straight year, no team exceeded its signing bonus pool by more than 5 percent — the level that triggers the loss of a first-round draft pick the following June.

Spending dropped from $234 million in 2011 to $223 million in 2012, the first year in which teams were assigned signing bonus pools. The total fell to $221 million in 2013, and then climbed to $224 million in 2014, $249 million in 2015 and $269 million in 2016, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball.

Twenty-one of the 30 teams exceeded their signing bonus pools, including five who went exactly 5 percent over: Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee, Tampa Bay and Toronto. Four more teams went 4.9 percent over: Boston, Detroit, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels.

Clubs incurred $5,046,000 in tax, led by Oakland ($407,325), Milwaukee ($390,900), Tampa Bay ($389,400), San Diego ($386,775) and Atlanta ($368,175).

Teams exceeding their signing bonus pools by up to 5 percent pay a 75 percent tax on the overage, and the loss of a first-round pick is the additional penalty for going 5 to 10 percent above. For going 10-15 percent over, the penalty is a 100 percent tax on the overage and the loss of first- and second-round picks. Above 15 percent, the penalty is a 100 percent tax and the loss of first-round picks in the next two drafts.

Baseball’s labor contract assigns a slot value to all picks in the first 10 rounds, with the amount increasing each year at the rate industry revenue grew in the most recent calendar year.

A team’s pool is the total of its slots. For this year’s draft, which starts Monday, the top pick is assigned $8,096,300 and the 30th selection of the first round is $2,275,800.

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New business deals bring autonomous vehicles a step closer

DETROIT (AP) – Two technology giants announced major new investments in self-driving vehicles Thursday, bringing the world a step closer to a time when autonomous cars are a part of everyday life – a reality that General Motors aims to achieve in some places as early as next year.

The deals, and other ongoing negotiations, show that the technology is authentic and it’s accelerating.

“It’s all starting to coalesce into something that’s more real,” said Navigant Research analyst Sam Abuelsamid, who closely follows autonomous vehicle developments.

SoftBank, a giant Japanese tech investment firm, announced Thursday it would spend $2.25 billion for a 20 percent stake in GM’s autonomous vehicle business. Then Waymo, Google’s self-driving operation, said it would buy up to 62,000 more minivans from Fiat Chrysler to expand its soon-to-start ride-hailing venture.

Not to be outdone, Uber’s new CEO said at a Wednesday conference that he’s in talks with Waymo about adding Waymo self-driving vehicles to the Uber network to carry passengers, although there was no indication that was imminent.

“Everything in the autonomous world is moving very quickly,” said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Also, as part of the WaymoFiat Chrysler announcement, the companies said they are discussing use of Waymo technology in Fiat-Chrysler self-driving vehicles that would be sold to the public. That raises the possibility that personal car ownership won’t die if robotaxis become ubiquitous.

Waymo, the current front-runner, already is testing self-driving Chrysler vans with no human backup behind the wheel in Arizona. The company plans to start an app-based autonomous ride-hailing service there later this year.

At GM, widely viewed as being in second place, the SoftBank cash infusion will help the autonomous unit named GM Cruise to roll out a robotaxi service in at least one major city starting next year, CEO Mary Barra said.

The deal, the largest yet between a technology investment firm and an old-line automaker, boosted General Motors Co. shares to their biggest one-day gain since the automaker returned to the public markets in 2010 after a trip through bankruptcy protection. The stock closed Thursday up nearly 13 percent at 42.70.

GM Cruise would remain a wholly owned subsidiary of GM with the automaker keeping roughly 80 percent of the business. SoftBank can trade its stake for shares in GM if Cruise isn’t spun off into a new company within seven years.

The stock soared because investors are starting to realize that GM is a serious player in automated mobility, Abuelsamid said.

But analysts were cautious about predicting a future of self-driving cars everywhere. Lindland said the recent Arizona crash in which a self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian, as well as crashes involving Tesla Inc.’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” feature, have rattled public confidence in the technology.

“Even as the industry is pushing forward and collaborating and getting billions of dollars in investment, we can’t leave the consumer behind,” Lindland said.

The announcements keep the front-runners on pace to start carrying passengers within the next couple of years in small-scale operations in a few metro areas, Abuelsamid said. But he said it still will take until the middle of the next decade before self-driving taxis are ubiquitous worldwide.

Although he views Waymo as having the lead in the autonomous vehicle race, Abuelsamid said GM’s alliance with SoftBank could boost the automaker’s standing. SoftBank owns big stakes in Uber as well as in India’s Ola ride service and Didi Chuxing, China’s top ride-hailing firm.

Michael Ronen, a managing partner for SoftBank, said Thursday the companies will make their own decisions, but Abuelsamid sees more alliances with GM coming. He foresees GM vehicles carrying passengers on the Uber, Didi or Ola networks.

“Softbank can become a conduit for GM into all these different companies that GM doesn’t now have a relationship with,” Abuelsamid said.

Even though Waymo and GM now lead in autonomous vehicles, competitors such as auto electronics supplier Aptiv, well as ride-hailing service Lyft, chip maker Intel, and Ford, Renault Nissan and Germany’s Diamler all have room to catch up in what could be a huge market, Abuelsamid said.

Being able to produce the cars gives GM and other automakers a big advantage over tech firms that don’t have their own auto factories, he said.

Even with all the corporate deals, no one really knows for sure how people will get around in 10 or 15 years, Lindland said. They could embrace autonomous vehicles and the potential to eliminate the human errors that cause most crashes. Or they could distrust and reject them, Lindland said.

Also, after the Uber crash, there have been calls for more supervision of autonomous vehicle testing. Currently the federal government and most states allow testing with little or no regulation.

“The last time our world was so disrupted could arguably be the internet,” Lindland said.

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