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President Donald Trump on Friday (Jan. 24) officially unveiled the logo for the U.S. Space Force and the reaction has been strong. It might just be because the logo, which draws heavily on the new military branch’s Air Force heritage, bears a striking similarity to a “Star Trek” insignia.

Trump announced the new Space Force logo on Twitter, the latest in a series of reveals for the newest branch of the U.S. military that included the service’s new uniform nametapes last week, as well as the swearing in of Gen. John W. Raymond as Chief of Space Operations

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nick Kyrgios lost his temper and blew a two-set lead but still managed to win a five-set thriller to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 10-8 victory over Karen Khachanov in the super tiebreaker on Saturday.

Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2020. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in action during his match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The 24-year-old Australian raged at the umpire, raged at himself and raged at his box but ultimately prevailed 6-2 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-7(7) 7-6(8) in the longest match of his career to set up a last-16 date with 19-times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal.

Russian 16th seed Khachanov played a full part in the four-hour, 26-minute epic, saving match points in both the third and fourth-set tiebreaks before sending his final backhand wide to trigger delirium in Melbourne Arena.

“It was crazy, that was insane, I’ve got no words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” said Kyrgios, who pounded 33 aces and 97 winners over the contest.

“This is just epic man, I don’t know what’s going on.

“I was losing it mentally but my support team just wheeled me over the line, I thought I was going to lose. It’s definitely one of the best wins of my career, for sure.”

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Kyrgios’s public image has been transformed since he called on the millionaires of the tennis world to help the victims of Australia’s bushfire crisis, triggering an appeal that has raised more than A$5.5 million ($3,755,675).

He further endeared himself to his compatriots by sweeping into the third round at his home Grand Slam with victories on the Melbourne Arena court where he feels most at home.

The “new Nick” narrative continued through the first two sets on Saturday as he took an imposing lead over the powerful Russian.

Kyrgios produced a customary mix of the obscene — pithily urging the crowd not to shout out during points — and the sublime — the trademark “tweeners” and a drop shot at the net of breathtaking insouciance.

He even received the loss of the third-set tiebreak with the closest he could manage to equanimity and it was only after he introduced an element of the ridiculous that he suffered his meltdown.

Leading 4-4 30-0 in the fourth set, Kyrgios unnecessarily went for another “tweener” and got it spectacularly wrong, losing the point and cutting his finger in the process.

The umpire gave him a time code violation as he wiped his finger on the towel, which triggered a reaction from Kyrgios long familiar to the Australian public.

“Are you stupid? Can you not see?” he exploded at the official after throwing down his racket and holding out the injured finger, further describing the man in the chair as “an idiot” with an expletive thrown in for good measure.

However, unlike after some of his previous meltdowns, his game did not fall apart and he continued to throw his tiring body around the court after losing the fourth-set tiebreak as the match headed toward the new 10-point decider.

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That was touch and go until a searing Kyrgios backhand winner down the line tied it up at 8-8 and gave the Australian 23rd seed the momentum, which he rode to victory two points later.

“He played like four hours something in his previous match,” Kyrgios said of Khachanov. “To come back out and put on a performance like that, I thought the level at the end was crazy.

“The least I could do was go out there and give everything I had.”

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Clare Fallon

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – As second-year quarterbacks coach with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, Matt LaFleur helped Matt Ryan win MVP honors and get to the Super Bowl.

In his first year as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers fell a game short of the Super Bowl.

On Friday, while general manager Brian Gutekunst said he wouldn’t pass up a good quarterback prospect in this year’s draft, his focus was on the near future rather than the distant future.

“I thought Aaron had a really, really good year, especially adapting to a completely new system,” Gutekunst said. “There were times he had to carry us, and I thought he did that. I think this was one of the years we had a team that didn’t always have to rely on that quite as much. I think he’s still playing at an elite level.”

However, a good general manager always is thinking about the future. Even if Rodgers has a Ryan-style season in his 36-year-old body, and even with needs at receiver and linebacker, among other spots, Gutekunst would be remiss to completely ignore the quarterbacks board in the draft room. Even with Brett Favre at the height of his powers, former Packers general manager Ron Wolf routinely fortified the quarterback room. He drafted Mark Brunell in the fifth round 1993, Jay Barker in the fifth round in 1995, Matt Hasselbeck in the sixth round in 1998 and Aaron Brooks in the fourth round in 1999. Ultimately, none of those players started a game for the Packers, but Wolf spun Brunell, Hasselbeck and Brooks into additional draft picks.

“Obviously, he’s still playing at an elite level, but for me, I was raised by Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson, if there’s a quarterback we think can play, that’s a starter in the National Football League, we’ll never pass that up,” Gutekunst said. “But I’m really glad 12 is back there. Really excited to see what he can do in Year 2. I know Matt talks a lot about Matt Ryan and what he did in Year 2, the comparatives there. Obviously, Aaron has played at an elite level a long time. Seeing what (Rodgers) did in Year 1 with Matt, I’m just really excited where the offense and him can go.”

Rodgers is coming off a second consecutive subpar season by his lofty standards. In last week’s NFC Championship Game drubbing at San Francisco, he threw two interceptions (one was irrelevant at the end of the game) and fumbled three times (one lost).

During the regular season, the quarterback with the best passer rating in NFL history finished 12th with a mark of 95.4. Rodgers topped a 100 rating in only five of 18 games and finished 21st in completion percentage.

Nonetheless, during his season-ending news conference on Wednesday, LaFleur said Rodgers is “still one of the most talented players out there,” and, echoing Gutekunst, said he was “excited about moving forward into the future.”

It’s been a tumultuous few seasons for Rodgers. With the Packers getting into gear in 2017, he suffered a broken collarbone at Minnesota. He played through a knee injury in 2018, a season that ended with a 6-9-1 record and the firing of Mike McCarthy as coach. Meanwhile, he went from a series of star-studded receiver corps to one of the most mediocre in the league. The combination of a new offense and a lack of weapons no doubt played a role in Rodgers’ struggles this season.

Rodgers, however, enjoyed the ride this year, even while taking a back seat at times to running back Aaron Jones and the team’s improved defense.

“Just watching him throughout his career, there were some challenges we faced, not only him but some other guys on our team, where I said I was really proud how those guys faced those challenges,” Gutekunst said. “They really came together as a team, and that really takes your best players, your leaders, to do that. He obviously was a big, big part of that.”

Late in the season, Gutekunst and Rodgers agreed to a restructured contract that trimmed Rodgers’ cap hit for 2020 to about $22.19 million. That freed up about $11.4 million of cap space but increased his cap numbers to $36.33 million in 2021, $39.85 million in 2022 and $28.35 million in 2023.

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It’s in this episode that we learn that Jerry’s inherent joy comes despite a tragic background, marked by poverty and the loss of his mother to cancer when he was a young boy. Taken in by the family of a teammate and nurtured by the love of his cheer families over the years, Jerry rose from his heartbreak to become the heart of every team he’s been a part of since, including this Corsicana, Texas-based one. Jerry is loved. And you will love Jerry, too.

“Cheer” is filled with stories like this — kids who find homes and families in a team bound by the singular mission to come out on top at the national championship. It’s “Friday Night Lights” meets MTV’s “True Life” multiplied by Cirque du Soleil as they push their bodies and hearts to the limit while looked after sternly but lovingly by coach Monica Aldama. This six-episode docuseries will make you cry, smile, grimace and, yes, cheer.

Truth be told, it was not the ideal time for the team to pack up and make a trip to Los Angeles. While the Netflix series is centered on the 2019 competition, in real-life, they are hard at work preparing for this year’s national championship in April. But Aldama says, “when the ‘Ellen’ show calls and says they want you to come on, you just really make time for that to happen.”

“We had no idea that it was going to be this successful,” she tells CNN Entertainment. “So we’re just, you know, trying to survive right now.”

Keeping their “head above water” has proved tough, but her “kids,” as she affectionately calls her team members, were experts in multitasking even before their faces were splattered across the Netflix browsing page, she says.

I sheepishly admit to her that I purchased a Cameo from La’Darius Marshall for a friend who needed a professional-level pep talk and apologize for the additional distraction. (Cameos are personalized shout-outs by public figures that can be purchased by anyone for various fees.)

“Even without this, they’re always so busy and our schedule is always pretty tight that they have to keep themselves organized,” she says. “I mean, we had people yesterday taking some online tests when we were waiting in the green room for Ellen.”

The series made clear that if the students for any reason didn’t keep up, Aldama would not only learn about it, but do something about it. And you didn’t want that.

Her tough love, no-nonsense personality is a through line of the show. As a viewer, you come to sort of fear her disapproving gaze and that displeased tap from her heeled boot, but also melt at the mention of her unwavering support for her cheerleaders, be it their needs on the mat or off of it.

In one scene, Aldama helps a team member navigate a situation where explicit photos — taken when the student was underage, to make things worse — were released online. In another, she speaks about her views — conservative, religious, “old-school with values” — but declares with passion a promise to defend her kids at every turn.

“I get angry. I will debate you up one side and down the other if you talk about my boys,” she says in the show, referring to some gay members of her team. “I don’t understand how people can be so cruel about someone they don’t even know.”

She adds: “Those are my kids. I’ll fight tooth and nail for them.”

She makes me tear up again when I bring this moment up.

Jerry Harris in an episode of Netflix's 'Cheer.'

“I’ve seen them cry, I’ve heard their stories, I know their pain and they are like my own kids, so my heart breaks for them sometimes,” she says. “And I want to just put my arms around them and protect them from ever feeling like they are less than anything. I want them to know that they are loved for exactly who they are and that they should love themselves, you know?”

The praise hasn’t been completely unanimous. There has been some criticism of how injuries were handled during the course of the show, something Aldama found “shocking” because “at the end of the day, I’m here to teach them life lessons and to be a good role model for them, and I would never ever put someone’s health at risk for a championship,” she says.

“You’re watching six hours of four months of work, so really you don’t get to see the other side of it — the caution that we take when we’re actually preparing and learning a routine,” she says. “I knew that when we signed up for this there was gonna be negative something because that’s just life.”

In all, her leadership style has a struck a chord. Messages from other coaches have poured in, she says, many saying that the show helped them see they should “be more empathetic with some of their kids and what they’re going through.”

Other messages have come from people outside the cheer world, too, telling her that the show made them want to interact with their employees differently.

“I was really touched because I had no idea when we made this docuseries that it would be so impactful,” she says.

It has. And yet there is no word on whether “Cheer” will have a second season. Cameras are not currently rolling, Aldama says.

A scene from Netflix's 'Cheer.'

The work, however, continues.

Before Christmas break, she says, the team was in a good spot and feeling prepared. After returning to school, now in the afterglow of Netflix success, stress is running higher than it was even while filming the show.

“I think that we’re okay right now and, you know, if we needed to add a few extra practices in to catch up on anything, then we’ll definitely do that,” she says.

In “Cheer,” the kids and staff often emphasize a phrase that declares everyone must “earn” their “spot on the mat,” a reference to the surface on which the cheer team performs. In showcasing young people who exemplify a spirit of grit and determination, the series has earned a spot atop a list of must-watch programming in age of too much TV.

That is, indeed, something to cheer about.

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BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

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While the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are busy gearing up for Super Bowl LIV, the rest of the NFL world turns its attention to the 2020 Pro Bowl.

While the Pro Bowl doesn’t carry the intensity or excitement of a competitive NFL game, it does offer a fun factor that normal games do not. It’s entertaining to see some of the best players on the planet cutting up, showing off their skills and enjoying themselves in the process.

Here we will take a look at which players are taking part in this year’s All-Star exhibition and whom you should keep an eye on.

       

2020 NFL Pro Bowl

When: Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida

TV and Live Stream: ESPN, ESPN Online

          

Pro Bowl Rosters

*Starters are listed in bold

*Players who will forgo the event are marked with an asterisk.

*Players who were named to the roster as replacements are marked with a hashmark.

           

AFC Offense

QB: Lamar Jackson (Saints), Deshaun Watson (Texans), *Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs), #Ryan Tannehill (Titans)

RB: Nick Chubb (Browns), Derrick Henry (Titans), Mark Ingram (Ravens)

FB: Patrick Ricard (Ravens)

TE: *Travis Kelce (Chiefs), Mark Andrews (Ravens), #Jack Doyle (Colts)

WR: Keenan Allen (Chargers), *DeAndre Hopkins (Texans), Jarvis Landry (Browns), *Tyreek Hill (Chiefs), Courtland Sutton (Broncos), DJ Chark Jr. (Jaguars)

OT: Ronnie Stanley (Ravens), Laremy Tunsil (Texans), *Trent Brown (Raiders), #Orlando Brown (Ravens)

OG: Marshal Yanda (Ravens), Quenton Nelson (Colts), *David DeCastro (Steelers), #Joel Bitonio (Browns)

C: *Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers), Rodney Hudson (Raiders), #Ryan Kelly (Colts)

            

AFC Defense

DE: *Joey Bosa (Chargers), *Frank Clark (Chiefs), Calais Campbell (Jaguars), #Melvin Ingram (Chargers), #Josh Allen (Jaguars)

DT: Cameron Heyward (Steelers), *Chris Jones (Chiefs), Geno Atkins (Bengals), #Jurrell Casey (Titans)

OLB: Von Miller (Broncos), T.J. Watt (Steelers), Matt Judon (Ravens)

ILB: Darius Leonard (Colts), *Dont’a Hightower (Patriots), #Tremaine Edmunds (Bills)

CB: Stephon Gilmore (Patriots), Tre’Davious White (Bills), *Marcus Peters (Ravens), Marlon Humphrey (Ravens), #Joe Haden (Steelers)

FS: Minkah Fitzpatrick (Steelers), Earl Thomas (Ravens)

SS: Jamal Adams (Jets) 

               

AFC Special Teams

K: Justin Tucker (Ravens)

LS: Morgan Cox (Ravens)

P: Brett Kern (Titans)

RS: *Mecole Hardman (Chiefs), #Andre Roberts (Bills)

ST: Matthew Slater (Patriots)

         

NFC Offense

QB: Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Drew Brees (Saints), *Aaron Rodgers (Packers), #Kirk Cousins (Vikings)

RB: Dalvin Cook (Vikings), *Christian McCaffrey (Panthers), Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), #Alvin Kamara (Saints)

FB: *Kyle Juszczyk (49ers), #C.J. Ham (Vikings)

TE: *George Kittle (49ers), Zach Ertz (Eagles), #Austin Hooper (Falcons)

WR: *Julio Jones (Falcons), Michael Thomas (Saints), *Chris Godwin (Buccaneers), *Mike Evans (Buccaneers), #Kenny Golladay (Lions), #Amari Cooper (Cowboys), #Davante Adams (Packers)

OT: *David Bakhtiari (Packers), Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Terron Armstead (Saints), #Lane Johnson (Eagles)

OG: Zack Martin (Cowboys), *Brandon Brooks (Eagles), Brandon Scherff (Redskins), #Trai Turner (Panthers)

C: Jason Kelce (Eagles), Travis Frederick (Cowboys)   

               

NFC Defense

DE: Cameron Jordan (Saints), *Nick Bosa (49ers), #Danielle Hunter (Vikings)

DT: *Aaron Donald (Rams), Fletcher Cox (Eagles), Grady Jarrett (Falcons), #Kenny Clark (Packers)

OLB: Chandler Jones (Cardinals), *Khalil Mack (Bears), Shaquil Barrett (Buccaneers), #Za’Darius Smith (Packers)

ILB: *Bobby Wagner (Seahawks), *Luke Kuechly (Panthers), #Jaylon Smith (Cowboys), #Eric Kendricks (Vikings)

CB: Marshon Lattimore (Saints), *Richard Sherman (49ers), Darius Slay (Lions), *Jalen Ramsey (Rams), #Kyle Fuller (Bears), #Xavier Rhodes (Vikings)

FS: Budda Baker (Cardinals), Eddie Jackson (Bears)

SS: Harrison Smith (Vikings)   

                

NFC Special Teams

K: Will Lutz (Saints)

LS: Rick Lovato (Eagles)

P: Tress Way (Redskins)

RS: Deonte Harris (Saints)

ST: Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears)

           

Players to Watch

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry nearly led the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl with a hard running style reminiscent of a past era. The 247-pound bruiser rushed for 446 yards in three postseason games and proved to be one of the most difficult players to take down in the postseason.

For now, though, Henry is trying to enjoy himself

“It is cool being here, being with all the superstars and being able to spend time with guys you played against,” Henry said, per Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official website. “Being able to relax, chill and have a good time—it’s awesome.”

This is the first career Pro Bowl appearance for Henry, and the running back may find it difficult to shake off his competitive edge. This could lead to some entertaining plays during which players have no interest in tackling the human battering ram.

            

Lamar Jackson, RB, Baltimore Ravens

While players won’t be eager to take down the physical Henry, they are going to have a hard time tackling Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Jackson, who rushed for 1,206 yards in the regular season, is hard to bring down in a real game. In one wherein full-contact hits are few and far between, he could be unstoppable. With video game-like cuts and jukes in his arsenal, Jackson is a human highlight reel—and that’s just running the ball.

The Baltimore signal-caller’s ability to deliver accurate downfield strikes—which was on display during the Pro Bowl skills competition—will lead to many additional wow plays.

Jackson was perhaps the most exciting player to watch during the regular season. That’s likely to continue here at the Pro Bowl.

              

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry was the star of the Pro Bowl skills competition. Unsurprisingly, he helped the AFC to win the best hands competition. More surprising was his performance in the dodgeball competition—which is worth a watch.

Landry was so confident in his catching ability that he stopped throwing the ball all together and won by doing what he does best: catching passes.

His receiving ability will be on full display during the Pro Bowl, but that’s not the only reason to keep an eye on him. Landry also has some arm talent, which he has occasionally flexed on the playing field:

If the AFC decides to run a trick play or two during the Pro Bowl—a common occurrence when the players are having fun—it could well involve Landry.

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Where is this NHL season going, seriously?

We are just 30 days away from the Trade Deadline. While the players are in the midst of both the All-Star Game and their bye weeks, management is starting to decide how they want to handle this all important day. Do they buy? Do they sell? Maybe they do nothing at all.

From now until the deadline, we will present you with a series of different pieces like this one where we look around the league for different possibilities that could play out. Our focus will be on the Columbus Blue Jackets and teams in the Metropolitan division. But occasionally, such as in this article, we will mention teams outside the division.

When you have a case of two teams in which one has what the other wants, it deserves attention. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets definitely have what the other wants. They’re a trading-partner match made in heaven. Whether they actually talk and come up with a deal is another matter altogether. But in this space, we will explore why these teams should talk and what makes them so perfect together.

It Starts With Meeting Needs

The Maple Leafs have been hammered of late with key injuries to their best defensemen. It’s no secret that they’re actively looking for an experienced blueliner who can step in and help right away. While handedness doesn’t necessarily matter, they’d prefer someone who can play the right side.

The Leafs also prefer someone with term. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said this week on TSN1050 in Toronto that the preference is someone with term, at least one year but would rather have two or more years remaining. They don’t want just a rental in this case. They’re looking for a hockey deal. They have some very interesting players they could deal to make something like this happen.

This is where the Blue Jackets come into play. They have plenty of defensive depth. Thanks to their run of injuries, we saw 10 defensemen get into games at one point or another. And as you may have seen or heard, they’re one of the hottest teams in the NHL.

But if there is an area where the Blue Jackets need an upgrade, it’s up front. Despite being on a 16-2-4 run to enter the playoff picture, they are still 23rd in the NHL in goals for with 138 in 51 games. While the goals per game is starting to creep up, they still need to see improvement if they hope to make the playoffs. The question here will be does Jarmo Kekalainen tap into his defensive depth and acquire a top-nine forward?

Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen
At a bare minimum, Jarmo Kekalainen wants an impact forward in any potential trade. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Gary Wiepert)

Like the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jackets are not interested in a rental. They want someone who can not only help them now, but also in the future. Given that the Blue Jackets don’t have their second or third rounder in the 2020 Draft, you can bet their first rounder isn’t going anywhere. So this would also be a hockey deal if an agreement can be reached with anyone.

The Maple Leafs need a defenseman. The Blue Jackets need a forward. Both teams want a hockey deal. This is a match. Now, who would the teams target?

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs want someone with term and is experienced. If they had a wish list of defensemen on the Blue Jackets, two would come to mind. Those are David Savard and Ryan Murray.

Savard fits exactly what the Maple Leafs are looking for. He’s an experienced right-shot defenseman. He’s plays a very defensive style of game and is not afraid to block shots. He also has term remaining. He carries a cap hit of $4.25 million this season and next. He has everything the Maple Leafs are looking for.

As for Murray, he is currently out with an injury. As of this writing, there is no definitive time frame as to when he’ll return. His name has been mentioned many times before as a trade candidate. He is a left-shot but can play the right side. But when he’s in the lineup, he’s been really good. In fact, the pair of Murray and Savard have been one of the best when paired together in terms of expected goals against when on the ice.

Murray is an excellent passer and can start the puck up the ice in transition. That would fit an element of what the Maple Leafs are looking for. Like Savard, Murray has one year left after this season. His cap hit is slightly higher at $4.6 million.

With Seth Jones and Zach Werenski being basically untouchable, Savard and Murray would be your most ideal candidates for trade in this scenario. Now what would the Blue Jackets get in return?

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets need an impact scorer. If they can throw three lines at you with noted scorers, that would be ideal. They also want someone who can skate and can shoot.

This fits the profile for Kasperi Kapanen. He’s just 23. He has two years remaining after this one at just $3.2 million cap hit. He’s also an RFA after the season. To be able to bring someone in like this fits what the Blue Jackets are looking for. Plus can the Maple Leafs afford to keep him given their cap crunch and others needing a new deal?

To a lesser degree, I could see the Blue Jackets inquiring of a player like Andreas Johnsson. He has three years after this one at $3.4 million cap hit. He had 20 goals last season but has been slowed by injuries this season. I don’t think the Blue Jackets would have to give as much up for Johnsson if they believe his outlook is that of a potential 20-goal scorer.

Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews Andreas Johnsson Kasperi Kapanen
Both Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson could fit what the Blue Jackets are looking for up front. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Other Things to Consider

Keep a couple of things in mind here. First, the Maple Leafs are under a ton of pressure. If they miss the playoffs, it’s not out of the question to think Kyle Dubas could be in trouble. There’s sky-high expectations in Toronto and not making the playoffs is unacceptable in their mind. They will do everything they can to find a hockey deal.

Third, any deal from the Leafs would have to work within the cap. To say it’s a tight squeeze doesn’t give it justice. They will have to be creative in not only finding the right hockey deal, but making it work to the cap. Perhaps the Blue Jackets can get more out of this if discussions ever get that far.

And finally for now, it would take a lot to pry Savard from the Blue Jackets. He’s steady. He’s dependable. He’s a shot-blocking machine. You better be offering up an impact forward if you want to make that kind of deal happen.

So a framework of Kasperi Kapanen for David Savard with some other pieces involved? I’ve seen crazier things suggested. Both players would fill needs of their new teams. Both players fit the kind of trade each team is looking for. With all of these elements in play, it’s no wonder the Leafs and Blue Jackets would make for perfect trade partners. But will they talk? And would they even try to make a deal with both fighting for their playoff lives in the East? Stay tuned.

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Major search and rescue efforts are underway in eastern Turkey after it was rocked by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake late Friday evening.

At least 22 people have died, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said Saturday, adding that 1,103 were injured.

Rescue workers searched for people buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings in the Elazig province, the site of the earthquake’s epicenter, Turkey’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

He also warned that the death toll could rise.

AFAD said 42 people had been pulled out from under the rubble since the earthquake, but that an estimated 22 others were still trapped in buildings in the city of Elazig.

Rescue teams worked through the night as temperatures dropped below freezing with their hands, drills and mechanical diggers to remove bricks and plaster from collapsed buildings in the city which has a population of around 300,000 people. The city is around 25 miles from the quake’s epicenter.

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As more than 200 aftershocks rippled through the region, rescue teams, emergency workers and security forces also distributed tents, beds and blankets to people in the affected areas.

Rescuers work at the site of collapsed buildings after an earthquake in Elazig, Turkey, on Saturday.Ismail Coskun / Ihlas News Agency via Reuters

Mosques, schools, sports halls and student dormitories were opened for the hundreds who left their homes after the quake.

AFAD also warned people not to return to damaged buildings due to continuous aftershocks.

“The earthquake was very severe, we desperately ran out (of our home),” Emre Gocer told the state-run Anadolu news agency as he found shelter with his family at a sports hall in the small town of Sivrice.

“We don’t have a safe place to stay right now.”

The tremblor, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck around 8:55 p.m. local time (12:55 p.m. ET) on Friday in eastern Elazig province.

The quake’s epicenter was near the village of Sivrice, which has a population of around 4,000, according to the United States Geological Survey.

A villager stands by his collapsed house after an earthquake in Sivrice, near Elazig, eastern Turkey, on Saturday. Ilyas Akengin / AFP – Getty Images

At least five buildings in the village and 25 in near-by Malatya province were destroyed, said Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum. Hundreds of other structures were damaged and made unsafe.

In an effort to ease the crisis, communication companies announced free telephone and internet services for residents in the quake-hit region, while Turkish Airlines announced extra flights.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter Friday evening that all measures were being taken to “ensure that the earthquake that occurred in Elazig and was felt in many provinces is overcome with the least amount of loss.”

Neighboring country Greece offered to send rescue crews should they be needed.

Tremors from the quake were also felt in Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey, as it sits on top of two major fault lines. About 17,000 people died in a massive earthquake in the western city of Izmit in 1999.

Associated Press and Reuters contributed.

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Beaumont Health has fired an employee suspected of disclosing confidential information of more than 1,000 patients to a person believed to have been working on behalf of a personal injury attorney, the Southfield-based hospital system said Saturday morning.

In a statement, Beaumont said it has notified 1,182 individuals who may have had their data compromised. The eight-hospital health system said it is working with law enforcement on the investigation and has notified the Michigan Health & Hospital Association to alert other hospitals about the incident and guard against similar intrusions.

“This incident does not affect all patients of Beaumont,” Beaumont’s statement said. “The individual responsible for this incident has been terminated and is no longer employed by Beaumont. Beaumont has also taken steps to improve internal procedures to identify and remediate future threats in order to minimize the risk of a similar incident in the future.”

Beaumont discovered the patient data breach Dec. 10 and began an internal investigation. From Feb. 1, 2017, until October 22, 2019, “the former employee accessed and disclosed protected health information without authorization. The information accessed included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone number, email addresses, reason for treatment, insurance information and Social Security numbers,” Beaumont said.

Notified individuals have been advised on how to further protect their information and monitor financial accounts for fraud. They also were asked to closely review health insurance claim information. Those having Social Security numbers exposed have been given information about enrolling in free credit monitoring, Beaumont said.

Patients seeking more information can call Beaumont at (866) 977-0774 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It is not believed Beaumont has experienced or reported a data hack or unauthorized patient data loss to the agency in the U.S. Department Health and Human Services that tracks and investigates breaches of patient data.

In October, Crain’s reported Michigan companies, including hospitals, physician offices and governmental bodies, have experienced dozens of cyberattacks including ransomware, phishing or malware attacks, most of which haven’t been reported in the media.

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System was the target of health care hackers in October 2017 when more than 18,000 patient records were exposed. Other health systems, including the Detroit Medical Center in July 2017 and Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute in 2016, were the subject of patient data losses.

In 2018, Michigan ranked eighth in the nation in victim losses in Internet crimes, including ransomware, at $80.9 million and 15th in the number of victims at 7,533 in 2018, according to the FBI Cybercrime Report. FBI trends show Michigan has been has steadily rising in the rankings.

In December, Hackensack Meridian Health, a 17-hospital system based in New Jersey, confirmed it paid hackers an undisclosed sum to regain access to its IT systems. The attack brought down the system’s computer network for two days, during which facilities were forced to reschedule some nonemergency procedures and revert to using paper — rather than electronic — medical records, according to Modern Healthcare, a Crain publication.

Beaumont Health is one of the largest health systems in Michigan with total net revenue of $4.7 billion, eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 145 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians, 38,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers. It accounted for 178,000 inpatient discharges, 18,000 births and 573,000 emergency visits.

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WASHINGTON — Republican senators allied with President Trump are increasingly arguing that the Senate should not call witnesses or subpoena documents for his impeachment trial because Mr. Trump has threatened to invoke executive privilege, and a legal fight would take too long to resolve.

But it is far from clear that Mr. Trump has the power to gag or delay a witness who is willing to comply with a subpoena and tell the Senate what he knows about the president’s interactions with Ukraine anyway — as Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton has said he would do.

Here is an explanation of executive privilege legal issues.

It is a power that presidents can sometimes use to keep information secret.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution implicitly gives presidents the authority to keep internal communications, especially those involving their close White House aides, secret under certain circumstances. The idea is that if officials fear that Congress might someday gain access to their private communications, it would chill the candor of the advice presidents receive and inhibit their ability to carry out their constitutionally assigned duties.

Not by itself.

The privilege has traditionally been wielded as a shield, not a sword. It has no built-in enforcement mechanism to prevent a former official from complying with a subpoena in defiance of a president’s orders, or to punish one afterward for having done so.

Mr. Bolton, one of the four current and former officials whom Democrats want to call as a witness, has said that he will show up to testify if the Senate subpoenas him for the impeachment trial, even though the White House has told him not to disclose what he knows about Mr. Trump’s private statements and actions toward Ukraine.

A valid assertion of the privilege would protect a current or former official who chooses not to comply with a subpoena.

Three other officials Democrats want to call as witnesses — Mr. Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; a top national-security aide to Mr. Mulvaney, Robert Blair; and Michael Duffey, an official in the White House budget office who handled the military aid to Ukraine — are expected to resist appearing if subpoenaed.

Normally it is a crime to defy a subpoena, but the Justice Department will decline to prosecute a recalcitrant official if the president invokes the privilege. Congress can also sue that official seeking a court order, but the department, defending that official, will cite the privilege to argue that case should be dismissed — and as grounds to appeal any ruling that the subpoena is nevertheless valid, keeping the case going.

The Trump administration has broadly pursued a strategy of fighting House oversight and impeachment subpoenas, resulting in a string of lower-court losses that have nevertheless succeeded in running down the clock. Senate Republicans have argued that any effort to enforce impeachment subpoenas could result in a long and drawn-out judicial battle as a reason for the moderate members of their caucus not to break ranks and join Democrats in voting to subpoena witnesses and documents.

Representative Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is leading the House impeachment managers, has proposed that the Supreme Court Chief Justice, John G. Roberts Jr., who is presiding over the trial, could swiftly rule on the validity of any executive privilege claim. The trial has “a perfectly good judge sitting behind me,” Mr. Schiff said.

But Chief Justice Roberts does not embody and is not functioning as the Supreme Court. Several legal experts said that even if he were to rule that any invocation of the privilege is not valid, a subpoena recipient could ignore him and continue to defer to the president.

Then the Senate would likely still have to go through the normal court process to seek a judicial order to hear from the witness.

The administration could try, but it would face serious hurdles.

In theory, the Justice Department could file a lawsuit and ask a judge to issue a restraining order barring Mr. Bolton from testifying on the grounds that he might divulge information that is subject to executive privilege. But the government has never tried to do that.

Even if a judge agreed that the information the Senate would be seeking is covered by a valid claim of executive privilege, it is not clear that any judge or higher court would issue a restraining order. Under a constitutional doctrine called prior restraint, the First Amendment severely limits the ability of the government to gag speech before its expression.

“A restraining order is unlikely because it would be unprecedented, a threat to First Amendment values, and — in this context — a threat to fundamental checks and balances,” said Peter Shane, an Ohio State University professor and the co-author of a casebook on separation-of-powers law.

It’s fuzzy. The scope and limits of the president’s power to keep internal executive branch information secret are ill-defined because in practice, administration officials and lawmakers have typically resolved executive privilege disputes through deals to accommodate investigators’ needs to avoid definitive judicial rulings.

In a 1974 Supreme Court case about whether President Richard M. Nixon had to turn over tapes of his Oval Office conversations to the Watergate prosecutor, the court ruled that executive privilege can be overcome if the information is needed for a criminal case. Nixon resigned 16 days later.

The Supreme Court in the Nixon case noted several times that the information sought did not involve presidential discussions about diplomatic or military matters, so the Justice Department might argue that the Watergate precedent does not cover Mr. Trump’s internal communications about military aid to Ukraine.

Nevertheless, the courts would most likely use a balancing test, weighing the presidency’s need for private internal deliberations against Congress’s need for the specific information to investigate possible high-level wrongdoing, said Mark J. Rozell, a George Mason University professor who has written books about executive privilege.

Noting the Nixon-era precedent, he said he doubted that a claim of executive privilege would be upheld in the context of impeachment because “the courts don’t give all that much deference to claims of presidential secrecy in cases of alleged wrongdoing.”

No.

In a related legal dispute, the Trump administration has argued that White House officials are “absolutely immune” from being compelled to respond to a subpoena when Congress is seeking information about their official duties.

If that were true, it would mean they did not even have to show up, separate and apart from whether they can lawfully decline to answer a particular question in deference to a president’s claim that the answer is covered by executive privilege.

Late last year, a Federal District Court judge rejected that theory in a case involving a congressional subpoena to Mr. Trump’s former White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II. But Mr. McGahn does not want to cooperate and has permitted the Justice Department to file an appeal on his behalf, and the litigation is continuing.

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What to Know

  • A fire started in a former school that more recently housed a senior center in Chinatown this past week
  • The Museum of Chinese in America is nearby and stored its collection in the structure that was hit by fire
  • A museum official said thousands of artifacts that tell the story of the Chinese migration to the U.S. may have been lost in the fire

Some 85,000 artifacts that tell the story of the Chinese migration to the United States may have been lost in a fire that struck a building in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, a museum official said Friday.

The president of the Museum of Chinese in America told The New York Times that most of the thousands of historic and artistic items in its collection were probably lost in the fire that started Thursday night and tore through a building where the museum’s acquisitions were stored.

“One hundred percent of the museum’s collection, other than what is on view,” said Nancy Yao Maasbach, the president of the museum. She said that the collection was one of a kind and that she was “just distraught” after receiving the news.

The fire started in a former school that more recently housed a senior center, the Chen Dance Center and a number of community groups. The museum is nearby and stored its collection in the structure that was hit by fire.

A Fire Department spokesman said the fire was still not under control Friday night, 24 hours after it was first reported.

Videos and photos posted to social media Thursday night showed flames bursting out of windows and flowing heavily from the roof of the building, which Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter was “a pillar to the Chinatown community.”

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from the outside.

“The interior became untenable and the units had to be withdrawn,” he said. “It was too dangerous in the building.”

Maasbach said she was told by emergency responders that no one will be able to enter the building to retrieve items for at least three weeks. She said the museum’s artifacts, which include textiles, restaurant menus and tickets for ship’s passage, have likely been soaked by water and will be irreparably damaged by then.

About 35,000 items in the collection had been digitized and those files were backed up, she said.

Nine firefighters and a 59-year-old man were injured in the blaze. The man was rescued from the fifth floor of the building and was reported to be in serious but stable condition. The firefighters sustained minor injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire comes ahead of the Lunar New Year, which is Saturday.

City Council member Margaret Chin tweeted that the fire was “devastating.” “We will work to make sure vital services aren’t lost,” Chin told WNBC.

“I know the neighborhood is in shock,” de Blasio tweeted. ”We’re going to help the community get through this.”

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