CSi Weather…








Rain changing to snow, possibly heavy. Snow accumulations
through Thursday night will be highly variable ranging from 4 to
9 inches. Additional accumulations are expected Friday and
Saturday. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph Friday and

For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total
snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches. Locally higher amounts are
possible. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. For the Winter Storm
  Watch, heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations could
exceed 8 inches with wind gusts as high as 55 mph, which may
create blizzard conditions.

* WHERE…Portions of north central, south central and southeast
North Dakota.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute. Strong winds could cause tree damage.


If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.



.REST OF TODAY…Cloudy. Drizzle likely in the afternoon. Much

cooler. Highs in the mid 40s. North winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of

precipitation 60 percent in the Jamestown area, 80 percent in the Valley City area.

TONIGHT…Cloudy. Chance of drizzle and snow in the evening,

then snow after midnight. Snow accumulation around 1 inch in the Jamestown are.  Lows in the lower 30s. North winds 20 to 25 mph.

Chance of precipitation 90 percent.

.THURSDAY…Snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Colder.

Snow may be heavy at times. Snow accumulation up to 9 inches.

Highs in the lower 30s. North winds around 25 mph.

Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Moderate snow accumulations. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest

winds around 25 mph.  Chance of snow 90 percent.

.FRIDAY…Snow likely. Areas of blowing and drifting snow. Snow

may be heavy at times. Windy. Heavy snow accumulations. Highs in

the lower 30s. Northwest winds 30 to 35 mph. Gusts up to 50 mph

in the afternoon. Chance of snow 80 percent.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…Snow. Blowing and drifting snow. Visibility one

quarter mile or less at times in the evening. Very windy. Lows in

the upper 20s.

.SATURDAY…Snow likely. Areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Windy. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent.

.SATURDAY NIGHT…Cloudy. Snow likely in the evening, then chance

of snow after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Chance of snow

60 percent.

.SUNDAY…Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning,

then slight chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs in

the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.

.COLUMBUS DAY…Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s.

.TUESDAY…Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s.


Central and eastern North Dakota significant snowfall amounts Thursday through Saturday.

Some areas will see an additional foot or more of snow from the second round of snow Friday and Saturday.

There is still uncertainty regarding how far east the low will be able to move.

If the storm track pushes a bit further west, places like Bismarck and Minot could see additional snowfall amounts approaching 1 foot. If the storm track pushes further east, those cities could see barely any additional snow.

Details become clearer later on.


Jamestown  (JPD)   The Jamestown Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in trying to locate a reported missing person. Archie Covington McArthur IV was reported as missing by his family members to Jamestown Police.

The photo on the left is from 2018 and the date of the photo on the right is not known.

McArthur is a 20 year old African-American male, who stands 6’02” tall, weighs approximately 290 lbs., and has brown eyes and black hair.
Family members have not heard from McArthur in over a month and they are concerned about his welfare and are asking for him to contact them. McArthur has recently lived in Jamestown, ND, but also has ties to Fargo, ND and to the Las Vegas, NV area.

McArthur is not known to have a vehicle at this time. We are asking anyone with information regarding McArthur’s whereabouts to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 701-252-1000.

Jamestown  (Chamber)  Members of the chamber Young Professionals of Jamestown and the Chamber Ambassadors recently presented the Business of the Month Award to Buffalo City Escape of Jamestown for their outstanding customer service and continued commitment to the community.

The nomination stated, “What Shannon and Courtney have done with Buffalo City Escape is nothing short of amazing. The hard work and dedication they have shown to bring this unique and fun experience to Jamestown needs to be recognized. While the escape room is a part time venture, both Shannon and Courtney work full time jobs with different businesses. They used their free time and downtime to own and operate this terrific business. I recommend anyone see just what they’ve done and how big of an impact their business is to Jamestown.”

The Young Professionals of Jamestown honor businesses that provide superior customer service, exhibit community spirit and provide a positive economic impact to the community.  This award provides recognition throughout the month with a plaque and a recognition banner for the month. Monthly award winners will be considered for the Business of the Year to be awarded at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet in January of 2020.  Business of the Month award nomination forms are available at the Chamber office and online at www.jamestownchamber.com .  Call 701-252-4830 for more information.

Jamestown  (JRMC)  — Wave of Light is a time for families who’ve experienced infant loss and miscarriage to share in their sorrow and support each other. Wave of Light is an international event, recognized in six countries.

This year’s event is held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown.

A registered nurse at Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace Renae Lunde, and an event organizer, says,  “Thirty years ago, if families experienced a miscarriage or infant death, they were told to forget it. Today, we encourage families to grieve in the way that best fits them.”

Wave of Light occurs each year on October 15.

Emily Woodley, manager of the JRMC Family BirthPlace, has seen firsthand those affected by infant loss and miscarriage.  She says, “Renae Lunde has done an incredible job spearheading the Wave of Light service to provide an opportunity for healing to those who have lost a baby or pregnancy.”

The event includes a short walk and balloon release at 6:30 p.m. A candle lighting ceremony and blessings for families will take place afterward at 7 p.m. If families need support year-round, they may contact the Jamestown TEARS Child Loss Support Group or the Jamestown Area Grief Support Team.

The Jamestown Area Grief Support Team is a group of volunteers who offer to support those who grieve. The group organizes regular educational events and support groups to the community.

The Jamestown TEARS Child Loss Support Group offers support for bereaved families who have experienced the loss of a child.

For more information on Wave of Light, call 952-4807 or visit october15th.com. For more information on the Jamestown Area Grief Support Team, call 952-9358 or visit JAGST.com. For more information on Jamestown TEARS, call (417) 522-3594 or email Regina Olson at roachx4@yahoo.com.

 About Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Jamestown Regional Medical Center is located at 2422 20th St. SW, Jamestown, N.D. and serves approximately 55,000 people in nine counties. In 2018, it was named a “Top 100 Critical Access Hospital” as well as a “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.” For more information, visit www.jrmcnd.com or call 701-952-1050.

Bismarck  (NDANG)   Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, announced Tuesday that N.D. Army National Guard aviators are traveling to Arizona in order to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border security mission with aviation assets.

The Soldiers will support with one UH-60 Black Hawk and one UH-72A Lakota helicopter. These aircraft and assigned crews will support for periods of 45 or 90 days, depending on fulltime status and personnel and aircraft availability. The Black Hawk is assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment and the Lakota is from the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment. Both units are stationed at the Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility south of the Bismarck airport.


“The different terrain and austere environmental conditions at the border will provide diverse experiences for our aviation and maintenance crews not available here in North Dakota,” said Dohrmann. “This deployment will improve the overall proficiency and professionalism of the Soldiers involved.”


Fourteen Guard Soldiers will support this mission. They are pilots, crew chiefs and aircraft maintainers.


The Black Hawk helicopter’s principal mission is air movement whereas the Lakota aircraft is used primarily for reconnaissance and surveillance.


The N.D. National Guard has been supporting security operations at the southwest border since 2012.


Jamestown  (CSi)  Trick or Treat Night is set for the Frontier Village in Jamestown, October 31 from 5-p.m., to 7-p.m.  Admission is free.

Vote for the best decorated building at the frontier town hall.


DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Police in Devils Lake are investigating several reports of laser pointers targeting aircraft at the local airport, which is a dangerous crime.

KFGO reports authorities say the latest incident happened Sunday night and involved a medical helicopter. There have been similar reports in recent weeks involving aircraft arriving at the Devils Lake airport.

When a laser is pointed at an aircraft and enters the cockpit, it has the potential to blind the pilots often at a critical time — when they’re landing.

Interfering with a flight is a federal crime. Police say anyone providing information that leads to an arrest may qualify for a reward through Devils Lake Crimestoppers.


FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — A 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist was joined by another teen activist on a North Dakota Indian reservation to urge young people to demand action on climate change.

Greta Thunberg told students at Standing Rock High School Tuesday that “lots of indigenous communities are at the front line, and you are the true warriors.”

Next to her was Tokata Iron Eyes, who is among Standing Rock youth fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports she invited Thunberg to visit the reservation after the two struck up a friendship.

Thunberg earlier traveled to South Dakota, visiting the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City.

Thunberg traveled to the U.S. in August on a sailboat to promote her climate change campaign. She garnered international attention when she scolded world leaders at the United Nations.


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota environmental regulators have signed an agreement with the federal government that permits companies to self-report infractions in exchange for exemption from fines.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Department of Environmental Quality signed a memorandum with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday.

The agreement follows a North Dakota law passed in 2017 that gives companies the choice of conducting self-audits at power plants, oil and gas sites, and waste facilities and then reporting issues they identify to the state.

Environmental Quality director Dave Glatt says the types of infractions could include companies forgetting to submit paperwork or neglecting to secure a necessary permit for a facility.

EPA regional officials said in a statement the agreement should assure companies can deal with state regulators “without micromanaging from EPA.”



BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Pope Francis has named a North Dakota priest as the next bishop of Helena, Montana.

The Rev. Austin Vetter is a priest from the Diocese of Bismarck. He comes to Helena from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, where he has served as rector since 2018.

Prior to that, Vetter was posted to Rome for six years as director of spiritual formation for the Pontifical North American College.

The 52-year-old Vetter grew up on a farm near Linton, North Dakota, and was ordained a priest in 1993. He succeeds Bishop George Leo Thomas, who led the Diocese of Helena for 15 years. The pope appointed Thomas to be bishop of Las Vegas in February 2018.

The Diocese of Helena has 57 parishes, 38 mission churches and an estimated 45,400 Catholics.


In sports…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (uj.edu) The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports announced that Sean Fenelon (SO/West Fargo, N.D.) from the University of Jamestown has been named Special Teams Player of the Week for games played on Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2019-2020 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Fenelon connected on a 22-yard field goal in the fourth overtime to give the Jimmies their first win of the season, 13-10 over Concordia (Neb.) It was his second field goal of the game, as he connected on a 32-yarder in the first quarter. With a steady rain falling through much of the first half, field conditions were less than ideal and kicking was made more difficult due to the natural grass playing surface turning into mud in the second half.

Jamestown (1-5, 1-3 GPAC) travels to Doane (Neb.) University on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


At Valley City State

(VCSU)  Dickinson State University swept Valley City State in three straight sets Tuesday night 25-22, 25-15, and 28-26.

Coming off a weekend victory over Mayville State, Dickinson State continued their momentum Tuesday night as they took and carried an early lead through set one. Their largest lead came at 23-14. After a Dickinson State service error, the Vikings went on an 8-1 rally to come as close as 24-22 in the set. A final kill from Dickinson State Baylie Dashner gave the Blue Hawks set one, 25-22.

Dickinson State never trailed in the second set as Valley City State struggled to hold onto their momentum. Dickinson State hit .207 to Valley City State’s -.081 in set two as Dickinson State earned the win 25-15.

The Vikings took the floor ready for battle in the third set as neither team led by more than four points. With the Blue Hawks trailing 21-24 Dickinson State scored with consecutive kills from Kadara Marshall and Cassie North, prompting a Valley City State timeout.

Another kill by North allowed a tie game at 24. A Viking attack error gave Dickinson State the 25-24 advantage and prompted another Valley City State timeout.

The timeout proved valuable as the Vikings came out with back-to-back kills from Bailey Nelson and Nissa Johnson to take over the lead 26-25. A Viking attack error followed by a DSU service ace and Alyssa Wisher kill secured the win for Dickinson State 28-26.

Dickinson State improves to 7-9 overall, and 2-5 in the North Star.  Valley City State falls to 4-13 overall and 0-7 in the NSAA.

Valley City State was led by Katie Juarez with 11 kills while Bailey Nelson followed with nine.

Reagan Ingstad tallied 16 assists and eight digs while Alexa Walby added 14 assists. Charlotte Huschka tallied a team-high 18 digs for the Vikings and Kallene Klever added eight.

Dickinson State was led by Baylie Dashner who recorded 12 kills followed by by Alyssa Wisher and Cassie North who each added eight. Jenna Swope led the Blue Hawk defense with 15 digs.

Keera Stookey contributed 17 assists and Karlie Cleveland added 13 assists and two service aces for the Blue Hawks.

UP NEXT: Valley City State travels to No. 11 University of Jamestown for a non-conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 9. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.


High School Volleyball

Valley City def. West Fargo, 25-21, 25-13, 11-25, 25-14

Oakes def. Midkota, 25-13, 25-14, 25-23

Medina-Pingree-Buchanan def. Napoleon, 25-20, 25-13, 25-16

Carrington def. Barnes County North, 25-9, 25-16, 25-13

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion def. Edgeley-Kulm, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17

Strasburg-Zeeland def. Kidder County, 25-21, 25-10, 22-25, 25-22


Benson County def. Harvey-Wells County, 3-0

Beulah def. Richardton-Taylor, 25-23, 25-6, 25-16

Bishop Ryan def. Lewis and Clark, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14, 25-16

Bismarck Century def. Minot, 25-18, 25-11, 25-14

Bismarck High def. Mandan, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20

Bismarck St. Mary’s def. Bismarck Legacy, 25-22, 17-25, 25-11, 20-25, 15-5

Bowman County def. Glen Ullin-Hebron, 25-13, 25-23, 25-14

Dakota Prairie def. Four Winds/Minnewaukan, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21

Des Lacs-Burlington def. Surrey, 25-10, 25-10, 25-8

Dickinson def. Williston, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19

Dickinson Trinity def. New England, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21

Drake/Anamoose def. Newburg-Westhope, 13-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20

Drayton/Valley-Edinburg def. Griggs County Central, 25-10, 25-14, 25-13

Fargo Shanley def. Grand Forks Red River, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-14

Fargo South def. Grand Forks Central, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21

Flasher def. McIntosh, S.D., 25-11, 25-6, 25-14

Garrison-Max def. Grant County, 18-25, 25-19, 25-6, 27-25

Grafton/St. Thomas def. May Port CG, 25-19, 27-25, 23-25, 25-15

Hankinson def. Tri-State, 25-18, 25-9, 18-25, 18-25, 15-6

Heart River def. Killdeer, 25-12, 25-23, 25-12

Hettinger/Scranton def. Beach, 25-11, 25-13, 25-15

Hillsboro/Central Valley def. Park River/Fordville Lankin, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, 26-24

Langdon-Edmore-Munich def. Rolla, 25-15, 25-12, 25-8

Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood def. South Prairie, 25-16, 25-10, 25-12

Nedrose def. Stanley, 13-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-11

New Rockford-Sheyenne def. Lakota, 25-22, 25-10, 15-25, 25-14

North Star def. St. John, 25-12, 25-14, 25-14

Northern Cass def. Lisbon, 25-6, 25-23, 25-15

Our Redeemer’s def. Glenburn, 25-3, 25-15, 25-13

Richland def. Kindred, 25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21

Rugby def. Velva, 25-16, 25-9, 25-15

Sheyenne def. Fargo North, 25-19, 25-16, 25-13

Thompson def. Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, 25-8, 25-11, 25-12

Tioga def. Trenton, 9-25, 25-22, 25-19, 26-24

Underwood def. New Salem-Almont, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20, 25-15

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood def. Enderlin, 3-2

High School Football…

Class AAA:

  1. Bismarck Century (21) 6-0 105 [
  2. Fargo Davies 5-1 81 [
  3. Fargo Shanley 5-1 63
  4. West Fargo Sheyenne 5-1 36 [2]
  5. Fargo South 4-2 21 [

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Bismarck Legacy (4-2), Bismarck High (3-3) and Mandan (3-3)

Class AA:

  1. Hillsboro-Central Valley (21) 6-0 105 [1]
  2. Beulah 5-1 83 [2]
  3. Devils Lake 3-2 55 [4]
  4. Bismarck St. Mary’s 2-3 32 [3]
    Valley City 4-2 32 [5]




Rays chase Verlander early, beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) _ Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, Tommy Pham also went deep and the wild-card Tampa Bay Rays chased Justin Verlander early and beat the Houston Astros 4-1 to even their AL Division Series at two games apiece on Tuesday night.

Nick Anderson and four other relievers combined on a five-hitter to beat Verlander, who was pitching on short rest after dominating the wild-card Rays in Game 1 of the best of five series that shifts back to Houston for the decisive fifth game on Thursday.

Verlander, whose eight career ALDS victories are a major league record, yielded three runs in the first inning. Adames homered leading off the fourth to make it 4-0, and the Houston ace didn’t make it through the rest of the inning.


_ The Nationals and Dodgers have had a travel day to go coast to coast again ahead of their win-or-go-home Game 5 in the NL Division Series. Washington will send 18-game winner Stephen Strasburg to the mound against Walker Buehler in a marquee matchup Wednesday at Los Angeles.

_ The Cardinals and Braves are off before Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 in Atlanta. Yadier Molina rallied St. Louis in Game 4, poking a tying single in the eighth inning and lifting a sacrifice fly to end it in the 10th.

_ After finishing a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 5-1 victory at Minnesota on Monday night, Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees are waiting to find out whether they’ll play Houston or Tampa Bay in the AL Championship Series. That best-of-seven playoff begins Saturday, so the AL East champs get four days off to rest up and prepare.


Three stadiums weren’t full for playoff games

UNDATED (AP) _ Three of four playoff games failed to sell out Monday, leaving lots of empty seats at Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Washington. Sub-capacity crowds have become an expectation at Tropicana Field — even in October — but they were more striking elsewhere.

The Cardinals, whose fans tout themselves as the best in baseball, hosted the Braves in front of 42,203 supporters, about 2,000 fewer than Busch Stadium’s listed capacity. Meanwhile, entire sections in the upper deck were nearly empty as Max Scherzer pitched for Washington against the Dodgers.

Prior to Monday, the only 2019 postseason games that failed to sell out were NLDS Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.

Attendance during the regular season fell 1.7% this year for its fourth straight decline.

In other MLB news:

_ Injured New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks feels like he’s ready to return to the roster for the AL Championship Series. Hicks has a right elbow flexor strain and last played on Aug. 3. He is among a group of players at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa who were not on the AL Division Series roster. Hick says he is “definitely ready to go out there and play.”


Heinola, inexperienced D lead Jets past Penguins, 4-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ville Heinola scored his first NHL goal to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

The Jets got their first win in Pittsburgh since returning to the NHL as an expansion team in 2011. The Penguins previously won 18 consecutive home games against the Jets-Atlanta Thrashers franchise dating to March 24, 2007. Pittsburgh’s last loss against Winnipeg at home came on Dec. 27, 2006.

In other Tuesday night NHL action:

_ Roman Josi scored two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg and Dante Fabbro also scored for the Predators, who have won two of three to start the season. Brent Burns had a goal and an assist and Evander Kane also scored for the struggling Sharks, now 0-4.

_ Nick Ritchie’s goal halfway through the third period broke a tie and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Ducks 3-0 start matches the best in franchise history (2006-07 and last season).

_ James Neal had his first career four-goal game and the Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Islanders 5-2. Zack Kassian also scored as Edmonton improved to 3-0-0 for the first time in 11 years, getting its first road win after opening with two victories at home. Connor McDavid had three assists, Leon Draisatl added two and Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 shots.

_ Tyler Seguin scored in overtime to give the Dallas Stars their first victory of the season, 4-3 over the Washington Capitals. Seguin ended the Stars’ season-opening three-game losing streak 43 seconds into overtime off a pass from linemate Alexander Radulov. Dallas avoided a season-opening four-game skid that would’ve matched a franchise worst.

_ Ryan Dzingel scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers, 6-3 to win their fourth straight game, equaling their best start in franchise history. Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist, and Dougie Hamilton also scored. Sebastian Aho added an empty-net goal.. The victory matched the 4-0-0 start when the franchise was the Hartford Whalers in 1995-96.

_ Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal 50 seconds into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Kings picked up their first win after falling 6-5 in their season opener to the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

_ Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins over the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3. The Bruins remain undefeated as they continue their four-game road trip to start the season, all against Western Conference teams.


Sharks bring back 40-year-old Patrick Marleau for 2nd stint

Patrick Marleau is returning to San Jose.

General manager Doug Wilson announced Tuesday that the Sharks’ all-time leader in games, goals and points is returning to his original team with a one-year, $700,000 contract after spending the past two seasons in Toronto.

The Sharks failed to record a point in the first three games for the first time since 1993-94 and only scored three goals in the process. That led to the move to add a veteran forward with a history of production in the NHL.

The 39-year-old Marleau left San Jose two summers ago to sign a three-year, $18.75 million contract in Toronto after the Sharks were unwilling to offer a deal longer than two years. Marleau had 43 goals and 41 assists in two seasons with the Maple Leafs before being traded to Carolina in June in a salary cap move.


Sun force Game 5 in WNBA Finals with 90-86 win over Mystics

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals with a 90-86 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.

The title will be decided Thursday night in Washington with a first-time champion crowned. Thomas fell just short of the first triple-double in Finals history.

Jonquel Jones had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Sun.

Connecticut blew a 16-point halftime lead as Washington used a huge third quarter to tie the game at 68. The Mystics kept it going to start the fourth, opening up a five-point lead. With its season on the line, the Sun responded.


Darnold cleared to play

UNDATED (AP) — New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been cleared by doctors to play this week after he missed three games while recovering from mononucleosis. Darnold had medical tests Tuesday to determine if the swelling in his spleen — a common symptom of the illness — had dissipated enough for him to play again. The Jets announced in a Twitter post that Darnold will start Sunday at home against Dallas.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says quarterback Mason Rudolph “appears to be doing fine” but remains in the concussion protocol following an illegal hit by Baltimore safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph left last weekend’s overtime loss to Baltimore in the third quarter after Thomas hit Rudolph in the chin with his helmet.

_ The Tennessee Titans have added kicker Cody Parkey one day after waiving Cairo Santos. Santos missed three field-goal attempts and had a fourth blocked Sunday in a 14-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Parkey played for Chicago last season but was released after missing a 43-yard field goal in the closing seconds of a playoff loss to Philadelphia.

— The Atlanta Falcons have placed safety Johnathan Cyprien on injured reserve with a foot injury. The Falcons acquired Cyprien from Philadelphia on Sept. 30 in a trade for linebacker Duke Riley after losing starter Keanu Neal to a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon. Cyprien played in only one game with Atlanta, last week’s 53-32 loss at Houston.

— Fox Sports has hired Rob Gronkowski as an NFL analyst. The network announced on Tuesday that the former New England Patriots tight end will make his debut during Thursday night’s pregame show before the Patriots-New York Giants game.


NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai

UNDATED (AP) _ The NBA has postponed today’s scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled.

The teams were practicing in Shanghai today, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were called off as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

The league says, “Given the fluidity of the situation, today’s media availability has been postponed.”

An NBA Cares event that was to benefit Special Olympics was called off, as was a “fan night” celebration which was to be highlighted by the league announcing plans to refurbish some outdoor courts in Shanghai. And workers in multiple spots around the city were tearing down large outdoor promotional advertisements for Thursday’s Lakers-Nets game.

The teams are also supposed to play Saturday in Shenzhen.



2 players ineligible on Briles-coached high school team

DALLAS (AP) — A district executive committee has ruled that two players on an East Texas high school football team coached by former Baylor coach Art Briles are ineligible.

The Dallas Morning News reports the committee voted 6-0 three weeks ago that Brock and Cameron Nellor moved to the Mount Vernon Independent School District for athletic purposes, a violation of University Interscholastic League rules. The vote was confirmed Sept. 18 by a 3-0 vote with three district superintendents abstaining.

The committee had previously ruled the two were eligible.

Mount Vernon school Superintendent Jason McCullough told the newspaper that Briles and the district received a public reprimand but no forfeitures. However, the UIL executive committee can still forfeit five games in which the two played.


In world and national news…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people in northern and central California are facing days without power as Pacific Gas & Electric creates the largest preventive blackout in state history.

The utility says it will start to shut down power at midnight Wednesday to customers to reduce the chance of fierce winds knocking trees into power lines or downing equipment and sparking wildfires.

People preparing for the outages emptied shelves of bottled water and batteries, and there were lines at gas pumps.

PG&E planned to shut off power to 800,000 home and businesses in 34 counties through Thursday. But the utility warned it could take up to five days to restore power because the lines must be inspected to make sure they’re safe.

To the south, Southern California Edison said more than 106,000 of its customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts as early as Thursday as Santa Ana winds loomed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats in the House of Representatives are headed toward a battle royal over what exactly the Constitution means when it says the “sole power of impeachment” lies with the House.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone has labeled the House impeachment inquiry “illegitimate” based on its own interpretation of the Constitution’s vague language.

In a letter Tuesday that amounts to a declaration of war, Cipollone charges that the inquiry against President Donald Trump “violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.”

But legal experts cast doubt on the effectiveness of the White House argument.

Courts have been historically hesitant to step in as referee for congressional oversight and impeachment. In 1993, the Supreme Court held that impeachment was an issue for the Congress and not the courts.



BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Arab League says he is alarmed at Turkey’s planned military offensive into northeastern Syria, against the Syrian Kurdish fighters there.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement on Wednesday that such an invasion would be a “blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty and threatens Syria’s integrity.”

He added that Turkey’s planned incursion also threatens to inflame further conflicts in eastern and northern Syria, and “could allow for the revival” of the Islamic State group.

Turkey has been preparing for an attack on the Kurdish fighters in Syria whom Ankara considers terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

This came after President Donald Trump said earlier this week the U.S. would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Syrian Kurdish fighters, who have fought alongside Americans for years.


SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — The Vatican is investigating a Kenyan man’s claim that his father is an Italian missionary priest who impregnated his mother soon after she turned 16.

Gerald Erebon has been an outcast all his life: Tall, light-skinned with wavy hair, Erebon looks nothing like the dark-skinned Kenyan man listed as his father on his birth certificate, or his black mother or siblings.

He and his family say that’s because his biological father is the Rev. Mario Lacchin, an Italian priest of the Consolata Missionaries order who ministered in Archer’s Post, Kenya, in the 1980s.

Lacchin has denied Erebon’s claim and refused a paternity test. But the Vatican is investigating a case that highlights how the Catholic Church is reckoning with a legacy of allegations of sexual abuse and priests fathering children in Africa.




WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Federal authorities have dramatically expanded detention of immigrants in Louisiana.

Since last year, eight local jails have started holding asylum seekers and other migrants, making Louisiana an unlikely epicenter for immigrant detention under President Donald Trump. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it’s now detaining about 8,000 migrants in Louisiana out of 51,000 nationally.

These new facilities are a mix of old state prisons and local jails and are several hours away from bigger cities. They are far from where most immigrants’ rights groups and lawyers are based. Migrants complain of mistreatment and prolonged detention.

ICE refused several requests to comment on why it focused on Louisiana.



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