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By SEUNG MIN KIM and ZEKE MILLER

KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived in South Carolina on Wednesday to begin what is expected to be at least a seven-day vacation with family members.

The first couple planned to be at Kiawah Island, known for its private beach and golf resort, until Tuesday, according to notices from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The White House did not respond to requests to provide details on Biden’s vacation schedule, activities or when he planned to return to Washington. The president will be staying with a friend on the island that the family has used on previous visits, according to a White House official.

Biden, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, left the White House in motorcade for Joint Base Andrews outside the capital, where Air Force One was on hand to take them to Joint Base Charleston. Biden was dropped off at a private home in a gated community next to a golf course on the island.

Biden was joined on Air Force One by his son, Hunter Biden, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau.

While Biden is in South Carolina, the House is poised to vote to approve a bill packed with Biden’s priorities, including the largest investment in history to fight climate change, some 369 billion dollars over the decade. The measure would cap prescription drug costs at $2,000 out-of-pocket for Medicare beneficiaries and help about 13 million Americans pay for health insurance by extending subsidies provided during the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House objected when Biden considered signing the bill, saying it was intended to help ensure the House approved the measure.

Biden’s 2021 vacation plans have been muddied by Washington’s legislative calendar, a rise in COVID-19 cases and the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

Summer vacation is a presidential tradition. George W. Bush often spent the month of August clearing brush in the 100-degree heat that scorched his central Texas ranch. Barack Obama worked on his golf game on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Donald Trump spent time at home on his private golf club in central New Jersey.

In the past, the White House has stressed that the president is never truly released from the responsibilities of his post – and that he will continue to consult his aides and follow his daily national security briefing, regardless of his location.

And sometimes presidents have had to make life-changing decisions while on vacation, including Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina that flooded New Orleans in 2005. Bill Clinton ordered airstrikes against terrorists in Al- Qaeda from Martha’s Vineyard in response to bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And Bush’s father, President George HW Bush, planned the US response to Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait from his family’s beachfront compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Nestor Cortes puts on a show as Yankees rout Orioles; Aaron Judge still stuck on No. 61

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This winter, Nestor Cortes called pitching coach Matt Blake, just to check and make sure he had a spot on the big league roster. A 38th-round draft pick who has had to earn every start and promotion in his career, Cortes didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

And Saturday, he made sure that the Yankees have him in their plans for big spots in the playoffs. While the packed Yankee Stadium hoped to see Aaron Judge hit a historic 62nd home run of the season, they were instead treated to yet another brilliant start by Cortes. He struck out a dozen and allowed just one hit as the Yankees rolled over the Orioles 8-0.

The Yankees (97-60) won their 10th game out of their last 12. It was their 16th shutout of the season.

Judge was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat, he walked twice and struck out swinging twice Saturday. It was his second game stuck on 61 home runs and trying to become the first American League player to best Roger Maris’  61 year old single-season record. Maris set the 61 home run mark exactly 61 years ago on Saturday.

Giancarlo Stanton and Kyle Higashioka homered for the Yankees. For Stanton, it was his 29th of the season, his first since Sept. 22 and just his fifth in the second half of the season. Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson each drove in two runs.

And Cortes was simply dominant.

Cortes, a first-time All-Star this year, struck out 12 hitters, tying his career-high set earlier this season against Baltimore,  and allowed just one hit. He walked two and saved the Yankees taxed bullpen.

“It feels great, honestly. I didn’t know what my position was this year coming in. I knew I had a chance to be a starter, but I didn’t know how many innings I was going to be able to go,” Cortes said. “And luckily, I’m here in the middle of it and I’m happy to be part of it.”

He should be a very big part of it.

The 27 year old lefty has arguably been the Bombers most effective pitcher this season. He’s 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA over 28 starts. While he may not get the honor of pitching Game 1 of the Division Series, he should pitch the second one. That would line up to pitch the fifth game if the series goes that far.

He has certainly made the case for that.

Cortes has not allowed a run and struck out 31 in three starts (18.1 innings pitched) against the Orioles, who cut him off the 40-man roster in 2018.

It was Cortes’ seventh time this season he did not allow a run. He’s allowed three runs or less in 25 of his 28 starts this season, two runs or less in 21, and one run or less in 15

In five starts since coming off the injured list with a groin injury, Cortes is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA. He’s allowed just two hits in his last 13.1 innings pitched.

“He had a great year. I mean he was an All-Star obviously, in the first half and has continued to pitch like that through the rest of the season,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “So excited for him to go out and make his last regular season start today but it’s been a phenomenal season. And one of the big reasons we’re in the position we are.”

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Area college football: Tommies grind out 38-24 victory over Marist in PFL opener

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St. Thomas rushed for 242 yards and held Marist to 55 yards on the ground to cruise to a 38-24 victory in the Tommies’ Pioneer Football League opener Saturday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Hope Adebayo led the way for the Tommies (3-1, 1-0 PFL), rushing for 152 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. He averaged 8.3 yards per carry.

Cade Sexauer completed 18 of 37 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns for St. Thomas. He was intercepted once.

Brock Bagozzi kept the Red Foxes (1-3, 1-1) in the game, passing for 269 yards and three TDs. He completed 23 of 39 throws and was intercepted twice.

St. Thomas controlled the ball almost twice as long as Marist, with 39 minutes, 12 seconds in time of possession to the Red Foxes’ 20:48.

Next up for the Tommies is defending PFL champion Davidson at 1 p.m. Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul. Davidson beat St. Thomas 42-15 last year in Davidson, N.C.

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High Country road closures come as the snow flies and the seasons turn.

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Snow has fallen in the high country and seasonal road closures are around the corner.

Mount Evans Highway, Colorado 5, closes for the season Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The upper five-mile segment from Summit Lake to the summit, at 14,264 feet, closed the day after Labor Day. The remaining 10 miles of road, from Echo Lake, Colorado 103, to Summit Lake will be closed to motor vehicles Monday morning.

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Nestor Cortes dominates Orioles again, strikes out 12 in Yankees’ 8-0 win

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, Ryan Mountcastle got a text from his dad.

“That sucked.”

The Orioles’ first baseman quickly realized what it meant. With a pinch-hit, walk-off home run from Cal Raleigh, the Seattle Mariners had just mathematically ended Baltimore’s playoff hopes.

About 13 hours later, the Orioles played a game that could largely be summed up by that text message, too. Their first game formally out of postseason contention was an 8-0 loss to the New York Yankees as one-time Orioles left-hander Nestor Cortes struck out 12 in 7 1/3 one-hit innings.

It was a letdown from the night before, when the Orioles (81-77) temporarily staved off elimination with a dramatic 2-1 victory over New York that ensured their first non-losing season since 2016. A Rule 5 draftee that pitched in four games for Baltimore in the 2018 season that sparked the organization’s rebuild, Cortes continued his domination against his former team.

He struck out five of the first six Orioles as the Yankees (97-60) built a 4-0 lead off Austin Voth, including solo home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and Kyle Higashioka. Voth did not allow another run in completing five innings, but the outing still marked the first time since Baltimore claimed him on waivers from Washington that he allowed more than three earned runs. In 22 appearances, 17 of them starts, he had a 3.04 ERA with Baltimore after posting a 10.13 mark as a Nationals reliever.

Cortes, meanwhile, did not allow a hit in the first four innings, with walks to Jorge Mateo and Mountcastle accounting for Baltimore’s lone base runners. Mateo’s two-out single in the fifth ended the no-hit bid. The Orioles threatened to end the shutout with Mountcastle’s single and Adley Rutschman’s double in the ninth, but it only continued their struggles with runners in scoring position.

In seven career appearances against the Orioles, Cortes has a 1.06 ERA, 0.853 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 34 innings. Both of his career-best 12-strikeout games have come against Baltimore.

As much as Cortes might have frustrated the Orioles’ hitters Saturday, it couldn’t compare to what Baltimore’s pitchers did to the 45,428 fans announced in attendance when it came to how they handled Aaron Judge. With Judge’s 61 home runs tied for the American League single-season record, the Orioles largely avoided the strike zone against the slugger, though it came back to bite them.

Down 2-0 against Judge to open the first, Voth hit the star outfielder to prompt an avalanche of boos, and Judge eventually scored the first of the frame’s three runs. Spenser Watkins opened the seventh by walking Judge on five pitches, with the Yankee Stadium crowd chanting an obscenity toward Watkins in response. Three hits followed as New York doubled its lead. More boos came when Watkins fell behind 3-0 against Judge in the eighth, but he recovered to strike him out to push Judge’s pursuit of history to Sunday’s series finale.

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No. 21 Gophers stumble early, wilt late in 20-10 loss to Purdue

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The undefeated Gophers football team received national attention this week with a No. 21 ranking in the Associated Press poll. But it turned into a short-lived stay after Saturday’s 20-10 loss to Purdue at Huntington Bank Stadium.

After compiling sterling stats across four wins throughout September, the Gophers started Homecoming on a bad note. Minnesota’s offense had its first three-and-out of the season and then trailed for the first time this year after Purdue put together a 68-yard touchdown drive on its opening drive.

U quarterback Tanner Morgan threw an interception on the next drive, and after a puzzling call from head coach P.J. Fleck to go for it on failed fourth-and-1 from their own 29-yard line, Purdue tackled on a field goal 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

Minnesota missed a field goal and then made one to trail 10-3 at the half. Michael Brown-Stephens had a surefire touchdown go off his hands in the end zone and it was intercepted for a touchback.

“Couldn’t have played worse,” Fleck said on KFXN-FM at halftime.

The Gophers tied the score 10-10 in the third quarter, but wilted late giving up 10 points to the Boilermakers.

After a 70-yard drive, Purdue took a 13-10 lead with a 25-yard field goal with five minutes left in the game. Minnesota was forced to punt and Boilermakers running back Devin Mockobee broke free for a 68-yard gain and then had a 2-yard touchdown run.

Tanner Morgan threw an interception on to seal the game for Minnesota (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten). Purdue (3-2, 2-1) won its first of seven games at The Bank.

Minnesota responded in the third quarter, forcing Purdue into a three-and-out and then putting together an 8-play, 52-yard touchdown drive. With Mo Ibrahim not playing, Bryce Williams scored from 1 yard out.

After that opening drive of the game, Minnesota’s defense stepped up with three takeaways in the first half. Jordan Howden had an interception; Tyler Nubin added a pick and a forced fumble; and Jalen Logan-Redding received the fumble.

After giving up 68 yards on opening drive, Minnesota gave up 91 over the next six drives until intermission.

The Gophers had a chance to tie the score just before half, but Morgan’s pass bounced off Michael Brown Stephens chest and was intercepted by Cam Allen.

Boilermakers quarterback Aidan O’Connell returned after missing their win over Florida Atlantic with a reported rib injury. He completed 27 of 40 passes for 199 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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Timberwolves plan to have two defensive schemes: one with Rudy Gobert, one without

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It was the staple of the Timberwolves’ defense from a year ago. A frenetic, in-your-face pick-and-roll scheme that had the big-man defender pick up the ball handler directly off the screen at the top of the arc.

From there, the opposing team would pass around the floor, trying to find the open man as Minnesota used its athleticism to scramble around and take away as many open looks at shots as possible.

Rudy Gobert remembers Utah’s challenges with trying to decipher the defensive scheme.

“I remember one game, we were really struggling with them because they were really aggressive, and … we had to really be patient and move the ball,” Gobert said. “And a lot of of teams in the NBA weren’t really willing to do that. It takes patience.”

The best teams were able to crack the code. Phoenix, Golden State and Dallas come to mind as squads with elite guard play that had little issue swinging the ball quickly until it finally found an open shooter.

Still, Minnesota’s “high wall” defensive scheme from a year ago was undoubtedly the best way for last year’s roster to succeed on that end of the floor. Most wouldn’t have picked that group to finish as high as 23rd in the NBA in defense. The Wolves actually finished 13th.

Minnesota is projected to be better than that defensively this season, because it added one of best defenders in basketball — and perhaps the absolutely best — in Gobert. What’s interesting is Gobert reigns supreme in an entirely different defensive pick-and-roll scheme. He anchors a “drop” coverage in which he hangs well below the level of the screen at the start of the play and defends the paint.

That scheme may make Timberwolves fans shudder, because it was a failed approach for the team in previous seasons. The difference is before, it was Karl-Anthony Towns defending the paint, which simply isn’t his strength.

“When Ryan (Saunders) was here, they played a lot of drop (on defense). The problem was (that while) they did a good job of taking away the three, they just had a hard time of protecting the rim,” assistant coach Micah Nori said. “And now, as (Wolves head coach Chris Finch) said (Wednesday) in a film session, ‘We’ve got the best rim protector walking around the planet, so why not use him?’ ”

Gobert’s interior prowess discourages guards from even trying to challenge him. Nori said Minnesota spent the first three days of training camp working specifically on the “drop” defensive coverage.

But that doesn’t mean the Wolves will ditch the “high wall” look entirely. Wolves guard Jaylen Nowell noted when Gobert is off the floor — and Towns is again at the center spot — Minnesota’s defensive “concept is going to be different.”

They’re going to go back to the high-wall defense.

“Either KAT is at the five or Naz (Reid), who are comfortable playing it, or Nate Knight and they kind of go back to what they were taught last year,” Nori said. “Then when Rudy is out there, especially when KAT is at the four, or anybody for that matter, it’s going to be more a shrink and bend don’t break.”

That would make Minnesota one of few teams in the NBA to execute multiple, non-zone defensive schemes within the same game on a regular basis. Wolves forward Kyle Anderson noted it’s something only the elite teams — Golden State, Milwaukee and a few others — can pull off.

“I don’t think a lot of teams do it,” Anderson said. “It’s tough, because you go out and practice one thing and you’re asking your players to do something different in the game. It’s tough for everybody to be on the same page, but I think we’re totally capable of it here. I think coach Finch is going to put us in the right position, and we’ve got guys who are willing to learn and execute. We’re going to go out and do whatever he asks.”

It’s a big ask for the Timberwolves, who struggled to shift looks between games last season. Finch tried to employ a more switch-heavy look for a short period in the second half of last year’s schedule to better prepare the team for the playoffs. It was such a disaster that the approach was trashed almost immediately.

Yet the coaching staff has a belief Minnesota will be able to play the drop around Gobert, then switch back to last year’s status quo at a substitution’s notice.

“The only reason why I think so is because … I think the fact that there are enough guys on the floor that are accustomed to playing that type,” Nori said. “It’s easier to get guys to get back to what they were accustomed to, being aggressive and all that, as opposed to, ‘Hey it’s Rudy, and you’re shrinking,’ and all that.”

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