Wilson throws for 2 TDs, Seahawks hold off Cardinals 28-21

By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — It was a flashback performance for the Seattle Seahawks, and coach Pete Carroll enjoyed the show. 

A bruising running game. Russell Wilson making plays without being asked to do everything. And the Seahawks defense coming through in key moments to shut down Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals for a 28-21 win Thursday night.

Wilson still did his part, throwing for two touchdowns and rebounding from his worst performance of the season just a few days ago. But he had help in the form of Carlos Hyde rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown, and a defense that sacked Murray three times, including Carlos Dunlap’s clinching play inside the final minute. 

“Our guys really wanted to turn things and get back on track,” Carroll said. “And even with all of the situations, with all the guys in and out in the lineup and all that, it just didn’t matter. Guys played really well across the board.”

Wilson was flawless, erasing the mistakes from the past four weeks when Seattle dropped three of four, including losses in the past two weeks to Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams. The skid left Seattle in a tie atop the NFC West with the Rams and Cardinals. 

For a few days at least, Seattle (7-3) will be back on top alone until the Rams play on Monday night against Tampa Bay. It was an important victory for the Seahawks heading into the softest part of their schedule, with four upcoming games against teams with a combined 8-28-1 record. 

Wilson was 23 of 28 for 197 yards and TD passes of 25 yards to DK Metcalf and 11 yards to Tyler Lockett in the first half. Wilson had committed 10 turnovers in the previous four games combined, a stretch that started with Seattle’s 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona in Week 7. 

Lockett, who had 15 catches for 200 yards and three TDs in the first meeting with Arizona, had another nine catches for 67 yards. 

But the biggest boost for Seattle was the return of its run game. Hyde had a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter, and Seattle finished with 165 yards rushing.

“It helped balance our offense out today,” Hyde said. “We was able to hit passes, run the ball, move down the field. You know, how we play.”

Murray and DeAndre Hopkins couldn’t rekindle the magic from their last-second touchdown to beat Buffalo last Sunday. Murray was 29 of 42 for 269 yards and two TDs, but Seattle was able to get the kind of pressure on the QB that was missing from the first meeting.

“They definitely played for me in certain situations but like I said, we put up 21, had a chance to win the game at the end, but throughout the game, we started slow and kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Murray said. 

And that pressure came through in the closing seconds. On fourth-and-10 at the Seattle 27 with 38 seconds left, Dunlap got around the edge and tackled Murray for his second sack of the night. Seattle finished with three sacks and seven QB hits after not touching Murray in the first meeting. 

“(Pete) was fired up. He almost tackled me on the sideline. That was crazy to see a head coach that involved,” Dunlap said. 

Arizona (6-4) closed to 23-21 with 13:19 left when Murray capped a 15-play, 90-yard drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals defense held, but backed up near their goal line, J.R. Sweezy was called for holding on L.J. Collier in the end zone, giving Seattle a safety with 9:12 left. 

Arizona almost didn’t get the ball back. Seattle ran nearly seven minutes off the clock and Jason Myers’ 41-yard field goal gave the Seahawks a 28-21 lead with 2:19 to go. 

INJURIES

Arizona lost starting safety Jalen Thompson in the closing seconds of the first half with a right leg injury. Thompson had to be helped off the field and onto a cart, putting no weight on the leg. 

Seattle TE Greg Olsen tumbled to the ground early in the fourth quarter with a left foot injury. Olsen went down before contact and was helped off the field without putting weight on the leg. Carroll said the team believes Olsen tore the fascia in his foot. Seattle also lost right tackle Brandon Shell in the fourth quarter to a sprained ankle. 

700 CLUB

Hopkins became the youngest player in league history to reach 700 career receptions with his lone catch in the first half. Hopkins, 28, bettered the previous record held by his teammate, Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was just past his 29th birthday when he reached 700 catches. 

But Hopkins was limited to five catches for 51 yards. Fitzgerald led Arizona with eight receptions. 

RUSSELL RECORDS

Wilson is the fifth QB since the merger in 1970 to post 30 or more TD passes and a passer rating of 110 or higher over the first 10 games of a season. The previous four all went on to win the MVP award — Patrick Mahomes (2018), Peyton Manning (2013), Aaron Rodgers (2011) and Tom Brady (2007).

George Clooney once gave 14 friends $1 million each — in cash

By Scottie Andrew, CNN

(CNN) — George Clooney’s a family man now. He mostly stays off screen, opting to spend time with his young children and his wife, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

But before he settled down, he squeezed in one more outrageous, if generous, caper when he visited a warehouse in an undisclosed location to pick up $14 million in cash to surprise his 14 closest friends with.

He shared the anecdote in an interview with GQ, which crowned Clooney its Icon of the Year, among other honorees like Megan Thee Stallion and Trevor Noah. It’s the first time he’s confirmed the big-dollar story — and even expanded upon it — since his friend Rande Gerber shared it on MSNBC in 2017.

Clooney sets the scene in his interview. He was appearing in “Gravity,” a thriller set in space costarring Sandra Bullock. The film wasn’t expected to be a hit when it was released in 2013, so Clooney said he was given “percentages of the movie” in lieu of a salary.

The astronaut thriller ended up being a hit anyway, so Clooney walked away with a few million dollars. He didn’t have a family then, and he wasn’t yet married. So, instead of saving it, he opted to give it away — in cash — to his closest friends.

“And I thought, you know, without them I don’t have any of this,” he said of his friends. “And we’re all really close, and I just thought, basically, if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will. So why the f**k am I waiting to get hit by a bus?”

As Clooney tells GQ’s Zach Baron, he drove an old van to a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles where “they have giant pallets of cash,” filled luggage with $14 million worth and called his friends over to his home.

“And I just held up a map and I just pointed to all the places I got to go in the world and all the things I’ve gotten to see because of them,” he told GQ. “And I said, ‘How do you repay people like that?’ And I said, ‘Oh, well: How about a million bucks?'”

It’s one of several personal tidbits Clooney shares in the expansive interview, in which he also discusses how he learned the art of acting on “ER,” the time he fell and spinal fluid leaked from his nose on a film set and the motorcycle accident from which he miraculously emerged relatively unscathed.

People magazine names Michael B. Jordan as Sexiest Man Alive

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Michael B. Jordan has been crowned as 2020′s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. 

Jordan, known for his critically-acclaimed performances in “Fruitvale Station,” “Creed” and “Black Panther,” was revealed as this year’s winner Tuesday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” 

The actor appeared on the late-night talk show dressed in a yellow biohazard suit. He revealed his identity after removing his helmet, which had a smiley face. He said he learned about the honor during a call from his publicist while driving with a friend. 

Jordan tells the magazine in an issue out Friday that the honor is a “cool feeling.” 

“You know, everybody always made that joke, like, ‘Mike, this is the one thing you’re probably not going to get,’” he said. “But it’s a good club to be a part of.”

Other recent winners include John Legend, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.

The 33-year-old Jordan said the women in his family are “definitely proud of this one.” He credits his entire family for supporting him throughout the years.

“When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” Jordan said. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”

Jordan’s steady rise has come through strong performances on television on series “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights.” He made his mark in film as police shooting victim Oscar Grant in “Fruitvale Station,” boxer Adonis Creed in the “Rocky” sequels “Creed” and “Creed II” along with his stellar work as Erik Killmonger in the record-breaking “Black Panther.”

Along with his acting endeavors, Jordan has championed change behind the scenes in Hollywood. He started his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, which was among the first to embrace the inclusion rider, adopting the pledge to seek diverse casts and crews. 

Jordan has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and vocal about early voting registration for this year’s election.

“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” he told People. “I’ve been picking my moments to make the most impact. We can all take action — big or small — to help create the change we want to see.”

In 10 years, Jordan hopes to direct and produce more than taking on acting roles.

“Just growing, whatever the next evolution of me is,” said the actor, who will star as a former Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative in Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse.” “Hopefully a family by then, I’m going to throw that in the universe. I want to make an impact all over the world and not just through the roles that I play.”

Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Dua Lipa to be honored by Billboard

By MESFIN FEKADU, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has only released one major single this year — the hit “WAP” — but it’s enough for Billboard to name her Woman of the Year.

Billboard announced the honor Wednesday and the Grammy-winning rapper will be celebrated at the music brand’s 15th Annual Women in Music Event, which will stream live on Dec. 10 at billboardwomeninmusic.com at 8 p.m. EDT.

Jennifer Lopez will receive the Icon Award at the event and Dolly Parton will earn the Powerhouse Award. Other honorees include pop star Dua Lipa (Powerhouse Award), R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle (Rising Star Award) and singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez (Impact Award). Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas of Atlantic Records — who led #TheShowMustBePaused campaign in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery earlier this year — will receive the Executive of the Year Award.

Outside of “WAP” — which co-stars Megan Thee Stallion and spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — this year Cardi B appeared on K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s “Bet You Wanna” and Brazilian singer Anitta’s “Me Gusta”; she jumped on the remix for the Latin trap track “La Bebe”with Anuel AA, Black Jonas Point, Secreto and Liro Shaq; and her rant about the coronavirus was remixed by iMarkkeyz and became a social media smash, even charting on Billboard’s rap and R&B digital songs sales chart.

Sinéad O’Connor to enter a year-long treatment program for trauma and addiction

By Marianne Garvey, CNN

Sinéad O’Connor will enter a year-long treatment program for trauma and addiction and has postponed her 2021 shows in order to do so, O’Connor announced.

The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer took to Twitter to share that after six years of suffering, she is ready to get help. 

“Message for folks who have tickets for next year’s shows: those shows are being postponed until 2022 so that I may go into a one year trauma and addiction treatment program because I had a very traumatic six years and this year was the end of it but now recovery starts,” she wrote. 

In a series of follow up tweets, O’Connor explained that she “grew up with a lot of trauma and abuse” from which she has never fully healed. 

“I then went straight into the music business. And never learned really how to make a normal life,” she wrote. 

O’Connor apologized for postponing the shows, adding that she now has to face living through the illness of one of her children, who has since recovered. “The child is thriving now thank god,” she wrote, “but the mom needs TLC.”

She added that even though the music industry can be “a very unforgiving place for artists who need to postpone due to emotional or mental health issues,” by going to rehab now she would face a brighter future as a performer. 

O’Connor revealed she is still planning to publish a memoir in 2021.

Sucker-punch suspect arrested for attack on actor Rick Moranis on Upper West Side

By ELIZABETH KEOGH, NY Daily News

The man who allegedly sucker-punched “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” star Rick Moranis was arrested Saturday, police said.

Marquis Ventura, 35, was collared about 3:30 p.m.by transit officers who recognized his face from wanted pictures and video released after the bizarre Oct. 1 attack.

Ventura was hit with second-degree assault and was awaiting arraignment.

Marquis Ventura is escorted by NYPD Detectives from the 20th Precinct. Ventura, 35, was collared about 3:30 p.m.by transit officers who recognized his face from wanted pictures and video released after the bizarre Oct. 1 attack. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched him with a closed fist, police sources said at the time.

He went to a nearby hospital to be treated for pain in his right hip, head and back, and then to the 20th Precinct stationhouse on the Upper West Side to report the confrontation, authorities said.

“Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday,” his agent Troy Bailey told the Daily News after the attack. “He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”

Rick Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1 when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched him with a closed fist.

Rick Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near W. 70th St. around 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1 when a man dressed in a black “I Love New York” hoodie with a backpack slung over his shoulders punched him with a closed fist. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

The NYPD’s new Community Affairs Rapid Response Team, which visited Moranis afterward, told media outlets the actor had just one request.

“He just wants us to catch the bad guy all this to go away,” Det. Kaz Daughtry said at the time.

Bears, Chiefs join Texans, Colts as NFL teams closing facilities Thursday due to COVID-19 tests

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY

The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs became the latest NFL teams to shutter their facilities Thursday due to a positive coronavirus test.  

In a statement, the Bears said they were notified of a player testing positive Thursday morning and paused all in-person activities at Halas Hall, canceling practice. 

“The player who tested positive and all close contacts have been contacted and have already begun self-isolation,” the Bears said. “We will continue to work closely with the NFL medical experts and follow the league’s intensive protocol. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority.”

Chicago is scheduled to face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday. 

The Chiefs revealed a staff member tested positive, announcing the team will still practice Thursday but will conduct meetings virtually later in the day. 

The closures in Kansas City and Chicago followed earlier news that the Indianapolis Colts conducted its meetings virtually after a staff member tested positive (the team still held practice outdoors). The Houston Texans also shut down their facility for the second straight week after a player’s positive test. Linebackers Jacob Martin, Whitney Mercilus and Dylan Cole were all placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Philadelphia Eagles also on Thursday reported a positive COVID-19 test for a player. The Eagles are on their bye week but were in their facility on Wednesday.

The pandemic’s impact will be further felt by the league during Thursday Night Football, as key players on the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers will be out due to either positive tests or contact tracing.  

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/11/05/covid-19-closes-three-nfl-facilities-thursday-texans-bears-colts/6174452002/

Rosario Dawson is delighted beau Cory Booker held his Senate seat in N.J.

By CHRISTIE D’ZURILLA, LA Times

Actress Rosario Dawson is full of praise for her politician boyfriend, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who held his Senate seat with ease Tuesday.

“So proud of and grateful for you my love,” the “Briarpatch” actress wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “I got to vote for you here in New Jersey and am so glad that you overwhelmingly and rightfully won your seat again.”

The Democrat handily defeated Republican challenger Rik Mehta on election day.

“To know your leadership will continue to guide us with love, brilliance, patience, grace and effectiveness is the kind of representation and hope we need,” Dawson continued, closing with comments about the need for Democratic majorities in the House and Senate at the 2022 midterms so “real change” could be enacted.

What Dawson considers “real change,” likely in line with former presidential hopeful Booker’s stated desires for electoral college elimination and federal gun buybacks, won’t be happening any time soon, as the Senate appears to be staying in GOP hands.

The actress, 41, previously praised her politician beau on Tuesday, tweeting, “So proud of you my love and grateful that I got to vote for you to represent me and New Jersey. Your leadership and your team are true stewards of hope and progress now and in the years to come.”

Dawson and Booker have been romantically linked since January 2019, with confirmation of their relationship coming in March of that year.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-11-05/rosario-dawson-cory-booker-election

Beyond Bond, Connery’s 5 decades of unforgettable roles included kings, rogues, and an Oscar

By Jay Croft, CNN

(CNN) — Sean Connery earned screen immortality with seven star turns as super-spy James Bond 007.

But the long career of the Oscar winner — who died Saturday at 90 — was packed with full-blooded performances as other larger-than-life characters, as well. (His own persona was so big that he became a running gag on “SNL.”)

In more than 50 years on the screen, Connery worked with the greatest directors and actors of his time in big hits and notable bombs. And if he never quite escaped the shadow of Bond, performances like these still broadened his stature beyond his signature role.

James Bond in seven movies, starting with “Dr. No” (1962)

The gadgets! The women! The quips! Though others succeeded him in the role, Connery was the original Bond, and for countless film fans, the real McCoy. His combination of masculinity, charm and danger was unforgettable, and some of his lines became part of the lexicon: “Bond — James Bond” … “Shaken, not stirred.”

Mark Rutland in “Marnie” (1964)

Between early Bond outings, Connery enrolled with Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock and star Tippi Hedren for this psychological thriller. Reviews were mixed. The New York Times called both stars “attractive and promising” but noted their inexperience.

Col. Arbuthnot in “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974)

An all-star cast, a juicy whodunit, and A-list director (Sidney Lumet) lured Connery after he walked away from Bond (well, for the most part). Above, he’s standing to the left of Albert Finney, with his hand on Vanessa Redgrave’s shoulder.

Daniel Dravot in “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975)

Another prestige picture, this time for legendary filmmaker John Huston alongside Michael Caine. Connery was also in “The Wind and the Lion” that year, and played Robin Hood next to Audrey Hepburn in “Robin and Marion” the next year.

Jim Malone in “The Untouchables” (1987)

Connery stole the show (from Kevin Costner and Robert DeNiro) and won Best Supporting Actor in the hit adaptation of the Al Capone/Eliot Ness saga. “You know how to get Capone?” he schools Costner. “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!”

Professor Henry Jones in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)

Connery was in a fruitful period when he scored as Harrison Ford’s dad in this chapter of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” series. Fun fact: Connery was just 12 years older than his on-screen son.

Capt. Marko Ramius in “The Hunt for Red October” (1990)

He scored another huge hit as a Soviet submarine captain defecting to the US, this time showing Alec Baldwin how it’s done.

John Patrick Mason in “The Rock” (1996)

He’d go on to a few other roles, notably “Entrapment” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” But this action blockbuster and cable TV perennial cemented Connery’s status for a new generation of viewers who didn’t know his body of work and might have known James Bond only as that guy from “Remington Steele.”

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/01/entertainment/sean-connery-movies-bond-trnd/index.html

‘American Idol’ contestant Nikki McKibbin dies at 42

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nikki McKibbin, a singer from Texas best known for her third place finish in the first season of American Idol, has died. She was 42.

McKibbin’s husband, Craig Sadler, confirmed her death in a Facebook post, saying that she had died after suffering a brain aneurysm on Wednesday and was taken off life support early Sunday. Her husband did not say where she died.

McKibbin’s son, Tristen Langley, told The New York Times that his mother died in Arlington, Texas.

“She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us,” Sadler said. “She loved so many of you and I know you loved her too.”

McKibbin appeared on American Idol in 2002, when the show started and became an instant hit.

A 23-year-old from Grand Prairie, Texas, McKibbin impressed the judges with soulful performances of songs by Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and a stirring cover of Alanna Myles’ song “Black Velvet.”

McKibbin finished third on the show that year, behind Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson, who won the competition.

Gracious in defeat, McKibbin tearfully hugged her fellow contestants when she was voted out in 2002.

“What an incredible journey this has been,” McKibbin said before leaving the stage. “Just to know that so many people support me and enjoy what I do means more than anything in the world.″

The often acid-tongued Simon Cowell was equally gracious.

“Reality check: Out of 10,000 people, you are third. This is not a time for tears,″ he told McKibbin. “You’ve got a career ahead of you.″

In a statement, American Idol sent its condolences to McKibbin’s family and friends.

“Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing,” the TV show said in a statement posted on Twitter. “She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed.”

https://apnews.com/article/nikki-mckibbin-tv-texas-8edbe330e70d03f218f1d36be847b233