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    OKLAHOMA CITY (87) George 8-20 3-3 22, Anthony 12-26 0-0 24, Adams 3-6 3-6 9, Westbrook 1-9 1-4 3, Roberson 1-1 0-0 3, Grant 0-1 3-4 3, Huestis 1-1 0-0 3, Patterson 0-2 0-0 0, Felton 3-5 0-0 8, Ferguson 0-0 0-0 0, Abrines 3-9 2-2 10. Totals 32-80 12-19 87. UTAH (96) Ingles 7-12 0-0 19, Favors 4-6 5-6 13, Gobert 8-11 0-0 16, Rubio 5-15 4-4 16, Mitchell 1-7 0-0 2, J.Johnson 5-10 1-1 12, Sefolosha 2-7 0-0 4, O'Neale 0-0 0-0 0, Udoh 1-3 0-1 2, Neto 2-2 0-0 4, Burks 3-5 1-2 8. Totals 38-78 11-14 96. Oklahoma City 14 20 23 30—87 Utah 21 23 29 23—96 3-Point Goals_Oklahoma City 11-33 (George 3-9, Felton 2-3, Abrines 2-6, Anthony 2-7, Huestis 1-1, Roberson 1-1, Grant 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Westbrook 0-4), Utah 9-30 (Ingles 5-9, Rubio 2-9, J.Johnson 1-2, Burks 1-2, Favors 0-1, Mitchell 0-3, Sefolosha 0-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Oklahoma City 37 (Westbrook 14), Utah 43 (Gobert 14). Assists_Oklahoma City 16 (Westbrook 11), Utah 23 (Mitchell 6). Total Fouls_Oklahoma City 16, Utah 21. Technicals_Oklahoma City coach Thunder (Defensive three second) 2, Oklahoma City team, Adams, Anthony. A_18,300 (19,911).
  • TOKYO (AP) — Voting in a general election started Sunday that would most likely hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-wing ruling coalition a victory and possibly close to a two-thirds majority in parliament. Abe dissolved the lower house less than a month ago, forcing the snap election. He judged the timing was ripe for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, or at least better than waiting until the end of its term next year. Up for grabs are 465 seats in the more powerful lower house, which chooses the prime minister. Media polls have indicated voters are passively choosing Abe's government despite its railroading of unfavorable bills and cronyism scandals, seeing it as a safer choice over an opposition with little or unknown track records. Scare over North Korea's missile and nuclear development is also seen contributing to voters' conservative choice. Media surveys also predicted Abe's coalition to win around 300 seats though they said it could lose some ground from the current 318 due to scandals. Hiroshi Yamada, 82, said his vote was based on 'the issues such as (a possible) war and foreign affairs,' suggesting his support for the LDP coalition amid growing concerns over North Korea. 'I am supporting the political party which presents feasible policies amid the current situation.' Makiko Yamada, who's unrelated to the other voter, said she was bothered by Abe's cronyism scandals. 'I saw reports showing people who would help (Abe) were given high positions. It made me think twice.' Voters were casting ballots early, apparently worried by an approaching powerful typhoon. Vote counting at a few locations in southwestern Japan may be delayed due to the weather, NHK public television reported. Abe says he is seeking a mandate on his government's tougher stance to defend Japan against the North's threat and his proposed increase in the consumption tax, but experts say it's an election about securing his rule. An election victory would boost Abe's chances to head LDP for another three years at the party's convention next September. It would extend his premiership possibly to 2021 and eventually achieve his long-time goal of revising Japan's war-renouncing postwar constitution. In a speech in Tokyo wrapping up the 12-day campaigning Saturday night, Abe said, 'We will protect Japan at all costs for the future of this country.' Support for Abe's Cabinet has recovered thanks to the absence of parliamentary debates over political scandals during a recess. The main opposition force, the Democratic Party, was in more disarray after a leadership change and a key member was slammed by an extramarital affair. Holding off on an election would only give Abe's potential rival, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, more time to organize a challenge. Koike hastily launched a new party to contest the vote, though she ended up not running. Her Party of Hope attracted a slew of defectors from the Democrats who converted to her populist platform including phasing out nuclear energy by 2030, and freezing of a consumption tax hike due in 2019. The initial excitement for her party has waned as Koike's nationalist stance and policies were seen similar to those of Abe's LDP. The Democratic Party had imploded and its more liberal members, led by former top government spokesman Yukio Edano, launched yet another group, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, whose focus on grassroots democracy, pacifist principles and calls for 'decent' politics is now outpolling the Party of Hope. Abe's victory would likely mean a continuation of the policies he has pursued in the nearly five years since he took office in December 2012 — a hard line on North Korea, close ties with Washington, including defense, as well as a super-loose monetary policy and push for nuclear energy. With a possible backing from the conservative opposition, he may get the two-thirds majority he needs in parliament to propose a constitutional amendment, though any change also needs approval in a public referendum. ___ Associated Press writer Ken Moritsugu contributed to this report.
  • NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — High winds and torrential rains accompanying a likely tornado tore part of the roof off of an Oklahoma casino while the Beach Boys were playing a concert attended by Gov. Mary Fallin. Fallin says in an interview with KWTV that she had to be evacuated from the Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, twice during the concert Saturday night. She says that at one point: 'I looked up towards the balcony and there was this huge flood of rain coming through the roof.' The building was evacuated at that point because of concern the roof would collapse. She says that she also saw damage at a nearby hotel. There was no word whether there were injuries or fatalities.
  • SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz to a 96-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. The Jazz never trailed after taking a 13-12 lead in the first quarter. Oklahoma City's All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony were bottled up in the first half by an active Utah defense. By the time George and Anthony got going, the come-from-behind climb was too steep. Anthony scored a game-high 26 and George added 22. Westbrook was held to six points on 2-for-11 shooting. He was held to single digits just twice in the two previous regular seasons. The Jazz opened up a 38-19 lead in the in the second quarter thanks to a 27-7 run spanning the first and second quarters. Joe Ingles scored 19, including five 3-pointers, and Derrick Favors continued his early-season success on the inside and the perimeter with 13 points. Ricky Rubio made plays for others and hit big shots to finish with 16 points. Gobert's double-double was his third in three games. The Thunder cut the lead to single digits on multiple second-half occasions thanks to George and Anthony, but never truly recovered from a horrid first half in which they shot 30.2 percent from the field and went 2 for 15 on 3-pointers. The Jazz answered with a run of their own each time, shot 49.4 percent for the game and never gave up the lead. TIP-INS Thunder: Oklahoma City scored at least 26 points in each quarter of the season-opening win against the Knicks. It was held to 14 in the first quarter Saturday. ... Thunder cut the lead to 48-44 early in the second quarter, but never got any closer. Jazz: Rodney Hood did not play after suffering a mild left lower leg strain against the Timberwolves on Friday. Rookie Donovan Mitchell started in his place. ... Raul Neto made his debut after missing the first game with a hamstring injury and getting a DNP on Friday. ADJUSTING The Thunder transition with the additions of George and Anthony went smoothly in the season opener as those two and Westbrook combined for 71 points. Things didn't come as easy against the Jazz. 'It's different when you're accustomed to being a rhythm guy, having to create offense off the bounce and get yourself in a rhythm off the dribble,' George said. 'Whereas the other night I was getting a lot of catch and shoots, so that rhythm is going to be a little different now. So just getting prepared for that, all the open opportunities that I'll have and now knowing how teams are going to play and adjust to Russ. 'It's an adjustment. It's no knock on it, but when you're used to having to create and getting yourself into a rhythm off the bounce, that's (how) you're used to getting in rhythm on shots. Now you're catching it without having to put it on the ground and you have to get your feet set ready for shots. It's definitely different. As the season goes on we should get a lot more comfortable.' UP NEXT Thunder: Host Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Jazz: Visit Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
  • HOUSTON (AP) — That last-second decision by Justin Verlander has turned out perfectly for the Houston Astros. An MVP indeed. Verlander and the Astros are headed to the World Series after the big right-hander beat the New York Yankees twice in the American League Championship Series. Houston won the pennant with a 4-0 victory in Game 7 on Saturday, and Verlander was selected the ALCS MVP a night after he pitched seven scoreless innings and helped extend a series in which he also threw a complete game. 'He chose to come here for games like this and beyond,' manager A.J. Hinch said. Houston might not even be at this point if Verlander hadn't given his approval for a trade from the Detroit Tigers — the team for which he had played all 13 of his major league seasons — just before the Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible for the Astros' postseason roster. Verlander has won all nine of his games since joining the Astros, including three postseason starts and his first career relief appearance in the clinching Game 4 of the AL Division Series against Boston. In Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees, Verlander pitched a five-hitter with 13 strikeouts. He walked off the mound in the middle of the ninth after his 124th pitch in a tie game, and the Astros won 2-1 when Jose Altuve dashed home from first base on Carlos Correa's double in the bottom half. With Houston facing elimination for the first time this postseason, Verlander struck out eight Friday night in a 7-1 victory. While the Astros are going to the World Series for only the second time, this will be Verlander's third. Both are still looking for their first rings — and their first World Series victories. Houston, then still in the National League, was swept in the 2005 World Series by the Chicago White Sox. Verlander went to the World Series as a rookie with the Tigers in 2006, and lost both of his starts as St. Louis won in five games. He also lost the opener in the 2012 when he gave up five runs in four innings against San Francisco, which swept. Before this ALCS, Verlander was recalling the whirlwind night of Aug. 31, and a phone call he got from Astros ace Dallas Keuchel when still trying to make his decision. Needing to make other calls and to talk to his family, Verlander said he 'was pretty quick off' the phone. Keuchel said he understood, but had one last thing to say. 'He goes, 'You won't regret this decision if you decide to join the Houston Astros.' And that kind of resonated with me and that stuck with me,' Verlander said. 'And he was one of the first calls I made after I made the deal and waived my no-trade clause and agreed to come here, I called him and let him know that I was coming to join the Astros and that his call meant a lot to me.' Not nearly as much as Verlander has meant to the World Series-bound Astros. Verlander has in short term already endeared himself to a town that reveres Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens, hard-throwing Texans and former Astros pitchers. And the 34-year-old Verlander has two more seasons left in his contract. 'It's pretty amazing to me how quickly these fans have bonded to me. And vice versa. I feel it, I appreciate it, especially on the field,' Verlander said. 'A fresh face, people a lot of times in new cities, if they're not baseball fans they might not recognize me. But it seems like a lot of people here, they're involved and they want this team to win and they always come up and give me their blessing and want me to know they care, and that means a lot.' ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • HOUSTON (AP) — CC Sabathia was on the mound, unbeaten when starting after New York Yankees losses. Aaron Judge made another home run-robbing catch early in the game. Still, the Yankees couldn't avoid elimination this time. Their season is over, and their 41st American League pennant must wait. Sabathia, one of only three players remaining from New York's last World Series team in 2009, was unable to save them again in maybe his last game with the Yankees. The big left-hander was done in the fourth inning of the decisive Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, a 4-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night. After sweeping the Astros in three games at Yankees Stadium, New York scored just three runs and had 20 hits in the four games at Houston, striking out 48 times. Joe Girardi's contract is expiring and he has not said whether he wants to return for an 11th season in the Bronx. Sabathia can become a free agent and Japanese right-hander Mashiro Tanaka can opt out of his contract. New York had avoided elimination four times already this postseason, winning the AL wild card game and then overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five AL Division Series to beat Cleveland. That included the clinching Game 5 that Sabathia started, though he got a no decision in the Yankees' only road playoff win. Starting in a Game 7 for the first time in his career, Sabathia got three one-pitch groundouts after giving up George Springer's leadoff single in a seven-pitch first inning. The Astros second began with Yuli Gurriel's long drive to right field, but Judge made a running, leaping catch with his left arm fully extended on a ball that appeared headed for the seats. After Sabathia escaped jams with two runners on in each the second and third innings, Evan Gattis started the Astros fourth with a homer off the left-field facade. The Yankees lefty was done three batters later after Josh Reddick's first hit of the ALCS put runners at first and second. Sabathia had been 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts after Yankees losses this year, including his six scoreless innings in Game 3 of the ALCS. Reliever Tommy Kahnle induced an inning-ending, double-play grounder on his first pitch, so Sabathia allowed only one run in 3 1/3 innings. But the 37-year-old left-hander allowed five hits and three walks without any strikeouts. Not even Judge was tall enough to take a homer away from Jose Altuve when he hit a ball into the right-field seats in the fifth. After consecutive singles put two more Astros on base, former Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit a two-run double into the right-field corner for a four-run lead. Judge, the rookie slugger who led the AL with 52 homers, hit four in the postseason — three in the ALCS. But he also set a major league playoff record with 27 strikeouts in 48 at-bats in the playoffs. The closest the Yankees came to scoring in Game 7 was in the fifth when Greg Bird had a leadoff double but was later thrown out at the plate for the second time in the ALCS — the fifth time New York had a runner thrown out on the bases. Bird had gone to third on Charlie Morton's wild pitch and ran home when Todd Frazier hit a weak grounder. Third baseman Alex Bregman charged forward, scooped up the ball and made a perfect throw to McCann's mitt, and Bird slid into the tag. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series for only the second time, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees on consecutive nights after dropping three in a row in the Bronx. Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Los Angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest before the matchup begins at sweltering Dodger Stadium. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. 'This city, they deserve this,' McCullers said. Clutch defensive plays by third baseman Alex Bregman and center fielder George Springer helped Houston improve to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to capture a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games. Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four. A noted curveballer, McCullers finished up with 24 straight breaking pitches to earn his first major league save. Combined, they throttled the wild-card Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games. 'I know people are going to talk about how we didn't win many games on the road. There were some other teams that haven't won many games on the road, either. We just happened to run into a very good team that just beat us,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning. Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night. The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6. After going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position through the first three innings, the Astros got on the board with no outs in the fourth with the 405-foot shot by Gattis off Sabathia which made it 1-0. Altuve launched a ball off Tommy Kahnle into the seats in right field with one out in the fifth for his fifth homer this postseason. It took a while for him to see that it was going to get out, and held onto his bat until he was halfway to first base before flipping it and trotting around the bases as chants of 'MVP' rained down on him. Altuve finished 8 for 25 with two homers and four RBIs in the ALCS after hitting .533 with three homers and four RBIs in the ALDS against Boston. Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles after that before Kahnle struck out Gattis. McCann's two-strike double, which rolled into the corner of right field, cleared the bases to push the lead to 4-0. Gurriel slid to avoid the tag and remained on his belly in a swimming pose at the plate for a few seconds after he was called safe. It was just the second Game 7 in franchise history for the Astros, who lost to the Cardinals in the 2004 NLCS exactly 13 years earlier. Sabathia allowed five hits and one run while walking three in 3 1/3 innings. He wasn't nearly as sharp as he was in a Game 3 win and just 36 of the 65 pitches he threw were strikes. Morton got into trouble in the fifth, and the Yankees had runners at the corners with one out. Bregman fielded a grounder hit by Todd Frazier and made a perfect throw home to allow McCann to tag Greg Bird and preserve Houston's lead. McCann held onto the ball despite Bird's cleat banging into his forearm. Chase Headley grounded out after that to end the inning. A night after Springer kept Frazier from extra-bases with a leaping catch, Judge returned the favor on a ball hit by Yuli Gurriel. Judge sprinted, jumped and reached into the stands to grab his long fly ball before crashing into the wall and falling to the ground for the first out of the second inning. Springer had another nifty catch in this one, jumping in front of Marwin Gonzalez at the wall in left-center to grab a ball hit by Bird for the first out of the seventh inning. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Big-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner. A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane. This is one hot World Series — the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp. Could be real steamy, too. It's supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game. At least the familiar October chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn't be an issue outdoors in sun-baked California or under the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park. Not that young stars Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa would mind, nor would old pros Carlos Beltran and Chase Utley, nor top starters Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish. Because a chance to win a ring doesn't come very often — these teams that have already played more than 700 games against each other over the years already know that. The Astros have never won the crown. They're playing for a whole region, with the Houston Strong patches on their uniforms representing an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. The Dodgers haven't been in the World Series since 1988, when Kirk Gibson's bat, Orel Hershiser's arm and Tommy Lasorda's moves outdid Oakland for the crown. Now with Lakers great Magic Johnson as a part-owner, this LA team that led the majors with 104 wins is hoping to bring back the glory days that began in Brooklyn. 'I just want to win a World Series,' Kershaw said after the Dodgers dethroned the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. 'I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I'm definitely not taking this one for granted.' Said mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig: 'The trophy's coming soon.' The Astros, the major leagues' highest-scoring team this year, have never even won a World Series game. They only time they made it this far was 2005, when a club that included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte got swept by the White Sox. In fact, a World Series prize is the one piece of hardware missing from the trophy case from the Lone Star State. Texas teams have won the Super Bowl and championships in the NBA, NHL, college football and men's and women's basketball, but never in baseball. Under the leadership of executive Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers came within one strike in 2011 before losing to St. Louis. The Ryan Express, who once pitched a no-hitter for Houston against the Dodgers, is currently an Astros exec. The Astros posted 101 wins this year — not since Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102) in 1970 has the World Series matched teams who reached triple-digits. These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home. But they'd seen a lot of each other in the past. Overall, the Dodgers are 388-323 vs. the Astros. Houston debuted as the Colt .45s as a National League expansion team in 1962 and eventually moved to the AL in 2013. That first year in the AL, the young Astros got pounded and lost 111 times. But with smart drafts and player development, Houston emerged as a power. Manager A.J. Hinch's club capped its rise by beating Boston in the AL Division Series, then stopping the Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the ALCS. The Dodgers, with a major league-high $226 million payroll, won their fifth straight NL West title this year, then 7-1 in the playoffs against the Diamondbacks and Cubs under manager Dave Roberts. The result? Their first pennant since 1988 — the year Kershaw was born. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • DALLAS (91) Barnes 5-17 3-3 14, Finney-Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Nowitzki 1-8 0-0 2, Ferrell 6-15 4-4 22, Matthews 3-11 3-4 11, Powell 2-5 1-1 6, Kleber 2-3 1-2 5, Noel 1-2 2-4 4, Withey 1-2 0-0 2, Barea 7-13 2-3 19, Clavell 3-7 0-0 9. Totals 31-84 16-21 91. HOUSTON (107) Anderson 1-4 0-0 3, Ariza 3-7 1-1 8, Capela 5-8 3-3 13, Gordon 5-11 7-8 18, Harden 10-19 3-4 29, Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Tucker 1-6 0-0 3, Nene 6-6 2-3 14, Black 2-2 0-0 4, Mbah a Moute 2-6 2-3 6, Qi 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 2-5 0-0 4, Brown 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 39-82 18-22 107. Dallas 20 19 19 33— 91 Houston 33 29 30 15—107 3-Point Goals_Dallas 13-30 (Clavell 3-5, Barea 3-5, Ferrell 3-6, Matthews 2-6, Powell 1-2, Barnes 1-3, Finney-Smith 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2), Houston 11-47 (Harden 6-13, Brown 1-3, Anderson 1-4, Tucker 1-5, Ariza 1-5, Gordon 1-6, Qi 0-1, Jackson 0-3, Williams 0-3, Mbah a Moute 0-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Dallas 41 (Barnes, Nowitzki, Clavell, Barea, Noel 5), Houston 54 (Anderson, Capela 10). Assists_Dallas 20 (Ferrell 6), Houston 17 (Harden 7). Total Fouls_Dallas 18, Houston 24. Technicals_Nowitzki, Houston defensive three second, Houston coach Rockets (Defensive three second), Houston team. A_18,055 (18,055).
  • STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley cut through Michigan's stingy defense, each scoring three touchdowns, and No. 2 Penn State emphatically avenged its last regular-season loss with a 42-13 victory against the 19th-ranked Wolverines on Saturday night. Barkley set the tone the first time he touched the ball. He took a direct snap on the second play of the game and blazed 69 yards for a touchdown on his way to 161 yards from scrimmage that are a nice addition to his Heisman Trophy bid. McSorley ran for three scores for Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten), including a darting 13-yarder in the third quarter that made it 28-13 and led the record-breaking, white-out crowd of 110,823 at Beaver Stadium to sing along to 'Sweet Caroline.' McSorley and Barkley combined for the knock-out blow, a 42-yard TD pass with Barkley easily burning linebacker Mike McCray and then making a juggling catch to increase the lead to 35-13 early in the fourth quarter. Michigan came in allowing 223 yards per game and 3.68 yards per play. Nittany Lions went for 506 yards and 8.3 per play. Penn State has not lost a regular-season game since getting trounced 49-10 by Michigan (5-2, 2-2) last season. That seems like a lifetime ago in Happy Valley, where the defending Big Ten champions look even better than last year. THE TAKEAWAY Michigan: The Wolverines just don't have the offensive playmakers to keep up with a team like Penn State, which gets chunks of yardage from Barkley, DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki. John O'Korn was 16 for 28 for 166 yards. He was sacked seven times and had a second-half fumble. If the Wolverines can't win with a grinding running game and defense, they can't win. Penn State: The matchup between Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown — two of the best in the country — went to Moorhead. Penn State was successful attacking the edges of Michigan's D and consistently got the one-on-matchups in the passing game that worked in its favor. The last time Michigan allowed as many points in a game was in 2015 against Ohio State. NEXT Michigan: The Wolverines have Rutgers coming to the Big House and the Scarlet Knights have won two straight. Penn State: The second game of a three-week stretch against ranked teams figures to be the toughest for the Nittany Lions, who travel to No. 6 Ohio State next weekend. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP ___ More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
  • Large hail, heavy rain and winds up to 70 m.p.h are in the forecast for Green Country into late Saturday night. There is also a possibility of a tornado. The organizers of Oktoberfest decided to close early. Hundreds of PSO customers lost power shortly before 10pm Saturday.  You can get weather alerts sent to your cell phone on the KRMG app.  KRMG is in constant contact with meteorologists at FOX23 and the National Weather Service.  Tune to NEWS102.3 and AM740 KRMG for the very latest on the severe weather threat.
  • As the Congress gets moving in coming weeks on the first serious effort at tax reform since the mid-1980’s, it is important for the folks back home to remember one thing – while the focus for many Americans will be on the individual tax rates and changes that impact every day taxpayers, this package is likely to be about so much more than just that, as a look back at the big tax bills of the Reagan Administration so easily demonstrates. “I will tell you, our country needs tax cuts,” the President said in recent days, making the case that tax reform will spur economic growth in the United States. “We’re fighting for lower taxes, big tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation. We’re fighting for tax reform, as part of that,” Mr. Trump said. And so, the voters have a bit of a homework assignment, because tax reform is about a lot more than just cutting the tax rate that Joe Six Pack and his wife pay to Uncle Sam. Your fact of the day: Congress has not acted on a major tax reform bill since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 15, 2010 The 1980’s were an active time for the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee – those are the panels in charge of writing tax measures in the Congress. During the Reagan Administration, we had three major tax bills become law: + The Reagan tax cuts of 1981, the “Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981.” + The next year, there was a major bill to increase taxes, the “Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.” + Then, both parties came together for major changes to the Internal Revenue Code with the 1986 Tax Reform Act. If you look at the 1986 Act, it starts with something that may end up being a prime focus in 2017: Sec. 101. Rate Reductions Sec. 102. Increase in standard deduction But there is so much more that is involved in that 879 page bill, just as there was so much more than individual matters in the 1981 and 1982 tax bills. The 1986 bill had provisions on capital gains, real estate, business tax credits, investment tax credit, depreciation, energy, agriculture, limits on certain tax shelters, provisions affecting life insurance, pensions, foreign tax provisions, and on, and on, and on. Lots of people have told me in recent years of how lawmakers should “read the bill.” Well, the last three big tax measures from the 1980’s are all linked on this page. Read the bills. And start realizing just how complicated this can be on tax reform.
  • It has been 10 years since a microburst storm caused injuries and damage at the Tulsa Oktoberfest. In fact, over two dozen people were injured at the event. Corporal Mark Shelton worked the festival that night and will be out there this weekend.  He says the strong winds played havoc with the tents. “The wind had enough force to actually lift up and force those very heavy polls off their moorings,” Shelton said.  “They made their way through the crowd.” April Kidwell was also there back in 2007 and she says the situation was scary to say the least. “I just happened to look up and the DJ at the time was thrown off of the DJ booth,” Kidwell said.   Organizers tell us they do have a plan ready, if severe weather strikes tonight.
  • If you plan on going to Tulsa Oktoberfest today it would be a good idea to go as early as possible. National Weather Service Meteorologist David Jankowski says Mother Nature will play ball during the daytime in the Tulsa area. “During the day on Saturday, temperatures are looking like they could get back up into the 70s,” Jankowski said.   We can expect to see cloudy skies and the sun will peak out periodically.  Everything will change later in the day.  The Tulsa area could get severe weather.   “The storms that develop during the late afternoon and evening hours  will have the potential for damaging winds and large hail,” Jankowski said.  “There also looks to be potential for a tornado as well.” KRMG Stormcenter will be ready to go if severe weather moves into the area.
  • A study by Business Insider and Foursquare says the most popular fast-food chain in Oklahoma is Taco Bueno. A press release from Bueno says Business Insider and Foursquare took the total number of visits to each restaurant in various fast-food chains and then divided that by the number of restaurants in the respective chain. The first Taco Bueno was in Texas, but their second restaurant ever was opened right here in Tulsa way back in 1972. There are now 64 locations in Oklahoma. And there are 120 more in Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.