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WVU football: Passing game improvements a focal point of bye week | WVU Gameday

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically, in the passing game.

Brown pointed out on Tuesday that the struggles aren’t necessarily represented in the team’s statistics. After all, the Mountaineers are averaging 263.7 passing yards per game entering this weekend, good enough for 26th out of 76 teams nationally and fourth best among Big 12 schools. West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege is third among league throwers (241 yards per game) and fourth in completion percentage (66.3 percent).

Yet where the Mountaineers have yet to break through, at least on a consistent basis, is throwing the ball downfield and accounting for explosive plays. Doege’s average of seven yards per attempt is seventh in the Big 12 and 46th nationally.

Obviously, all of that doesn’t fall on the Mountaineer signal-caller. There have been protection issues. There has been inconsistent play at wideout. But the combination of it all was a focal point of the bye week, and with such

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Passing game improvements a bye-week focus for WVU football | Sports

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically, in the passing game.

Brown pointed out on Tuesday that the struggles aren’t necessarily represented in the team’s statistics. After all, the Mountaineers are averaging 263.7 passing yards per game entering this weekend, good enough for 26th out of 76 teams nationally and fourth best among Big 12 schools. West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege is third among league throwers (241 yards per game) and fourth in completion percentage (66.3%).

Yet where the Mountaineers have yet to break through, at least on a consistent basis, is throwing the ball downfield and accounting for explosive plays. Doege’s average of seven yards per attempt is seventh in the Big 12 and 46th nationally.

Obviously, all of that doesn’t fall on the Mountaineer signal-caller. There have been protection issues. There has been inconsistent play at wideout. But the combination of it all was a focal point of the bye week, and with such a

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How to adopt a desert tortoise from Arizona Game and Fish

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The deadline draws near: Anyone looking to adopt a desert tortoise this year from the Arizona Game and Fish Department needs to get their application in soon before it is time for the reptiles to hibernate for the winter.

Tegan Wolf, the desert tortoise adoption program coordinator for the department, said over email that she thinks Oct. 19 will be the application deadline this year, but “you want to get your application in as soon as possible.”

Wolf said close to 800 tortoises have been adopted since the program formally began in 2016.

Fred and Debbie Santesteban live in Chandler and decided to adopt a desert tortoise from Arizona Game and Fish in 2001. Today, Gus still lives in his burrow in their backyard. 

After two decades Gus has figured out some tricks: “He’ll open the door and come in for the day,” Fred said, explaining that Gus can use his front leg to open their sliding door. 

The Santestebans have been charmed by their reptile pet. “He’s part of the family and he’s part of the house,” Fred said about Gus. Debbie added that Gus has his “picture on the Christmas card.”

Why are desert tortoises available for adoption?

Desert tortoises are found in the wild in the Sonoran Desert and it is illegal to take one from its natural habitat and keep it as a pet. Despite this, they have become desirable as pets and some people illegally breed them, Wolf said.

“They can lay up to 12 eggs in captivity and most of them survive,” she said. “Because they live so long, it is usually about 10-12 years before they are large enough that people realize they are in over their head with 30-40 larger tortoises.”

She also some tortoises need to be rehomed because they

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‘Game changer:’ Trump targets virus tests to blacks, school children, nursing homes, disaster areas

The Trump administration has put a focus on nursing homes, hospices, school children, black colleges, first responders and Native Americans in its expanding effort to distribute for free 150 million coronavirus tests to states.



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump arrives in the Rose Garden with Vice President Mike Pence Monday to speak about coronavirus testing shipments to states.


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President Donald Trump arrives in the Rose Garden with Vice President Mike Pence Monday to speak about coronavirus testing shipments to states.

In a coordinated effort capped by Vice President Mike Pence’s hour-long call with 43 governors to finalize the plan, the administration is prioritizing areas where the infections are 5%-10% and first responders.

What’s more, the administration through the Department of Health and Human Services is coordinating needed training for the Abbott BinaxNOW tests.

The new effort won praise from New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy who told Pence in the Monday roll-out call, “Thank you Mr. Vice President and the whole team, thank you for everything but certainly thanks for today. This is a game changer, we’re proud of the testing regime that we have built with your great partnership with a lot of people in that room.”

Some media reports have claimed that the effort, spelled out Monday, has suffered from coordination hangups.

But Michael Bars, a White House senior communications adviser, said the planning has been in the works since Trump announced the effort in a March Rose Garden event.

“In March, President Trump called for an aggressive private-public partnership to advance testing capabilities in the United States – now six months later we are witnessing this promise in action

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Can Lakers take back control of series? Most bettors siding with Nuggets in Game 4

After losing Game 3 of the Western Conference finals to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers are six-point favorites to bounce back and win Game 4 on Thursday night. 

The Lakers lead the series 2-1, but most bettors at BetMGM have their money on the Nuggets to cover the spread for a third straight game. A whopping 86.3 percent of the bets MGM has received for Thursday night’s game have come in on Denver, with 90.6 percent of the money leaning in Denver’s favor as well. 

The Nuggets have had an eventful journey to this point. The No. 3 seed in the West, the Nuggets overcame 3-1 series deficits against both the Utah Jazz in the first round and Los Angeles Clippers in the second round to reach this point. 

Along the way, the Nuggets have been strong against the spread, covering in 11 of their 17 games. That includes covering in seven of their last nine games — all as an underdog. 

The Lakers covered as seven-point favorites in Game 1, but the Nuggets have covered in the last two games. The Lakers were -7.5 for Game 2, but won 105-103. The Nuggets were +6.5 at tipoff for Game 3, but won comfortably, 114-106.

Can they do it again in Game 4?

Bettors also like over 214.5 in the game

In addition to heavy action on the Nuggets, MGM is hoping for a low-scoring game as 90.2 percent of the tickets and 82.1 percent of the money have come in on the over. The total is listed at 214.5 on BetMGM. So far in the series, the over hit in Games 1 and 3. 

Before the beginning of the Western Conference finals, Nuggets games either went under the total or pushed on eight straight occasions, including

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