TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Mfiondu Kabengele scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and David Nichols added 16 points as Florida State halted a three-game slide with a 77-68 win over Clemson on Tuesday.
Nichols made four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (14-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Florida State came into the game shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but made 10 3-pointers against Clemson. That's the most for the Seminoles in an ACC game and one short of the season high.
The Seminoles had a lead in the final three seconds against No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12 but lost 80-78. They then dropped back-to-back road games against Pittsburgh and Boston College.
"This is a very important victory for us - to stop the bleeding," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We were two seconds away from defeating the No. 1 team in the country and then all of a sudden we had an emotional setback.
"You have to learn how to handle victories but you also have to learn how to handle losses, too. I think we showed a little of our immaturity."
The Seminoles' veterans as well as the newcomers showed their fight on Tuesday. After they trailed for most of the game, Florida State used a 13-0 run to take a 63-55 lead with 6:50 left. The run was sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from RaiQuan Gray, Devin Vassell and Nichols and the Seminoles were in control the rest of the way.
Aamir Sims scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Clemson (11-7, 1-4), which has lost four of its last five games. Elijah Thomas also had 17 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season.
"Disappointed with the way we defended in the second half," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "I thought our offensive struggles affected our defense. We just didn't play the way we needed to play."
Kabengele scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes. The sophomore forward came off the bench to score in double figures for the 11th time in 19 games this season.
Nichols, a graduate transfer from Albany, made a season-best four 3-pointers. He shot 6 of 10 from the floor.
The Seminoles shot 45.5 percent (25 of 55) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Clemson shot 44.8 percent (26 of 58) from the floor, but made just 1 of 9 shots from beyond the arc in the second half.
Clemson: The Tigers have rarely had much luck in Tallahassee, going 8-23 all-time on the road in the series.
Florida State: Playing without star senior forward Phil Cofer, who has a foot injury, the Seminoles won their fourth straight at home against Clemson.
The Seminoles' bench contributed 45 points on Tuesday. Florida State's reserves have outscored opponents 204-70 in its six ACC games.
"Everybody is important," Kabengele said. "The way our bench responded today was outstanding."
PROTECTING HOME COURT
Florida State is now 40-3 at home since the beginning of 2015-16 season. The Seminoles are 9-1 at the Donald L. Tucker Center this season.
Clemson plays at NC State on Saturday.
Florida State travels to Miami on Sunday. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 68-62 on Jan. 9.
A University of Georgia graduate student is getting criticism for comments he wrote on Facebook.
The man at the center of the controversy is Irami Osei-Frampong, a philosophy graduate student employed by the university as a teacher's assistant.
He speaks frequently about race and equality, but some critics believe he crossed the line when he made a post online that stated, "Some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole."
Another social media post said: "Fighting white people is a skill."
The teaching assistant said he's confused by the backlash.
"I'm confused why that is so controversial," Osei-Frampong said.
Osei-Frampong appeared on Cox Media Group radio station WGAU on Tuesday morning, insisting he's not calling for violence, but believes it should remain an option.
"It's just a fact of history that racial justice often comes at the cost of white life," Osei-Frampong said. "I didn't advocate for violence. I was just honest of racial progress."
Thomas spoke with some students who had mixed reactions.
"I feel they should do something when it's, like, a racial thing,'' student Xavier Ford said.
"I would generally agree with it. I think black people in this country have been marginalized," student Andrew Davis said.
Thomas asked Osei-Frampong if he's worried about losing his position.
"If they fire me, they'd be firing me for doing my job," Osei-Frampong said.
Some UGA alumni said they're thinking about withholding donations to the school after learning of the comments.
"I feel like the things he is saying is inciting violence. They invite the idea into people's minds," UGA alumnus Andrew Lawrence said.
University leaders said they are consulting with the attorney general on what actions they can take, but Osei-Frampong said he's standing firm and not backing down.
University administrators sent WSB-TV the following statement, which reads, in part:“The University has been vigorously exploring all available legal options. Racism has no place on our campus.”
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods is feeling stronger than ever with his fused back, and the evidence goes beyond the speed of his swing or how hard he can go after a shot out of deep rough.
Woods says he is diving again.
He says he was doing free dives and spearfishing during his time off, and even went diving with a tank, which he had not done in years.
"I just can't afford to have that weight on my back and compressing my disk, and my disk was already screwed up," said Woods, who had fusion surgery in April 2017. "So whenever you put any weight on it, it made it worse. I (hadn't) tank dove in years, and to be able to do that again, to be able to get in the water and free drive, put the fins on and load the body up and drop down like that ... that was something I truly missed. I love being in the water."
Woods has been certified as a master diver, according to the National Association of Underwater Instructors.
Long before surgeries on his knee and his lower back, he once regaled Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn about his diving adventures. Years ago, he was explaining to Clarke that it was best to witness ocean life without a regulator because bubbles can scare off the fish. The flip side, Woods told them, was that more sharks are apt to come around. This got Bjorn's attention.
"Just be careful down there," Bjorn told him. "Our future earnings depend on you."
Three weeks into the year on the PGA Tour, one new rule might be put to the test on the greens at Torrey Pines.
And it has nothing to do with leaving the flagstick in the cup.
Rules 13.1c allows players to repair damage on the putting green to restore it as nearly as possible to its original condition. That includes fixing ball marks, scrapes and indentations caused by equipment or the flagstick and shoe damage.
It wasn't an issue on the Bermuda greens of Hawaii or the overseed in the California desert. But Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Riviera have poa annua greens, which can get bumpy in the soft conditions of California in the winter.
One of the questions that arose was just how much damage players can repair, without creating a line to the hole.
"At Kapalua, I fixed ball marks, but I was only tapping them down because it was Bermuda," Xander Schauffele said. "Out here, you might do a little more than a simple tap down. ... This place, late in the day, it feels like you're playing a game of Plinko."
Schauffele was quick to note one part of the new rule: Damage can be repaired without unusual delay.
"It could, depending on how these players take the rule to heart ... if you're trying to fix a 40-foot putt, it's going to be tricky with pace of play," Schauffele said. "Rules officials will be on us. The time clock hasn't changed. If you want to spend 35 seconds tapping down the line, you're going to have to pull the trigger in less than what you normally do."
Jason Day, a two-time winner at Torrey Pines, doesn't think it will be an issue. His only experience this year was at Kapalua, which featured only a 33-man field.
"Before the rule was changed, you would have maybe two or three times a year where you're like, 'Oh, there's a spike mark there in front of your ball,' so you just kind of worry about the spike mark," Day said. "I don't necessarily think you're going to be tapping it the whole way and trying to make a line. I think there's going to be a few taps. Other than that, I think they're going to putt. I don't necessarily think it's going to be a time-consuming thing."
NO PHIL AT TORREY
Torrey Pines has Tiger Woods in the field, along with an inaugural appearance by Rory McIlroy and the return of Jordan Spieth for the first time since 2015.
Missing will be Phil Mickelson, who said last week he would skip his hometown tournament for the first time in 28 years. Mickelson is a two-time winner, but not since the South Course was overhauled by Rees Jones ahead of the 2008 U.S. Open.
"That's one of the hardest courses we play," Mickelson said last week. "It's 7,600 yards, the fairways are tight, there's a lot of rough and unless I'm playing my absolute best, that's not really a great place for me."
In the last 10 years, Mickelson has only one top-10 finish, when he was runner-up in 2011. He missed the cut three times and withdrew another year. He said in a tweet that he will "try to make it up to the great community of SD!"
He gave early indications in October when he said there would be some tournaments he misses "that people will be upset about, but I'm not going to worry about it."
He also said he would not be playing the Genesis Open at Riviera, where he won in 2008 and 2009 and finished four shots behind last year.
AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN
Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand was the low amateur at the ANA Inspiration last year, the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule, with a 5-under 283 that tied for 30th along with Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr.
This year, she'll be at the Augusta National Women's Amateur.
Atthaya, NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest and former Junior PGA champion Lucy Li were among 66 players who have accepted spots in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur this year. Six spots remain for the 72-player field.
The opening two rounds of the 54-hole event will be April 3-4 at Champions Treat Golf Club, with a cut to 30 players after 36 holes. One day of practice at Augusta National has been set aside for April 5, followed by the final round at the home of the Masters.
"Receiving an invitation to the Augusta National Women's Amateur is representative of a remarkable amateur career, and so much more," Masters and club chairman Fred Ridley said.
The tournament is the same week as the LPGA major, which typically invites leading amateurs.
The 66 players who have confirmed invitations to Augusta include eight of the 16 players from last year's Junior Ryder Cup team, along with Ladies British Open Amateur champion Leonie Harm of Germany.
Atthaya was exempt as the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific champion.
The Latin America Amateur Championship moves next year to El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba in Mexico, site of a PGA Tour event. ... The Evian Championship is creating a special exemption for the winner of the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific. The winner also is exempt into the Women's British Open. ... Ken Tanigawa has been voted as the PGA Tour Champions rookie of the year. The Jack Nicklaus Award for player of the year went to Bernhard Langer for the fifth straight year, and the eighth time since the German turned 50. ... Rickie Fowler has signed an endorsement deal to play the TaylorMade Golf ball this year. He had been with Titleist.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Phil Mickelson has held the 54-hole lead four times in the last six years. His only victory from ahead was the Phoenix Open in 2013.
"Ten years longer than you've been alive." - Tiger Woods to Jordan Spieth, who asked him how long he has been coming to Torrey Pines.
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A 23-year-old woman last seen Saturday night has been found alive in Charlestown, Massachusetts, nearly a mile from where she was out with friends three days prior.
Boston Police arrested 38-year-old Victor Pena after an extensive investigation, leading them to find Olivia Ambrose in the suspect's apartment in Charlestown. According to police, Olivia was standing inside the apartment near the suspect when they entered.
Pena has been charged with kidnapping. Additional charges may follow, but at this time the investigation is ongoing and further information has not been released.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross credited the public for providing tips to law enforcement during their investigation, to ultimately find Olivia.
"Great teamwork today. This is what we mean in community policing. The entire village showed up for this one," Gross said during a press conference on Tuesday night.
Olivia was last seen outside Hennessey's Bar in downtown Boston around 11 p.m. Saturday night, January 19. She had been out with her twin sister, Francesca, and some friends after moving to the city recently. She works for Toast, a Boston software company, and had just relocated to Jamaica Plain.
But Olivia, or Liviy, wasn't heard from the next morning and hadn't been seen since.
Boston Police said earlier in the day they were searching for a man caught on surveillance footage with Ambrose.
WFXT Security Analyst Dan Linskey said police had located the man seen in surveillance at the same place Olivia was found after he was recognized by law enforcement when his photo was released.
It was just an hour and a half after the photo was released that he was found.
The following timeline was released to accompany surveillance pictures.
11:04 PM: Ms. Ambrose is seen leaving a bar located at 25 Union Street (Hennessy’s) with a white male who has since been determined to not be involved in her disappearance.
11:42 PM: Approximately 40 minutes later, two unknown males are observed inviting Ms. Ambrose to walk with them in the area of Congress Street and State Street. One of the males appears to walk ahead while the second male places his arm around Ms. Ambrose and directs her towards the State Street MBTA Station.
12:01 AM: Approximately 20 minutes later, additional video shows Ms. Ambrose being accompanied by that same male, still with his arm around her, exiting the Bunker Hill Community MBTA Station in Charlestown. The other male party is no longer observed in any surveillance video moving forward.
12:13 AM: Approximately 10 minutes later, Ms. Ambrose and the unknown male are observed again in the area of Green Street walking together towards Bartlett Street. A short time later, phone records indicate Ms. Ambrose’s phone was in the general area of the Bunker Hill Housing Development.
Police found her in the area where she has been reportedly last captured on surveillance video with the man seen in the pictures.
"It is obvious from the surveillance video that she did not go along willingly," Gross said.
Investigators searched fields, school hallways and grounds, and even dumpsters to find Olivia, Gross said.
Boston Police say Olivia was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
The Ambrose family released a statement Tuesday evening, thanking the efforts of the Boston Police department and all others involved in finding Olivia."The Ambrose family is so grateful for the monumental efforts of the Boston Police Department and the MBTA and Transit police who have worked tirelessly over the last three days to bring Olivia home. They also want to thank all of the staff at Hennessey's Bar who have been so helpful since Olivia went missing. The Ambrose family is also so appreciative of all the efforts, prayers and good wishes of their friends, family and complete strangers who have helped in the efforts to find Olivia. And finally, they want to thank Olivia's co-workers at Toast who sprang into action and were instrumental in getting the word out. The family is overjoyed."
Officials in Volusia County have reached a settlement with a man who was struck by a Votran bus over three years ago, but not before they tried to charge him for a for a stint he served in the county jail.
Michael Wade was struck while riding his bike at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in 2015.
He sued the county to cover his $130,000 worth of medical expenses.
The county then launched a counter claim for $18,300 to pay for his time in jail stemming from a 2011 arrest when a marijuana plant was found in his room.
There was no attempt to recoup the $18,300 prior to Wade being struck by the bus.
Volusia County Commissioner Heather Post does not think it's fair to go after people who are legitmitely injured, as the county doesn't go after most inmates to pay for their jail time.
The county voted against Post and later approved the $75,000 settlement.
A college student who has not touched a hockey stick since her high school gym class made the shot of a lifetime Friday.
Morgan Ward, 20, a junior at Minnesota State at Mankato, won a promotion at the college when she buried the puck into a slot at the goal line from 115 feet away to win a $30,000 prize, KARE reported.
"There was was honestly no strategy, I just wanted to make it down the ice," Ward told the television station.
Ward, from St. Clair, Minnesota, received free tickets to the Mavericks’ men’s hockey at the Verizon Center and texted a promotional code for the chance to take the shot, the Star Tribune reported.
“I was there with my boyfriend (Brody Hanson) and he made me text in, it texted me back saying 'congratulations, you gotta go shoot this puck,'" Ward, who is majoring in business management, told KEYC. "I didn't want to be down there as center of attention. So I (told my boyfriend) 'you gotta go do this, I can't do this, I'm gonna go hide in the bathroom.' He's like 'Morgan, there's 30 grand on the line, what do you got to lose?'"
The contest involved shooting a puck from the far blue line into a tiny opening on the goal line, an opening barely bigger than the width of a puck, KARE reported.
Ward took the shot and saw the puck headed for the opening, but didn't see it go through, the television station reported.
"The only thing going through my head is like 'Don't fall,' and I just wanted to hit it hard enough that it would make it across the ice and not like halfway down," Ward told KEYC. "And then all of a sudden it's like this is actually really close."
Then the puck went through the slot.
"I still don't believe it. It's unreal," Ward told the television station.
Ward said the plans to put her winnings into a savings account or an investment plan, as she "still lives with her parents and wants to get out of there someday,” KARE reported.
The partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22 is still underway with no end in sight as a stalemate between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders over his demand for more than $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border continues.
The president proposed a plan over the weekend to trade protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in exchange for the money to build the wall, though Democrats called the proposal a “non-starter.”
Update 7:00 p.m. EST Jan. 22: Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va) has introduced a measure in the Senate to prevent future government shutdowns.
It’s called the Stop Stupidity (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years) Act. It would automatically renew the previous year’s funding, guaranteeing the government would remain open if lawmakers don’t agree on a budget, but it doesn’t include the legislative or executive branches of government.
Warner said in a press release that the measure would “protect federal government workers from being used as pawns in policy negotiations,” according to The Hill.
“It is disturbing that the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of workers are at the mercy of dysfunction in Washington,” he said.
“Workers, business owners and tax payers are currently paying the price of D.C. gridlock and my legislation will put an end to that.”
The shutdown is affecting some 800,000 government workers.
Update 1:45 p.m. EST Jan. 22: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he expects a vote on Trump’s immigration proposal Thursday. However, it remained unclear whether the proposal would win approval as the shutdown dragged on into its 32nd day.
Democrats have passed several bills in the House aimed at funding the government, though McConnell has declined to hold votes for the measures, citing the president’s unwillingness to sign any budget that excludes money for the wall.
The Senate last voted on a government funding bill on Dec. 19, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.
Update 11:30 a.m. EST Jan. 21: The partial government shutdown entered its 31st day Monday.
Democrats and Republicans took first steps over the weekend toward reaching a compromise in the ongoing budget battle, however, it remained unclear Monday whether negotiations would prove fruitful.
Trump on Sunday pressed Democrats to accept a deal he offered Saturday, which would give temporary protections to some immigrants in the United States in exchange for $5.7 billion to fund the border wall. The president also pushed back against critics who accused him of offering amnesty for immigrants who came into the U.S. illegally.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote on the president's plan as soon as Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.
Update 5 p.m. EST Jan. 19: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans Senate action this week on President Donald Trump’s proposal to end the partial government shutdown.
Democrats, who control the House, said they find the president’s offer unacceptable.
The plan faces an uphill path in the Senate and virtually no chance of survival in the Democratic-controlled House, according to The Associated Press.
Update 3 p.m. EST Jan. 19: President Donald Trump announced a proposal for Democrats in a televised speech Saturday afternoon to end the the 29-day partial government shutdown.
In his speech, he said he wants to trade temporary protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants for money to build his wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described Trump’s proposal as a “nonstarter” moments before for the announcement.
Democrats want the protections to be permanent and want him to reopen government before negotiating on border security.
Update 6 p.m. EST Jan. 18: President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he will make a major announcement on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon from the White House.
Saturday will mark the 28th day of the partial government shutdown, the longest in US history.
Update 2:10 p.m. EST Jan. 18: The Office of Management and Budget released a memo Friday barring Congressional delegations from using aircraft paid for with taxpayer money amid the ongoing shutdown.
The memo, from Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought, was released one day after Trump abruptly pulled military air support for a planned Congressional delegation that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Under no circumstances during a government shutdown will any government owned, rented, leased, or chartered aircraft support any Congressional delegation, without the express written approval of the White House Chief of Staff,” Vought said in the memo. “Nor will any funds be appropriated to the Executive Branch be used for any Congressional delegation travel expenses without his express written approval.”
Pelosi told reporters Friday that lawmakers had planned to continue their planned trip to Afghanistan after it was scrapped by Trump’s announcement.
"We had the prerogative to travel commercially and we made plans to do that until the administration then leaked that we were traveling commercially and that endangers us,” she said.
Update 11:50 a.m. EST Jan. 18: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she canceled plans to travel to Afghanistan after Trump pulled military travel support for the trip one day earlier and shared that she planned to visit a war zone.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said Thursday that the House speaker planned to travel with a Congressional delegation to Belgium and then Afghanistan to visit troops on the front lines. Trump pulled military air support for the trip one day after Pelosi asked him to postponed his State of the Union address, scheduled to take place on Jan. 29, in light of the ongoing shutdown. The president also cited the shutdown and suggested that lawmakers could make the trip on a commercial airline.
Hammill said Friday that Pelosi and the rest of the delegation were prepared to fly commercially but he said the plan was axed after the Trump administration “leaked the commercial travel plans.”
“In light of the grave threats caused by the President’s action, the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops and security personnel, or the other travelers on the flights,” Hammill said.
Update 10:35 p.m. EST Jan. 17: President Donald Trump has canceled the U.S. delegation’s trip later this month to an economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that out of consideration for the 800,000 federal workers not getting paid, the president has nixed his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum. Trump had earlier pulled out of attending the forum because of the shutdown.
Update 3:55 p.m. EST Jan. 17: An overseas trip that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set leave for on Thursday, before Trump abruptly announced he had pulled military travel support for the trip, was intended to show appreciation for American troops abroad, Pelosi’s spokesman said.
In a letter sent Thursday to Pelosi’s office, the president said a Congressional Delegation, or CODEL, that Pelosi had planned was canceled amid the ongoing government shutdown. Trump said the CODEL intended to make stops in Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said the speaker planned to stop in Brussels, as required to give the pilot time to rest, and meet with top NATO commanders before continuing on to Afghanistan. He said the trip did not include any stops in Egypt.
“The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation and thanks to our men and women in uniform for their service and dedication, and to obtain critical national security briefings from those front lines,” Hammill said. “The president traveled to Iraq during the Trump Shutdown as did a Republican CODEL (Congressional Deligation) led by Rep. (Lee) Zeldin.”
Update 2:55 p.m. EST Jan. 17: Trump on Thursday pulled military travel support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ahead of a planned trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.
Pelosi had planned to leave for a bipartisan Congressional Delegation trip, also known as a CODEL, later Thursday, CNN reported.
According to the news network, Trump has “the authority to direct the Department of Defense to not use military assets to support a congressional delegation to military theaters.”
However, CNN noted that it was not immediately clear whether the Defense Department was notified of the cancellation ahead of time.
The cancellation came one day after Pelosi asked Trump to postpone his planned State of the Union address in light of the shutdown.
Update 2:25 p.m. EST Jan. 17: Trump said Thursday that he's postponing a trip planned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.
"It would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown," the president said. "Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative."
Trump addressed the letter to Pelosi’s office one day after she asked him to postpone his planned State of the Union address in light of the shutdown.
The House, which is controlled by Democrats, has passed several bills to re-open government agencies closed by the partial government shutdown, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated earlier this month that he would not bring funding bills passed by the House before the Senate, as the president has signaled several times that he would not sign a spending bill that failed to fund his border wall.
Update 1:35 p.m. EST Jan. 17: The State Department ordered U.S. diplomats in Washington and at embassies around the world to return to work starting next week, saying in a message to employees that they will be paid despite the shutdown.
It was not immediately clear where the money was found, but the department said it had taken steps to "make available additional funds to pay the salaries of its employees, including those affected by the current lapse."
“Employees will be paid for work performed beginning on or after January 20,” the notice, from Deputy Under Secretary for Management Bill Todd, said. “Beyond (that pay period), we will review balances and available legal authorities to try to cover future pay periods.”
Officials noted that employees would not be paid for work done between Dec. 22, when the partial government shutdown started, and Jan. 20 until after the shutdown ends.
Department officials said they were taking the step because it had become clear that the lapse in funding is harming efforts "to address the myriad critical issues requiring U.S. leadership around the globe and to fulfill our commitments to the American people."
Officials added that the department's leadership was "deeply concerned" about the financial hardships employees are facing.
Update 12:45 p.m. EST Jan. 17: Trump signed a bill Wednesday that requires the government to compensate federal workers affected by the ongoing shutdown for wages lost, work performed or leave used during the shutdown.
The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 passed in the House last week. It requires that employees be compensated “on the earliest date possible after the lapse ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates.”
Update 2:35 p.m. EST Jan. 16: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that despite the partial government shutdown, federal officials are prepared to deal with issues that might arise when Trump delivers his State of the Union address later this month.
“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union,” Nielsen said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Her comments came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the president to delay the address, scheduled January 29, due to security concerns as the shutdown dragged into its 26th day.
Update 10:25 a.m. EST Jan. 16: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked Trump to delay his State of the Union address, which is expected later this month, as the partial government shutdown continues.
“Given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi said in a letter sent Wednesday.
Update 1:41 p.m. EST Jan. 15: A federal judge has denied a request from unionized federal employees who filed a lawsuit requiring the government pay air traffic controllers who are working without pay during the shutdown, CNN reported.
Update 1:45 p.m. EST Jan. 14: A group of federal employees who was ordered to work without pay amid the ongoing shutdown filed suit last week against the government, comparing their situations to involuntary servitude and accusing Trump and other officials of violating the 13th Amendment, according to The Washington Post.
In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday by four federal workers from Texas and West Virginia who are employed by the departments of Justice, Agriculture and Transportation, attorneys said the workers could face discipline or removal if they failed to continue working despite the fact that they were not getting paid during the shutdown. The Post reported the lawsuit also accused officials of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“Our plaintiffs find themselves in the exact same boat as virtually every other furloughed federal employee: bills to pay and no income to pay them,” the workers' attorney, Michael Kator, told the Post. “As this drags on, their situation will become more and more dire.”
The partial government shutdown entered its 24th day Monday, making it the longest in history. The second-longest government shutdown lasted 21 days in the mid-90s, during President Bill Clinton's time in office.
Update 9:05 a.m. EST Jan. 14: Trump railed against Democrats on Monday morning as the partial government shutdown entered its 24th day.
"I've been waiting all weekend," Trump wrote Monday in a tweet. "Democrats must get to work now. Border must be secured!"
The House, which is controlled by Democrats, has passed six bills to re-open government agencies closed by the partial government shutdown, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated earlier this month that he would not bring funding bills passed by the House before the Senate, as the president has signaled several times that he would not sign a spending bill that failed to fund his border wall.
"The package presented yesterday by Democratic leaders can only be seen as a time wasting act," he said on Jan. 3.
Update 3:15 p.m. EST Jan. 11: Trump said Friday that it would be easy for him to declare a national emergency to get a wall along the country’s southern border built, but that he has no plans to do so.
“I’m not going to do it so fast,” the president said during a discussion about border security with state, local and community leaders at the White House. “This is something that Congress can do.”
Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, will miss their first paycheck on Friday, and Washington is close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Update 1:25 p.m. EST Jan. 10: Trump said Thursday he will not travel later this month to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.
The president was scheduled to leave for the trip Jan. 21.
“Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum,” Trump wrote Thursday afternoon on Twitter. “My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!”
Last year, a brief government shutdown threatened to derail his trip to Davos, where he asserted that his "America First" agenda can go hand-in-hand with global cooperation.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is leading the U.S. delegation to the annual Davos event, which courts high-profile businesspeople and political figures and other elites. Other members of the Cabinet are scheduled to attend as well as Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Update 9:05 a.m. EST Jan. 10: Trump will travel Thursday to Texas to visit the southern border after negotiations to end the partial government shut down crumbled.
The president walked out of discussions Wednesday with Congressional leaders after Democrats again refused to approve of $5.7 billion of funding for his border wall.
“The Opposition Party & the Dems know we must have Strong Border Security, but don’t want to give ‘Trump’ another one of many wins!” Trump wrote Thursday on Twitter.
The president is set to travel to McAllen on Thursday, where he plans to visit a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security.
Update 3:40 p.m. EST Jan. 9: The president walked out of discussions with leaders in the House and Senate on Wednesday amid the ongoing government shutdown.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the president asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whether she would agree to fund his border wall and that he walked out of the meeting when she answered in the negative.
“He said, ‘If I open up the government, you won’t do what I want,’” Schumer said.
The president wrote on Twitter that the meeting was “a total waste of time.”
“I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?” he wrote. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
Update 2:35 p.m. EST Jan. 9: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans are standing beside the president Wednesday as the debate over border wall funding continues.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Senate Republicans for their party lunch Wednesday afternoon.
“The Republicans are unified,” Trump told reporters after the meeting. “We want border security. We want safety for our country.”
The president accused Democrats of blocking funding for the wall, “because I won the presidency and they think they can try and hurt us.” Democrats have called the proposed wall costly, ineffective and "immoral" and say Trump's "manufacturing a crisis."
Trump and Pence are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. with House and Senate leaders from both parties at the White House.
Update 1:30 p.m. EST Jan. 9: Trump said Wednesday that his border wall has "tremendous Republican support” ahead of a meeting with GOP lawmakers as the shutdown drags into its 19th day.
"I think we're going to win,” Trump said. “We need border security, very simple.”
In response to a reporter’s question about how long the president would be willing to let the shutdown last in order to secure funding for the wall, Trump said, “whatever it takes.”
Update 12:50 p.m. EST Jan. 9: During a bill signing at the White House on Wednesday, the president pushed again for funding of his border wall, arguing that human trafficking can’t be stopped without it.
"As long as we have a border that is not secure, we're going to suffer the consequences of that," Trump said.
The president brushed off critics who have said a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would be ineffective to address immigration issues.
“They say a wall is a medieval solution, that’s true,” Trump said. “It worked then, it works even better now”
Democrats have called Trump's promised wall costly, ineffective and "immoral" and say he's "manufacturing a crisis."
The bill Trump signed is designed to enhance an annual State Department report that measures global efforts to eliminate human trafficking.
Update 10:35 a.m. EST Jan. 9: Officials will hold a series of meetings Wednesday in an attempt to end the government shutdown that began 19 days ago, according to Politico.
The president, Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will meet Wednesday afternoon with Senate Republicans for their party lunch, the news site reported. Then, at 3 p.m., the president will meet with House and Senate leaders from both parties at the White House, Poliltico reported, noting it will mark “the third such bipartisan meeting in a week’s time.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday morning that Trump is still considering the possibility of declaring a national emergency to get the wall built.
"(It's) something we're still looking at, something that's certainly still on the table," she said, according to Bloomberg News. "The best solution is to be able to work with Congress to get this done."
The president did not mention the possibility of declaring a national emergency to get the wall built Tuesday night, during his first address from the Oval Office. He wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter, “we MUST fix our Southern Border!”
Trump is scheduled to visit the border Thursday.
Update 10:50 p.m. EST Jan. 8: In his first ever televised Oval Office address, President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his border wall Tuesday night, blaming illegal immigration for the scourge of drugs and violence in the U.S.
Democrats in response accused Trump appealing to “fear, not facts” and manufacturing a border crisis for political gain.
He argued for spending some $5.7 billion for a border wall on both security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid the extended shutdown.
He will visit the Mexican border in person on Thursday.
Update 8:07 p.m. EST Jan. 8: The New York Times is reporting that Trump will not declare a national emergency this evening in order to circumvent Congress to get funds to build the wall. According to the times, “administration officials who had seen a draft copy of his speech said the president was not preparing to do so.”
Update 10:45 a.m. EST Jan. 8: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will deliver the Democratic response to Trump's planned prime time address, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.
Update 1:50 p.m. EST Jan. 7: Trump said he plans to address the nation Tuesday night as Democrats continue to stand firm on their refusal to fund the president’s border wall.
“I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border Tuesday night at 9 P.M. Eastern,” Trump said Monday afternoon in a tweet.
The announcement came after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump plans to visit the southern border on Thursday.
Update 1:40 p.m. EST Jan. 7: Trump on Thursday will visit the southern border amid the ongoing shutdown impasse, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Update 9:10 a.m. EST Jan. 7: The partial government shutdown entered its 17th day Monday with no end in sight despite meetings over the weekend meant to help bring the shutdown to a close, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.
Update 3:30 p.m. EST Jan. 4: Trump said Friday that he’s considering using his executive authority to get a wall built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely,” Trump said. “I haven’t done it. I may do it.”
The president spoke with reporters Friday after meeting with congressional leaders amid the ongoing budget impasse. He said he’s designated a team to meet over the weekend with lawmakers to resolve the standoff.
Update 2:40 p.m. EST Jan. 4: At a news conference Friday, Trump confirmed he told congressional leaders that he would be willing to allow the government shut down to continue for months or years if Democrats refuse to fund his border wall.
“I don’t think (the government will remain closed that long) but I am prepared,” Trump said. “I hope it doesn’t go on even beyond a few more days.”
Trump met with top leaders from the House and Senate on Friday morning to discuss the ongoing partial government shutdown and his demand for $5.6 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president said Friday’s meeting was “very, very productive,” though top Democrats told reporters after the meeting that little was accomplished.
“How do you define progress in a meeting?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked reporters after the meeting. “When you have a better understanding of each other’s position? When you eliminate some possibilities? If that’s the judgement, we made some progress.”
Update 1:40 p.m. EST Jan. 4: Top Democrats said a meeting with Trump aimed at bringing the ongoing partial government shutdown to an end was contentious on Friday, with neither side willing to budge in the ongoing battle over funding for a border wall.
“We told the president we needed the government open," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after the meeting. "He resisted. In fact, he said he'd keep the government closed for a very long period of time -- months or even years."
Update 9:20 a.m. EST Jan. 4: Trump is set to meet Friday morning with congressional leaders, though it was not clear whether the meeting would help bring to an end the partial government shutdown that began nearly two weeks ago.
The meeting, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m., will include newly sworn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top leaders from the House and Senate, NPR reported.
House Democrats approved of a spending bill Thursday to re-open the government, prompting a veto threat from Trump.
“If either H.R. 21 or H.J. Res. 1 were presented to the President, his advisors would recommend that he veto the bill,” the White House said in a veto threat against the plans passed by House Democrats in the opening hours of the 116th Congress, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.
Update 11:45 p.m. EST Jan. 3: House Democrats have approved a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.
The largely party-line votes by the new Democratic majority came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room to pledge a continued fight for his signature campaign promise.
The Democratic package to end the shutdown includes a bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Feb. 8 as bipartisan talks continue.
It was approved, 239-192.
Update 11:15 p.m. EST Jan. 2: President Donald Trump said he remains “ready and willing” to work with Democrats to pass a government spending bill even as he refuses to budge over funding for his long-promised border wall.
Trump tweeted “Let’s get it done!” as the partial government shutdown continues with no end in sight.
Trump has invited the group back for a follow-up session Friday, the day after Nancy Pelosi is expected to become speaker of the House.
Earlier, they met Trump at the White House Wednesday for a briefing on border security.
The session did not yield any breakthroughs according to The Associated Press, and Democrats said they remained committed to introducing the legislation Thursday. The administration has so far rejected the plan, which does not include funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Schumer said Trump could not provide a “good answer” for opposing the bills. He added that Trump and Republicans “are now feeling the heat.”
Update 9:30 a.m. EST Jan. 2: Congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security Wednesday at the White House as the partial government shutdown continues, The Associated Press reported.
Among the lawmakers expected to attend the meeting are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to the AP. Top incoming House Republicans, Kevin McCarthy of California and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, are also expected to attend.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m., The Wall Street Journal reported.
The newspaper noted that few, if any, compromises are likely to be offered at the session, which comes one day before Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.
Update 5 p.m. EST Jan. 1: Trump has invited congressional leaders to a border security briefing scheduled for Wednesday. The Associated Press reported the top two Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate have been invited. Other possible attendees and agenda have not been released.
The White House has not commented on the apparent invitations, the AP reported.
Update 12:35 p.m. EST Dec. 28: Trump threatened Friday to close the southern U.S. border if Democrats continued to refuse to fund his border wall.
“We build a Wall or we close the Southern Border,” he said in a series of tweets Friday morning.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told Fox News on Friday that Trump had canceled his plans for New Year’s Eve in light of the ongoing shutdown. Still, Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, told The Associated Press on Friday that Democrats won’t fund the president’s “immoral, ineffective expensive wall.”
“While we await the President’s public proposal, Democrats have made it clear that, under a House Democratic Majority, we will vote swiftly to re-open government on Day One,” Hammill said.
Update 3:15 p.m. EST Dec. 27: The partial government shutdown that started Saturday is expected to last into the new year.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement obtained Thursday by C-SPAN that no votes were expected in the U.S. House of Representatives this week as the shutdown continues.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday showed 47 percent of Americans hold Trump responsible for the partial government shutdown, despite the president’s assertion that Democrats are at fault.
The poll found 33 percent of adults blame Democrats in Congress.
In a pair of tweet Thursday, the president accused Democrats of “obstruction of the needed Wall.”
Update: 3:35 p.m. EST Dec. 25: President Trump spoke to members of the five branches of the U.S. military via video conference Tuesday, sending them his well-wishes before discussing the partial government shutdown and the country's need for a wall:“I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it."
Update 3:50 p.m. EST Dec. 23: Incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday” that the shutdown could continue into the next year.
“It is very possible that the shutdown will go beyond the 28th and into the new Congress,” Mulvaney said.
Update 3:55 p.m. EST Dec. 22: The Senate does not estimate a vote on a deal to end the partial government shutdown until next Thursday at the earliest, tweeted Jamie Dupree, Cox Media Group Washington correspondent.
The Senate Cloakroom, a Twitter account for the Republican side of the Senate floor, tweeted the following schedule for the Senate: “Following today’s session, the Senate will convene on Monday, December 24th at 11:00 am for a Pro Forma Session. Following the Pro Forma Session, we will next convene at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 27th and consider business if a deal has been reached on government funding”
President Trump has been active on Twitter today, saying he’s in the White House today “working hard,” and reaffirming his support for tough border security.
“I won an election, said to be one of the greatest of all time, based on getting out of endless & costly foreign wars & also based on Strong Borders which will keep our Country safe. We fight for the borders of other countries, but we won’t fight for the borders of our own!” the President tweeted.
Update 3:00 p.m. EST Dec. 22: White House officials are warning that the government shutdown will last through the holidays, as Trump is not relenting on his demand, tweeted New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers. "We have continued to put forth what we think is an important expectation ... which is $5 billion in border security," a senior White House official told reporters, according to Rogers’ tweet.
Update 12:30 p.m. EST Dec. 22: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave an update on government funding negotiations. He said a procedural agreement was made to “create space” to allow discussions between Senate Democrats and White House. There will be no votes until Trump and Senate Democrats reach an agreement.
Update 9:06 a.m. EST Dec. 22: The Senate is expected to meet today at noon to see if they can hammer out an agreement that President Trump will sign.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told press Friday night that “constructive talks are underway," for such an agreement, reported CNN.
If any new deal is announced, lawmakers would be given 24 hours notice to return to Washington for a vote.
Update 1:31 a.m. EST Dec. 22: In a joint statement released shortly after the partial government shutdown went into effect, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y,) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were critical of President Donald Trump and called the government closures the “Trump shutdown.”
"President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown and now he has gotten what he wanted," Schumer and Pelosi said in the statement. “Democrats have offered Republicans multiple proposals to keep the government open, including one that already passed the Senate unanimously, and all of which include funding for strong, sensible, and effective border security -- not the president’s ineffective and expensive wall.
“If President Trump and Republicans choose to continue this Trump Shutdown, the new House Democratic majority will swiftly pass legislation to re-open government in January.”
Update 10:45 p.m. EST Dec. 21: With a partial government shutdown expected at midnight, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney instructed agencies to plan for a shutdown.
Mulvaney says in a memo for government executives that “we are hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration” but that employees should report to work when scheduled to “undertake orderly shutdown activities.”
Update 8:19 p.m. EST Dec. 21: The Senate adjourned without a deal on spending, just after 8 p.m. Friday evening ensuring a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.
Senators expect to return at noon Saturday as talks continue.
Update 7:09 p.m. EST Dec. 21: The House adjourned Friday evening and will return Saturday at noon which will likely trigger a partial shutdown.
Update 5:55 p.m. EST Dec. 21: With just over 6 hours left until the midnight deadline, Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote advanced the 47-47 tally after a marathon, five-hour voting session in the Senate that dragged on as senators rushed back to Washington.
The move doesn’t immediately end the threat of a partial federal shutdown, but it kick-starts negotiations as Congress tries to find a resolution to Trump’s demand for the wall.
Senators say they won’t vote on a final bill to fund the government until Trump and congressional leaders all agree to a deal.
Update 3:15 p.m. EST Dec. 21: Trump spoke with reporters before signing a criminal justice reform bill Friday.
"It's possible that we'll have a shutdown,” the president said. “I think the chances are probably very good because I don't think Democrats care so much about maybe this issue, but this is a very big issue”
The Republican-led House approved funding Thursday for Trump's border wall and sent the bill to the Senate.
Senators are holding a procedural vote Thursday afternoon to determine whether to move forward with the bill.
During a meeting with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer last week, Trump said he’d shut down the government if lawmakers failed to secure $5 billion in funding for a wall to span the U.S.-Mexico border.
“If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” Trump said. “I’m going to shut it down for border security.”
Update 10:20 a.m. EST Dec. 21: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the officials plan to discuss “the funding bill and the importance of border security” at 10:30 a.m.
The president insisted on Twitter Friday morning that, “The Democrats now own the shutdown!”
Ten days earlier, Trump said during a meeting with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer that he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security.”
Original report: A potential government shutdown looms and President Donald Trump is tweeting, saying that if a spending plan isn’t passed and signed by midnight, it will be the Democrats fault when the government closes.
On Thursday night, after a meeting between House Republicans and the president, the House passed a spending bill that included $5 billion for Trump’s border wall.
The vote was 217-185, CNN reported.
The bill is in the hands of the Senate whose members have to act on it before the midnight deadline or the government closes.
Washington watchers believe the bill will not pass because of the money earmarked for the wall, CNN reported.
Democrats have said they will not support the money for the border and both sides of the Senate aisle are needed if the spending plan is to pass.
In a series of morning tweets by the President, he placed the blame on Democrats if the government shuts down.
The president said he would not sign the Senate-backed spending bill that does not include money for the border wall. The Senate plan would grant funding to keep the government operating until Feb. 8, The Washington Post reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A Denver man on probation in Colorado for threatening and stalking women was arrested in Provo, Utah, after making a threat on social media “to kill as many girls” as he could in a mass shooting, according to news reports.
Christopher Wayne Cleary, 27, was arrested in Provo over the weekend after complaints about the threat reached authorities in both Colorado and Utah, the Denver Channel reported.
In a Facebook post, Cleary complained that he was upset because he’s never had a girlfriend and is still a virgin.
“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that. All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I'm 27 years old and I've never had a girlfriend before and I'm still a virgin, this is why I'm planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I'm ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”
Several women’s marches were planned for last weekend, including one in Provo, and authorities weren’t taking any chances.
They arrested Cleary, who admitted to making the threat, the TV station reported, but he claimed he was upset and “wasn’t thinking clearly.”
The station also reported Cleary made suicidal comments when talking to police.
He was charged with making threats of terrorism, which is a third-degree felony, and booked into the Utah County Jail.
Cleary was already on probation for two previous stalking convictions.
Mariano Rivera’s election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday was never in doubt. The right-hander was the major leagues’ all-time saves leader with 652 during the regular season and 43 during the playoffs and World Series.
The only mystery was whether Rivera would become the first player unanimously elected to baseball’s shrine, and that question was solved Tuesday night when he gained 100 percent of the vote.
Call it Mo-nanimous.
Rivera pitched 19 seasons in the major leagues and had an 82-60 record and a 2.21 ERA. He pitched in seven World Series, 16 American League Divisional Series and nine A.L. Championship Series, going 8-1 with an 0.70 ERA.
Here are some things to know about “Mo”:
Highest percentages: Rivera is among an elite class of Hall of Famers in terms of votes received. Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to receiving 100 percent of the votes among Hall of Fame voters. Griffey, elected in 1996, received 437 out of 440 votes cast – a 99.32 percentage. Griffey broke the record set in 1992 by pitcher Tom Seaver, who was listed on 425 of 430 ballots – a 98.84 percentage. Rounding out the top five before this year were pitcher Nolan Ryan, with 98.79 percent in 1999 (491 out 497 ballots cast); infielder Cal Ripken Jr., with 98.53 percent in 2007 (537 out 545 ballots); and outfielder Ty Cobb, elected in the inaugural class of 1936, who pulled 98.23 percent of the votes (222 out of 226 cast).
What an investment: The New York Yankees signed Rivera, then 20, as an amateur free agent on Feb. 17, 1990, for $2,000. Born in Panama, Rivera spoke no English and had never been on a plane or away from his home country. In his 2014 book, “The Closer,” Rivera writes that before he signed a professional baseball contract, the longest trip he had ever made was a six-hour drive to the border of Costa Rica.
Family days: Rivera was born Nov. 29, 1969, in Panama City, Panama. His childhood nickname was Pili, given to him by his sister, Delia, when he was a baby. “Nobody knows why,” Rivera writes in his book. Rivera dropped out of school when he was in the ninth grade at Pedro Pablo Sanchez High School in La Chorrera, Panama. Rivera’s father, Mariano Rivera Sr., was a captain on a commercial fishing boat in Puerto Caimito, on which the younger Mariano worked six days a week, Sports Illustrated reported. Rivera’s father bought him his first glove when he was 12, the magazine reported. He did not start pitching until he was 19.
Theme song: When Rivera entered a game at Yankee Stadium, the public address announcer would play Metallica’s 1991 song “Enter Sandman” as his theme song. In a video interview Friday with MLB.com, Rivera told his former teammate and manager, Joe Girardi, that he would have never chosen that song from the heavy metal group as his introduction.
“If that was me, I would have never picked that song,” Rivera said. “It would’ve been Christian music. It would have been something that put people to sleep.”
In “The Closer,” Rivera writes that he would have preferred “Onward Christian Soldiers,” but “I don’t think that would’ve flown.” Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” was used for a while, but then Mike Luzzi, a Yankee Stadium operations worker, came up with the Metallica song and began playing it during the 1999 season.
"We needed something cooler, more ominous," Luzzi told MLB.com in 2011. "Our job was to try and get the building rocking. The gist of it worked, beginning to put the other club to sleep.”
By the way, Rivera has never been to a Metallica concert.
In 1985, Wilhelm was the first relief pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame and was the first official all-time saves leader with 228.
Under Wilhelm’s tutelage, Rivera had a 5-1 record and 0.17 ERA for the GCL Yankees, allowing one earned run in 52 innings of work. He struck out 58 batters and walked seven.
Shaky debut: Rivera made his major-league debut on May 23, 1995, starting against the Angels in Anaheim, California, according to Retrosheet. Rivera opened the game by striking out the first two batters he faced, Tony Phillips and Jim Edmonds. It went downhill from there, as Rivera allowed eight hits and earned five runs in 3 1/3 innings before being replaced by Bob Macdonald in the fourth inning. The Angels won the game 10-0.
Out of the bullpen: Rivera made his first career relief appearance on Aug. 1, 1995, at Yankee Stadium, according to Retrosheet. He entered the game in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, with New York leading 3-2. The first batter he faced was catcher Mike Matheny, who grounded the ball back to Rivera for an easy out. It got more difficult, as Rivera lost the lead and allowed three hits and three runs. However, Rivera earned the victory after the Yankees scored three runs to regain the lead in the seventh inning, winning 7-5.
First save: For a guy who is the all-time saves leader, Rivera did not earn his first save until May 17, 1996, against the Angels, according to Retrosheet. That was because the Yankees had John Wetteland as their closer, and the right-hander had 31 saves in 1995 and 43 in 1996 as the team’s top reliever. Against the Angels, Rivera pitched the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 8-5 victory, allowing one hit and striking out one batter. He got Garret Anderson to ground into a game-ending double play to nail down the save.
The last 42: Rivera was the last major-leaguer to wear No. 42, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball retired the number on April 15, 1997, to honor the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Commissioner Bud Selig ruled that any players wearing the number at the time of the announcement could continue to wear it. Rivera wore the number until he retired after the 2013 season.
That cutter: Rivera’s cut fastball was his bread-and-butter pitch. Batters knew what was coming but could rarely do anything with it.
“He had other pitches, too, but the cutter was his bread and butter,” Jason Giambi told Fox Sports in 2011. “He was throwing saw blades up there, chewing up bats.”
"I don't use the same bat that I've been playing good with because chances are real high" it's going to get broken, Carl Crawford told the Los Angeles Times in 2013. "So, I just take an old, cheap bat that I don't really care about (to the plate).”
"Hitters know what's coming and still they can't put a good (swing) on the ball,” Rivera told the Times in 2013. “Thank God for that."
The Moose is finally loose in Cooperstown.
Mike Mussina had a career record of 270-153 during his 18-year career. He only won 20 games once, and that came in 2008, his final season. Mussina was a five-time All-Star selection and placed in the top five in voting for the American League Cy Young Award six times, finishing as high as second place in 1999. The only time he did not win at least 11 games in a season was 1991, his rookie season.
Here are some things to know about Mussina.
Famous birthplace: Mussina was born Dec. 8, 1968, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the Little League World Series. In 1968 -- known as the Year of the Pitcher in the majors -- Osaka, Japan, defeated Richmond, Virginia, 1-0 in the title game. All three of Richmond’s hits were collected by cleanup hitter Jim Pankovitz, who would play six years in the major leagues.
Former NFL quarterback Turk Schonert, who died Friday two days after his 62nd birthday, played infield for the Garden Grove, California, squad that reached the LLWS.
Golden Glove: Mussina was not only effective as a pitcher, he also was a nimble fielder. He won seven Gold Gloves during his career -- four with the Baltimore Orioles from 1996 to 1999, and three with the New York Yankees (2001, 2003 and 2008). That ties him for fifth all-time; fellow Hall of Famer Greg Maddux won the award a record 18 times.
Tough numbers: Since Nolan Ryan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, only three starting pitchers with less than 300 career victories have been enshrined in Cooperstown -- Bert Blyleven (287 wins), Pedro Martinez (219) and John Smoltz (213), MLB.com reported. Mussina is now the fourth.
Great control: Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated wrote in 1994 that “What's most impressive is that from 60 feet, 6 inches, Mussina can dot the i in his autograph with any one of six pitches. He has three fastballs (a cutter, a sinker and a riser), two curveballs (a slow curve and the knuckle curve) and an astonishingly deceptive changeup that is his best pitch.”
Great mind: Mussina’s senior thesis at Stanford University was “The Economics of Signing out of High School as Opposed to College,” Sports Illustrated reported. He wrote it in one night and received a B+. With the Orioles, he was the team’s player representative during the 1990s.
"He buys books I'd never be interested in," catcher Chris Hoiles told Sports Illustrated. "If I went to a bookstore.”
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