Stocks fall investors consider Omicron impact, Powell tapering remarks

Stocks dropped on Tuesday as volatility resumed after a brief rebound earlier this week, with investors contemplating the impacts of a new coronavirus variant and new comments Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. 

The S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq declined. The Dow, a proxy for cyclical stocks, underperformed against the other two major indexes, dropping more than 400 points, or over 1.2%, intraday on Tuesday. U.S. crude oil prices (CL=F) dropped 4%. And shares of airlines, cruise lines and lodging companies considered to be some of the most exposed to virus-related disruptions each sank in early trading to reverse Monday’s gains. 

Investors reacted to Fed Chair Powell’s latest remarks before the Senate Banking Committee, wherein Powell said the central bank could speed up its tapering process to end sooner than previously telegraphed in the face of rising inflationary pressures. The comments came even as some other market participants had expected the Fed to strike a more accommodative tone for longer in the face of the recently discovered Omicron variant. 

“At this point the economy is very strong and inflation pressures are high, and it is therefore appropriate, in my view, to consider wrapping up the taper of our asset purchases, which we announced at the November meeting, perhaps a few months sooner,” Powell said. “I expect we will discuss that at our upcoming meeting.” 

A host of less upbeat new commentary from major coronavirus vaccine-makers also contributed to the selling pressure. Moderna (MRNA) CEO Stephane Bancel told the Financial Times that the company’s current COVID-19 vaccine would likely see a “material drop” in effectiveness against the Omicron variant, while noting more data was needed to see any extent of the decline. Separately, Pfizer’s (PFE) CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC he didn’t “think that the result will be the vaccines don’t protect,” but that “the result could be, which we don’t know yet, the vaccines protect less.” 

Both companies have already said they were collecting data on the Omicron variant and that more definitive information would be available in the coming weeks. Researchers have not yet determined whether the new variant is more easily transmitted, or responsible for more severe illness, than previous versions of the virus.

“Information is coming rapidly, it’s evolving in real-time. You can understand why investors [last week] were taking a little bit of a pause, particularly given the liquidity situation we had going into the U.S. holiday season,” Vivek Paul, BlackRock investment institution U.K. chief investment strategist, told Yahoo Finance Live on Monday. 

“We think on balance, it would make sense to be invested in the markets at this moment in time,” he added. “It’s all about understanding whether or not this is a delay, or a derailment, of the restart that we’ve seen. And it seems most likely at this moment — not withstanding more information to come— that it looks like a delay.”

The latest commentary on the variant at least momentarily overtook investors’ optimism over remarks Monday from the White House, when President Joe Biden said Omicron was “not a cause for panic.” Biden said he intended to announce the White House’s strategy for addressing coronavirus this winter later this week, and that this plan would not include lockdowns, but would instead emphasize vaccinations, boosters and testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday updated its guidance to say all individuals aged 18 and older “should” get a booster coronavirus vaccine, strengthening this from previous language primarily aimed at getting those considered most at risk an additional dose of the shots. 

Prospects that widespread lockdowns would likely not come to the U.S. in the face of the latest variant helped fuel a broad risk-on rally on Monday. This came in sharp contrast with Friday’s moves immediately following the World Health Organization’s announcement of Omicron as a “variant of concern,” which sparked the Dow’s worst plunge since Oct. 2020. 

“This is not a repeat of March 2020,” Paul Schatz, Heritage Capital President, told Yahoo Finance Live on Monday. “This looks nothing like March of 2020, yet it’s so recent in our history, people immediately think, ‘Omicron is here, oh my gosh this is going to be a 30% decline, we’re going to go straight down’ … You need to equally weigh history, not weigh it based on how recent it was in your memory.”

4:03 p.m. ET: Stock selloff reignites after Powell’s hawkish remarks, Omicron concerns: Dow drops 653 points, or 1.9%

Here were the main moves in markets as of 4:03 p.m. ET:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -88.27 (-1.90%) to 4,567.00

  • Dow (^DJI): -652.61 (-1.86%) to 34,483.33

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -245.14 (-1.55%) to 15,537.69

  • Crude (CL=F): -$3.36 (-4.80%) to $66.59 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): -$11.00 (-0.62%) to $1,774.20 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -8.7 bps to yield 1.4430%

11:14 a.m. ET: Stock losses accelerate as Powell says tapering could end ‘a few months sooner’ than telegraphed before

Losses in the S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq accelerated Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the Fed’s asset-purchase tapering could be sped up to end “a few months sooner” than previously discussed.

The Dow dropped more than 400 points, or over 1.2%. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were also off more than 1.1% in intraday trading. The small-cap Russell 2000 fell by more than 2%. 

In the S&P 500, all 11 major sectors were in the red, and the real estate, consumer discretionary and healthcare sectors underperformed. The materials company Dow Inc., and American Express were the biggest laggards in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

10:04 a.m. ET: Consumer confidence misses estimates in November: Conference Board

Consumer confidence dropped by a greater-than-expected margin in November compared to October, according to the Conference Board’s closely watched monthly index Tuesday.

The headline confidence index dropped to 109.5 in November, the Conference Board said. This missed consensus expectations for a drop to just 110.9, according to Bloomberg data. October’s confidence index was also downwardly revised to 111.6, from the 113.8 previously reported.

The drop came as subindices tracking consumers’ assessments of both present situations and expectations deteriorated compared to October.

“Expectations about short-term growth prospects ticked up, but job and income prospects ticked down. Concerns about rising prices—and, to a lesser degree, the Delta variant—were the primary drivers of the slight decline in confidence,” Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at the Conference Board, said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the proportion of consumers planning to purchase homes, automobiles, and major appliances over the next six months decreased.”

“The Conference Board expects this to be a good holiday season for retailers and confidence levels suggest the economic expansion will continue into early 2022. However, both confidence and spending will likely face headwinds from rising prices and a potential resurgence of COVID-19 in the coming months,” Franco added.

9:31 a.m. ET: Stocks open lower amid virus fears

Here’s where markets were trading just after the opening bell:

  • S&P 500 (^GSPC): -32.56 (-0.7%) to 4,622.71

  • Dow (^DJI): -275.17 (-0.78%) to 34,860.77

  • Nasdaq (^IXIC): -60.25 (-0.38%) to 15,723.28

  • Crude (CL=F): -$2.67 (-3.82%) to $67.28 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F): +$11.20 (+0.63%) to $1,796.40 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -8.6 bps to yield 1.443%

9:07 a.m. ET: Home price growth slowed more than expected in the U.S. in September

U.S. home price growth cooled in September but still remained elevated by pre-pandemic standards, with low interest rates and rising rent costs still stoking home-purchase demand among buyers and pushing up prices. 

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index rose by 19.5% in September over last year, ticking down from a 19.8% rise in August. The closely watched 20-City Composite index, which tracks home price changes across 20 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., rose by 19.1% year-on-year for September, also coming in below the 19.6 rise in August. And the 20-City Composite was also below analyst expectations for a 19.3% gain, according to Bloomberg consensus data. 

8:56 a.m. ET: Markets are ‘misreading Fed’s COVID reaction function’: Strategist

According to at least one market pundit, market participants are currently anticipating too much dovishness from the Federal Reserve in response to the latest concerns over the new Omicron variant. 

“I suspect that the rates market is misreading the Fed’s COVID reaction function,” Neil Dutta, head of economics at Renaissance Macro Research, wrote in a note Tuesday. “Since the pandemic, each COVID wave has had less of an impact of the economy. For example, during the COVID wave that peaked in January, there was a meaningful slowdown in restaurant traffic.”

“In the most recent wave, there wasn’t a slowdown. Moreover, during the spread of the Delta variant, the Fed ended up making a strong signal to commence tapering in November,” Dutta added. “Thus, I expect to see an unwind of these recent market moves and am skeptical that recent concerns over coronavirus will spill into deeper issues for the U.S. economy.”

7:41 a.m. ET Tuesday: Stock futures sink as Omicron concerns resurge

Here’s where markets were trading Tuesday morning: 

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): -34.5 points (-0.74%), to 4,616.50

  • Dow futures (YM=F): -306.00 points (-0.87%), to 34,177.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): -64.50 points (-0.39%) to 16,326.25

  • Crude (CL=F): -$1.57 (-2.24%) to $68.38 a barrel

  • Gold (GC=F):+$7.70 (+0.43%) to $1,792.90 per ounce

  • 10-year Treasury (^TNX): -9.1 bps to yield 1.438%

6:15 p.m. ET Monday: Stock futures hold onto gains

Here were the main moves in markets as the overnight session kicked off: 

  • S&P 500 futures (ES=F): +9 points (+0.19%), to 4,660.00

  • Dow futures (YM=F): +78 points (+0.22%), to 35,155.00

  • Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): +29 points (+0.18%) to 16,419.75

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., November 29, 2021.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Emily McCormick is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter

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How to Call In Coyotes During the Late Fall

There’s a window right about now, as November leans more toward December and late fall feels more like winter, when I put my big-game bow down for a while, trade it for a .223 or shotgun, and turn my attention squarely onto coyotes. When it comes to calling dogs into gun range, I don’t think there’s a better time. Pelts are thickening—getting prime for the taking. Young of the year coyotes are highly susceptible to distress calls now, and coyotes young and old are spending more time on their feet hunting for food. 

Of course, these are still coyotes we are talking about. They’re never easy to fool, but if you follow these four tips, you’ll have plenty of fur for the stretching board.

1. Before Calling, Find Out What Coyotes Are Eating.

Hunters with three coyotes
When you know what area coyotes are eating and key in on the sounds their favorite prey, you’ll be in for great hunting. Jace Bauserman

Here’s a trick that should be obvious but that most coyote hunter don’t bother doing—and it can make a huge difference. Before you touch a call, spend some time scouting your area and find out what the local song dogs are eating. This isn’t a difficult task, but you have to pay close attention. For instance, if you see a few dogs sniffing around in a prairie dog town, you know these plump prairie pests are on the menu. If you’re rolling down a two-track road and find some droppings, put on some rubber gloves and investigate. If the droppings are full of feathers, coyotes are keying on birds. If the droppings have deer or pronghorn hair, they’re keying on fawns and will come to a fawn-in-distress call. Don’t just go to your calling grounds, crank up a wounded-rabbit sound, and call it good. I would guess more than 80 percent of coyote callers rely solely on rabbit sounds. As a result, smart coyotes get used to those sounds and avoid them. Match your sounds to the game that’s in the area, and you’ll have more success.

2. Be Patient. Give Each Setup a Full Half Hour.

My 16-year-old son said it best the other day while we were driving up a dirt road on the way to our next calling point. “Dad, I love to call coyotes,” he sad. “But it’s hard to stay focused when they don’t come in the first 5 minutes.” 

I have kept extensive records over the years, and I believe after the 12-minute mark, your odds of calling a coyote start to go down a little, but they remain pretty good for longer than that. My rule of thumb this time of year is to stay on stands for 30 minutes. The key is to keep scanning and not start losing faith at the 15-minute mark. During November, food is easier to obtain than it is in late winter, which may cause dogs to be a little less aggressive as they head towards a meal.  

Earlier this month, my son and I started calling at one of our money spots at 10 a.m. It’s a large sage flat full of bird life. Over the past three years, we’ve called the area six times, always later in the winter, and killed nine coyotes. All (including some doubles and triples) have come sprinting to a Sparrow-Raspy WP distress sound, and all dogs showed up during the first 5 minutes of each calling session. We’d never called the spot in November before, and this his time it was different. Temperatures were in the upper 50s, and it took precisely 17:28 seconds for a pair of coyotes to wander in. As good as late fall is for calling coyotes, you do have to be a little more patient.

3. Let Coyotes Get Close.

A hunter dragging home a coyote
The author’s son hauls a furred-up November dog off the Colorado plains. Jace Bauserman

One of the biggest mistakes I see newbie coyote hunters make is taking shots that are too long. My goal is to get every coyote as close as possible, and over the years, my crew and I have shot piles of them at less than 5 yards. Our reasoning for getting them so close is twofold: First, it makes for an exciting hunt. Second, cleaning up and sewing a coyote blasted by a shotgun is quick and easy. 

When you first spy a coyote coming to your call, read his body language. Get him in your scope, but as long as he’s moving toward you, let him keep coming. It’s typical for approaching coyotes to stop for a few seconds from time to time and scan the area. They are looking for the prey they hear, and if you have a remote that activates a decoy, this is a great time to twirl it. If the dog resumes his course, let him keep coming. 

Another excellent tip for getting a coyote to come closer is switching the caller back on for a brief second as the dob is paused and watching. You can stay with the same sound—be sure to lower the volume first—or go with any rodent distress call. 

It’s a different story is a coyote sits down on his haunches and freezes like a statue. This body language typically means the dog saw something he doesn’t like, and if he’s in range, you need to take him.

It’s also common for approaching coyotes to try and work downwind. Always know your exact wind direction and speed. If the wind is in your face, the dog will have to work behind you to catch your scent, and chances are good you’ll get him close. If you’re hunting a crosswind, be ready to stop the dog with a bark before he hits your wind.

4. Don’t Play It Loud, for Starters.

People ask me all the time how far I think coyotes can hear a distress call. My answer is: I have no idea, but it’s a hell of a long way. Once, while hunting the open prairie of southeast Colorado, my hunting partner and I spied a coyote bedded in a prairie dog town. His SIG rangefinder told us the dog was 789 yards away. The wind was blowing in our face (away from the dog) at a speed of 7 miles per hour. With the volume on his FoxPro caller set very low, he let the caller emit a few prairie dog distress sounds. The coyote erupted from his bed and came on a string. 

Read your landscape and the current wind conditions before turning on your caller. I tell you this because when it comes to volume, more doesn’t always mean better. Wooded river bottoms and rolling cedar canyons won’t let sound travel nearly as far as open country does, but you’ll likely be closer to coyotes when you kick the caller on, so keep the volume in mind. Also, if the wind is pushing over 15 mph, you’ll need to push the volume button up a bit. Still, start with the volume low, even when the wind is blowing or when hunting wide-open spaces. Too many times, I’ve walked in on a bedded dog I didn’t know was there, blasted the volume, and watched him tuck tail and run away.

Most important, get out there. November is a great time to call coyotes, and don’t forget that those pelts are worth some green. Skinning, stretching, fleshing, and sewing pelts does take some work, but it’s a gratifying process and, at the very least, will help pay for your addiction. 

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How To Spend A Fall Weekend In Charming Virginia Beach

Fall might not be the first season that comes to mind for a beach getaway, but the charming southern city of Virginia Beach may well change your mind.

Considering that the autumn months bring warm and sunny days, but fewer crowds on the beach and a still-lively scene on the boardwalk, the months wedged between the hot days of summer and the cool winter season could be the perfect time for a visit to Virginia Beach.

On my recent late-October trip to Virginia’s premier Atlantic Coast city, I enjoyed days in the 70-and-80-degree Fahrenheit range, lovely sunrises over the water, and a dynamic art scene. And that’s not even to mention the superb seafood restaurants and the fun bars that boast countless Orange Crush variations.

So, while summer might have a firm grasp on your beach dreams, don’t count out autumn in Virginia Beach, when you can stake out an uncrowded corner of the beach and you’re likely to score a table at popular oceanside restaurants and bars. Note that my trip was hosted by the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, but my opinions remain my own.

Things To Do In Virginia Beach In The Fall

Picnic on Virginia Beach
Cindy Barks

1. Picnic On The Beach

As the sun was dropping toward the horizon in the west, the east coast shoreline of Virginia Beach was putting on a sunset show of its own: the light took on a delicate pink hue, dolphins could be seen leaping in the distance, and the balmy air had just a touch of crispness.

That was the scene that welcomed my group as we settled down for a beach picnic along a secluded area of north Virginia Beach. With its miles of wide sandy oceanfront, it is the perfect spot for an alfresco meal.

And, it turned out that a fall afternoon, just as dusk was approaching, was the ideal time to sit on cushions around a low table, sample cheese and fruit, and watch the waves roll in. If you prefer to let someone else do the set-up for your beach picnic, it’s hard to beat the VB Picnic Co., a local company that specializes in curated pop-up picnics, complete with picnic fare served in a charming bohemian-chic tablescape.

Pro Tip: The First Landing State Park at the northern end of the city is known as a prime spot for a beach picnic.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art - Summer of Women
Cindy Barks

2. Enjoy Must-See Works Of Art

Located in a lovely, wooded area a few blocks from the beach is the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, a local gem featuring exhibitions that are rooted in the community but with an eye toward the larger art world.

The Virginia MOCA bills itself as an ever-changing museum where communities and cultures are invited to explore shared humanity through a series of revolving exhibitions, such as the excellent Summer of Women show that was just finishing its run when I visited in October 2021, as well as current and coming exhibitions such as the Emergence Teen Juried Exhibition, the Made in VA show, and the Agnes Grochulska: Archetypes exhibition.

Pro Tip: I found the Virginia MOCA to be a wonderful indoor activity during the one rainy afternoon I experienced during my Virginia Beach stay.

Fishing pier of Virginia Beach
Cindy Barks

3. Check Out The Views From The Fishing Pier

For the long view of Virginia Beach, there are few better spots than the cool Fishing Pier located toward the southern end of the 3-mile-long Virginia Beach Boardwalk. For a small entrance fee, you can walk the 650-foot-long wooden pier for sweeping views of the oceanfront resorts to the north and Rudee Inlet boating area to the south.

Of course, the Fishing Pier is also a popular place for anglers. I watched fishermen all along the length of the pier casting their lines into the ocean and pulling out their wriggling catches.

Pro Tip: The Fishing Pier is also the home of Ocean Eddie’s, a rustic café with an “old beach” atmosphere and a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Sunrise over Virginia Beach
Cindy Barks

4. Watch A Sunrise And A Sunset

Owing to its location right on the east coast, Virginia Beach offers unparalleled views of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean. From virtually any resort or restaurant along the boardwalk, the sunrises are almost guaranteed to dazzle.

I found the balcony from my room at the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront to be a splendid spot to see the sunrise. Even better was the view from the water’s edge after I hurried down to the beach to get a closer view of the rising sun.

Sunset, although more subtle in Virginia Beach, is a great time to take in the pastel colors as dusk falls over the Atlantic.

Surf and Rescue Museum at Virginia Beach
Cindy Barks

5. Learn The Surf And Rescue History

For a fascinating look into Virginia Beach’s maritime past, be sure to stop by the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, a center dedicated to preserving the history of Virginia’s coastal communities and maritime history.

Housed in a quaint former life-saving station along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the museum is a treasure trove of the equipment used by the “surfmen” who once patrolled the beaches and watched for ships in trouble. Exhibits tell the stories of shipwrecks and rescues dating back to the 1700s.

King Neptune statue at Virginia Beach
Photo Credit: Laura Ray

6. Walk The Boardwalk And The Beach

No Virginia Beach visit would be complete without a stroll down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, a 3-mile-long concrete path that runs alongside the beach and connects dozens of oceanfront hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions.

Along the way, you can’t miss the star of the boardwalk: the 26-foot-high sculpture of King Neptune, the mythical god of freshwater and the sea. Located at 31st Street, the statue towers over the boardwalk and can be seen from as far as a mile away. It is a treasured landmark on the boardwalk and a favorite for selfies.

Another option for traversing the oceanfront is to leave the boardwalk and head toward the ocean, where low tide brings a wide swath of packed sand that is perfect for a beachside walk. Playing children, scampering sea birds, and gentle waves make for an entertaining long walk on the beach.

Art show on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach
Art show on the boardwalk (Photo Credit: Cindy Barks)

7. Take In A Boardwalk Festival

With the ocean as a backdrop, the boardwalk frequently serves as a scenic festival venue. In late October, the boardwalk was the site of the venerable Boardwalk Art Show, a 65-year-old Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art-sponsored tradition that draws fine artists from all over the country. Although normally held in the summer, 2021’s festival was postponed until fall.

The boardwalk is also the site for the annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, as well as the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach, a Christmas tradition that features lighted displays in the shape of festive fish, crabs, and elves — all against the moonlit Atlantic Ocean.

Restaurants In Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach boasts fresh-caught seafood, historic distilleries, and more Orange Crush than one could believe. Here’s a taste of this oceanside city’s food and drink scene.

Meal at Catch 31 Fish House and Bar
Cindy Barks

Enjoy World-Class Seafood

From crab to oysters to shrimp, Virginia Beach restaurants are known for their fresh seafood dishes. The Virginia Beach tourism website notes that the region’s salty brackish water is home to an amazing array of sea life. Local eateries play up the seafood bounty with a number of specialties, such as Lynnhaven oysters, she-crab soup, and soft-shell crab.

Restaurants Atlantic on Pacific or Tautog’s Restaurant are known for preparing super-fresh oysters how you like them, while local favorite Waterman’s Surfside Grille is famous for its rich and creamy she-crab soup. And for a sweet/salty seaside appetizer, head to Catch 31 Fish House and Bar for crispy coconut shrimp served with Thai chili sauce.

Whiskey flight at Tarnished Truth Distillery
Cindy Barks

Taste Some Tarnished Truth Bourbon

Billed as the nation’s first in-hotel distillery, Tarnished Truth Distillery Company makes the most of its setting in the charming and historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club.

Tarnished Truth conducts informative guided tours through its old and new distilling techniques, before providing tastings of its award-winning, locally crafted bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka, and gin.

Pro Tip: A stop at the rustic Tarnished Truth tasting room makes for a fun activity before catching happy hour in front of the fireplace at the Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club’s classic Hunt Room Tavern.

Orange Crush IPA at Waterman's Surfside Grille
Cindy Barks

Crush On An Orange Cocktail

Orange-infused cocktails are signature beverages in Virginia Beach, and an Orange Crush made of freshly squeezed orange juice, vodka, triple sec, and Sprite makes for a refreshing pick-me-up in the afternoon or evening.

I loved the Original Orange Crush at Waterman’s Surfside Grille, the spot where the drink originated, but the famous cocktails can be found all over town in places like Chix on the Beach and The Shack on 8th.

For another variation on the orange theme, try an Orange Crush IPA, a citrusy beer that goes well with a light dinner.

Pro Tip: While Virginia Beach posts average high temperatures in the 80-degree Fahrenheit range from June through September, the average-high temperatures drop to a comfortable 70-degree range in October and the 60s in November. Winter months are cool, with December through March posting average highs in the 50s, and spring warms up to the high 60s in April and the mid-70s in May.

Other Virginia Beach activities to consider:

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Tigers Fall at Home 82-78 to Columbia – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson fell 82-78 in a challenging, hard-fought game at home against the Lions of Columbia University on Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Latrese Saine (12 points and 10 rebounds) and Kiara Lewis (20 points and 11 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles for the Tigers.  

Lewis led all scorers and set a new career-high in rebounds. Lewis and Saine were just two of four Tigers to score in double figures, as they were joined by Delicia Washington (17) and freshman Eno Inyang (12). 

Clemson (1-1) scored 23 points off turnovers, 40 points in the paint and 26 points from the bench. However, the Tigers made just 29 of 43 free throws taken on the afternoon. The 43 free throw attempts are fifth all-time in free throw attempts for Clemson, and it was the most at home since attempting 46 against East Carolina in 2001.  

Those 43 free throw attempts are also the fifth-most in program history.

The Tigers also recorded 53 rebounds (26 offense, 27 defense) and scored 24 second-chance points off those 26 offensive rebounds. 

The Tigers ended the second quarter on an 18-6 run to take a 50-36 lead into the half. They were led by Lewis and Inyang, who scored 10 and 11 points, respectively. Clemson shot 41 percent from the floor and 72 percent (21-for-29) in the half. 

The 29 free throws taken by the Tigers were the most attempted in a half since registering 31 in the second half against Coastal Carolina in 2016. 

Columbia (3-0) led by as many as nine points in the first quarter before the Tigers scored a program-best 31 points in the second quarter (since the NCAA moved to quarters during the 2015-16 season).

The starters recorded 52 of the Tigers’ 78 points.

Sienna Durr led the Lions with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor. Columbia was 30-for-72 from the floor while attempting 26 3-pointers, making eight and turned the ball over 21 times while committing 31 fouls. 

Up Next

Clemson will play its first road game of the season when the Tigers travel to Columbia, S.C. to face No. 1 South Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 17, for a 7 p.m. ET tip on SECN+.

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Bulldogs Fall in Season Opener to Shippensburg, 79-53

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Despite shooting nearly 40-percent from the 3-point line, the Bowie State women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a 21-12 scoring spread in the third quarter, falling to Shippensburg (2-0) 79-53 during their season opener Saturday night at Heiges Field House.

Freshman Anii Harris (Ellicott City, MD) scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting off the bench while redshirt freshman Katerra Myers (Burtonsville, MD) added 10 points and eight rebounds in the effort for Bowie State (0-1).

After a 16-13 deficit in the first quarter, the Bulldogs stayed within reach of the Raiders the entire second quarter despite not taking the lead. The Raiders owned an eight-point lead before BSU orchestrated a 14-8 scoring run to close the gap to two points (30-28) with 1:55 left in the first half. Shippensburg tacked on three more points but a layup from Myers put the Bulldogs behind just three (33-30) at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be costly for Bowie State as the Bulldogs shot just 10-percent from the floor (1-10) compared the Raiders who outscored BSU 21-10 on 60-percent shooting (9-15) from the field.

Down by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs plowed at the deficit on a 14-4 run but seven-point margin would be the closest Bowie State would get to the Raiders the remainder of the way.

The Bulldogs shot 33-percent from the floor (19-58), connecting 5-of-13 from the 3-point line and 64-percent (16-25) from the free throw line for the game. BSU bench did managed to outscore the Raiders 33-10 but Shippensburg scored 48 points in the paint and gathered 17 points off of second chances.

Bowie State will return to action Wednesday, Nov. 17 when the Bulldogs travel to Shepherdstown, WV to take on Shepherd. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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How to Spend More Time on the Trail this Fall and Winter

For most, the hiking season ends when the last leaves drop. But if you’re used to hanging up your boots in the fall, you’re missing out on some serious magic. In winter, the crowds vanish, leaving trails quiet. Snow-dusted branches and sunlit frost cast the world in a new light. Pesky insects vanish in the cool, crisp air, and leafless branches reveal hidden views. The cherry on top? Many parks relax their reservation and camping permit systems starting in late fall, which means easier trail access than any other time of year.

This fall and winter, don’t lose your momentum. Instead, make the most of the cold months with these tips for maximizing your trail time.

Layering for Cold Weather

Your first line of defense against the cold is your clothing. Build a smart layering system and you’ll be able to fine-tune your personal thermostat no matter what the weather does. The trick is to stay just warm enough while minimizing sweat, which can leave you damp and chilled. Your cold-weather kit should include a synthetic or merino wool base layer, a lightly insulated midlayer like the Expedition X-Laat Jacket, a thick puffy coat like the Keb Touring Down Jacket, and a waterproof shell to deflect rain or snow like the Keb Eco-Shell Jacket.

As for bottoms? In moderately wet and chilly weather, mid-weight, water-resistant hiking pants like the Keb Trousers can be a great choice. If you expect much precipitation or deep snow, though, you may need a shell pant like the Keb Eco-Shell Trousers, which are fully waterproof and have long side zippers for venting heat. In temperatures below freezing, you’ll likely want to wear synthetic or merino wool base-layer bottoms beneath your hiking pants.

Fuel Up and Don’t Forget to Hydrate

The human body is a furnace: add fuel, get heat. Plus, between carrying heavier gear and the laborious work of hiking through snow, most hikers need way more calories in winter. So, when you’re out in cooler weather, aim to eat a snack at least every hour (and bring plenty of extras).

Pro tip: make sure all your food is freeze-proof. (Most granola and protein bars go rock-hard as soon as the mercury drops.) Fatty foods are both cold-resistant and provide dense sources of fuel that will keep your internal fires burning. Because cold weather can dampen appetites, bring at least one salty option and one sweet option, and make sure it’s real food you’re excited to eat. Some favorites are cheese, jerky, salami, milk chocolate, nuts, banana bread, and bacon.

Lastly, don’t forget about hydration. In cold weather, it can be hard to remember to drink water. But cold, dry air sucks moisture from your breath, which means you’re slowly dehydrating yourself even if you aren’t sweating. Plus, proper hydration keeps your blood thin, which allows it to more easily flow into the tiny blood vessels that keep your fingers and toes warm. To keep water drinkable, opt for bottles over hydration reservoirs with hoses, which can freeze. Remember that water freezes from the top down, so store bottles lid-down. That way, if you do get a layer of surface ice, it won’t cut off your access to the liquid water beneath.

Where to Go

Earlier this year, we rounded up some of the country’s most scenic and rewarding trails (check all of them out in our interactive Trekker’s Handbook). But when the air cools, a few of the trails on our list really start to stand out. Here are three hiking hot spots that are better in the fall and winter.

Grand Canyon National Park

Come October, the sweltering Arizona heat gives way to cool mornings and perfect afternoons, making it the ideal time to visit the Grand Canyon. The almost 24-mile Rim-to-Rim route will carry you through a stunning temperature gradient—it’s not uncommon to have feet of snow stacked on the canyon rim and balmy 50-degree temps at the canyon bottom. The best perk? Crowds tend to disperse starting in late September, so you might even get this bucket-list natural wonder to yourself.

Appalachian Trail

Plan a day hike in Shenandoah National Park or Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October to see some of the brightest crimson maples and yellow birch leaves out there. When peak color subsides and the leaves fall? Go back for some real highlights. You’ll be able to peer through new windows thanks to the absent foliage to glimpse rolling mountain vistas and rugged rock outcroppings that you never knew existed. When it’s really cold, you might even catch a hard frost, which crystallizes fallen leaves and tree branches into an otherworldly dreamscape.

Wonderland Trail

For those with winter-camping experience, consider an overnight along the Wonderland Trail. A 93-mile loop encircling Mount Rainier, this trail is known for its scenic beauty, plentiful camping, and notoriously difficult-to-land overnight permits. The good news for cold-weather warriors? While permits are required year-round, advance reservations are only recommended for the busy season of June through September. When school is back in session, the number of people vying for coveted permits drops sharply, which means you can easily nab an overnight slot and on the weekend of your choice. Start at Longmire and head east along Nisqually Creek to the forested Paradise River campground. Or, for more advanced terrain (and more open scenery) go north from Longmire to the Pyramid Creek site. You’ll need appropriate gear and strong winter camping know-how, but you’ll be rewarded with tranquil solitude and iconic views of Rainier blanketed in snow.

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About Last Night: Canes fall 5-2 to Panthers, lose perfect record

The Carolina Hurricanes tasted defeat for the first time on Saturday night, and they were dominated from start to finish.

From allowing four goals in the first period to an injury to backup netminder Antti Raanta, it would only be truthful to classify the game as an overall disaster.

Carolina broke its nine-game winning streak and is now 9-0-1, still tied for second in the league. A loss at some point was inevitable— it just would’ve been nice for the Canes to see it play out in a different fashion.

With that being said, let’s keep it short and sweet and talk about last night:

A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start

Frederik Andersen made his ninth start of the season last night. He’s been phenomenal so far, but the first period was definitely not his best showing.

But let’s not pretend that the play in front of him was good. It wasn’t. The defense struggled big time and puck possession was a real issue during this first period.

But unfortunately, Andersen was the one in net last night and he suffered the consequences of bad special teams play.

In the first 20 minutes, he allowed four goals on 15 shots, three of which were during the Canes penalty kill. He looked choppy and his rebound control was less than stellar. This was unprecedented for Andersen in this year’s sample size. Before last night’s game, his GAA sat first in the league at 1.50 and his SV% was a phenomenal .949 (second in the league). He has been the Canes hero thus far this season.

So when Andersen had a rough start, he was given the benefit of the doubt. But after four goals allowed in the first period, Brind’Amour pulled him and Antti Raanta was put in for his second time on the ice this season.

He played well, saving all four shots he faced, until he and Ryan Lomberg of the Panthers had a dangerous collision and Raanta headed off the ice.

After the game, Brind’amour said that Raanta seemed fine, but it’s likely that he’s concussed.

Andersen returned after the injury to Raanta, and was back to his old self, making leaping saves left and right and stopping every shot he faced for the rest of the night.

“He actually gave us a chance to come back in the game,” Brind’amour said.

He ended the game saving 23 of 27 shots faced, with an .852 SV%. It was not what Canes fans are used to seeing from their netminder, but they can’t expect perfection from Andersen, especially with his heavy workload so far.

Special teams disappointment

Before last night’s game, no one could disagree with the fact that the Canes had one of the best special teams in the league. Their penalty kill was ranked third in the league at 90.24% and their power play was ranked fifth at 26.47%. It was impressive.

Last night did not follow that same trend, as the team took six penalties and allowed three Florida power play goals, for just a 50% success rate. This was a drastic decline that proved to heavily impact the course of the game.

The Canes are also taking too many penalties, period. This has been a source of concern all season, but their PK units have been strong enough to take care of business. This game highlighted many of the underlying issues that have yet to be addressed, specifically regarding special teams.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we’re staying out of the box, and that’s something that we’ve struggled with as a team over the past couple seasons, so just making sure we’re disciplined in that area,” said Jaccob Slavin.

Another newbie debut

Defenseman Brendan Smith, who signed a one-year deal with Carolina this past offseason, made his Canes debut last night. While he didn’t end up on the score sheet, his presence was clearly noted. He was a key part of the special teams from the start and ended the game with one shot and three hits in 11:48 of ice time.

“He’s a physical presence on the ice and he plays a hard game,” Jaccob Slavin said.

While Smith didn’t make many mistakes on the ice, Brett Pesce’s absence was clear as day. Injuries are hindering this team’s success, and Pesce is one key player that is much-needed.

Playing from behind

From 2:28 into the game to the very last second, the Canes trailed. This was just the second time this season that the Canes were behind by two goals or more, and at one point last night, Carolina let in four unanswered goals. This was the sixth time this season that the opposing team scored the opening goal of the game. It’s normal for the Canes to start slow— just not this slow.

“We can’t dig ourselves in that kind of hole,” Slavin said.

The Canes struggled to capitalize on power play opportunities, which was largely due to Panthers rookie goaltender Spencer Knight, who played a superb game. Jesper Fast was able to get the Canes on the board seven minutes into the second period with the help of a beautiful pass from Slavin, and Vincent Trocheck was able to score a gritty tip-in off Andrei Svechnikov’s puck to make it 4-2, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

“It’s a 60 minute game, not 40, so we’ve got to come out a little better than we did,” Trocheck said.

This marks the end to a historic season-opening win streak for the Canes, as they fell one victory shy of tying the all-time record, which was set by both the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

Jarvis impresses in first few games as a Hurricane

There wasn’t much to see as a positive from last night’s game, but rookie Seth Jarvis’s play was definitely a bright spot.

“He’s competitive and makes plays,” Brind’amour said. “He’s been solid, really solid. Three games in and he’s looked good pretty much every shift. He’s done what we’ve asked him to do and that’s why he got more and more ice time tonight.”

In his first three games, he’s scored one goal on four shots, and currently has a +13 corsi.

He doesn’t just pass the eye test, his stats reiterate what we’ve seen on the ice.

Looking Forward

The Canes don’t have to travel far, as they remain in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-2) on Tuesday to finish off their road trip. With a few days of rest, hopefully the Canes can get back on track and end the excursion with a win.

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EMCC basketball teams each fall to 1-1

Jakorie Smith scored 22 points and Nick Walker grabbed 14 rebounds Thursday night, but East Mississippi Community College dropped a 70-65 game to Northwest Mississippi at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

EMCC and Northwest battled through seven ties, including a 33-33 halftime deadlock that came about following double-digit runs by both teams during the opening half.  London Taylor scored eight points during a 12-2 Rangers run that gave the visitors a 19-10 lead midway through the half.   

Slowed by 8 turnovers during the game’s first 12 minutes, the Lions later overcame an 11-point deficit by scoring 11 unanswered points, including 6 straight points by Smith, to knot the score at 28-28 with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

Following intermission, the teams played through three more ties before Northwest scored eight consecutive points to move ahead, 51-43.

As they did in the opening half, the Lions battled back to forge two additional deadlocks midway through the second stanza.  Following consecutive put-back baskets by EMCC on the heels of two Danny Washington steals, Blake Butler‘s three-point play at the 12:00 mark tied it at 52-52.

A minute later with the score tied at 54-54, the Rangers went on a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead for good. The Lions pulled to within six points at 69-63 on a Butler 3-pointer with 2:37 left.  Following a two-minute scoring drought by both teams, EMCC could then only manage to cut the deficit to four points on a Nick Walker putback with 24.1 ticks remaining.

EMCC received double-double efforts by forwards Smith (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Walker (12 points, 14 rebounds). It was the 14th double-double for Smith in his career and the sixth for Walker.

Isaiah Gainesscored 18 of his team-high 20 points after halftime to lead four players in double figures for Northwest. Joseph Cooper was next with 15 points, followed by Ethan Pickett and Taylor with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

EMCC (1-1) will resume MACCC play Monday at Holmes before competing in Vincennes University’s McDonald’s Classic, Nov. 12-13 in Indiana, where the Lions will meet the host Trailblazers at 6 p.m. Friday before taking on preseason No. 6 John A. Logan College at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Women’s basketball

Coahoma 65, East Mississippi 50: The Tigers led from wire to wire to pin the first loss of the season on the Lions.

After taking a 38-27 halftime lead, the Tigers did not let the Lions get closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Two free throws by Markiema Lancaster pulled EMCC within 11 at 61-50 late in the game, but the Lions did not score during the final three minutes.

Shakira Wilson led EMCC with 11 points. DJ Williams followed with 9 points, and Siarra Jackson contributed 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Coahoma displayed balanced scoring with five players scoring between nine and 12 points, led by Tiara Abron’s dozen, Nakia Cheateham with 11 and Brayland Ferguson with 10.

The Lions (1-1) will travel to Northwest Mississippi for a Monday game before returning home to host Itawamba on Thursday.  Tip-off time for the EMCC-ICC women’s game is set for 5:30 p.m. at Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.  

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How to find cheap flights this fall and winter: Start now, and look abroad

Mel Dohmen, senior manager of brand marketing at Orbitz and Cheaptickets, said there is a lot of affordability out there, such as to bigger hub cities where airlines are adding more flights (e.g., Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando.) This winter you’ll have more competition, and potentially higher ticket prices, if you’re heading to warm-weather or snow-sport destinations.

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The rise and fall of the Jack Daniel’s committee: How D.C.’s police lodge made thousands selling whiskey online

“If it was ever against the law, we would never have done it,” said Maybo, the former lodge president, in a recent interview. After all, he said, the whole thing was done by police officers, in front of police officers. “I would imagine that if I’m doing something illegal, if the FOP were doing something illegal, somebody would have said that. And it went on for years.”

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