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Manchester United travel to Brentford for Wednesday’s Premier League clash.

The Red Devils will be hoping for a strong response after their late collapse against Aston Villa over the weekend.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are seventh in the division, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham, who’ve played two extra matches.

This is the first meeting of the season between these two sides with the fixture originally due to have been played over a month ago.

But three points isn’t assured with Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham having all stumbled against Thomas Frank’s side.

However, the Bees have leaked seven goals in their last two against Southampton and Liverpool.

United are expected to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back into the fold and we expect the Portuguese to return with a bang.

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2022 travel trends: Airline miles to lose value, negotiable hotel rates, more

The “CBS Mornings” series “What’s New In ’22” takes a closer look at the stories and trends that will define the year ahead.

The travel industry has faced new restrictions, canceled trips, destination closures and job losses over the past year. What can we expect in 2022?

CBS News senior travel adviser Peter Greenberg shares his expectations and how travelers should prepare.

Flight prices will drop in January

After January 4, air traffic historically drops, so prices will likely be lower than they are now, Greenberg said.  

“If I wanted to book a round-trip ticket this morning from New York to Los Angeles, assuming I could even get on a plane, that round-trip fare is $700. January 5: $132,” he said. “I also priced out a Dallas to New York trip on January 5. It was $32. The cab ride to the airport is more expensive.”

Airlines won’t mandate vaccines on their own

While some airline CEOs support a vaccine mandate for travelers, none of them want to be the only airline to implement it, Greenberg said.

“They’re waiting for the Biden administration to make that rule,” he said. “[The administration’s] not about to make that rule right now because their other vaccination mandate is being challenged in the courts, all the way up to the Supreme Court. So, until that’s resolved, it’s dead on arrival.”

Airline miles will lose value

During the pandemic, companies realized their frequent flyer programs were worth more than the airlines themselves, Greenberg said.

“They actually mortgaged their programs from between $6 and $10 billion each airline. That’s a lot of debt,” he said. 

To deal with that debt, the airlines will start to devalue frequent flyer miles and make it harder to earn and redeem them, he said. So, if you have a lot of miles, Greenberg recommends using them as soon as possible.

“Start today. Look out about 330 days, as far out as that, and redeem miles as much as you can because starting in January, that devaluation parade is going to start and it’s not going to be pretty,” he said.

Hotel rates could be negotiable 

Expect to pay more for hotels in the next year. But if you’re willing to make a phone call, rather than book online, you may be able to negotiate the rate, Greenberg said. 

“It’s not the posted rate that counts, it’s all the ancillary rates about whether you’re going to have to pay for the water, or the Wi-Fi, or the parking,” he said, adding, “as more hotels open with the same continuing staff shortages, it’s going to be a much more competitive marketplace. They’ll be much more willing to negotiate because any revenue is better than no revenue.”

Restaurants will raise prices

“Expect to pay more for your menu,” Greenberg said. “Every menu item price is going up, and a lot of things that never used to be on the menu as a charged item — they’re going to be on that.”

This is because many restaurants have been facing staffing issues that are expected to continue. They’ll have to incentivize workers with higher wages, perks and benefits, Greenberg said.

“That’s going to all translate into higher menu prices, not just on the entrees, but what used to come on your dish is now going to be charged as a side order. Even the bread basket is going to be a paid item.”

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Xavier Musketeers lose to Iowa State in NIT Season Tip-Off


Defense is supposed to travel, but the Xavier Musketeers didn’t bring it with them to the Barclays Center on Wednesday night against Iowa State in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The defense that led Xavier through its first four games and helped produce a No. 25 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll, got torn to shreds by Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington, who led the Cyclones to an 82-70 win with 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half.

“You guys ask questions about the defensive end and you’re 1,000% right,” said Xavier head coach Travis Steele. “This is the first time I didn’t feel like we played towards our identity this year. Iowa State was the harder playing team. They were the more physical team. They were the tougher team tonight. That’s why they won the game. Point blank. End of story.” 

Inexplicably, Xavier repeatedly let Brockington, a left-hander, drive to his left and create his shot. 

“Brockington got right to his left,” said Steele. “We obviously went over that on the scouting report. He’s a really good player going to his left … can’t let him get to his left. Details matter.” 

To start the game, Iowa State attacked the glass, which helped the Cyclones build an early lead. 

After Xavier closed the first half with a run that gave the Musketeers a 39-38 lead at the break, Xavier was sloppy to start the second half and let Iowa State start the half with a 9-0 run. 

“Their physicality tonight on both ends defensively and offensively, whether it was their offensive rebounding to start the game, then denying on the defensive end, I thought we had a hard time getting open,” said Steele. “We gotta be stronger on our drives, stronger with the ball. I think we finished with 17 turnovers which is just completely ridiculous.”

There wasn’t much to be pleased with from Xavier’s perspective. Other than the way Xavier finished the first half, Jack Nunge’s collegiate career-high 24 points, and another double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds) from Colby Jones, the rest of the night was forgettable from a Musketeer vantage point.

Paul Scruggs played his worst game of the season at both ends of the floor. He had a hard time defending Brockington and he had an even harder time getting going offensively. Scruggs went 1-for-14 from the floor and he missed his final 13 shots of the game.

“He just couldn’t get it going,” Steele said of Scruggs. “Give a lot of credit to Iowa State, I thought they defended him well. I also thought he had some really good looks, he was missing lay-ups and 3s. He had some uncharacteristic turnovers. He’ll be back. Paul’s a great player.” 

Scruggs and Nate Johnson, Xavier two fifth-year seniors, each had five turnovers. Jerome Hunter went 3-for-12 from the field and 0-for-6 from beyond the arc as he continues to struggle offensively.

“I thought our guys lost their minds a little bit in the second half. We missed a lay-up early. We missed a couple wide-open 3s early,” said Steele. “They went on their run, right, they punched us in the mouth and I thought that really affected our offense.” 

Adam Kunkel didn’t play on Wednesday due to an illness. Kunkel made the trip to New York, but Steele said he’s had a rough couple of days and he’s battling a fever and he’s been throwing up. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to play on Friday when the Musketeers take on either Memphis or Virginia Tech back at the Barclays Center. 

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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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CELTIC travel to Dens Park to take on Dundee on Sunday afternoon.

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Kyogo Furuhashi got on the scoresheet mid-week against Ferencvaros


Kyogo Furuhashi got on the scoresheet mid-week against Ferencvaros


Celtic lost ground on league leaders Rangers last weekend after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Livingston at home.

That result brought Celtic’s run of five straight wins in all competitions to an end and bolstered Rangers’ lead to four points.

However, Ange Postecoglou’s men returned to winning ways on Thursday with a hard-fought 3-2 away win against Ferencvaros in the Europa League.

Goals from Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Liel Abada carried the Celts through in Hungary.

Dundee bounced back from a brutal 5-0 loss against bottom side Ross County with a 1-0 win against St Mirren last weekend.

That result will give them confidence but they face a big ask to get a result this weekend and we think Celtic will win 3-0.

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Memphis Grizzlies lose 129-103 to Miami Heat

The Memphis Grizzlies were in the Halloween spirit Saturday but their fans didn’t appreciate their giving mood. Whatever the Miami Heat wanted, they got treats with uncontested shots.

The crowd only got tricks, including the score not showing on the jumbotron for most of the second quarter. Things got worse when Heat center Dewayne Dedmon, who took just five 3-pointers last season, made a open 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Instead of a warm return to FedExForum, it became a nightmare on Beale Street. The Grizzlies lost 129-103 in their return from a successful West Coast road trip.

Here’s what we learned as the Grizzlies fell to 3-3:

JA MORANT: Ja Morant’s impressive start for Grizzlies motivated by winning, not just respect

DESMOND BANE: How Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane is turning his game inside-out

Bad defense

Despite playing a back-to-back, the Heat (5-1) started 6-for-7 from the field and didn’t cool down, shooting 52.3% for the game. Through three quarters, Heat reserve guard Tyler Herro had as many points (16) as the Grizzlies’ bench.

The Heat passed the 100-point mark with 2:02 remaining in the third and made a season-high 21 3-pointers (56.8%). It was a defensive collapse that reminded of the Portland Trail Blazers‘ loss Wednesday. 

The Grizzlies hope for some help whenever Dillon Brooks returns. He’s expected to have a follow-up with the team’s medical staff this week per coach Taylor Jenkins. Until he returns, the Grizzlies need to find the defense they brought Thursday against the Golden State Warriors.

Slow start

For the second consecutive game, the Grizzlies’ offense came out flat. This time, they couldn’t blame lack of rest and a back-to-back. 

The Heat leads the NBA in defensive rating and went to work holding the Grizzlies to 20 points in the first quarter. Jaren Jackson Jr’s struggles continued with a 3-for-12 shooting night for Memphis, as he couldn’t take advantage of the Heat playing without All-Star center Bam Adebayo (knee injury).

The Grizzlies never led and Jenkins changed his usual 10-man rotation to 11 by adding Sam Merrill in the second quarter to try and find shooting. It didn’t work as Merrill shot 1-for-6 from the field.

“I think we got to understanding facing veteran teams like that, they’re going to come out hard. We got to respond quick because it can get bad early,” said De’Anthony Melton.

Morant vs. Butler

Jimmy Butler guarded Ja Morant from the opening tip, and Morant struggled as a result. He had 20 points, his fifth game scoring at least that much, but shot just 7-for-18 from the field.

Butler had three steals to go along with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Unlike Morant, the All-Star forward had no trouble getting his shot (8-for-12 shooting) and ended the first half with a steal on Morant that he converted into a fast-break dunk. 

Morant, the NBA’s leading scorer, added seven assists but couldn’t get his usual easy looks against the Heat.

Melton shakes mini-slump

Melton had 20 points to shake his shooting troubles from the previous two games. Part of that also came scoring eight consecutive points in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

He was also the rare Grizzlies player that shined on defense with three steals to go with five assists. But neither Melton nor Desmond Bane (five 3-pointers) could counter the Heat’s firepower.

Herro finished with 22 points and Duncan Robinson added 15 points on five 3-pointers. Kyle Lowry had four 3-pointers to finish a 15-point, eight-assist night. 

Schedule gets harder

The Grizzlies play five of their next six games at home but they’re in for a fight.

Their next five opponents have records above .500. They play the Denver Nuggets twice, then travel to face the Washington Wizards Friday, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference. That’s followed by a homestand against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns.

If Brooks returns during that stretch, he’ll provide a lift with his scoring and defense. Yet it won’t solve the Grizzlies’ other issues of team defense and Jackson finding his way through this shooting slump.

Next Up

The Grizzlies face the Denver Nuggets on Monday (7 p.m., Bally Sports Southeast). The teams also meet Wednesday at FedExForum

The Nuggets, led by reigning Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic, won all three meetings last season. Two of the three games were close, including the Grizzlies’ 103-102 loss at FedExForum.

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Lose Yourself In These Portland-Area Corn Mazes

The air is getting colder, the leaves are turning, and the sun is setting sooner—telltale signs that it’s fall. Celebrate by navigating your way through the dead ends, endless circles, and random pathways of Portland’s hyper-designed corn mazes, then treat yourself to seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts or caramel apples. (Pro tip: If you’re headed to Sauvie Island, beat the crowds and the traffic by getting an early start.) 

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch

16511 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
Price: kids and seniors are $6, and adults are $8

The 2021 theme of the 8-acre “Maize” is Bridgetown, celebrating the bridges that connect Portlanders to one another. Fuel up for the maze at the Pumpkin Patch’s café with burgers and German sausages, and make sure to grab some of their caramel apples.

Bella Organic Farm

16205 NW Gillihan Road
Price: kids, seniors, and adults on weekdays are $8; on weekends adults are $10. Fast passes are available to skip the lines for $45.

This 7-acre maze features the timely theme “United Against Hate.” On Fridays and Saturday nights throughout October, the maze is transformed into a haunted attraction for the bravest groups. Important note: vendors and ticket booths only accept cash.

Topaz Farm

17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
Price: ages 6-12 are $5, and $10 for ages 13 and up.

A special end of season haunted maze and family friendly hoe-down/bonfire on Friday, October 29 is $15 for kids, $35 for adults. Tickets need to be bought in advance for this event.

Topaz Farm made two mazes to better serve all age groups: one short path for the younger ones, and a larger and more challenging maze for the rest that becomes haunted on Halloween weekend. The farm worked with six local artists, including Jack Kent from Sketchy People, Stephanie Choi, and Jason Walton, to showcase their art within the 7-acre maze. Guests can also visit some of the farm’s animals, including mini donkeys, goats, and a dwarf cow, or load up on seasonal foods like house-made ice cream and pies.

Fazio Farms

9028 NE 13th Ave
Price: $5

Fazio Farms is making their maze as COVID-friendly as possible by reducing corn stalk height and making the paths 6 feet wide. Although the stalks are shorter for COVID safety and increased ventilation, they promise that the height of the maze doesn’t change the level of difficulty. Young ones can also check out the hay maze and a large slide while parents grab popcorn and pickles to fuel up.

Liepold Farms

14050 SE Richey Rd, Boring
Price: ages 2-13 are $15, ages 14 and up are $20.

Established in 1952, Liepold Farms works all year round to provide fresh and local produce such as berries, sunflowers, and pumpkins. Their corn maze takes up six acres, and this year’s theme is “Pollination Party” (Look for decorative Easter eggs that echo this theme throughout the farm). While working through the maze, try and find all the dead ends to win a prize, or stay until night to work through the maze in the dark. Reward yourself for making it through with some of their specialty donuts, including apple cider mini-donuts served on weekends only.

French Prairie Gardens

17673 French Prairie Road, St. Paul
Price: admission $12 on weekdays, $20 on weekends.

French Prairie Gardens goes above and beyond the average corn maze by adding three other kinds of mazes. Besides the four-acre corn maze, guests can also find an in-bloom sunflower maze, a hay maze for the kids, and finally a challenging rope maze. They just opened their newest attraction, the 150-foot-long Super Mega Ride ‘n’ Slide, (must be at least 42 inches tall to ride) so slide over to check that out as well.

Hoffman Farms

22242 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton
Entrance to farms is free; corn maze is $6

The largest maze on our list belongs to Hoffman Farms, spreading across 10 acres. On weekends, you can also fuel up at their BBQ truck, and relax after you make it through the maze by listening to live music.

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When It Comes to Business Travel, Hawaiʻi Is Projected to Lose $1.1B This Year

When it comes to business travel, Hawaiʻi is projected to lose $1.1 billion this year compared to 2019, according to a report from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Hawaiʻi primarily draws leisure travelers — but nationally, business travel is a big revenue generator for cities.

But the lingering effects of COVID-19 are causing organizations and companies to reduce trips and events this year.

Locally, the meetings, conferences and incentives, or MCI, market accounts for a majority of business travel.

Kalani Kaʻanaʻana, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s chief brand officer, says prior to the pandemic it made up 5% to 7% of the overall visitor arrivals — which still has value.

“On the meeting side and the MCI side, those are really the travelers we’re going after. They tend to be more respectful, they’re happening in structured events where they’re occupied during the day — reducing their impact and traffic and other things,” Kaʻanaʻana said.

“They tend to have a higher spend compared to a leisure traveler. And so I think for us, they really form the kind of core market that we really like to see of respectful travelers who travel pono,” he told Hawaiʻi Public Radio. “Also, they have additional benefits because many of them will add days before and after the conference.”

Kaʻanaʻana says in order for tourism and business travel to recover — we have to better understand how to live with COVID.

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