STR: October U.S. Hotel Metrics Up From September


The U.S. hotel industry resumed its recovery in October, with key performance metrics showing improvement from September’s numbers, STR reported.

October 2021 U.S. hotel occupancy was 62.9 percent compared with 61.2 percent for September. The October figure is 8.8 percent below October 2019 levels. October average daily rate was $134.78, up from $133.11 last month and up 1.2 percent from 2019 rates. Revenue per available room was $84.75, a 7.6 percent decline from 2019, but an improvement from September’s $82.04.

None of the top 25 markets reported higher occupancy in October 2021 than October 2019. The top 25 markets did report higher ADR than all other markets, according to STR.

Nashville had the highest occupancy level at 71.8 percent, still down 11.9 percent from the 2019 benchmark. Boston (70.6 percent) and Los Angeles (70.2 percent) were the only other markets with occupancy levels higher than 70 percent. Only Oahu Island reported occupancy below 50 percent, at 48.9 percent.

STR and Tourism Economics earlier this month boosted their forecast, moving up their projected full U.S. hotel industry recovery to late 2022 for demand and ADR, and from 2024 to 2023 for RevPAR, at least in nominal terms. With inflation taken into consideration, real ADR and RevPAR won’t fully recover until 2025.

RELATED: September U.S. Hotel Metrics Dip Again Despite Group Bump



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MAG sees passenger numbers increase in October | News


Manchester Airports Group (MAG) airports served 2.7 million passengers in October, which represented 51 per cent of pre-pandemic traffic compared to the same month in October 2019.

These figures mark six months of sustained increases in the number of passengers travelling through MAG airports.

In May, the group only welcomed 260,000 passengers.

By contrast, October is the first month since February last year in which both Manchester and London Stansted airports have each served more than one million passengers.

The increase seen in October was boosted by the half term period and pent-up demand for international travel after more than a year of Covid-19-related disruption.

The number of passengers served in October was 22 per cent higher than in September following a further easing of restrictions on international travel on October 4th, which saw PCR tests on replaced by cheaper lateral flow requirements, alongside the removal of all remaining countries from the ‘red list’.

This positive trend is expected to continue in the lead up to the festive season. 

Leisure travel between the UK and the US resumed on November 8th in a significant moment for the revival of the aviation industry.





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Horoscope Today: October 30, 2021




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Those who want to exit will never run out of excuses and those who want to stay will always find a reason. So, what is your physical reality mirroring back at you, Sagittarius? Are you refusing to read the signs that are continually being shown to you? Word for the wise: it may be time to let a certain somebody go. Capricorn, you are not alone—never alone. You have an army of angels and guides on the other side who are holding space for you in each moment. So, whatever it is that you’re working through or working towards, surrender it to them. Dear Gemini, here’s a visualisation exercise to work with: imagine a source of bright, radiant white light pouring downward from the heavens and entering your body through the crown. As it makes its way to your root through the length of the spine, it energises every cell and releases blockages and frees stagnant energy. PS: What would *you* want this light to help you release from your subconscious?





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Horoscope Today: October 29, 2021




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If we all agreed upon everything at all times, we would never be challenged to grow or look at the world differently, which in turn would lead to stagnation. This is something you would agree with wholeheartedly, wouldn’t you, Libra? This chapter of your life is about honouring—nay, celebrating—the differences that make your soul circle as vibrant as it is. Gemini, following the same methods will yield the same results. What you’re being called to do today: throw that goddamned rulebook out of the window and experiment in a way you never have before. Capricorn, this chapter of your life is about acknowledging that the Universal plan is perfect and without a flaw. If something is being taken away, it is because you’re being asked to create space for that which is in alignment with your highest good. Trust that and keep moving forward.





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Headlines – Police Press Release – October 29, 2021


Route 32 Traffic Enforcement Effort

Members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Traffic Safety Section along with several officers from the four Police Districts conducted a high-intensity traffic enforcement detail on Route 32 on October 28, 2021, in the morning hours.

Utilizing marked and unmarked cars in the three and a half hour detail, officers made 56 traffic stops and issued 19 citations and 41 warnings for various offenses ranging from cell phone usage, speeding, seatbelts, and move-over law violations. This enforcement effort also included federally certified commercial vehicle inspectors who performed 13 commercial vehicle inspections. Three of the inspected commercial vehicles were placed out of service for safety violations. This enforcement is a continuation of directed enforcement patrols conducted on various county roadways as a result of crashes, aggressive driving, and speed complaints.

Additional enforcement efforts will be conducted on various county roadways focused on deterring aggressive driving, distracted driving, speeding, and occupant protection. Citizens observing any vehicles operated in a careless or reckless manner are asked to contact the police department by calling 911 or the non-emergency number- 410 222-8610. 

 

Northern District

Robbery/Cutting – Linthicum

21-736548

On October 29, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers responded to Motel 6 located at 5179 Raynor Avenue in Linthicum for a report of a robbery. An adult male victim and two adult female victims were in their hotel room when an unknown male suspect armed with a handgun and a knife, forced his way into the room and demanded money. The male victim fought off the suspect and sustained a cut to an extremity from the suspect’s knife. The suspect fled without taking anything. The victim was treated for minor injuries. Northern District detectives are investigating and ask anyone with information to contact 410-222-6135. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700. 

Suspect: Black male wearing a black and gold jacket and black hat

 

Southern District

Fatal Crash – Bristol

21-736584

On October 28, 2021, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers responded to MD Route 4 northbound near Talbot Road for a reported single-vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that a red 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling northbound on MD Route 4 near Talbot Road when the driver of the Chevrolet left the roadway and drove into a cluster of various sized trees. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof amongst the trees. This caused serious injuries to the driver who was extricated by two witnesses to the crash: an off-duty nurse and a retired law enforcement officer. The driver of the Chevrolet was treated by Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel but was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Preliminarily, the primary cause of this crash is the driver of the Chevrolet failing to stay in his lane of travel. At this time, it is unknown what caused the Chevrolet to leave the roadway. The Traffic Safety Section is investigating and anyone with any information is asked to call 410-222-4700.

Vehicle:  

2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo     

 

Driver:

Michael Magtutu (Fatal Injuries)

64-year-old

Chesapeake Beach, MD 

 

Eastern District

Serious Injury, Hit & Run Crash / Curtis Bay

21-736635

On October 28, 2021, at 6:50 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Fort Smallwood Road and Hilltop Road for a crash involving a motorcycle and a car.

The investigation revealed that a 2019 Yamaha YFZR3 motorcycle was traveling northbound on Fort Smallwood Road approaching Hilltop Road on a steady green signal when a 2020 Nissan Altima traveling southbound on Fort Smallwood Road Avenue attempted to make a left turn onto Hilltop Road in front of the Yamaha. The rider of the Yamaha was unable to avoid striking the Nissan and was ejected from the motorcycle. The driver of the Nissan fled the scene in the vehicle. The vehicle was located unoccupied on Hilltop Road at Stoney Beach Way.

The rider of the motorcycle was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Preliminarily, the primary cause of this crash is the driver of the Nissan failing to yield the right-of-way to the Yamaha. The Altima was located a short distance away unoccupied and investigators are working to identify the driver.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Traffic Safety Section. Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-222-4700.

 

Vehicle 1: 

2020 Nissan Altima

Driver 1:

Unknown

 

Vehicle 2:

2019 Yamaha YFZR3 motorcycle

Driver 2:

21-year-old (Life-threatening injuries)

Pasadena, MD



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Headlines – Police Press Release – October 29, 2021


Route 32 Traffic Enforcement Effort

Members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Traffic Safety Section along with several officers from the four Police Districts conducted a high-intensity traffic enforcement detail on Route 32 on October 28, 2021, in the morning hours.

Utilizing marked and unmarked cars in the three and a half hour detail, officers made 56 traffic stops and issued 19 citations and 41 warnings for various offenses ranging from cell phone usage, speeding, seatbelts, and move-over law violations. This enforcement effort also included federally certified commercial vehicle inspectors who performed 13 commercial vehicle inspections. Three of the inspected commercial vehicles were placed out of service for safety violations. This enforcement is a continuation of directed enforcement patrols conducted on various county roadways as a result of crashes, aggressive driving, and speed complaints.

Additional enforcement efforts will be conducted on various county roadways focused on deterring aggressive driving, distracted driving, speeding, and occupant protection. Citizens observing any vehicles operated in a careless or reckless manner are asked to contact the police department by calling 911 or the non-emergency number- 410 222-8610. 

 

Northern District

Robbery/Cutting – Linthicum

21-736548

On October 29, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers responded to Motel 6 located at 5179 Raynor Avenue in Linthicum for a report of a robbery. An adult male victim and two adult female victims were in their hotel room when an unknown male suspect armed with a handgun and a knife, forced his way into the room and demanded money. The male victim fought off the suspect and sustained a cut to an extremity from the suspect’s knife. The suspect fled without taking anything. The victim was treated for minor injuries. Northern District detectives are investigating and ask anyone with information to contact 410-222-6135. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700. 

Suspect: Black male wearing a black and gold jacket and black hat

 

Southern District

Fatal Crash – Bristol

21-736584

On October 28, 2021, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers responded to MD Route 4 northbound near Talbot Road for a reported single-vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that a red 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling northbound on MD Route 4 near Talbot Road when the driver of the Chevrolet left the roadway and drove into a cluster of various sized trees. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof amongst the trees. This caused serious injuries to the driver who was extricated by two witnesses to the crash: an off-duty nurse and a retired law enforcement officer. The driver of the Chevrolet was treated by Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel but was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The driver of the Chevrolet was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Preliminarily, the primary cause of this crash is the driver of the Chevrolet failing to stay in his lane of travel. At this time, it is unknown what caused the Chevrolet to leave the roadway. The Traffic Safety Section is investigating and anyone with any information is asked to call 410-222-4700.

Vehicle:  

2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo     

 

Driver:

Michael Magtutu (Fatal Injuries)

64-year-old

Chesapeake Beach, MD 

 

Eastern District

Serious Injury, Hit & Run Crash / Curtis Bay

21-736635

On October 28, 2021, at 6:50 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Fort Smallwood Road and Hilltop Road for a crash involving a motorcycle and a car.

The investigation revealed that a 2019 Yamaha YFZR3 motorcycle was traveling northbound on Fort Smallwood Road approaching Hilltop Road on a steady green signal when a 2020 Nissan Altima traveling southbound on Fort Smallwood Road Avenue attempted to make a left turn onto Hilltop Road in front of the Yamaha. The rider of the Yamaha was unable to avoid striking the Nissan and was ejected from the motorcycle. The driver of the Nissan fled the scene in the vehicle. The vehicle was located unoccupied on Hilltop Road at Stoney Beach Way.

The rider of the motorcycle was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Preliminarily, the primary cause of this crash is the driver of the Nissan failing to yield the right-of-way to the Yamaha. The Altima was located a short distance away unoccupied and investigators are working to identify the driver.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Traffic Safety Section. Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-222-4700.

 

Vehicle 1: 

2020 Nissan Altima

Driver 1:

Unknown

 

Vehicle 2:

2019 Yamaha YFZR3 motorcycle

Driver 2:

21-year-old (Life-threatening injuries)

Pasadena, MD



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October 29 Outdoors Digest Calendar Fishing Hunting reports tip


Calendar

Through Oct. 31 –Oklahoma dove season first split.

Through Oct. 31 – Oklahoma muzzleloader deer season.

Through Nov. 5 – Texas archery deer season.

Through Nov. 12 – Texas North Zone dove hunting first split.

Through Jan. 15 – Oklahoma archery deer season.

Oct. 30-Feb. 27 – Texas quail hunting season.

Oct. 31-Dec. 14 – Oklahoma woodcock season.

Nov. 2 – Monthly meeting of the Red River Fly Fishers at the Rec Hall at Eisenhower State Park. For information, visit www.rrff.org .

Nov. 6-Jan. 2 – Texas North Zone general whitetail season.

Nov. 6-Jan. 2 – General whitetail season in Grayson and Collin Counties with the means and method of take restricted to lawful archery and crossbow gear.

Nov. 6-Jan. 16 – Texas South Zone general whitetail season.

Nov. 13-28 – Texas North Zone duck season first split.

Notes

As Oct. 31 approaches this weekend, Happy Halloween from the Herald Democrat outdoors staff!… Ducks Unlimited, working in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), will construct approximately 206 acres of new wetlands within the Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area. According to a TPWD news release, water from the Trinity River will flood the wetland complex during the winter to provide habitat for a variety of bird species and the associated recreational benefits. After the winter, water from the wetland units would be released back to the Trinity River. The wetlands are designed to reduce sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorous levels in the water, providing valuable treatment and improved water quality for the Trinity River. The project is also anticipated to have more than 200 million gallons of water replenishment benefits annually. “The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is excited to be working alongside Ducks Unlimited and the Texas Water Action Collaborative on this important project,” said John Silovsky, Wildlife Division Director at TPWD. “Ducks Unlimited is a long-standing partner that has provided direct assistance to TPWD to construct approximately 1,350 acres of wetland habitat on Richland Creek WMA since 1987.  Texan by Nature through the Texas Water Action Collaborative has taken the lead to protect and enhance water resources in the Trinity River Basin and connect TPWD  with corporate sponsors that recognize the importance of supporting water and wetland conservation.”…Did you know? According to TPWD, Richland Creek WMA is managed by the agency and is adjacent to Richland Chambers Reservoir, which was built by the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) in the 1980s to help meet the growing water supply needs of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. A TPWD news release indicates that the WMA was created to mitigate wildlife habitat loss resulting from the construction of the reservoir…Since its creation, TPWD has worked closely with TRWD to develop an extensive wetland treatment system on the WMA that currently covers over 2,000 acres and helps treat raw Trinity River Water before it enters the reservoir and gets delivered to municipal and industrial water users. This highly successful collaboration is the model for the new project that will provide similar benefits to fish and wildlife and water quality in the Trinity River…Did you know? TPWD notes that the Lone Star State’s population of 29 million people is expected to double by 2050, putting pressure on the state’s land, water, wildlife, and infrastructure. As the 10th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $1.9 trillion, TPWD says that new water opportunities and conservation actions are needed to maintain economic leadership… TPWD says that Ray Roberts Lake State Park will be reopening the Highway 380 access point to the Greenbelt Unit as of Wednesday this week. This will reopen about four miles of multi-use trail and allow for hiking, biking, and equestrian access. The kayak launch and designated equestrian trailhead at the highway 380 access point will remain closed until further notice. “We are excited to be able to reopen this portion of the Greenbelt unit to visitors in time for them to enjoy the cool fall weather on the trail,” said Robbie Merritt, Superintendent of Ray Roberts Lake State Park. According to TPWD, this portion of the Greenbelt Unit has been closed since 2015 due to significant flooding along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. These periodic floods, caused by several large log jams in the river channel, have caused damage to large sections of the multi-use trail, the equestrian trail and the parking area at the Highway 380 access point over the years.  In addition, the log jams have closed off approximately 2.5 miles of paddling trail along the river channel. The agency says that it has made several attempts to repair the trails and the Highway 380 access to their original condition over the years.  Each of these attempts were disrupted by subsequent flooding events causing the area to remain closed. “In the future, TPWD plans to perform the basic clean up necessary after each flooding event in order to reopen the Highway 380 access as soon as possible, providing a  primitive trail experience for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrian riders along the multi-use trail,” said Merritt, in the news release. The agency says that state park staff are currently working with TPWD’s partners with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Greenbelt Alliance, and the City of Denton to develop a more long-term solution to the flooding issues at the park…

Hunting Reports

The 2021 muzzleloader season continues in Oklahoma this weekend, ending at sundown on Halloween. With cool temps over the weekend and the approaching rut, this is a good weekend to be out with a smokepole in the Sooner State… As archery hunting continues on both sides of the Red River, whitetail action is picking up in the Red River Valley with a good bow buck being reported in recent days from northern Fannin County. In southern Oklahoma, North Texas Outfitters owner and lead guide Dakota Stowers and his wife Summer both took excellent archery bucks on back-to-back days this week near Waurika, Okla.…Quail season opens up in Texas this weekend for its Oct. 30-Feb. 27. With fair hunting out west and good hunting down south—at least that’s the expectation—scenting conditions should be decent for pointing dogs in the state’s best areas this year. Expect good opening weekend action with some cooler weather and lighter winds, particularly down in South Texas where a good season is forthcoming…As first split waterfowl seasons approach in North Texas and southern Oklahoma, bigger ducks are beginning to slowly filter through the area with the passage of each cold front… The first split of dove season ends on Sunday, Oct. 31 in Oklahoma. The second split runs from Dec. 1-29 in the Sooner State. In Texas, the first split for the North Zone runs through Nov. 12 while the second split is slated to run from Dec. 17 until Jan. 2. While many hunters have moved on from dove hunting as deer, duck, and other hunting seasons arrive this fall, there are a decent number of mourning doves filtering into the area with the passage of each front. The key is scouting to find these limited pockets of birds, particularly around native food sources…

Fishing Reports

At Lake Texoma, water is lightly stained; water temps are 75 degrees; and the lake is 1.58 feet low. TPWD says that stripers have moved up to shallow water, with an early topwater bite occurring and then a swimbait bite later in the day. Seagulls continue to guide the way to schooling stripers on the lake, while some bigger stripers are also being caught on topwaters and in 20 to 60-feet of water over windblown points. Meanwhile, for Texoma crappie, anglers are finding good action on minnows and jigs fished near boathouses, timber near a channel, and over brush piles…On the Oklahoma side of the two-state reservoir, ODWC says that striped bass are good on Flukes, live shad, soft plastic baits, slabs, and topwater lures fished below Denison Dam as well as on main lake points. Stripers are also being caught on live shad and topwater lures right now, particularly near Washita Point, Platter Flats and the islands…At Lake Ray Roberts, site of the 51st Bassmaster Classic this past June, water is lightly stained; water temp is 76 degrees; and the lake is 0.67 feet low. TPWD says that white bass are moving quickly in 20-28-feet of water on main lake points and are biting on one-ounce silver and chartreuse slabs. Anglers are finding better luck on smaller slabs because the smaller size is most similar to the size of baitfish that the sand bass are feeding on right now. Sandies are moving quickly, so the bite is best on the bottom using Alabama-jigs in 30-35 feet, letting the bait hit bottom and slowly reeling up, particularly as the wind blows. Largemouths are good on jigs and crappie are good on main lake brush piles sitting in 20-30 foot depths as anglers use minnows. The biggest slab crappie are coming in the Buck Creek area in standing timber around 20-foot depths as anglers fish with their bait suspended in the 10-12 feet of water…At Lake Fork, water is lightly stained; water temp is 66 degrees; and the lake is 2.14 feet low. TPWD says that fishing is slow, but the shallow bite is the ticket right now. Bass are good for anglers using Chatterbaits early in the day in 1-3-feet of water. After the early bite tapers off, transition to squarebill crankbaits like an Xcite XB 1 in 3-5 feet of water. Shakyheads are also good in submerged timber in 3-6 feet of water, especially when a Lake Fork Tackle Baby ring fry is in use. The crappie bite at Fork is heating up as November approaches, as slabs are moving into creek channels and suspending at depths of 12-26-feet of water. Best crappie baits at Fork are minnows and jigs…At the Blue River near Tishomingo, the river elevation is normal, the water is clear, and the water temp is 66 degrees as the wintertime trout season continues to approach. For now, ODWC reports that largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass are good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures fished around brushy structure, channel braids, and rocks…At McGee Creek in Oklahoma, the lake elevation is below normal, the water temperature is 72 degrees, and the water is lightly stained to clear. ODWC says that largemouth bass and spotted bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, and topwater lures fished around coves, points, and submerged rocks…On the Upper Texas Gulf Coast at the Bolivar Peninsula, TPWD reports that the fall fishing has been great this past week. Many reports of bull redfish, flounder, redfish, and jackfish are coming in and most catches are coming on live finger mullet, fresh cut bait, or squid. As with other areas of the coast, TPWD urges anglers to get in their final flounder fix over the next few days since the catching season closes from Nov. 1 until Dec. 14…On the Middle Coast at West Matagorda Bay, the shrimp migration continues, and TPWD says that the fishing is good. Follow the bird activity for schooling fish. Drifting or wade fishing for redfish and flounder is also good for those using artificial lures or live shrimp. Also, wade fish the drains for flounder prior to the Nov. 1-Dec. 14 closure…On the Middle Coast at Port O’Connor, TPWD says that a few 5-20 pound tarpon continue to be caught using live croaker…On the Middle Coast at Rockport, TPWD says that redfish are good in the flooded grass biting finger mullet. Redfish and scattered trout have been caught along the jetties and in the surf on croaker and mullet freelined. Flounder are good near structure and docks for anglers who are dragging minnows along the bottom…On the Lower Coast at South Padre Island, a strong blue norther blew through at midweek and the expected cool nights through the weekend will play a role in angler success. Point of note, TPWD says that big schools of mostly oversized spawning redfish are heading for the Gulf right now. Redfish are strung out along the spoil banks to the north, on Gas Well Flats, and on the edge of the sand on the east side to the saucer. Trout are still hugging the edge of the Intracoastal Highway, but are mostly undersized…

Tip of the Week

TPWD reminds waterfowl hunters gearing up across the state in anticipation of opening day to know that they play a key role in helping contain and avoid the additional spread of invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels from one water body to another. Because of that increasing and ongoing need, TPWD is urging waterfowl hunters to do their part by cleaning, draining, and drying their boats and equipment after a day in the duck blind. That includes decoys and other hunting gear, by the way, and those pieces of duck hunting gear should be cleaned, drained, and dried before anglers travel from lake to lake this upcoming season.



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Pacers vs. Raptors – Game Recap – October 27, 2021


TORONTO — — Fred VanVleet and the Raptors pushed around the Indiana Pacers to pick up a long-awaited home win.

VanVleet had a season-high 26 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a season-high 25 points, and the Raptors won at home for the first time in 20 months, beating the Pacers 118-100 on Wednesday night.

“I thought we were definitely very physical tonight,” VanVleet said. “OG set the tone in the paint offensively. I thought all five guys were on the same page defensively to start the game.”

Indiana was the opponent the last time Toronto won at Scotiabank Arena, a 127-81 victory on Feb. 23, 2020. Since-departed Raptors stars Serge Ibaka (15 rebounds) and Kyle Lowry (11 assists) were among Toronto’s statistical leaders in that game, the most lopsided win in team history.

The Raptors lost their first three home games this season. In the three seasons prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto went 89-25 at home. Travel restrictions related to the pandemic forced the Raptors to play home games in Florida at the end of the 2019-20 season and throughout 2020-21. They went 16-20 at their temporary home in Tampa last season.

On Wednesday, first-year forward Scottie Barnes had 18 points and seven assists, and fellow rookie Dalano Banton came off the bench to score 10 points.

“I think it’s good to build a foundation for a young team,” VanVleet said. “The team certainly looks different than a lot of the teams we’ve had since I’ve been here, but it’s good just to build that foundation.”

VanVleet shot 6 for 7 from 3-point range and had six assists.

Banton made 4 of 7 field-goal attempts, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, and added three assists.

“When he’s out there moving, it’s hard to guard,” VanVleet said. “He was great for us tonight.”

Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points in 22 minutes but injured his left hamstring early in the third quarter and did not return. The Pacers also lost forward Isaiah Jackson to a left knee injury in the fourth. Jackson needed assistance to walk to the locker room after being injured.

“I do not know the severity or the description of what exactly happened,” coach Rick Carlsisle said of Jackson’s injury. “Obviously, it didn’t look good.”

Chris Duarte scored 14 points, Jeremy Lamb had 12 and Myles Turner had 10 for the Pacers, who are 0-3 on the road.

Indiana went 21-15 away from home last season, the best road record in the Eastern Conference.

Domantas Sabonis had nine points and eight rebounds but had four of the Pacers’ 23 turnovers. The Raptors scored 31 points off Indiana miscues.

“They’ve got quick, angular guys,” Carlisle said of the Raptors. “They were ripping at the ball all night and they knocked a lot of balls loose. Give them credit, they executed well.”

Toronto led 57-48 at halftime. VanVleet made all three of his 3-point attempts in the third quarter and Banton scored seven points as the Raptors took an 87-71 lead to the fourth.

Anunoby had 16 points in the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana has scored at least 100 points in all four games so far. … G Caris LeVert (sore lower back) missed his fifth straight game. … Indiana had won its previous two meetings with Toronto. … T.J. McConnell had four turnovers.

Raptors: Toronto’s 14 3-pointers were a season high. … F Yuta Watanabe (left calf) is practicing with Toronto’s G League team this week and is expected to join the Raptors on their upcoming trip. … VanVleet set career-highs in assists (17) and turnovers (8) in Monday’s home loss to Chicago.

ON THE LEVEL

VanVleet, listed at 6 feet, said he doesn’t expect to compete with taller players for rebounds.

“My rule is if it gets below head level, it’s mine,” he said. “Anything up there by the rim, somebody else has got to get that one.”

TAKE CARE

The Raptors matched a season low with 12 turnovers. Toronto also had 12 in last Saturday’s loss to Dallas.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night.

Raptors: Host Orlando on Friday night.

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Pelicans vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – October 25, 2021


MINNEAPOLIS — — Brandon Ingram scored 27 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Devonte’ Graham added 21 points for New Orleans, which was again without injured star Zion Williamson. Nickeil Alexander-Walker had 17 points for the Pelicans, who had a 21-point lead trimmed to four points late in the third quarter.

“To finally get one win, it’s refreshing,” said New Orleans coach Willie Green, who earned his first win as an NBA head coach. “You understand really quick how hard it is to win in this league.”

Minnesota had its two-game win streak halted as its offense failed to find a rhythm until Anthony Edwards got the offense and the crowd going by scoring 21 of his 28 points in the third.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Patrick Beverly added 13 points off the bench.

“I felt like, for the most part, that our preparation, we kind of disrespected the game,” Beverly said. “That comes with time. You disrespect the game and the game will come back and get you, and it did tonight.”

A game after tying a franchise record with 30 turnovers, New Orleans was in sync early, using the extra pass to get its offense going. The Pelicans had eight assists as a team on their first nine baskets.

The Pelicans ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take control, and extended the run to 22-5 early in the second. The lead ballooned to 21 points before Edwards got involved.

“When you have 30 turnovers in a game, it’s going to be hard to beat anybody,” Graham said. “Take care of the ball. Seventeen (turnovers) is still a lot, but that’s a good defensive team. We just stuck with it.”

Much of New Orleans’ lead was built with Towns on the bench.

After fouling out in the first game between the teams on Saturday, Towns was called for an early technical foul. Shortly after, he was called for an illegal screen that sent him to the bench with two fouls. Coach Chris Finch picked up a technical foul in support of his center.

Even with Towns on the court, Minnesota’s offense was largely reduced to quick 3-pointers and one-and-done possessions with the Pelicans controlling the boards.

New Orleans outrebounded the Wolves 60-41.

Edwards, the electrifying second-year guard, was held to two points in the first half on two free throws. Edwards and D’Angelo Russell were a combined 1 for 14 in the half, while Minnesota shot 6 of 24 (25%) from long distance.

“I think we take a lot of possessions that didn’t need a shot, including myself,” Towns said. “Forced. It’s disappointing. We understand the magnitude of this game. We understood what the opponent was going to bring. But we just didn’t bring it.”

Ingram closed out the game with 18 points in the second half, including a big dunk in transition that helped halt Minnesota’s momentum.

TAKING SOME TIME

Part of his career-best rebounding performance, Valanciunas also had nine offensive rebounds. He played 39:19 and ended up taking a timeout in the fourth to get a rest.

“I’ve had several talks with him and I told him, ‘We just going to ride you, big fella.’,” Green said. “He actually called a timeout on his own because he was so tired. I just looked at him, I said, ‘Just sit down the whole three minutes and get back on the floor, we got to finish the game.’ But he’s a warrior.”

DUG TOO DEEP

Edwards’ run helped Minnesota get back in the game, but the early deficit was too large.

Edwards hit a 3 with 8:33 left in the third for his first field goal and quickly added a layup in transition to provide a much-needed jolt for the Wolves. His thunderous dunk over New Orleans forward Trey Murphy III brought the crowd to its feet.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Josh Hart missed his second straight game with right quadriceps tendinosis. Second-round rookie Herbert Jones made his second straight start and was scoreless. … Williamson remains out with a right foot fracture, and Daulton Hommes was inactive with right peroneal soreness. … New Orleans finished with 20 turnovers, leading to 23 points for Minnesota.

Timberwolves: With Russell going 1 of 8 from 3-point range, Minnesota finished 15 of 50 (30%) from beyond the arc. Russell finished with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting. … The Wolves shot 34.4% (31 for 90) from the field.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Return home following a three-game road trip to face Atlanta on Wednesday.

Timberwolves: Travel to Milwaukee for their first road game of the season on Wednesday.

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Man, 55, charged with assault of girl, 14, at bus stop

A 55-year-old man has been charged with the assault of a 14-year-old girl at a bus stop in Bangor. Simon Paul King from Colchester has been remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates on Monday.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Davies said: ‘At the time this took place, an unknown man intervened and kindly provided help and support to the victim.

‘The man is described as being white, approx. 40 years of age, bald, large build and having exited the 5C Bangor to Caernarfon bus in the Y Felinheli area.

‘This person is key to our investigation and I’m appealing directly to him to come forward to speak with officers about the incident.’

The victim is being fully supported by officers as the investigation into this matter continues.





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