Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements Published: August 19, 2016 5:32 AM EDT SHAREcenter_img CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – In a highly uncharacteristic move aimed at resetting his struggling campaign, Donald Trump has said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he’s made that may have caused people pain.“Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that,” the GOP nominee, reading from prepared text, said at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night. “And believe it or not, I regret it – and I do regret it – particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”Trump didn’t specify what comments he was referring to, but he added that, “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”It was a rare admission for a man who has said that he prefers “not to regret anything” and it underscores the dire situation he finds himself in. With just 80 days left until the election, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in preference polls of most key battleground states. At the same time, party leaders have conceded they may divert resources away from the presidential contest in favor of vulnerable Senate and House candidates if things don’t improve.The remarks came a day after Trump announced that he was overhauling his campaign operation, bringing in a new chief executive and appointing a new campaign manager. Rarely do presidential campaigns wait to advertise, or undergo such leadership tumult, at such a late stage of the general election.Yet Trump has struggled badly in recent weeks to offer voters a consistent message, overshadowing formal policy speeches with a steady stream of self-created controversies, including a public feud with an American Muslim family whose son was killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.Trump’s decision to tap Stephen Bannon, a combative conservative media executive, as his new campaign chief suggested to some that he might continue the divisive rhetoric that has angered minorities and alienated large swaths of the general election electorate.Instead, a new Trump emerged on Thursday: a less combative, more inclusive candidate who said he was running to be the “voice for every forgotten part of this country that has been waiting and hoping for a better future” and for those who “don’t hear anyone speaking for them.”And the changes appear to be more than cosmetic. Earlier Thursday, Trump moved to invest nearly $5 million in battleground state advertising to address daunting challenges in the states that will make or break his White House ambitions.The New York businessman’s campaign reserved television ad space over the coming 10 days in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Kantar Media’s political ad tracker. While Clinton has spent more than $75 million on advertising in 10 states since locking up her party’s nomination, Trump’s new investment marks his first of the general election season.Trump also made a last-minute scheduling change, scrapping a planned event in New York in order to travel with his running mate Mike Pence to tour the flood damage in Louisiana on Friday morning.But the visit was met with harsh words from Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose spokesman Richard Carbo said, “We welcome him to LA, but not for a photo-op.”In his remarks, Trump struck a new, inclusive tone and tried to appeal directly to non-white voters, who have so far resisted his candidacy.“I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream,” Trump said, urging African-American voters to give him a chance.“What do you have to lose by trying something new?” he asked.Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, brushed off the speech off as just words he read from a teleprompter.“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people. He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret,” said spokeswoman Christina Reynolds in a statement.“We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize. But that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets and changes his tune altogether,” she said.It remains to be seen whether Trump’s reboot comes too late, and whether he has the discipline to maintain it.But several Trump supporters at the rally applauded the move.“It takes a lot of strength to say, ‘I’m sorry, ‘ to admit – not that he was wrong, but he wished he hadn’t done it,” said Cindy Ammons, 70, a Trump supporter from Spindale, North Carolina. “I think he’s evolving,” she said.Still, some said it was unnecessary.“I think the regime wanted him to say it. It was damage control,” said Jeff Devers, 46, visiting from Arkansas. “But I personally don’t regret anything that he’s said. What he has said should have been said, politically correct or not.” Author: Associated Press last_img read more

Ajuy ‘kap’ dies in road mishap

first_imgHe was on his way home when the accident happened around 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 11, the report stated. ILOILO City – He lost control of the motorcycle he was driving in Barangay Malayu-an, Ajuy, Iloilo, police said. Eugene Tupas, a village head of Barangay Bay-ang, Ajuy, sustained fatal injuries on the head, a police report showed.center_img Tupas was rushed to the Barotac Viejo District Hospital but the attending physician pronounced him “dead on arrival.”/PNlast_img

High school girls basketball: Bossier hands Minden first loss; Benton gets district win; Parkway…

first_imgThe Bossier Lady Kats handed the Minden Lady Tiders their first loss 50-37 in a District 1-4A matchup Tuesday night at Bossier.Bossier, No. 2 in the Class 4A power rankings, improved to 15-3 overall and 2-1 in district. Third-ranked Minden dropped to 20-1 and 2-1.Benton, No. 1 in the power rankings, routed North DeSoto 58-28 in another District 1-4A game in Stonewall. The Lady Tigers improved to 15-4 and 3-0.In District 1-5A, the Parkway Lady Panthers knocked off Southwood 36-33 at Southwood and the Haughton Lady Bucs fell to Byrd 54-50 at Byrd.In District 1-1A, the Plain Dealing Lady Lions fell to Jonesboro-Hodge 63-57 in overtime on the road. At Bossier, the Lady Kats dominated the second half, outscoring the Lady Tiders 26-12.Bossier took control in the third quarter, taking a nine-point lead late. Destiny Thomas and Chrishawna Jones hit 3-pointers. The Lady Kats forced turnovers and turned them into baskets. Minden didn’t shoot well and Bossier rarely allowed the Lady Tiders more than one shot.Unlike in their overtime victory over North Caddo in the championship game of the “Doc” Edwards Invitational on Saturday, the Lady Tiders weren’t able to mount a fourth-quarter rally, scoring just five points.Destiny Thomas led Bossier with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nadi Thomas had 10 points and 10 boards. Chloe Walker, who missed much of the second quarter and all of the third after taking a hard fall, scored nine points. Traciona Russell added eight.Bre Rodgers led Minden with 11 points.At North DeSoto, Emily Ward poured in 24 points to lead Benton. The Lady Tigers rolled to a 26-4 first-quarter lead.Jada Anderson added 15 points and Qua Chambers 14. Anderson knocked down three 3-pointers.At Jonesboro-Hodge, Hershey Stumon tossed in 19 points in Plain Dealing’s loss. Niarelle Scott chipped in with 14 and Zakiyah Williams had 11.Plain Dealing fell to 7-10 and 1-1. It was the the Lady Lions’ second consecutive overtime loss.At Southwood, Parkway rallied from an 18-12 halftime deficit. The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Cowboys 15-7 in the third quarter to take a two-point lead.Parkway improved to 9-8 and 2-1. Southwood dropped to 13-9 and 1-2.Haughton fell to 8-7 and 0-2 with the loss to Byrd (3-15, 1-2).In the other District 1-5A game, Captain Shreve (15-4, 3-0) defeated Evangel Christian (9-13, 1-1) 45-40. In other District 1-4A games, Huntington (12-7, 2-1) defeated Woodlawn (6-8, 0-3) 55-44 and Booker T. Washington (9-8, 2-1) defeated Northwood (5-12, 0-3) 67-30. — Russell Hedges, [email protected] You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Actually Surprise YouBig Data Courses | Search Ad|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWomen's MethodThese were the most covered celeb breakups ever. You’ll never believe #3!Women’s Method|SponsoredSponsoredUndoOceandrawThe One And Only WD40 Trick Everyone Should KnowOceandraw|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

CFB 150: Top 10 college football coaches of all time

first_imgHow tough was it to crack the list of the 10 greatest coaches in 150 years of college football history?Walter Camp, Howard Jones, Barry Switzer, Jock Sutherland all won at least three national championships. None got a vote from Sporting News’ panel to determine the best coaches in the sport’s history. Lou Holtz, Bo Schembechler, Vince Dooley, Frank Beamer and Steve Spurrier all won more than 200 games. They weren’t mentioned, either. Bryant was so gifted at his profession that perhaps the only coach who ever got the better of him worked in a different sport: Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, who had established such a standard that Bryant felt he’d never be able to lift the school’s football program out of that shadow — even though he’d won three bowl games and finished 11-1 in 1950 (breaking Wilkinson’s 31-game win streak in the process). He rebuilt Texas A&M from 1-9 in 1954 to 9-0-1 just two years later. Soon after, he returned to his alma mater and conceived the most consistent, enduring power in college football. By the time he retired at Alabama in 1982, he had accounted for more than half of the Crimson Tide’s 11 national championships. Biographers explained he had a goal of integrating SEC football as early as his time at Kentucky, but was not successful; it was even more difficult at Alabama under segregationist governor George Wallace. But after the Tide were destroyed at home by Southern California and running back Sam Cunningham in 1970, the restriction began to change. Alabama returned to the top of the game with such players as Ozzie Newsome, Woodrow Lowe and Dwight Stephenson, who helped Bryant to his final three national titles.1. Nick SabanSchools: Toledo, Michigan State, LSU, AlabamaRecord: 245-63-1 (.793)Postseason record: 14-10 (.583)National championships: 2003 (LSU), 2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017 (Alabama)One of the curiosities of Saban’s dominance is that, despite his seven championships, he has enjoyed only a single undefeated season, in 2009, when the Tide averaged nearly a three-touchdown winning margin and wrecked Texas in the BCS championship game. But he also has never endured a losing season and rung up double-digit victories for 11 (soon to be 12) consecutive years. Throughout that stretch, every one of those teams reached the No. 1 poll ranking during the season, and five finished on top. Saban is leader of a new breed of college coaches: more business-like (he holds a degree in business from Kent State) and less colorful (except when he appears as himself in “The Blind Side” or makes a humorous commercial for AFLAC) than many past legends. His facility at attracting elite talent and developing those prospects who choose to play for Alabama has not only led to team success, but also to 29 NFL first-round picks. CFB 150: Sporting News celebrates 150 years of college footballThere was little debate about the top two coaches on the list, but some of those who barely missed the cut are legends whose names and accolades will live forever among those who follow college football.Some of college football’s best were innovators, some were technicians and some were salesmen. All were winners.With that, SN presents our 10th entry celebrating 150 years of college football: its top 10 coaches of all time.10. Frank LeahySchools: Boston College, Notre DameRecord: 107-13-9 (.829)Postseason: 1-1 (.500)National championships: 1940 (Boston College, self-claimed), 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949 (Notre Dame)At the school where Knute Rockne, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz won championships, it seems Leahy was the best of all. Rockne set the standard for the Fighting Irish, made them nationally relevant, but Leahy lifted them to their greatest sustained period of excellence. Although Army established itself as an overwhelming power at the same time under Red Blaik, Leahy still managed to win titles, one self-claimed, in five of the eight seasons he coached in the 1940s. (The other two, he spent in the Navy). Leahy coached four Heisman Trophy winners with the Irish.9. Glenn “Pop” WarnerSchools: Iowa State, Georgia, Cornell, Carlisle, Pitt, Stanford, TempleRecord: 311-103-32 (.697)Postseason record: 1-2-1 (.375)National championships: 1915, 1916, 1918 (Pitt), 1926 (Stanford)Warner was among the men who established the template for major-college football coaches, along with Walter Camp, John Heisman and Amos Alonzo Stagg. As the game grew through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Warner moved among schools in search of a more livable wage, and his on-field success kept him in demand. Some of his greatest success came at Carlisle, a school for Native Americans where Jim Thorpe became a national star. After moving across the state to Pitt, he led the Panthers to a 30-game winning streak, including a 1916 team that shut out six of its eight opponents and a 1917 team that posted another perfect season but was not acclaimed as champion.8. Urban MeyerSchools: Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, Ohio StateRecord: 187-32 (.854)Postseason record: 12-3, (.800)National championships: 2006, 2008 (Florida), 2014 (Ohio State)One wonders whether Meyer would have ranked higher if he hadn’t twice had his coaching career interrupted, first because of health issues after six years at Florida and then again after seven years of excellence at Ohio State. Meyer never has had a season worse than 8-5 and won double-digit games in 12 of 17 seasons, including his entire run at Ohio State. He posted two undefeated seasons — curiously, those were not his national championship years. One of them came at Utah, which was not invited to the BCS Championship game in 2004, and the other in his first year at Ohio State, when the Buckeyes were not eligible for the postseason because of issues that occurred under a prior coach.7. Eddie RobinsonSchool: Grambling StateRecord: 408-165-15 (.694)Postseason record: 9-10 (.474)National championships: 1955, 1967, 1972, 1974-75, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1992 (black college national championships)Robinson began as Grambling’s coach in 1941 at age 22 and remained in that position through all or part of six decades. He was widely acknowledged as an innovator and teacher, helping produce four Pro Football Hall of Fame players as well as more than 200 who got jobs in the AFL, NFL or CFL. He coached the first African-American quarterback who opened a season as starter for an NFL team (James Harris) as well as the first to win a Super Bowl as starting quarterback (Doug Williams). The standard he established helped Grambling become a brand name by the 1970s, strong enough to syndicate a weekly game highlights program when there were only a few college games on TV each week. Grambling earned nine black college national championships in five different decades during his tenure.6. Joe PaternoSchool: Penn StateRecord: 409-136-3 (.746)Postseason record: 24-12-1 (.649)National championships: 1982, 1986Paterno’s is a complicated legacy that will never be untangled after the scandal that precipitated his dismissal from Penn State in 2011. What is definitively true: He was an extraordinary football mind who led the Nittany Lions to five undefeated seasons and more victories than any other coach at the college game’s highest level. Also true, but at least somewhat nebulous: Paterno was made aware of an event in the Penn State football building involving a boy and long-retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who in 2012 was convicted on 45 counts related to alleged sexual abuse of boys and sentenced 30-60 years. Paterno reported that to his superiors, but later admitted, “I wish I had done more.”5. Bud WilkinsonSchool: OklahomaRecord: 145-29-4 (.815)Postseason record: 6-2 (.750)National championships: 1950, 1955-56Wilkinson was just 31 when he was promoted from assistant to head coach, and he rarely was less than brilliant during his too-brief career in charge of the Sooners. His first team finished 7-2-1 and ranked in the top 20; his last finished 8-2 and ranked in the top 10. In between there were eight double-digit win seasons, a 31-game winning streak between 1948 and 1950 and a record-47 consecutive victories from 1953-57, two of the eight longest streaks in the game’s history. Wilkinson credited his college coach at Minnesota, Bernie Bierman (a five-time national champion), with teaching him 99 percent of what he knew about the game and the motivations to be great. It was that last one percent, though, that separated Wilkinson from his peers.4. Woody HayesSchools: Denison, Miami (Ohio), Ohio StateRecord: 238-72-10 (.744)Postseason record: 6-6 (.500)National championships: 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970 (Ohio State)Can you imagine how delighted Hayes would be to know there are just three coaches ranked ahead of him on this list — and none of them is Michigan’s Bo Schembechler? This is the guy who loathed Michigan so deeply he declined to used its proper name. He called it “That Team Up North.” In 1968, when his Buckeyes were rolling over Michigan on the way to the national championship, they scored a touchdown to go ahead by 34 points in the final minutes. Hayes ordered the Buckeyes to try for a 2-point conversion. Asked afterward why he made that decision, Hayes responded, “Because the rules won’t let you go for three.” Hayes famously avoided the forward pass, once saying, “There are three things that can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad.” Hayes’ career, however, ended in a most bizarre fashion: Toward the end of the 1978 Gator Bowl against Clemson, a Buckeyes pass was intercepted by Charlie Bauman, clinching victory for the Tigers. He was tackled near the OSU sideline, and Hayes stepped forward and punched Bauman beneath his chin strap. He was fired the next day.3. Tom OsborneSchools: NebraskaRecord: 255-49-3 (.831)Postseason record: 12-13 (.480)National championships: 1994-95, 1997It took an extra decade for Osborne to claim a national title after what might have been his greatest team, the 1983 squad led by Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, rallied to trail by a point in the Orange Bowl against Miami and opted to try for a winning 2-point conversion rather than the tie that would have resulted in a No. 1 poll ranking. “I don’t think any of our players would be satisfied with backing into it,” he said after his team’s pass attempt fell incomplete. He never coached a team that failed to make a bowl game or won fewer than nine games. Fifteen times his Huskers won double-figure games, including each of the final five seasons. The program was soaring at the time he decided to retire at age 60; Nebraska compiled a 60-3 record in those last five seasons, winning two outright titles and a share of another in the span of four seasons.2. Paul “Bear” BryantSchools: Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M, AlabamaRecord: 323-85-17 (.760)Postseason record: 15-12-2 (.517)National championships: 1961, 1964-65, 1973, 1978-79 (Alabama)last_img read more

Late salvo fires Arsenal to third

first_imgVictory takes Arsenal above Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, neither of whom play in the league this weekend, and keeps them firmly on course to qualify for the Champions League.The hosts had the best of the first half but the closest they came to scoring was an Olivier Giroud header in the 23rd minute that came back off the crossbar.Turner put Norwich ahead in the 56th minute, ghosting in to meet Robert Snodgrass’ inswinging free-kick with a close-range header.Arsenal, who recalled Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott after injury, saw Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn turn a Podolski shot onto the crossbar as they pushed for an equaliser.It looked destined to be a frustrating afternoon for the home side, but Kei Kamara’s tug on Giroud allowed Arteta to equalise from the spot before Bassong turned the ball into his own goal from Podolski’s cut-back.Podolski sealed victory in added time, beating Bunn with a low shot from Walcott’s lay-off.Norwich, 1-0 victors over Arsenal at Carrow Road in October, have now won just once in 16 matches and remain only four points above the relegation places.News of Arsenal’s late rally was a blow for Everton, who appeared to be closing on them after winning 2-0 at home to second-bottom Queens Park Rangers.Darron Gibson broke the deadlock in the 40th minute at Goodison Park with a deflected shot from 25 yards, with Victor Anichebe flicking in a Sylvain Distin knock-down 11 minutes into the second period.QPR remain seven points from safety but they have played two games more than third-bottom Wigan Athletic, who face Millwall in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, and a game more than fourth-bottom Sunderland.Reading are still bottom of the table but they drew level on points with QPR after withstanding a Liverpool onslaught in a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium.Chris Gunter headed an early Luiz Suarez effort off the Reading goal-line, while Philippe Coutinho saw a goal ruled out for offside and curled a shot against the post.Aston Villa spurned an opportunity to haul themselves out of the relegation picture in a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham.Charles N’Zogbia put Villa ahead 10 minutes into the second half with a high finish from an Andreas Weimann cutback, only for Fabian Delph to inadvertently head Bryan Ruiz’s corner into his own goal 11 minutes later.Meanwhile, Andy Carroll marked his return to the West Ham United starting XI with a second-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.Gaston Ramirez gave Southampton the lead shortly before the hour when he calmly beat Jussi Jaaskelainen, but Carroll levelled the scores seven minutes later with a deflected free-kick.RESULTS SUMMARYAston Villa 1 (N’Zogbia 55) Fulham 1 (Delph 66-og)Arsenal 3 (Arteta 85-pen, Bassong 88-og, Podolski 90) Norwich 1 (Turner 56)Everton 2 (Gibson 40, Anichebe 56) QPR 0Reading 0 Liverpool 0Southampton 1 (Ramirez 59) West Ham 1 (Carroll 66)Playing SundayNewcastle v Sunderland (1100GMT), Stoke v Manchester Utd (1405GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, April 13 – Arsenal scored three times in the last five minutes to beat Norwich City 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium and leap to third place in the Premier League table on Saturday.Michael Turner’s header looked to have consigned Arsene Wenger’s men to defeat, but Mikel Arteta equalised with an 85th-minute penalty before a Sebastien Bassong own goal and an injury-time strike from Lukas Podolski completed the comeback.last_img read more

Ashes, 5th Test: Michael Clarke fails, Australia finish Day 1 on 287 for 3

first_imgAustralia set about regaining some dignity after relinquishing the Ashes by scoring 287-3 Thursday on the first day of the fifth Test against England, building a strong platform in its bid for a series-ending consolation victory.David Warner struck 85 and Steven Smith was unbeaten on 78 as normal service resumed after the chaos of the fourth Test, when England skittled Australia for 60 in the first morning to set up an Ashes-clinching win early in Day 3.Australia’s much-criticized batsmen showed sounder judgment after being put into bat under overcast skies and on a green-tinged pitch – reviving nightmares of Trent Bridge two weeks ago. Stuart Broad wreaked havoc on that occasion, returning figures of 8-15 with his spell of a lifetime, but England’s bowling wasn’t as accurate at The Oval and the Australians prospered.Also read: There are no fairytales, says retiring Clarke Warner and Chris Rogers (43) put on 110 for the first wicket before Smith and Adam Voges (47) reached stumps on an unbroken 101-run partnership, further muting what had been a flat atmosphere from the start.In between, Michael Clarke – playing his last Test before retirement – was afforded a guard of honor by England’s players when he came out to bat. The Australia captain only scored 15 before edging behind off Ben Stokes, continuing his poor run of form this series.Michael Clarke’s swansong. (Reuters Photo)England has an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series and is looking to win four Tests in a home Ashes series for the first time.advertisementFor the first time in 23 Ashes Tests, the side batting first reached lunch without loss with Australia 82-0.Rogers didn’t last much longer.Also read: Smith to lead Australia, Warner to be his deputy Playing in his last Test before quitting international cricket, Rogers was circumspect in the first session but chased a delivery from Mark Wood that had surprising bounce. Rogers’ edge flew straight to first slip, with England captain Alastair Cook juggling the ball before catching at the second attempt.Warner passed his half-century for the fifth successive test this series, and had struck 11 fours before he departed by nicking a ball from offspinner Moeen Ali to Adam Lyth at slip. Warner fell short of his 13th test century.Smith, already confirmed as Australia’s next captain, arrived at the crease looking to avoid registering a fifth straight single-figure score – after innings of 7, 8, 6 and 5 – and he did just that.He brought up Australia’s 200 with a cut for four off Steven Finn and drove Stokes to the boundary to register his 13th 50 in 33 tests.Play was delayed for a half-hour in the evening session because of rain.last_img read more