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-Arizona-

-Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Placed On Leave-

The Governing Board of Mesa Public Schools has decided to place Superintendent Dr. Ember Conley on paid leave. The reason behind the decision has not been made public, but it is known that Conley had received criticism over some changes she made regarding special education programs.

(Photo Courtesy: azcentral.com)


-Glendale Gas Station Fire-

On Monday morning, a fire broke out at a gas station in Glendale injuring at least three people. The Phoenix Fire Department has said that all individuals are in critical condition. The cause of the fire is unknown.

(Video Courtesy: 12 News)


-LOCAL-

-Teenager Pleads Guilty to Killing of A Woman-

16-year-old Joshua Richardson has pleaded guilty to killing of a woman in 2017. Joshua Richardson appeared at the Apache County Courthouse on Friday and admitted shooting of Terrilynne Collins, 55, at her house on October 3, 2017. Additional charges against Richardson are burglary, attempted armed robbery, and aggravated assault. The verdict is not out yet. (Photo Courtesy: azfamily.com)


-TODAY IN HISTORY-

– New York receives first Marconi wireless transmission, 1911

– Apollo 12 arrives on the moon, 1969

– Impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton begin, 1998

-Tips-

On Saturday if you happen to be in Phoenix make sure to check this out! Chicken wings, beer and music will be waiting for you at Margaret T. Hance Park from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information go to: www.wingfestarizona.com


-Sports-

MNF Chiefs vs Chargers

WINNERS, LOSERS FROM THE CHIEFS’ WIN OVER CHARGERS ON ‘MNF’ FROM MEXICO CITY

By Jesse Reed  November 18, 2019

Bitter rivals took the field at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for a special Monday Night Football showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.

A rather strangely-paced game, the two teams went into halftime separated by just one point, with the Chiefs taking a 10-9 lead thanks to some self-inflicted wounds by the Chargers.

In the second half, the Chiefs scored a touchdown on their opening drive, the Chargers went three-and-out, and the Chiefs scored another touchdown. Plenty more happened, but that was all they needed to head back to America with a 24-17 victory and a half-game lead over the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West.

These were the biggest winners and losers from Monday Night Football in Week 11 between the Chiefs and Chargers in Mexico City.

Winner: Travis Kelce came through in the clutch

Neither offense was able to do much through the air Monday night. Chiefs superstar receiver Tyreek Hill left the game in the first quarter, grabbing at his hamstring before he limped off the field. Without him, Kansas City’s passing game suffered on a night when Patrick Mahomes didn’t have his best stuff.

When the Chiefs needed a big play, though, it was tight end Travis Kelce who came up big more than a few times. Ever the reliable weapon, Kelce led all Chiefs pass catchers with seven receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown, and his score ended up being the game-winner.

Loser: Philip Rivers is washed

Playing behind an offensive line that’s been ravaged by injuries, Philip Rivers is still trying to do things he used to be able to pull off. Only nowadays his arm isn’t quite what it once was, and he’s a step slower. Yet he continues to try fitting balls into tight windows. It’s not working.

Already with 10 interceptions on the season coming into the game, Rivers added four more to his total (and seven in his past two games).

He was baited into a poor decision by Tyrann Mathieu on his first

After that, he was picked by defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi on a play he’s lucky to have survived. Then, in the fourth quarter, he underthrew a pass deep downfield and was picked off by Rashad Fenton. And finally, after almost pulling his team back with a brilliant last-minute drive, Rivers did this.

All told, Rivers passed for 353 yards on 28-of-52 attempts and was a liability, rather than a positive force for his team.

Winner: Austin Ekeler was on fire

As usual, Austin Ekeler delivered highlights when he was actually featured like the star that he has become. The pass-catching specialist has taken a back seat to Melvin Gordon in recent weeks but on Monday got a lot of work in Los Angeles’ offense.

In the first half alone, Ekeler racked up 120 yards on 10 touches, wowing us with his incredible open-field abilities.

Unfortunately, Ekeler didn’t touch the ball again until just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. On pace for a monster game, he ended up finishing with just 12 yards in the second half and 132 in the game.

Loser: Chiefs OC Shane Steichen lost his way

Coming into Monday night’s game, new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen had been doing a pretty solid job getting things back on track after Ken Whisenhunt was fired earlier this season. The Chargers won two in a row and nearly overcame a brutal game by Rivers last weekend against Oakland, thanks in large part to Melvin Gordon and a resurgent run game.

On Monday night, going against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, Steichen dialed up a really great run game early. Then, he unfathomably abandoned it.

Rivers, who as we already covered had a really difficult time most of the night as Los Angeles’ porous offensive line gave way to pressure, threw the ball 52 times. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for just 19 carries, averaging a hearty 4.9 yards per tote.

The Chargers did not attack Kansas City’s weakness, and it cost them dearly. The worst part is, the run game was abandoned when the game was still a one-score affair.

Winner: Chiefs defensive line got after it

Frank Clark, Derrick Nnadi and Mike Pennel each made huge plays up front for Kansas City on defense.

Clark took full advantage of a struggling Chargers offensive line and was in the backfield much of the night. He finished with five tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits. Nnadi was in the right place at the right time and hauled in one of Rivers’ interceptions. Pennell penetrated inside and wrecked a few key plays inside while tallying a sack of his own.

All told, the Chiefs had a very nice game rushing the passer, logging just two sacks and seven quarterback hits but keeping Rivers on the run all night long.

Loser: The field was terrible

Coming into this Monday Night Football matchup, one of the biggest questions we had was whether the new natural-grass turf at Estadio Azteca would hold up to the rigors of an NFL game.

If did not. In fact, from very early on it was readily apparent this field was a mess. Stadium workers attempted to fill all the divots that were chunked up during the first half at halftime.

But that wasn’t remotely close to being a fix to what was a loose turf that had huge chunks coming up on almost every single play.

The NFL cannot put its players in danger like this. That field was not safe.


-Phoenix Suns-

The Phoenix Suns will travel to the California capital tonight to take on the recently surging Sacramento Kings in a rematch of the season opener.

Things sure have changed for both the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns since they met in the season opener in late October.

The Suns have been one of the surprises of the league, sporting a 7-5 record and currently sit as the seventh seed in the mighty Western Conference. They have fallen on tougher times as of late, losing 3 of their last 5 games, including a dud against the Boston Celtics on Monday night, a day after Boston lost to Sacramento.

The Kings have had the opposite trend. After starting the season 0-5 and losing their two cornerstone players for months at a time, they have found their footing and are back in contention for one of the final playoff spots. They are playing excellent defense and members of the second unit have stepped up in the absence of De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley.

Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s contest:

Tip-off: 7:00 PM PT
Radio: 1140 KHTK
Watch: NBC Sports California, or stream live on Fubo.tv

Betting Info: The line for this contest opened with a pick ’em, but Sacramento is currently favored by 2 points. The Kings were 1.5 point favorites in the season opener when these two teams first met. Phoenix won that game by 29 points. The Kings are 7-5 against the spread this season. (Courtesy of The Action Network)

Injury Report:

Kings:

Trevor Ariza – Probable (groin)

Caleb Swanigan – Questionable (ankle)

Suns:

Ricky Rubio – Questionable (back)

Last 5 Meetings:

10/23/19 – Suns 124, Kings 95

3/23/19 – Kings 112, Suns 103

2/10/19 – Kings 117, Suns 104

1/8/19 – Suns 115, Kings 111

12/4/18 – Kings 122, Suns 105

Matchup To Watch:

Tonight’s shooting guard matchup will feature two of the top scoring guards in the Pacific Division. Devin Booker is averaging 25 points for the Suns and is enjoying the best shooting percentages of his career. He will have to cut down on the turnovers, however. Booker has 17 giveaways in the last three games, and Buddy Hield, his counterpart for the evening, recorded a season-high four steals in the Kings’ last contest.

Speaking of Hield, the Kings shooting guard had one of the best shooting nights of his career in Sunday’s victory over the Celtics. He scored 35 points on just 24 attempts, and didn’t shoot a single free throw. With a portion of the scoring load missing due to De’Aaron Fox’s injury, Hield’s output was much-needed and will become almost expected if the Kings hope to remain in any sort of playoff contention.