U.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Friday after the U.S. Department of Treasury, Small Business Administration (SBA) reversed its initial CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility rule that excluded Tribally-owned small businesses with revenue from gaming operations.Many Tribes depend on the businesses they own and operate to fund essential services in Indian Country because Tribal governments, unlike state and local governments, do not have a traditional tax base. Udall and Senate Democrats have pressed for Treasury and SBA to reverse this position: Udall sent a letter on April 8th to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, and spoke with Mnuchin by phone April 18, urging Treasury and SBA to adhere to congressional intent and include Tribally-owned businesses in the PPP.“I am relieved that the SBA is correcting its harmful initial guidance which unfairly excluded a significant number of Tribally-owned businesses from the Paycheck Protection Program. I personally urged Secretary Mnuchin to change this policy, and I am glad that Treasury is listening to our calls and adhering to Congress’ unambiguous intent,” Udall said. “Tribal businesses are some of the biggest employers and income generators for both the Tribal and non-Tribal communities they serve, and these government-owned enterprises fund essential services to their communities, like health care, education, and public safety needs. Because Tribes do not have a traditional tax base to generate government revenue for essential services, it is absolutely critical that all Tribal business under 500 employees – including gaming enterprises – are deemed eligible for PPP loans.“Unfortunately, the delay in reversing SBA’s erroneous guidance has already put Tribal businesses at a disadvantage at a time of immense need. Once again, the Trump administration’s inability or unwillingness to understand the unique needs of Native communities has set Indian Country back. The entire Trump administration must make a greater effort to listen to and include Tribes in the COVID-19 response moving forward – and the administration must be more cognizant of congressional intent, more effective in distributing funding in an equitable and competent way to Native communities, and better-educated about our shared federal trust responsibility to Indian Country.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian say Chelsea are waiting for a formal approach from Juventus for Maurizio Sarri.It comes amid reports that head coach Sarri has told Chelsea he wants to leave the club.The Guardian say Juve will probably have to pay £5m in order to secure Sarri’s release.Embed from Getty Images Stories in Saturday’s newspapers involving Chelsea…Many local fans reportedly attended the Europa League final for free.The Times reports that authorities in Baku ordered turnstiles to be opened to the public during the first half of the match between Chelsea and Arsenal because they were embarrassed by the thousands of empty seats.AdChoices广告The newspaper say the decision was taken without authorisation from Uefa, who have faced criticism for the choice of venue for the final.Both clubs returned some of their small allocations of tickets and those fans who did travel faced an awkward journey.Embed from Getty Images The Daily Mail say Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia will hold talks with Real Madrid with a view to completing a deal for Eden Hazard to join the Spanish club.Gary Cahill, who is leaving Chelsea this summer, is wanted by Aston Villa, The Sun reports.And the Daily Star continue to link Chelsea with a possible move for Barcelona’s former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.Barca are said to be ready to listen to offers for the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Manchester United. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Buffalo has to fix their run defense which has surrendered 143 yards a contest in their last three outings. It’s given if Washington starts rookie QB Dwayne Haskins or Case Keenum (protocol to start the week), they will feature the run and Adrian Peterson.Snag the double digits as the Skins fall 17-10 to cover.NFL pick: Redskins +10 (-110) We have reached the halfway point of the NFL season. Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t fit into today’s world of everything has to matter to somebody and be overanalyzed.Of course, Landry wanted his team to win every game, but he also understood and preached the first half of the season was about preparing for the rest of the year and making a championship run. That is what we partially have in mind in making this week’s NFL picks, looking at teams that are still building and possibly in decline. Here is our breakdown of underdogs we like who we expect to cover and could engineer upsets.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewHouston Texans vs. Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. ET (NFLN) at Wembley Stadium (London)Opening odds: Texans -1The Houston Texans came from behind to beat Oakland 27-24 and kept on the heels of Indianapolis in the AFC South. The Texans did receive terrible news, that they will probably be without the services of J.J. Watt yet again for the third time in four years for the rest of the season.Just like in prior years, this doesn’t make Houston’s defense better, but the players on that side of the ball understand what they have to do to compensate. The Texans will make their first-ever trip to London to face AFC South rival Jacksonville. This is the Jaguars’ seventh straight trip to England, as their owner has ties to the country.MORE WEEK 9 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThe Jags are only 3-3 SU and ATS in those prior contests and know the drill compared to the Texans maiden voyage. After dropping their first two contests, Jacksonville is 4-2 SU and ATS and at least is positioned to make a run at winning their division with three consecutive contests versus all three divisional foes.Jacksonville’s defense is back to being disruptive, ranked 3rd in sacks and they nearly beat Houston in Week 2 at their place, falling 13-12 on a failed late-game two-point conversion.With the underdog in this matchup 10-4 ATS, we’ll grab the points.NFL pick: Jaguars +1.5 (-110)Tennessee Titans vs. Carolina PanthersSunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) at Bank of America StadiumOpening odds: Panthers -3.5After winning and covering four in a row and coming off a bye week, Carolina was a very popular choice among sharp bettors and wise guys last Sunday at San Francisco. That lasted about five minutes as the Panthers looked a fighter taking on the champion and after being punched in the mouth once and afterward wanted no part of that foe.Carolina went on to lose 51-13, waving the white flag early and often as four-point away underdogs. The Panthers defense has been run of the mill and gotten by on sacks (second in the league) and turnovers forced (16). However, teams can score on Carolina’s defense, as all but one opponent, has tallied at least 20 points and they are 29th in yards per point allowed.With Marcus Mariota ineffective yet again, oft-injured Ryan Tannehill has stepped in and Tennessee has won both times. Tannehill has impressed his teammates with greater accuracy and more velocity on his passes and the Titans have totaled 50 points in their pair of victories, compared to 55 points 1n Mariota’s five previous starts.In this one we are catching +4 points and find that Tennessee is 13-3 ATS against NFC South and 10-2 ATS in road games off exactly two home triumphs. Upset? Quite possibly.NFL pick: Titans +4 (-110)Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo BillsSunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. ET (Fox) at New Era FieldOpening odds: Bills -11.5Let’s get this out of the way first, we believe there is only a slim chance that Washington will win this game. However, we do feel strongly that they will have a very good chance to cover the spread.Redskins interim coach Bill Callahan has created more accountability with his team and simplified many aspects of the offense and defense, designed to give a limited roster, especially on offense, a chance. Defensively, the core principles are now being followed and the Redskins are giving up fewer points.Buffalo was ripped by Philadelphia 31-13 at home last Sunday. After playing tremendous defense in their first five contests, the Bills gave up 21 to Miami and 31 to the Eagles. The Bills need to play strong defense because they have offensive limitations with quarterback Josh Allen still learning on the job.