New York (CNN Business)Could this be the last holiday shopping season for Sears? The company narrowly survived its bruising bankruptcy fight just one year ago. Then creditors were in court clamoring for the iconic retailer to be closed down and its remaining assets liquidated. But in February US Bankruptcy Court Robert Drain gave the company a new lease on life, allowing its former CEO Eddie Lampert, to buy the remaining valuable assets out of bankruptcy, leaving behind the debt and leases he didn't want. Lampert vowed he had a plan to turn around the company's two brands, Sears and Kmart. He promised it would find an expert in retail rescues to lead the company as its new CEO. Ten months later, things have not gone as promised. Read More There's no new CEO. The company, which emerged from bankruptcy with 425 stores, will soon have less than half of those stores still open. Rather than holiday sales this year, it started going-out-of-business sales at 96 of its remaining stores … [Read more...] about Could this be the last holiday shopping season for Sears?
Now the real fun begins. Week 14 means either quarterfinal-round play or the final week of the regular season for most fantasy football leagues. At this point, it’s about fielding a roster of players who can produce points regardless of what they may or may not have done of late. For those who own an elite player facing a tough matchup (see Mahomes, Patrick), the choice of dance with who brought you is tempting, but if there’s a better matchup sitting on the waiver wire… START: Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings: Only Mahomes (6.8) has a higher yards after catch per completion than Cousins’ 6.3. Since Week 4, Cousins has thrown 18 touchdown passes and produced at least 276 passing yards in six of his past eight games. He faces a Lions defense that allows the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks while yielding 25 touchdown passes. SIT: Josh Allen, QB, Bills: Allen has a stellar 11-1 TD:INT margin since Week 7, yet has only two games of better than 250 … [Read more...] about Fantasy football Week 14 NFL players to start and sit, including Broncos’ Noah Fant
Washington (CNN)The US is sanctioning friends and foes that import Iranian oil starting Thursday, but analysts say the White House might find it harder to eliminate Tehran's energy exports than it expects and Trump administration officials are bracing for Iran's response. As the administration ends waivers that allowed eight countries to continue purchasing Iranian crude and condensate, one administration official told CNN that they are concerned about the response from Tehran, which could target US assets in the Middle East and escalate tensions with the US and in the region. The administration has cut deeply into Iranian oil exports in a very short time, analysts say, and the waiver elimination aims to cut them off completely. US officials are wary, however, that countries will work to find ways around potential sanctions, through smuggling and the use of corporations with little connection to the US financial system. 'It's not going to go to zero' Burgeoning international … [Read more...] about US braced for Iranian response as oil crackdown starts
In his NFL debut last week, Broncos quarterback Drew Lock faced five or more Los Angeles Chargers pass rushers on only six of his 34 drop-backs. Against the Houston Texans on Sunday, he may face six blitzes by the end of the first quarter. Whereas Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley relies on a four-man rush led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is expected to have a different plan, one predicated on pressure. “It could be hard,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “You never know what (Crennel) is going to do on defense. I’m sure he’ll mix it up with some pressure and some coverage and maybe a look or two we haven’t seen from him yet.”Despite being 8-4, the Texans’ pass defense statistics are wretched: They are 28th in yards allowed (262.9), last on third down (47.8%), tied for 28th in interceptions (six), tied for 26th in sacks (25) and tied for 27th in most touchdown passes allowed (25). But … [Read more...] about Task for Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock in second start: Figuring out Texans’ pass rush plan
Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter. What’s the problem with the Broncos’ offense in the second half? Rich Scangarello? Joe Flacco? — Juan Nunez, El Salvador The Broncos are making progress. At least the questions are about the “second-half offense,” instead of the “game-wide offense.” In the last two games, the Broncos have scored 17 points apiece in the first half, but then hit the skids in the third quarter. Jacksonville — no points, 0 of 2 on third down and six plays for 8 yards. Chargers — no points, 0 of 3 on third down and 13 plays for 36 yards. Let’s take a look at Sunday’s game. Leading 17-0, the Broncos forced the Chargers into a three and out and took over at their 35-yard line. Phillip Lindsay ran for 16 yards, but then … [Read more...] about Broncos Mailbag: Will Drew Lock get to play in the regular season this year?