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Written By WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 3rd January, 2020 17:33 IST Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball as league competition opens this week:GAME OF THE WEEKENDLOOKING AHEADCan LSU and Tennessee bounce back?: LSU is the defending SEC regular-season champion and Tennessee owned the nation’s No. 1 ranking for nearly a month last season, but both teams are struggling a bit as they prepare to meet Saturday in Knoxville. Tennessee (8-4) has dropped three of its last four games andNUMBERS GAMEAuburn is one of only two unbeaten Division I teams along with No. 13 San Diego State (14-0). … SEC teams have gone 8-3 in head-to-head matchups with the Atlantic Coast Conference but have a combined 9-16 record against the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. … Kentucky’s Ashton Hagans has recorded at least six assists in nine straight games. He has an SEC-leading 7.3 assists per game. … After winning 31 straight home games, Tennessee has dropped two of its last three at Thompson-Boling Arena. … The SEC’s only Top 25 teams are Auburn and No. 17 Kentucky. … The SEC had five teams in the top 50 of theIMPACT PERFORMERGeorgia’s Anthony Edwards was rated as the nation’s No. 2 prospect in his class, according to composite rankings of recruiting sites, and the 6-foot-5 guard has lived up to that considerable billing thus far. Edwards ranks second in the SEC in scoring (19.7), behind only Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith (23.5). Edwards showed his ability to deliver in big games by scoring 37 points in a loss to No. 14 Michigan State. Edwards gets another chance to showcase his talents Saturday at No. 9 Memphis, when he matches up with the Tigers’ talent-laden freshman class.ON THE WOMEN’S SIDEThe SEC enters conference play with six teams in the Top 25: No. 4 South Carolina, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 20 Arkansas and No. 22 Tennessee. … Heading into Thursday’s games, Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter ranked fifth among Division I players in scoring (22.8) and Auburn’s Unique Thompson was fifth in rebounding (12.2). Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 17:33 IST Unbeaten Auburn Visits Mississippi St. To Open SEC Schedule Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball as league competition opens this week: LIVE TV FOLLOW US
“I think it’s very important that we just put a safety net under our troops,” said Webb, a former Vietnam veteran and Navy secretary. The bill attracted three dozen co-sponsors, including Republicans Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Gordon Smith of Oregon. In July, a similar measure fell just shy of the 60 needed to advance, and additional Republicans said they were considering it. But momentum behind the bill stalled Wednesday after Sen. John Warner, R-Va., announced that he decided the consequences would be disastrous. Warner, a former longtime chairman of the Armed Services Committee, had voted in favor of the measure in July but said he changed his mind after talking to senior military officials. Without more Republican support, Democrats are unlikely to pass other war-related measures. In coming days, the Senate planned to vote on legislation by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., that would order combat troops home in nine months. Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said his bill would allow some troops to remain behind to conduct such missions as counterterrorism and training the Iraqis; he estimated the legislation, if enacted, would cut troop levels in Iraq by more than half.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRAQ: Measure that would regulate the length of troops’ tours fails to get 60 votes. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday that would have balanced the amount of time troops spent in combat, a blow for Democrats struggling to challenge President Bush’s Iraq policies. The 56-44 vote was four votes short of reaching the 60 needed to cut off debate. It was the second time in as many months that the bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was sidetracked. In July, a similar measure fell four votes short of advancing. Failure of the bill was a sound defeat for Democrats, who have been unable to pass significant anti-war legislation by a veto- proof majority since taking control of Congress in January. Webb’s measure was seen as having the best chance at attracting the 60 votes needed to pass because of its pro-military premise. The bill would have required that troops spend as much time at home training with their units as they spend deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Members of the National Guard or Reserve would be guaranteed three years at home before being sent back. Most Army soldiers now spend about 15 months in combat with 12 months home.