Ex-NFL DL Bannan arrested on attempted murder charge

Former NFL defensive lineman Justin Bannan faces attempted murder and assault charges following the shooting of a woman in Boulder, Colo.

Bannan, 40, was arrested Wednesday and remained in custody Thursday awaiting a bond hearing.

Bannan played 12 seasons in the NFL (2002-13) with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.

He is charged with suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault with extreme indifference, first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury and first-degree burglary, according to Boulder police.

Authorities say Bannan shot a 36-year-old woman in the arm with a handgun at Black Lab Sports, a venture capital firm. She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

A police spokeswoman told reporters the shooting appeared to be “random.” Bannan and the woman apparently worked in the same building.

Bannan was arrested at the scene carrying a bag containing two loaded handguns and an extra magazine.

“Bannan told police he did not mean to shoot the woman, and that he was hiding because the Russian Mafia was after him and tracking his cellphone,” according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in 2002 out of Colorado, Bannan appeared in 163 games (72 starts) and tallied 311 tackles, 6.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

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Actor Cuba Gooding Jr to plead not guilty to new charges in groping case: lawyer

By Brendan Pierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cuba Gooding Jr will plead not guilty on Tuesday to new charges brought by Manhattan prosecutors who previously accused the actor of groping a woman at a bar, the his lawyer said.

Gooding was charged with one misdemeanor count of forcible touching in June after an unidentified woman said the actor had touched her breasts in a Manhattan bar. He has denied the allegation and faces a maximum sentence of up to a year in prison if found guilty.

The new charges, which are not yet public, are part of the same criminal case but stem from a separate incident, according to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Gooding is scheduled to enter his plea in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Gooding, 51, won a supporting actor Oscar in 1997 for “Jerry Maguire” and is known for roles in films including “A Few Good Men” and “The Butler” and in the television miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Gooding had been scheduled to go to trial on the original charges Thursday, but the additional charges mean the trial will be delayed. A new date has not yet been set.

“It’s very obvious to us that the District Attorney has failed to establish evidence that would have resulted in a conviction” on the original charges, Heller said Monday in an interview.

Heller said he believed prosecutors were trying to delay the case by bringing the new charges.

“We’re very confident that the case will be dismissed,” he said.

Gooding, who is divorced, is one of dozens of men in politics, entertainment, sports and the business world who have been accused of sexual misconduct since allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein is to stand trial in New York later this year on charges of rape and assault involving two women. He has denied any non-consensual sex.

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MLB notebook: Angels reportedly knew of Skaggs’ drug use

A Los Angeles Angels employee admitted to federal investigators that he provided oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs, used the drug with the late pitcher for years, and that the team knew about Skaggs’ drug abuse, ESPN reported Saturday.

Eric Kay, the Angels’ director of communications, also told the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that five other players used opiates while with the team, according to an investigation by the network’s “Outside the Lines.”

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in a hotel room in Southlake, Texas, on July 1 when the Angels were in town to meet the Texas Rangers. His autopsy report, released Aug. 30, said Skaggs had oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol in his system and listed the cause of death as choking on his own vomit.

“We have never heard that any employee was providing illegal narcotics to any player, or that any player was seeking illegal narcotics,” Angels president John Carpino said in a statement responding to the report Saturday. “The Angels maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff. Every one of our players must also abide by the MLB Joint Drug Agreement. We continue to mourn the loss of Tyler and fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue their investigation.”

–The San Francisco Giants will interview former Philadelphia Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler to fill the position vacated by manager Bruce Bochy, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported.

Kapler, 44, was fired Thursday after compiling a 161-163 record with no playoff appearances in two seasons with the Phillies. He has a strong relationship with Giants president Farhan Zaidi from their time together in Los Angeles, per the report.

Bochy, 64, retired after 25 seasons as a manager with the Giants and San Diego Padres. He compiled a 2,003-2,029 record, including a 1,052-1,054 mark during a 13-year tenure in San Francisco that included World Series triumphs in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

–David Freese, the 2011 World Series Most Valuable Player with the St. Louis Cardinals, announced his retirement after 11 seasons.

Freese, 36, spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing mostly first base, and also spent time with the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He is best known for his postseason heroics in St. Louis, as his 21 RBIs in 2011 set an MLB record for a single postseason. Freese also was named the 2011 NLCS MVP and was an All-Star in 2012.

–Washington Nationals pitcher Daniel Hudson defended his decision to leave the team for the first game of the National League Championship Series to be on hand when his wife gave birth, saying he learned of online criticism despite having deleted his social media accounts some time ago.

The team placed him on paternity leave so that he could be there when Millie, the couple’s third child, was born in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday morning. After getting the save to help the Nats take a 2-0 series lead over St. Louis on Saturday, Hudson said he had no regrets.

“Life comes at you fast, man. I don’t know how that happened and how I became the face for whatever conversation was going on. Everybody’s got their opinions, man, and I really value my family and my family time.”

–The New York Yankees added outfielder Aaron Hicks and veteran left-hander CC Sabathia to the 25-man roster prior their American League Championship Series opener against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Hicks, 30, has been out since Aug. 3 due to a flexor strain in his right elbow. The 39-year-old Sabathia, in his 19th and final season, has dealt with injuries to his right knee and left shoulder.

Utility man Tyler Wade and first baseman Luke Voit, who were both on the ALDS roster, were left off the ALCS roster.

–The Astros left Wade Miley off their roster for the ALCS after the left-hander experienced major difficulties late in the season.

The 32-year-old Miley had a 16.68 ERA in September, allowing 21 runs over 11 1/3 innings, then gave up three runs (two earned) and four hits in 2 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay in the ALDS.

Utility man Myles Straw also was left off the roster, while right-handers Brad Peacock and Bryan Abreu were added, leaving the Astros without a left-handed pitcher against the Yankees.

–Field Level Media

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Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. to face new U.S. charges in groping case

© Reuters. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. appears in New York State Criminal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York © Reuters. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. appears in New York State Criminal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York

By Brendan Pierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Cuba Gooding Jr.’s trial on charges of groping a woman at a Manhattan bar was postponed Thursday as prosecutors revealed they had brought new charges against him in connection with another incident.

Gooding is expected to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to enter a plea to the new charges, which are not yet public, according to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

Gooding won a supporting actor Oscar in 1997 for “Jerry Maguire” and is known for his roles in films including “A Few Good Men” and “The Butler” and the television miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

He had been scheduled to go to trial on the original charges Thursday, but the additional charges mean the trial will be delayed. A new date has not yet been set.

Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, said video from the bar where his client was accused of groping the woman “clearly shows that there was no groping or crime.”

“Clearly the prosecutor was not prepared to proceed to trial in this case,” he said.

Heller said he did not have any details about the new charges.

“I doubt it’s anything that’s credible,” he said.

Gooding, 51, was charged with one misdemeanor count of forcible touching in June after an unidentified woman said the actor had touched her breasts in a bar. He has denied the allegation.

Gooding, who is divorced, is one of dozens of men in politics, entertainment, sports and the business world who have been accused of sexual misconduct since allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo movement.

Weinstein is to stand trial in New York later this year on charges of rape and assault involving two women. He has denied any non-consensual sex.

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Torres, Gregorius lead Yankees past Twins, into ALCS

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After completing a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series with a 5-1 victory on Monday night in Minneapolis, the New York Yankees get a four-day break before opening the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

Where and against whom they will play has yet to be the determined. The Houston Astros, who own the edge for home-field advantage by virtue of their major-league-best 107 wins, hold a 2-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays heading into Game 4 of their ALDS on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“We’ll enjoy watching that series unfold and we’ll get ready for whoever it is,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after getting doused with beer and champagne. “We’re going to spend the night here and fly back tomorrow. We’re going to try and shut it off for the next 10 or 12 hours.”

Gleyber Torres homered and doubled twice, and Cameron Maybin also hit a home run as the New York made it 13 playoff wins in a row over Minnesota, which also lost its 16th consecutive postseason games to extend its major league record.

Didi Gregorius also had two hits and two RBIs, and Brett Gardner added an RBI single for New York, which became the first team to sweep a 100-win opponent in a division series.

Chad Green (1-0), one of six pitchers used by New York on Monday, picked up the win with 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief. Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs to get the save, striking Nelson Cruz out looking with runners on first and second to end the game.

“The way we played tonight was championship-caliber baseball,” Boone said. “The amount of big-time plays these guys made on defense, the amount of big pitches they made in big spots … Minnesota brought it tonight, but our guys time and time again were able to make a great defensive play or a big-time pitch.”

Eddie Rosario singled, doubled and homered, and Luis Arraez had a double among his two hits, but Minnesota finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out five and not walking a batter.

“I mean it when I say to you that I do not sit here frustrated at all,” said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli of his team, which set a major league record with 307 home runs, including five players with 30 or more, while winning 101 games. “Our guys should be walking out of that clubhouse with their heads held high. They never stopped playing.”

Torres (22 years, 298 days) gave New York a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish in the second inning with a 376-foot home run barely over the glove of Twins left fielder Jake Cave, becoming the youngest Yankee to homer in a postseason game since Derek Jeter (22 years, 105 days) did so in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS.

That Jeter homer is well-remembered because 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence to pull the ball into the stands, with the umpires failing to call fan interference.

“He loves the stage,” Boone said of Torres. “What more can you say? He’s such a great two-way player and clearly loves playing in the postseason.”

The Yankees extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Gio Urshela led off with a double and scored two outs later on Gardner’s single.

New York made it 3-0 in seventh when Torres lined a double off the left field wall and scored one out later on a single by Gregorius.

Rosario cut it to 3-1 in eighth when he lined a 412-foot homer to dead center off Zack Britton. Maybin answered with a home run just inside the left field foul pole in the ninth off Sergio Romo, and Gregorius added an RBI single to end the scoring.

Including the playoffs, Gregorius has 30 RBIs in 13 games vs. the Twins since the start of 2018.

–Field Level Media

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Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Florida subdues No. 7 Auburn

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Lamical Perine’s 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave No. 10 Florida the cushion it needed to ride out a 24-13 victory against No. 7 Auburn in an SEC clash Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Perine’s dash gave the Gators (6-0, 3-0 SEC) an 11-point lead with 9:04 to play, and their defense did the rest. The win was their eighth in their last 10 home games against Top 10 opponents and extended their overall winning streak to 10 games.

The Tigers (5-1, 2-1) struggled offensively, held to about half of their season average of 251 rushing yards per game.

Bo Nix completed only 11 of 27 passes and threw three interceptions, his first since the opener. His second pick was critical, coming late in the third quarter on third-and-12 at Florida’s 15-yard line with his team within 17-13. His third came with 2:30 remaining.

No. 5 LSU 42, Utah State 6

Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes to increase his season total to 22 as the Tigers finished their nonconference schedule against the Aggies in Baton Rouge, La.

Burrow completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards with one interception. Justin Jefferson caught nine of those tosses for 155 yards and two touchdowns, both in the third quarter as the Tigers extended a 21-6 halftime lead to 35-6 after three quarters.

LSU (5-0) limited the Aggies (3-2) to 159 yards and had three interceptions against Jordan Love, who completed 15 of 30 passes for 130 yards.

No. 6 Oklahoma 45, Kansas 20

Jalen Hurts sparkled again, passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for 56 yards and two scores, and even hauling in a 21-yard pass as the Sooners rolled past the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.

The Alabama transfer overcame a slow start to boost the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) to their 22nd consecutive road win, the longest active streak in the FBS.

Hurts padded his season total of touchdowns accounted for to 21, while Rhamondre Stevenson added 109 yards rushing, including a 61-yard touchdown. Oklahoma produced 545 yards against Kansas (2-4, 0-2) after coming in as the national leader in yards per game (668.5).

No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0

Junior running back Jonathan Taylor scored a career-high five touchdowns and rushed for 186 yards as the Badgers pounded the Golden Flashes in a nonconference game in Madison, Wis.

Taylor rushed for a 6-yard touchdown on Wisconsin’s first series to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead at Camp Randall Stadium. The 2018 All-American has scored touchdowns on the first series in each game of Wisconsin’s 5-0 start.

Taylor, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, rushed for four touchdowns on 19 carries. He also caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown against Kent State (2-3). Taylor surpassed the 100-yard rushing milestone for a fifth straight game and the 27th time in 32 career games.

No. 9 Notre Dame 52, Bowling Green 0

Ian Book completed 16 of 20 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns as the Fighting Irish cruised to a shutout of the Falcons in South Bend, Ind.

Chase Claypool caught two touchdown passes for Notre Dame (4-1), which won its 14th home game in a row. Tommy Tremble, Cole Kmet, Javon McKinley and Avery Davis caught one touchdown apiece, and C’Bo Flemister added a rushing touchdown.

Bowling Green (1-4) dropped its fourth consecutive game. The Falcons were outgained 573-228 in the first meeting between the programs.

No. 11 Texas 42, West Virginia 31

Sam Ehlinger passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Longhorns topped the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W. Va.

Ehlinger hit Malcolm Epps from 22 yards out, found John Burt for a 13-yard TD and burst up the middle for a 13-yard running touchdown in the first half as Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) built a 21-14 lead at intermission.

The Longhorns’ defense forced West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) into four turnovers, all of them interceptions of Austin Kendall passes. D’Shawn Jamison made two of them, both in spectacular fashion.

No. 12 Penn State 35, Purdue 7

Sean Clifford threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another on his first four drives as the Nittany Lions cruised over the Boilermakers in University Park, Pa.

Clifford completed 20 of 29 passes for 264 yards while throwing touchdown passes to Jahan Dotson, KJ Hamler and tight end Pat Freiermuth. Noah Cain capped a 105-yard rushing performance by scoring from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter for Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), which enjoyed a 460-104 edge in total yards.

Purdue redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Plummer received the start in place of injured Elijah Sindelar (broken clavicle) and completed 13 of 27 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-4, 0-2).

No. 19 Michigan 10, No. 14 Iowa 3

The Wolverines forced four turnovers and recorded eight sacks as they handed the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) scored all its points in the first quarter and held firm by harassing Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley all afternoon. Stanley was intercepted three times after throwing zero picks in the first four games for the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1).

The Wolverines took a 3-0 lead on Jake Moody’s 28-yard field goal with 12:19 to go in the first quarter. They scored the only touchdown of the game on their next possession when Zach Charbonnet rushed in from 2 yards to cap a 70-yard drive.

Texas Tech 45, No. 21 Oklahoma State 35

Jett Duffey passed for 424 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in his fourth career start as the Red Raiders upset the Cowboys in Lubbock, Texas.

The junior completed 26 of 44 passes with four TD tosses in his second career 400-yard game, and wide receiver T.J. Vasher caught five passes for 110 yards.

Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) recorded five turnovers — including two interceptions by Douglas Coleman III — and added seven sacks against the Cowboys (4-2, 1-2). OSU’s Chuba Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher coming in, notched 156 yards on 34 carries with three scores.

–Field Level Media

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Hassan on course for unique double after winning 1500m semi

By Brian Homewood

DOHA (Reuters) – Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands stayed on course for a unique 1,500-10,000 meters double at the world championships by easily winning her semi-final on Thursday.

The Dutchwoman, who won the 10,000 on Saturday, was trailing at the bell but comfortably worked her way through the pack on the final lap to win in front of the first near-full house of the championship at Doha’s air-conditioned Khalifa stadium.

Kenya’s defending world and Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon, back after giving birth to a daughter last year and having recovered from an adductor injury, finished fourth and also qualified.

America’s Jenny Simpson won the second semi-final in which Britain’s European champion Lara Muir and Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay, two other contenders, also qualified.

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Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka ease into China Open last 16, Angelique Kerber knocked out

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(Reuters) – Top seeds Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka cruised into the last 16 of the China Open with straight sets victories in their second round matches in Beijing on Tuesday.

World number one Barty, who received a bye into the second round, started her campaign with a 6-4 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, wrapping up the contest in 75 minutes.

Barty fired seven aces, converted four of nine break points and smashed 23 winners in a clinical display which she said was enough to get the job done.

“It was solid today without being fantastic,” Barty said. “It was what we needed to do today. There were times where it was pretty good and there were times where it was challenging.

“It’s a court that I think is tough to neutralize and play defense over a long period. It’s definitely a court that you get your bang for buck and you get value when you try to take the initiative.”

Japan’s Osaka, seeded fourth, needed only 59 minutes to brush aside German qualifier Andrea Petkovic with a dominant 6-2 6-0 win.

Osaka converted five break points and fired 21 winners in a one-sided contest to set up a clash with American Alison Riske, who beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the only three-set match of the day.

Angelique Kerber’s poor form dragged on after another early exit at the hands of Slovenia’s Polona Hercog who won 6-4 6-2.

Apart from a semi-final run in Osaka, 10th seed Kerber has not moved past the second round of tournaments in Zhengzhou, Wuhan and now Beijing.

China’s Zheng Saisai converted five of six break points to beat former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-1 in 76 minutes to set up a last-16 clash with Barty.

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4 but 12th seed Aryna Sabalenka, who won the Wuhan Open title over the weekend was knocked out by Russia’s unseeded Daria Kasatkina 6-4 7-6(5).

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Canada’s Heaton takes fumble memes in his stride

(Reuters) – Canadian Matt Heaton is staying positive by seeing the funny side of things of his error-prone Rugby World Cup debut against Italy on Thursday.

Italy smashed Canada 48-7 at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium with Heaton fumbling the ball right at the line, getting a yellow card and giving up a penalty try.

“You have to have a brain of a goldfish and try and forget negatives,” Heaton told reporters. “It’s definitely always at the back of your mind. Now I’m getting tagged in all the Instagram memes and things like that. It’s quite funny. You have to have a laugh about it.

“You have to, otherwise you’ll just burn yourself out with stress. That’s no way to play. Just move on and catch the next one. I can’t do any worse any more.”

Heaton started the game on the bench but was thrust in due to an early injury to teammate Lucas Rumball.

“You try and play the cool cucumber all day,” the 26-year-old said. “I thought I had a good mental prep, but then as soon as I saw that I was coming on, the nerves were through the roof. It was baptism by fire.

“It’s the third-largest sporting event for viewership in the world so when I got on, I was like, I better not do anything like pick my nose or scratch my ass because everyone’s going to be watching.”

Soon after he came on, captain Tyler Ardon burst clear and passed to set up what should have been their opening try only for Heaton to drop the ball with the line gaping.

“Tyler took on a defender and then the ball came out of his hands and I went ‘oh crap, I better not drop this’, and as soon as you think about something like that, that’s how it works,” he said, hoping to put on a better show against New Zealand.

“I’m going to have to do something big to get me out of it. I have to pull a stunt or something like that. Hopefully, the opportunity comes and I’ll hold it with two hands this time.”

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Scientists puzzled by really big planet orbiting really little star

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists are expressing surprise after discovering a solar system 30 light-years away from Earth that defies current understanding about planet formation, with a large Jupiter-like planet orbiting a diminutive star known as a red dwarf.

Stars generally are much bigger than even the largest planets that orbit them. But in this case, the star and the planet are not much different in size, the researchers said on Thursday.

The star, called GJ 3512, is about 12% the size of our sun, while the planet that orbits it has a mass of at least about half of Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet.

“Yes, an absolute surprise,” said astrophysicist Juan Carlos Morales of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia at the Institute of Space Sciences in Spain, who led the research published in the journal Science.

“The discovery was surprising because theoretical formation models suggest that low-mass stars typically host small planets, similar to Earth or small Neptunes. In this case, we have found a gas giant planet similar to Jupiter around a very small star,” Morales added.

The planet, which like Jupiter is composed mainly of gas, was discovered using a telescope at the Calar Alto Observatory in Spain. It travels around its star in a very elliptical orbit lasting 204 days.

Red dwarfs are small, with relatively low surface temperatures. GJ 3512 is not only much smaller than our sun, it is somewhat comparable in size to a very large planet, being only about 35% bigger than Jupiter.

“They emit less energy, so they are fainter than the sun, and their surface temperature is rather cool, below 3800 (degrees) Kelvin (6,380 degrees Fahrenheit/3,527 Celsius) approximately. This is why the have a reddish color,” Morales said.

There is evidence of a second planet currently orbiting the star, while a third planet might have been ejected from the star system in the past, explaining the elliptical orbit of the Jupiter-like planet, Morales said.

Planets are born from the same disk of interstellar gas and dust that produces the star around which they orbit. Under the leading model for planetary formation, called the “core accretion” model, an object initially forms from solid particles in the disk and the gravitational tug of this embryonic planet allows for an atmosphere to arise from the surrounding gas.

A competing model, called the gravitational instability model, may explain this unusual system.

“In this case, the protoplanetary disk around the young star may be slightly more massive than expected and cold,” Morales said. “This makes the disk become unstable so some dense regions can appear. These clumps can grow until they collapse, forming a planet.”

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