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Piotr Hofmanski said in a video statement that while the ICC’s judges


The International Criminal Court said Friday that it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin on suspicion of war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine.

The court said in a statement that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population [children] and that of unlawful transfer of population [children] from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”


It also issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, the commissioner for children’s rights in the office of the president of the Russian Federation, on similar allegations.

The court’s president, Piotr Hofmanski, said in a video statement that while the ICC’s judges have issued the warrants, it will be up to the international community to execute them. The court has no police force of its own to execute warrants.

“The ICC is doing its part of work as a court of law,” Hofmanski said. “The judges issued arrest warrants. The execution depends on international cooperation.”

Ukraine also is not a member of the court, but it has granted the ICC jurisdiction over its territory, and ICC prosecutor Karim Khan has visited four times since opening an investigation a year ago.

The ICC said that its pretrial chamber found there were “reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and that of unlawful transfer of population from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, in prejudice of Ukrainian children.”

The court statement said that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Putin bears individual criminal responsibility” for the child abductions “for having committed the acts directly, jointly with others and/or through others [and] for his failure to exercise control properly over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts.”

After his most recent visit, in early March, ICC prosecutor Khan said he visited a care home for children barely a mile from the front line in southern Ukraine.

“The drawings pinned on the wall … spoke to a context of love and support that was once there. But this home was empty, a result of alleged deportation of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation or their unlawful transfer to other parts of the temporarily occupied territories,” Khan said in a statement. “As I noted to the United Nations Security Council last September, these alleged acts are being investigated by my office as a priority. Children cannot be treated as the spoils of war.”

Although Russia rejected the allegations and warrants of the court as null and void, others said the ICC’s action would have an important impact.

“The ICC has made Putin a wanted man and taken its first step to end the impunity that has emboldened perpetrators in Russia’s war against Ukraine for far too long,” said Balkees Jarrah, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch. “The warrants send a clear message that giving orders to commit, or tolerating, serious crimes against civilians may lead to a prison cell in The Hague.”

David Crane, who indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor 20 years ago for crimes in Sierra Leone, said dictators and tyrants around the world “are now on notice that those who commit international crimes will be held accountable to include heads of state.”

Taylor was eventually detained and put on trial at a special court in the Netherlands. He was convicted and sentenced to 50 years’ imprisonment.

“This is an important day for justice and for the citizens of Ukraine,” Crane said in a written comment to the Associated Press on Friday.

On Thursday, a United Nations-backed investigation cited Russian attacks on civilians in Ukraine, including systematic torture and killing in occupied regions, among potential atrocities that amount to war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.

The sweeping investigation also found crimes committed against Ukrainians on Russian territory, including deported Ukrainian children who were prevented from reuniting with their families, a “filtration” system aimed at singling out Ukrainians for detention, and torture and inhumane detention conditions.

A top Pakistani court Friday suspended an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Imran Khan, giving him a reprieve to travel to Islamabad, the capital, to face charges in a graft case without being detained.

Khan has been holed up at his home in the eastern city of Lahore since Tuesday after failing to appear at an earlier hearing in the case. His supporters hurled stones and clashed with baton-wielding police for two days to protect the former premier from arrest.

Khan, now in the political opposition, was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last April. He is accused of selling state gifts while in office and concealing assets. It’s one in a string of cases that the former cricket star-turned-Islamist politician has been facing since his ouster.

He is now due in court Saturday, after Aamer Farooq, the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court, suspended the arrest warrant in the graft case. The court Friday also warned Khan that he could face contempt proceedings if he again fails to show up before the judge.

The 70-year-old opposition leader has also claimed that his removal from power was part of a conspiracy by his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the United States. Both Washington and Sharif’s government have denied the allegations.

The AP Interview: Gov. Wes Moore reflects on first 2 months


Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Thursday he’s aiming for “the most full assault on child poverty” to ever happen in Maryland during his first legislative session, touching on a wide variety of topics in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

The governor, a Democrat, spoke about concerns in the banking industry after the second and third largest bank failures in U.S. history, his support for President Joe Biden, his thoughts on reparations for slavery, expanding the use of electric vehicles and police reform during the interview, among other topics.

Two months into his tenure, Moore, who is Maryland’s first Black chief executive and the third Black governor ever elected in the nation, noted the historical nature of his landslide November victory. He said his portrait will look “a little bit different” than the ones of white governors on the walls inside Maryland’s Capitol.

“I received more individual votes for governor than anyone else on these walls,” Moore, a Democrat, said. “But I also know that Marylanders didn’t vote for me because they wanted me to make history. They voted for me because they believed in our vision.”

His proposal to extend and expand tax credits for low-income residents is moving forward in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. His push for accelerating a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour also is advancing but so far without a provision he proposed to create automatic increases in future years to adjust for inflation.

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Here’s what the governor had to say some key issues facing the nation and the state he is governing:


In the aftermath of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, Moore, who is a former investment banker, said Maryland has not had any significant impacts. He said a big reason for that partially was the swift movements of the federal government to be able to ensure that the depositors were not hurt and were covered.

“You have to make sure that you have supports for your small regional banks,” Moore said. “The second thing, though, is we want to make sure that the depositors are not the ones being hurt by all this.”


Moore said he’s excited about the partnership that the state of Maryland has right now with the White House and Biden.

“I want that partnership to continue,” Moore said. “And I’m not only supporting President Biden’s reelection; I plan on helping however I can.”


As the city of San Francisco considers how to address the thorny question of how to atone for centuries of slavery and systemic racism, Moore said he understands why people continue to debate the issue “because the consequences that we saw from the transatlantic slave trade still continue to be real in people’s lives now.”

“I also know that we have to move now to be able to address the issues of housing insecurity and food insecurity, the racial wealth gap, the educational disparities — the things that we know right now we can get done,” Moore said. “We have an obligation to move with a sense of urgency, so we don’t continue watching how families who have often times historically have been disadvantaged continue to be disadvantaged by policies that we still continue to put in place.”

Moore has stood in full support with Democrats in the legislature to enshrine abortion rights in the Maryland Constitution and other measures to protect abortion rights in the state.

“As long as I’m governor, Maryland will be a safe haven for abortion rights,” Moore said.


The governor announced this week that Maryland will move forward with requiring all new vehicles sold in the state to be electric by 2035, as California has decided.

“Is it going to be hard? Yes. Is it bold? Yes. Will Maryland get it done? Absolutely, we will,” Moore said. “And it means we are going to focus on things like the electrification of the grid, so we actually have the infrastructure in place to be able to manage it.”


Moore said he supports an expansion of police reform laws approved two years ago in Maryland. Part of those reforms requires the Maryland attorney general to investigate police-involved deaths but leaves local prosecutors with the decision to prosecute. Legislation advancing in Maryland would give the attorney general the authority to independently prosecute officers.

The governor said he supports legislation advancing in the state Senate to end the statute of limitations on bringing a civil lawsuit against a public or private entity for child sex abuse.

“I support the bill, because I believe that in order for us to actually truly be able to work towards making it right for that individual and for that victim, that we have to make sure that there are laws that are responsive to the fact that that pain still continues to endure,” Moore said.


Moore, who met with the General Services Administration last week on Maryland’s intense competition with Virginia to be the location for a new FBI headquarters, said he’s confident the administration will listen to concerns raised by him and members of the state’s congressional delegation that the evaluation process has been unfair to Maryland. Maryland officials contend the Virginia location is more costly and will take longer than either of two Maryland sites under consideration.


Moore emphasized that he has already appointed the most diverse Cabinet of secretaries to ever lead state agencies in Maryland.

“I think Maryland is on America’s mind right now, because I think what we’re able to do inside of the state of Maryland and show that democracy can be not just participatory, but inclusive,” Moore said. “And that’s what makes it strong.”

US, Russia ratchet up their rhetoric over downing of drone


Russia and the United States ratcheted up their confrontational rhetoric Wednesday over a U.S. surveillance drone that encountered Russian warplanes and crashed near Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which the Kremlin has illegally annexed. At the same time, both countries pledged to try to avoid escalation.

The Kremlin said the incident proved again that Washington is directly involved in the fighting and added that Moscow would try to recover the drone’s wreckage from the Black Sea. U.S. officials said the incident showed Russia’s aggressive and risky behavior and pledged to continue their surveillance.

Russia has long voiced concern about U.S. surveillance flights near its borders, but Tuesday’s incident signaled Moscow’s increasing readiness to raise the ante as tensions soar between the two nuclear powers. It reflected the Kremlin’s appetite for brinkmanship that could further destabilize the situation and lead to more direct confrontations.


Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, said in televised remarks the drone incident was “another confirmation” of direct U.S. involvement in the Ukraine conflict. The Kremlin has repeatedly said the United States and other NATO members have become direct war participants by supplying weapons and intelligence to the Kyiv government and pressuring it not to negotiate peace.

Patrushev, a confidant of President Vladimir Putin, also said Russia planned to search for the drone’s debris. A U.S. official said it was unclear whether Washington would recover the fragments, presumed to be in deep water, after securing the information the drone had gathered.

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“I don’t know if we can recover them or not, but we will certainly have to do that, and we will deal with it,” Patrushev said.

U.S. officials said Russia has dispatched ships to try to recover the wreckage.

The U.S. has no vessels in the Black Sea to recover the drone because Turkey shut the Bosphorus Strait to warships in 2022, except for those returning to home port.

U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the MQ-9 Reaper drone was in international airspace when a Russian fighter jet struck its propeller. U.S. officials accused Russia of trying to intercept the unmanned aerial vehicle, although its presence over the Black Sea — a strategic military and economic area for both Russia and Ukraine — was not uncommon.

“It is also not uncommon for the Russians to try to intercept them,” Kirby said, adding that such an encounter “does increase the risk of miscalculations, misunderstandings.”

Kirby said the U.S. “took steps to protect the information and to protect, to minimize any effort by anybody else to exploit that drone for useful content.”

Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, said Russia has the technological capability to recover the drone’s fragments.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov repeated the Defense Ministry’s statement that Russian jets didn’t use their weapons or impact the U.S. drone. He repeated his description of U.S.-Russia relations as at their lowest point but added that “Russia has never rejected a constructive dialogue, and it’s not rejecting it now.”

Signs of a dialogue emerged immediately. The defense heads of both countries — Lloyd Austin of the United States and Sergei Shoigu of Russia — spoke by phone Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on social media, without stating the topic.

In Washington, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov expressed concern about “the unacceptable actions of the United States military in the close proximity to our borders.”

“What do they do thousands of miles away from the United States?” he said in remarks the Russian Embassy released Wednesday. “The answer is obvious — they gather intelligence which is later used by the Kyiv regime to attack our armed forces and territory.”

“It is the United States that is leading the situation to a deliberate escalation fraught with a direct armed conflict,” he said, adding that the U.S would have acted more forcefully if a Russian aircraft had appeared near U.S. borders.

He noted that “it is important that the lines of communication should remain open,” emphasizing that “Russia does not seek confrontation and stands for pragmatic cooperation in the interests of the peoples of our countries.”

Austin said the Russian intercept was part of a “pattern of aggressive, risky and unsafe actions by Russian pilots in international airspace.” He said Russia must operate its aircraft in a safe manner.

“Make no mistake, the United States will continue to fly and to operate wherever international law allows,” Austin said in remarks before a virtual meeting of a U.S.-led effort to coordinate Western military support for Ukraine.

While encounters between Russian and NATO aircraft are not unusual — before the invasion of Ukraine, NATO planes were involved in an annual average of 400 intercepts with Russian planes — the war has heightened the significance and potential hazards of such incidents.

“The last thing that anybody should want is for this war in Ukraine to escalate to become something between the United States and Russia,” Kirby said, speaking Wednesday on CNN.

“We’ve been working very, very hard throughout the beginning of this conflict … to make sure that it doesn’t escalate,” he added.

The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, tweeted the drone incident was “a signal from Putin that he is ready to expand the conflict zone, with drawing other parties in.”

In another tussle, the U.K. Defense Ministry said British and German air force fighter jets were scrambled Tuesday to intercept a Russian aircraft near Estonian airspace. The U.K. and Germany are conducting joint air policing missions in Estonia as part of NATO’s bolstering of its eastern flank.

The ministry said the Typhoon jets responded after a Russian air-to-air refueling aircraft failed to communicate with Estonian air traffic control. The Russian plane did not enter the airspace of Estonia, a NATO member.

In Ukraine, at least three civilians were killed and another 23 wounded in Russian strikes over the previous 24 hours, Ukraine’s presidential office said.

In eastern Ukraine’s partially occupied Donetsk province, where much of the heaviest fighting has been concentrated, Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said 14 cities and villages were shelled. That included Kramatorsk, where some of Ukraine’s forces are based.

In embattled Bakhmut, where a Russian assault has gone on for months, Ukrainian forces have successfully fought for northern parts of the city, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said.

“There are certain and significant successes of the armed forces of Ukraine who were able to achieve something in the north of the city,” Maliar told Ukrainian television. “Bakhmut is the epicenter (of fighting in the Donetsk region), the Russian occupiers are tryng to encircle and seize the city.”

In the northeastern Kharkiv region, one person was killed and another was wounded in Vovchansk, a city near the border with Russia. Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said Russian forces also hit a civilian area of Kharkiv itself, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

“There is no military or infrastructure facility in the vicinity of the place of the strike,” Mayor Ihor Terekhov said. “Only residential buildings and urban infrastructure.”

Speaking on Ukrainian television, Terekhov said a boarding school and an apartment building were damaged. No casualties were reported.

In the south, Russian forces shelled the city of Kherson seven times in the last 24 hours, hitting an infrastructure facility and residential buildings and wounding four people. In Dnipropetrovsk province, Russian forces shelled Nikopol and Marhanets, towns located across a river from the shut-down Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

In another development, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued a campaign to replace governors in areas where fighting is taking place. Without giving a reason, Zelenskyy dismissed the heads of the Luhansk, Odesa and Khmelnytskyi regions.

Volodymyr Fesenko, an analyst at the Penta Kyiv center, said the dismissals “are associated either with a low level of work efficiency or with criticism of abuses.”

Bayern Munich host Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday Champions League


Bayern Munich host Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg clash with the Germans holding a 1-0 lead from leg one. The French giants have won all three of their games since their narrow defeat at Parc des Princes while Julian Nagelsmann’s side have lost one and won the other two. Both sides top their respective domestic leagues and Christophe Galtier’s men are eight points clear outright in Ligue 1 while Bayern are level with Borussia Dortmund. PSG are without Neymar and Presnel Kimpembe for this one after the Brazilian’s surgery was confirmed by the club on Monday with a three to four-month absence expected. Benjamin Pavard is suspended for the hosts and Manuel Neuer as well as Lucas Hernandez are out injured. Kylian Mbappe became PSG’s all-time top scorer with his 201st goal against FC Nantes in Ligue 1 over the weekend.


We are well prepared and I am curious to see how PSG start the game, said Thomas Muller pre-game. We may have the chance to pressure them. I know PSG, but I do not watch five or six consecutive 90-minute games. When I see their highlights, you always see a contribution from Neymar. Sometimes he can decide a game with a single action.

It’s an important match, we knew that after the first leg, there was still the second leg to play, said PSG’s Marco Verratti later. We lost 1-0 at home, so they have a slight advantage but everything is still to play for. To get through, we will need to put in a top performance against a top side. We believe in ourselves, we will need to perform very well to take the qualification back to Paris.

It’s important to arrive here feeling confident, added the Italian. After the defeat in the first leg, we spoke a lot and we picked up three wins on the trot, we have found our feet again, as well as the tactical system from the start of the season. We will need to be at our best to win this match, Bayern also want to qualify. There will be a lot of top players on the pitch. We want to enjoy ourselves and go out and qualify. Tomorrow, out on the pitch, we will need to show that we are strong and win here.

The season doesn’t come down to just this match, argued Galtier. Every match is important. It’s a very difficult competition, there will be a winner and a loser tomorrow. But we play every match with the ambition of winning it. The Champions League is a very important objective, we want to go as far as we possibly can. We will need to have a much more defiant approach than what we showed in the first leg. If we are in that mindset, we have the opportunity to qualify.

It’s the most anticipated matchup of the round of 16 as two serious championship contenders square off in what many consider to be an early final. On the one hand there will be the leaders of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, an always tough team that has the virtue of becoming very strong in the UEFA Champions League.

And as if that were not enough, in the first leg as visitors they won 1-0, so their favoritism grew even more. However, they should not be overconfident since their rivals are nothing less than Paris Saint-Germain, the leaders of Ligue 1, with all their stars, such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Justice Department’s break with Trump is likely to be popular with Democrats


The Justice Department said Thursday that Donald Trump is not entitled to absolute immunity against civil lawsuits seeking to hold him liable for the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Government lawyers agreed with Trump that presidents are entitled to robust protections against being sued over their official duties. But in a newly filed court brief, they disagreed that the allegations in the Jan. 6 cases against the former president — that he incited imminent violence — would entitle him to that immunity at this stage of the litigation, while also making clear they weren’t taking a position on whether the underlying claims were valid.


“In the United States’ view, such incitement of imminent private violence would not be within the outer perimeter of the Office of the President of the United States,” the Justice Department lawyers wrote.

Trump has argued that he cannot be sued at all over statements leading up to the assault because speaking on matters of public concern fell within the “outer perimeter” of his presidential duties.

The position risks legal complications and political blowback. The government has been pulled into litigation over Trump’s role in Jan. 6 while a federal criminal investigation is underway. The department historically embraced a broad interpretation of the constitutional separation of powers that protects a current or former president from being sued over official acts, so taking a stance against Trump risks allegations of political bias.

A federal district judge previously rejected Trump’s immunity defense against a trio of lawsuits filed by congressional Democrats and U.S. Capitol Police officers who responded to the violence at the Capitol. Trump’s lawyers have urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reverse that ruling and dismiss the claims against him.

The Justice Department’s break with Trump is likely to be popular with Democrats and Trump critics. The department had faced criticism from the left early in the Biden administration when it backed Trump’s position that a federal law that protects government employees against being sued over official duties shielded him against a defamation lawsuit; that case is pending.

The U.S. isn’t a party in the Jan. 6 civil cases and hadn’t asked to get involved — the D.C. Circuit had invited the government to share its view in a friend-of-court brief after a three-judge panel heard arguments in December. In a sign of the legal complexities and political sensitivities at stake, the department had asked for two deadline extensions before filing its brief.

The Justice Department’s position on the immunity question doesn’t guarantee that Trump will lose, but it’s a significant setback to his case. Lawyers for Trump and for the plaintiffs have until March 16 to file a response.

Trump’s position is that the U.S. Supreme Court has been clear that immunity applies to any conduct that falls within the “outer perimeter” of a president’s official duties, pointing to a 1982 decision, Nixon vs. Fitzgerald. His lawyers argue that judges shouldn’t engage in “content-based analysis” and probe the “political context” of a president’s public discourse.

During the Dec. 7 hearing before the DC Circuit, Trump attorney Jesse Binnall argued that the immunity might not apply to actions by a president that were “purely personal,” but that any remarks on the “bully pulpit” would be covered. Responding to a series of hypothetical scenarios posed by the judges, Binnall said Trump couldn’t be sued even if he explicitly urged his supporters to “burn Congress down.

College football picks, predictions against the spread for Week 5 top 25 games


We finally have a Separation Saturday. Week 5 of the college football season features five games between teams ranked in the AP Top 25. That includes a pair of ACC matchups. No. 5 Clemson and No. 10 NC State meet in a top-10 showdown at 7:30 p.m. in what should be the best game of the week. The Wolfpack are trying to beat the Tigers in back-to-back seasons. No. 23 Florida State hosts No. 22 Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. in the other ranked ACC matchup.

The SEC also has a pair of showdowns. That starts with No. 7 Kentucky and No. 14 Ole Miss at 12 p.m. The Wildcats and Rebels are among the five remaining unbeaten teams left in the conference. No. 2 Alabama travels to No. 20 Arkansas in the other matchup between ranked SEC teams at 3:30 p.m. That leaves a Big 12 championship rematch between No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 16 Baylor at 3:30 p.m.

It’s all part of the first weekend of October and another chance to improve our record against the spread. Here is a look at our results from this season:

  • Straight up: 67-14, .827 (16-4 last week)
  • ATS: 44-35-2, .556 (11-9 last week)

Odds courtesy Caesars sportsbook.

Here are our Week 5 predictions agains the spread:

Week 5 picks against the spread

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • No. 19 BYU (-24) at Utah State (8 p.m., ESPN)  

It’s been a struggle for the Aggies, who are 1-3 and average three turnovers per game. That’s a recipe for disaster against the Cougars. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall has just one interception this season, and BYU will win here. That’s still a lot of points on the road considering BYU allows 26.5 points per game.

Pick: BYU wins 42-19 and FAILS TO COVER the spread.

Friday, Sept. 30

  • No. 15 Washington (-2.5) at UCLA (10:30 p.m., ESPN)  

Two unbeaten Pac-12 teams here, and it should be fun. UCLA has gone under the radar. These are two almost-identical teams from a statistical standpoint. Both average more than 40 points and 500 yards of total offense. Michael Penix Jr. and Dorian Thompson-Robinson are making great decisions with the football. The Huskies are a perfect 4-0 ATS this season. Make it 5-0.

Pick: Washington wins 38-32 and COVERS the spread.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Texas Tech at No. 25 Kansas State (-7.5) (12 p.m., ESPN+)

The Red Raiders and Wildcats took out Texas and Oklahoma, respectively, and that should lead to a fun matchup in Manhattan. Adrian Martinez has not thrown an interception this season, and that will be the key for Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith. Kansas State has won the last six meetings by an average of seven points per game. This will be close.

Pick: Kansas State wins 31-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.

  • No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Ole Miss (-6.5) (12 p.m., ESPN) 

This line has moved around a bit, but it’s ticking toward a TD in the Rebels favor. What will be the difference? Ole Miss’ running game averages 280.8 yards per game, and Kentucky averages 81.5 yards per game. Will Chris Rodriguez Jr.’s pending return close that gap? If not, then the Rebels will take care of business at home. Kentucky is 4-4 ATS as a road underdog since 2020, so it’s a toss-up here.

Pick: Ole Miss wins 31-24 and COVERS the spread.

  • No. 4 Michigan (-10.5) at Iowa (12 p.m., FOX) 

This won’t be like last year’s Big Ten championship game, which the Wolverines won 42-3. Michigan has lost four of their last five at Kinnick Stadium, and that includes a 14-13 slugfest in 2016. The Hawkeyes defense is allowing just 5.8 points per game and have scored two touchdowns and two safeties, so Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy must be patient in his first road start, and the Wolverines need a better pass rush. If this were in prime time, then we’d consider an upset pick. Instead, we’ll take the narrow cover.

Pick: Michigan wins 28-17 and COVERS the spread.

  • No. 18 Oklahoma (-6) at TCU (12 p.m., ABC) 

The Sooners are coming off a shocking loss to Kansas State, and the Horned Frogs are coming off a rivalry victory against SMU. The line has already bumped up half a point, and Oklahoma has won the last eight games in the series. Oklahoma coach Brent Venables will not lose two in a row. At least we don’t think so.

Pick: Oklahoma wins 38-30 and COVERS the spread.

  • Purdue at No. 21 Minnesota (-10.5) (12 p.m., ESPN2) 

The Gophers are ranked after an encouraging 4-0 start, and they have the top defense in the nation so far. Purdue will test that with a passing attack that averages 311 yards per game. It’s hard to make a pick here without knowing whether Boilermakers quarterback Aidan O’Connell plays. We want to see that battle of sixth-year quarterbacks with Tanner Morgan. We’ll assume for now O’Connell plays. The last three meetings have been one-score victories for Minnesota.

Pick: Minnesota wins 34-27 and FAILS TO COVER the spread.

  • Oregon State at No. 12 Utah (-11) (2 p.m., Pac-12 Network) 

The Beavers are coming off a heart-breaking loss against USC, and now they face a tough road test at Utah. Oregon State is 4-0 ATS, and the Utes have three straight covers since the season-opening loss at Florida. The last two meetings have been one-score games. This one follows that trend.

Pick: Utah wins 34-27 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.

  • No. 22 Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State (-6) (3:30 p.m., ESPN) 

This all hinges on how Wake Forest bounces back from the double-overtime loss against Clemson. The Demon Deacons are good enough to pull the upset here, but they have lost their last five trips to Doak Campbell Stadium. Wake Forest won 35-14 in this game last season. An improved Florida State rushing attack is the difference in a close one.

Pick: Florida State wins 38-33 but FAILS TO COVER  the spread.

  • Rutgers at No. 3 Ohio State (-41) (3:30 p.m., BTN) 

We hate 40-point lines. The Buckeyes failed to cover that spread in Week 2 against Arkansas State, but they’ve covered twice since. The Scarlet Knights average 16 points per game against FBS competition. Ohio State has won the last three meetings by an average of 31.3 points per game.

Pick: Ohio State wins 52-13 and FAILS TO COVER the spread.

  • Northwestern at No. 11 Penn State (-25.5) (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN)

These teams haven’t met since 2017, and the Wildcats are in a tough spot right now after three straight home losses. That is a lot of points to lay for a Pat Fitzgerald-coached team, even if they are overmatched by Penn State’s running game. The Wildcats slow this one down just enough to squeak out a cover.

Pick: Penn State wins 37-13 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.

  • No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 16 Baylor (-2.5) (3:30 p.m., FOX) 

The Bears and Cowboys have split the last eight meetings, and that includes Baylor’s 21-16 victory in last year’s Big 12 championship game. The Cowboys had a bye week to prepare, and Spencer Sanders has had a lot of time to think about that four-interception game that ended with a goal-line stand. The Cowboys get their revenge.

Pick: Oklahoma State wins 30-27 in an UPSET.

  • No. 2 Alabama (-15.5)  at No. 20 Arkansas (3:30 p.m., CBS) 

We have been waiting for one of those Alabama statement games. The Razorbacks’ allow 302.5 yards per game against the pass, so that could make this possible. Arkansas did push Alabama last year in a 42-35 shootout, but that was with a better passing attack. This time, the Crimson Tide pulls away early with another banner performance from Bryce Young.

Pick: Alabama wins 42-24 and COVERS the spread.

  • No. 17 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (-3) (4 p.m., SEC Network) 

The Aggies’ reward for last week’s victory against Arkansas is a road trip as a three-point underdog against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs won 26-22 last year, and they will test an Aggies’ offense that just hasn’t moved the ball. Why is this line like this? We’re going to stick with our instincts here. Texas A&M finds a way again.

Pick: Texas A&M wins 28-25 in an UPSET.

  • No. 10 NC State at No. 5 Clemson (-6.5) (7:30 p.m., ABC) 

That half-point hook is quite the tease. Clemson is coming off a dramatic double-overtime win against Wake Forest, and the Wolfpack have the confidence knowing they beat the Tigers in double-overtime last season. Devin Leary threw four TDs in that game, and this will be another entertaining quarterback duel with DJ Uiagalelei. The Tigers find a way at home, but NC State keeps it close right down to the wire.

Pick: Clemson wins 32-26 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.

  • No. 1 Georgia (-27.5) at Missouri (7:30 p.m., SEC Network) 

The Bulldogs were a little lackadaisical in their 39-22 victory against Kent State, and Missouri is coming off a heart-breaking overtime loss at Auburn. Look for a more-focused Georgia team in SEC play, and that’s bad news for the Tigers. Get this line before it spills over four TDs.

Pick: Georgia wins 42-10 and COVERS the spread.

  • Georgia Tech at No. 24 Pitt (-20.5) (8 p.m., ACC Network) 

Georgia Tech is the latest team that will have to rally after Geoff Collins was fired. Nebraska and Arizona State failed to cover the week after their coach was fired, and this is a tough spot on the road for the Yellow Jackets considering Pitt has won its last two games by 21 points. Kedon Slovis is healthy, too.

Pick: Pitt wins 35-14 and COVERS the spread.

  • Arizona State at No. 6 USC (-24) (10:30 p.m., ESPN) 

The Sun Devils are still trying to figure that out after Herm Edwards was fired. Arizona State’s inability to stop the run (182.5 ypg.) is going to be a problem in this game, and the Trojans will look to bounce back to after a subpar offensive performance at Oregon State. Caleb Williams has a 74.6% completion percentage at home. That will fuel the Pac-12 blowout.

Pick: USC wins 42-17 and COVERS the spread.

  • Stanford at No. 13 Oregon (-15.5) (11 p.m., FS1) 

The Cardinal lost to USC and Washington by an average of 15.5 points, and that’s how we landed at this line against the Ducks. Oregon is 2-0 ATS at home, and they have scored 40-plus points each of the last two weeks. Stanford has won three of the last six at Autzen Stadium, but all of those losses were by three scores.

Pick: Oregon wins 38-21 and COVERS the spread.

US Open Tennis live streams 2022: How to watch the tennis action online, TV schedule, seedings


US Open live stream 2022: the way to watch the tennis online from anywhere. The U.S. Open quarter-finals are set, and Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud get them current on Day nine of a tournament that’ definitely living up to the billing. when that, Ons Jabeur takes on Ajla Tomljanovic in a veryrguably the choose of the women’ QFs, before 18-year-old American palm Gauff faces prisonbreak star Caroline Garcia. Nick Kyrgios goes toe-to-toe with Tibeto-Burman language Khachanov in a night match wherever flashpoints may be as rife as aces. browse on to seek out out how to watch a 2022 US Open live stream from anywhere

US Open schedule 2022

Tuesday, September half-dozen
Quarter-finals – Men’ and Women’ Singles

Wednesday, September seven
Quarter-finals – Men’ and Women’ Singles

Thursday, September eight
Semi-finals – Women’ Singles (7pm ET)

Watch the US Open live streams to visualize all the action from the year’ final tennis sweep

Dates: Monday, August twenty nine – Sunday, September 11

Daily begin times: 11am ET (local) / 8am platinum / 4pm BST / 1am AEST / 3am NZST

Venue: Billie Jean King National lawn tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, big apple town

currently that Rafael Nadal has joined Daniil Medvedev on the Flushing Meadows scrapheap, what happens next is anybody’ guess. Kyrgios and Frances Tiafoe are 2 of the lowest-ranking players left in rivalry however few would bet against either of them now.

Tomljanović, the sole non-seeded player still within the draw, has emerged as potential dark horse for the championship, however having ne’er progressed on the far side this stage of a sweep before, will she hold her nerve against the nice individual Jabeur?

Berrettini is another player on the lookout for his 1st major, and can be doing his utmost to form positive Ruud doesn’t skip the queue, whereas Gauff will have to be compelled to traumatize the facility of Garcia, who’ currently won thirteen of her last fourteen matches, beating four top-10 players on the way.

the way to live stream US Open 2022 free

lawn tennis fans in Australia are amongst the luckiest within the world, as they will watch America Open 2022 free on 9Gem.

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Play usually begins at 1am AEST, however don’t be delay as a result of it continues through to around 1pm Aussie time.

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Watch U.S. Open live stream from outside your country

For broadcast and streaming details in additional tennis-mad countries just like the UK, US, North American nation and New Zealand, simply scroll down the page – everything you wish to grasp is there, as well as details of who’ showing the US Open.

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the way to watch America Open 2022: live stream lawn tennis free within the UK

Amazon has the rights to broadcast the US Open in the UK, thus Amazon Prime Video members can live stream all the action at no extra cost.

Play usually gets current at 4pm BST every afternoon, continued through to around 4am in the morning.

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How to look at US Open 2022: live stream tennis within the US while not cable
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lawn tennis fans in the US will watch the 2022 US Open across ESPN’ suite of TV channels and its streaming service ESPN and. Play usually begins at 11am ET / 8am platinum every day, continued till around 11pm ET / 8pm PT.

ESPN Plus is live streaming the overwhelming majority of the tournament, however bear in mind that the men’ and women’ singles finals are being shown on ESPN and ESPN three.

Stream us Open a pair of 2022 live while not cable

If you don’t have cable, concern not. Sling TV may be a complete cable replacement service that features ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 in its Orange plan. It commonly prices $35 per month, but if you’re new the service you’ll be able to get your 1st month half-price.

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the way to live stream America Open 2022 and watch lawn tennis on-line in Canada

In Canada, you’ll be able to watch the US Open on TSN.

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the way to watch America Open 2022: live stream lawn tennis in New Zealand

the tennis fans can watch the America Open on Spark Sport in New Zealand. Play usually begins at 3am NZST, however don’t be delay as a result of it continues through to around 3pm NZ time.

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2022 US Open predictions

immunoglobulin A Swiatek is that the favorite within the women’ singles, but laborious courts aren’t her strongest surface, and she’ not been in the best type of late. No.5 seed Ons Jabeur is another serious competition to stay a watch on, the Tunisian having come back excruciatingly on the point of winning her maiden slam while not quite taking that final step.

however those 2 there aren’t many that very stand out, except maybe No.12 seed palm Gauff, who reached her 1st sweep final at Roland Garros this year, and perennial dark horse Ajla Tomljanovic, who forever looks to slide below the radiolocation however can’t anymore, having bested Serena Williams. might this even be the year it all comes along for former

US Open rival Karolína Pliskova?

The men’ singles is fascinatingly poised too, when Novak Djokovic’ forced withdrawal, Daniil Medvedev’ defeat at the hands of Nick Kyrgios, and Frances Tiafoe’ success over Rafael Nadal. Kyrgios specially is currently being spoken of because the standout favorite, but immature sensation Carlos Alcaraz, rising star Jannik evildoer and man-mountain Matteo Berrettini are trying like serious contenders too.
America Open winners

US Open men’ singles winners within the Open Era:

1968 – Arthur Robert Ashe
1969 – Rod Laver
1970 – Ken Rosewall
1971 – Stan Smith
1972 – Ilie Năstase
1973 – John Newcombe
1974 – Jimmy Connors
1975 – Manuel Orantes
1976 – Jimmy Connors
1977 – Guillermo Vilas
1978 – Jimmy Connors
1979 – John McEnroe
1980 – John McEnroe
1981 – John McEnroe
1982 – Jimmy Connors
1983 – Jimmy Connors
1984 – John McEnroe
1985 – tennis player
1986 – Ivan Lendl
1987 – Ivan Lendl
1988 – Mats Wilander
1989 – Boris Becker
1990 – Pete Sampras
1991 – Stefan Edberg
1992 – Stefan Edberg
1993 – Pete Sampras
1994 – Andre Agassi
1995 – Pete Sampras
1996 – Pete Sampras
1997 – Saint Patrick Rafter
1998 – Patrick Rafter
1999 – Andre Agassi
2000 – Marat Safin
2001 – Lleyton Hewitt
2002 – Pete Sampras
2003 – Andy Roddick
2004 – Roger Federer
2005 – Roger Federer
2006 – Roger Federer
2007 – Roger Federer
2008 – Roger Federer
2009 – Juan Martín del Potro
2010 – Rafael Nadal
2011 – Novak Djokovic
2012 – Andy Murray
2013 – Rafael Nadal
2014 – Marin Čilić
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2016 – Stan Wawrinka
2017 – Rafael Nadal
2018 – Novak Djokovic
2019 – Rafael Nadal
2020 – Dominic Thiem
2021 – Daniil Medvedev

America Open women’ singles winners within the Open Era:

1968 – tennis player
1969 – tennis player
1970 – Margaret Court
1971 – Billie Jean King
1972 – Billie Jean King
1973 – Margaret Court
1974 – Billie Jean King
1975 – Christine Marie Evert
1976 – Chris Evert
1977 – Chris Evert
1978 – Chris Evert
1979 – actor state capital
1980 – Chris Evert
1981 – actor state capital
1982 – Christine Marie Evert
1983 – Martina Navratilova
1984 – Martina Navratilova
1985 – Hana Mandlíková
1986 – Martina Navratilova
1987 – Martina Navratilova
1988 – Stephanie Graf
1989 – Steffi Graf
1990 – Gabriela Sabatini
1991 – Monica Seles
1992 – Monica Seles
1993 – Steffi Graf
1994 – Arantxa Michael Assat Vicario
1995 – Steffi Graf
1996 – Steffi Graf
1997 – Martina Hingis
1998 – Lindsay Davenport
1999 – Serena Williams
2000 – Venus Williams
2001 – Venus Williams
2002 – Serena Williams
2003 – Justine Henin
2004 – Svetlana Kuznetsova
2005 – Kim Clijsters
2006 – Maria Sharapova
2007 – Justine Henin
2008 – Serena Williams
2009 – Kim Clijsters
2010 – Kim Clijsters
2011 – Samantha Stosur
2012 – Serena Williams
2013 – Serena Williams
2014 – Serena Williams
2015 – Flavia Pennetta
2016 – angelica Kerber
2017 – Sloane Stephens
2018 – Naomi Osaka
2019 – Bianca Andreescu
2020 – Naomi Osaka
2021 – Emma Raducanu

In yesterday’ action, Rafael Nadal crashed out of the tournament, losing to twenty second seed Frances Tiafoe of the USA by 3 sets to one. It’ the primary time he’ lost in a very sweep this year. He’ joined on the plane home by fifteenth seed Marin Cilic — overwhelmed by Hector Hevodidbon Alcaraz — and Cameron Norrie, who lost to Andrey Rublev. The issue of all that’s that there’ll be a new men’ winner of the America Open this year.

The US Open quarter-finals begin today, and every one four ties are robust to call. within the women’ singles, Cori Gauff, the twelfth seed, takes on Caroline Garcia of France, seeded seventeenth here.

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NFL preseason schedule 2022: Dates, times, TV channels for every game, week by week


This will be the second season in which teams have only three preseason games — with the lone exception being those two teams that play in the Hall of Fame Game to kick off the year. 

NFL viewers certainly won’t mind the shortened preseason. After all, that means one extra game in the regular season and one week closer to the start, which starts on Sept. 8 in a Thursday matchup between the Rams and Bills.

Here’s a look at the schedule for every week of the 2022 NFL preseason, including start times and TV channels for each game.

When does the 2022 NFL preseason start and end?

  • Start date: Thursday, Aug. 4
  • End date: Sunday, Aug. 28

The NFL will return to television screens on Aug. 4, when the Jaguars and Raiders face off in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. That game will be carried on NBC.

Jacksonville and Las Vegas will be the only teams with four preseason games on their schedule, while the rest of the league will have only three each.

The preseason will end on Aug. 28, per the NFL.

How to watch NFL preseason games on TV

Each week during the preseason, several games will be carried on national television, with NBC, ESPN, Fox, CBS, and Amazon Prime each carrying national broadcasts. Local networks like CBS and Fox will have the rest of the games.

For those interested in watching every preseason game, NFL Game Pass, which costs $99.99, will have access to each game and replays. Nationally televised games can be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

NFL preseason schedule: Week 1

Thursday, Aug. 4 (Hall of Fame Game)

Game Time (ET) TV 

Jaguars vs. Raiders (Canton, Ohio) 8 p.m. NBC, fuboTV  

Thursday, Aug. 11

Game Time (ET) TV 

Giants at Patriots 7 p.m. NFL Network  

Titans at Ravens 7:30 p.m. TBD  

Friday, Aug. 12

Game Time (ET) TV 

Falcons at Lions 6 p.m. NFL Network  

Browns at Jaguars 7 p.m. TBD  

Cardinals at Bengals 7:30 p.m. TBD  

Jets at Eagles 7:30 p.m. TBD  

Packers at 49ers 8:30 p.m. NFL Network  

Saturday, Aug. 13

Game Time (ET) TV 

Panthers at Commanders 1 p.m. TBD  

Chiefs at Bears 1 p.m. NFL Network  

Colts at Bills 4 p.m. NFL Network  

Seahawks at Steelers 7 p.m. NFL Network  

Dolphins at Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. TBD  

Saints at Texans 8 p.m. TBD  

Cowboys at Broncos 9 p.m. NFL Network  

Rams at Chargers 10 p.m. TBD  

Sunday, Aug. 14

Game Time (ET) TV 

Vikings at Raiders 4:25 p.m. NFL Network  

Channels to be announced at a later time

NFL preseason schedule: Week 2

Thursday, Aug. 18

Game Time (ET) TV 

Bears at Seahawks 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV  

Friday, Aug. 19

Game Time (ET) TV 

Panthers at Patriots 7 p.m. NFL Network  

Saints at Packers 8 p.m. TBD  

Texans at Rams 10 p.m. NFL Network  

Saturday, Aug. 20

Game Time (ET) TV 

Broncos at Bills 1 p.m. NFL Network  

Lions at Colts 1 p.m. TBD  

Commanders at Chiefs 4 p.m. NFL Network  

Steelers at Jaguars 7 p.m. TBD  

Raiders at Dolphins 7 p.m. TBD  

49ers at Vikings 7 p.m. TBD  

Buccaneers at Titans 7 p.m. NFL Network  

Cowboys at Chargers 10 p.m. NFL Network  

Sunday, Aug. 21

Game Time (ET) TV 

Eagles at Browns 1 p.m. NFL Network  

Bengals at Giants 7 p.m. NFL Network  

Ravens at Cardinals 8 p.m. Fox, fuboTV  

Monday, Aug. 22

Game Time (ET) TV 

Falcons at Jets 8 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV  

Channels to be announced at a later time

NFL preseason schedule: Week 3

Thursday, Aug. 25

Game Time (ET) TV 

Packers at Chiefs 8 p.m. NFL Network  

49ers at Texans 8 p.m. Amazon Prime  

Friday, Aug. 26

Game Time (ET) TV 

Bills at Panthers 7 p.m. TBD  

Seahawks at Cowboys 8 p.m. NFL Network  

Chargers at Saints 8 p.m. TBD  

Patriots at Raiders 8:15 p.m. TBD  

Saturday, Aug. 27

Game Time (ET) TV 

Jaguars at Falcons 3 p.m. NFL Network  

Rams at Bengals 6 p.m. NFL Network  

Bears at Browns 7 p.m. TBD  

Commanders at Ravens 7 p.m. TBD  

Eagles at Dolphins 7 p.m. TBD  

Cardinals at Titans 7 p.m. TBD  

Buccaneers at Colts 7:30 p.m. TBD  

Vikings at Broncos 9 p.m. NFL Network  

Sunday, Aug. 28

Game Time (ET) TV 

Giants at Jets 1 p.m. NFL Network  

Lions at Steelers 4:30 p.m. CBS  

Channels to be announced at a later time

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New Zealand swept the T20 series in the Netherlands


New Zealand completed a European tour that began in late May and moved through England, Ireland and Scotland. They weren’t finished touring, though. They go to West Indies for three T20s and three ODIs from next Wednesday.

An unbeaten century partnership between Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell led New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over the Netherlands and a Twenty20 series sweep.

Santner scored a career-best 77 not out and Mitchell 51 not out in propelling New Zealand to 149-2 in reply to the Netherlands’ 147-4. They won with six overs to spare. The Black Caps won the first T20 by 16 runs on Thursday and were even more convincing.

Santner came to the crease in the second over when Martin Guptill was bowled on 2, and his first shot was to hit Tim Pringle over the long fence. Finn Allen fell in the next over on 13, and Mitchell joined Santner.

They combined for 123 runs in 65 balls, which didn’t score only 15. Santner reached his first T20 fifty in 29 balls. He was dropped on 43 and 56.

Mitchell took all the strikes in the 14th over, rushing from 33 with two sixes, a two, and a match-winning boundary to notch his second T20 fifty. The Dutch chose to bat first, and Bas de Leede followed his 66 on Thursday with another team-best 53 not out from 48 balls.

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What is Google Cloud VPN, and how does it work?


Google Cloud VPN is a service you can use to connect to your virtual private cloud (VPC) network from your local network through an Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) virtual private network (VPN) connection. It’s often used to allow on-site networks to leverage the power of resources on VPCs, and vice versa.

This is a lot of information to digest, but in this guide we’ll break down what it all means. By the end of the article, you’ll have a high-level understanding of what Google Cloud VPN does, and how it might be useful for your organization.

What is a private cloud?

First, let’s define what a private cloud is. Companies that rent resources like data storage servers and virtual machines are using cloud models. There are two types of cloud: private cloud and public cloud. A private cloud is a set of cloud-hosted resources dedicated exclusively to a single customer, whereas public clouds may see customers sharing computing resources such as network bandwidth and processing power.

Private clouds are typically more secure than public clouds. And because resources are not shared with other customers, private cloud performance is more stable and reliable.

However, private clouds are relatively expensive, because they require an investment in hardware and software. They also need someone to manage and maintain the hardware and software, too, and it’s not easy to scale a private cloud up or down when you need to.

What is a virtual private cloud?

A virtual private cloud is a private cloud contained within a public cloud. The cloud provider sells logically isolated parts of its public cloud to many customers.

Importantly, processing and data storage systems aren’t shared between customers in a virtual private cloud. You get your own unique, private cloud resources, and your data is always kept separate from other virtual private clouds. This means a virtual private cloud should be just as secure as a traditional private cloud, but is much less expensive to rent.

How are virtual private clouds managed?

From a network technician’s point of view, virtual private clouds work roughly like traditional offline physical networks, but everything is handled virtually with software. You set up virtual computers, subnets, network partitions, network gateways, and access control parameters, just as you would if you were working with physical devices.

Instead of having to physically set up the devices, setup and maintenance of the virtual cloud is achieved through a browser-based management console.

Within the Google Cloud ecosystem, this service is called Virtual Private Cloud. Other cloud providers use similar names for their services. For instance, Amazon Web Services’ virtual private cloud service is also called Virtual Private Cloud (AWS VPC).

What is a VPN?

Let’s tackle another acronym. A virtual private network (VPN) is a tunnel between two remote networks. It enables devices on separate networks to interact with each other as if they were connected to the same physical network.

In business setups, VPN connections are often made using the internet. Security is therefore an issue, so all data is encrypted. No intermediary server can see what’s being sent, keeping information secure.

For personal use, VPN services are used to increase anonymity and security on the web.

What is a cloud VPN?

Do virtual private clouds have a use for VPNs? Yes, even in virtual private clouds, VPNs are important. The VPN in a virtual private cloud performs the same functions as a VPN does for traditional business networks. Namely, a cloud VPN (e.g., Google Cloud VPN) allows remote networks to securely connect to the virtual private network, and vice versa.

An interesting use case for cloud VPNs is enabling access to the cloud network from your physical network. Your on-site network can use the cloud VPN to access resources in a virtual private cloud as if they were on computers hosted on your local network. Similarly, your cloud-based resources can now leverage the resources that remain on your on-site network.

Another application for cloud VPNs is bridging between two cloud networks. It’s possible to allow access to your Google Virtual Private Cloud from another cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example. Google Cloud VPN, in this case, is the vital bridge between your two cloud-based services.

Google Cloud VPN: HA vs. Classic

It’s worth noting there are two versions of Google Cloud VPN: HA VPN and Classic VPN. Some of Classic VPN’s functionality was deprecated in March 2022, so Google encourages administrators to move to HA VPN instead.

HA stands for high availability, which works by offering multiple connections at once. It’s easier to set up and maintain than Classic VPN.

Because of its improved setup, when properly configured, HA VPN has an availability service level agreement (SLA, or uptime) of 99.99%. Classic VPN only has a 99.9% availability SLA. This extra reliability can make all the difference for mission-critical applications.


Google Cloud VPN plays a similar role to a traditional VPN in that it allows for secure remote access to network resources as if you were connected on the same network. It’s only different in that it works in the Google Cloud Virtual Private Cloud, the networking layer of Google’s cloud infrastructure.

Google Cloud VPN can be used to securely connect your in-house networks to your virtual private cloud, or to connect multiple virtual private clouds while maintaining a high level of security. It’s available in two versions: HA VPN and Classic VPN, but we strongly encourage you to use the HA VPN version whenever possible. Article Source