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    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's transition team said Friday that they did not agree to a two-week break in critical transfer-of-power discussions with Pentagon officials, despite an assertion from the acting Defense Secretary that both sides had agreed to take such a "holiday pause.""There was no mutually agreed upon holiday break," Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the Biden transition, told reporters Friday. "In fact, we think it's important that briefings and other engagements continue during this period, as there's no time to spare."Tensions between the Pentagon and the Biden transition spilled into public view once again on Friday after the acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, said the incoming Biden team had agreed to a two-week holiday break in previously scheduled transition talks at the Pentagon.Miller's announcement also acknowledged that the Pentagon had postponed a series of meetings with the Biden transition team that had been scheduled for Friday, saying that those...
    President-elect Joe Biden's transition team on Friday denied that it agreed to a break in briefings and meetings at the Pentagon, despite an assertion from acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller hours earlier of a "mutually-agreed upon holiday pause," saying the need for continuing the transition remains a top priority. [ READ: Senate OKs NDAA Over Trump Veto Threats ]"There was no mutually agreed-upon holiday break," Yohannes Abraham, a spokesman for Biden's transition team, told reporters Friday. "In fact, we believe it's important" that the briefings continue, he added, "as there is no time to spare" in preparing for national security contingencies ahead of Biden's inauguration next year. Cartoons on President Donald TrumpView All 1068 ImagesHis comments came shortly after the Defense Department issued a statement from Miller, whom Trump appointed during the lame duck period days after the November election. "Our key focus in the next two weeks is supporting...
    Reuters December 18, 2020 0 Comments Aides to President-elect Joe Biden who are trying to arrange a smooth transition of power from the Trump administration have met resistance to their requests for information from some Pentagon officials, an official on Biden’s team said on Friday. After Biden beat President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, the Democrat’s team only began meeting with administration officials in late November to coordinate the handover. Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede defeat and his administration only authorized cooperation with Biden on Nov. 23. But some of Trump’s political appointees in the defense department have recently stopped cooperating, Yohannes Abraham, the executive director of Biden’s transition team, told reporters in a call. “We were concerned to learn this week about an abrupt halt in the already limited cooperation there,” Abraham said. Earlier on Friday, acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in a...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden's transition team has met resistance to its requests for information from some officials in the Department of Defense, an official on Biden's team said on Friday. "We were concerned to learn this week about an abrupt halt in the already limited cooperation there," Yohannes Abraham told reporters in a call, adding that he expects Department of Defense to reverse the decision. (Reporting by Jason Lange, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLos Angeles mayor announces he won't be joining Biden administration Jill Biden: Doctorate is one of the things I'm 'most proud of' READ: Deb Haaland's official statement on historic nomination to Interior secretary MORE’s transition team expressed concern Friday about what it described as an “abrupt halt” in cooperation with the Defense Department. The Pentagon had said it was rescheduling meetings with the transition team originally planned for Friday until after the New Year, but insisted the change was part of a “mutually-agreed” pause for the holiday season. “Our agency review teams continue making progress on a shortened timeline, and we’ve benefited from constructive cooperation within many departments and agencies, but we have met isolated resistance in some corners, including from political appointees within the Department of Defense,” Biden transition executive director Yohannes Abraham said in a briefing Friday. “We were concerned to learn this week about an...
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    THE Pentagon abruptly halted meetings with a transition team for incoming president Joe Biden on Thursday, despite the threat of a Russian cyber-attack. The change also comes as the Defense Department plays a key role in distributing the newly approved Covid-19 vaccine across the United States. 3Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller reportedly ordered transition meetings to stopCredit: EPA 3The Pentagon abruptly halted meetings with Biden's transition teamCredit: AP:Associated Press Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a halt to cooperation across all of the Pentagon, shocking officials across departments, according to Axios. Biden's team is unsure what prompted the halt, the outlet reported, but Defense Department officials have reportedly claimed it was due to competing priorities. Miller only took over on November 9, after Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper just days after Biden was named the projected winner of the 2020 election. 3It's unclear if Trump had anything...
    Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. Ho. Ho. Ho. The Pentagon is apparently too busy over the holidays to brief Biden transition officials on national security issues, or really anything else for the next couple of weeks.  Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller—who has been on the job just over a month—abruptly ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to any transition briefings on Thursday night, shocking officials across the department, according to Axios. Trump administration officials "left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause." Wow, how magnanimous. An anonymous senior Defense Department official dismissed the move as the cancellation of "the last few scheduled meetings" until next year. Then that person went on to suggest the onerous meeting schedule was hindering daily operations at the department. "These same senior leaders needed to do their day jobs and were being consumed by transition activities," the official said. "With the holidays we are taking...
    Defense was supposed to be St. John’s backbone. Its constant. Its identity. The strength that doesn’t slump. Nine games into this season, the Red Storm’s play at that end of the floor has been thoroughly underwhelming. Each game has been 40 minutes of open looks. Containing dribble penetration has been at best inconsistent and at worst absent — and has led frequently to uncontested 3-point attempts. That concerning trend continued Thursday night. St. John’s started poorly on defense and fell apart late in an ugly 94-76 loss to No. 9 Creighton at Carnesecca Arena. For the second straight season and the third time in four years, the Johnnies have begun conference play 0-3. “We are still trying to get the ‘blue collar’ out of our basketball team,” coach Mike Anderson said over Zoom. “Our guys last year, they took pride in their defense. Truth be told, we have got some...
    The Raiders lost another game against a weak opponent, and the team’s playoff chances took a huge hit. The Las Vegas Raiders faced some early adversity Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers when Derek Carr left the game with a groin injury. Marcus Mariota was forced to fill in at quarterback and fans may have panicked. But the former No. 2 overall pick actually played a solid game and was the team’s leader passer and rusher on the night. The problem was on defense. The Raiders let rookie quarterback Justin Herbert dominate and throw for 314 yards. The worst part? Making key mistakes in an overtime period that ended with Herbert scoring a touchdown with outstretched arms to win the game.Raiders defense has a bad nightCarr leaving the game with an injury could have been the story of the night. But the Raiders prepared for such a situation by...
    Getty Justin Simmons tackling Darren Waller. The Las Vegas Raiders can try to make all the coaching changes they want but their defense isn’t going to magically get better unless they start adding talent. It looked like they landed some good players last offseason but players like Carl Nassib, Maliek Collins and Cory Littleton have been wildly disappointing. This offseason, the Raiders need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to fix their defense. One way to do that is to get rid of bloated contracts from Marcus Mariota and Tyrell Williams and use all the money to land strong defensive players. According to Joe Tansey of Bleacher Report, the Raiders should target Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons: Denver’s Justin Simmons will be one of the top defensive backs on the market along with Anthony Harris and Marcus Williams. To move up the AFC...
    FanSided’s Week 15 betting guide is live with advice on how to bet on all the action. The NFL season is winding down and Week 15’s schedule is admittedly a bit underwhelming. There is one doozy of a game with the Chiefs taking on the Saints in a matchup of two Super Bowl contenders but a lot of the other matchups feature teams jockeying for playoff position against squads either out of the mix or barely in the hunt. Detroit Lions (5-8) at Tennessee Titans (9-4)Line: Titans -10.5 Over/Under Total: N/A There isn’t a total yet since there is uncertainty over the status of Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was knocked out of Sunday’s loss to the Packers late with a rib injury. Keep an eye on Stafford’s situation before making a call on this line, which teeters the line to a point where you would want to take the...
    Biden wants to halt all U.S. climate emissions by 2050. Here’s what that would actually take. This Fast, Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test Could Be the Big One Fantasy Football Week 15 Defense rankings We saw the Los Angeles Rams defense in top form in Week 14, as they completely dismantled the Patriots en route to a 24-3 win. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Aaron Donald and the Rams could have a lot to smile about in Week 15. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP) If the Rams could do that to a Bill Belichick-coached team, imagine what they’re going to do in Week 15 to a Jets team already preparing themselves for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Check out the Rams and the rest of the defenses in our analysts’ Week 15 rankings: 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros ECR ™ - Expert Consensus...
    Its not just doctors and nurses who are getting the first vaccines French PM suggests that kids be taken out of school early NFL power rankings: Bills, Packers unseat stumbling Steelers, Saints as top contenders for Week 15 Week 14 in the NFL finally brought some key shakeup to the top of the league's hierarchy. A couple of contenders made some power moves, while others took big hits to begin the final month of the regular season, also known as the stretch run for the playoffs. If the playoffs started today, the home-field advantages would belong to the teams from Arrowhead Stadium and Lambeau Field. While the No. 1 seeds changed hands on Sunday, their primary competition got tougher, too. Here's breaking down how all 32 teams stack up against each other in Sporting News' latest look at the NFL teams from best to worst in 2020: MORE: Updated...
    Just when it looked like Arizona’s football season was on the brink of collapse, the team had one of its best performances in a 26-7 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. The Cardinals (7-6) snapped their three-game losing streak, and now a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 is there for the taking. It’s another example of how quickly emotions can change during an NFL season’s long grind. “I think our guys feel good about taking a step towards where we want to go, and we just have to continue to build on it,” Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said. Arizona would earn the last wild-card spot in the NFC if the regular season ended today. The Cardinals’ next two games are at home against the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers before a road finale against the Los Angeles Rams. Arizona got back to...
    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editor defended the op-ed published last week urging incoming first lady Jill Biden to remove the “Dr.” before her name, saying she “can’t be off-limits” to criticism. Paul Gigot, the head editor for the Journal’s opinion section, published his defense for the piece on Sunday and in Monday’s newspaper and accused President-elect Biden’s team of responding to the op-ed in a “Trumpian” manner. In the piece entitled “The Biden Team Strikes Back,” Gigot alleged Joe BidenJoe BidenMichigan to close legislative office buildings Monday due to 'credible threats of violence' Adviser says Atlanta mayor turned down Biden Cabinet offer Buttigieg tops list for Biden Transportation secretary: CNN MORE’s team aimed to strategically call attention to the op-ed “to use the big gun of identity politics to send a message to critics as it prepares to take power.” Essayist and short-story writer Joseph Epstein wrote the...
    Getty Kelly Oubre Jr. #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game against the Houston Rockets. The Golden State Warriors began their 2020-21 NBA season this past Saturday with a 107-105 win against the Denver Nuggets. While this season will be one for the record books regardless of the outcome, it was the first time this Warriors team got to play with another against an opponent since the league-wide shut down back in March. While many may have looked at the numbers of two-time MVP Steph Curry (10 points and 3 assists in just over 21 minutes of play) or potential rising star Andrew Wiggins (8 points in almost 19 minutes of play) they may have overlooked a new Warriors player whose defense and intensity began to jump out in their first game with the team. Golden State swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. only...
    The Steelers and Bills are playing each other in a big Week 14 game on Sunday night. In reality, at the end of the 2020 NFL season on the road to Super Bowl 55, the only thing that matters is what either can do against the Chiefs. Pittsburgh (11-1) would be the No. 1 seed if the AFC playoffs started now. Buffalo (9-3) is trying to rise from the No. 3 seed. But in between at the No .2, reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City (12-1) is the team still looming large as a strong favorite to repeat as conference champions. The Chiefs, early in the season, took care of the Texans, Ravens and Patriots — the three teams that used to be their toughest competition. At the same time, the Chiefs have seen a new wave of challengers pop up, led by the Steelers, whom they don’t play...
    Getty Darrell Bevell coaching the Lions against the Packers. The Detroit Lions suffered another close loss to the Green Bay Packers 31-24 on Sunday, but for the most part, the team hung in the game against a far superior opponent. Perhaps the biggest reason the Lions lost the game was the inability of their defense to get meaningful stops. The team was banged up in a big way, but for the most part, they simply haven’t been good on defense all year long. Offensively, the Lions managed to hang in the game and had a good game plan once again that the team looked comfortable with. Though the Lions didn’t win, Darrell Bevell is to be credited for Detroit’s preparation. The team has looked better coached on offense and as a whole under Bevell. The offense has been able to move the ball better and more consistently, and...
    Jon Gruden’s Raiders offense is the franchise’s best in nearly 20 years. Quarterback Derek Carr is having a career renaissance. Running back Josh Jacobs — even in his banged-up state — is a game-changer. Tight end Darren Waller is putting up absolutely crazy numbers, and Nelson Agaholor and Henry Ruggs might be the most underrated wide receiver combination in the NFL. All this behind an offensive line that — at times — has been elite. You would think, in an NFL where offense is king, all that would be enough. But it’s not. It’s not even close. Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen #27 breaks up a pass to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton #13 during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)  Related Articles What the Raiders are...
    It’s one preseason game against a projected bottom-feeder, an extremely tiny sample size that should be taken with several grains of salt. It was just 48 minutes of exhibition basketball. Much more has to be seen before anything can truly be made of it. Nevertheless, it was easy for Knicks fans to get carried away. Their team defended. They were physical and intense. They challenged passes. They contested at the 3-point line. They defended the rim. New coach Tom Thibodeau’s defensive fingerprints were all over the performance, a 90-84 victory Friday night at Detroit in front of no fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s been a pretty significant change I would say,” Julius Randle said over Zoom on Saturday, comparing the change defensively to what he saw last year in his first season as a Knick. “Just how we practice, how we go about it from day-to-day process of...
    Your COVID-19 vaccine questions, answered: What are the side effects? What are the Pfizer vaccine ingredients? Oracle to move HQ out of Silicon Valley, to Texas, citing worker flexibility Which team has the NHL’s best defensemen? Today we are talking defense. © Getty Specifically, the NHL’s best defense, and which team has it. ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’t SIGN UP NOW Ad ESPN+ I feel the need to point out there is a big difference between “best defensive team,” and “best defense.” The former takes into account the overall structure of the team, the contributions of the forwards, the goaltending, and every other variable that goes into goal prevention. A team like, say, Boston would fit that argument quite well because of their structure, forwards, and goalies. They may not have the best defensemen, but you know they are going to be tough...
    Tom Thibodeau elected to start free-agent signee Nerlens Noel over Mitchell Robinson at center for the Knicks’ preseason opener. It wasn’t a surprise considering some of the sentiments Thibodeau expressed during training camp about Robinson having “a long way to go.’’ On social media Friday morning, Robinson issued a mysterious message about showing “loyalty.’’ Whether it was about not starting is unclear. But what was very clear was a Noel-Robinson tag team at center really works on the defensive end. Noel and Robinson combined for four blocks and 15 rebounds in the Knicks’ 90-84 victory over the Pistons on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Noel scored 10 points, while Robinson strictly made his presence felt on defense, notching four steals. This may or may not be how it plays out every game, Thibodeau said, but he liked the center rotation for one night in Motown. “The rim...
    It’s been nearly nine months but now, with training camp wrapped up, the next action for the Warriors, finally, will be a basketball game. Yes, it’s a preseason game and, yes, preseason games don’t count toward the record, but there is much to glean from these exhibitions. On the eve of Golden State’s preseason opener Saturday against the Denver Nuggets at Chase Center, here are six things to watch. 1. How does the rotation shake out? Coming off the NBA’s worst record last season, the Warriors knew getting Stephen Curry back from a broken hand was only part of the equation regarding vaulting back to contention. General manager Bob Myers needed to make significant upgrades to a team that finished last in offensive rating and fifth-worst in defensive rating. The Warriors signed reliable veterans Kent Bazemore and Brad Wanamaker, selected center James Wiseman with the second-overall...
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    President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for secretary of defense, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, could make history as the first Black man to serve in the position, but getting his appointment through Congress could be an uphill battle. Austin will likely face some scrutiny from both sides of the aisle, with Democrats cringing at the idea of approving another former career military man who has only been retired from his post for just four years, and not the required seven. The law requires all former military individuals to have been removed from the service for at least seven years, to establish a barrier of separation that allows a civilian to oversee the top Defense position. And with Gen. James Mattis’ early approval just four years ago, some Democrats could push back on another exception to the rule. Republicans critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and the development of ISIS are...
    Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman was speechless after the Dallas Cowboys’ 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday night. Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, says his former team needs to start rebuilding moving forward. “I don't know,” Aikman said. “I just don't know where this organization -- where they go. There's just so many things that have to be addressed this offseason.” JACKSON, RAVENS RUN PAST COWBOYS 34-17 TO END 3-GAME SLIDE After parting ways with long-time coach Jason Garrett in the offseason, the Cowboys brought in Mike McCarthy to steer the ship, but the team fell to 3-9 on the season after their loss to the Ravens. COWBOYS TAKE NFC'S WORST RECORD INTO FINAL QUARTER OF SEASON There’s no doubt about it that the season-ending injury to quarterback Dak Prescott back in Week 5 hurt the Cowboys, but the team has many holes...
    Following uproar that President-elect Joe Biden's transition team was denied defense intelligence briefings, the Pentagon said Wednesday that nearly 100 officials and four intelligence agencies have already met with the transition team. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency all met with Biden officials on Monday and Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said. The update comes after the Washington Post reported Friday that requests for intelligence meetings by the Biden transition team were rejected or not approved last week. In all, 47 intelligence officials, including each of the agency directors and deputies, were part of the meetings held. “We're going to continue supporting the transition fully and professionally,” Hoffman told Pentagon reporters. The Biden transition team also met this week with Deputy Secretary David Norquist and secretaries and service chiefs from the Air Force, Army, Space Force, Navy, and Marine...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders helmet. The Las Vegas Raiders made a somewhat confusing move when they decided to waive defensive tackle Daniel Ross. It’s not that Ross has been an impact player but the team is really thin at defensive tackle due to injury issues. Apparently, the plan was to bring him back on the practice squad so that he could still play on Sundays. That plan has been thwarted. DEC Management announced that Ross was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, which will put him right on their active roster. Congratulations to #TeamDEC client @HOTBOYROSS93 on being claimed by @Jaguars — DEC Management (@davidcanter) December 8, 2020 Now the Raiders are down another defensive tackle. Considering Ross wasn’t having a strong season and has missed multiple games with injury, it was reasonable to believe that he’d clear waivers. However, it’s now looking like a boneheaded move by...
    The Pentagon finally issued an on-the-record statement Monday that defended Defense Secretary Chief of Staff Kash Patel against false allegations by NBC News on Friday that he was blocking the Biden transition team at the Pentagon from access to officials and documents. “The Chief of Staff has not refused a single meeting request, has not edited a single [request for information], nor has he prevented the sharing of a single document with the transition team. He understands the importance of an efficient, effective, and professional transition to our national security and is committed to delivering one,” Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman told Breitbart News in a statement. The on-the-record statement came after NBC News published a report Friday that claimed that Patel — whom they characterized as a “Trump loyalist” — was blocking civilian career officials from speaking with members of the Biden transition team and having Trump political appointees ...
    Jamal Adams has been a brilliant addition for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks defense.  When the Seattle Seahawks pulled off their blockbuster deal with the New York Jets during the offseason, some fans were skeptical of the decision made by general manager John Schneider. While Adams is an incredible talent, giving up two first-round picks for him seemed like a ton. Fast forward to the present time and that deal surely seems worth it. Adams has cemented himself as the heart of the defense, making big play after big play for the 8-4 Seahawks. You better believe Pete Carroll has been thrilled with what he’s seen from No. 33 throughout the year, as his passion is tough to match on Sundays. Pete Carroll on the Jamal Adams trade 12 games in: "Ecstatic. Ecstatic about it. Hes been everything we could have hoped for and at this point and hes...
    One of the longest-running jokes in fantasy football is the revenge-game narrative. When a player faces a former team, there is always some analyst who opines how a player will dominate in an effort to show up the team that discarded him. From Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson lighting it up against Washington to Lions running back Adrian Peterson running hard against the Vikings, free agency has gifted us with this unorthodox and completely unproven way to dominate our competition. This week, those who stream quarterbacks get two amazing opportunities to serve up everyone’s favorite cold dish. When Andy Dalton takes the field Sunday, it will be the first time in his 10-year career that he will be on the visitor’s side against the Bengals. Cast aside for the now-injured Joe Burrow, Dalton will have the opportunity to show up his former team and whichever backup scrub it decides...
    Getty Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors directs his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on April 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors have been known as the team that broke the game of basketball due to their high-paced play and unconventional three-point shooting. Simply put, it has led to the re-invention of the game. Never have teams in the history of the NBA, or maybe even ever, played with such an emphasis on spacing out the floor and shooting more long-range shots than now. Even with this, there still is another side of the game to play. Golden State may have run through the league offensively, and to multiple championships, but their calling card to those titles was actually their defense. Since the end of the Don Nelson era and the back half...
    Getty Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors directs his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on April 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Golden State Warriors have been known as the team that broke the game of basketball due to their high-paced play and unconventional three-point shooting. Simply put, it has led to the re-invention of the game. Never have teams in the history of the NBA, or maybe even ever, played with such an emphasis on spacing out the floor and shooting more long-range shots than now. Even with this, there still is another side of the game to play. Golden State may have run through the league offensively, and to multiple championships, but their calling card to those titles was actually their defense. Since the end of the Don Nelson era and the back half of the Mark Jackson era, and...
    An investment firm with deep ties to at least one and possibly more members of Joe Biden’s would-be cabinet views the government’s response to the coronavirus as a potential money-making opportunity, according to filings with the Security Exchange Commission. Pine Island Capital Partners boasts on its website of its “leadership, investing, and networking expertise of our partners.” As the Daily Poster and the New York Times recently reported, its list of “D.C. Partners” includes Tony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, who has been on leave from the firm since joining the Biden campaign in August. Also on the list are two leading candidates to run Biden’s Pentagon, Michele Flournoy and retired Gen. Lloyd Austin. All three Democratic foreign policy heavyweights own equity stakes in Pine Island, but “would divest themselves of any investment in Pine Island if confirmed for a position in the administration,” according to a company...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that he planned to announce his nominee for secretary of defense on Friday, and signaled that he could also name his pick for attorney general earlier in the week. "I'll have an announcement for you on Wednesday and Friday," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, when asked when he would announce his picks for attorney general and defense secretary. He specified his pick for defense secretary would be named Friday. CNN has reported that there are three people in final contention to lead the Pentagon: Michèle Flournoy, a veteran Pentagon official who served as under secretary of defense for policy in President Barack Obama's administration, Jeh Johnson, a former secretary of Homeland Security, and Lloyd Austin, a retired Army general who led Central Command during the Obama era. Biden Transition Biden expected to nominate Xavier Becerra to lead Health and Human Services Biden expected...
    Getty Jamal Adams has a lot of faith in Russell Wilson. After the Seattle Seahawks’ disappointing loss, Jamal Adams wanted to make sure Russell Wilson knew he had his back. Adams took to Twitter to send Wilson a message of support as the quarterback drew a lot of criticism for the offense’s dismal performance against the Giants. “Hold your head high #3, I got your back brotha! @DangeRussWilson,” Adams tweeted. The Seahawks offense failed to score a touchdown until the fourth quarter, but the defense also struggled in the third quarter allowing the Giants to make large runs. Adams was supportive of Wilson but also admitted after the game that he was disappointed in the team’s outing. The star safety noted it was a particularly difficult result for him personally since it was against a New York team. “Yeah, it stings,” Adams noted in his...
    Gregg Williams cost the Jets a shot at their first win Sunday and it cost him his job Monday. The Jets fired the defensive coordinator the day after he called an all-out blitz with 12 seconds left and the team leading the Raiders by four points. The play-call set up a 46-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Henry Ruggs III that gave the Raiders an improbable 31-28 victory and sent the Jets to 0-12. Williams, 62, has been the Jets defensive coordinator since last year when he joined the team along with head coach Adam Gase. The Jets rank 29th in total defense this year and 30th in scoring defense. It would have been hard to have Williams continue as the defensive coordinator after Sunday’s call. Defensive captain Marcus Maye publicly questioned the call after the game several times during a zoom call with reporters. Members of the organization...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the New York Jets fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a day after his stunning play call cost the team its first win of the season. The still-winless Jets were seconds away from their first victory Sunday until Williams inexplicably called for an all-out blitz against Las Vegas. Derek Carr heaved a perfectly placed 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III — who was in man-to-man, or Cover Zero, coverage with rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson — with 5 seconds left to lift the Raiders to a 31-28 victory. Williams took heavy criticism from fans, the media and even team captain Marcus Maye, who said the defense should have been in a better call in that situation. It ended up costing Williams his job. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the team hadn’t...
    The New York Knicks have a new plan to win games in 2021 By: Alexander Wilson December 7, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Knicks are going into the 2020-21 season with a revitalized sense of success. While upper management didn’t appeal to some of the more highly touted free agents on the market, new head coach Tom Thibodeau has no plans to lay down to competition next season. Winning is the ultimate goal, and playing the best five players on the roster is essential for Thibodeau. He will not give preferential treatment to younger guys in need of development. Winning is often times the best form of growth, and the Knicks need to start putting Ws on the board before anything else. However, changing the entire team’s mantra and mentality is essential, especially after years of losing seasons and demoralizing play. The...
    The confidence for the New York Giants has to be through the roof right now after they stunned the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.  Where in the world did the New York Giants come from? In Week 13, the Giants stunned the NFL world as a whole, taking down the Seattle Seahawks for a massive road victory. Keep in mind, Daniel Jones was out due to injury, so this was a New York team led by Colt McCoy. Still, the defense looked sensational and made Russell Wilson look like an average signal-caller. The Giants sent a clear message with their win, and it’s that they will be ready to surprise even more teams in the postseason if they end up winning the NFC East.No team will want to play the New York Giants in the playoffs next monthWhat makes this New York team so dangerous right now has to be its...
    Getty Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 of the New Orleans Saints breaks up a pass intended for Russell Gage #83 of the Atlanta Falcons. The Atlanta Falcons were unable to redeem themselves on Sunday, falling victim to the New Orleans Saints for the second time this season, 21-16. There were a lot of mistakes both offensively and defensively, but a lot of fingers were pointed at offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Interim head coach Raheem Morris was asked directly on Koetter, but he dodged the bullet. “You know, I’m very confident in our team, just in general,” Morris responded when asked about Koetter. “You’ll never separate anybody when talking about team. You can always play ‘Monday morning quarterback.’ We refuse to do that here.” Here’s a look at Morris’ full post-game conference. Raheem Morris spoke to the media following the loss to New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/VBXzMPG2hj — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 6,...
    On their very first day of team practices in camp, the Nets started installing a different defensive look than most of their fans are used to seeing. Heck, it’s even different than some of the Nets are used to seeing. “Steve [Nash] made a really big emphasis on defense, a couple nuances and changes that I haven’t seen before that are exciting just because they are a little outside the box and are forward-thinking,” Landry Shamet said. With the top three records belonging to last season’s top three defenses, Nash knows the Nets must be a championship-caliber squad on that end of the court. “Obviously we have to be an excellent defensive team to compete for a championship,” Nash said. “If you’re not a great defensive team, you’re not connected and you don’t have an incredible competitive spirit collectively, a championship’s not in your cards, that’s for sure.” To that...
    The Pentagon over the weekend shot down an NBC News report that claimed Defense Secretary Chief of Staff Kash Patel has been blocking the Biden transition team from requested access to Pentagon officials and documents. NBC News reported Friday that Patel was “blocking some career officials and experts from giving information about key defense issues to the transition team and telling political appointees to take the lead instead.” The report cited four anonymous current and former officials. Senior defense officials said that accusation is unequivocally false. “Unequivocally he has not blocked anyone,” a senior defense official told Breitbart News. “Kash has not been selecting individuals to do meetings.” Another senior defense official said that contrary to what the media has reported, Patel does not run the transition work at the Pentagon. That work is led by bureaucrat Tom Muir, who has served in government since at least 2010. “Kash does not run the...
    Members of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump floats a Doug Collins run against Kemp for Georgia governor Defiant Trump insists election was 'rigged' at rally for Georgia Senate Republicans Biden victory, vaccine and an anniversary: good karma for the Mediterranean? MORE’s transition team will receive briefings from Pentagon intelligence agencies on Monday, defense officials told CNN.  “They are meeting with DoD intelligence agencies Monday and Tuesday of this week,” a senior defense official told the network. The move follows news from last week that Biden’s team members were set to meet with military-run spy agencies this week, despite reports that the Trump administration was blocking these meetings. The Department of Defense denied claims it was blocking such efforts, CNN reports, instead pointing the finger at the transition team for the apparent delay. “We can't help them if they can't read an org chart,” a defense official said to CNN. According to CNN, several officials said...
    (CNN)Members of the Biden transition team are scheduled to receive briefings from the Pentagon's intelligence agencies beginning on Monday, according to defense officials."They are meeting with DoD intelligence agencies Monday and Tuesday of this week," according to a senior defense official.The briefings are to take place days after, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions, that the Pentagon had blocked the Biden transition team's access to the Department of Defense's intelligence agencies such as the NSA and Defense Intelligence Agency. Pentagon blocked Bidens intelligence transition team from meeting with agenciesThe Department of Defense strongly denied claims that it had hindered the briefings, with a spokesman calling the claims "demonstrably false and patently insulting."Multiple Pentagon officials blamed the meetings being delayed on the Biden transition organization, saying the members of its intelligence transition team reached out directly to the Pentagon's intelligence agencies, which they said was...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has been accused of shooting dead two Black Lives Matter protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25 A California attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen accused of fatally shooting two Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin and wounding a third, filed a motion to withdraw from the case just hours after prosecutors raised ethical concerns about him. Los Angeles civil lawyer John Pierce has been the public face of the 17-year-old’s defense against a murder charge and other counts in the three months since the August 25 shootings in Kenosha Pierce has also worked to help secure the $2 million bail for Rittenhouse, who was bound over Thursday for trial. Prosecutors have, however, become increasingly critical of Pierce’s frequent out-of-court statements and fundraising efforts, which have been geared towards the political right. In a motion filed Thursday, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney...
    Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy is reported to be at the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s list to become his secretary of defense. Flournoy would make history as the first woman to run the Pentagon if nominated and confirmed for the post, but a coalition of progressive groups are urging Biden to go with someone else. “She is just the epitome of I think everything that’s wrong with U.S. foreign policy,” Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The reported pick for President-elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Michele Flournoy, would be the first woman to head the Pentagon, but a coalition of progressive groups are urging Biden against making the potentially historic pick. “We’re not happy about this woman breaking the glass ceiling,” Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of the feminist and progressive antiwar group Code Pink, told the Daily Caller News...
    More On: new york giants Giants trying to channel spirit of exclusive group of New York successes Wayne Gallman on overcoming struggles, Eli Manning fart prank Why Giants receiver’s production has seemingly disappeared Giants at Seahawks betting guide Paul’s pick The key for the Giants is to take as much of the burden off Colt McCoy as possible, giving him a running game and the ability to throw off play-action. This figures to be a jolt to the senses on defense, having to deal with Russell Wilson after so much slop served up against them at quarterback. Tough task, but Joe Judge’s imperfect team is not easy to beat badly. Seahawks 27, Giants 19. Marquee matchup Seahawks WRs DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett vs. Giants CBs James Bradberry and Isaac Yiadom What to do, what to do? Bradberry is skilled enough to have him travel all...
    Getty Barcelona fans slammed the team’s defense after Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Cadiz in La Liga at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza. The visitors went behind in the first half when Oscar Mingueza forced his own goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a diving save. Ter Stegen did well to get a touch but could not prevent Alvaro Giménez from knocking home from close range. Barca managed to level through an own goal of their own after the break but went behind again six minutes later after an awful mix-up in defense that started from a Jordi Alba throw-in. GOAL FOR CADIZ! It’s the super sub Alvaro Negredo that helps restore Cadiz’s lead over Barcelona to make it 2-1.#CadizBarca LIVE NOW ⬇️???? beIN SPORTS????????CONNECT https://t.co/LRYa03w6yI pic.twitter.com/jajzFOlSXO — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) December 5, 2020 The goal was enough to secure all three...
    Ever since taking over the Nets, rookie coach Steve Nash has preached a need for defense. To win — really win, not just games but titles — they will have to guard. The top three teams in the league last season in defensive rating also finished with the top three records, including the champion Lakers. The top five ended up either in the top three seeds in the East or top two in the West. Though Brooklyn ranked a respectable 10th, that was with a somewhat different lineup and entirely different head coach. It could end up a different chemistry, as well. “We realize that we’re trying to compete for a championship, and we have to be excellent defensively,” Nash said earlier this week. “It’s going to be a process.” The process technically started last season in the Orlando bubble. Then-interim coach Jacque Vaughn tweaked the defense to get by...
    A top member of the Trump administration lashed out at what he said were baseless accusations published by the Washington Post on Friday alleging that the Trump administration has refused Biden's transition team the ability to visit certain military spy agencies. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller refuted accusations made by "current and former U.S. officials" who told the Washington Post that Pentagon officials were refusing to coordinate with members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team. Miller said the department has been "fully cooperating." “The accusation by anonymous sources that DoD has not been fulfilling its commitment to professionally assist any of the Agency Review Teams is demonstrably false and patently insulting," the Defense Department said in a statement sent to the Washington Examiner. "Stories run in the last day fail to reflect the dozens of interviews and meetings that have taken place and the many dozens more that...
    Getty Barcelona fans slammed the team’s defense after Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Cadiz in La Liga at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza. The visitors went behind in the first half when Oscar Mingueza forced his own goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a diving save. Ter Stegen did well to get a touch but could not prevent Alvaro Giménez from knocking home from close range. Barca managed to level through an own goal of their own after the break but went behind again six minutes later after an awful mix-up in defense that started from a Jordi Alba throw-in. GOAL FOR CADIZ! It's the super sub Alvaro Negredo that helps restore Cadiz's lead over Barcelona to make it 2-1.#CadizBarca LIVE NOW ⬇️???? beIN SPORTS????????CONNECT https://t.co/LRYa03w6yI pic.twitter.com/jajzFOlSXO — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) December 5, 2020 The goal was enough to secure all three points for Cadiz and...
    The Trump administration has not permitted President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to meet with senior intelligence officials at the Pentagon, it has been reported. The move comes after President Donald Trump carried out a purge of the Defense Department’s top civilian leadership last month and installed several loyalists in key positions who have effectively stymied the transition to an incoming Biden administration. Pentagon officials have denied that there is an active effort to stymie the Biden transition. The Biden transition team has declined to comment. Current and former US government officials told The Washington Post that members of the Biden transition were not granted access to senior leadership in key Pentagon-run intelligence agencies. President-elect Joe Biden's transition team  has been denied access to top officials at the Pentagon's espionage agencies after the Defense Department's civilian leadership was purged and loyalists to President Donald Trump (right) were installed, according...
    By Alex Marquart, Ryan Browne and Nicole Gaouette | CNN The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions. The slowdown means the Biden team has not yet been able to meet with officials from the military intelligence agencies within the Defense Department — including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency — even as all other meetings by Biden review teams appear to be happening smoothly now after weeks of delay. The Pentagon denies any effort to stymie the President-elect’s team. A senior defense official told CNN that briefings had taken place on Friday for transition officials on military matters, including senior-level policy and international security issues, but not on intelligence. The Washington Post first reported on the Biden team’s problems with the Defense...
    (CNN)The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden's transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions.The slowdown means the Biden team has not yet been able to meet with officials from the military intelligence agencies within the Defense Department -- including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency -- even as all other meetings by Biden review teams appear to be happening smoothly now after weeks of delay.The Pentagon denies any effort to stymie the President-elect's team. A senior defense official told CNN that briefings had taken place on Friday for transition officials on military matters, including senior-level policy and international security issues, but not on intelligence. The Washington Post first reported on the Biden team's problems with the Defense Department transition office, which is led by a Trump loyalist connected to...
    While Kyle Rittenhouse awaits trial for killing two people at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, Black Lives Matter protest this summer, his lawyers are in prosecutors’ crosshairs. From the start of the high-profile case, Rittenhouse’s lawyers have attracted nearly as much attention as he has. Now, the 17-year-old’s main lawyer, John Pierce, is off the case, after prosecutors argued that fundraisers for Rittenhouse could act as a “slush fund” for the embattled attorney. Another prominent attorney who has associated himself with Rittenhouse, Lin Wood, also appears to have pivoted away from the case in order to focus his efforts on overturning President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss. Rittenhouse was charged with reckless homicide after he fatally shot two people and wounded a third person at the August protest. He has pleaded not guilty, and says he acted in self-defense. Pierce and Wood emerged as Rittenhouse champions shortly after his arrest. Earlier...
    Getty Matt Patricia during a Lions game on the sidelines. The Detroit Lions shook up their team and staff recently, and a consequence of that move could be the team being freed up to make some different moves on the field. After the dismissal of Matt Patricia, curiously, some things have come out which point to a culture in crisis due to the leadership of the old coach. Darrell Bevell all but admitted the team hasn’t been having any fun, and now, there’s been an interesting admission about the team’s defense. Speaking this past week, Romeo Okwara admitted that he thinks Cory Undlin will be able to successfully implement some things he’s had success with while at other stops in Detroit. Romeo Okwara said there will definitely be some changes on defense as Cory Undlin puts some of the things he’s had success with...
    Getty Matt Patricia during a Lions game on the sidelines. The Detroit Lions shook up their team and staff recently, and a consequence of that move could be the team being freed up to make some different moves on the field. After the dismissal of Matt Patricia, curiously, some things have come out which point to a culture in crisis due to the leadership of the old coach. Darrell Bevell all but admitted the team hasn’t been having any fun, and now, there’s been an interesting admission about the team’s defense. Speaking this past week, Romeo Okwara admitted that he thinks Cory Undlin will be able to successfully implement some things he’s had success with while at other stops in Detroit. Romeo Okwara said there will definitely be some changes on defense as Cory Undlin puts some of the things he’s had success with in the past into...
    Getty Eagles LB TJ Edwards and S Rodney McLeod wrap up Giants WR Darius Slayton. You cannot pin last week’s infuriating 23-17 loss on the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense. They showed up and played their hearts out on the biggest stage, making crucial fourth-down stops and limiting the Seattle Seahawks’ rushing attack to 76 yards. The group kept the team’s bumbling, inept offense in the game. The defensive performance provided a glimmer of hope that this 2020 season can be saved. It also gave coordinator Jim Schwartz — aside from his comments about DK Metcalf — a huge vote of confidence, perhaps as an interim coach should Doug Pederson get the ax. Team captain Rodney McLeod talked at length about establishing an identity and embracing the challenge of being “one of the top-tier defenses” in the NFL. “We consider ourselves the tone-setters of this team and embrace that and...
    In new allegation, lawsuit says Tyson officials lied to interpreters about COVID-19 dangers in Iowa plant With Grafomap, give the gift of place this holiday season with a custom, personalized map 49ers’ Dee Ford, Weston Richburg, Ronald Blair not expected to play again this season The hits just keep on coming for a banged-up 49ers team that will now be playing its home games in Arizona. Defensive ends Dee Ford and Ronald Blair, as well as center Weston Richburg, aren’t expected to play the rest of the season, head coach Kyle Shanahan said during his Tuesday press conference. © Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports 49ers defensive end Dee Ford is unlikely to return this season to the injury-ravaged team. Back in late October, Shanahan said Ford wouldn’t return until Week 12 at the earliest, but now the team is shutting him down. Richburg was eligible to return from the PUP...
    Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger reckoning DeepMind Breakthrough Helps to Solve How Diseases Invade Cells JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marlon Humphrey have funny solution for Steelers-Ravens The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to play on Tuesday night after their game was postponed twice due to positive COVID-19 tests. Many are surprised the game is even being played, and two players have come up with an interesting alternative to taking the field. © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) fights for extra yards as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) defends during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the NFL will not allow the Ravens to practice on Monday, which means they will now go nine days without practicing before facing the Steelers. There are also some questions about travel, as snow is in the forecast...
    Getty Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy began his Monday press conference in a surprising way. He called out his best unit, and the primary reason his team has won five games at all: his defense. After Chicago lost its third straight prime time contest in embarrassing fashion Sunday night — this one to their arch rivals to the North, the Green Bay Packers — Nagy seemed exasperated and out of answers after the game, but full of fire on Monday morning after watching the tape. When he spoke with the media via Zoom Monday, Nagy noted the team had suffered no significant injuries in the 41-25 loss before expressing disappointment in his defense, specifically — a move that sent Twitter into a bit of a frenzy. Nagy is talking at Halas Hall and he's pissed. "We better wake up!"...
    This stretch screamed for points. Basically begged for it. The Jets were down just 10 points and twice the defense created a turnover, twice gave the offense the ball back early in the third quarter. The first time, Sam Darnold and Co. managed just a single yard. Just one. The next time, they lost 8 yards on second down and failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Miami 17-yard line. At that point, the game was over. The Jets wouldn’t threaten again, falling to 0-11 after this one-sided 20-3 loss to the Dolphins at empty MetLife Stadium. “That’s just not playing complementary football,” offensive guard Greg Van Roten said over Zoom. “I think our defense played really well today. They gave us a lot of short fields. They put us in position to be successful and to help them out. You can’t get a turnover and go three-and-out, or get...
    This stretch screamed for points. Basically begged for it. The Jets were down just 10 points and twice the defense created a turnover, twice gave the offense the ball back early in the third quarter. The first time, Sam Darnold and Co. managed just a single yard. Just one. The next time, they lost 8 yards on second down and failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Miami 17-yard line. At that point, the game was over. The Jets wouldn’t threaten again, falling to 0-11 after this one-sided 20-3 loss to the Dolphins at empty MetLife Stadium. “That’s just not playing complementary football,” offensive guard Greg Van Roten said over Zoom. “I think our defense played really well today. They gave us a lot of short fields. They put us in position to be successful and to help them out. You can’t get a turnover and go three-and-out, or get...
    NBA star Tristan Thompson becomes a US citizen Trump, without evidence, calls the 2020 presidential election results the greatest fraud in the history of our country from an electoral standpoint Ravens Mark Andrews, who has Type 1 diabetes, tests positive for COVID-19 Ravens tight end Mark Andrews has tested positive for COVID-19, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Andrews, a Type 1 diabetic with elevated risk, has been ruled out for Tuesday night’s game against the Steelers.  © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Mark Andrews is the latest Ravens player to test positive for COVID. Andrews is now the 11th Ravens player to test positive for COVID-19 and the 20th player to hit the reserve list, which also includes players who have been exposed to the virus. In addition, 10 Ravens staffers have tested positive, putting the team under a great deal of scrutiny. For now, the plan remains for the...
    An Oregon mink farm has reported a Covid-19 outbreak US deaths projected to double soon Colts Jonathan Taylor placed on COVID-19 list, out for Week 12 Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will miss Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. © Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports Jonathan Taylor has landed on the COVID list. Coming off the best game of his NFL career, the rookie running back was expected to have a huge rule in Week 12 in a pivotal AFC South battle. Instead, just 24 hours before the game, the Colts will be even more short-handed. The Indianapolis Colts announced a series of roster moves Saturday. Among them, placing Taylor on the reserve/COVID-19 list and ruling out starting center Ryan Kelly for Sunday’s game. Indianapolis was already going to be playing with a depleted roster in Week 12. All-Pro defensive lineman DeForest Buckner...
    Stars Who Became U.S. Citizens How to cut your monthly bills when moneys tight Colts sign DT Grover Stewart to three-year, $30.75M extension Months after authorizing a monster extension for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, the Colts have identified another D-tackle they want to keep long-term. © Matt Kryger/IndyStar-Imagn Content Services, LLC They agreed to an extension with contract-year interior lineman Grover Stewart on Saturday, Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star reports. It’s a three-year, $30.75M deal. Stewart has started alongside Buckner this season and has been a Colts first-stringer since last year. He was one of general manger Chris Ballard‘s first draft picks, going to Indianapolis in the 2017 fourth round. The Colts now have Stewart and Buckner signed through at least 2023. Upon being acquired from San Francisco, Buckner signed a four-year, $84M deal in March. The Colts have used Stewart, 27, at nose tackle this season. While that is...
    The Defense Department on Friday said that a number of members of its Defense Policy Board -- including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright -- had been removed. “As part of long-considered changes, we can confirm that several members of the Department’s Defense Policy Board have been removed,” a U.S. Defense official told Fox News. PENTAGON'S TOP POLICY OFFICIAL RESIGNS A DAY AFTER ESPER FIRED  Foreign Policy, which first reported the removals, said 11 high-profile advisers were ousted from the board, including Kissinger and Albright, as well as former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The purge was done quietly earlier this week, on the eve of Thanksgiving. Also removed include former Treasury undersecretary David McCormick, who served during the George W. Bush administration, and Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon. “I am grateful to the departing board members, many of whom have...
    Ohio State football is coming off a win vs. Indiana where they allowed nearly 500 passing yards. Ryan Day’s Ohio State football team came in at No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday. It was a spot lower than most expected to see the Buckeyes and a big reason for that could be the suspect defense. Ohio State got shredded by Indiana last weekend when Michael Penix Jr. threw for 491 yards and while the Buckeyes run defense was particularly stout, the pass defense could be their undoing if they don’t win a national championship. That’s what Tim Tebow is most concerned about this Ohio State football team when the former Heisman winner and two-time national champion spoke on Friday’s episode of First Take.Ohio State football pass defense could be their downfall“I think Ohio State is a very talented team, but the one difference between this...
    PARIS (AP) — The last thing Paris Saint-Germain’s shaky defense needs right now is to face a highly skilled player with a major point to prove against his former club, and a great scoring record at its stadium. But that’s what PSG will have to prepare for when Bordeaux winger Hatem Ben Arfa comes to Parc des Princes on Saturday night, brimming with confidence after scoring a fine winner for his new club last weekend. Controlling the ball on the edge of the area, Ben Arfa skipped past two Rennes players and drilled the ball into the bottom corner for a 1-0 win. It was precisely the kind of goal PSG fans wanted to see — again and again — when Ben Arfa secured a dream move to his hometown club four years ago, after netting 18 goals for Nice in a hugely impressive season that saw him return to...
    Getty Ja Morant on the bench before a game. Ja Morant played good basketball with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2019-20 NBA season. LIVE with NBA vet Brevin KnightLong-time NBA vet Brevin Knight joins us LIVE to talk NBA free agency and more! ????2020-11-23T22:13:41Z The NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Morant averaged 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game for a team that finished 34-39 and came pretty close in making it to the NBA Playoffs as an eight seeds. Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers had other plans, however. Entering the 2020-21 NBA season, the expectations will be higher for the Grizzlies and Morant. What’s next? “For him to continue to get stronger,” retired NBA vet and current Fox Sports Memphis color commentator Brevin Knight told me on the Heavy Live With Scoop B Show. “That’s first and foremost because of the way that...
    Getty Marcell Dareus sacking Tom Brady. Based on the signings of Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley, it’s clear the Las Vegas Raiders know their defense needs to get better. Time will tell if either of those guys can give the team a boost but even if they do, Las Vegas might need even more help. As of right now, the play in the defensive backfield has been inconsistent, especially at safety. Johnathan Abram has shown potential and while he’s made a lot of mistakes, the Raiders are going to keep him on the field. Erik Harris and Jeff Heath have played a lot of games but neither guy is a gamechanger. If Las Vegas is gunning for a third matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs, they need somebody who can at least stand a chance at slowing down Travis Kelce. Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report...
    State-by-state breakdown of coronavirus travel restrictions Biden says transition outreach from Trump administration has been sincere Bears Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson placed on reserve/COVID-19 list Reliant on their top-tier defense due largely to continued issues at quarterback, the Bears will be without one of that unit’s Pro Bowlers for the time being. Eddie Jackson landed on Chicago’s reserve/COVID-19 list. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Eddie Jackson has landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The fourth-year safety will be sidelined from practices until he submits two negative coronavirus tests. Several players have re-emerged to play in games after landing on the COVID list during the week, so Jackson — provided he is a close contact and has not tested positive for the virus — has a chance of being available against the Packers on Sunday night. Jackson is the only player currently on the Bears’ virus list, even though offensive lineman...
    A former congressional aide who rose to prominence helping House Republicans attempt to discredit the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia will lead the Pentagon’s transition to the next administration, the Defense Department confirmed on Tuesday. Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight House Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures MORE (R-Calif.) and a loyalist to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE, will be the “touchpoint” for acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and ensure he “has insight into what’s going on and to make sure that the transition is successful,” top DOD spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told...
    Getty Ronald Koeman admitted he was impressed by 21-year-old Oscar Mingueza after the youngster made his Barcelona debut against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday in the Champions League. The youngster replaced the injured Gerard Pique in the starting XI and lined up alongside Clement Lenglet in central defense in Kiev on what was his first appearance for the senior side. Koeman spoke to reporters after the match and was full of praise for the youngster’s performance, as reported by Marca. I think Mingueza has shown that we can count on him. He has to work hard to have minutes but he has been training with us for five or six weeks now and he had given us a good impression. He has delivered. I liked the team. A good game and we have worked hard, we have pressed … today’s image is what we want to see. Barca ran...
    Minneapolis doctor wipes away tears in describing Covid-19s toll on hospital workers Fauci warns of stunning number of deaths Sack the stats: Chase Young starring for Washington defense Chase Young fired up his teammates before Washington’s latest game by telling them they only get 16 days out of 365 in a year to do this job. He kept repeating that message before they took the field and then played like it in a victory. © Provided by Associated Press Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) runs on the field before the start of an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Landover. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) “Today was one of the days,” Young recalled. “I just tell them to play with passion.” There’s no passion lacking or days off for Young, the No. 2 pick in the draft who...
    TSA records its busiest travel weekend since March Biden team is reportedly pushing congressional Democrats to strike an immediate stimulus deal with Republicans to stave off renewed recession Steelers Have a Legitimate Shot at Going Undefeated in 2020 The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 10th game in a row on Sunday when they took down the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 27-3. The defense was its usual dominant self against an ugly Jags offense, notching four picks and two sacks on the day. The offense was not terribly efficient but took advantage of the short fields given by their defensive counterparts to score three touchdowns. The Steelers remain perfect. © Provided by The Big Lead Pittsburgh Steelers | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images Now, they are far from a perfect team. The defense is one of the best in the league, but Ben Roethlisberger and Co. are hit-or-miss as...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Germany were at loggerheads on Monday after a German frigate enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish official dismissed as an “illegal” search. Turkey said personnel from the German frigate Hamburg were flown by helicopter aboard the freighter Rosaline-A on Sunday as its sailed off the Libyan coast to carry out an hours-long search. Germany’s Defense Ministry said Turkey ordered a halt to the search, forcing the German personnel to depart before completing their work. During their search, the German team had found no cargo that contravened the arms embargo, German Defense Ministry spokesman Christian Thiels told reporters in Berlin. This was the second incident between Turkey and naval forces from a NATO ally country enforcing an arms blockade against Libya. In June, NATO launched an investigation over an...
    Tennessees Down syndrome abortion ban can be enforced, appeals court rules Election updates: Christie calls Trump legal team national embarrassment; Hogan tells Trump stop golfing and concede Mike Tomlin has funny quote about Steelers perfect record The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 10-0 with a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but don’t expect coach Mike Tomlin to be satisfied with that. © handout photo-USA Today Sports Mike Tomlin was not totally satisfied with his team's performance on Sunday. Tomlin acknowledged his team’s perfect record, but made clear that he thinks the team has a lot of work to do to maintain it. “It wasn’t perfect, but nothing is perfect about us except our record,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. Tomlin’s refusal to rest on his team’s laurels is probably a big part of the reason they are still perfect. The Steelers played an outstanding game...
    New foundation created to help families of lost hikers following 2016 disappearance of Kris Fowler In scathing ruling, judge dismisses Trump campaigns effort to overturn election results in Pennsylvania Raiders place Lamarcus Joyner back on reserve/COVID-19 list The Raiders activated cornerback Lamarcus Joyner from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, but as Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports, Las Vegas has put Joyner back on the list on Sunday. As such, Joyner will miss Sunday night’s matchup with the Chiefs. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Lamarcus Joyner is back on the COVID list. Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell recently tested positive for the coronavirus, and as a close contact of Ferrell, Joyner — along with a whole host of other players — landed on the reserve-COVID-19 list earlier this week. All of those other players came off the list on Saturday and remain on track to play. It’s unclear whether Joyner himself has...
    Getty Dan Quinn continues to be a name mentioned as the next Seahawks defensive coordinator The future of Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. continues to be discussed as the team has been linked to a few familiar faces. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported the Seahawks will “likely will be shaking up some personnel next season” on defense and linked the team to Dan Quinn and Gus Bradley as potential options to replace Norton. “Should Quinn not end up coaching his own team, there are already persistent rumblings about a potential reunion with two head coaches he most recently worked with,” LaCanfora explained. “Quinn remains very close to Seattle head coach Pete Caroll, whose defense is struggling this season at a historic rate and who quite likely will be shaking up some personnel next season. Quinn is already well versed in that system and philosophies...
    Home team in Caps Eagles (+3.5) over BROWNS: Philadelphia has gotten healthier in key skill positions than it has been in a while — with the return of Zack Ertz, Miles Sanders and Alshon Jeffery — so it should be smartly positioned to stage rebound against a Browns defense that has been flattered by Cleveland’s markedly windy conditions in recent weeks. Jets (+8.5) over CHARGERS: This is more an anti-Bolts play than anything else, given the Chargers’ sustained seasonal pattern of playing to the level of their competition. With a representative clan of receivers on the field, Joe Flacco remains capable of showing to better advantage. Falcons (+5) over SAINTS: The hosts are making a near-term quarterback move to Taysom Hill in this spot, over Jameis Winston. Given Atlanta’s improved play over and above their underperforming September, won’t be at all surprised at a close call in the latest edition...
    Northwestern carved its path to the Big Ten Championship game with a major victory over Wisconsin Saturday, 17-7. Quarterback Peyton Ramsey got the No. 19 Wildcats started with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Mangieri in the first quarter and broke the tie in the second quarter with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman. OHIO STATE SURVIVES TOUGH CHALLENGE FROM INDIANA, REMAINS UNDEFEATED Northwestern added a field goal in the fourth quarter as it stayed the course and finished off the No. 10 Badgers. Ramsey was 23-for-44 with 203 passing yards. Chiaokhiao-Bowman had four catches for 95 yards. SHOUGH THROWS 3 TDS AND NO. 11 OREGON SURVIVES BRUINS 38-35 The bigger story was the Wildcats’ defense. The team forced Graham Mertz to throw three interceptions and fumble the ball once in the game. Wisconsin had two lost fumbles. Mertz  also was sacked three times. Wildcats defenders Blake Gallagher and Paddy...
    Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Bucs take on the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium, and the matchup will be a real test for the Bucs. They have played very well against the teams they’re supposed to beat, but at this point, Tampa Bay’s only big win against a good team is that shellacking they gave the Packers in Week 6.  And there are a few things working against the good guys. Offensive lineman Ali Marpet (concussion) is listed as doubtful on the final injury report for the Bucs. The Rams are a very good, well-balanced team with a couple of elite players on defense in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey—the former being an absolute game-wrecker that could give the Bucs a long list of problems in all facets of their offense. Brady needs to get rid of the ball quickly, and the Bucs need...
    The Atlanta Hawks are improving their playoff outlook with Rajon Rondo. Consider the Atlanta Hawks the Phoenix Suns of the Eastern Conference. While they didn’t land a big fish like the Suns did with the Chris Paul trade, the Hawks are employing a similar strategy of flanking their younger, talented cornerstones with legitimate, established NBA players to make a postseason push. It’s been a busy year for the Hawks, going back to the four-team trade in February that netted them Clint Capela. Although they were somewhat quiet on NBA Draft night, selecting Onyeka Okongwu with the sixth overall pick, they’ve been off to quite a roaring start in 2020 free agency. After landing Danilo Gallinari with a three-year, $61.5 million agreement and reaching a two-year, $10 million pact with an All-Defensive Team caliber guard in Kris Dunn, Atlanta will now add even more defense and experience to its backcourt with...
    As expected, the season has been pretty straightforward: Stadiums are empty. A non-stop parade of games have been canceled every week. The Top 25 is flooded with foreign visitors, such as Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Marshall, Tulsa and Louisiana-Lafayette. A Group of Five playoff berth doesn’t feel impossible. Naturally, the chaos has crept into the Big Ten. Penn State (0-4) is the only winless team in the conference. Michigan (1-3) is speeding toward its first losing season under Jim Harbaugh. Minnesota (1-3) already has more losses than it had last season. Rutgers won its first Big Ten game in three seasons. Maryland has one of the most intriguing quarterbacks (Taulia Tagovailoa) in the country. And both Big Ten divisions hold surprises at the top. Northwestern is the only 4-0 team in the West. Indiana is the only 4-0 team in the East. This week, each is tasked with truly shaking...
    Getty Davontae Harris during Broncos camp. The Baltimore Ravens continue to look for help in plenty of ways during the second half of the season, and this week they made another roster addition designed to help one of the deepest spots on the team. Late this week, the Ravens revealed they had signed cornerback Davontae Harris to the roster. Harris comes to Baltimore after a stint with the Denver Broncos until he was recently released there. The team confirmed the move on Thursday afternoon. We have claimed DB Davontae Harris off waivers. ????: https://t.co/ex9FDiVWjK pic.twitter.com/kSqKsGbhBR — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 18, 2020 Prior to that, Harris played with the Cincinnati Bengals where he was a 5th round draft pick of the team back in 2018. Clearly, the Ravens do not have a huge need at cornerback at the time being, but having Harris in the mix is...
    Virus updates: Oxford vaccine shows promise Why Michigan’s Top Legislators Should Cancel that Meeting with Trump Unbeaten Steelers wary of Jags, Chiefs face Raiders grudge match Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has warned his unbeaten team against complacency as they look to extend their winning streak to 10 games against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Florida on Sunday. © RONALD MARTINEZ The Pittsburgh Steelers defense leads the NFL in sacks as they head to the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend looking to extend the team's unbeaten season The Steelers have made the best start to a season in franchise history this year, going 9-0 to top the AFC North and firmly establish themselves as authentic Super Bowl contenders. On Sunday they face a Jaguars side who are officially the second worst team in the NFL, propping up the AFC South with just one win and eight defeats. Only the 0-9 New...
    HOUSTON (AP) — After failing to stop the run all season, the Houston Texans will face another test on Sunday against the New England Patriots, a team that runs the ball more than any team in the NFL. The Patriots (4-5) lead the NFL this season with 301 rushing attempts and rank third by averaging 161.1 yards rushing a game. Houston’s run defense has been the biggest problem in a dismal season where the team ranks last in the league in allowing 167.4 yards rushing a game. Now the Texans (2-7) will have to face a New England team that not only has Damien Harris, who rushed for a career-high 121 yards last week, but also quarterback Cam Newton, who ranks third in the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt was asked about the challenge of facing New England’s unique rushing attack. “We’ve...
    LSU promises review of Title IX policies, faces calls for resignations, after USA TODAY investigation What concession remarks from Donald Trump could sound like J.C. Jackson added to Pro Bowl voting list following honest mix-up New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson was initially left off of the Pro Bowl voting list despite having a fantastic season, but the issue has been remedied. © David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson has been deservedly added to the Pro Bowl ballot. It originally looked like Jackson would not be eligible for Pro Bowl votes, as teams decide which players to nominate and the New England Patriots left Jackson off their list. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Jackson was added to the ballot on Wednesday morning following a mix-up. CB J.C. Jackson has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl fan ballot this morning. Long story short: As...
    Isaac Okoro, the Auburn small-forward defensive specialist, would seem just what Dr. Thibodeau ordered. Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is trying to change the franchise’s culture to one that emphasizes winning and defense. And Okoro says that’s all he knows. Okoro, who has interviewed with Knicks brass ahead of Wednesday’s draft, says he’s tried to tell teams he will “bring in a winning culture.’’ By all accounts, Okoro shapes up as the draft’s best perimeter defender. “Being a two-way player, stopping the best team’s player and going out on the offensive end and contributing,’’ Okoro said of his attributes during a Zoom call. “I feel like what separates me from everyone else in the draft is my will to win and [being] willing to do anything to help the team win, coming in and playing my role and being a defensive player.’’ The Knicks will select at No. 8 and...