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    The Dallas Cowboys will now face the Seattle Seahawks in the next phase of the Bird Gauntlet.The Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t have advanced in the Bird Gauntlet to play the Seattle Seahawks. America’s Team was so dead in Run 1 of the 2020 Bird Gauntlet vs. the Atlanta Falcons at home in Week 2. Yet with a less than zero percent chance of surviving, the Cowboys did thanks to so many self-inflicted wounds by the Dirty Birds. With the special teams blessings of the most sacred Watermelon Man John Fassel, the Cowboys take their first victory up to the Pacific Northwest. Does Dallas have what it takes to advance past Run 2 of the Bird Gauntlet?Though the Seahawks are 2-0 and have...
    New York Giants: Blake Martinez One Of The Best LBs In The NFL Through Two Weeks By: Anthony Rivardo ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants made a splash in free agency this offseason when they signed inside linebacker Blake Martinez. The former Packers linebacker signed a three-year contract worth more than $30 million. So far, Martinez has lived up to his lofty price tag and been worth every penny. Through two weeks in the 2020 NFL season, Blake Martinez has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Blake Martinez Stats and Highlights According to Pro Football Focus, Blake Martinez is the second-highest graded linebacker in the NFL after two weeks. Martinez has earned...
    The Los Angeles Lakers are a single game away from their destination. They are currently standing at a 3-1 lead against the Nuggets and the only scenario standing in their way is the Nuggets pulling off another miraculous upset after being down 2 games. Although it looks like they have it under control, there are still areas they need to work on. And it has something to do with their forward, Kyle Kuzma. Is Kyle Kuzma lacking on the defensive end? Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Lakers may be breathing a sigh of relief after tonight’s win but they shouldn’t jump the gun. If the Denver Nuggets can send title favorites like the LA Clippers home, the Lakers...
    Kemba Walker. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images The Miami Heat have flustered the Boston Celtics with a zone defense in the Eastern Conference Finals. The zone has especially impacted Kemba Walker, who can't as easily beat defenders off the dribble to create his own shot or shots for others. Walker is a team-worst -14 on the floor during the series, despite solid per-game averages. With the Celtics trailing 3-1, they need Walker, their $141 million point guard, to raise his game to his normal standard to give the team a boost offensively. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Boston Celtics will need more from Kemba Walker to climb out of the 3-1 deficit they face in the...
    Getty Images The Eagles elevated QB Jalen Hurts to No. 2 and gave him a handful of plays on Sunday. Jalen Hurts saw three snaps in his NFL debut. The Eagles intend to turn those snaps into crackle and pop in Week 3. Carson Wentz’s struggles notwithstanding, Hurts was always going to be a part of the Eagles’ gameplan this season. The franchise quarterback’s ineffectiveness has only expedited the rookie’s role on offense. Philly needs a spark and Hurts is a match stick. Put him under center, at wide receiver, in the backfield … whatever, just put him somewhere. Passing-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Press Taylor revealed Hurts will have an increased role in the offense moving forward....
    The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illnesses two days before the wearer develops symptoms. Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project is using Garmin and Oura devices that have been program with artificial intelligence trained on nearly 250,000 coronavirus cases and other sicknesses. The system notifies the user of an oncoming illness using a scale from one to 100 on how likely it will happen over the next 48 hours. Military officials note that 'Within two weeks of us going live we had our first successful COVID-19 detect.' Scroll down for video  The US military is testing a smart watch and ring system capable of detecting illness two days...
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg to make history Friday as the first woman, Jewish person to lie in state at US Capitol UK supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons are rationing toilet paper and hand sanitizer as fears of panic buying return. One worker said their store was worse than a bad Christmas. LeBron James clutch defense on Jamal Murray saved the Lakers in Game 4 Jamal Murray’s ascent to superstardom has meant it’s time for opposing teams to respect him on their defensive end. © Provided by For The Win And on Thursday night, with the Los Angeles Lakers facing a possible 2-2 series against the Denver Nuggets, it was LeBron James of all players who stepped up and volunteered to bottle...
    KENOSHA shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse is currently at a juvenile facility in Illinois with his extradition hearing delayed for 30 days. Rittenhouse, 17, requested to waive his presence at the hearing to assemble his legal defense team with ample time.  11Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, is believed to be the Kenosha shooting suspect, according to authoritiesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Below is more on what happened with Rittenhouse and the August 28 shooting. Where is Kyle Rittenhouse currently jailed?  Kyle Rittenhouse is being held at a juvenile facility in Vernon Hills, Illinois, for allegedly killing two people and injuring one. Rittenhouse placed a request to waive his presence at an extradition hearing for 30 days as he works to assemble his legal...
    The New York Giants have struck gold with their two top free agent signings By: Alexander Wilson ShareTweetFlipRedditWhile the offense has been lackluster for the New York Giants, their defense has impressed through two weeks. Facing off against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, neither are considered elite offenses nor weren’t to start the season shaking off the rust. However, the Giants stepped up and performed well in both matchups. Specifically, against the Bears in week two, they held their opposition to 17 points and blanked them in the second half of the game. The in-game adjustments made by defensive coordinator Patrick Graham were excellent, but key players also stepped up and created turnovers/made plays....
    New York Giants: Why week 3 vs the 49ers is a must win game By: Alexander Wilson ShareTweetFlipRedditComing off two consecutive losses to open the 2020 season, the New York Giants are desperately in need of a victory. New head coach Joe Judge is not used to losing records, but his team has fought endlessly to try and turn the narrative around. The Giants in 2019 were an embarrassment, with multiple rookies starting on defense and a lackluster offensive line. However, the defense this year looks significantly better, and that is without second-round pick Xavier McKinney at free safety. They have competed well, with one of the best defenses through two weeks of...
    Alabama football will need to put on a show defensively against Missouri. How will Alabama’s defense fare against the Missouri Tigers in their season opener? That is the question after an uncharacteristic bad defense last year, compared to the lofty standards of the past. The last time these two teams played one another was 2018 in a neutral site game and Alabama delivered a 39-10 blowout. That same season the Crimson Tide received a beatdown of their own at the hands of the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff Championship game. Alabama’s defense will have to contend with the Tiger’s two-headed monster of Larry Rountree III and Tyler Badie who can hurt a defense in both the rushing and...
    On Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson went up to bat for Kyle Rittenhouse again by using his show to air video footage portraying the Kenosha vigilante in a light of self defense, even as Rittenhouse continues to face charges for killing 2 people and shooting a third. After defending Rittenhouse’s actions throughout the period of unrest in Kenosha, Carlson returned to the subject by lamenting that the shootings “destroyed [Rittenhouse’s] life but also ended the lives of two other people.” The Fox News host then introduced a series of “never before seen” videos put together by a nonprofit group formed by Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, and purported that it would counter the “enormous amount” of leftist propaganda surrounding the incident. “We’re...
    Attorneys for Kyle Rittenhouse have released new footage of the shootings he carried out during protests and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arguing that they demonstrate a clear-cut case of self-defense. Rittenhouse, 17, is charged with intentional homicide and other charges for fatally shooting two and injuring one during a confrontation on August 25, the third night of protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot in the back and paralyzed. On Tuesday, Rittenhouse's attorney Lin Wood released footage outlining the defense's version of events on the night of the shootings, in particular highlighting the events leading up to the first shooting, which was not captured on as widely-circulated video as the subsequent two shootings....
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley stare bleakly ahead as Trump speaks. In May, the House passed the HEROES Act, an extensive $3 trillion package that provided emergency funds to state and local governments, sent every American a second $1,200 direct payment, extended sick leave and unemployment benefits, expanded the paycheck protection program to keep small businesses intact, provided extra pay for essential workers, funded the Postal Service, and funded an extensive plan for testing and contact tracing. Naturally, that bill sat on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s desk for two months while Republicans came up with their counterproposal—a bill that was one third the size, provided no funds for individuals, state or local governments,...
    The Deets is a weekday morning dose of commentary — delivered at 7 a.m. — from sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach that wraps up everything important in the world of sports and looks forward to another crazy day ahead. The ramifications of the long break-up fully set in on Monday night. That first week, even with the new name, didn’t quite hit. But the Raiders playing a home game in Las Vegas — that struck a chord from over here in the East Bay. It’s unofficially official: The Raiders are gone and they’re not coming back. Would you leave sweet digs like that? And with a new city and sweet new stadium, I couldn’t help...
    Alvin Kamara scored the first touchdown in Allegiant Stadium history. After hopping between Oakland and Los Angeles for 60 years, the Raiders opened up their brand new stadium in Las Vegas on a Monday Night matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In keeping with the tradition they’ve established since 2003, they’ve found themselves in an early hole. It was a Saints player who scored the first touchdown in Las Vegas history, as running back Alvin Kamara put New Orleans up 10-0 in the first quarter by plunging it in from close range. Derek Carr’s struggles against the New Orleans pass rush helped the Saints take over with solid field position. A nice catch-and-run from Tre’Quan Smith helped put New Orleans...
    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transition committee names former defense minister Bah N’Daw to lead the West African nation to new elections. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Quick — which stock sectors have been the best performers over the past month? The information technology sector is not among them. Here’s how the 11 sectors of the benchmark S&P 500 Index SPX, -2.50%  have fared over the past month and for all of 2020 through Sept. 18: Index Price change - Aug. 18 through Sept. 18 Price change - 2020 Materials 4.6% 6.8% Industrials 2.5% -3.5% Financials 0.0% -20.1% Real Estate -1.7% -8.4% Consumer Staples...
    Getty Aaron Jones runs through the Lions defense. The Detroit Lions struggled in a major way against the Green Bay Packers, and even in spite of the fast start, by the time the afternoon was over the result looked the same. Detroit’s defense struggled in a major way, their offense wasn’t able to score enough in the second half and their special teams once again left 3 points on the field. Their coaching staff was abysmal yet again, and there were struggles all over the place in between the lines. How should the team be graded for this week? Here’s a look at the grades for a Week 3 effort that was frustrating at best for the team....
    The Jets won the coin toss Sunday … and that was the last positive thing that happened for the team. The 49ers embarrassed Gang Green 31-13 at MetLife Stadium despite suffering a rash of injuries, playing the second half with their backup quarterback and missing its star player on defense. None of it matters right now against these dismal Jets. They can do nothing right. The offense stinks. The defense stinks. The coaching stinks. It is a mess that no one move will fix. Fans will call for coach Adam Gase to be fired, but owner Christopher Johnson just gave him a vote of confidence and this team’s issues are far deeper than one man. The reality is Gase needs...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 12: Head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) The New York Jets need to replace Adam Gase. Very few expected Adam Gase and the moribund New York Jets to actually challenge the San Francisco 49ers, but San Francisco getting ou to a 31-6 lead on the road with most of their star players injured is another black mark on Gase’s resume as a head coach. The offensive play calling from Adam Gase, and the defensive effort From Gregg Williams’ unit, is completely and totally embarrassing. It’s pathetic. That call on 3rd & 9 is icing on the cake....
    Football : The president of Olympique Lyonnais intends to unite with his Parisian counterpart Nasser Al-Khelaïfi in this new battle … “The players seized on this injustice, this seventh place which was not European. He couldn’t help it. Asked about RMC Sport after qualifying for theOL for the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Manchester city (3-1), Saturday night in Lisbon, Jean-Michel Aulas complained again about the premature end of Ligue 1, the only major championship not to have resumed after the Covid-19 crisis. Read also: OL’s ratings against Manchester City If this fight against the French authorities, the LFP in the lead, occupied him for long weeks, the President of...
    Gary Woodland was hoping a return to the US Open this week as defending champion could give him some renewed energy and get his game back on track. But he may need a little more help to cure what’s actually been ailing him: a torn labrum in his hip. Woodland revealed he has been playing through the injury Friday after shooting a 4-over-par 74 at Winged Foot to drop to 8-over through two rounds. The 2019 US Open champion is expected to miss the cut, which should give his hip some rest before he visits a specialist on Monday. “I’ve got a lot of pain in there, and I’ve been fighting through it, but it gets to a point...
    Gary Woodland was hoping a return to the US Open this week as defending champion could give him some renewed energy and get his game back on track. But he may need a little more help to cure what’s actually been ailing him: a torn labrum in his hip. Woodland revealed he has been playing through the injury Friday after shooting a 4-over-par 74 at Winged Foot to drop to 8-over through two rounds. The 2019 US Open champion is expected to miss the cut, which should give his hip some rest before he visits a specialist on Monday. “I’ve got a lot of pain in there, and I’ve been fighting through it, but it gets to a point where...
    Steve Harvey has jumped to his friend Ellen DeGeneres' defense after allegations from former disgruntled staffers that she fostered a toxic work environment at her daytime talk show.  Speaking to PEOPLE (The TV Show!), Harvey called Ellen 'one of the coolest and kindest people I've met in this business'. The Family Feud Host said that 'people want to take something and make something out of everything,' referring to the staffers that came forward with allegations that Ellen and her executives were cruel.  '[Ellen] has no control over what every staff member does, what every producer does, you can't control that. You don't even know some of the stuff that's happening.' Steve Harvey defended his friend Ellen DeGeneres' against claims...
    Getty Deshaun Watson meets Lamar Jackson in 2019. It’s often been wondered what kind of player LeBron James would be if he had ever played football, but Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has an idea. As Martindale told the media, he believes Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson resembles James on the football field thanks to his leadership and his command over the team’s offense. As a result, Martindale and the Ravens defense is not feeling overconfident heading into this weekend’s tilt against the Texans in spite of the dominating way in which their team won last season’s matchup. "Were not overconfident trust me. Deshaun gets better every year. Hes a Pro Bowl QB for a reason." DC...
    A white Nebraska bar owner who shot dead a black man during a chaotic night of protests has now been charged with manslaughter months after the shooting was initially deemed self-defense. Jake Gardner, an ex-Marine, was indicted by a grand jury this week for fatally shooting 22-year-old James Scurlock in Omaha back on May 30.  Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine had initially declined to file charges against Gardner, saying he had reviewed witness statements and video and believed the bar owner acted in self-defense.  Kleine, who was slammed for overlooking Gardner's alleged racist history, asked the grand jury to review the case after he was heavily criticized.  Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin said the grand jury reviewed additional evidence that Kleine didn't have,...
    Photo by Kyle Zedaker via Tampa Bay BucsLast week it was Mike Evans, this week it’s Chris Godwin. Godwin entered concussion protocol this Wednesday after taking a big hit to the head during Sunday’s game versus the Saints. The former Penn State man apparently seemed fine Monday and Tuesday but showed symptoms Wednesday at practice. This will make him at least questionable for Sunday’s game against the Panthers, but more than likely he’ll be (as Mike Evans was last week) listed as doubtful. The star receiver took a big hit from Saints safety DJ Swearinger, but stayed in the game after walking off the field on his own. Godwin racked up 6 catches for 79 yards in the loss and...
    September 16, 2020 – A group of congressmen led by Jackie Speier and Mark Mullin presented the bill “I am Vanessa Guillén Act” in honor of the soldier who died on April 22 at Fort Hood and the many survivors of sexual violence who have bravely emerged from it. of the disappearance and brutal murder of the 20-year-old military woman. The legislation, which has bipartisan support and could be put to a vote in a matter of weeks or by November. If passed, the law “will provide survivors with independent investigations into reports of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. It would also make sexual harassment a criminal offense in the military, helping to get to...
    The Las Vegas Raiders started the year off 1-0 thanks to Josh Jacobs.Josh Jacobs was the biggest reason the Las Vegas Raiders begin the 2020 campaign at 1-0. Needing every carry, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden leaned on his second-year bell-cow back to beat the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte in Week 1, 34-30. It was a quietly dominant performance out of Jacobs, as he was named The Dude of the Week, Man, as well as Snickers ‘Hungriest Player’ of the Week for Week 1. Gruden let his big dog eat en route to a satisfying victory.  View this post on Instagram  New city, same hunger. Let’s ride #RaiderNation #SNICKERSchain #ad A post shared by Josh Jacobs (@iam_joshjacobs) on Sep 15,...
    (CBS Chicago) — The Chicago Bears escaped Detroit with a win last Sunday. But for three quarters, it didn’t look like they would or were even capable of it. They managed just two field goals in the first three quarters and entered the fourth quarter down by 17 points. Then Mitchell Trubisky came alive for three touchdown passes, just as Matthew Stafford went cold. The Bears (and the Lions) showed last season that they were prone to this sort of uneven performance. Chicago will have to solve this problem, and quickly, if they hope to improve on last season’s 8-8 mark. “The word consistency always comes to mind here, they were a little off on some things in the early...
    Week 2 is here, and fantasy football owners are surely glad to see it. As great as Week 1 is, it’s incredibly hard to predict what will happen during the opening week of the NFL season, and it was especially hard to figure this year because of the lack of a preseason. But with a game under our belts, it’s a bit easier to make tough lineup decisions and identify sleepers that may be involved in key start ’em, sit ’em choices, especially if you were lucky enough to snag handcuffs/injury fill-ins like Benny Snell Jr. (James Conner) and Tre’Quan Smith (Michael Thomas) off the waiver wire. Beyond injury-based sleepers, we have some steady veteran quarterbacks playing in good matchups,...
    LONDON (AP) — Daniel Ellsberg, one of the most famous whistleblowers in living memory, came to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday in his legal fight to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, arguing that the pair had “very comparable political opinions.” The 89-year-old, who is widely credited for helping to bring about an end to the Vietnam War through his leaking of the so-called Pentagon Papers in 1971, told London’s Central Criminal Court via a video link that there are echoes of his experience in the way Assange is being treated by the U.S. government. He told the court that he concluded after his several meetings with Assange over the past decade that...
    Sean Lee has suffered another serious injury. The Dallas Cowboys are not only 0-1 this season after falling to the Los Angeles Rams, but they came out of this game with several serious injuries, as linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and tight end Blake Jarwin were lost for either half or all of the regular season. To make matters worse, linebacker Sean Lee will join these walking wounded in Dallas’ sickbay. Jane Slater is reporting that Lee is expected to miss six weeks due to a hernia and his subsequent surgery. The Cowboys defense is hurting right now, and losing a veteran leader like Lee is nothing short of debilitating. Sources: #Cowboys LB Sean Lee is expected to be out six...
    New York Jets head coach Adam Gase is complaining again in his press conference. Adam Gase struggling as a head coach is an awful look for the New York Jets, but it’s reasonable to expect a coach of a bad team to lose some backbreakers every now and again. However, Gase losing to the Buffalo Bills in embarrassing fashion and then trying to make it seem like he had nothing to do with the issue is simply disgraceful. Gase is once again doing what he does best, as he shifted blame off of him and tried to make excuses. Gase thanked one of the reporters at his press conference for mentioning that Buffalo and their week 2 opponent San Francisco...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The government has found nearly 30,000 new records related to the bribery case of Chicago banker Stephen Calk in former special counsel Robert Mueller's shuttered office.Calk is accused of corruptly soliciting a top White House position in exchange for $16 million dollars in bank loans to former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.Mueller's Russia investigation has been wrapped for a year and a half at the Department of Justice. Two of the cases that reverberated from Mueller's office involved bank and tax fraud Manafort. Seven hundred miles away, at Chicago's Federal Savings Bank, a bribery case was brought against founder and then-CEO Stephen Calk.Manafort received $16 million dollars in loans from Calk, who authorities say wanted to...
    Ohio judge lifts arbitrary restrictions on ballot drop boxes New Detroit Restaurant Aims to Be Entirely Nonprofit Looking ahead to Week 2 matchups in the NFL With the first week now in the rearview mirror, we get to look ahead to NFL Week 2 odds and point spreads. To be blunt, a lot has changed over the course of the past several days around the league. © Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow looked solid in his debut despite the loss. Despite a Week 1 loss, rookie No. 1 pick Joe Burrow and the Bengals looked darn good. They’ll open up Week 2 against a Cleveland Browns squad that was torched...
    Ben Roethlisberger hailed the Steelers’ defense as one of the best he has played with after seeing what it did to the Giants on Monday night. The unit intercepted Daniel Jones twice, sacked the New York QB three times and held running back Saquon Barkley to 6 yards on 15 carries in Pittsburgh’s season-opening 26-16 victory. “They’re unbelievable. Unfortunately, I have to face them every day in practice,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “They’re one of the best defenses I’ve played with and I’ve played with some really good ones so I’m excited to be on the football field with them. “As a quarterback, they allow you to play more free because if you do make a mistake you can count on them to...
    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For all the excitement about Russell Wilson’s season-opening performance, there was an even better debut for the Seahawks. Jamal Adams’ first game with Seattle didn’t disappoint. Whether it was in the opposing backfield or roaming the secondary, the Seahawks’ new defensive weapon was all over the field in a 38-25 opening win over Atlanta. If first impressions are important, the one left by Adams only raised the optimism of how good Seattle’s defense might end up being with the addition of an All-Pro safety. “He has brought the energy. He has brought the focus and I think that we are going to have a really great defense,” Wilson said of Adams’ debut....
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — All offseason long, the overriding story surround the Patriots has centered on all of the players who left. While the team certainly did lose slightly more players than usual, the fact is that constant change is simply a fact of life in the NFL. It’s the second part of that story which will determine the fate of the 2020 Patriots. And Chase Winovich figures to be a significant part of that endeavor. That effort got off to a promising start on Sunday for the second-year defensive lineman. Winovich recorded six tackles — including one for a loss — while also registering a quarterback hit. But it was his snap count — 42 plays,...
    So what are we learning out of the overnight riots in the Democrat-run city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania? Two things: The first is that this whole idea of telling police to shoot to wound is absurd. Watch the body cam footage. You can’t aim for someone’s legs when they’re charging you like that with a knife. Cop even tried to run away. Had to shoot. Had to shoot to kill. Second thing is that when it comes to America’s woke, none of that matters. The domestic terrorists in Black Lives Matter and Antifa are going to riot no matter how justified the shooting is, which delivers a pretty clear message that unless we want our cities and neighborhoods looted and burned,...
    The Sun Belt flexes in this week’s edition of the Group of Five power rankings after the conference went 3-0 against the Big 12. The Group of Five power rankings is as volatile and unpredictable as this season is sure to be. Teams that made the Week 1 ranking are absent this week. UCF, Memphis and Cincinnati are conspicuous by their absence this week. Not to worry, they will return as they are all ranked in the AP Top 25. The Group of Five was so impressive this weekend against the Power Five; it was hard to make the list if this was a bye-week. Of the Group of Five conferences who played, it was the Sun Belt who impressed...
    Cody Fenwick September 14, 2020 11:38AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. For all the demands that former Vice President Joe Biden condemn rioting and looting, no serious observer actually thinks he supports violence in the streets. The most plausible criticism of Biden is that he's a creature of the existing political system — a product of and adherent to the established institutional order. He doesn't want violence and chaos to shake the foundations of society. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, really does relish chaos, and he cares little for any institutions that he doesn't see as directly benefiting him. And in a new Fox News interview this weekend, he made clear that he's not just...
    Getty D'Andre Swift and Matt Patricia walk off the field. The Detroit Lions fell apart in their season opener after maintaining a big lead for the second straight season, and while there were certainly positives, they were overshadowed by the negative. Detroit fell apart after a commanding 23-6 lead in the second half and ended up on the losing end of things, and as a result, their grades reflect that type of inconsistent effort on both sides of the football. Here’s a look at grading the Lions for a sloppy Week 1 loss. Lions’ Offense Grade vs. Bears: B- The Lions had a weird day on offense. They didn’t start hot, and it didn’t help that the team...
    The inadequate response of both the federal and state governments to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the United States, creating what could only be called a national security crisis. More than 190,000 Americans are dead, approximately half of them people of color. Yelp data show that more than 132,000 businesses have already closed and census data suggest that, thanks to lost wages, nearly 17% of Americans with children can’t afford to feed them enough food. In this same period, a number of defense contractors have been doing remarkably well. Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s top contractor, reported that, compared to 2019, its earnings are actually up — yes, up! The company’s success led the financial magazine Barron’s to call it a “pandemic star.” And those profits...
    We think you’re better than this, Carson Wentz, so prove us right, man.Carson Wentz is single-handedly letting the Washington Football Team stick around in Week 1. Though the Philadelphia Eagles are the defending NFC East champions, they may not end up repeating because the Dallas Cowboys have a strong team as well. However, the biggest reason the Eagles can repeat is because of their quarterback. Too bad he was seeing ghosts like he’s Sam Darnold or something vs. Washington. It was not a banner day for the Eagles’ signal-caller at all.
    The media continues to bash President Trump for his toned-down response to the coronavirus pandemic, even though allegations have been debunked by officials, former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said to Fox News’ “Media Buzz.” Since journalist Bob Woodward publicly pinned the president for “downplaying” the virus in his book "Rage," Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci has come out and defended Trump, saying he listened to the professionals and followed their advice. “I wonder why the media’s not leaning on Dr. Fauci’s statement anymore,” Sanders asked. TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER BLASTS 'MYTH' THAT POTUS BOTCHED CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE The former press secretary recapped Trump’s response, starting with his address of the impending outbreak during his State of the Union address in January,...
    Stephon Gilmore was being shopped by the New England Patriots this offseason. Stephon Gilmore on the trade block? Reportedly, it was so. Despite his transformative effect on the defense, New England head coach Bill Belichick apparently entertained the idea of flipping Gilmore and his hefty contract for players and picks. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer is reporting the Patriots almost kicked off a full-on rebuild by trading away their star cornerback. However, the large amount of opt-outs on New England’s defense eventually allowed Belichick to hold onto Gilmore. We’ll have the video up shortly, but Stephon Gilmore’s name was floated in trade discussions with other teams both before the draft and during training camp. My sense is the Patriots’ cap situation changing...
    Basketball Super Cup 2020 The physical deployment of the whites and the 5/9 of the forward end with the Iberostar Rudy Fernndez throws a triple in the semifinal against Iberostar. ACB Photo. Madrid will fight to add its third Endesa Super Cup in a row. The Whites successfully beat host Iberostar Tenerife and will fight this afternoon with Barcelona for the first title of the season. An early change Classic, like last year, which could give Pablo Laso the title of each year. In the previous nine years on the Madrid bench, I always got at least one. The reigning tournament champion put on a defensive display to reach the final. His physical display ended...
    North Carolina football’s defense outshined Sam Howell vs. Syracuse football.The defense of North Carolina football, not Sam Howell, is why the Tar Heels won big on Saturday. As the No. 18 team in the country, the North Carolina Tar Heels had no issues putting away Dino Babers’ Syracuse football team in the early window, winning 31-6. While the offenses largely sputtered throughout most of it, it was the North Carolina defense that gave Tar Heel Nation a lot to be excited about going forward, especially because it knows Howell will inevitably play better. Chazz Surratt and the North Carolina defense set the tone early on Saturday.North Carolina only held a 10-6 lead over the Syracuse Orange heading into the fourth...
    The family of unarmed black man George Floyd are pushing back against claims he died from a drug overdose.  Floyd, 46, passed away May 25 while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he lost consciousness.  Floyd was pronounced dead by medical technicians who responded to the scene, and Chauvin was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.  During a pretrial hearing on Friday, defense attorneys claimed Floyd had taken fentanyl prior to his arrest, which likely caused his death.  But outside court, Floyd's family disputed those claims, stating: 'The only overdose that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive...
    New York Giants: Feeding Saquon The Key To Success In Week One By: Anthony Rivardo September 11, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Giants are about to face off against arguably the best defense in the NFL on Monday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense led the league in forced turnovers last season. The Steelers’ defensive unit features three 2019 First-Team All-Pros and other Pro Bowlers littered throughout. The Steelers have the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL in TJ Watt and Bud Dupree. The two combined for a total of 26 sacks in 2019 and 12 forced fumbles. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick also totaled 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles playing alongside Pro Bowl cornerback Joe...
    President Donald Trump has said for the past few days that his rationale for downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus early on during the pandemic was that he didn’t want to cause panic. CNN’s Jake Tapper called Trump out for that Friday: President Trump says he wanted to downplay the virus because he didn’t want the American people to panic. But, frankly, he tries to invoke panic all the time to motivate his base. Just yesterday he tweeted, ‘If I don’t win, America’s suburbs will be overrun with Low Income Projects, Anarchists, Agitators, Looters, and, of course ‘Friendly Protesters.’ I mean, his whole argument is panic! CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip added that Trump’s claim is really not believable...
    White House coronavirus task force focuses on higher education in state reports This Salmonella Outbreak Has Officially Expanded to 47 States 2019 Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore gets big raise from Patriots The New England Patriots have a significant amount of salary cap space for the first time in what feels like forever, and they are using some of it on Stephon Gilmore. © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The Patriots have a significant amount of salary cap space for the first time in what feels like forever, and they are using some of it on Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore has agreed to a restructured contract with the Patriots that will give him a significant raise this season. The...
    President Donald Trump compared his response to the coronavirus to the actions of the great leaders of World War II: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. At a campaign rally in Michigan Thursday night, Trump defended himself after coming under fire when revelations in Bob Woodward's upcoming book 'Rage' showed he privately acknowledged the dangers of COVID while publicly telling Americans the situation was under control. Trump argued he was trying not to cause panic - a theme he kept up Thursday night, this time comparing himself to Roosevelt and Churchill, who became icons for their leadership in the United States and the United Kingdom during the war with Nazi Germany.  But his comparisons were flawed both in the historical...
    Both the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers are eyeing the NBA championship this season. The teams have performed extremely well in the postseason so far. Currently, the Clippers hold a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets, while the Lakers are hoping to accomplish the same in Game 4 vs the Rockets. However, at the end of the day, only one team can represent the Western Conference in the NBA finals. And, according to NBA analyst Skip Bayless, as of now, the Clippers are better than the Lakers. After their Game 4 victory against the Nuggets, Skip Bayless believes the Clippers defense is best in the league. “What you saw last night should horrify you because that team [Clippers] is...
    "I don't have sympathy for him," Skip Bayless said of Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. "He's the quarterback of America's team... It is no compassion." Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media and Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Dak Prescott recently discussed his decision to seek mental health counseling for depression and anxiety after his brother died by suicide earlier this year. Sports analyst Skip Bayless criticized the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for speaking publicly about his struggles and said "I don't have sympathy for him" because "he's the quarterback of America's team." Big names across the sports world came to Prescott's defense and said his openness could help people "feel less alone and express themselves openly" and even...
    Donald Trump on Thursday defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic after revelations from Bob Woodward's forthcoming book showed the president was more candid about its dangers in private conversations than he was in his public statements. 'I don't want to jump up and down and start screaming death, death,' Trump told reporters at a press briefing at the White House of the tone he took in public in early briefings on the virus. 'Because that's not what it's about. We have to lead a country. We're leading a great country. We're doing a great job.' He only took three questions in his 30-minute news conference and spent most of them attacking the reporters who asked him about Woodward's...
    Demetria Bannister: Third-grade teacher dies of coronavirus in South Carolina Papa Johns agrees to open 49 new sites as sales surge during pandemic NFL picks against the spread, Week 1: Will the Cowboys cover against the Rams? Yes, it’s pretty unbelievable, but we are just hours away from actual NFL football in Week 1 of the 2020 season, so it’s time once again for our weekly look at the point spreads in order to help you win some money. © Provided by For The Win Last year, Steven Ruiz went 122-111 in the regular season, and Charles Curtis went 123-124-1. We now go to each of them for comments before their picks. Charles: If you’ve read this column for the past...
    Fox & Friends started its Thursday morning show by running to President Donald Trump’s defense over his admitted downplaying of the coronavirus. As Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward prepares to release his new book on the Trump administration, Rage, he released multiple taped interviews with Trump where the president acknowledged the seriousness of Covid-19, but said his plan was to downplay the virus that has killed over 190,000 Americans. Trump gave over a dozen interviews to Woodward for the book, but he has defended himself by railing against the incoming “hit job” and claiming he didn’t want to cause a public panic at the time. Fox began by honing in on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s narrow defense of Trump...
    Prepare For a Not-So-Scary Halloween With These 30 Disney Movies Want to Lower Your Taxes in Retirement? Do This 1 Thing. Big 12 preview, predictions: Is this the year Texas or Oklahoma State knocks Oklahoma from the top? Previously: AAC, ACC, C-USA, Independents, Sun Belt Oklahoma has been in a tier of its own in the Big 12 in recent years. From the end of the Bob Stoops into the beginning Lincoln Riley’s tenure, the Sooners have won five straight conference titles with four trips to the College Football Playoff. This year, Riley has to work in a new quarterback, leaving some to believe that there’s an opening for Texas or Oklahoma State to win the conference crown. Meanwhile,...
    New York Giants: Reviewing the weakest link on defense By: Alexander Wilson September 9, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Giants are headed into the 2020 season with a major problem on their hands. The number two corner position is far from solidified, and they will go with a hot hand approach and move pieces around based on matchups. With the Giants hiring Patrick Graham as their new defensive coordinator, we can expect the system to be multiple and diverse. Activating different players to match up against specific opponents is how they will attempt to sneak around, having a lack of talent at CB2. Who are the New York Giants carrying into the...
    Who’s ready for the pool to close?! The college football season continues its rolling slow open (AAC/Conference USA/Sun Belt Weekend!) with plenty of thrills and chills (if you’re an SMU fan), plus routs and blowouts (Army can’t be THAT good, can they?). We’re still one week away from the ACC and Big 12, while Virginia and Virginia Tech won’t suit up until the following Saturday. Meanwhile, our SEC friends are going through serious withdrawals (don’t worry, they’re back Sept. 26) and Big Ten/Pac-12 fans are looking ahead to a fall that won’t happen (as of this time). It’s always a challenge to get an early take on the season, and that is made triple this fall. In this place this...
    Donald Trump could soon have the United States Department of Justice defending him against a defamation suit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll if a motion filed on Tuesday is accepted by the judge overseeing the case. Dan Berman of CNN wrote that if Trump does get a defense team that is funded by the taxpayers, it would likely be unprecedented. Caroll has accused Trump of committing sexual assault on her and the administration is claiming that while that alleged assault happened when he was a private citizen, the comments he made that led to the lawsuit happened while he was in office. When Trump was asked about the claims that he sexually assaulted the woman in the dressing...
    The Justice Department is seeking to take over President Donald Trump's defense in a defamation that rape accuser E. Jean Carroll filed against him after he called her a liar. Trump was acting 'within the scope' of his job as president, DOJ wrote in a new memo filed with the court as the suit moves to a new evidentiary phase – in a bid that would have a stable of taxpayer-paid government lawyers take up the defense.  Trump accused Carroll of 'totally lying' and said she was 'not my type' when she came out with an essay accusing him of raping her in the Bergdorf Goodman store in  Manhattan in 1995 or 1996.  E. Jean Carroll claims Donald Trump...
    Week 1 is finally here, and our wait for the return of the NFL is over. What better way to celebrate the start of your new fantasy football season than by trying to identify some sleepers? Your Week 1 lineup is probably mostly set — the players you drafted early are your probable starters — but there’s always room to take one chance on an unheralded player, like Antonio Gibson, James Robinson, Zack Moss, when making your start ’em, sit ’em choices. Without a preseason, having three rookie running backs headline our sleepers article comes with plenty of risk, and it’s likely you don’t need to start Gibson, Robinson, or Moss unless you’ve been dealt a last-minute injury blow. Even so,...
    Mark Wilson/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.On Monday, President Trump delivered one of his most baffling lines yet at a White House news conference. Asked again about the Atlantic story detailing his disparagement of wounded veterans and soldiers who died in war, Trump said the “top people” in the military “probably” don’t love him because “because they want to do nothing but fight wars so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.” The idea that special interests hold too much sway at the Pentagon and ultimately benefit from its outsized budget is not a new one. Elizabeth...
    Trump and top military leaders on the way to his big Bible-holding photo op Donald Trump vs. the military industrial complex? Ha ha ha. But that’s what White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is trying to claim to prevent more stories about Trump’s bad relationship with the military.  Monday, Trump said “I'm not saying the military's in love with me—the soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.” In fact, Biden led Trump in a recent Military Times poll, though Trump is correct that enlisted members had a less...
    Which teams is the class of the Group of 5? Can they make it to the New Year’s Six? Despite missing two conferences from the Group of 5, the other conference races are going to be competitive. Western Kentucky and UAB are the class of the conference, but the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will make some noise this season. Also, keep your eye on the Charlotte 49ers. 2. Cincinnati BearcatsIt should come as no surprise that the Bearcats and Golden Knights are the prohibitive favorites to win the AAC and the AAC winner represent the Group of 5 in the New Year’s Six. Much like last season, the American Eastern division will come down to the games between the Golden Knights...
    Former national security adviser John Bolton is coming to President Donald Trump's defense over allegations that he disparaged fallen American soldiers. What's the background?Left-leaning magazine the Atlantic triggered a tsunami of controversy for the president last week after publishing a story claiming Trump referred to fallen American soldiers as "losers" and "suckers." The Atlantic's story was based on four anonymous sources. "The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic," the outlet reported. The allegations center on a canceled visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery — located in Belleau in the north of France — in 2018. Belleau Wood is the location of...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There is plenty of hype ahead of the 2020 NFL regular season surrounding Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson; and rightfully so. Jackson is the reining league MVP after he led the Ravens to a 14-2 record in 2019. That year, he threw over 3,000 yards and racked up 36 touchdowns, while rushing for over 1,200 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. Jackson and company were arguably the most exciting offense to watch in the NFL last season. But defense has always been a part of the Ravens identity, too. Last year, the Ravens had a top-five ranked defense. The Wink Martindale led defense surrendered, on average, just 17.6 points and 300.6 yards per-game. And, if it’s even possible,...
    The Chicago Bears will look to rectify a disappointing 2019 campaign. The Bears finished 8-8 in 2019 after having made the playoffs just a year prior and losing to the Philadelphia Eagles thanks to a missed field goal. In 2018, the Bears were 12-4. Chicago’s offense is the primary concern going into 2020. The team was 29th in points scored and 29th in yards gained last season despite having a similar team on the field as 2019. The team will still have David Montgomery and Allen Robinson but the quarterback position is under scrutiny. The Bears traded for Nick Foles in the offseason in hopes of stepping up the competition at the position. Mitchell Trubisky went from a Pro Bowl season...
    With Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky owning headlines this summer, one of them needs to step up and lead the Chicago Bears to the postseason.Best-case scenarioThis has to be centered around an elite defense and having quality quarterback play. As for the latter, the Bears desperately need either Mitchell Trubisky to take a late leap, or for Nick Foles to rediscover his vintage form. If either of those things happen, Chicago contends in the NFC North and perhaps wins the division. Worst-case scenarioTrubisky has no confidence and gets benched. Foles, who has yet to finish a 16-game season healthy is once again ailed by injuries due to a woeful offensive line. A mentally broken Trubisky has to play out the...
    A close up image of a CPU socket and motherboard laying on the table.Narumon Bowonkitwanchai | Moment | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — Shares of SMIC, China's biggest contract chipmaker, plunged over 19% on Monday, after the U.S. government said it was considering putting export restrictions on the company.  The firm's Hong Kong-listed shares were down 19.75% at 18.98 Hong Kong dollars as of 11:33 a.m. local time. SMIC's recently-listed Shanghai shares were down 9.2% at 60.18 yuan.  The U.S. Department of Defense is assessing whether to add SMIC to the Commerce Department's so-called Entity List.  "Such an action would ensure that all exports to SMIC would undergo a more comprehensive review," a Department of Defense spokesperson said.  China has...
    Vicky Osterweil, the author of “In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action,” is getting her 15 minutes of fame thanks to a segment on NPR in which she said some really mind-bogglingly dumb, indefensibly evil and fascinatingly reactionary things. We’ll come back to her in a moment. One of my weird mental pastimes is to look at the world as if I were a visitor from the past. But rather than think of how a time traveler might marvel at the new technology and tall buildings, I like to wonder: What would someone from 500 or 1,000 years ago recognize as familiar? Some things are obvious: a mother breastfeeding a baby or an old man tending a...
    Eating for 2! See What Pregnant Chrissy Teigen Is Craving 24 simple ways to add value to your home Brandon Carr returning to the Cowboys as a member of their practice squad Brandon Carr is coming back to the Cowboys. However, he will do so in an unusual way. The 12-year veteran agreed to join Dallas’ practice squad, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News tweets. © Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports The Ravens made Brandon Carr a free agent by not picking up his 2020 option. As recently as a few years ago, he would not have been eligible to do so. But the NFL has loosened the practice squad eligibility requirements, and in this COVID-19-altered landscape, more veterans...
    Defense/special teams units are among fantasy football’s biggest mysteries. The most prudent strategy is often to wait or stream defenses week-to-week, and reaching in the mid-rounds can prove to be a useless investment. But if you strike gold (like with New England in 2019), it could win you your league. We would still suggest that you wait on drafting a defense until much later – the best team-building strategy is often to take swings at the RB and WR position and save a defense until the final two rounds. But there are times when all of your guys are off the board and it makes sense for you to get a premier option at the position. If that happens, here...
    Following an investigation by the Pentagon, the Department of Defense says it is standing by its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, not Amazon, the latest in an ongoing legal battle over the lucrative infrastructure project. On Friday, the Department of Defense said in a statement that it had completed its investigation into the awarding of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, an investigation it pursued to determine whether there were discrepancies in the procurement process. The Defense Department said it had “determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government,” adding that “contract performance will not begin immediately.” That’s because, in February, a judge issued a temporary injunction...
    Warriors forward Draymond Green offered some blunt advice for the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, who have both struggled in the second round. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green spent some time as a guest analyst on Inside the NBA on Thursday night, sharing some insights into the struggles that the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks have faced in the second round and offering some blunt advice for each team to save its season. Green offered some criticism for Nikola Jokic’s defense and called out the Serbian big man’s lack of effort as a reason why the Clippers routed the Nuggets. The former Defensive Player of the Year broke down a few plays where Jokic was slow to pick up...
    Defenders of accused murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, who is in jail after allegedly fatally shooting two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have insisted that he was merely acting in self-defense.  But Rittenhouse’s attorney, John Pierce, is mounting a more impassioned, perhaps novel, case to win his client’s freedom. Rittenhouse, Pierce argues, is the first hero of a new American Revolution. “Kyle Rittenhouse will go down in American history alongside that brave unknown patriot at Lexington Green who fired ‘The Shot Heard Round the World’ on April 19, 1775,” Pierce wrote in a since-deleted tweet on Tuesday. “A Second American Revolution against Tyranny has begun.” Despite not being a criminal defense attorney, Pierce has become the public face of a...
    After spending months making the baseless claim that mail-in voting is bad because it promotes voter fraud, President Donald Trump encouraged voter fraud this week when he recommended that voters in North Carolina vote twice in order to test election security in that state. Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard University, called out the utter lunacy of Trump’s suggestion by pointing out that breaking into a bank to test its alarm system would be a major crime. Speaking at the Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina, Trump suggested that voters mail in their ballots and then see if they can also vote by mail after that — which, he argued, would be a good way to test...
    Getty Nathan Gerry has been getting a lot of attention from both the Eagles and Patriots coaching staffs in recent days. A lack of preseason games took away those real-game reps that NFL players thrive on. Get ready for the trickle-down effect. There has already been a rash of soft tissue injuries around the league, including a very minor one to Carson Wentz. While the Eagles have done their best to simulate real-game situations during “thud” practices and live scrimmages, it’s not the same as staring down an opponent. Week 1 will be the first crack at live tackling and those games could be a “little sloppy.” “Around the league, I think the first game may be a...
    A man wears a shirt calling for freedom for Kyle Rittenhouse during a US President Donald Trump Campaign Rally in New Hampshire. Joseph Prezioso / AFP Conservative leaders have avoided condemning the shooting at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the days since Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide in connection to the incident.  President Donald Trump suggested the shooter was "trying to get away" from people attacking him when he opened fire, while conservative TV hosts and bloggers suggested the shooting was self-defense. Meanwhile, people have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rittenhouse's legal defense fund. Experts in domestic terrorism and white supremacy told Insider that this type of support isn't new —...
    Chris Cuomo went off on Attorney General Bill Barr, slamming the latter’s performance in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer earlier on Wednesday night as a display of political fealty and willful ignorance on the part of the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Cuomo opened his Wednesday show training his sights on President Donald Trump — no surprise — but quickly downshifted to condemning Barr, whom critics increasingly equate to the president’s personal consigliere, willing to “sanitize” whatever random or even possible illegal things that come out of Trump’s mouth. “And now this president who’s been carping constantly, literally months about voter fraud without basis, floating doomsday scenarios without basis: The election’s going to be rigged if you vote by mail....
    Hong Kong (CNN)When a United States guided missile destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, it marked the second such transit in less than two weeks -- and among the clearest signals yet of Washington's willingness to stand up for Taiwan in the face of Chinese aggression. On Monday, the US went further still, taking the cover off previously classified commitments it made to Taiwan during the Reagan administration. Known as the Six Assurances, they spell out how US arms sales and diplomatic support to Taipei will move forward without regard to pressure from Beijing.Though the US has remained a decades-long ally of Taiwan following the island's split from mainland China in the wake of a civil war, policymakers...
    Someone I could relate to: COVID-19, social unrest increase need for therapists of color It was like the Willy Wonka golden ticket: Amazon customer reveals his first experience inside the tech giants new invite-only grocery store thats nothing like Whole Foods Touchdown Wires 2020 preseason All-Breakout team: The defense You never know when an NFL player is going to match his acumen to his athleticism and have that kind of breakout season few expected. Did you think last season that Green Bay’s Za’Darius Smith would be the league’s most effective pass-rusher with 105 total pressures? Probably not. © Provided by Touchdown Wire Did you have money on Raiders tight end Darren Waller catching 90 passes for 1,145 yards after...
    Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old facing murder charges after reportedly killing two people and wounding a third person during Kenosha, Wisconsin, riots last week, has spoken out to thank his supporters, according to his lawyer. Rittenhouse is being tried as an adult, and faces multiple charges, including first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide. His lawyer, John Pierce, said Rittenhouse acted in self-defense during the riots, following Jacob Blake's police shooting on Aug. 23What are the details? Pierce shared video footage of a conversation he purported to be between him and Rittenhouse. The caller can be heard on the phone saying, "I just wanna thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart...
    The big new game mode in Madden 21 is The Yard, an arcade-style format where you can get really creative with your play calls. You can snap the ball to any position you want, you can pass multiple times in a single play, linebackers become receivers and there’s chaos all around. If you’re like me, then you probably selected the Lamar Jackson prototype which turns you in to a speedy quarterback. But you may have noticed an issue when you try to scramble with your player. When you take off past the line of scrimmage, sometimes it’s fine, but other times you get a message that reads: “Past the line of scrimmage.” When this message pops up, the play is...
    Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, filed a lawsuit Tuesday over his arrest the night Taylor was shot and killed by police, asking the court to declare him "immune" from prosecution and citing the state's "stand your ground" law, according to CBS affiliate WLKY. Walker fired at officers when they entered Taylor's home on March 13, later claiming he believed that they were intruders and was acting in self-defense.  Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. The charges were later dropped, but Walker's legal team is asking the court to ensure they won't be filed again, WLKY reported. "The charges brought against me were meant to silence me and cover up Breonna's murder," Walker said at a...
    Senior linebacker Zane Zandier— also known as “ZZ STOP”—he led the team with 108 tackles last fall and has been the lynchpin of a defense that’s improved each of the last three years. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff) We never learned what would have happened if Captain Ahab had caught that white whale. Much like Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride,” when you spend so much energy and focus on a goal, one wonders what is next? For 15 years, the Cavaliers chased the white whale that was Virginia Tech; the losses to their in-state foe ranged from embarrassing blowouts (five by 29+ points) to heartbreaking defeats (five by less than a TD), from deficient defense (allowing 35+ points five times) to...
    Here’s the first thing to notice about the horrific news cycle of the past few days: Donald Trump is openly stoking right-wing violence, in no small part, because it bumps the coronavirus pandemic (6 million cases and rising, more than 183,000 dead) and the economic crisis (10% unemployment and 29 million Americans going hungry) out of the headlines. The second thing to note is that it’s nonetheless a terrifying development that will almost certainly lead to more violence, especially in light of what promises to be a chaotic but close election, where violent tactics and intimidation could affect the outcome. On Monday afternoon, after days of encouraging right-wing aggression on Twitter against the largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, Trump gave a press conference in...
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham offered a defense of Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday as the 17-year-old faces murder charges for the vigilante killing of two protesters in Kenosha. Ingraham followed up her wild interview with President Donald Trump by joining her fellow Fox host, Brian Kilmeade, on his radio show. She began by brushing off the Wisconsin officials who don’t want Trump to visit Kenosha, saying “he’s the president of all the people” and won’t be prevented from traveling there amid the city’s current unrest. “That’s what the Democrats always said they wanted in a president,” Ingraham insisted. “They wanted a president who didn’t care about blue states or red states, just the United States, and that’s his...
    Courtney Vandersloot dished out 18 assists in one game this week, taking down another WNBA assist record. Someday, she’ll have them all. Courtney Vandersloot has only known one WNBA team in her career. After becoming the third overall pick by the Chicago Sky in the 2011 Draft, expectations were high for the point guard from Gonzaga. She started 26 games and was decent in her rookie year, making the All-Rookie team that year. Since then, Vandersloot has evolved into perhaps the best passer in league history, a title that was further solidified by her WNBA-record 18 assists on Monday night. If there is a pass to be made, she finds it and threads the needle to a teammate for an...
    The following is an exclusive excerpt from Donald Trump Jr.’s new book, Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Defense of the Indefensible, available Tuesday, September 1. *** If you vote for Joe, who is really going to be in power? Many people feel like they’re simply voting for whatever Democrat is on the ticket, but we need to be asking ourselves, “Why would the DNC want such a weak Joe Biden in office?” Scary thought—what if it’s just because they know they can control him? Through him, whatever liberal has wrestled control behind the scenes could get their leftist wish list by pulling hapless Uncle Joe’s strings. Is he really the best they’ve got, or is he just the...
    (CNN)A conservative student organization at Arizona State University announced it will be donating half of all funds collected this semester to the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse.Police have named the 17-year-old Rittenhouse as a suspect in a shooting during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week that left two people dead and a third person seriously wounded.Rittenhouse now faces homicide charges as well as a felony charge for attempted homicide, court records show.Republicans United, which split from the ASU College Republicans chapter in 2018, said it will donate the money to efforts to help defend Rittenhouse who the group says was "protecting his life and (shot) three attackers.""Kenosha has devolved into anarchy because the authorities in charge of the city abandoned...