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    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears continued to have problems stopping the run in a 20-12 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. 1. There might not be an NFL team more comparable to the Bears than the Giants. Both made massive overhauls in the offseason, hiring a new general manager, head coach and staff. Both have ongoing issues at quarterback, with the Giants seemingly closer to an expiration date. Daniel Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract, drafted two years ahead of Justin Fields. Both have well-documented issues on the offensive line and badly need upgrades (emphasis on the plural) at wide receiver. Put a Bears fan and a Giants fan in the same room and ask about their team needs, and the lists will sound similar and might be in the same order. They are indistinguishable in a lot of ways, especially in that both have run the ball well and have struggled to stop the run. The Giants will have an easier time coaching corrections this week coming off a...
    When most of us remember last year’s Dolphins-Baltimore game, it’s the constant onslaught of all-out, hair-on-fire blitzes the Dolphins threw at Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Dolphins defensive players have memories of the blitzes, but they have memories of something else, too. What they remember is their swarming mentality. “That was the big thing,” linebacker Jerome Baker said. “You pop on the film, no matter if it was a simple ‘out’ route, whatever it was, we all ran to the ball. It’s just fun to watch when we watch the tape. That’s the key to it.” He’s right. Take a look at the game video from the Dolphins’ 22-10 victory over the Ravens. There are numerous snapshots of multiple Dolphins defenders around the ball. Tackling. Making hits. Ripping at the ball. You didn’t just see this with blitzes on Jackson. It was anyone with the ball. The Dolphins came at the Ravens in ravenous pods. The defensive aggressiveness went way beyond blitzes, and that must be the case again Sunday when the Dolphins (1-0) visit the Ravens (1-0). “The main thing...
    In a casual conversation with a scout a few weeks back, he said the most difficult defense to prepare for last season was the Vic Fangio-led Denver Broncos — no surprise considering the complexities the former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator is known for. In the next breath, the scout said the defense that was most problematic on third down was the Indianapolis Colts under Matt Eberflus. The Colts? Eberflus had some fine players to work with, including tackle DeForest Buckner, linebacker Shaquille Leonard and nickel cornerback Kenny Moore, but the Colts probably weren’t on anyone’s short list of the most imposing defenses in 2021. So what made them so challenging on third down — the money down — and could that be a sign of things to come for the Bears as they prepare for Sunday’s season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field? The answer takes you into the weeds a little in terms of defenses and coverages and disguises and more. Suffice to say that Eberflus — who learned the NFL game from Lovie Smith and...
    In a casual conversation with a scout a few weeks back, he said the most difficult defense to prepare for last season was the Vic Fangio-led Denver Broncos — no surprise considering the complexities the former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator is known for. In the next breath, the scout said the defense that was most problematic on third down was the Indianapolis Colts under Matt Eberflus. The Colts? Eberflus had some fine players to work with, including tackle DeForest Buckner, linebacker Shaquille Leonard and nickel cornerback Kenny Moore, but the Colts probably weren’t on anyone’s short list of the most imposing defenses in 2021. So what made them so challenging on third down — the money down — and could that be a sign of things to come for the Bears as they prepare for Sunday’s season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field? The answer takes you into the weeds a little in terms of defenses and coverages and disguises and more. Suffice to say that Eberflus — who learned the NFL game from Lovie Smith and...
    (CNN)The most senior US general has issued a stark warning about China's military intentions toward the US and allies in the region, saying Beijing has become more aggressive and the number of Chinese intercepts at sea and in the air have "increased significantly" in recent years. "China's increasing in their aggressiveness in their rhetoric, but also in their activity," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said Friday to a group of reporters traveling with him in Asia, according to a Defense Department transcript of his remarks. "The volume, the number of Chinese intercepts at sea and in the air have increased significantly over five years," Milley said, though he offered no further details on the figure. The strong comments from Milley underscore the Biden administration's efforts to make countering China a key strategic priority, and they come as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be preparing to lead a congressional delegation to Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing claims as its own territory.President Joe Biden has suggested the US military believes a potential trip by Pelosi and...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s defense minister says Russian forces have taken control of last major Ukrainian-held city in Luhansk province. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BERLIN (AP) — A 100 billion-euro ($107 billion) fund to strengthen the German military cleared its final legislative hurdle on Friday, winning approval from parliament’s upper house. The decision clears the way for the government to move ahead with a massive procurement drive that Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. Parliament’s upper house, which represents Germany’s 16 state governments, signed off on the plan a week after the lower house gave its blessing. Scholz’s governing coalition held lengthy negotiations with the main opposition Union bloc to secure wide backing ahead of the votes. Scholz announced the fund on Feb. 27, three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, and said that Germany would now spend over 2% of its gross domestic product on defense — a NATO target on which it has long lagged. The government and the opposition agreed that defense spending would meet the 2% target “on a multi-year average,” with help from the special fund. Officials acknowledge that the German military, the Bundeswehr, has for years suffered from neglect and in particular from aging, poorly functioning...
    (CBS4) – A lack of lifeguards across the Denver metro area is forcing many public pools to change their hours, or even close for the season. All six outdoor pools in the City of Aurora opened for the weekend, but because of their lifeguard shortage they’ve had to adjust their hours of operation. Some of the pools will only be open on certain days of the week. (credit: CBS) “Lifeguards are the last best defense. When everything is has failed, the lifeguards are there to look through the gaps in the people and make sure everything is caught,” Aurora Outdoor Pools Recreation Specialist Nicole Chapman said. Chapman said it’s important for lifeguards to be alert in the heat of summer and with all of the commotion that goes on at a pool. “We need lifeguards to be able to take a break from watching the water,” she said at Del Mar Pool. “You can only concentrate for so long on a pool this busy. We get a huge number of people coming through here, and I think people underestimate how...
    MOSCOW (AP) — At least 17 people have died in last week’s fire at a Russian military research facility, authorities said Monday. The regional government in Tver, a city about 180 kilometers (112 miles) northwest of Moscow, said that so far only five of the victims had been identified. The blaze at the Central Research Institute for Air and Space Defense of the Russian Defense Ministry in Tver erupted Thursday and it took authorities a day to put it out. Officials previously said 27 people were injured and 13 of them were hospitalized. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear. The research institute was involved in the development of some of the state-of-the-art Russian weapons systems, reportedly including the Iskander missile. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (AP) — When Ochai Agbaji and Kansas are rolling, they can pile up points in a hurry. In case that doesn’t happen in the Sweet 16 against Providence, the Jayhawks think they have another way to advance. “It’s easier to make a team play bad than it is to go out make shots every game,” Kansas guard Christian Braun said Thursday. The NCAA Tournament returns to Chicago this weekend, and the Midwest Region semifinals feature four teams that know a little something about defense. The top-seeded Jayhawks take on Nate Watson and the Friars on Friday night, followed by Iowa State and Miami in a matchup of double-digit seeds. The Cyclones lead the Sweet 16 in scoring defense (51.5 points per game), field-goal percentage defense (33.3%), steals (24) and turnovers forced (36), according to Sportradar. The focus on defense under first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger has powered the Big 12 school to the second weekend of the NCAA tourney after it won just two games last season. “We know they’re real scrappy,” Miami guard Kameron McGusty said. “They’ve got good...
    Former President Clinton said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stressed the need to defend Ukraine in their final conversation two weeks before her death. Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during an interview on Wednesday, the day Albright died, that the former secretary of state “spent the entire conversation talking about how Ukraine had to be defended" when they spoke two weeks earlier. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been ongoing for the past month. It began on Feb. 24 when Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinDefense & National Security — US says Russia committed war crimes in Ukraine European gas prices jump after Putin says 'unfriendly' countries must pay in rubles Zelensky calls for global rallies to stand with Ukraine MORE ordered a military operation in the country.  “She just wanted to support whatever we could do to back Ukraine. And that's all she wanted to talk about. She — she was happy. She was upbeat,” Clinton saod. Albright’s family announced her death on Wednesday. She was 84 years old and died of cancer. Clinton named Albright his secretary of state...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition this week to a controversial Federal Reserve nominee was just the latest example of the centrist Democrat's willingness to stand in the way of his party’s most liberal impulses. Manchin’s announcement Monday that he would not vote to confirm Sarah Bloom Raskin, President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee banks at the Fed, was the death knell for a nominee whose history of left-wing positions had already drawn scrutiny from Republicans. Democrats have for months made Manchin a target of their frustrations over Biden’s stalled agenda. FIVE OF THE MOST SCATHING DEMOCRATIC ATTACKS ON JOE MANCHIN The White House had initially responded to Manchin’s latest opposition by saying it would continue to pursue the votes for Raskin’s confirmation, just as White House officials have in the past attempted to move bills and nominations forward in the face of Manchin’s previous objections. But Manchin’s will again prevailed, with Raskin withdrawing from consideration just one day after he said he would not support her. Here are some of the most recent roadblocks Biden has thrown in front...
    (CNN)Prosecutors will drop a second-degree murder charge for a Denver security guard who shot a man at a political rally in October 2020, according to a statement from the Denver District Attorney's office. Matthew Dolloff and his attorney, Doug Richards, have claimed Dolloff was acting in self-defense when he shot Lee Keltner once during a confrontation.Keltner, who was walking from a rally at Civic Center Park, died at a Denver hospital.The fatal incident was recorded by Denver police surveillance cameras and cellphone video, a police affidavit said. At least one newspaper photographer captured the shooting.Police: Video shows security guard shoot man who slapped him during confrontation near Denver rally site"Having fully considered the facts and circumstances surrounding the charges, today we informed Lee Keltner's family members that we will soon dismiss the criminal case against Matthew Dolloff," the statement said. "In line with our ethical obligations, we cannot overcome the legal justifications of self-defense or defense of others. We are not able to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."Read MoreRichards told CNN he has been advised of the DA's intent...
    The federal trial for four men who say they were coaxed by overzealous FBI informants into plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of her restrictive COVID-19 policies begins Tuesday with jury selection. Attorneys for the defendants, Adam Fox, Brandon Caserta, Barry Croft Jr., and Daniel Harris, have previously presented evidence in court filings that they say proves the FBI and its confidential informants "conceived and controlled every aspect" of the plot to kidnap the Democratic governor, but they face an uphill battle to prove their clients were entrapped by the government after a series of setbacks in the weeks leading up to the trial. Most notably, a fifth defendant who was slated to go on trial flipped and pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges in early February. A plea agreement signed by Kaleb Franks on Feb. 6 said explicitly that neither he nor the four remaining co-defendants were entrapped by government informants in the lead-up to their October 2020 arrest. GRETCHEN WHITMER KIDNAPPING: CRACKS FORMING IN FEDERAL CASE "The defendant frequently heard Fox and...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops during a parade on October 1, 2019, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at Tiananmen Square in 1949, in Beijing, China.Kevin Frayer | Getty Images BEIJING — China's defense spending this year is set to grow at its fastest pace since 2019, according to the Ministry of Finance plan released Saturday. Defense spending will rise by 7.1% to 1.45 trillion yuan ($230.16 billion) this year, faster than the 6.8% increase in 2021 and 6.6% climb in 2020, according to official data. China's defense spending rose by 7.5% in 2019 to 1.19 trillion yuan. Total central government expenditures for the general public budget are expected to rise by 14.3% to 13.40 trillion yuan this year, the finance ministry said. "We will move faster to modernize the military's logistics and asset management systems, and build a modern weaponry and equipment management system," Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a separate annual government work report released Saturday, according to an official English-language version. Li's other statements about military development...
    "Roughly several hundred" Americans are with the tens of thousands of Ukrainians who have fled within the last day amid Russia's invasion, according to a senior defense official. The Pentagon official's admission to reporters about Americans citizens or dual nationals on Friday morning provides new insight into what's going on with Americans who have been warned for weeks to leave that country before a war broke out. The war began on Thursday. WILL BIDEN'S 'FULL-SCALE' RESPONSE TO RUSSIAN INVASION SUCCEED WHERE HIS FIRST ROUND OF SANCTIONS FAILED? Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of the operation early Thursday morning local time, and shortly thereafter, troops entered Ukraine from Belarus going south, Crimea going north, and from the east. While thousands of Ukrainians have fled west to Poland, others have stayed to fight. The senior defense official told reporters that in their assessment, Russia is experiencing more pushback from Ukrainian forces than they expected in their path to Kyiv. The United States has previously said that Russia had amassed “between 169,000 and 190,000,” troops along Ukraine's border, and roughly...
    (CNN)Kylian Mbappe scored a wonderful last-minute goal to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-0 victory against Real Madrid in their Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Tuesday.The game looked to be drifting to a goalless draw before the Frenchman drove at the Madrid defense and slotted a fine finish past Thibaut Courtois in the 94th minute of the match.It came after Lionel Messi saw his second-half penalty saved by the Madrid keeper.PSG would have been frustrated had it not capitalized on its dominance at the Parc des Princes stadium -- the host had 21 efforts on goal compared to Madrid's three and dominated possession. But despite Messi, Mbappe and eventually Neymar on the pitch, it took a last-gasp effort from the brilliant Frenchman to earn the win. Read MoreMbappe had been the most threatening player throughout the match with his pace and trickery giving Madrid's defense nightmares at times.The 23-year-old now has five goals in this season's Champions League and, perhaps more importantly, dug Messi out of a rather embarrassing hole.The Argentine drifted through much of the game...
    (CNN)The last several hundred Afghan evacuees who have been living on domestic military bases are expected to depart those installations over the next week, according to a Homeland Security official, marking an end to part of a months-long operation to resettle tens of thousands of Afghans. For many Afghan nationals who arrived in the US following the frenzied evacuation of Afghanistan, their first stop was a domestic military base. Last fall, there had been more than 50,000 people at military bases in the United States, but after extensive processing and vetting, they have gradually moved to communities across the country. The Biden administration used eight Defense Department installations to support the resettlement of Afghans. Now, only two remain: Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Officials previously told CNN the administration was on track to resettle Afghans to their new communities in the US by mid-February. "It's gone as well as it can go given how difficult the circumstances have been," said Mark Hetfield, the president and CEO of HIAS, a refugee resettlement agency, citing challenges like the...
    Getty The New York Jets defense needs some major improvements in 2022. Last night, Super Bowl LVI capped an exciting 2021-22 season with a one-score finish in the big game. Although the New York Jets have been focused on NFL free agency and the draft for a while, the league can finally shift now that the champions have been crowned. Just like any other Monday, our expert writers Paul ‘Boy Green’ Esden Jr and Michael Obermuller are answering the top NYJ questions of the week. Before we get started, here are some of our most recent mailbag columns. Week 26: Evaluating Wilson vs. Tom Brady, Denzel Mims future with Jets. Week 27: Season takeaways, first official end-of-year Jets mock. Week 28: 2021 free-agent blunders, dream trades & targets, Mekhi Becton future. Week 29: Answer at backup QB, Senior Bowl prospects & priority re-signings. Week 30: Prospects and veterans to avoid in free agency and the draft. Week 31: Senior Bowl favorites, FAs with coaching ties, & positions NYJ will ignore. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox!...
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says all the troops deployed to Kazakhstan by a Russia-led security alliance this month to help quell violent unrest have left the former Soviet nation, with the last four military planes landing outside Moscow on Wednesday. The Collective Security Treaty Organization, an alliance of six ex-Soviet states, deployed over 2,000 troops to Kazakhstan two weeks ago at the request of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Tokayev asked the alliance for assistance after protests over fuel prices spread across the vast, oil- and gas-rich country of 19 million people, growing into a general protest against the authoritarian government and turning into violent riots that killed over 220. A week after the forces arrived, Tokayev declared their mission accomplished on Jan. 13 and announced a gradual withdrawal that was reported as completed on Wednesday. Tokayev dismissed Defense Minister Murat Bektanov on Wednesday, criticizing him for an alleged lack of “leadership qualities.” “Having an army at our disposal that showed good results during command post and military exercises, we were unable to...
    (CNN)The US military missed its recruitment goals for almost all the services in 2021, according to data from the Department of Defense.The Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on the "recruiting enterprise," the Department of Defense said in a statement.The Army and Navy fell short in meeting their goals in active-duty, reserve and Army National Guard components, the data showed. The Air Force National Guard and Reserve also missed their targets. The US Marine Corps was the only service that exceeded its recruitment goals in both active duty and reserve components. The Air Force and Space Force active-duty components also met its goals, with Space Force hitting its exact goal of adding 99 members, and Air Force exceeding its goal by two people to gain 4,131 members by the end of November 2021."The Service recruiting commands continue to make adjustments as necessary and explore innovative ways to inform youth and influencers of the benefits of military service," Department of Defense spokesperson Lisa Lawrence told CNN in an email.Read MoreUS Army offers up to $50K bonus to new recruitsThe US Army didn't...
    Ravens safety Chuck Clark provided a jolt of electricity inside M&T Bank Stadium during Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. With the Rams facing a third-and-2 deep in their own territory with 2:03 remaining in the first quarter, Clark read quarterback Matthew Stafford’s pass to tight end Tyler Higbee perfectly, intercepting the ball and returning it 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 7-0 lead. For the majority of the game, the Ravens’ short-handed defense put the team on the verge of a much-needed upset. But their lack of depth and talent in the secondary ultimately came back to bite them in a 20-19 loss that dealt a crushing blow to their playoff chances. “We had them,” defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. “We played a great football game — it’s just a play here, a play there. It’s football, and they’re going to make some plays. That’s just a part of it, but we played a heck of a football game. It’s one play here, one play there. So, we take it with...
    Getty Tom Brady calls the New Orleans Saints defense tough ahead of Sunday's division showdown. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady still simmers over a costly pick six last time against the New Orleans Saints. “P.J. Williams picked me off there in the last game,” Brady told the media on Thursday, Dec. 16. “Still kind of pisses me off. It’s probably six weeks later, but  it’s the reality of playing good teams and being a quarterback.” Play Tom Brady: 'There's A Lot of Football to Be Played' | Press ConferenceBucs quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of week 15 vs. the New Orleans Saints. #TampaBayBuccaneers #Bucs #NFL Subscribe to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers YT Channel: goo.gl/AeDQ135 For more Bucs action: buccaneers.com/ Get the App (App Store): apple.co/2JbjHR8 Get the App (Google Play): play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yinzcam.nfl.buccaneers Buy tickets: buccaneers.com/tickets/ Like us on Facebook:…2021-12-16T18:32:55Z Brady and the Bucs fell 36-27 in that Oct. 31 game. The NFC South rivals meet again on Sunday, Dec. 19, with the Bucs (10-3) needing a win to clinch the division for...
    Jeffrey Epstein told fellow prisoners in the days before his suicide that 'stocks are like women', the billionaire pedophile's cellmate Bill Mersey has revealed.  The disgraced financier was 'in no way prepared to handle' prison life and even ate his final meal off the floor and slept with an orange prison sock over his eyes. Mersey told The New York Post: 'The prison was abuzz with our new felon. He talked finance, saying, "Stocks are like women. You have to study to see what makes them happy. Observe their reaction to international news. Then you can predict their movements and that's how you win."' Epstein's prison confidante, 71, said he once saw his cellmate return with neck abrasions, suggesting he had tried to hang himself. Mersey said: 'He struck me as depressed. Suicidal. He sat down on the bare floor, his back to his bunk, eating the prison food off a Styrofoam plate. Jeffrey Epstein told fellow prisoners in the days before his suicide that 'stocks are like women', the billionaire pedophile's cellmate Bill Mersey has revealed Mersey (pictured) served a...
    Getty Will Compton with Philip Rivers. The Las Vegas Raiders are hurting at linebacker right now with multiple players getting hurt against the Washington Football Team. In response, the team signed veteran Will Compton, who was on the roster in 2019. The 32-year-old linebacker has bounced around the NFL for years and it appears that he’s ready to start winding down. Shortly after announcing that he signed with the Raiders, Compton took to Twitter to drop a rather interesting piece of information. He bluntly said that “this is my farewell tour” and jokingly compared it to former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s last season. Thank you everyone for the love. I feel like I’m living in a simulation getting to play for the Silver & Black again This is my farewell tour. Exactly like the one Kobe Bryant had However long this lasts let’s f***ing enjoy it ???? (can’t curse I’m a professional now) — Will Compton (@_willcompton) December 8, 2021 He didn’t directly say that he’ll be retiring after the season but that’s what it sounds like. Compton...
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A horrible start turned into a very bad Sunday afternoon for the Arizona Cardinals, who have now lost two of three games and are limping into their final game before a long-awaited bye week. Arizona (8-2) played easily its worst game of the season in a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals fell into a 17-0 hole by the end of the first quarter, a 23-0 hole by halftime, and were never particularly competitive against a team that came into the game below .500. There were some obvious reasons for those problems — two in particular. The Cardinals played their second straight game without MVP-contending quarterback Kyler Murray and three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, severely limiting the offense against Carolina’s solid defense. Even so, coach Kliff Kingsbury wasn’t in the mood for an Arizona sob story. “Everybody’s dealing with (injuries). Everybody around the league,” Kingsbury said. “They had their backup quarterback as well, who came in and executed at a high level, so that’s not an excuse for us.” Kingsbury has a point. The...
    Brian Williams to Depart MSNBC and NBC News 16 Money Rules That Millionaires Swear By The Chicago Bears found themselves on the wrong end of multiple questionable calls made by officials during Monday's prime-time loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, including perhaps the most criticized taunting penalty, to date, of the 2021 NFL season.  © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Chicago Bears kicker Cairo Santos missed a 65-yard field-goal attempt Monday night that allowed the Steelers to win. It appears the refs might have missed something on the game's final snap.  Per Adam Jahns of The Athletic, the game's All-22 film seems to show at least one Pittsburgh player was offside when Chicago's Cairo Santos approached the ball for a 65-yard field goal that wasn't even close to splitting the uprights:  Got the All-22 look here on Cairo Santos’ 65-yard miss. Look at T.J. Watt’s helmet … https://t.co/KBoTm0Jzff pic.twitter.com/NbKOtmrmdq— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 9, 2021 Steelers win after the 65-yard FG attempt falls short. #CHIvsPIT pic.twitter.com/EXxiq2n09Q— NFL (@NFL) November 9, 2021 As Mike Florio explained for Pro Football Talk, a defensive...
    Criss Angel, Shaunyl Bensons Baby Is Doing Well After Emergency C-Section Wholesale prices surge again and offer Americans no relief from high inflation © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad After struggling for much of the season, Kansas City’s defense has started to turn things around in the last two weeks. The Chiefs allowed just 17 points in their win over the Giants in Week Eight. And they surrendered only seven to the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers on Sunday, also picking up a pair of turnovers. “The last two weeks, I think the guys have played better,” head coach Andy Reid said in his Monday press conference. “Some of it is just getting the guys back on the field as a unit. Getting ’24’ [Melvin Ingram] in there I think helped. That’s a nice addition. If you can add a Pro Bowl-type player in on the defensive line, it surely can’t hurt, and he got quite a few snaps in there on nickel situations. But they’re playing well together, and I think...
    MUNICH (AP) — After two weeks without a coach and falling to a disastrous defeat, Bayern Munich is back to its usual winning ways. The German champion booked its place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick for a 5-2 victory over Benfica to extend Bayern’s perfect record of four wins from four in the group stage. That took Lewandowski to 81 career goals in his 100th Champions League game. The game marked the return of Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann after four games away — including the return 4-0 win over Benfica in Portugal — after he tested positive for the coronavirus. During Nagelsmann’s absence, Bayern’s previously reliable defense collapsed in a 5-0 German Cup loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, the club’s worst result in more than 40 years. Against Benfica there were some signs of that sloppiness as poor marking early on allowed Benfica to score a goal narrowly ruled out for offside. It happened again when Bayern failed to deal with a free kick that led to Benfica defender...
    The White House spent the day before Rahm Emanuel's Senate confirmation hearing defending him as its nominee to become U.S. ambassador to Japan. President Joe Biden choosing Emanuel, which comes amid complaints regarding the former Chicago mayor and Obama administration-era White House chief of staff's handling of a police shooting involving a black teenager, does not negate his desire for criminal justice reform, according to press secretary Jen Psaki. FURTHER SETBACKS COULD CEMENT VOTER DISENCHANTMENT WITH BIDEN "The president's record, commitment, to police reform speaks for itself," she told reporters Tuesday. "It is something he would like to get done. He would like to sign it into law. It is far overdue, and it is a priority for him in his administration." Biden has tapped ambassadors based on their qualifications, "whether it's from business, public service, or other reasons," according to Psaki. She did not say whether Biden and Emanuel spoke about Laquan McDonald's shooting death during the confirmation process. "Obviously, he's somebody who he was familiar with. He knew his record, long-standing, prior to the nomination," Psaki said...
    Adam Lambert Talks Returning to American Idol Stage 12 Years Later Supreme Court signals willingness to allow Kentucky attorney general to defend states abortion law Every Monday of the NFL season, I stand in front of the mirror and repeat the same phrase to myself until February — "Do not overreact." The truth of the matter is that it's much easier said than done. Two weeks ago, Justin Herbert led the Chargers to a fourth-quarter victory over the defending AFC champion Chiefs. The following week was filled with MVP predictions for the second-year starter. Sunday night, Josh Allen put on a clinic in Kansas City, firing missiles downfield with ease for three touchdowns and rushing for a fourth. I glanced down from the mirror to see the notifications on my phone reading that Josh Allen is now the betting favorite at +450 for NFL MVP. The Chiefs' historically bad defense has become a PR machine for opposing quarterbacks. Let the truth be known, Josh Allen and Justin Herbert deserve all the accolades. These guys are elite and very well...
    Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of the U.S. Central Command testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during its hearing on the "U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2022 and the Future Years Defense Program in Washington on Thursday, April 22, 2021.Caroline Brehman | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Friday that a U.S. drone strike in Kabul last month killed 10 civilians including seven children. "This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport, but it was a mistake," U.S. Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said Friday. "As the combatant commander. I am fully responsible for this strike and its tragic outcome," McKenzie, who oversees U.S. military operations in the region, added. The Pentagon originally said that the strike, which occurred Aug. 29, killed two ISIS-K fighters believed to be involved in planning attacks against U.S. forces in Kabul.  Army Maj. Gen....
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Aug 27, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (88) tries to get away from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Donovan Stiner (26) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Week 1 of the fantasy football season is here. While the big-named receivers are already in your lineup, these ten guys are names to consider. Fantasy matchups begin this week, which come with tough decisions that must be made. A lot of these decisions hinge on what player to start at what position. Your big-named guys are solidified, but finding a sleeper at your WR2 or FLEX spot could help give you the edge in your matchup.10 wide receiver sleepers for Week 1 of the NFL season10. Terrace Marshall, Carolina PanthersAlthough Terrance Marshall is the third wideout in the pecking order in Carolina, his upside against a bottom-tier Jets defense may be too high to pass up. D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson will get plenty of looks, but keep...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish defense minister warns that ‘it is no longer safe to fly in or out of Kabul’ after his country’s last flight left. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Parents in the heartland hardly expected to find themselves battling critical race theory at their doorstep. But while critics focused on fighting the polarizing ideology in places like New York, California and Virginia, CRT advocates have been making a quiet push to implement K-12 curriculums in suburban towns across the midwest.  For months, critics in Wisconsin, Kansas, and Nebraska have tried to push back against their respective school districts' noticeable nod toward the controversial curriculum. But with little national media spotlighting or outside support, frustrated parents have been forced to take on a more aggressive approach. Amy Cawvey, a-stay-at-home mom from Lansing, Kansas, registered as a School Board candidate when she noticed a troubling pattern in her daughter's school. After a grueling, months-long primary race, Cawvey and two other parents managed to land the top three spots.  PARENTS RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARDS TO FIGHT ‘POISENOUS’ CRT "We are the last line of defense against the indoctrination of our children," Cawvey told Fox News ahead of the general election for three open seats in November. The mom-of-three said she noticed a drastic "shift"...
    Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role We must address the declining rate of startup business launches Moderate Democrats call for 9/11-style panel to probe COVID-19 origins MORE (D-Fla.), a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, thanked law enforcement officers for defending the Capitol, telling them “you were our last line of defense.” Murphy, during the House panel's first hearing Tuesday, played footage of Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges being crushed in a doorway as officers struggled to push back the mob. She told the officer that his actions had a “profound impact” on her. The lawmaker explained that she was in a small office with Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi signals no further action against Omar Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (D-Mass.) “about 40 paces away” from where Hodges was defending the Lower West Terrace at around 3 p.m. on Jan. 6. She said she heard officers struggle, and ultimately “get back...
    InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones could finally face legal consequences over his claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was a false flag, with multiple civil cases filed by relatives of the victims set for trial in the spring of 2022. But the bombastic radio host has one last-ditch strategy before one of those lawsuits reaches a Connecticut courtroom next May: deposing former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In a July 1 court filing, Jones’ lawyers asked a judge to order Clinton to be deposed in the case. Clinton, who Jones once baselessly claimed “personally murdered and chopped up” children, has no connection to any of the Sandy Hook lawsuits. But Jones’ attorneys insist that Clinton should be interviewed as a witness, implying in court filings that she could somehow be involved in funding or organizing the lawsuits. “The defendants in this case believe that this suit was filed six years after the shootings at Sandy Hook as part of a vendetta inspired, orchestrated and directed in whole or in part by Hillary Clinton...
    OAKLAND — An El Sobrante man was sentenced to three years in federal prison minutes after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in a case where the judge said he was moved by a probation report to grand a reduction. Dustin Laster, 31, pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded pistol near a Richmond playground last year, in an incident where he was arrested by a Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputy who recognized him from prior contact. Laster had been released from prison months earlier for shooting a man in the hand in 2012. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said he was intent on granting a prosecution request for a 46-month sentence and added, “I just hope this is not one of the cases I regret,” before sentencing Laster to three years. White said he was moved by a probation report that determined Laster was sincere in his pledge to turn his life around when he’s released. He gets credit for a year spent in jail awaiting the charges to be resolved. “Your Honor I’m suffering, I...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – An Army soldier who shot and killed an armed protester after driving into a crowd demonstrating against police violence in the Texas capital last summer has been indicted on a murder charge, authorities said Thursday, July 1. Sgt. Daniel Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood, was booked and released on $300,000 bail, said Kristen Dark, a spokeswoman for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry in undated photo. (credit: Broden, Mickelsen, LLP) She said Perry was booked on one count of murder and one count of deadly conduct in the July 25, 2020 death of Garrett Foster, 28. Perry’s attorney, Clint Broden, has said the soldier was working for a ride-sharing company and acted in self-defense after Foster pointed a gun at him. Broden issued a statement Thursday expressing disappointment in the indictment and confidence that Perry would be acquitted. “It is important to note that the standard of proof required for an indictment is significantly less than the standard of proof required for a conviction,” the statement said. The Travis County...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence invoked former President Trump’s America First agenda and warned on Thursday the Democrat Party’s agenda is “so radical that it is taking us ‘beyond’ the designs of liberalism,” adding that the Republican Party stands as the “last line of defense for our Constitution and our American heritage of freedom. Speaking to an audience during a visit to the Reagan Library in Southern California as part of “The Time For Choosing” series, Pence warned that it is not enough to stand as the opposition to the radical left’s agenda. Conservatives, he said, must offer an alternative — a positive agenda rooted in the growth that the MAGA agenda brought forth over the past four years. “President Trump taught us what Republicans can accomplish when leaders stand firm on conservative principles and don’t back down,” he said, touting the accomplishments made throughout the Trump-Pence administration. Such accomplishments included becoming a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years, holding China accountable, and launching the most sweeping national mobilization since WWII in response to the...
    The Defense Department wound down the last of 48 federal vaccination sites manned by troops across the country with the closing of a New Jersey facility Sunday after service members vaccinated nearly 5 million people nationally. The effort by 5,100 active-duty service members that began in February spanned medical personnel from across the services and acted in addition to the National Guard’s support of state and local vaccination sites across the nation. Guard members were called by their governors to help administer 12 million vaccines. “The last federally supported community vaccination center, which was located in New Jersey, conducted its final day of operations yesterday,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told defense reporters Monday. The federal effort began in February, when President Joe Biden asked the DOD to prepare up to 10,000 soldiers to fan across the country and help vaccinate 100 million people. As the national vaccination rate surpassed 60% and vaccination hesitancy remains, the Federal Emergency Management Agency effort was deemed no longer necessary. MILITARY: MORE THAN HALF OF FORCE UNVACCINATED AMID HUNDREDS OF COVID-19 CASES EACH DAY “As...
    Christine Wormuth was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Thursday becoming the first female secretary of the Army.  The confirmation came after a 'procedural hiccup' that saw her confirmed and then unconfirmed only to be reconfirmed in under 24 hours.      In a strange twist, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, asked the Senate to rescind Wormuth's nomination hours after it was approved by unanimous consent.  'As in executive session, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate vitiate the previous action on Executive Calendar 135,' Schumer said on the Senate floor.   The Senate adjourned for the night after Schumer received unanimous consent to 'vitiate' - or rescind - Wormuth's confirmation.  According to Roll Call correspondent Andrew Clevenger, the move 'looks more like a procedural hiccup than a threat to her historic confirmation.' Politico quoted a Senate Armed Services Committee aide attributing it to a 'mix-up on the floor.'   Christine Wormuth made history as the first woman ever to be confirmed by the US Senate as Secretary of the Army - only to have the upper chamber reverse itself and...
    (CNN)The US military has seen a 55% jump in Covid-19 vaccinations among active-duty service members over the last month, a senior defense official told CNN. The increase comes after the Pentagon opened up vaccinations to the general population on April 19.Of the approximately 1.4 million active duty service members, some 500,000 had received their first dose one month ago. Now, about 775,000 troops have received their first dose. The sharp increase in vaccinations was made possible as the military opened vaccinations to all service members, allowing those who weren't in the high-priority Tier 1 category to become eligible. However, it's unclear at this point if the surge in vaccinations will continue or if it will plateau.In its efforts to promote vaccinations, the military has struggled with vaccine hesitancy in a population that is generally young, healthy and sees little incentive to accept a vaccine that is not compulsory. In late-April, the vaccine declination rate for II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune was 67%, even as the declination rate throughout the Marine Corps was 36%. Army bases offering vaccine incentives...
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd are set to make their closing arguments Monday, each side seeking to distill three weeks of testimony to persuade jurors to deliver their view of the right verdict.Prosecutors argu e Derek Chauvin squeezed the life from Floyd as he and two other officers pinned him to the street for 9 minutes, 29 seconds outside a corner market, despite Floyd's repeated cries that he couldn't breathe - actions they say were reckless, unreasonable and warrant conviction not just for manslaughter but also on two murder counts.The defense says Floyd, who was Black, put himself at risk by swallowing fentanyl and methamphetamine, then resisted officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart and raise enough doubt to acquit Chauvin, who is white.SEE ALSO | Minneapolis, other US cities increase security ahead of Derek Chauvin trial verdictEMBED More News Videos Prosecutors will argue that the officer recklessly squeezed the life from Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more...
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd are set to make their closing arguments Monday, each side seeking to distill three weeks of testimony to persuade jurors to deliver their view of the right verdict.For prosecutors, Derek Chauvin recklessly squeezed the life from Floyd as he and two other officers pinned him to the street for 9 minutes, 29 seconds outside a corner market, despite Floyd's repeated cries that he couldn't breathe - actions they say warrant conviction not just for manslaughter but also on two murder counts.For the defense, Floyd, who was Black, put himself at risk by swallowing fentanyl and methamphetamine, then resisted officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart and raise sufficient doubt that Chauvin, who is white, should be acquitted.SEE ALSO | Vandals target former home of man who testified Chauvin's actions were justifiedEach side will pull key testimony to support their narrative for what killed Floyd in a case that roiled America 11 months ago and continues...
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