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    Lots of suspicion has been thrust upon the Miami Dolphins defense this season. Or, put another way, people have openly doubted this defense. There’s been chatter about points allowed (24.1 per game, tied for 22nd), the low number of sacks (20, tied for 24th), the lack of turnovers (8, tied for 30th), and a few other things. But what’s important to defensive coordinator Josh Boyer? How does he think the defense is performing? For the record, Boyer likes his defense and thinks they’re playing pretty well. “The common theme has been that our players have welcomed adversity,” he said. “They have not changed, they have not wavered. Their work ethic, the time that they put into it outside of what’s been required of them has been pretty impressive and I think those guys have done a pretty good job.” Beyond that, here are the situational/statistical categories Boyer said he scrutinizes in regard to his defense, the areas he uses to self-scout: * Winning. That’s self-explanatory. * Getting off the field on third down. “When you do that, it kills drives,...
    The Baltimore Ravens had a very productive offseason. And the first of their two first-round picks in April is starting to emerge on defense. A year ago, John Harbaugh’s club won eight of its 11 games, owned the top spot in the AFC North and after 12 weeks of action owned the best record in the conference. This was despite a rash of injuries that affected much of the club. But the Baltimore Ravens eventually couldn’t overcome the loss of their starting quarterback down the stretch and perhaps more significantly, survive a secondary that was without cornerback Marcus Peters for all of 2021 and would be without star Marlon Humphrey for the final five games. Was it any wonder that the team allowed the most passing yards in the league a season ago? So general manager Eric DeCosta was busy this offseason adding the likes of free safety Marcus Williams in free agency from the Saints. And with the 14th overall selection in April, highly-regarded University of Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton was there for the taking. There’s progress being...
    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images CNN sources say the Department of Justice is preparing for a “flurry” of post-midterm activity, which has at least one member of the defense calling it a “scary thing” because the DoJ “crank up charges on almost anybody.” CNN reporting teams have been breaking scoop after scoop on the January 6 investigations in Congress and at the Department of Justice, where political jeopardy becomes a criminal liability. But there’s mixed news in the latest report — from the team of Evan Perez, Katelyn Polantz, and Jeremy Herb — which is a deep dive into the state of the DoJ inquiry going into the midterms. The bad news for former President Donald Trump — and encouraging news for those rooting for him to be charged — is that the Justice Department is preparing for a burst of activity after the midterms: In the weeks leading up to the election, the Justice Department has observed the traditional quiet period of not making any overt moves that may have political consequences. But behind the scenes, investigators have remained busy, using...
    Do it, Chris Grier. Trade for Bradley Chubb. Get the pass rusher this defense lacks, the front-seven havoc-maker every contending team needs and the fourth-quarter closer every quarterback fears. The NFL’s trade deadline is Tuesday, and Chubb is the big name left on the market after a loud Monday. Grier, the Miami Dolphins general manager, has to be at least tempted by the possibilities if the cost isn’t a first-round pick, as one league source said it definitely won’t be. Baltimore reportedly got Chicago linebacker Roquan Smith for second- and fifth-round picks (and a linebacker) Monday to shore up their leaky defense (and offer the Dolphins a well-scheduled game in Chicago on Sunday). Smith leads the league in tackles and ranks second in tackles over the past five years. That’s the kind of move aspiring teams make, the kind the Dolphins should be considering themselves. It helps set the market for other moves, too. Chubb isn’t as productive or healthy as Smith. But he plays a different role, and his 5 ½ sacks this season wouldn’t just lead the Dolphins....
    Of the many stats that showed the inability of the Chicago Bears defense to stop the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, here’s one that didn’t make the game book. In the visitors locker room after the Cowboys’ 49-29 victory, Bears linebacker Roquan Smith used the word “embarrassing” three times and “unacceptable” three times, with one “inexcusable” and one “frustrating” mixed in. Safety Eddie Jackson added to that count. “That’s what it is — it’s embarrassing,” Jackson said. “The offense put up (almost) 30 points. It’s like, what more can you really expect?” On an afternoon when the Bears offense showed continued signs of growth, the defense was nearly powerless from the start to stop quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Tony Pollard. The Cowboys got in the end zone on their first four drives and 6 of 9 overall before the final kneel-down. They punted twice, and Jackson intercepted Prescott on the other drive, one of the few big plays from the defense. The Cowboys converted 9 of 11 third downs, with Bears coach Matt Eberflus saying the...
    Kanye West stood by the 'White Lives Matter' slogan he wore on a T-shirt at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday.   The Donda rapper, 45, posted a photo of the long-sleeved black shirt to his Instagram on Wednesday with the caption: 'Here's my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter… THEY DO.' Meanwhile, one of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian's ex-husband at the moment is Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who called the musician a 'free thinker' and says his message was 'misconstrued.'  'They do': Kanye West doubled down on his 'White Lives Matter' slogan on Wednesday and explained that when people ask why he made the shirt he replies that it's because 'They do'  Diddy, 52, said 'My boy is a super, super, super free thinker' in an interview on 'The Breakfast Club on Wednesdy. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson reveals she suffered... Kim Kardashian works her magic in sexy belted dress and... ...
    Carson Senfield was shot and killed at 1.20am on Saturday morning after returning to his off-campus home on West Arch Street The family of a 19-year-old University of Tampa student who was shot dead while trying to get into a stranger's care following a night out say they are still at a loss over his death.  Carson Senfield was shot and killed at 1.20am on Saturday morning after returning to his off-campus home on West Arch Street, Tampa, following a night out to celebrate his birthday.  He had just exited an Uber outside his home when he approached the other vehicle - a black sedan which did not appear to have license plates in photographs taken from the scene.  Senfield approached and opened the rear passenger side door of the car.  It's unclear exactly what occurred next but the driver of that vehicle, who has not been named, said he feared for his life and shot him.  The man lives 'nearby', according to police, but did not know Carson.  Investigators have not revealed what he was doing in his vehicle at...
    Georgia’s Stetson Bennett IV, Florida’s Anthony Richardson and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker give the SEC East a host of Heisman Trophy contenders With three straight wins and seven over the past 13 years, the SEC has put a veritable chokehold on the Heisman Trophy, but a submission locked in tighter than anything airing on AEW or WWE has been the product of just one-half of the power conference. That’s four wins by Alabama — Mark Ingram (2009), Derrick Henry (2015), DeVonta Smith (2020) and Bryce Young (2021) — and one each from Auburn (Cam Newton in 2010), LSU (Joe Burrow in 2019), and Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel in 2012), while the East hasn’t claimed a Heisman since Tim Tebow in 2007. But the division may not just have a contender. It might have a number of them. Georgia’s Stetson Bennett IV carved up then-No. 11 Oregon for 368 yards passing and three total touchdowns during the opening weekend, a showcase that helped the defending national champions vault Ohio State for the No. 2 spot in both The Associated Press Top 25...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform TruthSocial following a bombshell DOJ filing that revealed damning evidence of purloined classified documents found by FBI agents at Mar-A-Lago. Trump posted various angry and conspiratorial messages familiar to anyone familiar with his worldview. The Department of Justice responded to Trump’s request for an independent special master to review documents retrieved by an August 8th search and seizure following numerous and failed attempts to retrieve multiple classified and top secret documents that the DOJ believed were being hidden as a means to obstruct justice. They even went so far as to release a photo that purports to depict several classified documents strewn across Mar-a-Lago carpeting and photographed next to a box filled with what appears to be framed Time magazine covers. How did Trump react to the midnight filing? By going on the attack, employing the age-old best defense is a good offense approach that has served him so well with his base and media surrogates so willing to take up the narrative battle in his defense....
    (CNN)Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it. So the saying goes, and it certainly applies to former President Donald Trump and his many GOP enablers who clamored for the affidavit underlying the Mar-a-Lago search warrant that was executed by the FBI on August 8. Norman EisenShan WuThe Justice Department released a redacted version of the affidavit on Friday and even with its heavy redactions, it worsens the former President's circumstances in multiple regards.First, just a reminder of what this document is. In order to obtain a warrant to search Mar-a-Lago, the DOJ, under the US Constitution, had to demonstrate "probable cause" -- that is, sufficient evidence for a reasonable person to conclude the search was justified. According to the affidavit, "there is probable cause to believe that the locations to be searched....contain evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed..." The affidavit specifies three possible crimes: prohibiting the concealment or removal of government records, which is punishable by up to three years in prison; prohibiting the deliberate retention or transmission of national defense...
    “Isn’t that what lawyers are supposed to do?” — San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo to Cliff Gardner, lawyer for Scott Peterson, who’s seeking a new trial in his conviction for his pregnant wife’s 2002 murder. Gardner couldn’t say why the defense didn’t ask a juror why she thought she couldn’t be fair.
    by Laurel Duggan   Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been putting Democrats and the corporate press on defense by refusing to play along with what she says are partisan narratives. Pushaw has garnered national attention for her active and sometimes aggressive interactions with journalists. Her strategy may serve as a playbook for conservatives who are ready to reject the media’s framing and communicate with the public on their own terms. The media’s interest in Pushaw is a product of their obsession with DeSantis, Pushaw told the DCNF, which began in 2020 when Florida opened schools and businesses earlier than other states and became subject to constant media criticism. DeSantis largely ignored his media detractors, and Pushaw’s strategy mirrors her boss’s: she doesn’t play along with the media’s framing of an issue if it’s misleading or overtly partisan, and she uses her platform on Twitter to cut past the spin and communicate with people directly, she explained. It has come to my attention that some liberal media activists are mad because they arent...
    Suspected Chinese drones flew over Taiwan and hackers attacked its defense ministry website, authorities in Taipei said on Thursday, a day after a diplomatic visit from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outraged the Communist nation. China was to begin a series of military exercises around Taiwan on Thursday in response to Pelosi's visit, some of which were to take place within the island's 12-nautical-mile sea and air territory, according to the defense ministry in Taipei. That has never happened before and a senior ministry official described the potential move as 'amounting to a sea and air blockade of Taiwan'.
    The ongoing probe into wiped Secret Service emails from around Jan 6 took a new turn Tuesday, when it was revealed that the Defense Department wiped the phones of top Pentagon officials when they left the Trump administration. Among the officials who had their information wiped are former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who assumed leadership after Trump fired Pentagon boss Mark Esper in Nov. 2020. The texts, had they been preserved, could provide additional information about Jan. 6th, as well who reached out and when about whether to send National Guard forces to quell the riot. The panel, as part of its wide-ranging probe, has examined such issues as what preparations were undertaken by the National Guard, which US officials did and did not phone seeking to deploy Defense Department assets, and contacts over use of the 25th Amendment to remove former President Donald Trump from office.  American Oversight sought the data from top Defense Department officials seeking communications for Jan. 6th. The Pentagon said the cell data was wiped after the officials left government The admission came in...
    MATTESON, Ill. (WLS) -- The family of a woman who was shot while driving on I-57 wants charges filed against the shooter.It happened last Saturday around 1:30 p.m. in south suburban Matteson, according to police.Aaliyah Ivory's loved ones said detectives told them the suspect feared for his life after being cut off in traffic near Vollmer Road and fired shots in self-defense.Ivory was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.State Police said their investigation into the shooting remains open.Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any knowledge of the shooting is asked to contact the ISP by phone at 847-294-4400, or email at ISP.CrimeTips@Illinois.gov. Witnesses can remain anonymous.
    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has said he plans to bring up a stand-off with Russia at this week's NATO summit.Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Everything changed when Russia invaded Ukraine and NATO's defense strategy must now account for the new security environment on Europe's eastern flank. That's the coordinated message from the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ahead of NATO's all-important Madrid summit this week. Bolstering the defense of the Baltic region is seen as one of the most important decisions for NATO leaders to take at the group's June 29-30 summit. The 30-member military alliance is poised to reflect on how the group can respond to Europe's new security reality.We need to move to deterrence by denial. We need a credible military construct on the Eastern flank that will deter Putin.Estonia's foreign ministryRussia's onslaught in Ukraine, now into its fifth month, has ratcheted up fears throughout the Baltic countries that they may be President Vladimir Putin's next military target. All member states of both NATO and the European Union, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania...
    Singapore (CNN)The US seeks "guard rails" with China, according to senior defense officials, in the first meeting between Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart, as tensions grow over what Washington sees as Beijing's increasingly aggressive actions in the region.The meeting, scheduled to take place on Friday evening in Singapore, will focus in part on "setting guard rails on the relationship," one official said, while calling for more mature crisis communications mechanisms to ensure that the growing competition between the world's two preeminent world powers does not escalate into conflict.The upcoming meeting during the IISS's conference is the first between Austin and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe. Despite US focus on the Indo-Pacific as the priority region for the future and calling China the "pacing challenge," Austin has only spoken to Wei once in an April 20 phone call. It was the first such call since the previous administration.US officials have been negotiating the specific details of the meeting, the official said, with the aim of avoiding the very public spectacle of the first meeting between the...
    Getty Stephen Curry of the Warriors celebrates after a tough 3-pointer against the Celtics. Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams knows that, for the fourth time in this impressive NBA playoff run, Boston will be looking at yet another different style of offense. First, it was Brooklyn’s isolation-heavy game, followed by the Giannis Antetokounmpo-centric Bucks. In the conference finals, it was the grinding, physical play of the Heat. But none of those teams can match the unique offense run by the Warriors, whose constant cutting and working off of screens wears down just about any defense. “They’re a lot more able to make shots, a lot more movement, a lot more chasing,” Williams said ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “I feel like our team is built for that. We’re built for not only that but also the physical nature. Chasing those guys like Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson), Jordan (Poole), we know exactly how much they move off the ball. They’re just as much a threat on the ball as off.” The Celtics’ switch-heavy defense is well-suited...
    Best Buy staffers showed a football-style defense while attempting to a stop a gang of shoplifters from making off with several phones from one of the store's display tables, security footage shows. In the now viral clip, workers at the electronics retailer can be seen giving their best goal line defense in an attempt to thwart the three would-be robbers, who stormed into the store and ripped the three cellphones from a display and attempted to flee. However, during the time it took for the robbers to rip the devices from their displays, observant staffers on the floor were quick to jump into action - with a response looked like something out of an NFL playbook. As the thieves attempt to make way for the doors, the footage shows seven retail workers rushing to block them, shuffling in front of them as they attempt to pass, with what can only be called a football-style defense. The clip of the coordinated maneuver, posted Monday, went viral overnight, garnering millions of views after being shared by a major NFL meme page and later Barstool Sports....
    BOSTON (CBS) — The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, and like a fever dream, people are trying to figure out what Bill Belichick was up to over the NFL’s three-day extravaganza. New England ended up making 10 selections in the draft, and the majority of them were massive reaches that would make anyone’s back ache. After trading back in the first round, the Patriots drafted guard Cole Strange out The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with the 29th overall pick. He was seen by most as a second-round selection — at best. READ MORE: Patriots Sign Seven Undrafted Free Agents, Including A Perfect Bill Belichick Player From MiamiThen on Day 2, the Patriots kicked things off by traded up four spots to take speedster wide receiver Tyquan Thornton at No. 50. He too was expected to go much later in the draft. The Patriots did address their need at cornerback, taking slot corner/return man Marcus Jones out of Houston in the third round and Jack Jones out of Arizona State in the fourth round, but they did not...
    A Desperation Defense Now that Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen—it’s hovering in the low 40s, and it can’t get up—the Main Stream Media have come up with a new line of defense for their man. Okay, goes this new line, Biden isn’t doing so well, but that’s to be expected—because no president can do well.  That is, the problems are just too tough, the job is just too hard, the country is just too polarized, yada yada yada. As we shall see, history suggests that the American people won’t buy an  argument based on hopelessness, which we can call the desperation defense.  After all, Americans tend to be optimistic and solution-oriented.  And so if an elected official can’t solve the problem, throw him out and give someone else a chance.  That’s the American Way.   Yet the MSM, which certainly sees itself as higher and better than the American public and its bourgeois ways, is all in with its last-ditch apologia for the 46th president. For instance, there was this April 17 headline from CNN: “Biden confronts a host of problems...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A prospect for the Sonoma Hells Angels who lived a double life as an FBI informant, as well as two former members, will likely be the most significant of dozens of government witnesses in a racketeering trial expected to last months, prosecutors revealed Monday. The case centers on the Sonoma chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, but the government’s theory behind the most significant charge involves alleged events in New Hampshire, Boston, Fresno, Antioch, and Santa Rosa, where prosecutors allege several Hells Angels formed and carried out a plan to murder and illegally cremate one their own members. The result has been a body-less murder charge, the most significant count aimed at the group, which is also accused of several assaults, maiming a member for a rule violation, and operating the motorcycle club as a criminal organization that runs on violence. On Monday, three men — Jonathan “Jon Jon” Nelson, Russell “Rusty” Ott, and Brian Wendt became the first to go on trial out of 11 Hells Angels charged in a case that originated nearly five...
    The Chicago Bulls nearly pulled an upset in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, erasing a 16-point first-half deficit before falling 93-86. Here are four takeaways from the game as the Bulls regroup for Game 2 on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. 1. The Bulls committed to playing physical defense. The Bulls defense was the star of the show Sunday, locking down a Bucks offense that finished the regular season on an ascendant scoring streak. After the Bucks jumped to a 16-point lead, the Bulls defense clamped down and held the Bucks below 20 points in the second and fourth quarters. The key was a complete physical commitment. The Bulls threw bodies at every player and into every passing lane. This led to 21 Bucks turnovers, a high number of errors for such a veteran team. The defense still showed weaknesses — especially on skip passes, which allowed the Bucks to move the ball through rotations until they hit an open player. But paired with an especially poor shooting night for both teams, this effort...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday insisted President Joe Biden was not a close contact with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has tested positive for covid, despite the hugs and kiss on the cheek they shared at two separate events this week. Psaki noted that CDC guidelines define close contact as 'is being within six feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period.' 'It's not arbitrary. It's not something made up by the White House. It's CDC guidelines,' she said at her daily press briefing. As she was repeatedly grilled on the matter, Psaki doubled down, noting the CDC 'definition of it is 15 minutes of contact within a set period of time and within six feet.' 'It did not meet that bar,' she said of Biden and Pelosi's time together. Psaki spent the majority of Thursday's press briefing defending the White House announcement that Biden was not in close contact with the speaker and repeatedly explaining the protocols the administration has in place to keep Biden from getting infected. The president, who is...
    Washington (CNN)The congressional naming commission which was set up to remove Confederate names from military bases will review the names of "more than 750 Department of Defense items" that include everything from military bases to streets and bridges, to determine whether their names "commemorate the Confederacy," a release from the Commission announced Wednesday.The Commission, established by the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act in the face of fierce opposition from former President Donald Trump in 2020, was originally tasked to rename up to nine military bases and sites associated with the Confederacy. The Commission reports to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.The list of more than 750 items includes not just the nine military bases but also roads, signs, bridges, and fields on bases and military installations across the US and two items at a US naval base in Japan.The list is as detailed as naming stickers, flyers and posters on certain military installations that need to be reviewed, including "window decals at Ozark and Enterprise gate Welcome Centers" at Fort Rucker in Alabama and "mechanical room signage" at Fort...
    U.S. and European allies are set to announce a new round of sanctions on Thursday  meant to dramatically widen the circle of pain among Russian officials as the country's invasion of Ukraine hit its first month.  U.S. sanctions will hit 300 members of the Russian state Duma, its lower house, amid Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's call for allies to sanction Russian functionaries and others who enable Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Other sanctions will hit dozens of other Russian elites. Forty Russian defense companies would also come under sanction, a senior administration official told reporters Thursday. Those moves will 'align and strengthen our sanctions in close coordination in partnership' with the European allies and G7 group of industrialized nations,' said the administration. A new initiative also will target countries or institutions that evade existing sanctions, as Russia seeks creative ways to avoid the squeeze of sanctions that have tanked Russia's economy and slammed the ruble. New U.S. and European sanctions are taregeting 300 members of Russia's State Duma  'The G7and the EU will also continue to blunt the Central Bank of...
    A MiG-31K fighter jet with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile flies over Moscow's Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in 2018.Sefa Karacan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Russia's purported use of hypersonic missiles in Ukraine in recent days is not only a sign that the military could be resorting to using more destructive weaponry, but also an opportunity for Russia to flaunt weapons it says it's been developing for several years. Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday that it had deployed "Kinzhal" (meaning "Dagger" in Russian) hypersonic aeroballistic missiles to destroy a large underground warehouse of Ukrainian missiles and aviation ammunition in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine. The ministry on Saturday said it had used Kinzhal hypersonic aeroballistic missiles again to destroy a large Ukrainian storage base for fuels and lubricants in the Mykolaiv region; Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement it was the main fuel supply base for Ukrainian armored vehicles in combat areas in southern Ukraine. Russian news agencies said the reported use of hypersonic missiles was the first time Russia's military had used...
    The Pentagon said on Monday it had seen clear evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine as it emerged that the U.S. was shipping Soviet-era air defense systems to bolster Ukrainian resistance. On day 26 of the Russian invasion, a senior defense official said Russia had stepped up air sorties over Ukraine but that its ground advance remained largely stalled. Last week President Joe Biden unveiled a fresh package of weapons for the government in Kyiv. But it made no mention of old Russian-made equipment, such as the decades old SA-8 surface-to-air missile systems, which are reported to be on their way. The weapons will be familiar to Ukraine's armed forces, which have used them since the break-up of the Soviet Union. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. collected several systems - including the S-300, known as the SA-10 to N.A.T.O - during the Cold War to study their Soviet technology and better understand their armaments.  'We are continuing to work with our allies and key partners to surge new assistance, including Soviet- or Russian-origin antiaircraft systems and the...
    A South Carolina boater who rescued a drowning man and his girlfriend and then shot him dead after saying he felt threatened will not face criminal charges, officials said.   A statement from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said the 10th Judicial Circuit ruled that the Tuesday shooting of 29-year-old Nathan Drew Morgan by an unnamed 74-year-old man was in self-defense. Morgan, a Walhalla resident, was shot aboard a pontoon boat on Lake Keowee. Morgan and his girlfriend had fallen off their Jet Ski into the lake and were in distress, Oconee County sheriff's officials said earlier. The two had no life jackets and the Jet Ski was circling. The 74-year-old man and his wife on a pontoon boat drove over to help fish the pair out of the lake, the sheriff's office said.  The elderly couple told authorities Morgan became agitated once he got on board and started assaulting them. Investigators were told he may have wanted to get back on the Jet Ski.  Nathan Drew Morgan, 29, (pictured) was shot and killed by a 74-year-old man who had rescued...
    Abimbola and Ola Osundairo appear in a file photo flanking their attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez (center). (Image via Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images.) Two brothers who agreed to attack Jussie Smollett as part of what those brothers now say was a fake hate crime hoax can move forward with a defamation claim against one of Smollett’s attorneys, a federal judge has ruled. According to court records, the two brothers, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, sued attorneys Mark Geragos, Tina Glandian, and the Geragos & Geragos Law Firm in 2019. “Mr. Smollett told Plaintiffs, in private, that he needed a favor from them: they were to help him stage a social media hoax and pretend to attack him,” the lawsuit says.  “Mr. Smollett’s motivation was simple. He wanted his employer and the public to notice and appreciate him as a successful Black, openly gay actor. So, Mr. Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.” Smollett was charged, but the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the matter in return for the forefeiture of Smollett’s bail money.  A...
    Marcus Williams did not grow up watching Ed Reed highlights. The new Ravens safety acknowledged Thursday that he’d more closely studied another former Ravens safety as he rose to NFL stardom: Eric Weddle, a fellow Utah product. But as Williams explained how he’d found his way to Baltimore, signing a five-year, $70 million deal in free agency, he made clear certain philosophical alignments with the franchise’s defensive greats. Over five standout years with the New Orleans Saints, Williams was one of the NFL’s best ball hawks. Yet he was always left wanting more. At his introductory news conference, he spoke calmly and confidently about his grand ambitions. His mentality in coverage? “When the ball is in the air, I think it’s mine every time. Sometimes I may hit my own teammate, but that’s the cost of doing business. I may take the interception from them, but as long as the other person, other team doesn’t get it, then I’m happy about it.” The validation of being avoided altogether? “You know, it’s tough to not be targeted. I guess it says...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics have been tearing through the NBA for the last two months, but detractors kept shouting that Boston didn’t have a signature win during their torrid stretch. Those detractors have nothing to say after Thursday night. The Celtics themselves didn’t think they had anything to prove heading into Thursday night’s showdown with Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, but they went out and proved a few things anyways. The Grizzlies, who had won eight of their last 10, became Boston’s latest victim in their dominating run, giving the Celtics that signature win they didn’t really need to take their place among the best in the NBA. READ MORE: Celtics Reportedly Sign Nik Stauskas After Guard's G-League EruptionBoston handed their Western Conference counterpart a 120-107 defeat at TD Garden despite not having Jaylen Brown, sidelined with that nasty ankle injury that he suffered Tuesday night. Aaron Nesmith started in Brown’s place, and departed after just five minutes after suffering a nasty ankle injury of his own, which required a wheelchair to get him to the Boston locker...
    Carmela King felt uneasy as she drove away from the cabin, but she shook it off, telling herself to let her fiancé enjoy his evening. Peter Bernardo Spencer, 29, had promised to text when he was ready to come home and so King told him she loved him and left, never dreaming that this would be the last time she saw him alive. The next morning King returned to find the remote cabin an hour and a half north of Pittsburgh, sealed off with crime scene tape and surrounded by cop cars.  Spencer lay dead on the grass out front; nine bullets pumped into his body. That was December 12, 2021. Now, in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, King, 28, has told of her growing frustration as, eight weeks after the grizzly death, she and Spencer's family have more questions than answers. They say they've been stonewalled by investigators who have yet to bring charges or make any arrests in the killing that has been dubbed a 'modern day lynching.' The family of Jamaican immigrant Peter Bernardo Spencer is still...
    (CNN)Defense attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell said the convicted sex trafficker should get a new trial after a juror said in media interviews that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, court documents show.Prosecutors also asked Judge Alison Nathan to bring the juror back to question him about the comments. In a letter Wednesday, prosecutors wrote that some of his statements to media outlets "merit attention by the court" and requested that any juror investigation be conducted "exclusively under the supervision of the Court."Ghislaine Maxwell, found guilty of sex trafficking, could spend the rest of her life in prisonThe juror's comments came during interviews he gave following the trial, which saw Maxwell convicted last month on five federal charges, including sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy.A former close associate of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison. Her attorneys previously said they plan to appeal the convictions.Read MoreIn a partially redacted filing Wednesday, defense attorneys said...
    Getty Fred Warner reacts to the 49ers' fumble recovery during the Sunday, December 19 home win over the Falcons. Two months have passed since the November 2 NFL trading deadline, but there are analysts out there who often wonder what if the trading market were still open? Particularly for the teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, who are in the hunt for the postseason or for the ones that are already in? The 49ers are currently in a win-and-in scenario for Sunday, January 9 against the Los Angeles Rams. But are the ‘Niners truly in a prime position to seal a playoff berth? Or are they in a dreamland scenario where if they could go back in time, they would’ve made one more move to solidify their pursuit? In an article titled “1 Trade Each NFL Playoff Team Wishes It could Make Before the Postseason” written by Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report on Monday, January 3, he began wondering what if the 49ers made one particular move if the trade market were still open and what could that...
    More than half of the NFL’s 32 teams continue to chase the dream. This morning, there are still 18 clubs that are either in the playoffs or remain in playoff contention. And then there’s the other guys. The also-rans. There are six AFC teams and eight NFC teams that are already eliminated from playoff contention. This in a year the NFL is inviting one more team — seven instead of six — into the postseason and giving teams an extra game to make their case for getting in. Those 14 teams all have issues, problems, questions, that ultimately explain why they’re clearly not good enough. And here’s a look at all of them and what it is each team must address so that next year when I write this column, they don’t appear in it again. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The AFC also-rans: Cleveland — The Browns are generally an excellent running team with several excellent running backs and a head coach who wants to run the ball. But they stink at passing. And the NFL...
    Will this finally be judgment day for Ghislaine Maxwell? The jury in her federal sex trafficking case begins its fifth day of deliberations after failing to reach a verdict on Monday when it requested a transcript of the testimony of the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims and a definition of 'enticement,' one of the charges related to that victim. The jury has now deliberated for 24 hours and 40 minutes, or just over three working days. But like last week, this will be a short week for the proceedings. Because of the New Year holiday the jury will deliberate today and Wednesday and if they don't reach a verdict will take a break until Monday. On Monday, in a surprise move, Judge Alison Nathan urged the jurors to stay an hour later each day. Sessions will now end at 6pm instead of promptly at 5.  Maxwell's lawyer Laura Menninger had argued that giving the jury such an instruction was 'beginning to seem like urging them to hurry up.' Prosecutor Alison Moe said that it was 'within the court's discretion'...
    Democrats need to 'get on the defense committees' if they want to shape policy, experts have said after the party came away from negotiations empty handed while Republicans secured a $25 billion boost. Progressives were largely absent from the process of writing the final version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, an annual must-pass piece of legislation. As a result their priorities were left out of the final bill, while conservatives landed big wins - including a five percent increase in spending despite Democrats pushing for cuts.  The Senate voted 89 to 10 on Wednesday to authorize $770 billion in defense spending over the next fiscal year.  Among the additions, Republicans secured safeguards for soldiers who refuse to comply with Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for the armed forces.  Meanwhile a left-wing effort to ban the military from supporting the Saudi-led war against the Houthis in Yemen did not make it into the final draft. 'If progressives ever want to get serious about influencing defense, they must develop the expertise to know what to change and how to change it,' said Todd Harrison,...
    Getty Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde The Buffalo Bills weren’t a happy bunch on Monday night following their Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots. We saw Bills head coach Sean McDermott hold off giving credit to Bill Belichick during his post-game presser. When Bills safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer were interviewed, they were both clearly miffed by a question from a reporter. The duo was asked if they were “embarrassed” by the team’s run defense against the Patriots. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Join Heavy on Patriots! Here was the response: Poyer: What kind of question is that? Hyde: “Like, what are we doing, bro?” Poyer: “14 to 10 that was the final score. We made stops when we had to, they had one big run. I mean they got good backs. They kept coming back to a couple runs. I mean, I don’t know how you want us to answer that question. Hyde: “That’s funny well. We’ll remember that. I’ll remember...
    Ghislaine Maxwell's defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim took aim at each of the four victims during scathing opening statements Monday.  'Let's talk about those four accusers. As I said before, it's Jane, Annie, Kate, and Carolyn,' Sternheim said.  All but one of the accusers are using pseudonyms; Annie Farmer has identified herself. The four women are expected to testify about the sexual abuse they allege they suffered at the hands of Maxwell and Epstein while they were underage.  Sternheim branded one victim 'a consummate actress' before undermining the others, questioning their character and past drug abuse.    Lawyer Bobbi Sternheim took the floor to deliver the defense's opening statements Monday, saying she is 'proud' to represent Maxwell  Sternheim branded one victim 'a consummate actress' before undermining the others, questioning their character and past drug abuse 'Jane'    Sternheim began by introducing 'Jane' as a 'talented musician and a singer from a musical family.' She described Jeffrey Epstein as a 'patron of the arts and a supporter of young talent, sponsored musicians and artists and actresses and others.' Ghislaine Maxwell faces up to 80...
    The defense team in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial expressed disappointment on Wednesday about the convictions of the three defendants in the case. Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed in a Georgia neighborhood last year by three White people – Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan – who were convicted on Wednesday for his death. The defendants face a minimum of life in prison. Following the verdict, the three were taken into the custody of the sheriff. A sentencing date has not been set. Travis McMichael’s attorney, Jason Sheffield, addressed reporters outside the courthouse: We want to thank everyone who gathered here in front of the Glynn County courthouse to show their support, either for the Arbery family or for the McMichaels. We understand more than you know how valuable it is to have people come together, peacefully assemble, share their voices, share what’s in their hearts, share what’s in their minds. This is a very difficult day for Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael. These are two men who honestly believed that what they were doing was the right thing to do. However, a Glynn County jury has spoken. They have found them guilty and they will be sentenced. And that...
    The jury in the trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery (pictured) has reached a verdict  Gunman Travis McMichael was found guilty on the charge of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. His father, Gregory McMichael was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was found not guilty of malice murder.  Neighbor William 'Roddie' Bryan was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was found not guilty of malice murder and one count each of felony murder and aggravated assault.  After being sworn in more than two weeks ago, the disproportionately white jury heard from more than two dozen witnesses - including gunman Travis McMichael, the only defendant to take the witness stand - and was presented with evidence photos, police body camera video, autopsy reports and more. McMichael, 35, his father, Gregory McMichael, 65, and neighbor William 'Roddie' Bryan Jr., 52, all pleaded not guilty to charges including murder,...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday defended President Joe Biden's decision to spend the Thanksgiving on Nantucket, saying food prices weren't that high and everyone should spend the holiday with loved ones. The president has come under fire for heading to the posh island off the coast of Massachusetts to spend the rest of the week at the home of billionaire Carlyle group co-founder David Rubenstein.  Biden ran for president as a symbol and representative of the middle class. The Biden family has been spending Thanksgiving on the island nearly every year since 1975, including when he was vice president. 'There are abundance of turkeys available. They're about $1 more for a 20 pound bird, which is a huge bird if you're feeding a very big family, and that's something that again, we've been working to make sure people have more money in their pockets to address,' she said at her daily White House press briefing. White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden's decision to spend the Thanksgiving on Nantucket, saying foor prices weren't that high...
    During an interview with WBUR’s “Here and Now” released on Monday, author and professor Ibram X. Kendi argued that the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse will “cause more people to want to bring weapons to peaceful protests and claim self-defense if they end up killing someone.” And that he’s worried that a person could bring an AR-15 to a protest, “people could seek to disarm that person in fear that they would harm somebody and then that person who brought the AR-15 can shoot to kill and then claim self-defense and be exonerated.” Kendi said, [relevant remarks begin around 12:50] “I think that is one of the greatest worries that I have and I know many people have expressed over the last few days, and really over the last few months and years, and that is that somebody who has worked with or praised white supremacist organizations can bring an AR-15 to an anti-racist demonstration, people could seek to disarm that person in fear that they would harm somebody and then that person who brought the AR-15 can shoot to kill...
    (CNN)Senate Republicans are holding up action on the annual defense policy bill, upset that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to add to it an unrelated bill aimed at increasing US economic competition with China. "Nothing else is going to happen until that's resolved," Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters in the Capitol Wednesday, shortly after a procedural vote to begin debate on the defense bill was postponed so leaders could negotiate a path forward. Inhofe opposes the China measure, known as the United States Innovation and Competition Act or USICA, although it was supported by 18 Republicans and 50 Democrats when it initially passed the Senate in June. Inhofe is also angry about adding an unrelated provision to the $780 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which has passed for the last 60 years, because it creates a bad precedent. Schumer, a leading sponsor of USICA, defended his push to have it included in the defense bill, saying it will help address supply chain problems and increase US...
    The jury for Kyle Rittenhouse on Wednesday halted deliberations to request they be allowed to rewatch drone footage of the Aug. 25, 2020 incident that took place between Rittenhouse and his combatants. The footage, presented by the prosecution on Tuesday, showed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, pursuing Rittenhouse into a parking lot before Rittenhouse whipped around and discharged his rifle. A forensic pathologist testified that Rosenbaum was shot four times before succumbing to his injuries. The incident, prosecutor Thomas Binger noted, came after an eventful evening for Rosenbaum, which involved him tipping over a Porta Potti and lighting a flat-bed trailer on fire as he shouted racial epithets. Seven women and five men comprising the jury are considering charges against Rittenhouse that include first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. It was not clear what members of the jury were hoping to learn from the video, though Rittenhouse’s defense team earlier filed a motion requesting a mistrial with prejudice — which would prevent a second trial — based on the prosecution’s failure...
    Attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz branded CNN and the New Yorker 'the real vigilantes' in the Rittenhouse case for 'convicting' him before the trial.     During an interview with Breitbart's Joel Pollak on the SiriusXM show, Dershowitz said he hoped that the 18-year-old should be acquitted on murder charges for fatally shooting two and wounding a third during unrest in Kenosha last year. He also blasted left wing media for trying and convicting Rittenhouse in the court of public opinion, while supporters of Rittenhouse confronted Black Lives Matter protestors outside of the courthouse on Tuesday during jury deliberations. 'CNN and some of the other TV stations have become vigilantes,' he said. 'They're the vigilantes, not Rittenhouse. They're the ones who want to put not the thumb, but the elbow on the scale of justice. They want to influence the outcome of this case.' Eighteen jurors began deliberating Tuesday at the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, after listening to dueling portrayals of him as a 'wannabe soldier' who left his home in Illinois armed and looking for trouble, or...
    More than half of the Air Force and Space Force personnel who participated in a recent survey acknowledged that they had experienced behaviors that met the criteria of “interpersonal violence.” The new data, which shed light on the number of people within the military branch who experience violence either in their personal or professional lives, were released by the Air Force on Tuesday. AUSTIN SIGNS OFF ON INVESTIGATION FINDING NOTHING ILLEGAL IN BOTCHED AFGHANISTAN STRIKE The study found that 54% of personnel overall — 66% of women, 48% of men, and 63% of those who didn’t share their gender — acknowledged having experienced interpersonal violence, which includes harassment, sexual assault, dating or familial violence , hazing, and bullying, within the last two years. There were approximately 68,000 active-duty, reserve, guard, and civilian personnel within the Air Force who took the service, which accounts for roughly 10% of the entire force. The most common type of interpersonal violence that the respondents reported was workplace bullying, 36%, followed by workplace harassment, 29%, nonintimate partner violence, 21%, and intimate partner violence, 9%....
    Getty Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso. When Alex Caruso came onto the scene with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017, he quickly became a fan favorite due to his appearance and penchant for flashy dunks. However, it quickly became apparent that he could actually play and was much more than a novelty. He ended up becoming a top player for the Lakers and an important piece during 2020’s championship run. Caruso hit free agency in the offseason and it didn’t appear like there was any chance Los Angeles was going to let him go. He had a great relationship with LeBron James and the two played extremely well together. Once free agency started, the Lakers made a flurry of moves but didn’t end up bringing back Caruso. He signed a four-year deal worth $37 million with the Chicago Bulls and has already become a massive fan favorite for their fan base. Caruso goes viral quite often for his impressive defensive plays, which the Lakers need a lot of defensive help right. Current and former executives around...
    Texas Rep. Brian Babbin and a group of House Republicans introduced legislation that would ensure that no service member loses his or her Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits for choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The legislation, which was first obtained by the Daily Caller, picked up the support of ten other House Republicans and was officially introduced Friday. Babbin called the mandate “totalitarian overreach” and said the bill would kill the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for service members from moving forward. “I will not stand by and watch while Biden steals from our veterans what they’ve bravely earned. My bill will stop this president’s disgusting and totalitarian overreach in its tracks. Our service members didn’t fight to protect our freedom just to have their own freedom taken away,” Babbin told the Daily Caller. The cosponsors include Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, West Virginia Rep. David McKinley, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn, Texas Rep. Randy Weber, Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain, Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, Florida Rep. Bill Posey and Virginia Rep. Ben Cline. READ...