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Sessions faces grilling about Russia’s outreach to Trump campaign

first_imgAnother Trump campaign foreign policy aide, Carter Page, later told House investigators he had informed Sessions about his own trip to Moscow. He said he mentioned it to the then-senator following a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club shortly before he left town.House Democrats have already signaled they have questions about Sessions’ accuracy. In a letter from the judiciary committee’s 17 Democrats, the lawmakers described Sessions’ statements as “inconsistencies” and told him to be prepared to answer for them.The Alabaman also could face questions about Trump’s decision earlier this year to fire FBI Director James Comey, which the president later said he did out of frustration with the Russia investigation. That firing, which Sessions weighed in on despite having recused himself from all campaign-related matters, led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel.Senate Democrats who have interrogated him remain frustrated by Sessions’ evasion of questions that touch on his private conversations with Trump about the matter, even though the president has not claimed the discussions were subject to executive privilege. Sessions has said he won’t talk about the conversations in case Trump later decides to claim privilege.Though Sessions, a former senator, has generally warm relationships with his former colleagues — including Democrats — he doesn’t have the same connection with House Democrats and may be in for a bruising, lengthy hearing. It’ll be a test of his endurance: there are 41 members of the committee who will each be offered a chance to question the Justice Department head.Though Sessions’ answers on Russia will be the most anticipated of the hearing, he’ll also be pressed on a variety of high-stakes subjects that will extend the hearing further. Among them: Trump’s public calls for DOJ to investigate Hillary Clinton, controversial surveillance programs handled by the FBI, terrorism, civil forfeiture, race relations between police and minority communities, and allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, who is running for Sessions’ old Senate seat from Alabama. — During Sessions’ January 10 confirmation hearing, the incoming attorney general told Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” He separately told Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in writing that he had not been in contact with any Russian government officials about the election, but subsequent reports showed that Sessions met at least twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 campaign.— In June, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee he had never discussed with Russians “any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States” and didn’t know of any such conversations by anyone with the Trump campaign.— Last month, he told the Senate judiciary committee that he had no “improper involvement” with Russians and that he never discussed anything that might be construed as collusion. He also said he wasn’t aware of whether any campaign surrogates had any interactions with Russians. “I did not, and I’m not aware of anyone else that did,” he said.But a recent plea agreement reached by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and fresh testimony from a former Trump foreign policy aide indicate Sessions did know of some contacts between campaign officials and Russians.In the plea deal with George Papadopoulos, prosecutors said the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser — who admitted to lying to FBI agents about contacts with Russians — interacted with high-level campaign officials about those contacts. Papadopoulos told prosecutors he raised the notion of a meeting between Trump and Putin during a March 2016 meeting of the foreign policy team, which was led by Sessions.Sessions has not commented publicly, but people close to him have since said Sessions was the one who shot down the proposed meeting between Putin and Trump, who was also present for the conversation. WASHINGTON — After months of dismissing questions about the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election, Jeff Sessions on Tuesday will have to address recent revelations that he knew about some aspects of Russia’s outreach to Donald Trump’s campaign.Members of the House judiciary committee have already indicated they’ll ask the former Alabama senator about his role in meetings and conversations about Trump aides’ travels to Russia and attempts to set up a meeting between the then-Republican presidential nominee and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Sessions has come under intensifying scrutiny about his repeated denials or shifting answers to questions about what he knew about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. Among them:center_img Elana Schor and Josh Gerstein contributed to this report. Also On POLITICO What Mueller’s org chart reveals about his Russia probe By Darren Samuelsohn Trump careens off script on Russia after Putin meeting By Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cooklast_img read more

USDA: 1 in 8 Vermont households are hungry

first_imgA new USDA report out today, indicates that hunger is a frequent reality for the 33,745 (1 in 8) Vermont households categorized as food insecure. This level of food insecurity has not declined since last year, despite a slowly improving economy. Food insecurity is the USDA’s definition for families who don’t have consistent access to enough food or enough healthy food because of financial constraints. Meal programs and food pantries report record high numbers, especially over the summer when school meals are not available to stretch limited food budgets. ‘In these hungry households, children are not reaching their educational potential, elders are not getting the nutrition they need, and parents are risking their own health to make sure they provide for their children,’ reports Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont.  When a household becomes food insecure, young children often are cognitively, emotionally, and physically behind their food-secure peers, delays which follow them through life, reducing their chance of graduating from high school and hurting their potential in the workforce, according to new research from Children’s Healthwatch (read report here). Seniors who are food insecure also suffer more illnesses and are less able to remain independent than those who have adequate healthy food (read Senator Sanders’ report, Senior Hunger: The Human Toll and Budget Consequences). The nutrition programs that feed children in child care, school, afterschool and during the summer, as well as programs that feed seniors at senior centers and through Meals-on-Wheels, are increasingly important in providing the nutritious food many cannot afford. Vermont has recently made all school meals free for low income students, ensuring access to healthy food during the school day. Another nutrition program, 3SquaresVT (formerly food stamps), is now at an all-time high with more than 1 in 6 Vermonters participating. ‘3SquaresVT benefits are an important bridge for Vermonters who have lost work or lost hours, and we are very concerned that hunger will increase in Vermont when benefits are reduced this November, just as winter begins and heating bills rise,’ notes Parisi. ‘Other critical nutrition programs such as senior nutrition programs, HeadStart, and WIC, which serve vulnerable Vermonters have already been cut as a result of the federal Sequester, which will further increase hunger in our state.’ The full report can be read at: Household Food Security in the US, 2012September 4, 2013 (South Burlington, VT) ‘ Hunger Free Vermont: Hunger Free Vermont (formerly the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. Since 1993 Hunger Free Vermont’s outreach programs have substantially enhanced Vermont’s nutrition safety net and increased access to nutritious foods. www.hungerfreevt.org(link is external)last_img read more

Azkals mounts repeat victory vs Kyrgyzstan

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Azkals mounts repeat victory vs Kyrgyzstan ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Philippine Azkals capped off its 2016 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup preparation with a 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in their international friendly match on Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.Misagh Bahadoran provided the lone goal for the national men’s football team with his timely hit past Kyrgyzstan’s goal keeper in the second half to snap its two-game losing skid in international friendlies.This also marka the Azkals’ second victory over the Kyrgyzstan team following its 2-1 escape in their first international friendly last September on conversions by Bahadoran and Kevin Ingreso.Kyrgyzstan went aggressive early in the match with multiple close range attempts but were all deflected by Azkals Patrick Muller. The Azkals also had some clear chances but failed to net a score.In the second half, it was the Azkals’ turn to be aggressive with Ingreso, Stephan Schrock and Jeffrey Christiaens mounting shot attempts but they were all thwarted by the defense.In the 65th minute, the Azkals finally entered the scoring column on a well-placed shot by Bahadoran over Kyrgyzstan’s keeper. Kyrgyzstan had a chance to tie in the next possession but Phil Younghusband headed out a shot attempt by the opponent.With less than 10 minutes in the game, Kyrgyzstan had multiple chances to tie the count but their conversions were anticipated by the Azkals defense, led by Amani Aguinaldo.“I am glad that we won against Kyrgyzstan. We will need that morale-boosting win heading into the Suzuki Cup since we will be facing tough opponents,” said Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley.This marks the Azkals’ final international friendly match before the start of the Suzuki Cup on Nov. 19. The national football squad had a total of five tune-up matches heading into the competition, emerging victorious in two face-offs./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Best of the SEC: Amari Cooper strengthens Heisman bid

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN Session ID: 2020-09-18:277a91e0300192ade1e47f44 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-6817-3916464857001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken gives his best of the SEC from Week 14 of college football.last_img read more

FC Bulmaro Holds Football Clinic for Students Today

first_imgSpeaking on behalf of Blaugrana Sports Group, Ayeesha Ibrahim, the Group Communication and Market Specialist, revealed that the club is aligning with the corporate vision of the promoters whose major motivation is to see the youth positively engaging their energy in ventures that would better their lives and help build a zero crime society.“The clinic is billed for today in the school sports ground starting from 9 am. Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, is the launching pad,” she revealed.She added that this effort will also help to prepare the club scheduled to take part in this year’s Donostic Club competition, in Barcelona, Spain, in early April.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As a way to driving its vision of serving as a veritable platform of opportunities, the technical crew of the FC Bulmaro led by Argentine Gonzalo Dibiasi, has concluded arrangement to host a free weekend football clinic for students and coaches of Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos, and students from other schools in the environ, who are duly registered inline with the host school’s rules and regulations.According to the head coach, FC Bulmaro, the young club has not only come to stay, but has the zeal to add quality value to the sporting world, while developing young people, building the Nigerian society in agreement with the corporate social responsibility objective and strategy of Blaugrana Sports Group International, with the intention of helping in growing and raising the young people who are talented and has the will to improve themselves.“It is the intention of FC Bulmaro to ensure that it helps young people grow their innate talents, making them not only able to live their dreams, but be of immense worth to their immediate society, which we are a vital integral part. Thus, little contributions here and there, especially in well organized and structured environment where we have our children educated we strongly believe our world would be better for it,” Gonzalo said.last_img read more

Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League

first_imgResults & Standings August 18 (week 7) Winner Bar76172333918 OK Bar7434857-912 Celtic Tiger7344758-119 Lanna Bar7073372-390 New Country Road7164263-213 San Snack Bar734535219 TeamPWLFA+/-Pts. Bootleggers7344560-159 Rack Em Up76168373118 Country Road7435748912 Aussie Ally’s7254065-256 Tequila Bar7435253-112 Candy Loca76170353518 Woaw’s Pub75265402515 Buddy’s Bar7254362-196 Results: Aussie Ally’s 11 v 4 Celtic Tiger, Woaw’s Pub 12 v 3 Buddy’s Bar, New Country Road 9 v 6 Lanna Bar, Tequila Bar 4 v 11 Winner Bar, Country Road 5 v 10 Candy Loca, Bootleggers 6 v 9 Rack Em Up, OK Bar 8 v 7 San Snack Barlast_img

In the NBA playoffs, teams quick to tinker with lineups

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes to the basket over New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) in the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The “Death Lineup” breathed new life into the Golden State Warriors.It was yet another reminder: In the NBA playoffs, where even a brief downward slide can be enough to end a season, even the best teams won’t hesitate when they feel a need to shake up their starting lineups.Desperate times in the first round sent Cleveland to desperate lineup measures. Toronto, the team that finished with the NBA’s second-best regular season record, sought a spark by changing its starting five against the Cavs for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Utah showed Houston a new look Sunday in Game 4 of their West semifinal matchup, and while the Jazz slowed the high-powered Rockets at times they still fell into a 3-1 series deficit.And then there’s the Warriors, who were coming off a big loss in Game 3 against New Orleans so they put their five best players — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green — on the floor Sunday to start a game for the first time all season. The result was a rout , one that allowed the Warriors to head home with a 3-1 lead in their series against the Pelicans.“Anytime we’ve been in any danger over the years, we’ve sort of gone to this lineup,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The lineup worked or whatever, but it’s not about the lineup. It’s really not.”All due respect to Kerr, he might be overstating that one.Golden State’s starting five on Sunday — some call it “The Death Lineup” because of how opponents tend to succumb against it, others prefer “Hamptons Five” because Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Green were the players who went to the Hamptons two summers ago in an effort to lure Durant to the Warriors — was absolutely dominant. NBA.com charted them as being on the floor together for 18 minutes, during which they outscored the Pelicans 52-26.Every other Warriors lineup used over the other 30 minutes played the Pelicans even, 66-66.“We got momentum on our side really early,” Curry said. “Every single person on the floor in that lineup is a playmaker. And so we have multiple options and just look for the best shot on every possession.”It wasn’t exactly an in-case-of-emergency-break-glass move by the Warriors.But these NBA playoffs have seen some of those as well.Cleveland, which has a chance to win its way back into the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night if it can finish off a sweep of Toronto, almost didn’t even get to this round. Facing a win-or-else Game 7 in the first round, the Cavaliers put LeBron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson — the four holdovers from their 2016 NBA championship team — out to start with Kyle Korver.It was their first time starting together this season. James survived cramps, scored 45, and the Cavaliers held off Indiana to advance. They haven’t lost since.“All five of us, we knew what we could get out of each other,” James said afterward. “We’ve been in situations before. We’ve played in big games before. That’s a comfort.”Toronto could use some of that comfort.Since James entered the league, only one No. 1 seed has gotten swept in the conference playoffs — Atlanta, in 2015, by James and the Cavaliers. Toronto shook up its lineup in Game 3 on Saturday night by trying Fred VanVleet instead of Serge Ibaka, but the Raptors fell into the dreaded 3-0 series deficit when James made a running bank shot at the buzzer for the win.Everything is on the table for the Raptors now.“You realize how big it is in this moment to get a victory,” Raptors star DeMar DeRozan said.Sometimes, even subtle changes pay off nicely.Boston inserted role player Semi Ojeleye into its starting lineup before Game 5 of the Celtics’ first-round series against Milwaukee. Ojeleye’s role: Find a way to slow down Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.Ojeleye was on the floor to help open the next three games, the first starts of his rookie season. He scored 10 points in those games, though none of that mattered much to the Celtics. His primary role was defense, since Antetokounmpo averaged 27.8 points on 62 percent shooting in the first four games of the series.With Ojeleye in the lineup, Antetokounmpo averaged 23 points on 50 percent shooting in the last three games — and seemed particularly out of sorts in Game 5, the first one where the Celtics made the change.Boston won that night by five points, and wound up surviving the series in seven games.“He did a great job,” Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to Ojeleye. “He played hard. He competed.”And that’s the secret, Kerr said. It’s not about the names, he insists. It’s about how well they perform.It’s become a bit of a running joke around the Warriors that Kerr won’t reveal his starting lineups until he absolutely has to, no matter how many times he is asked.But this time, after the results on Sunday, Kerr isn’t holding his cards to his chest. Game 5 is on Tuesday night. The “Death Lineup” starts.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketballlast_img read more

No. 2 Clemson clobbers Pitt 42-10 for 4th straight ACC title

first_imgTravis Etienne ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, Trevor Lawrence threw two short scoring passes to Tee Higgins and No. 2 Clemson beat Pitt 42-10 on Saturday night on a rainy night to become the first team to win four straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship games.“You can’t be the best ever if you don’t do things that have never been done,” a triumphant Swinney said after the game.Clemson (13-0, CFP No. 2) is expected to face third-ranked Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29, though the field won’t be set until Sunday.As Swinney held up the championship trophy on the field after the game, he shouted to thousands of waterlogged fans clad in orange rain jackets: “I think we should just come back and do it again next year!”“It’s incredibly difficult to have the consistency that we have had,” Swinney said.Swinney called it a “gritty, sloppy, old school, grind-it-out win” on a muddy field.Clemson turned to its running game and piled up 301 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 9 yards per carry on a night in which Lawrence was limited to 118 yards passing.The defense forced three turnovers, including two in the first half that gave the offense the ball inside the Pitt 10 and led to 14 points. The Tigers limited Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett to 8 yards passing and had nine tackles for a loss, including two sacks.The Tigers entered the game as a 27 1/2-point favorite and Swinney’s team looked as if it would put Pitt away early after Etienne scored on his first two carries.The ACC player of the year took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage, ran to the right, cutback and raced 75 yards for his 20th touchdown of the season — the quickest TD in the conference championship history. He added a second scoring run a few minutes later after Isaiah Simmons stripped Pickett of the ball and Christian Wilkins return it to the Pitt 3.Etienne, the game’s Most Outstanding Player, had 78 yards on his first two carries, surpassing Clemson’s rushing total from last year’s ACC title game win over Miami.“All of that credit goes to the offensive line because they come in and grind every day of the week,” Etienne said.Pitt (7-6) would show signs of life though, scoring 10 straight points behind a 1-yard TD run by Qadree Ollison to cut the lead to 14-10.But Lawrence found his fellow freshman Higgins on TD passes of 5 and 10 in the second quarter, the latter coming after a 38-yard interception return by A.J. Terrell, to take a 28-10 lead at halftime. Adam Choice and Lyn-J Dixon added fourth quarter touchdown runs for the Tigers.CLEMSON OVER NOTRE DAMEPitt coach Pat Narduzzi has faced Clemson and Notre Dame this season and said there is “no comparison” between the two teams.“Clemson is the best football team we have faced this season and they will probably win a national championship in my opinion,” Narduzzi said. “That’s a good football team from the front end to the back end.”PICKETT STAYS THE STARTERDespite a miserable night, Pickett will remain the team’s starting quarterback moving forward, Narduzzi said.“There is nobody other than Kenny Pickett I would want to lead our offense,” Narduzzi said. “He’s played unbelievable this year. … It starts with protection and when he gets time he can be effective and when he doesn’t nobody is going to be effective. When you are running for your life back there it is not easy.”Said Pickett: “It’s a tough loss, but I’m not going to let this game define me.”CLEMSON’S FRONT FOURThe Tigers’ experienced and heralded defensive front of ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant and tackles Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence dominated the line of scrimmage.“Clemson’s front four, they have three first round (draft picks) and maybe four,” Narduzzi said.Said Pitt running back Darrin Hall: “They’re the number two team in the country for a reason. They brought the energy.”THE TAKEAWAYPitt: The Panthers need to make major strides in the passing game to take the next step in the ACC. But the Panthers did run for nearly 200 yards and Ollison and Hall became the first Panthers tandem ever to both surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season. They will need more balance moving forward.Clemson: The Tigers won their 13th game for the third time in four seasons, continuing a remarkable run under Swinney. Their offense struggled at times and Lawrence wasn’t particularly sharp, which could be a concern moving forward against better competition. The weather didn’t help either team in the passing game.UP NEXTPitt: The Panthers will wait to see where they are headed for a bowl game.Clemson: The Tigers advanced to the playoff for the fourth straight season. At least one more game is coming this season. Clemson is hoping for two.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Clemson’s Travis Etienne (9) runs for a touchdown against Pittsburgh in the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Exactly 10 years after being hired as head coach, Dabo Swinney made history with the Clemson Tigers.last_img read more

Benedict Arnolds—Are some current and former Steelers turning on the team and Tomlin? (Feb. 13)

first_imgThere has been a cluster of “soap opera-ish” clouds hanging over the Pittsburgh Steelers since before the beginning of their 2018 season. Those clouds of uncertainty continue to loom over the well-being of the Black and Gold in particular as well as the Steeler nation in particular. I am now going to take on the role of “social meteorologist” and prognosticator regarding the present and possibly the future of the squad from the Steel City.Cloud #1, Le’Veon Bell: rain, rain, go away please don’t come back until after March 13, 2019. Before the 2018 season began, “As Le’Veon Turns” was the beginning of the soapbox era for the Steelers. Mr. Bell appears to be running at warp speed toward the NFL free agency market in 2019. He sat out the entire 2018 season and didn’t even show up to sign his 2018 franchise-tagged salary of about $14 million—as of today it appears as if he has now evolved into a thoroughbred “USDA dumba__.”According to TMZ: Bell told cops he “didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high… and admitted to smoking a couple hours before the incident.”After all of that drama and suspension, he was still welcomed back with open arms. The Steelers’ arms and hands were empty; Bell had a few hidden daggers waiting for the Steelers management and coaches to turn their backs even after he suffered two season-ending injuries.Cloud #2, Antonio Brown: the “team” called me! The “clown” named Brown allegedly purchased $500,000 worth of jewelry, yet allegedly got into a domestic dispute over money for a haircut!Brown seemed to be just an afterthought when the Steelers picked him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was the 22nd of 27 wide receivers selected in the draft. This former special teams ace (Brown was lucky to even make the 2010 squad) personally forfeited his role in the 2018 end-of-season game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that could have decided if the Steelers would have advanced to the playoffs. Brown and the apparently bitter ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison watched, mocked and even appeared to celebrate Mike Tomlin’s 2018 season-ending press conference. This ungrateful behavior from Antonio Brown, a mere sixth round draft pick who did everything from begging, kissing boots and other things just to make the squad. The Steelers should ship Brown out on a submarine with a slow leak.Cloud #3, ex-Steeler James Harrison: brawny, definitely yes, brainy, maybe not so much. James Harrison, a linebacker cut three times previously by NFL teams, twice by the Steelers and once by the Ravens. Harrison was signed in 2003 by the Ravens after being cut by the Steelers in 2002. The Ravens sent him to NFL Europe before eventually releasing him. He re-signed with the Steelers; left Pittsburgh for a short stint with the Bengals. He returned to the Steelers, retired briefly, returned and signed with the Patriots until he retired for good at the end of the 2017 season. His new vocation is bashing Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin while simultaneously seeking fame, fortune, glory and attention in Hollywood. If he could lift weights with his brains, he’d be truly dangerous.Cloud #4, Ben Roethlisberger: the “untouchable one.” Once an NFL QB who could scramble and throw on the run as good as any signal-caller in history, oftentimes it seemed as if his second job was to screw up and wait for a bus to approach so that he could toss his teammates under it. On sheer numbers alone, Roethlisberger should be a lock to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He admits that it is difficult for him to relate with some of his teammates. On that note, he may be a shoo-in for the “hall of shame.”The Steelers will eventually taste success again but they must remove the “social” cancers and drama in order to do so. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Mahomes is top money man in American sports – and deserves every penny

first_imgIt’s too soon to talk about Mahome’s life after football. But he would be a winner in that competition too – and the United States and the world would be better off than we are right now.  by Alvin Reid, St. Louis AmericanThe once-in-a-lifetime quarterback just signed a once-in-a-lifetime contract.Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs signal caller who won an MVP Award, a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP honors before the age of 25, is now the highest paid athlete in American history.His 10-year contract extension could earn him $503 million, with $477 million in “guarantee mechanisms,” and a no trade clause. If the guarantees aren’t met, Mahomes can opt out of the deal. In addition, Mahomes’ deal has a $140 million injury guarantee.Mahomes immediately said he was grateful to “further invest in the Kansas City community,” during a Tuesday afternoon online press conference.“Obviously, I wanted the security to take care of my family and future generations of my family,” Mahomes said.“But I want to keep great football players around me. I’d be lying if I sat here and said it doesn’t help me having great players all around me on the field. I knew this would be the right way to do it, to accomplish both things that are important to me.”His on-field brilliance and sparkling personality have made him the face of the NFL – and his contract is worth more than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s 426.5 million deal.In an NFL that does not have a grand history when it comes to Black quarterbacks, Mahomes is the most essential part of its immediate future.The 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes would start one game that season – and win it. Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins, Mahomes took over the Chiefs and suffered an excruciating overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the 2018 AFC Championship game. Last year, after a scintillating playoff run that included three come-from-behind victories, the Chiefs won the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 50 years.His career record is 24-7 and he is 4-1 in the playoffs. Needless to say, he is beloved in Kansas City.Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt called Mahomes “one of the most prolific athletes in all of sports.”“With his dynamic play and infectious personality, he is one of the most recognized and beloved figures to put on the Chiefs uniform. He’s an extraordinary leader and a credit to the Kansas City community, and I’m delighted that he will be a member of the Chiefs for many years to come.”He is also devoted to working against brutality and challenging his country to overcome the racism that impacts every one of its citizens.Could you imagine a Black quarterback, saying “Black Lives Matter,” in a video with other Black NFL stars, then, within weeks, becoming the game’s highest-paid player in history?Part of this happening is the atmosphere calling for change – but most of it is that Mahomes is indeed a very special person. His intelligence surpasses his football talent, something that would seem impossible.Kansas City Times sports columnist Vahe Gregorian, who bolted the Post-Dispatch several years ago for greener pastures on the west side of the state, wrote Tuesday, “Mahomes isn’t just an amazing, transformational player who influences everyone around him on the field. He is a principled, charismatic leader of the highest character in ways that reverberate off the field.”“Mahomes is fundamentally wholesome, charitable, courteous and empathetic, the sort of person who looks people in the eye and really listens and knows part of his role is to make a difference for others.“Someone Kansas City can embrace as an ideal ambassador for the city.”Oh my gosh, could St. Louis use somebody like him at this point in its history.Gregorian visited Mahomes’ hometown of Whitehouse, Texas a year ago and came away impressed.“People talked about how he was the guy who always reminded the football coach of teammates’ birthdays and looked out for the ‘last kids’ picked on teams,” Gregorian wrote.His seventh-grade English teacher Dee Landers said Mahomes “was always good to have … walk in the room; since he’d smile and make everyone feel part of it all.”Now, Mahomes is the first athlete with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. He’s not even 25.His contract extension runs through the 2031 season, and he’ll be 36.You can run for president when you’re 35. You just have to turn 30 before you take office to run for U.S. Senate.center_img Big HBCU newsSaying, “I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow,” five-star basketball recruit Makur Maker announced last week that he would play for Howard University. Howard, an HBCU university in Washington, D.C., beat out finalists UCLA, Memphis, Kentucky and dozens of other schools for one of the nation’s top talent at center.Maker immediately went into a recruiting-mode when he wrote, “I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenny Blakeney.”Williams will be a sophomore at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California, when school resumes and the guard is ranked third by ESPN in the class of 2023.In June, before Maker announced his plans, Williams wrote on Twitter, “Going to an HBCU wouldn’t be too bad. ”After Maker’s invitation to join him at Howard, Williams wrote, “On your side my boy let’s shock the world!!!”Maker is the first five-star recruit and highest-ranked college basketball prospect to commit to an HBCU since the ESPN recruiting database started in 2007. He is a cousin of Detroit Pistons forward Thon Maker, was born in Kenya and then moved to Australia. He then moved to California in 2015.Price isn’t rightLos Angeles Dodgers pitch David Price became the biggest name in Major League Baseball to opt out of the 2020 60-game regular season. “I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season,” wrote Price, whose two children are under the age of 4. Price is surrendering $11.9 million by not playing.“It was the toughest decision I’ve had to make, knowing I’m making the right decision for myself and my family,” Price told USA Today. “We’ve been in conversation [with the Dodgers] for a long time about all of this.”Meanwhile in St. Louis, relief pitcher Andrew Miller has become a rational spokesperson for all MLB players, not just his fellow Cardinals.“I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” Miller told USA TODAY.“By no means is this a slam dunk. We’re trying, we’re going to give it our best effort, but for me to sit here and say 100 percent would be a lie.”Mike Trout of the L.A. Angels and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, two of the game’s biggest stars, are wavering as to whether they will play this season. If they both opt out, it could lead to a tidal wave of other players doing the same.“I’d be surprised if you asked any player, if they gave you a hard-line, ‘No way, I’m not going to opt out ever’ answer,” Posey told the San Francisco Chronicle. A new Tatum ‘doOur own Jayson Tatum showed for his first workout with the Boston Celtics with a new hairstyle. It’s kind of a fluffy, curly short Afro kinda deal. You have to see a photo to try and understand it.But one thing is for sure. His game is on point.“He walked in the first day and couldn’t miss a shot,” said teammate Danial Theis.Former Chicago Bull and NBA Scottie Pippen told “The Jump” on ESPN, “I think this has been a breakout season for Tatum. He started this season sort of on a mission to separate himself from the other players that have grown and developed as well as really showing some leadership, I think, by becoming an All-Star this season.”“And I think if (his) team is to make a run, it has to rely on Tatum’s ability to carry them offensively. And I feel like he’s totally ready.”The Reid RoundupCiting a shoulder injury that dates back to the early NBA season, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will not participate when the season resumes later this month. “This was a difficult decision and one that I did not take lightly as the leader of this team,” Beal said in the team statement. “I wanted to help my teammates compete for a playoff spot in Orlando, but also understand that this will be best for all of us in the long term. I appreciate the support of my teammates, the fans and the entire organization and look forward to returning next season to continue the progress we have made.” Beal will be eligible to be traded at the season’s conclusion. … If there is a college basketball season going on in 2021, Howard University will host Notre Dame on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 18… On Friday night, July 3, I dropped my cell phone into dishwater. I instantly thought that the July 4 weekend might mean a delay in getting a new one. Why couldn’t MLB have predicted that getting COVID testing results to teams might be delayed?? The St. Louis Cardinals were among the teams that cancelled workouts Monday until results arrived… The guy who is president lashed out with lies against NASCAR and its lone black driver Bubba Wallace in regard to the noose incident more than two weeks ago. He also insulted the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians for considering a name change… FC Dallas has withdrawn from the “MLS is Back” tournament in Orlando after 10 players tested positive for COVID… Dallas Cowboys free agent signee Dontari Poe says he will kneel during the national anthem – regardless of what owner Jerry Jones thinks about it. He also said Jones should speak out on the fight against racism in America. “I hope he comes out and shows his support… You are an owner of an NFL team – you get what I’m saying? The majority of this team are these people that are being oppressed. So even if you are not going to be in the forefront, we need to know we have your support in that type of way.”Alvin A. Reid was honored as the 2017 “Best Sports Columnist – Weeklies” in the Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and is a New York Times contributor. He is a panelist on the Nine Network program, Donnybrook, a weekly contributor to “The Charlie Tuna Show” on KFNS and appears monthly on “The Dave Glover Show” on 97.1 Talk.” Reach him on Twitter at @aareid1.last_img read more