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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — A new book reports that star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady offered to pay a $1 million fine in order to avoid his four-game suspension in 2015 over what became known as “Deflategate,” but that wasn’t enough for National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell.“He demanded that Brady state publicly that former Patriots equipment guys [John] Jastremski and [Jim] McNally had purposely tampered with footballs, even without his knowledge,” authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge write in their new book “12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption.”“Tom said no.”“There’s no way I’m gonna ruin these guys for something I believe they didn’t do,” Brady is said to have told DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association and Brady’s legal representative, according to the book.The new book details the infamous 544-day saga which began in January 2015 when the New England Patriots were accused of using under-inflated footballs in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game.The Patriots won that game, sending the team to Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona.The subsequent battle between the NFL and their top-tier quarterback played out first in private NFL arbitration meetings, but ultimately escalated into a federal court fight, before ultimately landing Tom Brady the four-game suspension and banishment from all Patriots facilities for a month.A spokesperson for the NFL declined to comment on the new book, and neither the Patriots nor Brady himself immediately responded to requests for comment about “12.”The book describes the tension within the Patriots organization as Brady watched Patriots owner Robert Kraft accept Brady’s four-game suspension and vow not to appeal the NFL’s decision, in a press conference broadcast in the spring of 2015.“Kraft’s star quarterback Tom Brady watched the news conference along with millions of others on television,” the authors write in the book. “He was devastated and angry. Brady grabbed his cell phone and punched in the contact number for DeMaurice Smith.”“What the f–?” Brady shouted into the phone. “Why am I not getting the support I deserve on this thing?”Smith assured Brady that the union would fight on his behalf, and they did — appealing the NFL arbitrator’s decision in court for more than a year.Sherman told ABC News that Kraft would only talk to the authors off-the-record about his current relationship with Goodell, and said that the team owner was reticent to revisit the controversial press conference.“Publicly Kraft had to make peace with Goodell,” Sherman said. “But privately in our conversations, there is still a lot of anger and disappointment that the NFL went as far as they did to tar and feather Tom Brady.”Similarly, Brady was reluctant during a 2017 interview with the authors to delve back into that period of his career.“It’s not what [Brady] said,” Sherman asserted. “It’s what he is not saying. His silence on Kraft and what he went through — and especially on [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick — speaks volumes on how he really feels.”Sherman said that while fractures in the relationship remain, tensions between Kraft and Brady have largely been repaired.Kraft has “great affection for Brady and also tremendous anger, still, towards the NFL and what they did to [Brady],” Sherman told ABC News.But Sherman claims that Belichick and Brady do not maintain a similar relationship.“It’s always been a business relationship between the two of them,” Sherman said. “But now, it’s something even more acrimonious.”Soon after the initial NFL investigation began in 2015, Brady gave a pre-Super Bowl press conference at the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Sherman and Wedge said that Brady completely ignored advice from the Patriots and the NFL Players Association not to speak out in a press conference.“I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” Brady told reporters at the press conference, according to the book. When asked if he was a cheater, the quarterback responded, “I don’t believe so.”“Tom gave the press conference because he didn’t think the situation was a big deal and that he hadn’t done anything wrong,” Smith, the NFL players union representative, told the authors for the book. “He thought he would address it once and move on.”“His minor infraction became a capital murder case,” Sherman said in the ABC News interview.Sherman went on to say that, at most, he views Brady as an unwitting co-conspirator, but believes that the Patriots equipment guys had to have known that they were in violation of NFL policy.Wedge, who has Boston roots and described himself as both a Patriots and a Brady fan, said it didn’t affect his work as a journalist on the book.“I followed the facts where they took me,” he said. “If we had found some smoking gun that implicated him – we would have reported that. We didn’t find that. Conversely we didn’t find anything that exonerated it.”Sherman, who has worked extensively with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on other investigations, said he had a harder time extracting information on the Deflategate story than during his work with those organizations.“12” is Sherman and Wedge’s third book together. The duo are also behind the stories of the hit movies “The Finest Hours” and “Patriots Day.”The authors are currently meeting with studio heads and potential lead actors for an adaptation of “12”.Sherman said that while he can’t elaborate on top contenders to play Brady, he promised that “it won’t be a Boston guy –- not Wahlberg or Damon. We have to find an actor that can pull off both the physicality and vulnerability of Brady.”Sherman said that when he and Wedge spoke to Brady for the book, the authors were struck by his vulnerability — something Sherman doesn’t believe many people understand about the Patriots quarterback.“We thought he was decent guy,” Sherman said. “He gave thoughtful answers and took his time to offer a true opinion. It was very refreshing.”“You might hate him and he might beat your team all the time, [but] you have to respect him and all the challenges he’s had,” Wedge added.“He’s great for the sport.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. August 2, 2018 /Sports News – National New book touts inside story of Tom Brady, the Patriots and the 2015 Deflategate saga Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

first_img Written by Brad James March 3, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/3 Tags: Prep Sports Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballNon-RegionNEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps built a 6-0 lead en route to a 9-1 rout of the Tooele Buffaloes Tuesday in non-region baseball action. Brock Cragun earned the win on the mound for the Wasps.BEAVER, Utah-Treyson Hunter tripled and Jaren Bradshaw doubled, while earning the win on the mound as the Beaver Beavers bested Class 4-A Hurricane 7-4 in non-region baseball action Tuesday.OGDEN, Utah-The Ben Lomond Scots waxed North Sanpete 8-3 Tuesday in non-region baseball action. Gage Cox had two hits in the loss for the Hawks.Boys SoccerRegion 14DELTA, Utah-Brayden Gonder and Daniel Mendoza each scored twice and the Delta Rabbits pounded American Leadership 5-0 Tuesday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Grady Lovell also scored for the Rabbits and Hayden Holt earned the shutout for Delta.NEPHI, Utah-Luis Rodriguez scored twice and Dante Lowe added another goal as the North Sanpete Hawks humbled Juab 3-1 in Region 14 boys soccer action Tuesday.Non-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-Ben Evensen and Kordell Morgan each found the net twice and the Richfied Wildcats humbled Parowan 5-2 Tuesday in non-region boys soccer action. Ian Taylor also scored in the win for the Wildcats. Adam Edwards and Levi Saylor scored in defeat for the Rams.SoftballNon-RegionSALINA, Utah-McKenzie Brown tripled and drove in two runs, while Kaysha Beckstead doubled and the North Sevier Wolves overpowered Delta 9-4 in non-region softball action Tuesday. Abby Johnson earned the win in the circle with seven strikeouts.last_img read more

first_img Photo: The crew of the navy’s newest littoral combat ship, USS Charleston (LCS 18), brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony. Photo: US Navy Share this article The crew of the US Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, the USS Charleston (LCS 18), ran aboard their ship and brought it to life in a March 2 ceremony at the Columbus Street Terminal in the ship’s namesake city.LCS-18 is the 16th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the ninth of the Independence variant. The ship is the sixth to be named after Charleston, South Carolina, to honor a long history, from the decades of work at the Charleston Naval Shipyard to Charleston Marine Container, Inc., building mission modules for the littoral combat ship program today.USS Charleston entered service two weeks after sister ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) was commissioned as the Navy’s newest surface combatant in a ceremony in San Francisco on February 16.Charleston Mayor John T. Tecklenburg welcomed the audience to the commissioning of what he identified as a symbol of the city of Charleston. Tecklenburg added that since the founding of Charleston almost 350 years ago, the sea has been part of the Holy’s City’s economy and culture.“The sea is history,” said Tecklenburg. “Nowhere will you find a people who understand those words more fully than the people of Charleston.”In honoring the state of its namesake city, LCS-18 adopted South Carolina’s motto – As I Breathe, I Hope – and made it its own adding a combative twist – As We Breathe, We Fight!After the ceremony, the ship will transit to join Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 1 and 10 other littoral combat ships currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Charleston View post tag: LCS View post tag: Independence-Variantlast_img read more

first_imgU.S. Marine Capt. Christopher Southard tells Ocean City Intermediate School students how much their Treats for Troops care packages mean to military personnel serving overseas.Boxes filled with Tastykakes, toiletries, letters and a large variety of other treats from home from are starting to arrive this week at remote military posts in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.About 240 of the 40-pound care packages were mailed on Dec. 3 to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. The shipments were largely the result of the generosity of Ocean City Intermediate School students and their families.“OCIS students are clearly over-achievers, contributing over 34 large boxes filled to the top with over 4,000 items in all,” said Chris Oliva, a local Keller Williams Realtor who helped organize the collection drive for Philadelphia Treats for Troops. “They rocked.”Oliva and Board of Education member Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes approached OCIS Principal Geoffrey Haines with the idea, and Haines suggested that his staff is a competitive bunch. Why not make it a contest?They did and the OCIS students delivered twice as much material as expected.The winning homerooms were as follows:8th Grade: Ms. Sonja Parker7th Grade: Mr. Matthew Lane6th Grade: Ms. Amber Wira5th Grade: Mr. Christopher Nunan4th Grade:  Ms. Regina JulianoHonorable Mention: Mr. Nick Verducci and Ms. Cory TerryPhiladelphia Treats for Troops honored the students on Wednesday with a pizza party, and a former OCIS student, Marine Capt. Christopher Southard, was on hand to give a first-hand account of what the care packages mean to military men and women in the field.Southard (who graduated from the Intermediate School in 1994) told the story of a particular patrol in Afghanistan that involved carrying 100 pounds of gear in weather that reached 120 degrees. He said his platoons returned to base to find Treats for Troops packages filled with Girl Scout cookies, beef jerky, things to clean up with, local papers and letters.“It really made our day, and it made us feel appreciated,” Southard said.The Philadelphia Treats for Troops organization was founded by Freddie Klevan in 2006. Klevan is a resident of Merion Station, Pa., who spends his summers in Ocean City at a home at 28th Street and Asbury Avenue.Klevan said his organization has delivered more than 3,700 care packages since that day in 2006 when he first asked a long-time friend, General John Gronski, what he could do to help the troops.Oliva presented the idea of helping the Treats For Troops organization to the Keller Williams Associate Leadership Council and Culture Committee. They agreed, but initial drop off centers in Ocean City, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest weren’t very successful.“We wanted to make a much larger impact, so we looked to get the schools involved,” Oliva said. “He wasn’t kidding when he said he had competitive teachers.”The contest point system included: 3 points per item for food, toiletries, books, etc.; 2 points for writing a “Dear Soldier Letter”; and 1 point for monetary donations. The contest ran for about two weeks ending just before Thanksgiving.The pizza party included food donated by Dave Cates of Piccini Restaurant in Ocean City.last_img read more

first_imgCarol is a leading voice in consumer and regulatory policy and currently runs her own business providing support and advice to others on such matters.She was previously Chair of the Board of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and is currently the non-executive Chair of the Claims Management Regulation Unit for the Ministry of Justice. Carol holds other non-executive appointments for Trustmark (the Government-endorsed quality scheme) and is a Warden of the Birmingham Assay Officer. She is also an Independent Advisory Member for the Commission for Local Administration in England (the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman).In September 2015, Carol led an Independent Review into the regulation of claims management companies, commissioned jointly by HM Treasury and the Ministry of Justice. She has also previously held roles that include Senior Ombudsman at the Office for Legal Complaints, a member of the Legal Services Board Consumer Panel, Operations Director at the Office of Fair Trading, Director of Service Improvement at the Local Better Regulation Office, and national operations manager for Consumer Direct, where she was involved in the establishment of the national consumer advice helpline on behalf of Government.Carol was awarded an MBE in June 2016 in recognition of her services to consumers and better regulation and is a Fellow of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, an honour bestowed on her by her peers in 2009, in recognition of her contribution to the profession.The role is remunerated at £295 per day and this appointment is made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Carol Brady has declared no such political activity.last_img read more

first_imgWhen undergraduates returned to Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall for the start of the academic year, they found some surprises, including new programmatic and educational spaces, fresh life given to common rooms, and even a “rabbit hole” — far different from the one Alice ventured down.Fifteen months of construction have produced a revitalized and fully accessible McKinlock, the second completed project in Harvard’s House renewal initiative, a major fundraising priority in both the University and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) capital campaigns.“I love what they have done with it. There are a lot of major improvements that are really going to serve the Leverett community, if not the entire Harvard community,” said Erick Juarez ’15.As with the first renewal project, Quincy House’s Stone Hall, the renovation and restoration of McKinlock was guided by the fundamental goals of House renewal: preserving the historic character of the Houses; invigorating House life; connecting spaces and nurturing community; providing modern accommodations and sustainable operations; and taking the future into account.“It’s one thing to look at plans for a building; it’s another to walk through and actually experience the excitement of the students as they live and learn in these renewed spaces,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the FAS. “It brings to life everything we had hoped to achieve when we began this process. We’ve learned a lot from the renewal of Stone Hall and now McKinlock Hall. We bring forward the lessons from these successful projects as we undertake our first full House renewal in Dunster House.”In addition to new and renewed spaces, other results include the elimination of walk-through bedrooms, and the addition of elevators and horizontal internal corridors that connect the traditional vertical entryways and provide access. While the interior has been fundamentally reconfigured for today’s House life, great care was taken to enhance McKinlock’s’s distinctive character based on its architectural design, history, and traditions.“They were really able to preserve the old Harvard feel,” said Howard Georgi, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and co-master of Leverett.Co-Master Ann Georgi was quick to jump in, “Actually, they’ve enhanced the Harvard feel. The wood glows again!”Harvard President Drew Faust chatted with House Master Howard Georgi and residents Alice Hyde and Teagan Lende during a tour of McKinlock.The dark wood of the Old Library Theater has been revived with a new luster, and with the addition of state-of-the-art electronics and lighting, the space may once again host community-wide performances, further integrating arts into House life. Both the senior common rooms and junior common rooms were also painstakingly restored, along with the dining hall, which is proving to be a popular lunch spot for students in and outside of Leverett House.“I think everyone is excited to come in and see it,” said Howard Georgi.A unique architectural feature of the renovation is the innovative conversion of an old alleyway to create a light court. By covering the alley with a glass roof, the light court serves as a lounge connecting the historic dining hall to several new seminar rooms. This extra common space can accommodate overflow from the dining hall, and provides additional areas for meeting, studying, or socializing.“The new light court represents warmth, which is a great unifying symbol for the House,” said Justin Moore ’15, who was walking through it as he made his way out of the building.Moore’s roommate, Elias Miller ’16, a cellist, said he likes the three new music practice rooms in the lower level and the additional common spaces the renovation has provided.“The downstairs is magnificent, and I love all the common spaces. It makes it feel like your room is really just your bedroom where you sleep, but all the common spaces are really inviting and make it feel more like a house. It helps to create a real sense of community,” said Miller.In addition to the music practice rooms on the lower level, the House has an art studio and a large lounge that Howard Georgi has come to call the “rabbit hole,” in honor of Leverett’s mascot.“It’s already proven to be a popular place, and I am hoping the name catches on,” he said.Upstairs, in a lobby just off the light court, three juniors were playing foosball between classes. They said in addition to the common areas, the reconfigured rooms throughout McKinlock are a welcome change.“I live in a third floor room, and what’s amazing is it’s so bright,” said Christine Cahill ’16.According to the house masters, the renewal of McKinlock has been a great success. “We haven’t heard from a student who wasn’t over the moon,” said Ann Georgi.Sustainability also is helping guide the renewal projects. Stone Hall was recently certified as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) platinum, the highest rating in the green-building certification program that recognizes best-in-class construction strategies and practices.Sustainability improvements in McKinlock include energy-efficiency upgrades to reduce costs and curb greenhouse-gas emissions, use of nontoxic building materials and improved lighting, reuse of materials when appropriate, and installation of a rainwater harvesting system to reduce irrigation water usage.Dunster is currently undergoing renewal and is scheduled to re-open prior to the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Winthrop House will be renovated next.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: CDCMAYVILLE – Health officials in Chautauqua County reported two new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.Officials say the cases include a man in his 80s, with no recent travel, and a man in his 40s, with no recent travel.The county COVID-19 total is now 10 cases.Based on the initial review of the cases by Health Department epidemiology staff, these individuals appear to have had separate exposures to the virus. “Of the 10 confirmed positive cases in Chautauqua County, one person has recovered completely and was released from mandatory quarantine, one individual has died, and eight persons are continuing to recover under mandatory quarantine as ordered by the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law,” said officials.In addition, there are several people who have received isolation and quarantine orders by the Public Health Director. This includes:25 individuals in Mandatory Quarantine (individuals confirmed positive of COVID-19 or a household contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case);28 individuals in Precautionary Quarantine (individuals with travel history to CDC level 3 country or proximal contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19).32 individuals in Mandatory Isolation (individuals who are symptomatic of COVID-19 and are pending COVID-19 lab test); and100 negative test results to date.The County is also announcing that an online mapping tool to display data about positive COVID-19 cases will be launched tomorrow. The information will be divided by the four fire battalions in the County and will be updated regularly, said officials.“County Executive Wendel and I believe it is important to share information that will help prevent the spread of this virus while also protecting the privacy and well-being of individuals,” said Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTake time now to check and fix any problems with your home irrigation. There’s no guarantee afternoon showers will bring water to your lawn when it needs it this summer.Make sure the sprinkler heads are properly adjusted and not spraying too far out or too close in. Look for signs of broken risers beneath the sprinklers. Sometimes this is obvious: You’ll have a traffic-stopping geyser. A cracked riser will allow water to boil up around the sprinkler.Inspect the sprinkler riser wiper seal for flow-by. A small amount of water emitting past the wiper seal is acceptable while the system is running. Excessive flow-by while a system is operating indicates a damaged seal.Many times people will replace a sprinkler because it leaks between the wiper seal and pop-up stem after the system has turned off. This leakage does not indicate a problem. If water drains out after the system has turned off and eventually stops, the valve is fine.For spray heads with filters under the nozzle, hold the pop-up stem and unscrew the nozzle carefully. A damaged nozzle may result in an uneven spray pattern. A damaged pop-up stem will result in a poorly performing wiper seal. Remove and clean the filter.To clean clogged nozzles, flush with water or lightly tap on a firm surface. While the filter is out, turn on the zone and flush out the sprinkler body. Reinstall the filter and nozzle, turn on the zone and recheck for effective coverage. Make all of the necessary adjustments to cover the area properly. While the water is on, inspect the other heads in the zone for proper operation.To clean filters installed under the pop-up stem, unscrew the cap from the body. Don’t allow dirt to fall into the sprinkler body while the riser assembly and cap are removed.The filter is at the bottom of the riser assembly. Remove it and flush it with water. Before reinstalling the assembly, run a small amount of water through the system to flush any debris caught in the sprinkler body.It’s very important that broken or poorly performing sprinkler heads be replaced. When a specific sprinkler isn’t operating as it’s designed or if water is flowing freely because of a worn wiper seal, the performance of all the other heads in the zone is affected. Water flowing unchecked past a wiper seal will cause a loss in pressure and affect the other sprinklers’ performances.Valve problems can be hard to fix. Check with a professional if you think you have valve troubles.last_img read more

first_imgSurvey finds private equity investors looking to boost renewable holdings, cut oil and gas ties FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Roughly 40% of private equity investors say they will be reducing investments in the oil and gas sector in the next five years because of climate change concerns, according to a winter outlook survey conducted by secondary market investment firm Coller Capital Ltd.“Limited partners who do expect change to their investment strategies are broadly planning to replace oil and gas exposure with investment in renewable energy and climate-friendly products and services,” Coller said in the survey’s Nov. 28 release.While 57% of the 113 limited partner investors surveyed in Europe and Asia said they were changing energy strategies in reaction to climate change, only 30% of North American limited partners said the same, according to the survey. Just 16% of those in North America expect to need to make these modifications within the next five years, the survey found. More than one-third of those surveyed said they would be reducing investment in oil and gas, 42% said they would put more money behind climate-friendly goods and services, and 40% said more investment cash would go to renewable energy, according to the survey. [Bill Holland]More ($): Concerned over climate, PE investors looking to leave oil, gas for renewableslast_img read more

first_imgTwenty five year old Taylor Ray Holbrook is a former Virginia lumberjack who vaulted on the country charts thanks to his social media savvy.  Hailing from Lee County, Virginia, Taylor worked as a lumberjack before trying his hand as a country artist. Utilizing various social media platforms such as Twitter and Vine, Taylor quickly built an online audience for his pop-oriented country style. His independently released debut single, “Steal My Kiss,” went viral and vaulted him onto the Billboard country charts in 2015. Following a move to Nashville in 2016, he followed up with the acoustic single “Tie Me Down” and, later in the year, a collaborative single with country rapper Ryan Upchurch called “Southern Land.” In April 2017, after a handful of singles, Taylor  produced his first EP, a five-song set titled “Backroads”, which was once again released through his own TaylorRayMade label. Best known for his hit single “Steal My Kiss,” which peaked at #4 on country charts within 24 hours of its release. He is a country music singer who gained an enormous audience on Vine, where he posts a mix of music and comedy.Taylor released a new single, called “Southern Land,” featuring Ryan Upchurch. In less than a day, “Southern Land” climbed to the top of the iTunes Charts and took its rightful place at #10 on the Country Chart. This is a huge accomplishment for these two independent artists because, as of right now, they are the only two independent artists in the Top 100 on iTunes. Breaking the barriers between country and rap, “Southern Land” is not like any country song you have ever experienced. “I Get High” by Taylor Ray Holbrook is a country song from the album Backroads and was released at the beginning of 2017. Taylor features scenes and friends in Virginia in “I Get High”.  A tribute to Lee County, Virginia, this Music Video captures the scenic beauty of Taylor’s roots.  Lee County is surrounded by high mountain peaks protecting green meadows and colorful forest in the valleys below.last_img read more