NFL report: Bengals release veteran linebacker and captain Rey Maualuga

The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga, saying they were moving to a younger group at the position. Saturday's move comes five days after they signed free-agent linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year deal, an indication they were going in a different direction. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Jean-Francois spent the last two seasons with the Washington Redskins. …The Seattle Seahawks have continued to address depth concerns at linebacker by signing veteran Michael Wilhoite to a one-year deal. Wilhoite had a career-high 87 tackles in 2014 and last season had 55 tackles despite playing mostly in a reserve role.

March 25, 2017 22:28 UTC

At Maryland, torch is passed in defeat, and the path to greatness gets tougher

In those 10 metaphoric seconds, stewardship of the Maryland women’s basketball program transferred from Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones to Slocum and the rest of a precocious roster. 10 seed Oregon, in a 77-63 loss in the NCAA tournament round of 16. The Terps dominate opponents on the boards, averaging 14 more rebounds per game; Oregon was out-rebounded by just one. “It’s not all the way there, but in terms of the depth, it’s starting to get there,” Frese said of the parity in the women’s game. The much-hyped future of Maryland women’s basketball is here, but as the Terrapins and other dominant programs have been forced to learn, there are no sure things.

March 25, 2017 22:24 UTC

The Escalating Market Value of Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox

Mr. Fox was already penciled in as a top 10 pick. But after this game, The NBA Fox Stock escalates to be number 1 in the wallets of at least one of the 30 NBA teams. Yes, market value of teenagers with a basketball is every bit as volatile as the S & P Index. If I am right, that Sweet Sixteen matchup was a million-dollar increase for Mr. Fox. Thank you - Mr. Fox.

March 25, 2017 22:18 UTC

The Latest: Big wins for West Coast in regional finals

11 seed Xavier in the West Regional final. 11 seed Xavier in the West Regional final. The West Coast Conference player of the year has made just 2 of 7 shots with no assists to start the West Regional final against Xavier. In each of its previous two regional final appearances, Gonzaga lost to the eventual national champion (Connecticut in 1999, Duke in 2015). Xavier lost to Duke in a 2004 regional final and fell to UCLA in a 2008 regional championship.

March 25, 2017 22:17 UTC

Clippers clinch playoff berth with 108-95 victory over Jazz

In a game of such magnitude, the Clippers had to do battle with their composure and a worthy opponent in the Utah Jazz. “In the second half, they came out and we got frustrated a little bit,” Coach Doc Rivers said. The win helped the Clippers take a 3-1 lead over the Jazz in the four-game season series, giving the Clippers the tiebreaker. Rivers said they watched this game “very closely” because the Jazz may just be the Clippers’ playoff opponent. “Like we put an emphasis on telling those [Clippers] guys telling us their plays, cause the players hear the plays.

March 25, 2017 22:08 UTC



Divided GOP makes dismantling ObamaCare little more than campaign promise

The House and Senate voted on a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2015-16. He feared Trump’s lewd, “Access Hollywood” tape wound sandbag GOP House and Senate candidates across the country. With unified government, Republicans could repeal and replace ObamaCare, undo dozens of Obama-era policies and finally retrench the tax code. Yes, they have the House, Senate and White House. A crazed gunman shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in the head -- ironically delaying the House GOP’s first vote to repeal ObamaCare in January 2011.

March 25, 2017 22:07 UTC

The Fault Lies Not In The Speaker's Plan -- It's Due In Part To The House's Rugged Math

At the risk of being a day late and a hot take short, I’m adding my two cents on the House’s failed experimentation with Obamacare repeal. Math is what matters most. For all of the inside baseball about President Trump and House Speaker Ryan’s leadership styles, an unwavering Freedom Caucus and an uneasy Tuesday Group, it’s the chamber’s numbers game that fascinates. House Republicans haven’t enjoyed such strength in numbers since the end of the Roaring Twenties (270 GOP members following the 1928 election). Now, the bad news: it’s not enough to be a reliable working majority.

March 25, 2017 22:07 UTC

Greg Couch, RU’s new tennis coach, is ready to start the season

By Ian JacksonStaff ReporterSince coach Lucian Tabic resigned as head men’s and women’s coach last year, Roosevelt University was without a coach close to Tennis season. On Feb. 23, John Jaramillo hired Greg Couch to be the next men’s and women’s coach for the tennis team. The new Lakers tennis coach has made his name locally and nationally as a sports journalist. “I feel happiness for the student-athletes that they have a head coach here, and I am happy that they can work with a head coach like Greg who brings enthusiasm and very unique experiences within the game,” said Jaramillo. He was an Intermountain Region Junior Davis Cup player and ranked fourth in men’s tennis in Kansas.

March 25, 2017 22:07 UTC

Arrests after scuffle breaks out at California Trump rally

A scuffle broke out on a Southern California beach where supporters of President Donald Trump were marching when counter-protesters doused organizers with pepper spray, authorities said Saturday. Kevin Pearsall of the California State Parks Police. Three people were arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray, he said. There were several other arrests and two people suffered minor injuries, but Pearsall said he did not immediately have further details. The Los Angeles Times reported (goo.gl/3C88wT) that an anti-Trump protester who allegedly used the eye irritant was kicked and punched in the sand by a group of Trump supporters.

March 25, 2017 21:57 UTC

Americans are dying ‘deaths of despair.’ Will Trump help?

Much less settled is the question of why these largely low-income voters, once reliable Democrats, cast their lot with a brash billionaire from New York. However, the authors demonstrate that “deaths of despair” do not seem connected to falling income; otherwise, mortality would also have risen, not fallen, for Hispanics and African Americans, whose incomes fared no better than those for whites. Mr. Deaton and Ms. Case blame “cumulative disadvantage,” whose components include not only job loss but also the breakdown of communities and the decline of marriage. Prescriptions, though not yet overdose deaths, have started to ebb in recent years, a trend fostered by policy shifts at the CDC in the latter years of the Obama administration. If he does nothing else to keep faith with the people who elected him, Mr. Trump must at least continue the more rational policy on opioid prescribing that began, belatedly, under his predecessor.

March 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

Bruce Arena hoping blue skies follow U.S. team to Panama

A black cloud had descended over the U.S. national team heading into Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Honduras. Not even a little stunned to see a newly aggressive U.S. team score six times on eight shots on goal? He was brought back from the Galaxy last fall to revive a national team that had grown tentative, disorganized and confused. “He had a lot of positives,” Jovan Kirovski, a former national team player under Arena, said of Klinsmann. We had to come together and really, really find strength within each other.”Now the challenge becomes maintaining that momentum Tuesday in Panama, where the Americans face their first road test of Arena’s reunion tour.

March 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

'Joker' Charged With Felony For Concealing His Face In Public

Winchester police arrested a man dressed as the Joker on Friday and slapped him with a felony ― a grim reminder of the state’s strict mask law that bars almost anyone from concealing their face in public. “[Putnam] is charged with wearing a mask in public and is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond,” the release states. Masks donned on Halloween, face coverings used during certain weather conditions, and masks worn during performances are some of the few exceptions. In Detroit, a similar law was used to thwart protesters wearing Lone Ranger masks during a demonstration in 2000. In New York, police cited protesters during the Occupy Wall Street protests with a little-known mask law that forbids masked people in groups of two or more.

March 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

Man who bound dog's muzzle with tape sentenced to 5 years

A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison. Media outlets report William Dodson's sentence Friday represented the state's maximum for animal cruelty. Judge Markley Dennis told the 43-year-old North Charleston man, "I wish I could give you more." Charleston Animal Society director Aldwin Roman says the sentence still sends a message that animal cruelty won't be tolerated. The case sparked international outrage after photos of Caitlyn's tightly bound snout spread on social media.

March 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

110 in a row for U-Conn. women’s basketball, and a record 112 for Geno Auriemma

The Huskies (36-0) carry the longest winning streak in college basketball history into Monday night’s regional final against upstart Oregon, which as a No. Connecticut advanced to its 12th consecutive region final and will be seeking a 10th straight trip to the Final Four. “Obviously we played a really, really good team,” Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma said. The Huskies limited UCLA (25-9) to 38 percent shooting, including just 5 for 17 in the fourth quarter. “I think we were kind of just exhausted,” Williams said of elevated minutes for Huskies’ starters against UCLA.

March 25, 2017 21:56 UTC

Police evacuate popular beach to investigate possible bomb

Honolulu police say a popular beach on the island of Oahu has been evacuated as officers and bomb squad officials respond to the discovery of what could be a bomb, Hawaii News Now reports. The news service says that hundreds were asked to leave Hanauma Bay beach after a suspicious item was found around 10:40 a.m.Police tell Hawaii News Now the item is a canister that washed ashore. Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state's calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish. In 2016, for the second year in a row, the beach was selected as the best beach in America by a Florida professor — Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach — who's made a career ranking and studying beaches around the country.

March 25, 2017 21:45 UTC




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