Giants reportedly trading edge rusher Olivier Vernon to the Browns for guard Kevin Zeitler
The Browns get some pass rush help while the Giants solidify the offensive line
The New York Giants have found a new home for Olivier Vernon. According to multiple reports, the Giants are sending Vernon to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a player. NFL Network identified the player as guard Kevin Zeitler.
The teams are also reportedly swapping picks, with the Giants sending No. 132 to the Browns in exchange for No. 155.
There have been rumors for a couple weeks that the Giants were looking to move Vernon, whom they signed to a five-year, $85 million contract three years ago. Vernon recorded 28 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, and 56 quarterback hits across 39 games with New York, numbers which are solid but not necessarily elite.
He had been set to count on the Giants' books for $19.5 million in 2019, with a base salary of $15.25 million and workout bonus of $250K. By trading him prior to June 1, they'll save $11.5 million against the cap and carry $8 million in dead money on their books for the 2019 season.
Cleveland, meanwhile, adds Vernon to a defensive line that already features Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, which should make them one of the more fearsome defensive fronts in the AFC. That will also help their Denzel Ward-led secondary, which struggled at times when the Browns were unable to get pressure last year. The Browns also still have plenty of cap room available to add talent to the back end, as well as to their offensive skill group if they want.
Bringing in Zeitler continues the Giants' efforts to remake their offensive line, which began last year with the signing of Nate Solder and drafting of Will Hernandez. They likely still need to find some more help up front to help Saquon Barkley and (sigh) Eli Manning, but they could also be transitioning elsewhere on offense as rumors are still swirling around the future of Odell Beckham Jr., for whom the Browns are also considered a suitor.
MARCH 8, 201902:07March 8, 2019, 10:45 AM EST / Updated March 8, 2019, 11:12 AM ESTBy Pete Williams and Elisha Fieldstadt
Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after refusing to answer questions from a federal grand jury in Virginia looking into the release of documents to WikiLeaks.
U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton told Manning that she would remain in federal custody “until she purges or the end of the life of the grand jury,” a statement from her representatives said.
Earlier in the day, Manning told reporters that she was prepared to go to jail following the closed contempt hearing over her resistance to provide testimony because she doesn't believe in the grand jury process.
On Wednesday, Manning appeared before the same grand jury, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, but refused to answer any questions.
"I responded to each question with the following statement: ‘I object to the question and refuse to answer on the grounds that the question is in violation of my First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment, and other statutory rights," Manning said in a statement.
"All of the substantive questions pertained to my disclosures of information to the public in 2010 — answers I provided in extensive testimony, during my court-martial in 2013," the statement said.
Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking a trove of military intelligence records to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after seven years behind bars.
On Tuesday, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia denied a motion filed by Manning's attorneys challenging a subpoena calling her to testify, according to her lawyers.
Manning told The Associated Press that she didn't know what case was about.
"I just know there were an awful lot of government lawyers there," she said Tuesday after her motion was denied.
"Grand juries are terrible, to say the least," Manning, 31, added.
Manning's support committee, Chelsea Resists!, called the grand jury system "dangerous and undemocratic."
"Grand juries operate in secret, allowing the government to retaliate against activists and dissidents behind closed doors," said a statement from the committee released by Manning's lawyers.
“Donald Trump and his administration have publicly declared their disdain for Chelsea, and for President Obama’s decision to commute her sentence," the Chelsea Resists! statement said. "Chelsea has stood by the testimony from her 2013 court-martial, and this subpoena serves no legitimate purpose. It is a punitive effort to reverse Obama’s legacy, exposing Chelsea to legal hardship and possible imprisonment."
Maren Morris debuts new album 'GIRL,' jokes it may 'fail miserably'Cindy Watts, Nashville TennesseanPublished 1:11 p.m. ET March 8, 2019
At this year’s CMA Awards, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Rita Wilson and Cassadee Pope talked about seeing musicians on the big screen in “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (Dec. 20) AP
Fearless is how Maren Morris feels ahead of the release of her second studio album on Friday, March 8. The follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut “Hero,” “GIRL” is home to Morris’ current single, a female empowerment anthem of the same name.
“I just want to keep taking risks and growing closer to my fans and making new fans,” Morris said. “I think the only way you can do that is by scaring the (crap) out of yourself, and that’s what this song does to me. I think that’s always led me the right direction when I have that feeling.”
Produced by Morris, busbee and Greg Kurstin, the boundary-bending album is 14 songs deep and includes duets with recent Grammy winner Brandi Carlile and the Country Music Association’s duo of the year, Brothers Osborne. Morris co-wrote every song on the project.
“This is going to fail miserably or it’s going to open up a completely new side of myself and the world that I haven’t been introduced to yet,” Morris said.
Maren Morris attends the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/USA TODAY NETWORK)
The singer explains that “GIRL” picks up where her first album left off. Morris said “Hero” reflected many different genres because that’s what she grew up listening to or was inspired by at the time. The album’s lyrics detailed the end of a relationship because she was living that truth while writing for the record. With “GIRL,” she said, “the story has continued.”
“I’m a few years older,” Morris explained. “I’m approaching 30, and I’m married. I’ve just taken so many risks in my career that I almost feel like I have nothing left to fear. This album … I’m so proud of it. I want every song to matter. I want to tell a story.”
Maren Morris released 'Girl,' the first song from her second album, on Jan. 17 2019. (Photo: Jamie Nelson)
Morris designed the first half of “GIRL” to be self-reflective and wrap up loose ends that linger from “Hero.” The back half of the album is about allowing herself to be loved and what it’s like to be someone's partner. Morris wed fellow singer Ryan Hurd in 2018.
“It’s a more grown-up album,” she said. “I think the writing is more mature and the production is more lush.”
From the songs, the singer promises levity, sass and the vulnerability of being in love.
“It’s a really raw album for me because I never approached those subjects in the first one so fans and listeners are hearing a softer side of me,” she said. “It’s way more musical of an album.”
In addition to releasing “GIRL” on Friday, Morris is also in the midst of her tour of the same name. Tour dates reach through August and include stops in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ireland and Australia.
Maren Morris and her husband Ryan Hurd stop on the CMA Awards red carpet to talk to the Tennessean's Cindy Watts and Dave Paulson. Nashville Tennessean
Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson rematch? Brit boxing legend offers to come out of retirement for incredible second fight
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Lewis knocked out Tyson in the eighth round when they collided in 2002. ( Getty Images )Lenox Lewis has offered to come out of retirement for a £76million rematch with Mike Tyson.The heavyweight legends fought in Tennessee in 2002 with Lewis walking away as the victor after an eighth round knockout to retain his WBC, IBF and IBO titles.Lewis fought one more time, beating Vitali Klitschko – one of just two defeats on the Ukrainian’s record – before retiring from boxing in 2003.Tyson fought three more times – winning just once – before hanging his gloves up in 2005. A row of security had to separate the two before the opening bell in Tennessee. (Getty Images)Now 53, Lewis admits a seriously lucrative payday could tempt him out of retirement for one last dance against the man they used to call The Baddest Man on the Planet. TOP ARTICLES1/5READ MOREIpswich deaths: Teenage boy, 17, arrestedafter young child dies and woman's body found at address in Suffolk townLewis told the Joe Rogan podcast: "Well you know, I told people that I'd take my pyjamas off for a 100 mill (£76m)," he said. "So if you're serious - come with it baby, show me the paper.”Tyson, 52, retired with a record of 56 fights, 50 wins, six losses and two no contests.
Vince Carter, NBA's oldest active player, interested in returning for a 22nd season: 'We'll see what happens'
Carter, who will be 43 next January, is looking to return for one more season
Vince Carter doesn't want to hang up the sneakers just yet. Carter has been in the league for 21 years, but on Thursday he said that he would like to come back for another season. Carter, who will be 43 next January, signed a one-year deal to play with the Hawks before this season.
"I think I could stretch it out one more," Carter said on "Pardon the Interruption" on Thursday. "At the end of the year, I usually assess from top to bottom to see how I'm feeling. And obviously opportunity, when the phone [sic] rings and teams show interest, that's a good thing."
Any team expressing interest in Carter, of course, would be looking for a role player -- he hasn't averaged more than 20 minutes since 2014 -- but if a team wants to kick the tires on him he would apparently be willing.
Carter joined a Hawks team that wasn't built to be competitive this year. He's played his last three seasons for the Grizzlies, Kings and Hawks, who are back in action against the Nets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET -- watch on fuboTV), respectively.
"Me, personally, I think I could give it another year, so why not?" Carter told PTI. "We'll see what happens."
Carter, to his credit, is shooting a hair under 41 percent from 3-point range, so he's adapting his game with his age. Though he wouldn't be a key contributor wherever he ended up, if nothing else Carter could try to provide a spark from the bench on an otherwise young team in need of a veteran presence.
Bill Shine resigns as White House communications director, joins Trump's 2020 campaignThe former Fox News executive is leaving the White House to become a senior adviser to the president's re-election campaign.
White House communications director Bill Shine has resigned and will become a senior adviser to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, officials announced Friday.
Shine, a former top executive at Fox News before he resigned amid sexual harassment scandals there in 2017, has worked in what's become a high-turnover position in the White House since last July.
"Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life," Shine said in a statement. "To be a small part of all this president has done for the American people has truly been an honor. I’m looking forward to working on President Trump’s re-election campaign and spending more time with my family."
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He tendered his resignation Thursday night and Trump accepted, officials said. The resignation is effective almost immediately — a White House official told NBC News that Friday is Shine's official last day.
Trump said in a statement that "we will miss him in the White House, but look forward to working together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign, where he will be totally involved."
Shine's resignation came just days after The New Yorker reported on Trump and his administration's unusually close relationship with Fox News, which is still paying out Shine's multimillion-dollar contract, including a $8.4 million severance payment.
Shine was the network's co-president, but stepped down after it emerged in lawsuits that he'd helped cover up allegations of sexual harassment.
Shine, 55, has kept a low profile in the White House. The New York Times, citing administration sources, reported in January that Trump had become frustrated with the negative press coverage he'd been getting during Shine's tenure.
A White House official told NBC News the president believes he's his own best communicator."
Shine notably did not accompany the president to Vietnam last week for his high-stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Shine's wife, Darla Shine, also made headlines last month for mocking a measles outbreak in California.
No replacement for Shine was immediately named. He was the fifth White House communications director in the less than two years of the Trump administration. The others have been Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Spicer again, Anthony Scaramucci and Hope Hicks. Hicks is now the chief communications officer of 21st Century Fox, which like Fox News, is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said he was excited to have Shine aboard.
"He is a gifted communicator, strategic thinker and brings a wealth of experience from cable news and the White House," Parscale said in a statement. "The president's re-election effort just got stronger."
Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for ‘Airwolf,’ dies at 73Originally published March 8, 2019 at 12:24 pm Updated March 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, the “Airwolf” television star whose sleek good looks belied a troubled personal life, has died. He was 73.
A death certificate shows that Vincent died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 10, 2019, in an Asheville, North Carolina, hospital. The certificate signed by a doctor says he died of natural causes and no autopsy was performed.
It wasn’t clear why it took several weeks for news of the death to surface before it was first reported Friday by TMZ. Messages left at phone listings for Vincent and his wife weren’t immediately returned Friday.
Born in 1945 in Denver, Colorado, Vincent starred in such films as 1972’s “The Mechanic” and 1978’s “Hooper,” in which he played a stuntman opposite Burt Reynolds. Off-screen, his handsomeness earned him a spot on a cosmetic surgeon’s “Ten Best Noses” list in the late 1970s.
He also starred in the 1983 television mini-series “Winds of War” as the love interest of a character played by Ali MacGraw, “piling up enormous ratings,” according to a contemporary Associated Press account. He earned a Golden Globe nomination.
In a 1984 AP interview, Vincent described his passion for being on the water. He said he spent three months after wrapping up “Winds of War” sailing the Caribbean. He also said he was a longtime surfer.
“I was a traveling surfer for years. … I’ve been all over the world surfing,” he said. “I’ll be 40 in July and I still like to surf.”
Perhaps his best-known role was in the television action-adventure series “Airwolf,” which lasted for several seasons after launching in 1984. Vincent played pilot Stringfellow Hawke, a rugged pilot who could pull off aerobatic crime-fighting maneuvers in an advanced helicopter — but also play the cello.
In the AP interview, he described trying to find the right way to loosen the character up.
“The character is stiff,” he says, “but as we’ve gone along we’ve been able to loosen him some. Now you’ll sometimes see him crack a smile and say something funny. Even Clint Eastwood is mellowing, although I’ll never be Burt Reynolds.”
However, his surfer-like demeanor was overshadowed at times by his troubled personal life. He pleaded guilty in 1997 to a drunken driving accident that left him with a broken neck and was sentenced to a rehab program. He was also charged in 1980s barroom brawls, receiving probation in one and an acquittal in another. In a separate case, he was acquitted in 1986 of hitting a woman.
He was sentenced to 60 days in jail in 2000 in Orange County, California, after he admitted to violating his probation by appearing drunk in public and assaulting his then-girlfriend.
LSU basketball coach Will Wade indefinitely suspended amid FBI wiretap reportTom Schad, USA TODAYPublished 2:36 p.m. ET March 8, 2019 | Updated 3:07 p.m. ET March 8, 2019
LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade has been indefinitely suspended in the wake of a report that he discussed an offer for a recruit with a convicted middleman, the school announced Friday.
LSU president F. King Alexander and athletics director Joe Alleva said in a joint statement that the school has suspended Wade "until such time as we can ensure full compliance with the NCAA, as well as institutional policies and standards."
Assistant coach Tony Benford will serve as the interim coach in Wade's absence.
"Recent media reports regarding Coach Will Wade are without question concerning to all of us," Alexander and Alleva said in the statement.
LSU basketball coach Will Wade has been suspended. (Photo: AP)
Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that Wade was recorded by the FBI discussing what he called a "hell of an offer" for a recruit with middleman Christian Dawkins, who has been one of the central figures in the FBI's probe into recruiting practices in college basketball.
According to the report, Wade expressed frustration during a 2017 phone conversation with Dawkins that an unnamed third party was attempting to delay a recruit's commitment because the deal was "tilted" in favor of the prospect and his family, and the unnamed third party "didn't get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal."
WADE TALKED 'OFFER': Report: LSU basketball coach Will Wade recorded discussing recruiting 'offer'
The player Wade appeared to be referencing was Javonte Smart. The freshman guard is currently averaging 11.5 points per game for LSU.
Dawkins was sentenced to six months in prison earlier this week as a result of the probe, which investigated attempts from agents and shoe companies to direct specific high-profile recruits to certain schools.
LSU, which is ranked No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports coaches' poll, is tied with Tennessee for the lead in the SEC regular-season standings with one game left in the regular season. The Tigers will host Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
Muguruza vs Davis WTA Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Muguruza faces former No. 26 Davis in Indian Wells opener
Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza gets her BNP Paribas Open campaign underway in Indian Wells on Friday when she takes on American qualifier Lauren Davis in the second round.
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Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza faces what could be a challenging test in her Indian Wells opener on Friday against former World No. 26 Lauren Davis.
Muguruza first competed at the BNP Paribas Open back in 2013 when she qualified for the main draw as a teenager and made it all the way to the fourth round. However, Muguruza has only managed to make it back to that stage once since her debut, making the quarter-finals in 2017, while she lost her opening match in 2018 against another American in Saschia Vickery. Could lightning strike twice on Friday in the Californian desert?
Coming off an extremely disappointing season in which she slipped from No. 2 to No. 18 last year, Muguruza is in desperate need of a deep run at a big tournament. Seeded 20th in Indian Wells this season, Muguruza only made one quarter-final after her semi-final run at the French Open, illustrating just how much of a non-factor she was during the second half of the season. The Spaniard lost in the second round of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and just generally failed to make an impact as her forehand began to misfire more frequently and her coaching relationship with Sam Sumyk remained as dysfunctional as ever (at least in the public eye on court).
However, surely it’s only a matter of time before Muguruza recaptures her best tennis and becomes a force again? You don’t win two Grand Slams before the age of 23 if you don’t have serious talent. Effort has never been the issue with Muguruza, but she just can’t seem to get going no matter how hard she tries - and things haven’t really gotten any better so far in 2019, with the 25-year-old withdrawing before second round of Sydney and losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the quarter-finals of Hua Hin (her second defeat to teenager Dayana Yastremska) and the third round of Dubai. Furthermore, all of those defeats have been in straight sets, including a 6-3 6-1 beatdown at the hands of Karolina Pliskova in Melbourne and a 6-1 6-2 demolition by Elina Svitolina in Dubai.
As mentioned, Muguruza lost to a low-ranked American in her first match at Indian Wells last year, going down to wildcard Sachia Vickery. Can she avoid the same fate against the current World No. 199 on Friday?
Lauren Davis (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Lauren Davis is a far better player than that ranking suggests though. The diminutive American put together her best season in 2017 after winning her maiden WTA title in Auckland, reaching quarter-finals in Doha, Dubai and Rabat and the fourth round here in Indian Wells, hitting a career-high ranking of No. 26. Davis would go on to make the third round of the Australian Open to kick off 2018 and came agonisingly close to pulling off what would have been the biggest win of her career, but she went down in a thriller against World No. 1 Simona Halep, losing 15-13 in a marathon encounter.
From there, Davis hasn’t had much to cheer about. She got injured and missed the entire European clay-court season and actually didn’t win a tour-level match since the Australian Open for the remainder of 2018, dropping to as low as No. 262 in the world before salvaging her ranking slightly with a run to the final after qualifying for the $125k Series event in Houston in her last tournament for the season. The 25-year-old finally broke her near 12-month drought at tour-level by winning a round in Auckland (lost to Venus Williams in R2), but she failed to qualify for the Australian Open and toppled back out of the top 200 as she couldn’t defend her third round points. Davis arrived at Indian Wells at No. 199 after a run to the Newport Beach semi-finals, but she scored a valuable main draw win after receiving a wildcard into the tournament, taking out Anna Schmiedlova 7-6(2) 6-2 to earn a shot at Muguruza in the second round.
Muguruza won their only previous clash 6-2 6-0 on the grass of s-Hertogenbosch back in 2013, but Davis has absolutely nothing to lose in this encounter. All the pressure is on Muguruza, and it will be interesting to see how she performs on Friday. Of course, Muguruza has the bigger weapons and normally would be able to dictate this match-up, but she’s down on confidence and hasn’t been playing well for some time now. The same applies for Davis, but if she can approach this match with a nothing-to-lose mindset, you never know might what happen. Muguruza should win, but a Davis upset wouldn’t be too surprising.