Venezuelan insurgent describes how betrayal in ranks produced failure, summary executions
More than four dozen men who set out in motorboats on the first day of May from Colombia as part of a botched coup known as Operation Gideon, a doomed attempt at ousting Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, were betrayed by five companions who sold the exact landing coordinates shortly before departure, says a high-ranking insurgent.In an exclusive interview, the man involved in Gideon broke his silence to detail events that led to the capture of 47 Venezuelans and two Americans, and the execution of six Gideon participants.The Maduro regime knew precisely where the first boat would arrive and...
Ronald Jones Sets Buccaneers’ Record With 98-Yard Touchdown In Win
Tampa Bay Buccanneers was feeding running back Ron Jones all game as he delivered against their week 10 matchup, the Carolina Panthers.Jones was all over the game with his offensive contributions in Tampa’s 46-23 win over the Panthers. The win helped Tampa improve to seven wins and three losses this season. Jones had a fantastic night as he finished the game with 192 yards and a touchdown.The highlight play of the night was from Jones himself. In the third quarter with Tampa up by three on the two-yard line. Tampa had a long way to reach the Panther’s end zone. That is where Jones came up clut...
Will fans return to Masters next April? And other pressing questions for Chairman Fred Ridley.
Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley held his annual pre-Masters press conference Wednesday. In November. This time of year, shouldn’t he instead be enjoying an Arnold Palmer on the veranda before taking a quick lap around the par-3 course?Instead, there was a certain long-delayed tournament to launch. Welcome to Ridley’s new busy time around the club, which included sitting down in the press room interview area for a few minutes. Both real life and golf had questions to ask this day.———— Will the fans be able to return to the grounds for next April’s tournament, assuming the Masters can even...
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NFL approves a contingency plan to expand the playoffs to 16 teams if COVID-19 causes regular-season cancellations
The NFL on Tuesday approved a resolution that would expand the playoffs from 14 to 16 teams should regular-season games have to be canceled because of COVID-19.The contingency plan would go into effect only if the NFL cannot complete its full 16-game schedule in 17 or 18 weeks.The league first would add an 18th week before moving to expanded playoffs, which would consist of four division winners and four wild-card teams in each conference. All qualifying teams would play in the first round, and the playoffs would be completed in four rounds. Traditional seeding would apply, meaning the divisio...
Tropical Storm Eta weakens as South Florida braces for more rain and flooding
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Eta emerged over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, where it’s expected to execute a buttonhook turn that will bring it back to the Gulf Coast later this week.After crossing the Keys and leaving many South Florida neighborhoods awash in knee-deep water, the storm has weakened, its winds declining to 50 mph, according to the 7 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.The storm is no longer forecast to reach hurricane strength as it turns and heads for its second landfall in the U.S. The forecast tracks puts a broad swath of the Gulf Coas...
17 Trump Rally Attendees Hospitalized In Tampa After Standing For Hours In Extreme Heat
On Thursday, 17 Trump rally attendees were sent to the hospital for medical attention after standing for an hour in 87-degree weather in Tampa, Florida.A fire truck sprayed water at on rally attendees throughout the event to help prevent potential heat strokes. However, many participants stood outside in the heat waiting for hours before the event began.Tampa Fire Rescue indicated that one attendee fainted while another suffered from a seizure. Ten other attendees were only listed as “sick” and sent to the hospital for further medical assistance.A similar situation occurred at another Trump ra...
Venezuela coup plotters met at Trump resort in Florida. Central figure says US officials knew of plan
MIAMI — In a challenge to denials of government involvement, the ex-U.S. special operations sergeant whose security firm took part in a botched Venezuelan coup last May said two Trump administration officials met with and expressed support to planners of Operation Gideon, a Bay of Pigs-type operation that tried to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.It’s a story of bungling, bravado and cloak-and-dagger plotting, with plans shared in clandestine meetings in the back of limousines while rolling through Miami, in restaurants and even at dusk on the 12th fairway of the Red Course of Trump Do...
Gators get creative to stay sharp, in shape amid COVID-19 outbreak
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stuck in quarantine, away from teammates for two weeks, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask had to find a new go-to receiver.Star tight end Kyle Pitts’ job was safe when the Gators returned to practice Monday. But UF centerfielder Jade Caraway pitched in during the 14-day layoff, giving her boyfriend some reps while playing catch with Trask.“She’s got a nice little arm,” Trask said of the former star at West Orange High School in Winter Garden.Trask’s teammates were left to fend for themselves and use their imaginations.Trask was replaced by a chair as tailback Malik Davis went ...
One week before Election Day, Florida poll shows Biden with 50% and Trump at 48%
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Democrat Joe Biden has the support of 50% of likely Florida voters in a public opinion poll released Tuesday, 2 percentage points ahead of President Donald Trump, who has with 48%.With percentages so close — the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points — the candidates effectively are tied.Other results in the poll indicate that either man could win Florida’s 29 electoral votes. Even after the long campaign, FAU found 2.5% of respondents were undecided and 6% said they could still change their minds.The bottom line is that the race is exceedingly tight in a ...
'If you bring Florida home this thing's over.' Obama makes surprise Miami Springs stop
MIAMI — Former President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Miami Springs on Saturday, stopping by the majority Latino small city just north of Miami International Airport to motivate local field organizers for Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign before going they headed out to go door-knocking.“I’m not going to keep you all from doing all the great work you’re doing but I just wanted to come by and say thank you … “ Obama said. “Many of you were involved when I ran in 2008 and some of you when I ran in 2012, and I am so grateful. The lifeblood of any campaign is not TV ads. It’s not po...