After family member's COVID-19 scare, Panthers' Christian Miller opts out of NFL season
Carolina Panthers edge rusher Christian Miller has elected to opt out of the 2020 NFL season.After not seeing much playing time in his rookie season last year as an outside linebacker, Miller, 24, had an opportunity to start over during this year’s training camp with a new coaching staff and revamped roster. He would have provided depth for the Panthers on the outside as they transition back to a 4-3 base defense from last year’s 3-4, but was not a lock to make the final roster.Miller, a fourth-round pick in 2019 out of Alabama, is considered a high-risk opt out and will earn $350,000 this sea...
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Latin American virus cases top 5 million
Geneva (AFP) - Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed five million coronavirus cases on Monday as the World Health Organization warned there might never be a "silver bullet" for the pandemic.Global infections passed 18 million, with Brazil driving the regional surge. South America's largest country has recorded 2.75 million cases, and close to half the region's 202,000 deaths.Only the United States, with 4.7 million cases and more than 155,000 deaths, has been worse affected.In the region's second hardest-hit country, Peru, daily cases have almost doubled from 3,300 to 6,300 since bus and a...
Trump gives TikTok 6 weeks to sell itself to US company
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump gave popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok six weeks to sell its US operations to an American company, saying Monday it would be "out of business" otherwise, and that the government wanted a financial benefit from the deal."It's got to be an American company... it's got to be owned here," Trump said. "We don't want to have any problem with security."Trump said that Microsoft was in talks to buy TikTok, which has as many as one billion worldwide users who make quirky 60-second videos with its smartphone app.But US officials say the app constitutes a...
Karen Bass calls praising Castro a mistake. Miamians say she shouldn't be Biden's VP
WASHINGTON — California Rep. Karen Bass, who is on Joe Biden’s vice presidential shortlist, said she now realizes that referring to Fidel Castro as “comandante en jefe,” or commander in chief, after his death in 2016 was a mistake.But her explanation — and longstanding ties to Cuba — are concerning to Biden’s Miami supporters as he enters the final phase of choosing a running mate. Biden said he will choose a vice president around Saturday.In a Sunday appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Bass attempted to clarify her remarks.“I was expressing condolences to the Cuban people, to the people in ...
India imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of clampdown anniversary
A curfew has been imposed across IndianKashmirjust two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi's abolition of the restive region's semi-autonomy, officials said late Monday, citing intelligence reports of looming protests."These restrictions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force on 4th and 5th August," stated the government order issued for the main city of Srinagar."Full curfew will be enforced in all Kashmir districts," a senior police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.A "full curfew" means people can only move around with an official pas...
Mac Engel: Stanley Cup format is great, but no sport needs fans in the stands more than the NHL
The NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best postseason in pro sports, but hockey can’t go it alone on TV.Hockey needs butts in seats more than any other sport.One, for the money. The NHL relies gate revenue more than a basketball, baseball or football.Two, for the scene. The atmosphere for a NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game tops a postseason basketball, baseball, or even a football game.Fans banging on the glass, and the pendulous “ohhhhhhs” and “aaaaaaaahs” of the crowd are an essential part of the fabric of a Stanley Cup playoff game.“The reason everyone goes gaga over playoff hockey is the inten...
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TCU football players boycott practice after coach allegedly repeats slur said by player
TCU head football coach Gary Patterson allegedly told a player to stop using the N-word in team meetings and, in doing so during a testy exchange at practice on Sunday, allegedly repeated the racial slur himself.Linebacker Dylan Jordan described his version of the incident in a lengthy social media post Monday, saying Patterson’s use of the N-word prompted a number of players to boycott Monday’s practice.Jordan alleges that during Sunday’s practice Patterson called him “a f ——— brat. I’ll send you back to Pitt,” referring to Jordan’s hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas.Jordan replied: “For what? I a...
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US East Coast braces for hurricane after Florida escapes
Myrtle Beach (United States) (AFP) - Tropical Storm Isaias was set to regain hurricane strength Monday before slamming into the US eastern seaboard, bringing life-threatening storm surges to North and South Carolina.The storm, currently 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, was packing sustained winds of 70 miles (100 kilometers) per hour, with wind speeds predicted to increase during the day.Isaias is forecast to "make landfall tonight as a hurricane with dangerous winds and storm surge," the National Hurricane Center said, adding the storm would likely hit close ...
‘Animal Crossing: New Horizon’ Adds Fireworks & Island Visits
With Animal Crossing: New Horizon coming out earlier this year, many flocked to GameStop and the Nintendo Store for a good dose of relaxing nostalgia. The game has updated twice now and in early July they upset many fans, including content creators, by patching a glitch in the game where you can remove your HUD and still continue to play. This glitch was a good way for YouTube gamers to get good, clean footage of the game, and many were miffed that the developers decided to remove it.[Announcement]The #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons Summer Update – Wave 2 is available now! The update brings fire...
Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels fine despite coronavirus, still believes in viability of NFL season
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he continues to feel good about the team’s coronavirus precautions and the NFL’s chances of playing a full season, in the wake of the Sunday announcement of his two positive tests.“I feel very good about the safety of our building, the protocols that are in place,” said Pederson, 52, who is quarantined at home in Moorestown, N.J., away from other family members. “I have no symptoms whatsoever.”Pederson said he feels very fortunate to be asymptomatic, and he said that he can continue to perform most of his duties remotely, with the team not scheduled for a full p...
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