FBI Warns Of Plans For Nationwide Armed Protests Next Week

first_imgShare: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),They also said the same thing was going to happen to Twitter headquarters yesterday. It was hilarious to watch the Law Enforcement take down all the barricades because NO ONE showed up.Except 2 Pro-Biden supporters.There is more love at a Trump Rally than at the Blue Heron …. ( and way less drugs ) …FACT(John Sullivan-Activist, Founder of Assurgance USA spotted in DC front lines, caught at Hotel afterwards)(Adrian De Los Rios- Portland & Minneapolis Riots) Cropped Tyler Merbler / CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said, according to one official. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week. On Dec. 29, it warned of the potential for armed demonstrators targeting legislatures, the second official said. “While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve,” the bureau said in a statement. “Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity.”The FBI said it wasn’t focused on peaceful protests but “on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.”Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that the Guard is also looking at any issues across the country,“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” he said.The riots followed weeks of online calls for violence in the nation’s capital in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency. There have been several arrests, and at least two Capitol police officers, one who took a selfie with rioters, and another who put on a Make America Great Again hat, were suspended. At least a dozen more are under investigation, according to lawmakers.Cropped Tyler Merbler / CC BY 2.0A tweet in which Trump promised that last Wednesday’s event in Washington, D.C., “will be wild” fueled a “month-long frenzy of incitements, strategizing, and embrace of violence against lawmakers,” according to a research group that tracks online extremism activity, In a report issued Saturday, the SITE Intelligence Group also warned that the Capitol attack has emboldened Trump-supporting extremists.“No matter how all this plays out, its only the beginning,” posted a user on TheDonald message board, according to the report.Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said authorities in state capitals and other major cities besides Washington should prepare for the possibility of violent protests next week.“A lot of people were energized by what happened last week,” he said. “State capitals are a natural place where people might want to show up, especially assuming that they think there might be a huge presence of police and military in D.C. because of what happened last week.”Pitcavage tracks militia, white supremacists and other far-right extremists, but he said the Capitol siege demonstrated the emergence of a new movement of ”Trumpist extremists, so caught up in the cult of personality around Trump that they may be willing to break the law or engage in violence purely in support of Trump and whatever he wants.”The talk of armed marches next week isn’t limited to “radicalized” Trump supporters. State capital events on Jan. 17 appear to be promoted by supporters of the anti-government, pro-gun “boogaloo” movement. Boogaloo followers advocate for a second civil war or the collapse of society, and they don’t adhere to a coherent political philosophy.Posts on social media sites also have promoted a “Million Militia March” on the day of Biden’s inauguration. Pitcavage said the event, apparently organized by a promoter of the pro-Trump “QAnon” conspiracy theory, appears unlikely to draw a massive crowd.Javed Ali, a former FBI senior intelligence officer who teaches courses in counterterrorism at the University of Michigan, said it can be challenging for law enforcement to identify the line between people exercising their constitutionally protected rights to bear arms and free speech and those who pose “a real operational threat.”“The FBI just can’t passively sit in websites and forums and social media platforms, waiting to see who’s going to present a direct threat versus just someone who is being highly radicalized,” he said. “There has to be an investigative predicate for the FBI to then start even the lowest form of an investigation.”David Deitch, an attorney who was a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s counterterrorism section from 2003 to 2007, said law enforcement must recognize a “tenuous balance” between protected free speech and speech that intends to incites violence.“It’s a very fact-based, case-by-case determination,” he said. “There’s no one factor that’s going to determine all of it. It’s certainly going to be a judgment call on the part of law enforcement about whether and when to intervene.”last_img read more

Mount Snow introduces new ‘six pack’ bubble lift

first_imgWEST DOVER (March 5, 2011) ‘ Mount Snow Mount Snow Resort,Mount Snow has announced that it has accepted a bid to  replace the Summit Local triple chair lift with a new Leitner Poma high-speed detachable six-passenger bubble chairlift.  The ‘six pack’ chairlift will be the first of its kind on the East coast and demonstrates Mount Snow’s commitment to providing the best experience possible for their guests.‘Our goal at Mount Snow is to provide the best possible product for our guests.  We are continuously making upgrades to our infrastructure to ensure a quality experience for our guests.  We feel that installing this state-of-the-art chairlift in order to increase our high speed capacity out of the main base area is in line with this commitment,’ said Jesse Boyd, VP of Operations for Peak Resorts. The six pack lift will have a ride time of just seven minutes, reducing the ride time of the current lift by nearly half.  The new lift’s bubble chairs look like conventional chairlifts but have a plastic shield, or bubble, that encloses the chair.  Bubble chairs provide shelter from inclement weather and the convenience of ski-on, ski-off loading and unloading.  Unlike a gondola, skiers and snowboarders keep their equipment on, get on the chair as they would a conventional chairlift, and then pull the bubble down around them.‘Let’s face it, Vermont has its cold days.  After review of several lifts, I believe this six pack lift best meets our needs.  Its bubble chairs will provide protection on cold days without slowing down the loading process’ said Mount Snow General Manager Kelly Pawlak.With this lift, Mount Snow will have three high-speed lifts in its main base area with a total uphill capacity of 8100 skiers per hour.  This will greatly increase the time Mount Snow guests spend on the ski trails instead of waiting in lift lines.Every night the chairs will be run off the line and stored in a heated storage barn, which has its advantages.   First, the barn’s steady temperature helps to prevent fogging and ice build up on the bubbles.  Second, should the mountain receive icing overnight, the lift line can be quickly de-iced, and the lift will be able to operate as soon as the chairs are deployed. Along with the new six pack lift comes upgrades to the Grand Summit Express high speed quad.  The upgrades include enclosing the terminal at the base of the mountain to shield guests from weather elements and replacing all 172 of the chairs with new chairs that feature safety bars and footrests. With the purchase of the new six pack lift, Peak Resorts will have invested over $18 million in capital improvements to Mount Snow, including the installation of state-of-the-art snowmaking technology featuring 254 fan guns.*************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************Peak Resorts is a leader and innovator in the ski industry committed to building an enhanced resort experience. It currently owns and operates twelve U.S. ski resorts including: Attitash (NH), Boston Mills (OH), Brandywine (OH), Crotched Mountain (NH), Hidden Valley (MO), Jack Frost (PA), Big Boulder (PA), Mad River Mountain (OH), Mount Snow (VT), Paoli Peaks (IN), Snow Creek (MO) and Wildcat (NH). Peak Resorts is defined by the passion, determination, and commitment of each of its resorts to family recreation, improvements in technology, and service. For further information, please visit www.peakresorts.com(link is external). last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Howl

first_imgThis rainy weekend, I curled up with Howl of Woman and Wolf, the story of how studying wolves helped one woman throw back her head and howl.Susan Imhoff Bird seamlessly weaves the story of the wolf with her own narrative. From interviews with ranchers, hunters, wolf watchers and biologists, she writes about the complex ecology and politics behind wolf management. Susan reveals difficult personal experiences, from parenting a special needs child to letting go of failed marriages to a bone-smashing cycling accident.Susan delves into her desire to live close to the truest version of herself. “I sat quietly by myself and felt my own being – I’d squished her for a long time and I was lettering her fill back-up, be who she really was. Is.”She identifies herself as a people-pleaser and nice. Her transformative journey, digging herself out from under a mound of nice, respectful, and reticent to become a wild women who runs with wolves and howls with abandon, doesn’t happen all at once.While following the Yellowstone packs, she learns of a wolf with a broken leg who goes hunting. Being broken doesn’t define the wolf. Even though the wolf is hurt, she keeps hunting.Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.41.23 AMAll the heartache that life dishes up – divorce, death, and accidents – leave Susan feeling split, cracked, and halved by life. She demonstrates the same tenacity and grit of the wolf, showing up again and again with a willingness to get uncomfortable. Whether it’s driving on icy roads or tracking wolves in sub-zero temperatures Susan doesn’t give up.The more Susan gets out in nature, the more she notices, transporting the reader to her beloved high deserts and canyons with her gorgeous prose. She finds the places and wild animals that help her be more present. “I reach down into the earth and into the sky,” she writes. In the process of documenting the story of the wolf, she discovers another way of being. “It’s awe that saves us.”Susan’s transformation, much like the survival of the wolf in American West, require reaching and failing, searching and doubting, arguing and listening. If Susan has her way, we’ll all learn from wolves.“Wolves only give up when the only thing to do is give up.”To buy a copy of Howl, go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Indiebound (which directs purchasers to independent bookstores’ websites by zip code).To learn more about the Susan, visit her website.last_img read more

WorldCom troubles hit Thames Valley

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Fintech lenders struggle to get back money, bad loan ratio reaches 7.9%

first_imgIndonesian peer-to-peer (P2P) fintech firms have reported an increase in bad loans to 7.99 percent in July as many borrowers have lost their sources of income due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI) has stated.The proportion of defaulted loan after 90 days has continuously worsened since March, when it stood at 4.22 percent. That figure already marked a significant increase from 2.62 percent in March last year, according to data from the Financial Services Authority (OJK).Adrian Gunadi, the chairman of the AFPI, said he had expected the rise in the industry’s nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic on borrowers’ income. “The declining payment quality is not only happening in the fintech lending industry but also in other financial services, like banking and multifinance. This is in line with the coronavirus pandemic’s impact,” Adrian was quoted as saying in a news release on Wednesday.P2P lenders disbursed loans totaling Rp 116.97 trillion (US$7.86 billion) as of July 2020, more than double the Rp 49.79 trillion issued over the corresponding period last year, OJK data show.Bank loan disbursement grew by 1.53 percent yoy in July, OJK data show.“The fintech lending industry is facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is both the association’s and its members’ obligation to maintain the industry’s growth, so that its role in increasing access to financing for underbanked people will keep growing,” said Tumbur.Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Bipartisan Fixes to Strengthen Affordable Care Act

first_imgWolf Administration Testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Bipartisan Fixes to Strengthen Affordable Care Act Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Washington, D.C. – Governor Wolf’s Acting Secretary of Human Services and former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the immediate need for stability in the individual market and targeted fixes that would strengthen the Affordable Care Act and improve affordability and competition for consumers in individual market plans. She joined insurance commissioners from around the country to discuss opportunities for bipartisan cooperation.Acting Secretary Miller praised the committee, which is led by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), for taking a measured, bipartisan approach to stabilizing the individual market.“Both Teresa Miller and I applaud the committee’s efforts to work towards a solution on this important issue,” Governor Wolf said. ”We need to build upon the foundation of the health care system we have and make targeted, common sense changes that will improve the Affordable Care Act and make it work better for the people it is not working perfectly for today.”“The concerns of Congress are legitimate and must be addressed, but starting over or moving backwards will not better serve Pennsylvanians or Americans throughout the nation,” Acting Secretary Miller said.Governor Wolf has been an active participant in a group of bipartisan governors working to ensure that Congress’s approach to health care reform is completed in a bipartisan manner that will strengthen the individual market while protecting coverage improvements made by the Affordable Care Act. The governors are urging Congress to take steps to stabilize the market and address affordability issues in the interim.Acting Secretary Miller shared opportunities for improvements that could help address stability and affordability, including:Allocating funds to ensure that payments for cost-sharing reductions continue for at least all of 2018;Streamlining the process for obtaining Section 1332 State Innovation waivers without jeopardizing baseline coverage improvements made by the Affordable Care Act;Preserving the individual mandate;Making outstanding payments owed under risk stabilization programs and creating a new long-term reinsurance program to moderate the premium increases that have occurred due to market instability;Reversing cuts made by the Trump Administration and continuing robust and active outreach programs to encourage enrollment;Working to understand and address the underlying costs of health care that are growing at an unsustainable rate and have a significant impact on premiums and out-of-pocket costs.“While the health reform debate has without question been partisan, the goals we are trying to achieve are not, and recognizing the real problems that exist in our health care system should not be either,” Miller said. “We all want Americans to have access to the care they need and be able to afford that care. We also want them to have choices, and that means supporting a competitive health insurance marketplace that can provide that choice.“Let’s start by recognizing where consumers may not have that access or affordability, and let’s understand where we are not supporting the competitive market we need,” she said. “Then, taking a lead from Governor Wolf and the group of bipartisan governors, let’s look for solutions that can solve those problems, both in the short-term and in the long-term.”Acting Secretary Miller’s full testimony is available at http://www.insurance.pa.gov/Pages/Testimony_Speeches.aspx. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 06, 2017last_img read more

Waterfront block proves too good to pass up

first_imgThe home at 49 Biggs Ave, Beachmere, sold for $800,000. Picture: Supplied.A MODEST three-bedroom home has sold for $800,000 in Beachmere thanks to its absolute waterfront location. The 1224sq m property at 49 Biggs Ave sold for $800,000 on January 29. Marketing agent Tony Bristol of Ray White Bribie Island said buyers were drawn to the big block backing onto the ocean. “Standing in the backyard you can see Moreton Island, the bay and Redcliffe, and the waves are literally crashing onto the rear boundary,” he said. “We had a couple of people who were absolutely in love with the property but just couldn’t bring themselves to sign the contract. “It was their loss though when someone came in with a reasonable offer and the property sold with a 14 day settlement.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 The home looks out over Moreton Bay. Picture: Supplied.Mr Bristol said the buyer bought the home with plans to rent it out for the time being before moving into the property in the future. The Bribie Island agent said he was seeing buyers who were thinking ahead by getting into affordable seaside markets, where they would like to settle in the future, before prices increased. “(They) are looking to get in while they can, thinking that in the future they may not be able to afford it,” he said.“I think a lot of people think of Beachmere as a bit of an untapped market still.“It’s still like a sleepy little country town.” The median house price in Beachmere is $417,500 according to Core Logic, and has seen an annual growth of 0.9 per cent in the past 10 years.last_img read more

Ørsted Opens Big Apple Office

first_imgGlobal offshore wind farm developer Ørsted has officially opened an office in New York, the U.S.The new office will initially house approximately 10 team members, including one of the U.S. executive team members, with room for more as the New York-based operations grow.Source: Ørsted U.S.“We are thrilled to expand our global footprint and open our first official office in New York City,” said Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America. “Today symbolizes our growing commitment to New York residents to not only provide clean, renewable energy and support the state’s renewable energy goals, but also provide opportunities for economic growth for local communities and businesses.”To remind, Ørsted is developing the Sunrise Wind and South Fork offshore wind projects in New York in cooperation with Eversource Energy In July, the State of New York selected the companies’ joint venture Bay State Wind to develop the Sunrise Wind project more than 30 miles east of Long Island’s Montauk Point.Subject to contract signing and the final investment decision, the 880MW wind farm is expected to be operational in 2024.South Fork, with a capacity of some 130MW, is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2022, subject to permitting, further development, and final investment decisions. It is located 35 miles east of Long Island.As reported early this year, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed the goal of having 9GW of offshore wind energy to be developed in the state by 2035.last_img read more

Audrey Doyle

first_imgAudrey J. Doyle, 89, of Holton passed away at 1:30pm Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the home of her daughter near Batesville. She was born at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 1, 1926 the daughter of Carl H. and Violet Jadischke Lipke. She was married to Marvin “Brook” Doyle on September 4, 1948 and he preceded her in death 16 years ago on February 14, 2000. Survivors include two daughters Esther (Doug) Krieger of Batesville and Gloria (Don) Comer of Holton; 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; one sister Dianne Dilger of Cameron Park, California. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters Lila Zarnott and Elizabeth Lipke. Mrs. Doyle was raised in Milwaukee and met her future husband while he was serving in the US Navy. She was a homemaker and in her younger years was employed with the Nunn-Bush Shoe Factory in Milwaukee. Audrey had also served as the custodian for the Hopewell Baptist Church of which she was a 40 year member. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell building fund or the Hospice of Margaret Mary Hospital in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgQualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year.Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.In other golfing news,—The return of live golf to television had a total audience delivery of 2.35 million viewers. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson defeated Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the TaylorMade Driving Relief. The exhibition has raised at least $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. NBC Sports says the total audience delivery was 16% higher than the final of the Dell Match Play last year in Texas. It used that as a comparison because only four players were on the course. It was roughly the same as network coverage of PGA Tour events from the second quarter of 2019.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUIT UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions, two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hiring for those jobs, the league will require teams to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach openings.At least one minority candidate must be interviewed for a coordinator’s spot, the people said Monday on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the additions.The rule, named after the late Dan Rooney, who owned the Pittsburgh Steelers, was adopted in 2003. It has had some impact, but in the recent spate of coach hiring, few have gone to minority candidates.VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNISWorld Team Tennis plans three-week season UNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with the AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.In other coronavirus-related sports news: Associated Press The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. NFL-ROONEY RULEAP Sources: Rooney Rule to require for more interviews —The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.— A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player, but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.GOLF-US OPENNo qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York. May 18, 2020 — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says pro sports leagues and entities in baseball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing can apply to the state to hold events without spectators starting May 31. Abbott also says Little League baseball can resume play with parents watching under social distancing guidelines. Youth sports camps may also open in June.—USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August.— The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening. But the stock car series successfully got back on track Sunday at Darlington Raceway without a slip. Participants all passed a health screening to enter the facility, no one was scolded for not socially distancing and everyone wore a mask. It was all NASCAR could hope for as it desperately tries to recover from a 10-week shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which currently is under Wolf’s strictest pandemic orders, or a red designation. But Wolf said Monday that if the county moves to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races as long as there are no spectators present and guidelines are followed to keep competitors safe.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning Tuesday. Hoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2, point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall.Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team.Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.Elsewhere in college hoops news: — San Diego State has signed forward Joshua Tomaić as a grad transfer from Maryland and will be eligible to play next season. Coach Brian Dutcher said 6-foot-10, 235-pound Tomaić can play multiple positions but is most comfortable at the stretch four, preferring to play facing the basket. Adding he brings many of the same qualities that Yanni (Wetzell) brought to last year’s team. The Aztecs are losing Wetzell and fellow grad transfer KJ Feagin, as well as guard Malachi Flynn, the Mountain West Player of the Year who has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent. Forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the draft but hasn’t hired an agent, giving him the option of returning for his senior season.OBIT-BILLS-BEN WILLIAMSBills, Ole Miss lineman “Gentle Ben” Williams, 65, diesOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital. Affectionately known as “Gentle Ben,” he was the Rebels’ first black player to earn All-America honors as a first-team selection in 1975 and was a three-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.Williams was drafted by Buffalo in the third round in 1976 and spent his entire 10-year career with the Bills during which he had 140 starts in 147 games. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Williams earned his nickname because of his friendly off-field personality.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTIONJordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned.The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts. Update on the latest in sports: Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more