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Proud Boys are ditching Trump hours after he left the White House for good, calling him a ‘shill’ and ‘extraordinarily weak’

Summary List PlacementSome members of the Proud Boys, who were staunch allies of former President Donald Trump, have walked away from him after leaving the White House for good on Wednesday, The New York Times reported.  "Trump will go down as a total failure," the Proud Boys said in a Telegram channel on Monday. The group had stood behind the president for years and were especially re-energized after saying: "Proud Boys — stand back and stand by" during a presidential debate last year.  Trump was responding after being asked to denounce white nationalist organizations.  Some Proud Boys were in attendance on January 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol. After Trump lost the election in November, the group encouraged members to attend protests and baselessly echoed his claims t...

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The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony in the White House on Wednesday night. The Bidens’ grandchildren danced and clapped on the balcony. While the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns in Washington vastly scaled back inaugural events, organizers created a celebratory atmosphere with live and recorded celebrity performances, ending with singer Katy Perry. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, watched the fireworks from the steps of the Washington Monument after Harris delivered brief remarks. ___ HERE’S WH

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott stepping down at end of June

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is stepping down at the end of June, ending an 11-year tenure in which the conference landed a transformational billion-dollar television deal but struggled to keep up with some of its Power Five peers when it came to revenue and exposure. Sports Business Journal first reported the news Wednesday night and a person with knowledge of what was being called a mutual decision between the 56-year-old Scott and university presidents who make up the league’s executive committee confirmed it to AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official statement from the conference was expected later Wednesday night. Scott’s current contract was set to expire June 2022, but he will not seek a new deal and instead finish out this academic to assist with the ...

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Rideshare driver carjacked in Humboldt Park: police

A rideshare driver was carjacked Jan. 20, 2021, in Humboldt Park. | Sun-Times file photoThe man was at least the fourth person to be carjacked Wednesday in Chicago. A rideshare driver was carjacked Wednesday in Humboldt Park on the West Side. The driver, a 64-year-old man, picked up four males about 7:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of West Walton Street, Chicago police said. During the ride, the males told the driver to get out of the vehicle and he complied, police said. They drove away in his vehicle and have not been arrested. The man was not injured, police said. Area Four detectives are investigating. The man was at least the fourth person to be carjacked Wednesday in Chicago. Last year, carjackings more than doubled across the city compared to 2019. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun ...

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Malika Andrews Overcame a Dark Past Before Becoming ESPN’s Top NBA Sideline Reporter

Malika Andrews delivers sideline reports for ESPN’s NBA coverage like a seasoned veteran. Quite impressive, considering she’s just 25, made her ESPN television debut last season in Orlando at the NBA bubble, and is just a couple of years removed from working as a newspaper reporter covering Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels.  Andrews’ rapid ascent to the top of the sports media world has happened almost overnight. However, don’t mistake that for cutting corners or a lack of hard work. It’s just the opposite. She is devoted to her craft, focused, and driven. Her early career success is remarkable, especially when you understand what she’s overcome. Just over a decade ago, Andrews was in a very dark place.  Malika Andrews quickly moves her way up in sports media world After a fantas

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr on President Joe Biden: He ‘has a big job on his hands’

Before heading to Chase Center for shootaround before the Warriors game against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday, Steve Kerr spent his morning taking in the broadcast of the inauguration. As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office in front of the Capitol building in Washington D.C., Kerr felt a sense of pride. “It’s a great day. It’s one of the reasons we’re wearing our Oakland jerseys tonight,” said Kerr who, since becoming head coach of the Warriors in 2014, has not been afraid to speak out on political and social issues. “We’re taking great pride in the fact that Kamala Harris is from Oakland.” But for Kerr, it wasn’t just the fact that Harris, who was born in Oakland and made her political career in San Francisco, calls the Bay Area home. He felt prou

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U. of I. to vote on tuition freeze amid ongoing pandemic — but other costs grow

Members of the university board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee on Wednesday were briefed the proposal for the 2021-2022 school year, which includes a base tuition rate freeze and slight increases in housing and student services fees. | Pat Nabong/Sun-TimesUnder the proposal, undergraduate students who live on campus would see “modest” increases on their bills, officials said. University of Illinois trustees are considering freezing undergraduate tuition rates at the school’s three campuses for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing pandemic. Members of the university board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee on Wednesday were briefed on the proposal for the 2021-2022 school year, which includes a base tuition rate freeze and slight increases in housing and student serv

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Justin Timberlake And Ant Clemons Celebrate ‘Better Days’ During Their Inauguration Performance

Mark Nguyen The four long years of the Donald Trump presidency came to an end on Wednesday, as President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th commander-in-chief. Biden certainly has a lot on his plate, and he’s already gotten to work. But the rest of us can bask in the promise of a new and very different administration. The night following his inauguration, ABC aired “Celebrating America,” a special in which a number of artists ring in the new POTUS. Among the talen were Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons, who performed their single “Better Days.” Better Days Are Coming #unity #AntClemons #JustinTimberlake #CelebrateAmerica #BidenHarrisInauguration #BidenInauguration #InaugurationDay    #Inauguration    #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/apCOONPFSv — Rock And Wrestling Connection (@Ro...

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Keeler: Nikola Jokic looks like an MVP. But Michael Porter Jr. is going to dictate where this Nuggets’ season goes.

It’s not the talent. It’s not the ceiling. It’s the waiting. NBA windows are finite, fickle beasts. With February looming, we still don’t know if Michael Porter Jr. is the next piece of the Nuggets’ championship puzzle. Or the big chip you trade in order to acquire one. The longer he’s out, the less value — the less clarity — Porter provides. On either front. On the surface, Nikola Jokic is mounting an MVP season in radio silence. Underneath the hood, though, the Nuggets feel like a Jenga tower that’s one wrong move away from disaster. Defense. Shooting. Rim protection. Chemistry. Jamal Murray’s health. Which makes you wonder: Is MPJ part of the Nuggets’ solution? Or part of the problem? And what do you do with him when he comes back? The kid was supposed to be the next All-Star, a linchpi

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CIF reverses course, won’t allow playing high school, club sports simultaneously

State high school officials, citing guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and the governor’s office, have reinstated bylaws that prohibit athletes from playing on a high school team and a club team simultaneously. In a memo Wednesday, the California Interscholastic Federation said it has rescinded a temporary suspension of CIF Bylaws 600-605 (outside competition) because state guidelines released last month say that athletes and coaches should “refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period.” The CIF said anyone who has already participated in non-high school competition isn’t subject to ineligibility because “as of today, there have been no CIF contests.” The reinstatement of the bylaws are effective immediately, the CIF sta...

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Trump reportedly granted Secret Service protections to all his adult children and 3 top officials before he left the White House. It will cost US taxpayers millions.

Summary List PlacementFormer President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protections for all of his adult children and their spouses, as well as three top administration officials, just before leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The taxpayer-funded security will be extended to Trump's four adult children and their spouses — Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump, three people familiar with the president's request told The Post. Trump's grandchildren will also be included in the protections deriving from that of their parents. Former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien were also granted S...

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The Latest: Springsteen opens Biden’s ‘Celebrating America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Bruce Springsteen sang “Land of Hope and Dreams” as he stood alone with his guitar in front of the Lincoln Memorial to open “Celebrating America,” a broadcast special to honor the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Springsteen said, “Good evening, America,” to open the 90-minute special airing across several networks on Wednesday night in place of the usual official inaugural balls. Performing the 1999 song of solace, Springsteen sang, “I will provide for you, and I’ll stand by your side. You’ll need a good companion, for this part of the ride.” Host Tom Hanks, also at the Lincoln Memorial, introduced the show by saying, “In the last few weeks, in the last few years, we’ve witnessed deep di

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Hoornstra: How to change baseball for the better – and make it last

Major League Baseball recently hired Theo Epstein as a consultant regarding on-field matters. The former Cubs and Red Sox general manager will work with baseball analytics experts, under the supervision of the Commissioner and the Owners’ Competition Committee, to determine the likely effects of various contemplated rule changes. My reaction, in a word: Finally. It doesn’t take a genius to see what ails baseball in 2021. Watch any national broadcast, and the color analyst will volunteer his own suggestions for improving the sport. Read any baseball column – this one, preferably – and you’ll get plenty of ideas. Epstein graduated from Yale, and built the rosters that ended the championship droughts for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. Genius or not, he’s qualified for the job. “As the g

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Bears DL coach Jay Rodgers heading to Chargers

Jay Rodgers has been a Bears coach since 2015. | Photo by NFL via Getty ImagesDefensive line coach Jay Rodgers, one of the Bears’ best position coaches, is leaving the team, a source confirmed late Wednesday night. Defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, one of the Bears’ best position coaches, is leaving the team, a source confirmed late Wednesday night. Rodgers will join Brandon Staley, with whom he worked from 2017-18 in Chicago, as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers coaching staff. Staley, who was hired as head coach earlier this week, coached outside linebackers for the Bears. Rodgers was considered an in-house defensive coordinator candidate for the Bears, who are still looking to replace Chuck Pagano. Rodgers has coached for the Bears since 2015, when, along with brother Jeff, a speci...

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