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The essay on “Be Bold: The World Owes China a Thank You,” released on March 4, based most of the Chinese Communist Party propaganda, on how the world ought to be grateful for China’s response to a pandemic, has been a major threat to Chinese government Xinhua to curb exports to its own countries and its populations in China.

The Chinese government is now eager to remove from historical pages the first months of the coronavirus epidemic. The Xinhua article shows how China leverages the United States and Europe, as the availability of vital drugs that had been outsourced to them in the heyday of globalization can be limited.

Breitbart.com reports: Chinese paper specifically warned that if Americans and Europeans were to condemn the response to the coronavirus or move too slowly to lift travel restrictions and other constraints that the Chinese government dislikes, it then cushioned the challenge in the normal slowness of the Communist Party by insisting that China is so loved by the world that it never will.

One of Xinhua’s insults was that for Wall Street Journal, on February 3rd, Walter Russell Mead opted for’ China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia,’ a book which prompted Beijing to expel journalists from the Wall Street Journal and to start complaining unceasingly that Mead’s work was insulting and racist. Mead, the column and the whole publication of the Wall Street Juror have been “infamous” according to Xinhua’s March 4 editorial. While much of the commentary centered on the “mighty sea of coronavirus,” this report is also noteworthy as an example of an early Chinese communist propagandists ‘ cross to present the coronavirus as originating in the U.S. The state. Army. The US “returning from Wuhan, China” just before the epidemic erupted, Xinhua murmured darkly on March 4, moaning about the unfair and disrespectful US imposing a travel ban on China.

Fox News on Food and Drug Administration’s announcement on Friday that at least one undisclosed medication effective for care of coronavirus patients is not available because components of the medication are not easily accessible from China. Fox News has published this story on Friday.

“It’s a scary thing,” Tucker Carlson, Fox News said on Wednesday. “What’s more, they tried to kill us, and we all stand back like,’ yeah, you know it’s a little bit less.’

In his Fox News interview on Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) cautioned that “only 80% of the active ingredients of certain important medicines come from overseas,” and that 80% of them are made in China. “Rubio and former House Chairman Newt Gingrich addressed China’s control over the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and the U.S. economic market, in optional words. As Peking, Americans see vital parts of global supply chains, including drugs and medical products, caught. Close to 80% of the active prescription ingredients of US products currently come from overseas.

Now, faced with a pandemic, the lack of national capability in key medical industries has put the United States and our economies in critical danger. The failure to significantly expand production of critical materials such as operating maskings, surgical gowns and stunning and medications restricts our potential in this current epidemic and any possible pandemic to minimize the worst impacts of the outbreak.

Chinese dependence on the public health and economy of America, all critical components of our national security, is unreasonable. That is why, when global supply chains are on the move, and the world economy is at the bottom, we recommend that the U.S. act to increase our production potential.

Rubio and Gingrich recommended that U.S. companies, especially from aggressive countries such as China, be supported and pushed to carry back production from overseas and enforce steps that could have seemed unacceptably dangerous or costly at the more comfortable periods, using the current turmoil in global markets.

“America needs to prioritize the restoration of our own domestic supply chain,” they wrote comparing their proposals with Beijing’s concerted tactics for pharmaceutical industry capture.

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CU Buffs hope “subtle changes” spark struggling offense

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With a week off, Colorado’s coaching staff made some changes to the offense.

Whether it’s enough to spark the struggling Buffaloes remains to be seen.

Head coach Karl Dorrell didn’t announce any drastic changes Monday, and offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini will continue to call plays, but Dorrell hopes enough was done during the bye week to help CU (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) end a four-game losing streak on Saturday against Arizona (0-5, 0-2).

“Hopefully the changes we made are going to help us play more efficient and effective football,” Dorrell said without going into detail about the changes. “We addressed a lot of things: coaches’ roles in terms of what the expectations are, the expectations we set for our players. Both sides, the coaching side of it and the player side of it, they’ve owned up that we can be better. So far so good with that mindset of addressing the issues that are in front of us. We are moving forward with the subtle changes that we did make.”

In the 130-team Football Bowl Subdivision, CU ranks 129th in scoring offense (13.8 points per game) and total offense (239.6 yards per game). The Buffs have managed just 34 points in the last four games combined.

Despite the struggles and the calls from several fans to move on from Chiaverini, Dorrell is sticking by his OC for now.

“There’s no change in terms of the dynamics of what we’re doing offensively or defensively in their roles from a play-calling standpoint,” Dorrell said. “It’s just a detail of how we’re prepping our guys. We’ve done some adjustments that way with giving more responsibility to other people on the staff from a preparation standpoint. But, in terms of the play-calling stuff, it’s still going to remain the same.”

Dorrell said the Buffs had a good practice Monday and had good practices last week, as the team tries to get back on track and fix the issues — on offense and defense.

“Went through really an emphasis of trying to clear up a lot of detail, a lot of issues,” Dorrell said. “We felt like we’ve made some ground in a lot of ways. They had good energy (Monday) with great focus about attacking this week.”

Putting together good practices has never really been an issue for the Buffs, however. Dorrell has often praised the Buffs after practices. How to translate that to game day is the task in front of the Buffs.

In particular, that’s the goal for freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis, who has struggled through his first season as the starter. He has completed 53.3% of his passes (48-of-90) for 475 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“It’s just the attention to the detail of we’re trying to make sure it transfers from practice to the game,” Dorrell said of Lewis. “That’s the only way I know — and that’s in both levels of football (NFL and college) — is to play better in practice; it usually translates to playing better on game day.

“He did make some steps of improvement even in the game that we lost against USC (on Oct. 2), but we need to play better there. We need to play better in our protection and our run systems; blocking on the perimeter; picking up blitzes with our running backs. So there’s a number of things that we really addressed over the bye week that I felt we made some progress with.”

Dorrell said the Buffs have struggled to finish plays on offense and defense, but made progress with some competitive practices over the past week.

“We do believe it’s going to help us play (better) on Saturdays,” he said.

CU opponent glance: Arizona Wildcats

Game time: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Folsom Field in Boulder

TV: Pac-12 Network

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Jon Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over offensive emails

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By JOSH DUBOW

Jon Gruden has resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

He stepped down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL.

The NFL Network first reported the development.

It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The emails were discovered in a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team but ended up costing Gruden his job when they also showed Gruden denounced the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem among other issues.

Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” about Smith, saying they were made out of frustration over the 2011 lockout. But the latest emails sent from between 2011-18 when Gruden was an analyst for ESPN show his use of derogatory language went well beyond that.

A league source confirms the accuracy of the emails and said they were sent to the Raiders last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league hasn’t made the emails public.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week that the email about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and said the team was reviewing the additional emails.

The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell and said he was “clueless” and “anti-football.” He also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game.

In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a female official by saying: “Nice job roger.”

The paper also said Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to reduce concussions, and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired.

The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling on Goodell to support their efforts promoting racial equality and criminal justice reform.

“He needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” Gruden wrote.

Gruden and Allen have a long relationship, having worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails between the two and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders.

Gruden also criticized President Barack Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012, and then-vice president Joe Biden.

Smith said earlier Monday that he appreciates that Gruden reached out to him following the initial report, but that the email is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing.

“But make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account,” Smith wrote in a Twitter thread.

Gruden’s comments to Allen about Smith came during the 2011 lockout of the players by the NFL. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal he was angry about the lockout during labor negotiations and he didn’t trust the direction the union was taking.

“Dum­b­oriss Smith has lips the size of michellin tires,” Gruden wrote in the email re­viewed by the newspaper.

Davis had been trying to hire Gruden almost since he took charge following the death of his father, Al, in 2011. He finally got his prize in 2018 when Gruden agreed to leave ESPN and return to the sideline with a 10-year contract. Gruden had revived the Raiders in is first stint in 1998-2001 and then beat them in the Super Bowl the following season after he was traded to Tampa Bay for a boatload of draft picks.

Gruden has a 117-112 career record but hasn’t won a playoff game since the Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in the 2002 season.

His second tenure with the team started with a pep rally introductory news conference but provided few reasons for celebration as Gruden had a 22-31 record, failing to reach a winning record or make the playoffs.

He traded away stars Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper in his first season to start a rebuild, which has showed only minor progress. After the Raiders went 4-12 in his first season, Gruden tried to make a push in 2019 in the team’s final season in Oakland by spending heavily in free agency and trading for star receiver Antonio Brown. But Brown was cut before the season after a series of run-ins with management, and the Raiders went 7-9.

They improved to 8-8 last season and got off to a promising 3-0 start this year before losing the past two games.

There is no immediate word on who will take over as interim coach. The Raiders have three former NFL head coaches on staff: defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, and offensive line coach Tom Cable, who was the team’s head coach from 2008-2010, going 17-27. Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia is the assistant head coach.

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AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report

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Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests

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By FELICIA FONSECA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on its word.

The federal holiday created decades ago to recognize Christopher Columbus’ sighting in 1492 of what came to be known as the Americas increasingly has been rebranded as Indigenous Peoples Day.

For Michaela Pavlat, cultural interpreter at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, the day is one of celebration, reflection and recognition that Indigenous communities are fighting for land rights, for the U.S. government to uphold treaties, and for visibility and understanding.

“As long as you’re on Native land and stolen land, it’s Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Pavlat, who is Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians (Anishinaabe). “We have a lot of movement and a lot of issues we’re facing in our communities, and you can have that conversation every day.”

EVENTS THIS YEAR

More than a dozen protesters linked arms and sat along the White House fence line Monday to call on the Biden administration to do more to combat climate change and ban fossil fuels. Others cheered and chanted in support from across the street as police blocked off the area with yellow tape and arrested the seated protesters.

The Andrew Jackson statue at the center of Lafayette Park was defaced with the words “Expect Us” — part of a rallying cry used by Indigenous people who have been fighting against fossil fuel pipelines. Jackson, a slave-owning president, forced Cherokees and many other Native Americans on deadly marches out of their southern homelands.

“Indigenous people have been on the front lines of protecting the land, the people, and it’s time for the government and these huge systems to do more,” said Angel Charley, of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, who was among the protesters.

Indigenous groups also planned protests in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At the Boston Marathon, race organizers honored 1936 and ’39 winner Ellison “Tarzan” Brown and three-time runner-up Patti Catalano Dillon, a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, said she ran for missing and slain Indigenous people and their families, the victims of the boarding school era and the “promise that our voices are being heard and will have a part in an equitable and just future in this new era.”

Others gathered for prayers, dances and other commemorations in cities across the U.S.

On social media, people posted educational resources that included maps of Indigenous land, ways to support Indigenous communities, and recommendations for television shows and films that prominently feature Indigenous people, like “Reservation Dogs.”

WHAT’S NEW?

President Joe Biden last week issued the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus Columbus Day in recognition of the Italian explorer’s brutal treatment of people who already occupied what came to be known as the Americas.

About 20 states observe Indigenous Peoples Day by law, through proclamation or other action, along with cities and universities across the country.

Oregon recognized Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, months after its Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill in support of the change from Columbus Day.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers joined the leaders from tribes in the state and issued a formal apology for Wisconsin’s role in Native American boarding schools era.

NOT JUST A CELEBRATION

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on Monday hosted a virtual conversation about mixed Black and Indigenous identity and how the struggles of one side sometimes get overshadowed by the other.

Joy SpearChief-Morris pointed to the Civil Rights movement and the Red Power movement, which included the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco more than 50 years ago.

“Both groups supported each other, but we don’t really talk about the Red Power movement,” said SpearChief-Morris, who is African American and Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) from Canada.

The panelists noted that Afro-Indigenous identity goes back generations.

“Everything that we do is to bring about Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty on this land and to dismantle white supremacy and settler colonialism,” said Amber Starks, who is African American and a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. “And I’d like to add racial capitalism”

Kyle Mays, an assistant professor at the University of California-Los Angeles who is Black and Saginaw Anishinaabe, acknowledged the work isn’t easy.

While Indigenous Peoples Day is “cool,” he said, “I don’t want a day for celebration. I want justice.”

___ Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington, Jimmy Golen in Washington and Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed to this story. Fonseca is a member of the AP’s Race and Ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FonsecaAP

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Keeler: Broncos need to steal page from Steelers’ book. It’s Raiders Week. Play like you care. Coach like you care.

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Broncos coach Vic Fangio on Baltimore’s final play Sunday: “Bull (bleep)”

We’d thank The Post’s Ryan O’Halloran for digging up this little nugget if it didn’t hurt like Hades: Under coach Vic Fangio, the Broncos have now staggered into their eighth different multi-game losing streak since Week 1 of the 2019 season.

No other franchise in the AFC has put together more than seven such streaks during the same span.

The Broncos’ eight skids of two-or-more games are twice as much as the conference average — four — since September 2019. The half-full version of that stat reads that nobody knows how to climb out of ditches the way Fangio does. The other side of that coin, of course, is that the man’s learned from experience. Too much experience.

“This one being the next one, is critical for us, I know,” Fangio said Monday, with the wounds from Steelers 27, Broncos 19, the squad’s second straight setback, still fresh. “Especially coming off two losses, you want to get back on the right track. The Raiders are in the same boat — they’ll be feeling the same way. But, still, it’s a big game for us to get back going in the right direction.”

Big game? It’s Raiders Week, Uncle Vic. Play like you care. Coach like you care.

The Jon Gruden Dumpster Fire just went supernova. Chucky is out as the Raiders’ coach after his sordid email/paper trail became the story Monday evening. And when said paper trail offers sexism; homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic slurs; and unseemly, 1930s racism in a league where the workforce is also 70% Black, it’s going to shake a locker room. No matter what players say in public.

Ergo: Justin Fields 20, Raiders 9 on Sunday.  You can change the town, but you can’t change the circus. When it comes to Silver and Black, dysfunction is as much a part of the DNA as The Autumn Wind and strange haircuts.

Kick ‘em while they’re down.

Do unto Vegas what the Steelers did unto you. And brutally.

In the days leading up to Week 5, Pittsburgh, which came in with a 1-3 mark, had to read and hear about how Big Ben Roethlisberger was washed up, how the defense was banged up, how the offensive line was screwed up.

They took all that angst out on the Broncos, who slept for three-and-a-third quarters before they realized that the cameras were on.

Matt Canada, the Steelers’ first-year offensive coordinator, looked like he was playing chess while Fangio and defensive sidekick Ed Donatell had brought their “Chutes and Ladders” boards while hoping for the best. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur alternated between stubborn and somnolent, and it was hard to tell which was worse.

“Sure, anytime it’s not going the way you’d like it to go, everybody’s confidence level can be threatened,” Fangio said of the players’ belief in the coaching staff. “We can’t let that happen. We’ve got to go and execute the play to the best of our ability and make them work.”

It’s Raiders Week, Uncle Vic. Play like you care. Coach like you care.

At Week 6, it’s too early to panic. That said, it’s not too early to creep within arm’s reach of the button. Just in case.

Because even if Fangio isn’t coaching for his job on Sunday when the 3-0-to-now-3-2 Broncos host the 3-0-to-now-3-2 Raiders, he’s probably coaching for his sanity.

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American Indian healing pole raised at St. Paul Public Schools HQ to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, St. Paul Public Schools and members of the American Indian community raised a new healing pole in a ceremony Monday at the district’s administration building in St. Paul.

Part of American Indian culture, the raising of the pole has different meanings to different people. Placed on equal footing with the district’s American flag and peace pole, the healing pole will serve as a lasting symbol of American Indian culture and an important part of our community’s identity.

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Southwest cancels hundreds more flights; passengers stranded

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Southwest cancels hundreds more flights; passengers stranded

By DAVID KOENIG

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled more than 350 flights Monday following a weekend of major disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues. The pilots union accused the company of a botched response to what it said would have been a minor challenge for other airlines.

The third straight day of canceled and delayed flights left passengers stranded and steaming from California to the East Coast.

“You can’t really relax when you’re just sitting there waiting for your next flight to be canceled,” said Vanessa Wheeler, who was biding her time at the San Jose, California, airport. She said Southwest canceled six consecutive flights on her over three days before she eventually decided to book a flight home to Las Vegas with Delta Air Lines. She vowed to never fly Southwest again.

Monday’s cancellations amounted to 10% of Southwest’s schedule, and at least 1,400 other flights, or roughly 40%, were delayed, according to the FlightAware tracking service. Shares of Southwest Airlines Co. fell 4.2%.

The widespread disruptions began shortly after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, representing 9,000 pilots, asked a federal court on Friday to block the airline’s order that all employees get vaccinated. The union argued that Southwest must negotiate over the issue because it could involve sick leave or disability if pilots have a reaction to the vaccine.

“We are not anti-vaccination at all, but our pilots are extremely worried about how their medicals are going to be handled” if they are unable to fly, union president Casey Murray told The Associated Press. Murray said pilots had not staged a sickout because of the vaccine mandate.

He instead blamed the chaos of the past few days on Southwest’s operation, which he said has become “brittle” and “cracks under the slightest pressure.” He said the airline uses antiquated crew-scheduling technology that leads to cascading disruptions when flights are canceled in one part of its network.

Unions at both Southwest and American have also argued that management has been too slow to bring pilots back from leaves of absence that the airlines persuaded them to take during the pandemic, leaving them short-handed.

In a video for employees, Southwest Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven said that despite “a very aggressive hiring plan … we are still not where we want to be with staffing,” especially pilots.

The staffing shortage is leading to fewer flights. After massive delays this summer, Southwest trimmed its fall schedule, which Van de Ven said had helped reduce delays in the past month. He said Southwest has already made significant cuts in its original schedules for November and December, “and if we think we need to do more, we will.”

There is a risk to fewer flights, however: It leaves Southwest with fewer options to accommodate stranded passengers.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged delays in part of Florida on Friday but pushed back against Southwest’s air-traffic control explanation. The FAA said Sunday that “some airlines” were experiencing problems because of planes and crews being out of position. Southwest was the only airline to report such a large percentage of canceled and delayed flights over the weekend.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said there was no evidence that would indicate the disruptions were caused by any sort of employee protest over vaccinations.

Some passengers were frustrated not just by flight delays but also the lack of a clear reason for them.

“My concern is we had no explanation really that was, I feel, very legitimate or believable,” said Brian Gesch of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, who was traveling through Reagan Washington National Airport with his wife. He doubted that weather and air traffic controllers were the real issue. “So we are frustrated and missing a day of work.”

Others were just concerned about getting home — any way they could.

Kent Moddelmog ended up driving 700 miles (1,127 kilometers) with his 14-year-old son from Phoenix to Dublin, California, after Southwest canceled their flight and he couldn’t find a flight on a competing airline that wasn’t exorbitantly priced. “I wasn’t going to drop $3,000 to get back,” Moddelmog said.

The sales director for a consulting company said he flies Southwest dozens of times a year but had “never been in a situation like that.”

Savanthi Syth, an airlines analyst for Raymond James, said the weekend problems will increase Southwest’s costs and worsen the company’s strained relations with unions.

Southwest has struggled all summer with high numbers of delayed and canceled flights. In August, it announced it was trimming its September schedule by 27 flights a day, or less than 1%, and 162 flights a day, or 4.5% of the schedule, from early October through Nov. 5.

The White House has pushed airlines to adopt vaccine mandates because they are federal contractors — they get paid by the Defense Department to operate flights, including those that carried Afghanistan refugees to the U.S. this summer.

United Airlines was the first major U.S. carrier to announce a vaccination requirement. Southwest had remained silent even after President Joe Biden announced his order for federal contractors and large employers. Finally last week, Southwest told employees they must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 to keep their jobs. Workers can ask to skip the shots for medical or religious reasons.

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AP source: Gruden out as Raiders coach over offensive emails

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By JOSH DUBOW

Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

A person familiar with the decision said Gruden is stepping down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL.

It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The emails were discovered in a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team but ended up costing Gruden his job.

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Kenyans, Swiss dominate 125th Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon resumed operations after a 30-month hiatus on the second Monday in October, but the outcome was all too familiar.

The 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston is annually contested on the third Monday in April but the last two events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 125th running of the BAA Boston Marathon ended with a Kenyan sweep in the men’s and women’s open divisions under favorable weather conditions for the 18,252 entrants on Monday.

Benson Kipruto won the men’s race in 2:09:51 while Diana Kipyogei, who was making her Boston debut, took the women’s race in 2:24:45. Kipruto, who finished 10th in 2019, was the 23rd Kenyan man to win the race and Kipyogei was 14th Kenyan woman to win.

“I was (excited) that the people back home were watching me,” said Kipyogei. “I just decided to come and try my luck in this race.”

Colin Bennie of Princeton was the top American male, finishing seventh in 2:11:26. Nell Rojas of Boulder, Colo., was the top American woman with a sixth-place time of 2:27:12. Both ran Boston for the first time.

“It was really special,” said Bennie. “It was a lot of fun and I always figured Boston would be my first major and it was nice to come home and have a good race.”

Switzerland swept the men’s and women’s wheelchair division. Marcel Hug, who competed in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, won the men’s wheelchair event for the fifth time. Hug’s time of 1:18:11 was just off the course record of 1:18:04 he set in 2017. Daniel Romanchuk, who won at Chicago, was second in 1:25:46. Manuela Schar won her third race in four years with a time of 1:35:21, well off the course record of 1:34:06 she set in 2017.

“That makes the race even better and we had that in Berlin and we had that in London and it is really great to be doing that with Marcel,” said Schar.

The elite men broke the starting line at 8:37 a.m. with American CJ Albertson of Fresno, Calif., setting an absurd pace on the initial downhill. Albertson, celebrating his 28th birthday, ran the opening mile in 4:32.0 and maintained a sizable lead onto the Framingham flats and through the business districts of Natick and Wellesley.

Albertson was still running solo at the Firehouse turn and onto the first of the four Newton hills when he began laboring on the doorstep of Heartbreak Hill and was swallowed up by pack of 15 tactical runners before the summit. Albertson finished 10th in 2:11:44.

“I just wanted to run the downhills at the pace I felt comfortable at,” said Albertson. “I thought everyone would reel me in at five or six (miles) and it didn’t happen until 20 miles in.”

The real race began on the downhill after Boston College with Kenyan Geoffrey Kirui setting the pace. Kipruto made a move at Cleveland Circle and was ahead by 200 meters going into Kenmore Square. Kipruto looked relaxed and fluid down Boylston Street and across the finish line.

“I made my massive move,” said Kipruto. “Today I tried to push it fast and today was my day.”

The elite women departed Hopkinton at 8:45 a.m. and formed a tight knot that set the stage for a competitive strategic run. Rojas led a pack of 20 runners onto the Framingham flats, but lead would fluctuate on the most benign stretch of the course.

“Nobody seemed to want to set the pace,” said Rojas. “It would speed up and slow down.”

Rojas was the pace-setter fronting pack of 14 runners through Wellesley and onto the leg draining downhill at Newton Lower Falls. Kipyogei made her initial surge on the Newton Hills but was joined by Ethiopian Netsanet Gudeta on the stretch run to Kenmore Square. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, the 2019 champion, made a late surge and finished second in 2:25:09.

“I am going to do more (training) to prepare for the next race,” said Kipyogei.

Hug jumped the field from the gun at 8:02 a.m. and streamlined the opening downhill to take a lead he would never relinquish. Hug compromised his chance of breaking the record when he overshot the right hand turn onto Hereford Street and had to make a U-turn on Commonwealth Ave.

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The Patriots aren’t in full-prep mode for Dallas just yet, but Bill Belichick knows he’s going to have his hands full trying to shut down Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense on Sunday.

The Cowboys, who are 4-1, have the NFL’s top offense, averaging 34 points per game.

During his appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Monday, Belichick was asked if Prescott is the toughest quarterback the Patriots have had to prepare for thus far.

Belichick dodged that, saying he has to prepare for “an entire team” as opposed to one player. But in the course of answering, he also gave a nod to Tom Brady as being the best any team has to defend.

“There are a lot of things that Dallas does well,” Belichick said. “Just like there are a lot of things that Tampa does well, just like there are a lot of things that Houston does well, so you have to totally prepare for each team and defend those players that they have out there and schemes that they run.

“But I don’t think we’ll see anybody better than Tom Brady,” Belichick said. “But Dak does some things that Tom doesn’t do. Tom does some things that Dak doesn’t do. The skill players are different, the lines are different, so it’s really about defending the team, not just one person, although you have to be aware of defending individual players’ skills.”

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Boston police investigate weekend death in Hyde Park

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Boston police investigate weekend death in Hyde Park

Boston police are investigating what appears to be a shooting death in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 3 p.m. Sunday and found a man suffering “from apparent gunshot wounds,” police said in a statement posted on the department’s website.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not publicly released.

The death remains under investigation and there was no word on any arrests. Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to contact police.

In a separate homicide investigation, police on Sunday released the name of the victim in a fatal stabbing last week in Mattapan. Ralph Boggs, 50, was stabbed just after 11 p.m. on Thursday. No arrests have been made.

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