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Montgomery County Sheriff’s needs help identifying suspect in burglary video and finding stolen property



Montgomery County Sheriff’s needs help identifying suspect in burglary video and finding stolen property

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying a suspect in a video of a reported burglary. To see the video go to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.

This video is just one of the many commercial burglaries that have occurred in the Town of Amsterdam. Over the past week, three local businesses have been targeted and larcenies have occurred at each location.

Below is a list of the property that was stolen and not yet recovered:

  • 2003 Dodge Dakota 4-door Club Cab – color white – NY Registration FWB9536 – (Vehicle has significant rust on the truck box)
  • 2020 Sea Doo Spark – 2-seater – Black/Gray with orange and green graphics
  • 2020 Sea Doo RXP-X300 – Purple
  • 2014 Triton doubles trailer – NY Registration BF80936
  • 2 Coleman mini bikes – Black

If anyone has information contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 518-853-5500.

For more information about these crimes, go to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.

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Rebounding against the Jets starts with flustering Zach Wilson one more time



Rebounding against the Jets starts with flustering Zach Wilson one more time

After surrendering the most total yards and passing yards to an opposing offense during Bill Belichick’s tenure to the Cowboys last week, the Patriots defense needs to get back on the horse and re-establish themselves.

Having Zach Wilson and the Jets offense next on the dance card should help. It’s just what the doctor ordered, even if the Patriots, who have beaten Gang Green in 11 straight games, won’t admit it.

During the Week 2 meeting against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, the Patriots had the rookie quarterback completely befuddled.

He completed just 9 of 33 passes for 210 yards, while throwing four picks in a 25-6 loss.

So while the Patriots didn’t fare quite as well against Dak Prescott and one of the top-ranked offenses in the NFL, they should be able to rebound.  Wilson and the Jets are averaging just 13.4 points per game, worst in the league.

Here’s how the Patriots can continue to frustrate Wilson and the Jets offense:

1. Stop chunk plays

Given Wilson’s elite arm talent and ability to throw on the fly, the Jets aren’t afraid to dial up some deep shots either using play action or rolling him out.

That’s part of the reason the Jets were able to upset the Titans in Week 4. Wilson was able to sling it downfield for several chunk plays. On one, he hooked up with Corey Davis for a 53-yard bomb for a touchdown in the overtime win.

To protect against Wilson’s deep ball, the Patriots are likely to employ a two-high safety look. Beyond that, they’ll stick J.C. Jackson on Davis (20 catches, 302 yards, three TDs).

Jackson did a good job on Davis the first meeting, and will likely draw the assignment to shut down Wilson’s favorite target once again. But he’ll also have safety help on occasion downfield.

During the Week 2 matchup, Wilson was overaggressive looking for the big play. He wound up with four interceptions, due in part to forcing the ball into areas with multiple defenders.

The Patriots will also try to keep him in the pocket, given how well he throws those missiles on the fly.

“He’s extremely accurate outside the pocket and on the run,” said Matthew Judon. “We got to make him play quarterback in a tight pocket. Have him beat us that way, instead of giving him open throwing lanes, and lanes to escape the pocket.”

2.  Revive pass rush

The Patriots didn’t sack Prescott last week, hitting him just four times in 51 dropbacks. Needless to say, Prescott had plenty of time to throw. That has to improve against Wilson.

As it is, the Jets rookie quarterback has been sacked 18 times, which is just behind Ryan Tannehill (20).

Their offensive line, with left tackle Mekhi Becton out with a dislocated kneecap, has improved since Week 2, but still can be exploited.

And because of that, Wilson has been erratic. He’s only completed 57.3% of his throws for 1,117 yards, with four touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Applying pressure goes hand-in-hand with keeping Wilson in the pocket. The Patriots took him down four times in the first meeting. So it’s time to dial up the pressure again.

3. Be sure tacklers

The Jets have the second-worst rushing offense in the NFL, averaging just 74 yards per game, and 3.6 yards per carry.

So what’s the fuss about tackling?

The Patriots didn’t do a very good job of that in the first meeting.

While they gave Wilson fits, they weren’t as good bringing his backs down. Michael Carter (5.4 yards per carry), Ty Johnson (4.2 yards per carry) and Tevin Coleman (4.8 yards per carry) provided the lone spark.

The Patriots would be wise to do a better job keeping the backs at bay. Naturally, Belichick pumped up the unit, likely based on what happened in the past.

“They’ve got good speed back there and break a lot of tackles,” said Belichick. “We had trouble tackling those guys in the first game, so that’s something that’ll be a challenge for us. These guys break tackles against everybody. It’s a good group … an explosive group of backs as well.”

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy echoed Belichick’s remarks, saying: “They had some yards on us last time. We need to rally to the ball, get more hats to the ball.”

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Despite ALCS loss, Red Sox express positive attitude: ‘We proved a lot of people wrong’



Despite ALCS loss, Red Sox express positive attitude: ‘We proved a lot of people wrong’

HOUSTON — Once they got through the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series, it would’ve been hard to consider the 2021 Red Sox as anything but a success.

Sure, expectations change. And to look back at preseason projections and consider anything better than a fourth-place finish a success would’ve overlooked how well they played for three months early in the season.

And after they blew a lead in the A.L. East and had to scratch their way into a Wild Card Game, it felt like they needed to at least get through the Yankees and Rays in the postseason to make up for blowing the division.

Check, and check.

The Houston Astros were a stronger opponent that matched up better. And while the Sox’ exciting season came crashing down in a 5-0 loss in Game 6 as they were eliminated from the A.L. Championship Series, the feeling outside the Red Sox clubhouse was largely positive.

“I mean, it’s really tough, obviously,” said Kiké Hernandez, who signed a two-year, $14-million deal to play for Alex Cora. “Going home is never easy. I felt like once we got to this point, the goal was to win the World Series. We thought we were going to be able to do it. Obviously we came up short.

“But this was a hell of a ride for us this year. First day of spring training you come into this new team. The expectations from everybody outside our clubhouse was just, second-to-last place in our division. We didn’t agree with anybody who was saying that. We believed in ourselves. We got to this point, man, we were two wins away from going to the World Series. We didn’t accomplish what we wanted to but we did some special things. And the Red Sox are going to be a problem for a long time.”

Kyle Schwarber had a different perspective, coming over from the Washington Nationals via trade on July 29.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all competitors, and we all want to make it to the end goal. The end goal is the World Series and winning it.”

Schwarber watched the Sox lose their division lead in late July and the Rays effectively won the division in August.

“I got to watch for pretty much two weeks,” he said. “It was, like, we went on that road trip, 10-gamer, and went 2-8. And I was just, like, ‘you know what, this team is grinding. They’re not quitting in any of these games. This is what it takes to win in the postseason.’

“We fought, scratched, clawed to get our way into the playoffs, and then we went in the Wild Card. We played unbelievable going into the Division Series. Played unbelievable too. I thought we grinded our butts off through this series. It just didn’t work out, but I think that the group should be very proud of themselves.”

Before answering questions from reporters after the Sox’ loss, Cora took a moment to give credit to the Astros, who he called a great organization who deserved to be going to the World Series.

As for his own team, Cora said he spoke to them after the game.

“I told them how proud I am,” he said. “It’s an amazing group. It’s a group that we will always remember. In the offseason trying to recruit players and trying to buy into the concept that we were going to be good, it was hard. But at the end of the day, we did an amazing job to have that meeting. Not too many teams can say that they’re in the League Championship Series, and I know it doesn’t sound great, to have that meeting it means something, right?

“And we did an amazing job throughout the season. We just got beat at the end, but when we look back and everything that we went through, the thoughts of this team early in the season, it’s just amazing. It was a great year.”

It’s a rare thing in Boston to have a Red Sox team lose in the postseason but still feel good about themselves.

But after firing Dave Dombrowski and replacing him with Chaim Bloom in 2019, trading Mookie Betts and watching Chris Sale undergo Tommy John surgery in 2020 and firing and rehiring Cora to take charge in 2021, bouncing back from a last-place finish in 2020 to come within two games of the World Series feels like a success.

“I think we’re definitely disappointed right now,” said Nathan Eovaldi, the most valuable pitcher in the A.L. this year, according to Fan Graphs. “We obviously wanted to win this game and win the series and go to the World Series. No one expected us to be here. We proved a lot of people wrong.

“We believed in ourselves as a team. We were able to overcome a lot of obstacles together and get to this point.”

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How Mac Jones and the Patriots offense can break out against the Jets



The Patriots must run the ball better soon — but it might take longer than expected

For the first time all season, the Patriots offense started fast last week.

Their 14 first-quarter points against Dallas were more than they had scored in their previous five opening quarters combined. But then, as the world knows, they fizzled for the fourth time this year.

Now at 2-4, the Pats must start fast again or risk taking a knockout blow from the Jets. Mac Jones only took four hits from New York back in Week 2, half of which were the fault of backup offensive tackle Yasir Durant. With the offensive line returning to health — up to four starters could play Sunday — the Patriots have a chance to build upon their best outing of the season last weekend with another bar-raising performance.

Here’s how they can do it:

1. Beef up with heavy personnel

The Patriots staked an early lead against the Cowboys by rolling out a previously unused 22 personnel grouping featuring two backs and two tight ends.

They should dust it off and run it back against New York.

The Jets are allowing successful passing plays at a 67% rate against 22 personnel this season, a weakness the Pats should exploit via play-action. They’re also allowing successful runs at a 65% rate against 21 personnel (two backs and one tight end). Success rate is determined by how often a play gains at least 40% of yards to go on first down, 60% of yards needed on second down and 100% of yards to go on third or fourth down.

Basically, it’s a superior measure than yards per play. Even there, a heavy personnel game plan checks out. Back in Week 2, the Pats averaged more than 7 yards per play when using packages with two or more tight ends.

2. Throw on first down

Speaking of Week 2, Jones averaged 8.5 yards per attempt on first-down passes that day. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels exploited an aggressive Jets defense with a variety of basic misdirection. Early-down throws and play-action passing were among his most effective means.

Jones went 9-of-10 for 78 yards on play-action throws. His one miscue was a strip sack, though the Patriots recovered what could have been a costly fumble. That was Jones’ last fumble until he got crushed last Sunday by Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, but McDaniels is confident in Jones’ ability to bounce back.

“Rookies make mistakes every day,” McDaniels said this week. “Part of being a rookie is understanding those things are going to happen, and you can’t go in the tank, you can’t let that ruin the rest of the day at practice, or let that ruin the rest of the half in a game. You have to be able to pick yourself up, and move on and try to play better football as the game goes along, and I thought he did that.”

So, let him do it again. Jones’ yards per attempt and touchdown rate are both higher on first down than all other passing situations, and his interception rate gets cut in half. Let the kid loose early.

3. Play away from Franklin-Myers

Two weeks ago, the Jets made headlines by locking down defensive end John Franklin-Myers to a $55 million contract extension. He earned it.

Franklin-Myers rates as New York’s best run defender, per Pro Football Focus, and he was the only D-lineman to sack Jones in the team’s last meeting. As a run defender, Franklin-Myers is followed closely by defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi. The Pats are better equipped to handle Fatukasi than his teammate on the edge because of their season-long question marks at offensive tackle.

Therefore, the Patriots should trust David Andrews and Co. to handle the middle while steering away from Franklin-Myers in key situations.

Bill Belichick detailed the challenge that the entire Jets defensive line poses on Wednesday.

“All those guys are high-motor guys. Myers has good power, good speed on the edge,” Belichick said. “They do a good job pushing the pocket with their inside guys, so that makes it sometimes difficult for the quarterback to step up, which brings the outside guys into the rush. Quarterback can’t move up in the pocket, and then that brings them closer to him. I’d say, again, good complementary rush, and their run (defense) is up there.”

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