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Column: A red-letter day in Chicago Cubs history — Anthony Rizzo’s call-up — reminds us of promises not kept

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Column: A Red-Letter Day In Chicago Cubs History — Anthony Rizzo’s Call-Up — Reminds Us Of Promises Not Kept

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the call-up of Anthony Rizzo, one of the most important days of the Chicago Cubs rebuild.

“I guess we’ll be the face of the franchise — me, him and a couple other young guys in here,” shortstop Starlin Castro said after Rizzo’s arrival. “Let’s see what we can do.”

You know the rest of the story.

Rizzo became a Wrigley Field legend, signed a team-friendly deal, helped the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908, asked for big money when his contract came up and was dealt to the New York Yankees in the last great summer sell-off.

While Rizzo thrives on the best team in baseball, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has embarked on another rebuild (or semi-rebuild), trying to figure out which young star can become the next face of the franchise and which players are expendable.

Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals on a sweltering afternoon at Busch Stadium failed to provide any clues.

Willson Contreras, the Cubs’ best and most popular player, is expected to follow Rizzo out of town after asking to be compensated as one of the game’s top catchers. Christopher Morel could be the Rizzo of the current rebuild but might be too raw to have great expectations thrust on his shoulders. Ian Happ is a Rizzo protege and emerging as a fixture in left field. But like Contreras, Happ might be too valuable to keep in an organization that needs to stock prospects.

Meanwhile, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney goes about the business of making money for the Ricketts family, repeating the familiar refrain that all the money brought in goes right back into Hoyer’s budget. On Friday, when Dead & Company played the first of two concerts at Wrigley and DraftKings held a ceremony to sign a steel beam in the three-story sportsbook scheduled to open at the ballpark in 2023, Kenney told The Athletic the money will all go to the betterment of the team.

“So concerts, activities like (the sportsbook), are just additive to the budget, which, as I say, all of the budget in this building, everything that’s generated inside goes to the baseball operations team after we pay our fixed expenses,” Kenney said. “Jed decides when and how much of it to spend. And Jed was clear last week that he did not spend all of his budget this year. So it’s his choice what he does with those revenues, but this is all helpful to that process.”

The narrative of the Cubs saving money for a rainy day down road is a familiar one. Chairman Tom Ricketts declared in November 2018 that many teams “would rather have dry powder a year from now.” He later signed off on a six-year, $126 million deal for pitcher Yu Darvish, then had Hoyer unload him after three seasons to start another rebuild.

It’s impossible to refute the notion the Cubs will spend the “saved” money down the road because we won’t know the truth for a few years at least. That’s the true genius of the Cubs.

When recently discussing last summer’s sell-off of high-priced talent for mostly low-level prospects, Hoyer said: “They’re probably going to be evaluated in 2027 for real, and I think that’s the way it should be.”

In other words, you can’t judge Hoyer’s big moves for another five years, just as you can’t criticize the Cubs for not spending money they’re currently “saving” until we find out in a few years if they’ve actually lived up to their word.

The list of revenue-enhancing projects includes the video boards and massive advertising sprawl at once-ad-free Wrigley, the boutique hotel across the street, the office building, the purchase of almost every rooftop club, the Marquee Sports Network and the premium clubs and upgraded suites.

The sportsbook annex to Wrigley is just the latest addition to the Cubs’ coffers. So where is all the money going if it’s not going to the payroll? Are the “fixed expenses” really that high?

Cubs fans have no one to blame but themselves for this mess. The Cubs were seventh in average attendance Saturday depite the having the fifth worst record in baseball and the second highest Fan Cost Index — $364.83 for a family of four — according to Team Marketing Report.

Something does not compute.

Kenney certainly isn’t the first Cubs executive to try to sell fans on the idea that all the money is going right back into the team. After a 97-loss season in 2000, the Cubs increased ticket prices by an average of 16%, which then-President Andy MacPhail said was necessary to compete in a division with four teams that recently had built new stadiums.

“We’re here to win, and whatever additional revenues are generated through ticket-price increases will be put back into the product, whether it’s payroll, player development or wherever,” MacPhail told the Tribune on Nov. 8, 2000.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me decade after decade, shame on me.

But whatever works. The Cubs don’t mind repeating the line as long as fans keep buying tickets. Kenney did it again on WSCR-AM 670 on Saturday morning, even offering apologies for repeating himself.

They are able to get away with it because no one calls out Kenney for his repeated comments.

The Cubs are living on past glory to rationalize the high ticket prices, selling iconic Wrigley Field in advertisements and maintaining the “next great Cubs team” is on its way with the “saved” money for free agents and prospects currently playing in the low minors.

Perhaps they should heed the words of Kyle Hendricks, who struggled all season but pitched a gem Friday night in a 3-0 Cubs win in the series opener. Afterward, Hendricks refused to use his start as an indicator he felt like his old self.

“Somewhat, but it feels so long ago,” he said. “I’m really trying to focus on where I’m at right now and just seeing the game for what it is, taking it and knowing where to go and making my pitches.”

Hendricks, 32, might not be the same pitcher as when he captured the National League ERA title in 2016 at 26. We all get older. Few of us get better.

The Cubs aren’t the same organization they were a decade ago, with many more revenue-producers and opportunities to contend on an annual basis. Yet they continue to trot out the same old narrative and expect their fans to swallow it whole.

Hoyer said last week that he spoke with Ricketts and Kenney about the team’s struggles, and both had questions for him.

“You’d be sort of not paying attention or not doing your job if you’re not asking questions about why we’re struggling in certain areas,” Hoyer said. “Some of it I think is obvious, and some of it is more nuanced. But I think everyone is asking questions, and they should be asking questions.”

Some of us are asking questions.

But we’re getting the same old answers.




Eastbound lanes of Highway 210 will be closed for 5 full days for the next phase of the bridge project

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Eastbound Lanes Of Highway 210 Will Be Closed For 5 Full Days For The Next Phase Of The Bridge Project

It’s not deja vu — Caltrans is once again planning a closure on Highway 210 through Irwindale, this time for the eastbound lanes, and for another five full days.

The closure is the second phase of the San Gabriel River Bridge Hinge Replacement Project. All lanes of Highway 210 eastbound will be closed from Highway 605 to approximately Irwindale Avenue, beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 17. Eastbound lanes are scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23.


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The circumstances of closing last month will be reversed, so this time around three lanes of westbound Highway 210 will be converted in both directions.

Several freeway on- and off-ramps will also be closed during the shutdown, including the Irwindale on-ramps to the westbound 210 Freeway, the Mount Olive on-ramps to the 210 westbound, eastbound, Hwy 605 connector to eastbound 210, and westbound 210 connector to southbound 605.

Commuters were urged to avoid the area by taking highways 10 or 60 as an alternative, using public transportation or working from home during the shutdown.


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Giuliani targeted in 2020 criminal election probe

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Giuliani Targeted In 2020 Criminal Election Probe


ATLANTA (AP) — Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by then-President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia, prosecutors informed attorneys for the former New York mayor on Monday.

The revelation that Giuliani, an outspoken Trump defender, could face criminal charges from the investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis edges the probe closer to the former president. Willis has said she is considering calling Trump himself to testify before the special grand jury, and the former president has hired a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta.

Law enforcement scrutiny of Trump has escalated dramatically. Last week, the FBI searched his Florida home as part of its investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to Mar-a-Lago. He is also facing a civil investigation in New York over allegations that his company, the Trump Organization, misled banks and tax authorities about the value of his assets. And the Justice Department is investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters as well efforts by him and his allies to overturn the election he falsely claimed was stolen.

Giuliani, who spread false claims of election fraud in Atlanta’s Fulton County as he led election-challenging efforts in Georgia, is to testify Wednesday before a special grand jury that was impaneled at Willis’s request. Giuliani’s lawyer declined to say whether he would answer questions or decline.

Special prosecutor Nathan Wade alerted Giuliani’s team in Atlanta that he was an investigation target, Giuliani attorney Robert Costello, said Monday. News of the disclosure was first reported by The New York Times.

Earlier Monday, a federal judge said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before the special grand jury. Prosecutors have said they want to ask Graham about phone calls they say he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff in the weeks following the election.

Willis’s investigation was spurred by a phone call between Trump and Raffensperger. During that January 2021 conversation, Trump suggested that Raffensperger “find” the votes needed to reverse his narrow loss in the state.

Willis last month filed petitions seeking to compel testimony from seven Trump associates and advisers.

In seeking Giuliani’s testimony, Willis identified him as both a personal attorney for Trump and a lead attorney for his campaign. She wrote that he and others appeared at a state Senate committee meeting and presented a video that Giuliani said showed election workers producing “suitcases” of unlawful ballots from unknown sources, outside the view of election poll watchers.

Within 24 hours of that Dec. 3, 2020, hearing, Raffensperger’s office had debunked the video. But Giuliani continued to make statements to the public and in subsequent legislative hearings claiming widespread voter fraud using the debunked video, Willis wrote.

Evidence shows that Giuliani’s hearing appearance and testimony were “part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” her petition says.

Two of the election workers seen in the video, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, said they faced relentless harassment online and in person after it was shown at a Dec. 3 Georgia legislative hearing where Giuliani appeared. At another hearing a week later, Giuliani said the footage showed the women “surreptitiously passing around USB ports as if they are vials of heroin or cocaine.” They actually were passing a piece of candy.

Willis also wrote in a petition seeking the testimony of attorney Kenneth Chesebro that he worked with Giuliani to coordinate and carry out a plan to have Georgia Republicans serve as fake electors. Those 16 people signed a certificate declaring falsely that Trump had won the 2020 presidential election and declaring themselves the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors even though Joe Biden had won the state and a slate of Democratic electors was certified.

All 16 of those fake electors have received letters saying they are targets of the investigation, Willis said in a court filing last month.

As for Graham, attorneys for the South Carolina Republican have argued that his position as a U.S. senator provides him immunity from having to appear before the investigative panel. But U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May wrote in an order Monday that immunities related to his role as a senator do not protect him from having to testify. Graham’s subpoena instructs him to appear before the special grand jury on Aug. 23, but his office said Monday he plans to appeal.

May last month rejected a similar attempt by U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., to avoid testifying before the special grand jury.

Graham’s office said in a statement Monday that the senator disagrees with the judge’s interpretation of the provision of the Constitution he believes protects him from being questioned by a state official. His lawyers have said he was making inquiries that were part of his legislative duties, related to certification of the vote and to a proposal of election-related legislation.

But the judge wrote that that ignores “the fact that individuals on the calls have publicly suggested that Senator Graham was not simply engaged in legislative factfinding but was instead suggesting or implying that Georgia election officials change their processes or otherwise potentially alter the state’s results.”

In calls made shortly after the 2020 general election, Graham “questioned Raffensperger and his staff about reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump,” Willis wrote in a petition.

Graham also “made reference to allegations of widespread voter fraud in the November 2020 election in Georgia, consistent with public statements made by known affiliates of the Trump Campaign,” she wrote.

Republican and Democratic state election officials across the country, courts and even Trump’s attorney general have found there was no evidence of voter fraud sufficient to affect the outcome of his 2020 presidential election loss.

Trump-allied lawmakers were planning to challenge the tallies from several battleground states when Congress convened on Jan. 6, 2021, to certify the results under the Electoral Count Act, but after the Capitol attack that day Georgia’s tally was never contested.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has described his call to Raffensperger as “perfect.”


Colvin reported from New York. Associated Press writers Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina, and Lisa Mascaro in Washington contributed to this report.

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Feds oppose unsealed affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant

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Feds Oppose Unsealed Affidavit For Mar-A-Lago Warrant


An aerial view of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is seen Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. Court documents show the FBI recovered documents labeled “top secret” from former President Donald Trump. a-Lago estate in Florida. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday pushed back on efforts to release the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, saying the investigation “involved highly classified” and that the document contained sensitive witness information.

The government’s opposition came in response to court filings by multiple news outlets, including the Associated Press, seeking to unseal the underlying affidavit the Justice Department submitted when seeking the search warrant. of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.

The court filing — from Juan Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Jay Bratt, a senior Justice Department national security official — argues that making the affidavit public would “cause significant and irreparable harm. to this ongoing criminal investigation.

The document, according to prosecutors, details “highly sensitive witness information,” including people who were interviewed by the government, and contains classified grand jury information.

The government told a federal magistrate that prosecutors believe certain additional documents, including the warrant cover page and the government’s request to seal the documents, should now be made public.

A property receipt unsealed on Friday showed the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were not only marked top secret but also ‘compartmentalized sensitive information’, a special category meant to protect the country’s most important secrets. which, if publicly disclosed, could cause “exceptional seriousness”. “damages to American interests. Court records did not provide specific details about what information the documents might contain.

The Justice Department acknowledged on Monday that its ongoing criminal investigation “involved highly classified material.”

The search warrant, also unsealed on Friday, said federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs the collection, transmission or loss of defense information under the Security Act. ‘spying. The other statutes deal with the concealment, mutilation or suppression of documents and the destruction, alteration or falsification of documents in federal investigations.

Mar-a-Lago’s search warrant, executed last Monday, was part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the discovery of classified White House documents recovered from Trump’s home earlier this year. The National Archives had asked the department to investigate after it said 15 boxes of documents recovered from the estate included classified documents.

It remains unclear whether the Justice Department moved forward with the warrant simply as a way to retrieve the records or as part of a larger criminal investigation or attempt to prosecute the former president. Several federal laws govern the handling of classified information, with criminal and civil penalties, as well as presidential records.

But the Justice Department, in its Monday filing, argued that its investigation is active and ongoing and that releasing additional information could not only jeopardize the investigation, but also subject witnesses to threats or deter others to come forward to cooperate with prosecutors.

“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap for the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to jeopardize future stages of investigation,” the government wrote in the court filing.

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Ravens training camp observations on J.K. Dobbins ramping up, Chuck Clark’s success vs. Mark Andrews and more

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Ravens Training Camp Observations On J.k. Dobbins Ramping Up, Chuck Clark’s Success Vs. Mark Andrews And More

Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins returned to the practice field as promised Monday and moved with a touch more explosiveness than he did last week, when he first came off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Dobbins did not practice Saturday or Sunday as trainers assessed his recovery from those first days of work.

Dobbins, who missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL, still did not take 11-on-11 reps, but he ran through warm-ups and one-on-one drills with the other running backs, cutting and accelerating as he continued to test his surgically repaired knee.

“He looked good,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s back on track. I thought he looked a little better than he did before, last week.”

Dobbins’ availability for the start of the season is one of the most significant questions hanging over the Ravens as they prepare to wrap up training camp this week. They hope he can be a dynamic No. 1 option out of the backfield after injuring his knee in last year’s preseason finale.

With Gus Edwards also working back from a torn ACL, the Ravens would likely have to rely on a combination of Mike Davis, Justice Hill and rookie Tyler Badie if Dobbins’ recovery takes longer than hoped.

Harbaugh said it “remains to be seen” how quickly Dobbins can take on more work. “I think it depends on the injury,” he explained. “The kind of progress he makes from one day to the next.”

Chuck Clark: The Mark Andrews stopper?

Whenever the Ravens’ offense stumbles in practice, it’s a good bet that quarterback Lamar Jackson will look for Andrews on the next play. No one on the roster screams guaranteed money more than the All-Pro tight end.

That was the case again Monday as Jackson repeatedly found Andrews open in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. The only defender who stifled the team’s top pass catcher was Clark, who won two matchups against Andrews in one-on-one drills and broke up a Jackson attempt to him in the corner of the end zone. Andrews asked for a penalty on the end zone incompletion, to no avail.

Clark’s reps against Andrews offered a reminder of his unfailing motor. The incumbent starting safety has not spoken to reporters since the Ravens signed Marcus Williams and used a first-round pick on Kyle Hamilton, throwing Clark’s future with the team into question. But he has worked as diligently as usual through the grind of camp, and he never backs down from a difficult matchup. If the Ravens do trade Clark at some point, his professionalism would be missed.

Powers takes snaps at center

With Tyler Linderbaum (foot) out for the time being, Ben Powers was the second man up at center in the preseason opener, ahead of Trystan Colon.

Though he’s still favored to start at left guard, Powers has built on his work at center over the team’s last three practices, looking more at ease at his secondary position. The 2019 fourth-round pick struggled to fire off clean snaps when he auditioned at center last summer, but not so much this time around. If the Ravens are comfortable with Powers as an emergency option behind Linderbaum and Patrick Mekari, Colon’s chances of making the team would take a hit.

“He’s doing a good job,” Harbaugh said. “You’ve got to have versatility. … If Ben can do that, it’s always an addition to your career. It helps you and it helps us. If he could be your starting guard and be your emergency center, it’s important.”

Not unlike Likely

Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely continues to make spectacular plays as a receiver. He went fully horizontal to make a touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone in one-on-one drills Monday and leaped over linebacker Malik Harrison and safety Marcus Williams to catch a downfield throw from Tyler Huntley in 11-on-11 drills.

Injury report

Defensive tackle Justin Madubuike returned Monday after missing the previous two practices and the preseason opener as he dealt with migraines. The Ravens remained undermanned at wide receiver, with James Proche (soft tissue) and Tylan Wallace (knee) still out. Defensive tackle Calais Campbell and linebackers Justin Houston and Josh Bynes received veteran rest days.

Second-year outside linebacker Odafe Oweh left the field holding his back after a collision with tight end Nick Boyle late in practice, but Harbaugh said he was uninjured.


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Former Princeton Tigers Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril dies at 92

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Former Princeton Tigers Hall Of Fame Coach Pete Carril Dies At 92

Pete Carril, the Hall of Fame coach who made the “Princeton Offense” famous during his 30 years with the Tigers, died Monday morning at the age of 92.

“We kindly ask that you respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and manage the necessary arrangements. More information will be available in the coming days,” the Carril family said in a statement released by Princeton.

Using a deliberate and exhausting offense that relied on stealth cuts and precision passing, Carril led Princeton to 13 regular season Ivy League titles at a time when the conference had no postseason tournament. Princeton also won the NIT in 1975, beating Providence 80-69 at Madison Square Garden.

But it was the Tigers’ memorable March nights in their 11 NCAA Tournament berths under Carril that featured the frantic coach strutting up and down as Princeton tried to outsmart superior opponents — in upsets and near misses. upsets on prime-time television — which left an indelible mark on college basketball.

“Anyone can coach basketball. I can tell you right now. It’s not that hard to know a pick-and-roll, a back-pick, the shuffle-cut, I mean , it’s not that hard,” Carril said after he retired. “But what is difficult is to see how to develop something, to have an idea of ​​how your team is going to play. And that is a matter of reflection.”

This logic was exposed in 1989, in Providence, Rhode Island. As the No. 16 seed, the Carril Tigers went the distance from the No. 1 Georgetown Hoyas in a thrilling 50-49 Hoyas win that captured the tournament’s attention.

In a pre-match press conference, the ever down-to-earth Carril, who never shied away from making his audience laugh, said. “I think we’re a billion to one to win the whole tournament. To beat Georgetown, we’re only 450 million to one.”

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale agreed with his good friend Carril. In a studio segment in Bristol, Connecticut, before the game, Vitale made a promise: “I’ll tell you what, I’m supposed to go home for the weekend. If Princeton can beat Georgetown, I’m going to make it. hitchhiking to Providence, which isn’t that far from here. I’ll be their ball boy in their next game. And then I’m going to put on a Princeton cheerleader uniform and I’m going to lead all the cheers.

As far-fetched as it sounds, the Tigers actually led at halftime 29-21 and used their patient offense to frustrate a star-laden Hoyas side with Alonzo Mourning and coached by John Thompson. Despite lags at nearly every position — not to mention Georgetown’s 32-13 rebounding advantage, led by Mourning’s 13 — the Tigers fought to the finish as an anxious Carril huffed and puffed ever since. the bench.

“They kind of put us to sleep with the backdoor cuts and the shot clock,” Mourning said after the game. “As soon as we slipped defensively, they took advantage of it.”

Several closer calls followed in the tournament for the New Jersey school known more for producing Rhodes Scholars and Pulitzer Prize winners than athletes. In 1990, as the No. 13 seed against No. 4 Arkansas, the Razorbacks outlasted the Carril Tigers 68-64.

Losses to Villanova and Syracuse by a combined 10 points followed the next two seasons as the Tigers continued to top the Ivy League only to fail in the NCAA Tournament. But Carril’s program finally broke through with a March Madness for the Ages game in 1996.

After winning the Ivy title in a one-game tiebreaker, beating Penn 63-56 in overtime, Carril announced to his team that he would retire after the NCAA Tournament. After the victory over the Quakers, in fact, he wrote on a whiteboard in the locker room: “I’m retiring. I’m very happy.”

A week later, facing defending national champion UCLA, Princeton, again a No. 13 seed, upset the No. 4 Bruins 43-41 in Indianapolis.

“We just knocked down a giant,” Carril said in the post-match interview, letting out a big laugh.

Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin, who was an assistant on the 1996 team, agreed. “It was,” he said, “one of the most memorable games in NCAA history.”

Indeed, the push and pull of a nail-biting NCAA tournament game proved to be the perfect scene for a battered Carril on the bench, whose white hair stood up in every direction as the Tigers hooked up for a classic first-round shocker that truly defines the essence of March Madness.

Carill, who also coached a season at Lehigh, finished his college career with a 525-273 record, including 514 wins at Princeton. In 1997, a year after the win over the Bruins, he was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

“Let me just say, nobody ever wants to be a Hall of Fame coach, Hall of Fame doctor or whatever,” Carill said in his induction speech to Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Nobody ever starts out that way. There are a lot of forces at work, and you don’t know where you’re going to end up, and you don’t know why it happens.

“Princeton has always been semi-decent in basketball. But we’re now a national school, as far as basketball goes. And I don’t think anything can change that.”

Carril continued his career as an assistant coach in the NBA, having three separate stints with the Sacramento Kings before retiring in 2011.


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Vikings rookie Lewis Cine said debut ‘went great’ but knows much work remains

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Vikings Rookie Lewis Cine Said Debut ‘Went Great’ But Knows Much Work Remains

LAS VEGAS — Rookies often talk about having to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. As far as Lewis Cine is concerned, he’s already got that part down.

The Vikings picked up the young safety out of Georgia with the No. 32 pick in the 2022 NFL draft. In his preseason debut, he was in the starting lineup and on the field for 34 defensive plays in Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.

“I didn’t feel lost out there, for one,” Cine said. “It’s like I know I can play to the speed of this game.”

Cine started in place of Harrison Smith, who was rested. Cine is battling Camryn Bynum for the starting safety spot alongside Smith.

Cine said his debut “went great for me.” However, he said he’s “still learning,” and was planning to watch film of Sunday’s game and critique himself.

“(I’ll) learn from this game, see the good, see the bad, look myself in the mirror and tell myself what I did right, what I did wrong, and try to grow from that,” he said.

Cine had one tackle on defense. He also was in for four snaps on special teams.


Kellen Mond is the second Vikings quarterback to be a native of San Antonio. He recently met the other one.

Tommy Kramer was born in the Texas city in 1955, 44 years earlier than Mond, who was born in 1999. Kramer, who played for Minnesota from 1977-89, attended a practice last Thursday at the TCO Performance Center. He posed for photos with Mond and chatted with the second-year pro, who is battling Sean Mannion for the backup quarterback job behind Kirk Cousins.

“He’s a real nice guy,” Kramer said. “I said, ‘You might not be the starter right now, but you’re only one play away, so just be prepared.’ ”

Mond attended San Antonio’s Reagan High School, which opened in 1999, until transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior year. Kramer attended Robert E. Lee High School, which was renamed Legacy of Educational Excellence (L.E.E.) High School in 2018.


Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman, a Vikings sixth-round draft pick in May 2021 who sat out his rookie season after being shot four times in his native Washington D.C. in June 2021, made his preseason debut against the Raiders and had three tackles while playing 16 defensive snaps.

It was Twyman’s first game since he played for the University of Pittsburgh in the Quick Lane Bowl against Eastern Michigan on December 26, 2019. He then opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Head coach Kevin O’Connell was displeased with the Vikings’ eight penalties for 71 yards against the Raiders. He said there weren’t many flags thrown when the same officiating crew worked several recent practices at Vikings training camp. “We’ve got to compare and contrast where we can be better,” he said. … Vikings rookie receiver Jalen Nailor returned to his hometown of Las Vegas and had two catches for 22 yards. But he muffed a kickoff return and gained just seven yards. … The Vikings have lost five straight preseason games. They dropped their finale in 2019, the 2020 preseason was cancelled due to the pandemic, and they went 0-3 in 2021.

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