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The Ravens announced Saturday that they’ve released veteran cornerback Iman Marshall.

Marshall, a fourth-round pick in 2019, hasn’t played in two seasons while dealing with injuries.

The former Southern California spent the majority of his rookie season on injured reserve before being activated in November, playing in three games and recording one tackle on four snaps on defense and 43 on special teams.

Marshall suffered a torn ACL in August 2020, causing him to miss the entire season. He returned to training camp last year but was placed on injured reserve for the 2021 campaign.

Marshall played four seasons at USC, totaling 218 tackles, including 9 1/2 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 42 pass deflections and a forced fumble in 50 games (48 starts). He was the first four-year starting cornerback at USC since Daylon McCutcheon from 1995 to 1998.

With the departure of Marshall, running back Justice Hill and guard Ben Powers are the only players remaining in Baltimore from the 2019 draft class, the first under general manager Eric DeCosta.

Ravens will enter their first team practice of training camp Wednesday with 10 cornerbacks on the roster: Marcus Peters, Kyle Fuller, Brandon Stephens, Marlon Humphrey, Jalyn-Armour Davis, Damarion “Pepe” Williams, Robert Jackson, Kevon Seymour, David Vereen and Denzel Williams.

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Kevin Durant wants trade to Celtics, 76ers interested: report

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Kevin Durant Wants Trade To Celtics, 76Ers Interested: Report

A new team has joined the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, and it’s the same team that pried away the Nets’ last superstar.

After acquiring James Harden in a Ben Simmons swap last season, the Philadelphia 76ers have joined the pursuit of the 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP, according to SNY’s Ian Begley, who reported there are “high-ranking members of the Sixers who’ve felt strongly about engaging with Brooklyn on a Durant trade.”

The SNY report, however, noted the Boston Celtics as Durant’s current preferred trade destination and added an additional tidbit: Durant wants to play with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart if he’s moved to Boston. The Nets reportedly rejected Boston’s trade offer of All-Star wing Jaylen Brown, reserve guard Derrick White and a first-round pick, then countered, asking the Celtics to include Smart, an additional rotation player and additional draft compensation.

Philadelphia’s interest in a Durant deal makes sense given Tobias Harris’ large salary and lack of star-level production. Harris averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season — about on par with his career averages — but never eclipsed 14 points in any of the Sixers’ final four playoff games in their second-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat.

It’s unclear whether or not the Nets would want Harris, 30, in any Durant deal, and assuming MVP runner-up Joel Embiid is untouchable, budding young guard Tyrese Maxey would be the highlight of any deal done with Philadelphia. The Celtics can offer a surefire All-Star in Brown, one or both of forward Grant Williams and center Robert Williams, a first-round pick in 2025 and the lesser of their first-round picks in 2028, when the Spurs own swap rights on Boston’s pick.

The Daily News recently reported the New Orleans Pelicans’ interest in acquiring Durant and could make an offer highlighted by one-time All-Star Brandon Ingram, young role players and significant draft compensation.

Elsewhere, there doesn’t appear to be much traction on a Durant deal, though the Los Angeles Lakers are now reportedly willing to include both 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks in a deal for Kyrie Irving. Earlier in the offseason, the Nets were unwilling to take back Russell Westbrook in any Irving deal. It is unclear if their stance remains unchanged or could change depending on what is received in a potential Durant deal.

A deal with the Phoenix Suns, Durant’s first preferred trade destination, was shut down when Deandre Ayton signed an offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers. The Suns matched Ayton’s offer sheet — the largest in NBA history at four years, $133 million — and now cannot trade him to the Pacers for a year or to any team without his consent. The path to a Durant trade to Phoenix would have needed to include a sign-and-trade with Ayton.

That largely leaves the Celtics and 76ers, according to SNY, and the Sixers don’t have attractive enough assets to get a deal done. They can’t trade P.J. Tucker, Danuel House or De’Anthony Melton until Jan. 15 because they all just recently signed contracts when free agency began. Brooklyn’s asking price has remained consistent: They want an All-Star, impact players and draft compensation to part ways with a top-five player in the NBA and one of the more gifted scorers in NBA history. After the Jazz acquired five draft picks, four rotation players and a rookie in the Rudy Gobert deal, no team has been able to meet Brooklyn’s asking price.

If the Nets are unable to strike a deal soon, however, they will run the risk of muddying training camp waters and tanking yet another season before it begins. Durant has already created an almost impossible environment in Brooklyn, delivering Nets governor Joe Tsai an ultimatum over the weekend: Either trade me or fire both GM Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash. Once the reports of the meeting broke on social media, Tsai responded on Twitter, vouching for those Durant wanted out.

“Our front office and coaching staff have my support,” he tweeted. “We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”

The decision best for the Brooklyn Nets would have been bringing a happy Durant — and Irving — into training camp with a healthy Simmons, but happiness in Brooklyn has long gone for the self-proclaimed Easy Money Sniper. The News reported Durant reporting to camp is not a foregone conclusion if a deal does not get done.

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FILE – A passenger walks past a sign for the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA PreCheck line in Terminal A at Logan Airport in Boston, Monday, June 27, 2016. AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File

DALLAS (AP) — Travelers received good news in the government’s inflation report Wednesday: Airfares are falling, and at a faster pace.

The price of the average plane ticket fell 7.8% in July, to 311 dollars, after a drop of 1.8% in June, the government announced on Wednesday.

Lower gasoline and travel prices were the main reasons for the slight slowdown in headline inflation in July, although consumer prices still rose 8.5% from a year ago. year.

But before celebrating by splurging on a fancy trip, travelers should know that the average July ticket was still 27.7% higher than July of last year.

Airlines have been able to raise fares because demand — at least among leisure travelers — is matching or exceeding pre-pandemic levels at a time when airlines are operating fewer flights. Airlines also cite fuel prices, which have roughly doubled since 2019.

Rates peaked in May, when summer holiday sales were in full swing.

Prices generally drop in late summer and early fall when the holidays end and children return to school. However, the drop should be more spectacular than usual this year. That’s partly because summer prices were so high, and also the cost of jet fuel has fallen by about a quarter since late April.

Travel data researcher Hopper expects US domestic fares to average $286 in August and stay at or below $300 through October, when many people book trips for Thanksgiving and Christmas. , and demand begins to drive prices up.

It is unclear whether inflation and a possible recession will have an effect on people’s willingness to travel.

Matthew Klein, chief commercial officer of Spirit Airlines, said on Wednesday that bookings remained strong and any fare cuts would follow the normal seasonal pattern, which he called good news for airline revenues.

Klein said Spirit executives wondered if demand was “just going to fall off a cliff after Labor Day and beyond, and we don’t see that right now. We continue to be quite impressed with the incoming volumes.

This echoed recent similar comments from officials at other carriers.

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Motorist sentenced to 6 years in woman’s fatal hit-and-run on St. Paul’s East Side

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Michael John Friend, 65, (Dob: 09/22/1956) Was Charged In Ramsey County District Court With Criminal Vehicular Homicide For A Hit-And-Run Collision That Killed My Ger Vang, 34, On St. Paulís East Side On Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. (Courtesy Of The Ramsey County Sheriff'S Office)

A motorist who fatally struck a pedestrian and left the scene last year on St. Paul’s East Side was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison.

Michael John Friend (Courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

Michael John Friend, 65, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in June in connection with the Dec. 20 death of 34-year-old My Ger Vang, who was walking near the intersection of Third Street and White Bear Avenue when she was struck and killed.

Ramsey County District Judge Edward Sheu on Wednesday denied a motion by a county public defender asking for a downward dispositional departure from state guidelines and to give Friend a stayed sentence and probation.

Sheu gave Friend 75 months in prison, which is the low end of sentencing guidelines for the conviction. The presumptive guideline sentence is 88 months.

Friend will receive credit for 233 days already served in custody.

According to the criminal complaint, Vang was walking near the intersection of Third Street and White Bear Avenue about 8:30 p.m. when she was struck by Friend, who drove a white 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Police found Vang unconscious in the street with significant injuries. She later died at Regions Hospital.

The next day, Friend turned himself in to police and admitted he was the driver of the minivan that hit Vang, according to the complaint.

“I’m the person who hit that lady,” he said to police, according to the complaint. “I take full responsibility as far as what happened.”

He was accompanied by a woman who said Friend took her vehicle without permission and had later admitted he had been in an accident. She told police he told her that he had hit a person and left the scene.

Friend told her there was damage to her windshield from the collision. He said he believed Vang was still alive when he drove off.

St. Paul officers found the minivan parked at Mounds Boulevard and Earl Street in a parking lot. It had cracks to the windshield and front-end damage near the passenger side.

In an Aug. 4 court motion, Friend’s attorney Erik Sandvick said Friend “panicked and drove away,” but turned himself in to police the next day. “Through his actions, he helped the solve this case and started the process of bringing closure to Ms. Vang’s family,” he wrote. “While his actions do not rise to a level of a legal defense, they do show his acceptance of responsibility for his actions.”

Police reports do not indicate that Friend was speeding, swerving or driving recklessly at the time of the accident, Sandvick wrote. Vang stepped out from between two cars into the street — not in a crosswalk or at an intersection, he noted.

According to Sandvick, the final autopsy report showed Vang had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 percent and the presence of amphetamines and methamphetamine.

In a Tuesday memo arguing for the judge to stick with sentencing guidelines, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Ambrosia Mosby-Velasco noted how Friend was previously convicted of multiple misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and felonies.

At the time of the hit-and-run, Friend was serving probation after being convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in July 2020, “which the state believes is a showing that he is not particularly amenable to probation,” Mosby-Velasco wrote.

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Speaking at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference, former CISA director Chris Krebs said US companies need to strengthen their cyber defenses and think about the future.

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Cyber ​​threats from state-sponsored hacking operations, as well as sophisticated cybercriminal gangs, continue to rise.

Businesses must think ahead when making security decisions today, as threats around the world continue to rise, said the former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. United.

The ranks of cybercrime groups continue to grow, as do state-sponsored hacking operations from countries like Russia, China, North Korea, Iranas well as other less obvious ones, Chris Krebs told a crowd during the keynote speech at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference on Wednesday.

The annual Las Vegas, Nevada event brings together thousands of hackers and other security professionals each August, although attendance has dropped slightly from previous years, with some regular attendees opting instead to the online version of the conference following the global pandemic.

Krebs, who oversaw election security in the 2020 presidential election and was tweeted out of his post by President Donald Trump, currently runs a consulting firm with former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos. At CISA, Krebs ran a government website debunking false allegations of voter fraud. His dismissal drew backlash from the cybersecurity community and lawmakers.

Specifically, Krebs said Wednesday that every company needs to think about how its security might be affected by a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. While he’s not sure if that will happen tomorrow or six months from now, Krebs says based on conversations he’s had with national security officials, Chinese military action is almost inevitable.

Meanwhile, corporate IT systems are becoming increasingly complex and companies are collecting more data than ever before, making the idea of ​​attacking them more appealing.

“We have a pathological need to connect things to the internet,” Krebs said, noting that the average person has data-collecting devices in their car and home, as well as in and on their body.

“These things generate an incredible amount of data exhaustion, digital exhaustion,” he said, adding that overall these devices are getting more complex, not less.

Krebs said that CISA, under the direction of current manager Jen Easterly, does a lot to secure both government agencies and businesses, while managing to remain non-partisan and apolitical. But he says it will largely be up to cybersecurity professionals, like those at Black Hat, to do the hard work.

“I’m confident we can solve this problem,” he said. “We can move forward and get the safety results that we’re trying to get.”

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Dereck Rodriguez is one of 32 pitchers who have appeared in a game for the Twins this season, and one of seven on the current Saints roster to do so. The owner of 52 major league appearances over four seasons has pitched well in his first season back with the organization nut has only one early season appearance with the Twins to show for it.

Rodriguez said there is no frustration on his part in not being able to contribute more to a Twins team that has been desperate for quality pitching for most of the season.

“This is my 11th year. I’m 30 years old. I know how this thing goes,” the right-hander said after the Saints’ 2-0 victory over Columbus on Wednesday at CHS Field. “I’m good. I’m here with my family and just playing ball.”

The Twins called Rodriguez up on April 13. After allowing three runs in four innings, he was sent back to the Saints on April 17. He has become one of the Saints’ most consistent pitchers, as a starter and in relief, yet a handful of other pitchers have been called up while others have been added via trades.

“I know who I am, I know the style of pitcher I am,” Rodriguez said. “(I’m) just trying to be consistent, just trying to keep the walks down and limit baserunners. I’m not going to blow fastballs by guys, so I need to keep the ball moving. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, and it’s been working out.

“I know I can get guys out — anywhere. I just need a shot.”

Rodriguez (6-3) got the start on Wednesday and left after three scoreless innings, lowering his earned-run average to 4.09. Saints pitching coach Virgil Vasquez said Wednesday that Rodriguez “had a little spasm,” but Rodriguez downplayed any injury issue, saying he was only scheduled to pitch three or four innings before handing things off to Ronny Henriguez.

Rodriguez was named International League Pitcher of the Week last week after allowing no runs on three hits over six innings in a win over Omaha. He retired the final 14 batters he faced.

Vasquez praised Rodriguez for his professionalism and for making the most of his opportunity.

“He’s really taken off,” the coach said. “I just want him to get more opportunities. He’s been adapting to anything we ask of him. Really impressed with him. You never get to choose when your shot comes, but I know he’s ready for one.”

Rodriguez said there has been no communication with anyone from the Twins regarding a September call-up. He said he simply focuses on being prepared for the next time he’s asked to pitch. At the same time, he knows he’s pitching for opportunities beyond this season.

“I’ll finish this year and hopefully I get the call-up and something good happens,” he said. “At the end of the day there’s 30 teams out there. I can get called up in September, or, ‘Thank you,’ and on to the next one. That’s how this game is.”

Rodriguez said he would not need a September call-up to consider re-signing with the Twins.

“I like it here,” he said. “This is my eighth year with the organization now. It’s like a family for me. You never know. I’m just going to keep pitching and do what I’ve been doing and leave that up to them.”

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Henriquez pitched 3⅔ innings and allowed only one hit to earn the victory. Veteran newcomer Brad Peacock got the last four outs for the save.

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