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Ex-FSU player Terrell Buckley takes a gamble with Orlando’s XFL team

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Sometimes in football, as in life, you only need a chance.

For Terrell Buckley, it comes in the form of a head coaching job in the XFL.

After a stellar playing career as an All-American cornerback at Florida State and in the NFL — and assistant coaching in stops at FSU, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss — Buckley felt ready for that next step.

“We had just finished the best season that the University of Mississippi has ever had,” said Buckley. “Over the last five years, I felt like I’ve been ready for [a defensive coordinator] job or a head coaching job at any level, wherever that was and I was just not getting opportunities.”

In January, while at the American Football Coaches Association convention, Buckley received a call about his interest in becoming an XFL coach. After a conversation with Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, Buckley made the change.

“I wasn’t hired and I wasn’t promised anything. At that point it was, ‘Would you be interested?” he said. “Not even from them [directly]. It came from a third and fourth party asking.”

Buckley took that leap of faith. Three words come to mind when asked to recall when he remembers about the XFL.

“He Hate Me,” Buckley said of the nickname former player Rod Smart used on the back of his jersey.

The XFL began as a partnership between the World Wrestling Federation and NBC in 2001 and it featured football teams from eight cities, including Orlando, with a schedule set in the spring. Massive financial losses, dwindling attendance and television viewership led to the league folding after one season.

Buckley, 51, was aware of the league’s rebirth and subsequent sale in August 2020 to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor/producer and former University of Miami football player, and his business partner Dany Garcia.

Still, it wasn’t necessarily on his radar.

He wasn’t sure where the job would take him, but Buckley couldn’t believe his luck when he found out Orlando was one of eight cities to host a team along with Arlington (Texas), Houston, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C.

After a conversation with Johnson and Garcia, however, Buckley was sold.

“I used to live in Orlando, my eldest child was born in Seminole Hospital and I’m in Orlando all the time,” he said. “It’s a perfect fit.”

The Orlando team will play its home games in Camping World Stadium, a familiar venue to Buckley. He was part of the Florida State team that traveled to Orlando to defeat Virginia Tech there in 1991. He would later return for the Citrus Bowl as an assistant on Bobby Bowden’s coaching staff as the Seminoles won two Champs Sports Bowls (2008, 2011).

“A lot of great vibes from the old Citrus Bowl,” said Buckley. “I want to bring those vibes back to Orlando in the XFL in 2023.”

The name of the Orlando team remains a mystery even to Buckley.

“I want to say upper management knows, but they haven’t told us,” he said. “I want to know, too, so I can start thinking of the hand signal I can give fans to let them know this is our team. Orlando is my city, and it’s our team. We own that. Let’s pack the stadium and win this championship.”

Even without a name, Buckley promises fans they will be in for a treat with a team that will be exciting to watch and innovative. He also sees opportunities for community involvement and unbelievable access.

“We’re going to play fast and we’re going to play fearless,” he said. “Those are kind of my models: Smart, fast, fearless and we will have a good time doing it.”

Buckley and his coaching staff, which features Larry Lee (director of player personnel), Robert Ford (offensive coordinator) and Tony Carter (defensive coordinator), will be busy this fall. They will be scouting players who have been cut by the NFL, Canadian Football League or USFL, with the first draft set for November.

For some players who will make up Orlando’s roster, this will be a second chance. For others, it may be the last hope.

“Dwayne always talks about the 54, being that 54th player,” Buckley said, referring to the NFL’s 53-man rosters. “You’re good, but you’re not good enough. Well, I feel that same way, and I think coaches have felt like I’ve been that 54th coach.”

Training camp takes place in Arlington, Texas, where the XFL will have its football operations hub. The season kicks off Feb. 18.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Matt Murschel at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @osmattmurschel.

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(CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – Anne Heche’s son paid tribute to his mother on Friday, saying the family had lost “a kind and very joyful soul, a loving mother and a loyal friend.”

In a statement, Heche’s son Homer Laffoon, 20, wrote, “My brother Atlas and I have lost our mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. I hope my mother is free from pain and begins to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom.

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Heche was in a speeding car when she left the road and collided with a residence that was engulfed in flames on August 5, said Jeff Lee, police public information officer of Los Angeles, to CNN at the time.

A week after the crash, Heche was “brain dead” but remained on life support, according to a statement from family and friends shared with CNN by their rep.

Heche was matched with an organ recipient and will be taken off life support on Sunday, a representative for her family told CNN.

Under California law, due to her condition, Heche is considered legally dead.

The family said in an earlier statement Thursday night that Heche’s choice was “a long time ago” to donate his organs.

“We have lost a shining light, a kind and very joyful soul, a loving mother and a faithful friend,” the family’s previous statement said. “Anne will be sorely missed, but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic work and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery to always stand in her truth, spread her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have an impact sustainable.

Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury, which deprives the brain of oxygen, as a result of the accident, according to the family representative.

A woman inside the home at the time of the crash suffered minor injuries and sought medical attention, according to Lee.

After announcing that the actress had been declared brain dead, the Los Angeles Police Department has terminated its criminal investigation into the accident, a police spokesperson told CNN on Saturday evening.

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The department will continue to acquire certain outstanding items it previously sought via search warrants, but “no further investigation for prosecution will take place,” the spokesperson added.

In their message Thursday, Heche’s family and friends thanked his care team at West Hills Hospital’s Grossman Burn Center and paid tribute to Heche’s “huge heart” and “generous spirit”.

“More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — specifically moving the needle for acceptance from who you love,” the statement read.

Heche rose to fame on the soap opera “Another World,” where she played the dual role of twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love from 1987 to 1991. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the show.

Heche followed that success with numerous films, including “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog,” and “Six Days Seven Nights” opposite Harrison Ford.

In recent years, Heche has appeared on TV shows like “The Brave,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago PD.”

Following the accident, there was an outpouring of support for the actress from the Hollywood community. Her ex and former ‘Men in Trees’ co-star James Tupper, with whom she shares one of her two sons, wrote on Instagram: “Thoughts and prayers for this lovely wife, actress and mother tonight Anne Heche. We love you.”

Ryan Tillotson, producer of Heche’s “Better Together” podcast, said in a statement that she was “irreplaceable” and will be remembered for “her big heart, her commitment to the people she loved and the fearless way she fought for what she believed in.”

“More than a beloved entertainer, Anne was my friend, my collaborator, and a damn fine actress. Anne brought life to every room she walked into with her tremendous energy and welcoming presence,” Tillotson said.

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California authorities have announced that they have arrested two suspects for their alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of a food delivery driver in Oakland.

The Oakland Police Department arrested Major Willis, 19, and an unidentified teenager on Tuesday in connection with the July 17 murder of Patrick Kon Woo Fung.

Fung, 52, was fatally shot near the Little Saigon neighborhood of Oakland as he was about to deliver an Uber Eats order.

The Oakland Police Department released surveillance video showing an individual walking towards a car and firing his weapon, which killed a carpool food delivery driver.
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Surveillance footage released by police shows two men walking towards Fung’s car. Police said they ordered Fung out of his car and when he refused, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot Fung.

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Fung was pronounced dead at the scene.

Willis has been charged with murder and attempted carjacking. He was also charged with an enhanced sentence for possession of a firearm.

The young suspect has not been identified and has been charged in juvenile court. Police are looking for a third suspect who was driving the getaway car, as well as a possible additional passenger.

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“The brazen act of these individuals has caused a ripple effect on Fung’s family and the surrounding community.” the city of Oakland said in a news release.

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“Mr. Fung was senselessly and violently assaulted while doing his job. His death shook the community of Little Saigon,” Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a statement. “Our hearts and condolences go out to his family, friends and community.”

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The Best Independence Day Song To Get You In The Patriotic Mood

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Are You Hoping To Listen To Some Nice Patriotic Independence Day Song? Here Are 7 Of The Best Patriotic Songs To Get You In The Patriotic Mood. Independence Day Photo, Independence Day Picture, Independence Day Song,

The day you’ve been waiting for all year long has finally arrived—Independence Day! It’s only fitting that you commemorate this special occasion with one of these amazing Independence Day songs. Whether you’re looking to get your groove on or just sing along to something patriotic, there’s sure to be something on this list of Independence Day song that will help you honor the saffron, white, and green all day long.

Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera – A.R. Rahman

There’s something about Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera that just gets us in the patriotic mood. Maybe it’s the catchy tune or the fact that it features one of our favorite independence day picture. Whatever the reason, this Independence day song is sure to get you pumped up for Independence Day celebrations.

Ae Watan – Arijit Singh

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There’s no better way to get into the patriotic mood than by listening to Ae Watan. This heart-wrenching Independence day song by Arijit Singh will give you all the feels. The music, the lyrics, and Arijit’s soulful voice combine to create a perfect Independence day picture.

Maa Tujhe Salaam – A.R. Rahman

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Maa Tujhe Salaam is the perfect Independence day song to get you in the patriotic mood this Independence Day. The iconic opening lines, Maa Tujhe Salaam, Maa Tujhe salaam are enough to give you goosebumps. But it’s the soul-stirring music and lyrics that really make this song special. Rahman’s soaring vocals and the patriotic lyrics are sure to give you goosebumps.

Teri Mitti – Arko, B Praak

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Nothing gets us in the patriotic mood quite like Teri Mitti. The song, sung by Arko and B Praak, is all about love for one’s country. It’s the perfect song to listen to on Independence Day, or any day you’re feeling patriotic. Plus, the music video is simply beautiful, with shots of different parts of India set to the lyrics of the song.

Aisa Des Hai Mera – Madan Mohan, Lata Mangeshkar

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No Independence day playlist is complete without Aisa Des Hai Mera. The song is a perfect blend of patriotism and pride. Lata Mangeshkar’s voice is angelic and Madan Mohan’s composition is timeless. Plus, the song features an Independence day picture, making it the perfect addition to your holiday festivities.

Des Rangila – Jatin-Lalit

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This upbeat, patriotic song is the perfect way to get you in the mood for celebrating Independence Day. The lyrics are inspiring and remind us of all that our country has to offer. Plus, the catchy tune is sure to get stuck in your head all day long!

Des Mere Des – A.R. Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh

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One of the most popular and well-known patriotic songs in India is Des Mere Des by A.R. Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh. The song was released in 2002 and has since been used in numerous movies and TV shows. The lyrics are simple but stirring, and the tune is catchy and easy to sing along to. Plus, the video features some of India’s most iconic landmarks, making it the perfect choice for a patriotic playlist.

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Whether you’re looking for a classic patriotic song or something more modern, there’s sure to be a tune on this list of Independence day song that will get you in the spirit of India’s Independence day. From anthems to ballads, these songs will have you feeling proud to be an Indian. So crank up the volume, grab some friends, and get ready to celebrate!

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Q: I’m a bit worried our “run it back” mentality will turn into the year after the Finals, when we got swept by the Bucks. We tried to patch the four spot with an undersized Moe Harkless, the same way it seems we’re going to try the same with Caleb Martin. Even if Caleb is our starter, we have no backup four, either. Wouldn’t Haywood Highsmith’s contract be better served as a two-way, so that it opens up a roster spot for say a Blake Griffin? – Sylvester, Philadelphia.

A: The Haywood Highsmith element is one I raised during summer league. The problem is the way that Haywood’s contract is structured, another team can claim him off waivers at the NBA-minimum scale while also not having to worry about guaranteeing his contract. So, basically, it would be unlikely he would clear waivers, which would be a required move if the Heat would want to (and Highsmith would acquiesce to) make the shift to a two-way. But there are other avenues to adding a veteran presence at power forward, be it a Blake Griffin or Markieff Morris or another player still unsigned. Foremost would be utilizing the roster spot otherwise to be taken by Udonis Haslem. Of course, the Heat also could simply play Haslem, who is a power forward. Beyond that, the Heat do retain the option of adding a 15th player now at power forward and then working later to get below the luxury tax at season’s end. Or it simply could be that the front office is comfortable with the pool of Martin and Highsmith, as well as other oversized or undersized lineups, in the power rotation. And remember, if the Heat send out more players in a trade than they bring in, a roster spot would then be opened for such an additional signing of a power forward.

Q: Ira, if Pat Riley can’t find another superstar at a bargain price, or make a trade for someone like Harrison Barnes or Gordon Hayward by the trading deadline, the best move might be to target a player like Kevin Love after a buyout. – Gabe, Miami.

A: First, the Cavaliers, who plan to be in the playoff race, might not necessarily be sellers. But, to the conundrum raised in the question above, an addition at the buyout deadline could also provide an answer. That, however, would be taking a decidedly long view, considering such moves typically don’t come until late February or March.

Q: Bring Hassan Whiteside back. He has matured. – Shane.

A: While that certainly has become a valid position, the Heat hardly are in position to sign another center, with Dewayne Dedmon re-signed and with the developmental possibilities of Omer Yurtseven. Oftentimes it comes down to teams wanting to try something new. At 33 (yes, he is that old), Hassan Whiteside might simply have aged out.

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MOSCOW — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner filed an appeal on Monday against her nine-year prison sentence in Russia for drug possession, Russian news agencies reported.

Griner, a Phoenix Mercury center and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was sentenced Aug. 4. She was arrested in February at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow after vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage.

Griner played for a women’s basketball team in Yekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason.

Lawyer Maria Blagovolina was quoted by Russian news agencies on Monday as saying the appeal had been filed, but the grounds for the appeal were not immediately clear.

The call was expected. Griner’s defense team said after Griner’s sentencing that they planned to appeal and, under Russian law, had 10 days to do so.

Blagovolina and co-counsel Alexander Boykov said after the conviction that the sentence was excessive and that in similar cases defendants received an average sentence of about five years, of which about a third were granted parole.

Griner admitted she had the canisters in her luggage, but said she inadvertently hastily packed them and had no criminal intent. His defense team presented written statements that he was prescribed cannabis to treat the pain.

Prior to her sentencing, the US State Department said Griner was “wrongfully detained.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken took the unusual step of publicly revealing in July that the United States had made a “substantial offer” to bring Griner home, along with Paul Whelan, an American serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for spying. He did not give details, but the AP and other news agencies reported that the United States had offered to release Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who is serving a 25-year sentence in the United States. United and who once received the nickname “Merchant of Death”. “

On Sunday, a senior Russian diplomat said swap talks had been held.

“This rather sensitive issue of the exchange of convicted Russian and American citizens is being discussed through the channels set by our presidents. These individuals are, indeed, being discussed. The Russian side has long been calling for the release of Viktor The details should be left to the professionals, on the basis of ‘do no harm,’” Alexander Darchiev, head of the Foreign Ministry’s North America department, told the official Tass news agency.

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Orioles reset: Even after series loss to Rays, Baltimore is embracing postseason possibilities

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The Orioles were three outs away from being on the wrong side of baseball history, and by breaking up Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen’s perfect game bid in the ninth inning of a 4-1 loss, there still were few positives.

But inside a somber Orioles clubhouse at Tropicana Field, as players packed for a flight to Toronto and another divisional series against an American League wild-card contender, right-hander Jordan Lyles offered a vote of confidence that broke from the deflated air felt elsewhere.

“We’ve got everything we want in front of us, starting tomorrow,” Lyles said. “I think we’re in a good spot. I think we’re very confident.”

Even after two straight losses against Tampa Bay? Losses that dropped Baltimore 1 1/2 games out of the wild-card race? With a heavy dose of AL East competition on the horizon?

“We can put our stamp on things moving forward,” Lyles said. “We’re going to see a lot of guys in the division here shortly, so it’s up to us how we react and handle ourselves.”

Lyles, the veteran voice of reason in a clubhouse full of inexperienced players — whether it’s those new to the league, new to winning or both — looked around that room and felt assured. On a day executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said publicly that he believed Baltimore could reach the postseason, those inside the clubhouse agreed.

The results dampened their spirits, but it didn’t dampen their aspirations.

“It makes the game a lot more fun — you’re playing for something every single night,” outfielder Austin Hays said. “Something that, at this point in the year last year, wasn’t even really a possibility. We were so far out of it.”

When the trade deadline came Aug. 2 and the Orioles sent first baseman Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros and All-Star closer Jorge López to the Minnesota Twins, it appeared as if Elias had waved the white flag on the season. At the time, Elias acknowledged how the Orioles could secure a wild-card spot.

“But it is not a probability that we’re going to win a wild card,” Elias noted, a major factor that played into why Baltimore shipped away two of its best players. Elias valued winning next season and beyond over trying to do so this season, so he acquired six prospects with an eye on the future.

After those trades, there was a discussion in the clubhouse. They pointed out how López and Mancini might not be there, but “our record hasn’t changed,” Hays said.

“Just because we lost a couple guys,” Hays added, “we’re still here to win every single night, win every series, and we went to work.”

The Orioles are 8-4 since Mancini was traded to Houston, squarely in the hunt for a wild card spot for the first time since their last playoff season in 2016. They lost this crucial series to the Rays, who clinched the season series against Baltimore.

On top of the Rays, the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins also hold the season series advantage, which acts as the playoff tiebreaker this season. It only complicates Baltimore’s postseason path.

But during an appearance Sunday morning on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Elias showed more outward belief in what’s possible this season, even if he still preached the “big picture” approach that has characterized the rebuild he started in November 2018 and has led the Orioles to this point, an above .500 record with one of the best farm systems in the sport.

“I think we’re going to get into the playoffs,” Elias said. “I like where this is going. I think that this team has staying power for the next month and a half — we have a really tough schedule.”

Part of the big picture is analyzing when to promote and how to utilize several of the top prospects waiting in the wings. Left-hander DL Hall started Saturday, gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings and was promptly optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk to develop as a reliever. The plan, as of now, is to have Hall join the bullpen during the stretch run toward the playoffs.

As shortstop Gunnar Henderson — Baseball America’s top-ranked prospect — continues to excel for the Tides, Elias said he’s “on the radar screen” to join the big league club at some point in the next month and a half.

“I think we’re going to, within reason, do everything we can to enhance our playoff odds,” Elias said. “But obviously, at all times, we have to balance the overall health of the organization when we make decisions. And then we also have to balance the development of a luminary talent like that, and it would be a shame to screw that up.”

That’s all part of the calculus for Elias and the Orioles, balancing the master plan with the immediate prospect of pushing for the postseason.

But for the players in the clubhouse, there’s less to balance. There’s one goal in sight, and it’s clearer than it has been in Baltimore for some time.

“You play to win,” Hays said. “You play to win championships. You play to get to the postseason. That’s why we’re here. That’s the ultimate goal. To actually be in that position, that’s awesome. It’s what all of us want.”

What’s to come?

The Orioles won’t face the Rays again this season, but they still have four series against the Toronto Blue Jays, including three games beginning Monday in Toronto. Should that series against the AL wild-card leaders go awry, Baltimore might find itself even further out of the playoff hunt.

“We’ve fought for four and a half months, and we’ve put ourselves in position,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I’m proud of our guys for what they’ve been able to do so far. It’s a tough schedule the rest of the way. I think our guys are going to compete and try to win every night. I think we have as good a chance as anybody.”

What was good?

Shortstop Jorge Mateo broke up Rasmussen’s perfect game bid with a double down the left field line, and he did plenty more than that this week to build on his breakout July and August. There haven’t been many consistent hitters lately for Baltimore, but Mateo has rebounded to hit .309 since July 4.

That bodes well for the Orioles’ lineup, which can use Mateo’s speed on the bases to create for its offense. In the ninth inning Sunday, for example, Mateo took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

What wasn’t?

The rotation has been solid for much of the season, but there’s one major issue: The starters can’t seem to complete six innings. Last week, no starter made it through six, and the last Oriole to complete six innings was right-hander Dean Kremer on Aug. 5 in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The shorter outings add pressure on a bullpen without the reliable arm of López, who frequently covered late-game situations longer than an inning. Félix Bautista has inherited the closer role, but moving a setup man to the ninth inning has a ripple effect, and it could lead to fatigue as Hyde is forced to go to the same arms more frequently.

On the farm

As Henderson approaches a major league debut, he continues a strong season in the minors. The 21-year-old went 3-for-6 with a double, home run and three RBIs on Sunday to improve his batting average to .293 and his OPS to .925 with the Tides.

“We’re watching him carefully and seeing how he might fit in,” Elias said.

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