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During the tedium of preseason camp, one of Gophers linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin’s pre-snap checks was peculiar and reminded defensive coordinator/linebacker coach Joe Rossi of pro wrestling.

Sori-Marin’s arm movements reminded Rossi of the 1990s World Wrestling Federation tag team known as the Bushwhackers; part of their act was alternating swinging arms up and down in front of their bodies. But when the 43-year-old coach mentioned the old-school reference to his linebackers, no one knew what the heck he was referring to — not even current pro wrestling fans such as Josh Aune and Derik LeCaptain.

“I showed my age,” Rossi recalled Wednesday. But to relate to players less than half his age, Rossi pulled up grainy footage on YouTube during that position group meeting.

Sori-Marin was enthralled, and the Gophers captain immediately thought: “That is perfect for us.”

The linebackers became the “Bush-backers,” and started using the move the very next practice. The Gophers secondary and defensive linemen soon learned what they were up to during a defensive meeting.

For Tyler Nubin, it was love at first sight “because we love to have fun out there,” the safety said.

“Goofy,” added defensive end Thomas Rush.

The Bushwhacker celebration is now embraced by the whole Gophers team and has been spotted after big plays — which have been aplenty — through the opening two blowout victories this season. Don’t be surprised to see that funky revelry when Minnesota (2-0) plays host to Colorado (0-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in their final nonconference game at Huntington Bank Stadium.

“It took on a little bit of a life of its own,” Rossi said.

Offensive leaders Chris Autman-Bell and Tanner Morgan, however, were not fans of the Bushwhacker when they first saw it in August.

“It’s nice to see it now,” Morgan said after the 62-10 win over Western Illinois on Saturday. “In fall camp, that was —.”

Autman-Bell interjected: “I hate the defense during fall camp. But to watch those guys fly around in games, it’s fun to see. I’m a huge fan of those guys.”

During one preseason practice, the linebackers started doing the Bushwhacker during the Ski-U-Mah drill — a three-level rushing, blocking and tackling drill during which the whole team encircles the participants. Regardless of the new celebration or not, the drill often gets pretty rowdy.

“By the end of the drill everybody on the defense was doing it,” Sori-Marin said. “We were getting defensive stops, and it was cool. We were watching it on film the next day and laughing about it.”

Again, not everyone thought it was so funny, especially during the taxing practices in the summer heat.

“There were times where we were going back and forth with the offense, and I would get in their face and hit the Bushwhacker,” Sori-Marin said. “They started doing it back on us. It got a little personal there for a minute.”

Rossi added, “I could see (Sori-Marin) having a career in professional wrestling. He’s a little bit of that type of guy.”

During one fall camp practice open to media members, Nubin and Trey Potts got into a scuffle that didn’t appear to have any sort of Bushwhacker connection. It looked more to be the tipping point of high-level competitiveness coming at a time when players are sore from the grind of camp and have grown tired of hitting the same color jerseys day after day after day.

“Sometimes that boils over to some emotions,” Nubin explained. “We’ve worked on having emotion on the field, but not being emotional, being stupid after the play. That is a learning experience all players can learn from. It was all competition.

“There is no beef between me and Trey,” Nubin continued. “That is my guy; I love him. But it’s just competition, man. To go against the best, you have to bring your best. That’s what we both do.”

Immediately after that brouhaha, Fleck called the players over for a private chat. Earlier this week, Fleck was asked by the Pioneer Press about walking the fine line between him seeking a deeply connected yet ultra-competitive team.

“You want to make sure that players can have a lot of fun,” Fleck responded. “They can be themselves and they can express themselves how ever. The personalities can shine, but we are still all one team. There is a balance to that of when that (celebration) can happen, how that happens, where it happens, how much you do it.”

During another preseason practice, Sori-Marin and Brevyn Spann-Ford exchanged trash talk under the lights at Huntington Bank Stadium. That’s also around the time when the Gophers tight end didn’t care much for the Bushwhacker.

“If I’m being honest, I hated it,” Spann-Ford said Wednesday. “But that’s just because Mariano is one of those players, he will get under your skin. We will jaw back and forth always. But you know it’s out of love. Seeing those guys make plays on Saturdays, that’s when you love the Bushwhacker. I’ll break it out a couple of times, if I have to.”

Spann-Ford said that on a Zoom call with reporters and couldn’t help but do a version of the Bushwhacker on the spot.

Last year, the Gophers adopted a “knock” mantra after a scene from the TV show “Breaking Bad,” in which Walter White tells his wife, Skyler, he is not in danger as drug dealer. “I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? Naw. I am the one who knocks.”

RELATED: How a scene from ‘Breaking Bad’ became the theme for Gophers’ ‘scary’ defense

Rossi said the TV show was used from January 2021 as an opportunity to make that unit tougher, and it remains part of what they do this season. That was a planned theme, while the origins of Bushwhacker were “organic.”

“Meetings are long and you try to keep some focus and add some levity at times,” Rossi said. “… It’s a hard game, a demanding game, but there has to be fun to it. If football is no fun, then what are we doing it for?”

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ARLINGTON — Luis Severino was not happy and neither were most of the fans at Globe Life Park Monday night.

Despite the Yankees pulling out a 3-1 win over the Rangers, nobody got what they really wanted. Aaron Judge did not hit a home run for the fourth straight game and remains tied with Roger Maris for 61, the most ever hit by an American League player. Severino was throwing a no-hitter after seven innings when Aaron Boone had to take him out.

The Yankees (98-61) have three games left for Judge, who went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, to try and best the 61-year-old record with Maris’ children and his family watching. Severino may never get another chance at throwing another no-hitter, but it was the move the Yankees’ manager had to make.

While Severino wasn’t happy, he understood.

“I was trying to fight him, but you can do nothing about it,” Severino said of Boone’s decision. “He told me ‘What you think?’ I said I’m gonna die out there. But it was not a good idea to go out there and push it to 115 pitches.”

Severino was making his third start after missing two months with a lat strain. The right-hander insisted he felt good enough to come back sooner, but the Yankees have been very careful with him due to his previous bouts with serious injuries. Boone let him just go over the 90 pitches he was scheduled for, but wasn’t going to take him to 120-130 that he would need to finish the game.

After Severino struck out Nathaniel Lowe to end the seventh inning, Boone met him at the dugout stairs. With both his hands on Severino’s shoulders, Boone continued talking and Severino kept turning his head away and would not look at his manager.

“I mean, nobody wants to be taken out or take you out in that situation. I understand, you know, I’ve been out for a couple of months. I think I throw 90-something pitches. And the start before this one was like 70-something, so I think it was a good decision,” Severino said. “I don’t want to go out there and kill myself and not be good for the postseason.”

Severino walked one and struck out seven. He was brilliant throwing 94 pitches and getting 13 swings and misses. His fastball touched 100 mph, without much effort. He went to a full count just seven times all night and Josh Smith needed a nine-pitch battle before earning a walk in the third. He was Severino’s only baserunner.

And Severino believes he would have gotten the no-hitter if could have gone on.

“One thousand percent,” he said. “To get a no-hitter is tough. You need all your guys up there. How I was feeling, how the fastball was, I feel like I would have.”

He’s allowed three runs and struck out 17 batters over 16 innings for a 1.69 ERA since returning from the injured list.

“Terrific I mean the stuff was all there. His changeup’s become such a good pitch for him. I think that’s one of the things [to come out of] the injuries he’s had over the last couple of years,” Boone said. I think one of the beauties of that is it’s made him really develop that changeup to become a really good pitch for him and it’s a pitch he has a lot of confidence in.

“Obviously his fastball and slider are calling cards for him, but that changeup becomes such a good third pitch for him,” Boone continued. “And I just thought he was he was great again tonight. It’s been really exciting to see what he’s been off the IL with three, I think, really excellent starts.”

It was his final start of the regular season and it was a good prep for the playoffs, but it was a kind of disappointing night.

“I mean it puts a little damper on the night, honestly, that it’s not a fun thing to have to do when a guy is pitching the highest league in the land and he’s out there doing his job at a really high and special level,” Boone said. “And to have to be the one that shuts that down, it’s not fun to do.”

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  • A lawyer has refused to back Donald Trump’s claim that he turned over all government records in January, according to reports.
  • The attorney, Alex Cannon, was involved in negotiations between Trump and the National Archives.
  • Months later, the FBI recovered caches of government documents from Mar-a-Lago during a search.

Trump attorney Alex Cannon declined to put his name to a statement by the former president saying he had returned all government records held at Mar-a-Lago, according to multiple reports.

Former President Donald Trump wanted to release a statement in January saying there were no more documents after many were turned over, The Washington Post first reported.

The report was later confirmed by The New York Times and CNN.

Cannon had acted as liaison between Trump and the National Archives as the agency repeatedly asked Trump to return documents he kept in Florida.

Trump’s push to make the statement came after Trump voluntarily returned 15 boxes of material, months before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago and found no more documents.

But Cannon refused to take the message to the archives because he didn’t know if it was true, according to reports.

According to CNN, Cannon decided not to confirm the statement because he had handled the issue from New York and could not say whether all of the material held at Mar-a-Lago had been returned.

Shortly after, according to the report, Trump ordered her not to get involved in the case any further.

The statement claiming that all records had been returned was ultimately not released, according to reports.

In the boxes of documents Trump returned to them in January, the National Archives found highly classified information and alerted the Justice Department.

When FBI agents visited Mar-a-Lago in June, Trump aides turned over more boxes of government documents and a Trump lawyer signed a statement saying no classified documents wanted by the National Archives was still being held at Mar-a-Lago. , a claim similar to the January statement that was never sent,

But the FBI said it found numerous other classified documents when it ran its search, contradicting Trump’s earlier claims.

In court documents, the DOJ said Trump kept the material in a store and his private offices, stored haphazardly next to his personal effects.

Trump used a range of defenses in response to the raid, saying the investigation was part of a political plot to destroy him.

However, NARA and the DOJ have apparently made several attempts to resolve the issue without having to resort to obtaining a search warrant, after initially asking him to return the documents shortly after leaving office in 2021. .

Insider reached out to Cannon and Trump’s representatives for comment.

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Giancarlo Stanton blasts 30th home run; Aaron Judge goes homerless again

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ARLINGTON — Aaron Judge watched in the background.

Giancarlo Stanton blistered his 30th home run of the season Monday night to help the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park, but Stanton was being asked about Judge’s chase for his record-breaking 62nd homer of the season.

Judge made faces and laughed as he watched and listened.

So, no, the fourth straight game without a home run as the Yankees’ regular season has just three games left does not seem to have him pressing or anxious. It did have the 35,906 at the new ballpark disappointed though. They came to see Judge make history. Instead, he went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. His batting average remained at .311, now four points lower than Minnesota’s Luis Arraez who leads the American League.

If Judge is able to surpass Arraez’s batting average, the slugger will be in position to win the Triple Crown award. It would be the first Triple Crown winner since Miguel Cabrera won in 2012.

In the top of the ninth, Judge was on deck when Marwin Gonzalez popped out to end the inning. The pop up made the crowd boo loudly. Gonzalez denied them another chance to see Judge chase history.

In the eighth, Gonzalez led off with a homer off of Jonathan Hernandez and then Judge struck out swinging on a 99-mile an hour sinker.

Giancarlo Stanton followed with his 30th home run of the season. He is the third Yankee this season to hit at least 30 homers, joining Judge and Anthony Rizzo, who has 32. They are the first trio of Yankees to hit at least 30 homers in the same season since 2005, when Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield did it.

Boone said that Judge could play in both games of a split doubleheader on Tuesday and his schedule is contingent on him hitting No. 62.

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The IBF are notorious for being ruthless when it comes to enforcing their mandatory challengers and their latest victim is Joe Cordina.

The Welshman won the organization’s world title in June in stunning fashion, knocking out Kenichi Ogawa in the second round of their fight.

Cordina left Ogawa stunned cold on the canvas after a monstrous right hand

At the time, promoter Eddie Hearn reacted on Twitter saying, suggesting it was a knockout of the decade – or at least this year.

Cordina didn’t have long to relish the title, as he was quickly called up by the IBF to face their mandatory challenger, Shavkat Rakhimov, which was scheduled for November 5 in Abu Dhabi.

Recently, however, he was forced to pull out of his world title defense due to what appears to be a pretty horrific hand injury.

Shortly after, the IBF informed that following his withdrawal, he would be stripped of his world title.

Cordina reacted on Twitter by posting a photo of his injured hand, along with the caption: “Absolutely gutted.

“I worked all my life to become world champion and I didn’t even have the chance to defend the title.

“I feel like I’ve been robbed!”

Cordina Posted A Picture Of His Injured Hand, With Stitches, Explaining He Felt Robbed As The Ibf Stripped Him Of His Title

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Cordina posted a picture of his injured hand, with stitches, explaining he felt robbed as the IBF stripped him of his title


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the IBF be particularly strict in enforcing their rules regarding mandatory challengers.

In 2019, Canelo was stripped of his IBF middleweight title, which he won from Daniel Jacobs a few months earlier.

This came after the Mexican failed to agree with his mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko before the IBF deadline passed.

At the time, Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya expressed his frustration with the IBF, saying, “We are extremely disappointed in the IBF for forcing the best fighter in the world to relinquish his title. global. We conducted serious negotiations with the promoter of Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“We offered his team an unprecedented amount of money for a fighter of his limited size and popularity, but the truth is I’m now certain they never intended to make a deal. . But instead they wanted to force us to give up Canelo’s belt.

“This is an insult to boxing and more importantly an insult to boxing fans around the world. This decision validates already existing concerns about the credibility of the IBF Championship.

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Canelo’s former promoter De La Hoya was furious after being stripped of his IBF world title

Current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has also had issues with the IBF in the past, having beaten Wladimir Klitschko to win the unified WBA, WBO and IBF world titles in 2015.

Subsequently, Fury was contractually obligated to a rematch with Klitschko, but the IBF felt his proxy should have priority and therefore stripped him of the world title.

IBF President Lindsey Tucker said at the time: “As far as the Klitschko rematch is concerned, it’s quite the opposite, because the mandatory takes precedence over the rematch.”

In the end, it didn’t matter either way, as Fury relinquished all of his titles after taking a lengthy hiatus from the sport due to mental health issues.

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The Ravens are field-goal favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of their “Sunday Night Football” matchup at M&T Bank Stadium, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.

Despite a 23-20 loss Sunday to the Buffalo Bills, their second straight second-half collapse at home, the Ravens (2-2) are favored by three points in their AFC North opener. The Bengals (2-2) are coming off a 27-15 home win over the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins and will have had three extra days of rest.

Cincinnati has won four of its past eight games in Baltimore and is 4-1 against the spread in its past five games against the host Ravens, according to CBS Sports. The Ravens, meanwhile, haven’t covered the spread in either of their two home games this season, though Sunday’s loss to Buffalo was a push.

The Ravens lead the all-time series 27-25 but were swept last season for the first time since 2015. The Bengals pulled away in Baltimore for a comfortable 41-17 win in Week 7 and later routed a depleted Ravens team in Week 16, 41-21.

The over-under for Sunday’s game is 48 1/2 points.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case that could put another nail in the coffin of the historic Voting Rights Act, first passed in 1965 and aimed at eliminating racial discrimination against voters. minorities.

Since 2013, the Supreme Court has twice struck down or neutralized significant parts of the law. Now, once again, the law is on the chopping block — this time on the question of how state legislatures can draw constituency lines in Congress when state voters are racially polarized.

At issue is Alabama’s congressional redistricting plan passed by the state’s Republican legislature after the 2020 census. More than a quarter of the state’s population is African American, but in only 1 of 7 districts, minority voters have a realistic chance of electing the candidate of their choice. Black voters are either concentrated in this district, so that they form a supermajority there, or are spread across the remaining six districts, so that their voting power is diluted. This is a practice known as packing and cracking.

“Voting in Alabama is racially polarized, which means that black voters and white voters consistently vote for different candidates, especially when black candidates are on the ballot,” says election law expert Richard Pildes. And that, he says, “triggers the Voting Rights Act.”

How the lower courts ruled

The triggering of the Voting Rights Act is a big deal, with particular irony in this context. That’s because this case involves a provision that Congress amended in 1982 to correct what it saw as the Supreme Court’s misinterpretation of the law.

After the Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that suffrage advocates must prove intentional discrimination in order to invalidate an electoral system, Congress amended the law to specify that minority voters need only prove a result discrimination – a much easier thing to do than to prove intentional discrimination. The discriminatory outcome has been the norm ever since, upheld by the Supreme Court and applied by lower courts.

In January, a three-judge Federal Court panel unanimously ruled that Alabama could and should have created two compact congressional districts with a majority, or near a majority, of black voters: two districts instead of just one. Two of the judges on the panel were Trump appointees, the third a Clinton appointee.

The state appealed to the Supreme Court, which by a 5-4 vote blocked the lower court’s decision, which ordered a new map for the 2022 election, then nine months away. It was too much for Chief Justice John Roberts, a longtime critic of the Voting Rights Act, but who this time dissented with the three court liberals. He said he could find “no apparent error” in the lower court’s application of existing precedents.

The Alabama Argument

What he didn’t say was whether the court should revisit some of those precedents. And on Tuesday, the court hears arguments about whether to do just that. The question is whether to overturn or change previous decisions that have governed the law for more than 30 years. Existing precedents impose an “affirmative duty” on racially polarized voting to “give minority voters an equal opportunity to elect the candidates they prefer,” says Pildes, a professor at the University of New York’s law school. York.

He notes that Alabama’s arguments range from narrow arguments about how to interpret the 1982 Voting Rights Act amendments to more extreme arguments.

An extreme argument, Pildes says, is that the Voting Rights Act does not apply to legislative redistricting plans at all, even though the court has historically applied the law to such plans. “Or,” he said, “even more dramatically, that if [the Voting Rights Act] applies as the lower court held here, then the law is unconstitutional.”

Unconstitutional because it is based on the affirmative creation of a race-based compact second district. As Alabama put it in its briefs, by requiring a “race-based” redistricting map, the lower court indulged in “the harmful idea that redistricting begins and ends with racial considerations.” .

Against this argument, black voters argue that the state’s argument boils down to a backwards and forwards proposition: that any effort to eradicate racial discrimination is unconstitutional because it must emphasize on racial considerations.

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