Thursday, 17 Jun 2021

Watters: Media 'self-owned' themselves admitting lab-leak theory possible

U.S. Center for SafeSport suspends figure skating coach Ross Miner for sexual harassment

Ross Miner, a U.S. figure skating coach and retired skater who won the silver medal in the men’s competition at the 2018 U.S. national championships, was suspended for six months by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual harassment Tuesday evening, according to SafeSport’s and U.S. Figure Skating's websites.

Miner, 30, who is coaching in the Boston area, did not return an email or a text message from USA TODAY Sports seeking comment. He also did not answer a call to his cell phone. No specific details about the sexual harassment were immediately available.

According to the USFS website, the six-month suspension prohibits Miner from participating in any capacity in any event, program, activity or competition authorized by, organized by or under the auspices of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the USOPC, a local affiliated organization, any high-performance management organization or a facility under their jurisdiction.

Big 3 leads way as Brooklyn Nets close out Boston Celtics in Game 5 of first-round series

Brooklyn’s offensive firepower provided by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden overwhelmed Boston.

The Nets ended the Celtics’ season with a 123-109 victory in Game 5 of their first-round Eastern Conference series on Tuesday.

Harden led the Nets in scoring for the first time in the series with 34 points, Irving had 25 points and Durant dropped in 24 points. Harden also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double.

In Brooklyn’s victories, it was a familiar story: too much Durant, Irving and Harden for Boston to contain. Those three scored 66% of Brooklyn’s points in the four wins, and they all shot better than 50% from the field and 40% on 3-pointers in those games.

Mike Marshall, MLB record-holder for most relief appearances in a season, dies at 78

Ironman pitcher Mike Marshall, the first reliever in baseball history to win a Cy Young Award, has died at the age of 78.

A native of Adrian, Michigan, Marshall passed away Monday night while under hospice care at his home in Zephyrhills, Florida, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The rubber-armed right-hander played for nine teams over his 14-year MLB career from 1967-1981, but he's best known for his amazing durability and his signature screwball.

During his Cy Young-winning 1974 season with the Dodgers, Marshall set a record that will likely never be broken – appearing in 106 games and tossing 208 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. He finished the year with a 15-12 record, a league-best 21 saves and 2.42 ERA in helping lead the Dodgers to the World Series.

“I had a deal with (manager) Walter Alston,” Marshall said in a 2003 interview. “If I warmed up, I was getting into the game."

Remains of Utah sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to return home

DELTA, Utah — The remains of a Navy sailor who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor have returned to Salt Lake City, and a ceremony at his home in Delta is scheduled, officials said.

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen, 22, of Delta was identified in December 2020 using dental and anthropological analysis, KSTU-TV reported. He was aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft, killing more than 400 crewmen, including Jensen.

Jensen was buried with the other soldiers and sailors, and in 2015, the Navy started exhuming and identifying them, officials said.

“His buddies drove back to my mom and said as he got off the ship, he said, ‘Oh, I forgot my camera,‘” said Sharon Senecal, Jensen’s niece. “And that was the last they saw of him.”

It took eight weeks for the Navy to declare Jensen missing and eight years to declare him dead. But his family did not lose hope of bringing him home to Delta, about 120 miles (193.12 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

Jensen’s mother died when he was six years old, so he grew up with extended family members.

“I’m excited to have him back in Utah and be buried back in Delta where he belongs,” said Margaret Ribeek, Jensen’s niece. “My grandfather always wanted him home.”

Watters: Media 'self-owned' themselves admitting lab-leak theory possible

‘The Five’ slam media’s ‘purely political’ about-face on Wuhan lab leak theory

Media admits to dismissing Wuhan lab leak theory; ‘The Five’ react

Fox News’ “The Five” slammed the media’s “purely political” self-reflection on their initial dismissal of the theory that the coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan, China. 

Host Jesse Watters noted how the media appeared to “self-own” themselves by admitting just that—that their hatred of former President Donald Trump fueled their refusal to consider the lab leak theory.

“Chuck Todd said [the lab-leak theory] got tangled up in politics and conflated with the idea that the Chinese deliberately released it. Who was the one that tangled it? Who was the one that conflated it? It was the media that did that.”

Co-host and former Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford Jr. further pointed to clips of ABC News White House reporter Jonathan Karl and New York Times writer David Leonhardt noting the media and liberals’ refusal to believe the lab leak theory because Republicans were promoting it. 

Fellow co-host Dagen McDowell said the media went further than simply dismissing the lableak theory because it was “purely political” to prevent Trump from being reelected in the 2020 election. 

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