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MIami Dolphins to trade offensive lineman Ereck Flowers to Washington

The Miami Dolphins agreed to trade guard Ereck Flowers back to the Washington Football Team, the veteran offensive lineman said on Tuesday  Flowers confirmed the move during an interview Tuesday on the Undefined with Josina Anderson podcast and digital show.

The Dolphins agreed to send Flowers and a late-round draft pick to Washington in exchange for another late-round pick. The 27-year-old Flowers started 14 games last season on the Dolphins offensive line. He joined the Dolphins as a free agent last off-season, and started 16 games in 2019 for Washington. 

Flowers started his career with the New York Giants, but was released in 2018, and he appeared in eight games in 2018 for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman signed a three-year, $30 million pact with the Dolphins last off-season.

Fins trade OG Flowers back to WFT, sources say

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Milwaukee Bucks will offer Covid-19 vaccinations to fans attending Sunday’s game

The Milwaukee Bucks announced Tuesday that every person 16 and older that attends Sunday’s game between the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee will have the opportunity to receive their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. In partnership with the Milwaukee Health Department, the Bucks will set up a mobile vaccination site inside the arena, which will open at 1 p.m. (90 minutes before the start of the game) and remain operational through the conclusion of the contest. Health administrators will be on-site to schedule appointments for requisite second shots. The entire vaccination process, including signing up for the jab, receiving the vaccine and waiting approximately 15 minutes afterward, is expected to take less than a half-hour.

Bucks President Peter Feigin said in a press release: “We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and are pleased to team with the Milwaukee Health Department to give fans this easy and convenient opportunity. This is a critical time for all of us to take the necessary step that will help return our lives to normal. Let’s make this happen together.”

Bucks Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Fans at Sunday’s Game

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Justice Department launches probe of Louisville PD’s use of force

The Justice Department launched a wide-ranging “pattern or practice” investigation of Louisville’s police department on Monday, in the wake of last year’s police shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a news conference that the civil investigation into the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government and the Louisville Metro Police Department is to determine “whether LMPD engages in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law.” The investigation, he said, “will assess whether LMPD engages in a pattern or practice of using unreasonable force, including with respect to people involved in peaceful expressive activities” as well as if it “engages in unconstitutional stops, searches and seizures” or “unlawfully executes search warrants on private homes.”

Taylor was killed in her apartment by LMPD officers in March 2020 while they were executing a search warrant. Two Louisville detectives connected with the incident were fired in January, five months after Officer Brett Hankison was similarly dismissed for blindly firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment during the search.

Under the probe, if the Justice Department concludes there is reasonable cause to believe there is a pattern or practice of constitutional or statutory violations, it will issue a public report and will “aim to work with the city and police department to arrive at a set of mutually agreeable steps” that can be taken to correct problems. If an agreement cannot be reached, the department has the authority to bring a civil lawsuit seeking injunctive relief to address violations.

Justice Department launches investigation into Louisville PD’s policing practices

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United States to release millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries

On Monday, officials said that the United States will release millions of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries. White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response, Andy Slavitt, made the announcement on Twitter saying: “U.S. to release 60 million AstraZeneca doses to other countries as they become available.”

The announcement comes amid mounting pressure from lawmakers and experts since the United States has millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that is authorized in other countries, such as India, where the COVID-19 crisis is worsening. The vaccine is not yet authorized for use in the United States. Slavitt responded to some of the criticism, tweeting: “To everyone who understandably says: ‘about time’ or ‘what were they waiting for,’ at this time there are still very few available. No real time has been lost.” 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a news conference Monday the AstraZeneca doses cannot be released immediately since they have to undergo Food and Drug Administration safety reviews, but she expects “in the coming weeks,” about 10 million doses will be available upon the FDA clearance. Psaki added that fifty million additional doses are in “various stages of production” and may be available in May and June.

U.S. to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine with other countries

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee to retire from NFL after 11 seasons

After 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Sean Lee is retiring from the NFL. Lee said in a letter announcing his retirement: “For 11 seasons I was privileged to wear the Cowboys star. We want to play forever. But today, it’s my time to walk away.” 

Lee thanked the Jones family and the team’s coaches, as well as his teammates and fans: “To the fans, you lifted me up when I needed it most. I didn’t want to let you down. If there’s a regret, it’s that I never helped bring a championship back home, because you deserve it so much. Whenever I’m near a field, the smell brings me back to when I first started playing, pulling on a helmet, trying on those shoulder pads, that perfect tackle. To think of the journey now, experiencing things I never thought possible with the men and women who make this game what it is, I’m beyond grateful. Thank you, Cowboys Nation. It has been my honor.”

Lee was drafted by the Cowboys in 2010 and made two trips to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016. He was named to the All-Pro first team in 2016. He is retiring as the Cowboy’s eighth leading tackler, and also holds the record for the most single-game tackles for the Cowboys.

Cowboys LB Lee retires, leaves game ‘grateful’

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin taking his entire $920K base salary for 2021 in Bitcoin:

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin said he would take his 2021 salary in bitcoin. The Chiefs will pay his salary in dollars, which will automatically be converted to bitcoin on a weekly basis through Strike by Zap, an application that enables users to make bitcoin payments via bank account or debit card. Culkin’s base salary is $920,000.

Culkin said in a statement: “Considering my career — particularly its physical demands, and brevity – it makes the most sense to be paid in sound money that I believe protects its purchasing power over time. From a macro standpoint, I believe we are in the beginning stage of Bitcoin’s shift away from being extremely speculative, to a legitimate asset class viewed as a store of value.”

The player said he’s not recommending that anyone should follow his lead; he’s reportedly the first NFL player to receive all his salary in bitcoin.

Chiefs’ Sean Culkin Plans to Convert Entire Salary to Bitcoin, Would Be NFL 1st

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Democrat Troy Carter wins Louisiana U.S. House seat in special election runoff

Democratic state Sen. Troy Carter won in the race for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District in a special election runoff, defeating fellow Democratic state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. Carter, 48, captured 55 percent of the votes, 48,511 to 39,295, with all precincts in the district that serves serves nearly all of New Orleans. Democrat Cedric Richmond resigned in January to join the administration of President Joe Biden.

Carter posted on Twitter on Sunday: “This was a hard fought race, and now it is time to come together. The hard part starts now. We have so much work to do together. We celebrated upon victory. Today, we get back to work! “ 

Carter is the state Senate minority leader who received Richmond’s endorsement before he resigned from Congress.  Louisiana’s other five representatives and two senators are all Republicans.

Democrat Troy Carter wins New Orleans-based U.S. House seat

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At least 6 dead in highway crash involving passenger van on Georgia interstate

At least six people died in a highway crash involving a passenger van in Georgia on Sunday. According to police, the crash was reported at about 7 p.m. on Saturday in the northbound lanes of I-85 at the split to I-985 in Georgia’s Gwinett County, about 35 miles north of Atlanta. 

Police Sgt. Michele Pihera said callers initially reported a vehicle on it side engulfed in flames as passersby attempted to pull victims to safety. Pihera said six people died at the scene and several others were transported to local hospitals. A bystander sustained a minor injury and denied hospital transport. There were 16 people in the van at the time of the crash and they were from a sober living group.

Those at the scene did not provide additional information on how the crash occurred but said another vehicle may have been involved. The crash caused I-985 to be shut down for several hours on Saturday evening before reopening at 11 p.m.

Six dead after fiery crash on Georgia interstate, police say

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Brad Keselowski wins in overtime at Geico 500 at Talladega Speedway

Brad Keselowski led just one lap in Sunday’s Geico 500 -the most important lap, the last — which helped him become a six-time winner at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski’s victory came in overtime and it gave him his first victory of the season in his No. 2 Team Penske Ford.

Finishing second was William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports, who was looking for his second win of the season. Coming in third was 2021 Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell, and rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing and Matt DiBenedetto, who restarted the race in OT with the lead and who was attempting to give the iconic Wood Brothers Racing team its 100th victory in Cup.

Playing a big role at the 2.66-mile Talladega track were crashes, including one on Lap 59 — the final lap of Stage 1 — when Joey Logano was knocked sideways. His car then went airborne before rolling down the track. Logano is a three-time winner at Talladega and had led 10 laps on Sunday. A second significant wreck occurred with two laps left in State 2, between Denny Hamlin, who led 44 laps to that point, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex, Jr., Chase Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Bryon and Alex Bowman. All continued on but the cars of Hamlin and Bowman suffered serious damage and fell off the lead lap.

Keselowski wins at Talladega; Logano’s car flips

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Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner tosses seven-inning no-hitter in 7-0 win over Braves

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner threw an unofficial, seven-inning no-hitter Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. However, Bumgarner’s achievement will not go down as an official “no-hitter” since it occurred in a shortened, seven-inning game. Bumgarner fell six outs shy of the Elias Sports Bureau’s minimum number of outs needed for an official no-hitter.

Over his seven innings, the only baserunner for the Braves came in the second inning when Ozzie Albies reached on a throwing error by Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. Albies was erased one batter later on a double-play ground ball.

7 hitless innings for Bumgarner in shortened win

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