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NESN Diary: What Cam Newton’s Presence Means For Jarrett Stidham’s Future (And Other Random Thoughts) - NESN
Each day during the sports pause stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, NESN.com will publish a diary full of random thoughts,…
Each day during the sports pause stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, NESN.com will publish a diary full of random thoughts, opinions, takeaways, and other cool tidbits weve stumbled across in the absence of actual games. Because why not? Were all in this together. After spending two months believing the New England Patriots were actually going to ride with a quarterback room of Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, news broke Sunday to illustrate that wouldn’t be the case. The reported signing of Newton has been followed up by reports indicating it has nothing to do with the performance of Stidham, who enters his second season. I do, however, believe it relates to the Patriots’ confidence — both short term and long term — in Stidham, but it’s important to differentiate the two entities. The signing of Newton does indicate something about Stidham’s current position. The Patriots simply are saying they’re interested in the potential upside brought on by the 2015 NFL MVP, and that a 2019 fourth-rounder should not just be handed the starting job because he’s there. Who could blame them? Especially considering the team-friendly, incentive-laden deal Newton reportedly signed. The strange offseason may have aided that decision by head coach Bill Belichick. After all, Stidham had been impacted by an unprecedented offseason, to no fault of his own. But the fact is he may not be able to make the full second-year leap others have in the past because the opportunities were not been there during the virtual offseason. If Newton enters the offseason competition healthy, Stidham shouldn’t feel slighted if he loses the position battle to a bigger, stronger and more experienced quarterback. If healthy, Newton is a top 10 QB in the NFL. Where I draw the line, however, is in regards to this signing meaning the Patriots aren’t confident in Stidham long term. I don’t believe this deal means that is the case. Newton’s one-year contract means the Patriots can wipe their hands of him after 2020. They have no long-term ties to Newton, specifically regarding guaranteed money. This decision was not the same as going out and signing a quarterback (i.e. Teddy Bridgewater) to a long-term deal, or using a high-end draft pick on a player at the position (i.e. Jordan Love). Those would show less confidence in Stidham’s future. Essentially, what the Patriots are doing is making their quarterback room better in 2020, still giving Stidham a chance to compete for the job, while also keeping the door open that it will be his down the road. Worst case scenario is Stidham watches Newton during the 2020 season, and that’s not a bad case at all. It gives him another year to develop in the Patriots’ system. And if the Patriots get the most out of Newton and he revitalizes his career, well they got great quarterback play in 2020 while not making a major financial commitment. It also would likely mean Newton lands a big contract elsewhere in free agency, and guess who’s still in New England with two years left on a rookie contract to make his case why he should be the next franchise quarterback? Anyway, here are some other random thoughts from Tuesday: — Julian Edelman had quite the day on Instagram. The Patriots receiver posted a welcome message for the organization’s new quarterback, and it garnered some responses. Among them, Tom Brady made an eye-opening comment (jealous much?) while Newton shared a simple response of his own. néwtôn, MASSACHUSÊTTS #[email protected]/PJLLrYVvhf — Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) June 30, 2020 — Antonio Brown rumors heated back up Tuesday, and it was Brady’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were involved. It took place as former NFL executive and league insider Mike Lombardi hinted at the possible reunion during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” However, ESPN’s Dianna Russini debunked that thought while reporting the Buccaneers are “not interested” in Brown. — The Pawtucket Red Sox were dealt a tough blow Tuesday as Minor League Baseball released a statement noting the 2020 season has been cancelled due to COVID-19. While all minor league teams were impacted by the decision, the fact the PawSox were getting to set to play their final season in Pawtucket, prior to moving to Worcester, Mass., likely makes the news a bit tougher to swallow. It means they’ve played their last game in Pawtucket. Tweet of the DayGood work, ya’ll. BREAKING: @MassDPH reports ***no new #COVID19 deaths*** for first time since March! pic.twitter.com/Nt61Yfz32v — Julianne Lima (@JulianneLimaTV) June 30, 2020 Video of the DayAnnual reminder that Jaroslav Halak should bring confidence to Bruins fans. Kura-leap denied. @kurals9 | #NHLBruinspic.twitter.com/P1KLi41z1p — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 30, 2020 Stat of the DayLionel Messi joined a pretty decent club Tuesday. With a penalty kick, Lionel Messi joined "The 700 Club." He has scored 630 goals for Barcelona and 70 playing for Argentina. pic.twitter.com/uy942hqbv7 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 30, 2020 Thumbnail photo via Jim Brown/USA TODAY Sports Images
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NFL Rumors: Patriots Docked Draft Pick, Fined $1.1M For Taping Bengals Sideline - NESN
The Cam Newton signing wasn't the only bit of New England Patriots news to break Sunday night. According to a…
The Cam Newton signing wasn’t the only bit of New England Patriots news to break Sunday night. According to a report by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million and docked a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for illegally recording the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline ahead of the teams’ Week 15 matchup last December. Additionally, the NFL reportedly prohibited Patriots production crews from shooting any games during the 2020 NFL season, will require “senior club officials” to undergo “training on league operation and game policies” and banned David Mondillo — the Kraft Sports and Entertainment videographer who was caught recording Cincinnati’s sideline as part of a feature on a Patriots advance scout — “from NFL facilities until further notice.” The Patriots also fired Montillo before the NFL handed down its punishment, per Reiss’ report. Developing news story: The NFL has handed down the following penalties to the Patriots for their television crew filming the field and Cincinnati sideline during a December game between the Bengals and Browns, per sources: pic.twitter.com/Co8kvuofR6 — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 29, 2020 In 2016, the investigation into Deflategate resulted in the loss of first- and fourth-round Patriots draft picks, a $1 million fine and a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady. After Spygate, the Patriots were fined $250,000, head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and New England lost its first-round selection in 2008. This latest incident occurred during a Bengals-Cleveland Browns game on Dec. 8. The subsequent NFL investigation spanned nearly seven months. In a team statement released Dec. 9, the Patriots said they “accept full responsibility” for the infraction, describing it as an honest mistake by a member of their production crew, which, Belichick quickly stressed, has “zero involvement” with New England’s football operation. Minutes before news of the Patriots’ punishment hit social media, multiple outlets reported the team had signed Newton, the former Carolina Panthers quarterback, to an incentive-laden one-year contract. Thumbnail photo via Joe Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports Images
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'MythBusters' star Adam Savage accused of allegedly sexually abusing sister as a child: lawsuit - Fox News
Former “MythBusters” co-host Adam Savage has been accused of sexually abusing his younger sister in a new lawsuit.
Former “MythBusters” co-host Adam Savage has been accused of sexually abusing his younger sister in a new lawsuit. The woman, now 51, claims that the abuse happened in the 1970s when she was between 7 and 10 years when they lived in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. “Beginning in or about 1976 and continuing until approximately 1979, Adam Savage, would repeatedly rape Miranda Pacchiana and force oral sex upon her, and forced Miranda to perform oral sex on him, along with other forms of sexual abuse,” the lawsuit, obtained by Fox News, alleges. ADULT FILM STAR RON JEREMY PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO RAPING 3 WOMEN, SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 4TH Pacchiana says that Savage was between 9 and 12 years old when he allegedly raped her and called himself the "raping blob" in an effort to make the alleged abuse seem like a game, according to the lawsuit. Pacchiana's attorney, Antigone Curis, told Fox News, "We commend Ms. Pacchiana and all child sexual abuse survivors who have come forward as the courthouse doors are now open to them after being shut for decades. Thanks to the CVA (Child Victims Act)." 'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL' STAR JOSHUA BASSETT SAYS HE IS 'SICK' OVER 'ABSOLUTELY FALSE' SEX ASSAULT ACCUSATION While her lead attorney, Jordan Mersin, added, "The prolific abuse by Mr. Savage as alleged in the complaint has caused irreparable damage to my client that she will live with for the rest of her life. Today is the first step in the direction of healing and justice." Adam Savage attends the Build Brunch at Build Studio on May 06, 2019, in New York City. (Dominik Bindl/Getty Images) Pacchiana is currently a social worker. On her website, The Second Wound, she detailed how she hasn't had any contact with Savage, 52, in two decades. "I last made contact with my brother, Adam Savage, over two decades ago. At the time, I called him out for his callous attitude about the abuse and his apparent disregard for the damage he had caused, but he chose not to acknowledge or show any compassion for my pain. Not once in the ensuing years have I seen evidence that my brother cares to truly understand what he did to me. He gives me no reason to believe that he has meaningfully examined whatever compelled him to commit sexual crimes as a minor," she wrote. COLOMBIAN DIRECTOR CIRO GUERRA DENIES SEX HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT CLAIMS MADE BY 8 WOMEN "But now, because of the NY Child Victims Act, I finally have the opportunity to pursue justice for the crimes my brother committed against me. While nothing can give back what Adam Savage took from me, I hope this lawsuit will also demonstrate to my fellow survivors that we do not deserve to carry the shame of sexual abuse and assault." Savage denied his sister’s assault allegations in a statement. His lawyer, Andrew Brettler, told Page Six: “While I hope that my sister gets the help she needs to find peace, this needs to end. For many years, she has relentlessly and falsely attacked me and other members of my family to anyone who will listen,” Savage said. “By spreading numerous untrue stories about us in pursuit of a financial bonanza, she has tortured our entire family and estranged herself from all of us. I will fight this groundless and offensive lawsuit and work to put this to rest once and for all.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Savage gained recognition as the co-host of the popular Discovery Channel show, where he and partner, Jamie Hyneman, would test out the validity of popular beliefs, Internet rumors, or movie stunts. If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
Russia's Putin appeals to patriotism as key vote reaches climax - BBC News
Russians have one more day to decide on key reforms, but opponents say the vote is a farce.
Image copyrightAFP All week, millions of Russians have been voting to reform their constitution, many using polling stations set up on tree stumps, park benches and even car boots. Giant prize draws have helped entice them to the ballot, with the chance of winning everything from shopping vouchers to a car or flat. Opposition figures have dismissed the whole process as a farce, stretched over seven days with no proper monitoring or independent scrutiny. But for the Kremlin the amendments are vital. The vote will clear the way for Vladimir Putin to stay in power up to 2036, if he chooses. Putin's vision of Russia Not that the president mentioned that in his address to the nation ahead of the final day of voting. "We are voting for the country we want to live in and which we want to hand down to our children," Mr Putin declared, standing beneath a giant, ghostly new statue of a Soviet soldier, to underline the "patriotic" theme that runs through this process. The biggest overhaul of the constitution since 1993, this vote is partly about setting down Vladimir Putin's vision of Russia: spelling out the values and priorities he has established during two decades in the Kremlin. "Putin can't just say to himself, 'I need to do everything possible to stay in power!'," argues Tatiana Stanovaya, the head of R.Politik, a political think-tank. Image caption "We're choosing the future today," reads this notice in a block of flats, with the word Yes above it "People try to hide the low things they're doing within something more grandiose and positive. So he says instead, 'I want to create a great Russia, and stay in power too'." What are Russians voting on? The new constitution includes articles promoting a patriotic education, reiterating the ban on same-sex marriage and adding explicit mention of God - all in line with the increasing cultural conservatism of Vladimir Putin's rule. Image caption Wednesday is the final day for Russians to vote on the constitutional reforms Those "ideological" articles, alongside "social" ones like minimum wage guarantees, are the changes actively discussed on state TV and by celebrity endorsers. By contrast, the amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to restart the clock on his presidency when his current term ends in 2024 - and so run twice more for president - are barely mentioned. They were left off the initial information on the vote altogether. Russia's new constitution The amendments cover dozens of existing articles, and add several new ones. They fall broadly into three categories and many enshrine things in the constitution that are already federal law: Banning any action aimed at the "expropriation" of Russian territory, or calls for that. Protecting the "historical truth" of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) and banning any "belittling" of the feats of those who fought. Protection of the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Senior officials barred from holding foreign passports, residency or overseas bank accounts. Refers to Russians' faith in God, as handed down by their ancestors. Pensions to be index-linked. Minimum wage no less than subsistence minimum income. Forming a "responsible attitude" to animals. Image caption You can already buy the new constitution in bookshops even before the vote is over State Council to set "direction of domestic and foreign policy and socio-economic priorities". A person can only hold the presidency for two terms (replacing "two consecutive terms"). In the case of a person already holding the presidency, previous terms will not count - the so-called "zeroing" of Vladimir Putin's terms so far. Yes or No Voters can only select one of two boxes: accepting or rejecting all of the amendments. Image caption This sign reading "vote FOR your future" went up in Moscow flats Lobbying for either option is officially banned, but fliers posted to Moscow apartment blocks all called on people to vote "for" the amendments, rather than "on" them. A much smaller counter-campaign has plastered stickers with Mr Putin's face around town urging Muscovites to say "No". Will the pandemic affect the vote? A short drive from the capital, on the outskirts of Podolsk, voters were invited to a tent in a car park to make their choice. Election officials in face visors, masks and white suits were a reminder that this nationwide vote was being held in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Image copyrightAFP Postponed from April, the Kremlin was keen to reschedule as soon as possible. A poll by the independent Levada Centre in early May reported a slide in Mr Putin's approval rating to 59% - his lowest ever. The continuing Covid-19 crisis is unlikely to improve things. So officials have done their utmost to get people out to vote. An election official in Omsk, Siberia, made national headlines when she won an apartment in the lucky draw. Her protest that she was "just another voter" met with a deeply sceptical response. There were no prizes in Podolsk, but plenty of enthusiastic pensioners. "All the amendments suit me!" Galina said, dropping her voting slip into a transparent plastic briefcase decorated with a double-headed eagle. "The index-linking of pensions, the right to study and work and housing," she listed as her favourites, although the latter few are not explicitly covered by this reform. "I like the idea that marriage should only be between a man and a woman," said Elena, selecting her top amendment. In her thirties, she also had no problem with Vladimir Putin staying on as president. "He suits us for now," she said. Is there much opposition? In the town centre, beneath a tower block decorated with Russian flags, some younger voters were scornful of the vote. "What's the point? Putin will stay forever in any case," one girl flung over her shoulder. Maxim said he and "lots of friends" had voted against. "We've had one president for 20 years, and Putin could do another 16 years? I think our country needs something new," he said. Image caption This anti-Putin sticker on a road sign reads "Tell him NO" Russia's most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, has published a stream of posts on social media mocking the makeshift nature of the vote and highlighting irregularities. They include pressure on some to vote and other people discovering their ballot had already been cast for them. Influential blogger Yury Dud described the vote as "shameful", in an Instagram post liked by more than a million people. He quoted Vladimir Putin himself in 2008 insisting that it was "absolutely unacceptable" to remain in office for life. But the blogger hadn't decided whether to boycott or tick the "No" box. Media captionCelebrating Russia's victory during World War Two has become an important part of the Russian national idea In fact, this vote is not required by law: the reforms to the constitution were approved by Russia's parliament back in March. But the Kremlin is said to want a high turnout and 70% support at this ballot, as a popular mandate to point to in future. One exit poll already published - something that's banned at a normal election - suggests it's well on target. In any case, the new constitution has already been printed and is on sale in bookshops.