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Cousins to sign with 3-year, $84-million deal with Vikings, sources say

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By Jonah Haskell

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins intends to sign a 3-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, according to sources who have spoken to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal will make Cousins the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, unseating Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions.

Last season, Cousins threw for over 4000 yards (4093) for the third consecutive season. He also connected for 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, making him one of the more productive play callers in the league.

But Cousins had an uncomfortable relationship with the Redskins, ever since he made his NFL debut for them as a fourth round draft pick in 2012. Despite ranking fourth in passing yards, sixth in passer rating, and eighth in touchdown passes during three years as Washington’s starter, from 2015 to 2018, he never signed a long term contract with the team.

This spring, the Redskins had finally had enough, and, instead of negotiating with Cousins once again, they traded for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, opening the door for Cousin’s departure.

Cousins joins a talented Vikings team that went into the offseason with a glut of talented quarterbacks. But with Case Keenum going to the Broncos and Sam Bradford planning to sign with the Cardinals, Minnesota was forced to look elsewhere.

Last season, Minnesota crashed out against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in the NFC Championship game, but the addition of Cousins will make the Vikings an even more dangerous team. With the league’s top-ranked defense and a number of offensive weapons, from Adam Thielen to Stefon Diggs, Cousins and company will have their sights set on a championship.

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2018 Finalists and Results (With links to Films) Now Posted

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By lmunoz@uiltexas.org

The results and links to films from the Fifth Annual UIL Young Filmmakers Festival State Finals are now posted on the film pgae of the UIL website. These films survived three elimination rounds to be screened, judged and recognized at this year’s finals. Congratulations to all.

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Tom Brady eats his first strawberry and chugs a beer with Stephen Colbert

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Stephen Colbert got into a beer-drinking contest with Tom Brady on Monday — and, perhaps more surprising, convinced the star quarterback to eat his first strawberry.

The two decided to throw back a cold one after Colbert asked the New England Patriots quarterback what he eats when he’s “falling off the wagon” with his diet.

“Cheeseburgers, pizza, beer … things like that,” Brady said. “I was a pretty good beer-chugger back in the day.”

Colbert promptly pulled out two tall glasses of brew.

“You were a good beer chugger?” Colbert asked. “Do you want to chug a beer?”

“Let’s try … can we spill?” Brady asked, before chugging the drink in less than three seconds. Colbert took a little longer to finish.

“That was good,” Brady said with a big smile. “That was really good!”

The five-time Super Bowl champion stopped by to promote his new book, “The TB12 Method,” in which he discusses nutrition and explains how to achieve a lifetime of sustained peak performance, according to his website.

The quarterback said his diet consists of lots of fruits and vegetables, but he’d never eaten a strawberry.

“Oh, man, I hate strawberries,” Brady, 40, said. “I just hate the smell.”

Colbert, in utter disbelief, went on to present him with a bowl full of bright red strawberries and another challenge.

Brady, a true competitor at heart, eventually accepted the challenge to taste one, although it took some convincing.

“Not that bad,” Brady said as he placed the half-eaten fruit back into the bowl. “I did it. Mom, are you proud of me?”

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Scoreboard Roundup -- 3/12/18

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

Milwaukee 121, Memphis 103
Houston 109, San Antonio 93
Oklahoma City 106, Sacramento 101
Portland 115, Miami 99

Vegas 3, Philadelphia 2
Washington 3, Winnipeg 2; OT
Columbus 5, Montreal 2
N.Y. Rangers 6, Carolina 3
Ottawa 5, Florida 3
St. Louis 4, Anaheim 2
San Jose 5, Detroit 3
L.A. Kings 3, Vancouver 0

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'A deliberate cover-up'?: US Figure Skating reckoning with sexual abuse allegations against Olympic coach

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By Brittany Martinez

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Craig Maurizi has been here before.

In 1999, he accused Richard Callaghan, once figure skating’s top coach, of sexually abusing him when he was one of his students more than a decade earlier. He reported the abuse to the sport’s national governing body. He told his story to several major media outlets.

But Callaghan issued strong denials. Maurizi’s claims were dismissed. Callaghan kept coaching.

Now, nearly two decades later, Maurizi has brought his allegations against Callaghan – and U.S. Figure Skating’s handling of those allegations – back into the spotlight. He filed a new complaint to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog, in January.

An exclusive interview with Maurizi will air Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.

This time might be different. On Wednesday, the U.S. Center for SafeSport suspended Callaghan, pending a new investigation of those earlier allegations. His name was added to U.S. Figure Skating’s roster of banned or suspended members late Wednesday night — listed alongside more than a dozen others publicly shamed for various alleged misdeeds — barring him from all USFS-sanctioned events until further notice.

Upon hearing the news of Callaghan’s suspension, Maurizi says he was overcome by a mix of emotions. Happiness. Vindication. Relief. Then he settled on another one.

“The truth is that as the days are passing,” Maurizi told ABC News, “my anger is growing.”

That’s because Callaghan had been permitted to continue coaching under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating despite the organization receiving from Maurizi what he calls “a mountain of evidence” to support his claims.

Maurizi submitted a tranche of documents to SafeSport – mostly letters to and from skaters, coaches and skating officials regarding his case – many of which had also been submitted to U.S. Figure Skating nearly 20 years ago. He also provided those same documents to ABC News.

“The more I thought about it the more it became clear that I had an obligation to try again to stop this man from coaching once and for all,” Maurizi told ABC News. “I would have a tremendous sense of guilt if I found out that he was still doing this to children and I didn’t do anything, so I had to do everything in my power to stop it.”

Maurizi is also exploring his legal options. He recently retained the services of the California law firm that represents many of the athletes who accused USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. He says he is focused on “getting the job done,” making sure Callaghan never coaches again.

When reached for comment on Friday, Callaghan told ABC News he had not been notified of his suspension. When asked by ABC News about Maurizi’s allegations, however, Callaghan said he had no further comment.

“That’s 19 or 20 years ago,” Callaghan said. “I have nothing to say.”

The documents, however, indicate that U.S. Figure Skating took no disciplinary action following detailed allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Callaghan by several male skaters stemming from incidents from 1977 to 1995.

U.S. Figure Skating has said that Maurizi’s claims were dismissed without full consideration because skating bylaws stipulated that alleged violations be reported within 60 days, and according to a spokesperson U.S. Figure had not received any abuse claims about Callaghan before or since. “Prior to Mr. Maurizi’s complaint regarding the alleged sex abuse by Mr. Callaghan, there was never a complaint submitted to U.S. Figure Skating prior to 1999 nor has any complaint been received from anyone since regarding any alleged misconduct by Mr. Callaghan,” said a spokesperson in a statement.

Both Maurizi and the former skating official who initially received Maurizi’s grievance are highly critical of the association’s handling of his allegations, however.

“It was, without a doubt,” Maurizi told ABC News,” a deliberate cover-up.”


U.S. Figure Skating is the latest national sports governing body to reckon with its alleged failure to protect young athletes. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigned in February amid ongoing scandals surrounding the handling of sexual abuse allegations by USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming.

According to Christine Brennan, a sports columnist and ABC News contributor who trailed several top skaters and coaches, including Callaghan, during the 1994-95 season for her 1996 book Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating, the culture within figure skating is such that coaches are given an incredible amount of responsibility, and control, over their students.

“Figure skating is a sport in which parents often give their kids over to the coaches,” Brennan said. “The level of trust is extraordinary, even more than we see with gymnastics and swimming. Sometimes families split so the mother can move with the child who skates to follow a coach or go to a particular rink in another part of the country, while the father stays home with the non-skating kids. There is an inordinate amount of trust that a skating family places in a coach in a sport like figure skating.”

This is the second such case to be brought to U.S. Figure Skating’s doorstep in recent weeks. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, the California firm representing Maurizi, recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former member of the USA National Figure Skating Team against U.S. Figure Skating, former coach Donald Vincent and a pair of Los Angeles-area ice rinks. According to Vince Finaldi, cases like Vincent’s are “one more example of the culture of child abuse that is rampant in our Olympic sports programs.”

“Figure skating,” he said, “is no exception.”

Vincent was convicted in 2014 of abusing two of his students between 2007 and 2011 and is currently serving a sentence of 98 years to life in prison. According to the complaint, skating officials had received previous abuse allegations against him, raising the …read more

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