Former Giant James Bradberry gets some revenge with interception during Eagles romp

Earlier this week, Eagles cornerback James Bradberry insisted that he had gotten over the fact that the Giants released him last May. However, revenge is a dish best served cold and he got a measure of it during the first quarter of Saturday night’s blowout victory. Up 14-0 early, Daniel Jones was looking to get the Giants on the board and back in the game. But he threw a pass right to Bradberry, which gave Philadelphia excellent field position. Not only did Bradberry have an interception against his former team, but he deflected a few passes in coverage to help the Eagles advance into the NFC Championship game with their 38-7 victory over the Giants. After the end of last season and the transition from coach Joe Judge to Brian Daboll, it was no secret the Giants were trying to trade Bradberry. He also knew the team would release him if the Giants couldn’t find a trade partner. However, the Giants waited until mid-May before they released Bradberry after the free-agent market dried up and the draft was held. Because of that, Bradberry signed a

Giants no match for Jalen Hurts, Eagles as Big Blue season ends with crushing 38-7 loss in Philly

PHILADELPHIA — The Giants pulled off the road upset last weekend against the Vikings. On Saturday in the NFC Divisional Round, Big Blue was looking for more underdog magic against a Philadelphia team that has had its number this season winning both previous meetings. Unfortunately for the Giants, the third matchup in the series resembled the previous game in Philadelphia this season. On a mostly cloudy, cold night at Lincoln Financial Field in front of a sellout crowd, the Eagles routed the Giants 38-7 to advance to the NFC Championship game, which Philly will host next Sunday. Philadelphia has won the last 10 home meetings against the Giants. “Crash landing here,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said after the loss. “Give Philly credit, they did everything better than we did today. “Tough game as we got beat in all facets, it wasn’t one thing in particular. It is a team game and we just didn’t get it done, so congratulations to Philly. They get to move on and unfortunately, we don’t.” There was a lot of talk about how healthy Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was, as

Hurts, Eagles pound Giants early, coast to NFC title game

By DAN GELSTON PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts erased lingering doubts about the state of his right shoulder by throwing two touchdown passes and running for a score during a dominant first half, and the Philadelphia Eagles overwhelmed the New York Giants 38-7 on Saturday night in an NFC divisional playoff game. Hurts is back, and so are the Eagles as a Super Bowl threat. Top-seeded Philadelphia will host the NFC championship game next Sunday against either Dallas or San Francisco. Hurts missed two late-season losses with a sprained right shoulder and then showed the Giants nothing in the season finale when the Eagles ran a vanilla offense designed to protect the Pro Bowl QB. Under bright postseason lights at the Linc, the Eagles unleashed an offense designed to clobber the Giants. Hurts dazzled early with his arm and Philadelphia’s offensive line opened big holes for Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell as the Eagles finished with 268 yards on the ground. Hurts finished 16 of 24 for 154 yards. “I think we were just starving, eager for an opportunity to come out here and play,” Hurts

Menlo-Atherton uses stifling defensive pressure to beat Christopher

ATHERTON — Menlo-Atherton went on a 9-2 run to close the first half with a seven-point lead, and went on from there, dictating tempo in the second half in a 55-42 victory Saturday over Christopher in a matchup between a pair of teams in first place in their respective leagues. M-A (12-3) utilized its trademark aggressive defensive approach to force 18 turnovers, 12 in the decisive second half. “We’re getting better defensively,” M-A coach Mike Molieri said.”That was something I was concerned about with this group earlier in the season.” After first telling his team he wouldn’t allow them to pick up full-court until they played better defense in the half-court, Molieri ceded to the wishes of his players and allowed them to extend their defense in the second half. “They’re the ones playing, not me, so I said, ‘Let’s do it,’” Molieri said. “I’m OK about freedom as long as they show discipline.” Menlo-Atherton’s head coach Mike Molieri cheers for his team during a game against Christopher High School at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area

Giants rush defense reverts to bad habits at worst time in Divisional Round loss to Eagles

PHILADELPHIA — Throughout most of the regular season, the Giants rush defense was an issue. It appeared the team had turned a corner after defeating the Vikings 31-24 in the wild-card round. However, the Giants reverted back to their old habits in the 38-7 blowout loss to the Eagles. Big Blue allowed 268 yards on the ground as Philadelphia averaged 5.9 yards per carry. Also, two of the Eagles’ four first-half touchdowns were on the ground. Boston Scott, who has owned the Giants, recorded his 11th career touchdown against them and 19th overall on a three-yard second-quarter score. Philadelphia also found the end zone on Jalen Hurts’ five-yard scamper right before halftime. Against the Vikings last weekend, the Giants held them and running back Dalvin Cook to 61 yards rushing. But Big Blue’s defense was gassed in the first half as Miles Sanders ran for 75 yards, with 42 of those yards coming on a single drive. And in the end, Kenneth Gainwell was Philly’s leading rusher with 112 yards on 12 carries. During the regular season, the Giants finished 26th in rushing yards as

Daniel Jones’ scorching hot play skids to a halt in Philly nightmare

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Jones’ primary job this season was to protect the ball. He did that, earned more trust from Brian Daboll, and took off as the Giants’ quarterback in Year 4. Saturday night’s first quarter interception to ex-teammate and Eagles corner James Bradberry, however, conjured flashbacks of the old Jones entering his free agent offseason. Under pressure from blitzing slot corner C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Jones fired to Darius Slayton on a curl route to his left. Bradberry jumped the pass and intercepted it at the Giants’ 46 yard line with 27 seconds left in the first quarter. The offensive line played a part in the turnover, of course, with Gardner-Johnson racing right past left guard Nick Gates to hassle the Giants QB. But Jones had thrown only one interception in his last seven games and turned the ball over a total of eight times in 17 starts this season, including a clean Wild Card win in Minnesota. That included five interceptions and three lost fumbles. And the Giants still had played on a razor’s edge this season and won several close games in their 6-1

Pat Leonard: The Giants had an encouraging season, but they have a lot of work to do

PHILADELPHIA — This Giants season was a success by many measures. First-year GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll weren’t supposed to have this team in the playoffs. The odds were stacked against Daniel Jones to prove he was a franchise quarterback. They had barely any salary cap space to upgrade the roster. They didn’t have the flexibility to dump some of their worst contracts, either. All that, and they still brought it together to make the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2016, going on to add its first postseason win since 2011 for good measure. They improved the quality of the organization’s personnel acquisitions through savvy pro personnel signings in the spring and throughout the season. They elevated top players like Jones, Saquon Barkley, Dexter Lawrence and Andrew Thomas through coaching and scheme. And they instilled belief in the franchise’s direction with a 6-1 regular season start driven by Wink Martindale’s aggressive and stingy defense. However, the 2022 season will only remain a success in hindsight if John Mara and Steve Tisch recognize it is only the first building block in a long-term

Chiefs, led by hobbled Patrick Mahomes, beat Jags 27-20 in playoffs

Hobbling along on an injured ankle, Patrick Mahomes threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and a spot in their fifth straight AFC title game. Mahomes missed most of the second quarter after his ankle was landed on by a Jacksonville defender. But the All-Pro quarterback returned in the second half and, relying on guts and guile, led the Chiefs on a 75-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter that helped to ensure a date with the Bengals-Bills winner for a spot in the Super Bowl. If Cincinnati wins Sunday, the AFC title game will be played at Arrowhead Stadium. If Buffalo wins, it will be in Atlanta. “I mean, it’s a credit to the guys around me,” Mahomes said. “The offensive line kept me clean in the pocket, knowing that I couldn’t move, and guys made plays around me. That’s what a great team does, is when somebody gets a little banged up, everybody around them steps up.” The question on everyone’s mind — Will Mahomes be available next week?

Prep basketball: Moreau Catholic stuns Folsom, Hodgson carries Bishop O’Dowd to win

Moreau Catholic held onto a slim three-point lead with three minutes left in Saturday afternoon’s game against a 20-1 Folsom team.  As the seconds ticked away, two Mariners pushed the team to what coach Frank Knight called the team’s biggest win of the season at the “Crush in the Valley” showcase.  In his first game back after missing three weeks with an injury, senior wing Lebrie Goudy-Lee scored 22 points in Moreau’s 70-63 upset victory. That included a run of seven straight points late in the fourth quarter.  “Ever since we saw that Folsom was on our schedule, we’ve been looking forward to this game,” Goudy-Lee said.  Goudy-Lee hit two free throws, nailed a three-pointer, and then threw down a two-handed dunk to put Moreau Catholic (12-5) up 64-58. The senior got a technical after the dunk and sat out the rest of the game.  “He helps us rebound the ball and is all over the glass and all over the floor,” Knight said. “It’s good to have him back.” With Goudy-Lee no longer available, prolific scorer Kellen Hampton closed out the game. After Folsom’s

Suspect allegedly robbed the same bank twice in Daly City

A man accused of committing two armed robberies — at the same bank, on the same date in consecutive months — was arrested Thursday in Daly City. Both robberies were at the same bank branch, located on the 100 block of McLellan Drive, and both were on the 28th of each month, the South San Francisco Police Department said in a release. During both incidents, the man displayed a semi-automatic pistol that was later determined to be a replica and demanded money from a bank employee before running from the scene. Police investigators identified the suspect as a 48-year-old San Francisco man and arrested him Thursday in Daly City. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of two counts of robbery. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the South San Francisco Police Department at 650-877-8900 or via email at tips@ssf.net.

U.S. extends troop deployment in Romania, at Ukraine war’s doorstep

The Pentagon will keep several thousand American troops in southeast Romania for at least nine more months, closer to the war in neighboring Ukraine than any other U.S. Army unit, officials said on Saturday. Over the past year, the sprawling Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, just a seven-minute rocket flight across the Black Sea from where Russian forces have settled in Crimea, has become a training hub for NATO forces in southeast Europe. The forces would be a first line of defense should Russia invade farther west. There are about 4,000 U.S. soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division who have been stationed at the air base since last summer, including small groups of troops that frequently train on Romania’s border with Ukraine. Before that, there was a smaller contingent from the 82nd Airborne that was sent as part of a quick-response force after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The 101st Airborne Division troops will leave in the next two months, and officials said they would be replaced by a different brigade from the 101st Division, which is based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Additionally, officials said

What older Americans need to know about taking Paxlovid

A new coronavirus variant is circulating, the most transmissible one yet. Hospitalizations of infected patients are rising. And older adults represent nearly 90% of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 in recent months, the largest portion since the start of the pandemic. What does that mean for people 65 and older catching COVID for the first time or those experiencing a repeat infection? The message from infectious disease experts and geriatricians is clear: Seek treatment with antiviral therapy, which remains effective against new COVID variants. The therapy of first choice, experts said, is Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment for people with mild to moderate COVID at high risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus. All adults 65 and up fall in that category. If people can’t tolerate the medication — potential complications with other drugs need to be carefully evaluated by a medical provider — two alternatives are available. “There’s lots of evidence that Paxlovid can reduce the risk of catastrophic events that can follow infection with COVID in older individuals,” said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University. Meanwhile, develop a plan for

Confidential settlement agreement reached in case over Ernie Banks’ estate

Almost eight years later to the day of legendary Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks’ passing, a confidential settlement was agreed upon over his estate, according to a news release. The announcement was made Friday, a few days before Ernie Banks’ eighth death anniversary on Jan. 23. Banks, known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” passed away in 2015 at the age of 83. Soon after his death, his estate was tied up in litigation after Elizabeth Banks, the widow of Ernie Banks, contested his will citing undue influence and incapacity. The will stated that Regina Rice, a longtime friend of his, was the executor, trustee and sole beneficiary. Elizabeth Banks and his three children were not named in his will, Linda C. Chatman, of Chatman Law Offices, who represented Rice in the estate case, said. Rice said she and Elizabeth Banks have “come to a resolution and compromise” and can now move forward in a positive light on behalf of Ernie Banks. She said she is still the executor and trustee of the Ernie Banks’ estate, and “a beneficiary.” Rice said she couldn’t explain further how the

Rep. Barbara Lee’s political future left unsaid at Oakland BART ribbon cutting

Renovations at the 19th Street BART station in Oakland are complete, and while the Uptown unveiling made for a nice photo opportunity for transit leaders and local politicians, the representative most likely to face questions about her future wasn’t eager to provide answers just yet. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, BART officially unveiled the improved station, now boasting brighter lighting, remodeled restrooms, new railings and pieces by local artists. Nearly a dozen officials were at the event, including newly elected Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao, State Sen. Nancy Skinner and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland. “I’m always so proud to talk about my district and how we all work together,” Lee said. But talk about her political future? Not so much. Lee, 76, one of the most senior members in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, is widely considered to be a contender to replace U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein when her term ends in 2024. Election speculation has heated up recently after Rep. Katie Porter, a popular Democrat from Orange County, announced her bid for Feinstein’s seat earlier this month. Feinstein, who is almost 90

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries longtime love on 93rd birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin announced on Facebook that he has married his “longtime love” in a small ceremony in Los Angeles. Aldrin, who made history along with Neil Armstrong as the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon, said the wedding took place on Friday, which was his 93rd birthday. “I am pleased to announce that my longtime love and partner, Dr. Anca V Faur, and I have tied the knot. We were joined in holy matrimony in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles, and are as excited as eloping teenagers,” he wrote. The post received 53,000 Facebook “likes” and “loves” by Saturday and was accompanied by several photos of the newlyweds. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin made their historic walk on the lunar surface, fulfilling a vow by the late President John F. Kennedy to send a manned crew to the moon and safely return them to Earth. Michael Collins was the third member of the crew.

Orioles become first team with consecutive Baseball America No. 1 prospects from same draft class

The 2019 Major League Baseball draft represented perhaps the most important step the Orioles’ rebuild took in Mike Elias’ first year as the franchise’s executive vice president and general manager. It’s continued to pay off mightily. A year after Baseball America ranked catcher Adley Rutschman — the first overall pick in 2019 — as the sport’s No. 1 prospect in its official preseason list, the publication deemed Gunnar Henderson, an infielder Baltimore took in the draft’s second round, worthy of that status. The distinction makes the Orioles the first team to have consecutive No. 1 overall prospects from the same draft class since the publication began its rankings in 1990. Baltimore has a league-high eight of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects, with 2019 fourth-rounder Joey Ortiz among those also making the cut. “I can’t imagine a better outcome so far for the 2019 draft,” Elias said in September. Rutschman and Henderson are only the second pair of players from the same organization to be Baseball America’s top-ranked prospects in back-to-back preseason lists, joining St. Louis Cardinals prospects J.D. Drew and Rick Ankiel in 1999 and

Cal Ripken Jr.’s youth baseball brand merges with Cooperstown in new agreement with owners of 76ers, Devils

Cal Ripken and Cooperstown are connected again. Ripken’s eponymous tournaments for youth baseball players have merged with Cooperstown All Star Village under a new agreement with the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils. Josh Harris and David Blitzer have become majority investors in the deal announced Wednesday that merged two of the leading youth baseball brands that combined to host more 15,000 teams and 250,000 participants last year. The Ripken Experience operates in Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee and plans to open a location in 2023 in Kentucky. The All-Star Village, based in Oneonta, New York, hosts more than 10,000 players ages 10 to 12 each summer. “We can maybe explore newer complexes in other parts of the country at a much faster rate than it was going,” Ripken said in a phone interview. “Our growth has really come along the last few years. When we started talking, it just became obvious, why kind of compete in the same space? Why don’t we merge because we’re very much alike.” Harris and Blitzer spent an unspecified sum out of their family offices, rather than Harris Blitzer

Heat seek to make amends on three-game homestand after ‘a lost day’

Even during the darkest days of this season, when the Miami Heat were looking up at .500, coach Erik Spoelstra would accentuate the positives, speak of a team making strides even in defeat. That is not how the Heat and Spoelstra enter Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of a three-game homestand. Instead, to Spoelstra, the Heat are coming off “a lost day” after Friday night’s 115-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks closed out a 1-2 trip. “If we’re having our typical efforts and that toughness and disposition, win or lose, you get better as a group,” Spoelstra said of his minimum standards of competition. He then added of the Dallas game, “we didn’t get better.” Locked in a battle to avoid the play-in round, which requires at least a No. 6 playoff seed, the Heat have slipped back into a pattern of mediocrity, 5-4 in their past nine. “I just don’t like as a head coach wasting nights,” Spoelstra said in his vent in the wake of the loss in Dallas. “Particularly as we’re trying to gain some rhythm and

Brazil’s army chief fired in aftermath of capital uprising

By Carla Bridi | Associated Press BRASILIA, Brazil — President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fired Brazil’s army chief Saturday amid concerns over threats to the country’s democracy following the Jan. 8 uprising in the capital by far-right protesters. The official website of the Brazilian armed forces said Gen. Julio Cesar de Arruda had been removed as head of the army. He was replaced by Gen. Tomás Miguel Ribeiro Paiva, who was head of the Southeast Military Command. Related Articles World News | Elon Musk takes witness stand to defend Tesla buyout tweets World News | Arizona puts executions on hold amid protocol review World News | Blue states push for higher taxes on the rich World News | Letters: Flood solutions | Protect the ocean | Pleasant Hill council | Community college | Republican cuts | Visionary and liar World News | Letters: Council replacements | Gun sellers | GOP disingenuous | Unacceptable comic | GOP irresponsibility In recent weeks, the military has been targeted by Lula after supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed through government buildings and destroyed public property. Lula said

Trump not scared by judge’s million-dollar smack, experts say

By Erik Larson | Bloomberg NEW YORK — A court order that Donald Trump and his lawyer must pay almost $1 million in sanctions for filing an “abusive” lawsuit against Hillary Clinton probably won’t succeed in deterring him, legal experts say. The order was handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks in West Palm Beach, Florida, four months after the suit alleging a vast conspiracy against Trump was tossed out. The judge picked apart Trump’s allegations paragraph by paragraph, calling the case “a deliberate attempt to harass; to tell a story without regard to facts.” The judge’s 46-page ruling is a detailed takedown of Trump’s argument about the origins of the FBI’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which the former president claimed was cooked up by Clinton and corrupt Democrats. Middlebrooks called the lawsuit a “hodgepodge of disconnected, often immaterial events, followed by an implausible conclusion.” One expert said the sanctions sent a powerful message. “Both in the language of the order and amount of the award, this represents a strong rebuke of Mr. Trump, his attorneys and the

A Florida woman is barricading herself inside a Daytona Beach hospital room after shooting her terminally ill husband

A woman has confined herself to a room inside a Daytona Beach, Florida, hospital after shooting her terminally ill husband on Saturday, police say. Officers arrived at the Advent Health Hospital after receiving a report of about a person being shot, Daytona Beach police said in a release obtained by CNN affiliate WESH. “Officers have evacuated staff and patients around the room, and at this time the female is not seen as a threat to staff or patients. No one else has been injured,” the release said. “We are currently negotiating with the female to get her to surrender and come out of the hospital.” Police are asking for people to stay away from the area. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Four men suspected in a 2022 shooting that was part of Bay Area auto-theft ring arrested Crime and Public Safety | Alec Baldwin to be charged with manslaughter in set shooting Crime and Public Safety | 2 California sheriff’s deputies died in two of the most unpredictable encounters with public Crime and Public Safety | Jury foreperson denies being in romantic relationship