US ends deal with Arizona restricting Biden on immigration

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has terminated an unusual agreement that Arizona’s top prosecutor signed with the agency in the waning days of the Trump administration that would restrict President Joe Biden’s ability to overhaul his predecessor’s immigration policies. The action was revealed Wednesday as Arizona’s Republican attorney general sued to stop the newly confirmed Homeland Security secretary from carrying out the Democratic president’s 100-day moratorium on deportations. A federal judge in Texas has already put it on hold. The action comes the same week a whistleblower compliant revealed a top DHS official under Trump reached last-minute agreements with a union for immigration employees.last_img

Carter-Williams finds personal redemption with clutch performance in Big East quarterfinals

first_imgNEW YORK — Twelve days and two season-defining wins ago, Michael Carter-Williams felt the frustration of more than 30,000 fans.As he rose up from the top of the key against Louisville — 40 seconds remaining, fading slightly left — the Carrier Dome crowd groaned with disdain. His shot clanged off the rim, clinching a win for the Cardinals, and sharpening the blade of his double-edged sword.“You win or die with Mike,” C.J. Fair said. “That’s what we look at.”And on Thursday Syracuse won.Carter-Williams was brilliant in the final nine minutes of SU’s 62-59 win over No. 17 Pittsburgh, scoring 10 of his 11 points in that stretch and making a crucial steal that cut short a ferocious comeback by the Panthers. He made four free throws in the final 28 seconds, shaking off early misses to lead No. 19 Syracuse to a victory at the season’s most vital point and set up a semifinal matchup with archrival No. 5 Georgetown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwelve days and gobs of renewed confidence later, Carter-Williams’ pivotal stretch began with the very jump shot that eluded him two weeks earlier. A 13-point halftime lead dwindled to four when he lined up a 3 from the top of the key, his first attempt in a close game since missing against the Cardinals.This time it swished home, touching only the net, and a vicious celebration ensued. Carter-Williams pounded his chest three times, his face contorted into a scowl.It was a shot for the doubters, and a shot toward a win.“It kind of reminded me of Scoop Jardine, you know what I mean?” Brandon Triche said. “With Scoop last year he was just one of those guys that always took that shot, and a lot of times it went in.“When Mike has a shot like that, I don’t think twice about it. I want him to shoot.”From there Carter-Williams controlled the last four minutes, invigorated by his gutsy 3-pointer and gladly accepting the weight of a game that fell squarely on his shoulders. He attempted six free throws in the final 3:48, making five of them, and kept at bay a Pittsburgh team that clawed to within a single point.That he responded so well — especially at the free-throw line — is particularly impressive considering his struggles in the exact same building earlier this season. He missed eight free throws in a four-point loss to Temple in Madison Square Garden in December.But on Thursday afternoon he was cool and composed, knocking in all but one of his attempts in the closing minutes.“Sometimes you have to go through those bad experiences to be able to come back in this situation and be able to make them,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “And they were huge. I mean, I don’t think we win the game if he doesn’t go to the line and make those free throws.”Mixed in among the free throws was a slicing left-handed runner in the lane that extended the Syracuse lead to six with 2:20 remaining. He rose above the Pittsburgh defenders, relying on every inch of his 6-foot-6-inch frame, and laid the ball in to the delight of the pro-Orange crowd.On arguably his team’s most important possession, Carter-Williams came through. And when the Panthers had theirs, Carter-Williams sized that opportunity, too.He sprung into the passing lane with 11 seconds remaining, snatching James Robinson’s pass — and Pittsburgh’s only chance for a game-tying field goal — before coasting into the frontcourt and into the semifinals.“I’ve always said the thing that separates Michael from a lot of people is his belief in himself,” Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. “I think the best players, the ones that are on different levels when it comes down to making plays and winning games, they have that mentality. You want guys like that when it’s all said and done.”So when this game was done, and his play symbolized everything that needed to be said, Carter-Williams turned to the Syracuse pep band and smiled. Chants of “We want Georgetown!” rained down from the Orange-clad musicians, and the point guard simply pointed in their direction and nodded.Twelve days ago they groaned. On Thursday they cheered.“I had a chance to put away the game and help my team win,” Carter-Williams said. “And that’s what I did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Madden 21 cover: The inside story on why EA Sports switched looks

first_img@new_era8 on the cover of @eamaddennflA post shared by Sporting News (@sportingnews) on Jun 16, 2020 at 7:50am PDTMORE: Explaining the new features in Madden 21Previous Madden covers have featured unique photos of the chosen athlete along with a background image. There was a distinct look to each cover, and every year it had a familiar feel. But this year’s covers took a very unique approach. EA Sports even brags about it being “a bold new cover.””With style and swag uniquely his own, reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson dazzles on the new Madden NFL 21 cover as he does against the opposition on gameday,” the EA Sports website reads.So why did EA Sports go with such a dramatic new look for Madden 21? Well, it was kind of forced to.Ravens photographer Shawn Hubbard said EA Sports reached out to the team for photos. He said the company couldn’t do its usual cover shoot due to the coronavirus, so they had to get a little creative and go in a different direction. Generally a global pandemic is a bad thing. However, when @EAMaddenNFL wasn’t able to do their annual cover shoot, they came to the @Ravens and I to use my image library to create these covers. Incredibly grateful for this opportunity. 🙏🏻— Shawn Hubbard (@shawn_hubbard) June 16, 2020MORE: Fans react to Madden 21 trailerSporting News spoke with Hubbard about how he and his team helped out EA Sports. He believes the company went with his photos with the Ravens as opposed to Associated Press images because they provide a unique feel. Although a few photos on the covers were from the AP, the featured images were from Hubbard.”The images of mine that they did use are more behind-the-scenes and give a deeper look into Lamar’s personality and I think that’s why they resonate more,” Hubbard told SN. “I am given great access to players by the Ravens, and I’m fortunate to be able to make more up close and personal images that can’t be made from the sideline. Those are the images that I live for.”Hubbard says EA Sports reached out to the Ravens back in March, and the team contacted him about using his photos from the past two seasons. While Hubbard didn’t have final say on what the covers looked like, EA Sports valued his opinion and asked him to “make a gallery” of his favorite images. Although Hubbard has never played Madden, he’s excited to be a part of history.”I’ve actually never played the game. My gaming days peaked in middle school and officially ended after a good run with the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Guess maybe I should give this one a try though!” Hubbard told SN. “Either way, it’s still cool. I know a lot of people play this game and there is a lot of hype around the cover each year, so I’m extremely grateful to be a part of it.”While the EA team was forced into this decision, it turned out pretty well. It provides a fresh new look to the cover after years of it looking similar. As for Jackson, he’s thrilled to be on the cover, and he explained why to Yahoo Sports.”I shed tears looking at the cover,” Jackson said. “It’s different. Knowing like, what you’ve been through, what you’ve faced, and for people to look at you and want you to represent them. Putting me on the cover of the game is a dream come true. And you gotta just honor that.”From South Florida to the Cover of #Madden21 , a dream come true 🙌@eamaddennfl #Madden21 #EAathlete #Noyaboy #Freeyak— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) June 16, 2020Madden has a scheduled release date for August 25, 2020. EA Sports released its “Madden NFL 21″ reveal Tuesday morning, and people noticed something was different about the direction the company went with the covers.”Madden 21” features three distinct covers, all featuring Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The standard edition looks like a collage of photos featuring Jackson, the deluxe edition has a similar look with different pictures and the MVP edition is a clean look with a single photo of Jackson.center_img View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

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