Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere are times when all I can say is “You just can’t make it up.” Such is apropos to the release of a wholly partisan GOP memo which charges that the FBI and Department of Justice, both past and present, deceived the FISA court and unscrupulously surveilled a Trump campaign aide, not once, but repeatedly.What appears obvious is the chair of the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, cherry-picked selective classified intelligence information to demean the work of our intelligence people in a manner intended to undercut the Mueller investigation.Shockingly, Nunes, abetted by the White House, released this report despite warnings of FBI Director Wray, who said the memo paints a false narrative of bureau activities. Specifically, Wray, a Trump appointee, said “the FBI has grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” Over the weekend, Nunes promised more memos. If I read this all correctly, Trump, who seems to aspire to be an autocrat and who has accomplices in Congress, is pulling out all stops to undermine the Mueller investigation. He is willing to mortgage the credibility and reputation of the FBI and the entire intelligence community to save his own skin.As reported in the New York Times, Peter Baker, who has covered the Trump/Russian connection since the campaign, stated that “Trump’s war on the nation’s law enforcement apparatus is unlike anything America has seen in modern times.”I’m uncertain how dangerous this is for our democracy. But, I continue to retain confidence that Special Counsel Mueller, a man of unquestioned integrity, will get to the bottom of this. I’m not confident, however, that our Congress will step up and carry out its constitutional duty.Robert K. CorlissSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%
UNDATED (AP) — Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) showed no signs of the ankle injury he suffered in Saturday’s win over Kansas State.The center was his dominant self for top-ranked Kansas tonight, scoring a career-high 31 points on 13 of 14 shooting and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 75-66 victory against TCU. Azubuike also had five blocks in helping the Jayhawks capture at least a share of their 62nd regular-season conference title.Devon Dotson finished with 18 points and finished the game despite suffering an ankle injury in the second half.They can win the Big 12 title outright with a win at Texas Tech on Saturday or a Baylor loss at West Virginia.In other top-25 finals: NFL-PANTHERS-CHARGERS TRADEPanthers, Chargers swap Pro Bowl linemenCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Carolina Panthers have agreed to acquire two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung from the Los Angeles Chargers for five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner.Okung has spent the past three seasons with the Chargers and fills a need at left tackle that the Panthers have had ever since Michael Oher (ohr) retired in 2016. The 32-year-old Okung played in six games last year and did not allow a sack.The 26-year-old Turner has been a mainstay at guard for the Panthers since he was drafted in the third round in 2014. — Missouri-Kansas City has joined Chicago State in not traveling to Seattle for regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball games amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.— All sporting events in Italy will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the virus outbreak in the country.MLB-NEWSBauer reveling in tipped pitches attentionUNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds hurler Trevor Bauer thinks his decision to tip pitches for a Dodgers batter during a spring training game and the resulting attention are good for baseball. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEGreek Freak leads BucksUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have avoided their first losing streak of the season. March 4, 2020 NASCAR-DAYTONADaytona tweaks Speedweeks, moves Clash onto road courseUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR will hit the road for its first race in 2021, part of a schedule shakeup that starts at Daytona International Speedway.The track announced several changes that include running the exhibition Busch Clash on the 3.56-mile road course that winds through the Daytona infield and packing seven races as well as Daytona 500 pole qualifying into a six-day span. The tweaks eliminate two traditional “dark days” at the track during Speedweeks leading up to the season-opening Daytona 500.NASCAR teams have pushed for a shorter season for years, arguing that the 12-week offseason is too short. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a double-double and the Bucks bounced back from Monday’s loss at Miami by topping the Pacers, 119-100. Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which recovered after squandering an early 22-point lead.Khris Middleton had 20 points and Donte DiVincenzo matched a career high with 19 as the Bucks improved to a league-best 53-9.Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:— Jayson Tatum dropped in 32 points and the Celtics overcame Collin Sexton’s career-high 41 points to beat the Cavaliers, 112-106. Semi Ojeleye scored a career-high 22 points for Boston, which played without injured starter Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward due to injuries.— The Heat hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in their 116-113 win over the Magic. Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc. The NCAA has announced that the school’s request to have the infraction case resolved through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process had been granted.Wiseman was suspended by the NCAA for 12 games early this season after his family received $11,500 from former Memphis player and current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway. The money assisted in family moving expenses from Nashville to Memphis in 2017 while Hardaway was a booster for the Tigers’ basketball program.Wiseman left the school in December.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers get 7th straight win The man is identified only as John Doe and has accused the university of failing to remove the doctor despite complaints about him.BASEBALL-MINORS-CONGRESSHouse committee vote on the MinorsWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. comptroller general will study baseball’s minor leagues, which are trying to fend off a contraction proposal from major league clubs.The House Oversight and Reform Committee approved legislation that calls on the comptroller to “evaluate the social, economic, and historic contributions that minor league baseball has made to American life and culture.” Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues are trying to fend off a contraction proposal from major league clubs. — Mitch Ballock made a season-high seven 3-pointers and finished with 20 points as 11th-ranked Creighton hammered Georgetown, 91-76. Marcus Zegarowski had 20 points and eight assists for the Bluejays, who were 17 of 33 in 3-point attempts after hitting just 4 of 27 in Sunday’s loss at St. John’s.— Texas A&M pulled off a 78-75 upset of 17th-ranked Auburn behind Josh Nebo, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Wendell Mitchell added 14 points and a key 3-pointer to help the Aggies pick up their fifth league road win.MEMPHIS-NCAAMemphis’ NCAA case goes to independent investigation armUNDATED (AP) — Memphis will go through the NCAA’s new independent investigation arm in a case involving the recruitment of star basketball player James Wiseman. The sanctioning body is expected to make significant changes to its 2021 schedule, which could include more short tracks, mid-week races and double-headers.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOREx-wrestler sues University of Michigan over doc’s assaultsDETROIT (AP) — A college wrestler from the 1980s has sued the University of Michigan, alleging that a doctor molested him dozens of times despite the university knowing that he was a threat to athletes.The lawsuit is the first since victims of late Dr. Robert E. Anderson began to emerge two weeks ago. In other NHL news:— The Ottawa Senators have fired CEO Jim Little less than two months after he took the job, saying his conduct was “inconsistent” with the core values of the team and the NHL. The 55-year-old Little said in a statement to media outlets that the reasons for his dismissal were simply the result of a heated disagreement with owner Eugene Melnyk in a phone call on Feb. 14. Little admits to using strong language during his phone with Melnyk, words for which he says he later apologized.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL limits employee travel over virus concernsUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is not allowing its employees to make work-related trips outside of North America in response to the global fears over the coronavirus. And the league has told its 31 teams they are free to adopt a similar policy. Associated Press NHL-NEWS-ISLANDERS-BOYCHUKIsles’ Boychuk gets 90 stitches after taking skate to faceNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders say defenseman Johnny Boychuk needed 90 stitches to his eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate but suffered no damage to his eye.Boychuk was cut Tuesday night when he was hit by Artturi Lehkonen’s skate as the Montreal Canadiens left wing fell forward. Both players were in front of the Islanders’ net during the third period when Lehkonen fell, causing his legs to go into the air and his right skate to connect with Boychuk under the visor. Boychuk was down on the ice briefly before he got up and skated off the ice with his hand covering his face.There is no timetable for his return. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday that if any employees go on their own to a country where the virus has been found they will be quarantined before being able to return to work. That includes the central scouting service. Scouts who are in Europe are staying in Europe, and if they return to North America they will be quarantined.Bettman said the NHL is in regular communication with the other three major North American sports leagues, as well as health experts in both the U.S. and Canada.In other virus-related developments:— Despite worldwide concern and speculation about whether the fast-spreading virus outbreak will affect the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC’s leadership is not joining in the debate. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told reporters “neither the word cancellation nor the word postponement was even mentioned” at a board meeting he chaired in Lausanne, Switzerland.— The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their Florida spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus The outspoken starter signaled pitches to Matt Beaty during a game on Tuesday. Bauer flicked his glove toward the catcher, signaling a fastball was coming. Beatty eventually lined out to center field.Bauer has been openly critical of the Houston Astros over their sign stealing in 2017 and 2018.In other MLB news:— Giants right-hander Tyler Beede (BEE’-dee) is seeking a second opinion on his injured throwing elbow. Beede left an exhibition game after one inning on Tuesday with tightness in his elbow. The Giants said Wednesday that an MRI showed he has a flexor strain and a UCL sprain.— Federal authorities say a New York sports gambler is facing federal charges in Florida related to threatening social media messages sent to players with the Rays and other professional sports teams. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced a charge of transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce against Benjamin Tucker Patz, who faces up to five years in federal prison. In many messages, Patz threatened to enter the athletes’ homes and behead them or their family members, the FBI said. — The Jazz cruised to their third straight win as Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic each provided 23 points in a 112-104 downing of the Knicks. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Utah climbed within a half-game of the Rockets for fourth place in the Western Conference.— The Thunder wasted a 16-point, second-half lead before Danilo Gallinari (dah-NIH’-loh gah-lih-NAHR’-ee) made a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute of Oklahoma City’s 114-107 triumph over the Pistons. Shai Gilgeous (shay GIHL’-juhs)-Alexander scored 27 points as the Thunder ended a two-game skid.— Josh Jackson scored 19 points and the Grizzlies ran away from the Nets in the second half of a 118-79 blowout at Brooklyn. Tyus Jones added 18 points as Memphis won its third in a row.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEKansas fends off TCU UNDATED (AP) — Just one point separates the first-place Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.The Flyers closed the gap and picked up their seventh straight win by whipping the Caps, 5-2 in Washington. Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) sparked a 10-minute stretch in which Philadelphia scored three times to take a 3-1 lead in the second period. Konecny beat Braden Holtby just 71 seconds after the Flyers had a goal disallowed.Kevin Hayes and Ivan Proforov each had a goal and an assist to back Brian Elliott, who turned back 25 shots.The Capitals are 4-7-1 in their last 11 games.The Flyers finished the game without James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) because of a right hand injury. Coach Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) said on the TV broadcast that van Riemsdyk had X-rays and “it doesn’t look real good.” Update on the latest sports
All USC athletic workouts have been conducted outdoors and without contact, in accordance with Pac-12 and public health guidelines. Testing conducted between July 18 and Aug. 21 yielded one positive coronavirus case among 654 tests of student-athletes taking part in on-campus workouts as part of USC’s three-phase return-to-campus plan for football, soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo and men’s and women’s basketball. USC football players practice last October. Workouts were halted this week due to positive coronavirus tests. (Daily Trojan file photo) “We have effective mitigation strategies in place,” Athletic Director Mike Bohn said, adding that workouts are being halted “out of an abundance of caution.” USC’s football and men’s water polo teams will halt their workouts until at least Monday after eight student-athletes between the two sports tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a Wednesday USC Athletics press release. All eight student-athletes who tested positive are currently isolated. Athletes in the two affected sports will be tested again this week. Contact tracing suggests that the virus did not come from athletic activities but rather from off campus amid a recent increase of coronavirus cases in the USC community. Forty-three off-campus students have tested positive for the virus, in addition to three in on-campus housing. There had been no positive tests in the last three weeks prior to the Wednesday announcement.