Reports: Dolphins zero in on Patriots’ Brian Flores, not Cowboys’ Kris Richard, in search for new head coach
Richard, the Cowboys' defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator, interviewed last Sunday for the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching jobs. According to multiple reports, Miami is focused on Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores as its new head coach. The Jets hired former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and the Buccaneers hired former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. "The type of knowledge that he has, the motivator he is. Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was head coach of the St. Louis Rams between 2006 and 2008. "Kris is going to be awesome," Linehan added. Original story from Monday: Kris Richard interviewed with the Jets, Dolphins and Buccaneers about their head coaching vacancies on Sunday. He's done just a tremendous job this year of stepping up and working with [defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli] in a great way. Jones was then asked how creative the Cowboys will get to try to keep Richard on their coaching staff. "Obviously with Jason being young, that becomes more difficult.
Time to start a new streak TCU saw a nine-game winning streak end on Wednesday with a 77-68 road loss to ninth-ranked Kansas. The Horned Frogs are first in the Big 12 and fourth nationally in assists (19.6) thanks mostly to senior Alex Robinson, who dished out four helpers against Kansas to lead his team for the 12th straight game while his conference-leading 8.4 assists per game are almost twice as much as second place Tyrese Haliburton of Iowa State (4.3 apg). Junior guard Desmond Bane (14.3 points per game) leads five TCU players who average in double-figures and he has totaled 35 points on 14-for-21 shooting (4-for-5 from three-point range) in the Horned Frogs’ first two Big 12 outings. 8 Texas Tech on Tuesday for its second setback against a top-10 team in less than a week (also a 70-63 defeat to Kansas on Jan. 2 in the conference opener). The Sooners continued their dominance on the boards on Tuesday, as the nation’s sixth-best rebounding team (43.1 per game) grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to the Red Raiders’ three and won the second-chance battle 16 to four. 25 TCU Senior Christian James scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds against Texas Tech. Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners Full-Game Total Pick Oklahoma sits second in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (37.9) and third in three-point field goal defense (30.5) after holding the Red Raiders to 26.3 percent shooting (5-for-19) from the land of plenty. The under is 7-3 Under in the Horned Frogs’ last 10 on the road against opponents with home winning percentages over .600. It is also 6-1 in the Sooners’ last seven overall, 6-0 in their last six at home, 6-0 in their last six against the Big 12, 5-2 in their last seven against opponents with winning percentages over .600, and 4-1 in their last five at home against opponents with winning road records.
Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, declined to discuss specific operational details of the pullout such as timings and troop movements, but said in an email the withdrawal was underway. About 2,000 U.S. troops are in Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with Bolton during his visit to Turkey this week and described his conditions for the U.S. troop drawdown as a "grave mistake." The U.S. withdrawal from the area could embolden Ankara. On Monday, Bolton said Trump would "not allow Turkey to kill the Kurds." The U.S.-led coalition has been fighting ISIS in the Middle East since 2014 and Mattis said before leaving his job that declaring victory and leaving Syria would be a mistake. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been defending Trump's order this week while on a tour of the Middle East where he has been rebuking former President Barack Obama's policies for the region. But Pompeo also caused confusion about Washington's Syria policy. He said in his speech in Cairo that Obama was wrong to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. More: 'The age of self-inflicted American shame is over,' Pompeo declares
As we get closer to round 2 of the NFL playoffs, things are starting to get serious. DFW is just a better place when the Dallas Cowboys are winning! So what are you doing to ensure a Dallas win? Meaning, are you wearing your lucky shirt or jersey? Have you been praying all week? Maybe you should think about lighting a candle...specifically a Dak Prescott or Zeke Elliot candle. There's a company called Illuminidol, who's selling these prayer candles for $15! You know, we all gotta do our part! Let's Go Cowboys! Finish the fight!
A new “frontrunner” has been named for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, whose name has been entered into the NCAA’s transfer portal. According to the betting odds, Houston is the favorite to land Hurts, who’s a native of Texas. That program: Oklahoma. Jalen Hurts is officially in the transfer portal—where might he play in 2019? Oklahoma is used to grooming transfer QBs into Heisman Trophy winners and College Football Playoff contenders after all. All Lincoln Riley needs to do if Hurts is skeptical is have him get on the phone with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Hurts may not be as explosive in the downfield passing game like Tagovailoa, or have as quick of a release as Murray, but he’s a running threat who doesn’t make mistakes. Riley is a proven offensive guru who garnered NFL interest. The Sooners have led the country in total offense and offensive efficiency in the two years he’s been head coach. It could also mean Hurts ends up competing against Tagovailoa again next season: be it for the Heisman or in the playoff.
This device is unable to play the requested video. Google announced today that Chrome's built-in ad blocker would roll out to users worldwide starting July 9, this year. Chrome's built-in ad blocker isn't an ad blocker in the classical meaning of the term. The Better Ads Standards were chosen based on the feedback of over 66,000 users around the world. Today, the Better Ads Standards lists 12 ad experiences that are considered to have a negative impact. There are four negative ad types on desktop (pop-up ads, auto-playing video ads with sound, prestitial ads with countdown, large sticky ads) and eight on mobile (pop-up ads, prestitial ads, ad density higher than 30 percent, flashing animated ads, auto-playing video ads with sound, postitial ads with countdown, full-screen scrollover ads, large sticky ads). Website owners can check if their sites use ads that break the Better Ads Standards using a special dashboard named the Ad Experience Report, where they can also request removal from Google's ad block backlist when they remediated any issues with intrusive ads. This shouldn't be something new for website owners, as many have already corrected sites since late 2017 when Google first announced Chrome's built-in ad blocker rollout for North America and Europe. As of January 1, 2019, two thirds of all publishers who were at one time non-compliant to the Better Ads Standards are now in good standing," said Ben Galbraith, Senior Director of Product for Google Chrome. "Further, out of millions of sites we've reviewed to date, less than 1% have had their ads filtered," Galbraith added.
Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook and Paul George, visit the San Antonio Spurs in a battle of Western Conference heavyweights, live on Sky Sports USA. Steven Adams totalled 20 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one assist. DeMar DeRozan had just nine points on 4-for-15 shooting, adding five rebounds and four assists. Key Battle: Paul George vs DeMar DeRozan Two elite scoring guards face off in this game. George is averaging a career-best 26.8 points per game and has carried the Thunder offense as Westbrook has struggled with his shooting in the first half of the season. Last time out 2:56 1:15 Numbers game 700 - That is the total number of two-point field goals attempted by Spurs guard DeRozan this season, a mark that leads the league. His team-mate LaMarcus Aldridge ranks second with 629 two-point attempts. The undrafted guard has stepped up after the Spurs lost starting guard Dejounte Murray to an ACL injury and has impressed coach Gregg Popovich who recently said he believes Forbes "has carved out an NBA career" with his performances. He is averaging 12.4 points on 46.2 per cent shooting. He scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting in San Antonio's January 3 win over the Toronto Raptors.
4 Oklahoma, as the spread for the December 29 game sits at 14 points, per OddsShark. But what the Crimson Tide don't have is a Heisman Trophy winner, as Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray used a late-season surge to take the award over season-long favorite and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson was one of many Crimson Tide players who voiced their displeasure with the Heisman results on Twitter. Even the Alabama coaching staff chimed in on the Heisman result, as offensive line coach Brent Key tweeted #Dec29 moments after the Heisman was awarded to Murray. As for the Heisman winner, Murray affirmed his commitment to the Oakland Athletics in recent days, despite buzz surrounding a potential NFL career. There's a good chance the Orange Bowl is Murray's final football game if the Sooners lose because, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi pointed out, there are provisions in MLB contracts that force athletes to pay back most of their signing bonus if they opt for another sport. When defensive back Saivion Smith was benched against Ole Miss, Hurts was one of the most encouraging teammates on the sideline, per Ben Jones of TideSports.com. “So later, he had to do it.” After starring off the bench in the SEC Championship, Hurts should play some type of role in the Orange Bowl, as should running back Damien Harris, who made history with his performance during the regular season. Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley provided a brief update on Brown's status, per Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman. Regardless of how many healthy stars take the field in Miami, the Orange Bowl is expected to be one of the highest-scoring games of the postseason, as the over/under currently sits at 81 points, which is the highest for an Alabama game since at least 1995, per SB Nation's Alex Kirshner, who quoted OddsShark's database.