Monthly Archives: March 2019

A typical advantage ended up coming back to haunt Duke in its shocking loss in the Elite Eight

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  • Michigan State beat Duke in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Down the stretch, with Duke trailing by one, they were suddenly at a disadvantage because they needed to foul four times in six seconds to stop the clock and send Michigan State to the free throw line.
  • On the ensuing inbounds, Michigan State escaped Duke, and ran out the clock to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Duke Blue Devils lost to the Michigan State Spartans, 68-67, on Sunday in the Elite Eight.

The loss ends the NCAA Tournament run for the overwhelming favorites, while Michigan State advances to the Final Four to play Texas Tech.

Read more: More than 70% of March Madness brackets have Duke going to the Final Four – here are the 15 most popular picks

The game did not end on any wild buzzer-beaters or game-changing plays, but one facet of the game turned out to be a major disadvantage for Duke down the stretch.

With the Spartans leading 68-66, Duke forward R.J. Barrett got sent to the free throw line with six seconds remaining. He missed the first, then attempted to intentionally miss the second shot – with the hope that Duke could get the offensive rebound and tie the game – but the ball bounced in.

Duke fouled Michigan State when they inbounded the ball, but there was one problem – Duke still had three fouls to give to send the Spartans to the free throw line. While it would normally be an advantage to have only fouled three times prior to the end-of-game strategy, in Duke’s case, it meant that in the course of six seconds, they had to commit three fouls just to send Michigan State to the line, then go full-court to go for the game-tying or game-winning shot.

Duke’s only real chance was to get a steal on the inbounds pass. Unfortunately, for Duke, on the inbounds, Michigan State guard Cassius Winston got away from all of Duke’s defenders, sprinted into the open court, and ran out the clock.

There’s no saying how the game would have turned out if Duke had been at the foul limit and been able to send Michigan State to the line. But they would have gotten a chance to get the ball back and tie or win the game, as most teams do in that scenario. Instead, Duke’s sound defense ended up hurting them down the stretch.

Duke is now likely to lose four starters to the NBA – Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones, and Barrett.

Meanwhile, Michigan State moves on with a group head coach Tom Izzo described as “warriors.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives slam Democratic Party leaders for ‘blackballing’ candidates who want to challenge sitting Democrats

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats are publicly attacking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after the group announced it will no longer work with political strategists and vendors that support candidates challenging sitting Democrats.
  • They urged the DCCC to retract its policy and welcome challengers, particularly in safe blue districts.
  • Ocasio-Cortez told her supporters to “pause” their donations to the DCCC and instead give directly to candidates they support, including those in swing districts.

Progressive Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, are publicly attacking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee after the group announced it will no longer work with political strategists and vendors that support candidates challenging sitting Democrats.

The DCCC’s new policy applies to both swing districts, which paved the path to the Democrats’ current House majority, and deeply Democratic districts, like those Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley represent. Critics argue that the policy is a transparent attempt to squash candidates who threaten the party’s status quo.

Ocasio-Cortez called the move “extremely divisive” and urged her supporters to “pause” their financial support of the DCCC and instead give directly to candidates and elected officials, particularly those from swing districts.

“The @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party,” she tweeted on Saturday. “My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead.”

Pressley argued in a series of tweets on Saturday that the DCCC’s new policy will shut out potential candidates, particularly women and people of color, who are underrepresented in politics and whose ideas will help shake up the status quo.

“If the DCCC enacts this policy to blacklist vendors who work with challengers, we risk undermining an entire universe of potential candidates and vendors – especially women and people of color – whose ideas, energy, and innovation need a place in our party,” Pressley tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley both won their seats by defeating longtime Democratic incumbents – both older white men – in their diverse, progressive districts.

Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a heated meeting with the DCCC last Wednesday, during which DCCC chair Rep. Cheri Bustos refused to reverse the controversial policy.

“Pramila Jayapal, Mark Pocan, and I met with Cheri Bustos to make it clear that we strongly oppose her new policy that stifles competition and blackballs any consultant who works for a challenger,” CPC member Rep. Ro Khanna told The Intercept. Khanna added that the policy was the most “heavy-handed” the DCCC had implemented in recent years.

The DCCC also announced that it will require political vendors to report on the diversity of its business – specifically whether the vendor is owned or partially owned by a member of a marginalized group or minority, including people of color or women.

The organization insisted that it will focus heavily on increasing the diversity of the Democratic caucus while protecting its majority in 2020.

“This transparent policy follows through on that exact promise and will protect all Members of the Democratic Caucus – regardless of where they fall within our big tent,” DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter said in a statement to Business Insider.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, a leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, argued that the policy is necessary to protect members who face primary challenges from the right. He told National Journal that there’s “something wrong” when an incumbent pays dues to the DCCC and then that group contracts with a political vendors working to defeat the incumbent.

Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is being called ‘Fyre Fest 2.0’ after its first night descended into chaos when 50,000 people were left stranded on an island for hours

Guests attend Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park on March 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

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  • About 50,000 attendees at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival were left stranded after the last show ended at 2 a.m. on Saturday due to transportation issues.
  • Some people waited in line for hours for buses, while others walked or ran the four miles back to Miami from Virginia Key island, where the festival was taking place.
  • People compared the event to Fyre Festival, where attendees who were promised a luxurious experience in the Bahamas instead were greeted with FEMA tents and cheese sandwiches.

Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, was compared to the disastrous Fyre Festival after 50,000 people were left stranded on an island for hours due to transportation problems.

The festival, which kicked off on Friday and cost $400 for a three-day pass, was dubbed “Fyre Festival 2.0” after concertgoers posted videos on Twitter showing the chaotic ending of the event’s first night.

A long line for the event’s 200 shuttle buses left tens of thousands of concertgoers stuck on Virginia Key island for hours after the last show ended at 2 a.m., according to the New York Post.

Read more: 15 apocalyptic photos from the Woodstock disaster of 1999 that prove it was the original Fyre Festival

Some people waited hours for the bus, while others walked or ran four miles across the Rickenbacker Causeway back to Miami.

Meanwhile, a tree caught fire as revelers waited to exit the event.

People compared the event to Fyre Festival, where attendees who were promised a luxurious experience in the Bahamas were instead greeted with FEMA tents and cheese sandwiches.

The festival issued an apology on Twitter on Saturday, saying it was working to fix transportation issues for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday the event ended with less disruption after officials reorganized traffic lines, according to the Miami Herald.

The festival said on Twitter that it was also offering after-party events and keeping food vendors open later so concertgoers had something to do during the mass exodus at the end of the night.

This is the first year the festival was held on Virginia Key. It was moved from Bayfront Park after mainland residents complained about the event’s noise.

‘Power’ actor Omari Hardwick is facing backlash after kissing Beyoncé twice at the NAACP Image Awards

Omari Hardwick and Beyonce at the NAACP Image Awards.

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  • Video from the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night showed Omari Hardwick kissing Beyoncé on the cheek twice as he greeted her.
  • The video showed Hardwick kissing Beyoncé on the cheek, hugging her, and then kissing her cheek again, close to her mouth.
  • People on social media criticized Hardwick’s decision to kiss Beyoncé, saying he could have given her a “respectable handshake” instead.

“Power” actor Omari Hardwick is facing backlash online after he kissed Beyoncé on the cheek twice at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday.

Video showed that during their greeting, Hardwick kissed Beyoncé on the cheek, then hugged her, then kissed her on the cheek again, close to her mouth.

People on social media criticized Hardwick for the greeting, with one person saying a “respectable handshake” would have been better.

Another wrote, “2nd kiss was unnecessary & uncomfortable. Don’t do that again. We women so often get touched, kissed, groped & poked in instances exactly like this (at an event, at work, etc). WE DON’T LIKE IT.”

Some people said that Hardwick did not overstep any boundaries, and instead said it was just an awkward interaction.

“The video of Omari Hardwick and Beyonce is definitely awkward as hell, but I think that’s it. An awkward interaction. I don’t get what this extra stuff is all about,” wrote one Twitter user.

Another wrote, “I really gotta mute Beyoncé & Omari, y’all really be going overboard.

Beyoncé was honored with the Entertainer of the Year award at the event, beating Chadwick Boseman, LeBron James, Regina King, and Ryan Coogler.

Hardwick won an award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the Starz show “Power,” beating out Jason Mitchell, Keith David, Kofi Siriboe, and Sterling K. Brown.

Read more: Beyoncé gave ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alum Shangela a standing ovation for her performance of the star’s songs

Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z was the recipient of the President’s Award during the ceremony.

“I grew up believing I could conquer anything because of those strong women in my house,” he said in a speech at the event, Complex reported. “I would like to dedicate this award to those beautiful women. I’d like to dedicate this award to a beautiful woman in my life Ms. Beyoncé.”

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We asked more than 1,800 young people what they think is the biggest issue facing America, and the most popular answer was Trump

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“Trump thinks he can do whatever he wants and doesn’t care about who he hurts,” one young person wrote in their response.
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  • Generation Z has a few concerns about US President Donald Trump.
  • Business Insider surveyed over 1,800 Americans between the age of 13 and 21 to find out what they think is the biggest issue facing the United States.
  • A total 295 out of 1,559 respondents said that Trump was the biggest issue facing the US.
  • That’s a bit over 18% of respondents. It might not sound like a lot, but Trump was by far the most popular response to this write-in question.
Editor’s note: Business Insider surveyed 1,884 young Americans about their buying attitudes and beliefs. This is part of a series of stories that will be rolled out over the next several weeks.

Donald Trump Jr. tried to woo the youth during a rally in February, encouraging young conservatives not to let themselves “be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth.”

But, according to Business Insider’s recent survey of 1,884 young people, much of Generation Z isn’t having it. In fact, many of the respondents listed US President Donald Trump when asked to identify “the most important issue facing the country right now.”

Participants in the survey were all Americans between the age of 13 and 21. The national poll was conducted with SurveyMonkey Audience partner Cint on behalf of Business Insider. It ran from January 11 through January 14. Out of those participants, 1,559 young people answered the question about the biggest issue facing the country, while 325 opted to skip it.

All in all, a total of 295 young people indicated that Trump was the biggest problem facing the nation. That’s just over 18% of the individuals who answered the write-in question, but it was by far the most popular response.

Read more: These are the brands that Gen Z shops at most, according to a survey of more than 1,800 young Americans

Even the second and third most popular answers were closely connected to the president’s actions. The runner-up response was “the government shutdown,” which proved to be the most important issue for 183 respondents. And issues surrounding Trump’s proposed border wall were significant for 123 young people.

What’s more, many of the participants were scathing in their comments about Trump.

“Trump thinks he can do whatever he wants and doesn’t care about who he hurts,” one young person wrote in their response.

Another respondent accused Trump of being “a selfish president who blackmails the country in order to get his way.”

Other adjectives bandied about were “stupid,” “disgusting, and “incompetent,” while a different person accused Trump of “caging up literal children.”

But the responses included a few pro-Trump outliers. Out of the 295 responses mentioning Trump or “the president” more generally, two appeared to take more of an issue with Trump’s detractors.

One participant wrote that “people not supporting the president” was the biggest issue in the US today, while another agreed that the fact that “people don’t like our president” was a significant problem.

The results of the survey aren’t exactly surprising, considering Trump’s relative unpopularity with young people. In January 2019, the Pew Research Center found that only 30% of Generation Z approves of the president’s performance, significantly lower than his overall approval rating.

Of course, Trump does have some support among younger generations, as evidenced by the thousands of young attendees at the pro-Trump Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit this year.

But, on whole, the numbers might give pause to politicians of the Trumpian strain as Generation Z continues to reach the voting age.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said that 5% of respondents listed Trump as the biggest issue facing the US.

Jeff Bezos’ investigator says tabloid pinned a ‘kick me’ sign on reported leaker Michael Sanchez to distract from alleged Saudi connection

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  • Jeff Bezos’ security chief Gavin de Becker said in a bombshell article that the Saudi government had accessed the Amazon chief’s phone and gained private information from it.
  • The investigation was launched after a blackmail attempt and an exposé from The National Enquirer contained private text messages between Bezos and his new girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.
  • The publication was quick to push Sanchez’s brother Michael as the source of the leaked information, which deBecker now posits was a diversion tactic from Saudi agents.

Jeff Bezos’ security chief Gavin de Becker said in a bombshell column published Saturday that the Saudi government had access to the Amazon chief’s phone and gained private information from it. He also suggested that a widely publicized narrative surrounding the claims that The National Enquirer attempted to extort Jeff Bezos may be an effort to distract from the alleged Saudi surveillance.

De Becker wrote in The Daily Beast that he could confirm the connection after an extensive investigation that was sparked by reports targeting Bezos’ new relationship with television anchor Lauren Sanchez in a tabloid owned by American Media Inc.

Bezos’ tensions with the company reached a fever pitch in February when Bezos alleged in a widely-read Medium post that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him by threatening to publish intimate text messages and photos and that he had launched an investigation after a January exposé on his relationship with Sanchez to find out how the paper obtained the private information in the piece.

Read more: Jeff Bezos’ security consultant accuses the Saudi government of hacking Amazon CEO’s phone, linking them to extortion attempt

The spotlight landed on Sanchez’s brother Michael in the days after Bezos’ post, who was reported to have leaked his sister’s communications with Bezos. In statements from the company and from their attorney Elkhan Ambramowitz, AMI denied any connections to the Trump administration or to Saudi Arabia, insisting there was only one source for the leaked information.

De Becker notes in his article the large-scale campaign from AMI to pin a “kick me” sign on Sanchez in the days after Bezos announced the investigation, saying that ignoring the company’s political ties was “too simple.”

“Reality is complicated, and can’t always be boiled down to a simple narrative like ‘the brother did it,’ even when that brother is a person who certainly supplied some information to a supermarket tabloid, and even when that brother is an associate of Roger Stone and Carter Page,” de Becker wrote. “Though interesting, it turns out those truths are also too simple.”

In his article, De Becker pointed to the appearance by Abramowitz on ABC as the most blatant effort to throw blame on Sanchez’s brother for the revealing materials in the January story, when he insisted that the source was “not Saudi Arabia” but a “person that was known to both Bezos and Ms. Sanchez.”

Both parties seemed to turn the heat up on Sanchez when de Becker publicly said after he had launched the investigation that Sanchez was “among the people we’ve been speaking with and looking at.”

Sanchez vehemently denied leaking the texts and hit back against de Becker after the investigator added that he believed the hacking was politically motivated.

Michael Sanchez is an avid Trump supporter and associate of Trump-linked figures including Carter Page and the recently-indicted Roger Stone.

In a written statement published in the Washington Post, Sanchez leveled up his defense, accusing de Backer of telling “lies, half-truths, sloppy tabloid leaks, [and] crazy conspiracy theories” and that his priorities are to protect his sister’s relationship with Bezos and “to clear my name by telling the truth.”

He also suggested that de Becker could share responsibility the leak in order to “sabotage Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez’s love affair,” in the midst of Bezos’ divorce from his longtime wife.

In a statement sent to the Daily Beast in response to de Becker’s article, a spokesperson for AMI dismissed the “false and unsubstantiated claims” and insisted the report was done with a “single source.”

“The fact of the matter is, it was Michael Sanchez who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on Sept. 10, 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation,” the statement reads. “His continued efforts to discuss and falsely represent our reporting, and his role in it, has waived any source confidentiality. There was no involvement by any other third party whatsoever.”

Fox News hosts apologize for chyron calling El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras ‘3 Mexican Countries’

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  • “Fox & Friends” apologized Sunday after screenshots went viral of a news segment with a graphic characterizing three countries in Central America as “Mexican countries”.
  • The graphic, known as a chyron in the TV world, aired during a segment on Trump’s cuts to aid money for the countries over their roles in migration tensions between the US and Mexico
  • “We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries,” host Ed Henry said later in the show.

The hosts of “Fox & Friends” apologized Sunday morning following an early morning segment that ran with a graphic which said President Donald Trump would cut “US aid to 3 Mexican countries.”

The text, known in the TV world as chyron, mischaracterized the news item which was actually about three Central American countries.

The mistake follows a long history of criticism of the network’s allegedly partisan coverage of news items that critics say misinforms the public and stokes outrage around issues like immigration. Hosts on the network have also faced accusations of racism.

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The erroneous chyron came as “Fox & Friends” hosts discussed news that the President plans to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in response to the number of migrants at the US-Mexico border, many of whom come from those countries.

During the segment the hosts discussed Trump’s “doubling down on his crackdown of illegal immigration,” and said it’s “clear he’s going full court press on Mexico.”

Later on, after the chyron went viral, “Fox & Friends” host Ed Henry made a statement on air apologizing for the chyron error.

“We want to clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show,” Henry said. “We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error.”

Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

Fox News hosts apologize for chyron calling El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras ‘3 Mexican Countries’

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  • “Fox & Friends” apologized Sunday after screenshots went viral of a news segment with a graphic characterizing three countries in Central America as “Mexican countries”.
  • The graphic, known as a chyron in the TV world, aired during a segment on Trump’s cuts to aid money for the countries over their roles in migration tensions between the US and Mexico
  • “We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries,” host Ed Henry said later in the show.

The hosts of “Fox & Friends” apologized Sunday morning following an early morning segment that ran with a graphic which said President Donald Trump would cut “US aid to 3 Mexican countries.”

The text, known in the TV world as chyron, mischaracterized the news item which was actually about three Central American countries.

The mistake follows a long history of criticism of the network’s allegedly partisan coverage of news items that critics say misinforms the public and stokes outrage around issues like immigration. Hosts on the network have also faced accusations of racism.

FOX and Friends Sunday   06_02_52 AM

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The erroneous chyron came as “Fox & Friends” hosts discussed news that the President plans to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in response to the number of migrants at the US-Mexico border, many of whom come from those countries.

During the segment the hosts discussed Trump’s “doubling down on his crackdown of illegal immigration,” and said it’s “clear he’s going full court press on Mexico.”

Later on, after the chyron went viral, “Fox & Friends” host Ed Henry made a statement on air apologizing for the chyron error.

“We want to clarify and correct something that happened earlier in the show,” Henry said. “We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error.”

Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

Where are they now? Rick Pitino’s ‘Untouchable’ 1996 Kentucky Wildcats championship team

Pitino and his team celebrating their national title.

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  • Rick Pitino’s 1996 Kentucky Wildcats were one of the best college basketball teams ever assembled.
  • Today, many members of the championship team are still involved with basketball as coaches, whether in college or in Pitino’s case, abroad.

The 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team was one of the most dominant in history.

Deemed “The Untouchables,” the team only lost two games all season en route to winning the national title, the first for coach Rick Pitino.

Fittingly, the majority of players on that team went on to enjoy success in basketball after Kentucky as well. Nine players from the team went on to play in the NBA, and a few broke into the coaching ranks. Below, we take a look at what happened to “The Untouchables.”

Brandon Wiggins contributed to this report.


Tony Delk was one of the leaders as a senior of the ’96 Wildcats. He was the SEC Player of the Year, a consensus first-team All American, and the Final Four Most Outstanding Player that year.

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Delk was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets that summer, and spent several seasons as a journeyman in the NBA. He then had brief coaching stints with his alma mater and New Mexico State before becoming an analyst for SEC Network.

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Antoine Walker was one of the leading scorers and a first-team All-SEC player for the ’96 Wildcats.

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Walker played in the NBA for over 10 seasons, and was a three-time all-star. He had to declare bankruptcy after his playing days ended, and now counsels young athletes in order to help them avoid making his financial mistakes, in addition to working as an analyst for SEC Network.

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Walter McCarty was the Wildcats’ third-leading scorer as a Senior that season.

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McCarty went on get drafted by the Knicks in 1996. He spent 10 seasons in the league as a player, then worked for several years as an NBA assistant coach before taking the head coaching job at the University of Evansville in 2018.

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Derek Anderson was the fourth-leading scorer in his first season playing for the Wildcats, having transferred from Ohio State University.

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Anderson spent a few seasons in the NBA after leaving Kentucky. He currently runs his own non-profit.

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Ron Mercer was a key contributor as a freshman on this talented Wildcats team.

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Mercer was an All-American and the SEC Player of the Year for Kentucky the following year. He then left college to play in the NBA for a time. These days he hosts basketball camps and remains close to his Kentucky teammates.

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Mark Pope was a redshirt senior on the ’96 Wildcats, having transferred from Washington a few years prior.

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Pope played for a few years in the NBA, and was also enrolled in medical school at Columbia University before starting his coaching career. He is currently the head coach of men’s basketball at Utah Valley.

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Anthony Epps was a Kentucky native and a key contributor on the ’96 Wildcats as a Junior.

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Now, Epps is a proud dad whose daughter, Makayla, was a standout basketball player for Kentucky, and was selected by the Chicago Sky in the 2017 WNBA draft.

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Jeff Shepard was a guard for the ’96 Wildcats.

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Sheppard went on to lead Kentucky to a national title in 1998. After a brief professional playing career, Sheppard settled down in Kentucky with his wife, a former Kentucky women’s basketball player, and owns an apparel company, 15inc.

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Wayne Turner was a freshman guard for the ’96 Wildcats.

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Turner was a starter on the title-winning ’98 Wildcats team. Later he played briefly in the NBA and with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was also the Director of Player Development for the Louisville Cardinals under former coach Rick Pitino.

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Nazr Mohammed was a freshman big man for the ’96 Wildcats.

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Mohammed also went on to win another title with the Wildcats in 1998. He also played in the NBA for over 10 years, and was a member of the title-winning Spurs team in 2005. He joined the front office of the OKC Thunder in 2017.

Source: NBA.com, The Player’s Tribune


Allen Edwards as a sophomore for the ’96 Wildcats.

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Another player who went on to be a part of the ’98 Wildcats, Edwards is currently the head coach of men’s basketball at the University of Wyoming.

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Rick Pitino had already led Providence and Kentucky to Final Fours by the time he finally won the big one with the ’96 Wildcats.

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Pitino left Kentucky to coach the NBA’s Boston Celtics, before returning to college basketball to become the head coach at Kentucky’s arch-rival Louisville. While he led the Cardinals to the national title in 2013, his tenure would end in ignominy as he was fired due to a recruiting scandal. He now coaches in Greece.


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2019 NFL Mock Draft: What the experts are predicting will happen in the first round

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  • The 2019 NFL draft is set for April 25.
  • Until then, teams will prepare to make their picks, and sportswriters will make their predictions through mock drafts.
  • We analyzed nine mock drafts to get a sense of how the first round might play out.

The 32 NFL teams are surely hard at work studying tape, evaluating players, and working to make deals to move up or down in the April 25 NFL draft.

By examining the predictions of several experts from a variety of outlets, you can get a pretty good idea of how the NFL world thinks the first 32 picks could shake out.

We analyzed the mock drafts of nine experts – Chad Reuter, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com; Ryan Wilson and Will Brinson of CBS Sports; Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of ESPN; Walter Football; and John Clayton of The Washington Post – and attempted to find a consensus.

Take a look below and see how the experts believe the first round will go down.


1. Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB (Oklahoma)

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Experts: 9 of 9

Other possibilities: N/A

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “His diminutive size is the biggest question mark in this draft, but he’s got the playmaking talent, arm strength, and speed to become a superstar.”


2. San Francisco 49ers — Nick Bosa, Edge (Ohio State)

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Experts: 8 of 9

Other possibilities: Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama)

Key expert quote: From Davis: “Considered by many to be the best player in the 2019 draft, Bosa is an intriguing mix of size, speed and ferocity. He will team perfectly with Dee Ford and DeForest Buckner to terrorize QBs.”


3. New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama)

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Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Josh Allen, Edge (Kentucky)

Key expert quote: From McShay: “The Jets need defensive linemen for new coordinator Gregg Williams, and the Alabama tackle fits perfectly as an interior pass-rusher who also can stop the run. Williams was incredible at the combine, and his quick first step would be a force on the inside for Gang Green.”


4. Oakland Raiders — Josh Allen, Edge (Kentucky)

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Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama); Montez Sweat, Edge (Mississippi State)

Key expert quote: From Brooks: “Allen’s speed and sack production could make him the right fit for a Raiders defense that needs some juice on the defensive line.”


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB (LSU)

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Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Montez Sweat, Edge (Mississippi State); Rashan Gary, DL (Michigan)

Key expert quote: From Wilson: “Offensive line is an obvious need too but White fills a hole in the middle of the defense and he is one of the most dynamic players in the draft. He’s a sideline-to-sideline thumper who will make life easier for both the front four and the secondary. “


6. New York Giants — Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)

Experts: 6 of 9

Other possibilities: Devin White, LB (LSU); Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)

Key expert quote: From Clayton: “Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman talked about following ‘the Kansas City model’ at quarterback, having the experienced Eli Manning be a bridge quarterback for a year for a rookie as the Chiefs did with Alex Smithand Patrick Mahomes. In this scenario, they could grab a high-upside pocket passer in Haskins.”


7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT (Florida)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Montez Sweat, Edge (Mississippi State); T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa)

Key expert quote: From Brooks: “Taylor would give the Jaguars a rugged edge blocker to help them get back to their run-heavy roots.”


8. Detroit Lions — Rashan Gary, DL (Michigan)

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Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Montez Sweat, Edge (Mississippi State); Quinnen Williams, DL (Alabama)

Key expert quote: From McShay: “The Lions need edge rushers with Ezekiel Ansah entering free agency. Gary had a good week at the combine, showing his athleticism and explosiveness. A lack of production in college might cause him to fall out of the top five, but if he is coached properly, the talent and skill set are there to be a stellar disruptor.”


9. Buffalo Bills — Jawaan Taylor, OT (Florida)

Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: D.K. Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss); Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama); Brian Burns, OLB (Florida State)

Key expert quote: From Brinson: “The Bills have gotten better on the offensive line over the last few weeks, but adding Taylor might be a real nice cherry to a stretch of impressive additions that will make Josh Allen better in 2019.”


10. Denver Broncos — Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)

Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Garrett Bradbury, C (NC State); T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa); Devin White, LB (LSU)

Key expert quote: From Clayton: “Toward the end of the combine, there was a belief among many that Broncos executive John Elway would use this pick on a position player. But he also knows the importance of the quarterback position, and he could take Lock, who had the best throwing day among quarterbacks at the combine, as an eventual replacement for Joe Flacco.”


11. Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, LB (Michigan)

Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Devin White, LB (LSU); Cody Ford, OT (Oklahoma)

Key expert quote: From Brooks: “The Bengals need to add more speed and quickness to their linebacker corps to compete with the explosive offensive units within the division. Bush is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker with outstanding instincts, awareness and cover skills.”


12. Green Bay Packers — T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa)

Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Noah Fant, TE (Iowa); Christian Wilkins, DT (Clemson), Clelin Ferrell, DE (Clemson)

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “Throwback tight end who blocks like a lineman and catches like a receiver. Shades of George Kittle.”


13. Miami Dolphins — Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Daniel Jones, QB (Duke); Ed Oliver, DT (Houston)

Key expert quote: From Kiper: “The Dolphins are clearly in the beginning stages of a rebuild, and they need a new face of their franchise after parting ways with Ryan Tannehill. Lock (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) is inconsistent, but he has a strong arm and can make every throw.”


14. Atlanta Falcons — Ed Oliver, DT (Houston)

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Experts: 6 of 9

Other possibilities: Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama)

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “Wrecking ball of a big man who spent his college career bowling through double-teams.”


15. Washington Redskins — Marquise Brown, WR (Oklahoma)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: D.K. Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss); Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama); Daniel Jones, QB (Duke)

Key expert quote: From Brooks: “Brown is arguably the best deep threat in the 2019 NFL Draft as a speedster with exceptional quickness and burst. He could play in the slot or give Washington another weapon on the outside.”


16. Carolina Panthers — Clelin Ferrell, DE (Clemson)

Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: Andre Dillard, OT (Washington State); Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama)

Key expert quote: From Davis: “Following the retirement of Julius Peppers, Carolina is thrilled to see this mature, aggressive pass rusher from Clemson is still available.”


17. New York Giants (via Browns) — Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Clelin Ferrell, DE (Clemson); Andre Dillard, OT (Washington State); D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Key expert quote: From Kiper: “Wilkins (6-foot-3, 315 pounds) is a different kind of defensive lineman who could play tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4. He has been underrated on a loaded Clemson defense, but he had 15 tackles for loss last season.”


18. Minnesota Vikings — Jonah Williams, OT (Alabama)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston; Andre Dillard, OT (Washington State); Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

Key expert quote: From Brinson: “The Vikings HAVE to get better on the offensive line for Kirk Cousins’ sake, and they do so by drafting Williams, who would presumably kick into guard from the get go for Minnesota but give them an option if one of their current tackles struggles.”


19. Tennessee Titans — Christian Wilkins, DT (Clemson)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Noah Fant, TE (Iowa); Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson; Brian Burns, OLB (Florida State)

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “Athletic, versatile, and disruptive big man who can play all three downs and is always around the ball.”


20. Pittsburgh Steelers — Byron Murphy, CB (Washington)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Marquise Brown, WR (Oklahoma); Devin Bush, LB (Michigan); Hakeem Butler, WR (Iowa State)

Key expert quote: From Wilson: “Murphy didn’t test well at the combine, and while he may be undersized, he is a tenacious defender who would immediately upgrade a Steelers secondary looking to replace Artie Burns. “


21. Seattle Seahawks — Jeffery Simmons, DT (Mississippi State)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Parris Campbell, WR (Ohio State); Brian Burns, OLB (Florida State); Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S (Florida);

Key expert quote: From McShay: “Frank Clark is coming back to Seattle on the franchise tag, but the Seahawks still need a tackle in the middle next to Jarran Reed. On talent alone, Simmons competes with the best of the class. But there are some off-the-field concerns, and now the necessary recovery from a recent torn ACL.”


22. Baltimore Ravens — N’Keal Harry, WR (Arizona State)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Josh Jacobs, RB (Alabama); Parris Campbell, WR (Ohio State); Hakeem Butler, WR (Iowa State)

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “He simply won’t be beat at the catch point, even if he lacks twitchy speed. Shades of Alshon Jeffrey and Juju Smith-Shuster.”


23. Houston Texans — TIE: Cody Ford, OT (Oklahoma), Greedy Williams, CB (LSU)

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Experts: 3 each

Other possibilities: Andre Dillard, OT (Washington State); Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)

Key expert quote: From Brooks: “Williams is an explosive athlete with the press-man skills and hands to be a turnover machine on the island. He would excel in Romeo Crennel’s defense, with the potential to be a true CB1 in a year or so.”


24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) — Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Zach Allen, DE (Boston College); Jachai Polite, Edge (Florida)

Key expert quote: From Clayton: “The Raiders need help at every position. Baker is a quality cornerback who could provide an upgrade in coverage, particularly if the Raiders improve their pass rush.”


25. Philadelphia Eagles — Josh Jacobs, RB (Alabama)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Johnathan Abram, S (Mississippi State); Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia); Rock Ya-Sin, CB (Temple)

Key expert quote: From Schrager: “Jacobs is viewed by most teams I have spoken with as the top running back in this year’s draft. He only ranked 144th in the nation in 2018 with 640 rushing yards. On the flip side, a limited college workload means he still has plenty of tread on his tires. The Eagles hit home runs across the board in free agency; they could nail this one if Jacobs slips all the way to 25.”


26. Indianapolis Colts — Taylor Rapp, S (Washington)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: A.J. Brown, WR (Ole Miss); D.K. Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss); Terry McLaurin, WR (Ohio State)

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “Dependable, hard-hitting defender who has excellent play-recognition skills and the versatility to line up at multiple spots in the secondary.”


27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys) — Rock Ya-Sin, CB (Temple)

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Experts: 2 of 9

Other possibilities: Greedy Williams, CB (LSU); Marquise Brown, WR (Oklahoma);Parris Campbell, WR (Ohio State)

Key expert quote: From Kiper: “I really liked what I saw on tape from Ya-Sin in his lone season at Temple, when he broke up 12 passes and had two interceptions. He’s an easy mover with outstanding athletic traits.”


28. Los Angeles Chargers — Jerry Tillery, DT (Notre Dame)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Mack Wilson, LB (Alabama); Dre’mont Jones, DT (Ohio State); Jerry Tillery, DT (Notre Dame)

Key expert quote: From Schrager: “Tillery could go as high as the top 15 or slip to the end of the second round. Eye of the beholder on this one. A 6-7 force who ran a 4.9 40-yard dash and was ultra-productive in his final season in South Bend, Tillery had eight sacks and also blocked two kicks last season. He’s shown big flashes and would be a great addition up front for Gus Bradley’s D.”


29. Kansas City Chiefs — No consensus

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Experts: N/A

Other possibilities: Deionte Thompson, S (Alabama); Jachai Polite, Edge (Florida); Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)

Key expert quote: From The Ringer: “Polite boasts a sudden first step and a budding repertoire of pass-rushing moves.”


30. Green Bay Packers (via Saints) — Dalton Risner, OT (Kansas State)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Jeffery Simmons, DT (Mississippi State); Riley Ridley, WR (Georgia); Jerry Tillery, DT (Notre Dame)

Key expert quote: From Wilson: “Risner was one of the best college right tackles last season and he did nothing to change that with solid performances at the Senior Bowl and the combine. He’ll likely make his living as an interior linemen in the NFL but his versatility will serve him well in Green Bay. “


31. Los Angeles Rams — Garrett Bradbury, C (NC State)

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Experts: 3 of 9

Other possibilities: Noah Fant, TE (Iowa); Dexter Lawrence, DT (Clemson); Miles Sanders, RB (Penn State)

Key expert quote: From Davis: “Impressed at the Senior Bowl and the combine. The Rams find a Day 1 starter to replace John Sullivan, whose 2019 option was declined by the club.”


32. New England Patriots — Irv Smith Jr., TE (Alabama)

Experts: 4 of 9

Other possibilities: T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa); Christian Wilkins, DT (Clemson)

Key expert quote: From Kiper: “Smith is a notch below T.J. Hockenson, but he’s a solid, all-around player who can hold his own as a blocker. And we know Belichick has an affinity for Nick Saban and Alabama. This pairing makes sense.”


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