Josh Gordon is a Patriot. The NFL transaction wire made the news official Tuesday evening: New England will receive Gordon from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. Acquiring Gordon was a contentious decision, considered to be low-risk, high-reward by some and needlessly desperate by others. On one hand, the 27-year-old tantalized the league in 2014, leading the NFL in receiving yards and earning first-team All-Pro honors. On the other, he hasn’t been active for a full season since his rookie year, battling substance abuse and multiple suspensions. Here’s what people are saying after the trade: Willie McGinest: ‘It’s going to be up to him’ Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest said on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Monday that he expects the Patriots to surround Gordon with the necessary resources to facilitate success. McGinest, who spent 12 seasons in New England, … [Read more...] about Ex-Patriots and NFL experts weigh in on the decision to trade for Josh Gordon
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Reunification Highway runs all the way from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to the Demilitarized Zone that divides the North from South Korea, 170 kilometers (100 miles) away. It starts under a giant concrete arch depicting two women in traditional gowns reaching out to each other and holding up a map of a unified Korea. Road signs along the way show the distance to Seoul, though it's impossible to actually drive there. The highway is one of the best in North Korea. It's paved — a rarity in the North. It's broad and visibility is generally good. But it's also riddled with cracks and potholes. Lanes aren't marked well, if at all. At night it's pitch black, unless there are oncoming headlights. If it were on the South side, it wouldn't be one of the best, it would be among the very worst. Could fixing it help pave the way to denuclearization? When South Korean President Moon Jae-in travels to Pyongyang this week for his third summit with … [Read more...] about When Moon meets Kim: Can roads pave way to denuclearization?
By Matt Kawahara Updated 8:56 pm PDT, Sunday, September 2, 2018 Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden yells during NFL football practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Napa. Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden yells during NFL football practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Napa. Photo: Eric Risberg / Associated Press Photo: Eric Risberg / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden yells during NFL football practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Napa. Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden yells during NFL football practice Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Napa. Photo: Eric Risberg / Associated Press Jon Gruden stands by Raiders’ decision to trade Khalil Mack 1 / 1 Back to Gallery On … [Read more...] about Jon Gruden stands by Raiders’ decision to trade Khalil Mack
Harvest festivals and carnivals, the biggest burlesque festival of the year, a DIY boat race and more of the best things to do in New York City in September.The best things to do in New York City in September Be one of the animals at Electric Zoo The last outdoor music festival of the season takes over Randall's Island from Friday through Sunday. Electric Zoo has all the EDM beats you can handle headlined by Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Tiesto. Check out the new 6 Pointz stage featuring all New York acts. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, $89.99+, electriczoofestival.comBrowse art in the park Labor Day Weekend kicks off the 88th annual Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit’s fall show, which began when an artist you may have heard of — Jackson Pollock ring a bell? — brought a few paintings from his Greenwich Village studio to sell when he found himself short on rent in 1931. Now, nearly 100 artists and craft artisans in media from paint to glass to fiber set … [Read more...] about Best Things to Do in New York City in September
The Tampa Bay Rays are a little like the Whos down in Whoville in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” They lose all their possessions on Christmas morning, and yet — what’s that sound, way down in the valley? They’re actually singing! By the looks of their roster, the Rays sure seem to have given up hope. Since last December, they have traded a dozen prominent veterans, including five former All-Stars. They look like just another team tanking the present for a better future. So how did the Rays arrive at Yankee Stadium with a winning record in the middle of August? For the answer, consider their starting pitcher on Tuesday: Hunter Wood, a rookie who has never pitched more than three innings. It was the 32nd time in the last three months that the Rays had used an opener to start. An opener, for the Rays, refers to a pitcher who starts the game but will generally face only three to nine batters, depending on matchups. Often, the pitcher who follows the opener … [Read more...] about Built to lose, the Tampa Bay Rays keep devising ways to win