Tyler Johnson acknowledges he came in to camp out of shape

Buccaneers wide receiver Tyler Johnson made several plays throughout the 2020 season. He’s been raved about for his hands, and those same hands are on display in training camp so far.

But despite the receiver’s talent, the second-year receiver started camp out of shape.

“He came back a little heavy and he’s getting back in shape, which is his own fault,” head coach Bruce Arians said following Saturday’s practice. “But we know he can catch the ball. He’s just got to stay healthy and get in real good shape.”

After Tuesday’s practice, Johnson didn’t shy away from the criticism. He agreed with Arians, saying that being out of shape is most certainly his fault.

“Coach B.A. is right. It is my own fault. I’m not where I want to be at yet but I’ve been doing a lot of things just to get back into shape and it was my own fault for not coming in how I wanted to be.”

Johnson, 22, is certainly not letting that get in the way. When asked about getting better and what he is retaining from the other receivers on the roster, the young receiver is taking in everything he can from each of them.

“It’s just bits and pieces you get to see the work these guys put in. Every player is different, but at the end of the day we all work. I love being around them because at times they’ll just say what they see from me or what I can do better on this route or this block. It puts me in the best position to just be a great player and be out there on the field more.”

The group of receivers on the Tampa Bay roster is certainly a crowded one. With guys like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Antonio Brown, and rookie Jaelon Darden (who has been all over the field in camp), Johnson would certainly want to get into playing shape quickly.

Fortunately, the former Golden Gopher has the right mindset and is soaking in everything his teammates have to offer to use it in getting better.

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Red Sox at Tigers lineup: Not just another game

The Red Sox look to break out of a pronounced funk, one that has sent them into second place and shattered some of the mystique of this otherwise dreamy season, when they head to Detroit to take on the AL Central’s third-place Tigers behind Garrett Richards (7:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-network).

Last week was… bad. The Sox may have biffed the trade deadline, and they certainly lost four straight games to teams they can’t really afford to lose to. Fortunately, the Tigers are not as beefy as the Blue Jays or Rays. Unfortunately, Garrett Richards in on the hill for the Red Sox. He’s not good these days, so the Tigers will present a challenge. Sorry not sorry and all, if you want objectivity read the Globe or something. We’re jerks over here!

The Red Sox took until 6:30 to release their lineup, apparently due to Matt Barnes going on the COVID-19 list, and it was very dumb for something that was known hours earlier.

Game 108 at Tigers

Lineup spot

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Lineup spot

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Jarren Duran, CF

Akil Baddoo, LF


Rafael Devers, 3B

Jonathan Schoop, 1B


Xander Bogaerts, SS

Robbie Grossman, RF


J.D. Martinez, DH

Miguel Cabrera, DH


Alex Verdugo, LF

Jeimar Candelario, 3B


Hunter Renfroe, RF

Eric Haase, C


Marwin Gonzalez, 2B

Harold Castro, SS


Christan Vazquez, C

Willi Castro, 2B


Franchy Cordero, 1B

Derek Hill, CF


Garrett Richards, RHP

Wily Peralta, RHP

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USC Olympian Anna Cockrell gets boost from Tampa Bay Bucs, Ross Cockrell

The USC Trojans are represented on the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers by Ronald Jones. On Monday, however, the Bucs found another way to connect to USC, and it went viral on social media.

The Tokyo Olympics are drawing near their conclusion. Stories have circulated of athletes and their families’ reactions as they won a gold medal. Even for athletes who didn’t win a gold medal — or haven’t yet won gold — the support they are receiving from people in their communities is inspiring.

Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough was filmed with his teammates watching his wife, hurdler Melissa Gonzalez, compete in Tokyo. Now another video has surfaced. This one is of Anna Cockrell, the sister of current Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback and Super Bowl champion Ross Cockrell.

Anna qualified for the women’s 400-meter hurdles final. Ross Cockrell and his Buccaneers teammates-who know a thing or two about winning- watched the event and their reactions are priceless.

Just watch for yourselves, and good luck holding back the tears.

Earlier today, Anna Cockrell qualified for the women’s 400m hurdles final.

Her brother, Bucs CB Ross Cockrell, and his teammates were fired up watching her do so ?

(via @Buccaneers) pic.twitter.com/55O2uLLH58

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 2, 2021

What an amazing scene here as the Buccaneers team gathered and offered support for the Cockrell family. To make things better, Ross Cockrell had a nice day at Bucs training camp.

Ross Cockrell just had his third INT today! Wow. On the same morning he watched his sister @AnnaCockrell48 reach the 400-meter hurdle Olympic final!

— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) August 2, 2021

Ross appeared in 11 games for the Bucs, but just one in the postseason. Still, he is out to prove that he deserves a spot in the talented Bucs secondary.

What a terrific day for the Cockrell family. Anna qualified for the women’s hurdles final, and Ross caught some attention at Bucs camp. Things are looking pretty good.

Perhaps another video will come out with the Bucs-and Ross-watching Anna Cockrell compete in the finals and win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. What a sight that would be.

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Pelosi Calls Upon Disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to Resign

Pelosi said in a statement:

Under Attorney General Letitia James, a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against Governor Cuomo has been completed.

As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth.

Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.

Pelosi’s statement made her the most powerful Democrat member of Congress to call for him to step down or be impeached. Earlier in the day, a string of progressive lawmakers, local politicians, and pundits called for his resignation or for him to be impeached if he did not resign. Some also called for Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, to resign.

Republicans are also calling for Cuomo to resign.

Hours after the news broke, President Joe Biden said at a press briefing that he maintained his earlier position that if the allegations against Cuomo were substantiated, he should step down. “Yes,” he said, when asked if he was calling on Cuomo to resign.

Joe Biden appears with Andrew Cuomo to unveil plans for new infrastructure projects (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

However, he stopped short of calling for him to be impeached and removed from office.

“Let’s take one thing at a time here. I think he should resign,” he said.

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Carney: Bidenflation Concealed Falling Factory Orders in June

This is because, despite the headlines, real factory orders and manufacturing output likely fell in June.

Let’s start with the basics. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that factory orders climbed 1.5 percent in June after jumping 2.3 percent in May. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast factory orders increasing 08 percent, according to Econoday.

“Solid U.S. factory orders, business spending on equipment point to enduring manufacturing strength,” a Reuters headline declared.

President Joe Biden and Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell take a tour of the Carrollton water treatment plant May 6, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

New orders for manufactured nondurable goods–which includes goods, pharmaceuticals, and clothing–increased $5.1 billion or 2.1 percent to $248.1 billion.

Durable-goods orders rose 0.9 percent, a tick above the 0.8 percent gain initially reported by the U.S. government. In dollar terms, orders rose $2.3 billion to $257.9 billion.

For the past decade, rising factory orders have typically indicated rising demand and rising output. More American goods were being purchased.

But factory orders are measured in nominal dollars. If inflation is rising rapidly, a rise in the dollar-denominated value of goods purchased may simply be reflecting rising prices. Instead of purchasing more goods, consumers and businesses may just be paying more for the products they buy.

That could be problematic for businesses and investors if they mistake inflation-driven sales growth for real growth. So far, little of the reporting or commentary on nominal dollar reports has focused on the risk of an inflation head fake, likely because it has been so long since we last experienced high inflation.

An auto worker works on the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant on September 27, 2018, in Dearborn, Michigan. The Ford Rouge Plant is America’s longest continuously operating auto plant. The factory produced Eagle Boats during WWI and currently produces the Ford F-150 pickup truck. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Producer Price Index (PPI) showed that prices paid to businesses for goods rose 1 percent in June. The prices paid to suppliers of materials used in nondurable goods rose 3.6 percent in both June and May. For durable goods, the prices of materials rose 3.3 in June and 8.7 in May.

The “final demand” prices received by businesses for durable goods jumped 4.9 percent in June. The producer price index for nondurables less food and energy rose 2.9 percent.

Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at the Johns Hopkins University who served on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, points me to the BLS’s measure of processed goods for intermediate demand, another part of the PPI that also indicates inflation outpacing factory orders.

“If we look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ ‘Processed Goods for Intermediate Demand’ price index, we observe that in June, that index shot up by 1.9 percent, an inflation rate that exceeds the 1.5 percent increase in factory orders for June,” Hanke said. “This suggests that, when measured in terms of the quantity of output, factory orders in June declined a bit. So, it looks like the ‘enduring manufacturing strength’ story doesn’t seem to hold much water.”

An old factory stands along a road on April 09, 2021, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Rhode Island consistently ranks as one of the worst states in America for the condition of its infrastructure with an estimated 24% of its roads in poor condition and 23% of its bridges standing structurally deficient. President Joe Biden has recently unveiled a $2 trillion jobs, infrastructure and green energy plan called the American Jobs Plan. Many economists, engineers, and politicians believe that infrastructure in the United Sates is lagging behind China and other competitive nations. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In other words, prices for manufactured goods appear to be advancing faster than orders. That means that the “better than expected” numbers for June may not be so great after all. Factory orders appear to be contracting in inflation adjusted terms.

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Biden tells Florida, Texas leaders: Help on COVID-19 or ‘get out of the way’

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Republican leaders in Florida and Texas – home to roughly a third of all new U.S. COVID-19 cases – to follow public health guidelines on the pandemic or “get out of the way” as the country struggles to contain the rapid spread of the disease’s Delta variant.

Biden also announced the United States had donated more than 110 million vaccine doses to 65 countries, but the White House kept its focus largely on the crisis at home: outbreaks in the two Republican-led states accounting for an outsized share of rising cases nationwide.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has opposed strict COVID-19 restrictions. On Friday, he issued an order blocking mask mandates in the state’s schools. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order last spring that would impose fines for mask mandates.

“Some governors aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, and they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it,” Biden said, without referencing the two men by name.

“I say to these governors … if you’re not going to help, at least get out of the way.”

Asked later if DeSantis and Abbott were making calls that harmed their citizens, Biden said: “I believe the results of their decisions are not good for their constituents.”

One in three new COVID-19 cases nationwide occurred in Florida and Texas in the past week, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters on Monday.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the White House was in discussions with both states about offering help to address the problem.

As of Saturday there were about 72,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the United States, a 44% increase over the previous week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. Biden urged other cities and localities to do the same.

Biden said the U.S. donation of vaccines outstripped efforts by other countries such as Russia and China.


He said the United States would continue to give tens of millions of doses away across the summer.

“We’re doing this to save lives and to end this pandemic. That’s it,” he said.

In late August, the United States will also start shipping 500 million doses of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s vaccine to 100 lower-income countries, the White House said in a statement earlier in the day.

Advocates believe the United States could be sharing even more.

“We could give away lots of what we have and still be fine,” said Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology of microbial diseases at the Yale School of Public Health.

Helping the rest of the world would benefit the United States in its domestic fight as well, he added.

“If we don’t control it everywhere, we’re not going to control it anywhere,” Gonsalves said.

COVAX, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, seeks to secure two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for countries in need by the year’s end.

In June, a WHO official said many nations did not have enough doses to continue vaccination efforts or had simply run out.

The White House on Tuesday said it would work with COVAX and other regional partners to ensure the donated vaccines were equitably delivered.

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Yanni Gourde excited for chance in Seattle even with start delayed

SEATTLE — After winning two straight Stanley Cup titles, Yanni Gourde has one of the more impressive resumes among the players selected by the Seattle Kraken in the NHL expansion draft.

But instead of being one of Seattle’s top forwards to start the team’s first season, Gourde is going to be stuck as a spectator when the puck finally drops after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

“It’s been a complicated situation because it’s been bugging me for over 18 months. There’s a lot of stuff in that left shoulder that didn’t work right and everything was caused by the labrum tear,” Gourde said Tuesday. “We kind of found that out when I went to see the doctor for surgery and that’s what came out of it.”

Seattle was fully aware of Gourde’s surgery when it selected the talented forward in the expansion draft. The Kraken see Gourde as one of their top centers as he comes off Tampa Bay’s run to another title, a year during which he had 17 goals in the regular season and another six in the playoffs. He’s tied to Seattle through the 2024-25 season.

But the news of the surgery put a damper on the excitement. Gourde said he’s been told recovery should be four months, which on the optimistic end would cause him to miss about six weeks of the regular season.

It’s already going to be a challenge for the Kraken to pull together an entirely new roster and get them ready in about a month for the first game in franchise history. Gourde understands it may take a little time to fully find his role when he’s finally ready to go in late November or early December.

“I don’t want to put pressure on myself,” Gourde said. “As soon as I’m ready, I’ll be ready. I’ll be skating with the boys. I’ll be battling. Like I said, my priority is to help this team win. Wherever I fit into the lineup that’s where I’m going to go and I’m going to try to work as hard as I can do to help my team win.”

While Seattle appears strong on the blue line and in goal, up front has seemed a little lackluster. With Gourde missing the first stretch of the season, Seattle’s likely center options include Alexander Wennberg, Jared McCann, Colin Blackwell and Calle Jarnkrok.

Gourde said his first impression of the Kraken roster is that it’s a “hard-working group.”

“We might be one of the teams that play playoff hockey during a season,” Gourde said. “Just hard, hard to play against during the season, and that hopefully leads us to playing in a playoffs and then we’ll see what happened.”

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The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida has risen to an all-time high of 11,515 patients.

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Nolte: Investigators Say CNN’s Chris Cuomo Helped Draft Statement to Dismiss Brother’s Accusers

“Do not overlook the Cuomo report appendix,” tweeted New York Times national political reporter Shane Goldmacher, “which includes Charlotte Bennett’s texts about her Cuomo interactions and this email from Chris Cuomo appearing to draft a statement for his brother.”

If you look at the screen-capped email above, which is from February of this year, it looks as though Chris Cuomo submitted a draft statement to Andrew’s crisis team that would paint Andrew’s accusers as hysterics who are either lying or over-blowing their sexual misconduct allegations.

What’s more, if you look at the eventual statement, Andrew released (see below) a few days later, there’s no question the submitted draft — apparently from Chris — was used. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

“It appears as though Chris Cuomo helped craft Gov. Cuomo’s Feb. 28 statement responding to the Bennett allegations,” tweeted political reporter Alex Weprin.

It sure does.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attend a rally for paid family leave on January 29, 2016 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

It also appears, at least according to investigators, that throughout much of the worst of last year’s pandemic, when Fredo and CNNLOL were lionizing Brother Andrew on Chris’s show night after night as America’s Great and Noble Coronavirus Governor — you know, to laugh it up and talk about what an amazing job Andrew’s doing — Andrew was not only harassing multiple women, he was also retaliating against them.

Oh, and he was flooding New York nursing homes with the deadly coronavirus.

Oh, and he offered his friends and family members concierge coronavirus testing while everyday New Yorkers ran around desperate for tests.

Oh, and Chris was one of those who received the concierge testing.

Oh, and Chris was also running around outside without a mask in New York while knowing he was contagious with the coronavirus.

And they’re all going to get away with it. CNNLOL, Fredo, and Andrew will all get away with it because when you are a Democrat and a leftist and a left-wing propaganda outlet, you get away with everything.

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