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NFL Draft 2019: Jaylon Ferguson reportedly has combine invitation rescinded after background check | Sporting News

Jaylon Ferguson has had his 2019 NFL combine invitation rescinded. The Louisiana Tech product’s background check revealed he was convicted of simple battery after a fight at a McDonalds during his freshman year of college, according to an NFL.com report. The NFL told teams last month a player would be barred from attending the combine “if a background check reveals ... Read More »

Top U.S. military brass cautiously optimistic on North Korean diplomacy despite claim Kim won’t relinquish his nukes | Japan Times

The top U.S. military commander for Asia and the head of American forces in South Korea have both expressed rare cautious optimism on diplomatic progress with North Korea while also reiterating earlier intelligence assessments that the country was unlikely to relinquish its nuclear arsenal. During spoken testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Adm. Philip Davidson, head of the Indo-Pacific ... Read More »

Despite Kim summits, North Korea still a threat, say US commanders | Defense News

U.S.-North Korean diplomatic talks have lessened hostilities between the two countries, but Pyongyang hasn’t shown verifiable denuclearization or change in the capability of its military forces, U.S. military officials in the Pacific said Tuesday on Capitol Hill. As President Donald Trump plans his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, the administration is ... Read More »

Future South China Sea FONOPS Will Include Allies, Partners | USNI News

The U.S. will continue the recent pace of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea and will include allies and partners in future missions, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told a Senate panel on Tuesday. Adm. Phil Davidson, appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, said North Korea represents the most immediate challenge in the ... Read More »

Heisman winner Kyler Murray chooses NFL over baseball | Stars and Stripes

When Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, the Oakland Athletics knew there was a chance he might chose football over baseball. That is exactly that happen. On the day the A’s started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL. “We took the best athlete on the board and who we thought was probably the ... Read More »

French army on the front line of ‘final battle’ against IS group | France24

French howitzer-guns deployed in the Euphrates Valley desert just inside Iraq stand ready to pour fury on Islamic State group diehards in their last holdout across the border in Syria. Warplanes flash through the sky, followed seconds later by explosions on the Syrian side that send up a mushroom cloud. “We’re less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from the frontline ... Read More »

US, 44 other nations attend Pakistan naval exercise | Navy Times

A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan’s navy has kicked off near the southern port city of Karachi as part of efforts to enhance cooperation combating pirates, terrorists and smugglers. Representatives from the navies of 45 nations, including the United States, Britain and Japan, are participating in the exercise titled “Aman” or peace, which began Friday in the Northern Arabian ... Read More »

Trump is risking an ISIS resurrection | WV News

In the U.S. Navy, we say that every sailor is a firefighter. That’s because when a fire breaks out on a ship at sea — a real threat given the combustible mixture of fuel, ammunition, electrical circuits and stored supplies — the entire crew is trained to step up and douse it. It’s not like you can just walk across ... Read More »

Patriots defeat Rams in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever | Stars and Stripes

Defenses dominated what was supposed to be a super shootout until Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the New England Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl. Brady threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard score — the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. That put New England up 10-3. ... Read More »

Trump is moving us closer to war with Iran | Washington Post

Throughout his tenure, President Trump has directed rhetorical barbs at Iran’s regime, including in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, during which he said: “My administration has acted decisively to confront the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, the radical regime in Iran. . . . To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States ... Read More »