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CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett has only respect for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a generational talent on another level from other players in the NFL. Reverence aside, Garrett hopes to make Mahomes remember meeting him in the playoffs. Forever. “I want him to be able to go home when he has his kid or kids and tell them that he went against Myles Garrett,” the Browns' star defensive end said Friday after he and his teammates had their last full practice before facing top-seeded Kansas City in Sunday's divisional playoff game. ”It is not just me versus him — it is the Browns versus the Chiefs," Garrett said. "But individually, I like to leave an impression on everybody I go against.” Garrett's ready to take on the Super Bowl champions, and he believes the Browns (12-5) are as well. Cleveland's not being given much of a chance at Arrowhead Stadium, but that was the case a week ago when the Browns went into Heinz Field as underdogs and stunned the Steelers despite missing their coach and two top players because of COVID-19. The Browns are healthier, and Garrett insists hungrier. Satisfaction hasn't been attained. “You have to prove what you are worth day in and day out,” Garett said. "Every time those lights are on and we are on the field, we have to show that we are a great team. Here is another opportunity to show that.” It's a monumental task for the Browns, who will be facing an offence with no weaknesses and a quarterback capable of turning the mundane into magical. There is no one like Mahomes, who has 38 TD passes this season and can lean on playoff experience Garrett and the Browns lack. “He is kind of regarded as the face of the league right now,” Garrett said. Since coming back after missing two games with COVID-19, Garrett has played well but isn't delivering the same game-swinging plays he did earlier this season, when strip-sacks, fumble recoveries were common place for the All-Pro. Garrett's been close. He wants to be closer this week against Mahomes. “I'm due,” Garrett said. Is now the time? "Absolutely. This should be the game to do it,” said Garrett. “One of the best teams in the league, if not the best team in the league, but they have to go in there and they have to prove it, and we have to prove that we can battle with anybody.” Garrett has done plenty of studying on Mahomes, and knows the Browns can't take a play off. None. The key to stopping the Chiefs is forcing mistakes, and Mahomes rarely makes any. “The guy is great with his feet and he is great throwing off of the run,” Garrett said. “He can make plays in any part of the field so we have to be prepared for that. Do not jump for those ball fakes. If you take your shot at him, make it clean and try to take the ball away from him. “The best place to be on the field with Patrick is with the ball in our hands instead of him because he is great with it.” The Browns have gone further than anyone outside the team expected. Garrett wants to keep going. “We are here. We might as well be great,” he said. “Nobody is excited about just getting a ticket to the dance. Like I said, you want to dance with the pretty girl. You want to shoot your shot, and the worst she can say is no. “As long as you go out there and you take your best shot, you will be proud of the result, but we are not satisfied until we see how far we can get.” ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Tom Withers, The Associated Press
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the "world's largest" vaccination campaign on Saturday as the populous nation tries to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control starting with two locally-manufactured shots. Modi will address healthcare workers through video conferencing but will not immediately take the vaccine himself as India is initially prioritising nurses, doctors and others on the front line. "This will be the world’s largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country," Modi's office said in a statement this week.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.” The timing for the trial, the first of a president no longer in office, has not yet been set. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear Friday that Democrats intend to move swiftly on President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID aid and economic recovery package to speed up vaccinations and send Americans relief. Biden is set to take the oath of office Wednesday. Pelosi called the recovery package a “matter of complete urgency." The uncertainty of the scheduling, despite the House’s swift impeachment of Trump just a week after the deadly Jan. 6 siege, reflects the fact that Democrats do not want the Senate trial proceedings to dominate the opening days of the Biden administration. With security on alert over the threat of more potential violence heading into the inauguration, the Senate is also moving quickly to prepare for confirming Biden's nominee for National Intelligence Director, Avril Haines. A committee hearing is set for the day before the inauguration, signalling a confirmation vote to install her in the position could come swiftly once the new president is in office. Many Democrats have pushed for an immediate impeachment trial to hold Trump accountable and prevent him from holding future office, and the proceedings could still begin by Inauguration Day. But others have urged a slower pace as the Senate considers Biden’s Cabinet nominees and the newly Democratic-led Congress considers priorities like the coronavirus plan. Biden's incoming White House press secretary, Jen Psaki said Friday the Senate can do both. “The Senate can do its constitutional duty while continuing to conduct the business of the people," she said. Psaki noted that during Trump's first impeachment trial last year, the Senate continued to hold hearings each day. “There is some precedent,” she said. Trump is the only president to be twice impeached, and the first to be prosecuted as he leaves the White House, an ever-more-extraordinary end to the defeated president’s tenure. He was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 to acquit. When his second trial does begin, House impeachment managers say they will be making the case that Trump’s incendiary rhetoric hours before the bloody attack on the Capitol was not isolated, but rather part of an escalating campaign to overturn the November election. It culminated, they will argue, in the Republican president’s rally cry to “fight like hell” as Congress was tallying the Electoral College votes to confirm he’d lost to Biden. For Republican senators, the trial will be a perhaps final test of their loyalty to the defeated president and his legions of supporters in their states back home, and their own experiences sheltering at the Capitol as a pro-Trump mob ransacked the building and attempted to overturn Biden's election. It will force a further re-evaluation of their relationship with the defeated president, who lost not only the White House but majority control of the Senate. “These men weren’t drunks who got rowdy — they were terrorists attacking this country’s constitutionally-mandated transfer of power,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., in a statement Friday. “They failed, but they came dangerously close to starting a bloody constitutional crisis. They must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” McConnell, who has spent the past days talking to senators and donors, is telling them the decision on whether or not to convict Trump is theirs alone — meaning the leadership team will not work to hold senators in line one way or the other. Last week's assault angered lawmakers, stunned the nation and flashed unsettling imagery around the globe, the most serious breach of the Capitol since the War of 1812, and the worst by home-grown intruders. Pelosi told reporters on Friday that the nine House impeachment managers, who act as the prosecutors for the House, are working on taking the case to trial. “The only path to any reunification of this broken and divided country is by shining a light on the truth,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., who will serve as an impeachment manager. Trump was impeached Wednesday by the House on the single charge, incitement of insurrection, in lightning-quick proceedings just a week after after the siege. Ten Republicans joined all Democrats in the 232-197 vote to impeach, the most bipartisan modern presidential impeachment. McConnell is open to considering impeachment, having told associates he is done with Trump, but he has not signalled how he would vote. McConnell continues to hold great sway in his party, even though convening the trial next week could be among his last acts as majority leader as Democrats prepare to take control of the Senate with the seating of two new Democratic senators from Georgia. No president has ever been convicted in the Senate, and it would take a two-thirds vote against Trump, an extremely high hurdle. But conviction of Trump is not out of the realm of possibility, especially as corporations and wealthy political donors distance themselves from his brand of politics and the Republicans who stood by his attempt to overturn the election. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Thursday, “Such unlawful actions cannot go without consequence.” She said in a statement that the House responded “appropriately” with impeachment and she will consider the trial arguments. At least four Republican senators have publicly expressed concerns about Trump’s actions, but others have signalled their preference to move on. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., issued a statement saying he opposes impeachment against a president who has left office. Trump ally Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is building support for launching a commission to investigate the siege as an alternative to conviction. The riot delayed the tally of Electoral College votes that was the last step in finalizing Biden’s victory as lawmakers fled for shelter and police, guns drawn, barricaded the doors to the House chamber. A Capitol Police officer died from injuries suffered in the attack, and police shot and killed a woman. Three other people died in what authorities said were medical emergencies. ___ Associated Press writers Will Weissert, Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor, Alan Fram, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — NL batting champion Juan Soto, shortstop Trea Turner and first baseman Josh Bell agreed to 2021 contracts for substantial raises with the Washington Nationals on Friday, leaving the team with no players headed to arbitration. Soto's one year-deal is worth $8.5 million, Turner's is for $13 million and Bell's is $6.35 million. Friday was the scheduled exchange by players and teams of proposed salary figures for arbitration. A young, slugging outfielder, Soto hit .351 in 2020, also leading the National League in on-base percentage (.490) and slugging percentage (.695). He finished with a team-high 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 47 games during the pandemic-truncated season. Soto made just above $233,111 in prorated salary in 2020; he had been due to make s$629,400 if it had been a full season. This was his first time being eligible for arbitration. Soto, who turned 22 in October, has primarily been a left fielder in the majors, but he also spent some time in right field in 2020 and could make a full-time shift over there next season, allowing free-agent signing Kyle Schwarber to play left. “I mean, when you look at Soto, I mean, obviously, I think he’s probably — I think he’s the best hitter in the game. I really do,” Schwarber said last week after joining Washington. “Even at his age, I think he’s one of the best hitters in the game. I mean, he’s showing it on a consistent basis right now, what he can do.” Soto was fifth in NL MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger award, a year after helping Washington win the franchise’s first World Series title. Turner came in seventh place in the MVP tally after topping the NL in hits with 78 and coming in fourth in batting average at .335. He led Washington with 41 RBIs and 12 stolen bases and finished second on the club with 12 homers. The 27-year-old Turner is a fixture at the top of the lineup and pairs with Soto to give the Nationals two offensive cornerstones. Turner was supposed to make $7.45 million in 2020, but that was reduced to a prorated salary of $2,759,259. General manager Mike Rizzo has pursued a long-term deal for Turner. “Trea is part of that core that we’re talking about. You are looking at a young player that’s really coming into his own and becoming a real factor in the game, so he’s a guy that we have had discussions in the past,” Rizzo said in September. “We certainly would love to continue to have discussions.” Washington traded for Bell last month in its first significant move of the off-season, filling a hole at first base while also hoping to add some pop to the batting order by getting him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nationals are counting on the 28-year-old Bell to play like the version that earned an NL All-Star berth for a terrific first half of the 2019 season — he batted .302 and produced 27 homers and 84 RBIs — rather than the player he’s been since. He slumped to a .233 average with 10 homers the rest of the way that season, then dropped to a career-worst .226 average with eight homers and 22 RBIs in 57 games in 2020. Bell collected a prorated salary of $1,777,778 last season; his contract was worth $4.8 million before the pandemic shortened the schedule. Note: The Nationals also announced Friday that they agreed to terms with 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Armando Cruz and nine other international free agents. A total of five are from the Dominican Republic, four from Venezuela and one from Aruba; all are teens. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press
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The boys, aged between 14 and 16, were killed on Feb. 8, 2019, when a nightime blaze swept through the Flamengo training centre on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The prosecutors’ report charged the 11, some of whom worked for the club and others who provided, installed and maintained the accommodation, with negligence leading to death and describes a series of “irregularities and illegalities.” It said Flamengo officials hid from regulatory authorities the real conditions in which the youngsters were housed, failed to follow the correct standards for the housing, did not properly maintain the facilities, and provided no evacuation plans in case of fire.
VANCOUVER — The director of the University of British Columbia's school of population and public health has resigned after apologizing for taking a holiday trip during the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter Berman says in a statement he decided to resign as director because of "distress and division" in the department, which made it impossible for him to provide effective leadership. Berman apologized last week, saying he regretted the decision to travel during the winter break while health officials were recommending against leaving the province. In a statement on the school's website, Berman says his resignation was effective on Friday. Berman is among others who have lost or given up positions because of travel over the winter break, including Ontario's finance minister and Alberta's minister of municipal affairs. Berman also expressed his gratitude to those who supported him. "I also respect the many different views expressed by those in our wider community," he added. "I have read and heard much about the suffering our community has experienced due to the terrible pandemic of COVID-19 and the concerns of many that we stay the course to defeat this dreadful disease." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2021. The Canadian Press
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