Tucson shooting postpones Stanford vs. Arizona

Tucson shooting postpones Stanford vs. Arizona

Jan. 8, 2011


TUCSON, Ariz. (CSNAP) The University of Arizona has postponed its men'sbasketball game against Stanford scheduled for Saturday afternoon inthe wake of the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others inTucson.School officials say the game has been rescheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MST.---UPDATE 12:27 A.M.
The young girl killed in Saturdays mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. was the nine-year-old granddaughter of Phillies legend Dallas Green.

CSNPhilly.com: Green's granddaughter killed in Arizona shooting
Christina-Taylor Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, was shot and killed during a trip to a Tucson Safeway where she had hoped to meet U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. According to the Arizona Star, Green had gone to the Safeway with a neighbor who also was shot but is recovering from surgery.Six people were killed, including Christina-Taylor and a federal judge, and 13 were wounded when an assailant opened fire outside of the grocery store where Giffords was meeting her constituents. The congresswoman was among the wounded, suffering a gunshot wound to the head and is listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital.Christina-Taylor's father is John Green, a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the son of Dallas and Sylvia Green. John Green told the Arizona Star that his daughter had just been elected to student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School and had been interested in politics from a very young age.Christina-Taylor is described as a precocious and thoughtful girl. The Star reported she had told her parents that she wanted to attend Penn State and was very passionate about animals, dancing and gymnastics. She also was the only girl on her baseball team called the Pirates where she played second base.She kept up with everyone, she was a strong girl, a very good athlete and a strong swimmer," her mother Roxanna Green told the Star. "She was interested in everything. She got a guitar for Christmas so her next thing was learning to play guitar.The paper also reported that Christina-Taylor was aware of the inequities in the world, telling her mother, We are so blessed. We have the best life.Roxanna Green said her daughter was one of 50 babies born on Sept. 11, 2001 and featured in a book called "Faces of Hope."---
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne says "the university feels thegame should be delayed with deep respect to the victims and familiesimpacted by this tragedy.''President Obama released the following statement:
"This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans wereshot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with CongresswomanGabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information,we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords isgravely wounded.We do not yet have all the answers. What we doknow is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no placein a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle inkeeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and theirfamilies in our prayers."Jared Lee Loughner has been identified as the man suspected of shooting the Congresswomen.
Loughner, 22, shot Giffords in the head from point blank range and twelve others outside the Tucson Safeway before attempting to flee after his extended clip ran out of ammunition. He was tackled by one of Giffords' staffers.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season. 

Practice report: Conley locking in mentally while rehabbing injury


Practice report: Conley locking in mentally while rehabbing injury

NAPA – Gareon Conley ran Sunday for the first time in two months. The Raiders first-round cornerback remains on the physically unable to perform list with a shin injury originally suffered during a June minicamp. He wants to get back on the field. He just isn’t ready yet.

Missing training camp certainly sets back a dynamic cover man, but it doesn’t mean Conley can’t make an instant impact. While he hasn’t been seen on the practice field, the Raiders have been encouraged that Conley’s proving a quick learner and an inquisitive mind.

“We’d love to have him out there right now,” Raiders assistant head coach – defense John Pagano said. “When he’s out there, he’ll be out there. Until then, I think he got the reps he needed in OTAs. His mental game has picked up tremendously. He’s always asking questions, even more. It’s hard for a lot of injured players in this league to stand there on the sidelines and be able to just watch and look out there, but he’s always asking. He’s getting those mental reps.

"When he’s able to come back, he’ll be at a fast level. Injuries are part of the game, you deal with it and you just have to make sure, as a rookie, you’re taking those mental reps.”

Conley has been on the practice field with his position group most days, with a play sheet in hand to follow along. He has also lifted weights the past two days and worked on the JUGS machine Wednesday.

Nearly a month remains until the regular season starts, leaving Conley time to get back in the mix.


-- Cornerback Sean Smith took some reps with the first unit on Wednesday, though most of them came as an outside corner in the nickel package. TJ Carrie slid inside in those instances, and generally remained outside in the base defense.

Smith had his second straight quality practice, a sign he might be rebounding after a rough week where he practiced with the second unit and didn’t fare well at Arizona. The Raiders hope he can build on good work and be steadier in coverage.

“I think he’s growing every day,” Pagano said. “There’s always highs and lows in this game. You don’t want to make it, as we term, inconsistent. We’re always looking for the consistency. It’s how you build. It’s how you learn. It’s how you come off those things. There’s always room for improvement in the backend, in the front, all across our defense. There’s guys we’re asking them to go out there and make plays. Has he been improving at practice? Yeah. Then our job is to take that practice stuff and take it to the game field and have that consistency and that carry over to those types of games.”

-- Offensive line coach Mike Tice praised Ian Silberman’s play in a position switch to center. He has seen extensive reps there in camp, including a massive amount in the preseason opener at Arizona. Silberman will play some left guard in coming weeks to establish versatility and give him a shot to make the team.

-- Undrafted rookie Nicholas Morrow played with the first unit in sub packages, as the Raiders continue searching for coverage options in those personnel groups.

-- Jon Feliciano worked with the first unit on Wednesday at left guard. He will be a primary backup at every interior line spot. He is working back from a knee injury that kept him out until last week.