Tucson shooting postpones Stanford vs. Arizona

Tucson shooting postpones Stanford vs. Arizona

Jan. 8, 2011

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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.

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers already have three safeties selected within the top two rounds of the draft.

But as the organization has considered its options with the No. 2 overall pick, LSU safety Jamal Adams had been in the discussion. Adams recently visited the 49ers, where he and Eric Reid had a chance to catch up with each other.

Reid’s final season at LSU was 2013. The 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 18 overall pick. The 49ers drafted Jimmie Ward at the end of the first round in 2014, and Jaquiski Tartt was a second-round pick in 2015.

In the past 25 years, only two safeties -- Eric Berry (2010) and Sean Taylor (2004) – have been selected in the top five. Both were chosen with the No. 5 overall selection. Adams has a chance to go as early as No. 2 overall.

“I’m excited to see where he ends up. He could end up here. You know what I’m saying?” Reid said on Wednesday at the 49ers’ voluntary minicamp.

“He’s the best one in the draft. Someone will be very happy to have him, I’m sure.”

Adams (5 foot 11 ¾, 214 pounds) is considered more of a box safety. He recorded five interceptions in his 36-game college career, but Reid said he believes Adams can also play free safety.

“No doubt,” Reid said. “The kid can do it all. That’s why they got him projected to go where he is. I believe he could.”

In the 49ers’ new defense, which is based on Seattle’s scheme, Ward is getting a long look at free safety in the team’s minicamp. Ward started at cornerback last season.

After recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid has one interception over the past two seasons. He played 10 games last season before sustaining a season-ending with a torn biceps.

Reid said he is learning a new position but he believes playing closer to the line of scrimmage suits him. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as he plays this year with a salary of $5.676 million on the fifth-year option.

“I’m used to being on the back end,” Reid said. “I’m used to dealing with a lot more space. So, really, it’s the run game. And the run fits, knowing the gap schemes, the run (stunts) and knowing where the D-linemen are going to fit and filling the holes. That’s been the biggest difference for me.

“I like it. I’m a bigger safety in this league, so I think it’ll work for me.”

And what if the 49ers select Adams on Thursday evening?

”That’ll be interesting,” Reid said. “We’d have to battle it out. We’ll see how it goes.”

Defense on the menu as Raiders enter 2017 NFL Draft

Defense on the menu as Raiders enter 2017 NFL Draft

The Raiders offense is stacked. It was before this offseason, when tight end Jared Cook, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse entered the mix.

Then Marshawn Lynch signed up on Wednesday and filled the last immediate offensive need.

The Raiders have talent and depth at most every offensive position, contrasting the defensive depth chart.

The Raiders need help there, possibly with a few instant impact players taken in this weekend’s NFL draft. The first round starts Thursday evening, with the next two rounds Friday afternoon and the remainder of this draft starting Saturday morning.

Despite clear needs, Reggie McKenzie says position is secondary to his ranking system.

“We’re going to take the best player,” McKenzie said in his pre-draft press conference. “There are some good defensive players in this draft, but we’re going to follow our board like always.”

The Raiders general manager says that could lead to an unexpected draft haul. At least he tried.

“Don’t be surprised if I draft all offensive players,” McKenzie said, unable to keep a straight face. “How about that?”

McKenzie knows his roster is strong, with clearly identifiable needs on defense. The Raiders need a starting inside linebacker. They need a slot cornerback. They need help rushing on the defensive interior. They need safety help.

McKenzie tried to fix some of those areas in free agency, but could find a match beyond weakside linebacker Jelani Jenkins. The draft offers the best opportunity to upgrade on defense, and volume could help fix that unit.

“Hopefully we can get a couple of defensive players that can help our team,” McKenzie said. “But, like we both said, we just want to help this football team, regardless of who comes at a spot whether it’s first or seventh round. And hopefully we get some good players after the draft. That’s the plan, we just want to keep stocking and let the chips fall.”

This draft is critical as the Raiders enter a new phase. He deconstructed the roster and reconstructed it while getting right with the salary cap. Now they need to extend members of the awesome 2014 draft class, including quarterback Derek Carr, guard Gabe Jackson and edge rusher Khalil Mack. Drafted quality must continue to cycle through to keep the team strong and the team’s competitive window open.

McKenzie must keep an eye on the horizon, though a few more quality players could push his unit into serious contention for a conference title.

“What we want as a team moving forward, we just want more impact players,” McKenzie said. “You can never have enough playmakers on both sides of the ball and depth on both sides. That’s when you come in and try to get you the best player who can do those things. We’re not just going to plug holes if that’s what you’re asking. We’re going to get some good football players regardless of who we have here.”