Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Made Last-Minute Pitch to Le’Veon Bell

Ben Roethlisberger gave it one final try ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. EST deadline. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, like many, held out hope that running back Le’Veon Bell would walk through the door and finish the season with his team. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and the Steelers are now moving forward without him.
As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed, Roethlisberger sent a text message to Bell, making it known he hoped his teammate would show up. Ultimately, he received no response.

#Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, on Le’Veon Bell: “The thing about it is he’s not here. … So we don’t talk about it. I texted him yesterday before the deadline texting him I was hoping he was going to show up, and if not I wish him nothing but the best.” Bell did not text back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 14, 2018

It’s tough to say this is all that surprising as Bell had seemingly given nothing but silence to the coaching staff and front office. It seems he also wasn’t all that interested in responding to teammates either. Steelers players surely wanted Bell back, even if it was just for the homestretch of the season, so his decision not to show up is disappointing all around.

Le’Veon Bell’s Future Outlook
There’s unquestionably a very strong possibility we’ve seen the last of Bell in a Steelers uniform. The talented young running back gave up roughly $14.5 million on what was a one-year contract under the franchise tag in order to prove a point. For the Steelers to tag him for a third consecutive year, it would cost them in a big way.
As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero detailed (via’s Austin Knoblauch), the team would have to pay the quarterback-level of the franchise tag. That number would be roughly $25 million, and Pelissero previously reported the team is unlikely to go that route.
“It would be extremely unlikely for the Steelers to put that higher third franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell. That would set up a scenario where they’d tag him a third time, the number is upwards of $25 million and Bell, if he wanted to, could walk in the day he’s tagged, sign it and be owed $25 million for one season.” Pelissero stated.
At this point, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Bell will be elsewhere in 2019. He should have plenty of suitors, but it’s unknown what the offers will look like, as he’s demanding big money.
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Warriors’ Klay Thompson Sent Strong Message to Team After Fight

Klay Thompson isn’t typically the outspoken one on the Golden State Warriors. He’s normally not even heard from due to the fact that he seems to have a laid back personality. But after the on-court feud between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant against the Los Angeles Clippers, he opted to speak up and send a message in the locker room.
In a story from The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II, he revealed the message Thompson sent to his teammates, which was revealed by players inside the locker room.
“We all want to win,” Thompson said in the locker room after the game, per accounts of people in the room. “That’s all this is about. We all want to win. I think we’re the only team that can beat us. Nobody else can beat us. So let’s go kick ass.”
It’s a strong message from one of the original members of the team’s core, and he hit the nail on the head. The Warriors are loaded with talent, and even through the drama and issues, they remain as a favorite in the eyes of most to get the job done and win another NBA title.

Future Outlook of Kevin Durant
There have been multiple rumblings that Green brought up Durant’s impending free agency during the back-and-forth between the two. It’s apparent the team is somewhat bracing for the star to leave town next offseason. Obviously, a situation like this doesn’t make things any better. But as The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II revealed in the same story, one player openly stated there’s “already no way Durant is coming back.”
“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” one player said. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.’ ”
For the players, Durant’s future is known. While the former MVP won’t openly admit anything right now (understandably), it seems his time with Golden State is limited to the remainder of this season.
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An Anonymous Warriors Player Thinks Draymond Argument was the Final Straw for KD

An anonymous Warriors player came out with a bold prediction in light of the team’s recent drama between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.
The player told The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II that he doesn’t have much hope for KD’s return after this season, at which point Durant will become a free agent.
“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” the player said. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.’”
The fight is reportedly revolving around Durant’s impending free agency–and the fact that Draymond called Durant a “b—h” several times during the altercation that happened just before an overtime period against the Clippers, after Green attempted to take the final shot for himself and ended up whiffing the attempt.

Will the Warriors End Their Own Dynasty?
GettyKevin Durant and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors hadn’t hashed out their differences a day after their sideline argument.
Since even before Durant’s “Next Chapter” era, the question of just who exactly will take down the Warriors has been at the forefront of every NBA season. It was LeBron James and Co. in Cleveland a few times, but the King’s new team in LA hardly has a chance.
The newfangled Eastern Conference is stacked this year with some promising options to face the Bay Area juggernaut in the NBA Finals, but maybe the real dismantling of the most loaded team the league has ever seen will come at the hands of their own locker room (or, in this case, on-the-floor) drama.
Free agency is looming for a few of the Warriors’ star players, not just Durant. But Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have already made clear their desire to stay with the Golden State dynasty. Durant, on the other hand, has been keeping his options open and playing with the idea of leaving–not committing to anything at all and dangling the possibility of his departure over his teammates’ heads.
Green’s suspension by management is just another way of showing just how badly they’d like Durant to stay. It’s just a bandaid, though, and there will almost certainly be lingering issues when Green returns to the floor tomorrow.
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Jan Singer, CEO of Victoria’s Secret, Resigns

The Financial Times reported that Victoria’s Secret CEO Jan Singer has resigned. There is little information about the cause of resignation, but Financial Times says it was confirmed by “people close to the company.” L Brands, the company that owns Victoria’s Secret, is apparently planning to announce the news next Monday, when they announce quarterly earnings.
According to Bloomberg, Singer has held her position within Victoria’s Secret for two year, after working with Spanx.
The news of Singer’s resignation comes after another major announcement from the L Brands company. After 123 years in business, L Brands announced that they would be closing Henri Bendel stores and e-commmerce in January 2019, after one last holiday season.

Sixers Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Magic With Jimmy Butler

The Philadelphia 76ers will roll out All-Star Jimmy Butler for the first time since the blockbuster trade last week. Just one day after Butler held his introductory press conference, the excitement surrounding the Sixers’ newest edition will make plenty of headlines. And the team is set to boast an impressive new-look starting lineup in the process for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic.
Philly fans will get their first look at the new “big three” of Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. This comes after two games in which the team was fairly shorthanded, the first being Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. In that game, both Mike Muscala and Wilson Chandler sat out while Dario Saric and Robert Covington were heading to Minnesota as a part of the trade. Muscala and Chandler will play in Wednesday’s game, leaving the Sixers somewhat close to fully healthy.
Let’s take a look at the team’s full roster and starting lineup in their first game with Jimmy Butler.

76ers Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Magic
C: Joel Embiid*, Amir Johnson
PF: Wilson Chandler*, Mike Muscala, Jonah Bolden
SF: Jimmy Butler*
SG: JJ Redick*, Markelle Fultz, Landry Shamet, Furkan Korkmaz
PG: Ben Simmons*, T.J. McConnell
The lineup was confirmed by Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia, which shows that Markelle Fultz will now move to the bench. To go along with that, this will be Wilson Chandler’s second game starting. As Winters also reported ahead of Monday’s game against the Heat, he’s expected to be off the minute restriction for the first time this season.
It’s certainly worth noting that JJ Redick moved into the lineup over Fultz. In turn, the second-year guard could wind up running the show for the second unit. It’s hard to argue that Redick shouldn’t have been starting all along, as he’s had another strong start to the season. After posting a career-best 17.1 points per game last season, he’s averaging 17.9 points through 15 games this season.
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Philadelphia 76ers Put the Markelle Fultz Project on Hold

The Philadelphia 76ers are doing all that they can to help their former first-overall pick Markelle Fultz improve. The kid who was once a sharpshooter in college has lost his jump shot, and can’t seem to get it back. At this point, his physical issues are mixed in with mental errors. And with the Sixers being in win-now mode, they have to put their Fultz project aside for now.
The Sixers surprised everybody when they started off the season with Fultz being in the starting five. It required the team to send their veteran leader J.J. Redick to the bench. Although Redick took the benching quite well, the fans of Philadelphia weren’t sure how all of this would play out considering that Fultz is still visibly struggling.
After the most recent move by the Sixers front office though, Fultz is going to have to take a backseat once again. With Jimmy Butler on board, the team is no longer going to be slowed down by the lack of progress in Fultz. So with that, Fultz will find himself back into a role coming off of the bench.
Markelle Fultz out of the Lineup

Sixers new starting 5, per @TimBontemps:
Ben SimmonsJJ RedickJimmy ButlerWilson ChandlerJoel Embiid
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) November 14, 2018

Markelle Fultz hasn’t been as bad as social media has made him out to be, but he hasn’t been all that great either. As he is currently averaging around nine-points-per-game, the Sixers have recognized that his lack of progress is slowing down the team. With Redick, and Butler on the floor to start the game, the Sixers are going to look very strong with their set of established veterans, and young superstars.
Unfortunately, Fultz is not cut out for stardom just yet. It’s unclear where he fits in with the Sixers moving forward, but right now is not the time for the Sixers to play with a project player. Hopefully, Fultz flourishes in his role off the bench. His defense has been a lot better, and during some nights he is on-point when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. But the Sixers are expecting a lot more from him, and they simply aren’t getting it right now.

Claire Grady: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering shuffling people around in his administration. One of the most high-profile people who could be the first one to either resign or be fired is Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Nielsen served in the George W. Bush administration and is viewed as an ally of current Chief of Staff John Kelly. The Washington Post, citing White House officials, has reported that the president is less than thrilled with Nielsen’s performance because he feels she could have been much tougher on immigration.
There is no current deputy secretary of Homeland Security. That means that if Nielsen leaves and there is not an immediate replacement in mind, the person who would temporarily fill that role is Claire M. Grady. She is the Under Secretary for Management, which is the third most senior position at the department.
Here’s what you need to know.

1. Claire Grady Has Been in Her Current Role at Homeland Security Since August 2017

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Claire Grady has been serving in her current role as Under Secretary for Management since August 8, 2017. According to her biography on the Homeland Security website, Grady was already familiar with the department, having served in various other roles throughout her more than 20 years of public service.
Grady’s primary job as Under Secretary for Management is handling the department’s finances. She is responsible for managing the $60 billion budget.
Her bio also states that her current role includes people management. Homeland Security is the third-largest government agency, with more than 240,000 employees. Grady is responsible for overseeing this workforce.
When accepting the nomination, Grady described the role of Homeland Security in a prepared statement. It reads in part, “More than 15 years after 9/11, the threats to our nation, our people and our way of life remain. The world is a dangerous place and the velocity of those threats is ever changing and accelerating. Round the clock, whether at a computer, in our communities, at an airport, in a port, at sea, at a desk, in the air, in the classroom, on the border, in a command center, or in a lab, the professionals of DHS valiantly serve our nation and keep us safe. They have committed themselves to thwarting our nation’s adversaries (natural or man-made) in an environment where
a single incident can have devastating consequences. And if tragedy were to befall our nation, they are prepared to respond and aid in the recovery.”

2. Grady Has Had to Step In to the Role of Deputy Secretary Since Taking Office
GettyFrench Minister attached to the Interior Minister Jacqueline Gourault welcomes US Under Secretary for Homeland Security Claire M. Grady (R) in Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, on October 9, 2018 during the G6 Summit of Interior Ministers.
The Department of Homeland Security does not currently have an acting Deputy Secretary. The former person in that role, Elaine Duke, retired in April of 2018. Duke also served as the Acting Secretary from July 31, 2017 through December 6 of that year. No one has been confirmed in the months since she stepped down.
Grady already has some experience carrying out the responsibilities of the second highest position in the department. Her bio on the Homeland Security website states that was asked to serve as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary.
Grady has also recently represented the United States on the world stage. In October 2018, she attended the G6 Summit of Interior Ministers in France. Representatives from France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Poland were all there. The purpose of the event was to discuss the fight against terrorism, and how best to handle migration issues.

3. Grady Served in Several Leadership Roles at the Department of Defense, Including With the Coast Guard
Defense DepartmentClaire M. Grady
Claire Grady worked as a Director within the Department of Defense before moving over to Homeland Security for her current job. In 2015, she was named as the Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy. The job is stationed in the Pentagon in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
In a statement Grady gave when she was nominated for her current job, she described her previous duties at the Department of Defense. She explained that she had been “responsible for over 30,000 procurement professionals throughout the world, who, in 2017, did brilliant work in obligating $297 billion in support of the warfighter. I also advise senior DoD leadership on acquisition strategies for major defense acquisition programs and major automated information systems.”
Before that promotion, Grady served in leadership roles within the Coast Guard for several years. Her titles at the Coast Guard included:
* Deputy Assistant Commandant for Acquisition
* Director of Acquisition Services
* Head of Contracting Activity
Other management roles on her resume include:
* Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Management Directorate’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer.
* Deputy Director of the Navy’s surface weapon systems division
Grady is also the recipient of an executive honor. In 2010, she was given the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.

4. Claire Grady Holds Two Master’s Degrees
Claire Grady holds multiple degrees. She attended Trinity University for her undergraduate education.
She earned two Master’s degrees. Grady has an MBA from the University of Maryland.
She later obtained a Master of Science in national resource strategy. That came from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
Her various bios from Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the White House all state that she holds “Level III acquisition professional certifications in contracting and program management.”

5. Claire Grady Is Married & Has One Daughter & Five Nieces
Claire M. Grady has kept her personal life private. She does not appear to have social media accounts. An online search shows that she was born August 2, 1967. When she was named Under Secretary of Management for Homeland Security, a White House press release identified Grady as being from Pennsylvania. Her parents still live there.
Grady gave a statement when she was nominated to her current position. In it, she identified her husband as Colonel Rick Cornelio, who served in the Air Force for 34 years. She explained that he has always been her biggest champion. “His love and support have been unwavering. With three simple words “not big enough”, he reminds me that while challenges may be serious and daunting, they still can be tackled.”
Grady’s mother, Mary Grady, was in attendance during her nomination in June of 2017. Other family members included her son-in-law, Lieutenant Michael Berl, older sister Kelly Grady and her husband, Michael Zuckerman. Grady also mentioned having five nieces, “each of whom is amazing in their own right.”

READ: DoJ Says the White House Had the Right to Take Acosta’s Press Pass

Justice Dept., representing Trump White House, defends revocation of Acosta press credentials:
— Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) November 14, 2018

The Department of Justice says that the White House had an absolute right to take away CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials after Acosta’s heated exchange with the president earlier this month. You can read the DoJ’s argument here.
In a filing on November 14, the Justice Department said that access to the White House is NOT a first amendment right. The filing argued that the administration can take away a journalist’s press credentials at any time and that the administration doesn’t have to give an explanation before taking away press credentials. Access to the White House is not a right; it’s a privilege that can be revoked by the president.
The filing says,
“No journalist has the first amendment right to enter the White House and the President need not survive First Amendment scrutiny whenever he exercises his discretion to deny an individual journalist one of the many hundreds of passes granting on-demand access to the White House complex.”
You can read the full filing here.

CNN Is Suing the White House & the First Hearing Is Scheduled for This Afternoon
Justice Dept., representing Trump White House, defends revocation of Acosta press credentials:……— Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) November 14, 2018
CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta was barred from entering White House grounds. The network argued that banning Acosta from the White House was a violation of his First Amendment rights (and the first amendment rights of CNN itself).
The first hearing in the case is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, November 14. Judge Timothy Kelly will preside. Judge Kelly joined the district court in 2017 after being appointed by President Trump.

Gordon Hayward Accepts Possibility of a Bench Role in Boston

Amid Carmelo Anthony drama and a slow start for Boston, Gordon Hayward has said that he’d be willing to accept a bench role for the struggling team.
The Celtics came into the season expecting to rule the Eastern Conference but have so far gone 7-6 in a disappointing start. The return of Gordon Hayward himself has been lackluster, leading to his acceptance of the possibility of a different role. This comes at a time when Carmelo Anthony is being routinely roasted for never being willing to accept such a role–it looks like Hayward has been paying attention.
Hayward hasn’t been performing the way he’d hoped after returning from last season’s gruesome leg injury. He’s shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from three after having a starting role in each of the Celtics’ 12 games.
When asked about the possibility of switching to a bench role for the Celtics as they continue to work out the kinks, Hayward was open to the idea. “I said it before the season, it’s whatever to me,” he told Bleacher Report. “We have to figure something out because for whatever reason we’re not playing our best basketball right now.”

Gordon Hayward is open to a bench role in Boston after 7-6 start: “We have to figure something out,” per @GwashburnGlobe
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 14, 2018

Hayward is Still Shaking off Some Rust
Hayward has been streaky so far this season and has been noticeably not himself. The former All-Star is averaging 9.9 points per game, along with 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists, but it’s nowhere close to his former glory. With the Utah Jazz in 2016 he was averaging close to 22 points per game and was the go-to guy.
He’s expressed some frustration with his continued process of recovery. “There’s obviously a little bit of rust and sometimes you just go through those phases,” he said. “You go through slumps. The shot feels good in practice and looks good, and for whatever reason in the game, they’re in and out.”
Through whatever frustration he’s experiencing, though, it’s a good sign that he’s willing to take a backseat to help the team succeed. If it’s not working right now, it’s not working. But once Hayward is back at 100%, it’ll be a different story.
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Revolution, Chelsea Reportedly In Talks Over Exhibition Game For Just Cause

The New England Revolution might welcome one of the Premier League’s leading lights for the greater good.
The local Major League Soccer team is in talks with Chelsea FC over an exhibition game aimed at helping combat antisemitism, ESPN’s Liam Twomey reported Tuesday, citing sources. The teams would face off next spring or summer at Gillette Stadium, and all proceeds from all ticket sales would be donated to groups engaged in the fight against antisemitism. Revolution owner Robert Kraft and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who both are Jewish, also would each would donate $1 million (£778,565) to the cause.

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Kraft first revealed last week at the World Jewish Congress he had spoken with Abramovich over the potential exhibition game. Their respective clubs have since been in contact, presumably over scheduling and other logistics, but talks remain at an early stage.
Chelsea announced earlier this year its commitment to eradicating antisemitism, with Abramovich leading the Blues’ efforts from the front.