first_imgNavy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday for his first interview since he was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder in the killing of a teenage ISIS fighter.The 40-year-old was accompanied by his wife, Andrea, and attorney Tim Parlatore.Gallagher, who was accused of fatally stabbing a 15-year-old ISIS member and taking pictures with the corpse in 2017, told Pete Hegseth he was “grateful to those who supported him through the process, including fellow service members, President Trump, and Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Ralph Norman.”In the interview, he addressed how numerous media outlets described as an accused war criminal.“I believe they tried to frame me as a criminal from the get-go,” said Gallagher. “But we knew the truth the whole time; we knew I was innocent of these charges.”Gallagher said he overcame it by “having my strong wife with me the whole time and my legal team fighting for me.”Gallagher faced a total of seven criminal charges.Tuesday, a San Diego jury found him not guilty of six of seven charges including premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the attempted murders of two noncombatants.Jurors found Gallagher guilty of the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a casualty, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four months.Gallagher was released on time served.During the trial, jaws-dropped when another sailor confessed to killing the ISIS fighter by asphyxiation.The revelation contradicted the testimony of at least several  SEALs who said Gallagher stabbed the ISIS teenager.Gallagher said a small group of SEALs “concocted” the accusations against him, arguing they do not represent the SEAL community as a whole.“I want the nation to know this is not what our community is about, said Gallagher. “This community is full of elite warriors that I have been honored and blessed to work with for the past 20 years.”last_img read more

first_imgArman Marwah, a current student on leave from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, died suddenly on Dec. 26. He was 22.“The USC Annenberg community is deeply saddened by the loss of this young man. Our thoughts and condolences are with Arman’s family and friends” said Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III and Sarah Banet-Weiser, director of the School of Communication, in a joint statement to the Daily Trojan.Marwah was born and raised in Hong Kong, though he finished high school in New York at The Dwight School.Gideon Welles, a friend of Marwah and USC alum, remembers Marwah for his fun-loving spirit.“Arman was always the entertainer,” Welles said. “Even after 10 years of knowing him, his ability to light up a room with humor never ceased to amaze me. Such was his charm that strangers quickly became friends. He was sure to leave an impression.”After taking leave from USC in spring 2014, Marwah returned to Hong Kong to work in international business development. He had recently been promoted to a manager position.According to Marwah’s sister, Alia Eyres, Marwah treasured his time at USC.“Arman loved living in California during college and made friends for life at USC and in his fraternity [Sigma Phi Epsilon],” she said.Marwah was on vacation in Laos with a friend he met at USC when he passed away.Marwah, who was the youngest of seven siblings, was known for being devoted to his family and especially close to his niece and nephews.“He spent a lot of time with his nephews and niece, and although he had a reputation for being cool, most people didn’t know that he went to play with his nephews most days after work,” Eyres said.Many remember Marwah as a faithful, caring friend.“Arman was one of the most genuinely compassionate human beings I’ve ever met in my life,” said David Bessin, a friend of Marwah and USC alum. “He was always there for me and had undying loyalty to his friends.”Marwah is survived by his parents, grandparents, four sisters, two brothers and four nieces and nephews. A memorial for Marwah will be held in Hong Kong on Jan. 2.Saharra Griffin contributed to his report. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Marwah graduated from USC. That is incorrect. He was a current student on leave from USC. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

first_imgD-Generation X, the bad boys and girl of the Attitude Era and influential force during that period, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2019 on April 6.Those being inducted include Triple H, Shawn Michaels, the late Chyna, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac, representing the key members of both versions of DX. BREAKING: As first reported by @espn, D-Generation X are the first inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019.— WWE (@WWE) February 18, 2019 The faction came together in 1997 with Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Chyna forming the original trio. Together, the group pushed boundaries with its controversial antics in comparison to what was previously accepted on television. But this was a new era and their crotch-chopping and “suck it” attitude caught on with mainstream pop culture, making them into bigger stars while helping grow the WWE audience at a key time.“Being a part of DX remains one of the highlights of my career, and it is truly an honor to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame alongside my closest friends,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque in a press release statement.  “We now have just one question for the WWE Hall of Fame: Are You Ready!?”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearD-Generation X proved to be innovative not only with their catchphrases and bigger-than-life personas, but also in creating memorable moments such as invading WCW Nitro back in 1998 during the “Monday Night Wars.”The faction would go to just about any lengths to raise some hell and entertain whether it was showing off their nether regions while wishing the audience a Merry Christmas to wearing a spit guards in front of a saliva-spraying Sgt. Slaughter and impersonating Vince and Shane McMahon. Despite all of their shenanigans, DX was a force to be reckoned with inside the ring, winning nearly every major championship and becoming a significant part of the Attitude Era, the most-watched period in WWE history. The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of WrestleMania Week.last_img read more

first_img– ‘Win-win-win’ –IOC president Thomas Bach said he was confident any remaining hurdles could be cleared.“We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners,” he said.“This agreement will be put forward to the IOC Session in Lima in September for ratification.”Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter: “Happy that my friend @MayorofLA has made an important new step on an agreement that will have three winners: Paris, Los Angeles and the IOC #Paris2024”LA bid officials had scheduled a press conference for 5pm (0000 GMT) with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and bid chief Casey Wasserman about the bid.LA city council member Gil Cedillo had already tweeted “hashtag goes from #LA2024 to #LA2028”, and City Council president Herb Wesson was enthusiastic.“The City of Los Angeles is a proud and enthusiastic partner in this ‘win-win-win’ scenario,” he said.While local backing is seen as crucial to the success of any Games, the bid committee also singled out the support of US President Donald Trump as they try to bring the Games back to the United States.The USA last hosted the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 while the Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City in 2002.“Since his election, President Trump has been personally involved in helping to make LA’s bid a truly American bid and the White House Office of American Innovation and the US Senate and House of Representatives have been true partners throughout,” they said.“The USOC and Los Angeles bid team greatly appreciate their strong commitment to bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the United States.”Share on: WhatsApp Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Los Angeles formally announced its intent to host the 2028 Summer Olympics on Monday after agreeing a deal with Games officials that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024.“The Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic bid committee in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today announced its intention for Los Angeles to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028 and its agreement with the Host City Contract 2028,” the LA bid committee said in a statement, confirming earlier comments from city officials.The deal, trumpeted as a “win-win-win” for Los Angeles, Paris and the IOC, will bring the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time, after the city staged the Games in 1984 and 1932.Los Angeles had been in a race with Paris for 2024, with the winner to be named by the IOC on September 13 in Lima.But the possibility that Los Angeles would abandon a 2024 bid and instead accept the 2028 Games has been growing since the IOC decided in July that in an unprecedented move it would attempt to award both Games at its Lima meeting.Paris had remained insistent on hosting in 2024, on the 100th anniversary of the city’s 1924 Olympics.LA bid officials, who had put forward a $5.3 billion bid for 2024, said Monday that an agreement had been reached with the IOC on financial considerations that would make waiting an extra four years feasible.“Under the terms of the Host City Contract 2028, the IOC will advance funds to a Los Angeles Organizing Committee in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports programs in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games,” their statement said.“The IOC contribution as stipulated by the HCC is $1.8 billion and has the potential to exceed $2 billion according to the evaluation of the LA bid committee when taking into account the estimated value of existing sponsor agreements to be renewed and potential new marketing deals.”The agreement must still be approved by the Los Angeles City Council and the United States Olympic Committee — both of which backed the 2024 bid.“The Los Angeles City Council and United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors will consider the agreement for approval in August,” the bid committee said.“If approved, the IOC, LA and Paris may enter a tripartite agreement, clearing the way for IOC Membership to simultaneously confirm the Olympic Games 2024 to Paris and the Olympic Games 2028 to Los Angeles at the next IOC session in Lima, Peru on September 13, 2017.”last_img read more

first_imgLondero broke him, held at love and forced a tie-breaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to Londero errors and then dominated the final set.“I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit,” Djokovic said. “It was a real fight.”Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.“I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken and that made a big difference,” Federer said.Next in Federer’s path is either French 25th seed Lucas Pouille or Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans.– Nishikori, Barty win –Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.Nishikori, who could face Federer in the quarter-finals, stumbled after seizing a 5-1 edge in the final set and needed five match points to win.“A little bit of lost focus after 5-1,” Nishikori said. “He started playing better too.”French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2), saving a set point before dominating the tie-breaker.“I knew I was doing the right things,” Barty said. “It was just about execution. I’m glad I came through in the tie-breaker.”Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4.Ukraine fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Share on: WhatsApp Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while Roger Federer shook off another slow start to advance.Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.“It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”Djokovic next faces 27th-seeded Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla, but the injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008.“This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.“It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”Djokovic won’t play again until Friday and until then, “I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it and see what happens.”Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner seeking his first US Open crown since 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call after conceding the first set with 17 unforced errors.“When it happens like this, back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.“I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the entire set just sort of donated… I clearly have to play better from the get-go.”US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally in a later match under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Only 10 of 32 singles matches were played as rain wiped out play except in enclosed stadiums, with Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka among those postponed to Thursday.“I definitely profit from everything I did in the game and my ranking to be put on center court on a day like this,” Federer said.Serbian star Djokovic broke on an errant Londero forehand to close the first set, then was broken twice in falling behind 3-0 in the second set only to win the next five games.“Somehow I managed to find my way back,” Djokovic said.last_img read more