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NBA Free Agency 2017: Breaking down the best 3-and-D guys on the free-agent market – CBSSports.com


The term “3-and-D” is still relatively new to NBA lexicon, but it has been popularized to the point where draft prospects use it to describe themselves. As important as playmaking is, teams still want players who are content to play supporting roles, spacing the floor and playing solid defense. Shooting, of course, is highly valued, but it’s increasingly apparent that if you can’t at least hold your own on the other end of the floor, you might find yourself benched in the playoffs. 

With free agency just a few days away and executives looking for two-way role players, here’s a look at the market for 3-and-D guys:

The only point guard on his list, much of Hill’s value is derived from the fact that he can help his team in multiple ways without the ball in his hands. It’s not that Hill can’t create, but he has spent the vast majority of his career as a secondary playmaker, and he’s an excellent spot-up shooter and defender. He is long and strong enough to guard 2s and most 3s, and if he doesn’t return to Utah, it would be wise for the Spurs or the Timberwolves to clear cap space to try to sign him. 


Like Hill, Redick is a veteran who has contributed to winning teams for years and is finally in line for the big payday he deserves. If you look around the league, there aren’t a lot of guys like him — he is brilliant at using screens, never gets tired and, as well as being a 41.5 percent career 3-point shooter, he is a dogged defender who makes up for his lack of length by competing like crazy and limiting his mistakes. The Clippers should do everything they can to avoid losing him to Philadelphia or Brooklyn.


He isn’t the third star Washington needs, but the franchise is probably going to have to pay him like one. Porter went from a good to great 3-point shooter at the perfect time, making 43.4 percent of his 3s last year while remaining a versatile defender capable of playing either forward position. There are a couple of concerns — he is limited as a playmaker and his 3-point shooting drastically declined after the All-Star break — but those are mitigated by the fact that he just turned 24. 


There’s no one else on this list I’d categorize as a center, though Ibaka has played plenty of minutes at power forward. It’s time for that to change — in a smaller and more skilled NBA, his ability to space the floor and protect the rim has become much more valuable at the 5 spot. He’s not quite as springy as he used to be, but that combination of abilities is still worth paying for. Unless Toronto decides to blow it up, it should try to re-sign him and move Jonas Valanciunas.


Is KCP ready for a bigger role? His usage rate has not cleared 20 percent in his four years in Detroit, and teams offering him max money are likely hoping he can be more than a 3-and-D guy. Even if he’s not ready to do more on offense, he’s a disruptive defender (especially against 1s) who can get hot in a hurry. The problem is that his shooting is streaky — his 35 percent mark from deep was a career high and he has never been a particularly efficient player.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent.
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Ingles is all about efficiency, in terms of his percentages (44.1 percent from 3-point range, 60.4 percent true shooting percentage last season) and his decision-making. Any team that signs him will be excited about his ability to guard multiple positions, stretch the floor and move the ball. He is an absolutely perfect fit in Quin Snyder’s system, but Utah had better be ready to compete for his services on the open market. 


Out of the spotlight in Indiana, Miles is exactly the kind of role player that winning teams need. He made a career-high 41.3 percent of his 3s last year, and he’s a plus defender as long as he’s not being forced to battle with physical power forwards in the paint. In a league where two-way wings are at a premium, contenders should be trying to get him. 

C.J. Miles


C.J. Miles is an unrestricted free agent at 30 years old.
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I’m cheating a little bit by including Patterson on this list, as he’s more of an all-around glue guy than someone who fits the 3-and-D archetype. It’s unclear if anyone will pay him as a starter, but as a 37.2 percent 3-point shooter and a high-IQ player who can guard wings and bigs, he’s the kind of complementary piece who can help just about any team. His poor shooting in the postseason, however, did not do much for his value. 


CBS Sports’ Matt Moore called Green “one of the best values on the market’ because he can defend just about everybody and made 38.2 percent of his 3s last season. This might sound hyperbolic, but it would be disastrous for Memphis to lose him — he plays a crucial role on both ends of the floor. 


Ordinarily a 29.4 percent 3-point shooter wouldn’t make this list, but the hope is that he’ll be able to build on his 35.1 percent playoff mark. No one on this list is more athletic, which makes him particularly important to a San Antonio team that isn’t exactly full of elite athletes. 


Long one of the smartest defensive minds in the game, out of nowhere Mbah a Moute became a 39.1 percent 3-point shooter at 30 years old. Most of those looks were wide open because defenders had to help off him, but it’s not a stretch to say he found new life as an offensive player in Los Angeles. The question is whether that will travel.


Like Mbah a Moute, Tucker has never been considered much of a shooter, but teams who left him open in the corner were punished last season. He made 40 percent of his 3s in Toronto, and he immediately became the team’s toughest, most intense defender. Tucker plays much bigger than his listed height of 6-foot-6, and he’s especially adept at annoying star players. 


It still seems shortsighted and silly that the Pelicans waived Casspi (and lost his Bird rights) late in the season when he got injured, as his shooting range, hustle and versatility could really help them. Contenders like Cleveland, San Antonio and Houston should try to convince him to take a discount. 


After three underwhelming years in Chicago, Snell found his place in Jason Kidd’s system. In Milwaukee he made 40.6 percent of his 3s, giving the team 29 solid minutes on the wing each night and guarding 1s, 2s and 3s.  


Stop laughing! Lakers coach Luke Walton asked Young to guard the best perimeter player most nights, and the longtime gunner accepted the challenge. He still won’t be confused for a stopper, but he played well enough overall to decline his player option and test free agency. 


After being one of New York’s few above-average defenders, this journeyman should finally find a home on a multiyear deal this summer. He was unable to sustain the hot shooting he showed in Chicago in 2015-16, but he shot 3-pointers more frequently than ever before as a Knick. If the efficiency improves, he could be a steal. 


Note: Players who are known as playmakers (Andre Iguodala and Dion Waiters, for example) didn’t make the list, and neither did those who are good at 3s or D but not both (like Andre Roberson or Bojan Bogdanovic).

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Google slapped with record $2.7 billion fine for breaking antitrust rules – CBS News


BRUSSELS — The European Union’s competition watchdog slapped a record $2.72 billion fine on internet giant Google Tuesday for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service.

European regulators said, “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.”

It gave the Mountain View, California, company 90 days to stop or face fines of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of parent company Alphabet.

The European Commission, which polices EU competition rules, alleges Google elevates its shopping service even when other options might have better deals.

The Commission said Google “gave prominent placement in its search results only to its own comparison shopping service, whilst demoting rival services. It stifled competition on the merits in comparison shopping markets.”

Google maintains it’s just trying to package its search results in a way that makes it easier for consumers to find what they want.

“When you shop online, you want to find the products you’re looking for quickly and easily. And advertisers want to promote those same products. That’s why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both,” Kent Walker, senior vice president at Google, said in a statement.

“We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today,” Google said.

“We will review the Commission’s decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case,” he said.

The fine is the highest ever imposed in Europe for anti-competitive behavior.

But the penalty is likely to leave a bigger dent in Google’s pride and reputation than its finances: Alphabet has more than $92 billion in cash, including nearly $56 billion in accounts outside Europe.

© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NASCAR playoff picture: Breaking down the championship chase heading into Daytona – CBSSports.com


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs are getting closer with 16 of the 26 regular-season races in the books. When the circuit heads to Chicagoland Speedway in September, 16 drivers will be competing for a championship.

Here is a look at where things stand heading into this weekend’s fast-track race at Daytona International Speedway:

Locked in

Kyle Larson: The No. 42 driver clinched a spot in the playoffs in March when he won at Fontana. His win at Michigan was icing on the cake for the regular season points leader who had a lackluster 26th place finish at Sonoma after qualifying on the pole.

Martin Truex Jr.: If you’ve followed any of the races this season, you should be familiar with Truex Jr. by now. Not only does he have two wins under his belt, but the No. 78 also owns 11 mid-race stage victories. No other driver has more than four this season.

Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 secured its spot in the playoffs when it went to Victory Lane at Atlanta. Keselowski also took the checkered at Martinsville and has 10 top-10 finishes on his resume in 2017.

Jimmie Johnson: It’s no surprise that the seven-time NASCAR champion is a lock already. Johnson’s three wins at Texas, Bristol and Dover are more than any driver this season. The No. 48 also reeled in its first stage victory of the season Sunday at Sonoma.

Ryan Blaney:An exciting first-career win at Pocono locked the descendant of Dave and Lou Blaney into the playoffs this year as he currently sits 13th in the regular season standings.

Kurt Busch: A Daytona 500 victory can go a long way. The Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 hasn’t been back to Victory Lane since, but has eight top-10 finishes this season and currently sits 14th in the regular-season points.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Like Busch, Stenhouse Jr. secured his spot at one of NASCAR’s biggest tracks in May when he took home the checkered flag at Talladega. The No. 17 will need to avoid avoid race-ending collisions like his one with girlfriend Danica Patrick at Sonoma in the playoffs.

Ryan Newman: A win at Phoenix early locked Newman into the NASCAR playoffs, as he currently sits behind Kurt Busch at 15th in the regular season standings.

Austin Dillon: You may recall Dillon taking the No. 3 car back to Victory Lane at his hometown track, Charlotte. Like Newman, Dillon hasn’t been all that impressive in stage racing, but either way, he will have a chance to compete for a championship.

Kevin Harvick: Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 finally clinched a playoff spot with a win at Sonoma on Sunday. Harvick also saw a bump up to third in the regular season points, passing Kyle Busch who has yet to win.

In (for now)

Kyle Busch: Believe it or not, the No. 18 has yet to make a trip to Victory Lane yet this season other than the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. Busch is sitting pretty at fourth in the points but hasn’t won a race this the 2016 Brickyard 400.

Chase Elliott: The No. 24 posted another top-10 finish at Sonoma this past weekend and has run well all season. At fifth in points, Elliott remains winless but has five top-5 finishes to show for it.

Jamie McMurray: Here is one of those drivers that hasn’t accumulated any playoff points or wins but has been solid all year. McMurray has been Mr. Consistent, adding another top-10 finish at Sonoma after qualifying on the pole.

Denny Hamlin: The 2016 Daytona 500 winner was the first rookie to qualify for the Chase back in 2006 and is no stranger to NASCAR’s playoffs, but without a win yet this season Hamlin finds himself closer and closer to missing out.

Joey Logano: Wait a minute, didn’t he win at Richmond? Well, yes, but it doesn’t count toward the playoffs because it was an “encumbered” victory. Logano could lock himself in this week at Daytona, where he won the 500 in 2015.

Clint Bowyer: A second-place finish at Sonoma was good enough to bring Bowyer back into the playoff picture, bumping Matt Kenseth. Bowyer will need to be better than his average 14.2 finish at Daytona this week if he wants to stay in the hunt.

Down, but not out (yet)

Matt Kenseth: A 20th place finish at Sonoma bumped Kenseth out of the playoff picture but the two-time Daytona 500 winner will have probably his best shot at clinching this weekend.

Erik Jones: The rookie has been impressive in his series debut as he currently sits 16th in the regular-season points, but like Kenseth, Jones will most likely need a win to lock himself in.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: While there are a variety of drivers ahead of Junior in points, you can never count out an Earnhardt, especially with Daytona on the horizon. Earnhardt has had an up-and-down season, but has gathered some momentum lately with a sixth place finish at Daytona heading into arguably his best track.

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Sunday scorcher: Seattle hits 96 degrees, breaks heat record – KING5.com


Sunday was a scorcher in Seattle and other cities around Puget Sound!

Summer’s first weekend saw record-breaking temperatures in Seattle, which hit 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 88 degrees set in 2006.

Other cities in Western Washington also broke or tied their heat records: Olympia hit a whopping 98 degrees, breaking their record of 90 set in 2015.

Bellingham and Hoquiam tied their heat records of 83 and 82 degrees, respectively.

Further south, temperatures climbed to 92 in Tacoma and 97 in Puyallup. In the north sound, temperatures were milder in the 80s.

Relief is in sight, however, if the heat’s too much for you.

“It’s going to get cooler tomorrow and by the middle of the week, you’re going to feel much more comfortable,” said KING 5 Meteorologist Jim Guy. 

Air from the ocean will help cool us back into the 70s as we kick off the new work week.

It looks like temperatures will remain in the 70s through the week. We’re likely going to see some marine layer clouds in the morning, with some clearing in the afternoon each day. Temps will pop back up into the mid to upper 70s by Thursday and Friday.

RELATED:  See full weather forecast

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Israeli ministers defend investigation of Breaking the Silence spokesperson – The Jerusalem Post


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Employees work at the offices of “Breaking the Silence” in Tel Aviv, Israel, December 16, 2015.
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday slammed critics of the decision to conduct a police investigation of Breaking the Silence spokesman Dean Issacharoff, suggesting hypocrisy for defending Issacharoff while blaming “Hebron shooter” Elor Azaria.

“We see here someone who comes form the extreme Left’s Breaking the Silence, and he claims that he conducted awful war crimes against innocent Arabs. Why wouldn’t we open an investigation against him?” asked Bennett on his Facebook page.

“And if Elor Azaria was called Dean Issacharoff and was also a member of Breaking the Silence, would he be immune from investigation?”

Issacharoff was questioned by the police for an hour-and-a-half on Thursday on suspicion of assaulting a Palestinian in Hebron during his military service.
Before the weekly cabinet meeting, Bennett said he fully backed the law enforcement system on this matter.

“We will find out if he is a criminal who needs to be in jail or a liar spreading lies while touring the world,” he said. “The IDF is the most moral army in the world. I served as a company commander in Jenin, Kabatya, Ramallah and Gaza. We never, ever used unnecessary force.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman echoed this notion and later wrote on Twitter that questioning Issacharoff was inevitable.

“Whether he hit an innocent Palestinian or lied to defame the State of Israel and the IDF soldiers – he should be questioned and be punished,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, 18 human-rights and peace organizations said in an open letter on Sunday that they stand in solidarity with Breaking the Silence, following the announcement of the police investigation.

The organizations criticized Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who called for the probe, and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, who ordered the investigation opened. They said in the letter they were surprised both Shaked and Mandelblit were “suddenly caring about violence against Palestinians.”

“The decisiveness that you are demonstrating now in handling violence against Palestinians is impressive,” they wrote sarcastically. “In fact, more than 50 years the Palestinians are living under a violent occupation regime, [that included] military rule over civilians.”

The organizations claimed that Issacharoff’s questioning was not for the sake of justice, but to deter such organizations from voicing their objection to the occupation.

“We are standing here with our friends from Breaking the Silence, and neither do we shall remain silent – until the occupation ends.”

Among the organizations signing the letter were Amnesty International Israel, B’Tselem, IPCRI, Ir Amim, Emek Shaveh, Peace Now and Physicians for Human Rights.

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Record-breaking heat sizzles Portland metro area – kgw.com


PORTLAND, Ore. – This weekend will officially go down as one of the hottest in Rose City history.

Portland reached a high of 97 degrees Saturday afternoon, breaking the previous June 24 record of 96 degrees. And it may continue to get hotter with a high over 100 degrees.

There could also be triple digits in Portland on Sunday. The record for June 25 is 101 degrees.

Friday’s high was 91 degrees, which at the time was the second 90-plus-degree day in Portland this year. The previous one was on May 22 when it was also 91 degrees.

KGW Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

“Hot weather fills the Gorge, and pushes all the way to the Coast Friday and Saturday, before an onshore breeze kicks in and cools off the beaches,” said KGW meteorologist Chris McGinness. “We’ll have to wait until Monday for that cooler air to reach the valley.”

Kickoff for the Portland Timbers home game against the Seattle Sounders was moved from Sunday afternoon to Sunday night due to heat concerns, but temperatures will be near 90 degrees at the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, McGinness said.

The Hillsboro Hops moved their Saturday game to 7:05 p.m. and their Sunday game to 6:05 p.m.

TriMet says buses and MAX lines may be delayed through the weekend due to the extreme heat.

Tips to stay cool

Cooling centers open this weekend

Multnomah County cooling centers will open Saturday and Sunday at the following locations:

  • Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Transportation to cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700.

Washington County has more than a dozen locations where people can stay cool this weekend. View the list here

Clackamas County also has more than a dozen cooling centers open. Click here to view the full list

Salem announced the following cooling center locations:

  • Main Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
  • West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW, Friday and Saturday Noon – 6 p.m., closed Sunday
  • Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., closed Sunday

Keeping pets cool

The Oregon Humane society is warning pet owners about the dangerous heat this weekend. Here are some tips to keep your animals safe:

  • Keep your pets inside with plenty of water. Give outside pets lots of shade and plenty of water to drink if it is not possible to bring them indoors.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone in the car. The inside of a car heats up to dangerous temperatures in minutes.  On an 85-degree day, a car’s interior temperature can climb to 120 degrees in 20 minutes, even with the windows slightly open.
  • Don’t walk, jog or play fetch with your dog during the heat of the day. Instead, walk and play with your pets in the cool of the evening or in the morning.
  • Don’t let your dog ride in an uncovered pickup bed during the heat of the day. The sun heats up the metal truck bed and can burn a pet’s paw pads.

Symptoms of heatstroke could include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark red tongue or gums, vomiting and lack of coordination. Contact your veterinarian if your pet exhibits these symptoms.

If your pet is overcome by heat exhaustion, immediately immerse or spray the animal with cool running water (avoid cold water as that could cause shock) and continue until the body temperature lowers.

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Terry Collins at the breaking point as Mets spiral out of control – New York Post


SAN FRANCISCO — Terry Collins raised his voice and that alone told you the severity of the situation. Collins has kept his cool for most of his tenure as Mets manager.

Asdrubal Cabrera, the club’s starting second baseman Friday night against the Giants at AT&T Park, proclaimed before the game he wanted to be traded as quickly as possible because he considers himself a shortstop.

“He’ll be playing second base tonight,” Collins said. “I know he is not happy about it, I just found out so we are going to move on. It’s over.’’

When another question started to be asked about the situation, Collins nearly blew a gasket, “We’re going to move on,’’ he said loudly. “We’re moving on. What’s next?’’

Welcome to Collins’ world in what figures to be his last season as Mets manager. Managing players on a losing team when the for sale sign has been planted by general manager Sandy Alderson is not easy.

This could be some farewell tour.

Collins quickly calmed down when The Post asked the next question: What if another player comes in and asks to be traded?

“It’s always a new challenge,’’ Collins said. “That’s why this is not an easy job.’’

No it’s not, but at least now the lines are drawn. And in the Mets’ always crazy world, that’s progress.

“There was a discussion and I made a decision,’’ Collins said. “This may be the first time I’ve had something like this occur. We’ll get through it. Right now everybody needs to look in the mirror and do their jobs.’’

On this night the Mets did just that. Cabrera played second and picked up three hits as the Mets rolled past the sleepwalking, dreadful Giants, 11-4, who didn’t arrive home from Atlanta until daylight.

Collins has had to put up with many obstacles during his managerial career with the Mets and now comes one of the most difficult.

“It can be hard but I try to go back to where my communicative skills with my players, where in my opinion, has created an atmosphere here, a positive atmosphere and that will not change,’’ Collins promised. “I’ve talked to several guys and when you have the number of free agents that we have that are all worried about things, I have addressed it every one of them.”

Reality slapped the Mets in the face in Los Angeles. The Mets are hopeful of making deals on various veteran players in the hopes of bringing talent back for the future. It’s finally dawned on them that they have to get younger and more athletic.

The challenge now for Collins, 68, is to somehow make this all work. In the last year of his contract, a Mets reign that began in 2011, Collins will have to face the cloud of trade rumors for five more weeks and try to keep his team competitive and engaged on a nightly basis.

Good luck with all that.

Collins and his coaches are safe for the rest of this season, but if the team figures to get younger, the manager figures to get younger next season as well.

The Mets got bashed in L.A., losing all four games to the Dodgers and allowing a record 15 home runs. They lost seven of eight right after Alderson proclaimed they have good players — maybe he meant good players to trade.

This has been a nightmare trip on defense for the Mets with critical errors made by the infield. All this has been weighing heavily on Collins, a baseball lifer and that is one reason why he stuck Cabrera at second with Jose Reyes at short, he wants a tighter infield.

No matter what happens, Collins has told friends he wants to stay involved in the game in a meaningful way next season. Baseball is in his blood. He needs to be in the game.

After days like Friday and this strange week, the challenge of managing the Mets grows much more difficult each day.

Saturday is a new day. Someone else may ask to be traded.

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BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein – Palm Beach Post



Federal prosecutors went on the offensive this month, denying allegations that they bowed to pressure from billionaire Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein and his high-priced lawyers at the expense of dozens of teenage girls he sexually abused.

In their first public comment since 2007 — when they negotiated a deal that allowed Epstein to escape federal charges — prosecutors filed hundreds of pages of documents in U.S. District Court, explaining what led to the now infamous non-prosecution agreement that has been decried as “a sweetheart deal.”

Contrary to claims by attorneys representing two of Epstein’s victims in a lawsuit against the federal government, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Villafana said she and her superiors were trying to help the traumatized young women when they agreed to let Epstein plead guilty to state prostitution charges.

The now-64-year-old money manager, who spends most of his time on his estate in the Virgin Islands, served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in the Palm Beach County Stockade. He was allowed to leave each day to go to work.

Hoping to persuade U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra to throw out the lawsuit that accuses the government of violating the federal Crime Victims Rights Act, Villafana said she tried to keep Epstein’s victims informed about the investigation and the eventual plea deal. But, she said, negotiations were sensitive and neither Epstein, his victims nor their attorneys made it easy.

For instance, she said, most of the young women were extremely reluctant — or simply refused — to testify against Epstein, who had paid them to give him sexually-charged massages at his mansion.

One of the women who is now suing the government insisted Epstein never abused her, Villafana wrote in a sworn affidavit.

“I hope Jeffrey, nothing happens to Jeffrey because he’s an awesome man and it would really be a shame,” the woman, identified only as Jane Doe 2, told FBI agents in 2007.

Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy Palm Beach resident charged with having teenage girls give him sexual massages, was in court Monday morning to enter a plea after nearly two years. (Palm Beach Post / 2008 staff photo)

While Villafana said she didn’t believe her, she also understood the young woman’s suffering. Further, she knew she couldn’t force her or Epstein’s more than two dozen other victims to testify against him.

Jane Doe 1, who is also suing the government, agreed to testify. But Villafana said one victim wouldn’t have been enough to convict Epstein.

Rather than let Epstein use his considerable influence to evade prosecution, she and top officials at the U.S. Justice Department crafted the plea deal.

In exchange for pleading guilty to charges of solicitation of prostitution and soliciting minors to engage in prostitution in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Epstein was not charged with any federal counts. As part of the agreement, Epstein had to register as a sex offender and agree to settle civil lawsuits that his roughly 30 victims filed against him.

Getting Epstein to agree to pay restitution to his victims and register as a sex offender were key, Villafana wrote. Prosecutors wanted to assure his victims that they would be compensated and that “other minors throughout the country” would be protected, she wrote.

But shortly after Epstein signed the agreement on Sept. 24, 2007, he began fighting it, she said. He and his legal team, including former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, whose investigation led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, contacted high-level justice department officials. They challenged the terms of the non-prosecution agreement.

Fearing it was falling apart, Villafana said her office and the FBI resumed the investigation and informed the victims of that by letter in January 2008.

Jeffrey Epstein
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In their lawsuit, the victims’ attorneys, Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell, say the letter is evidence of their claim that prosecutors lied to the victims. They also claim that prosecutors never told Epstein’s victims about the plea deal.

Villafana said she didn’t tell the young women about the terms of the agreement, fearing Epstein’s attorneys would use it to crush them if federal charges were filed and the case went to trial. Savvy attorneys would argue that the women were testifying against Epstein because federal prosecutors told them they would get paid restitution if they did, she said.

When she learned Epstein planned to plead guilty to the two charges in circuit court on June 30, 2008, Villafana said she immediately notified Edwards. She said she told him to alert his clients so they could attend the hearing. None did.

Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, shrugged off the government’s new claims, calling them “meritless.” A written response will be filed at the end of July, he said.

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Live updates: 2017 NBA draft picks, breaking news and trade rumors – Philly.com



The NBA draft has finally arrived. Keep track of the picks as they happen and get all the latest trade rumors and breaking news below.

There are five minutes between picks in the first round and two minutes between picks in the second round.

As expected, the Sixers took Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick.

[What they’re saying about Markelle Fultz: ‘A James Harden clone on the offensive end’]

The Sixers then traded to get another pick in the first round, acquiring the No. 25 pick from Orlando. The Magic made the pick on the Sixers’ behalf, selecting Latvian big man Anzejs Pasecniks. The Sixers gave up a protected 2020 first-round draft pick in the deal. Click here for the full details.

The Sixers started the night with four picks in the second round, and traded two away. They kept the No. 6 pick in the round (No. 36 overall) and No. 20 (No. 50 overall). With the first of those, they took Australian forward Jonah Bolden, who played college basketball at UCLA before spending a year playing professionally in Serbia. With the second, they took French forward Matthias Lessort.

[What they’re saying about Anzejs Pasecniks, Jonah Bolden and Mathias Lessort]

The first of the picks traded away was the ninth in the round (No. 39 overall), sent to the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly for cash considerations. The second was the 16th pick in the round (No. 46 overall), sent to the Milwaukee Bucks for terms not known yet.

Television coverage was on ESPN and NBA TV. Here’s each network’s roster of on-air talent:

ESPN: Rece Davis (host), Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, Tom Penn, Jalen Rose, Michael Wilbon, Jay Williams, Jeff Goodman (reporter), Allison Williams (reporter).

NBA TV: Casey Stern (host), Scott Howard-Cooper, Seth Davis, Eric Pincus, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith, Jared Greenberg (reporter) and Trey Kerby (reporter). 


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BREAKING: Sky Sports catches up with last three weeks of Diego Costa developments – We Ain't Got No History


I hope y’all are sitting down. There’s BREAKING news to report and if there is one outlet that does BREAKING news better than anyone else, it’s Sky BREAKING Sports BREAKING News. BREAKING. H. BREAKING. Q.

Take it away, boys!

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on. Diego? Atlético?? NO FLIPPING WAY!

I mean, what was the clue? Was his it his interview after the FA Cup final? Was it all the text-gate nonsense? Were it the repeated interviews that made it clear that there are only two teams in this world that he’d play for, Atlético Madrid and Chelsea and one of those doesn’t want him?

We may never know.

Sure, you can interpret Sky’s tweet to mean that Costa specifically told Atlético that he’s no longer considering the possibility of returning to Chelsea, but if he was still entertaining such thoughts after all that’s happened since the end of the season, he might want to break out of his reality distortion field and join the rest of us in the real world.

At this point, only two questions remain around Costa.

  1. How much will Atlético pay for him? We want £50m, they’re willing to go as high as £26m. Lots of room to negotiate there!
  2. What will he do for the six months until Atlético can actually register him? A loan somewhere seems to be most likely solution, but no one knows where after AC Milan essentially dropped out.

Any other outcome would be a massive surprise.

But thanks, Sky. Who knows how long it will take me to recover from this BREAKING news…

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