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Commanders owner set to testify before House on Thursday
Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder is set to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Thursday to give virtual testimony regarding allegations that the team fosters a toxic work environment. The scheduled deposition comes after six weeks of negotiations as lawmakers have sought to question Snyder on the preliminary findings of their monthslong investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the team’s workplace. What remains unclear is whether the interview will be conducted as voluntary testimony or if Snyder’s lawyers will agree to comply with a subpoena.
As the start of the 2022-23season approaches, the Washington Commanders are making a major change to their coaching staff. Head coach announced on Tuesday that he has fired defensive line coach Sam Mills III.
The surprising news comes after thehad already begun preseason camp, nearly a month before the start of the 2022-23 season. Rivera said he made the decision to fire Mills himself without consulting players and that the decision was due to philosophical differences.
“I made a change on the coaching staff,” Rivera told reporters on Tuesday,. “I relieved Sam Mills of his duties. Just a different philosophy for the most part. And we’ll go from there.”
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With Mills out, Rivera announced that Jeff Zgonina, a longtime NFL defensive tackle, would take over as the team’s new defensive line coach.
Rivera and Mills had previously spent many years working together. Mills coached alongside Rivera with thefrom the 2011 season through 2019. He then rejoined Rivera with the Commanders in January 2020.
“Very difficult. I’ve known Sam a long time, and (he’s) a very good football coach,” Rivera said of his decision to fire Mills,. “And I really appreciate everything that he’s done. He helped us win the division the first year, and things got tough last year. There were some things I felt I wanted to change.”
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Officials: Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills 41, hurts 14 .
CAIRO (AP) — A fire ripped through a packed church during morning services in Egypt’s capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshippers and injuring 14. The church quickly filled with thick black smoke, and witnesses said several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors to escape. “Suffocation, suffocation, all of them dead,” said a distraught witness, who only gave a partial name, Abu Bishoy. The cause of the blaze in the Abu Sefein church in the working-class neighborhood of Imbaba was not immediately known. An initial investigation pointed to an electrical short-circuit, according to a police statement.