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6 Islamist militants killed in US Somalia attack

Written By kom nampuldu on Selasa, 02 September 2014 | 20.50

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Shabab's top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.

The spokesman would not say whether al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was among the six militants killed.

The two vehicles were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, al-Shabab's main base, when they were hit, Abu Mohammed told The Associated Press.

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said. A witness in Somalia described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.

Al-Shabab attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people a year ago this month and the U.S. targeted planners of the bloody assault. U.S. commanders were waiting to determine the attack's outcome.

"U.S. military forces conducted an operation in Somalia today against the al-Shabaab network. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

After the U.S. strike in a forest south of Mogadishu, masked Islamic militants in the area arrested dozens of residents they suspected of spying for the U.S. and searched nearby homes, a resident said.

"Mass arrests just started, everyone is being detained," said Mohamed Ali, who lives in Sablale district. "They even searched nearby jungles and stopped the nomads transporting milk and grass to the towns for questioning."

A senior Somali intelligence official said a U.S. drone targeted Godane as he left a meeting of the group's top leaders. Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, is the group's spiritual leader under whose direction the Somali militants forged an alliance with al-Qaida. In 2012 the U.S. offered a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to his arrest.

The Somali official, speaking on condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to the media, said intelligence indicated Godane "might have been killed along with other militants." The official said the attack took place 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Mogadishu, where al-Shabab trains its fighters.

As government and African Union forces were heading to a town in the district, they heard what sounded like an "earthquake" as the al-Shabab bases were hit, the governor of Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, Abdiqadir Mohamed Nor, told The Associated Press.

"There was an airstrike near Sablale. We saw something," Nor said.

The U.S. has carried out several airstrikes in Somalia in recent years.

A U.S. missile strike in January killed a high-ranking intelligence officer for al-Shabab and last October a vehicle carrying senior members of the group was hit in a U.S. strike that killed al-Shabab's top explosives expert.

The latest U.S. action comes after Somalia's government forces regained control of a high-security prison in the capital that was attacked on Sunday. Seven heavily armed suspected al-Shabab members had attempted to free other extremists held there.

Somali officials said all seven attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed. Mogadishu's Godka Jilacow prison is an interrogation center for Somalia's intelligence agency, and many suspected militants are believed to be held in underground cells there. The attack started when a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of the prison and the gunmen then fought their way into the prison.

Al-Shabab had attacked the mall in Nairobi last year in retaliation against Kenya for sending troops into Somalia against the extremists. Godane said at the time that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the West's support for Kenya's Somalia intervention and the "interest of their oil companies."

Al Shabab is now mostly active in Somalia's rural regions after being ousted from the capital by African Union forces in 2011.

Somali military officials last week launched a military operation to oust al-Shabab from its last remaining bases in the southern parts of Somalia. On Saturday the militants withdrew from the town of Bulomarer, located about 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of Mogadishu, after hours of fighting.


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Jets can look forward to crashing Raiders rookie Carr’s debut

The Jets will face a rookie quarterback in Week 1.

Rookie Derek Carr will start for the Raiders over Matt Schaub on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Carr, the 36th overall pick in May's draft, started just one preseason game, but that and Schaub's balky elbow were enough for Raiders coach Dennis Allen to give the rookie the nod.

Carr started the preseason finale against the Seahawks and threw for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and finished with four touchdown passes in the preseason. Schaub, the former Texans quarterback, had zero.

Besides getting outplayed, Schaub has missed practice recently with elbow soreness. He was 24-of-47 passing for 218 yards in the preseason with one interception.

Rex Ryan feasts on rookie quarterbacks. He is 7-3 as Jets coach against them. The Jets beat the Raiders in December with another rookie quarterback, Matt McGloin.

Even with the Jets' shaky secondary, they should be able to confuse and disrupt Carr in his first NFL start.

Carr was taken in the second round out of Fresno State. He is the brother of former No. 1 pick David Carr, who was a Giants backup late in his career.


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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher expecting first child

Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning "American Idol." She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award.

She will be co-hosting the upcoming Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley this November.

Fisher, a 34-year-old center for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the start of the season.


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AFC West preview: Will Broncos stay dominant?

The countdown to kickoff is underway. As the NFL season approaches, we'll be breaking down each division and making wins projections for every team. Today: the AFC West.

1. Denver Broncos

COACH: John Fox
2014 PROJECTION: 11-5
2013 RECORD: 13-3
OVER/UNDER WINS: 11 1/2
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL: 6-1

First and goal: Peyton Manning has not left the building. Neither have Demaryius Thomas or TE Julius Thomas. The offensive line remains under strict orders to keep predators off the quarterback. RB Montee Ball will be counted upon to replace Knowshon Moreno. The return from injury of OLB Von Miller and signings of OLB DeMarcus Ware and S T.J. Ward upgrades the pass rush and adds much-needed toughness on defense. CB Aqib Talib was stolen from the Patriots. What No.1 pick CB Bradley Roby lacks in experience replacing Champ Bailey, he makes up for in physicality and athleticism.

Fourth and long: Wes Welker has three concussions since last November. Peyton will miss WR Eric Decker, who is more dependable than Emmanuel Sanders. Brandon Marshall (not that one) replaces ILB Danny Trevathan (fractured tibia) until Oct. 4 at least. There have been auditions for the kick-returner job. PK Matt Prater's big leg will be missed while he serves a four-game suspension.

2. San Diego Chargers

COACH: Mike McCoy
2014 PROJECTION: 9-7
2013 RECORD: 9-7
OVER/UNDER WINS: 8
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL: 33-1

First and goal: Philip Rivers was the Comeback Kid under Mike McCoy and the departed Ken Whisenhunt. Keenan Allen emerged as his Go-To Guy and Malcom Floyd, back healthy, joins TEs Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green as towering targets. And it sure is nice having little Danny Woodhead in reserve behind Ryan Mathews, who is a 1,200-yard back running behind T D.J. Fluker. No. 1 pick CB Jason Verrett has the quickness to cover slot receivers (think: Wes Welker) and Brandon Flowers bolsters a deep secondary (think: Peyton Manning). A healthy Melvin Ingram and Dwight Freeney, still hungry at 34, for an entire season should give quarterbacks agita along with Corey Liuget.

Fourth and long: The pass rush (35 sacks) and the run defense remain issues, and Manti Te'o, recovering from a toe woe, isn't making that up.

3. Oakland Raiders

COACH: Dennis Allen
2014 PROJECTION: 7-9
2013 RECORD: 4-12
OVER/UNDER WINS: 5
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL: 150-1

First and goal: Former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano loves the continuity on his offensive line, with Donald Penn at left tackle replacing Jared Veldheer and ex-Jet Austin Howard making a seamless transition inside to right guard. WR James Jones headlines a deep-threat wide receiver group — if only Daryle Lamonica was the quarterback. Maurice Jones-Drew is motivated to prove there is still tread in those muscular tires, so all eggs don't have to be in injury-prone Darren McFadden's basket. No. 1 pick OLB Khalil Mack will help Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith get after Peyton Manning without defensive coordinator Jason Tarver having to blitz as much. The kicking game (Sebastian Janikowski) should be better if he recovers from the culture shock of punter Marquette King replacing Shane Lechler as holder. Strong safety Tyvon Branch returns from injury to complement wise old Charles Woodson.

Fourth and long: Matt Schaub's arm strength is a concern, not to mention his pick-six propensity. CB D.J. Hayden, the 2013 No.1 pick, can't stay on the field, so Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are the starters. The return game is guilty until proven innocent. The schedule is murder (1st in strength of schedule, .578 opponents winning percentage).

4. Kansas City Chiefs

COACH: Andy Reid
2014 PROJECTION: 7-9
2013 RECORD: 11-5
OVER/UNDER WINS: 8
ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL: 50-1

First and goal: Jamaal Charles, the 19-TD dual threat out of the backfield, is The Straw That Stirs Alex Smith's Measured Drink. Top pick OLB Dee Ford gives defensive coordinator Bob Sutton pass rush depth behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Special teams under coordinator Dave Toub have traditionally been a strength. S Eric Berry better be recovered from heel tendinitis. TE Travis Kelce, a matchup nightmare, looks like a playmaker. Rookie RB/returner De'Anthony Thomas is electric.

Fourth and goal: The offensive line is a source of consternation following free agent departures and RT Donald Stephenson's four-game suspension. LT Eric Fisher, the top overall pick in the 2013 draft, is a work in progress replacing Branden Albert. WR Dwayne Bowe is suspended for the opener. Second-year CB Marcus Cooper must replace jettisoned Brandon Flowers, and does CB Sean Smith (offseason DUI) have his head on straight?


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32 teens escape detention center

Nearly three dozen young hoodlums bolted for freedom, crawling under a fence at their youth lock up in Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday.

Fifteen of the 32 escaped punks were rounded up within hours of their breakout from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville on Monday night, said Rob Johnson, a spokesman the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

The great escape was carried out during a shift change — between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. — and all the offenders took off at once, officials said.

It's not clear if the break was a spontaneous act of opportunity or if it had been planned.

Offenders range in age between 14 and 19.

"Most of the kids have at least three felonies," Johnson told the Tennessean newspaper.

Two of the youthful cons were nabbed immediately and 13 more were collared overnight, Johnson said.

There were 78 boys and young men housed at Woodland Hills before Sunday night's breakout.


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Eyes wide shut — Obama in denial on nature of terror threat

As he raised the terror alert in his country to "severe," the second-highest level, on Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "We are in thr middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous and extremist ideology."

True. So what's needed is coordinated global action, the kind of approach only America can lead.

Instead, Washington's national-security sophisticates will bore you to death with the nuances separating one jihadi group from another.

President Obama calls the Islamic State "cancer." Yet, as he told reporters Thursday, "we don't have a strategy yet" to combat the malignancy.

And it isn't just IS. We hardly ever talk anymore about core al Qaeda, AQ in the Arab Peninsula, AQ in the Maghreb, al Shabab, Boko Haram, Jabhat al-Nusra and on and on. And those are just Sunnis who dream of a caliphate. Then there's Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies vying for a Shiite-dominated empire.

But they're all part of the same cancer.

Last week, Asian jihadi groups in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines swore allegiance to the Islamic State. Why? The dream of a sprawling, Sharia-based caliphate spread by the sword excites fanatics across the globe.

Victories in Syria and Iraq attract IS recruits from all over — Asia and Africa, and also Europe and the Americas.

The jihadi ideology condemns to death, or worse, anyone who doesn't strictly adhere to its tenets.

It sees America, our allies and all that we represent as pure evil. Makes sense to treat this gestalt holistically, no? Yet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a lot of grief in Washington recently for quipping. "Hamas is IS, IS is Hamas."

Leave it to the deputy State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf, to sum up the sophisticate's nuanced counterpoint to that view: Hamas and IS are "part of the same savagery," she said, but "they're quite different in some ways."

Huh? Can you blame anyone for being confused about where America stands?

While we've been trying to discern the ins and outs of hitting this Mideast group while sparing that one (or hitting it one country but not in another), Egypt and the United Arab Emirates flew a joint bombing mission in lawless Libya — because Egypt's neighbor is becoming a jihadi haven as dangerous as Iraq and Syria, though with far less fanfare.

Cairo didn't even bother to notify Washington or ask advice, let alone get our permission.
We fine-hone our nuanced policies, while Netanyahu and Egypt's President Mohammed Fattah al-Sisi have no choice but to fight the jihadis knocking on their doors.

As do the Nigerians, who are (incompetenly) battling Boko Haram, and Somalia's neighbors, who're confronting al Shabab. Even the French deployed troops in Mali and the Central African Republic to confront jihadis there.

Yes, in some cases we help out, sending arms to Israel and Egypt and backing allies on the hush-hush. But America isn't the tone-setter, the coordinator of the global fight, the leader who devises strategy.

But, hey, we're way smarter than that. For us, you know, each of these groups is "quite different in some ways."

This is why, instead of devising a strategy, we just send Secretary of State John Kerry to the region to gather a coalition. To do what? Enforce red lines? Been there, didn't do that.

It's this kind of thinking that led Obama, in a few short weeks, to shift from deriding the IS as a "JV team" (so nothing to worry about) to calling it "cancer" (and thus a threat to be eradicated).

It's also the kind of thinking that prevents us from devising a strategy.
For now, America's oh-so-nuanced fight against the Islamic State is confined to northern Iraq, where we seek to protect US assets and maybe prevent the eradication of the Yazidis or some other minority few in America had heard of before last month.

What about western and central Iraq, the Sunni areas the IS now occupies? More important, what about Syria, where it has its command-and-control centers?

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said recently, "Can [the IS] be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no."

But we no longer "defeat" an enemy, so Dempsey was forced to walk back his words — to allow as how, er, as of now, the IS doesn't pose a direct threat to America.
That's nuanced.

Yes, there are differences between, say, IS and Hamas. But how can you expect a doctor who won't treat a heart attack, just because it's "different in some ways" than ebola, to cure cancer?


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‘Slim Shady’ Al — look who benefits from Sharpton’s work

Late last month, as the Rev. Al Sharpton was marching in the streets of Staten Island and preaching in a church in St. Louis, I couldn't help but think of Antonio Smith — a 9-year-old boy gunned down by gang members in Chicago the week before.

Antonio should be in school this week; instead, he's six feet under — almost exactly a year after Sharpton pledged to rent an apartment on the Windy City's West Side, spend two days a week walking children to school and lead a high-profile challenge to Chicago's young black men to end that city's horrific black-on-black crime.

Needless to say, Sharpton's pledge came to nothing. He spent a few days in Chicago over a few months, then moved on to more lucrative work.

This is why I call him "Slim Shady" Sharpton, after Eminem's alter-ego. The Rev is far more svelte than in his Tawana Brawley days, but he's still just as dubious a character.

At that black church in St. Louis, the whole nation watched as "Slim" said, "I am not a hater I am a healer."

Then his shady side emerged as he announced his plans to march on Washington, DC, to force America to start dealing with police brutality.

All I could hear were his National Action Network's cash registers singing and ringing with newfound donations from his solicitations to support his efforts.

As he left the church, he was followed by a phalanx of lawyers who've turned police-brutality lawsuits into a cottage industry.

Last September, when Sharpton made his Chicago pledge, I thought just maybe he was turning the corner, moving beyond just blaming brutal police for the problems of young black men.

Move there and lead a crusade within the community? This is gutsy, I thought, and will require a lot of heavy lifting by The Rev.

The murder rate in Chicago is about four times the rate here in New York City — and in both towns, the victims are mostly minorities. Going into the holiday weekend, the Windy City has already seen 282 homicides this year, 241 from guns; with about three times the population, we'd had "just" 185.

Remember, the president and first lady, with continued trips back to their home town, have failed to make any progress on this front. Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts have brought no reduction in this violence.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who lives in Chicago, has failed to stem the endless executions of young black males by other young black males there. Louis Farrakhan and the Southside-based Nation of Islam have failed to stem the flow of blood.

At his wake, Antonio Smith was called a "gentle child." At the scene of his murder, Chicago police investigators were met by the code of the streets: "Snitches get stitches and end up in ditches."

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, suggested that gang members take their crime off the streets and corners and take it to the back alleys.

Yet he has prevented his NYPD-trained police commissioner, Garry McCarthy, from implementing stop-and-frisk or the proven "broken windows" anti-crime strategy.

In the wake of all this failure, Al Sharpton was going to try to end Chicago's plague of black-on-black crime.

I was disappointed but not surprised when The Rev's Chicago campaign petered out into nothing.

Instead, "Slim Shady" has returned to his roots — blaming police brutality for spreading fear in the black community and not blaming black gang members who roll up with guns drawn and demand of other black males, "Hands up: It's your money or your life!"

Yet all Sharpton's rallies, marches and protests will have no impact on the black gangbangers in the streets of Chicago who have declared war on their own community.

On the other hand, fund-raisers for combating black-on-black crime won't meet the needs of civil-rights groups like The Rev's, nor of the army of civil-rights attorneys who'll get a third of nothing even if they win civil suits against organized black gangs.

Back here on Staten Island, it would've been nice to hear the Rev. Al or any of the speakers recall the execution of two black undercover NYPD cops, Dets. James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, just blocks away a few years ago by a black thug named Ronell Wilson.

The cops were trying to take guns off the streets of the North Shore — that is, working to prevent black-on-black crime.

Sharpton's silence was deafening at the time of this execution of black police officers by a black thug.

So forgive me if every time I hear Al Sharpton scream out, "No Justice, No Peace," I hear him saying it's all about "just us" and getting "a piece" of the action for the lawyers in the police-brutality civil-rights business.

Curtis Sliwa is the founder and president of the Guardian Angels, which has a very active Chicago chapter.


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Paul Ryan’s ‘way forward’ challenge to left and right

To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him.

Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home.

And in his new book, "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong.

At a Wisconsin 4-H fair in 2012, Ryan encountered a Democrat who objected to what then was one of Ryan's signature rhetorical tropes — his distinction between "makers" and "takers," the latter being persons who receive more in government spending than they pay in taxes.

He had been struck by a report that 60 percent of Americans were already — this was before Obamacare — "net receivers." But his encounter at the fair reminded him that, for a while, he and many people he cared about had been takers, too.

The morning after a night "working the Quarter Pounder grill at McDonald's," Ryan, 16, found his father, who had been troubled by alcohol, dead in bed. Janesville's strong sinews of community sustained Ryan and his mother; so did Social Security survivor benefits.

When GM's Janesville assembly plant closed, draining about $220 million of annual payroll from a town of 60,000, many relatives, friends and constituents needed the social safety net — unemployment compensation, job training, etc.

"At the fair that day, I realized I'd been careless with my language," he writes. "The phrase gave insult where none was intended." He has changed his language and his mind somewhat but thinks the fundamental things still apply.

"Society," Ryan writes, "functions through institutions that operate in the space between the individual and the state," and "government exists to protect the space where all of these great things occur." Hence government has a "supporting role" as "the enabler of other institutions."

Progressive government, however, works, sometimes inadvertently but often deliberately, to subordinate or supplant those institutions.

This depletion of social capital is comprehensively injurious to the culture. And "all the tax cuts in the world don't matter much if you don't get the culture right."

Progressivism aims to place individuals in unmediated dependency on a government that can proclaim, as Barack Obama does: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." Meaning, people depend on government for what they are and have.

Few of today's progressives are acquainted with their doctrine's intellectual pedigree or its consistent agenda.

Progressivism's founders, however, considered it essential that the nation make progress, as they understood this, beyond the Founders' natural rights philosophy, which limits government by saying (in the Declaration of Independence) that it is "instituted" to "secure" these rights.

Hence Woodrow Wilson, a progressive who understood his doctrine's premises, urged Americans to "not repeat the [Declaration's] preface."

Progressivism preaches that rights do not pre-exist government, that they are dispensed and respected by government as it sees fit and to fit its purposes. Those purposes grow unconstrained by the Constitution that progressives construe as a "living" — meaning infinitely elastic — document.

Since 1999, when he became its second-youngest member, Ryan has been an intellectual ornament to the House of Representatives — and a headache for risk-averse Republican Party operatives.

They pay lip service to electing conservatives who will make the choices necessary to stabilize the architecture of the entitlement system and unleash the economic growth that must finance the system's promises.

But they want to let voters remain oblivious about the choices required by that architecture's rickety condition.

Such Republicans are complicit with Obama, who demonstrated the self-destructive nature of his now-evaporating presidency by his contemptuous, and contemptible, treatment of Ryan on April 13, 2011.

After he loftily aspired to teach Washington civility, the White House invited Ryan to sit in the front row at a speech in which Obama gave an implacably hostile and mendacious depiction of Ryan's suggestions for entitlement reforms.

Obama thereby repeated his tawdry performance in his 2010 State of the Union address, when, with Supreme Court justices in the front row of the House chamber, he castigated them for the Citizens United decision, which he misrepresented.

Both times, Obama's behavior bespoke the insecurity of someone who, surrounded by sycophants, shuns disputations with people who can reply.

Ryan, however, has replied with a book that demonstrates Obama's wisdom in not arguing with a man who has a better mind and better manners.


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Tim Wu ‘prefers martinis to pot’ but still wants to legalize it

Zephyr Teachout's running mate wants to turn on New York voters — by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Columbia University law professor and techie Tim Wu said he's gotten high on weed himself.

"I prefer martinis, but I've smoked pot and I think it should certainly be legal," the lieutenant-governor candidate told The Post.

Teachout, too, supports full-fledged legalization of weed.

Gov. Cuomo signed a law in June that will allow some chronically ill patients to ingest — but not smoke — marijuana for medical reasons.

But Cuomo opposes making marijuana accessible to the general public.

Wu is facing off against Cuomo's running mate for lieutenant governor, former Buffalo-area Rep. Kathy Hochul.

Hochul has never tried illicit drugs, a campaign source said.

Wu related his pot usage after The Post inquired about his experiences attending the Burning Man festival in Nevada — a modern-day Woodstock in the desert.

The annual communal event is notorious for illicit drug use and nudity, as well as eccentric art work.

"I've been there a few times, but haven't made it in years," Wu said. ­"However, it's a blast and I recommend the experience."


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High school football player collapses and dies after practice

A nearly 300-pound, 16-year-old high-school football player collapsed on the field during practice on Staten Island Monday morning and died, cops said.

Miles Kirkland, a varsity football player at Curtis HS, went into cardiac arrest on the field at about 10:45 a.m., police sources said.

The 6-foot-2 inch, 295-pound offensive lineman was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Medical Examiner's Office was to determine the cause of death. The preliminary classification was natural causes and no criminality was suspected.

Kirkland's friends and teammates expressed their shock at the suddenness of the tragedy.

"You really gotta cherish life," one friend tweeted.

"I didn't wanna believe it but RIP miles."

Another friend tweeted, "Curtis won't be the same without miles."

Pictures on Kirkland's Instagram page show him in his Curtis HS Warriors uniform.

"Out here grinding," Kirkland wrote on a picture of him sprinting. "The season is coming."

The school's athletic director said that students and faculty were distraught and that grief counselors would on hand to help them deal with the tragic loss.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña released a statement saying, "I am deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss.

"My heart goes out to the family. We will be supporting the school community as we investigate the matter."

In a similar incident about a year ago, a 15-year-old football player for St. Joseph-by-the-Sea HS on Staten Island collapsed at the end of a preseason practice and died hours later of heat stroke, his family claimed.

Nicholas Dellaventura's family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of New York, St. Joseph, the athletic director, the principal and the school's football coaches.

The relatives claim that Dellaventura was ordered back on the field as his body temperature surged to 110 degrees.


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