John Clayton to write weekly Monday morning NFL column for Washington Post Clayton was one of many ESPN reporters laid off last spring. John Clayton was one of the more widely-known names to be caught up in ESPN’s massive round of layoffs back in the spring of 2017. Clayton had been with ESPN for 23 years, and had done solid NFL reporting and analysis for just about every area of the company. He’d even starred in one of the better This is SportsCenter commercials, too: Clayton maintained a radio show and last year did sideline work for the Seattle Seahawks , but now he has a new gig: weekly columnist for The Washington Post. Clayton himself announced the new job today on Twitter, along with his first piece: I am humbled to announce that starting today I begin a weekly column for The Washington Post. The column moves to Monday every week starting next week. Today’s topic is QBs. Watch how quarterback play affects the NFC playoff race. Here is the link https://t.co/bJsVqKv1Di — John Clayton (@JohnClaytonNFL) September 5, 2018 If today’s column can be seen as a preview of things to come, Clayton’s weekly piece will focus on a wide-view analysis (this week’s: the likelihood that the NFC will see strong quarterback play) while closing with a notes-style segment where Clayton hits a few different topics around the league. Clayton is incredibly well-connected, and working for a large outlet like the Post allows him to take a league-wide focus. For NFL fans, it could be a nice addition to the Monday morning reading routine.
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Basra protests: Iraq government buildings torched in new unrest These are external links and will open in a new window Image caption The Governorate Council building in the city was set alight Protesters have attacked government and other key buildings in the southern Iraqi city of Basra as thousands again took to the streets, angry over corruption and the lack of services. Crowds swarmed a state TV building and set fire to others, sources in the area told the BBC. It is the fourth straight night of violent protests but the unrest has been rumbling since July. At least seven people have been killed this week alone. Iraqi politicians are struggling to form a functioning government following inconclusive elections in May. The Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has offered emergency funds but the protests have continued. The latest came after a curfew ordered by the authorities in the capital Baghdad was cancelled minutes before it was due to come into effect. “The people protest and the government doesn’t care, treats them as vandals,” a 25-year-old demonstrator told the AFP news agency. People in the city are angry about the lack of basic services, including drinking water, and jobs.
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