Executive Director / Communities for a Better Environment / Huntington Park, CA

Richmond or Los Angeles

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) seeks dynamic and energetic applicants for the position of Executive Director. CBE is a nationally-renowned environmental justice organization that over the past 35 years has led numerous successful campaigns against some of the largest polluters in California, including power plants, refineries, and ports. Our campaigns have brought community voice to vital regulatory decisions that affect the environment and secured permanent pollution reductions at countless industrial facilities. Our continued work to partner with community members impacted by the harmful effects of the use of fossil fuels includes developing a roadmap for transforming communities throughout California into healthier, more livable, and sustainable spaces. Our movement building efforts also include close coordination with national environmental organizations, as well as local and statewide environmental, and social justice organizations and allies. CBE’s organizing model combines community organizing, science, and law to advance environmental justice and assist members in urban, low-income communities of color build healthier communities. As a multi-ethnic organization with 30 staff, CBE has a budget of more than $2 million dollars and offices in Huntington Park, Richmond, and in Wilmington.


Position Overview

CBE’s Executive Director, who reports to the Board of Directors, will oversee internal operations, strategic collaborations, workplace culture, communications, and fundraising. The Executive Director also will oversee the development and implementation of CBE’s transformative organizing model. CBE’s Board seeks a leader who will nurture and enrich the highly collaborative working environment at CBE and work in partnership with the Board and Management Team to continue to refine CBE’s programmatic goals in alignment with the organization’s mission and vision. The Executive Director will divide their time evenly between external affairs and internal organizational matters.

Major Responsibilities

Outreach and Advocacy

• Advances CBE through public speaking opportunities, including conferences and other events

• Engages with decision-makers at local, regional and state levels

• Builds relationships with partners in alliances and coalitions

• Writes op-eds, press releases and blogs to raise profile of the organization’s work

Program

• Implements the current strategic plan and leads the process for the next 3-year strategic plan

• Ensures the development of annual program plans and evaluations


Human Resources

• Ensures staff evaluations are completed at regular intervals

• Hires, manages, and develops staff

• Fosters leadership development among staff, board, and community members


Development

• Contributes to the development of annual fundraising plans

• Develops and implements a fundraising strategy that aligns with CBE’s transformative organizing model, with a particular emphasis on growing unrestricted, multi-year financial support

• Cultivates and stewards relationships with individual and institutional donors

• Contributes to the development of fundraising materials, including appeals, proposals and reports

• Speaks at fundraising events

Finance

• Contributes to the development of organizational budgets

• Demonstrates an understanding of the monthly financial reports

• Supports the Finance and Operations Director to ensure cost controls

Supervisory

• Directly manages two Program Directors, a Development Director, Finance and Operations Director, Legal Director, and Policy Director, all of whom comprise CBE’s Management Team

Governance

• Works closely with the committees of the Board of Directors to ensure strong governance of CBE, especially its fiscal health


Qualifications:

• Minimum five years of management experience, preferably at the director level, in a nonprofit with a social change mission

• Demonstrated commitment to environmental and/or social justice and experience working with low income communities of color

• Familiarity with regulatory processes, especially city-wide policies and California state legislation

• Fiscal management experience

• Track record of building relationships with donors and foundation program officers

• Experience managing and retaining employees

• Proven success in building partnerships with key stakeholders

• Familiarity with community organizing and popular education

• Team and consensus building skills

• Familiarity with California communities, particularly in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions

• Excellent skills in written and spoken English; Spanish language skills desirable

• Willingness to travel between Oakland and Los Angeles, and to other areas of the country

Compensation:

Salary is competitive with similarly sized nonprofits and benefits include comprehensive health insurance and 26 days paid leave (including holidays) in the first year.

To apply:

By no later than April 1, 2017, please send a cover letter, including salary history and qualifications, and resume in Word to: jobs@cbecal.org. Please include the following subject line with your email: Executive Director Search

CBE is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQI, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

End the Overuse of Antibiotics in Factor Farms / US PIRG / Boston, MA

Large industrial farms are misusing our life-saving antibiotics on livestock. Join our team and work to fix this problem.

We’re hiring one Fellow to work on one very big problem: stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Life-saving antibiotics are too important to squander, but that is exactly what is happening due to the overuse of these drugs. One of the biggest culprits? Factory farms that routinely administer antibiotics to livestock even when the animals are not sick.

We’re convincing major restaurant chains to buy meat from farms that do not misuse antibiotics. It’s working, but we need change to happen faster.

In joining our team, you will urge more restaurant chains to follow the lead of Chipotle, Subway and others. You’ll push for policy changes at the state and federal levels. And you’ll learn the skills of organizing so that you can powerfully demonstrate support for smarter, healthier antibiotic policies.

WHAT FELLOWS DO

Our Fellows don’t just sit behind a desk. We need people who are willing to work hard to advocate for the public interest — whether it’s by developing campaigns, building coalitions, mobilizing and organizing the public, showcasing our work online and in the media, or making our case directly to decision

makers.

This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG.

The powerful industries have their lobbyists. That’s why we need people like you to ensure the public’s voice is heard, that decision makers do the right thing, and to keep fighting to solve more of America’s problems.

QUALIFICATIONS

We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

PAY & BENEFITS

The target annual compensation for this position is $25,500 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Learn more and apply online at: http://bit.ly/2mjkiUW

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.


TO APPLY

Click here to apply – Please mention that you saw the job on The Root

Pelicans officially acquire DeMarcus Cousins in blockbuster trade with Kings

The Sacramento Kings?changed course Sunday night and agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, just two weeks after publicly proclaiming that the All-Star center was off the market.

The teams announced Monday afternoon that the Pelicans had acquired Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi while sending Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder to the Kings.

A front-office source familiar with the Kings’ thinking said owner Vivek Ranadive’s adoration of Hield was a key driver in the deal. “Vivek thinks Buddy has Steph Curry potential,” the source told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.

The 6-foot-4 Hield has been inconsistent during his rookie season. As a college senior with Oklahoma, Hield was one of the best players in the nation. He is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, posting a season high of 21 points.

Cousins is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season.?The three-time All-Star recently served a one-game suspension after accruing his 17th technical foul and will be forced to serve additional suspensions with every other tech he incurs for the rest of the regular season.

“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement issued Monday. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward.

“We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”

The first-round pick Sacramento will acquire in this fast-moving blockbuster deal is top-three protected in the June draft, ESPN has learned. That means New Orleans must immediately surrender the pick if it lands at No. 4 or lower.

The Kings also announced Monday that veteran forward Matt Barnes?has been waived, a move that was necessary in order to create roster room to complete the Cousins deal.

Sources told ESPN that the Kings and Pelicans came to terms on the trade Sunday while the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans was playing out.

The immediacy of landing two picks from what is widely projected as a strong draft, as well as the chance to start over amid growing internal concern about Cousins’ unpredictability and run-ins with referees, were chief among the lures that convinced Sacramento to go forward with the trade Sunday, rather than playing the process out until Thursday’s trade deadline.

Sources said the Kings are quietly hopeful that their expected slide in the Western Conference standings will ensure that they get to hang on to their own first-round pick in the June draft, which must be sent to? Chicago?if it falls outside of the top 10. Sacramento (24-33) should thus wind up with two lottery picks in June to start reshaping its roster in earnest post-Cousins.

League sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Pelicans, meanwhile, are confident they will convince Cousins to sign a contract extension to stay in New Orleans in the near future.

“We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city.”

Cousins, 26, would have been eligible to sign a five-year, $209 million extension with the Kings this summer had he stayed in Sacramento and has spoken openly for weeks about his desire to spend his entire career there, despite the club’s decadelong playoff drought.

“That’s home,” Cousins said of Sacramento in an interview with ESPN Radio earlier this week. “I’m loyal to the city, I’m loyal to the fans and I’m loyal to the organization. This is part of my legacy and I want to bring us back to the promised land.”

Earlier Sunday night, before both teams committed to the deal, Cousins’ agent, Jarinn Akana, told ESPN that Cousins would likely pass on an extension with any team that traded for him before Thursday’s deadline.

“I have spoken many times recently with Vivek?and Vlade about DeMarcus’ future with the Kings,” Akana told ESPN.

“They have assured me, and DeMarcus, that the Kings won’t trade him and are committed to signing DeMarcus long term. In fact, Vlade has gone on record saying exactly the same thing. If the Kings flip-flop on what they committed, that is on them.

“Under the circumstances and given the Kings’ commitments, I would find it highly unlikely that DeMarcus would re-sign with a team that trades for him at this point.?”

On Feb. 6, Divac told ESPN, “We’re not trading DeMarcus … we hope he’s here for a long time.”

Divac’s public statement, sources said, followed a face-to-face meeting days earlier in which he assured Cousins and his representatives that there would be no trade and that the sides were on track for the extension this summer.

Cousins has one season left on his current contract and can become a free agent in the summer of 2018. New Orleans would be able to offer him a five-year extension worth an estimated $179 million in July.

The Pelicans — knowing Cousins grew up some 90 minutes away from New Orleans in Mobile, Alabama — aren’t concerned about their ability to sell the former? Kentucky?star on a long-term future alongside another former Wildcats star, Anthony Davis.

“I don’t think they would have done the trade without a lot of confidence they could re-sign him,” one source with knowledge of New Orleans’ thinking told Shelburne.

The Pelicans have been looking for an offensive-minded center to play alongside Davis dating back to last season’s trade deadline, when they flirted with dealing for? Milwaukee‘s? Greg Monroe. New Orleans has also pursued? Philadelphia‘s? Jahlil Okafor and? Brooklyn‘s? Brook Lopez in recent weeks before focusing its efforts this week on trying to pry Cousins away from the Kings.

ESPN’s Justin Verrier reported earlier Sunday that New Orleans also tried to engage the Indiana Pacers in trade discussions involving All-Star swingman Paul George. The Pelicans were driven?to land top-level help to pair with Davis, who earned All-Star Game MVP honors Sunday after scoring a league-record 52 points in the West’s 192-182 victory.

“This is an unbelievable weekend,” Davis told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman after learning of the trade following his MVP news conference, greeting the news with a smile and a big thumbs-up.

“All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn’t get better than this.”

Davis told Goodman he hasn’t heard anything official from management or talked to Cousins yet.

Cousins played only two minutes in Sunday night’s All-Star Game. Sources told ESPN that Cousins asked West coach Steve Kerr to keep his minutes down for reasons unrelated to the trade talks.

Cousins was flying back to Sacramento on a private plane with his assistants and family and is expected to return to New Orleans on Tuesday, a source told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.

Sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that the Pelicans will now seek a trade partner to take on power forward Terrence Jones?and ease their frontcourt logjam.

The Los Angeles Lakers also pursued Cousins in recent days but felt Sacramento’s asking price was too high, sources told Shelburne.

Talks quickly fizzled, according to Shelburne, once the Kings informed the Lakers that they weren’t interested unless they would receive 2016 No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram as part of a Cousins deal.

Evans won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award in Sacramento in 2010 — beating out Curry?– before joining New Orleans in the summer of 2013 in free agency via sign-and-trade.

The 6-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

Johnson cruises to win, No. 1 world ranking in typical DJ fashion

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Everything about Dustin Johnson’s ascendancy to the world No. 1 ranking for the first time was perfectly appropriate.

He didn’t backdoor his way into the top spot with some T-22 finish. Didn’t sweat out some chew-your-fingernails stretch run.

No, the guy who has created a habit of making golf look easy made this look downright effortless.

By winning the Genesis Open by a 5-stroke margin, Johnson became the 20th different No. 1 player in the 31-year history of the world ranking — and he cemented what so many within the game already knew.

He’s not just the top-ranked player. He’s also the best right now.

Such superlatives are fleeting in a game where things change so quickly on a weekly basis. Already in the first month and a half of 2017, we’ve witnessed Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth look like the world’s best player, so it’s understandable if any assertion about Johnson’s prevalence rings a bit hollow.

It shouldn’t, though.

We can still argue which player is the best when every world-class golfer has his A-plus form. Jason Day, the man who held the No. 1 spot for the previous 47 weeks, has appeared dominant at times. Same for Rory McIlroy, who is currently injured. Spieth, too, who’s only a week removed from a ho-hum 4-shot victory of his own.

If we’re talking right now, though — right this very minute — the obvious answer is Johnson. Just check out the numbers: In the past nine months, he has finished eighth or better in 14 of his 18 worldwide starts, including four wins. Want to reach back even further? He’s now won a tournament in each of the past 10 PGA Tour seasons, easily the best current mark.

Whereas Day and Spieth each insisted after reaching No. 1 for the first time that it was a lifelong goal, Johnson brought his usual coolness to the matter, even admitting that winning the tournament trumped any statistical relevancy in the rankings.

“That’s what I was here to do,” he said. “I was coming in here to put myself in a position to win, and I did that, and I played really well. I wasn’t really thinking about my world ranking; I was thinking about winning this golf tournament, what it would take to do that. That’s kind of all I focus on. I look at the world golf ranking, but it’s not like my goal is, I want to get to No. 1 this week. I want to win the golf tournament I’m playing. If I get to No. 1 there winning the golf tournament, then obviously that’s even a bonus.”

Of course, the world’s best golfers are judged on their performances four times each year. Following a campaign during which he won the U.S. Open for his first major championship and finished top-10 at two others, Johnson is already one of the favorites to continue adding more hardware to his mantle.

On Sunday, Johnson sealed his position as the world’s best. That might have been visible to the naked eye for a while, but it’s now statistically true, as well.

For the player who has cracked the formula to reaching that lofty number, though, he has never concerned himself too much with the math behind it.

“I don’t really understand it, but I can read the 1-2-3,” he deadpanned. “I guess that’s all that matters.”

Others — Day included — have at times lamented the No. 1 ranking, or at least the pressure and responsibilities which come with the territory. Johnson seems adequately equipped to deal with it, his nonchalance often mistaken for apathy.

Asked what advice he’d give his successor, Day said, “Whatever he’s doing, he just needs to keep doing it.”

He isn’t wrong. The guy who made winning look easy, who made reaching No. 1 look easy, who so often makes golf look easy, is already making the art of dealing with his new role look easy, too.

As to whether he has prepared for the additional attention, Johnson simply shrugged after the victory.

“I’ve only been No. 1 for about 30 minutes,” he replied. “Ask me in a couple weeks.”

WVU’s Bob Huggins: On-court scare caused by defibrillator going off

West Virginia?coach Bob Huggins gave the home crowd a scare as he fell to his knees on the court during a break in action Monday night.

Huggins appeared to be clutching his chest and was looked at by medical professionals shortly before halftime of the 12th-ranked Mountaineers’ 77-62 win over? Texas.

The veteran coach was examined at halftime and told ESPN’s Holly Rowe that his “defibrillator went off.”

Huggins added that he is fine, but it felt like someone slammed him in the back.

Shaka Smart, Texas‘ head coach, wished Huggins well on the court before the start of the second half.

In his postgame news conference, after reiterating he was OK, Huggins was asked if he was afraid he was going to get hit with a technical foul when he dropped to his knees on the court.

“I’m surprised I didn’t; I’m actually shocked I didn’t,” Huggins said with a smile.

Huggins was asked later in his postgame presser about the examination he underwent at halftime.

“I talked to a couple people, but I didn’t get hooked up to any machines or anything,” said Huggins, who added that when the difibrillator goes off, “it comes out of nowhere.”

Huggins said he got a little lightheaded when he stood back up, but chalked that up to old age as well as some of the medication he takes.

“That’s what happened when I fell down before; you stand up, you get lightheaded,” said Huggins, who added it’s only the second time the defibrillator has gone off.

“It goes off, and what it does is it shocks your heart back into rhythm,” said Huggins. “I’m like 99.9 percent of other guys my age in America — I got AFib [irregular heartbeat]. Jerry [West] has AFib for crying out loud; he does the commercial.”

The 63-year-old Huggins previously suffered a heart attack while on a recruitment trip in 2002 and was fitted for the defibrillator.

Huggins took over as coach of his alma mater in 2007 after stints with Kansas State and Cincinnati.

Sources: Wolves, others inquire about Knicks’ Derrick Rose

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the Knicks recently to discuss potential trades for New York point guard Derrick Rose, sources told ESPN.

Rose, a free agent this summer, played for seven seasons under current Timberwolves and ex- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

It is unclear what Minnesota would offer in a potential trade for Rose. Sources say the Timberwolves are motivated to trade veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, as team president and coach Thibodeau sees rookie Kris Dunn as the point guard of the future for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves, sources say, are among several teams to reach out to the Knicks asking about potential trades for Rose.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Rose, in his first season in New York, is averaging 17.7 points per game on 46 percent shooting in 48 games. He has missed time due to back spasms and an ankle injury, but Rose’s knees, which caused him to miss major portions of recent seasons, have been healthy.

Knicks president Phil Jackson traded for Rose last summer, the first move made to compile a roster that the organization hoped would compete for a playoff spot.

The Knicks (23-34) have struggled thus far. They are four games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference and have lost seven of their past 10 games.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst contributed to this report.

W2W4: Kerber looks to regain No. 1 ranking, Kyrgios defends title for first time

The busiest month in tennis (17 ATP and WTA events) continues this week with five tournaments and some screaming storylines: Juan Martin del Potro, already a two-time Comeback Player of the Year, returns in Delray Beach;? Angelique Kerber can regain the No. 1 ranking with a win in Dubai; and Nick Kyrgios defends his first title in Marseille against a strong field.

Five of the top-ranked women are scheduled to play in Dubai, while 10 of the top 20 men are set for three events. Here’s what else we should be watching for this week:

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (outdoor hard)

Top seeds: No. 1 Angelique Kerber, No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, No. 3 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 5 Garbine Muguruza

Notable storylines: Against the backdrop of a strong WTA Premier 5 field, Kerber will attempt to wrest the No. 1 ranking back from Serena Williams. A title in Dubai would be enough to give Kerber 21 career weeks at the top, equaling Tracy Austin and Maria Sharapova. Williams isn’t scheduled to play again until the event at Indian Wells in March.

In the eight years of Premier 5 and premier events, no one has won more of those matches than Radwanska (163). Serena (13) has won the most titles. Pliskova, the winner last week in Doha, will try to equal Martina Hingis and Justine Henin as the only Doha-Dubai double winners since 2001.

Of note:Eugenie Bouchard (abdominal), Svetlana Kuznetsova (abdominal) and Sara Errani (defending champion/adductor) are all out. CiCi Bellis, a 17-year-old American, is in the draw — her first WTA-level event of the year.


Hungarian Ladies Open, Budapest, Hungary (indoor hard)

Top seeds: No. 1 Timea Babos, No. 2 Lucie Safarova, No. 3 Julia Goerges, No. 4 Sorana Cirstea

Notable storylines: This first-time tournament is marked by this fun fact: The top two singles seeds, Babos and Safarova, are scheduled to play doubles together.

Of note:Andrea Petkovic and Maria Sakkari (foot injury) will not play.


Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, Florida (outdoor hard)

Top seeds: No. 1 Milos Raonic, No. 2 Ivo Karlovic, No. 3 Jack Sock, No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 5 Sam Querrey (defending champion)

Notable storylines: North America’s first outdoor tournament of the season could feature some epic collisions. Del Potro, who missed five Grand Slams with a wrist injury, made a dramatic debut here a year ago ranked No. 1,042. He eventually reached the third round at Wimbledon and followed it up with a quarterfinal run at the US Open. After playing in the Davis Cup final (and winning), he wasn’t ready to compete this year in Melbourne. He’s not quite sure what to expect.

“I don’t know yet,” the 28-year-old Argentine told ATPWorldTour.com. “I am in my first tournament and the sensations are different than the last match of the year. Always Delray is a good tournament to start.”

Except that his first-round opponent is a tricky one in Kevin Anderson, the 2012 winner and a 2014 finalist. The No. 1-seeded Raonic makes his tournament debut, and top Americans Sock, Querrey and Johnson are also in action.

Of note:Tommy Haas, the 38-year-old German and 2006 Delray champion, is playing on a protected ranking and plans to retire after the season. In a few weeks, he’ll really get to work as the tournament director at Indian Wells.


Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (clay)

Top seeds: No. 1 Kei Nishikori, No. 2 Dominic Thiem, No. 3 Pablo Cuevas (defending champion), No. 4 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 5 Albert Ramos Vinolas, No. 6 David Ferrer

Notable storylines: The season’s fourth ATP 500-level event is already underway at the Jockey Club Brasileiro, which features eight clay courts. Nishikori, a finalist Sunday in Buenos Aires, is scheduled to make his Rio debut. Previously, Nishikori was the runner-up in Brisbane and lost in five sets to Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 34-year-old Ferrer, who is 10-2 in Rio, finished outside the top 20 last season and failed to reach an ATP final for the first time since 2004.

Of note:Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, last year’s No. 1-ranked doubles team, are in action but could be pushed by No. 2 seed Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo and No. 3 Carreno Busta and Cuevas.


Open 13 Provence, Marseille, France (indoor hard)

Top seeds: No. 1 Gael Monfils, No. 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 3 Nick Kyrgios (defending champion), No. 4 Lucas Pouille

Notable storylines: A year ago, Kyrgios defeated Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic — all in straight sets — to win his first ATP World Tour title. The 21-year-old Aussie also won titles in Atlanta and Tokyo in 2016?to finish a career-best No. 13 at year’s end. He has played only three matches in 2017, one in Davis Cup and two in Melbourne, where he lost to Andreas Seppi in the second round.

No. 1 seed Monfils, the 30-year-old Frenchman, is coming off a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal. The No. 2-seeded Tsonga was a winner this past week in Rotterdam.

Of note:? Alexander Zverev, the 19-year-old German who won the title a week ago in Montpellier, is one to watch. Tsonga and No. 7 seed Gilles Simon are also former winners here.

TE Julius Thomas heads to Miami, Jaguars acquire LT Branden Albert in separate deals

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a trade Monday to acquire Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas for a 2017 seventh-round draft pick, a source told ESPN’s Adam Caplan, confirming multiple reports.

In a separate deal, the Jaguars acquired Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert for a 2018 seventh-round pick, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

If both players pass physicals and neither team reconsiders, the deals will be officially announced on or shortly after March 9 at 4 p.m. ET, the start of the new NFL year.?

Thomas also will restructure his contract upon completion of the trade. He is expected to be in Miami on Tuesday to meet with the Dolphins.?

Both teams were in heavy trade talks throughout the past week. The initial scenario, according to sources, was to swap Albert for Thomas. Albert was in Jacksonville on Monday to take a physical and will meet with the Jaguars sometime this week.?

With the acquisition of Thomas, Miami has filled a major need at tight end. Former starters Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims suffered through injuries and inconsistency, and both will be unrestricted free agents in March.

Thomas also is familiar with Dolphins coach Adam Gase’s system as both were with the Denver Broncos. Thomas recorded 108 receptions for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns during a two-year stretch with Gase as Denver’s offensive coordinator in 2013-14.

Albert, 32, is a quality left tackle when healthy, but he has missed 13 games the past three seasons due to various injuries.

The Jaguars didn’t get what they’d hoped out of Thomas when they signed him to a five-year contract worth $46 million with $24 million guaranteed in March 2015. He made little impact in 2016, and the Jaguars got as much out of second-year players Neal Sterling and Ben Koyack (29 catches for 271 yards combined), which made him and his $7 million salary expendable in 2017.

Thomas’ struggles were partly due to injury but also because of erratic quarterback play by Blake Bortles. Thomas had 76 catches for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons, which is less than 10 yards per catch. He averaged 11.8 yards per catch and had 24 touchdown catches in his final two seasons in Denver.

Thomas missed a total of 11 games in two seasons with the Jaguars. He missed the first four games last season because of a fractured bone in his hand, and it took a while for him to get involved in the offense when he did return. He finished with 46 catches — the second-highest total of his career — but his yardage was way down (455 yards, the lowest of his career in which he played more than five games) and so were his touchdowns (five).

Thomas caught nine passes for 135 yards and a touchdown in the first two games of the 2016 season but caught more than three passes in a game just once after that and didn’t have more than 28 yards receiving in any game. Thomas played in only nine games in 2016 and finished with 30 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns. He missed Week 4 with an elbow injury and went on injured reserve after hurting his back against Detroit on Nov. 20.

ESPN’s Mike DiRocco, Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan contributed to this report.

Rick Ankiel describes dealing with anxiety of pitching

Former major leaguer Rick Ankiel said Monday that he drank vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season for the St. Louis Cardinals, which came after his meltdown in the 2000 playoffs when he became the first major league pitcher to throw five wild pitches in one inning since 1890.

Ankiel made his comments to 590 The Fan while discussing his upcoming book, “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life,” co-written with sports writer Tim Brown. The book will be released on April 18.

On Monday, he discussed drinking vodka before his first start of the 2001 season, in which he was the winning pitcher against Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Before that game … I’m scared to death. I know I have no chance. Feeling the pressure of all that, right before the game I get a bottle of vodka. I just started drinking vodka. Lo and behold, it kind of tamed the monster, and I was able to do what I wanted,” he said in the radio interview.

“I’m sitting on the bench feeling crazy I have to drink vodka to pitch through this. It worked for that game. I had never drank before a game before. It was one of those things like the yips, the monster, the disease … it didn’t fight fair, so I felt like I wasn’t going to fight fair either.”

He said he also drank before his second start, but his problems returned in that game, in which he took the loss against the Houston Astros.

He said he started throwing balls again in that start as the “anxiety took over the alcohol,” and he realized after that start that drinking wasn’t an answer for his problems.

Ankiel made his major league pitching debut at age 19 in August 1999 when he faced the Expos in Montreal.

The hard-throwing lefty won 11 games and struck out 194 in 175 innings as a 20-year-old rookie in 2000.

He was named the surprise starter for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, against whom he had his historic inning in which he threw five wild pitches. In all, he threw nine wild pitches in four innings during the 2000 playoffs and never really was the same after that. He made his last appearance as a major league pitcher in 2004, working in five games as a reliever.

He later returned to the major leagues as an outfielder in 2007 with the Cardinals and played the position for St. Louis, the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta, the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros and New York Mets.

Ankiel said Monday that his book is about never giving up.

“I think the overall lesson from the book is about getting back up. You’re going to get knocked down … everyone gets knocked down.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.