By DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 30, 2020 Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), a task force under U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the oldest standing task force in U.S. military history, hosts approximately 500 U.S. military personnel — a relatively small team but a strong, qualified, and competent force that has left a long-lasting footprint in a rapidly changing and vulnerable region.During a visit to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, spoke with the men and women of JTF-Bravo and reminded them why their presence in this region matters.“Strong partnerships and strong teamwork, like the one we are trying to foster here, is what wins. Relationships, teamwork — it wins,” said Adm. Faller. “This has been an important strategic location for more than 30 years and that provides stability. What we have seen is that our presence — our physical presence — knowing that we are here, is reassuring.”SOUTHCOM works with five other regional combatant commands and is the single entity to work military-to-military relations in Latin America and the Caribbean, spanning over 31 countries. JTF-Bravo is its forward element, providing air movement capabilities, rapid on site assessment in the event of a crisis, and is strategically positioned at the center of the Americas, allowing the task force to rapidly deploy wherever needed in the area of operations within hours notice.JTF-Bravo is here as the physical manifestation of U.S. presence and support in the region, deterring malign state influence through partnership engagements and living up to the shared values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.“Key to fighting those threats are strong teams,” said Adm. Faller. “We have to remain the best morally, mentally, and physically ready, and at the top of our game to remain the partner of choice. We have to be the best trained and equipped and you [JTF-Bravo] are making a difference; it starts with you.”COVID-19 has hit the region particularly hard, but JTF-Bravo and SOUTHCOM answered the call through the Humanitarian Assistance Program, providing more than $18 million in donations, including mobile hospitals and personal protective equipment throughout the area of operations. Overall, the U.S. has provided $220 million of assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean, and JTF-Bravo has been a part of it, assisting regional partners since the early stages of the pandemic.“We are all dealing with this COVID environment together. Millions of dollars just from SOUTHCOM are facilitated by our teams to help partners stay strong, because together we’re stronger,” said Adm. Faller. “Know that while the mission aspects may have changed, what JTF-Bravo is doing here is making a difference.”“We want JTF-Bravo to be more expeditionary, to be able to move to where it might be needed, to respond rapidly; we want our team to leave here more ready than when they arrived,” said Adm. Faller. “Your presence and your engagements with partners improve their readiness — to build those lasting relationships so that when the next big fight comes we are ready to do it together. Rapid response readiness is core to the mission, and I couldn’t be more proud of the great work JTF-Bravo does day in and day out.”
Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) had two goals and an assist, giving Dallas a 3-1 lead in the first period and scoring the eventual game-winner midway through the second.Tyler Seguin opened the scoring four minutes into the contest. Blake Comeau put the Stars ahead to stay midway through the first.Nathan MacKinnon scored twice for the Avalanche, who finished the game without Philipp Grubauer. The Colorado netminder suffered a lower-body injury in the second period.NHL-MILBURYMilbury silenced for rest of playoffs Jeff Green had 22 points for the Rockets, who again were without Russell Westbrook.NBA-COACH OF THE YEARNurse voted NBA Coach of the YearLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse was voted NBA Coach of the Year on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard or a full schedule.Nurse was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Associated Press TROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open as she goes for her first major title. Popov shot a bogey-free, 4-under 67 to tie the low score of the third round at Royal Troon. The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under. NASCAR-DOVERHamlin wins againDOVER, Del (AP) — Denny Hamlin zipped past teammate Martin Truex Jr. with less than 10 laps to go and won Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan was third with 134 points. NHL PLAYOFFS-STARS/AVALANCHEStars get 2 from Radulov, beat AvsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche were able to blank the Dallas Stars in their round-robin meeting before the first round of the playoffs. Dallas got even on Saturday.The Stars took the opener of their second-round series by downing the Avalanche, 5-3. The Pacers opened the second half on a 12-2 run and cut their deficit to two three times in the fourth quarter before falling.Malcolm Brogdon set career playoff highs with 34 points and 14 assists for Indiana.The Thunder have pulled within two-games-to-one in their series by opening overtime on a 12-0 run before completing a 119-107 victory over the Rockets.Chris Paul had 26 points, including a pair of three-pointers during Oklahoma City’s overtime run. Dennis Schroeder (SHROO’-dur) was high man for the Thunder with 29 points.The Rockets’ offense stalled in OT after James Harden fouled out for the first time all season. Harden finished with 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSAntetokounmpo leads Bucks over MagicLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and the Milwaukee Bucks have a two-games-to-one lead following a 121-107 win over the Orlando Magic. UNDATED (AP) — Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs.The decision comes after his on-air comment that there were no women in the league’s quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. The former player, coach and general manager released a statement through NBC Sports, saying: “I do not want my presence to interfere with the athletes as they try to win the greatest trophy in sports.” An NBC Sports spokesman confirmed it was Milbury’s decision to leave and that the analyst remains employed by the network. MLB-SCHEDULE Antetokounmpo was unstoppable with the ball, scoring 35 points on 12 of 14 shooting. He also had 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks, who seem to have righted the ship after dropping the series opener.Khris Middleton added 17 points, eight boards and six assists to the win.Bucks forward Marvin Williams and Magic forward James Ennis were tossed from the game following a second-quarter scuffle. The skirmish took place during a 13-0 run in which Milwaukee took control of the game.D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for Orlando.The other No. 1 seed also won Saturday. Hamlin matched Kevin Harvick for the season victory lead with six, equaling his total from last season and closing within two of his career high set in 2010.Truex snapped a streak of five straight third-place finishes and ended up second. It’s his sixth straight top-10 finish.Kyle Busch was third to make it a sweep of the top three spots for Joe Gibbs Racing. Harvick was fourth and Chase Elliott fifth.NASCAR-NASHVILLE PRESIDENTMoses named 1st Black track president in NASCAR history — Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to practice Saturday after a one-day absence for personal reasons. Top draft pick Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) and former Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen had so-so performances during Fitzpatrick’s absence yesterday, according to coach Brian Flores. — Seahawks offensive lineman Kyle Fuller has been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Fuller will be allowed to practice with the team during the preseason. PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTJohnson expands leadNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Dustin Johnson closed with birdie-eagle for a 7-under 64 and a five-stroke advantage through three rounds of The Northern Trust, the FexEx Cup playoffs opener. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns say cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released from the hospital and is doing well after suffering a lacerated liver in practice this week.The 28-year-old is expected to be back at the team’s facility in the next few days. He’ll have to go through COVID-19 protocols before he can be re-integrated into team activities. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week by week basis.”Johnson was injured when he was landed on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant as the two were battling for a pass during a red-zone drill.In another positive development for the Browns, Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb returned to practice Saturday on a limited basis after sustaining a concussion earlier this week. In other NFL news: DOVER, Del. (AP) — Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track.Moses most recently served as president of the XFL’s DC Defenders and now leads the charge of the scheduled Nashville reboot in 2021. August 23, 2020 MLB-NEWSStrasburg is done for season, awaits hand surgeryUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have put star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the right-hander will undergo carpal tunnel surgery next week. The 32-year-old signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with Washington during the offseason. He was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts in 2020.In other major league news: Trout leads Halos over A’s.UNDATED (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels were able to cool off the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics.Trout drove in three early runs, then made a key catch late as the Angels nipped the A’s, 4-3. The three-time MVP made a diving catch on Matt Olson’s sinking liner to center field to start the eighth inning.Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) extended his hitting streak to 12 games for Los Angeles, which snapped a four-game losing streak.Oakland has won nine straight at home and three in a row overall. — Triston McKenzie won his major league debut and Domingo Santana delivered a bases-clearing double in the sixth in the Indians’ 21st win in their last 22 games against the Tigers, 6-1. McKenzie struck out 10 over six innings and allowed just two hits on a Willi Castro homer and a Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario double.— Evan White’s three-run homer and six RBIs were among the Mariners’ highlights in a 10-1 shellacking of the Rangers. Seattle also received six strong innings from Justus Sheffield, who was reached for one run and six hits.— Pedro Severino singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to punctuate a poor performance by Boston’s revamped bullpen, completing the Orioles’ 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Anthony Santander crushed a game-tying homer in the eighth before Baltimore ended a six-game skid.— Cody Bellinger’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth ended the Dodgers’ 4-3 verdict over the Rockies. Chris Taylor also hit one out as Los Angeles won for the 10th time in 11 games.— The Braves erased a 4-0 deficit and beat the Phillies, 6-5 on Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Austin Riley smacked a two-run homer and Matt Adams laced a two-run double in Atlanta’s fifth win in six games. Elsewhere in the majors:— Trent Grisham collected six RBIs with his first career three-homer game as the Padres rolled to a 13-2 thumping of the Astros. San Diego became the first team to belt five grand slams in a six-game stretch when rookie Jake Cronenworth went deep in a nine-run second inning.— The Rays won for the 12th time in 14 games by defeating the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Kevin Kiermaier’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Tampa Bay starter Aaron Slegers struck out five over four no-hit innings in his first start since July 2018 while with Minnesota.— Eddie Rosario slammed a three-run homer and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and three RBIs in the Twins’ 7-2 victory against the Royals. Randy Dobnak’s ERA rose to 1.78, but he also improved to 5-1 by holding Kansas City to two runs over five frames.— The White Sox notched their seventh straight win as Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) banged out three home runs in a 7-4 decision over the Cubs. Abreu slammed five home runs in the two games against the Cubs. Johnson was coming off a remarkable day in which he was 11 under through 11 holes and finished with seven pars for a 60. On Saturday, he pulled away from Harris English and Scottie Scheffler with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 40-footer for eagle on the closing hole at the TPC Boston.Johnson was at 22-under 191, his lowest 54-hole score by three shots.English and Scheffler are minus-17.WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENPopov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British Open — The Marlins chased Max Scherzer during a four-run fifth before the Nationals’ bullpen tossed hitless ball the rest of the way to complete a 5-4 win over Miami in Game 1 of a seven-inning twinbill. Josh Harrison had two hits and an RBI while Washington was building a 5-0 lead.— The Marlins split the twinbill as Corey Dickerson belted a two-run homer in a 5-3 win at Washington. Sixto Sanchez gave up three runs over five innings, including homers by Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) and Victor Robles.— Tyler Anderson tossed a three-hitter and and allowed just an unearned run as the Giants won their fifth in a row since an 8-16 start, 5-1 versus the Diamondbacks. The game was tied 1-1 until Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) and Alex Dickerson worked out bases-loaded walks in a four-run seventh.— The Cardinals were 3-0 winners over the Reds as Kwang Hyun Kim scattered three hits over six innings. The scoring came on Tommy Edman’s two-run single and Harrison Bader’s home run.— The Pirates blew out the Brewers for the second straight day as Adam Frazier and Jacob Stallings homered and drove in three runs apiece in a 12-5 romp. Gregory Polanco had a home run and a double for the Bucs, who collected 14 hits for the second straight day to post their first winning streak since last September. — No additional members of the Mets have tested positive for COVID-19 since the team learned of two infections that caused several games to be postponed, including their weekend series with the Yankees. Test results also were negative for close contacts of those who stayed back in Miami after Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins was postponed. — Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres is expected to miss two to three weeks while recovering from strains in his hamstring and quad. The club also said pitcher James Paxton won’t throw for 14 days because of a strained left forearm.— The Twins have added two more pitchers to their injured list. Jake Odorizzi is sidelined with bruised ribs and fellow right-hander Zack Littell is shut down because of right elbow inflammation. Both players were hurt during Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Royals.NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson released from hospital after liver injury LeBron James had 38 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Lakers knocked off the Trail Blazers, 116-108 to take a two-games-to-one lead.Anthony Davis scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help Los Angeles win its second straight since a stunning loss in the opener. Portland guard Damian Lillard scored 34 points despite a dislocated left index finger. CJ McCollum added 28 for the Trail Blazers. They will try to even the series in Game 4 on Monday.Also in the opening round, the Heat grabbed a three-games-to-none lead by building an 18-point, halftime lead before holding off the Pacers, 124-115. Miami had four players score at least 20 points, led by 27 from Jimmy Butler. Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) finished with 24 points Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) had 22 with 11 rebounds, and Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) scored 20.