Fountain, Colo. resident commits suicide on Kansas turnpike in Sumner County Sunday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Hmmmmm · 242 weeks ago Well that escalated quickly. Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Editor’s note — The following is the official report sent to Sumner Newscow concerning a car chase that started in Sedgwick and ended in Sumner County that ended with a Colorado man committing suicide on the Kansas Turnpike on Sunday. Submitted by the Sumner County Sheriff office — On Sunday, Dec. 20, at 10:10 a.m., the Sedgwick Co Sheriff Dispatch advised the Sumner County dispatch of a vehicle pursuit south bound on the Kansas Turnpike I-35 from the Mulvane gate.Sedgwick County Sheriff Officers were in pursuit of a maroon Oldsmobile Bravado with Colorado tags. The pursuit went south bound on the KTA to the Belle Plaine service area. The suspect made a wide u-turn in the parking lot driving through the gas pumps at a high rate of speed, turning back north through the service area, again at a high rate of speed.The suspect was now going north bound in the south bound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. A Sedgwick County Deputy seeing the danger of this sped up past the suspect to get out in front of him to warn the oncoming traffic as to the erratic driver as well as slow his speed or stop him.When the deputy did this the suspect started ramming the deputy from behind. Several attempts were made my deputies to PIT (precision immobilization technique) the suspect vehicle. They were somewhat successful in slowing him but not stopping him. His tires were all flat from the Kansas Highway Patrol being able to get in front of the suspect in the north bound lanes and tossing Stop Sticks in his path several times. At mile post 31.6 a deputy was successful in the PIT maneuver and the suspect vehicle came to rest in the west ditch of the south bound side of the KTA. When the deputies went to take the suspect into custody he had armed himself with a small folding knife approximately four inches long.The suspect started to stab at his lower neck repeatedly. The suspect was then tazed to stop him from being able to continue stabbing himself. The suspect was disarmed of the knife and placed on the ground outside the vehicle and first aid was administered until Mulvane EMS arrived and pronounced him dead at 10:43 hours. The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office is working the aggravated battery case on the Sedgwick County Deputy and the death of the suspect. The vehicle was impounded and will undergo a search by the detective section.An autopsy will be performed on Dec. 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. as to why the suspect would take such drastic action. The Sumner County Detective section has been in contact with the authorities in Fountain, Colo. They have learned the suspect had been named a suspect in a burglary investigation in Fountain and evidence of this burglary has been located in the suspect’s vehicle. We are however still working on making notifications to the family.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

After layoff, Wellington varsity teams are back in action; WHS tennis and WMS golf results

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here is what is happening in the world of sports in Wellington for Thursday, April 21.Wellington baseball-softball teams back in actionThe Wellington girls, with an 8-2 season record, last played a softball game 10 days ago, thanks to an open date on Thursday and a rainout on Monday. The 2-8 Wellington boys last played Thursday against Andale.Both teams will be back in action tonight at Circle in Towanda today. The varsity and JV boys start play at 4 p.m. while the girls play at 4:30 p.m.The Wellington-Buhler double-header for both teams which got rained out on Monday and has been rescheduled to May 2. It will be the set of home regular season games for both teams.————Wellington golfers returnThe Wellington golfers are back in action today when they travel to the Cherry Oaks Golf Course in Cheney. They last played 11 days ago in the Andover Invitational.———The Wellington tennis at AugustaThe Crusader varsity tennis team traveled to Augusta Tuesday.“Not a bad day for the team,” said Allen Keller, Wellington head tennis coach. “Everyone is improving.”Both singles entries Brock Edwards and Will Long made it to the finals before losing and bringing home second place medals.“But considering we finished fourth as a team this year – finishing behind schools like El Dorado and Circle- when we finished first last year, shows how far we’ve dropped in our ability to compete,” Keller said. “Everyone finished about where we expected.”Edwards was seeded third and finished second. Long was seeded first and finished second. Jaden Adams/ Reece Langford were seeded fifth and finished fourth. Jared Oathout/ James Hinman were seeded fifth and finished fifth.“Everyone is improving,” Keller said.———Wellington track in CaldwellThe Wellington boys track team placed third at the Border-Queen track meet in Caldwell. The Wellington girls finished sixth.  Crusader individuals placing first for the boys were:•Monty Banister, 100m, 11.09.•4x100M relay team – 46.09.———Wellington Middle School golf results The WMS girls golf team was in Augusta. Hanna Hawks was the top golfer scoring a 44. Other golfers were: Payton Ginter 62, Lauren Bales 57 and Taylor Heasty 70. The team finished third with a 233. Winfield won the tournament with a 217.The Wellington varsity boys recently participated in Quail Ridge as the Knights placed first amongst seven teams.Wellington scored a 351. Ark City followed with a 377, Augusta 410, Winfield 411, Ponca City 445, Rose Hill 488.True DeJarnett finished first with a 79. Luke Scheufler had an 89 for fourth. Other scores include: Rylan Blasi 91, Jace Lawrence 92, Blake Saffell 96 and Austin Goodrum 98.In JV WMS tennis: Berkley Wright shot a 48 for first place in nine holes. Chance Rogers had a 41 for second. Kenny Ferryman also had a 51. Other scores were: Kannon Klein 56, Trace Rusk 54, Douglas Garton 58, Brad Jones 61 and Luke McComb 62.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

WWE WrestleMania 4 match grades: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage wins four bouts to take heavyweight championship belt

first_imgIt was March 27, 1988 and the grandest stage of them all was set for WWE, then WWF (World Wrestling Federation), to crown a brand new world heavyweight champion at WrestleMania 4. The event was held at the Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., although the host was advertised as the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino due to the sponsorship from businessman and future president Donald Trump, who sat ringside.Over 19,000 fans strong, and many more watching from home, laid witness to the “Macho Man” Randy Savage winning four matches in one night to be crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world. The juggernaut of a feat overshadowed Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant battling to a double disqualification in their WrestleMania rematch. Here on the anniversary of WrestleMania IV, Sporting News’ Mark Lelinwalla looks back on the memorable event and grades each match. DiBiase had Savage grounded when “The Million Dollar Man” uncharacteristically scaled the top ropes himself. Savage quickly got up in time to chuck DiBiase across the ring, before rapidly going for his elbow drop finisher. The attempt came too soon, as DiBiase rolled out of the way and locked in The Million Dollar Dream sleeperhold seconds later. With the ref’s attention on Andre outside, Hogan seized the moment to get into the ring and whack DiBiase in the back with a chair shot. With DiBiase sprawled out flat on his back, Savage again ascended the top turnbuckle and this time nailed his flying elbow drop as camera flashes joined him in the air. He got the one, two and three, as Savage’s first reign as WWE world heavyweight champion began. Grade: A 20-Man Battle RoyalLelinwalla: The final three superstars were Junkyard Dog, Bret Hart and Bad News Brown, with the latter two heels forming an impromptu alliance to plot against the babyface JYD. They tossed Junkyard Dog out the ring and boasted, as Bad News hoisted Hart’s hand up in the air as they continued to gloat. Just then, came the sneak attack, as Brown did his Ghetto Blaster modified dropkick finisher out of nowhere to eliminate Hart.Just as Bad News was beginning to celebrate in the ring, an angry Hart gathered himself and dropkicked Brown out of the squared circle. He then proceeded to stomp on and destroy Brown’s huge Battle Royal trophy. That laid the groundwork for Hart’s turn from heel to babyface, a hero role he’d enjoy for years to come.Grade: C+First round tournament match: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim DugganLelinwalla: Hacksaw should have realized he was in trouble when “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase strolled down to the ring with his bodyguard Virgil and Andre the Giant. Undeterred, Hacksaw had gained the upper hand and was pounding away on DiBiase, even getting in his famous three-point stance for his finisher.But that’s when Andre the Giant tripped him. When Duggan got up to address Andre, “The Eighth Wonder of the World” greeted him with a roundhouse right with DiBiase simultaneously burying a knee in his midsection. He covered Duggan and got the three count in an otherwise forgettable match.Grade: C-First round tournament match: Dino Bravo vs. ‘The Rock’ Don MuracoLelinwalla: Two powerhouses in this one, Bravo had failed to deliver his piledriver twice and was getting beat down. That’s when the Canadian wrestler slickly sandwiched the referee between he and Muraco’s flying forearm.When Muraco went to check on the official, Bravo hit him from behind and delivered a sidewalk slam, which the groggy ref registered the pin for. Or so Bravo thought. While Bravo celebrated his perceived win, the ref disqualified him for moving him into the line of fire with that forearm. A nice twist at the end to just an OK match.Grade: DFirst round tournament match: Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ SteamboatLelinwalla: Valentine laid into his tough as nails gimmick hard, while Steamboat displayed his all-around ring wizardry in a surprisingly intriguing match that delivered its fair share of drama. “The Dragon” scaled the ropes and delivered his flying chop and moments later was perched back on the top turnbuckle.This time, Steamboat attempted a flying high cross body, which connected, but with too much momentum. Valentine wound up on top of him and leveraged the pin. Steamboat alleged that Valentine grabbed his tights during the pinfall to no avail.Grade: B+First round tournament match: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage vs. Butch ReedLelinwalla: Reed dominated Savage, but spent a little too much time perched on the top turnbuckle gazing at Miss Elizabeth. Savage capitalized by recovering and chucking Reed off the ropes. He then scaled the top turnbuckle and delivered his elbow smash for the pin. A good ending to an otherwise shoulder shrug of an alright match.Grade:  C-First round tournament match: One Man Gang vs. Bam Bam BigelowLelinwalla: Bam Bam was showing just how gifted of an agile big man he was, going from a clothesline into a cartwheel and then a cross body seconds later. But this match had a clumsy ending, when Slick, One Man Gang’s manager, pulled down the ropes as Bigelow was whipping toward them. Despite Slick doing that right in front of the ref’s face , Bam Bam was counted out instead of OMG being disqualified. Didn’t make much sense.Grade: D-First round tournament match: Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts vs. ‘Ravishing’ Rick RudeLelinwalla: Too many twisting arm locks wrist locks and headlocks and reverse chin locks, which all combined to throw this match into slow motion. Plus, commentators Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura made several references to the 15-minute time limit, so you already knew where this match was going — a time-limit draw, which was the exact result. The crowd’s chants of “boring” pretty much summed this one up in a match that could have been way more compelling.Grade: FSingles Match: The Ultimate Warrior vs. HerculesLelinwalla: The match was relatively calm — as calm as one with Warrior could be — until Hercules cinched in his full nelson. That’s when Warrior used his feet to push off the middle ropes, with Hercules slamming him backwards with a German suplex.However, both Hercules and Warrior had their shoulders down. The ref counted to one, two … and Warrior lifted his right shoulder off the canvas just in time to sneak in the clever win. That didn’t stop Hercules from pounding on Ultimate Warrior and wrapping his chain around the Warrior’s neck after the bell. The Ultimate Warrior was able to power out of it and celebrated his WrestleMania victory by swinging Hercules’ chain around his head. Fun fact: This marked Ultimate Warrior’s first WrestleMania match.Grade: C-Quarterfinal tournament match: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the GiantLelinwalla: This was the Hogan-Andre highly-anticipated WrestleMania rematch coming off WrestleMania III, in which Hulk memorably bodyslammed Andre to the thrill of the 90,000 fans strong at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. and many more watching from home. The highlight of this rematch came when Hogan Hulked up and tore his way out of a chokehold, before clotheslining Andre against the turnbuckles.Hogan signaled for the bodyslam and was about to hoist him up, when Virgil got up on the ring apron to distract the ref. DiBiase clobbered Hogan with a chair shot to the back. Hogan thought about giving chase to DiBiase, but bashed Andre with the chair instead.Andre wrestled the chair from Hogan and returned the favor for what was ruled a double disqualification. That didn’t stop Hogan from suplexing Virgil on the exposed concrete outside the ring and then scooping up Andre and slamming him in the squared circle to the crowd’s delight. The slam wasn’t received with as much jubilation as WrestleMania III, but fans still enjoyed the moment. Plus, the match made for good storytelling drama.Grade: BQuarterfinal tournament match: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase vs. ‘The Rock’ Don MuracoLelinwalla: Virgil wasn’t in DiBiase’s corner due to the whooping Hogan put on him. And Muraco pounded away on “The Million Dollar Man” for much of this match. But DiBiase was eventually able to work his way back into the match and snared the win by catching Muraco in midair and dropping his neck onto the top rope for the quick cover and pin.The match as a whole, though? Eh. Filler material at best. With the win and the Hogan-Andre double DQ, DiBiase earned a bye straight to the final.Grade: C-Quarterfinal tournament match: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage vs. Greg ‘The Hammer’ ValentineLelinwalla: This match really laid the groundwork for Savage’s arduous road in this tournament, as Valentine was choking and pounding away at the “Macho Man,” before softening up his knees and legs in attempting his figure-four leglock.Savage changed the momentum with a flying axehandle from the top rope, but when he tried the maneuver again, Valentine greeted him with a punch. He then hauled Savage’s body to the middle of the ring for another figure-four try — this time, though, “Macho Man” turned it into a small package for the pinfall.Grade: BIntercontinental title match: The Honky Tonk Man (champion) vs. Brutus ‘The Barber’ BeefcakeLelinwalla: The end of this match definitely saved it, as The Honky Tonk Man went for his Shake, Rattle & Roll swinging neckbreaker finisher only for Beefcake to hold onto the top rope to stop the move at the “Roll.” Bruti then got around to trapping the champ in his sleeper hold.Sensing that Honky Tonk was fading fast and in danger of losing his belt, manager Jimmy Hart hopped up onto the ring apron and distracted the ref. Then, he pummeled the official with his megaphone, but that turned into a big mistake, as Beefcake wound up whipping out some scissors and going to town on Hart’s hair. When the ref came to, Honky Tonk was disqualified, but held onto his belt thanks to Hart. Ah, the days when wrestling managers ran rampant.The iconic moment of Andre the Giant choking former MLB sportscaster Bob Uecker followed this, as Uecker was looking for fellow-WrestleMania IV guest, Vanna White, and instead found “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”Robin Leach, late host of the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” television show, was also amongst this WrestleMania’s special guests. In addition to Trump sitting ringside, boxing legend “Sugar” Ray Leonard was also in attendance.Grade: BSix-man tag team match: The Islanders (Haku and Tama) and Bobby Heenan vs. The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) and Koko B. WareLelinwalla: Heenan had been promising a surprise during the buildup to this bout and then he unveiled it in the form of a dog handler suit that would be worn while training an attack dog. Of course, this was in reference to the Bulldogs’ pet bulldog and mascot, Matilda, who was too loveable to strike any fear to anyone but Heenan.While The Islanders and Bulldogs traded heavy artillery early on, fans yearned for the chance to see Bobby “The Brain” getting scrambled in the ring. The moment came when Koko B. Ware pummeled him with fists and sent him crashing to the ground via a dropkick.That led to all six wrestlers rushing the ring in “pandemonium” as Monsoon called it. The end came when The Islanders scooped Heenan up in a heap and splashed him onto Koko, as “The Brain” registered the win for his squad to heavy boos from the crowd. Heenan had no idea where he even was.But it wasn’t over yet, as the Bulldogs and Matilda chased Heenan down in the aisle, with the dog even chomping down on the manager’s suit.Grade: BSemifinal tournament match: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage vs. One Man GangOne Man Gang leveraged his weight against “Macho Man” early and it seemed to be a good idea, considering that this marked Savage’s third fight of the night. Gang went for an early big slam and pin on a fatigued Savage, who shrewdly draped his leg on the bottom rope. He broke out of another pinfall seconds later.Watching Savage soar through the air with a double axehandle off the top ropes to the outside was a sight to behold. But it didn’t give him the win. What ultimately awarded Savage with the victory was the ref spotting Slick’s cane being tossed into the ring, sparking the disqualification. Gang smashed the cane over Savage’s back as he writhed in pain, although he’d recover enough to take to the top ropes and topple both OMG and Slick in one shot moments later.Although the match was short-lived, it did a solid job of advancing the story of a fatigued Savage laboring onto the final for his fourth fight of the night.Grade: B+Tag team title match: Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel, champions) vs. Demolition (Ax and Smash)Lelinwalla: The Strike Force brought its brand of high-flying tag-team moves, while Demolition delivered with its smashmouth chicanery in what turned out to being a very entertaining match with good pace. The turning point came when Martel trapped Smash in the Boston Crab and Santana flew through the air with a cross body on Ax to cut off the ring.All that was left was for Smash to submit, which he was getting ready to do. But Mr. Fuji got up on the ring apron to distract the ref and Santana greeted him with a punch to the face. The impact of the blow sent Fuji’s cane careening into the ring, where Ax quickly seized it unbeknownst to the ref.With Santana clobbering Fuji, Ax slid into the ring and bashed Martel with the cane, breaking up the Boston Crab. Smash rolled onto Martel and covered him for the slow one, two, three, as Demolition was crowned the new tag-team champs in a stellar match for that period of time.Grade: A-Tournament final match for the vacant heavyweight championship: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage vs. ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiaseLelinwalla: The build to this storyline was clear, as DiBiase was the fresher man, having only fought two bouts to Savage’s more grueling three matches. While the two started off slow by wringing each other’s arms, Savage upped his offense by dropping DiBiase’s neck on the ropes and then kneeing him to the outside.He scaled the ropes and was set to launch into one of his many aerial assaults on the night, when Andre the Giant stood between him and the fallen DiBiase outside of the ring. Right then, it became clear that Savage would have to defy odds to win the title. Thinking fast, he convened with Miss Elizabeth before she made a frantic dash toward the locker room area. DiBiase used a snapmare before cinching in a reverse chin lock, as fans chanted “Hogan! Hogan!” Seconds later, they got their wish, as Elizabeth returned with Hogan to even the odds.Hogan immediately pulled up a chair and took a seat, keeping a watchful eye on Andre across the ring. As DiBiase dropped Savage in the corner with some punches, Andre attempted to drag “Macho Man” out of the ring. That prompted Hogan to make a beeline toward Andre, as he bashed him on the back.last_img read more

Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden a NFL Draft sleeper worth talking more about

first_imgAntonio Gandy-Golden left the NFL Combine looking to build on an impressive performance that would push him up the draft board.That preparation changed with the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, but Gandy-Golden has maintained a positive outlook through the whole process. The Liberty receiver, part of Panini’s “Road to Rated Rookie” series, has adjusted to the “new normal” of draft preparation. View this post on Instagram For Gandy-Golden, that meant moving back to Liberty to work out after his training facility in Florida closed.NFL MOCK DRAFT: Dolphins pass on Tua Tagovailoa for another top QB”I’ve been able to do everything that I normally would except having my trainer with me every day,” Gandy-Golden told Sporting News.Gandy-Golden was a consistent two-year producer with the Flames. He tallied 71 catches for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2018 before nabbing 79 catches for 1,396 yards and 10 scores under first-year coach Hugh Freeze in 2019. The 6-4, 223-pound receiver ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and also got 22 reps on the bench, second best among the receivers at the workout.Sporting News’ latest seven-round mock has Gandy-Golden going No. 117 overall in the fourth round to the Buccaneers. There are earmarks that suggest Gandy-Golden could be a middle-round sleeper, and his approach to marketing himself since the NFL Combine hasn’t hurt either.Gandy-Golden said he has been in touch with all 32 teams via video conferences, and he talks to one or two teams a day.”A lot of these teams I did meet at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, so they know a little bit about me and have talked to me before,” told SN. “It’s basically a normal conversation. There’s nothing weird, I would say. It’s actually kind of fun. You get to see a different side of some of these guys, and there are a lot of laughs.”In Gandy-Golden’s documentary series, he talked about a love of puzzles and solving Rubik’s Cubes. “It’s very unique because no one will solve it the same way twice,” Gandy-Golden said. He might be talking about his game, too. It’s been crazy…but from @LibertyFootball, to @seniorbowl, to the Combine, to the @NFLDraft, the pieces are starting to come together! Thank you @paniniamerica for helping me tell my story. 👀 #roadtotheratedrookieA post shared by Antonio Gandy-Golden (@gandygolden11) on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:40am PDTGandy-Golden learned from a year under Freeze, and that started in the opening game against Syracuse.”We were on the phone a lot,” Gandy-Golden said. “We were talking constantly about things that were going on with the field. That was something new for me — just being able to talk to the coach directly and telling him what I was thinking and seeing.”Gandy-Golden had the first of seven 100-yard games last season against the Orange, and that physical play was a hallmark during his college career. That is something Gandy-Golden believes will translate at the next level.”I can bring good size on the outside and a lot of physicality in every aspect of the game,” he said. “Overall, bringing up the morale and the energy of the team. I feel like I am a fun guy to be around and I make football fun.”DRAFT RUMORS: Tracking the latest leaks, news, trade buzz before Round 1 Gandy-Golden plans on watching the draft with his mother and twin brothers, and will comply with all the social distancing measures taken before the draft. That won’t take away from the moment when he’s drafted. What will he feel when he lands with a team?”A lot of excitement and a lot of relief,” Gandy-Golden said. “In that moment, it’s going to be a lot different when you actually know.”Gandy-Golden worked with the Panini “Road to Rated Rookie” series along with Georgia’s D’Andre Swift, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy, Utah State’s Jordan Love and Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin, and has signed several cards in the Prizm Draft Picks series, which is available now. That experience helped normalize the draft prep process for the soon-to-be-rookie. “It was awesome,” Gandy-Golden said. “It started a few months ago with our connection and it’s been amazing. They’ve been a great group and a lot of fun to work with.”last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? TV schedule, start time for Sunday’s Bristol race

first_imgThe TV channel for a NASCAR race is elusive enough in a normal season when Fox and FS1 trade broadcasts of Cup Series events through the first half of the schedule. The challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic make the “what channel is today’s NASCAR race on” question even more understandable.Today, for the fifth time in just 15 days, those who seek the TV channel for the NASCAR race will be doing so in order to watch a real, live event rather than a virtual competition. The Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway will broadcast live on FS1 with a start time of 3:30 p.m. ET. MORE: Watch the Bristol race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Sunday’s race at Bristol is the fifth in NASCAR’s return on an altered, short-term schedule as it attempts to keep a 36-race slate intact for 2020. For now, with remaining doubt about how NASCAR can construct its schedule beyond June given differing restrictions on gatherings of people from state to state, the short-term schedule includes only a handful of tracks.As for Sunday’s race at Bristol, it was added back to the Cup Series schedule after being postponed from its original date (April 5). The race will be the same distance as originally scheduled, 500 laps for a total of 266 miles with stage lengths of 125, 125 and 250 laps.Below is how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol, including the TV channel and live stream options.What channel is NASCAR on today?Race: Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, May 31TV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)Radio: PRNLike the schedule itself, the TV channels for Cup Series races after June are up in the air. Sunday’s race at Bristol, though, as well as one more Cup Series race currently on the schedule for June (Martinsville on the 10th), will broadcast live on FS1.As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon will call Sunday’s race at Bristol. Until further notice, they will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.Including Sunday’s race at Bristol, Fox will broadcast the next five Cup Series races before NBC is scheduled to take over as the broadcast network for the second half of the season. However, four of Fox’s races remain postponed. (More on those later.)MORE: Full betting preview for Sunday’s Bristol raceWhat time does the NASCAR race start today?Date: Sunday, May 31Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETThe 3:30 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race at Bristol is the second such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020, as the series’ return to racing at Darlington a couple weeks ago featured a late afternoon green flag. The race at Homestead on June 14 also is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.The other two day races on NASCAR’s confirmed short-term schedule (Atlanta and Talladega) will start at 3 p.m. ET. The mid-week night race at Martinsville scheduled for June 10 will start at 7 p.m. ET.NASCAR live stream for Charlotte raceAnybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s race at Bristol live via Fox Sports Go. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry FS1 — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)fuboTV (free trial)AT&T NowNASCAR schedule 2020NASCAR on May 14 released its revised Cup Series schedule for May and June of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. According to Fox Sports, NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series:DateTrackSeriesDistanceStage lengths (laps)TV channelStart timeSun., May 17DarlingtonCup400.2 miles90-95-108FOX3:30 p.m. ETWed., May 20DarlingtonCup311.4 miles60-65-103FS17:30 p.m. ETSun., May 24CharlotteCup600 miles100-100-100-100FOX6 p.m. ETWed., May 27CharlotteCup312 miles55-60-93FS18 p.m. ETSun, May 31BristolCup266.5 miles125-125-250FS13:30 p.m. ETSun, June 7AtlantaCup500 miles105-105-115FOX3 p.m. ETWed, June 10MartinsvilleCup263 miles130-130-240FS17 p.m. ETSun, June 14Homestead-MiamiCup400 miles80-80-107FOX3:30 p.m. ETSun, June 21TalladegaCup500 milesTBDFOX3 p.m. ET(NASCAR warns that the stage lengths and start times for the races above are tentative and subject to change.)To start, NASCAR scheduled races within driving distance of the Charlotte area, where most race teams are headquartered. That eliminated most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in one week.Because those tracks are hosting more races than originally scheduled, NASCAR had to take races away from Chicagoland, Richmond and Sonoma. Below are the details of those changes:— Chicagoland’s Cup Series race, originally set for June 21, was reassigned to Darlington on May 17. The Xfinity Series race that was scheduled June 20 at Chicagoland instead was held May 19 at Darlington. — Richmond Raceway’s spring Cup Series race on the initial schedule for April 19 was moved to Darlington on May 20. The track’s Sept. 11-12 race weekend remains on the schedule.— Sonoma Raceway’s Cup Series date for June 14 was moved to Charlotte on May 27 (and then May 28 after a rain delay). Officials for the road course said in a release that they had worked with NASCAR to find an alternate date on the schedule, but that a suitable replacement could not be reached, “given the ongoing uncertainty around large events in California.”Below are the four NASCAR Cup Series races that are currently postponed (and their original dates on the schedule):Texas (March 29)Dover (May 3)Kansas (May 31)Michigan (June 7)last_img read more

‘Racial insensitivity’ from Liberty U leadership leads basketball guard Asia Todd to transfer portal

first_imgFalwell’s tweet included an image of one person in blackface and another in a KKK uniform superimposed on a drawing of a medical mask. That led three African-American staff members to resign, including the university’s director of diversity.“Due to the racial insensitivity shown within the leadership and culture, it simply does not align with my moral compass or personal convictions,” Todd said. “Therefore, I had to do what I felt was best within my heart and stand up for what is right.”Announcement: I have entered my name into the Transfer Portal and will no longer be attending Liberty University 🙏🏽— Asia Todd🔛🔝🔜🏀 (@hoopersgalore_) June 11, 2020MORE: How “Cops” made policing into a sport at the expense of black livesLeeQuan McLaurin, who had been Liberty’s director of diversity, told MSNBC that Liberty’s student body has gone from 10 percent black to 4 percent over the time from 2007 to 2018.“Some draw a direct line between the start of President Falwell’s divisive, insensitive, and unapologetic approach to politics and that drop,” he wrote in an email to the network.Todd said her decision “was not taken lightly” and “had nothing to do with basketball or the program.” She characterized the Liberty program, coaching staff and players as “amazing.” Todd said she developed lifelong relationships she will continue to cherish. Ordinarily, the announcement of a transfer by player who averaged 8.6 points for a team that finished second in the Atlantic Sun Conference would not generate much attention. These are not ordinary times, though, and Asia Todd made a profound statement regarding her reason for entering the NCAA transfer portal.Wearing a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt, Todd said she is leaving Liberty for a reason “bigger than basketball” — the controversy that has enveloped Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., who was compelled to apologize after a racist tweet he sent ostensibly to mock the usage of face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A 5-9 freshman from Clayton, N.C., Todd averaged 26 minutes a game and shot 41.3 percent on 3-pointers.She delivered two of her best games as the season approached its end, scoring a career-best 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the final regular season game, against Kennesaw State, and then following that with 20 in an A-Sun tournament win over Kennesaw and 16 in a semifinal win over North Alabama. Liberty’s appearance in the championship game was canceled along with so many other college basketball games as the result of the pandemic.Her name already has been removed from the Liberty women’s basketball roster for 2020-21.last_img read more

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s comments about Colin Kaepernick’s NFL career

first_imgThere has been a crescendo of voices calling for Kaepernick’s return to the NFL amid a global movement against racial injustice in recent weeks. Which is why Trump on Wednesday was asked whether he thinks Kaepernick should get another shot in the NFL.MORE: The six best fits for Colin Kaepernick in 2020″If he deserves it, he should,” the president responded. “If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn’t end up very great as a player. He was terrific in his rookie year. I think he was very good in his second year, and then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff.””Absolutely I would,” support @Kaepernick7 getting a 2nd shot in the @NFL — @POTUS in my interview today on racism, policing, statues & yes–sports. #ColinKaepernick— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020Let’s address these comments one at a time:”He was terrific in his rookie year.” This is not true. Kaepernick, who was selected by the 49ers out of Nevada in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, played in just three games as a rookie while backing up Alex Smith. He completed three of five pass attempts for 35 yards on the season.”He was very good in his second year.” This is absolutely true, and perhaps an understatement. Though Kaepernick spent the first half of the season playing sparingly as a backup, he took over for Smith in Week 10 when the latter suffered a concussion, and he never looked back. He started the last seven games of the season and led San Francisco to its second straight playoff berth after an eight-year drought.In the playoffs, Kaepernick was something special. He terrorized the visiting Packers in the divisional round to the tune of 263 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 181 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs in a 45-31 win. He followed that up with a 233-yard passing performance (79.2 completion percentage) in a road win over the Falcons in the NFC title game. The 49ers fell just a few yards shy of beating the Ravens in the Super Bowl, a game in which Kaepernick threw for 302 yards and rushed for another 62 with a pair of touchdowns.”And then something happened. His playing wasn’t up to snuff.” This is notably vague, and it’s where the memories get hazy (ignorantly or otherwise) for most. Kaepernick had a great 2013 season, which began with the first 400-yard passing game for a 49ers QB in almost a decade. He was equally strong in the playoffs as San Francisco toppled Green Bay and Carolina in the first two rounds. The 49ers lost to the Seahawks and fell short of a second straight Super Bowl appearance thanks to the now-famous Richard Sherman play against Michael Crabtree.That offseason, Kaepernick was rewarded with a six-year contract extension worth up to $126 million. He had another strong year statistically, but the 49ers slipped to 8-8 in 2014, and coach Jim Harbaugh after the season left for the job at Michigan. That’s when things started to unravel around Kaepernick.MORE: A complete Colin Kaepernick timelineThe 49ers hired Jim Tomsula to replace Harbaugh, and the experiment was a disaster. Kaepernick’s play crumbled along with that of the entire team. He was benched midway through the season and eventually placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Tomsula was fired after just one season and replaced (surprisingly) by Chip Kelly, who we thought might give Kaepernick’s career a new hope. Instead, with Kaepernick coming off of three offseason surgeries (shoulder, knee, thumb), Blaine Gabbert was named the 49ers’ starter to begin the 2016 season. Kaepernick eventually took back the job in Week 6 and for the most part played well, but the 49ers won just two games, leading to another coaching change. Amid such organizational dysfunction, Kaepernick restructured his contract so he could opt out after the 2016 season, which he did.In Kaepernick’s last season in the NFL, he played in 12 games, threw 16 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions with a 59.2 completion percentage and managed a passer rating of 90.7. (He added 468 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.) For reference, Tom Brady’s passer rating last season was 88.0.So yes, his play was still plenty “up to snuff.” Donald Trump’s recollection of Colin Kaepernick’s football career should not matter considering the 74-year-old clearly and understandably does not closely follow sports.But in the context of an NFL career that was halted prematurely in an intersection of sports and politics, words from the president of the United States carry significant weight. This is especially the case when so many use perceptions of Kaepernick’s six seasons in the league as ammunition when arguing whether he should or should not be on an NFL roster in 2020, almost four years after he began sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem at games in protest of racial injustice and police brutality.last_img read more

Four years in prison for Mason City man accused of sexually assaulting dependent adults

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of assaulting two dependent adults while working as their caretaker has been sentenced up to four years in prison.19-year-old Wasfie Alshara pleaded guilty back in August to two counts of assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse. He originally was charged in June with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse after being accused of sexually assaulting two dependent women in June and November 2017.Alshara was sentenced on Monday to two sentences of up to two years in prison with credit for time served, with the sentences to be served consecutively, and was fined a total of $1250, which was suspended.last_img read more

Branstad rejects accusation he pressured official to resign because he’s gay

first_imgDES MOINES — Former Republican Governor Terry Branstad sat in the witness chair in a Des Moines courtroom for nearly six hours Friday and forcefully rejected allegations he tried to force a state administrator to resign seven years ago because the official was gay.“I was raised by a Jewish mother who was very sensitive to discrimination and she taught me to treat everyone with respect and dignity,” Branstad said during afternoon testimony. “…That’s the way I’ve always operated. I’ve never worried about what somebody’s sexual orientation was.”Christopher Godfrey, who is gay, was the state’s Workers Compensation Commissioner in 2011 when Branstad returned to the governor’s office after a 12-year hiatus. Branstad asked Godfrey to resign, then cut his pay by a third when Godfrey refused. Godfrey filed a wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit in 2012 and the case has gone to trial before a jury this month.Branstad admitted under questioning from Godfrey’s attorney Paige Fielder that same-sex marriage was a political flashpoint in 2010, but Branstad testified he “didn’t know” the Iowa GOP’s platform called for repealing a state law that provided legal protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual Iowans..“I’ve never had any objection to protecting people…that are gay…from being mistreated or discriminated against because of their sexual preference,” Branstad testified.Branstad told the jury he did not want prominent Christian conservative Bob Vander Plaats as his running mate in 2010 because banning same-sex marriage would have been the focal point of the campaign. Branstad, late in the day, suggested public attitudes about same-sex marriage have evolved in the past decade.“People have accepted it,” Branstad said, “and I support it.”Branstad, who is currently the U.S. Ambassador to China, testified he has hosted “pride” events at the ambassador’s residence in Beijing.“Gay people celebrate the fact that they’re gay and they’re proud of it,” Branstad said, who revealed in open court that his current chief of staff, a former Republican state legislator, is gay. “…(Pride month) is going on. It’s going on back in China, although China doesn’t have quite as open a society as we do in this country.”In his fifth hour of testimony, Branstad briefly broke down in tears on the witness stand as he talked about the honor of serving as U.S. ambassador to China. During the court’s morning session, Branstad testified he’d gotten complaints from the business community about the way Godfrey handled workers compensation matters and wanted to appoint a replacement.“We’d gotten a tremendous amount of concern expressed by the big organizations like the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the Iowa Motor Truck Association and individual employers from around the state,” Branstad said.Branstad admitted Friday that he did not have the authority to fire Godfrey and had not conducted a performance review or read Godfrey’s employee file, but Branstad said did have the ability to cut Godfrey’s salary to the lowest level of the pay scale established by the legislature for the position.“I felt that a salary at the top of the range, certainly considering all of these problems about performance, was not appropriate,” Branstad said.Branstad, under questioning from Fiedler, admitted he and Godfrey spoke in person just once. The former governor said he was unaware of statistics about the number of cases Godfrey’s office processed and how business fees for workers compensation claims had declined during Godfrey’s tenure.Friday’s court session concluded at around 4 p.m., the only day Branstad was scheduled to testify. The jury will return next week to hear from more witnesses.Des Moines attorney Roxanne Conlin, Branstad’s Democratic opponent in 1982, has guided this case through the court system for the past seven years, but she is not in the courtroom today. Conlin became ill last Friday, complaining of the air quality in the Polk County Courthouse, which is under renovation. Fiedler said Conlin is feeling better, but under doctor’s advice will not return to the building until renovations are complete.last_img read more

Iowans urged to quiz presidential hopefuls about water quality

first_imgDES MOINES — A coalition of environmental groups is calling on presidential candidates to prioritize drinking water in their policy plans.From lead pipes in schools to nitrates in rural areas, the director of Healing Our Water-Great Lakes Coalition, says people in Iowa and nationwide are struggling to access safe and affordable drinking water.Laura Rubin says water should be top of mind for presidential hopefuls and she urges Iowans to speak out and question the candidates when they’re in town.Rubin says, “There is not a single issue in this election that is more important than the fact that in 2019, in the United States of America, there are millions of people who do not have access to clean, safe and affordable water for themselves, their families and their children.”For presidential candidates, Rubin says drinking water should come before every other issue.“While much of the presidential conversations focus on job creation and healthcare, which are vital issues, the fact is, that for the families who don’t have access to clean drinking water, all else is secondary,” Rubin says.A recent poll of early voting states by CBS News and YouGov shows healthcare and climate change are top of mind for voters. Some political scientists are skeptical that concerns over drinking water could compete with those issues.last_img read more