Billy McCool

first_imgLawrenceburg’s Billy McCool passed away last month form heart failure at the age of 69 at his home in Florida.  Billy developed heart disease in his early 40’s and fought it the rest of his life.  Billy McCool pitched 3 no-hitters while still at Lawrenceburg High School in the early 60’s.  He was drafted right out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds and pitched for them until the expansion draft in 1969 when he was claimed by the newly formed San Diego Padres.  His last game was with them during the 1970 season when arm problems forced him to retire.McCool, a left-handed pitcher, was an early version of Aroldis Chapman.  In those days, no one heard of the radar gun, and it certainly didn’t appear on major league scoreboards.  However, if you ever saw Billy pitch you knew it was a 90+ mph fast ball that was hurled toward the plate.  Before his death, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.Billy, his wife, and 3 children spent most of his non-baseball career living in Centerville, Ohio.  One of his boys didn’t think dad had anything left in his arm when he was tossing to him in the back yard.  Even though his major league career was over at this time, he threw one pitch to his son and almost took his glove off.  After that, the son knew that what others told him about his dad’s bullet arm was true.last_img read more

Shanghai Shenhua offer Man Utd extension to Ighalo with a major catch

first_img Promoted ContentLil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Ever2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon10 Largest Cities In The World It is added that the striker will earn £400,000 as part of his new deal in Asia, which will run until December 2024. Part of Shanghai Shenhua’s decision to soften their stance comes from the fact that Ighalo may not be allowed back into China before the end of June due to border restrictions. Ighalo revealed after his move to Old Trafford how he stayed up long into the night after deadline day had passed, in a bid to see his dream move go through. read also:Ighalo happy to sacrifice £80k-a-week to stay at Man Utd The 30-year-old lifelong United fan hit the ground running underboss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the season’s extended break, scoring four goals in three starts. Indeed, Ighalo scored in United’s last game, a 5-0 win over Austrian side LASK which effectively put the Red Devils into the quarter-finals of the Europa League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Shanghai Shenhua will allow Odion Ighalo to remain at Manchester United until January on the condition that he signs a new contract with the Chinese club, according to reports. Ighalo’s loan expires in June but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about signing him permanently United remain locked in talks with Shanghai Shenhua about extending the striker’s stay at Old Trafford, with his current deal set to run out on Monday. The Chinese side have been adamant throughout the discussions that Ighalo must return to China ahead of the start of the new Chinese Super League season, pencilled in for the end of June at the earliest. The only previous deal they were willing to consider was another loan deal with an obligation to buy. However, there were signs earlier this week that Shanghai Shenhua’s stance had softened and, according to Sky Sports News, they have now agreed to let the Nigeria international stay until January. The source says that Ighalo will now be allowed to stay in Manchester before he then returns to China to fulfil his new deal with his parent club.Advertisementlast_img read more

Women of Troy face stiff competition this weekend

first_imgThe Women of Troy’s 12-match winning streak will be put to perhaps its toughest test this weekend, as the No. 4 USC women’s volleyball teams travels to Northern California to play No. 2 California and No. 5 Stanford.Stat stuffer · Sophomore outside hitter Katie Fuller notched a combined 24 kills and 16 digs against Stanford and California last month at home. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThere’s a clutter at the top of both the Pac-12 and the national volleyball rankings, and this weekend’s conference matches could do a lot to create some separation between the teams — or muddle the picture even more.USC (17-3, 12-1) and No. 6 UCLA (18-3, 11-2) are playing California (21-2, 11-2) and Stanford (16-3, 10-3) on the road this weekend in a two-day stretch that will almost certainly have a hand in determining the Pac-12 conference race.“It’s an opportunity for us to separate, and it’s an opportunity for Stanford and Cal to get into the top rung,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It helps us if UCLA plays well up there. But we need to win our games, too.”USC swept both teams in three sets earlier this season at Galen Center, but both squads boast undefeated home records.Junior outside hitter Katie Fuller says the team has to play even better than they have been to get two wins this weekend.“Both teams going into the second round have improved a lot,” Fuller said. “Hopefully we can use what we learned in the first round to beat them again.”The Women of Troy begin the weekend by playing the Cardinal, who have gone on an eight-match winning streak of its own since losing to USC on Sept. 24.Stanford leads the conference in digs (17.33 digs per set) and ranks second with 3.20 blocks per set.“Last time we didn’t play very well against Stanford, and they did a lot of very good things against us and we still won all three games,” Haley said. “We have to play a lot better [this time] if we’re going to be successful.”Sophomore Rachel Williams leads the Cardinal in kills (4.39 kills per set), which ranks fourth in the Pac-12.“I look for this to be a titanic battle,” Haley said. “[With them] being at home, I expect them to dig more balls, and for there to be more rallies [than last time].”On Saturday night, the Women of Troy will play the Golden Bears with each team possibly having a chance to claim the No. 1 spot in the country.Despite being ranked fourth, USC has the second-most No. 1 votes in the country, behind No. 1 Nebraska (17-1), who jumped to the top spot this week from No. 4 after upsetting previously top-ranked Illinois, which is No. 3 in the polls.But before thinking about rankings, the Women of Troy will have to get past Cal’s vaunted defense, which ranks first in the Pac-12 in opponents’ hitting percentage (.121), second in digs (16.93 digs per set) and third in blocks (2.99 blocks per set).USC hasn’t had to face top-notch opponents in a few weeks now, but Haley doesn’t think his squad will be caught off-guard.“I don’t think we’ll have trouble getting focus back,” Haley said. “Nobody wants to go out of there with an L, and we know on the road that we really have to be good.”The players seem to have high expectations for the trip.“Going into their house and beating both of them 3-0, 3-0 would be ideal,” Fuller said. “Obviously that’s a challenge, [but] that would put us ahead of them in the running for the Pac-12 championship.”Haley knows this weekend will have implications on the conference race, but he’s downplaying the importance of any single weekend in the long run.“Every week in the next five weeks is an opportunity,” Haley said. “It’ll be great competition. The more we can take advantage of winning on the road, the better.”USC’s matches against Stanford and California will take place on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

USC has taken a long road back to the Rose Bowl

first_imgA berth in the Rose Bowl Game was once a Trojan birthright. From 2004 to 2009, USC football took the field in Pasadena following the Rose Parade every single year save one — when the Trojans were busy thumping Oklahoma in Miami to win their (since-vacated) 2005 national championship. No team holds a candle to USC’s 33 Rose Bowl appearances and 24 victories: Michigan is in a very distant second with 20 appearances and eight wins.But it has been eight long years since USC last played in the Granddaddy of Them All, and much has changed in Troy during that drought. Two heroes from the ‘09 triumph, head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Mark Sanchez, remain in the spotlight today, but Carroll is in the business of winning Super Bowls, not Rose Bowls, and Sanchez saw some action for the NFC-leading Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s NFL action.As the NFL called Sanchez to New York after his 2009 junior season — and Carroll to Seattle a year later — the Trojans entered an unfamiliar period of borderline irrelevance. First hindered by the infamous Reggie Bush sanctions, then by simple underachievement, USC failed to make meaningful bowl games, and the brain trust fired up the coaching merry-go-round.It was, at least, a black comedy worthy of Hollywood. When only a postseason ban kept the 2011 Trojans from a shot at the Rose Bowl, Lane Kiffin’s 2012 squad was prematurely touted as the preseason favorite. A spectacular implosion saw USC finish unranked by the year’s end, having suffered losses to both UCLA and Notre Dame. This culminated in Kiffin’s notorious 3 a.m. firing the year after, when the coach was called off the team bus and fired at the airport.The drama didn’t end there, as interim coach Ed Orgeron resigned at the regular season’s conclusion when he wasn’t offered the full time position (despite leading the Trojans to a 7-2 record post-Kiffin). Current head coach Clay Helton stepped in as the interim’s interim and guided USC to victory over Fresno State in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl. Helton then returned to his role as offensive coordinator to make way for the incoming Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans finished Sarkisian’s inaugural season with a Holiday Bowl win over No. 25 Nebraska, and they looked ready to put the post-Carroll-era circus behind them, rebranding themselves through their head coach’s up-tempo scheme.Steve Sarkisian was fired midway through last season – Tal Volk | Daily TrojanThen Sarkisian infamously took the stage at the 2015 Salute to Troy preseason donor event. There, he reportedly said scheduled opponents Arizona State, Oregon and Notre Dame “all suck” before capping off his slurred speech with, “Get ready to f***ing Fight On, baby!” After a 3-2 start to the season—during which Sarkisian showed up inebriated to practice and allegedly even coached drunk in USC’s 42-14 romp at Arizona State — Helton was once again named interim coach, and Sarkisian was shown the door. The former head coach responded by filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against the university, claiming USC illegally fired him due to his disability of alcoholism. Meanwhile, Helton led the Trojans to the Pac-12 Championship game, where they lost to Stanford and an uncontainable Christian McCaffrey. Shedding his interim label after the season, Helton finally earned the keys the program after six years on the coaching staff.It was under this new regime that USC began regaining its old swagger — but it began with desperation. A disastrous 1-2 start (including a season-opening 6-52 drubbing at the hands of Alabama) forced a change at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold took over under center and immediately began to turn heads, running and gunning like no other Trojan quarterback in recent memory.Although Darnold lost his debut start to Utah, USC ran the table thereafter, winning eight in a row to finish the regular season. Over three consecutive weeks, the Trojans claimed victories over No. 4 Washington, UCLA and Notre Dame. Junior jack-of-all trades Adoree’ Jackson began building a case for the Heisman Trophy with his breathtaking kick and punt returns, as well as his explosive touches on offense — all while primarily playing cornerback. For the first time in years, it seemed as if people were watching USC for its genuinely exciting football team, not rubbernecking out of morbid fascination like Los Angeles drivers coasting past a highway car wreck.Tal Volk | Daily Trojan Holding it together · Head coach Clay Helton’s season turned around after he named redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold the starter in Week 4.Which brings us to Monday. Thanks to the Huskies’ participation in this season’s playoff, the Trojans are back where they belong: in Pasadena for the New Year. And they look the part; on their best day, you could mistake this team for a Carroll-era juggernaut. Strangely enough, their opponents in 2017 are the same Nittany Lions they faced in 2009. But Penn State has gone through turmoil that even USC can’t begin to comprehend, and the Big 10 champions are certainly not akin to the Joe Paterno-led side that fell to Sanchez and company eight years ago.Yet multiple parallels remain between the two schools. The Nittany Lions are likewise making their first trip to the Rose Bowl Game since ’09. USC and Penn State have both dealt with NCAA sanctions and have cleaned up problematic cultures within the program (although “problematic” doesn’t do justice to the vileness of the Sandusky scandal). They have also both established new, better systems and have returned to prominence on the gridiron. Using overwrought Hollywood clichés, USC and Penn State have risen from the ashes — and perhaps things are now coming full circle on the football field come Monday night. It feels current and exciting, but also like a throwback to the bygone BCS and AP Poll eras. It’s the Granddaddy of Them All.Correction: A previous version of the timeline stated that former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired in August 2015. Sarkisian was actually fired in October 2015. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: There will be a Chad Cargill ACT workshop Oct. 2

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015:Thursday•C Team volleyball at El Dorado, 3 p.m.•JV tennis at WHS, 3p.m.•Cross Country at Chaparral, 4 p.m.Friday•Football at Wellington vs. Circle, 7 p.m.Saturday•Tennis at Kingman, 9 a.m.•Volleyball at Chaparral, 9 a.m.•C-team volleyball at Garden Plain, 9 a.m.Today’s Lunch– Beef and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Pineapple, Hot Roll and Milk.Wednesday’s Lunch – Corn, dog, garden spinach salad, green peas, apple and milk.Today’s News•Tennis will be dismissed at 2:10 today. They will be marked activity.•If you are interested in attending the Chad Cargill ACT workshop, please bring $10 to the counselors office by September 30th.  The workshop will be on October 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.•This week at WHS will be seatbelt week. Park your car and take a selfie of you wearing your seatbelt to be entered to win a prize.  #WHSseatbeltselfie•September 14 through November 11 all student-athletes 7th through 12th grades, will be given the opportunity to attend Core-Strengthening Yoga on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:40 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. at the middle school gym.•Students interested in traveling to Spain with Mrs. Groom in June of 2017 need to pickup information in the 3D art room within the next few days.•There will be a Hunter Safety Course on September 26th and 27th at WHS. You can register online at www.usd353.com. Just click on the Hunter Safety course on the 3rd page.•WHS Work Ethic Program will meet on Wednesday October 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 411. Bring a lunch!•Football players- you can turn in your $2 in the office for the football signs.•Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14 at 8 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept 22- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23- Cowley County CC and Pratt Community College.Thursday, Sept. 24- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30- Fort Hays State.Friday, Oct 2- Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16- University of Kansas.Monday, Oct. 19 – Butler County CC.Thursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2- Hutchinson CC.Fun Fact of the Day:The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; “7” was selected after the original 7-ounce containers and “UP” for the direction of the bubblesFollow us on Twitter. 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 WordPress.com 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. 0 Vote up Vote down JKB · 256 weeks ago That is a poorly placed comma in tomorrow’s lunch. I wonder how many students will bring their lunch instead of eating corn & dog…..made me giggle though. Report Reply 0 replies · active 256 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 commentslast_img read more

Israeli bid to host Messi in Jerusalem thrust politics to fore

first_imgThe original plan had been to stage the match in the northern coastal city of Haifa, at the state-of-the-art Sami Ofer stadium where Israel usually hosts international games.But Israeli sports minister Miri Regev, an outspoken hardliner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, launched a campaign to move the venue to Jerusalem.That hit a nerve with Palestinians, already outraged by US President Donald Trump’s transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May after he recognised the disputed city as capital of Israel.Guatemala and Paraguay have since followed suit.Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev wears a dress featuring an image of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, also known as the Temple Mount, as she attends a screening at the Cannes film festival on May 17, 2017 © AFP / Antonin THUILLIERPalestinians claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in a move never recognised internationally, as the capital of their future state.Israel considers the entire city its own “indivisible” capital, and Regev has been at the forefront of the fight to win international backing for that position.Last year Regev, who is also culture minister, turned heads at the Cannes film festival when she arrived in an evening dress featuring the image of a flashpoint Islamic shrine in east Jerusalem.She has publicly supported allowing Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, currently banned for fears it could spark a backlash by Muslims.The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is sacred in both religions and a regular scene of flare-ups between Israelis and Palestinians.Regev’s bid to host the Argentina match in Jerusalem comes after the city in May hosted one of cycling’s biggest races, the Giro d’Italia.The timing of the match carried extra symbolism as Israel celebrates 70 years since it achieved statehood and 44 years since it seized Palestinian east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.Speaking to Israeli army radio on Monday, Regev said she had released $694,400 (598,000 euros) to cover expenses incurred by the venue change.“Jerusalem is worth every shekel,” she said.“After we’ve been fighting for embassies to move to Jerusalem, there is absolutely no question.”– Israel ‘red card’ –More money came from the coffers of Comtec, the private Israeli promoter of the event, which according to Israeli and Argentine media paid up to $3 million to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to make the June 9 game happen.Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub stands in front of a “thank you” sign addressed to Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 6, 2018 © AFP / ABBAS MOMANIBut Palestinians were equally determined to stop it.Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub on Sunday urged Messi not to play in Jerusalem and called on fans to burn shirts bearing his name if he did.On Wednesday Rajoub welcomed the about-turn, which he said served as a “red card” to Israel.Pro-Palestinian groups in Buenos Aires had called for protests against the match, saying that “there is nothing friendly about playing the Israeli apartheid game.”Regev’s gambit also came under fire within Israel.At a meeting of parliament’s state audit committee on Monday, chair Shelly Yachimovich raised questions about ticket allocations after only 20,000 of nearly 32,000 places went on sale to the general public.Regev said the remainder were earmarked for the promoter, sponsors, Israeli FA officials and others.Yachimovich said she had also asked sports ministry officials about a claim by one of their colleagues that Regev had conditioned her financial support for the event on having an on-pitch photo opportunity and handshake with Messi.“They strongly denied it,” Yachimovich later told Israel army radio.“We can only wait and see,” she added. “None of us would fall off our seats if it did happen.”Regev was also asked about reports that Messi had said he did not intend to shake any politician’s hand.A Palestinian woman prays near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on the third Friday prayers of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on June 1, 2018 © AFP / Ahmad GHARABLIShe said she was not aware of any such statement.“Let’s wait for Messi and we’ll see who will shake hands with whom,” she said.Following the news of the Argentine retreat, Israeli media carried reports of grumblings against Regev, even among aides to Netanyahu.The premier is himself a vigorous promoter of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and has received strong backing from Regev.According to pro-Netanyahu Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom, aides felt that if the match had remained in Haifa, opposition to it taking place in Israel would have been less effective.“Senior sources in Netanyahu’s circle harshly attacked minister Miri Regev for moving the game to Jerusalem,” the paper wrote.“They asked, ‘Why was this necessary?’”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi attends a training session at the FC Barcelona ‘Joan Gamper’ sports centre near Barcelona on June 6, 2018 © AFP / PAU BARRENAJERUSALEM, ZZZ, Jun 6 – Israel’s bid to stage a high-profile football match against Argentina in the disputed city of Jerusalem inevitably thrust politics and the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the fore.The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires confirmed Tuesday that the pre-World Cup friendly international had been cancelled, citing threats against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.last_img read more