2 dead, 2 injured in North Carolina municipal building shooting

first_img2 people are dead and 2 others have been injured after a shooting at a municipal building in North Carolina.The incident began around 6:40 a.m. Friday at the Joycelyn  V. Johnson Municipal building in Winston- Salem.When authorities arrived at the scene, they reported that they could still hear gun fire coming from inside of the building.Police immediately engaged the gunman identified as 61-year-old Steven DeWayne Haizlip, and fatally injured him in the shootout outside of the building.48-year-old Terry Lee Cobb Jr. who was fatally injured by Haizlip was pronounced dead at the scene. An officer and another employee were also injured by Haizlip and remain in the hospital at this time.Witnesses describe the scene as a workplace dispute between two men who had a longstanding dislike of each other.  They also reported that the suspect and the deceased victim got into an argument on Thursday, just one day before the shooting.Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, including the discovery that Haizlip was armed with two handguns.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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Aussie teenager sets two world records for football skills

first_imgSydney, July 9: Jeb Hockin, an 18-year-old from rural Australia, has become a double world record holder, demonstrating some truly incredible talents with a football.Hockin set two Guinness world records for a “rabona” style kick, first for hitting the crossbar seven times in a minute, and then scoring a goal from 60 metres on Sunday. The “rabona” kick is “where you put your strong leg, behind your weak leg and kick the ball,” Hockin explained. The teen also became internet famous last week with his “trick shot” videos being shared on the fans’ pages of Manchester United and Real Madrid that have millions of followers.Australia’s lead goal scorer and former English Premier League and Chinese Super League player, Tim Cahill shared his admiration for Hockin in a video, saying “I’ve supported you from the start and it’s great to see you flourish.”Hockin will keep kicking and attempting more records, but for now he is proud of what he has accomplished after a decade of practice.“You start from basically nothing and you build up to all these crazy things,” Hockin said. “It just goes to show anything is possible,” he added. IANSlast_img read more

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Franchise League 3-day tournament

first_imgBaldeo, Ivan hit contrasting centuriesBALCHAND Baldeo and Rajiv Ivan both struck contrasting hundreds as Upper Corentyne closed the second day of their seventh and final round of the Franchise League three-day tournament against Georgetown in a commanding position yesterday at the Port Mourant ground.Baldeo struck 107 off 133 balls, inclusive of 12 fours and two sixes while Ivan hit 102 in 117 balls, with nine fours and three sixes, as the hosts were bowled out for 440 in 91.3 overs.David Latchaya contributed 69 on day two.Bowling for the city side, Shemroy Barrington claimed 6-38 while leg-spinner Steven Sankar took 4-158.Meanwhile, at Everest, East Coast closed the opening day against East Bank on 184-3. Ameer Khan and Kamesh Yadram are unbeaten on 69 and 57 respectively.West Indies youth player Bhaskar Yadram had earlier contributed 38.At Tuschen, Essequibo closed on 124-4.The other seventh round game between hosts West Berbice and Lower Corentyne was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Bush Lot.last_img read more

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SB : Erratic pitching leads to upset loss for Syracuse in opening round of Big East tournament

first_imgSyracuse softball won’t three-peat as Big East champions.In the opening round of Thursday’s Big East tournament, the Orange (40-14, 17-5) could muster only one run in a 2-1 upset loss against St. John’s (22-33, 9-12).SU stranded eight runners in the loss, including the potential tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Left fielder Lisaira Daniels bunted for a single with one out to extend SU’s last inning, but was left on base when right fielder Shirley Daniels struck out and second baseman Stephanie Watts popped out to center to end the game.The loss is a disappointing one for senior catcher Lacey Kohl. SU beat the Red Storm twice in a three game series earlier this season. In those wins, the Orange scored double digit runs.But when the stakes were higher, that same Red Storm team was able to limit SU hitters to seven singles and only one run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s like (hitting) coach King told us, we hit for extra bases,’ Kohl said.’We’re not going to win games with seven singles.’Especially not when ace Jenna Caira has an off day. The senior pitcher struggled to hit her spots all game and issued four walks.Caira’s costliest walk started the fifth inning. Locked in a scoreless pitcher’s duel with Red Storm pitcher Ashley Beza, Caira walked leadoff hitter Michelle Tilson. Tilson reached second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single, and scored the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly by Chrissy Montez.Stacy Kuwik replaced Caira in the sixth inning, but wild pitches still haunted SU. With the bases loaded and no one out, Red Storm catcher Kacee Cox scored from third base after Kuwik misfired.Kuwik didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings she pitched, but St. John’s was able to tack on a crucial insurance run. And in a close game against a sputtering SU offense, Kohl said that run was the difference between an SU win and an upset loss.SU now has to hope that its 40-win season will be enough to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The 64-team field will be announced on Sunday night at 9 p.m.Kohl said SU’s next opponent will face an Orange team with a chip on its shoulder because of the loss to the Red Storm.‘That third ring would’ve been great,’ Kohl said. ‘But we’re focused on Sunday and what happens after. They will pay for what we went through today.’nctoney@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

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Men’s golf team not satisfied with solid start

first_img‘Disappointing’ is the word used most often by members of the No. 10 USC men’s golf team to describe their early play.That might seem like a misnomer, given the team’s lofty ranking and the formidable schedule they have had to navigate thus far, but USC coach Chris Zambri has built a program in which winning tournaments is the expectation.“We need to start finishing higher in fields,” Zambri said. “Finishing in the middle of a field is not what we ever want to do. I’m looking forward to [the next tournament], and I hope these guys start playing the way I know they can.”The Trojans have their next opportunity to please their coach this weekend at the Prestige Tournament in La Quinta, Calif. In a familiar refrain for the Trojans, the field will once again be populated by a number of top programs, including No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Stanford and No. 20 Texas Christian University.“Coach’s expectations are obviously really high because every year he’s had a very competitive team that’s been in the top three or four in the country,” freshman Martin Trainer said. “He wants to win every tournament.”Trainer has been a bright spot for USC this season. With a pair of top-20 finishes under his belt, the freshman has quickly adapted to the collegiate game. Now Zambri is waiting for the rest of the team to step up.“The best thing that has happened so far is Martin has shown he can play high-level college golf,” Zambri said. “I know we have other guys who have done that or who I’m very confident will do that. If we can add another guy to the mix like we have with Martin, that’s a great thing.”Chief among those players is junior Matthew Giles, who struggled enormously in his last tournament. The returning All-American had a strong qualifying round this week leading up to the tournament, giving his coach some reassurance.“I’m standing on the 18th tee at Trump right now and Matthew is 6-under par at a really good golf course,” Zambri said on Wednesday. “We need a guy like Matthew to just do his thing. We need him playing like he can play.”If Giles cannot carry the team, then the burden will likely fall on Trainer, who, in typical fashion for this team, is embarrased with his play thus far.“Even though I have some pretty decent finishes, I feel like my game is at a much higher level than what my scores [have] shown,” he said.Trainer said the team needs more consistent play if they want to reach their potential.“Consistency is the most important thing,” he said. “Every single guy can go out there and shoot a good round, but it’s a team event and we need four good scores out of five. We haven’t had four good ones at the same time yet.”The Trojans might not have played up to their capabilities yet this season but that does not mean morale is low. In fact, Zambri said the team is not even down about their mediocre results so far.“We’d be really down if we thought we played well and finished seventh or eighth, but I don’t think we’ve played worth a darn yet,” he said.Opening round play at the Prestige starts Sunday. The tournament will conclude Tuesday morning.last_img read more

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USC’s defense seeks more consistency

first_imgBefore every USC football season, the athletic department plasters action photographs of the team’s premier players on a poster that advertises the season schedule.Choosing the faces of the Trojans’ defense was presumably a bit thornier this season than in years past. Junior safety T.J. McDonald was a no-brainer considering in 2010 he led the team in tackles and notched three interceptions in the process of becoming an All-Pac-10 second team honoree. Choosing a second player to pair with him proved more difficult, however, but the department settled on senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou, who, despite being a three-year starter entering the season, sat out all of last year after tearing ligaments in his left knee in the 2010 spring game.Baby steps · Junior safety T.J. McDonald is part of a secondary that allows opposing quarterbacks to throw for 10 more yards per game compared with last year. The rush defense, however, is allowing opposing tailbacks to run for 41 fewer rushing yards per game. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThough many players flashed with potential entering 2011, many needed to convert promise into consistent production. So far in 2011, the defensive results have been mixed.“We had a good week of practice before Cal, and we hit two pretty good teams in Arizona and Arizona State and we didn’t play very well,” USC assistant coach Monte Kiffin said. “That combination obviously wasn’t very good. But we’ve challenged ourselves, and we’re gaining more confidence.”Despite Kiffin’s optimism, the statistics do not indicate substantial improvement over last year’s defense that ranked 84th in overall defense and 109th in passing defense, surrendering nearly 260 passing yards per game and a 59.9 opposing quarterback completion percentage. This season’s pass defense is statistically worse, as USC’s opponents have averaged 271.7 passing yards per game with a 64.7 completion percentage. To USC’s credit, the defense is allowing 41 fewer rushing yards per game in 2011 (140.5 yards per game in 2010 compared to 99.5 yards per game in 2011).What is most troubling about these statistics is they do not yet include three of the most potent offenses USC will face this season: Notre Dame, Stanford and Oregon. The Fighting Irish possess one of the most balanced attacks in the nation, ranking 29th in passing yards and 29th in rushing yards in the FBS and scoring 32.3 points per game.“Notre Dame’s offense is really good,” Kiffin said. “You can’t be more balanced than they are. Last year they were more of a passing team, but they’ve developed a pretty good running team this year.”Though the defensive numbers appear grizzly, there are certain developments that indicate USC might be due for a defensive resurgence. Certain USC players at critical positions who have battled bouts of inconsistency are beginning to show upticks in their play.Redshirt junior defensive end Wes Horton, who registered only his second sack of the season in the waning minutes of the game against Cal, indicated pass rushing is predicated on confidence — something he might have regained against Cal.“There were two or three games where I had a stretch with no sacks and confidence is huge when it comes to being a pass rusher,” Horton said. “When I did get that sack, it definitely boosted my confidence going into this week and knowing I can beat these tackles. I knew I could beat them before, but it gets me even more confident.”The cornerback and safety positions opposite sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey and McDonald have proved almost patchwork in the last two seasons, as USC has shuffled numerous players through spots.After all, teams will continue to shy away from Robey’s and McDonald’s territories and instead test their counterparts until other players in the secondary prove they possess similar playmaking ability.Junior cornerback Isiah Wiley, after predominantly playing special teams this season, will assume the role of starting cornerback opposite Robey, at least until redshirt sophomore cornerback Torin Harris returns from a shoulder injury. Listed at 6-foot-1, Wiley, who registered five tackles and one pass break-up against Cal, offers a more physical complement to the 5-foot-8 Robey, and will likely guard Notre Dame’s elite wide receiver Michael Floyd, who is listed at 6-foot-3.“I thought I played well, but I could have done a couple of things better out there,” Wiley said. “Once I got more reps, I started reacting faster. Starting off, it was almost like a shock to my system because I’m used to playing with athletes who aren’t as good as me in junior college, but once I got here, all of the athletes are good.”Junior safety Jawanza Starling, who has sometimes struggled with tackling — notably against Arizona State on 70-yard touchdown run by running back Cameron Marshall — was praised for what Kiffin termed his “best game as a Trojan” against Cal.“I left one, if not two, interceptions out there,” Starling said. “I still got room to improve a bit. You can’t be satisfied with just one game. Every week I’ve gotten better at understanding my responsibilities and my role. Wherever I am, I still need to make plays. Not having any missed tackles was big for me.”Despite looking impressive at times this year, the defense understands it needs to get better, starting  Saturday against the Fighting Irish.“We have to make sure the younger guys realize the importance of this tradition and make sure that there is a sense of urgency this week,” Horton said. “It’s a huge game. [Notre Dame] beat us last year in the Coliseum. I think a lot of people were embarrassed after that game, so we have to go up and make plays this weekend.”last_img read more

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Trojans win 16-inning game at Washington to tie series

first_imgAfter battling 16 innings in what was the longest recorded game in the history of USC baseball,  the Trojans (21-6) managed to defeat the Washington Huskies 3-2 after a scoreless game through the 16th inning, tying the series at 1-1.USC earned this impressive win at Huskie Stadium after suffering a disappointing loss the night before, falling 5-1 as the Trojans failed to find their offense.During Friday’s game, the Trojans were held to just one run for the first time all year. The Trojans got on board in the third inning as junior AJ Ramirez led off the inning with a double to right field. Redshirt sophomore Reggie Southall offered a sacrifice bunt, and then Ramirez came home on an RBI single from redshirt sophomore Bobby Stahel.After gaining an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Trojans allowed the five subsequent Husky runs to go unanswered. The Huskies came away with the game during the bottom of the sixth when shortstop Chris Baker smacked a first-pitch homerun out to left field, bringing in three runs and putting the Huskies in the 5-1 lead.Trojan reliever junior Brooks Kriske entered to relieve starter junior Brent Wheatley (2-1) with one out and a runner on third and was able to make two outs without any further damage.On Saturday, the Trojans once again struggled to get hot behind the plate before rallying in the top of the 16th inning, highlighted by a key single from sophomore Corey Dempster that gave the Trojans the 1-0 lead. Junior Timmy Robinson then followed with a two RBI single that put USC in a 3-0 lead. These three runs were essential, given the Huskies threatened a comeback in the bottom of the inning with a   two-run homer from infielder Brandon Bishop to pull within one.Despite the Trojans’ inability to score runs through the majority of the game, head coach Dan Hubbs believes today’s win displays the tenacity and resilience of his team.“Coming out with [Saturday’s] win really shows the resolve of this team,” Hubbs said. “We had a tough loss [Friday] and we had to scrape and claw to get the win. We didn’t have the best offensive game, we hit some balls that didn’t fall and it would’ve been really easy to get frustrated. It shows a lot of mental toughness to fight through offensive problems.”The Trojan defense, which has seen some problems so far this season, really stepped up during Saturday’s match to hold the Huskies to zero runs through 16 innings. Junior starter Kyle Twomey went seven complete innings, striking out four and stranding multiple Husky runners to keep them off the board.Hubbs echoes the fact that his defense managed to compensate for a less than impressive offensive showing.“So far this season our defense has been able to slide a little bit because we’ve been able to put a good number of runs of the board, but that wasn’t the case on [Saturday] and it says a lot that our guys were able to respond to the challenge,” Hubbs said. “Blake Lacey made two really huge defensive plays that basically saved the game. The game says a lot of what we’re capable of defensively.”Junior Tyler Gilbert threw two scoreless innings for the Trojans before giving way to junior Marc Hubberman, who threw the first one, two, three inning of the game in the 12th for the Trojans and threw a career-high 6.2 innings with five strikeouts.Given the Trojans’ trouble with the bullpen coming through and preventing runs so far this season, both Friday and Saturday’s games reflect improvement and resolve.“Between Gilbert and Hubberman, there was basically a complete game threw by the relievers,” Hubbs said. “For the rest of the season, I think we’re really going to need more of what we saw this weekend. We just need to keep improving in the pen and continue to do a good job like we have this weekend.”Hubbs believes that to carry on the Trojans’ success in the weeks ahead, the team needs to continue to push themselves on offense.“We need to do a better job of getting pitches to hit and executing,” Hubbs said. “Conditions were tough this past week with a ton of wind and the guys were trying to do much with the ball and were then unable to get on base. If we can do a better job of being able to fight through difficult conditions, we’ll be able to keep securing wins.”The Trojans return to Dedeaux Field on Tuesday to host the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Report on doping at Sochi to be published today

first_imgRussia could face a complete Olympic ban if allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are proven today.An independent commission, set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is investigating claims of a former anti-doping chief who alleged dozens of athletes, including at least 15 medallists at the 2014 Winter Olympics, were part of an extensive state-run doping programme.Russian track and field athletes are currently banned from international competition, including the Rio Olympics but individual athletes can compete as neutrals if they prove they are clean.last_img read more

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Angels’ David Fletcher has caught the attention of manager Mike Scioscia

first_imgANAHEIM >> Angels third baseman David Fletcher had only had 51 major-league at-bats before Saturday, but the Cypress High School alum has caught the attention of Manager Mike Scioscia.Fletcher on Friday night had a huge hit, a tying RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen that helped the Angels defeat the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 1 of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium.Of those 51 at-bats, it was Fletcher’s 31st against a right-handed pitcher. The right-handed batter is hitting better against right-handers – .323 (10 of 31) – than against southpaws (.250, 5 of 20). But he’s being platooned with the left-handed-hitting Luis Valbuena.Fletcher was hitting .294 with six RBIs and an on-base percentage of .345. He doesn’t have a home run, but he hit six in 254 at-bats in Salt Lake City before being recalled in mid-June. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Valbuena had nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 at-bats before Saturday, but he was hitting just .213 with an OBP of .258. He was hitting .222 (14 of 63) with runners in scoring position, compared to .500 (5 of 10) for Fletcher.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Scioscia was asked prior to Game 2 Saturday, won by the Dodgers 3-1, if he’s been tempted to put Fletcher out there every day. With right-hander Ross Stripling going for the Dodgers, he was not in the starting lineup but entered in the seventh inning and hit one to the track in the ninth inning off Jansen to go 0 for 2.“I think David’s played a lot,” Scioscia said. “I think he’s played some second, he’s played third. I think that any time a player plays well, obviously, they’re going to win more at bats, win more playing time and he’s definitely doing that.”Fletcher had started 12 of the 19 games in which he’d played, 10 at third base, two at second. He’s also been used in the outfield as well as at shortstop a couple of times. Six of his starts have come against righties, six against lefties.“So, yeah, David’s going to get an opportunity to play whenever we feel that there are at bats for him,” Scioscia said. “He’s done well. He led off the other day in Seattle, we’ll use him in a multitude of roles and I’m sure that his playing time will increase as we move on and he continues to string together good at-bats.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “Yeah, obviously, everybody wants to be an everyday player,” said Fletcher, who turned 24 on May 31. “Right now, though, just trying to do my role and help the team get wins.”As for batting against right-handers versus southpaws, Fletcher intimated it doesn’t matter to him. Again, his big hit Friday came against Jansen, who throws right.“I mean, I don’t really think about right-handed, left-handed pitcher,” Fletcher said. “It was a big hit that helped the team win, so it was big.”Former Angels sports psychologist Ravizza in medically induced comaDr. Ken Ravizza, a former professor of kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton who worked for the Angels as a sports psychologist, is in a medically induced coma after suffering a heart attack while driving.Ravizza of late has been working for the Chicago Cubs, who were in L.A. on June 25-28 to play the Dodgers. Word of Ravizza’s situation was found on Twitter. Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed what happened via email.Ravizza reportedly was stricken while driving in Orange County. A ote posted by Claire Tehan Ravizza on CaringBridge – a page that helps families facing medical issues communicate – indicated that Ravizza had an EEG on Saturday that indicated his brain is responding to the “deep sedation,” but that it’s too soon “to make a clear determination of brain activity.”The post also said that Ravizza’s heart and blood pressure are stable.Ravizza, who previously worked for the Angels for some 15 years beginning in 1985 – he came back a few years later for a brief second stint – began working at Cal State Fullerton in 1977 teaching physical education classes.Not long after, he began helping student-athletes with mental toughness.“He was one of Fullerton’s secret weapons,” former CSF women’s gymnastics coach Lynn Rogers said. Thanks in part to Ravizza, the Titans won the 1979 national championship.In a 2014 story published in the Orange County Register, Ravizza had this to say about his work: “In sport you have to deal with the reality of the situation that you’re in. You can’t hide. As the Greeks used to say, ancient Greek tradition, you go and you stand naked before the gods.”Simmons cool with not goingShortstop Andrelton Simmons is having a career year, hitting a team-high .315 with six home runs and 39 RBIs before Saturday. But his chances of making the American League All-Star team are slim because the league has many fine players at that position, such as Manny Machado (Orioles) and Carlos Correa (Astros).He won’t win the main fan ballot, meaning his only chances will be via the player ballot or the fan ballot that will decide the final spot on the team.Simmons isn’t concerned.“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “Not too worried about it, honestly. Four days off sounds equally amazing so … whoever makes it is a great honor because you’re making it out of an elite group really because there are a lot of good shortstops in the American League, especially.”Simmons knows what he’ll be doing if he doesn’t make the grade for the July 17 game in Washington D.C.“It would be a great honor if I do,” he said. “If I don’t, just sleeping a lot and catching up, getting ready for the second half.”Shoemaker to start throwingMatt Shoemaker missed the second half of 2017 with a forearm injury, and had surgery to repair the radial nerve in his right forearm.He pitched in one game this season, then was shut down and had surgery to repair a split tendon in the same forearm on May 29.Shoemaker remains in good spirits, though, because he is going to begin throwing next week with the idea of returning sometime this season.“I start a throwing program and, hopefully, can build back up, everything feels great, Lord willing we’re good to go,” said Shoemaker, whose best season was 2014 when he went 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA.Shoemaker, 31, can’t wait to get back.“It’s frustrating, to say the least,” he said. “You just want to be out there and play. You want to play, you want to help your team and when you think everything’s good and then some little thing like this comes back, it’s insanely frustrating.“When it first happened again, it was really rough, I guess you could say, mentally, emotionally. But you’ve just gotta fight through that and now I’m looking at the positives of, ‘Hey, I get to start throwing next week and build back up and get ready to go.’ “ A man of few words, Fletcher said he would love to play all the time. But he is far from consumed by that possibility.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

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