COLUMBIA – Gerald Dixon Jr. came to the University of South Carolina with his brother, but he’ll be leaving with dozens more.South Carolina Gamecocks offensive tackle Mike Matulis (76) blocks Kentucky Wildcats defensive back Chris Westry (21) for running back Brandon Wilds (22) during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kentucky wins 26-22 over South Carolina.“I’m going to be with them and they’re going to be with me forever,” the senior defensive lineman said of his USC teammates. “It’s not going to be the same, not playing here.”But that’s the reality he and 15 other seniors face as Saturday’s finale at Williams-Brice Stadium against undefeated and No. 1-ranked Clemson University approaches. As a week of giving thanks transitions to a weekend of football rivalries, players mix preparation with reflection on careers that included some of the highest highs and lowest lows in program history.“When I first came in, we were having success,” said senior spur T.J. Gurley. “We were having fun, hitting hard, playing fast.”Gurley was selected an SEC All-Freshman safety in 2012, as the Gamecocks were in the midst of an unprecedented three consecutive 11-win seasons. At the time, older players such as D.J. Swearinger and Akeem Auguste were team leaders, he said.“Those boys showed us the way,” Gurley said. “We kind of veered off from it. Got unfocused.”The Gamecocks drifted from a 7-6 record in 2014 to this year’s 3-8, which included a midseason resignation by coach Steve Spurrier, a game moved from Columbia to LSU because of historic flooding, and last week’s loss to The Citadel, a Football Championship Series underdog.Gurley said the promotion of offensive line coach Shawn Elliott to interim coach has helped.“Coach Elliott brings a lot of intensity, like it was my freshman year here,” Gurley said. “We haven’t won games, but we’re starting to progress and get our mojo back, having fun out here.”Redshirt senior offensive tackle and co-captain Brandon Shell said he believes he has matured on and off the field during his five years at USC.“Just going through this season really taught everybody a lot about not taking things for granted,” he said. “I remember my freshman year, just enrolling at South Carolina, and now, just to think that it’s coming to an end this coming Saturday is like, wow. It’s kind of bittersweet because I’m ready to play but I’m not ready for it to be over.”Shell, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Dixon Jr. and Dixon’s half-brother, a defensive end also named Gerald Dixon, roomed together as freshmen.“I remember just moving into the quad over there,” Dixon Jr. said. “We were just talking about it the other day. It went by fast.”Even faster for Clowney, who left for the NFL after the third 11-2 season.It almost never got here for another co-captain, offensive guard Mike Matulis. He considered giving up football after two shoulder surgeries but said Elliott talked him out of quitting.“He wouldn’t let me,” Matulis said. “And I’m so thankful that he didn’t.”Given his roots in coaching the linemen, Elliott said he remembers their development most out of this year’s seniors.“My memories go to a young Brandon Shell,” he said. “Just to see him evolve and become a mature man, just to see him grow.“They are going to move on and be great fathers, husbands, and men. Your Mike Matulises your (guard) Will Sports, they are going to be successful in life.”Other seniors include tight end Jerell Adams; kicker Landon Ard; running backs Shon Carson, Garrison Gist and Brandon Wilds; defensive linemen Cedrick Cooper and Phillip Dukes; wide receivers Carlton Heard and Shamier Jeffery; and safety Isaiah Johnson.
Aduana Stars would make their historic Champions League appearance with an away tie in Morocco against Wydad Cassablanca.The past two seasons has been a successful story for the Ghanaian side who are making their continental debut on Sunday.Coach Herbert Addo’s side emerged from the lower division of Ghana football to become League champions in their premiership debut and are now the country’s sole representatives in Africa’s flagship club competition.However, the weekend’s fixture against an experienced Wydad Cassablanca side would pose a big challenge for the Ghanaian side. But Addo insists that the club would be up for the battle.“I am very confident that we’ll give a good account of ourselves in Morocco. It’s a massive weekend for the club and everyone there is proud to be associated with it,” he said.Aduana, according to Addo, who has enough experience in the competition following his time with former champions, Hearts of Oak, says they are only focused on the weekend’s test. “Remember this will be our first time so we will have to take it one stage at a time. It is important that we get out if this stage first,” he added.Source: Ghanafa.org
Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has paid tribute to the London Chest Hospital staff after being discharged.The 24-year-old was technically “dead” for 78 minutes after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing in a game against Tottenham on 17 March and had been in hospital since then.“I am naturally very pleased to be discharged from hospital,” he said.“It is absolutely fantastic news that Fabrice has been discharged from hospital and everyone at the club is delighted” said Owen Coyle manager of Bolton.“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to every single member of staff who played a part in my care.”And in a joint press release issued by the Trust and his club, the midfielder continued, “Now I am out of hospital, I am looking forward to continuing my recovery and spending precious time with my family.” Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle said: “It is absolutely fantastic news that Fabrice has been discharged from hospital and everyone at the club is delighted.“We would also like to add our thanks to the staff at The London Chest Hospital for their care and treatment of Fabrice, which has been outstanding.“It is important that Fabrice and his family are now given time and space to be together, and we would ask the media to continue to respect their privacy.”A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “Barts Health can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has now been discharged following several weeks of treatment. All our staff wish him the very best in his ongoing recovery.”Muamba collapsed after 41 minutes of the FA Cup quarter-final tie with Spurs and was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and 15 defibrillator shocks before he arrived at the intensive care unit of the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital. Last month, Trotters club doctor Jonathan Tobin said: “It was 48 minutes when he collapsed to reaching hospital and a further 30 minutes after that. He was, in effect, dead at that time.“We feared the worst and didn’t think we would get the recovery we had. It’s incredible.”Former England Under-21 international Muamba was helped on the pitch by Dr Andrew Deaner, consultant cardiologist at London Chest Hospital, who was at the game as a fan, and ran out of the stands to lend his expertise.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — The freshman Fox comedy Lil Rel has officially been cancelled.According to Deadline, Fox has decided to the end the Lil Rel Howery-starring series after only one season. The show, loosely based on the life of Howery, was executive-produced by comic and writer Jerrod Carmichael, who starred with Rel on the now defunct NBC series The Carmichael Show.It followed Rel as an arrogant, successful man who believed that “great things will come” if you believe in yourself. However, his ideology was put to the test after he learned his wife cheated on him with his barber.The series also starred comedian-actor Sinbad as Lil Rel’s father, as well as social media star Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore, and Jordan L. Jones.Rel took to Instagram to share the news and thank fans for their support.“I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show… I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true,” he wrote, captioning an image of the Deadline article. “I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events, I got to work and create magic with my friends… God is so good and I’m truly blessed.”He continued, “Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one… I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off… I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that… I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL.”20th Century Fox – which produced Rel – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Editor’s note: As the NLCS and ALCS get underway, SN will present a case for why each of the remaining four teams will win the 2019 World Series.Their opponent may attract more national attention, but make no mistake: The Astros are still the World Series favorites. Pitted against the Yankees for a trip to the Fall Classic, Houston has absolutely no reason to be intimidated by New York, having been to the ALCS three straight years and winning a championship in 2017. Manager A.J. Hinch’s squad possesses a mix of balance and star power. It has experience on this stage. It has two MVPs and two Cy Young winners, with a third in Gerrit Cole potentially set to win the latter award this year.WHY THEY’LL WIN IT ALL: Yankees | Nationals | CardinalsHere’s a breakdown of why the Astros are so dangerous entering the ALCS and in good shape to win the World Series:1. Verlander, Cole, GreinkeThe heart of this Astros team is the outstanding starting pitching trio of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. Greinke, of course, was acquired from the Diamondbacks at the July 31 trade deadline to complete the Big 3. Against the Rays in the ALDS, Verlander and Greinke struggled at times while Cole pitched lights-out, winning Game 2 and Game 5.The Yankees are an offensive juggarnaut built to overwhelm opponents with brute force. That’s what happened when they swept the Twins, who surrendered 23 runs across the three contests. But if even two of Verlander, Cole and Greinke are locked in, slowing down that potent New York order, the whole balance of the series will be shifted in Houston’s favor. There are few things more demoralizing in baseball than having your greatest strength sapped. The Astros are capable of doing that.Part of what makes the rotation so powerful for Houston is the late-inning relievers behind the starters. Will Harris, Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna are able to shut the door more times than not when the starters fail to surpass six innings. In tandem, that will give fits to the Yankees and a World Series opponent.2. Been there, crushed thatUnlike the Yankees, Cardinals and Nationals, this Astros team is brimming with batters who have ALCS and World Series experience. Houston’s roster carries six position players who have played in a winning World Series effort — more than the other remaining teams combined. George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve have proven they can come through under pretty much any circumstance. They can perhaps handle under-pressure at-bats better than anyone else in the game.Beyond that, though, the Astros’ lineup also has a longer regular season track record of being great than at least the Nationals and Cardinals, and perhaps the Yankees as well. Springer, Correa, Altuve, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley have been among the most consistent offensive threats of the decade — they have 498 home runs among them and have been worth a combined value of 132.2 wins over replacement. When healthy, as they all are now, they have almost always been excellent. The Astros carry other bats that have been around the game a long time and have had success, such as Robinson Chirinos and Josh Reddick. Plus, Rookie of the Year candidate Yordan Alvarez gives the group a fresh, exciting wild card who could deliver even more damage on opponents if he gets hot in the ALCS.Experience obviously isn’t everything, but it would seem to be an important deterrent to becoming rattled over the course of a seven-game series. Houston’s offense should continue to play up in the coming weeks. 3. Smarts behind the curtainAn underrated aspect of the Astros is their cohesive management structure. A.J. Hinch is a rare modern manager with almost universal faith behind him — he’s 481-329 in his time at the helm in Houston with 21 postseason victories. He has also seemed to jibe well with his assistants and a front office intent on maximizing this window of contention.Many pitchers in recent years, most notably Verlander and Cole, have boosted their play upon arriving in Houston. Those improvements have been widely attributed to an innovative MLB pitching development program that piggybacks on strong minor league pitching development and scouting infrastructures.While New York, Washington and St. Louis have solid staffs, it seems Houston is by far the best in the big leagues right now from top to bottom. With perhaps the most talented overall roster of the teams remaining in the postseason, that backroom talent could give the Astros the extra lift to secure their second title in three seasons.
Wellington Police notes: Thursday, July 26, 2018:•5:10 a.m. Nicolasa G. Bogle, 37, Oxford, was issued a notice to appear for disobeying a stop sign.•6:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:03 a.m. Officers conducted a report of a suicide threat in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•2:10 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 300 block S. G, Wellington.•2:22 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 1200 block S. G, Wellington.•2:40 p.m. Shelby D. Johnson, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with murder in the first degree (x2), Murder in the second degree, child abuse and aggravated endangerment of a child.•4:50 p.m. Officers investigated possession of drug paraphernalia in the 600 block S. Washington, Wellington.•4:58 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 700 block N. Elm, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Da Maggio Z D Johnson, 19, Wellington and a parked & unoccupied vehicle owned by Judith A. Compton, Wellington.•6:17 p.m. Da Maggio Z D Johnson, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for drivers’ license violation, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.•6:25 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.•9:27 p.m. Michael J. Terry, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with driving while license is suspended, no insurance and illegal registration.•8:33 p.m. Rhees H. Carter, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 51 mph in a 30 mph zone.
Antoine Griezmann was unable to sign off the perfect European Championships by leading France to the trophy. Asked about the Ballon d’Or, the former Real Sociedad forward lamented that Sunday’s final ruled him out and even suggested Cristiano Ronaldo has already done enough to win it. If in Milan he missed a penalty, in Paris he had the goal at his mercy when Kingsley Coman crossed and he headed wide in the second half. Sport EN “I wanted to win the Euros and after that maybe think about the Ballon d’Or,” he said, visibly affected by the cruel ending to France’s home tournament. The outcome was another lost final, little more than a month after the last. After such a tough blow, Griezmann was clear on his feelings. “A second final lost… it sucks,” he said after Portugal won the trophy. “But now it’s not in my head. It is all over. Ronaldo won the two big competitions this season, so I think it’s done.” 11/07/2016 at 21:19 The Atletico Madrid forward reached the final as the top scorer and ready to make up for disappointment in the Champions League final, but in the end experienced another tragic night. CEST
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