The Latest: Broncos John Elway donates $50,000 to virus fund

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.“Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need. Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.”Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___ Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado. The Latest: Broncos John Elway donates $50,000 to virus fund Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet. ___A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak. The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. March 26, 2020 Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___ It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria. Associated Press The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic. The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks. Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus. ___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit. The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Alexis Kaiser, Hannah Dossett lift otherwise quiet offense to 3-0 win over Cornell

first_img Published on May 1, 2019 at 7:39 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Everyone at Skytop Softball Stadium knew Alexis Kaiser’s first inning hit was a home run. Except Kaiser. The freshman cracked the third pitch she saw over the scoreboard and the Cornell team bus, but Kaiser sprinted out of the batter’s box anyway, acting as if it was just a base hit. As she came back into home plate, her teammates mocked her, asking her how she didn’t know that “the farthest home run” Hannah Dossett had ever seen was gone.“Oh my gosh. I was mesmerized,” sophomore Miranda Hearn said. “That ball was so far gone.”After Kaiser’s seventh home run on the season, the Orange didn’t score until Dossett’s RBI double in the sixth inning. Kaiser’s bomb was one of only four hits and three runs for Syracuse (21-28, 8-13 Atlantic Coast) in a 3-0 win against Cornell (10-33, 5-13 Ivy League). Facing Cornell pitcher Katie Lew, who had a 8.61 ERA entering the game, SU saw hittable pitches but either fouled them off or smacked line drives straight into an outfielder’s glove. The putrid Syracuse offense was saved by Miranda Hearn’s eight-strikeout shutout. SU must hit better in order to compete with No. 5 Florida State, the reigning national champions who head to Skytop Softball Stadium this weekend, head coach Shannon Doepking said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m happy with the win, but there’s a lot to learn with a showing like that,” Doepking said. “When you get fast pitches, you have to hit them on the field. We can’t consistently foul those pitches off and then get into pitches we can’t really handle.”In the two at-bats before Kaiser’s home run, SU was turning Cornell fastballs into hard-hit shots. Both sophomore Gabby Teran and senior Alicia Hansen slapped fastballs to the outfield, but they landed in the gloves of Cornell fielders. Yet, SU couldn’t continue that in the next four innings. Dossett particularly was befuddled by Lew’s odd delivery. She said Lew had a quick throwing motion, but her actual pitches weren’t that fast. When she saw Lew at the top of the second inning, she swung too early on the first pitch and tapped a grounder to second off the butt of her bat.“I think that made me have to speed up,” Dossett said. “Come the third at bat, I just let it get deep. It was a lot easier to hit.”On her third at bat, Dossett crushed a fastball to deep right-center field, bringing home junior Toni Martin and pushing the lead to two runs. But she and Kaiser were perhaps the only ones who could figure out Lew’s slower pitch speed. They accounted for two of the Orange’s hits and two of the three runs. Kaiser doesn’t believe that Lew did anything special. Instead, it was that the Orange just couldn’t figure how to put the ball in play. And then when they did get contact, the ball flew toward a fielder. “I think we beat ourselves more. We just weren’t attacking the pitches that she left there,” Kaiser said. “I think we should’ve had more hits than we did.”The Orange are already pushing this game out of their mind as they’ll host the reigning national champion and ACC-leading Seminoles this weekend, Doepking and Kaiser said after the win.The Seminoles sport four pitchers with an ERA under 2.39, all who tend to throw sinking curveballs, Dossett said. So, SU has spent time practicing with a machine to replicate FSU pitchers. It works with different spin, speed, and location to replicate FSU pitchers Meghan King, Makinzy Herzog, and Kathryn Sandercock. But, Doepking knows that no practice will be enough. She knows that Syracuse has to minimize fielding errors, something that plagued the Orange in a sweep against Georgia Tech. She knows SU needs to turn the non-curves it sees into hits. Especially, she knows that it can’t put up a showing like today if SU has any chance of coming away with one win.“When you play a team like Florida State, it becomes such a big moment because it says Florida State across their chests and they just won a national championship,” Doepking said. “We have to do the little things right.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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St Kitts/Nevis supports as Taiwan celebrates anniversary

first_imgSt. Kitts-Nevis, one of the few Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has praised the Asian nation as Taiwan celebrates 106th anniversary.Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, speaking at a ceremony to mark the occasion, said that it is the virtues of industry, ingenuity and loyalty exhibited by the Taiwanese people that has shaped the direction, progress and development of that country over the last 106 years.“The people of Taiwan, understanding the challenges of development for Taiwan, wanting to keep it safe and protected [and] understanding the values that differentiate the Republic of China (Taiwan) from the People’s Republic of China, decided by a majority that they have to be loyal to Taiwan, and that loyalty cannot be compromised,” he said.Loyalty to the country“Whether it is that you are associated with the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) in Taiwan or the KMT [Kuomintang], it is loyalty to country that has kept Taiwan safe and protected against a belligerent neighbor,” he added.China has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province since it went on its own, and has urged the international community to adopt its “One China Policy’ with regards to establishing defined diplomatic relations with Beijing, not Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city.Other Caribbean allies Apart from St. Kitts-Nevis, the other Caribbean countries Taiwan enjoys diplomatic relations with include, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Taiwan celebrates its 106th anniversary milestone on Tuesday, October 10. Prime Minister Harris said the loyalty demonstrated by diplomatic allies like St. Kitts and Nevis also plays a critical role in the overall development of Taiwan.last_img read more

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Iker Casillas close to signing for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal are said to be close to signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas after ‘making him an offer that he can’t refuse’.Casillas has been heavily linked with a switch to the Gunners in the last few months and reports emerged yesterday that the club had made an offer to sign him.And now Sport newspaper says the deal is close with the 33-year-old being told that he can leave Madrid in the coming days, or face the prospect of being third-choice.The paper says Arsenal’s offer is ‘too good to refuse’ and the only major detail left now is for Casillas to have his Madrid contract terminated, making him a free agent.                                        Arsene Wenger is said to be a long-term fan of Casillas (Picture: Getty) Arsene Wenger is said to be offering him a deal worth £100,000-a-week that could run for the next five seasons, meaning he would be 38 by the time it expires.More developments are expected in the next few days.last_img read more

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FIBA World Cup 2019: Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez wish Giannis Antetokounmpo the best, just not against U.S.

first_img Jerry Colangelo doesn’t have any ‘angst’ over U.S. chances at FIBA World Cup It’s a kind of drive his teammates rave about, and at the United States’ practice session Wednesday at the Mendenhall Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton couldn’t deny the respect they have for the 7-footer, even if they would be his rivals at the upcoming FIBA World Cup.“There are just so many possessions, so many dunks, but the vision, the unselfishness that he has, it’s just so impressive for a superstar of his talent,” Lopez said. “And his work ethic is just what amazes me the most, it’s really second to none.” Related News LAS VEGAS — Giannis Antetokounmpo has always been one for competition. He made waves in December when he told The Athletic he had no desire to work out with rivals and refused invitations from LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to spend time practicing with them.That kind of drive is what helped him win the MVP in 2018-19 after averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists while helping the Bucks to the No. 1 seed in the East and an appearance in the conference finals. Gregg Popovich holds first Team USA practice ahead of World Cup: ‘All I care about is who’s here’center_img Opportunity takers. More frames from Vegas at #USABMNT training camp 👇GALLERY >> https://t.co/oLjfEvLutW pic.twitter.com/sBrmhj8wES— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2019″Every night he steps on that court, you know he’s going to give it his all,” Middleton added. “You know he’s due for one of those big plays.”Middleton and Lopez will not be Antetokounmpo’s teammates at the World Cup. Giannis will be leading a Greece team that has had high expectations of late, but just hasn’t quite been able to meet them.Greece was a favorite to medal at Eurobasket in 2015 but fell to the eventual champion Spain in the quarterfinals. Then it failed to qualify for the Olympics in 2016 when it lost to Croatia after playing just three games.But that was three years ago. Antetokounmpo has three All-Star appearances, three All-NBA selections and an MVP award since then. This is a different Antetokounmpo and a potentially very different Greece team.It’s a matchup Middleton would like to see happen.”We’ve spent hours in practice against each other and it will definitely be fun to get it in a real game,” Middleton said. “That’s my teammate, my brother and wish him the best but hopefully not too good against us.”There is no guarantee Middleton will get a chance to match up with Antetokounmpo, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, either. The U.S. is in Group E and Greece is in Group F. If both teams finish in the top two of their pools, they could get a chance to face off down the line.This is the highest level & it means so much. Our group is going to make the most of it.#USABMNT x #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/sX02VFlTj0— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2019It’s something Lopez says the team isn’t planning for yet, but he admits it would be a difficult task on defense, just like it was for every NBA team this past season.”It would be a total team job,” Lopez said. “All five guys have to be on the same page all doing our job.”The U.S. is dealing with a somewhat limited team this year for the FIBA World Cup. A lot of players have dropped out, including All-Stars Anthony Davis, James Harden and Damian Lillard.Despite those subtractions, the U.S. remains the favorite to win the tournament, which will be played from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China. But, the Celtics were favored to win the East this year and Antetokounmpo made sure that didn’t happen. Lopez and Middleton know first hand just how tough the 24-year-old can be to beat when he sets his mind to something. Seeing talent like that in person can be intimidating, but it’s not something that will keep his teammates from wanting to compete. In fact, they would welcome the challenge.“He’s the most competitive guy I know, so going against him would be an amazing experience,” Lopez said. “It really would be a lot of fun.”last_img read more

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Sumner Sheriff bookings for Sept. 1 – Sept. 8, 2014

first_imgWilliams, Denelious A.28Wichita, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOKDOC Arrest/Detain9/7/14 Howell, Richard56Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence 60 Days9/4/14 KHP1 Bayless, James F. Jr.64Mulvane, KS500 W. Bridge Mulvane, KSSUSOProbation Violation9/6/14 Lamb, Scott F.36Conway Springs, KS501 N.Washington Wellington, KSSUSO2- SGCO Warrants9/2/14 Supon, Rebecca M.34Wellington, KS800 E. 16th Wellington, KSWPDOperate vehicle without liability insurance9/6/14 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Darby, Naaman E.37Oxford, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSOXPDBurglary X2, Theft X29/1/14 Belle Plaine2 Griffis, Dustin M.26Wellington, KS900 N US 81 Sumner County, KSSUSODriving While Suspended9/1/14 Penney, Charles O.44Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Probation Violation9/5/14 Holmes, Jeffrey  V.43Wellington, KS319 South Washington Wellington, KSWPD2 Warrants F.T.A9/3/14 Sumner Co15 Oxford PD2 Barrett, Tommie L.33Wellington, KS211 E 17th St. Wellington, KSWPDWarrant- Theft9/1/14 Short, Christopher T.23Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Probation Violation9/5/14 Tuck, Ryan J.30Wellington, KS1522 N. C St. Wellington, KSWPDDV Battery, Criminal Damage to Property9/1/14 Zabel, Tayler R.25Wellington, KS400 E 16th St Wellington, KSWPDDWS9/4/14 Keown, Kevin E. Jr.21Glade, KS5th and Merchant Belle Plaine, KSBPPDDUI, Refusal PBT, TOC, Refusal Blood Drawl9/7/14 Cunningham, CyrusJ.22Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/4/14center_img         Sedgwick Co43 Wellington PD6 Olberding, Anthony J.20Wichita, KS501 N.Washington Wellington, KSSUSOWarrant- PV9/2/14 Brown, Joshua D.32Ellsworth, KSKingman County JailSUSOSUCO Warrant- FTA9/5/14 Whiteneir, Jayvon T.34Wellington, KS721 S. Washington Wellington, KSWPDDisorderly Conduct9/6/14 Glover, Edward C.42Cedarville, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Theft, Driving without headlights, Fleeing or attempting to elude, Robbery9/5/14 Haag, Kasey A.22Wichita, KS501 N.Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/4/14 Sumner Newscow report — The following are weekly jail bookings for Sept. 1 to Sept. 8, 2014 for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office: Chishlom, Cecil III51Wellington, KS1234 E. 10th Ave. Wellington, KSSUSODV Battery9/2/14 Paccelli, Dylan R.21Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/4/14 Pavlu, Michael  R.56Norman, OKI 35 MM 33 Place 33 L Mulvane, KSKHPDWS, Ex Reg , 1 Warrant out Ford Co, X2 out of Ness Co9/3/14 Hawkins, Shineeta  G.36South Haven, KS1500 South US 81 Hwy South Haven, KSSUSODUI9/4/14 Bookings Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 09/01/2014 thru 09/08/2014  Arndt, Melissa D.33Belle Plaine, KS924 North Sumner Belle Plaine, KSBPPDSumner Co Warrant9/4/14 Purcell, Todd  A.40Winfield, KS100 South Michigan Oxford, KSOXPD2- Warrants out of Cowley County9/3/14 Total69last_img read more

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Lio Rush ‘grateful’ heading into NXT cruiserweight championship match

first_imgThe brash young star immediately gained attention — but some for the wrong reasons, including criticism for a tweet about Emma being released by the company that he felt was a joke. After a hiatus, he returned to the ring as part of 205 Live.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAs talented as Rush was in the ring, his role shifted as he became the manager and hype man for Bobby Lashley to take advantage of his immense mic skills. That only lasted until WrestleMania 35, and then he disappeared.Rush needed a mental break from what had become an overwhelming situation. He was earning a reputation for having a bad attitude, and several WWE legends, including Booker T and Mark Henry, spoke out about him, hoping that he would shape up and take advantage of the opportunity in front of him. However, there were questions as to whether he would get another chance.The time off helped heal any wounds, and Rush made his return to NXT in September. Just three weeks later, he defeated Drew Gulak for the NXT cruiserweight championship. While he lost the title the following month to Angel Garza, Rush is finally back on track and putting on showcase matches to prove why he calls himself the “king of the cruiserweight division.”Wednesday night on NXT television — airing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on the USA Network — Rush has an opportunity to win back the title when he faces Jordan Devlin for the NXT cruiserweight championship.Sporting News caught up with Rush to discuss his NXT return, everything he has gone through these past few years, and his big championship match.This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.You’re good @Jordan_Devlin1 . But my friend, what you’re about to encounter this Wednesday on @WWENXT is a different breed. The 🌎 will be watching and I’m coming for my title. Hold on tight. #HeIsComing #LioMFRush 🦋@WWEonFOX @WWE @btsportwwe @USA_Network @NXTUK @TripleH pic.twitter.com/g6XXaB7wx1— Lio (@itsLioRush) February 18, 2020SPORTING NEWS: Congrats on all of these great matches you’ve had over the last couple of months since we’ve seen you back in NXT. What have these last few months been like for you?LIO RUSH: I feel like, with me returning to NXT, it was a huge opportunity for me to show the world, to show NXT, to show the people that have only seen me on 205 Live and Monday Night Raw and stuff like that, to show everybody that I got signed to the WWE because I was one of the greatest cruiserweights in the world. I know that my first run in NXT was very short, and a lot of people, they weren’t used to seeing me in the light that I was in.On Monday Night Raw, I was just strictly in a manager role. So to be in NXT with the second run and to show everybody what I can do in the ring is pretty cool, and it’s been an incredible experience. I’ve been having tons of fun with it as well and just doing what I love doing and proving to everybody that I’m here for a reason. I got signed to the WWE because I’m the greatest cruiserweight in the world, so it’s pretty cool.SN: You’re back in the ring and focused on having great matches. There’s a lot of amazing talent in NXT and in the cruiserweight division. You’ve been tearing it up with so many different guys lately including Angel Garza last week on television in a match that really got crazy. What’s it like being able to do what you enjoy most in being in the ring and having so many great people to work with?LR: Yeah, man. It’s been rough the last few matches that I’ve had, and in NXT or just in general since I’ve been back have been, I feel like, some of my best performances to date. The amount of talent that’s in NXT right now is absolutely ridiculous. It’s incredibly stacked, just top-tier athletes and to be able to compete in the ring with them — well known, independent talent that got scouted by the WWE to come to NXT and prove why they’re there, to prove that they’re the best wrestlers in the world. And to test my skills up against guys like Angel Garza and Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan and just veterans and experienced guys — it’s been quite the experience for me just to test myself to see if I’m as good as I think I am.SN: We didn’t see you following WrestleMania 35 in April until last September when you rejoined NXT. What was going on with you during that sabbatical from WWE?LR: During that time, I was in a bad mental space. I feel like I’ve been pretty open with the public about my issues with depression and anxiety and stuff like that. I just needed a little break. I needed some time away to rethink, to be with my family, to remind myself of why I wanted to be a sports entertainer in the first place and be in the WWE in the first place. And that experience that I had on “RAW” was a very cool experience. I got to work with veterans of this business, people that have been a part of this business for so long. I’ve gotten to be on every single last pay-per-view. I’ve gotten to walk out at the Royal Rumble. I’ve gotten to walk out at WrestleMania. All of the things that takes guys so long to accomplish and I accomplished it all in six months. And, that time, I’m incredibly grateful for but, at the same time, it was eating me up.Just because, again, I got signed to the WWE to be one of the greatest cruiserweights, and it was hard for me. It was hard to not be in the ring. It’s hard to not show the world what I was capable of in the ring. So I accomplished what I accomplished on Monday Night Raw, and to come back to NXT was a huge, huge step for me. And yeah, I’m grateful that I’m here. I’m grateful that I’m a part of NXT, grateful that I’m in the ring with the amount of talent that I’m in the ring with. Yeah, just had to regroup, rethink, refocus, and get back to work.SN: It feels like you’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in WWE and you’ve been there for only two and a half years. You’ve faced a lot of criticism and had a couple of breaks, but now you’re back in the fold in NXT. How would you describe your time so far with everything that has gone on?LR: I feel like since day one in WWE, I’ve always had something going on with me. Like you said, I’ve faced a lot of criticism. I feel like going into the WWE, I kind of already had some criticism and not a very good, I guess, reputation that was formed by others about me. So walking into the WWE, I felt like I kind of already had to look over my shoulder to see who was watching stuff like that. But again, I feel like a lot of that has come from being only 21, 22 years old and being signed to the WWE already having years of experience on the independent circuit and being inside at such a young age. So a lot comes with that. A lot of good, a lot of bad comes with that.And yes, I have experienced a lot of ups and downs within the company, probably a lot more than people 10-plus years in the company have experienced, and it was traumatizing for me in a sense. But the way that I grew up and the area that I grew up in and the things that I’ve been through as a teenager I feel like prepared me for everything that I’ve been going through in the WWE. It showed me to push through and to fight for the things that you want and what you believe in, and to never back down or be discouraged by criticism or people saying that you can’t do this, you can’t do that. I just had to push through all of it. It’s been one hell of a ride. Man, it’s been crazy.This Wednesday, the NXT #Cruiserweight Title is on the line as @itsLioRush goes one-on-one with The #IrishAce @Jordan_Devlin1 on #WWENXT! #205Live pic.twitter.com/6WIlx3BtTw— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 15, 2020SN: You mentioned this reputation that some people perceive when it comes to you. What have you been able to do over the last six months to try to get past that reputation whether it’s rightfully earned or not?LR: I feel like much has changed from the person that people perceive me as before the six-month hiatus to now. Like I said, I felt like I was just in a very bad mental space and the frustrations of not being able to be in the ring and stuff like that. I guess through the six months, I kind of told myself that I need to focus, I need to remind myself why I’m here. I need to remind myself of who I’m doing this for. This started off as a dream, just for me, when I was a kid. I’ve always wanted to be a professional wrestler. I always wanted to be in the WWE, and it started off as a dream for me, but the older that I got, the more things that I’ve been through.You know, having siblings, having parents that are getting older, having grandparents that are getting older, having a wife, having two kids. The dream for myself slowly started to develop as a dream and something that I wanted to pursue for the people that I love so that I can change people’s lives, change the situation, motivate people, inspire people. So, I feel like I’m doing this not only for myself but for so many people that look up to me and see me as a role model or a father figure or anything that is in that general area. All of that kind of helps me push through tough times. I have a lot of people that I would let down, a lot of people that would be discouraged. I feel like there’s an army behind me, and I’m leading the charge, so I gotta be there. I gotta put in the work and I have to push through.SN: With all of that being said, are you surprised you’re still at WWE? There were times where I think a lot of people said he’s gone, he’s not going to make it.LR: (Laughs) Man, I feel like I’ve asked myself this question a lot like. I’m not gonna lie to you, man. There were some times and some points where I thought that this was the end. And more than one occasion. More than twice, three times, four times. There were a bunch of times where I thought like, wow, this is it, and a bunch of times where I thought like, you know, where do I go from here? This is all I wanted to do since I was 5 years old. I wanted to be in the WWE, specifically. I wanted to be a part of the WWE. I wanted to have a long career. I wanted to be a Hall of Famer.Am I surprised that I’m still in the WWE? I wouldn’t necessarily say surprised. I don’t know if surprise is the word that I would go for. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to still be here. I’m not going to say that I’m surprised that they still kept me here or anything like that because I feel like that would be a very arrogant thing to say. The one thing I am is grateful.I’m grateful that I still have the opportunity to do what I love while making money and doing it. I’m grateful that I’ve had the chance to work and wrestle as many guys as I have at the level and the caliber of entertainers and athletes that there are. I’m grateful that they see that I’m an asset to the company, in WWE, NXT. I’m grateful that they see something special in me at such a young age and that they’re willing to allow me to work out the kinks and go through these things to develop not only as a person but as a performer and businessman in the company. I’d be scared if I were you. 🦋@Jordan_Devlin1 @WWENXT pic.twitter.com/RrUQVVirG2— Lio (@itsLioRush) February 17, 2020SN: You’ve got this big match coming up on NXT television Wednesday night where you’ll face Jordan Devlin for the NXT cruiserweight championship. How is your approach now, especially mentally, considering everything you’ve gone through and having worked to get back to this position where you’re in a major match trying to win back this championship?LR: I’m going into this match very confident. I said this a couple of days ago, but I think Jordan Devlin should be afraid. (laughs) I genuinely think that he should be afraid. I think that he’s saying that he doesn’t have butterflies, if he’s not nervous, he’s lying through his teeth. I’ve been through so much in the WWE. I’ve accomplished so many things. I’ve accomplished things that a lot of people are trying to accomplish. I’ve lived out other people’s dreams, and I’m still going after the things that they’re trying to get leverage on like Jordan Devlin saying that he’s the greatest cruiserweight champion.I’ve already been a cruiserweight champion. He said that he’s the greatest in the world. I’ve proven that I’m one of the greatest not only in-ring performers in the world but sports entertainers in the world. I can literally do it all, and I’m not afraid to be thrown to the wolves because I’ve proven that I can excel and succeed in anything that is put in front of me. I’m as hungry as I’ve ever been before. I’m more driven than I’ve ever been before. I’ve never wanted to prove somebody wrong as much as I wanted to prove Jordan Devlin wrong because I feel like he’s underestimated me. I’m a different breed, man, and that’s what people aren’t understanding, but it’s going to stick. This Wednesday, they’re going to see that I’m only 25 years old. I’ve accomplished so much in the world of sports entertainment, professional wrestling, and I haven’t even gotten started yet. I’m hungry to show everybody that I am the greatest cruiserweight in the world and he should be afraid. He should truly be afraid. To say that Lio Rush has been through a lot in WWE over the past few years would be an understatement.Just a few years into his career, he was already turning heads on the independent scene with his incredible athleticism and his gift for gab. So much so that in the summer of 2017, Rush was signed by WWE to be part of the NXT brand at only 22 years old.last_img read more

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Investigation continues into Mason City fire

first_imgMASON CITY — Firefighters spent about four hours fighting a business fire in the cold on Mason City’s north this morning.The Mason City Fire Department was dispatched at about 3:15 AM to Young Construction at 1539 North Federal, leaving the scene at around 7 o’clock.No details about the fire are available at this time, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene to help with the investigation.US Highway 65 was blocked off until shortly after 7:00 AM.last_img

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Man City snap Liverpool winning streak to reignite title race

first_imgSane threatened first with a pacey burst down the left and rising drive that Alisson Becker parried.But City recycled possession and Aguero beat Dejan Lovren to Bernardo Silva’s cross before firing into the roof of the net to score for the seventh time in seven home league games against Liverpool.Despite a combination of nerves and fatigue at the end of a gruelling festive period, the game truly came to life in a pulsating second-half.City had claims for a penalty waived away when Raheem Sterling tumbled under a challenge from Andy Robertson before the Scot was to play a vital part Liverpool’s equaliser.One Liverpool full-back picked out another as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was met perfectly by Robertson to square for Firmino to head into an empty net.Pep Guardiola had his head in his hands when a slack pass from Sane set Liverpool free on the counter-attack moments later, but within seconds the German showed what he is capable of as he latched on Sterling’s pass before firing in off the far post.Alisson demonstrated why Liverpool spent a then world record £67 million for a goalkeeper in July to bolster their title chances with a brilliant save from Aguero as the Argentine tried to round him at the end of a blistering City counter-attack.Seconds later it was the turn of his understudy in the Brazil side to make a huge save as Ederson denied Salah as tempers flared with Guardiola furious a free-kick wasn’t awarded City’s way before the Egyptian broke clear.Sterling then wasted a great chance to ensure City didn’t have to see out a tense five minutes of stoppage time, but the hosts held out to put the title back up for grabs.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City inflicted Liverpool’s first Premier League defeat of the season to breathe new life into their title defence with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad on Thursday.City now trail Jurgen Klopp’s men by just four points thanks to Leroy Sane’s winner 18 minutes from time after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s first-half opener for the hosts.A run of nine straight league wins had given Liverpool a commanding lead at the top of the table as they edged towards a first top flight title since 1989/90, particularly after City suffered back-to-back shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester to begin the festive season.With no more league meetings between the sides to come, Liverpool’s destiny is still in their own hands, but they will now have the pressure of having a City side that romped to the title with a record 100 points last season on their tails.Jurgen Klopp had predicted a “thunderstorm” of a start from the champions to match the Champions League quarter-final second leg between the sides last season when City roared into an early lead before Liverpool fought back to win 2-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.However, despite City’s dominance of possession, it was Liverpool who looked the more assured in the early stages.And only the finest of margins denied the visitors the lead on 19 minutes when Sadio Mane burst onto Mohamed Salah’s pass and saw his shot come back off the inside of the post.John Stones then smacked his panicked clearance into City goalkeeper Ederson but the England international redeemed himself by clearing just before all of the ball had crossed the line.City were also handed a reprieve by referee Anthony Taylor when captain Vincent Kompany only saw a yellow card for a wild two-footed lunge on Salah.At the other end Virgil van Dijk was again justifying his tag as the world’s most expensive defender to keep City’s array of attacking talent quiet with he Dutchman standing tall to block David Silva’s effort.However, a Liverpool defence that had not conceded twice in the same game all season in the league before kick-off was breached when City managed to free Aguero from Van Dijk’s shackles.last_img read more

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Grand Jury Indicts Former AA Mechanic in Airplane Sabotage Case

first_imgA grand jury has indicted a former American Airlines mechanic who is accused of sabotaging a plane carrying 150 passengers at Miami International Airport.The grand jury charged 60 year old Ahmed Alani with willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Although he wasn’t charged with a terror-related crime, prosecutors say Alani saved videos showing Islamic State propaganda, and made statements about wanting Allah to hurt non-Muslims and about a brother in Iraq who has links to ISIS. “You may be very sympathetic to terrorists,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris M. McAliley said during a bond hearing Wednesday.Alani allegedly said he wanted the flight to be delayed because he wanted overtime work, but investigators believe he had a more sinister plot. McAliley ordered Alani to be held without bond. Jen and Bill will be speaking with an airline expert later in the show about this and other cases concerning the flying public.last_img read more

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