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Kath’s Story (The Warkworth Baker)

first_imgIn 2018, Warkworth baker Kath received a request to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Due to her personal beliefs, and because she wanted to follow the integrity of her heart, she politely refused.What followed was a couple of days of intense media coverage and ‘hate speech’ messages on her social media accounts and website which were personal and nasty. Some of the threats were physical and her home address was published.But then she ‘regained her backbone’…See the important message she has for all of us who believe in traditional marriage and want to follow the ‘integrity of our heart’. #FreeToBelievelast_img

Thunderstorms Moving Through Region Overnight

first_imgBATESVILLE — A line of showers and storms are moving through the region late Tuesday night. The overnight hours may feature watches and warnings issued across Southeast Indiana by the National Weather Service.A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued in Rush County around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday. More are likely to follow.Forecasters are telling us the main threats are damaging winds, potential hail, flooding and heavy rainfall.A watch means severe weather is possible during the next few hours, while a warning means that severe weather has been observed, or is expected soon.We’re tracking the storms this evening and will immediately report any severe weather impacting our listening area and beyond.last_img

Karl Companies continue IMCA support with post-season, Super Nationals awards

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Karl Companies continue IMCA sponsorship in a milestone 2018 race season.Twenty-year sponsor Karl Performance, the Des Moines, Iowa-based engine builder, Billy Moyer Victory Race Cars manufacturer and high performance parts retailer, gives $50 gift cards to top five drivers in national Hobby Stock, Southern SportMod and Sport Compact point standings.And Karl Chevrolet, the new and pre-owned automotive dealership located in Ankeny, Iowa, returns as title sponsor for IMCA’s Northern SportMod division for a 13th consecutive season, furnishing a portion of the $9,500 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in final national standings.“The IMCA racing community has been the heart of our circle track business for decades and we are happy to work together with IMCA another year to bring about another great year of racing for our customers,” said Marketing Director Clint Quesinberry.All Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod, Hobby Stock and Sport Compact drivers are required to display two Karl decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund checks, which will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.The Karl Companies also continue one of the most prominent slate of awards at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Modified, Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock champions who win Super Nationals championships with crate motors receive a new GM 604 or 602 crate from Karl Chevrolet.More information is available at the or websites.“Karl has been the face of our Northern SportMod division for well over a decade and that will continue in 2018,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “Their support is crucial to the development of the division and we are proud to work with the number one retailer of new and used cars and trucks in America.”last_img read more

Clinical Sarries topple Munster

first_img French giants Clermont Auvergne remain favourites to win the group – they host Saracens on Sunday week – but it is probable that one of three best runners-up spots in terms of last-eight qualification will be filled by either club. Twice European champions Munster, though, are staring at pool-stage elimination – barring a mathematical miracle – for only a second time in the last 17 seasons, even if they defeat Thomond Park visitors Sale Sharks in bonus-point fashion next weekend. Centre Denis Hurley’s late try, plus an Ian Keatley conversion and penalty, could not mask Munster deficiencies, as Saracens overpowered them up front and won an overwhelming majority of midfield collisions. And while Munster’s European fate looks sealed, Saracens appear well equipped to make another assault on silverware, even if they did not collect a bonus point their dominance deserved. Saracens were boosted by the return of England centre Brad Barritt for his first appearance since suffering a calf muscle injury on Test duty in late November, while skipper Alistair Hargreaves recovered from a knock to pack down alongside second-row partner Jim Hamilton. But Saracens suffered a late blow when profilic try-scoring wing David Strettle was ruled out with back trouble, so Wyles deputised and Ben Ransom featured on the bench. And Munster’s Ireland internatonal scrum-half Conor Murray missed out due to a neck problem just three weeks before this season’s Six Nations kick-off, which meant a start for Duncan Williams. Saracens made the early running, setting up camp inside Munster’s 22 with Ashton prominent, and they deservedly took a ninth-minute lead through an angled Farrell penalty. Press Association Munster struggled to handle a powerful Saracens scrum, and it was no surprise when that imposing set-piece platform provided the foundation for an opening try midway through the first half. Once again, Saracens found themselves within striking distance of Munster’s line, and they made it count as scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth fired possession wide to Farrell, and three passes later via Ashton and full-back Alex Goode, Wyles crossed unopposed. It was simple rugby executed in majestic fashion by Saracens, and Farrell’s conversion gave the home side a 10-0 lead that their territorial control warranted. And Munster’s early troubles showed no sign of abating as their often-influential number eight CJ Stander limped off 12 minutes before half-time, before a second Farrell penalty put Saracens 13 points clear, with Munster offering little to suggest they would recover from such a deficit. A Keatley penalty opened Munster’s account as the interval approached, and it sparked a temporary spell of dominance before Saracens were handed back the initiative when the visitors spilled possession in midfield. Munster then conceded a penalty on halfway, and Saracens prospered after opting to run the ball back, with Wyles sending a brilliant kick behind the Irish side’s defence before Ashton reacted quickest to touch down. Farrell’s conversion made it 20-3, and Munster could have no complaints, appearing clueless when faced by a heady combination of Saracens’ power game and silky skills with ball in hand. Farrell could not miss off the tee either, completing his penalty hat-trick with the final kick of a one-sided opening 40 minutes as Munster found themselves with a mountain to climb at 20 points adrift. They managed to keep Saracens quiet for much of the third quarter, but a fourth Farrell penalty took the home side further ahead before Munster again were forced into reverse gear, defending frantically inside their 22. Munster were a more cohesive unit in the second period, but Saracens had long since inflicted telling damage as visiting prop James Cronin was sin-binned by referee Romain Poite for tackling a player off the ball. Saracens flanker Jacques Burger and Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony then got involved in a touchline skirmish, and although Poite took no action, it fired the visitors into action and Hurley touched down near the posts 10 minutes from time, with Keatley converting. Inevitably, though, Saracens had the final word in a game that they dominated when the outstanding Ashton led Munster’s defence a merry dance by touching down and completing a richly impressive afternoon’s work. Last year’s European runners-up moved top of Pool One by delivering arguably their most complete performance of the season, cruising home 33-10. Wings Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton scored first-half tries, before Ashton added a second touchdown after the break, while Owen Farrell reminded England head coach Stuart Lancaster of his quality prior to next week’s RBS 6 Nations squad announcement by kicking four penalties and three conversions for an 18-point haul. Saracens took a giant stride towards the European Champions Cup quarter-finals by flooring Irish heavyweights Munster at Allianz Park.last_img read more

Adrian: We need to adapt

first_img Press Association Having comfortably beaten FC Lusitans of Andorra both home and away over the first round, West Ham were made to work hard for a 1-0 victory over Maltese Cup winners Birkirkara with a scrappy late goal from defender James Tomkins at Upton Park on Thursday night. Allardyce often came up against criticism from some West Ham supporters for a perceived negative approach. Despite the obvious frustrations of not everything going to plan just yet on the pitch, with several players still to be involved, Adrian believes there have already been signs former Hammers defender Bilic will stamp his own mark on the side. “We have changed a lot of things,” the Spanish goalkeeper said. “Now, with this manager we play a more passing style, (the ball) quick to the side and to put the cross in, players going forwards, starting with the defence to create our game. “It is a different style, so we need to adapt to the new manager and the new manager needs to adapt to the team, to get a strong squad and to be perfect when we start the Premier League.” Adrian added: “They are different persons and each person is different with different qualities – Sam Allardyce had good qualities and now it is (Slaven) Bilic. “It is different – another style to play and other things.” West Ham goalkeeper Adrian knows the players must prepare themselves to do things very differently under new manager Slaven Bilic. If as expected West Ham come through next week’s second leg in Malta, which follows friendlies against first Southend on Saturday and then at Colchester on Tuesday night, they could potentially meet Scottish Premier League side Inverness in round three. While the group stages of the Europa League remain some way off, Adrian knows by the time West Ham start their confirmed Premier League opener at the Emirates Stadium on August 9, the squad will be ready for the challenges ahead. “Now we are in the second round, if we finish in Malta, there will be another, and there are four rounds, but this is good training for us,” he said. “Everyone else (in the Premier League) is in pre-season, but we have important, competitive games so we can start the Premier League at a high level. “I prefer these type of matches, there is more pressure and we need a good result, sometime in a pre-season game, there is not the same motivation. “It is good to have some more games in the Europa League so we need to keep going and be ready for the start of the Premier League and to stay at the high level. “These games before (Arsenal), they are official games, we have pressure, we are playing in a full stadium so it is a good test for us. “We want this, to be at the maximum level (at the start), but to keep going throughout the Premier League.” The Croatian was appointed as replacement for Sam Allardyce earlier in the summer following a somewhat frustrating end to a campaign which had started with such promise, as the Irons slipped back down the Barclays Premier League table. Bilic has seen pre-season preparations stepped up earlier with Europa League qualifiers after the east London club were handed a place in the draw via the UEFA Fair Play League. last_img read more

How Maintaining Sport Facilities Can Place Lagos on Global Map

first_imgMountain of Fire and Miracle, MFM, FC may be bad travellers, but have turned the Agege Stadium to a fortress and the Olukoya Babes did not disappoint in their CAF Champions League encounter against Real Bamako of Mali with a one nil victory to qualify on a 2-1 goals aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Mali.The Lagos State Government lived up to its promise at ensuring that the upgrading of the Agege Township Stadium was almost completed for CAF Champions League in February.Bolaji Yusuf, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Facility and Infrastructure, had given  the assurance at an interactive session with newsmen during facility tour of the stadium, which is the home ground of the Nigeria Professional Football League Club, MFM, would be ready for their Champions League campaign.“The major upgrading work is completed; more than 60 per cent of structural work is done already,” he had said.In as much as the readiness of the stadium was cheerry news what is most important is the maintenance of the stadium as most Lagos State sports facilities is in comatose state and must not allow Agege to go same way.It is pertinent for the Senior Special Assistant on Sports Facilities to the and Chairman, adhoc committee for the Agege Stadium facelift to directly supervise the maintenance of the stadium going forward and all other Lagos State sporting infrastructures. Recently, former Nigeria international, Dosu Joseph, decried the decision of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) to close the Iseri Mini Stadium, constructed by the Lagos State government because the facility needed to be watered.Joseph said the decision was an attempt to truncate the sporting career of youths in the area.“To close a stadium for three weeks just because they want to wet its grass is very funny and ridiculous. This is very bad precedence that is being set and which could affect other community sports centre all around Lagos State”, he said.If only the governor can put the round peg in a round hole such ridiculous and shameful show as the closure of a mini stadium for three weeks because it needed to be watered would not be coming up.The new terms of relationship issued to the FC Bescola Soccer School operating at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, demanding N2.4m and N3m annually, for their use of office space and the main bowl of the facility, respectively should also be looked into by the governor. A similar sum of N3m has also been charged on Joseph as annual fee for use of the RVTC sports ground at Isheri, Ojodu-Berger.These charges have thrown fear into the community of academy and grassroots sports development operators as to how to sustain talent hunting and nurturing in a city that is in serious deficit of community and schools sports centres.An academy operator who pleaded anonymity said that “this development officially brings denial effect on the sports development of kids. Academies and grassroots sports promoters will now have to pay more to train children and hold competitions on government grounds. N3m per annum is about N250,000 a month. How will this money come? Even if we charge parents higher to train the kids, its only the super-rich that can afford that kind of charge. That invariably means sports is being removed from the poor and inner city kids.”The Teslim Balogun Stadium swimming pool is now regularly used for picnics and partying rather than for hosting regular competitions and training and development of future swimmers that would represent the state and indeed the country at local and international competitions.Lagos State is very lucky to have the kind of governor they have but it’s very important for the governor to put a round peg in round hole in terms of maintenance of sporting infrastructures as the state has facilities to host any international sporting events at a very short notice.However, the inability to maintain these sporting facilities is as good as not having them, hence, reason for Governor Ambode to look deep.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans to host Concordia on Tuesday

first_imgAfter splitting with conference rivals over the weekend, the men’s volleyball team returns home today for its final                                  nonconference tune-up before the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason.The No. 7 Trojans (15-8, 13-7 MPSF) maintained their spot in fourth place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference standings after beating Stanford but falling to Pepperdine last week. On Tuesday, they host Concordia in a break from MPSF play.Concordia, which plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rather than the NCAA, will return to the Galen Center for the second-straight year. Though not a conference or NCAA match, it will count as an official match and not a scrimmage or exhibition event.Concordia (14-10), the No. 6 team in the NAIA, won the NAIA national championship in 2013. This season, against other MPSF opponents in the NCAA, Concordia has defeated unranked UC San Diego (2-23, 0-19 MPSF) and No. 21 Stanford (10-14, 7-11) but has fallen to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara (14-8, 10-8).Last year, the Trojans took down the Eagles in four sets (27-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18). The Trojans celebrated Senior Night that match, honoring the five seniors on the squad. Then-senior opposite Tanner Jansen led the team with 20 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. Though toward the end of the regular season, the Trojans will not be celebrating Senior Night just yet this season, saving that ceremony for the team’s final home game on April 18 against unranked Cal Baptist (6-20, 2-18).The match today is the only official, organized competition for the team this week. This Saturday, the team will celebrate the program’s alumni with an alumni exhibition match at the Galen Center. Head coach Bill Ferguson said in his weekly media recap that members of the current team would draft two teams of alumni players to compete against each other, then the two alumni teams will join together to compete against the current team.“I think that’s kind of unique,” he said. “I think most times, a lot of schools just get the alumni to play against the varsity team and that’s it. We want our alumni guys to be able to play and play against each other. By having our guys draft the team, I think it’s really fun and it brings a connection that’s a little bit tighter.”Ferguson said it’s a great event for the team, especially as they prepare to head into playoffs.“It’s a very important day for us every year and we’re glad it happens at the end of the year,” he said. “It kind of reinvigorates the alumni, gets some face-to-face contact with our guys, and maybe it’ll spur a few of them on to come to a match or two or a playoff game.”The Trojans were swept on the road by No. 8 Pepperdine (21-4, 16-4) on April 2  (25-20, 25-14, 25-20), but they came back with a sweep of Stanford the following Saturday (25-23, 25-22, 25-18). The Trojans split with the Waves on the season, having beaten them at home earlier this season in four sets, but swept the Cardinal on the year after also winning in three sets when they hosted Stanford.Ferguson said that while several different players on the team were hitting for a high percentage, the team didn’t do a good enough job passing and serving to keep up with Pepperdine.“We were doing some great stuff attacking on the pins,” he said. “Unfortunately…  Pepperdine was just serving great and we were out of system the whole night.”The Trojans are one of four MPSF teams to have clinched a spot in the conference tournament. The top eight teams in the conference standings of the 12-team conference qualify for the tournament. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Three other conferences in the NCAA have automatic qualifiers and there are an additional two at-large bids to the tournament.The Trojans currently sit behind No. 1 Hawai’i (21-3, 16-2), No. 4 UC Irvine (22-4, 16-3) and Pepperdine in the conference standings. Hawai’i, UC Irvine and Pepperdine have all clinched at least one home match in the MPSF tournament. USC would play its first round match at home if the current standings remained the same at the end of the season, but the Trojans have not guaranteed their spot in the top four yet.Chasing behind the Trojans are UC Santa Barbara and No. 6 BYU (13-9, 10-8). Though USC has three more wins and one less loss, both could hypothetically still jump the Trojans in the standings with two games at hand. USC split the season series with both the Gauchos and Cougars, but won fewer sets in both pairs of       head-to-head matchups. The Trojans can avoid the tiebreaker, however, and clinch the fourth spot with a season sweep of Cal Baptist next week to close the season.The Trojans take on Concordia tonight at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.last_img read more

MSP Sergeant save toddler from being hit by a dump truck

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlcona County, Mich. — A Michigan State Police Sergeant is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a 2-year-old girl from running into the street, seconds before a dump truck passed.The situation unfolded last Friday as Sgt. Richards from MSP Alpena Post patrolled the Alcona area. He noticed the 2-year-old girl unattended and wandering in the roadway. Sgt. Richards acted quickly and grabbed the girl just seconds before she was about to re-enter the street. In the video, you can see the driver of a dump truck hitting their brakes as Sgt. Richards scoops up the girl.According to MSP, the mother of the child appeared just after the incident. She had lost track of her daughter seconds prior to the situation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona, dump truck, Richards, saved, sergeant, toddler, Truck, wanderContinue ReadingPrevious Senior Living: staying healthy and active through exerciseNext Photo of the Day for Wednesday, May 29last_img read more

Lakers’ Metta World Peace shines in 108-96 win over Pelican

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Shortly after Metta World Peace entered the locker room, his Lakers teammates swarmed him.After serving as a mentor for nearly the past two seasons, the Lakers’ 37-year-old forward suddenly showed flashes of what the former Ron Artest once demonstrated in his prime. So with the Lakers’ 108-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday possibly marking World Peace’s last game at Staples Center, his teammates appeared eager to highlight the historical significance.Lakers forward Nick Young asked World Peace to sign his boxscore after he posted a team-leading 18 points, while shooting 7-of-17 from the field, going 4-of-10 from 3-point range, grabbing four rebounds and collecting four steals. Other teammates quickly asked for an autograph, too. Then, his teammates doused World Peace with ice water. “Kobe got Dom Pérignon,” World Peace said, grinning. “I got ice water.”Last year, the Lakers celebrated Bryant, who had won five NBA titles and climbed to third place on the league’s all-time scoring list. This year, the Lakers commemorated World Peace, one of the league’s most accomplished defenders that first became known for his role in the Palace Brawl before rehabbing his image with his work with mental health charities. In between those changes, World Peace became a fan favorite with the Lakers for his Game 7 performance in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics before spending the last two seasons as a mentor to the team’s young roster.Brandon Ingram (15), Jordan Clarkson (15), David Nwaba (14), Julius Randle (11) and Thomas Robinson (10) also scored in double figures, but World Peace received the most attention.“There was a lot of joy in my heart watching Metta have that much fun playing,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton, who played with him from 2009 to 2012. “For what he’s done for us this year, the personal relationship we have as well, and the fans were incredible, absolutely incredible.”Those fans cheered World Peace nearly any chance they could. They cheered him when Lakers public address announcer Lawrence Tanter announced World Peace as a starter, replacing D’Angelo Russell after the Lakers granted him permission to be in Louisville, Ky. to grieve with his family over his late grandmother. The fans cheered World Peace anytime he touched the ball. And when World Peace checked out with 6:28 remaining in the game, Walton said he “had goosebumps” as he heard the fans chant World Peace’s first name and give him a standing ovation.“I’m sure the Monks would’ve been proud,” World Peace joked.The Lakers were also proud of what happened at the end of the game.With the chance to cap off his night with the last shot of the game, World Peace held on to the ball while standing at the top of the key. But instead of attempting to take a shot, World Peace committed a 24-second shot clock violation.“That’s tricky,” Walton said. “You don’t want to disrespect the other team at all. That’s why Metta did it.”After saying he “didn’t have a reason to” shoot with the Lakers (26-55) only seconds away from their fifth consecutive win, World Peace apparently had another reason to hold onto the ball.“Honestly, I got tired,” World Peace said. “I didn’t play in a long time.”World Peace had entered Wednesday’s game averaging only 1.6 points on 24.4 percent shooting in 5.4 minutes through 23 appearances. Yet, he had increasingly played more in the last week amid Walton’s hope to give him extended minutes in possibly his last week of the season.He had more motivation to play well against the Pelicans. After hearing Young and Lou Williams talk trash about his age during training camp, World Peace remained determined this season to climb the Lakers’ leaderboard that calculates drills won in practice. On the final practice, however, World Peace lost to teammate Tarik Black by one point after picking the wrong team for an impromptu dodgeball competition organized by Walton.Said World Peace: “I’m so mad about that. No way I should’ve lost. I’m so sick.”Said Black: “He accepted his loss very well. I respect him.”So, World Peace unleashed his frustration against the Pelicans. After going scoreless in the first half off of two missed shots, World Peace had seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. In a one-minute sequence, World Peace sank a 3-pointer, converted on left-handed layup and forced a turnover.“My game had never been all points even when I was averaging 20-plus a night,” World Peace said. “I was locking up. That’s what I try to do. That’s how I think.”Afterwards, Walton cited World Peace’s dietary habits that has entailed eating at Whole Foods, abstaining from alcohol and only occasionally enjoying an In-N-Out Burger. Walton called World Peace a “perfect example of how to be a professional in this league.”“He loves the game of basketball that much,” Walton said. “He wants to play the game as long as he possibly can because the game is that great.”So great that World Peace still wants to play at least two more seasons so he can reach 20 years playing basketball professionally, including one year overseas in China and Italy.“Obviously I’ll keep working out. My goals haven’t changed,” World Peace said. “But I’m absolutely grateful.”The Lakers will not commit to that until they go through their higher list of offseason needs with the NBA draft and the marquee free agents. World Peace understands that pecking order.“I won’t be able to make any decision until everybody else in the NBA players make their decisions,” World Peace said. “I’m the last on the list.”But instead of making contingency plans to play overseas or become involved in coaching after helping the Palisades boys and girls basketball teams in recent years, World Peace will wait.“It’s a little bit too early. I don’t want to put anybody on the spot,” World Peace said. “I really don’t. It’s not my time anymore. Can I contribute? Absolutely. It’s another era. It’s other people’s time. Whether I’m good enough or better than whoever isn’t really important. It’s hard to speak about that. Then maybe I say something I shouldn’t be saying at this point in time.”Later, World Peace revealed his thought process through how he reacted to feedback from former Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. When the Lakers signed World Peace to a one-year deal in 2015-16, Kupchak told him he had a 50 percent chance of making the team. World Peace did. When the Lakers signed him last summer, Kupchak predicted he had a 10 percent chance. World Peace did.“You give me a 1 percent, you may as well give me the spot,” World Peace said.Hence, World Peace produced effectively enough when granted more playing time. While Walton chalked that up to World Peace “getting more of an opportunity,” he also kept himself sharp partly by outworking everyone in practice. “That’s why I’m able to run every sprint, every suicide and finish among the top of the leaderboard in practice and come out in the fourth quarter without playing and still play decent,” World Peace said. “I don’t play all season, but I get in the game and still do okay.”World Peace shortly missed his last four shots, something Walton blamed on teammates “throwing him the ball and isoing.” But that did not sour the collective mood.“Part of it was definitely Metta, but it’s fun to coach these guys when they’re playing the way they played the last few weeks,” Walton said. “They’re playing with passion and playing to compete. When that is happening, you can sit back and enjoy that.”Once it ended, World Peace sat back and enjoyed his teammates soaking him with water. He then kept the gameball by his locker to remind himself of a special moment.“I’m going to get everybody to sign it. I’m going to frame it,” World Peace said. “I had a great time winning the championship. There’s no feeling like that, but to be at the foundation at the start of something and you know it’s on the way up, I feel good about that. It’s one of the highlights of my career.” “It was freezing. I was in shock. I could’ve died,” World Peace said, smiling. “It was a great feeling, though. I’m not going to lie.”After all, the Lakers had done a similar ritual to Kobe Bryant after he posted 60 points on 50 field-goal attempts in his career finale nearly a year ago. There marked one significant difference in the aftermath, though, on how the Lakers celebrated. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packerslast_img read more

Florida dismisses John Huggins, leaves bigger hole in secondary

first_imgOne of those times, Huggins was accused of choking his tutor in October after she held on to his phone so he would be present for a session, per 247Sports. She declined to press charges.Huggins also was reported when marijuana was found in his dorm room. Related News Alabama loses top freshman RB Trey Sanders for season, report says Florida cornerback C.J. McWilliams out for season with torn Achilles Mullen said Huggins’ absence had nothing to do with the reported incidents from last fall.”No (it’s not related),” Mullen said Tuesday. “No, that’s all been handled.”Even though the choking incident went unreported, Huggins was punished internally and missed five games last season due to suspension.Huggins is the fifth member of the Gators team to have been reported for a violence issue against a woman under second-year coach Mullen, the Tampa Bay Times noted last week.Aside from Huggins allegedly choking his tutor, quarterback Jalon Jones was accused of sexual battery by two different women in April. Even though the women declined to press charges, Jones transferred. Former Florida corner Chris Steele allowed to play for USC this season, NCAA says Florida has dismissed defensive back John Huggins, the school told CBS Sports Saturday.The sophomore had missed most of fall camp due to what coach Dan Mullen called a “family situation.” However, reports surfaced last week that Huggins had been reported to Florida’s Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution department twice last year. Also in April, then-assistant director of player personnel Otis Yelverton was arrested after his ex-girlfriend accused him of cyberstalking her and threatening to blow up her car. The case was dropped, but Yelverton was fired from his position.Defensive back Brian Edwards was accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the neck during a fight, but that case was dropped due to insufficient evidence. He has since transferred to Central Michigan to play under former Florida coach Jim McElwain.In July 2018, incoming freshman defensive back Justin Watkins was arrested after he was accused of hitting and choking his girlfriend, as well as kidnapping and false imprisonment. He was released from the program shortly after.last_img read more