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first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook + posts Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech ReddIt ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Facebook Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Post Previous articleWhat we’re reading: The results are inNext articleHoroscope: November 7, 2018 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Amy Okonkwo and Jordan Moore combined for 38 points in the Horned Frogs season opening victory. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto printAmy Okonkwo and Jordan Moore combined for 38 points in the Horned Frogs season opening victory. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoThe TCU basketball season started off with a bang as the women’s team defeated the Duquesne Dukes 61-48 in the first-ever matchup between the two programs. The win marked the team’s seventh-straight home opener victory.“It’s great that you can start out 1-0, especially if you’re able to get a win against such a great quality, well-coached team with so many returns like Duquesne,” said TCU head coach Raegan Pebley.TCU started the game in complete control. The Frogs were up by seven at the first media timeout and were dominating defensively. Duquesne missed their first ten shots from the field and didn’t score during the first seven minutes of the game.Although Duquesne had recorded seven team fouls in the opening quarter, TCU had gone just 3-8 from the foul line. Pebley said her squad is a better free-throw shooting team than what they showed Tuesday.The Dukes went on a 7-0 run to come within one point in the second quarter. TCU struggled to shoot anywhere outside the paint during the period, missing five straight jumpers.The Frogs went back to attacking from the paint and finished the half on a 9-2 run to give them a 27-18 lead at the break.At the half, forward Jordan Moore led all players with 12 points. The Frogs were only shooting 28.6 percent from three and 25 percent from the free throw line.Just like the first half, the Frogs started the second half on fire. With Moore on the bench for an extended period of time, forward Amy Okonkwo stepped up big for TCU. The preseason All-Big 12 forward scored nine points in the first five minutes of the second half, extending the Frogs’ lead to 17.Okonkwo led the team in scoring from the bench last season with 14.4 points per game and Pebley made the decision to put her in the starting line up to start this season.“Wherever I am, I’m gonna have to perform,” Okonkwo said. “It doesn’t matter if I come off the bench or if I start, the same thing is expected of me.”Duquense responded to the 17 point deficit with a 12-2 run. Their shooting percentage had risen to 30.8, shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.Moore got back involved midway through the fourth quarter, scoring four straight points for TCU to raise her total to 18 for the game.The Frogs were able to cruise to victory from that point.Pebley played almost the entirety of her roster, using 12 players and getting points from nine of them.“Last year, that was a signature element of our team, where we played a lot of people,” Peebly said.Moore and Okonkwo finished with a combined 17-23 for 38 points.“We always talk about this unspoken chemistry,” Moore said about her relationship with Okonkwo. “I feel like that will take us pretty far in this season, just because we have been practicing with each other for a long time.”Kianna Ray (25) led the game with 10 assists. Photo by gofrogs.com.Up NextThe Frogs will stay in the friendly confines of Schollmaier Arena this Sunday for their matchup with Mississippi Valley State. Tipoff is scheduled for noon. Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. (June 19) – Heath Grizzle put the sizzle into Tri-City Motor Speedway’s Greased Pig 5.0 special.The Michigan native and Arkansas transplant regained the lead from Myron DeYoung in topping the $1,055 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.DeYoung, still in pursuit of his 100th career win in the sanctioned division, was close behind in second. Joe Fowler, Gary VanderMark and Ken Zeigler completed the top five.Grizzle drew the pole start and led the first seven circuits before DeYoung used the lower line to get past.Two laps later, Grizzle found an opening and took the lead right back. DeYoung and A.J. Ward were close behind for much of the 37-lapper.Grizzle had a DNQ and a third to show for his two previous outings at Tri-City this season. He was headed home to Arkansas but planned a return trip to Michigan for Crystal Motor Speedway’s Great Lakes Nationals in September.The fifth annual Greased Pig had been rescheduled from June 12 because of inclement weather.Feature results – 1. Heath Grizzle; 2. Myron DeYoung; 3. Joe Fowler; 4. Gary VanderMark; 5. Ken Zeigler; 6. Rusty Zeigler; 7. Scott Dann; 8. Don Sautter; 9. Mitchell Hunt; 10. A.J. Ward; 11. Kody Johnson; 12. Brenten DeYoung; 13. Chad Wernette; 14. Chaz Pray; 15. Chris Cohoon; 16. Toby Steele; 17. Gavin Hunyady; 18. Tanner Pray; 19. Matt Szecsodi; 20. Frank Evans III; 21. Craig Vance.last_img read more

first_imgA feral cat that scratched two Disney employees has prompted health officials to issue a rabies alert around Epcot.According to a spokesman with the Florida Department of Health, lab results confirmed this week that the cat has rabies.The two employees who came into contact with the animal work as cast members. They received medical treatment, and did not contract the virus.Animal Control ended up euthanizing the cat.The alert, which starts at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, and covers a two-mile radius, will remain in effect for 60 days.last_img read more

first_imgIn this image taken from video, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam cries as he talks on a mobile phone at a draft party in San Diego, after he was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/ESPN)NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.The call finally came in Saturday from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said. He stopped short of directly saying his stock dropped in the draft because he came out.“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said. “They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”Sam came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the co-defensive player of the year in the nation’s best college football conference and had 11.5 sacks.The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day, No. 4 overall, came and went, no Sam. Then the fifth and sixth, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks.When Mike Kensil, the NFL’s vice president of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the draft’s final minutes to announce the Rams’ second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news.When Kensil said: “The St. Louis Rams select … Michael Sam…” the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and “Michael Sam!”Sam was in San Diego watching with friends and family at the home of his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes. ESPN and the NFL Network had cameras there and showed Sam’s reaction.Sam was on the phone bending over, with his boyfriend hugging him and rubbing his left bicep. When Sam got off the phone, the tears started. He gave his boyfriend a big kiss and a long hug as he cried and his eyes reddened. After, they shared cake — and another kiss.“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam tweeted with a frenzied typo moments after he was picked, with a picture of himself wearing a Rams cap and a pink polo shirt.The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but he’s short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position he’ll need to transition to at the professional level.He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. Players from Marist, Maine and McGill University in Canada were selected before Sam.“In the world of diversity we live in now, I’m honored to be a part of this,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during an interview on ESPN.FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) runs onto the field along with their teammates before the start of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)President Barack Obama sent his congratulations.Obama calls the selection of Sam “an important step forward.”Obama says that from the playing field to the corporate boardroom, gay and lesbian Americans, quote, “prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”The NFL had no comment on Sam being drafted.The impact of Sam’s selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sam’s entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance.“Michael Sam wouldn’t have been drafted five years ago,” said former Viking punter Chris Kluwe, who has accused Minnesota of cutting him in part because of his vocal support for gay rights.In the last year, NBA veteran Jason Collins has come out publicly as gay, and is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins said before the Nets’ playoff game against the Heat that he was watching the draft and texted Sam after he was picked.“It’s a great day for Michael and his family and for the NFL,” Collins said.Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it.Fair or not, the NFL — coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports — was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected.Now that he’s there, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal. But all the reaction to Sam’s news wasn’t positive from the league.Miami safety Don Jones posted a one-word tweet, “Horrible” shortly after Sam was drafted. It was later taken down. The team’s general manager said he was aware, and was disappointed.Wade Davis, a gay former NFL player who is now the executive director of the gay rights advocacy group “You Can Play,” said that Sam only needs to do his job to have an impact beyond the field.“Michael Sam doesn’t have to be a vocal advocate (for gay rights),” Davis said. “His visibility is his advocacy.”___Follow AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners The National Weather Service is showing additional cold weather in the Puget Sound area through Saturday, February 24. On Wednesday, February 21, Thurston County extended the initial activation of a “Code Blue” advisory through Thursday, February 22. Due to continuing cold weather patterns, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is extending the “Code Blue” advisory to increase shelter capacity through Saturday, February 24, 2018.During this code blue activation period, expanded shelter options are available at Salvation Army and Union Gospel Mission for single men and women. In addition, First Christian Church in partnership with Interfaith Works will offer extra shelter capacity. First Christian Church is in need of volunteers and donations of blankets, coffee, creamer, cup of soups, and other snacks. Items can be dropped off at First Christian Church upstairs after 6:00 p.m. Please call or email Faith Addicott at 360-709-2679, or [email protected], if you are interested in volunteering. Family Support Center’s Pear Blossom Place is available for families with children needing shelter and Community Youth Services is available for youth ages 18-24.BackgroundCounty, city, and local advocacy and non-profit organizations have been working together as the Hazardous Weather Task Force (HWTF) for the past six months to develop a plan to address harsh weather conditions and the effects on vulnerable unsheltered populations. The HWTF developed the “code blue” model to be enacted during extremely cold or hazardous weather conditions. During a “code blue”, organizations, including HWTF members, take special measures to keep people who are homeless safe by expanding shelter services to accommodate the increased need. The HWTF will assess the model used during this event to enhance the response in future events.For more shelter information, call Thurston County’s Coordinated Entry Shelter and Housing Hotline at 1-844-628-7343.last_img read more

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels played coy for most of the season, sitting the balance of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign in second spot in the Murdoch Division.But when the playoffs rolled around the Rebels turned up the intensity to roll to the KIJHL crown with a 16-4-0-1 record. Ironically the toughest games came during the run to capturing the Murdoch Division title as both Spokane Braves and Beaver Valley Nitehawks — the latter taking the Rebels to seven games — pushed Castlegar before the Sunflower City franchise prevailed.After winning the Murdoch, the Rebels won eight of night against the Golden Rockets and a tired North Okanagan Knights squad to clinch the playoff crown.The Rebels capped off the series against the Knights, winning 4-0 before a jubilant Castlegar home crowd.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the Rebels with Team of the Week honours.Pictured are the beaming Rebels with the KIJHL trophy after Monday’s championship clinching win at the Arena Complex in Castlegar.last_img read more

first_img“It’s going to be another record breaking year,” says Whitewater Ski Team president Tracy Punchard.”We broke the record for ticket sales last year,” Punchard added, ”and we want to do so again this year because we have also broken our enrolment record.”Whitewater Ski Team has more than 100 racers ready to compete on the circuit this season, which means more kids in the area who will benefit from the proceeds of the raffle. And who doesn’t want to be a rockstar?,” Punchard exclaimed. Punchard said second prize is just as awesome, with the ticket holder winning a pair of Atomic Automatic 102 skis sized to fit from the Village Ski Hut. The third prize winner will enjoy a night’s stay in a deluxe room at any Prestige Hotel. Punchard said the Rockstar winner already has a season pass, the winner will receve full refund of the pass.Tickets are available at the Whitewater Resort offices, at the lodge as of opening weekend, or from one of the many ski team families.The draw date is Sunday, December 21st and tickets are $10.  For more information contact Punchard at [email protected] If you’re a frequent skier or boarder to Whitewater Ski Resort, then getting to the hill late can be a bit of a grind.That’s because being late generally means a long walk to the lodge and chair.The Whitewater Ski Team has a solution for skiers and boarders missing the alarm-clock-wake-up-call.The ski team is back hosting the Rockstar Raffle, which not only gives the winner a a front-row parking spot reserved until 12:30 p.m. every single day, but also a free season pass to Whitewater.last_img read more

first_imgThe new HD Golden Gate signal also will feature three new cameras: one on the starting gate, a camera near the walking ring to enhance paddock coverage and a scenic camera. The track will implement a new HD graphics package, similar in format to the one currently in use at Santa Anita, but with a style unique to Golden Gate. More cameras will be added in the future. On-track patrons will be able to watch Golden Gate’s races on 500 new HD televisions that have been installed on the Turf Club tables, in the Top of the Stretch betting carrels and throughout the Golden Gate facility. The HD Golden Gate Fields signal will be contractually produced by the track’s longtime vendor, Pegasus Communications, which also produces the HD signal for Santa Anita Park. Pegasus and Santa Anita were honored as 2015’s Outstanding Simulcast at the International Simulcast Conference. ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields on March 17 will begin to broadcast its races using high-definition cameras and video, The Stronach Group has announced.center_img “Taking the Golden Gate broadcast signal HD is another example of The Stronach Group’s continuing commitment to long-term racing in California,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations. “Golden Gate, with its scenic location and near year-round racing, is made to be seen in HD and we are excited to make this investment in the bayside track’s future.” Live racing at Golden Gate Fields, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, generally is conducted four days a week on a Thursday-Sunday schedule. Closing day for the Winter/Spring Meet is June 12.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — No one seems to care how Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes against the 49ers on Dec. 2. Instead, it’s another of his throws that’s all the rage heading into Sunday’s rematch when his Seattle Seahawks visit the 49ers.When Wilson picked up linebacker Fred Warner’s stray shoe and chucked it to the side, that triggered a series of unfortunate events for the 49ers, and it cost coach Kyle Shanahan a $25,000 fine he’s appealing.“What I would like? For common sense to prevail, …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every year there are a handful of days in Ohio this time of year where it seems the last of winter has faded. Balmy temperatures warm your bones and the welcomed sunshine pushes the last of the winter doldrums away. There are a just a few of those days in Ohio this time of year where it is simply a pleasure to be outside just for the sake of being outside.This was not one of those days.I got an invitation to go check some salamander traps that had been set out a couple of days prior on a central Ohio property not far from where I live. Not knowing quite what to expect, I thought it would be interesting to check out along with some salamander aficionados, including the fine folks from MAD Scientist Associates, LLC, a full-service ecological and wetland-consulting firm based in Westerville.Thus, I found myself clad in mud-covered boots slogging through the fields and forests of central Ohio after steady rains saturated the landscape. Fortunately there was a brief respite from the endless precipitation, but that was about all that could be said positive about the weather. Temperatures were on the short side of 50 degrees and unpleasant winds made things pretty chilly. Even on the driest parts of the journey we left inch-deep footprints in between the corn stalks and we routinely found ourselves in calf deep water fighting to maintain balance from the uneven forest footing on this fairly unpleasant late February day. Apparently, salamander movement this time of year is triggered by rain combined with 50+ degree temperatures for a couple of consecutive nights. In this case we’d had both — especially the rain part.Ohio is home to 24 species of salamanders in five different families.“Salamanders are silent and spend most of their lives hidden, so people rarely see them,” said Marne Titchenell, with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “But they’re there. And they’re often quite abundant.”Salamanders are long-tailed amphibians that live on land, in water or both often on forest floors and in streams, ponds and pools in the woods. Salamanders eat invertebrates insects and worms and serve as food for larger animals. They often hold clues to the environmental conditions of the area.“Salamanders can be important environmental indicators due to the permeability of their skin and eggs,” Titchenell said. “Water and air pass easily from the environment through their skin. This makes them very susceptible to toxins or changes in their environment.”Salamanders do most of their moving at night and those with a flashlight and a willingness to slog through the woods in the dark can often find many of them as they flee from the light, but to get to see them more closely, trapping works well. The traps are box-shaped nets with places for the salamanders to get in, but not back out.I could not believe what we found! I have been crawling around in the woods and the swamps around the farm since I was a very young boy and I have never seen salamanders in the wild before. We found well over 20 Spotted Salamanders, a Jefferson Salamander and a Small-mouth Salamander. After we caught them and counted them, the salamanders were released back into the water. They return to the same pools year after year.Another note, the traps and boots of experienced salamander hunters are bleached after each trip to maintain the health of the separate populations of salamanders — salamander biosecurity. Here is a bit more about the salamanders we found from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Spotted SalamanderSpotted Salamanders are found throughout Ohio in low-lying moist woodlands adjacent to swamps, ponds, and creeks. Because of their secretive nature and their love for tunneling underground, they are seldom seen except in early spring. Then they migrate in large numbers to breeding ponds. Even then, they are active only at night. Often the only evidence of their presence is a fist-sized egg mass containing less than 100 eggs attached to a submerged stick or plant. How does a six-inch salamander pass a fist-sized egg mass? The eggs are not that large when laid, but the jelly-like substance that covers them swells when the eggs come in contact with the water. This large, chunky salamander has two irregular rows of yellow or greenish-yellow spots. Occasionally, the spots on the back of the head are orange. Jefferson SalamanderThis salamander looks somewhat like the Spotted salamander species without the yellow spots. They have long toes and the sprinkling of small silver-blue specks concentrated on the sides of the body on younger specimens.It lives in moist woodlands throughout most of the state. It is very secretive and seldom seen except in early spring when it enters shallow woodland breeding ponds. Small-mouthed salamanderNamed for its conspicuously small mouth, this animal also has a relatively small, narrow head. Its dark earth- tone color may be accented with light flecks of pigment, especially along its sides and bottom.The Small-mouthed Salamander is one of the least particular in its choice of habitat. It can be found in just about any situation throughout all but the extreme eastern edge of the state, and like most members of this family it breeds in temporary ponds or wetlands. For those who want to learn more about these fascinating Ohio natives, Getting to Know Salamanders (22 pages, $7.50) gives details on Ohio’s common species, how to see them, where to see them and how to take care of the places they live. It’s published by Ohio State University Extension and can be bought through county offices or the online eStore, http://go.osu.edu/salamander. Even if the weather is less-than-ideal, I’d recommend a fascinating salamander hunt any day. Spotted salamander Spotted salamander Spotted salamander This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. Salamander trap This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. I got to hold the Jefferson salamander. It is important to get your hands wet before handling them. We also caught a Leopard frog. Spotted salamanders fill up the top container and the Jefferson and Small-mouth salamanders are on the bottom at Hague’s farm.last_img read more

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