Local resident looking to pitch, hit and run his way to big win

first_img BY DAN NEWMAN Sports Editor In 1923,Yankee Stadiumopened for business, and since then plenty of epic events have taken place, including World Series games, boxing matches, football games, and even a visit by Pope John Paul II. Above: Eight-year-old Tyler Ras of Middletown at Yankee Stadium while at a qualifying round of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship competition. Left: Ras in action as a member of the Middletown Warriors travel baseball team. Ras is one of a handful that will participate in next week’s National Finals, to be held during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend festivities. While many of the aforementioned events were of great significance, 8-year-old Tyler Ras of Middletown is trying to make some history of his own, since he is one of the national finalists in the Major Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship competition. Ras will compete in the finals on July 14-15 at the hallowed stadium where Ruth, DiMaggio and Gehrig, among others, built their legacies. For Ras, this is not only an opportunity to compete against others his age, but to also potentially rub elbows with some of the game’s current legends. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GLENN RAS “A-Rod [Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez] is my favorite player,” Ras said. “I hope I get to meet him.” Tyler’s father, Glenn, said that his son showed a huge desire at an early age to get involved in the sport. “He would hit baseballs off a tee younger than a lot of kids his age did,” Glenn recounted. “His coaches were very impressed with his skill level and he just kept moving up the ranks as the years went on. I can’t say that I’m totally surprised with all that is going on, but at the same time, it is pretty amazing that we all get to be a part of All-Star weekend.” Tyler got involved in the event by initially going to a local competition in Atlantic Highlands, followed by a sectional round in Lebanon (Hunterdon County). Ras did well enough at the local and regional levels to get an invite to the Bronx on June 22 to compete against regional qualifiers. Over 54,000 fans watched the home team win 4-1 over the lowly Cincinnati Reds on that day. As for Tyler, he also gave the people something to cheer about as he threw four out of six pitches in the strike zone and hit a pitch out to left field en route to putting on a stellar performance. Now, it was just a matter of waiting to see if his score placed him in the top three out of all of the 30 competitions that were being held nationwide, with those three being invited to Yankee Stadium for the National Championship. Whereas most of us would be walking on pins and needles, hoping that we’d get to go to Yankee Stadium as part of the All- Star festivities, Tyler was more than relaxed. And on the day not too long ago when he got the invite, it was just another day in Tyler’s world. “First, the people from Aquafina [the event sponsor] spoke to him, and I really didn’t know if they told him that he made it or not,” Tyler’s mother, Corinne, said. “By the time I was off the phone with them, Tyler was right back to playing around like he usually does. It was really amazing to think that he just did something so huge, yet it didn’t really faze him.” Glenn was also a bit confused as to his son’s blasé attitude toward everything. “I don’t think he fully comprehends this whole thing,” Glenn said. “The history of the stadium is just so incredible, and my wife and I are trying to let him understand what an opportunity this really is for him. To be able to participate in a baseball event in the greatest stadium in the world is really special for him, and we just hope he can realize this, if not now, then maybe years from now.” Another bonus of being in the event is that he will be in the outfield during the State Farm Home Run Derby competition, to be held on Monday night. “It’s going to be pretty cool, as a parent, to watch my son catching fly balls off the bats of some of the best hitters in the game,” Glenn said. “I think it is one part of the event that he will be able to appreciate.” As for Tyler, he is looking forward to next week and having an opportunity to go back to the Bronx and soak it all in. “I just want to do well and have fun, and maybe I can meet a few of the players before the All-Star Game,” Tyler said. Eight-year-old qualifies for national finals in baseball competition last_img read more

Chelsea go three clear after easing to win at Stoke

first_imgBy Justin PalmerJohn Terry’s early header and Cesc Fabregas’ second-half strike restored Chelsea’s three-point Premier League lead heading into a busy Christmas programme after a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night.Chelsea were ahead inside two minutes at the Britannia Stadium when Terry met a Fabregas corner with a powerful downward header.Stoke pushed forward after the break without ever causing fit-again Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois many problems and Fabregas sealed victory with a scuffed finish 12 minutes from time.“These victories mean more than three points, to win and get three points the players need the right spirit and mentality, to win here they must be a really very good team with the capacity to adapt to Stoke’s style of play,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told the BBC.Chelsea, who host West Ham United on Friday, have 42 points from 17 games with Manchester City, who visit West Brom the same day, on 39 and Manchester United on 32.“Now we have to focus on the three matches we still have until the end of this period,” Mourinho said of the clash with Sam Allardyce’s West Ham, the trip to Southampton on Sunday and another London derby with Tottenham on New Year’s Day.“Playing against Big Sam is a hard job for us, we have to cope with it. The three point lead we have is a little advantage, it is a little pillow we have to protect us – we go home happy and pleased with what we did.”Stoke beat Chelsea in this fixture last season but the hosts were always up against it after Terry timed his run to perfection and beat Asmir Begovic with a powerful header for his first league goal in over a year.Mark Hughes’ side tried to harry and hustle Chelsea but the superior class of the leaders always shone through.Courtois, back after a muscular injury, was rarely troubled although the Belgian needed to produce a fine save midway through the first half from Steven N’Zonzi’s deflected strike.Top scorer Diego Costa should have increased Chelsea’s lead when Stoke tried and failed to catch him offside, the Spaniard timing his run perfectly – only to the skew his shot wide.Fabregas might have been awarded a penalty when he appeared to be clipped by Ryan Shawcross soon after half-time but Stoke escaped.Charlie Adam drilled wide from edge of box following neat approach play from Stoke but Chelsea soaked up the pressure and made the points safe when Eden Hazard, who needed lengthy treatment in stoppage time, fed Fabregas and the Spaniard beat Begovic.last_img read more

Wenger predicts ‘inevitable’ European super league

first_imgOutgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a new European competition will revolutionise the sport in the next few years and force Premier League matches to be played midweek instead.The Frenchman has guided Arsenal through a fair share of changes throughout his almost 22-year reign in north London and believes that a European super league will be the next major development.“The next evolution… in a few years you will have a European league over the weekends,” Wenger told British media.“A domestic league will play Tuesday-Wednesday. That is the next step. It will happen and it will be soon because it is a way for other clubs to fight against the Premier League.”The 68-year-old said that a new elite competition was imminent as big clubs across Europe were unhappy with the current distribution of revenue from domestic TV income with their smaller counterparts.“It is inevitable… Why? Because the big clubs will say that if two smaller clubs are playing each other nobody wants to watch it. People want to watch quality. So we have to share the money but nobody is interested in you,” Wenger added.“If you want to make the Premier League more attractive you have to go down to 16 (teams) and make a real competition of it. It will be smaller if it (the big teams) goes to Europe.”Wenger, a member of the UEFA Elite Coaches Forum, says the change will also help European football’s governing body tackle the issue of shrinking Champions League audiences.“It will be soon because it is a way for other clubs to fight against the Premier League,” Wenger said. “There’s a contrast there because if you look at the audiences of the Champions League it is not fantastic.“But if you have Real Madrid v Barcelona, or Real Madrid v Arsenal, or Manchester United v Bayern Munich every week the audiences will be good.”Wenger will lead Arsenal for the final time in Sunday’s league match against Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating loss “We have been in negotiations for a while,” White told American sports broadcaster ESPN.“The negotiations went smooth. Floyd Mayweather surrounds himself with smart people and we got the deal done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWhite said two would fight as boxers and it will take place at the T-Mobile Arena.The boxing format heavily favors the undefeated Mayweather who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Conor McGregor teases fans as he posts a photoshopped poster of him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his Twitter account. Photo from Conor McGregor’s Twitter account a tweet stating “THE FIGHT IS ON.” He also included photos of the two combatants.Promoter Dana White said the key to the fight was getting 40-year-old Mayweather to come out of retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte McGregor, 28, will be entering unknown territory as he has not stepped into a boxing ring since he was a teenager.White said they would wear 10 ounce boxing gloves and added that his MMA client McGregor is confident of victory.“He is absolutely, 100 percent positive he will win this fight. When two men step into the ring anything can happen,” White said. CBBADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

North Hollywood kids’ art shown in restaurant exhibit

first_imgNorth Hollywood’s Maurice Sendak Elementary School students are finishing this school year having benefited from receiving a complete arts education all year. And now the students’ artwork is on display for everyone to see at a local restaurant. The school’s arts education program is sponsored by the nonprofit organization Arts in Education Aid Council Inc. Maurice Sendak is one of the only schools in Los Angeles Unified where students receive visual-arts instruction every other week throughout the school year. Students at Maurice Sendak Elementary are having their own art show at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6309 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood through the end of August. For more information about the Arts in Education Aid Council, visit www.aieac.org or call (818) 705-8758. Rafael Herrera is the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant where the student art show is on display. He posted this story June 19 to the North Hollywood hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Six-month ID theft probe leads to man

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – A former handyman for a Valencia auto dealership was arrested this week after a six-month investigation by sheriff’s deputies revealed he was deeply involved in identity theft, a sheriff’s official said Thursday. James Johnson, 41, is suspected of taking blank-check stock from Lexus of Valencia and writing checks to himself and to former customers. “He somehow had access to rental and purchase agreement paperwork and got the names of people who had done business there,” sheriff’s Sgt. James Anderson said. “Our investigators found that he had applied for and obtained credit cards in another resident’s name, including an interim driver’s license, which he was using.” Anderson said that Detective Doug Nail had information that Johnson was using a storage unit on Oak Avenue in Canyon Country. During surveillance, Nail found Johnson at a storage unit he had rented. He had a car rented to his primary victim, Anderson said. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “When he was contacted, Johnson identified himself to our detective as that person, but (Nail) knew what his real name was and arrested him on the spot,” Anderson said. A warrant to search the storage unit and a hotel room Johnson rented in the San Fernando Valley yielded tools purchased with the fraudulently-obtained credit cards and identity profiles for at least 80 different people, Anderson said. The District Attorney’s Office high tech unit is reviewing the case. Johnson was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station and remains in custody at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. His bail is listed as $150,000. “Before he can make bail, he has to have bail hearing,” Anderson said. “Because of the nature of his crime, he has to prove to the court that all the proceeds for his bail were obtained legally.” Anderson said that detectives are in the process of contacting the individuals named in the documentation found at Johnson’s two locations to advise them that they may be victims of identity theft. last_img read more

The 10 players Man United could be without against PSG in the Champions League

first_imgManchester United could have up to 10 players missing from their squad for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side trail 2-0 to the Ligue 1 champions and will have to do something special in Paris to make the quarter-finals. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE 3 Alexis Sanchez picked up an injury against Southampton Still, Solskjaer pledged to fight at PSG and try to secure a famous away win similar to the semi-final triumph that saw Juventus beaten 3-2 on the way to the treble in 1999.“It was 1-1 at home and they scored two to go 2-0 up in the 10 minutes and suddenly you think you are out,” he said.“But as soon as you get that one goal away from home we were in the ascendancy, and then when we got to 2-2 suddenly we were through and they had to panic, so that’s it for us.“We have to get goals in that game. If we get an early one, then suddenly we are in with a shout.” REVEALED BEST OF Paul Pogba will be suspended against PSG Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Solskjaer’s only defeat as United manager came in the first leg against PSG and he still remains unbeaten in 12 Premier League games.His side will go into the match knowing they have a mountain to climb.“I have to say, they are confident going into the game knowing that we are 2-0 down,” Solskjaer said.“We know it is going to be difficult, we played them here and they are a good team, and we have got loads of injuries, there’s a few boys here that will want to be part of it.“We have got to go for it. We have a mountain to climb. We have quality players. Let’s see how many we have got, though. That maybe is the biggest thing.” huge blow center_img RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY They will have to do so without around 10 key players on Wednesday, with commentary of the match live on talkSPORT.France’s World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba is banned after his first leg sending off, while Solskjaer fears the worst when it comes to United’s lengthy injury list that is set to include Anthony Martial due to a groin complaint.Asked if any of the injured players would be fit to face PSG, he said: “Not really, no. It doesn’t look like it. No, I don’t think we can risk it (playing Martial). He has not been training yet so I don’t think so.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have also missed recent games, along with Ander Herrera, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.That list looks to have grown to 10 after Alexis Sanchez was forced off midway through Saturday’s 3-2 comeback win against Southampton. The forward was seen limping out of Old Trafford seemingly wearing strapping on his right leg. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without 10 players against PSG no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 6.12.17

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Birth Place Country: City: BLOOOMINGTON State: INRun: 12-JUN-2017 8:57 LAWRENCE COUNTY Page: 2JBS15 – Run By: FODDRILL,KYLEAGENCY: 00 J A I L M A N A G E M E N TArrest Report for Courts06/09/2017 thru 06/12/2017Book Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail AgencyCause No. Code(s) Description(s)____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Class:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________06/10/2017 0055 07/03/1973 *********** M LCPD 505.00 SUPERIOR CRT IBRUMAGE,NOEL D ON SITE 00000003041 OWI – PER SE – C MIS Court: Date/Time: -0000ON SITE 00000000008 O.W.I. “A” MISD. Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? 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Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: INClass:Release Date/Time: 06/12/2017-1000____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________06/11/2017 2123 08/26/1998 *********** M BEDFORD PD 755.00BROWN,GAVIN ON SITE 00000000118 POSS MARIJUANA U/30 Court: Date/Time: -0000ON SITE 00000000129 MAINTAINING COMMON N Court: Date/Time: -0000ON SITE 00000000128 POSS OF PARAPHERNALI Court: Date/Time: -0000ON SITE 00000000118 POSS MARIJUANA U/30 Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Birth Place Country: City: BLOOMINGTON State: INClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________06/12/2017 0035 06/22/1966 *********** M LCPD 755.00HEARTH,JERRY D ON SITE 00000000030 CRIMINAL RECKLESSNES Court: Date/Time: -0000ON SITE 00000000006 LEAVING SCENE OF PD Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BLOOMINGTON State: IN J A I L M A N A G E M E N TArrest Report for Courts06/09/2017 thru 06/12/2017Book Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail AgencyCause No. Code(s) Description(s)____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________06/09/2017 0118 11/19/1981 *********** M LAWRENCE C 1,000.00 NO LOCALSSUMMERS,BRANDON S 00000000210 HOLD FOR ANOTHER COU Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: MONROE CO. State: INClass:Release Date/Time: 06/10/2017-1245____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Fans back in large numbers to watch Team India in action

first_imgFans on Tuesday were back to patronising international cricket here after people in other parts of country ignored the recent five-match One-Day International series against England and the three Tests against the West Indies.The 45,000-capacity Barabati Stadium was bursting at seams as the city hosted the first of five ODIs – and Cuttack’s first international match in two years. Thousands of people were still hanging around the venue in the hope that they would get tickets somehow while those who could afford them bought them in black, though officially all tickets were sold out on Saturday.Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) president Ranjib Biswal said that he was always expecting a full house for the day-night encounter. “We never had any doubt about a packed stadium for this match,” Biswal told Mail Today.A former Orissa Ranji Trophy captain, Biswal pointed out that people in metros have had enough of cricket. “You have so much of cricket being played all the year round, including the Indian Premier League, and that’s the reason people didn’t go to watch the recent India matches,” he said. “But if you organise matches in smaller cities, people will surely come to watch cricket.”And a sample was witnessed here on Tuesday as people flocked this multi-purpose ground. Biswal stressed that the chances of getting fans into the stadium are always greater in second- rung cities than in metros, and this match underlined this fact.Biswal disclosed that the OCA would soon increase the capacity of the Barabati Stadium. “We are going to pull down the double storey club house and one more stand to add 10,000 more seats to increase the capacity to 55,000,” he said.advertisementAlthough the OCA doesn’t own the stadium, Biswal said a longterm pact between the OCA and the Orissa Olympic Association to use the stadium for international cricket matches has encouraged them to invest in the venue.”According to the pact, OCA can organise 35 international matches here. This is only the second match under the agreement,” he said.Biswal would be further encouraged by a recent comment from Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative office of the BCCI, that the Board was thinking of allotting Test matches to smaller venues to encourage people to throng stadiums.While the Barabati Stadium was filled to the brim, tickets were available in black market until the start of the match. Touts were seen talking to prospective buyers just outside the stadium.One of the touts said that tickets for all galleries were available. “You can get the Rs 4,000 denomination ticket for Rs 8,000 and the Rs 8,000 ticket for Rs 12,000,” he said nonchalantly.last_img read more