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Saugus students’ flag flies in Iraq

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last November, the students of Saugus High School sent a package to Saugus graduate Aaron Schilleci (class of 1995), now serving as an Apache helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army in Iraq. The school sent not only an American flag that had flown over the school, as requested by Capt. Schilleci, but also a flag from the nation’s Capitol provided by U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon, a packet of notes from students, cards and a poster from the high school. In response, the school this received a message from Schilleci in Iraq, confirming that he had received the package and already put its contents to use. “I must tell you; I am simply in awe,” he wrote. “The level of support and selflessness that you, your staff, and Saugus High students exhibited to make me feel close to home was unbelievable. I will always remember your efforts, they are singularly outstanding.” He noted that the flag is now a “combat veteran,” having been in the cockpit during a recent combat mission. He is planning to return the flag to Saugus in the near future so it can be raised over the high school as a symbol of the troops in Iraq. “Thank you again for the opportunity to honor all of you,” he wrote. “You guys are who we are fighting for and this incredible event (reminds) all of the pilots in my unit how important our jobs really are.” He called the letters from Saugus students “very inspiring” and attached photos of the flag with himself and a crew member before, during and after the mission. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES

first_imgC.L.G Chill Chartha would like to wish Patrick, Mark and the Donegal panel the best of good in this Sunday’s All Ireland semi-final against Cork in Croke Park.The winning Lotto numbers were 18,20,25,28. No Jackpot winner. Drawn winners were: €50 – Donal Doherty, Bogagh. €30 – Nora Shovelin, Bavin. €20 – Margaret Cunningham, Kille. Lotto Jackpot next week is €1700 .There was no winner of this weeks Bingo Jackpot and next week it will be €1200 on 45 numbers. Some of the winners were Maire Cunningham €60, Kathleen Cunningham €70, John Cunningham €80 , Mary Turbridy €220, Julie Maguire €70, Margaret Brady €70, Paddy Cassidy €80, Margaret Ann McBrearty €70, Brid Byrne €70. Club updates are available on the new club website. New club gear is also now on sale and contact club officers for prices.Lotto sellers on Sat 25th Aug: Noel Hegarty,Ross Brady & Cornelius Diver. Sunday 26th Aug sellers are: Gavin O’Donnell and Martin Byrne  .GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kilcar GAA club noteslast_img read more

Shaban stripped of Onduparaka captaincy, forcing exit

first_img Tags: Shabantop Shaban (R) in league action against KCCA last season. NetFOOTBALL. Unsettled Uganda Cranes striker Muhammad Shaban is scheming something sinister for the Caterpillars.He will seek to leave Onduparaka in the on-going transfer widow after the collapse of his relationship with the management and resentment over the club’s bold stance to strip him of the team’s captaincy PML Daily has learntA few days ago Onduparaka’s hierarchy appointed defender Rashid Toha as the player on whose bicep the captain’s armband will rest. Toha will deputised by long-serving right back Gasper  Adriko, Gadaffi Gadihno and Andama Koko in that pecking order for the 2017/18 Uganda Premier League season.Shaban was deemed unfit to continue with captaincy role following behind-the-scenes spats that put him at crossroads with the club management.The souring relationship was catapulted into limelight with spiteful Facebook post in which he labeled himself “a slave.”“I thought that slave trade stopped long time ago but some people are still using it,” Shaban wrote on his Facebook page, opening rumours that he was hitting out at Onduparaka team management.After bagging 13 league goals last season that lifted the Arua-based side to a respectable fitth place finish in their maiden season in top flight, a form that saw the talismanic striker earn a place for national team at Africa Cup Of Nations in January, Shaban thinks his current employers are taking his meteoric rise fo granted.Sources at Green Light Stadium further intimate that even before the captaincy debacle, Shaban is alleged to have initially fallen out with his employers, whom he accuses of stifling his ambitions of joining the paid ranks after suitors from South Africa had inquired about his availability.The two events following at the back of each other have left the young prodigy not to stand the sight of the club’s big guns anymore.The Caterpillars are set to begin pre-season training this week, but  sources close to Shaban indicate that the player, currently with Uganda Cranes team preparing for their forthcoming CHAN qualifier against South Sudan, will not return to Green Light Stadium for per-season training after national team obligations to accelerate his move elsewhere.It is claimed that Vipers SC, who let go of the player a few seasons ago, are among the teams to have serious interest in the want-away striker.The two-time champions are planning a title assault for next season, all too aware it will not come to fruition without a prolific goal-poacher. And Shaban has been earmarked to fit the bill.League Champions KCCA FC are also said to be monitoring the player’s sulking levels.Onduparaka has been one the busiest sides in the on-going transfer widow with up to eight new faces acquired. Vianney Ssekajugo signed from relegated JMC Hippos joins the cast of former Saints right back Aggrey Kirya, forward Karim Ndugwa, former Nebbi Central fast paced winger Rashid Okocha.Others are Allan Busobozi (from Gulu’s Football For Good Academy), goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato (Bright Stars), Bob Kasozi (Express) and Rajab Kakooza (Lweza).Comments last_img read more

5-Star LB VanDarius Cowan Flips To Alabama From Florida State

first_imgNick Saban reacting during an Alabama game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama just scored a major recruiting coup, flipping Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) five-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan from Florida State. Cowan committed to FSU in December but took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Roll Tide pic.twitter.com/MMF3uXdtBc— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016Familypic.twitter.com/sOXSSguqA3— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Cowan is the No.5 outside linebacker in the 2017 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

Report: No Player At February’s NFL Combine Failed Drug Test

first_imgAdam Schefter sits in front of his book case during ESPN appearance.SchefterVirtually every year during the NFL Draft process, a few high-profile prospects fail drug tests from February’s combine. That is, until 2016. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, not one player tested positive at this year’s event in Indianapolis, something that is almost unprecedented.For the first time in recent memory, NFL has notified all 32 teams that no player tested positive at February combine, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2016No matter where you fall on the subject of recreational drug use, most would hope that a player can avoid failing a test that they know is coming at the combine. Almost every draft class has a few players fail and see their stock suffer, so congratulations to the class of 2016 for bucking that trend.last_img read more

The 2019 Orioles Are One Of The Most Anonymous Teams In MLB

PosPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWAR Only three teams in our sample — the 1977 and 1982 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1980 Oakland Athletics — had lower established WAR levels for their starting lineups on Opening Day than the Orioles will have this season. CCerone-0.2Heath-0.3Whitt+0.4Sisco+0.1 SSTorres+0.3Guerrero-0.3Griffin-1.1Martin+0.0 The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1According to our usual 50-50 blend between the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”:(No word on whether Baltimore owner Peter Angelos secretly built this team of cast-offs so he can move the team to Miami.)There have been a few teams who went into a season with less apparent talent than Baltimore — but not many. Using Baseball-Reference.com, we gathered data for each American League team’s opening day lineup since 1973 (to include every team who used the designated hitter full-time) and calculated those players’ established WAR track records going into the season.2To find a player’s established level of performance, we multiplied his WAR from the previous season by three, doubled his WAR from two seasons before and added it on, then added his WAR from three seasons before, and divided by six. This is an old Bill James invention for roughly projecting how much you can expect out of a player (in any given stat) based on the previous three years of performance. The track records for these Orioles — to the extent they have track records at all — place the team at or near the low-water mark at each position relative to all other AL opening day starting lineups since 1973: CFWoods-0.1Murphy+0.7Moseby+0.5Mullins-0.1 LFScott+0.0Henderson-0.4Woods+0.6Mancini+0.6 1977 Blue Jays1980 Athletics1982 Blue Jays2019 Orioles Baltimore’s place among the worst opening day lineupsAmong American League teams since 1973, the four worst opening day lineups according to the sum of players’ established wins above replacement (WAR) levels DHVelez+0.7Essian+1.6Mayberry+1.8Santander-0.2 2BGarcia-0.6Picciolo-0.8Garcia-0.2Villar+1.8 RFBowling-0.1Armas+0.3Barfield+0.7Hays+0.0 Total-0.5+1.4+1.8+2.1 1BAult+0.0Newman+0.7Upshaw-0.4Davis-1.0 3BMcKay-0.5Klutts-0.1Mulliniks-0.3Nunez+0.9 Established level is calculated as a weighted average of WAR from the previous three seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs One of those teams, the ’77 Jays, was an expansion club that won just 54 games. But the two others finished around .500, meaning there are limitations to predicting off a lineup’s previous MLB track records. Of course pitchers can come to the rescue, as they did for Toronto in 1982 (led by the underappreciated Dave Stieb). Also, young players can emerge in dramatic breakout fashion: Rickey Henderson had done little as a rookie for the 1979 A’s before erupting for 8.3 WAR in 1980, for instance.But it’s tough to find the next Stieb or Henderson waiting in the wings to save Baltimore this year. De facto staff ace Dylan Bundy had a 5.45 earned run average last season, while the top prospect in the Orioles system, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, is starting the year in the minors and probably won’t be a full-time contributor until 2020. Among those actually in this lineup on opening day, outfielders Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays and catcher Chance Cisco probably have the best breakout potential. In fact, FanGraphs currently projects Mullins for a team-best 1.8 WAR, thanks to a combination of power and speed that could make him one of the few Orioles worth watching this season.New Orioles general manager Mike Elias told BaltimoreBaseball.com earlier this month that he wants the rebuild to go quickly: “This team finished last last year with a bad record,” he said. “I want to get out of that phase as quickly as possible, and so every decision that we’re going to make is going to be towards accelerating our advancement to be a playoff-caliber team again. I see no reason to stretch that out, drag it out beyond what we have to.”For now, though, this Baltimore lineup looks like it will battle the Miami Marlins for the saddest collection of mediocre veterans and anonymous prospects in the game. In each case, you’ve probably never heard of half of these guys, and the ones you do know are way past their prime. (Or never had a prime.) We’ll just have to see if this ragtag group can rally together and win the pennant anyway — or more realistically, rally to avoid 115 losses this time around. read more

Football Wide receiver Cameron Brown signs with Ohio State

Ohio State picked up only its second wide receiver commitment of its 2018 class after Cameron Brown announced he had faxed in his letter of intent with the Buckeyes Wednesday afternoon.The four-star wide receiver had previously been committed to Nebraska, but flipped his commitment on Early Signing Day. He joins Kamryn Babb as the only wide receiver in Ohio State’s class, though L’Christian Smith is likely to become a wide receiver despite being listed as an athlete.The St. Louis native is ranked as the No. 339 recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The rankings aggregator also has him pegged as the No. 58 recruit at his position and No. 6 in the state of Missouri.

Solskjaer confident of a top four finish

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United can break into the top four earlier than he anticipated considering their current run of form.United were 11 points adrift the top four when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, but having recorded six wins and a draw, the Red Devils find themselves within touching distance of the Champions League places.Despite the tough test ahead with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain packed into a 12-day period, the former United striker is optimistic his players would live to the billing.“I feel it’s very [well] equipped,” Solskjaer said via Sky of the squad’s strength heading into February.“We’ve had now six weeks together. We’ve found out what strengths, weaknesses we’ve got.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think we’ve risen to most of the challenges, maybe, of course, the setback of the two Burnley goals we conceded, maybe they will make us move to the next level because I think we’ve given ourselves a chance now to get into the top four maybe earlier than we thought.“It’s not too many games, there’s still a week between every single one of them but it’s tough opposition. Definitely.“You start with this game against Leicester, Fulham away as well is also a tough one.“Then you’ve got the three big ones you can call it, with PSG, Chelsea, and Liverpool after each other. Then a very hard one, when you think you’ve done with those three, with Palace away. So it’s a tough month – but we’re ready.“I’ve got a big squad, it’s only Marcos Rojo now who’s out for a period, the rest are fit and available.”last_img read more

Koulibaly thanks Pogbas support

first_imgThe Napoli footballer has been supported by many after he was racially abused during the match against Inter Milan on Boxing DayAfter Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by Internazionale Milan fans, many people have come out to support him.And one of these is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.Pogba knows that is to be racially abused, as he played for Italian Lega Serie A side Juventus before.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….And he showed his solidarity by wearing a wristband adorned with the word “honor.”“Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year,” Pogba started the post according to The Manchester Evening News“Honour hand band for @kkoulibaly26. 2019 say NO to racism. @manchesterunited #mufc.”“Thank you my bro for the supporting! Congratulations for the goals and the victory! See you soon bro,” Koulibaly wrote on his social media.last_img read more

Merkel favourite as Germany votes today

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