NHL Winter Classic 2020: 10 things to know about this year’s game

first_imgThe 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamFrom ice preparation to Cotton Bowl Stadium history, here are 10 numbers to know about the 2020 NHL Winter Classic:1This year’s Winter Classic marks the first outdoor game either the Dallas Stars or Nashville Predators franchises have played in. Eleven franchises have taken part in previous Winter Classics with the Chicago Blackhawks appearing in the most at four.Tyler Seguin on coming to Dallas and not knowing what to expect.The Stars and Predators both making their first outdoor NHL game debut at the #WinterClassic. @sportingnewsca pic.twitter.com/BFNAINWTfH— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 20206Cotton Bowl Stadium is the sixth football stadium to host a Winter Classic and the third college football stadium — although the Cotton Bowl was home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the AFL’s Dallas Texans in the early 1960s.A look at each team’s Winter Classic uniforms: Stars | Predators12Jan. 1, 2020 marks the 12th Winter Classic game. The event itself spans 13 years: Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the first-ever Classic in 2008. There was no Winter Classic game played in 2013 due to a lockout that lost the first half of the 2012-13 season.YearVenueCityMatchupAttendance2008Ralph Wilson StadiumOrchard Park, NYPenguins 2, Sabres 1 (SO)71,2172009Wrigley FieldChicago, ILRed Wings 6, Blackhawks 440,8182010Fenway ParkBoston, MAFlyers 1, Bruins 2 (OT)38,1122011Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PACapitals 3, Penguins 168,1112012Citizens Bank ParkPhiladelphia, PARangers 3, Flyers 246,9672014Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MIMaple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)105,4912015Nationals ParkWashington, D.C.Blackhawks 2, Capitals 342,8322016Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MACanadiens 5, Bruins 167,2462017Busch StadiumSt. Louis, MOBlackhawks 1, Blues 446,5562018Citi FieldQueens, NYRangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)41,8212019Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, INBruins 4, Blackhawks 276,1262020Cotton Bowl StadiumDallas, TXStars vs. PredatorsTBD32.78The city of Dallas lies on the latitude line of 32.78, making Wednesday’s contest the southernmost regular-season outdoor NHL game ever. Previously, Washington D.C., was the furthest south that a Winter Classic was played — at a latitude line of 38.89 for a matchup between the Blackhawks and Capitals in 2015.MORE: 10 things to do in Dallas for the Winter Classic35.3The average temperature at puck drop in previous Winter Classic’s has been 35.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Wednesday’s forecast for Dallas includes a low of 37 and high of 56, according to accuweather.com. Pittsburgh’s turn to host the event in 2011 saw a “toasty” 51.7-degree day, meaning Dallas could be the warmest Winter Classic to date.In 2014, fans in Ann Arbor, Mich. — all 105,491 of them — experienced the coldest temp at puck drop of 13 degrees.53Outdoor hockey rinks require a mobile refrigeration unit to maintain the ice rink and the world’s largest unit was built specifically for the NHL’s outdoor games. It measures 53 feet in length, equivalent to one-fourth the length of an NHL rink’s surface.Peter Laviolette discussing the expected crowd at the Cotton Bowl for the #WinterClassic. Over 20,000 fans are expected from Nashville alone. @sportingnewsca pic.twitter.com/LsaS6gTko1— Jace Mallory (@MalloryJace) January 1, 20201930Cotton Bowl Stadium first opened its doors in 1930 with about half as many seats as it has today. Now its capacity is set at 92,100 after multiple rounds seating expansions over the last 89 years. The first Winter Classic showdown of the 2020s is set for New Year’s Day when the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will face off on a frozen rink placed inside of the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.Everything from pregame festivities to the game itself has been planned and prepared for the 12th edition of the NHL’s premier event. In 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres at the first-ever Winter Classic game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.; 12 years later, the fastest sport on ice heads to Dallas for a new era of outdoor hockey. 3,000How does all of that water freeze in Dallas? Three thousand gallons of coolant, that’s how. That’s nearly 40 bathtubs filled to the brim or seven and a half hot tubs to ensure the ice remains conditioned well enough to skate on all afternoon on Jan. 1.20,000Nearly 17,000 more gallons of water are required to create the ice surface itself at Cotton Bowl Stadium for the Stars vs. Predators game — and that only creates a two-inch deep surface.1,492,877Nearly a million and a half fans have been in attendance for the NHL’s 28 regular-season outdoor games, an average of 53,317 per game been each season’s Winter Classic and assorted Stadium Series games. With ticket sales north of 84,000 for this year’s game, that total will eclipse the 1.5 million mark.last_img read more

Vikings vs. Saints playoff game gives Kirk Cousins a chance at a future-altering win

first_imgThere’s so much at stake for Cousins on Sunday. First and foremost is earning his first playoff victory. In his only previous postseason game, in 2015, he and the Redskins lost 35-18 in Green Bay when he threw for 329 yards and two TDs but was sacked six times and lost a fumble.Also in the mix is Cousins $28 million per year contract that has one year remaining and would likely be extended by the Vikings — in the $32 million-$35 million range with $100 million-plus guaranteed — if Cousins plays well in New Orleans and possibly in San Francisco next week if Minnesota advances. A poor performance Sunday would create doubt among Minnesota’s decision-makers and likely delay a decision on the quarterback’s future until after next season.NFL WILD-CARD PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsIt’s easier said than done, but Cousins says he’s trying not to project ahead on his future or his contract and focus on the Saints. “All that really matters is the fact that it’s one game and you just have to go and play and get the job done in a tough environment,” Cousins said. “It’s an NFL playoff game with heightened awareness and scrutiny and I don’t need much more motivation. You just understand you’ve got a football game against a really good team and you’ve got to go win it. Beyond that is not the focus.”Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said essentially the same thing in regards to Cousins’ future: “The importance level is to play well this week,” he said. “We’ll worry about the long term and all those other things later on. We’re going to focus on the Saints, an excellent football team.”Back in mini-camp last June, Cousins assessed his career and foreshadowed the upcoming NFL playoffs when he said, “I think the next level is all about winning. I’m pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far and that’s not why you’re brought in or people are excited about you. If I don’t play well, if I don’t have gaudy statistics but we win multiple playoff games, the narrative will be I went to the next level. That’s the life of a quarterback.” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ad/2f/kirk-cousins-111019-getty-ftrjpg_11ehi6cr5di4f1036vvt7l3lhx.jpg?t=1458220822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a6/a4/kirk-cousins-010320-getty-ftrjpg_1otcf61npt36912rsvln70ww0z.jpg?t=1803285015&w=500&quality=80 A good omen for Cousins and the Vikings could be that the table is set for a possible repeat of the 1987 playoffs, when I was an assistant GM in Minnesota. As the NFC’s lowest seed, we upset the Saints in New Orleans and then knocked off Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and the No. 1-seeded 49ers in the divisional playoffs (before falling in the NFC title game in Washington).Such a playoff run would begin to change the narrative on Cousins’ career and set up his long-term future in Minnesota.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. For fans and media, there’s plenty of talk about Sunday’s wild-card playoff game between the Vikings and Saints being the rematch of the Minneapolis Miracle win for Minnesota in an NFC divisional playoff game two years ago.For Kirk Cousins, who played for the Redskins at the time, this week’s game is simply the biggest game of his career and would be his signature win thus far if he can help make it happen. The good news for Cousins: With Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook and No. 2 back Alexander Mattison returning to the lineup after missing the past two games with injuries, he will have his full complement of weapons for the first time since wide receiver Adam Thielen injured his hamstring in Week 7 at Detroit (he returned two weeks ago). Included in that group is Minneapolis Miracle hero Stefon Diggs, who has been over 100 yards receiving in the last two games against the Saints.Cousins and the Vikings offense need all hands on deck to keep up with the Saints offense led by future Hall of Famer Brees, record-breaking receiver Michael Thomas and dual-threat back Alvin Kamara. The Saints have averaged a league-high 36.3 points per game since Week 10 and will be difficult for Minnesota’s No. 14 defense to contain (although the Vikings have forced 11 turnovers in the past three games).I don’t think the Vikings can upset the Saints without an excellent game from their QB. He’ll need support from the run game to set up play-action passes from the perimeter where he’s been so effective this season. And the offensive line has to play well as they did most of the season but fell off against Green Bay with five sacks allowed. The Saints ranked third with 51 sacks (led by Cam Jordan with 15.5), and an effective run and screen game can help slow down the pass rush.MORE NFL PLAYOFFS:QBs with most to prove | Full TV scheduleCousins threw for 359 yards and two TDs last year against the Saints, so he should be confident that the passing game can be effective Sunday. But two turnovers were costly in that game as the Saints won, 30-20, so Cousins and Co. need to protect the ball. It helps the Vikings that two starters on New Orleans’ defensive line, Marcus Davenport and Sheldon Rankins, are out with injuries.Cousins and his coaches are surely studying how the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 349 yards and four TDs in a 48-46 win in New Orleans on Dec. 8. Perhaps Cousins can have a similar performance against the NFL’s No. 20 pass defense. The opportunity is there for Cousins to make his first move in the direction of which he speaks in the Big Easy on Sunday. It certainly won’t be easy. The Saints, a team with a potent offense led by Drew Brees and a big-play defense, arguably are the best team playing on wild-card weekend after a 13-3 season. Zimmer is playing the no respect card this week in saying, “We’re eight-point underdogs, we’re going on the road and they just had an NFL video of all the playoff teams except us.”Cousins has overcome the .500 QB label at least for this season in leading the Vikings to a 10-6 record, which is really 10-5 on his watch since he and most of the starters sat out last week’s loss to the Bears.It’s been a rollercoaster season for Cousins, who started slow and heated up in a 10 game stretch in which he rose to among the league leaders in passing efficiency (he finished fourth with a career-high 107.4 rating as he threw 26 TD passes against six interceptions, his career low as a starter). But his last start was shaky with only 122 yards passing in a Monday night home loss to the rival Packers that handed Green Bay the NFC North.Cousins’ poor performance that night on the national stage renewed the sniping by his critics that he falls short in big moments. He says he plays best with a chip on his shoulder when he’s doubted. That chip should be back in place this week after his disappointing Packers performance that has created doubt in many Vikings fans as to whether Cousins can be trusted to deliver in the intense playoff spotlight.MORE: NFL playoff predictions through Super Bowllast_img read more

Marching toward Madness: Ranking the most compelling major-conference races

first_imgOf course, not all conference races are created equal. Some include more legitimate contenders. An imposing favorite in one conference is more imposing than the favorite of another.This is how Sporting News sees the 2019-20 races in college basketball ‘s biggest conferences. They are ranked not in in order of their relative strength, but how compelling and entertaining the competition figures to be:MORE: No safe bet to win Tournament in this crazy season10. Mountain WestFavorite: San Diego StateLeading contenders: Utah State, New MexicoSleeper: Nevada. The Wolf Pack have lost the majority of their most difficult games, but Eric Musselman left just enough talent for Steve Alford — who wouldn’t want Jazz Johnson on their side? — that Nevada will remain a threat.Spoiler: UNLV. After a tough experience in nonconference play — five losses in the first seven — the Rebels are starting to play well under first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger. Their 3-0 Mountain West record already includes some an upset: a 70-53 win over preseason favorite Utah State.Overview: It’s quite possible the Aztecs ended the league race when they went into Utah State and won on the league’s second weekend. That’s the kind of thing we analysts say … and then regret as the depth of February wears on even the best teams. But it’s going to take an exceptional performance from someone else to close the gap.9. Atlantic 10Favorite: DaytonLeading contenders: VCU, Richmond, Saint LouisSleeper: George Mason. They’ve lost to Maryland, TCU and at VCU. So the NFL Patriots aren’t the only Patriots not quite good enough to win their league this season. But Mason is good enough — with four regulars averaging double-figure scoring — to have a say about who does.Spoiler: Duquesne. It has been more than four decades since the Dukes last appeared in the NCAA Tournament. It’s been a decade since they even slipped into the picture for a moment, when Ron Everhart got them to the Atlantic 10 tournament final in 2009. But Keith Dambrot was a spectacular hire, and you can see that in the team’s start this year. They aren’t ready to make an at-large run, but do not be at all surprised if they shake things up at the tournament in Brooklyn.Overview: It seems unlikely anyone but Dayton will win the A-10. The Flyers have a tremendous homecourt advantage and an even better roster. But there is plenty of danger throughout the league. What others may not tell you: If Dayton romps through this league, it should be in the picture for a No. 1 seed.8. West CoastFavorite: GonzagaLeading contenders: Saint Mary’s, BYUSleeper: Pacific. One year removed from a 4-12 conference season, coach Damon Stoudamire has the Tigers at 2-0 in the WCC with a 14-4 overall mark. They avoided playing high majors in the pre-conference schedule and now have the confidence to close out a game like they did against Saint Mary’s late Saturday. They’ll be a threat at home to the league’s best teams.Spoiler: Santa Clara. Herb Sendek has wins over California and Washington State in the books and a 14-2 start. He has built the program gradually over the past four years and has the Broncos defending the lane fiercely, allowing only 42.2 percent shooting on 2-pointers.Overview: There were more than a few analysts who assumed that, once Gonzaga got ahold of the No. 1 ranking, it wouldn’t be threatened in a conference like the WCC. Three words for that: ho, ho, ho. This Zags team is better than it has a right to be, given that they lost two top-20 NBA picks from last year’s top West Region seed. And another rampage through the WCC would be, just that, another. They know how to travel this road. But there are better teams up and down this conference, including two legitimate NCAA Tournament teams in Saint Mary’s and BYU. The Zags will have to work for this title, which would be their eighth regular-season championship in a row and 19th in the last 20 years.MORE: SFA’s win over Duke shows November matters in college basketball, too7. ACCFavorite: DukeLeading contenders: Louisville, Virginia, Florida StateSleeper: N.C. State. There isn’t much to recommend the Wolfpack at the moment — not with losses to Georgia Tech and Clemson already on their record. They aren’t defending anyone, at any level, and it’s hard to win league games like that. They’ve got the No. 8 offense in Division I, though, and someone has to fit into this category. So there we are.Spoiler: North Carolina. The Tar Heels are flat broken right now. Will it stay that way? As long as freshman star Cole Anthony is out, the answer, to some degree, is yes. But remember: When he was healthy, UNC defeated Oregon, Alabama and Notre Dame. It would be nice to see him back in a Tar Heels uniform.Overview: It’s hard to see Duke not running away with this league title. The Devils don’t have the overwhelming talent in the starting lineup that last year’s edition did, but coach Mike Krzyzewski is getting contributions out of more players than in any season in memory: Ten guys average double-figure minutes (though Wendell Moore is now out after having surgery), with only point guard Tre Jones over 30. They have a top-five offense and top-five defenses and three double-digit, high-major road wins on their resume.6. AmericanFavorite: MemphisLeading contenders: Houston, Wichita State, SMUSleeper: Cincinnati. The Bearcats’ results have been woefully inconsistent through the first half of the season, but there have been moments — even within games they lost — where one could glimpse what this team has been before and might be again.Spoiler: Tulane. After half a season with the Green Wave, we’ve seen what a whole lot of high-major programs ought to have figured out by now: Ron Hunter is one of the best coaches in college basketball, and those who either passed on hiring him or failed to consider it missed a real opportunity.Overview: The beauty of this conference race is that we don’t know just how mighty Memphis is now that James Wiseman has chosen not to continue his college basketball career. The Tigers have been amazingly resilient, continuing to pile up victories with a young squad that is unable to rely on extensive experience and now can’t lean on the top-five NBA talent who was supposed to serve as the team’s foundation. Penny Hardaway is showing everyone he’s a legit coach, but Kelvin Sampson of Houston and Gregg Marshall of Wichita already have been to the Final Four. This battle is going to be a blast.5. SECFavorite: AuburnLeading contenders: Kentucky, LSU, ArkansasSleeper: Florida. It is a mark of how the Gators have fallen that they began the year in the top five of Sporting News’ preseason rankings and now are viewed as a team that could put enough together to be a factor in this race. Was their come-from-behind, double-OT home win over Alabama just another piece of evidence that they’re not very good, or a sign they will begin competing?Spoiler: Georgia. Going into Memphis and winning was a huge step for the Bulldogs. And yes, they put a Maui scare into Michigan State, but only after falling so far behind they seemed to have no chance. Otherwise, most of their wins seemed to be of modest consequences. Now teams in the league will look at UGA and the presence of uber-freshman Anthony Edwards with some degree of fear.Overview: Auburn entered the season without guard Jared Harper (currently averaging 20 points in the G League) but with a roster that still contained plenty of talent (Anfernee McLemore, Danjel Purifoy, Samir Doughty, Austin Wiley). And we don’t really know that much more about them even after 13 games, all victories. Except we know they won’t beat themselves. Richmond, N.C. State and New Mexico are quality opponents, and winning on the road at Mississippi State matters. But one imagines the folks at Kentucky and LSU are eager for their shots at the Tigers.MORE: Evansville’s upset of Kentucky sends clear message to top programs4. Big 12Favorite: KansasLeading contenders: West Virginia, Baylor, Texas TechSleeper: Oklahoma. This is not a great Sooners team, but it has the same great coach in Lon Kruger. Somebody is going to go into Norman and leave with an L, and the balanced Big 12 schedule gives everyone a more-or-less equal shot at that.Spoiler: Oklahoma State. When the Cowboys get beat, they don’t mess around. Their past four losses, coming within the last six games, were by an average of 22 points. The return from injury of guard Isaac Likekele didn’t stop that skid against Texas Tech or WVU, but those were some tough games for a guy just getting back. The Cowboys still could be dangerous.Overview: As much as those of us who analyze college basketball have said there are no great teams — and meant it — that doesn’t mean there will be no dominant teams, meaning one that wins a clear majority of its games. There is no certainty KU will be such a team, but it’s one of two or three with a chance. Perimeter shooting remains a periodic issue for the Jayhawks, but it’s not an overwhelming weakness. They feature one of the nation’s best defenses and can manhandle opponents along the baseline.Baylor is the team best situated to delay KU’s return to the top of the league, but the Bears haven’t won a regular-season conference title since 1950, as members of the Southwest Conference. That’s 70 years. Texas Tech has almost an entirely overhauled roster, and yet coach Chris Beard is likely to figure out how to make the Red Raiders relevant.3. Pac-12Favorite: OregonLeading contenders: Arizona, Colorado, WashingtonSleeper: Stanford. The Cardinal are defending at an elite level. That’s going to matter in a conference race, because it’s the easiest thing to repeat. Even great shooters will miss shots sometimes, but great defenders stick to their assignments and scheme. The question for Stanford is how well that will translate against the better teams in the Pac-12. It didn’t matter much in a 72-56 nonconference loss to Kansas. The good news for the Cardinal: There isn’t a team quite like the Jayhawks in this league.Spoiler: Oregon State. The Beavers’ victory at Colorado was one of the quietly shocking results in high-major basketball this season. Not loudly shocking like Evansville over Kentucky, and not shocking because the Beavs lack talent, but more so because the Buffaloes at home figured to be one of the few reliable bets in college hoops this season. Tres Tinkle is one of the nation’s most versatile players, the kind of guy who can mess up an opponent’s night on his own.Overview: The Pac-12 is better. We know that much. It’s fair to say it couldn’t get much worse, but this is more than that. There are quality teams here, though none is quite all the way there, and that could be dangerous to their ambitions. Washington, for instance, already has a loss to an in-development UCLA team on its record. Arizona has dropped its most difficult games; what if that’s the Wildcats’ ceiling? This kind of unpredictability is why the Pac-12 figures to be among the most fascinating leagues to follow this winter.2. Big TenFavorite: Michigan StateLeading contenders: Maryland, Penn State, Ohio StateSleeper: Iowa. Can you win this league with the 98th-ranked defense, give or take a few spots, in college basketball? It surely will not be easy, but the Hawkeyes also are ranked third on offense, so there seems to be a chance.Spoiler: Rutgers. This has a chance to be the best Scarlet Knights team in generations. Now, before anyone thinks that’s an unfair standard to present, understand how low a bar that is: Rutgers hasn’t been in the NCAA Tournament since 1991. Just making it to the show would be GIGANTIC. Fans have caught on to this team’s appeal and are making the Rutgers Athletic Center a beast of a homecourt. Teams that must go in there will not have an easy time getting a win.Overview: Michigan State is not the team that opened as a unanimous No. 1 preseason choice. Everybody picked the Spartans: Athlon. Lindy’s, Blue Ribbon, AP, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Sporting News. But that was before Joshua Langford was injured, and so before coach Tom Izzo needed to reconfigure the Spartans. At last, it’s working. They have one of the deepest teams and the No. 1 offense in college basketball.Michigan might have been among the top contenders were it not for the badly timed injury to key forward Isaiah Livers. When he is healthy, the Wolverines will win big games again.What is most interesting about the Big Ten is how many teams legitimately could enter the NCAA Tournament. It’s mathematically difficult to produce 10 entrants from a 14-team league; that’s 71.4 percent, even better than the Big East’s 2011 haul (11 of 16 members, 68.8 percent) though not up to the level of the 1991 Big East (seven of nine members, 77.8 percent.) But there seems a better shot at 10 bids this year than last, because Northwestern and Nebraska have yet to demonstrate they can consistently threaten the better Big Ten teams.1. Big EastFavorite: VillanovaLeading contenders: Butler, Seton Hall, XavierSleeper: Creighton. The Blue Jays have one of the nation’s most dangerous offenses and a defense that needs work. Defense travels better in conference play, but there’s always a chance.Spoiler: Providence. The Friars endured a miserable nonconference season, but everyone in the league recognized there was potential. Now they’ve won three of four. Overview: We are in the seventh season of the Big East as we know it now, and in five of the previous six the winner was Villanova. (Oddly, the year the Wildcats fell short was their best team, which became the 2018 NCAA champion). So unless the Wildcats show up with a substandard team … wait, no, because they kinda did last year and still won it. Yeah, it pretty much looks like Villanova is going to be the favorite in this conference for the foreseeable future.Seton Hall looked like a serious threat to take down Villanova before the year began, but injuries messed with the Pirates’ pre-conference schedule. Then they made Georgetown look really bad, and the Pirates appeared ominous once more. They very much have the ability to win the league. Xavier’s ability to contend will depend on how this rugged group polishes its offense.There is literally no team that could not potentially take a run at an NCAA Tournament bid, though Providence, because of a poor nonconference performance, would need to become a dominant team in a league that figures to permit few to reach that level. The most underrated portion of the college basketball season — at least to the portion of the world that foolishly chooses not to follow this sport closely — is conference play.Yes, March matters. March is a blast. March is where legacies are made. But conference play is a blast too, and anyone who says a league championship doesn’t matter ought to try selling that nonsense to former Purdue coach Gene Keady. He’s in his 80s, but I wouldn’t talk that mess around him.last_img read more

City of Wellington is asking for volunteer appointments for various boards

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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, June 1, 2016•3:10 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1100 block W. 4th, Wellington by known suspect. Items were recovered.•4:38 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery and theft in the 1000 block N. F, Wellington.•5:10 a.m. Bruce C. Pennington, 39, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery and theft.•6:04 a.m. Dylan L. Hornecker, 30, Wellington was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal damage to property.•8:06 a.m. Raymond J. Anguiano, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:31 a.m. Matthew E. Hartman, 36, Harper, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•10 a.m. Yu Wen Ku, 34, Arlington, Texas was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 56 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:20 a.m. Connie Wyckoff, 61, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.•1:04 p.m. Keith R. Townsend, 50, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•1:39 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance by known subject(s) in the 300 block E. 17th, Wellington.•3:03 p.m. Jessie D. French, 28, Wellington was arrested on two city of Wellington bench warrants for failure to appear.•3:03 p.m. Jessie D. French, 28, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.•3:43 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•9:22 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 300 block E. 17th, Wellington.•9:48 p.m. Melody R. Epley, 49, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery.•11:46 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.last_img read more

Daniel YoNash comes to Wellington as new financial advisor for Edward Jones’ downtown office

first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Having been born in the old Wellington Hospital, and living in the area all of his life, has brought Daniel YoNash back to Wellington as the new financial advisor for Edward Jones. His first day in the local office was April 11.Former advisor Diana Page, who had been with the company for 20 years, died in January.“It’s hard losing an advisor, but I seem to have resonated well with the community,” YoNash said.Since YoNash was born in Wellington and has always lived in the area, the company offered him the advisor position here. After earning his business administration degree from Friends University in Wichita, he obtained a series 7 and series 66, both financial licenses he is required to have.“I spent two months studying, then took the tests,” YoNash said.He grew up in Belle Plaine, and was actually in the same class as his wife, Jamie. His family later moved to Mulvane, where he graduated from high school. Daniel and Jamie started dating when they were in their 20’s, and eventually got married. They now have four children: son, Gabe, who just graduated from Belle Plaine High School, and will pursue a degree in journalism from Cowley County Community College in the fall; daughter, Jaiden, who will be a sophomore at Belle Plaine High School; daughter, Avery, who will be a fifth grader here; and daughter, Emmy, age three. Jamie works as a school nurse in Wichita, and they plan on buying a house and moving to Wellington soon.Edward Jones & Co., L.P. is an investment company which assists clients with wealth management, retirement and college savings, stocks, bonds and mutual funds, insurance and annuities, cash and credit, and also works with business owners. They can also assist clients in planning their estate, resources and financial education, and preparing for the unexpected.YoNash has been with the company for almost five years, starting out in Haysville. From there, he relocated to Winfield and opened a second office. Brad Turgeon has been with the company for nearly five years, two of those with the local office, and works closely with YoNash as the Branch Office Administrator.“As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money,” YoNash stated on his website. “It’s also important to understand the level of risk you’re comfortable accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.”He recently joined the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, and is interested in joining other groups and clubs, so he can get to know people and join the community.YoNash’s office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 620-326-5927, or email daniel.yonash@edwardjones.com. Visit www.edwardjones.com for more information about the financial services that the company offers.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

LSU players’ COVID-19 quarantine reportedly result of outside contacts

first_imgDefending national champion LSU is one of several FBS football programs to be affected by COVID-19 since players were allowed to return to campus for workouts. The Tigers’ athletic department blamed its cases on interactions outside the team’s facility rather than players training together.SI.com reported Saturday that at least 30 of the Tigers’ 115 players have been in quarantine over the past week after testing positive or being in contact with people who contracted the virus. Some of the cases were traced to players’ visits to Tigerland, an area of bars and restaurants in Baton Rouge that was the source of a recent COVID-19 outbreak. The (Baton Rouge) Advocate reported Saturday that the spread started with a gathering of friends. “I’m protecting Baton Rouge from getting a higher viral load. That’s my obligation,” Mullenix told SI. “The quarantine, while frustrating, prevents community spread.”LSU has joined Clemson, the team it defeated in last season’s College Football Playoff championship game, and the other schools that are dealing with player outbreaks since teams were allowed to return to campus this month.Clemson announced last week that 28 people in the athletic department, including 23 football players, tested positive. Kansas State suspended workouts after 14 players tested positive. Texas reported 13 positive tests. Alabama reportedly has had eight players test positive. MORE: College football predictions for 2020″When you do contact tracing and get some honesty from kids, it’s very easy to see where it came from and what happened,” Shelly Mullenix, LSU senior associate athletic trainer, told SI. “I can talk to them about wearing a mask, but if your mask is under your nose, you’re not wearing a mask.”The exact number of positive tests on the team is not known. SI and The Advocate reported that no one in the program has required hospitalization and symptoms have been, at most, mild. Other players who visited Tigerland tested negative Friday, SI reported.SI described LSU’s safety protocols inside its football facility as “intense.” They include separate entrances for players and coaches, daily temperature scans and a “lengthy” questionnaire that players must fill out each day. Likewise, the school has been aggressive in ordering quarantines. last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball 2020: Find saves sleepers with our Closer Depth Chart

first_imgCloser: Ken Giles | Handcuff: CommitteeWashington NationalsCloser: Sean Doolittle | Handcuff: Daniel Hudson No position causes more headaches for fantasy baseball owners than closer. In fact, it’s the single worst position in all of fantasy sports, at least if you still have saves as a category. Injuries, committees, openers, sudden demotions, trade rumors — it all comes together to make even the most dedicated owner want to give up on RPs. Throw in the new three-batter rule, and it’s anyone’s guess how the values of handcuffs and middle-reliever sleepers will be altered. But fantasy owners still need to know who’s projected to close and set up for each team, so we’ll do our best to stay on top of every ninth-inning situation. Several jobs are up for grabs (Mariners, Giants, Orioles), and we know that things can change in a hurry for some of the “stable” situations, too. That’s especially true for eighth-inning roles, which are up in the air for most teams.  DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetRegardless of your draft strategy when it comes to closers, it’s good to stay ahead of your leaguemates by knowing who’s “next-in-line” for every team. That’s how you find cheap saves on the waiver wire before everyone else, which is going to be key for winning your league. We’ll be updating this chart as needed, so check back for the latest updates!Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Chart* – Injured | ^ – Trade bait | Hot seatArizona DiamondbacksCloser: Archie Bradley | Handcuff: Hector Rondon/Junior GuerraAtlanta BravesCloser: Mark Melancon | Handcuff: Will SmithBaltimore OriolesSpring competition: Mychal Givens/Hunter HarveyBoston Red SoxCloser: Brandon Workman | Handcuff: Matt BarnesChicago CubsCloser: Craig Kimbrel | Handcuff: Jeremy JeffressChicago White SoxCloser: Alex Colome | Handcuff: Aaron BummerCincinnati RedsCloser: Raisel Iglesias | Handcuff: Michael Lorenzen/Amir Garrett/Pedro StropCleveland IndiansCloser: Brad Hand | Handcuff: Nick WittgrenColorado RockiesCloser: Wade Davis | Handcuff: Scott ObergDetroit TigersCloser: Joe Jimenez | Handcuff: Buck FarmerHouston AstrosCloser: Roberto Osuna | Handcuff: Ryan PresslyKansas City RoyalsCloser: Ian Kennedy | Handcuff: Scott BarlowLos Angeles AngelsCloser: Hansel Robles | Handcuff: Ty ButtreyLos Angeles DodgersCloser: Kenley Jansen | Handcuff: Blake TreinenMiami MarlinsCloser: Brandon Kintzler | Handcuff: Drew SteckenriderMilwaukee BrewersCloser: Josh Hader | Handcuff: Brent Suter/Freddy PeraltaMinnesota TwinsCloser: Taylor Rogers | Handcuff: Trevor May/Tyler DuffeyNew York MetsCloser: Edwin Diaz | Handcuff: Dellin Betances/Seth LugoNew York YankeesCloser: Aroldis Chapman | Handcuff: Zack BrittonOakland AthleticsCloser: Liam Hendriks | Handcuff: Lou TrivinoPhiladelphia PhilliesCommittee: Hector Neris | Next-in-line: Seranthony Dominguez/Victor AranoPittsburgh PiratesCloser: Keone Kela* (undisclosed) | Interim committee: Kyle Crick/Nick Burdi/Richard RodriguezSan Diego PadresCloser: Kirby Yates | Handcuff: Emilio PaganSan Francisco GiantsSeattle MarinersCompetition: Matt Magill/Sam Tuivailala/Yoshihisa HiranoSt. Louis CardinalsCompetition Kwang-Hyun Kim/Ryan HelseyTampa Bay RaysLikely committee: Nick Anderson/Diego Castillo/Jose Alvarado/Colin PocheTexas RangersCloser: Jose Leclerc | Handcuff: Rafael MonteroToronto Blue Jayslast_img read more

Why did the Suns send T.J. Warren to the Pacers in a ‘very disrespectful’ trade?

first_imgWhy did the Suns let a competent scorer in his mid-20s go for a meager return? There are a couple of reasons, though in hindsight none is particularly convincing.For Warren, being deemed a spare part has provided motivation to develop into a greater offensive threat in his first season with the Pacers.”When I heard about the trade, it didn’t throw me off, but like any other player (felt) a certain way about it,” Warren said in a recent TNT interview. “It’s very disrespectful. I know how much work I’ve put in, how much time I’ve put into the game. To see me get traded for that? No player wants to be traded for cash.”MORE: Behind T.J. Warren’s bubble breakthroughBefore letting Warren go, the Suns acquired Kelly Oubre Jr. and drafted Mikal Bridges. In their eyes, those wing players made Warren somewhat redundant on their roster and worth trading away for cap space. Oubre and Bridges, both younger than Warren, have been solid. Together, they’ve averaged 27.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season. So it’s not like Phoenix replaced Warren with below-average parts.That said, Warren has advanced scoring potential that Oubre and Bridges don’t possess, a difference most people understood even before Warren’s sparkling debut campaign in Indiana.While Warren needs to make his bubble form last longer than five or six games to make a convincing case that he’s really made a leap toward stardom, it’s apparent the Suns miscalculated his value. He might not have been a perfect fit in their plans, but his skillset should have made him more than a throwaway asset. T.J. Warren is scoring more than 30 points per game for the Pacers in the NBA bubble and Suns star Devin Booker is being lured toward an exit from his disappointing franchise.Warren, of course, could be playing alongside Booker right now and giving the Kentucky product much-needed scoring assistance. An offseason trade by Phoenix that sent Warren and a draft pick to Indiana for cash considerations prevented that from happening.last_img read more

Iowa City man arrested after high speed pursuit in Floyd County

first_imgCHARLES CITY — An Iowa City man was arrested over the weekend after a high speed chase in Floyd County.The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says they tried to pull over a speeding vehicle shortly after 6:45 Friday night in the 2600 block of State Highway 14, with the vehicle speeding away, with the pursuit reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the vehicle went into a ditch in the 2100 block of 210th Street.55-year-old Wayne Watson was charged with eluding, second-offense OWI, driving while revoked, speeding, having an open container and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway. Other charges are pending.last_img read more