Convicted child molestor’s request for a new hearing denied by high court By Tommie Lee – January 30, 2020 0 237 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Twitter Facebook Previous articleMichigan panel authorizes $3.5B in road bondingNext articleThree arrests after police chase in SW Michigan Tommie Lee Google+ (“court” by Kyle Pearson, CC BY-ND 2.0) Indiana’s Supreme Court will not take up the case of a man who was sentenced to 100 years in prison for molesting 20 children.Michael Begin, 20, had hoped for a new hearing after pleading guilty last year to 20 counts of child molestation while he worked at a YMCA and an elementary school. He was given the maximum sentence of 120 years with the last 20 to be served on probation.The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected his request for a sentence reduction in October. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook
Sprint King not worried about pedestrian times Despite clocking pedestrian times in his two races this season defending 100-meters world champion Usain Bolt has expressed confidence in his ability to win a fourth blue-ribbon title in London next month.The Jamaican was speaking at a press conference in Monaco on Wednesday prior to his 100 meters race at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday. This will be his final warm-up race before the IAAF World Championships in London starting August 4.“I am always expecting to win. If it’s one thing you know about me I am always confident,” said the world-record holder. He is yet to break 10 seconds this season after runs in Kingston on June 10 and Ostrava on June 28.Notwithstanding the slow times, the sprint King believes he will be ready to take on the world as he has successfully done in the past decade.No Stress“The moment you start having doubts it doesn’t make sense you show up at the line. For me, it’s all about winning. I am not worried about world records. I have it already so no stress.”Bolt, who has won 11 World Championships gold medals during his illustrious career spanning 15 years, said his goal in London this summer is a simple one.“My main aim is to just to win. I want to retire on a winning note. That has always been the goal throughout my career, just to continue dominating and to continue winning,” he said.To face off with Omar McLeodBolt will line up in Monaco against compatriot, Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod. The hurdler is the only one in history to go below 10 seconds in the 100m and 13 seconds in the sprint hurdles. Bolt will also take on the likes of South Africa’s Akani Simbini who boasts a season’s best 9.92, Great Britain’s Chijinduh Ujah, and the USA’s Isiah Young and Christopher Belcher, all of whom have broken the 10-second barrier this season.
Share MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The No. 2 West Florida baseball team swept its Gulf South Conference series at Christian Brothers with a doubleheader sweep Saturday, March 1, in Memphis, Tenn.The Argonauts (13-2, 8-0 GSC) extended their winning streak to nine and remained undefeated in conference play after winning their fifth consecutive series to start the season.“I’m very proud of some guys that got their first starts this weekend like Tyler Halstead and Brandon Tyler,” UWF coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “We were able to get a lot of pitchers in both games and get them some work. We have things we’ve got to get better at, but overall it’s always good to sweep on the road.”Game One: West Florida 6, Christian Brothers 2Sean Plunkett (Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida) and Aaron Haag (Andalusia, Ala./Southeastern Lousiana) led off the game with back-to-back singles. Cliff Convington (McIntosh, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) drove them in with an RBI-triple to left field and then scored on a wild pitch to give UWF a 3-0 lead.In the fifth inning, Brandon Tyler (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) and Plunkett led off with back-to-back singles, and Covington drove in a run with a double to center field. Austin Southall (Baton Rouge, La./Chipola) drove in one more with a single through the right side, and Covington scored when Southall stole second during the next at bat to give UWF a 6-0 lead.Dayan Rodriguez (Sarasota, Fla./State College of Florida) improved to 2-0 after pitching five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five. Four relievers combined to finish the next four innings, allowing two runs.Plunkett, Haag, Covington, Southall and Tyler each had multiple hits in the game.Game Two: West Florida 7, Christian Brothers 2The Argos got on the board in the second inning when Chase Kiefer (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS) and Tyler Halstead (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS) led off with back-to-back walks. Plunkett singled through the right side to drive Kiefer home, and Haag followed with a three-run homer to left-center to give the Argos a 4-0 lead.UWF extended its lead to 6-0 in the third inning when Southall scored on a sacrifice fly by Halstead and Tyler scored on a wild pitch.Kevin Peters (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS) improved to 2-1 after pitching four innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with three strikeouts.UWF added a run in the fourth, and Walker O’Connor (Bedford, Mass./Malden Catholic HS) and Alex Stevens (Pensacola, Fla./Lurleen B. Wallace CC) combined for three scoreless innings in relief to finish the game.The Argos will host North Georgia in a midweek series March 4-5, with a live video broadcast available March 4 at 6 p.m. on GoArgos.comFor information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#West Florida 6, Christian Brothers U 2 (03/01/14 at Memphis, TN) (Game 1)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 300 030 000 – 6 12 3 (12-2, 7-0)Christian Brothers U 000 000 011 – 2 5 1 (4-9, 0-5)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Dayan Rodriguez; Matt Rodriguez(6); Matt Vollenweider(8);Mike Flaherty(9); Josh McLaney(9) and Garrett Flynn. Christian Brothers U – Cooley; Sanderlin(4)and Kilgore.Win-Dayan Rodriguez(2-0) Loss-Cooley(0-1) T-2:17 A-0Weather: 63 degrees and cloudy-West Florida 6, Christian Brothers U 2 (03/01/14 at Memphis, TN) (Game 1)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 300 030 000 – 6 12 3 (12-2, 7-0)Christian Brothers U 000 000 011 – 2 5 1 (4-9, 0-5)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Dayan Rodriguez; Matt Rodriguez(6); Matt Vollenweider(8);Mike Flaherty(9); Josh McLaney(9) and Garrett Flynn. Christian Brothers U – Cooley; Sanderlin(4)and Kilgore.Win-Dayan Rodriguez(2-0) Loss-Cooley(0-1) T-2:17 A-0Weather: 63 degrees and cloudyPrint Friendly Version Aaron Haag hit a three-run homer in game one and hit .364 in the series. (Photo by Bill Stockland) No. 2 Argonauts sweep Buccaneers, remain undefeated in GSC
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell continues to receive interest as a potential NFL head coach and will interview with the Tennessee Titans later this week.After completing interviews with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins in recent days, Caldwell will reportedly meet with the Titans about their open position after they fired Mike Munchak on Saturday.Caldwell spent three years as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and led them to Super Bowl XLIV before joining the Ravens as quarterbacks coach in 2012. He received much praise for the job he did with the Baltimore offense in helping the Ravens win a Super Bowl after being promoted to offensive coordinator on Dec. 10, 2012, but his offense struggled mightily in 2013 as the Ravens finished 29th in total yards and 25th in points scored while also setting franchise lows in rushing yards and yards per carry.Baltimore parted ways with running backs coach Wilbert Mongtomery last week, and some have wondered whether a change is warranted at offensive coordinator despite teams having interest in Caldwell for their vacant head coaching positions.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco still doesn’t know exactly when he’ll be back on the practice field, but the goal of being ready for the start of training camp remains in his sights.Less than five months after undergoing surgery to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, the 31-year-old is running — not yet at full speed — and says he feels little tentativeness except when trying a new movement for the first time in the long rehabilitation process. But he also understands the need to be cautious, wearing a brace as he continues to strengthen the knee and always focusing on the big picture of being ready for the start of the season.“I feel good. I’m getting better and better,” Flacco said. “I still feel improvement week to week. We’ve never really set a timeline out and said I’m going to be back at ‘this point,’ but I think it’s still going really, really well. Over the past three weeks, I’ve started to feel some big improvements so, I feel good about it.”With the Ravens beginning their offseason workout program on Monday, Flacco joked about how much quieter it was in the team’s training facility in Owings Mills all offseason when it was just him and a handful of others rehabbing from injuries. He also admitted that the first couple days of meetings have felt redundant as he will start consecutive seasons with the same offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, for the first time since his first five NFL seasons with Cam Cameron, a positive in overcoming his anticipated absence during spring organized team activities.But Flacco knows he has much work to do in order to be ready when training camp opens in late July.“I can do everything pretty much,” said Flacco, who cited how much work must be done to the rest of the body to get in sync with the knee. “It’s just a matter of how well I can do it and do I have a little limp here and there. We do little agility [drills]. It’s not like I’m running full speed and cutting on it and things like that, but I’ve got a good amount of things that I’m allowed to do. I go out on the field and run, wear my braces and all that good stuff.”Asked about his level of apprehension with his front leg when throwing, Flacco acknowledged that he hasn’t done much passing, but he is moving closer to the time when he’ll be picking up a football more frequently. For the time being, he’s been playing catch here and there from about 15 yards.Flacco looks forward to the time when he’ll be able to air it out to get a better feel for newcomers such as speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace and veteran tight end Benjamin Watson, but he isn’t overly concerned if that doesn’t happen before late July.It’s apparent where the Super Bowl XLVII MVP’s head is as it relates to being back on the football field.“At the end of the day, training camp is going to be enough time,” Flacco said. “I’m pretty sure I’m probably not going to get a ton of time before that, so that’s going to be enough time. You’d like to get as much as you can, but that will be plenty to get going.”