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16Sep/20

Meet Bryan Titman: a star of Syracuse’s professional bull riding return

first_imgMore than half an hour before they let the bulls loose, a few men in different colored 10-gallon hats swarmed the cages that enclosed their enemy and their ally. In The Oncenter Friday, where there usually sits an ice hockey rink, the darkness gave the dirt a reddish tint. Aerial lights cut through the ground.Amidst the chaos, one of the bull riders at the Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour: Syracuse Showdown, Bryan Titman, popped five peanut M&M’s into his mouth. He doesn’t know when his pre-ride snack started, but at some point it parlayed into significant results.Even as a star in a sport at the pinnacle of spectacle, introduced Friday by fire shows, blaring music and moderated by a wise-cracking man in clown makeup, Titman is dedicated to his routine, his training, his preparation. A good day and a bad day both end launched to the dirt by a disturbed animal. But he knows he can’t slow down, so he maintains the same mindset on the ground as on the bull: Those who hang around the longest go the furthest.“If you can’t push past it,” Titman said, “you better stop.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Hostetler grips onto his bull rope as his bull launches out of the bucking chute.Corey Henry | Photo EditorOn Friday, 39 bull riders hoped to conquer the eight-second threshold set for the night of competition. A lively Syracuse crowd experienced an event that hasn’t graced the city since 2008. They were introduced to the new stars of the sport, including Titman, who has been riding for 28 years.Titman, now 31, was born into a lineage of bull riders. So at three years old he hopped on his first sheep, worked his way toward a small bull and became a professional rider in 2011. Titman was compelled in the same way many are: Breaking down how something so chaotic can be so well kept. He had seen his family do it, but he thought he could be better.“They were nowhere near as good as I am,” Titman joked the day before the event.In 2006, a woman named Kaitlynn noticed Titman at a club dancing in a different way. He asked her to dance and the two of them exchanged phone numbers. She didn’t want to tell him at the time, but when she was 10, she told her parents she’d marry a bull rider.They rarely texted in the two years that followed, many of the exchanges developed the same way.“Who is this?” Kaitlynn would text.“It’s Bryan, the bull rider,” he responded.Alex Jenks slides off the bull’s back as he loses his grip.Corey Henry | Photo EditorBut in 2008, he and his future wife Kaitlynn Titman went on their first date. She was introduced to many of the quirks and superstitions Bryan has. He doesn’t lift weights, keeps his hat on his bed during competition season and washes his clothes based on his performance in training. The night before matches, he sits in front of his TV and remains totally still, making sure to stay clean and neat.Those superstitions help him stay invested even as things go awry, he said. Since Kaitlynn and Titman have been together, Kaitlynn has been at every match when he’s gotten majorly hurt. In 2012, he broke his hip and pelvis. Titman required an airlift to Houston after traveling in an ambulance was deemed too dangerous.Doctors said he should sit out a year. But Titman returned in six months. Now, wear and tear of some weekends have morphed his training into idle time and Epsom salt baths. He does the occasional cardio, but strength has never been an issue.“When he’s able, he’ll go get on practice bulls,” Kaitlynn said. “But that’s really it.”Dakota Louis removes his helmet after his ride that gained him an 8 ranked spot.Corey Henry | Photo EditorWhen it comes time for the event, Titman tries to relax. Friday, he waited on the peak of the wall as the bull riders entered the arena. Titman, along with three others, were featured riders of the night. In a sport littered with inconsistencies and bad showings, he was one of the must-sees.Titman said when things are going good on the bull, everything feels slow. He can breathe, hear the music, take in the crowd. But after Titman’s bull let loose Friday, for both he and the crowd, it went fast. He bucked off in 5.17 seconds. As the bull continued to pounce, Titman crawled away from danger. When the scene settled, he placed his hands on his hips.He peered up toward the video board and watched a replay. Kaitlynn said he does a lot of analysis of bulls and techniques. When the video ended, his head tilted down. Titman has had better days, and every time he fails he knows he’ll have better days in front of him. It’s that assurance that compels him each time to jump on the back of an animal that doesn’t want him there: When it’s time to perform, he just has to do it.He nodded his head, walked off the concourse and started his preparation to get back up on the back of a bull again. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 26, 2019 at 12:05 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

26Aug/20

Cluster of errors raises no concerns for Justin Turner or Dodgers

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “He’s a made a lot of good plays as well,” Roberts said. “Honestly, no one prepares like Justin. It’s something that just kind of … no one’s more frustrated than he is about it probably. I don’t want to give it too much thought. It’s baseball and I still trust the defense. I really do. We all do.”Most defensive metrics show Turner having a slightly down year defensively after being a Gold Glove finalist two years ago. The fractured left wrist he suffered in spring training was certainly responsible for a subpar offensive first half. But Turner said the wrist feels “fine” and is not a factor in his recent defensive mistakes.Roberts endorses that.“I don’t think so,” he said. “If you look at some of the plays, it’s a play to the left, it’s an exchange kind of thing. As I recall when his wrist was bothering him it was the backhand play that was getting him. A lot of the (recent) plays have been to the forehand so I don’t think there’s a correlation.”SHORT RESTThe question of whether the Dodgers will ask their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to pitch on short rest comes up every postseason. With the possibility of play-in-games and wild-card scenarios hanging in the air, it has come up sooner than usual. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PHOENIX — Justin Turner doesn’t offer an explanation, telling reporters to “call it what you want” – and he probably shouldn’t have to.Six times in the past 11 games, the Dodgers’ third baseman has bobbled a ball, flubbed a grounder or otherwise failed to make a play. It is a cluster that represents more than half of his error total for the season (10). And it is surrounded by a far greater number of exceptional plays that he did make (three in Monday’s game alone).“I don’t know what there is to make of it,” Turner said. “I came in and picked a ball on the short hop and couldn’t get it out of my glove.”That was Tuesday’s error. The others have been equally innocent taken individually and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sees no pattern or reason for concern either. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season But not with Kershaw. Roberts said Wednesday he has not spoken with Kershaw about the possibility of pitching on short rest next week if the Dodgers find themselves needing to win their way into a Division Series.“No. I’ve spoken to Clayton about his start on Saturday. That’s about it,” Roberts said. “Then whatever situation presents itself we’ll have a conversation.“It’s not even on our radar right now.”In winning the past five National League West titles, the Dodgers never faced the kind of do-or-die scenario on the final weekend of the season that they face this year. But the Dodgers started Kershaw on short rest five times during the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 playoffs (including once after his memorable relief appearance to close out the Washington Nationals in the opening round two years ago).The Dodgers will hold left-hander Rich Hill back this weekend for possible use in a play-in game or wild-card game.MAEDA MINDDodgers reliever Kenta Maeda had an upsetting start to his week.On Monday, a fastball got away from him and hit Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker in the face. Walker suffered facial fractures and underwent surgery to wire his jaw shut. Maeda was visibly shaken, walking to home plate to check on Walker as he was treated by the Diamondbacks’ training staff.Then on Tuesday, he gave up a walk-off home run to the only batter he faced.But Roberts said he did not feel the need to talk to Maeda to shore up his confidence or check on his state of mind.“Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate situation with what happened to Christian Walker,” Roberts said. “I’m sure he feels very bad about that, understands that there was no intent. But that doesn’t change the result. I don’t think it carried over into last night.“He’s down tonight because it’s two in a row (that he’s pitched). But I’m not having him down because I think it’s a psychological thing. … With everything that’s transpired the last couple days, I think he’s fine.”UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Thursday.Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 6-3, 2.00 ERA) at Giants (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 6-6, 3.20 ERA), Friday, 7:15 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)Related Articleslast_img read more

13Aug/20

Tau stars as South Africa get vital victory

first_imgPercy TauSoweto, South Africa | AFP | Percy Tau starred for a much-changed and much-improved South Africa in a crucial 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso Saturday in a 2018 World Cup Africa zone qualifier in Soweto.The diminutive winger scored the first goal after 48 seconds, played a role in the second, and created the third with a cheeky back-heel at Soccer City stadium.South Africa won with a team showing eight changes from that which suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Cape Verde in Durban last month.Back-to-back losses to Cape Verde and the annulling of a win against Senegal over match manipulation by a Ghanaian referee left South Africa desperate for maximum points.Despite the win, South Africa remain bottom of Group D and needing home and away victories over Senegal in November to have a chance of winning the group and qualifying.Burkina Faso and Cape Verde have six points, Senegal five and South Africa four ahead of a match between the Cape Verdeans and Senegalese in Praia later Saturday. A Tau header gave South Africa the perfect start and he later avoided going offside, allowing Themba Zwane to score, before Sibusiso Vilakazi made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time.Surprisingly, subdued Burkina Faso could have been five goals behind before Alain Traore scored a consolation goal direct from a free-kick on 87 minutes. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

12Aug/20

College student robbed at gunpoint inside of school’s parking garage

first_imgOfficials are reporting that an FIU student was robbed at gunpoint while in one of the University’s parking garages.The incident occurred Friday at the campus located in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to the report, the victim parked in Parking Garage 6 after returning from the bank and was approached by one of two suspects.The suspect was said to have brandished a gun and then fled the scene with another suspect in black or gray Honda.The victim was injured during the robbery, however, the extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.Authorities believe the suspects may have followed the student to the school from the bank.Investigators are asking anyone with any information on this incident to contact FIU Police at 305-348-2626,.last_img read more

12Aug/20

Tiger Woods Ties PGA Tour Wins Record

first_img(Chiba, Japan) — Jupiter Island’s Tiger Woods is one win away from setting the PGA Tour all-time wins record.The amazing bounce-back golfer won the Zozo Championship in Japan, shooting a 19-under-261 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club to tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 victories. INZAI, JAPAN – OCTOBER 28: Tiger Woods of the United States speaks at the award ceremony following the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)Woods shot a three-under final round to win the Zozo Championship in Japan. The 43-year-old opened the tournament with three straight bogeys but rebounded to secure a win at the first PGA Tour event ever hosted in Japan. Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago, a fifth procedure on the same joint, and made his first start in his 23rd season on the PGA Tour.last_img read more

12Aug/20

South Florida Baker Wins 10K in Christmas Cookie Challenge

first_imgA Florida native is getting national recognition for her baking skills, especially Christmas cookies. Stephanie Torres, this week, won The Food Network’s ‘Christmas Cookie Challenge,’ which comes with a $10-thousand prize. Stephanie Bruce-Torres and host Eddie Jackson during the first challenge, as seen on Christmas Cookie ChallengeThe challenges Torres and the other bakers faced included turning cookies into Christmas cards and tree toppers.She says the experience was surreal, and she thanks her family and friends for encouraging her to go for it. Torres graduated from Pensacola’s Tate High School in 2009, and she now has her own business in South Florida. According to her website, Torres was a culinary specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years.She left the service when her daughter was born and now runs the Little Love Cookie Company, currently based in Hialeah, Florida.Her husband is still active duty. One cookie pictured on her website includes the message “Home is where the Coast Guard sends us.”last_img read more

12Aug/20

Broward Man Accused of Threatening to Kill President Trump Denied Bond

first_imgA Broward County man who is accused of threatening to kill President Trump in a Facebook Live video was denied bond in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Wednesday.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office had asked that Chauncy Devonte Lump be held on pre-trial detention, arguing that he is a danger to the community. Judge Patrick Hunt agreed.The 26-year-old is facing a federal charge of threats against the President of the United States, in addition to a county charge of making a false bomb report.The criminal complaint states that he posted a seven-minute video on Facebook Live on January 3 under the username “BlackMan Vs America,” in which he threatened multiple times to kill the President.“He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald,” Lump says in the video.According to authorities, Lump made the video in response to the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by an American drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq earlier this month.“I need to find the Donald, because if I don’t find him, I am going to have to blow up Broward County,” Lump adds, according to the complaint.The report also states that Lump had “what appears to be a loaded AK-47” in the Facebook Live.Lump admitted to law enforcement officials that he made the video and told them “the threats in the video were intended to be a joke,” according to the criminal complaint.“However, at no point in the video did Lump claim he was joking,” the complaint adds.Court records show that Lump lives in an Oakland Park apartment and holds a concealed weapon/firearm permit in Florida. He is also licensed and employed as a security officer.last_img read more

12Aug/20

Jussie Smollett Indicted, Again

first_imgActor Jussie Smollett is not out of the woods legally for an alleged self-orchestrated hate crime he said happened last year during the arctic blast in Chicago. Originally all charges were dropped but now a special Cook County grand jury has indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct. In a statement, Webb’s office said Smollett filed four separate false police reports claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.“The grand jury’s investigation revealed that Jussie Smollett planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” Webb said in a statement.Cook County prosecutors last year dropped 16 disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, just over a month after Chicago police had accused him of orchestrating a hoax because he was upset with his salary on the TV show “Empire.”Last August, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb, a former federal prosecutor, as a special prosecutor in the Smollett case; tasking him to not only investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the case, but to decide if Smollett should be further prosecuted for allegedly staging a fake hate crime against himself.In a statement on the new Smollett indictment, Webb wrote that his office “obtained sufficient factual evidence to determine that it disagrees with how the CCSAO resolved the Smollett case.”Webb said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office could not provide him with any evidence that the decision last year to dismiss the charges against Smollett was handled similar to other cases.“The CCSAO has been unable to provide the [Office of the Special Prosecutor] with documentary evidence that shows that, in dismissing the Smollett case on the terms presented in court on March 26, 2019, the CCSAO relied on other dispositions of similar cases prior to the Smollett case that would justify this disposition,” Webb wrote.What about double jeopardy?Legal experts have said that’s not an issue because Smollett was never put on trial in the first place.last_img read more