Palomino Soccer Team To Host Tryouts
Mar27

Palomino Soccer Team To Host Tryouts

Special to the Laredo Sun Students with a passion for soccer and who are interested in playing at the collegiate level are invited to try out for the Laredo Community College Palomino soccer team. Prospective players can take advantage of two upcoming tryout sessions. The first will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 12-2 p.m. and the other on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the LCC South Recreation Complex, located at 5500 South Zapata Highway. Tryouts are open to recent high school graduates or current college students. High school students who will graduate in 2015 will not be eligible until after their current soccer season ends. There is a $10 fee that must be paid in advance at the Athletics Department in the Maravillo Gym at the Fort McIntosh Campus. Players can submit their Palomino Athletics Tryout Release and Liability Waiver Form the day before they tryout. Additionally, athletes must provide proof of a recent physical and should come to the tryout properly attired in a white t-shirt and black shorts, shin guards and cleats. The LCC Palominos are part of the highly competitive NJCAA Region 14 South Zone Conference. For more information about tryouts or the Palomino soccer team, call the LCC Athletics Department at...

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Katy Perry’s Halftime Costume Scanned In Super Bowl Safety Bid
Jan30

Katy Perry’s Halftime Costume Scanned In Super Bowl Safety Bid

    ABC News   The Super Bowl is supposed to be about fun and games, but law enforcement is planning for every possible security scenario. High-tech scanners are being used to search every item entering the University of Phoenix Stadium — from fixtures and food to the costume worn by halftime performer Katy Perry, customs and border protection program manager Ronald Nunn said. “Katy Perry’s stage came in last night,” Nunn said. “We’ve got port-a-potties. We’ve got everything — food, hot dogs, hamburgers, the NFL paraphernalia, jerseys, everything.” Officers will be wearing portable radiation detectors, and bomb-sniffing dogs will also be employed. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, in an exclusive interview inside the stadium, told ABC News that security experts are on high alert, with a focus on smaller-scale and lone wolf-style attacks. “Our challenges in Homeland Security are evolving. We have more concerns about domestic-based acts of violence, inspired by things people may see or read on the Internet,” Johnson said. While Johnson said there are no credible threats against this weekend’s game, he said authorities are prepared to respond by any means necessary. That security involves a U.S. Customs Black Hawk helicopter, part of a fleet of aircraft guarding the Super Bowl from above. F-16 fighter jets will also be in the air. Roughly 30 miles of airspace over the big game is...

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Deflate-gate: NFL Players Pile On New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
Jan23

Deflate-gate: NFL Players Pile On New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady

ABC News Many NFL players, both current and former, say they’re having a hard time believing Tom Brady’s denial that he knew anything about the alleged use of deflated footballs during the team’s AFC Championship win last Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. Brady told reporters Thursday that his preference for pressure was 12.5 pounds per square inch. Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than that. “I have no knowledge of anything,” Brady, a three-time Super Bowl winner, said. “I was as surprised as anybody when I heard Monday morning that this happened.” The Patriots said they are cooperating with the NFL’s investigation. Here is a look at what Brady’s biggest critics are saying: 1. Jesse Palmer, former New York Giants quarterback Elsa/Getty Images PHOTO: Sports commentator Jesse Palmer is shown prior to start of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The ESPN analyst and former star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” told “Good Morning America” todayhe’s in disbelief that Brady didn’t notice the ball was deflated below 12.5 pounds per square inch. “I wouldn’t believe that. Quarterbacks, again, they’re so particular about the footballs they throw in these football games. It’s kind of like your Starbucks order. Some quarterbacks like footballs that are worn in. Some like them inflated. Some like them deflated,” he said. 2. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Elaine Thompson/AP Photo PHOTO: Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman runs in NFL football practice, on Jan. 21, 2015, in Renton, Wash. “I think people sometimes get a skewed view of Tom Brady,” Sherman said Wednesday at a news conference in Seattle. “That he’s just a clean-cut [guy], does everything right, never says a bad word to anyone and we know him to be otherwise.” Sherman’s history with Brady goes back to the Seahawks’ 24-23 victory over the Patriots on Oct. 14, 2012. As Sherman tells the story, Brady told him to “see him after the game when they win.” After the Seahawks won, Sherman was taped asking Brady, “You mad bro?” Though Brady had no response, the video went viral. 3. Mark Brunell, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Sam Greenwood/Getty Images PHOTO: Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, left, speaks with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan prior to being inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars at EverBank Field on Dec. 15, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. “I did not believe what Tom had to say,” former Packers, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars player Brunell said on ESPN. “Those balls were deflated. Somebody had to do it. I don’t believe...

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Deflate-gate: NFL ‘Continuing’ To Review Whether New England Patriots Under-Inflated Balls
Jan21

Deflate-gate: NFL ‘Continuing’ To Review Whether New England Patriots Under-Inflated Balls

ABC News The NFL said it is “continuing” to look into allegations that the New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship game under-inflated. “We are continuing our review and will provide an update as soon as possible,” the league said in a statement today. According to ESPN’s report, the footballs used by the Patriots were under-inflated by two pounds per square inch. Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch. A deflated ball could be easier for the quarterback to grip in bad weather, such as in Sunday’s rain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England won the game, 45-7. League sources confirmed to ESPN today that the footballs were “properly inspected and approved” by the referee some two hours before kickoff. Each team provides 12 new Wilson Official NFL footballs for referees to check before games, with additional balls available for backup purposes or at the away team’s discretion. Matt Slocum/AP Photo PHOTO: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick holds the championship trophy after the NFL football AFC Championship game on Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Former NFL official Gerry Austin told ESPN Radio what interactions the referees have with game balls both before and throughout the game, including when each team brings 12 balls to the referees’ room ahead of kickoff. If the air pressure is low they bring it up. If it’s too much, they deflate it to the appropriate point. The balls stay with the officials until 10 minutes before kickoff. “They don’t actually weight the footballs. They do check the pounds per square inch. That is done every game,” Austin said. Austin added that he had never encountered an issue where someone from a team had been letting air out of the balls after they had been handed over. He also said that while referees do handle the balls later in the game between plays, that is such a small amount of time that it would be nearly impossible to notice. “You don’t even give that a thought. The amount of time you’re handling the ball is very limited,” Austin said to ESPN. Though he does not have any specific knowledge about what happened in this weekend’s game, Austin said that if the balls were deflated when half time rolled around, they would be brought back up to standard. The minimum disciplinary action for tampering of a football is a fine of $25,000, according to the NFL’s game operations manual. The controversy around “deflate-gate” has taken attention away from the Super Bowl, which will feature the Patriots...

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Deflategate: NFL Probing Whether New England Patriots Used Deflated Balls
Jan19

Deflategate: NFL Probing Whether New England Patriots Used Deflated Balls

ABC News The NFL is looking into whether the New England Patriots deflated air from footballs for its game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Quarterback Tom Brady led the team 45-7 against the Colts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough,Massachusetts, leading to the Pats’ eighth Super Bowl appearance in the franchise’s history. The NFL is looking into the matter, league spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to ABC News this morning. Deflated balls may be more difficult or easier to catch, depending on how much air is missing. This morning, Brady called the suggestion “ridiculous” during an interview on WEEI radio in Boston. “I think I’ve heard it all at this point … it’s ridiculous,” Brady said. “I don’t even respond to stuff like this.” The NFL’s guidelines dictate that a ball must be inflated to about 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces. “Officials check balls as they go into the game, and if the ball doesn’t feel perfect, they can throw it out,” former NFL official Jim Daopolous told ESPN. “There is always the possibility that balls can lose air due to the conditions.” Matt Slocum/AP Photo PHOTO: New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) scores on a 13-yard touchdown run during the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The news broke when a columnist with WTHR in Indianapolis said a league source had told him the NFL was investigating the matter. Former University of Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin was accused of deflating footballs for a game against the University of Oregon Ducks in 2012 before losing his job during that season. The minimum disciplinary action for anyone, including the head coach or other club personnel, who is responsible for a non-approved football is a fine of $25,000, according to the NFL’s game operations manual. In 2007, NFL commissioner Robert Goodell fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for recording the New York Jets’ defensive signals. The Patriots were also stripped of their first-round draft...

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Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Josh McNary Denies Rape Allegation
Jan15

Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Josh McNary Denies Rape Allegation

CNN AP Photo An Indianapolis Colts linebacker charged with felony rape “unhesitatingly denies all allegations,” according to a Thursday statement from the player’s lawyer. Joshua McNary was released early Thursday, according to the Marion County, Indiana, jail website. He posted a $25,000 bond and was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet for GPS monitoring, said Peg McLeish, spokeswoman for the county prosecuting attorney. He is expected to appear at an initial hearing at 1 p.m., where he will be advised of his rights and be given an opportunity to enter a preliminary plea, McLeish said. Defense attorney Edward Schrager said he would not be commenting further on the case, but said in his statement that the charges and affidavit “are not evidence of wrongdoing, but simply one side’s story. “Joshua has full faith and confidence in the American way, including its justice system, which he pledged to protect and defend as a West Point graduate and lieutenant in the United States Army.” McNary, 26, was taken into police custody and charged with felony rape, felony criminal confinement and misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. According to a probable cause affidavit, a 29-year-old woman reported to police on the morning of December 1 that she was raped hours earlier at the apartment of a man she met while out at a bar. The woman recounted having numerous drinks at three establishment before she arrived at the apartment, and she didn’t remember exactly how she got there, the affidavit says. She recalled “being flirty” and “touchy-feely” as she and the man kissed, she told police. “This wasn’t a problem and it was not aggressive,” she said, according to the affidavit. Soon, though, she told the man that she “needed to lay down” because she was “really drunk,” the affidavit says. She lay in the man’s bed and he began kissing her, which made her uncomfortable and she noticed that he had taken his shirt off and she was “completely naked,” she told police. “No. I’m too drunk for this. I need to lay down. I have to work, and I’m not OK with this,” she recalled telling the man, according to the affidavit. She said she told the man several times she didn’t want to have sex and fought with him, scratching him on the face, neck, back and shoulder. The man initially tried to talk her into it then forced her to have sex on his bed, she told police. She told the man she wanted to leave on multiple occasions, but he wouldn’t let her, at one point, saying, “You’re gonna stay,” the affidavit says. She eventually left the...

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