Lady Wildcats Split Games With Lady Lions

first_imgFranklin County put together one of their most complete games of the season, defeating Rushville Thursday evening by a final score of 6-2. With the win, Franklin County’s record improves to 9-3 on the season and 4-2 in EIAC play. Rushville’s record falls to 0-7 on the season and 0-3 in EIAC play.Franklin County’s offense got started in the second inning when Camryn Brewer doubled to left field with one out to get a base runner in scoring position. Then Kendall McCool helped her own cause with a single on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring the first run of the game.The Wildcats really broke open the game in the sixth inning when they notched four runs.The big inning lead off with a single by Maggie Wendel and then a double by Kamryn McCool. Next Hannah Hornsby drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. After a fielder’s choice, freshman Kloe Bolos came up with the big hit. Bolos smacked a single into centerfield driving in a run. The ball was then misplayed by the center fielder which allowed two more runs to score and Bolos to advance to second. Then with two outs, Tessa Harper added onto the score with an RBI single of her own which scored Bolos.Kendall McCool got the win for Franklin County. She was perfect through fifth innings before the Lions were able to string some hits together in the late innings to tack on two runs. She allowed four hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out ten and walking zero.C Gettinger took the loss for Rushville. She went seven innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking one.Franklin County recorded eight hits in the game. Kamryn McCool led Franklin County with three hits in four at bats.The Wildcats will be back on the diamond Friday evening for a Varsity/JV double header against the Panthers from Knightstown. Varsity first pitch is scheduled for 5pm with the junior varsity contest to immediately follow.The Franklin County Wildcats Junior Varsity watched the game slip away early as errors plauged the Wildcats in the first inning. These proved to be costly and the team couldn’t recover in a 15-8 loss to Rushville on Thursday evening. With the loss, the Wildcats JV record falls to 2-6 on the season and 1-3 in EIAC play.The Wildcats collected six hits and Rushville had eight in the high-scoring affair. That was also haunted by many defensive errors from both teams. Franklin County committed nine errors, five in the first inning. Rushville had seven errors.The big inning for the Wildcats came in the fifth inning when they tallied six runs. The offensive onslaught by Franklin County was led by Morgan Bare, Emily Wendel, Kaylynn Rauch, Kiya Rains, and Paige Hall, all knocking in runs in the inning.Olivia Mohler earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Rushville. She surrendered eight runs, none earned, on six hits over five innings, striking out nine and walking one.Karlie Hahn took the loss for Franklin County. She surrendered 15 runs,eight earned, on eight hits over four innings, striking out two.Franklin County collected six hits on the day. Bare and Rains each had two singles to lead Franklin County.Herbert led Rushville with two hits in three at bats.The Wildcats Junior Varsity will be back in action on Friday evening for a game against the Knightstown Panthers. The JV game will immediately follow the varsity contest which begins at 5pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.last_img read more

Evans – we weren’t at lowest ebb

first_img Press Association United emerged from a difficult few days by claiming a much-needed victory against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Whilst booking a Capital One Cup fourth-round encounter with Norwich is not expected to be high on the list of David Moyes’ achievements in his debut campaign as Red Devils chief, at the present time, Javier Hernandez’s solitary goal was significant. Jonny Evans has known the atmosphere at Manchester United’s training ground to be worse than it was at start of this week. It cannot have escaped Moyes’ notice United benefited from the eight changes made to the team that lost at Manchester City. Almost all the new faces, Evans and Hernandez included, were making rare appearances after Moyes opted to stick largely with the same group of players for those testing opening five Premier League matches. In hindsight, it looks like a flawed, if understandable move, which might well have been avoided. Had either Mike Phelan or Rene Meulensteen from Ferguson’s backroom team been retained, they might have been able to caution against asking Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to push themselves through three games in a week. The players themselves would argue otherwise but the evidence of the past week, and Ferguson’s selection policy dating back to 2010, indicates the pair can no longer do it. A lack of summer reinforcements beyond Marouane Fellaini may become an issue as the season progresses, whilst circumstance dictated Wilfried Zaha remained on the bench last night when, in less fraught circumstances, it was an ideal chance for a youngster – who nevertheless has appeared for England at senior level – to gain some valuable experience. Yet Moyes would counter that some of the selection problems are not of his making. The clamour for Shinji Kagawa’s inclusion has been growing steadily, whilst Hernandez had been restricted to a sum total of just 34 minutes’ action prior to Wednesday night’s game. There is, apparently, no coincidence the pair were on Confederations Cup duty for Japan and Mexico this summer, and have since been required to play in two lots of international matches. “The start we had meant I felt we had to get a settled group of players for the opening five or six games,” said Moyes. “As well as that we were still trying to bring some players back from international duty who came back, went away again, came back and went away again. “It was difficult to get them in the right condition all at the same time.” Moyes may have reservations about individuals within the squad he has inherited. Nevertheless, he might also remind himself that someone like Evans has won as many Premier League titles as Frank Lampard and John Terry and can be trusted to get the job done, particularly against lesser teams, rather than being completely inactive, as has been the case with the Northern Ireland star. “That was my first start of the season and it was a tough game to come into,” said Evans. “When you have Sturridge and Suarez up front you are never going to have an easy evening. “But we defended every set piece well and were blocking shots. “It is what you need in games like that.” For without it, Moyes would have been facing yet more questions over his suitability for the onerous task of replacing the man whose name adorns the stand his dug-out faces and whose image is cast in a statue outside the ground. Yet even in the eye of the storm that raged following Sunday’s 4-1 hammering at Manchester City, Moyes still kept doing the right things. He fronted up to the media on Tuesday, when it would have been far easier to send someone else to speak on his behalf. And he managed to stop a cloud of gloom descending on what is officially known as the Aon Training Complex, but fans and players continue to refer as Carrington. “I have been on the training ground where the atmosphere has been worse than it was when we came in the day after the game,” said Evans. “We had no complaints at the weekend. “Everyone was honest in their assessment that we didn’t apply ourselves the way we should have. “It is hard for the fans, the players and the manager as well. We just had to move on from it quickly.” last_img read more

Injured Huth out for season

first_img “So we took him to the surgeon and he had another look at it and recommended that Robert had another operation, just to get a real understanding of what is going on in the knee. “By all accounts it was good news in terms of what he found – there is no real structural element to it, it is just that there is an issue in the knee that is causing it to flare up and we now have a better understanding of what is going on. “So hopefully he will be fit and well to go for the beginning of next season.” Jon Walters is sidelined along with Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with West Ham due to suspension. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns. Andy Carroll is in line to return to the starting line-up for the first time since his red card in the 2-0 win over Swansea, although fellow forward Marco Borriello remains sidelined with a calf injury. Allardyce wants to see his West Ham players rediscover the clinical nature which saw them win four games in a row before the recent international break. The Hammers were deeply embroiled in the fight for Baclays Premier League survival until a run of consecutive victories pulled them clear and left them in the top half of the table – with only a defeat at Everton blotting their record ahead of the international friendly fixtures. Once the favourite to become the next manager to find himself out of work, Allardyce masterminded wins over Swansea, Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton and is eager to see his side return to winning ways at Stoke. “The clinical aspect, which we did so well in the four games we’d won on the trot, deserted us at Everton and we’ve got to get that back,” he said. “We’ve got to take the opportunities when they arise, we scored against the run of play sometimes, we scored when we were in the ascendancy and we’ve to make sure we are as clinical as we were in those four games. “I’m not sure about results because it will be tough to get better results than we’ve had. We have to try to achieve the results and improve the performances, the demand from me is a level of consistency from the players that will deliver results.” And speaking on Friday, Stoke boss Hughes said: “Robert had an operation last night and unfortunately he is going to miss the end of the season.” Huth has missed 20 matches in all competitions since limping off in Stoke’s 2-0 home Barclays Premier League win over Sunderland on November 23. When suggesting around the time that surgery appeared likely, Hughes said the 29-year-old centre-back would be out for “a number of weeks”. Huth then made a comeback on February 25 by playing 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly. But he has not returned to the Potters’ matchday squad since then, and will now work towards trying to be fit for the start of 2014/15. “It has been difficult for us,” Hughes said. “We tried to get him back and he has been very close on a number of occasions, but unfortunately the knee was reacting adversely to any opportunity we had to really push him on. “Every time we tried to just push him to the next level, that is when the reaction in the knee would force us to take a step back. Stoke defender Robert Huth has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to his knee problem, manager Mark Hughes has announced. Press Association Huth has not played for the first team since injuring his knee in November, which he had surgery on soon after. Earlier this week, Potters chairman Peter Coates said it was his understanding that it was “very unlikely” the German would feature again this term. last_img read more

Football News Did Cristiano Ronaldo rape American model in Las Vegas?

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking development from a 2017 case that accused captain of Portugal football team Cristiano Ronaldo of rape in a Las Vegas hotel room, the American woman who had kept her anonymity then have now revealed her identity for German publication Der Spiegel, who initially reported the case last year and revealed that she has filed a new civil suit against Cristiano Ronaldo in court. However, the lawyer team for Ronaldo has denied the report and has expressed their intent to sue the German outlet.As per Der Spiegel’s latest report Kathryn Mayorga, who had kept her anonymity since the alleged rape incident, explained what happened on the night at the Palms Place Hotel in Las Vegas and how that incident affected her life.ALSO READ: India vs Bangladesh: Men in Blue become Champions of AsiaThe biggest revelation surfaced as Mayorga’s laywer claimed to possess a questionnaire that Ronaldo answered and admitted that the then aspiring model Mayorga had objected to their sex that night.(NOTE: that these documents were written in code where “Ms. C” refers to Mayorga and “X” to Ronaldo)“The sender was a lawyer from the firm of Carlos Osório de Castro, a lawyer who has long represented the soccer star [CH1] . The recipients were Osório de Castro himself and an additional colleague.“She said no and stop several times.” And furthermore: “She made herself available. She was lying on her side, in bed. It was rude. We didn’t change position. 5/7 minutes.”She said that she didn’t want to, but she made herself available.” And added: “But she kept saying ‘no.’ ‘Don’t do it.’ ‘I’m not like the others.’ I apologized afterwards.” The document quoted him as saying that she never screamed and never called out for anyone.“Question: Did Ms. C. say anything afterwards about the sex being too brutal? X: She didn’t complain about it being brutal. She complained that I forced her. She didn’t say anything about wanting to go to the police.”NOTE: This is a translated version from Der Speigel’s story in Germany.On June 12, 2009, Mayorga, now a 34-year-old teacher but then a 25-year-old model, met Crisitano Ronaldo, who had just sealed a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a reported fee of 94 million Pounds at Palms Casino.“[Ronaldo] just came up to me and grabbed my arm, and he was like, ‘You! Come with me!’”However, Ronaldo cleared her hesitancy to join him to the party and convinced her to let him buy her a drink. Later, Mayorga and Ronaldo exchanged their phone numbers and the now Juventus star asked her to join a party in his penthouse. Mayorga and her friend Jordan agreed to pay him a visit.Mayorga and her friend met Ronaldo and his friends before heading towards Ronaldo’s room. The American model was reluctant to get into the hot tub but Ronaldo offered him a swimsuit and she agreed to get in. Later, Mayorga went into the washroom to change the suit and Ronaldo came there following her.“This guy that is so famous and so hot … he’s a loser and a creep,” Mayorga said.ALSO READ: Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape allegations, plans to take legal actionRonaldo said to her, ‘I’ll let you go if you give me a kiss.’ I said, ‘OK, I’ll kiss you but I’m not going to do anything more”. And she recalls that the kiss only turned him on more.“He starts to come on to me very strong. And he starts to do stuff to me and touch me and grab me.”Mayorga pushed him away and again to him no.By that time one of Ronaldo’s friend came and asked what was going on?  “I took the opportunity to quickly put my dress back on and said,” We’re coming out. “And he said yes, we’re coming,” Mayorga said.However, as Mayorga went ahead to join others by the tub, Ronaldo pulled her back.“I was not really scared, I just did not think that’s how stubborn this guy is. I told him again that nothing would happen between us.“I pushed him off again, he tried to take off my underwear, but he did not succeed, so I rolled myself up like a ball and tried to protect myself with both hands and then he was on top of me,“  she said.“When he was done, he still did not want to let me go, he looked guilty and suddenly started calling me ‘baby.’ ‘Baby, baby.’ I do not remember exactly the wording, but he also said ‘sorry’ and asked me if I was in pain, somehow getting on my knees and saying, ‘99 percent of me am a good guy, I do not know what to do this one percent is,’” she added.Here is how Mayorga described the whole incident:“It all happened so fast, and I was so confused, it was like floating, like in a trance, I cannot describe it, my next thought was: what if he had AIDS now, or some other disease? I asked him, and he said, ‘I’m a professional athlete, I’m tested every three months, and if I was ill, I would not be able to play.’”“I said to him, nobody will know about it, and when we finally got out of the room, he meant something like ‘stay cool’ or something, but I do not remember exactly.”Mayorga’s friend Jordan told Der Speigel that “Kathryn looked completely upset, her hair was disheveled, her make-up smeared,” and when he asked Ronaldo “What did you do to my girlfriend?” His reply was “It’s okay, we’re friends.”However, Mayorga soon started joking around and laughing. Finally, everyone got out of the hot tub and the Mayorga and Jordan left the room and the hotel.But it was only after she got into her car and realised the magnitude of what had just happened, “There was this terrible pain, every heartbeat,” she said.Mayorga went to contact the police but was scared of Ronaldo’s power.But, after months of agreement Ronaldo’s lawyers and Mayorga agreed to a $375,000 settlement, keeping the alleged incident to a shut.“Today I would give anything to go back and change my decision!!, she said after nine years from the incident.Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s lawyer told News Agency Reuters that Der Spiegel’s report was “blatantly illegal” and they would sue the German outlet for publishing the report.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

VB : Syracuse outplayed by South Florida defense in Big East opener

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Valerie El Houssine’s cross-court spike looked like the kind of shot Syracuse libero Ashley Williams routinely dug out during many of SU’s games this season.But the perfectly placed spike — one of 10 kills in the third set alone by the South Florida freshman El Houssine — fell just beyond the diving dig attempt by Williams and demonstrated what went wrong for Syracuse against the five-win Bulls.Everything Syracuse did, USF did better.‘They took some of the things we do well and threw it right back at us,’ SU assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe said. ‘We just didn’t have an answer.’Syracuse couldn’t respond to USF’s similar game plan centered on playing tough defense. USF used its size and athleticism on defense to neutralize SU’s perimeter attack in the Bulls’ five-set victory on Friday night. USF middle blockers Andrea Rodriguez Gomez and Caitlyn Breen were thorns in the side of the Syracuse attack, deflecting SU shot attempts and setting up the Bulls’ counterattack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSet up by the defense, the Bulls offense ran smoothly through their outside hitters, El Houssine and Delaney Bell. Four South Florida players had double-digit dig totals in the five-set match.Sophomore middle blocker Lindsay McCabe said Houssine’s 30 digs helped USF turn momentum in its favor.‘(El Houssine) was all over,’ McCabe said. ‘She was really tough to match up with.’The USF blocking game prevented many attempts from even getting to the back line of the defense. The Bulls, second behind Syracuse in blocks per set in the Big East, looked like the better blocking team when they found their comfort zone in the second half of the game. Even though USF blocked 10 fewer shots than SU, its 12 blocks seemed to come during the match’s most pivotal moments.As it did in nonconference losses against Utah State and Dayton, size and blocking ability gave the Syracuse attack fits. Outside hitters Noemie Lefebvre and Nicolette Serratore had kill attempts repeatedly blocked in the third, fourth and deciding fifth sets.Fellow outside hitter Andrea Fisher said the speed of USF’s defense changed the nature of the game after SU jumped out to an early two-set lead.‘It was tough to try and hit around them,’ Fisher said.USF turned the two-set deficit into a win by hitting around Syracuse’s block attempts.In the third set, middle blockers McCabe and Samantha Hinz pounced at the net to deflect a shot by USF middle blocker Breen. Serratore joined them, and when Breen saw all three players jump without much defensive help behind, she placed a drop shot over them.The shot was too accurate to be saved by a diving Williams.Hinz said it was like USF players could anticipate SU’s next move.‘They knew how to counter our block,’ Hinz said. ‘It was so frustrating.’USF head coach Claire Lessinger said countering the SU blocking game was key in her team’s upset road victory.‘Syracuse is a blocking machine, and we had to play around their strengths,’ Lessinger said. ‘With a defense like that on the court, you’ll take any points you can get.’Morrisroe said that she’s expecting SU opponents to play around the SU blocking game more this season, as USF did. The Bulls were well prepared for SU’s defensive approach, and the Orange couldn’t adjust in time to prevent the USF comeback.It’s something SU will have to adapt to compete in Big East play.‘The accolades are great, but now teams know we’re one of the top teams in college volleyball at blocking,’ Morrisroe said. ‘And they plan for that.’nctoney@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

Stats Perform secures Argentine Football Association deal

first_img Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Share Stats Perform extends NBL data and streaming deal July 13, 2020 Stats Perform will bring a more immersive betting experience to global fans of Argentinian football after striking a five-year deal with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) for the rights to global betting video and data across the body’s major competitions.This includes the headline Superliga Argentina, as well as the Copa Superliga Argentina, Argentina Cup and Recopa Argentina. Under the agreement, Stats Perform will collect and distribute official  data and Watch&Bet video streams for over 600 matches per season to licensed global sportsbook operators. The new deal, said Stats Perform, demonstrates the AFA’s commitment to growing its global appeal and providing a best-in-class betting experience.  Alex Rice, Chief Rights Officer for Stats Perform, added: “Argentine football means fierce rivalries, passionate fans and top quality teams and players. “For many football fans, watching a club game in Argentina is a bucket-list ambition. We’re delighted to be able to bring this level of sports entertainment to our global betting partners and their customers.” The AFA live streams join over 100 other competitions in the Watch&Bet portfolio for Stats Perform – a new business entity created this summer when Stats completed the acquisition of Perform Group, absorbing the assets of OPTA, RunningBall and Watch&Bet.Watch&Bet offers round-the-clock coverage of sports including football, tennis, basketball, cricket, rugby and ice hockey. The video and accompanying deep data is distributed to regulated operators for use in online, mobile and land-based sportsbooks and maintains the highest integrity standards.last_img read more

Gabon left to ponder wider worries after Cup exit

first_imgLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Sporting agony in the shape of an early elimination from their own Africa Cup of Nations has only added to the other woes facing Gabon, a country already in the midst of a political and economic crisis.“The Africa Cup of Nations is not finished. I encourage all football lovers to enjoy the quality of the remaining matches,” said president Ali Bongo in a statement released following Sunday’s 0-0 draw with central African neighbours Cameroon in Libreville.That result, Gabon’s third draw in as many matches, condemned them to a group-stage exit, something that had not befallen the hosts of the Cup of Nations since Tunisia in 1994.“It was a great derby. I would like to pay tribute to the quality of the performance of our brave Panthers. I would also like to congratulate Cameroon on qualifying for the quarter-finals,” added Bongo, who had attempted to rouse the Gabon side by visiting them at training on Saturday.A last-minute coaching change, a poor build-up and two points dropped in the dying moments of their opening game, a 1-1 draw against Guinea-Bissau, all contributed to Gabon’s poor showing.Newspaper L’Union was scathing in its criticism, saying: “Of all the teams taking part at the tournament, Gabon, the hosts, were the only ones who did not prepare. Incredible!”The Gabon squad, spearheaded by star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, got together later than planned in early January under the orders of a coach who had been hastily appointed.The veteran Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho was brought in to replace the Portuguese Jorge Costa, sacked in November.But Camacho, who had been out of coaching since ending a stint in charge of China in 2013, does not speak French and was new to Africa.L’Union nevertheless sympathised, saying he “did his best” while laying the blame at the door of the Gabonese federation.Meanwhile, former Real Madrid player Camacho refused to be drawn on his future in the role after Sunday’s match, but meetings with the Federation, Sports Minister Nicole Assele and possibly even President Bongo will soon be scheduled. Share on: WhatsApp The Gabon team could certainly do with some stability as they approach the end of their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, with their next match to come at home to the Ivory Coast in August.– Turmoil –Off the field, the usually peaceful host nation has been in some turmoil ever since the violence that followed the contested reelection of Bongo last year.The 40,000-capacity Stade de l’Amitie was just about full for Gabon’s three draws against Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, but some opponents of Bongo and an element of public opinion was not behind the Panthers.“I don’t feel like the Gabonese are unhappy after the team’s elimination. This is serious, as if the country no longer identified with the national team. For the people of Gabon, the Panthers are the team of Ali Bongo. They are happy when they lose,” Jean-Gaspard Ntoutoume, a spokesman for opposition leader Jean Ping, told AFP.“This Cup of Nations has divided people,” one man, Donald, told AFPTV in Franceville, the south-eastern city that is a stronghold of the Bongo family.“There is not really any enthusiasm. But let’s not fool ourselves. We must not mix politics with sport or with football.”Others in Franceville said they would have liked to see the money used to finance the Cup of Nations spent on roads instead.Gabon’s exit from the tournament means a return to economic and social reality.Worried about a possible buyout, the 400 staff at the oil company Shell called a halt to their strike after reaching an agreement with management.Meanwhile, having remained silent since the turn of the year, the opposition led by Ping still refuse Bongo’s offer to open political dialogue, and legislative elections are set for July at the latest.last_img read more

Eleven Sports Features Southland Baseball

first_imgFRISCO, Texas — Eleven Sports is set to televise four Southland Conference baseball games to a national audience, starting with Wednesday’s Houston vs. Sam Houston State matchup. From April 27-29, the network will feature the three-game series between Sam Houston State and McNeese.Eleven Sports is available nationally on DirecTV 623 and various other providers. Games on Eleven Sports will also be available on the Southland Digital Network, consisting of Southland.org/live and the Southland Conference apps. Baseball: Houston at Sam Houston StateWednesday6:30 pm CTLIVE National TV Coverage:Eleven SportsDirecTV 623Full channel listings – http://sland.social/find11LIVE Stream:Southland DIgital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:Chuck Licata, play-by-playJason Barfield, analystlast_img read more

‘The Dominator’ pedals his way to Bike Club victory

first_imgChris Haugan almost finished second, but unfortunately experienced a late race crash, allowing Richard Howes to finish as runner up at 48:23.Haugan ended up finishing third in the race, while Tate Haugan finished fourth with the stop clock reading 50:50.Nicki Haugan was the first finisher in the shortened 1 lap event, completing her race with a time of 35:01.- Advertisement -Blizzard Bike Club members won’t need to unload their cycles just yet, as the Club will be racing again Thursday evening in a Toony Cross race, starting at the High School at 6:30 p.m.For more information on the local cycling Club or any of its upcoming events, click here.last_img read more

Frank Girardot: From peril to just a giggle

first_imgI’ve fired .22s, .38s, .45s, 9s, .357s and .44 Magnums (“the most powerful handgun in the world,” as “Dirty Harry” Callahan once said). I’ve taken turns with .410-gauge bird shotguns and powerful pump-action 12-gauge riot guns. I’ve shot at watermelons, tin cans, paper targets and (I’m ashamed to admit) a bird or two and a couple of road signs in my youth. But it amazed me to see how few residents of Rosemead shared my fear of well-aimed pistols and shotguns that were clearly in a safety-off position. Women with umbrellas to shield them from the sun thought nothing about approaching gun-pointing deputies from down-range. Men on bicycles rolled across the street, seemingly unaware that they were in a pretty dangerous place. I’ve watched a lot of Westerns in my day. I always thought civilians took cover in the nearest saloon they could find. Not in Rosemead. Not Wednesday. Reporter Jennifer McLain described the situation: “As time dragged on and deputies stood with guns in their hands, mothers walked by with strollers, neighbors stopped to ask questions and vehicles drove past.” Fortunately cops know the danger oblivious bystanders pose to themselves in these situations. “You try to get everybody out of the kill zone,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Osterman said. “You want to keep them from becoming victims or hostages.” What started in a panic though, ended with a giggle. The “gunfire” a couple of deputies believed they encountered at Zapopan Park was nothing more than an exploding Bic cigarette lighter. No one was hurt. Although they could have been. Either stupidly or otherwise. I know. I’ve seen videos of exploding lighters on YouTube. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I arrived 15 minutes later. Deputies with guns drawn were holding the north end of a half-mile perimeter in the heart of a densely populated neighborhood. I stood behind a car and watched things for a bit. I see guns as tools of destruction. I know I’m not alone. I knew a homicide detective who kept his piece in a paper bag in his desk drawer in the old Hall of Justice. Don’t get me wrong. I own a nice (completely dismantled) bolt-action rifle. Wednesday morning there was a report from Rosemead of “shots fired, possible officer down” crackling over the newsroom scanner. The sound of the radio traffic reminded me of the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery that turned into a shootout between the LAPD and a pair of armed robbers and culminated in a bloody mess. The North Hollywood incident ended with 16 cops and civilians wounded in a firefight. When it was over, gunmen Emil Matasareanu, 30, of Altadena and Larry Phillips, 26, of Rowland Heights were dead. In the heat of the moment Wednesday I grabbed my press credentials and rushed out of the newsroom to where the action was. last_img read more