Man Sentenced to 20 years for 10th DUI

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. POLSON – A 52-year-old Billings man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of his 10th drunken driving charge.Wesley Jean Couture was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 20 suspended during a hearing Wednesday before District Judge C.B. McNeil. Couture won’t be eligible for parole until he completes a state run alcohol treatment program.Lake County prosecutors say Couture was on parole from a 2003 DUI when a Flathead tribal officer saw his vehicle cross the center line of Old Highway 93 in Pablo on Sept. 6, 2009. Court records say Couture failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breath test.McNeil noted that this was the second time Couture was sentenced as a persistent felony offender.last_img read more

Thousands lose power in Merriam, Shawnee after vehicle crashes into utility pole

first_imgA car that crashed into a utility pole on the Shawnee-KCK border overnight left thousands of people without power in parts of Merriam and Shawnee. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.Parts of Shawnee and Merriam were without electricity from about 10:10 p.m. to after 11 p.m. Wednesday after a vehicle crashed through a utility pole near the intersection of 47th Street and Monrovia Street. West 47th Street is also known as County Line Road.An outage map from Evergy showed the range of the outage. Bounded on the north by 47th Street, I-35 to the east all the way to where I-635, south to about 60th Street and west ranging from Nieman and Quivira Road. Parts of downtown Merriam and downtown Shawnee went dark, as well as traffic signals near the Antioch Road overpass of I-35.Shawnee police, firefighters, and Johnson County Med-Act paramedics were called to the intersection of 47th Street and Monrovia Street at 10:15 p.m. 

Recorded radio traffic from the fire department indicated the vehicle had crashed through a utility pole and then down an embankment. The driver of the car was no longer with the vehicle when emergency crews arrived.Power lines were twisted through tree branches on the Shawnee side of 47th Street as Evergy crews worked to restore power to the more than 4,300 customers who lost service.Shawnee police said that they were still working to determine if the crash occurred on the Shawnee or Kansas City, Kan., side of County Line Road. It was later determined that the crash would be in Kansas City, Kan. jurisdiction.Sergeant Chuck Seawood of the Shawnee Police Department said the car was westbound on County Line Road and crashed when the road curved, going through a pole and then down an embankment.Shawnee officers searched the surrounding neighborhoods for the driver but were not able to locate anyone in the immediate area.

 At last check, police were still trying to determine to whom the vehicle belongs and who the driver was at the time of the crash.Approximately 95 Evergy customers remained without power until after 12:30 a.m. Thursday.Leah Wankum contributed to this report.last_img read more

Babcox Promotes Two Top Executives to Vice President Positions

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement Jeff Stankard has been with Babcox since June 1999 and is now responsible for Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, TechShop, Tomorrow’s Technician and Servicio Automotriz magazines as well as the autocarepro:news e-newsletter. Prior to joining Babcox, Stankard spent 15 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Stankard received his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Akron. Both Cira and Stankard will continue in their current roles in addition to serving as vice presidents of Babcox.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. center_img With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  AKRON, OHIO – Babcox, a business-to-business media company serving the automotive aftermarket and truck fleet markets, is pleased to announce that Chief Financial Officer Greg Cira and Group Publisher Jeff Stankard have been promoted to vice president positions within the company. Bill Babcox remains chairman, president and CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Greg Cira has served as CFO of Babcox since 1992 and is responsible for all corporate operational needs including financial reporting, human resource issues and legal matters. Prior to joining Babcox, he spent eight years with Ernst & Young. Cira has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Bowling Green State University and is also a CPA. last_img read more

World Breeding Championships team announced

first_img Horse Sport Ireland has announced the team of horses that will represent the Irish WBFSH Studbooks at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2017. The Championship will be held at Lanaken, Belgium, and will run from 20th to 24th September 20175 Year Olds:BP FIRST EDITIONS (ISH). Rider: Darragh RyanDOTHRAKI WARLORD (ISH). Rider: Derek McConnellFORTY ROSES (ISH). Rider: Michael PenderPEARLS PRINCESS GERVANTUS (ISH): Rider: Vincent ByrneBBS MCGREGOR (ISH). Rider: Jack Ryan6 Year Olds:CASTLELAWN CAPTAIN JUNIOR (ISH) (TIH): Rider: Jessica BurkeLACKAMORE STORM (ISH). Rider: Darragh RyanCOLUMBCILLE GIPSY (ISH). Rider: Gerard O’NeillBOLEYBAWN ACTOR. Rider (ISH): Darragh RyanSEA TOPBLUE (ISH). Rider: Jenny Rankin7 Year Olds:CASTLEFIELD VEGAS (ISH). Rider: Gerard O’NeillMHS ATTRACTION. Rider (ISH): Jenny RankinBALLYPATRICK FLAMENCO. Rider (ISH): Darragh RyanHHS WASHINGTON (ISH). Rider: Michael PenderEXPRESS TREND (ISH). Rider: Jessica BurkeChef d’Équipe, Comdt. John Ledingham, said; “After our most successful championships ever in 2016, we have a lot to live up to this September. The team comprises exceptional horses and experienced riders and we are looking forward to the challenge. It was a pleasant, if difficult task to choose from the wealth of talent in the young Irish horses currently competing around the world”.Breeding of the above horses:BP First Editions (ISH) 2012 mare by Verdi (KWPN) out of Ballypatrick Flight (ISH) by Laughton’s Flight (ISH). Breeder: Austin Broderick. Owner: Ronan Rothwell. Rider: Darragh Ryan.Dothraki Warlord (ISH) 2012 gelding by M Mermus R (KWPN) out of Tiamo Diamant (SF) by Diamant De Semilly (SF). Breeder: Patrick J Kearns. Owner: Tom Hennessy. Rider: Derek McConnellForty Roses (ISH) 2012 mare by Heritage Fortunus (HANN) out of HHS Diamond Exchange (ISH) by Ramiro B (BWP). Breeder: Declan Kehoe. Owner: Marion Hughes. Rider: Michael James PenderPearls Princess Gervantus (ISH) 2012 mare by Luidam (KWPN) out of Guinness 38 (WURT) by Gervantus II (OLD). Breeder/Owner: Pearl Roach. Rider: Vincent ByrneBBS Mcgregor (ISH) 2012 gelding by Cardento (HOLST) out of Random Chance (ISH) by Mark Twain (TB). Breeder/Owner: Marguerite Ryan. Rider: Jack RyanCastlelawn Captain Junior (ISH) (TIH) 2011 Stallion by Captain Clover (ISH) out of Diroe (ISH) by Diamond Lad (ID). Breeder: Elizabeth Gallagher Owner: Gabriel Slattery. Rider: Jessica BurkeLackamore Storm (ISH) 2011 gelding by Kroongraaf (KWPN) out of Currabawn Shauna (ISH) by Indoctro (HOLST). Breeder: Ian Heslin. Owner: Gbbs Int Ltd & Liam Cleary. Rider: Darragh RyanColumbcille Gipsy (ISH) 2011 mare by Toulon (BWP) out of Gipsy III (HOLST) by Grundyman (TB) Breeder/Owner: Eamonn Murphy. Rider: Gerard O’NeillBoleybawn Actor (ISH) 2011 gelding by Ars Vivendi (HOLST) out of Arina (KWPN) by Air Jordan Z (OLD). Breeder: Ronan Rothwell. Owner: Pearl Biedron and Greg Broderick. Rider: Darragh RyanSea Topblue (ISH) 2011 gelding by Chacco Blue (MECKL) out of Sea Top Lady (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN) Breeder: James and John Meade.  Owner: Deirdre Bourns. Rider: Jenny RankinCastlefield Vegas (ISH) 2010 gelding by Cassino (SWWB) out of Clarkes Quiet Optimistic (ISH) by Lux Z (HANN). Breeder: John Clarke. Owner: Martin Egan. Rider: Gerard O’NeillMHS Attraction (ISH) 2010 mare by Numero Uno (KWPN) out of French Ballerina (ISH) by Diamant De Semilly (SF). Breeder: Michael Brennan. Owner: Deirdre Bourns. Rider: Jenny RankinBallypatrick Flamenco (ISH) 2010 gelding by Je T’Aime Flamenco (BWP) out of Cruise Leaf (ISH), by Cruising. Breeder: Dr Noel Cawley. Owner: Greg Broderick. Rider: Darragh RyanHHS Washington (ISH) 2010 gelding by Tinaranas Inspector (WESTF) out of Cadiz (ISH) by Cavalier Royale (HOLST). Breeder/Owner: Miguel Bravo. Rider: Michael James PenderExpress Trend (ISH) 2010 by Future Trend (OLD) out of Condios Express (ISH) by Condios (HOLST) Breeder: Liam Nicholas. Owner: Liam/Anthony Nicholas. Rider: Jessica Burke World Breeding Championships team announced Tags: Home  »  Breeding News  »  World Breeding Championships team announced 25 August 2017, 12:47last_img read more

Peter & Jim tame Silky Oak

first_img3rd Don Lehmer (23) 38ptsNear Pins: Mick Beresford, Jim BrackettSunday we played the Silky Oak and the course was in fine condition while the weather remained hot and dry with a slight breeze.Peter “the right honorable” LeNoury and Jimmy “AK 47” Bell were co-men of the match, both with excellent 40 point returns as Peter edged Jim on the back-nine count back.  This left Don “the ladies man” Lehmer to close the flight with a fine 38 points on the card.Tuesday, August 1, Bangpra – Stableford1st Bill Peach (22) 37 pts2nd Mick Beresford (15) 34 pts3rd Steve Mann (11) 31 ptsNear Pins: Tony OakesBangpra and the resident monkeys welcomed the TPL today and we had three groups of four, so only one flight required.  The course on the whole was in fine condition but the greens were a tad slow as they had been lightly sanded.  The weather was hot with a slight breeze.Peter LeNoury.Winning the day and tacking the match honours with a fine 37 points was Bill Peach, who by the way was also the only player to better his handicap.  Following Bill up the podium steps at a distance was the inform Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford.  Steve Mann was left to close the flight with 31 points.Friday, August 4,The Emerald – Stableford1st Tony Oakes (13) 38pts2nd John Cogan (17) 37pts3rd Tim Knight (27) 36pts4th Jim Bell (20) 35pts5th Henri Copperstone (5) 35ptsAn excellent low season crowd played the Emerald golf course on a fine day.  Two of the societies big hitters were paired together to see who was the longest, well Gareth Gill’s best was 320 yds, but he four putted the green.  Henri Copperstone’s drive was 294 so they called it a draw.Top man on the day was Tony Oakes with a match wining 38 points and he was one stroke clear of John Cogan.  Tim ‘the thunder from down under’ Knight filled the third podium spot with a solid even par round.  Jim ‘AK-47’ Bell and Henri Copperstone were tied on 35 points for the two remaining podium spots and after the divots had settled it was Jim who got to stand on the higher rung on the ladder. The Players’ Lounge Golf SocietySunday, July 30, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (14) 40pts2nd Jim Bell (20) 40ptslast_img read more

Red Wings denounce use of logo at White nationalist rally

first_imgThe Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action to stop White nationalists from using their logo as part of a “disturbing” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.The team said in a statement Saturday it “vehemently” disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.The Red Wings say they are “exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.” The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country.The Red Wings said their statement would be their only comment on the matter.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly decried the “irresponsible and improper use” of the logo.“This specific use is particularly offensive because it runs counter to the inclusiveness that our league values and champions,” Daly said in an email to The Associated Press. “We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate.”There is a Michigan-based White nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses the Red Wings’ logo. The group posted on its Twitter account that members had arrived in Charlottesville, the home of the University of Virginia and about 100 miles from Washington.The university called off all sports events Saturday, including a men’s soccer exhibition game against Wright State.last_img read more

Seahawks’ Bennett says he feared death by Las Vegas police

first_imgBennett, a 6-foot-4 (193 centimeters) defensive end who has been a leader of the national anthem protests started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick , said he was among “several hundred people” running away from the sound.He said he was he was handcuffed face-down on the ground after an officer held a gun to his head saying he would blow his head off if he moved.He said he thought of his wife and children. “All I could think of was ‘I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat,’” he wrote.Bennett said he was taken to the back of a police car “until they apparently realized I was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary Black man but Michael Bennett a famous professional football player.” He was released without charges.Las Vegas police Officer Jacinto Rivera said police were checking for casino and police body camera video and written reports. He said the department couldn’t immediately verify Bennett’s account or identify the officers involved.“Without looking at video footage or reading any reports we can’t say yet what happened,” Rivera said.A video posted by celebrity news site TMZ shows a view from a balcony as a police officer kneels on the back of a man who looks like Bennett. Protests are heard, including, “I wasn’t doing nothing,” and, “I was here with my friends. They told us to get out and everybody ran.”Bennett’s attorney, John Burris in Oakland, California, confirmed the words were Bennett’s. The attorney said he believed the 30-second video clip showed some of how his client was treated.“We think there was an unlawful detention and the use of excessive force, with a gun put to his head,” Burris told The Associated Press. “He was just in the crowd. He doesn’t drink or do drugs. He wasn’t in a fight. He wasn’t resisting. He did nothing more or less than anyone in the crowd.”Burris said Bennett waited to make public his account of the incident until after Burris contacted Las Vegas police last week by letter and email, seeking police records of Bennett’s detention.Bennett, whose brother Martellus plays for the Packers, has been one of the most outspoken pro athletes on numerous social issues. Last month, he held a benefit for the family of a pregnant Black woman fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in June. Police say she threatened the officers with at least one knife after calling 911 to report that someone had broken into her apartment and stolen video-game consoles. Lyles’ family says the shooting could have been avoided and that they believe race was a factor.“For me it’s always finding a way to impact the community on every single level; locally, nationally, and globally,” Bennett said following the benefit. “To be able to have something happen in your city and to be able to build a bridge between people regardless of color, regardless of gender, and regardless of economic hardships, you want to be able to bring people together and be able to do something for kids.” Bennett said on a Twitter message titled “Dear World,” that police “singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a Black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”Police later attributed the report of gunfire at Drai’s to the sharp sound of velvet rope stands being knocked to a tile floor at the Cromwell resort a few hours after the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.This Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, shows Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) in the first half during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri,File) This Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 file photo Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, left, sits during the playing of the national anthem next to Justin Britt, center, and another teammate before an NFL preseason football game between the Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg,File)center_img LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett accused Las Vegas police on Wednesday of racially motivated excessive force in a Twitter posting saying he was threatened at gunpoint following a report of gunshots at an after-hours club at a casino-hotel.last_img read more

Female athletes sue school district, alleging discrimination

first_imgHead coach Jazmine Smith, standing far right, is pictured with members of the Strawberry Mansion High School Girl’s Lacrosse. — Photo by John Allen. (Courtesy Philadelphia Tribune)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group of female student athletes have sued the School District of Philadelphia, alleging discrimination against Black students interested in playing “traditionally White” sports of lacrosse and field hockey. Strawberry Mansion High School student Nadirah McCrae and others say the district provided fewer resources to teams from lower-income or predominantlyBlack schools. Other allegations include cancellation of buses to take girls to games and schedules that deny them games against predominantly white high schools.Eyekonz field hockey was on display last year at the Olympic Day celebration at Haddington Recreation Center in West Philadelphia. — Photo by John Allen (Courtesy Philadelphia Tribune)Attorney Aaron Freiwald says officials didn’t believe the students had real opportunities or would be able to handle them.The district says it works to ensure equity and last year had more than 250 female student-athletes participating on 20 teams in field hockey and girls lacrosse.last_img read more

Seahawks Bennett continues to sit for anthem in home opener

first_imgSeattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, center, is joined by teammates Thomas Rawls, left, and Justin Britt, right, as he sits during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) _ Michael Bennett was the first Seattle Seahawks player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against San Francisco, receiving one of the loudest ovations.It was the second show of support for Seattle’s outspoken defensive end on Sunday.Outside of CenturyLink Field, a group of protesters supporting Bennett gathered prior to the game. The group expressed its support for Bennett after he says he was subjected to racial profiling and excessive force when Las Vegas police detained him last month. Protesters also showed support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still without a job after his anthem protests a year ago. It was a small protest with about 50 people participating.Among those participating in the pregame rally was Bennett’s younger brother, Reshaud.“It means everything. It’s always good to have your family support you and also a lot of people in the city to supporting me. I think it was just a really good thing,” Bennett said after Seattle’s 12-9 victory.When the anthem began Sunday, Bennett took what’s become his usual seat on the bench. Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett each with a hand on his shoulder during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final few bars of the anthem.___For more NFL coverage: and read more

Column: Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the NFL

first_imgIn this photo taken on Friday, July 10, 2015, the Manning Family, from left to right, Peyton, Archie, Cooper and Eli pose for a group photo before they talk to the media about the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. About 1,200 aspiring quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and tight ends practice and learn football fundamentals from the Mannings. (Ted Jackson/ The Times-Picayune via AP)Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on a helmet in the NFL.Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the league, where what you’ve done in past Super Bowls isn’t nearly as important as what you did in your last game.Manning probably understands that better than most, coming as he does from a royal family of NFL quarterbacks. It was just a few years ago that he watched from a distance as his brother was run out of Indianapolis after he was thought too old and decrepit to lead the Colts to another Super Bowl title.Peyton Manning went to Denver and proved them wrong, and Eli Manning may do the same himself. Maybe not for the Giants, but perhaps for another team that could use a quarterback so durable that he started 210 straight games, and so good that he was MVP in two Super Bowl wins.No, this isn’t the end for Eli Manning. Far from it, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility to think he leads the Giants once again if current management should themselves happen to get sacked in the offseason.If not, there are plenty of teams that would like a crack at a player who is the only quarterback to beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in not just one, but two Super Bowls.“Eli’s a big boy, he’s played a lot,” said his father, Archie, who threw passes for 15 years in the NFL. “He’s a tough guy. I’m very confident Eli will handle it.”The way Manning was so unceremoniously removed as a full-time quarterback this week was a bit disconcerting, if nothing else. A coach increasingly desperate for wins not only benched a potential future Hall of Famer, but the player who has been the face of the Giants franchise for more than a decade.“If you had a Mount Rushmore of not only New York Giants but New York athletes, he’d be on it,” said Davis Webb, the rookie quarterback who may end up getting some of Manning’s playing time.Manning would be there indeed, probably occupying the Teddy Roosevelt position right next to Derek Jeter. And that’s part of what makes Manning’s sudden demotion as inexplicable as it was sad.There’s nothing that will happen in the Giants’ final five games that makes coach Ben McAdoo’s decision any easier to digest. The team is playing out a lost season, and any talk about needing to try out Webb or Geno Smith under center is really just talk.What makes it even more puzzling is that this isn’t how the Giants usually do business. This is an old-school franchise that prides itself on stability and deliberate moves, as evidenced by how long former coach Tom Coughlin stuck around.This made the Giants look more like the New York Jets, their stadium partner at the Meadowlands.“This is so much bigger than Eli Manning. This is about an entire organization that has gone sideways,” said NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner. “If you’ve got one guy that represents what this organization has been about and the character and the success of this organization, it’s that guy that has been under center in Eli Manning. He’s never done anything but show character and do things the right way.”Manning showed that by handling his sudden demotion about as professionally as possible, though tears welled in his eyes Tuesday as he discussed it with reporters.“I don’t like it, but it’s part of football, you handle it,” he said. “I didn’t do my job. `’Someone had to take the fall for a miserable 2-9 season and, while Manning is not blameless, it should be noted that 19 Giants are on injured reserve and he has played behind a leaky offensive line that general manager Jerry Reese failed to patch during the offseason. Even Manning’s toughest critics acknowledge that, though the fact remains he’s six years removed from his last Super Bowl win and on the back nine of his career at the age of 36.It’s never really a shock when an NFL player is demoted or cut loose. This is a league that values players only as commodities, which is why even the most elite players get only guaranteed signing bonuses and no guaranteed contracts.Manning is luckier than most because he’ll get a chance to play again, whether in New York or somewhere else. Like his brother before him, he can pretty much pick where he goes and what kind of system he plays under.Yes, Manning deserved better after 14 seasons than an ignominious benching late in a lousy season.For players, though, there are seldom happy endings in the NFL.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at) or