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MU Softball picks up win over Kansas City

The No. 25/23 University of Missouri softball team (16-6) picked up an 11-5 midweek victory over in-state foe Kansas City (5-14) Wednesday in its 2023 home opener at Mizzou Softball Stadium. 

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 25/23 University of Missouri softball team (16-6) picked up an 11-5 midweek victory over in-state foe Kansas City (5-14) Wednesday in its 2023 home opener at Mizzou Softball Stadium. 

Freshman Cierra Harrison retired the first 12 batters she faced in the first home start of her collegiate career, punching out four in five innings of work to earn the win and improve to 5-0 in 2023. She allowed just one run on two hits with a walk. 

After a 1-2-3 top half of the first, the Tiger bats got right to work in the bottom of the frame. Junior left fielder Chantice Phillips hit a three-run jack, the first in her career at Mizzou, to left center after the Tigers’ plate discipline put runners on the corner. 

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From there, junior shortstop Jenna Laird’s savvy baserunning and clutch hitting increased the Mizzou lead to 4-0. After drawing her second walk of the game, Laird went first to third on a single from sophomore second baseman Julia Crenshaw. During the next at bat, Crenshaw went for a delayed steal of second, allowing Laird to steal home.

In the fourth inning, Laird took first and advanced to second on a throwing error, before speeding 60 feet to third on a wild pitch. From there, all she needed was a ground ball from Crenshaw to cross the plate for the Tigers’ fifth run.

Laird drove in a pair of runs as well, bringing home two Tigers with a two-out single up the middle in the home half of the fifth.

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Kansas City battled back with a late rally in the sixth inning, scoring four runs to draw the game within two. With the tying run on base, freshman Taylor Pannell stepped into the circle and punched out two Roos to prevent further damage.

The Tigers answered with four runs of their own to provide insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Phillips picked up her career-best fourth RBI of the game to bring home sophomore third baseman Kara Daly. Junior right fielder Payton Jackson then sliced a ball fair down the right field line and legged out an RBI triple to drive Phillips in. She scored not long after on a passed ball.

Pannell shut Kansas City down in her second inning of work, closing the door with a double play to secure Mizzou’s second-consecutive victory and earn the save.

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The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native, picked up her third career save, allowing just two hits with a trio of strikeouts. 

NOTES

  • Missouri improves to 54-1 all-time against Kansas City.
  • Head coach Larissa Anderson is now 4-0 against the Roos in her career.
  • By taking the victory in its home opener, the Tigers have won four-consecutive home openers dating back to 2020.
  • Mizzou scored at least 10 runs for the eighth time this season. The Tigers’ record improved to 8-0 when scoring double-digit runs and 14-0 when plating at least six.
  • For the sixth time this season, the Tigers recorded a double, triple and home run in the same game. 
  • Chantice Phillips, a Kansas City, Missouri, native, mashed the first home run of her collegiate career with her first-inning dinger. She also notched a career-high four RBI.
  • Chantice Phillips and Payton Jackson each claimed their second multi-hit contest of the season, while Megan Moll recorded her first multi-hit game of the year.
  • Jenna Laird’s steal of home marked her second run-scoring swipe of 2023, with her first coming against Fordham on Feb. 10.
  • Jenna Laird stole two bases to mark her sixth multi-steal contest of the campaign.
  • With Jenna Laird’s two-RBI single in the fifth, she extended her RBI streak to four games.
  • Jenna Laird tied a career-high three walks while reaching base four times overall Wednesday.
  • Julia Crenshaw delivered a pair of singles to extend her hitting streak to five games and her reached base streak to 12 games.
  • With her two hits, Julia Crenshaw also notched her ninth multi-hit effort of 2023. 
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The Tigers welcome No. 16/16 Kentucky for their SEC opening weekend March 10-12 at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. First pitch is 4 p.m., CT Friday and 1 p.m., CT Saturday and Sunday.

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R.I.P. -The Life and Trials of O.J. Simpson

R.I.P. -The Life and Trials of O.J. Simpson

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O.J. Simpson, born Orenthal James Simpson on July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California, was a prominent figure in American football and a widely recognized celebrity. He rose to fame as a professional football player and later became a broadcaster and actor. However, his life took a dramatic turn when he was tried for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in a highly publicized case that came to be known as the “Trial of the Century.”

Early Life and Football Career: Simpson’s journey to stardom began in his high school years, where he played football at Galileo High School in San Francisco. He later attended San Francisco City College (1965-66) before transferring to the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, Simpson set team records for yards gained by rushing in both 1967 and 1968, earning the All-American title in both years and playing in two Rose Bowl games. In 1968, he won the Heisman Trophy as the best collegiate player of the season.

Professional Football and Media Career: Simpson was selected as the number one draft choice by the American Football League’s Buffalo Bills in 1969. He was a premier running back known for his speed and elusiveness, setting a single-season record for yards gained rushing (2,003) in 1973. Injuries to his knees led to his trade to the San Francisco 49ers in 1978, after which he retired from professional football in 1979.

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Simpson also had a successful media career, appearing in movies and television commercials. He was a regular spokesperson for the Hertz rental-car company, showcasing his charisma and charm.

The Murder Trial: On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside Brown’s condominium in Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson, who was Nicole’s ex-husband, was arrested and charged with the murders on June 17. He pleaded not guilty and assembled a team of prominent lawyers to defend him.

Simpson’s trial began on January 24, 1995, and was one of the most widely covered events in television history. The prosecution presented a substantial amount of evidence, including DNA and blood evidence linking Simpson to the crime scene. However, Simpson’s defense team, led by Johnnie Cochran, argued that the evidence had been mishandled and that Simpson was the victim of a racially motivated police conspiracy.

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On October 3, 1995, the jury found Simpson not guilty of the murders. The verdict was met with both celebration and outrage, reflecting deep divisions in American society.

Civil Trial and Aftermath: In a separate civil trial in 1997, Simpson was found liable for the wrongful deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families of the victims. Simpson’s public image was significantly tarnished, and he faced financial difficulties as a result of the judgment.

Later Life and Incarceration: In 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with several felonies, including kidnapping and armed robbery. He was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to a minimum of 9 years in prison without parole. Simpson was released from prison on parole in 2017.

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Conclusion: O.J. Simpson’s life and career were marked by extraordinary success and devastating controversy. His football achievements and media career were overshadowed by the highly publicized murder trial in which he was acquitted, but later found liable in a civil trial. Despite his acquittal, Simpson’s public image was severely damaged, and he faced significant legal and financial consequences.

O.J. Simpson died Thursday after a battle with cancer April 10th 2024 with his family by his side. On April 10th, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace. -The Simpson Family

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Horrific Kidnapping in Taxco, Mexico, Sparks Outrage and Vigilante Justice

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In a shocking turn of events, the tranquil tourist town of Taxco, Mexico, was rocked by the brutal kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old girl on March 28, 2024. The heinous crime sparked outrage among the local community, leading to a mob beating a woman to death who was suspected of being involved in the kidnapping.

The incident unfolded on the eve of the city’s famous Holy Week procession, a time of reflection and religious observance. The 8-year-old girl disappeared on March 27, 2024, and her body was discovered the following day on the outskirts of the city. The gruesome discovery sent shockwaves through the community and ignited a wave of anger and frustration.

As news of the girl’s murder spread, a mob formed and quickly identified a woman they believed to be responsible for the kidnapping. Despite the presence of local law enforcement, the crowd took matters into their own hands, dragging the woman from a police vehicle and brutally beating her in the street. The horrific scene unfolded just hours before the Holy Week procession was set to begin.

The vigilante justice meted out by the mob has raised serious concerns about the rule of law and the ability of local authorities to maintain order in the face of such heinous crimes. The incident has also reignited a national conversation about the safety of children in Mexico, a country that has long been plagued by high levels of violence and crime.

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In response to the tragedy, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to take swift action to address the underlying issues that led to the kidnapping and subsequent mob violence. “We must work together to ensure that our communities are safe for all, especially our most vulnerable members,” he said in a statement.

As the city of Taxco comes to terms with the horrific events of March 28, 2024, the memory of the innocent 8-year-old girl and the brutal beating of the suspected kidnapper will serve as a stark reminder of the challenges facing Mexico in its ongoing struggle against crime and violence.

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FBI RAIDS music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs homes

FBI RAIDS music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs homes

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Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) executed search warrants on Monday at the homes of music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs in Los Angeles and Miami as part of an ongoing investigation into sex trafficking allegations.

The raids were conducted by the DHS’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division, with assistance from HSI offices in Los Angeles, Miami, and local law enforcement partners.

The investigation is reportedly based out of New York and may be linked to a recent lawsuit filed by singer and former Combs’ girlfriend, Cassie Ventura, alleging sexual assault and sex trafficking.

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Combs, a Grammy award-winning rapper, producer, and entertainment mogul, has not been formally charged with any crimes. His net worth was estimated at close to $1 billion by Forbes in 2022.

The raids have garnered significant attention, with tour buses bringing curious onlookers to Combs’ Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles.

Authorities have launched a human trafficking, sexual assault, and illegal narcotics and firearms investigation in New York. So far, three women and one man have been interviewed, and more interviews are planned. While it is not confirmed whether Sean “Diddy” Combs is the target of the investigation, there are connections between the allegations and recent lawsuits against him, his family, and his companies.

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The allegations include sex trafficking, sexual abuse, harassment, firearm possession, and drug-related offenses. However, it is unclear whether these lawsuits are connected to the ongoing investigation. At the time of this report, no criminal charges have been filed, and it is uncertain if Combs has been detained or arrested. There are conflicting reports about his whereabouts, with some sources suggesting he was stopped at a Miami airport and others claiming his private jet was tracked to the Caribbean.

The investigation is ongoing, and more information will likely be revealed as the authorities continue their interviews and gather evidence.

According to recent reports, it is speculated that Diddy’s private jet was tracked to the Caribbean island of Antigua, but it is not confirmed if he was on board the flight. There are conflicting reports about his whereabouts, with some sources suggesting he was stopped by federal authorities at an airport in Miami, while others claim he was not on board the flight to Antigua.what

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Representatives for Combs have not yet commented on the raids or the allegations.

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