Kyler Murray has already been on one hell of a journey, and he hasn't even reached the start line yet. On Thursday night the Arizona Cardinals did what everyone expected and selected Murray first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but it wasn't always the obvious move. Go back just a couple of months and the idea of Murray going first off the board to Arizona seemed laughable. A couple of months further and there were significant doubts about whether he'd play American football professionally at all. The 21-year-old from Bedford, Texas, is the first person to ever be taken in the first round of both the Major League Baseball (MLB) and NFL Draft. Some talent. Having foregone a career in baseball, he is now the man tasked with leading the Cardinals out of the mire. The Cards were comfortably the worst team in football last year, finishing dead last in the NFC West with a 3-13 record. That's what led them to the number one overall pick. Here's how Murray would up in the same spot... … [Read more...] about Who is Kyler Murray? Baseball prodigy, ‘too small’ to play quarterback and now the No 1 pick in 2019 NFL Draft
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Did you know the that the world famous hot dog was "invented" or certainly "popularised" by a man who lived in Derby in the mid to late 19th century? And is it possible you could be related to Harry Mosley Stevens? His US descendants - in Derby on a whirlwind fact-finding visit - think there is a good chance, especially if your name is Wragg or Pym(m). Harry was born on June 14, 1855 and seems to have spent his early years in the Litchurch area of Derby, but seems to have had some early education at Repton School, possibly through his mother's connections with Etwall, where the John Port family lived and who were instrumental in supporting the school. That he was ambitious seems to be without doubt, but his first job was a puddler - someone who was responsible for the stirring of molten pig iron to convert it to wrought iron. This would fit in well with him living in the Litchurch area as there were several notable foundries in the area. By 21, Harry had married Mary Wragg and the … [Read more...] about Could you be related to the ‘Hot Dog King’ who was born in Derby?
AP Updated 3:00 PM EST Dec 21, 2018 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the Oakland Athletics on Friday in a three-team team that included Tampa Bay and netted the Rangers four prospects. Oakland also reached an agreement on a two-year-old contract with free agent right-hander Joakim Soria, giving the A's a reliable and versatile reliever. The 34-year-old Soria, a two-time All-Star, went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 66 appearances and 60 2/3 innings this year for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. Profar, who at 19 in 2012 homered in his first big league at-bat before shoulder issues forced him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 146 games while playing all four infield positions for Texas this year. In Oakland, he will take over at second base for departing free agent Jed Lowrie. Profar had been expected to become the starting third baseman for the Rangers after Adrian Beltre retired last month. The Rangers … [Read more...] about Rangers trade Profar to A’s in 3-team deal involving Rays
A group of men have been jailed for launching a savage attack on a man which saw him battered with weapons including a baseball bat, metal bars and a bar stool. The thugs subjected Darren Moore to a vicious attack - beating him so badly with a bat that it broke in half. The brutal gang were today sentenced to a total of 23 years - which each being told they will serve half in jail and half on licence. CCTV of the incident shows a group of seven men walking into a bar in Doagh last year, where Darren, who was left with serious injuries, was sat at at at a table with another man. They are then seen launching the attack which also saw Darren hit in the head with a claw hammer, reports Belfast Live. Joshua Wylie, 20, from Ballymen, Northern Ireland, received a seven-year sentence after he hit Moore so hard with a baseball bat that in broke in two during the attack in a bar in Doagh last year. David Rush, 36, from Newtownabbey, was handed a six=year sentence while Robert Campbell, 33, … [Read more...] about Gang viciously beat man with hammers and baseball bats in ‘revenge’ attack
AP Updated 1:11 AM EST Dec 15, 2018 CHICAGO (AP) — First baseman Yonder Alonso was traded to the Chicago White Sox by the Cleveland Indians on Friday in a deal between AL Central rivals that could have broad implications for both teams the rest of the offseason. A person familiar with the trade confirmed it on condition of anonymity because the clubs had not yet announced the swap. Stadium first reported Alonso was headed to the White Sox. Chicago sent minor league outfielder Alex Call to Cleveland for Alonso, who hit .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs in 145 games this year during his only season with the Indians. Cleveland reacquired first baseman and designated hitter Carlos Santana from Philadelphia in a three-team trade on Thursday, making Alonso expendable. The White Sox deal moves Alonso's $8 million salary for 2019 off the Indians' payroll, giving them more flexibility if they want to keep their deep rotation intact. Chicago already has Jose Abreu at first base, but he … [Read more...] about AP source: White Sox acquire 1B Alonso in trade with Indians