Cincinnati, Oh. — Harry Laker, 84, of Sunman, has died from injuries suffered in an ATV crash on Friday, May 11.Indiana State Police say Laker was rear ended by a 16-year-old Ripley County youth and was ejected from the ATV. He was transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital where he died Sunday. The teen was not injured.Police do not suspect alcohol or drugs in the incident.
As a USC fan, it was alarming.When freshman quarterback Matt Barkley approached the huddle before the Trojans went for the two-point conversion late Saturday night, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger added a little bit of bravado to the already tense situation.False start · Matt Barkley’s performance Saturday was great, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, columnist Pedro Moura writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily Trojan“Right before your eyes, you’re watching a freshman grow up tonight, before a record-setting crowd in Columbus, Ohio,” Musburger said.His partner in the booth, Kirk Herbstreit, went even further.“Matt Barkley is going to go on to have a great career, but Brent, I think we’re always going to look back on his growth and maturation on that drive,” Herbstreit said when Ohio State turned the ball over on downs with 21 seconds remaining. “That drive that saved USC’s season and got them a huge win on the road.”What? Maybe I’m crazy, but for most of the game, I was nervous about Barkley. And nervous as I should be, watching a 19-year-old quarterback make his second career start in an incredibly hostile environment.And don’t get me wrong — I was impressed by Barkley’s poise on that final drive. I really was.He did what he was asked to do and managed the Trojans to a come-from-behind victory over the No. 8 team in the nation, no easy task.But to say that he is now a certifiable star? To say that he has officially come of age?I disagree.Come on: He completed 15 of 31 of his passes in the game — 48 percent, which would’ve been good for ninth in the Pac-10 last season — and some of the misses were glaring.Remember that interception?He bootlegged and saw a minute opening and then delivered an ill-advised, across-the-body pass to tight end senior Anthony McCoy that was picked off by Ohio State’s linebacker Ross Homan.He has made that very mistake at least five times in practice this year. You wouldn’t see a fully matured quarterback make that throw unless he’s Brett Favre.What about the overthrows? Nearly every time the Buckeye defensive line put significant pressure on him, Barkley missed his target.And tell me, please, how exactly he grew up during “The Drive.”Was it the swing route to junior running back Joe McKnight that aged him so? It was a glorified run play that McKnight turned into a big gain.Or the nine-yard out to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams? We all know that every quarterback on the team could’ve made that throw.The QB sneaks? Nice, but are they really what makes a quarterback a star?No. Let’s be frank: Barkley made one exceptional throw — the 26-yard missile to McCoy that sliced through double coverage. It was a great throw on first down that moved the chains.Nice? Yes. Worthy of anointing that as “The Drive?”Most certainly not.Barkley had a good performance — nothing more. If Mark Sanchez had stayed for his senior season and completed 15-of-31 for 195 yards against the Buckeyes, his head would’ve been called for on a stick.This whole idea, this whole construct of Barkley being the next King of Troy, can be traced down to one thing: the national media.As soon as Barkley was named the starter in August, national columnists flocked to Howard Jones Field for interviews with the precocious then-18-year-old.Since then, you can find a new article pretty much every day about the awe-inspiring freshman in Los Angeles.Take a look at a couple articles after Saturday’s game:The Associated Press’ first paragraph: “Two games into his college football career, 19-year-old quarterback Matt Barkley already has a place in Southern California lore.”Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s headline was, “Young Barkley comes of age in victory.”They have to take the extreme version of one side or the other to attract views and readers, so there’s this exaggerated view of Barkley’s performance that goes out to the general public. In reality, I’d argue that his performance was typical of a phenom’s: flashes of greatness but spots of immaturity as well.Don’t get me wrong — I think Barkley will be the best in the nation by his junior season. And I definitely won’t be surprised if he makes it big at the next level. But to say that path is already guaranteed for him?It’s way too early to do anything of the sort.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at [email protected]
BALTIMORE — A night after Andrelton Simmons had four hits, he had the day off.While that may seem to be a bad time to give a player a day off, Manager Brad Ausmus looks at it another way.“After all the running, it turned out to be a good day,” Ausmus said Saturday.Ausmus had actually planned before Friday’s game to give Simmons the day off Saturday, and he told his shortstop about it. Simmons, who had started the previous 30 games, said he protested mildly.“I tried to stay in there, but I can only do so much,” Simmons said. “I don’t really need it. But it’s probably best, so I’ll take it now and make the most of it and try to be rested and ready for the next game. Or the seventh inning.”Simmons did come into the game for defense in the eighth inning, and he then collected another hit in the ninth, leading to an insurance run.Ausmus said he doesn’t want to rest his top players at home, because Angels fans want to see them, and he doesn’t want to rest them against divisional opponents, so that doesn’t leave many choices for days off.Without Simmons, though, the Angels were missing one of their most productive hitters. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield David Fletcher has been batting ninth lately, with Tommy La Stella in the leadoff spot. Coming into Saturday’s game, Fletcher was hitting .308 with a .357 on-base percentage and La Stella .255 and .352. Asked if Fletcher could move up, Ausmus said it was because La Stella is a lefty and they were facing a right-handed starter. “It’s not that I don’t like Fletch at the top of the lineup against a righty, I just like Tommy a little better, with a left-handed bat,” Ausmus said. “Fletch, hitting ninth, ends up hitting at the top of the lineup after the first time through.” …Pujols returned to the Angels’ lineup Saturday, after having Friday off, even though the Angels were facing a righty. Ausmus had said Pujols would play against lefties and some righties, while Justin Bour would face the righties. Ausmus said the only real guideline for splitting the playing time between the two is he wants to avoid having Pujols play first base three days in a row, to save wear on his legs.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 1-0, 4.66) vs. Orioles (LHP John Means, 4-3, 2.48), 10 a.m., Fox Sports West. He is now hitting .312 with a .775 OPS. Inside the numbers, there was also evidence that Simmons’ offseason plan to get stronger may be showing some results. Simmons’ average exit velocity is 90.0 mph, up from 87.8 last year. His hard-contact percentage was up to 44.9 percent, up from last year’s 36.3 percent.Both figures a year ago had been career bests already.Simmons said he’d like for the improved strength to show up in more homers – he has three – but he’s satisfied with where he is.“Sometimes you want to hit the ball in the air, but you can’t dictate exactly where you hit it all the time, just try to hit it hard,” he said. “I would love to have more homers. But I’m hitting the ball so I’m happy with that.”Simmons, 29, said the improved strength came from nutrition and workouts.“Trying to eat the right things, try to do the right exercise regimen for me, working with the strength coach in that department, talking to the dietician about stuff that I can put in my body that’s going to benefit me,” he said.HEANEY UPDATEAndrew Heaney is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with a three-inning, 45-pitch outing with one of the Angels affiliates Wednesday, Ausmus said. Ausmus was not sure about the level at which Heaney would pitch.Ausmus said Heaney would need at least two outings, including next week’s, before the Angels could have him join the rotation. That means the earliest date Heaney could be in the rotation would be May 25.Heaney, who has missed the first month and a half of the season because of elbow inflammation, had no issues after a 44-pitch outing at extended spring training Friday.ALSOThe Hall of Fame could accept the ball from Albert Pujols’ 2,000th RBI, even though the fan took it from the ballpark Thursday without it being authenticated. Jon Shestakofsky, the Hall’s vice president in charge of communications and education, said via email: “Not every artifact added to the Museum collection is authenticated. All artifacts are examined by the Museum’s expert staff for authenticity prior to being accessioned into the collection.” Ely Hydes initially said he wanted to keep the ball, but then changed his mind and said he wanted to give it to Pujols or the Hall. …The Angels traded Chris Stratton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Stratton had been designated for assignment earlier in the week, after posting an 8.59 ERA in 29-1/3 innings this season…Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone
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