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Mexico vs. Portugal live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch Confederations Cup online – FMF State of Mind (blog)

Mexico will face Portugal to try to get their second ever third place in a Confederations Cup and the first one after it changed titles from the King Fahd Cup in 1997. Mexico and especially Juan Carlos Osorio need a result after a very disappointing loss to Germany in the Semifinals. Portugal are also looking for a result but will be without their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who left to meet his new twins boys born to a surrogate mother. Mexico will be without Marco Fabian, who joins the already injured Carlos Salcedo and Diego Reyes. Both teams faced each other in their debut, where they tied 2-2 in which so far has been Mexico’s best game of the tournament.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s tenure has been rocked hard after another terrible result in a knockout game, losing 4-1 to Germany. While this game was nowhere near as bad as the 7-0 loss to Chile in the Quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario, this defeat also came against a German team that is considered a B team, although Joachim Lows side has a lot of players that went to the Euros last year. This view could also change if the Germans are able to defeat Chile in the Confederations Cup final. Yet for it to change, a good performance is needed in the third place game for Mexico. In a way this game has a lot of risk but little reward. However, a third place finish is nice against a Portugal team that is still very solid.

While Portugal will be missing Cristiano Ronaldo, they are still a good team and might be favored over Mexico. Their more defensive style could benefit a Mexican team that has struggled in defense all tournament. While it’s true that Mexico had their best game against Portugal, they still only got a tie and it only came in the final minute of play. Mexico will really need to improve as they look to start to wash away the sour taste that another lopsided loss at the big stage gave to the Mexican fans.

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The Cheat Sheet: A pair of devastating baseball injuries, a big loss for Mexico, and excited ducks – The Comeback (blog)

Baseball injuries are just the worst, and we unfortunately had two severe ones last night, to two very promising young players. Thats a downer way to start a Friday leading into what might be a long holiday weekend, but hey, its only getting better from here, right?

This happened as the Nationals took on the Cubs, a game Washington would eventually blow late. But more than the game, the bigger loss for Washington was young shortstop stud Trea Turner, who took a Pedro Strop fastball off the right wrist, resulting in a fracture:

Ugh.

Turner could be back in a few months, at least, which is probably more than we can expect for the other young player who went down injured last night.

This is so, so hard to watch. Ranked as a consensus top prospect in the Yankees system, Fowler was making his major league debut last night in Chicago when he went all out for a foul ball down the right field line. Theres not much room there. The result was about as bad as it could have been:

Damn it. Thats a ruptured patellar tendon. The kind of injury that results in pictures like this one, which was what I immediately thought of, from when former Indiana guard Maurice Creek suffered the same injury:

What an unfortunate thing.

From Wednesday, we wrote about umpire John Tumpane, who physically and verbally helped prevent a woman from committing suicide in Pittsburgh on his way to the park. On Thursday, the crowd and both teams gave Tumpane the standing ovation he clearly deserved:

Thats fanatastic.

-Were in a bit of a dead season, sports-wise, but along with baseball and the NBA free agency/trade market, theres also some international soccer, routinely one of the most entertaining parts of any summer.

Yesterday, Germanys B-team handled Mexico easily in the Confederations Cup semis, despite this ridiculous late goal from Marco Fabian:

Good heavens, thats a firecracker. This was yet another knockout round defeat in a FIFA tournament for Mexico, and as Leander notes at Yahoo, thats becoming an unfortunate trend for Mexico:

Mexico has never won a knockout game in either of the two global soccer tournaments put on by FIFA, the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, when that tournament was notstaged on its home soil.

El Tri won its only World Cup round of 16 game in 1986, when it hosted. And it managed to win the 1999 Confederations Cup when it came to Mexico, claiming a semifinal victory over the United States in extra-time, and then outlasting Brazil 4-3 in a slugfest final. When Mexico put on the World Cup in 1970, it stumbled in the quarterfinal, which was the first knockout game then.

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has an absurd record since his first match in charge in November of 2015, having managed 29 matches while suffering just 3 defeats, only two in competitive games. Unfortunately, one of those was the loss yesterday, and the other was a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of Chile during last summers Copa America. Germany and Chile are both top-class teams, of course, and it would seem absurd to boot Osorio; that would basically be admitting that in order to keep your job as manager of Mexico, you essentially cant lose, ever, to anyone.

Still, its Mexico, who have burned through 11 managers over the past 10 years. (Including, hilariously in retrospect, Sven-Goran Eriksson.) Its not a place for stability, but considering all the good work hes done, and how dangerous Mexico has looked under his leadership (including looking like a much better squad overall despite a 1-1 draw with the United States earlier this month), that would be a pretty foolish decision to make. Osorio deserves to lead the squad through the World Cup, barring further meltdown.

-Hey, theyre making another movie that takes place in the Jumanji Cinematic Universe, which isnt actually a thing but might as well be, apparently. It has the Rock, and Kevin Hart. It does not look great, to me, but your mileage may vary, so heres the trailer:

-A ref in Brazil pulled a gun on a player. (Reading the story, though, it almost sounds justified!)

-So, John Calipari may or may not be angling to lead the Knicks basketball operations, along with coaching the team.

-A professional golfers mom waded into a water hazard to retrieve a putter he chucked in.

-What should the San Francisco Giants do? A rebuild could be the right call, but they probably dont have the stomach for that.

-Ty Duffy wrote a great piece over at Awful Announcing on the likely future of the online media industry. Itsnot uplifting.

-Whats been the biggest disappointment of this years baseball season so far? Our staff offers plenty of options, though my choice would have just been the Cubs. But, as a Cubs fan, I honestly dont care that much. Its hard to. The last thing I want to do is become the Boston fans who immediately sounded entitled as hell after winning multiple titles.

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Mexico gets knocked out … again. By German B-team in Confederations Cup this time – Yahoo Sports

Mexico has never won a knockout game in either of the two global soccer tournaments put on by FIFA, the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, when that tournament was notstaged on its home soil.

El Tri won its only World Cup round of 16 game in 1986, when it hosted. And it managed to win the 1999 Confederations Cup when it came to Mexico, claiming a semifinal victory over the United States in extra-time, and then outlasting Brazil 4-3 in a slugfest final. When Mexico put on the World Cup in 1970, it stumbled in the quarterfinal, which was the first knockout game then.

On Thursday, it kept the ignominious streak going with a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup in Russia. Leon Goretzkas goals in the sixth and eighth minutes doomed Juan Carlos Osorios team to a ninth straight lost knockout round game in an intercontinental tournament on foreign soil. Timo Werner and Amin Younes made things worse in the second half, rendering Marco Fabians blast from distance fairly meaningless.

So Germany advanced to Sundays final against Chile, which is aiming to lift a trophy in a third consecutive summer, after claiming the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Die Mannschaft may think twice about the implications of winning, however. Because the defending world champions must know that no team has won the World Cup after taking the Confederations Cup home the summer prior.

As for Mexico, its disappointment will be exacerbated by the knowledge that this was Germanys B-team. Manager Jogi Loew left his first string at home, opting to use the tournament to test out younger and fringe players who might fill out his World Cup roster next summer.

This will once again call into question Osorios position in charge of Mexico. When El Tri was hammered 7-0 by Chile in the quarterfinals of the Copa America last summer, he only just clung on. He has a strong record in qualifying and this was just the Colombians second competitive loss. Yet his is one of the most closely scrutinized jobs in international soccer.

This might be the blow that does the American-educated Osorio in. If confidence has eroded that he might get his team to that elusive fifth game at the World Cup next summer, his days are surely numbered.

It didnt take long for Germany to decide Thursdays game and possibly Osorios fate. In the sixth minute, Goretzka made a trailing run, found space at the edge of the box and cleanly one-timed the ball behind Guillermo Ochoa:

Within another two minutes, Goretzka was dispatched through the line and beat Ochoa one-on-one:

Mexico finally woke up after Werner almost made it three but was denied point-blank by Ochoa. And for much of the way, El Tri was actually the more dangerous side. Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez had credible chances, but neither could breach Marc-Andre Ter Stegens goal.

Mexico dominated possession to the tune of 70 percent at some points and outshot the Germans 24-12 in an end-to-end affair, but before it would finally get on the scoreboard, Werner had scored his third goal of the tournament. Before the hour, Jonas Hector was played through, and he found the wide-open Werner beside him for the simple tap-in:

Raul Jimenez headed off the bar for Mexico and Rafa Marquez failed to score on two promising headers of his own. So by the time Fabian scored with a dazzling long shot from a free kick in the 90th minute, it was far too little and much too late.

Besides, Younes was gifted a simple fourth goal in injury timeon another pitiless German exploitation of Mexicos undermanned three-person backline.

Even Germanys reserves are capable of winning a major(ish) international tournament. And in Mexico, the inquisition over its failures in the key games begins anew.

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Benfica used sorcery to win past two seasons – Porto … – ESPN FC – ESPN FC

Benfica won a record fourth straight Portuguese league title in May.

Porto communications director Francisco J. Marques has accused the Portuguese champions Benfica of resorting to sorcery to win the past two seasons.

Marques told local TV channel Portothat he saw emails that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira and Dr. Armando Nhaga, the national Police Commissioner of Guinea-Bissau, exchanged earlier this year regarding agreements for witchcraft services.

Marques told reporters: “In 2015-16, Benfica spent 75,000 (65,945) to fix the Championship [using sorcery].”

The Porto communications chief claimed that Nhaga warned Benfica that their attempts to win a fourth straight league title could be in jeopardy due to “sabotage” if the club did not increase their payments for using their services with respect to the 2015-16 campaign.

Vieira was reportedly not aware of the deal that was in place between a former ex-board member of the club, Rui Gomes da Silva, and Nhaga for that season. There was an agreement that also included the possibility of renewal.

However, Gomes da Silva did not maintain his place on the board.

Nevertheless, he alleged that Vieira was willing to consider an agreement.

The Porto chief claimed he saw an email that Nhaga sent to Vieira which said: “Regarding the 2016-17 campaign, which starts on Aug. 7 with the [Portuguese] Supercup, it could be a close fight for the [league] title, in which Benfica can make history.

“This entails the urgent need to reach a mutual agreement to provide services for the parties.”

Nhaga then reportedly sent an itemised list of fees for his services for the season — including 100,000 (88,000) to win the league title and a fee of 30,000 (26,398) for every Champions League knockout game.

However, Benfica lost 4-0 at Borussia Dortmund on March 8 to be eliminated from the Champions League round of 16. Marques alleged that after the loss, Vieira sent an e-mail to Nhaga asking “what happened?”

Nhaga replied that he was not “in Guinea at the time and that whoever was dealing with it [alleged sorcery] did not do it at the right time,” but reportedly said: “However, now we are going to concentrate on what is essential, which is the league title and the Portuguese Cup. I thank you for your understanding and this will not happen again.”

Marques said he was disgusted by the revelations.

“We are talking about witchcraft,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of euros were spent on that.

“I don’t know what to make of this.

“This calls into question the coach, the players, but also [club executives] Paulo Goncalves and Pedro Guerra.

“There are people that in order to win, anything goes.”

Benfica won a record fourth straight Portuguese league title in May with one game to spare, with Porto finishing runners-up, six points adrift.

The Lisbon-based club also lifted the Portuguese Cup after beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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Lions roll the dice on Sexton-Farrell axis for knockout test – Eurosport.com

WELLINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was always going to show his hand most obviously in his midfield selection and moving Owen Farrell into the centres for the second test against the All Blacks was a statement of intent.

The hard-running duo of Jonathan Davies and Ben Te’o made up a successful centre partnership in the 30-15 loss in the tour opener but Gatland has clearly concluded that attack is going to be the best form of defence in Wellington.

While the Lions made several line breaks during the first test in Auckland, they still ended up 3-2 losers in the try-scoring count and Saturday’s test is one they must win to retain any hope of claiming the three-match series.

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton will therefore come in at flyhalf and start in tandem with Farrell for the first time on this tour as the Lions look to take the game to the All Blacks from the backline.

“From an attacking perspective it has given us more of an attack with the 10-12 combination,” Gatland explained on Thursday.

“We looked at it. They haven’t started together but they have spent a bit of time together. Their combination against the Crusaders was good and they had a bit of time together last weekend as well.

“It just gives us two ball players, two kicking options. A first and second receiver and we have two left foot options with Jonathan Davies and Elliot Daly as well.

“We’re happy with the mix.”

If there is a downside to the selection it is the loss at inside centre of Te’o, who made plenty of hard yards with ball in hand in Auckland and kept his fellow former rugby league player Sonny Bill Williams relatively quiet.

“Ben has done really well. He has carried well. Defended well. It was a tough call. He will get some time off the bench, but we made a call based on the opportunities we created and think we stretched the All Blacks at times,” Gatland added.

“We also have to do a defensive job on Sonny Bill Williams as well. He came pretty direct at us, got a couple of offloads away so it will be important we shut him down.”

Gatland said the rain forecast for Saturday in the New Zealand capital may yet change the gameplan but whatever approach the tourists took to the match, they had to leave everything on the pitch.

“It’s definitely a knockout game, you lose on Saturday and the series is over,” he said.

“We’re all pretty aware of that.” (Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – MyAJC.com – MyAJC

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill.

Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie.

Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships.

Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay.

“He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.”

Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus.

Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job.

“He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.”

Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California.

Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

“We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.”

Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat.

Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass.

“I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Phil Mickelson: Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay has bright future as caddie – ESPN

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay, but he is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie.

Mickelson and Mackay announced last week that they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships.

Mickelson’s brother, Tim, is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay.

“He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player — a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him — and he’s going to bring a lot to his game, and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.”

Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent. Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule.

Tim Mickelson carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship, after Mackay went down with a stomach virus.

Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job.

“He’s not told me anything, and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.”

Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California.

Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

“We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together — or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.”

Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat.

Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass.

“I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Trial begins for McManus Trail gang attackers – Beckley Register-Herald

A violent gang attack of two women on the Lewis McManus Trail in Beckley in May 2015 by the so-called “Knockout Boys” may have been a social media stunt that went too far, one of the suspect’s defense attorneys told jurors during opening statements on Tuesday.

Yoshua “Yoshi” Dewall, now 20, was 18 when he was arrested by agents of Beckley Police Department and U.S. Marshals’ Office in June 2015 on a charge of first-degree robbery, two counts of malicious wounding and one count of a conspiracy to commit a felony in connection.

His trial is before Raleigh County Circuit Judge Robert Burnside.

Police arrested Dewall and an alleged co-conspirator, Kasey Stewart, now 21, for the attacks on Crystal Stracener and Delia Marsh of Beckley. They are two of several men who allegedly participated in the beating of the two victims on the trail near New River Park. According to police reports, the men also laughed and danced in circles during the assault.

Stewart, who is serving a two to 10-year sentence for the attacks after pleading guilty in July 2015 to malicious assault, identified Dewall’s role in the attacks.

Jerrad Alan McGhee, 30, and Wayne Scott Cassidy, 27, both of Beckley, were also charged with malicious wounding, first degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony for their alleged roles in the assaults.

Raleigh Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brandon Steele said Dewall had conspired with Stewart to beat the two victims and stole property from them, but defense attorney Mike Froble told jurors there was no robbery.

“We know and we’re not going to contest that these two girls got beat up,” Froble said. “It was an attack.

“There is no robbery.”

Froble also contested that prosecutors could prove that Dewall had conspired with Stewart to beat up the women and maliciously attack them.

“Was this a bunch of drunk and intoxicated kids putting something on youtube and media that they thought was funny … and it got out of hand?” Froble asked jurors. “Maybe they didn’t intend to beat them up that bad.

“Maybe they were doing what they thought was fun in their intoxicated state, and it got out of hand.”

Froble also challenged what became known locally as the “Knockout Boys.”

“There was no ‘Knockout Boys,’ ” Froble said.

A “knockout game” on Facebook in 2015 encouraged players to randomly target and strike unsuspecting victims.

Police photos taken after the attack showed large, copiously bleeding wounds to Stracener’s forehead and the back of her head and a dark, bloody gash on the back of Marsh’s head.

In a photo displayed for jurors Tuesday, Stracener’s face was covered in blood.

Stracener and Marsh were walking from Wilbrian Apartments on Ewart Avenue back to their home on May 26, 2015, when they encountered two men at the park entrance.

As the victims tried to walk by the men, several more men came out of the woods and surrounded them. According to courtroom statements, the men hit the victims in the head with a pair of brass knuckles, punched and kicked them and beat them with sticks.

The victims were able to reach Little General where they notified police of the attacks around 10:15 p.m.

“They said they’d been attacked with brass knuckles and sticks,” BPD Officer Ryan Cuevas testified Tuesday. “They were going in and out of consciousness.

“They were bleeding profusely,” he said. “They’d just been attacked, brutally.”

Stracener, now 36, could identify only “Yoshi,” or Dewall, on the night of the attacks, said Cuevas.

According to Steele, the two women were robbed of their cell phones, wallets, house keys and medications.

Stewart was arrested June 12 after he called the Beckley PD to see if he had any warrants on file. In an interview with BPD Detective Dave Allard, Stewart said he was under the influence of two different cough syrups and that he had been part of a group of men who had attacked the victims, according to statements by Steele.

Dewall was arrested June 11.

A witness told police that McGhee bragged to him about beating up two women near New River Park.

Later, Stewart identified Dewall, McGhee and Cassidy and two male juveniles who allegedly attacked Stracener and Marsh.

In his opening statement Tuesday, Steele said the attacks occurred after a suspect exchanged heated words with one of the victims.

“Brandon Steele says there’s heated words,” Froble said. “That’s because there’s a history.”

He said there is no proof that Stracener and Marsh were robbed.

Froble said the attacks on Stracener and Marsh happened during a time that victims were reporting “knockouts” on several Beckley trails in the “Rails to Trails” system.

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie.

Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships.

Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay.

“He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.”

Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus.

Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job.

“He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.”

Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California.

Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

“We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.”

Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat.

Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass.

“I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Mexico vs. Portugal live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch Confederations Cup online – FMF State of Mind (blog)

Mexico will face Portugal to try to get their second ever third place in a Confederations Cup and the first one after it changed titles from the King Fahd Cup in 1997. Mexico and especially Juan Carlos Osorio need a result after a very disappointing loss to Germany in the Semifinals. Portugal are also looking for a result but will be without their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who left to meet his new twins boys born to a surrogate mother. Mexico will be without Marco Fabian, who joins the already injured Carlos Salcedo and Diego Reyes. Both teams faced each other in their debut, where they tied 2-2 in which so far has been Mexico’s best game of the tournament. Juan Carlos Osorio’s tenure has been rocked hard after another terrible result in a knockout game, losing 4-1 to Germany. While this game was nowhere near as bad as the 7-0 loss to Chile in the Quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario, this defeat also came against a German team that is considered a B team, although Joachim Lows side has a lot of players that went to the Euros last year. This view could also change if the Germans are able to defeat Chile in the Confederations Cup final. Yet for it to change, a good performance is needed in the third place game for Mexico. In a way this game has a lot of risk but little reward. However, a third place finish is nice against a Portugal team that is still very solid. While Portugal will be missing Cristiano Ronaldo, they are still a good team and might be favored over Mexico. Their more defensive style could benefit a Mexican team that has struggled in defense all tournament. While it’s true that Mexico had their best game against Portugal, they still only got a tie and it only came in the final minute of play. Mexico will really need to improve as they look to start to wash away the sour taste that another lopsided loss at the big stage gave to the Mexican fans. Date: Sunday, July 3 Time: 05:00 AM Pacific, 07:00 AM Central, 08:00 AM Eastern Venue: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow Television: Telemundo (US-Spanish), Fox Sports 1 (US-English), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), SKY Planeta Ftbol (Mexico), Sky HD (Mexico) Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Fox Sports GO, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo Listings via LiveSoccerTV.com.

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The Cheat Sheet: A pair of devastating baseball injuries, a big loss for Mexico, and excited ducks – The Comeback (blog)

Baseball injuries are just the worst, and we unfortunately had two severe ones last night, to two very promising young players. Thats a downer way to start a Friday leading into what might be a long holiday weekend, but hey, its only getting better from here, right? This happened as the Nationals took on the Cubs, a game Washington would eventually blow late. But more than the game, the bigger loss for Washington was young shortstop stud Trea Turner, who took a Pedro Strop fastball off the right wrist, resulting in a fracture: Ugh. Turner could be back in a few months, at least, which is probably more than we can expect for the other young player who went down injured last night. This is so, so hard to watch. Ranked as a consensus top prospect in the Yankees system, Fowler was making his major league debut last night in Chicago when he went all out for a foul ball down the right field line. Theres not much room there. The result was about as bad as it could have been: Damn it. Thats a ruptured patellar tendon. The kind of injury that results in pictures like this one, which was what I immediately thought of, from when former Indiana guard Maurice Creek suffered the same injury: What an unfortunate thing. From Wednesday, we wrote about umpire John Tumpane, who physically and verbally helped prevent a woman from committing suicide in Pittsburgh on his way to the park. On Thursday, the crowd and both teams gave Tumpane the standing ovation he clearly deserved: Thats fanatastic. -Were in a bit of a dead season, sports-wise, but along with baseball and the NBA free agency/trade market, theres also some international soccer, routinely one of the most entertaining parts of any summer. Yesterday, Germanys B-team handled Mexico easily in the Confederations Cup semis, despite this ridiculous late goal from Marco Fabian: Good heavens, thats a firecracker. This was yet another knockout round defeat in a FIFA tournament for Mexico, and as Leander notes at Yahoo, thats becoming an unfortunate trend for Mexico: Mexico has never won a knockout game in either of the two global soccer tournaments put on by FIFA, the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, when that tournament was notstaged on its home soil. El Tri won its only World Cup round of 16 game in 1986, when it hosted. And it managed to win the 1999 Confederations Cup when it came to Mexico, claiming a semifinal victory over the United States in extra-time, and then outlasting Brazil 4-3 in a slugfest final. When Mexico put on the World Cup in 1970, it stumbled in the quarterfinal, which was the first knockout game then. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has an absurd record since his first match in charge in November of 2015, having managed 29 matches while suffering just 3 defeats, only two in competitive games. Unfortunately, one of those was the loss yesterday, and the other was a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of Chile during last summers Copa America. Germany and Chile are both top-class teams, of course, and it would seem absurd to boot Osorio; that would basically be admitting that in order to keep your job as manager of Mexico, you essentially cant lose, ever, to anyone. Still, its Mexico, who have burned through 11 managers over the past 10 years. (Including, hilariously in retrospect, Sven-Goran Eriksson.) Its not a place for stability, but considering all the good work hes done, and how dangerous Mexico has looked under his leadership (including looking like a much better squad overall despite a 1-1 draw with the United States earlier this month), that would be a pretty foolish decision to make. Osorio deserves to lead the squad through the World Cup, barring further meltdown. -Hey, theyre making another movie that takes place in the Jumanji Cinematic Universe, which isnt actually a thing but might as well be, apparently. It has the Rock, and Kevin Hart. It does not look great, to me, but your mileage may vary, so heres the trailer: -A ref in Brazil pulled a gun on a player. (Reading the story, though, it almost sounds justified!) -So, John Calipari may or may not be angling to lead the Knicks basketball operations, along with coaching the team. -A professional golfers mom waded into a water hazard to retrieve a putter he chucked in. -What should the San Francisco Giants do? A rebuild could be the right call, but they probably dont have the stomach for that. -Ty Duffy wrote a great piece over at Awful Announcing on the likely future of the online media industry. Itsnot uplifting. -Whats been the biggest disappointment of this years baseball season so far? Our staff offers plenty of options, though my choice would have just been the Cubs. But, as a Cubs fan, I honestly dont care that much. Its hard to. The last thing I want to do is become the Boston fans who immediately sounded entitled as hell after winning multiple titles. Guy Buying The Shredded Cheese Brand Not On Sale Must Be Some Kind Of Billionaire Playboy Ducks are excited about lunch What the hellsin that container?

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Mexico gets knocked out … again. By German B-team in Confederations Cup this time – Yahoo Sports

Mexico has never won a knockout game in either of the two global soccer tournaments put on by FIFA, the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, when that tournament was notstaged on its home soil. El Tri won its only World Cup round of 16 game in 1986, when it hosted. And it managed to win the 1999 Confederations Cup when it came to Mexico, claiming a semifinal victory over the United States in extra-time, and then outlasting Brazil 4-3 in a slugfest final. When Mexico put on the World Cup in 1970, it stumbled in the quarterfinal, which was the first knockout game then. On Thursday, it kept the ignominious streak going with a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup in Russia. Leon Goretzkas goals in the sixth and eighth minutes doomed Juan Carlos Osorios team to a ninth straight lost knockout round game in an intercontinental tournament on foreign soil. Timo Werner and Amin Younes made things worse in the second half, rendering Marco Fabians blast from distance fairly meaningless. So Germany advanced to Sundays final against Chile, which is aiming to lift a trophy in a third consecutive summer, after claiming the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Die Mannschaft may think twice about the implications of winning, however. Because the defending world champions must know that no team has won the World Cup after taking the Confederations Cup home the summer prior. As for Mexico, its disappointment will be exacerbated by the knowledge that this was Germanys B-team. Manager Jogi Loew left his first string at home, opting to use the tournament to test out younger and fringe players who might fill out his World Cup roster next summer. This will once again call into question Osorios position in charge of Mexico. When El Tri was hammered 7-0 by Chile in the quarterfinals of the Copa America last summer, he only just clung on. He has a strong record in qualifying and this was just the Colombians second competitive loss. Yet his is one of the most closely scrutinized jobs in international soccer. This might be the blow that does the American-educated Osorio in. If confidence has eroded that he might get his team to that elusive fifth game at the World Cup next summer, his days are surely numbered. It didnt take long for Germany to decide Thursdays game and possibly Osorios fate. In the sixth minute, Goretzka made a trailing run, found space at the edge of the box and cleanly one-timed the ball behind Guillermo Ochoa: Within another two minutes, Goretzka was dispatched through the line and beat Ochoa one-on-one: Mexico finally woke up after Werner almost made it three but was denied point-blank by Ochoa. And for much of the way, El Tri was actually the more dangerous side. Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez had credible chances, but neither could breach Marc-Andre Ter Stegens goal. Mexico dominated possession to the tune of 70 percent at some points and outshot the Germans 24-12 in an end-to-end affair, but before it would finally get on the scoreboard, Werner had scored his third goal of the tournament. Before the hour, Jonas Hector was played through, and he found the wide-open Werner beside him for the simple tap-in: Raul Jimenez headed off the bar for Mexico and Rafa Marquez failed to score on two promising headers of his own. So by the time Fabian scored with a dazzling long shot from a free kick in the 90th minute, it was far too little and much too late. Besides, Younes was gifted a simple fourth goal in injury timeon another pitiless German exploitation of Mexicos undermanned three-person backline. Even Germanys reserves are capable of winning a major(ish) international tournament. And in Mexico, the inquisition over its failures in the key games begins anew. More from Yahoo Sports: Leander Schaerlaeckens is a Yahoo Sports soccer columnist. Follow him on Twitter @LeanderAlphabet. More soccer coverage from FC Yahoo: Chile outlasts Portugal in PKs to reach Confed Cup final A favorite is refusing to emerge in Russia this summer FIFA shamelessly releases report on World Cup bidding corruption

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Benfica used sorcery to win past two seasons – Porto … – ESPN FC – ESPN FC

Benfica won a record fourth straight Portuguese league title in May. Porto communications director Francisco J. Marques has accused the Portuguese champions Benfica of resorting to sorcery to win the past two seasons. Marques told local TV channel Portothat he saw emails that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira and Dr. Armando Nhaga, the national Police Commissioner of Guinea-Bissau, exchanged earlier this year regarding agreements for witchcraft services. Marques told reporters: “In 2015-16, Benfica spent 75,000 (65,945) to fix the Championship [using sorcery].” The Porto communications chief claimed that Nhaga warned Benfica that their attempts to win a fourth straight league title could be in jeopardy due to “sabotage” if the club did not increase their payments for using their services with respect to the 2015-16 campaign. Vieira was reportedly not aware of the deal that was in place between a former ex-board member of the club, Rui Gomes da Silva, and Nhaga for that season. There was an agreement that also included the possibility of renewal. However, Gomes da Silva did not maintain his place on the board. Nevertheless, he alleged that Vieira was willing to consider an agreement. The Porto chief claimed he saw an email that Nhaga sent to Vieira which said: “Regarding the 2016-17 campaign, which starts on Aug. 7 with the [Portuguese] Supercup, it could be a close fight for the [league] title, in which Benfica can make history. “This entails the urgent need to reach a mutual agreement to provide services for the parties.” Nhaga then reportedly sent an itemised list of fees for his services for the season — including 100,000 (88,000) to win the league title and a fee of 30,000 (26,398) for every Champions League knockout game. However, Benfica lost 4-0 at Borussia Dortmund on March 8 to be eliminated from the Champions League round of 16. Marques alleged that after the loss, Vieira sent an e-mail to Nhaga asking “what happened?” Nhaga replied that he was not “in Guinea at the time and that whoever was dealing with it [alleged sorcery] did not do it at the right time,” but reportedly said: “However, now we are going to concentrate on what is essential, which is the league title and the Portuguese Cup. I thank you for your understanding and this will not happen again.” Marques said he was disgusted by the revelations. “We are talking about witchcraft,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of euros were spent on that. “I don’t know what to make of this. “This calls into question the coach, the players, but also [club executives] Paulo Goncalves and Pedro Guerra. “There are people that in order to win, anything goes.” Benfica won a record fourth straight Portuguese league title in May with one game to spare, with Porto finishing runners-up, six points adrift. The Lisbon-based club also lifted the Portuguese Cup after beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1. Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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Lions roll the dice on Sexton-Farrell axis for knockout test – Eurosport.com

WELLINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was always going to show his hand most obviously in his midfield selection and moving Owen Farrell into the centres for the second test against the All Blacks was a statement of intent. The hard-running duo of Jonathan Davies and Ben Te’o made up a successful centre partnership in the 30-15 loss in the tour opener but Gatland has clearly concluded that attack is going to be the best form of defence in Wellington. While the Lions made several line breaks during the first test in Auckland, they still ended up 3-2 losers in the try-scoring count and Saturday’s test is one they must win to retain any hope of claiming the three-match series. Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton will therefore come in at flyhalf and start in tandem with Farrell for the first time on this tour as the Lions look to take the game to the All Blacks from the backline. “From an attacking perspective it has given us more of an attack with the 10-12 combination,” Gatland explained on Thursday. “We looked at it. They haven’t started together but they have spent a bit of time together. Their combination against the Crusaders was good and they had a bit of time together last weekend as well. “It just gives us two ball players, two kicking options. A first and second receiver and we have two left foot options with Jonathan Davies and Elliot Daly as well. “We’re happy with the mix.” If there is a downside to the selection it is the loss at inside centre of Te’o, who made plenty of hard yards with ball in hand in Auckland and kept his fellow former rugby league player Sonny Bill Williams relatively quiet. “Ben has done really well. He has carried well. Defended well. It was a tough call. He will get some time off the bench, but we made a call based on the opportunities we created and think we stretched the All Blacks at times,” Gatland added. “We also have to do a defensive job on Sonny Bill Williams as well. He came pretty direct at us, got a couple of offloads away so it will be important we shut him down.” Gatland said the rain forecast for Saturday in the New Zealand capital may yet change the gameplan but whatever approach the tourists took to the match, they had to leave everything on the pitch. “It’s definitely a knockout game, you lose on Saturday and the series is over,” he said. “We’re all pretty aware of that.” (Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – MyAJC.com – MyAJC

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships. Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay. “He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.” Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus. Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job. “He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.” Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California. Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. “We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.” Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat. Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass. “I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Phil Mickelson: Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay has bright future as caddie – ESPN

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay, but he is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week that they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships. Mickelson’s brother, Tim, is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay. “He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player — a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him — and he’s going to bring a lot to his game, and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.” Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent. Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship, after Mackay went down with a stomach virus. Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job. “He’s not told me anything, and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.” Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California. Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. “We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together — or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.” Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat. Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass. “I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Trial begins for McManus Trail gang attackers – Beckley Register-Herald

A violent gang attack of two women on the Lewis McManus Trail in Beckley in May 2015 by the so-called “Knockout Boys” may have been a social media stunt that went too far, one of the suspect’s defense attorneys told jurors during opening statements on Tuesday. Yoshua “Yoshi” Dewall, now 20, was 18 when he was arrested by agents of Beckley Police Department and U.S. Marshals’ Office in June 2015 on a charge of first-degree robbery, two counts of malicious wounding and one count of a conspiracy to commit a felony in connection. His trial is before Raleigh County Circuit Judge Robert Burnside. Police arrested Dewall and an alleged co-conspirator, Kasey Stewart, now 21, for the attacks on Crystal Stracener and Delia Marsh of Beckley. They are two of several men who allegedly participated in the beating of the two victims on the trail near New River Park. According to police reports, the men also laughed and danced in circles during the assault. Stewart, who is serving a two to 10-year sentence for the attacks after pleading guilty in July 2015 to malicious assault, identified Dewall’s role in the attacks. Jerrad Alan McGhee, 30, and Wayne Scott Cassidy, 27, both of Beckley, were also charged with malicious wounding, first degree robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony for their alleged roles in the assaults. Raleigh Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brandon Steele said Dewall had conspired with Stewart to beat the two victims and stole property from them, but defense attorney Mike Froble told jurors there was no robbery. “We know and we’re not going to contest that these two girls got beat up,” Froble said. “It was an attack. “There is no robbery.” Froble also contested that prosecutors could prove that Dewall had conspired with Stewart to beat up the women and maliciously attack them. “Was this a bunch of drunk and intoxicated kids putting something on youtube and media that they thought was funny … and it got out of hand?” Froble asked jurors. “Maybe they didn’t intend to beat them up that bad. “Maybe they were doing what they thought was fun in their intoxicated state, and it got out of hand.” Froble also challenged what became known locally as the “Knockout Boys.” “There was no ‘Knockout Boys,’ ” Froble said. A “knockout game” on Facebook in 2015 encouraged players to randomly target and strike unsuspecting victims. Police photos taken after the attack showed large, copiously bleeding wounds to Stracener’s forehead and the back of her head and a dark, bloody gash on the back of Marsh’s head. In a photo displayed for jurors Tuesday, Stracener’s face was covered in blood. Stracener and Marsh were walking from Wilbrian Apartments on Ewart Avenue back to their home on May 26, 2015, when they encountered two men at the park entrance. As the victims tried to walk by the men, several more men came out of the woods and surrounded them. According to courtroom statements, the men hit the victims in the head with a pair of brass knuckles, punched and kicked them and beat them with sticks. The victims were able to reach Little General where they notified police of the attacks around 10:15 p.m. “They said they’d been attacked with brass knuckles and sticks,” BPD Officer Ryan Cuevas testified Tuesday. “They were going in and out of consciousness. “They were bleeding profusely,” he said. “They’d just been attacked, brutally.” Stracener, now 36, could identify only “Yoshi,” or Dewall, on the night of the attacks, said Cuevas. According to Steele, the two women were robbed of their cell phones, wallets, house keys and medications. Stewart was arrested June 12 after he called the Beckley PD to see if he had any warrants on file. In an interview with BPD Detective Dave Allard, Stewart said he was under the influence of two different cough syrups and that he had been part of a group of men who had attacked the victims, according to statements by Steele. Dewall was arrested June 11. A witness told police that McGhee bragged to him about beating up two women near New River Park. Later, Stewart identified Dewall, McGhee and Cassidy and two male juveniles who allegedly attacked Stracener and Marsh. In his opening statement Tuesday, Steele said the attacks occurred after a suspect exchanged heated words with one of the victims. “Brandon Steele says there’s heated words,” Froble said. “That’s because there’s a history.” He said there is no proof that Stracener and Marsh were robbed. Froble said the attacks on Stracener and Marsh happened during a time that victims were reporting “knockouts” on several Beckley trails in the “Rails to Trails” system.

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships. Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay. “He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.” Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus. Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job. “He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.” Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California. Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. “We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.” Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat. Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass. “I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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