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Newborn develops into promising star for Syracuse after coming from AJ Elite tennis academy

first_imgA.J. James knew he had found something special the moment he first saw Rhiann Newborn play.Part of it was her natural talent, fostered at an early age by her father, Darryl Newborn, and developed through a constant presence at junior tournaments in her hometown of Houston. Part of it was her boldness, like the way she shouted “out” when the ball fell out of bounds, while her opponents would silently raise a finger.James was so impressed with Newborn, then 12 years old, that he introduced himself to her father soon after that first match. The two got along so well that by the time the tournament ended, James had added a budding star to the roster of AJ Elite, a tennis academy for future college prospects that James operated himself. “Since he’s a big guy he scared me a little bit,” Newborn said of that first meeting. “But once I met him he was really nice. He’s so motivated about the sport and wanting to make his players better.”Seven years later, Newborn has become a promising star for Syracuse (2-0) in its first full season under head coach Younes Limam. The sophomore has won both of her singles matches this season and one of two doubles matches with senior partner Amanda Rodgers. She will attempt to continue her success on Saturday against No. 7 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll of this may not have been possible without James, who prides himself on AJ Elite’s track record of getting athletes into college. Over 130 of AJ Elite’s former students have made it to college and about 16 former students are now nationally ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals, James said.“They like my serious, no-nonsense style,” James said. “I don’t swear at them and I don’t berate them.”Newborn, like many of AJ Elite’s athletes, was homeschooled for high school, which allowed her more time to improve her abilities and reach for a college scholarship. Days were often split between lessons taught by her father and James, with breaks for schoolwork and studying in between.During Newborn’s six years working with James, she won the most tournament matches in the 11-year academy’s history, he said. “In tennis you have to have a healthy arrogance about yourself because if you don’t, you’ll get torn to shreds,” James said. “And that’s something that Rhiann has about herself. I always tell my kids you talk with your racket and that’s what she’s done.”Darryl Newborn said James offered his daughter support throughout the college recruitment process. The academy played a key role in helping Newborn determine which tournaments to enter and how to use those tournaments to improve her talents.AJ Elite also helped her find friends who could double as her competitors, especially in the large group setting of James’ practices.“With the big group it really motivated me to get better,” Newborn said. “They helped me push myself through the times that I was not doing too well.”Over the years, James formed a bond with the Newborns that remains strong two years after Newborn committed to Syracuse as a five-star recruit. James speaks to the Newborn family around once a week, and Darryl Newborn considers James to be a “very big part” of their family. When asked to be James’ best man at his upcoming wedding, Darryl Newborn agreed.“When the kids spend nine to 10 years with someone every day, it almost becomes like a second parent,” Darryl Newborn said. “He’s had to teach her not only how to play tennis, but how to be a human being, too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:07 amlast_img read more

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Garrett Richards leaves Angels to ink deal with Padres

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Richards, 30, was 45-38 with a 3.54 ERA with the Angels, who had been his only team since they took him in the 2009 draft. He was the Opening Day starter in 2016 and 2018.Injuries began to derail his career when he tore ligaments in his knee late in 2014, which was his breakout season. He then missed most of 2016 season after damaging his ulnar collateral ligament. He avoided Tommy John surgery by using stem-cell therapy, beginning 2017 healthy.  He then missed much of that season with a biceps nerve injury. In 2018, he re-injured his elbow and opted for surgery.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter After missing most of the past three seasons with a variety of injuries, Garrett Richards is going to continue his career – in 2020 – with the Padres.The Angels made a serious bid, including at least two concrete offers, but came up short in the bidding, according to a source.The Padres reportedly guaranteed Richards $15 million over two years, even though he won’t be able to pitch next season, as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Richards released a statement on Thursday night about his decision: “The emotions I’m feeling are bittersweet. While we’re excited to start a new chapter as a Padre, it’s not easy to say goodbye to the only team I’ve known.” Although Richards won’t be able to pitch in 2019, it is not unusual for teams to sign players to multiyear deals at a reduced rate to have them when they are ready to return.The Tampa Bay Rays signed Nathan Eovaldi to a two-year, $4 million deal prior to the 2017 season, and he didn’t pitch until May 2018.Richards’ deal is worth much more, indicating the competition for his services. Besides the Angels, the Dodgers also pursued him, according to a source. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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Three Wellington men to serve 30 days in jail for vandalism spree in January

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three of the four Wellington men charged in the Jan. 31 vandalism of 21 downtown Wellington properties will serve at least 30 days in the county jail.Eli Schmideler, 25,; Dylan Pacchelli, 21; and Cyrus Cunningham, 21, all of Wellington have pled guilty to criminal damage to property; and must pay restitution of $5,698 to several downtown property owners.“It is my hope that people will realize that if you are going to vandalize downtown property or commit a similar offense, you will be spending some time in jail,” said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. “Hopefully, we will have fewer similar crimes in the future.”A fourth person involved in the crime, Eugene McCormick, 21, of Wellington is still at large and has an outstanding arrest warrant.“I am asking help from the public in notifying us of the whereabouts of Mr. McCormick,” Spencer said.The three adults made the out-of-court plea agreement on Sept. 4. They were each sentenced to one year in the county jail with probation to be granted only after they served 30 days in the county jail.The incident took place on a Friday at 4:45 a.m. when the boys allegedly went to Wellington Wal-Mart and purchased cans of spray paint and markers to use to deface buildings and other property in Wellington. McCormick, Schmeidler, Cunningham and Pacchelli were accused of painting and writing on the building walls – inside and outside buildings.Three of the four admitted to entering the unoccupied “Old Smith Building” or Glasco building at 102 S. Washington owned by Karl Braddick of Dallas. They allegedly passed through the fenced off area and went inside through an unlocked door. Once there, they allegedly painted on the walls inside the building. The estimated cost to repair these walls was $1,255, according to the criminal complaint docket.The four also allegedly spray painted garage doors and building at a Tom McAlister building at 112 S. Washington which would cost $829 to remove or cover up.The list of other vandalized properties included:Security State Bank, 101 N. Washington – $100.Allison Rusk, 116 W. Lincoln, $100.Shawn Weaver, 214 S. Washington, $100.Mariah Prit, 112 E. Lincoln, $50.American Legion, 124 W. Lincoln, $465.Jan Spivak, 107 W. Lincoln, $100.Floor Mart, 106 S. Washington, $100.Security State Bank Drive Thru, $100.Kim Brayant, 111 N. Jefferson, $100;Security First Title, 116 E. Harvey, $100;City of Wellington, 208 N. Washington, $40;Gatehouse Media/Wellington Daily News, 115 W. Harvey, $50.Carter Green, 110 W. Harvey, $840;Rural Truck service, 114 W. Harvey, $50;Ron Church, 210 S. Washington, $285;Renn & Co. (Greg Renn), 209 S. Washington , $50;John T. Stewart,II, 202 S. Washington, $50;Chad Renn, 122 E. Harvey, $0; and Tom McAllister, 110 E. Lincoln, $585.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -35 Vote up Vote down Guest · 309 weeks ago Wow! Glad they put these hardened criminals in jail!! Who knew that graffiti was such a danger to society?! By the way, how much has this all cost us taxpayers to go ‘hard-core’ on some graffiti?? I would much rather my tax dollars be spent on arresting, prosecuting and jailing drunk drivers, druggies, pedophiles, rapists, and murderers. Good thing Wellinghole is a small spot in the road, because if it was a city of any size, all the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement would get done is go after graffiti artists! Meanwhile, our esteemed county attorney and our court system doesn’t think twice about a slap on the wrist for drunk drivers, drug users, drug pushers, rapists, murderers, and pedophiles. In fact, wasn’t it just last week that I read on this site about a criminal being let go due to a hospital stay and then he vamoosed on the county attorney’s office, and he is still at large??? Hmmm, glad Spencer has his priorities straight. Graffiti artists=hardened criminals and a danger to society. Drunks, druggies, rapists, murderers, and pedophiles=just misunderstood individuals that deserve as many chances as they need. However, I can’t lay all this on Spencer….evidently, a select few in this town “help” the county attorney’s office decide whether graffiti is more dangerous to society than the other mentioned offenses. If you ever want to be taken seriously Wellington, get real and focus on the bigger picture instead of always wallowing in the petty stuff. smh Report Reply 3 replies · active 309 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Credence · 309 weeks ago Guest, I assume you would have no problem with some “graffiti artists” coming to your place and doing a little creative art work on your property. The act of vandalism or destruction of private/public property is unlawful, plain and simple. If we overlook this “art” and do not prosecute the offenders, how long will it be before they move to committing something a little more violent? Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 309 weeks ago Petty to some but not petty to the person that has to pay out of their pockets with their hard earned money to fix the issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Redress · 309 weeks ago Guest grow up. If it was my property that was defaced I would want the person caught and it paid for by that person. Hope your house don’t get any graffiti, you can pay for it yourself. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 309 weeks ago And for the love of Pedro….please STOP referring to these thugs as boys! Report Reply 1 reply · active 309 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down no paint please · 309 weeks ago Guest I would imagine that possibly alcohol and drugs may have been a contributing factor in this case…lord forbid we prosecute grown men for doing almost six thousand dollars in damage. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Guest 1 · 309 weeks ago It seems to me guest has issues more with Spencer than the case itself. I’m sure there is story that goes with that. A crime is a crime you catch em you prosecute em. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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