Cincinnati, OH—Samuel Little was indicted on a pair of murder charges last week in Cincinnati. Little claims to have committed murders in at least 18 states, though state police say Indiana doesn’t appear to be one of them.Indiana State Police say they haven’t tied him to any killings in Indiana, but Indiana State Police Spokesman Ron Galaviz says, “it’s always possible that Little could be implicated at a later date.”While Little’s murders stretch through the southern United States, from South Carolina to California, he’s known to have at least come to Indiana’s border. In addition to the Cincinnati cases, he was arrested in 2012 at a Louisville homeless shelter, where Los Angeles authorities had tracked him.Little is currently serving life sentences for three murders in Los Angeles. He claims to have strangled 93 women in a killing career lasting 34 years, ending seven years before his arrest. If true, it would make him the worst serial killer in history.
Brazil climbs to the summit for the first time in seven yearsDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles continued their impressive ratings under Gernot Rohr’s watch as Nigeria stepped up one place from 41st to 40th spot in the latest FIFA Rankings released thursday.Rohr’s men who have played five games, pulling a draw against Senegal in the FIFA window in London last fortnight, are fifth best in the African ranking. The other game that would have further soared Eagles standing was against Burkina Faso in London but unfortunately didn’t hold due to visa problems for the Stallions. The Pharaohs of Egypt, are leading the continental ranking with Senegal and Cameroon occupying the second and third places respectively with Burkina Faso in the fourth place.Congo DR is sixth while Tunisia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco complete the list of Africa’s Top ten football nations.Of the African lot, the Burkinabes have made the most impressions in recent times. The Stallions who are ranked 36th globally recently defeated Ghana in the Match for Third Place at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon to earn their stripes. The result was viewed as something of a surprise, given that they had been eliminated at the group stage of the continental fiesta back in 2015.In the earlier stages of Gabon 2017, Burkina Faso got the better of Guinea-Bissau (2-0), Tunisia (1-0) and Ghana (1-0), and drew with hosts Gabon (1-1) and eventual winners Cameroon (1-1).At the global level, five-times world champions Brazil have returned to what they will consider their rightful place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years.The Brazilians have enjoyed an impressive revival since Tite replaced Dunga as their national team coach last year, winning all nine matches they have played under his leadership including eight World Cup qualifiers.They continued their run in March with a 4-1 win in Uruguay and 3-0 win over Paraguay to become the first side to book their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with four games to spare.Brazil, who replaced arch-rivals Argentina at the top, previously led the rankings going into the 2010 World Cup where they were eliminated by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.In second place of the global ranking is Argentina with 2014 World Cup winners Germany in the third place.Chile is occupying the fourth place with Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain making up the world’s top ten ranking respectively.AFRICA TOP 101. Egypt2. Senegal3. Cameroon4. Burkina Faso5. Nigeria6. Congo DR7. Tunisia8. Ghana9. Cote d’Ivoire10. MoroccoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Comments Published on April 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm For Max Straneva, the third time attempting to qualify for a cross country spot on the junior’s division of Team USA was the charm.The first time, Straneva was just a junior in high school, going up against college-aged competitors. He failed to qualify. The second time and a year later, Straneva never made it to the race. A nasty snowstorm barred him from reaching Washington, D.C., where the race was being held.But this February, Straneva finally met his goal. The third time — Straneva’s last chance of qualifying for Team USA — he qualified. He placed second in the junior men’s 8K race, nine seconds behind the winner.When Straneva, now a freshman on the Syracuse track and field team, got on the phone with his parents following the race, they could tell their usually laid-back son was having trouble keeping his emotions in check.‘He was pretty pumped. He was pretty excited,’ said his father, John. ‘He stayed calm, I think, during the race and had a controlled race, but when it was over, he was really ecstatic. It was fun talking to him about it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘You could almost see him smiling over the phone, he was so happy.’Straneva’s parents were so confident their son would qualify, in fact, that they got him the passport he would need to go to Spain, where the World Championship took place, before the qualifier even took place.‘We were ready,’ said his mother, Jo.After he made the team, Straneva, who was the only SU freshman runner, trained with Team USA. For the Orange runner, the experience was like no other.‘It was a great experience,’ said Straneva. ‘I really enjoyed competing against guys I’ve never seen before — never even heard of. But it’s a great group of guys that were coming from different backgrounds. A lot of them had been training harder than me, or not as hard as me. It’s just experiencing something different.’While Straneva trained for and competed at the World Championships, SU track and field head coach Chris Fox thinks it helped him grow as a runner. Fox said it’s like osmosis — he was able to soak it all in, learning from some of the best runners in the world.While learning from the best, Straneva proved he is one of the best junior runners in the world, placing 45th in a field that swells to more than 100.John Straneva knows going up and training with top-notch competition is something his son needed. John said Max didn’t train very hard in high school because he was one of the top runners locally. Internationally, he was pushed to new limits.Max said the experience gave him a preview of what NCAA competition would be like. One slipup, and he could be doomed.‘The world race is kind of like the NCAAs. If you have even the slightest bad day, you’ll drop 20, 30 places,’ Straneva said.From Fox’s perspective, Straneva’s appearance in the World Championship just continues to give more credibility to the SU long-distance program.‘It just shows he’s able to compete on the highest of levels,’ Fox said, ‘which I think is going to help him help our team and help himself make All-American.’Following Straneva’s four seasons at Syracuse, he hopes to turn professional. And possibly try out for the national team again, this time at the Olympic level. Straneva said he had the chance to meet all the pro runners for Team USA, and they seemed to have a lifestyle Straneva hopes to have one day.John thinks that’s part of the reason his son chose to run at Syracuse. He thinks SU will lead his son to that dream career. Although Straneva was from a rural town growing up, coming to Syracuse and going up against top-tier competition on a daily basis will help Straneva achieve that goal.Plus, Straneva will learn from a former pro in Fox.Fox’s advice to Straneva is to have confidence. It’s something he already said Straneva is not short on.‘You just got to train hard and consistent,’ Fox said. ‘And you’ve got to believe you’re great.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter MOVES THEY COULD MAKEThere are no impact starters left on the free-agent market, and many of the best starters who could be acquired in trades are with teams that hope to contend, so their clubs aren’t motivated to move them. The exception could be left-hander Matthew Boyd. He is durable (88 starts in the past three years) and struck out 11.6 hitters per nine innings last season. Boyd has three seasons left, so he won’t come cheap, but the Tigers might be willing to settle on a package of the Angels’ better low-level prospects since they are rebuilding. Another option could be Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray, who would be a one-year rental.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 12, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with different aspects of their roster. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. Up first, the starting rotation:2019 RECAPThe Angels endured yet another season in which their rotation was decimated, this time not only by injuries but most notably by the tragic death of Tyler Skaggs. The Angels did not have a single starting pitcher make it through the season in the rotation. Their two free-agent acquisitions, Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey, performed poorly. Cahill was sent to the bullpen and Harvey was released. By the end of the season, Andrew Heaney was the only healthy starter who had ever spent an entire season in the big leagues. The Angels were relying on young pitchers such as Griffin Canning, José Suarez, Jaime Barría, Patrick Sandoval and Dillon Peters. The Angels resorted to using an opener in 27 games, and the openers and subsequent primary pitchers in those games combined for a 6.03 ERA. Overall, Angels starters, including the openers, had a 5.64 ERA, which ranked 29th in the majors.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWConsidering the price the Angels have paid for having pitchers get hurt over the past few years, it should be no surprise that General Manager Billy Eppler acquired two of baseball’s more durable starters. Dylan Bundy (trade with Orioles) and Julio Teheran (free agent) are two of just 23 pitchers in the majors who have made at least 89 starts over the past three seasons. One of the others is Gerrit Cole, who the Angels tried to sign before he agreed to a record-breaking deal with the New York Yankees. Without Cole as the ace at the top that many fans had hoped for, the Angels will instead hope for consistency and improvement from their other starters. Their best hope at developing their own ace is to have Shohei Ohtani make a strong return from Tommy John surgery. It’s unclear what type of workload restrictions the Angels will place on Ohtani, who will also be a DH. The Angels also bring back Heaney and Canning, each of whom has shown the potential to be a mid-rotation starter or better.THE NEXT LAYERThe Angels acquired Matt Andriese on Tuesday and will bring him to camp as a starter, after he’d pitched mostly out of the bullpen the past couple years. He joins a group that includes Suarez, Barría, Peters and Sandoval as the Angels rotation depth. All have options and figure to be cycled between the majors and Triple-A, with the opportunity to stick around if they pitch well. Because Ohtani isn’t likely to pitch more than once a week, and because the Angels might prefer to give their other starters an extra day when possible, there could be plenty of opportunities for pitchers to come up and get spot starts. The Angels also should get Félix Peña back after he recovers from knee surgery, although he might end up in the bullpen. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error